The Boathouse Café

Pittville Park A435, Cheltenham GL52 2AP   

Manager - Harriet Davey

Shhhhh! Just between us, The Boathouse is Cheltenham’s best kept secret. Hidden away on the shore of Pittville Park’s lower lake and bursting with nostalgic charm; there are rowing boats for hire, grassy banks to fish from and picnic tables, with access to freshly ground coffee, ice cream and homemade cakes.

For those who prefer dry land, there’s pitch & putt golf, three tennis courts and a skate park.Tennis courts will still be available for use, simply visit our tennis pages and book online.

The Boathouse is a hive of activity so keep an eye on the events pages to see what’s on. Recent Boathouse events include: our take on ‘International Talk like a Pirate Day’, Welly Walks, nature trails, a Halloween ‘Spooktacular’, Christmas story telling and craft and drama workshops for kids.

And between April to September, Children’s Birthday Pirate/Princess parties are available with treasure hunts, boat rides and lunch boxes. Please email Harriet for more information on  These are very popular so book well in advance if you have a specific date in mind.


Parking is free around the park for 4 hours.  Additional free parking can be found behind the Pittville Pump Rooms at the top of the eastern side of the park and at Abermarle Gate at the top of the western side of the park (just two minutes’ walk to the Boathouse).

Dog Friendly Cotswolds 


  • Outdoor seating
  • Indoor seating area
  • Free blankets in winter/picnic rugs in summer
  • Food & Drink: Freshly ground espresso coffees, home made cakes, light snacks
  • Marshfield Farm scoop ice creams
  • Service: Counter. Served in takeaway only
  • Open: 7 days a week Easter to October. Reduced opening out of season
  • Nearest Toilets: 250m
  • Payment cards accepted
  • Dog friendly, water provided
  • Birthday Parties available 

Opening Times

24th Dec Open until 3pm

25th Dec Closed

26th Open 10am-4pm

27th-31st Open as usual

1st Jan Open 10am-4pm

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