Cheltenham – Gloucestershire’s Creative Hub

A guide to design and creativity in Cheltenham

Cheltenham may be small, but it has no shortage of art, design and creativity. In this brief guide, we’ll look at some of the most exciting, fun and creative things to do in this Cotswold town. You can also use the map below to find your way around.

 “Creative thinking inspires ideas. Ideas inspire change”

– Barbara Januszkiewicz


The Wilson

The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum feature an extensive (and recently extended) range of fine art, crafts and touring exhibitions. The modern gallery is located in the heart of the town and has a café and gift shop.

Admission is free, so it’s well worth a visit if you’re looking to absorb some culture.


Wilson Gallery


Cheltenham Festivals

The Festivals are a series of events that take place throughout the year. The four festivals are Jazz, Science, Music and Literature.

The literature festival comprises a series of talks and interviews with various authors and is often followed by a book signing.

The jazz and music festivals are a great opportunity to embrace multiple genres while listening to prominent and emerging artists.

The food festival is not affiliated with The Cheltenham Festivals brand; however, it is a great place to try great food from local artisanal producers.




The Big Dot Company

As well as providing graphic design, website design and digital services in Cheltenham, The Big Dot Company also hosts The Creative Chair, a series of exclusive interviews with some of the world’s most brilliantly creative people.

We also host local portfolio reviews that allow creative people to get feedback on their work and be inspired by others’ work.


The Creative Chair


The Screening Rooms

If you’re a cinephile who also likes to kick back with a glass of wine, then the Screening Rooms may be just the ticket! It’s a concept cinema with comfortable and spacious leather chairs and table service tapas.

They often show less mainstream art house films and a steady supply of opera and theatre such as King Lear from The Royal Shakespeare Company.


The Screening Rooms



There’s nothing quite like the theatre. Even in this age of gigantic screens, 3D and virtual reality, there’s still something exceptional about watching people perform in person.

Together, the Everyman Theatre, Bacon Theatre and Playhouse host a plethora of plays like The Little Shop of Horror, comedy with Russel Kane’s likes, music such as Handel’s Messiah and other creative events.


Bacon Theatre



The website is a great place to find groups of people with similar interests. You can find groups with a range of creative interests in Gloucestershire and the surrounding areas. If you can’t find a group to match your interests, you could always start one yourself!



This guide will grow as we make more artistic discoveries. If you know of any creative events, venues or experiences, then please get in touch.



Will Carey

About the Author

Will Carey is the founder of The Big Dot Company and Creative Chair. He started experimenting with digital design in the 90’s, turning it into a business after obtaining a degree in graphic design in 2012.