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Winchcombe-Logo HomeWelcome to the Winchcombe website which is packed full of community and visitor information.

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

Contractors will shortly be undertaking traffic calming, pedestrian improvement and major carriageway resurfacing works along the main B4632 through Winchcombe.  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.

Festival of Music & Arts

Welcome to the fifth annual Winchcombe Festival of Music and Arts, where we aim to build upon the success of previous Festivals with a varied programme of music, poetry, art, sculpture and workshops in and around Winchcombe. 18-25 May 2015Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty visitors to the town can enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the unique attractions of nearby Sudeley Castle, the preserved steam railway line and the already famous walking trails.

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Family Fun Day

Don’t miss this event! - 24 May
A full day out for the whole family at Sudeley Castle, including bouncy castles, ‘human demolition zone’ & more from All About Fun UK.  Also, Trevor Hill Animal Encounters, cheek art by Cheltenham Face Painting, giant outdoor games, circus skills workshop with Aztec Adventure, Georgian dancers, Medieval & Tudor Gowns characters, magician David Moylan, Punch and Judy with Professor Collywobbles, street dance class with Team 24/7 Fitness Kids and Arts & Crafts.  And of course lots of fresh air and space to run around in with our improved playground & new ‘Lost in the Willow’s living maze.  You get all of this included with your admission ticket so come and have a great day out.  Details

Festival of Steam Gala

23 - 25 May.  Cotswold Festival of Steam Gala. The best steam gala for miles. Please note that entry to the site will be by ticket only. There is no free entry.  Details.

Blooming Great Tea Party!

Marie Curie Blooming Great Tea Party 2015

A tea/coffee morning is being held at The Guide Hall, Winchcombe on Saturday 13 June 2015 between 10am and 12pm.  It is being organised by the local Fundraising Group of Marie Curie and every penny raised will help Marie Curie care for someone in Gloucestershire with a terminal illness.  Come and fortify yourself for the Saturday shop by having a drink and piece of delicious home made cake (all for £2.50 - a bargain!) and at the same time, help raise funds for this excellent cause.

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.

However for music fans we are staging a music evening of light opera in the gardens of Sudeley Castle an the 28th June in support of the LINC Charity based in Cheltenham, which we hope will be "Fizz" related.  Have a great and EVENT FULL Summer. From all at Team Fizz"  Details

A Night at the Opera

Opera at the Castle

A special one night gala of much loved opera excerpts will take place in the grounds of Sudeley Castle on Sunday June 28th from 6.30pm.  By kind permission of Sudeley Castle LLP, in association with Winchcombe Business Forum and Radio Winchcombe 107.1fm.

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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.

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.

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..

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

Winchcombe Summer Ball

Dear Ladies and Gents!
It's time to put a very important date in your diaries. - Saturday, 20th June 2015
It's the 10th Anniversary of Winchcombe Summer Ball and promises to be our best yet!
This year we will be supporting Maggie's, Cheltenham
See below for more details on how to book your tickets.

Tickets Available Coventry Building Society - Winchcombe

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Easy payment scheme available - just contact us for more details

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Winchcombe Open Gardens

Winchcombe Open Gardens
Sunday 21 June 2015, 2 pm-6 pm

Explore the historic Saxon town of Winchcombe with its fifteenth century wool church and old streets when you visit our Open Gardens in June. The gardens include a range of styles from smaller and more intimate cottage gardens to those with a more formal layout. We have over a dozen gardens opening with some new this year and all within easy walking distance of the town centre. Teas in various locations with homemade cakes and plants stalls too.
How to get in: Tickets and maps from Winchcombe Tourist Information Centre and Cheltenham TIC, or on the day, Back Lane Car Park (in Winchcombe) or any Open Garden.
Cost: £5.00 per person, under 12s free. Proceeds go to the conservation of St Peter’s Church, Winchcombe.
Location: Winchcombe lies on the B4632 between Cheltenham and Broadway.
Queries and more information: Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.

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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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

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.

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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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