While Cheltenham may not be regarded as a major city it is definitely a large enough town that provides you with plenty to do and will keep you entertained.
With numerous shops, bars, restaurants, festivals and the Cotswolds on your doorstep, you will never be bored. Cheltenham is also home to Barnett Waddingham’s largest office in terms of the number of employees, meaning the office is always full of people and activity.
The Cheltenham office plays host each summer to the annual mixed netball tournament. Each office provides at least one team to battle it out for the esteemed trophy and bragging rights, followed by dinner and drinks locally in the town.
Living in Cheltenham you are spoilt for choice with the number of restaurants and bars. Being a university town, there is also a lively night scene. Whether it is happy hour at Turtle Bay, dinner Cosy Club, waffles at Kaspas, bottomless prosecco brunch at the Fire Station or you would like to dance the night away at Thirteen, there is plenty to choose from and something for everyone.
Cheltenham’s most unique selling point has to be its festivals. It is famous for the Cheltenham Racing Festival, bringing in crowds of people each March to watch the horse racing with the pinnacle being the Gold Cup. There are also numerous other festivals held throughout the year such as the Jazz, Science, Gin, Cricket, Music, Food & Drink and Literature festivals. Highlights of these over the past have included talks from Hilary Clinton, Judi Dench, Stephen Hawking and Bob Geldof, as well as performances from artists such as Paloma Faith, Gregory Porter and Laura Mvula.
As well as the benefits of city living, Cheltenham also has the Cotswold on its doorstep, which can be easily reached by car or within 15 minutes on a bike. The Tour of Britain travelled through the Cotswolds in 2017 with the stage finishing in the centre of Cheltenham. The town also boosts a thriving sporting scene if you like to participate and/or watch with a premiership rugby team just down the road, both horse racing and a football league team in the town and numerous local clubs covering a wide range of activities from kickboxing to hockey and water polo to triathlons.
Cheltenham is well placed to provide good transport links across the entire country. Cheltenham Spa station is located a 20 minute walk from the office. It also has services to Bristol, London Paddington, Plymouth and the South West, Birmingham, the North and Scotland. By road, the M5 runs adjacent to Cheltenham, providing easy access to Birmingham and Bristol and its junction with the A417 and the A40 provides easy routes to Swindon, Oxford and London. For those without a car, as well as the train, there are also a number of National Express coach services from Cheltenham, including route 444 to London and route 222 to Heathrow and Gatwick airports.