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Key Facts and Timeline

Key Facts

  • We produce 36 days of Festivals plus at least 180 days of year-round activity
  • The four Festivals now feature nearly 1,000 events
  • 25% of our programme is free, in addition to our interactive zones and outreach programme
  • We sell over 215,000 tickets annually
  • Alongside box office sales we rely on sponsorship, grants and charitable giving to secure our international profile and position at Cheltenham’s cultural core
  • Every year we invite more than 2,500 of the world’s finest musicians, writers, scientists, performers and thinkers to join with us to entertain and inspire festival audiences of all ages
  • We work with over 25,000 school children from 250 schools in a given year
  • Cheltenham Festivals generates more than £5.2m* worth of business for the local economy.

Cheltenham Festivals Timeline
1945 Inaugural Cheltenham Music Festival
1949 Cheltenham Literature Festival formed
1996 First ever Cheltenham Jazz Festival
2002 First ever Cheltenham Science Festival
2006 Famelab UK began

*Figure from study in 2011