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Welcome to Winchcombe

Take a 'step back' from the hustle bustle of the crowded tourist hot spots, and spend some time in the calm and tranquility of picturesque Winchcombe, set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  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.    

Afternoon Tea Dance

Dates have just been announced for the 2017 series of Winchcombe Tea Dances that spring into action this month.  The monthly afternoon dances were launched less than a year ago and have proved so popular that the event has become a regular fixture on the town calendar.  The first tea dance of 2017 takes place on Wednesday 25th January at the Abbey Fields Community Centre in Back Lane, Winchcombe, running from 2pm until 4pm.

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Save Our Show

Winchcombe Country Show -  After 67 years, Winchcombe Country Show is in danger of folding.  Currently there is not an entertainments officer, and both the show secretary and treasurer, will be standing down this year.  Volunteers are needed immediately to learn the ropes and take up the reins for 2018.  The show has helped many local organisations and charites over the years and is one of the highlights of the Winchcombe year.  It would be so sad to see this all come to an end.  Can your help?  Click poster for further details.

The University of the Third Age

There will be an inaugural meeting of Winchcombe U3A on 3 April between 2 pm - 4 pm at Abbey Fields Community Centre, Back Lane.   Come along and sign up for interest groups. The University of the Third Age (U3A) movement is a unique and exciting organisation which provides, through its U3As, life-enhancing and life-changing opportunities. Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!
Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.

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St Peter's Church Maintenance Day

St Peter's Church Maintenance Day - Can you help? Volunteers are needed to take part in the St Peter’s Church maintenance day, on Saturday 8 April. For those who attended the November 2016 maintenance day, the idea remains the same (indeed, many of the tasks are continuations of the good work achieved so far). Meet at 9.00am at St Peter’s where a bacon sandwich and coffee, or similar, will be available then and throughout the morning, followed by various maintenance work both inside the church, and outside in the churchyard.

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Wartime in the Cotswolds

Pack up your troubles in your old kit bag, and smile, smile, smile for 2017's nostalgic 1940s weekend at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway & Winchcombe Town Centre.  Travel the beautiful heritage line between Cheltenham Race Course Station and Toddington, stopping at Gotherington and Winchcombe on a steam hauled train or catch the bus from the station to the town centre.  What to expect.

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GWR Volunteer Weekend

Becoming a volunteer on our Railway is a great opportunity to help keep one of Gloucestershire's foremost visitor attractions running - and it is fun too!  Uniquely for a Heritage Railway of our size we rely almost exclusively on volunteers to keep it operational. The professionalism which our volunteers bring to the Role they are undertaking for us is always appreciated by our visitors.  We are having a Volunteer Weekend, Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd April.

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Winchcombe Walking Festival 2017

Welcome to our Eighth Walking Festival, held over three days in a delightful area of the Cotswolds.  Winchcombe, often referred to as the walking capital of the Cotswolds, is a Saxon market town surrounded by an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.  We have twenty-three varied walks planned for people of all abilities with some walks based upon a particular topic, plus we have some evening events.  Why not take advantage of our individual shops, restaurants, cafes and accommodation and have a fabulous few days in beautiful Winchcombe.

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Winchcombe Country Show

Winchcombe Country Show 2017 - BH MONDAY 28 AUGUST 2017  Following the huge success of the 2016 show, 2017 will be an exciting year for all aspects of the show. Visitors will experience a wonderful day out with plenty of displays, entertainment, dog demonstrations, an array of local foods to eat and lots of stalls offering plenty of shopping opportunities.  The annual procession through Winchcombe will start at 11.30am from the Abbey Field Centre in Back Lane. There will be vintage tractors, fancy dress contestants and the Happenstance Border Morris dancers. The procession will arrive at the show site for opening of the show at 2.00 noon.  For those who have never attended the show before, the Winchcombe Country Show is a traditional country show with the Flower Show at its heart. There will be many classes featuring beautiful floral displays, arts, crafts, photography, wine cookery and preserves. There will be over 50 trophies to win.

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Learning & Leisure for Over 55's
A new centre offering educational classes, workshops, social events and activities for the over 55s, is now under way in Winchcombe.  BeSocial@GL54 is running a range of leisure and learning activities and classes, the majority of them run by qualified and professional tutors.  The scheme is open to anyone living in the Winchcombe and surrounding villages aged over 55 – whether early retired, semi-retired, working or not working.  This month kicked off with six week courses on Fridays for IPad and computer training and yoga and on Tuesday March 7th, a weekly ‘Move it or lose it’ class begins.

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Come and 'Walk the Walk'

Did you see the Julia Bradbury programme on ITV, 'Best Walks with a View'?  Come and do it for yourself!   It was part of the Cotswold Way from Winchcombe to Cleeve Hill, via Belas Knap and Postlip Hall.  Everything you need can be obtained from Winchcombe Tourist Information Centre on the High Street; from a really good footpath map showing (amongst others) that very route - all for £2.20.  We have great places to stay and eat and lots more information on places to visit and local walks.  Treat yourself, spend a weekend in beautiful Winchcombe.

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.

Winchcombe Library

 Winchcombe Library is more than just books; it offers events, clubs and advice services throughout the year for all ages.  Read further for more details.  Rhymetime time has changed to Saturday morning; now Dad can come too...!

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Guided Walks of Historic Winchcombe

The 2017 series of the increasingly popular Guided Town Walks start again on 9 April 2017.
They take place at 11 am and 2.30pm every Sunday from Easter until the end of October, 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.  The walks are short and easy, designed to be accessible to all, 1–1¼ hours, less than a mile, and all on pavements around the town centre.

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The Street Banners

Winchcombe Banners will be back again throughout the summer.  Ongoing maintenance is always needed and if you wish to help  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.   For a description of the Banners, CLICK HERE.


Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre

01242 602925  Our winter opening hours from November 2015 are Saturday 10-4 and Sunday 10-3.

Please call in and see the full range of books we stock at Winchcombe Tourist Information Centre. You may find a new interest or rediscover the town and the surrounding area through the eyes of local authors.  The latest addition to our collection is a bit more unusual, a series of three novels by Bill Page, all set in the fourth century Roman Cotswolds.

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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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