Celebrate childhood this bank holiday Monday at a free festival!

Published on 21st May 2019

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The exciting and free children’s festival opens bank holiday Monday 27 May Cheltenham Town Hall 10am-3pm. Interactive science, music, martial arts, drama, storytelling and lots more!

This bank holiday, families in Cheltenham can enjoy a free and exciting festival at Cheltenham town hall. With over 25 exciting activities and performances on offer the festival will be 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. The first 500 children through the door will get a special goody bag.

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 and Cheltenham Science Group. 

Have-a-go sessions with the Everyman Theatre Studio, children’s yoga and the ever popular ‘speed gun challenge’ with Cheltenham Town Football Club will be on offer. For those seeking a quieter activity a sensory room will be available 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.”

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 by encouraging children to unleash their inner artist, decorate a piece of bunting and bring it along on the day to display and receive a small gift from us.”

The bunting is available as a downloadable kit on the NCLB webpage and NCLB facebook page.

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 childrensfestivalchelt@cheltenham.gov.uk

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 264 332 or email communications@cheltenham.gov.uk

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