To keep you informed, entertained and engaged, the Society runs an ongoing programme of events throughout the year with talks, discussion meetings, visits to places of interest and an annual lecture by a keynote speaker.


Heritage Open Days

Every September thousands of buildings throughout England open their doors to the general public to celebrate national heritage. For details see or watch out for details in the local media.

  • Special events may also be organised at these places including art exhibitions, concerts, talks and guided tours
  • Cheltenham regularly takes part, and in recent years the general public  have had access to a number of significant buildings in the town, notably the Masonic Hall, the Synagogue, Cheltenham Ladies' College,  Cheltenham Minster and Parmoor House, Cheltenham Civic Society Headquarters.
  • HOD's are organised in collaboration with the National Trust, Heritage Alliance and Civic Voice.

Please visit the HOD Facebook page.


Civic Day

Civic Day is a national celebration of civic pride - a day when communities across the country say "we care about where we live".

The first Civic Day was held in 2011, and is now celebrated by many community groups in lots of different ways including tours, competitions, street parties, etc. Some local Civic Societies arrange a week of events around Civic Day.

Civic Day 2017 will be marked by the launch of an exhibition about the history and identity of the Lower High Street, held at the Chapel Arts gallery on Knapp  Road. The exhibition, which runs from 17 - 30 June, has been made possible by the collaboration of the University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham Civic Society and the Cheltenham West End Partnership.

For details of other Civic Day events see or the local media.

Upcoming Events

Tour of Cheltenham Racecourse Buildings

Tuesday 6 June 2017

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Exclusive behind the scenes access to places not normally open to the public. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served at the start of the tour. 
After meeting the tour guide in the Hall of Fame, we will visit the stables, weighing-in room, grandstands and executive boxes.
To book your place, complete and return the application form enclosed with your copy of Our Town.




Shaping Cheltenham’s Future A One-day Conference

Friday 9 June 2017
10.00am to 3.00pm Pittville Pump Room

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Shaping Cheltenham’s Future is a special one-day conference for people with a particular interest in how Cheltenham develops over the next few decades.

The conference will bring together business leaders, community representatives and concerned individuals to debate how the town might develop, and to provide the Borough Council with feedback and views on the implications of their recently approved Place Strategy.

This new initiative by Cheltenham Civic Society is part of its determination to play a significant role in support of the Borough Council in developing a longer-term vision for the town. We all have a stake in the development of Cheltenham, and the role of the Civic Society is to help make sure everyone has an opportunity to contribute to planning for the future. Civic Society members and other like-minded people are really important to the process and are all invited.

See the Conference Programme here. This gives more details of the event and how to join in. There is a limit to the numbers that can be accommodated – 100 places only, and these will be allocated on a strictly ‘first come, first served’ basis. The price is £10 per head to include refreshments and lunch.




Civic Day

Cheltenham Lower High Street

Saturday 17 June 2017  

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Civic Day will be marked by the launch of an exhibition about the history and identity of the Lower High Street, held at the Chapel Arts gallery on Knapp Road. The exhibition runs from 17 - 30 June, and entry is free.

The Civic Society has worked with the Cheltenham West End Partnership (CWEP) and the History department at the University of Gloucestershire to develop the project. The CWEP has been working with local residents to explore initiatives for improvements to the area, and students from UoG's History department have researched the social history of the area, concentrating on four main themes of Architecture, Faith & Identity, Crime and the effects of Students.

This will be a fascinating not to be missed interactive living history exhibition.




Dissenter'Boxes: The Building of Cheltenham's Nonconformist Chapels 1808-1855

Tuesday 4 July 2017
7.30pm at Parmoor House

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A talk by Steven Blake of Gloucestershire Local History Association.

Cheltenham has many historic Nonconformist chapels built during its 19th century heyday as a fashionable spa town. Dr Steven Blake, past Chairman of Cheltenham Local History Society,  and currently Chair of the Gloucestershire Local History Association, will explore the town’s wealth of surviving chapels in what will be a  fascinating talk.




Summer Garden Party

Saturday 26 August 2017
6.00 to 8.00pm in the garden at Parmoor House

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Join members and guests for an informal alfresco garden party.

Details of ticket price and application form to be added.




2017 Heritage Open Days

Thursday 7 September to Sunday 10 September 2017. Open buildings and events around Cheltenham.

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Many of Cheltenham's most interesting buildings, old and new, will be open to the public during the highly successful Heritage Open Days event. A full programme will be available mid-July from Tourist Information atThe Wilson Gallery, Clarence Street.

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Open Days at Parmoor House

Saturday 9 September & Sunday 10 September 2017
11.00am to 4.00pm Parmoor House

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Headquarters of the Civic Society, Parmoor House will open to the public on Saturday and Sunday aspart of the Heritage Open Days programme. The exhibition of the work and archives of the Society will include it's absorbing collection of newspaper cuttings.




Betjeman and Cheltenham

An illustrated lecture by Adrian Barlow
Tuesday 3 October 2017
7.30pm at Parmoor House

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Betjeman preferred Cheltenham to Bath. Adrian Barlow will explore his enthusiasm for the town as expressed in his prose and poetry, focusing in particular    in his chapter on Cheltenham in First and Last Loves (1952). In doing so, it will ask how far his comments on the town, its character and architecture, reflect or challenge received ideas about Cheltenham past and present.

Adrian Barlow is a lecturer and writer, specialising in literature, architecture and stained glass. His biography of the Victorian stained glass designer Charles Eamer Kempe is due to be published by Lutterworth Press in Autumn 2018. He is the current President of the English Association, and was formerly Director of Public and Professional           Programmes and for the University of Cambridge atMadingley Hall.







Civic Pride Report

Tuesday 7 November 2017
7.30pm at Parmoor House

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Jeremy Williamson, Managing Director, Cheltenham Development Task Force, will give his annual update on the major schemes taking place or planned for Cheltenham.




The Paterson Memorial Lecture

Wednesday 6 December 2017
7.30pm Harwood Hall, Christ Church, Malvern Road

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AL_A is the award-winning architecture and design studio founded in 2009 by the RIBA Stirling Prize-Winning architect Amanda Levete.

Amanda will be giving this year's Paterson Memorial Lecture, details of which will be added later in the year.