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.

The 2017 Civic Day was marked by an exhibition about the history and identity of the Lower High Street in the Chapel Arts Gallery, Knapp Road. The event was made possible by the collaboration of Cheltenham West End Partnership and the University of Gloucestershire  History Department.

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

Civic Day 2018

This year the Civic Society is taking part in the national Street Pride campaign and will be carrying out an audit of the High Street to identify clutter and other problems.Volunteers are needed to help with the audit. If you are committed to the quality of our public realm and would like to help please download this information and send in your details by Friday 27 April. This is at the heart of what the Civic Society is all about, so your help would be greatly appreciated.


Upcoming Events



The Paterson Memorial Lecture

Due to unforeseen circumstances, George
Ferguson is now unable to present the Paterson
Memorial Lecture. Rather than compromise the
quality of this event, the trustees have regretfully
decided to cancel this year’s lecture. We are sorry
to disappoint members and
others who had hoped
to attend.


Winter Party at Parmoor House

Sunday 13 January 2019
12.00 noon to 2.00pm Parmoor House

All tickets £10 per person
Booking details to be added

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All Members and their guests are welcome to the
annual Cheltenham Civic Society Winter Party held
at Parmoor House, where you can expect as
always drinks, canapés and lively conversation.





Paradise Lost

A talk by Jim Markland

Tuesday 5 February 2019
7.30pm at Parmoor House

Booking details to be added

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Local historian, Jim Markland will give a talk about
the extensive but largely unknown connection
between Cheltenham and India.

Member or visitor


Annual General Meeting

Wednesday 20 March 2019
7.30pm at Parmoor House

Entry to Civic Society Members only


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Attended by the Mayor of Cheltenham, this is an
opportunity for members to learn about the
activities of the Society, and to participate in the
usually lively open forum that will follow the
formal business. 



Cheltenham's WW1 Battlefield Crosses

A talk by Freddie Gick

Tuesday 7 May 2019
7.30pm Parmoor House

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Former Chair of Civic Voice, Freddie Gick
has been involved in the renovation of our
local war memorials. Here he will talk about 
the uniquely preserved World War II
Battlefield Crosses in a Cheltenham cemetery.

Member or visitor