Where? Cheltenham, Gloucestershire
What? ‘Cheltenham continues to lead the way in celebrating the amazing variety of music that Jazz has to offer. It’s an absolute pleasure to bring you the best in music over these special 6 days. In a year when some say jazz is 100 years old, the music is as vibrant as ever. For its 22nd edition, Cheltenham Jazz Festival celebrates the past, present and future of jazz.’ – Jamie Cullum: artistic curator at Cheltenham. Announced so far are Randy Crawford, Beth Hart, Kamasi Washington, Christian McBride Big Band, Donny McCaslin, Jason Moran and Dinosaur.
Where to stay? Cowley Manor, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. From the outside, it’s a stunning Italianate manor house in classical lake and cascade-filled grounds; inside, a flawlessly hip hotel, with 21st-century good looks. If you’re inclined to go walking, there are wellies by the front door, or bicycles for those who want to feel the wind in their hair. Although the restaurant, Malt, is a magnificent panelled room, the atmosphere is relaxed and the menus concentrate on honest, seasonal British food. Star of the show, however, is the modernist spa, C-Side, and its two pools. Contemporary bliss-out and stone grandeur, seamlessly blended. Cowley Manor has never looked or felt better. Doubles from £195.
Found out more in our round-up of the best small & boutique festivals of 2018.