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The 'Jewel' in the Cotswold Crown

Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Cotswolds, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Winchcombe is just eight miles from Broadway & Cheltenham.  The inns, restaurants, tea rooms, and shops set among Winchcombe's three main streets are full of the character of times past. Descending Cleeve Hill from Cheltenham, with stunning views all around, you will arrive in Winchcombe. You will see St. Peter's church on your left, guarded by forty of the country's finest grotesques.  The church has an unusually fine weather cock made of wood and measuring nearly 6 feet from beak to tail. Originally at the Church of St. Mary, Redcliffe in Bristol, it came to Winchcombe in 1872. 

We urge you to 'step back' from the hustle bustle of the crowded tourist hot spots, and spend some time in the calm and tranquility of picturesque Winchcombe.

If you live in or around Winchcombe then keep an eye on our HOME page for local news items and don't forget to check in regularly to see what's on.  If you are planning to visit the Town there's lots of information on WHERE TO STAY, WHERE TO EAT, WHAT TO SEE and WHERE TO SHOP.  And if you are a member of our business community make sure you take a look at the BUSINESS pages.  It's the place to be seen .... so make sure your business is listed.

This website is funded and administered by the Winchcombe Business Forum. It is hosted by Cotswold Designs and is generously sponsored by the Gloucestershire Market Towns Forum.


Road Works

Traffic calming, pedestrian improvement and major carriageway resurfacing works along the main B4632 through Winchcombe are being carried out at the moment.  The work is programmed to take place from the 26th May through to the 26th June 2015.  Winchcombe's Shops and Services are OPEN for business throughout the works.  FREE PARKING is available in the bottom field in Vineyard Street for all to use, by kind permission of Sudeley Castle.  The entrance to this field is on the right corner, opposite the main entrance gate to Sudeley Castle on Vineyard Street.  The gate will be open from Tuesday 26 May and will remain open at all times, until the road works have finished.  Cars and belongings to be left at owners risk.  For further details of works, please click here.

Cotswold Traders aim to 'bag' more shoppers

Cotswold traders in Winchcombe are hoping a new venture launched this month will ‘bag’ them scores more customers. Shopping BagsIn a bid to encourage new residents moving to the town to support local shops, pubs restaurants and services, Winchcombe Business Forum has produced a promotional new shopping bag that advertises the range of quality independent shops, services and businesses in the market town. More than 200 of the ‘love shopping in Winchcombe’ bags have already been issued free to home owners who have moved into the town’s two new developments by Bloor Homes and Redrow Homes in Greet and Gretton Road.

The idea came from WBF committee member Liz Stranks, who runs The Coventry agency in the High Street. She said: “With so many new families and people moving into Winchcombe we wanted to make sure they were all aware of great range of shops, pubs, cafes, restaurants and professional services they have on their doorstep and encourage them in. “It’s also very timely with the temporary closure of the B4632 through the town. Some businesses are being affected and we want people to know they can still gain access to Winchcombe and the town centre shops.”

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New Homeowners Package

If you have received one of our 'New Homeowners Packages' we would be grateful if you would participate in a short questionnaire to share ideas and tell us what you think about shopping in Winchcombe.  Participants names will go into a free draw to win £50 worth of vouchers for use in selected Winchcombe Shops.  To take part click here.  Good Luck!

GWR Bus Rally

gwrSunday 12 July, Toddington car park will be crammed with buses of every shape, type and age from throughout the region. We will be running services to Broadway Village and Station site and maybe beyond. Normal ticket prices will apply.  Details.

Cotswold Beer Festival

Postlip's biggest event of the year is the annual Cotswold Beer Festival, organised in partnership with CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) and now in its 39th year. Tickets are now on sale for this year's  Festival, which takes place in Postlip's Tithe Barn, Friday 15 - Sunday 19 July.  Full details and how to by your tickets for a wonderful weekend in the countryside can be found HERE.

Dumbleton Craft Fayre

The Dumbleton Village Club Craft Fayre - Saturday 18 July, 10 am to 4:30 pm.  60 assorted stalls, hot and cold refreshments, cakes, teas and coffees available all day.  All the fun of a village fayre.  Entrance £1, parking free.

St Kenelm Miracle Play

St Kenelm Miracle Play - Sunday 19 July, Well Blessing - 2:45 pm, play starts 3:00 am

A play in three acts starting at St Kenelm's Well and walking down through Sudeley Castle estate to finish at St Peter's Church, Winchcombe at approximately 5 pm.  Parking is at Sudeley Castle Visitor's Centre; there is no parking at St Kenelm's Well.

