Cheltenham has a thriving night-time economy, the biggest night life scene between Bristol and Birmingham and the third largest in the South West, with over 450+ licensed premises attracting up to 20,000 visitors each weekend. Whether they are visiting one of the numerous bars, award winning restaurants, late night clubs, theatre or multiplex cinema, visitors and residents are assured a good night out. Making a substantial financial contribution to the economy, estimated to be in the order of £30m annually, it is important that the town’s night-time economy continues to flourish. It is also imperative that everything is done to make late night Cheltenham a safe place to visit for all.
Since 2006 when the Reducing Alcohol Related Violence project; supported by funding from Government Office South West, was launched in Cheltenham a great deal of effort has gone into reducing alcohol related harm and disorder in the town.
The first Codes of Practice launched in 2007 laying down common sense principles for all sectors of the night-time economy were the first such set of codes produced in the UK and were acknowledged as best practice by the Home Office.
The Codes of Practice were reviewed and updated in 2014/15. The updated Codes of Practice is published on this website and sets out common sense and practical crime reduction measures and advice for all sectors of the night-time economy.
The revised Codes of Practice have also been published in a mobile friendly web app to ensure that the advice is easily accessible any time day or night.