Cheltenham Festivals launches new free ticket programme Connections
A new free ticket scheme funded by Cheltenham Festival Patrons and the Summerfield Charitable Trust is enabling us as a charity to help create a world where everyone can explore and create culture.
At Cheltenham Festivals, we believe in a world where everyone can explore and create culture. Thanks to the generosity of Cheltenham Festivals Patrons and the Summerfield Charitable Trust, we have been able to launch a new free ticket scheme which is helping us do just that.
Working in partnership with local charities, including Caring for Communities and People (CCP) and Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees (CWR), the Connections scheme allows Cheltenham Festivals to provide free tickets to our Festivals to those who would perhaps not have the opportunity otherwise.
The Connections scheme was launched during Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022 where we distributed around 160 free tickets for the Festival via our local social prescribing team, CCP, and Cheltenham Welcomes Refugees and we have gone on to distribute over 200 for Cheltenham Science Festival.
We are delighted that we have been able to launch this programme with the help of Cheltenham Festivals' Patrons and the Summerfield Charitable Trust and will continue to grow and cultivate this scheme to provide equity and access for all.
"Thank you for this opportunity. We would never be able to afford tickets otherwise. We are already looking forward to the next time."
- Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2022 Connections attendee
"Thank you very much. I don't get out much as I can't afford to so it was great to have something to get out of the house for. It was all very interesting and I learned a lot. I would never have been able to do this without these tickets being provided."
- Cheltenham Science Festival 2022 Connections attendee