Cheltenham and its surrounding area offers a very varied array of things to do and see. Laurel House is well situated for exploring the town; it is also convenient for getting out of Cheltenham – to visit the delights of Burford, Bibury, Stow, Bourton and Broadway – together with all the beautiful, historic Cotswold villages for which the area is justly renowned. It is one hour by car to Bath, Bristol, Stratford and Oxford, respectively. Gloucester Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey and the Forest of Dean are other popular tourist attractions in the area.
Cheltenham itself is one of the most vibrant towns in the UK – with no fewer than three major arts festivals – Jazz in May, Music in July and Literature in October. In addition, there is the hugely popular Science Festival in June and a Folk Festival in February – and a host of other events, including a Food Festival in June and the Greenbelt Festival at the end of August.
Cheltenham is a great centre for shopping, at all times of the year – and there are annual gift fairs at the Racecourse and at nearby Sudeley Castle. There are many wine bars and restaurants for Cheltenham visitors to enjoy – as well as the famous and iconic Everyman Theatre, which offers weekly drama or opera productions, single night shows and a traditional Panto at Christmas.
If that is not enough, there is the world famous Racecourse – with its 4 day Festival in March, when the town buzzes with visitors from many countries, Ireland in particular. There are a number of other shorter Race meetings throughout the year, including the Paddy Power meeting in November. The Racecourse is situated about five minutes by car or a 30 minute walk from Laurel House.