Guided Food Tour Experience

Type:Historical

Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1QA
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Guided Food Tour Experience

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Guided Food Tour Experiences

Tours Tuesday – Saturdays.

Please call or email Phil to book. Social distancing and additional safety measures will be in place on the tours and at the food venues. Our guide will give safety briefing on arrival. Please remember to bring facemasks for wearing inside the venues. We can currently only accept a total of 5 people on each tour. Names and telephone numbers required from each member of the party.

If you have any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not attend the tour.

Our tours are available Tuesday – Saturday. Please contact Phil for availability.

07815 852153

pcolhead@gmail.com

Curry and Colonels : A guided walking tour around Cheltenham and it's Anglo-Indian past.

Cheltenham once called an ‘Anglo-Indian Paradise’ and the ‘Calcutta of the Cotswolds’. Outside London, Cheltenham had the most Anglo-Indian residents in Britain. In the nineteenth century, many military officers and British Raj administrators came to the town with their families to rest, recuperate, or to retire, enjoying its pleasant climate and health-giving benefits of the waters – much-needed after the excesses of their lives in India. Their presence, as the popularity of the spa began to decline, carried the town forward into a new era - many of the town’s finest villas and clubs were built for them, and the artisan dwellings for the people who served them. Join our reenactor guide, dressed as Captain Henry Skillicorne, the man who developed the first spa in Cheltenham, as he takes you on a leisurely promenade through Cheltenham, stopping to admire the beautiful buildings, glorious gardens and sites of many of its spas. Hear anecdotes and stories about the people who visited and lived in the town – King George III, The Duke of Wellington, Alfred Lord Tennyson, to name but a few - and explore the town’s unique connection with the East India Company and the British Raj. 

The tour starts at 11.30 and lasts approximately 90 minutes and covers a distance of approximately 1.5 miles. 

Minimum 3 people for tour to go ahead - maximum 5 (due to COVID-19 restrictions). Guided Tour Price (does not include food and drink): £10 per person.

The tour will end at ' The Ivy' Montpellier, GL50 1SH for lunch. Enjoy a curry, or other choices from the menu inside this wonderful Grade I listed building. Origially built as a Spa in 1817.

To book contact Captain Skillicorne (Phil) 07815 852153/ pcolhead@gmail.com

Regency Tea Tour

Join Captain Skillicorne (tour guide – Phil) on a leisurely promenade through Regency Cheltenham, stopping to admire and hear the history of the beautiful buildings, glorious gardens and sites of many of the spas. Hear anecdotes and stories about the people who visited and lived in the town – George III, Jane Austen, Alfred Lord Tennyson, Charles Dickens, to name but a few. Find out about the entertainment of the day - the balls, concerts, sport, theatres and exhibitions that attracted the high society to this leisurely paradise.

The tour starts at 2:00pm and lasts approximately 90 minutes and covers a distance of approximately 1.5 miles.

The tour starts outside the Town Hall GL50 1QA and will end at one of Cheltenham’s finest tea rooms 'The Regency' - Regent Street GL50 1HR.

Minimum 3 people for tour to go ahead – Maximum 5 (due to COVID-19 restrictions)

Guided Tour & Tea Price: £28 per person

Traditional Afternoon Tea includes - sandwich selection, freshly baked scone with clotted cream and strawberry preserve, miniature cake selection, pot of loose-leaf tea.

To book contact Captain Skillicorne (Phil) 07815 852153/ pcolhead@gmail.com

Theatre Tour (past and present)

Join Captain Skillicorne (tour guide – Phil) on a leisurely saunter around the centre of Cheltenham and discover the sites where once stood the leisure town’s first assembly rooms and theatres. Hear historical anecdotes about the illustrious actors and patrons who visited these establishments. Learn of the entertainment and plays that were performed at these amusement palaces, in a period when a visit to the theatre was one of the few forms of entertainment in the town.

Cheltenham received the royal seal of approval when George III stayed here in 1788, to take the water on the advice of his doctor. During his six weeks stay, he and Queen Charlotte and the princesses visited Mr Bowles’s theatre several times and consequently it became the Theatre Royal.

Society’s high and mighty clambered for seats to catch a glimpse of the eminent guests.

The tour starts at 11:30am and lasts approximately 90 minutes and covers a distance of approximately 1.5 miles.

The tour starts outside the Town Hall GL50 1QA and will end at The Everyman Theatre, Regent Street GL50 1HQ for lunch. For menu and prices Click HERE.

Minimum 3 people for tour to go ahead – Maximum 5 (due to COVID-19 restrictions)

Guided Tour Price (does not include food & drink): £10 per person

To book contact Captain Skillicorne (Phil) 07815 852153/ pcolhead@gmail.com

 

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Season (26 Oct 2020 - 30 Apr 2021)

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