Cheltenham’s third children’s festival opens 27 May

Published on 1st May 2019

children on stage at childrens festival

Save the date - Exciting and free family event opens bank holiday Monday 27 May Cheltenham Town Hall 10am-3pm. Interactive science, music, martial arts, drama, storytelling and lots more!

This year, children in Cheltenham can take time out with their families and have fun with over 25 exciting activities and performances on offer as part of the Cheltenham Children’s Festival. This exciting festival is free of charge for all and looks at celebrating all the strengths and talents of children in the town.

Just some of the highlights include interactive science, music, martial arts, drama, storytelling and lots more, and the first 500 children through the door will get a special goody bag.

Numerous fun family events will be running from 10am to 3pm, including activities from Jo Jingles, The Creation Station, Babel Babies and Cheltenham Twinning Association, Cheltenham Festivals, Cheltenham Science Group, and Theatre Studio. 

Children can take part in activities with the Everyman Theatre Studio, children’s yoga, a quiet sensory room with activities, a ‘speed gun challenge’ with the Cheltenham Town where they can see how quickly they can kick a ball and meet local Cheltenham Town Football club mascot Whaddney the Robin − as well as competitions and creative workshops.

A full list of events and further information will be posted on the festival’s facebook page.

Charles Welsh, executive head of Gardners Lane and Oakwood Federation and chair of the Children’s Festival Steering Group, says: “The festival is a golden opportunity for children to share some time with the family learning and playing together. It allows everyone to celebrate childhood and recognise children’s achievements. We’re pleased to offer new activities this year and also watch out for our flashmob in the town centre during the afternoon. If anyone would like to take part in the flashmob then we’d love to hear from you!”

Police and Crime Commissioner, Martin Surl, said, “This is a really imaginative way of bringing families into the town and seeing what it has to offer. It also gives parents the opportunity to encounter and explore important issues with their children that will affect them as they grow and mature.

“Playing and having fun is an important part of any child’s development. It’s one of the best ways of delivering lessons that will stand them in good stead in the future.”

Tracy Brown, safeguarding and partnerships manager for Cheltenham Borough Council, says: “This year’s festival this year is part of No Child Left Behind’s (NCLB) year of action and May’s theme is about celebrating childhood.

“In addition to the children’s festival we are asking people to show their support for NCLB and have some fun with our bunting and flags which will be available as a downloadable kit on the NCLB webpage and NCLB facebook page from today (1 May).”

Cheltenham Children’s Festival is free and relies on the support of local organisations and volunteers. If you would like to volunteer at the festival please contact

Follow the festival @ChildrensFestivalChelt on Facebook or #CheltChildFestival on Twitter to keep up to date with news and activities.

The festival is run by a steering group of: Cheltenham Borough Council, County Community Projects, Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office, Gardners Lane and Oakwood Federation, Cheltenham Science Group, Cheltenham Trust, Cheltenham Festivals and the Everyman Theatre.

For press enquiries contact: Jemima Lawson, communications officer, on 01242 775 050 or email

Photo opportunities: Please contact the communications team, contact details as above, if you’d like to come along on the day for photo opportunities.

Notes: To get involved in the town centre flashmob please email