Escape to Hilden Lodge for the Cheltenham Music Festival

HCheltenham music festival pianistere at Hilden Lodge, we are lucky enough to have Cheltenham on our doorstep which among other nationally recognised events, hosts the acclaimed Cheltenham Music Festival. The yearly event was first held in June/July 1945, making it one of the oldest music festivals in the UK.


The event runs from the 1st to the 17th of July so you’ll be hard pushed to see everything, however, here are a few must-sees as chosen by us.

Renowned for its incredible musical diversity, this year should be no different – hosting a range of classical music, jazz, folk, electronica, film and family events across 8 main venues in Cheltenham – you can see the full list of events here.

Enjoy our favourite picks of music  

Satie and friends

This event will be hosted in the charismatic Pittville Pump Room, to celebrate the 150th birthday of acclaimed French composer Erik Satie. Pianist Pascal Roge and his partner Ami Roge will be performing some of Satie’s major works alongside a group of younger composers – if you’re a fan of Satie’s works, this is one for you.

When: Wednesday 6th July 11:00am – 1:10pm

Cost: Tickets start at £16 plus booking fee

BBC Introducing

BBC introducing recently started showcasing classical artists for the first time and is already launching the careers of talented young performers. Many artists of other genres owe their success to BBC introducing, showcasing up and coming musical talents – it’s a great platform to hear promising new artists. Hosted in the Pittville Pump Room, this is a unique opportunity to hear and meet future stars.

When: Saturday 16th July 5:00pm – 6:00pm

Cost: Tickets starting at £5 plus booking fee

Barokksolistene’s Alehouse Sessions (18+)

Under Protestant rule in England, many theatres were closed forcing musicians to perform in alehouses, hosting enthusiastic concerts for their thirsty audience. Acclaimed baroque ensemble, Barokksolistene’s Alehouse Sessions will be transforming the Town Hall Pillar Room into an alehouse from this era. Expect folk songs of the time, short stories, humour and of course, lots of beer.

When: Sunday 10th July 9:00pm – 10:30pm (Bar open from 8:30pm)

Cost: £15 plus booking fee

Get involved in an interactive workshop

The sound of sports

Hosted in the Town Hall Pillar Room and outside in the Imperial Square, this is an interesting one for all sports and music fans. Combining instruments with sporting equipment and hosting drop-in table tennis workshops, this is one for the whole family. And the best part, it’s free!

When: Saturday 9th July 11:00am – 4:00pm

Cost: Free

Oz & Armonico’s musical wine tour (18+)

Yes, you heard right. Wine critic and former professional actor and singer Oz Clarke will take you on a journey around the world of wine, accompanied by baroque music by the Armonico Consort to make for a memorable evening. This event will be held in Princess Hall at the Cheltenham Ladies College.

When: Thursday 14th July 7:30pm – 9:30pm

Cost: Tickets starting at £15 plus booking fee

The fairy queen workshop

If theatrics is your thing, the theatre company ‘Box Tale Soup’ will be putting on an imaginative combination of Shakespeare’s a ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ and music from Purcell’s ‘The Fairy Queen’. Hosted in the Parabola Dance Studio, the performance doesn’t change Shakespeare’s language in any way, but seeks to make it more accessible and engaging for younger audiences through puppetry. Bring the family along and get involved in a unique performance.

When: Sunday 17th July 12:15pm – 1:15pm and 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Cost: £5 plus booking fee

Take a Stroll Round Historic Cheltenham

In partnership with the Cheltenham Civic Society, the festival holds guided walks around Cheltenham to highlight the rich history of the town. Whilst Cheltenham is a beautiful place to walk round alone, if you’re eager to learn more about the town’s history, these two walks are certainly worth a look:

‘The French Connection’ – Highlighting the links between Cheltenham and our neighbours across the channel; learn about the Napoleon connection and a famous General who was a prisoner but escaped.

When: Wednesday 6th July 3:00pm

Cost: £5 plus booking fee

‘The Captain and the Curate’ – Focusing on two historic figures who shaped the future of Cheltenham, Henry Skillicorne, who opened Cheltenham’s first spa, and Rev Roger Jones who founded Cheltenham’s first teacher training college.

When: Wednesday 13th July 3:00pm

Cost: £5 plus booking fee

Where to stay

With over 60 events and 650 performers, Cheltenham Music Festival is bound to be a great event for you and the family. We still have availability at Hilden Lodge a short distance from the event, however, we are filling up quick! Call us on 01242 583242 or book one of our stylish rooms today.