Cheltenham Town Hall Events Venue; Gigs, Exhibitions and Stand Up.
The Longer Read The Edwardian Town Hall was built to accommodate the concerts and balls that were at the centre of Cheltenham social life in the early 20th century. It’s pretty key to the life of the town these days too – a venue for Cheltenham Festival events and a gig and concert venue. It’s always worth checking on what’s on at the Town Hall.
From the outside the Baroque Town Hall looks appropriately municipal, but inside it’s a fairly uplifting mix of high coved ceiling, Corinthian columns, balconies and a sprung dance floor. There’s a large Main Hall, capacity about 900, plus bars and side rooms – which are sometimes also used for smaller events and gigs.
Over the course of a year, the Town Hall will host a pretty diverse mix of events. Classical performances, psychics, stand up comedy, jazz, bands, tribute bands, Radio 4 comedians, after-dinner circuit ex sportspeople and the occasional Shaolin monk. There are record and vintage fairs, there is Ceroc, there is Puppetry of the Penis (which usually gets a big hand – eh?). It’s a diverse offering and rarely has the phrase ‘something for everyone’ been so correctly applied.
Bars at Cheltenham Town Hall
The bar is overpriced, but not too bad. There is catering on site but, in our view, it doesn’t compete with a quick dash to Pizza Express over the road. For many gigs there is a Town Hall pre-performance option called ‘Curry and a Pint’. Amusingly, if there is an orchestra performance involved, this is changed to ‘Antipasti and Prosecco’, which says a lot about England.
The venue usually opens 45 minutes before events. Never take your seat at anything other than the last minute though – they are sensationally uncomfortable. If Springsteen ever turns up, I’m taking cushions.
The Balcony seats are pretty good, if you can get them.
The sound is often little bit boomy.
Cheltenham Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham GL50 1QA
Tel: 0844 5762210 Web: http://www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk