7 things you need to know before you head to the Cheltenham Literature Festival this year

From David Cameron to David Baddiel, Tan France to Tom Holland (the historian, not Spider-Man) this year’s Cheltenham Literature Festival gets underway today with stars of stage, screen, sport and literature all on the way to Gloucestershire. If you are heading to Montpellier Gardens this weekend or next week we’ve got the low down on the weather, the new features and those all important food options. 1.

If you are taking the kids you’ll need some wellies Rain has left Montpellier Gardens more than a little bit squishy underfoot. If your little bookworms are likely to need to let off steam and run around the trees you’ll need to pack wellies and waterproofs.

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The buggy park is under cover With so many amazing family events on offer there is something for everyone at this year’s Lit Fest – but bulky buggies won’t be allowed in the tents. So organisers have a clever set up where you can leave the pushchair outside, in a safe, dry spot.

Cheltenham Literature Festival buggy park

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There’s a new feature – the Sky Arts studio With Sky Arts now one of the headline sponsors the channel will be broadcasting from the site every day – there will also be free events and you can sit in the audience on some of the shows. 4.

There are still plenty of tickets left You’ll not get a seat for David Cameron, Louis Theroux or Helena Bonham Carter but if you fancy heading over to Cheltenham there’s still a fair few tickets left – here’s the latest news on what isn’t sold out[1] and look out for boards outside the box office on the site.

7 things you need to know before you head to the Cheltenham Literature Festival this yearTan France will appear at Cheltenham Literature Festival 2019

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5. Parking might be limited but there are still some free spots nearby

We all know parking in Cheltenham isn’t ideal, with fewer and fewer free spots left. However we have a handy list

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. There’s a few options which are within walking distance of Montpellier Gardens.

We can’t guarantee there will be spaces but it is worth a look.

6.  There are some seriously tasty food options Mac and cheese, loaded fries, crepes – if all those books are making you hungry you are in luck there are food trucks galore to choose from. We think this BBQ truck and the pizza van will be very popular.

7 things you need to know before you head to the Cheltenham Literature Festival this yearTasty food at Cheltenham Literature Festival

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Look out for protests if you are heading to the Centaur tomorrow

The former Prime Minister David Cameron is making the short trip over from Oxfordshire to speak about his new book, unsurprisingly given the current political climate there are some people who aren’t really that pleased. Campaign group Cheltenham for Europe and other protesters will be outside the racecourse from 3-4pm[2].

A Cheltenham for Europe spokesperson said: “By deflecting the anger felt by many suffering from austerity, Cameron and [Boris] Johnson found a convenient scapegoat in the EU bringing in the “hostile environment” towards immigrants and EU citizens working and living in the UK.

References

  1. ^ here’s the latest news on what isn’t sold out (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)
  2. ^ Campaign group Cheltenham for Europe and other protesters will be outside the racecourse from 3-4pm (www.gloucestershirelive.co.uk)

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