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 different ways including tours, competitions, street parties, etc. Some local civic societies arrange a week of events around Civic Day.

In Cheltenham, Civic Day 2017 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’s History Department.

In 2018, we took part in the national Street Pride campaign and carried out an audit of the High Street to identify clutter and other problems. Over thirty volunteers, armed with clipboards and cameras, documented offending items and we published a report, sent to the borough and country councils. The Street Pride Reort can be seen here.

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



Civic Day 2019

On 22 June, Civic Day 2019, volunteers will check on progress made since last year, focussing on the Lower High Street. Much has been achieved but more needs to be done. Another report may be published. For more up to date information about the day, see here or  check our Facebook page.

If you would like to offer support, please contact 
streetpride(at) to be part of this important event.

Upcoming Events



Summer party at Parmoor House

Saturday 24 August 2019
6.00 - 8.00pm Parmoor House Garden

Free to Members. Non-members £10 per person.


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Join fellow Civic Society members and guests at the Summer Party in the Parmoor House Garden. If the weather is inclement, the party will be held in the Bache Room on the ground floor of Parmoor House.

Download an application form here or apply for tickets online.

Members: Please confirm your tickets by email to membership(at)


Heritage Open Days

Friday 13 - Sunday 22 September 2019

An opportunity to visit many interesting buildings in and around Cheltenham

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This national event runs over 10 days with the theme 'people power', and Cheltenham has some significant examples.

The buildings that will be open, and all events, walks and talks will be listed in the brochure available late July from Tourist Information at The Wilson. The brochure is available here and at


Heritage Open Days at Parmoor House

Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 and Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September
10.00am - 5.00pm

Pittville School’s exhibition Cheltenham Cemetery Great War Crosses will be one of the displays at our HQ, Parmoor House, with the excellent booklet edited by local historian Neela Mann. 

Talks: Cheltenham’s Battlefield Crosses, by Neela Mann, Sunday 22 September, 2 pm and 3 pm



The Holst Victorian House

Tuesday 1 October 2019
7.30pm Parmoor House

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Steve Wood, Chairman, Holst Birthplace Trust, will talk the challenges they face as a small museum out of the town centre and ambitious plans for the future. 

Members: Please confirm your tickets by email to membership(at)


Cheltenham Task Force Update

Tuesday 5 November 2019
7.30pm Parmoor House

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

Members: Please confirm your tickets by email to membership(at)


Re-dedication of the WW1 Battlefield Crosses 

A special church service

Cheltenham Minster, 44 Clarence Street,
Cheltenham GL50 3PL


Watch this space for further details.


Paterson Memorial Lecture

Wednesday 4 December 2019