Spectacular Spark! launch Light Up Cheltenham

Crowds were enthralled by spectacular street theatre drumming group Spark! as Cheltenham BID’s new event Light Up Cheltenham was launched.  Spark! played at The Brewery Quarter, the Promenade and the Quadrangle on Saturday evening.  As the drummers played, the new floodlights came on for the first time at The Municipal Offices, the Queens Hotel, Boots, the Brewery Quarter and the Town Hall.  Martin & Co, The Bank House, HSBC, United Services Club, Moo Moo and Fever nightclubs and three buildings in the Promenade, 131, Knight Frank and Cotswold Transport Planning are all lit in either magenta or cyan. Another highlight will be on Wednesday when the main buildings turn red for Valentine’s Day.

Cheltenham’s Independents Sale

Cheltenham’s independent retailers took part in a successful sale organised by Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID). Around 550 shoppers snapped up the bargains at Cheltenham’s Independents Sale at Princess Hall in Cheltenham Ladies College on Sunday. Women’s and men’s clothing, shoes, lingerie and jewellery were all on offer.
The businesses who took part were: Beards, Bodega, Boutique 3, James of Montpellier, Keith Scarrott Shoes, Sandra Dee and The Union Project. Customers were also able to add a little sparkle to their Sunday at The Cotswold Prosecco Company’s tuk tuk. Photography credit – Mikal Ludlow.

Shops dress for success – 10 finalists

Businesses of all kinds were encouraged to enter by using the hashtag #festivefacade on social media and there was a great response. The winner of the BID’s competition was gift shop Vinegar Hill on The Promenade. Judges were impressed by their winter scene featuring polar bears skating, sledging and generally having fun in the snow. Hotel Chocolat and jewellers Martin & Co were also commended for their displays in the competition . The other finalists were: Cath Kidston, James of Montpellier, Laura Leigh Hair & Beauty, Monrose, Neal’s Yard Remedies, Pia and White Stuff. Photography credit to Mikal Cudlow.

Street Chilli Fiesta is hot, hot, hot

Cheltenham’s first Street Chilli Fiesta was hailed a huge success.
Crowds flocked to Cambray Place for the event, organised by Cheltenham Business Improvement District (BID).
The highlight was the “Clash of the Titans” chilli eating contest, which saw 12 competitors out to prove they could handle the hottest chillis.
Amy Dagger, of Tibberton, near Gloucester, saw off the competition to be hailed the winner.
There were a wide range of stalls offering everything from chilli sauces to chilli art.