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12 Fun Things To Do in Cheltenham for Adults

Nestling on the edge of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham has been popular with visitors since mineral springs were discovered back in 1716.

But there's a lot more to the town than spring water and there are plenty of fun things to do in Cheltenham that 21st Century adults will enjoy. Here are some of our favourites:

SimAir 737

© SimAir737

Experience the thrill of flying large jets, without the need for a pilot's licence or years of training at SimAir 737.

The full-size Boeing 737-800 simulator features 180-degree panoramic views and a replica flight deck, so your flight will be as realistic as it gets.

With 24,000 destinations to choose from, you can practice taking off from Orlando, fly through the mountains of New Zealand or try a challenging landing at Kai Tak Airport in Hong Kong.

© SimAir737

Expert instructors will guide you and make sure you have a fun experience, and family and friends can watch from comfortable cabin seats.

Flights last from 45 minutes to 2 hours, or you can share 100 minutes of flight sim time.


Sandford Parks Lido

© Sandford Parks Lido

Sandford Parks Lido is an Olympic-sized heated outdoor swimming pool that's the perfect place to get some healthy exercise or just relax in the water.

The lido isn't just for summer - there are cold water swimming sessions available in winter if you're feeling brave, Royal Lifesaving Society courses as well as yoga classes, dog swims and more.

© Sandford Parks Lido

When you've finished your swim you probably deserve a visit to the café for a cup of coffee - or head over to the shop which stocks a range of exclusive lido merchandise.


Escape Hunt Cheltenham

If you've tried an escape room before then you'll know how much fun they can be - and if you haven't then you really should try one.

© Escape Hunt Cheltenham

Escape Hunt in Cheltenham has 4 themed escape rooms to choose from:

A Dalek Awakens is the perfect choice for Dr Who fans. You find yourself on a doomed spaceship where a rogue Dalek is attempting to recharge its weapons and exterminate everything in its path. As friends of the Doctor, it's up to you to prevent it from succeeding.

In Aladdin, you are in a mystical cave where you must find a magical lantern. Retrieve it before your time runs out, and avoid being trapped in the cave for eternity.

© Escape Hunt Cheltenham

Alice in Puzzleland - The Mad Hatter has been accused of stealing the Queen's tarts. It's up to you to find and return the tarts before the time runs out, or it's "Off with his head!"

Our Finest Hour is a WWII-themed game that transports you back to 1942 and a job as an MI6 agent. Your mission is to locate and destroy a Nazi superweapon that could destroy Britain and change the course of the war. You have 60 minutes until the weapons are launched.

Escape Hunt also hosts parties and events, so whether you're organising a team-building event, a stag or hen do, or a Christmas party - why not give them a call?


Voi Electric Scooter Hire

When you're visiting Cheltenham, why not hire a Voi electric scooter so you can get around easily and fit more into your visit?

© Voi Electric Scooter Hire

A Voi electric scooter is a clean, green way to get around that doesn't contribute to air pollution or traffic congestion - and best of all, it's great fun!

Simply download the Voi app and set up an account. Then use the in-app map to find an available scooter, scan the QR code and ride away.

You'll need to be an adult (over 18) with a driving licence to hire a scooter.


Eat Sleep Axe

© Eat Sleep Axe

Axe throwing has a long and bloody history. Indoor urban axe throwing is a more recent (and much less violent) activity.

Eat Sleep Axe believe that everyone would benefit from having more axe throwing in their lives, so why not give it a try?

There are three throwing lanes with axes suitable for beginners or more experienced throwers.

© Eat Sleep Axe

Full instruction by enthusiastic coaches is included, and you can play a variety of games including noughts and crosses, axe darts or zombie apocalypse!


DEYA Brewing Company

© DEYA Brewing Company

Founded in 2015, the DEYA brewing company brews delicious pale ales, IPAs and hoppy beers, and now offers destination taprooms that host a variety of events throughout the year.

DEYA have two taprooms - one onsite at the brewery where you'll find the freshest DEYA beers on draft, and a mixed fermentation taproom just around the corner that focuses on wild and funky brews. They also serve cider and natural wine.

