Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Code: BNAFJ

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Activity types:

  • Central location
  • Culture
  • Free WiFi
  • Indoors
From £379.00 - 3 nights

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Holiday overview

Cheltenham's inspirational festivals have been at the forefront of the UK's cultural scene since the inaugural music festival in 1945. Each year more than 2,500 musicians, writers, scientists, performers and thinkers entertain and inspire. 

We include tickets to two performances from the festival programme. Our specialist leader enhances your break with pre-performance talks. 

Holiday highlights

  • Enjoy listening to jazz music with like-minded entusiasts
  • Get the most our of the festival with our leader's pre-performance talks
  • Visit additional concerts (at own cost) in the delightful setting of Cheltenham

Price includes

  • High quality Full Board en-suite accommodation and excellent food in our Country House
  • The services of our knowledgeable HF Holidays’ leader, ensuring you get the most from your holiday
  • Coach transport to and from the festival
  • Good quality tickets for performances
  • Illustrated talks from your HF Holidays’ leader

 

Accommodation

HF Holidays' Harrington House in Bourton-on-the-Water, Cheltenham

Dating from the Tudor period and of, considerable historic interest, Harrington House mirrors the mellow architectural style of the Cotswolds. Its peaceful atmosphere and proximity to the charming centre of Bourton-on-the-Water make it ideal for those who prefer a less active holiday.

Harrington House has 29 bedrooms. Most are located in the main house, with others in the adjacent cottages. 

Choose your room

Classic Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• Comfortable accommodation
• En-suite bathroom with bath or shower
• TV
• Hairdryer
• Tea and coffee-making facilities
• Single rooms are available at no extra charge
Premium Rooms
• Check-in from 1:30pm
• Enjoy extra space or exceptional views
• Toweling robe Complimentary slippers 
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Available from an extra £10 per person per night
Family Rooms
• Check-in from 2:30pm
• 3 or 4 beds
• Same facilities as our classic rooms
• Full sized twin or double beds for adults and bunk or occasional beds for children

Facilities

• Excellent boot and drying rooms 
• Main house there is a lounge, dining room and a bar
• Ballroom
• At the very top of the house is the observatory 
• Free WiFi in public rooms
• Range of board games and books
• At the rear of the house there is an attractive walled garden with a large croquet lawn

Dining

All holidays at our Country Houses are full board accommodation including evening meal on arrival to breakfast on the day of your departure. All of our Country Houses have a well-stocked bar serving local beers, wine and spirits.

Start your day with our extensive breakfast.
 Take your fill from our famous self-service picnic lunches
A relaxed social dinner is a highlight of any stay at our Country Houses

An example of Bourton-on-the-water evening meal

Your evenings

Make the most of your evening or join us at the bar


Just relax and take it easy, or if you'd like to continue to chat with our guides and fellow guests then why not grab a drink or take part in one of our optional evening activities.

All of our bars are stocked with locally sourced drinks so you can really soak up your surroundings.

Accessibility

Due to the layout and age of Harrington House, it is not recommended for wheelchair users or anyone with restricted mobility.

Although one bedroom has wheelchair access, the access to the main house has some steps and internally there are some steps to negotiate.

More details on Bourton accessibility

Additional information

  • Fire procedure is displayed in each room and explained to guests on arrival. Guests requiring assistance at an evacuation are identified at this time and door hanger cards are issued
  • Mobile phone reception is generally good from the main building
  • Assistance dogs accompanying visually or hearing impaired guests are welcome; dogs must be kept on a lead or harness at all times
  • Information can be provided in large print
  • Staff have received disability awareness training
  • Special diets can be catered for. Specialist food can be obtained with prior notice
  • Fridge for medication can be supplied

Itinerary

This was the 2017 programme, to give you a flavour of what the holiday's like. The full 2018 programme will be available around March 2018, however, we've already reserved tickets for:

Sun 6 May 2018 4pm - 5.15pm, Town Hall (Main Hall)

The Christian McBride Big Band has a sound which respects the past while looking forward. Playing originals from their acclaimed new album Bringin’ It, this will be the band’s first ever UK show and the only British date on their European tour.

