Cheltenham Design Festival, 1-3 November, 2019

Bringing together the very best design minds & talent

It’s time to show the world what design can do. The Cheltenham Design Festival is back at the Parabola Arts Centre with unmissable talks, events and workshops from 1-3 Nov.

Tickets on sale now | View speaker line-up

Tickets now available!

Buy your tickets now and secure your place at this year’s design festival.

Tickets now available!

Buy your tickets now and secure your place at this year’s design festival.

What to expect

CDF 2019 takes place 1st–3rd November. Following on from the success of 4 festivals since 2012. Here’s what you can expect:

  • Talks
    Unmissable talks from the best design minds and talent who will explore how design and creativity create positive relationships that make people happy.
  • Workshops
    Learn new techniques, skills and design secrets from industry leaders in a unique workshop experience. View speaker line-up
  • & more…
    Don’t miss the mini events going over the Festival Weekend at a handful of locations around Cheltenham.

Why attend? Find out here

Where's the Design Festival?

The Parabola Arts Centre will be home to the Cheltenham Design Festival from 1st – 3rd November.

The 325-seat auditorium is very atmospheric, and it’s circular shape brings audiences together and encourages debate and discussion.

The Parabola Arts Centre, Parabola Rd, Cheltenham GL50 3AA

Get Involved


Being a Cheltenham Design Festival Partner is an amazing way to support this fantastic event and the Cheltenham Design Foundation.

Plus there’s something in it for you too. You can sponsor a talk or become a principal sponsor for the entire festival.

Whichever you choose, we give you great coverage and access to an engaged audience and get you up close and personal with a network of world-class speakers.


We encourage anyone with an interesting story to tell, a unique workshop to experience, or something completely different to be part of this unforgettable experience.

We’re looking for people with amazing and creative stories around the theme of ‘together’.

Have you built something (virtual or physical) that’s impacted a community or does the relationship we have with design bother you enough to take action? Come and share your stories.


Our 3-day festival is a fast-moving, interactive experience with an edgy and exciting mix of talks, workshops and fringe events throughout the town.

There is plenty to do and lots of opportunities to be had.

Want to get involved and rub shoulders with our amazing speakers and help the team to deliver an amazing festival for everyone?

This will be a truly unique and collaborative experience for everyone involved.

What are you waiting for? Get in touch today...

If you’re interested in sponsorship, speaking at our event or volunteering, please email our festival team team@cheltdesignfoundation.org

Brought to you by the Cheltenham Design Foundation

When you buy a ticket to the Cheltenham Design Festival you are supporting the Cheltenham Design Academy; a free design school for 13-16 year olds, who’s aim is to deliver inspiration and opportunities to young people through design and show them how creativity can improve our lives.

We believe design can change the world for the better and transform lives.
Find out more about our charity here: cheltdesign.co.uk