Being a regency spa town, it is steeped in history and prides itself on being the cultural centre of the Cotswolds, surrounded by beautiful architecture, promenades and squares. Mix this with Cheltenham's Christmas activities and you're onto a great day out.
We arrived around lunchtime and as a treat we decided to try the rather grande Queens Hotel which overlooks the Imperial Gardens, being such a short walk to the promenade made it a great place to relax before we attempted any Christmas shopping.
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After a cheeky glass of wine or two, we were happy and ready to head out and explore the town, but not before I had a quick wander around the hotel. I love architecture and I had heard there was a very impressive staircase – yes I'm a bit geeky like that – plus 175 year old wallpaper designed by A.W. Pugin. As you can see it was quite impressive.
On heading to the promenade I quickly spotted a few shops I wanted to visit, picking up some bargains on the way such as a Globe in the clearance sale at Laura Ashley, this room scent which we use near our radiators and is Christmas in a bottle, plus a marble chopping board which I found in TK Maxx. We also spent ages wandering the boutiques stopping for hot chocolate along the way.
*We were invited to dine at the Queens Hotel for lunch which made for a lovely day out. All opinions are 100% my own.