Free parking for late night shoppers this Christmas

Tuesday November 13, 2018

Shoppers can enjoy free parking when they visit Cheltenham for late night shopping in the run up to Christmas.

The council is offering free parking each Thursday from 29 November to 20 December inclusive in two of its town centre car parks. For customers arriving after 5.30pm, parking will be free of charge at the Regent Arcade (closing at midnight) and Town Centre East (closing at 9pm) car parks.

In addition, John Lewis & Partners and CitiPark are also offering free parking at the John Lewis car park on the same dates from 5.30pm – 9pm.

With the festive market making its popular come back, the high street’s recent new additions including John Lewis and Urban Outfitters, plus the wonderful Christmas light display, there are of plenty of reasons to visit the town.

Councillor Andrew McKinlay, cabinet member said: ‘’I am pleased that once again we can support retailers and offer late night shoppers free parking over the festive season. This year is particularly exciting for Cheltenham, with all the new additions to the high street and an excellent line-up of entertainment for the Christmas light switch on.’’

Kevan Blackadder, director of Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID) added: “There will be a magical feel to late night shopping in Cheltenham this year with the array of new lights the BID has brought to the town with the borough council.

“It’s great that the council is supporting the Thursday evening shopping offer with free parking in Regent Arcade and Town Centre East. The BID approached John Lewis & Partners and CitiPark to ask if they would join the scheme in what is their first Christmas in Cheltenham and they were delighted to be involved.

“I would urge everyone to come and enjoy the convenience of shopping in the evening in Cheltenham at stores like House of Fraser and John Lewis without having to pay any parking charges.”

Christmas in the town is set to be extra special this year with plans recently announced by Cheltenham BID for this year’s lights switch on. On 24 November, prepared to be dazzled, excited and delighted as a battle of good versus bad unfolds in Cheltenham. The Wicked White Witch and Santa will battle it out to turn on the lights with plenty of entertainment taking place across the Brewery Quarter, Regent Arcade and town centre. Visit for details and timings of the festive family fun.

Cheltenham Borough Council Press Release.