If you have any queries regarding your entry you can email us info@cfopa.org

Alternatively please contact the section secretary:

Speech & Drama
Rebecca Vines(Tel: 07891 795586)

Carol McDowall (Tel: 01242 514582)

David Terry (Tel: 01242 700000)

Sally-Anne Davies (Tel: 01242 241773)

Martyn Fry (Tel:01242 239903)

Syllabus 2021

Syllabus 2021 for the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts 4th May to 15th May Please note: Classes shown crossed through and greyed out have, regrettably, been cancelled for 2021, due to the coronavirus.  Entry fees will be refunded. The Festival is an opportunity for performers to try out their skills in the wonderful setting of …read More

Child Performance Licence Information

Child Performance Licensing The Children and Young Persons Act 1963 states in section 37 that a child shall not take part in public performances except under the authority of a licence granted by the local authority in whose area the child resides.  This applies to performances by children of 15 years or under at the …read More

How to Enter

The entry system will be operating from the beginning of December. Individual performers or groups can be entered for the Festival online.  Follow the steps below to set up Your Account. Teachers entering a large number of performers should download and complete a 2021 Multiple Entries Form (click here to download the form) and email it …read More


As well as all the usual contact information, timetables, competition rules and notices, all the classes for the Festival are listed under the usual headings of Music, Dance, Speech & Drama. Click here to view the 2021 Syllabus. You can download a printable version of the entire Syllabus, or just selected extracts.  Alternatively, If you …read More

Get Writing – Own Composition

Welcome to the Festival’s Own Composition Classes. Enter for these classes using the on-line entry system (see How to Enter) and pay the appropriate fee. Then, when your composition is ready, use the entry form below to send us your entry. Each poem or story should be typewritten, unsigned and attached to its own entry …read More

On the Day

If this is your first Festival you may be wondering what you need to do on the day when you are performing. The date, time and venue for your class will be published on this website in early April. Do arrive in plenty of time.  Go to the room where your performance is to take …read More