Design a pigeon competition

Pigeons helped to discover the curative powers of Cheltenham’s spring water, over 300 years ago, prompting the rapid growth of the town as a spa destination. In celebration 10 beautifully designed pigeons, decorated by local artists, will soon land in Cheltenham’s town centre. Find out more about the messenger pigeons and the pigeon art taster project.

Following the installation of these arty pigeons, we're asking local residents to design and colour a pigeon based on Cheltenham's old signpost finials.

To enter, download the submission form, which includes the pigeon template, and submit your entry as detailed below by Monday 3 September 2019. Winners will be announced here and across social media channels on Monday 17 September 2019.

3 winners will be chosen, based on design and use of colour.

There will be one winner in each age category:

  • Under 12s
  • 13-17 years
  • Over 18s

Submit your entry in the following ways

  1. Email your design to Please put ‘Pigeon Competition’ in the subject box.
  2. Post or hand deliver to: F.A.O. Research Officer, Municipal Offices, Promenade, Cheltenham. GL50 9SA.