© DEYA Brewing Company

Experience some of the tastiest food in Cheltenham from the selection of food trucks that visit the taproom. Check the website for details of what's on.


Walks with Hawks

© Walks With Hawks

If you'd like to experience the ancient art of falconry then Walks with Hawks offer a choice of experiences you'll love.

Hawk Walk: When you arrive you'll get to meet the birds you'll be flying. Then you'll learn the basic skills you'll need to handle these amazing creatures.

© Walks With Hawks

Owl Encounter: Two wonderful hours where you'll learn about, handle and fly several different species of owls.

If you just can't decide then The Ultimate Experience offers the best of both - an amazing journey where you'll fly many different birds of prey yourself - with expert guidance.


All Bars Flying Trapeze Club

© All Bars Flying Trapeze Club

If you've ever wondered what it might be like to fly gracefully through the air on a flying trapeze - here's your chance to find out.

And it could be your only chance, as All Bars Flying Trapeze Club have the only full-size bar-to-bar outdoor flying trapeze rig in Britain!

Beginners are welcome and you can book a flying trapeze gift voucher on the website.

© All Bars Flying Trapeze Club

The club also offer classes for indoor static aerial skills and mixed circus skills.


Heliflight UK

© Heliflight

When it comes to fun, it's hard to beat a flight in a helicopter, and Heliflight UK offers a range of exciting experiences:

A sightseeing Helitour lets you see the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside from the air and typically lasts about 45 minutes.

Or book a Pleasure Flight - simply choose a helicopter from the available range when you book and your expert pilot will fly you to your chosen location. You could choose to see your house from the air!

© Heliflight

If you want to try taking the controls, you could choose the Hover Challenge: You have 15 minutes to master the art of hovering a helicopter with an expert pilot beside you. It's harder than it looks!

Or take the next step and book a trial lesson, so you can experience what it's like to be a helicopter pilot!


Pitville Park

© Visit Cheltenham and Mikal Ludlow Photography

Pitville Park is divided by the Evesham Road. On the eastern side, you'll find a beautiful ornamental park that's home to the grade 1 listed Pittville Pump Room as well as a large children's play area.

But the west side of the Evesham Road is where you'll find the fun activities for adults:

Hire a rowing boat from The Boathouse and enjoy seeing the park from the boating lake.

You can also book a round of pitch and putt golf or a game of tennis.

© Visit Cheltenham and Mikal Ludlow Photography

Fishermen with a rod licence can buy a day pass from The Boathouse and enjoy some of the best fishing in Gloucestershire for pike, dace, carp, bream and more.

Why not visit The Boathouse Café? They have freshly ground coffee, homemade sandwiches, cakes and ice cream.


Everyman Theatre

© Everyman Theatre

With a wide range of performances throughout the year, a visit to Cheltenham's beautiful Everyman Theatre is always a special occasion.

With shows that range from variety shows to Shakespeare, including musicals, breathtaking ballet performances, comedy, drama and more, there's something for every taste.

© Everyman Theatre

You can enjoy a pre-show two-course meal in Matchams Restaurant on the second floor, or a pre-show lunch or refreshments in the café bar.


Escape Rooms Cheltenham

© Escape Rooms Cheltenham

At Escape Rooms Cheltenham there are three exciting escape games to choose from:

In Pole Position you're part of a team of explorers, sailing south to Antarctica to try to be the first to reach the South Pole. A rival Norwegian team are also en route, so the race is on! You have one hour to gather supplies, do the research and pinpoint the location of the South Pole if you want to win the race.

Operation Foresight is based in Cheltenham in 1969: The Government Communication Headquarters have intercepted a coded message from an organised crime group. It's up to you to decipher the message and unmask the crime gang before it's too late.

© Escape Rooms Cheltenham

Candy Cane sees you in charge of Mrs Claus's kitchen with the task of baking Christmas treats. Unfortunately, the elves have hidden the ingredients. It's up to you to find them before the Christmas party starts in an hour's time.



As you can see, Cheltenham is more than just a historic spa town, it's also a lively and exciting place to visit with lots of fun activities to choose from. We hope you have a great time in Cheltenham.

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