Five-time Grammy winning American bassist Christian McBride is more than just a bandleader: he’s also host of NPR’s Jazz Night in America show and Artistic Director of Newport Jazz Festival, to name just two of his many roles. He will be joined on stage by an 18-piece band and vocalist Melissa Walker


Friday: Arrival day

You’re welcome to check-in from 2.30pm, or 1pm if you’re staying in a Premium room. All guests are invited to join us for afternoon tea – we’ll introduce your leader and welcome you to your holiday.

After dinner, enjoy a talk on the festival programme, and our holiday timetable including our morning talks, comments and reviews by guests.

Saturday 29 April: Orchestra Baobab

9.30am – 10.30am: Illustrated talk - Jazz and the African connection

10.30am -11am: Coffee

11am – 12pm: A little musical analysis – Scott Joplin and Jelly-Roll Morton

12.15pm: Leave the country house for Cheltenham

1.15pm: Arrive at the festival

2pm – 3.15pm: Orchestra Baobab in the Big Top

Free time at the festival to see other events

5pm: Leave Cheltenham for the country house

Dinner in the country house

Sunday 30 April: Chick Corea Trio

9.30am – 10.45am: Illustrated talk - I love a piano

10.45am-11.15am: Coffee

11.15am – 12.15pm: Illustrated talk - A little musical analysis: Duke Ellington

12.30pm: Main meal

1.45pm: Leave the country house for Cheltenham

2.45pm: Arrive at the festival (for free time to peruse other events)

5.30pm – 6.45pm: Chick Corea Trio in the Big Top

8.30pm: Leave Cheltenham for the country house

Monday 1 May: Hot 8 Brass Band

9.30am – 10.30am: Illustrated talk: A little bit of Brass Band history

10.30am: Coffee

11am: Leave the country house for Cheltenham

12 pm: Arrive at the festival

1pm – 2.15pm: Hot 8 Brass Band in the Big Top

Free time at the festival to see other events

5pm: Leave Cheltenham for the country house

Dinner in the country house

Tuesday 2 May

Depart after a leisurely breakfast

Sometimes things happen beyond our control – the weather, traffic jams or changes at the places we visit. If we need to adjust your holiday programme, for whatever reason, your leader will help smooth the way.

Local area

Discover the Cotswolds

Bourton-on-the-Water is situated at the heart of the Cotswolds, a beautiful area of rolling green hills and attractive stone towns and villages.

Harrington House is located in a quiet street, just 100 metres from the centre of Bourton. This is one of the most popular villages in the Cotswolds, frequently busy with visitors. The River Windrush winds its way through the central village green and is crossed by a series of attractive stone bridges.

Bourton-on-the-Water is a popular destination in its own right with its specialist shops and attractive village  green. Local attractions include the motor museum, model village and Birdland wildlife park, all within easy walking distance.

The village has a good range of facilities including a small supermarket, post office, newsagent, pubs and bank.

During your stay at Harrington House you may enjoy visiting the following places of interest:

Chipping Campden
The mellow market town of Chipping Campden, about 30 minutes' drive north of Bourton-on-the-Water, is one of the most visited towns in the Cotswolds.

Pathway through elegant gardensHidcote Manor Gardens
Owned by the National Trust, Hidcote is a small manor house with an exceptional garden designed in the Arts and Crafts style. Around 35 minutes' north from Bourton-on-the-Water. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote 

 

 

Rolling hills and Broadway TowerBroadway
Considered as one of the most beautiful villages in Britain it is easy to see why so many visitors are attracted to Broadway. Don’t let this put you off; Broadway is still worth a visit. To get away from the crowds, consider a walk to Broadway Tower for stunning views of the Vale of Evesham. Around 30 minutes' drive from Bourton.