By kind permission of Lady Ashcombe.

Alice in Wonderland at Sudeley Castle

26th July - Alice in Wonderland
Be transported to Wonderland at this themed event to celebrate 150 years since the publication of the famous book. We don’t want to spoil all of the surprises but there will be characters from the story, a tea cup ride, themed props, and a gyroscope for a ‘Down the Rabbit Hole’ experience!  Details

Hailes Abbey - The Tempest

On Sunday 16th August Hailes Abbey, 2miles NE Winchcombe GL54 5PB, will host the Rain or Shine Theatre Companys production of William Shakespeares "The Tempest". Grounds open at 6.30pm for picnics, please bring your own seating. Performance starts at 7.30pm.  Variety of local wines, snacks, hot and cold drinks plus ice creams available to purchase in the English Heritage shop on site (and picnic blankets). Tickets are adult £13, concessions £11 and child £6.Tickets from 03306 6000541 or visit Hailes Abbey.

Winchcombe Country Show

Winchcombe Country Show - Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2015

The 66th annual Winchcombe Country Show promises to have something for everyone when it returns to Winchcombe Senior School Field on Bank Holiday Monday 31 August 2015.
Beginning with the annual procession at 11.30am, visitors can expect to see the Happenstance Border Morris dancers, Winchcombe Fire Engine and vintage tractors lead the locals through the pretty Cotswolds town before the show itself kicks off at 12.00 noon.

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Guided Walks of Historic Winchcombe

Free Town Walks - The 2015 series of Guided Town Walks, which are supported by the Winchcombe Business Forum, start again on Easter Sunday and run until October.  They take place at 11 am and 2.30pm every Sunday, starting at the TIC; they are for anyone, visitor or resident, who is interested in the fascinating history of Winchcombe – from ancient Saxon Borough to WW2 and beyond.

They are short and easy: designed to be accessible to all, 1–1¼ hours, less than a mile, all on pavements around the town centre.  The walks are led by local people who are keen to share some of the history of, and their enthusiasm for, this special place  Places are limited to 10, but larger parties, or parties at different times, can probably be catered for if pre-booked. For  further information, call into the Tourist Information Centre in Winchcombe in, or tel: on 01242 602925; or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Riverside Path

Winchcombe has a new Riverside Path, initiated by Winchcombe Walkers are Welcome group.  The path offers a pleasant riverside stroll which can be enjoyed by walkers of all abilities.  It is ideal for pushchairs, wheelchair users and older and less mobile people and is approximately a 1 mile circular route, just 3 minutes from the town.

A leaflet is available from the Tourist Information Centre as well as a RADAR key which disabled people can use to open the gate  on the path.

Click leaflets for further details.

News on the Festival of Fizz

It is with deep regret that due to unforeseen circumstances involving two key stakeholders, we have had to cancel The Festival of Fizz 2015.  This is obviously a great disappointment for organisers but more especially for all those who came along last year and for those who had shown an interest for 2015.  Fingers crossed for 2016.


The Street Banners

Winchcombe Banners will be back soon! 'The Banner 'Reeve' of Winchcombe has taken out his paint brushes, polished his ladders and with help, the Banners will be up shortly, probably after the road works have finished.  Assistance from all quarters is needed; initially with painting, refurbishment and to put them in place, but also with ongoing maintenance over the winter months.  Can you help to keep this fabulous tradition going?  Contact the Banner Team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   Click on image for brief description.

Great News for Winchcombe

Great news for Winchcombe.  Marchants are trialling a Sunday & Bank Holiday bus service in Winchcombe - the first for decades, from Sunday 3 May.  The service will run from Cheltenham/Winchcombe/Broadway to Stratford and return, as well as other trips into Cheltenham until at least October.

If it is used it will stay; if not it will go!  Timetable

Along the Camino from Winchcombe


Brian and Barbara Jones, two pensioners from Gloucestershire, will be walking the Camino de Santiago through northern Spain from Bourgos, a total of 309 miles in May & June 2015. The walk is both a Spiritual journey for them and to raise funds for Winchcombe Day Care Centre.

Please sponsor Brian and Barbara to complete this journey; sponser forms are available from local shops or contact Winchcombe Day Care Centre. Your support will be  gratefully appreciated

THANK YOU! - Registered Charity No 1010742

Citizens Advice Bureau


The Gloucester & District Citizens Advice Bureau are pleased to announce that a drop-in service will be available on the first Monday of each month from 10am to Noon at Abbey Fields Community Centre, Winchcombe, from the 1st September 2014.

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