CheltenhamSwing.Dance Festival

Welcome to CheltenhamSwing.Dance Festival 2025
19 + 20 April 2025, in Cheltenham Town Hall!
Up to 10 hours of classes over two days; Saturday evening dance with after party and Sunday tea-dance with cake!
£99 Keeno, £125 Early Bird, and £135 Full Price (please see details below).

Don’t want a weekend ticket? You can still get involved with CSD Festival!
Sunday tea dance-only tickets will be available on the door (£tbc cash or card) and there will be live music, DJs and free, fun classes in the Orangery in Imperial Gardens. These classes are open to the public over the weekend. Why not come along, join in and soak up the atmosphere?

Full Weekend
Lessons and dances – £99/£125/£135

Please complete the application form above to
apply for tickets.

Social Pass
Dances only – £tbc


Purchase a ticket with the link above – your email receipt is proof of purchase and your name will be on the door.

CheltenhamSwing.Dance Festival: the options

Full weekend information

The headlines:

  • Jenny Thomas, Lindy Hop
  • Jim & Nicky, Collegiate Shag
  • Benjie Talbott and Jessie Brooks, Lindy Hop and Soft Shoe
  • Full weekend programmes of both Lindy Hop and Collegiate Shag with classes from improver to advanced.

As well as options with:

  • Craig and Sophie, St. Louis Shag
  • plus others


  • Saturday night dance with Pete Long’s Rocket Basie and DJ Mike Sailsman
  • Sunday afternoon tea-dance with DJ Jim Key and Mike, oh and cake
  • A stunning venue with huge sprung dance floor

You can choose to Lindy, to Shag, or to mix and match the classes as you wish.

40 tickets available at Keeno rate: £99 – SOLD OUT
50 tickets available at Early Bird rate: £125
Remaining tickets at Full Price rate: £135

Cheltenham Town Hall is a magnificent venue that boasts a massive ornate main hall, and 2 smaller rooms, the Pillar Room and the Drawing Room. This means we can run 3 classes simultaneously for you to select from. There is also a public space, the Orangery, where class will also be running if you want to join in those. There is no need to sign up to a stream in advance, so you can go to whichever lessons take your fancy (numbers permitting).

Set in the centre of Cheltenham there are plenty of places nearby to visit for food and drinks. The venue itself has a café and two bars to choose from.

See LAST YEAR’s timetable as a guide for this year.

Festival booking details

Price includes all classes & social dances. Please use the link above to apply for a place at the festival. We will use the date of application to determine order of booking and therefore the Keeno or Early Bird discounts, not the date of place offer. We will run followers’ and leaders’ waiting lists to pair any single bookings up as they come in. Your place at CheltenhamSwing.Dance Festival is only confirmed when you have been offered a place and the payment has been received. Please see our policy page for information around transfer of places.

One-day tickets are not available. We will make social passes to the Saturday evening dance and Sunday afternoon tea dance available closer to the event.

We ask that you only consume food that is purchased on site in the venue. There are some beautiful public gardens adjacent to the Town Hall where you can happily consume things you’ve brought from home.

Social Passes – on sale nearer the time

A limited number of Social Passes will be available nearer the event. Advanced purchase only! One ticket which you can use for either dance, or for both.

Key information:

  • Social ticket: tbc. Can be used for Saturday night, Sunday tea dance, OR BOTH!
  • Cheltenham Town Hall
  • Advanced sale only, from the link at the top of the page
  • Saturday night:
    • Live music from Pete Long’s Rocket Basie
    • DJ Mike Sailsman
    • Silent disco in the Bar
  • Sunday tea dance:
    • DJ Jim Key
    • Tea and cake
  • Town Hall bar will be open for both events
FREE activities in Imperial Gardens

FREE taster dance classes and live music at Imperial Gardens, hosted by Cheltenham Town Hall alongside Cheltenham Swing Dance Festival.

Come along and bring your friends! The Garden Bar and Orangery in Imperial Gardens will be open and serving food and drinks.

Just look at all this free stuff!

10:00 Class 1
11:15 Strictly Charleston (with Jenny Thomas)
12:30 Live music
15:00 Class 3
16:15 Class 4

11:15 Charleston fitness (with Nicky Key)
12:30 Live music
15:00 Tea Dance (Town Hall, entrance cost)

Tea Dance Only – tickets will be available on the door (tbc each)

If you’re enjoying the atmosphere in the Garden bar and want to keep on swinging, then tickets will be available on the door for the tea dance, cash or card.

If you’ve purchased a social pass for the festival, this dance is included and you don’t need a separate ticket.

Jim and Nicky
Jen and Matt