 

Inside the Royal Shakespeare TheatreStratford-upon-Avon
Famous for its Shakespeare connections, Stratford is an attractive town spanning the River Avon. Of particular interest are the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and the Shakespeare Birthplace Museum. Around 40 minutes' drive from Bourton. www.rsc.org.uk or www.shakespeare.org.uk

 

 

Exterior and gardens of Blenheim PalaceBlenheim Palace
Blenheim Palace is one of the grandest and best-known stately homes in Britain. It sits in extensive parkland and is also famous as the ancestral home of Winston Churchill. www.blenheimpalace.com

 

 

Cheltenham
The fine Regency spa town of Cheltenham has an excellent range of shops and facilities. Cheltenham is around 25 minutes' drive from Bourton, and can also be reached by an hourly local bus.

Gloucester
The Cathedral city of Gloucester is about 35 minutes' drive to the west of Bourton. The fine Norman cathedral is well worth visiting, as is the National Waterways Museum. www.gloucestercathedral.org.uk or www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway
Ride the steam railway through attractive Cotswold countryside from Cheltenham to Toddington about 30 minutes' drive from Bourton. Now restored, this was once the Great Western main line to Birmingham. www.gwsr.com

Oxford
The famous university city of Oxford is about an hour’s drive from Bourton-on-the-Water. You may wish to stroll through the historic colleges or visit the Ashmolean Museum. www.ashmolean.org

 

Hidcote Gardens image ©National Trust Images/Jonathan Buckley

Travel

Travel to Bourton-on-the-Water

Our address is: Harrington House, Sherborne Street, Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire, GL54 2BY

How to get to us by train

By train:

The nearest railway station is Moreton-in-Marsh. However, the nearest mainline station is at Cheltenham Spa which may be more convenient. For train times and general rail enquiries visit www.nationalrail.co.uk or call 03457 484950 (from outside the UK call +44 20 7278 5240).

Get to us by Taxi

By taxi:

From Moreton-in-Marsh station a taxi takes approximately 20 minutes and costs £21 if pre-booked. From Cheltenham Spa station a taxi takes around 30 minutes and costs £42 if pre-booked. Details of our current recommended taxi company and rates will be sent to you with your booking. The return taxi journey can be arranged on your behalf by the Harrington House Manager.

Bus

By bus:

From Moreton-in-Marsh station catch the 801 bus to Bourton-on-the-Water,from where it is a short walk to our Country House. Alight next to the Edinburgh Woollen Mill Shop. Cross the road to the war memorial and continue across the bridge. Follow this road for 150 metres until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left.

Driving to us

By car:

From the A429 take the road into the centre of Bourton-on-the-Water.  At the war memorial by the village green, turn into Sherborne Street. Follow this road for 150yds, crossing the river and passing the motor museum until the road forks. Harrington House is on the left before the fork.  Look out for our sign. A car park is available in the grounds with free parking.

 Travel by plane

Travelling from overseas

For most guests, travelling to London Heathrow airport is the most convenient option.

From Heathrow first take the train to London Paddington station. From here there are direct trains to Moreton-in-Marsh. It's a relatively straightforward journey - just over 2 hours. See www.nationalrail.co.uk for train times.

From Moreton-in-Marsh you can travel on to Bourton-on-the-Water by bus or taxi (see above).

Leaders

Chris Howes

Chris is a pianist and music history lecturer from London. In his varied working life he has also been a newspaper columnist, an occasional broadcaster and has had many years of experience in secondary and adult education. Chris has been leading a number of HF Holidays Discovery Tours, Music Appreciation holidays and festivals since 2001 with his expert knowledge, enthusiasm, humour and conviviality.

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  • Premium single room: £15 per night
  • Premium twin/double room: £10 per person per night
  • Non-member associate fee: £10 per person

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