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Discover Gloucestershire

View from Cleeve hill in Gloucestershire.

Take a look beneath the stunning Cotswolds landscapes and you’ll soon discover a whole new side to Cheltenham and Gloucester.​

​​​​ “The best thing about Gloucestershire is the number of opportunities – it’s really busy and lively." 
- Amy Wright, English Language and Creative Writing student.  


Festival County

Fashion, music, cider, cycling, tall ships, cricket, food, comic books – it’s all happening in Gloucestershire. With over 45 music, arts, science and literature festivals every year - that's almost one a week.​
Our students fill their calendars by volunteering, working and having fun at everything from Cheltenham’s Literature, Jazz and Science festivals to Gloucester’s History and Comedy festivals. Alternatively, if you’d rather dig out your wellies and tent for a weekend of music, 2000trees, set in the picturesque rolling hills of the Cotswolds, Wychwood in Cheltenham and Sportbeat in Gloucester might be up your street. And we haven’t even mentioned the cheese-rolling yet…

The crowd looking at the stage at Wychwood festival.  


GLOUCESTER CATHEDRAL Dominating the city skyline, Gloucester Cathedral is always worth a visit. You can enjoy the quiet of the cloisters, visit the many exhibitions or, if you prefer your evenings with a magical flavour, go on a Harry Potter tour around the building, which featured as Hogwarts in the film series.

KINGSHOLM STADIUM Home to Gloucester Rugby, Kingsholm Stadium is situated in the middle of the city. Off-season it regularly hosts pop concerts and has welcomed acts including Tom Jones, McFly, The Wanted and Jess Glynne.

GLOUCESTER HIGH STREET These streets have been home to traders for a thousand years and now boast a modern mix of shopping centres, independent boutiques, delis, restaurants and coffee shops.

GL1 LEISURE CENTRE The place to go if you’re looking to up your heart rate​. It includes four swimming pools, sports facilities, a fitness area, regular exercise classes and a cafe with wi-fi access.

GLOUCESTER QUAYS With its diverse mix of shops and eateries, the Quays promises something for everybody. Whether food festivals, outlet shopping, microbreweries or a trip to the cinema is your thing, the renovated historic dockside is one of Gloucester’s most popular venues.

THE WAREHOUSE​ Scales the heights in this transformed Victorian warehouse with Gloucester’s own impressive indoor climbing and caving centre.

GLOUCESTER GUILDHALL A thriving entertainment venue situated in the heart of the city, hosting live music, comedy, theatre, films and exhibitions.

VINTAGE CINEMA The Sherborne Cinema is a 1930s-themed Art Deco picture house in Gloucester that screens the latest releases along with arthouse flicks, vintage classics and children’s films.

GLOUCESTER SKI AND SNOWBOARD CENTRE Make your sports extreme at Gloucester’s very own dry ski slope, also home to Battle Hill, the ultimate laser tag experience. Whether hitting the slopes or donning the camo, you can maximise your fun without having to leave the city.

ATIK Boasting some of the largest dancefloors in the region, ATIK is the premier destination for a night out​ in Gloucester. Student night is on Wednesday and you can dance to everything from RnB to​​ house.



MOOMOO CLUBROOMS Welcoming top DJs to its three clubrooms, MooMoo in Cheltenham town centre is also home to the Students’ Union’s official club night. Whether you want RnB, indie or student anthems, MooMoo has something for everyone, with various themed nights throughout the week.

CHELTENHAM TOWN HALL The backdrop for a year-round programme of shows, concerts and exhibitions, this grand 1902 building plays a central role in many of the town’s festivals.

LEISURE AT CHELTENHAM An official partner of the university’s sports programme, Leisure at Cheltenham includes a variety of fantastic facilities: an athletics track, swimming pool, diving board, fitness suite, squash courts, and a spa with sauna, steam room and jacuzzi.

SUPERDRY HQ Cheltenham is home to Superdry’s global HQ. The international fashion label launched here more than a decade ago and the university has very close links with the brand.

CHELTENHAM TOWN FC Whaddon Road is the scene of great highs and lows on Saturday afternoons as the home of Cheltenham Town Football Club, aka ‘The Robins’.

CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE The famous Cheltenham Festival attracts celebrities and royals every March. The racecourse is also a major entertainment venue, hosting music festivals such as Wychwood. It provides work opportunities for our students and boasts the biggest student party of the year, our Summer Ball.

FESTIVAL GARDENS Montpellier Gardens and Imperial Square are regularly transformed into colourful villages thanks to the marquees, pop-up cafes, food stalls and street entertainers that accompany the internationally known festivals celebrating jazz, science, music and literature.

THE PROMENADE With its classic architecture, cafe terraces and smart shops, the wide, tree-lined promenade is the ideal place for retail therapy.

PITTVILLE PARK The largest park in Cheltenham, Pittville Park includes a fishing lake, tennis courts, pitch-and-putt golf and a skate park. It’s a popular spot for runners too.

EVERYMAN THEATRE This beautiful Victorian theatre has a varied programme, attracting audiences from afar. Productions include drama, opera, musicals, comedy and dance.

SANDFORD PARKS LIDO The Cheltenham Lido is one of the largest outdoor swimming pools in the UK. Opened in 1935, it’s a heritage gem and the perfect spot for cooling off in the summer sun.

THE BREWERY QUARTER Just five minutes’ walk from Francis Close Hall, the Brewery Quarter offers the perfect night out with its ten-pin bowling alley, multiscreen cinema (with the uber-plush Screening Rooms) and restaurants, from chains such as Prezzo to Brewhouse and Kitchen​, with its own on-site microbrewery.

THE FROG AND FIDDLE This pub is an iconic symbol of Cheltenham’s student scene and where many of our Students’ Union societies hold events such as open mic nights. With its pool hall and 14 screens for live sport, you’ll never miss a match. You can also catch up-and-coming artists; this is where local music hero Frank Turner made his name.

SMOKEY JOE'S Cheltenham's favourite retro diner, Smokey Joe's is the ideal place to grab some American-style grub. They've hosted events for several of our societies including Dumbledore's Army.



Our graduates will tell you about our thriving business industries, from finance, product design and aviation, to sports, festivals and hospitality.

When it comes to finding a job you’ll have a whole host of national and multinational organisations on your doorstep, including Dyson, Superdry, GE Aviation, Endsleigh Insurance, Ecotricity, Zurich, UCAS, GCHQ, Spirax Sarco Engineering and Nelson Thornes Publishing. And that’s not even mentioning the local start-ups, many of which are run by our own graduates and students.

Our work in Gloucestershire

We pride ourselves on serving the wider community through promoting its economic, cultural and social well-being. The University is working on a number of projects in the local area, one of which is the GEM Project.

The Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project aims to engage with and support individuals in Gloucestershire who are currently dealing with circumstances that are potentially causing barriers to work and move these people closer towards education, training, volunteering or work, including self-employment.

​This programme is a unique partnership of community based organisations, managed by Gloucestershire Gateway Trust on behalf of Gloucestershire County Council. The GEM Project aims to engage with 1,100 people over the next three years until December 2019 and ​is jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

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