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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.  Check out our FB page. 

The Street Banners

Winchcombe Banners are back! 'The Banner 'Reeve' of Winchcombe has taken out his paint brushes, polished his ladders and with lots of help from his friends, the Banners are up.   Winchcombe looks fabulous and the banners will remain 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.

                     

Winchcombe Walking Festival 2016

Time to brush up your walking boots and take to the hills for Winchcombe Walking Festival 2016.  20 - 22 May.  We have taster walks for those who may want to walk a section of the new Wyche Way, or the Holst Way and then there is the popular Cotswold Way National Trail. We celebrate the 90th anniversary of Michael Cardew, the internationally famous potter, combine nostalgic steam train rides with walks through famous sites, some off the beaten track.

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Festival of Music & Arts

The 2016 Winchcombe Festival of Music and Arts, celebrating the best local bands, groups, artists, poets and writers is back for another brilliant week.  Winchcombe Festival of Music and Arts will take place between 23rd and 30th May 2016. The programme for the 2016 music festival is now on-line.  ONLINE TICKETS NOW AVAILABLE! There is also a £1 per ticket discount available for any tickets bought before 30 April 2016.  There will be talks, poetry, workshops, visual art, street fair and art trail all to make your week one to remember.

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Winchcombe Needs You

Date for your Diary - Winchcombe Tidy Up Day – Saturday 7th May, 10:00 am

This is being organised by the Town Council, and they are hoping to get as many volunteers (businesses, local groups and members of the public) as possible to get involved and really get Winchcombe looking lovely for the summer.  Join the tidy-up at Abbey Terrace and make our town 'more' beautiful. 

Tools and equipment are provided.  Wear sensible shoes and clothing and bring spades and brooms if you can.

Music Recital at Dumbleton Hall

Dumbleton Hall Hotel in association with Michael & Gina Bochmann are proud to host the Anchor Ensemble performing Quintets for Clarinet and Strings by Mozart and Brahms on Friday May 6th 2016 at 7pm for 7.20pm.Bochmann

The Anchor Ensemble is a young, dynamic ensemble which was formed whilst studying at the Birmingham Conservatoire, initially for a single performance of the Howells Rhapsodic Quintet. However, through the success of this performance several opportunities arose. Since winning the Atea Chamber Music Prize they have performed the Mozart Quintet in London and further engagements in Birmingham have included concerts at the Birmingham Art Gallery and Swansong Music Society. Their appearance on the evening is part of an educational project organised by Michael & Gina Bochmann during which the Anchor Ensemble will share their skills and enthusiasm with the pupils at the Cotswold School through workshops and performances. For this opportunity we are indebted to the generosity of "Architectural Heritage" & the "Aspinwall Educational Trust". Please click on the image on the right for more details of the event.

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.

Quiz Night at the White Hart

Come and join in the fun at a Quiiz Night at the White Hart, Friday 13 May 7:30 start.  Teams of up to 6, £20 per team, pay at the door.  All in aid of Radio Winchcombe, your local station.

Country Market & Donkey Derby

Naunton Country Market & Donkey Derby Saturday 25th June.  Exciting Family day out: 10.00am - 6.00pm  Entrance: £1.00 (under 16s free) free parking.  Naunton recreation ground (Sat Nav GL54 3AS)  Over 40 stalls of local produce. Cookery demonstrations.  Teas/Coffees, cakes. Bar-be-que. Bar and refreshments. Tote.  Children’s races 12.00.  Six Donkey races starting at 13.00hrs. Jockey’s final, 17.30hrs.  Terrier Racing, Fun Dog Show. Grand Raffle.  Come and join the fun.

GWR Fish & Chips Special

GWR Evening Fish and Chips Specials (The Cheltenham Fryer).  The train departs from Toddington Saturday, 14 May at 7:00pm,  returning at about 9:30pm. A leisurely Saturday evening ride through the Cotswold countryside with a large fish and chip meal delivered to your reserved seats by our train stewards, what more could you ask?  Details

Guided Walks of Historic Winchcombe

Free Town Walks  The 2016 series of the increasingly popular Guided Town Walks start again on Easter Sunday 27 March 2016.    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, 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 about 10 or 12, but larger parties, or parties at different times, can probably be catered for if pre-booked.
Because of the increase in visitor numbers we are looking for new people to join our band of enthusiastic volunteer guides to continue the good service we provide to visitors to our town and to provide for the increasing interest in these tours.

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Winchcombe Country Show

Winchcombe Country Show - Bank Holiday Monday 29 August 2016

Organisers of the 67th Winchcombe Country Show are promising another bumper show this year. The event takes place on Bank Holiday Monday 29 August at Winchcombe Senior School Playing Fields and brings you the best in country show fun. The annual procession through the pretty Cotswold village will have an Olympic Rio theme this year. The procession which starts at 11.30am from the Abbey Field Centre in Back Lane will feature vintage tractors, fancy dress contestants and the Happenstance Border Morris dancers. The procession will arrive at the show site for 12.00 noon.


A key element of the event will be the traditional flower show with many classes featuring creative floral displays, arts, crafts, photography, wine, cookery and preserves. There are lots of prizes and over 50 trophies up for grabs!

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Winchcombe Open Gardens

Winchcombe Open Gardens
Sunday 12 June 2016, 2 pm-6 pm

Explore the historic Saxon town of Winchcombe when you visit our Open Gardens in June, with an additional exclusive visit to the gardens in Dent’s Terrace, a Grade ll listed set of almshouses. Tickets and maps from Winchcombe Tourist Information Centre or on the day, Back Lane Car Park (in Winchcombe) or any Open Garden. £5.00 per person, under 12s free. Winchcombe lies on the B4632 between Cheltenham and Broadway.

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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.

Post Office in the Co-Op

The Post Office are proposing to move Winchcombe Post Office into the Co-Operative store in North Street, Winchcombe.  The proposed change would deliver a modern, new-style local Post Office branch in newly furbished Co-Operative premises providing:

  • Longer opening hours
  • Low screened, open plan Post Office service points
  • A wide range of Post Office services

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Help Needed

Winchcombe Girl Guides Needs a New Leader
Could you help?  There is a strong tradition of guiding in Winchcombe and the surrounding area. .  We currently have a small unit of enthusiastic Guides aged 10-14 years.  Meetings are held weekly during school term times.  The unit will close this summer if another leader can't be found.  Volunteering with Girlguiding is a fulfilling way to support your local community.  Full training for the leadership role will be given (this position could be shared). 

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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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Tell Us What you Think

Visitor or Resident?  Tell us what you think about Winchcombe; our website, our shops and services.  We'd love to hear your views.  Just Click on our link; like, follow or post!

 

 

 

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

DROP IN SERVICE NOW AVAILABLE IN WINCHCOMBE

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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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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