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 
successfulstreets(at) to be part of this important event.

Upcoming Events



Paterson Memorial Lecture

'The Civic City in a Nomadic World' a talk by Charles Landry

Wednesday 11 December 2019
7.30pm Harwood Hall, Christ Church, Malvern Road,
Cheltenham GL50 2JH

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. Renowned author of many publications that focus on cities, at this year's Paterson Memorial Lecture, Charles will explore the global dynamics of cities and how they affect places like Cheltenham and how such places can make the most of their potential


The ticket price includes a glass of wine and nibbles after the talk.



Winter Party

Sunday 12 January 2020
12 noon to 2.00pm Parmoor House
13 Lypiatt Terrace, Lypiatt Road
Cheltenham GL50 2SX

Wine, soft drinks and delicious canapés will suffice as lunch for most of us! But more important is the opportunity to meet fellow members and trustees, ask awkward questions of the latter, engage in debate about topical issues – or offer your services for one of our activities.

Free to members
Friends, relatives or prospective members £10 per person. To help with catering, please register online. All you have to do is e-mail membership(at) or write to Members’ Winter Party at our Parmoor House address.



Re-dedication of the WW1 Battlefield Crosses 

A special church service

Cheltenham Minster, 44 Clarence Street,
Cheltenham GL50 3PL