Festival time

This is why I love living in Cheltenham (well almost). October can't come round soon enough, for that is when we will be having the Cheltenham Film Festival. You really should check out the ad here: http://www.cheltenhamfilmfestival.co.uk/cab_driver.html

Cheltenham is well known for it's festivals, and if you didn't know about them, you should. As well as THE Cheltenham Festival (or the Gold Cup to the man on the omnibus) there's also the Literary festival, the Science festival, the Music festival and the Jazz festival (presumably because Jazz isn't music). These are all extremely well supported by some of the biggest names in each of the respective fields.

The Ultimate Dream: The Cheltenham Gold Cup (Mainstream sport)It kicks off with the Cheltenham festival around the middle of March, is attended by royalty fairly often, and about a bazzilion Irish folks who saunter across the Irish sea to spend their hard earned Euro's. Cheltenham town goes crazy for a week and almost becomes a little part of Ireland, which includes enormous quantities of the black stuff being consumed.

The Jazz festival is next (this year it was April 28th - May 3rd) and featured such Jazz luminaries as Jamie Cullum, Elaine Paige and Paloma Faith & The Guy Barker Orchestra (No, I'd never heard of the either, but then Jazz isn't real music - is it??)

The Pursuit [CD / DVD] [Deluxe Edition] Cinema Do You Want the Truth Or Something Beautiful

The Science festival follows on from the Jazz and you just missed it this year (June 9th-13th). Guest Director was Heston Blumenthal (Experimental Chef) and it featured the likes of Dara Ó Briain (Physicist & Comedian), Alice Roberts (anatomist, osteoarchaeologist, anthropologist, television presenter, and author) & the Rt Hon Lord Drayson (Minister of Science)

In Search of Total Perfection

Tickling the English

The Incredible Human Journey

Then in July we get more music with the Music festival (strange that) and this year that is from July 2nd to the 17th. The problem with the Music festival is the Music.  It's all bit Radio 3 and not really to my personal taste.  That's not to say they don't put on a hell of good show and if you're into classical type tunes, I'm sure you'd love it.  This year they have a group of Tibetan monks and bizarrely Werner Herzog. Those of you of a Kermodian disposition might have half an idea of who he is and how he got shot.

Finally, October rolls around and we have the Literary festival (October 8th-17th). This is my favourite alongside THE festival. This year they have confirmed festival speakers, Stephen Fry (King of Twitter), Harry Hill (TV Burp), Audrey Niffenegger (The Time Traveller's Wife) and Philip Pullman (The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (Myths)) for starters.

Stephen Fry in America: Fifty States and the Man Who Set Out to See Them All

Harry Hill's Whopping Great Joke Book

The Time Traveler's Wife

The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ (Myths)

It's always full of current authors and commentators and the individual events make for a damn good morning/afternoon/evening/night out.

October will be an interesting one this year though, because they've slotted the new film festival in right at the beginning of the month, just before the Literary one. There was talk of opener screenings, although that appears to have dropped of the listings at the moment.  I'm hoping it'll be back and that Me & Mrs G will be able to sit in one of Cheltenham's parks wrapped in a blanket with a bottle of Vino and enjoy watching the stars, under the stars.