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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.

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.

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.


Cake-maker Ruth rises to charity Bake Off challenge

Tewkesbury cake-lover Ruth Winters is rising to the challenge of a non-stop, 12-hour charity Bake Off.Ruth Winters Instead of her initial plan to plunge from a plane to mark her 50th birthday, the school caretaker from Oak Drive, Northway, will be mixing, beating, baking and icing hundreds of cup cakes to raise money for two charities close to her heart.
Ruth, a grandmother of three who grew up in Barnmeadow Road, Winchcombe, is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for the town’s Day Care Centre and for the Stillborn and neonatal death charity Sands.

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New Bus Timetable for Winchcombe

Marchants have issued their autumn timetable which features some timetable changes to the existing 606 service and introduces the W1 and W2 services. These services will provide a fast, regular service between Winchcombe and Cheltenham. also stopping in Bishops Cleeve, Gotherington, Gretton and Greet (replacing the old 527 route). The trial 606S Sunday service is to be maintained and Marchants will now be also running the new T service Bishops Cleeve and Tewkesbury.

All of these changes take effect from Tuesday 1st September. Click here to see the updated timetables.

Lorry Watch Campaign Launched to get HGVs Banned From Winchcombe

WinchcombeTrafficVolunteers are needed to help stage a ‘lorry watch’ campaign in a bid to ban HGVs from passing through Winchcombe.
Townspeople want to gather accurate data and photographs of juggernauts squeezing through the town’s narrow streets to put before Gloucestershire County Council Transport officers.
And residents and retailer are being urged to take photographs on their phones or cameras of any HGVs they see struggling to negotiate their way through the town’s historic main streets.

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Folk Nights at the White Hart

Folk NightOn the first Tuesday of every month, the White Hart in the High Street holds its Folk Night. They are all Open Nights, welcoming all comers to sing, play or listen.
Each guest performer plays two half hour sets in the evening, giving plenty of time for songs from the floor. 
Entry fees for Folk clubs can be annoyingly complicated (performing/ non performing, member/ non-member etc.) so we keep it simple by making it free but collecting for charities at appropriate times, or collecting for our guest performers on their nights.


Let Us Entertain You...

Wesley House Restaurant and Wine Bar & Grill, High Street Winchcombe.  A series of events are taking place at The Wesley House Restaurant & the Wine Bar and Grill this year. Check out our calendar and read on for further details.

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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!

Prescott Gold Cup Weekend

Prescott Hill Climb - Sat 5 Sept & Sun 6 Sept 2015

Speed Hill climbing is one of the oldest forms of motorsport, with the earliest events taking place in the late 19th century in the UK and Europe. The sport follows a very simple format which hasn't changed since its inception; all vehicles are timed from point A to point B from a standing start. In 1947 the RAC formalised speed hill climbing in the UK with the start of the British Hill climb Championship (the first such championship in British Motorsport) and the championship is still going strong to this day. Why not check out Winchcombe's places to eat or accommodation for what is a weekend of superb motoring. Details

Business Breakfast with Jeremy Kyle

Business Breakfast with Jeremy Kyle at Cheltenham Racecourse, 9 September, 7:45 - 9:45 am.  Enjoy a fabulous full English breakfast and an opportunity to network with local businesses in the prestigious Panoramic Restaurant at the iconic Home of Jump racing.  Jeremy Kyle is one of ITV’s most recognisable faces thanks to his headline grabbing ‘The Jeremy Kyle Show’.  Off screen Jeremy is a skilled writer and has two Sunday Times best sellers to his name.

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Classic Vehicle Day

Sunday 13th September – our second Classic Vehicle Day of the year. Combine the scene of historic road transport with a backdrop of vintage trains. Normal ticket prices for those wishing to travel, but for those just planning to admire the cars there will be a small admission charge.  Details.

Swing & Things at Winchcombe School

The Gloucestershire based Big Band, SWING & THINGS will have you swinging from the ceiling and tapping your feet all at the same time.  This is the ideal swinging party band. The Next Swing & Things Big Band Concert will be at Winchcombe School on Friday 25th Sept at 7:30 pm.  A great evening of Jazz supported by Winchcombe School Band.

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Winchcombe Live

Winchcombe Live, season 4, has just annouced its new Autumn/Winter programme with some 'tasty' roots, blues and American music; all set to be 'cool' and 'hot'!  See you at the White Hart, High St, Winchcombe on the third Friday of the month, for 'Tasty Musical Morsels'.

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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.

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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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.


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.


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. 

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