This summer many of us will be opting for safer staycations while we patiently wait for travel restrictions to Europe and beyond to change from either red or amber to green status countries. This change will no doubt happen as covid infection rates significantly drop with higher numbers of us being successfully vaccinated.
But in the meantime, as we safely ease out of lockdown, do not let holidaying at home or nearby put a dampener on your spirits because Cheltenham is waiting for you to explore it! Whether you live here, visited a few times or have yet to venture to our beautiful regency town, it is time for you to find your happy place in Cheltenham.
Restaurants and bars are once again providing safe indoor and outdoor wining and dining experiences. Charity shops have reopened so you can continue to hunt for your amazing bargains while supporting our local circular economy. We are surrounded by glorious countryside and areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) packed with so much to do and see. Take time to explore our big open spaces, arrange picnics in parks, hike up hills, cycle through the countryside and let us not forget the amazing Honeybourne Line, in the centre of Cheltenham, perfect for dog walkers and cyclists alike. Fun and games for families and children are taking place in our parks, libraries and shops are open for business and theatres are resuming performances - book your tickets earlier than normal as some restrictions are still in place.
We will have plenty of time this summer to venture out and explore locally while we take some well-deserved breaks with family and friends and the all-important ‘me time’. Staying close to home also means we can support our local businesses by shopping and spending locally or by trying out something new. Find your happy place in Cheltenham!
Stuck for ideas on what to do with your newfound freedom? Visit visitcheltenham.com/happy-place for our guides to; 20 unmissable things to do, places to eat and drink including alfresco dining and much more. Or search Google or YouTube to watch our ‘Find your happy place Cheltenham’ video for some inspiration. Enjoy and stay safe folks!
- Councillor Victoria Atherstone, Cabinet member for Culture, Wellbeing and Business