🏴 Cheltenham is a large spa town and borough on the edge of the Cotswolds in the county of Gloucestershire, England. Cheltenham became known as a health and holiday spa town resort following the discovery of mineral springs in 1716, and claims to be the most complete Regency town in Britain.
The town hosts several festivals of culture, often featuring nationally and internationally famous contributors and attendees, including the Cheltenham Literature Festival, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival, the Cheltenham Science Festival, the Cheltenham Music Festival, the Cheltenham Cricket Festival, and the Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival. In steeplechase horse racing, the Gold Cup is the main event of the Cheltenham Festival, held every March.
As a Regency spa town, tourism is an important sector in Cheltenham's economy, but it also has some light industry, including food processing, aerospace and electronics businesses. The Government's electronic surveillance operation Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), renowned for its "doughnut-shape" building, is in Cheltenham. Vertex Data Science, GE-Aviation, Chelsea Building Society, Endsleigh Insurance, Archant, Nelson Thornes, UCAS (Universities & Colleges Admissions Service), Kohler Mira, Barnett Waddingham LLP, Zürich Financial Services, Douglas Equipment, Volo and Spirax-Sarco Engineering all have sites in and around Cheltenham.
The town is home to a growing number of design agencies and businesses. Weird Fish was founded in Cheltenham. The children's brand Meri Meri has its UK headquarters in Cheltenham. The clothing brand Olive Clothing is based in the town. SuperGroup plc, owner of the Superdry label, has its headquarters in Cheltenham.
Cheltenham is a regional shopping centre, home to department stores, the oldest being Cavendish House, from 1823, and the Regent Arcade.
Cheltenham is well-known for its nightlife, with a wide range of pubs, wine bars, clubs and restaurants. It has a Michelin one-star restaurant, Le Champignon Sauvage.
Cheltenham was ranked #977 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Cheltenham has a population of over 82,000 people. Cheltenham also forms the centre of the wider Cheltenham metropolitan area which has a population of over 164,000 people. Cheltenham is ranked #550 for startups with a score of 0.316. It is estimated there are around 6,435 businesses in Cheltenham.
Twin Towns, Sister Cities Cheltenham has links with: 🇫🇷 Annecy, Haute-Savoie, France; 🇺🇸 Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, United States; 🇩🇪 Göttingen, Lower Saxony, Germany; 🇷🇺 Sochi, Krasnodar Krai, Russia; 🇨🇳 Weihai, Shandong, China.