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Winchcombe - a Cotswold town

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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.

                     

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 will be talks, poetry, workshops, visual art, street fair and art trail all to make your week one to remember.

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Art Exhibition and Sale at Stanton

Maggies Saturday 11 June, 10 am - 6 pm.

Sunday 12 June, 10 am - 4 pm.

 

Come along to an Art Exhibition and Sale of work by 13 local artists at Burland Hall in the beautiful Cotswold village of Stanton, just 5 miles north-east of Winchcombe off the B4362.
Entry is free, but any donations to 'Maggie's' Cancer Charity will be gratefully received on the day.

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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Open Gardens at Stanton

Sunday 19 June, 2 - 6 p.m.Open Gardens
Location: 5 miles north east of Winchcombe off B4632, WR12 7NE
Admission: £6, children free.

Over 15 beautiful gardens open in the picturesque C17 village of Stanton, ranging from large manor house to small cottage gardens, all packed with colour and interest, many with delightful natural water features. 
Legendary home-made teas, ice-creams, plant/herb stall, second-hand books and Raffle with great prizes.
A unique opportunity to explore the hidden secrets of this lovely unspoilt Cotswold village - an NGS event not to be missed!Open Gardens

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.

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.

Roll Up, Roll Up...

Giffords Circus at Sudeley Castle.  The Painted Wagon Tour will be coming to the Cotswolds  and will be appearing at Sudeley Castle on selected dates from 19 - 31 May.   Last year's show entertained nearly 100,000 people - all ages crying with laughter and gasping with delight.  Prepare for an evening of memorizing entertainment when the wildly popular Giffords Circus returns to thrill audiences for another year.
Bringing the weird and wonderful to Sudeley Castle on selected dates between Thursday 19 and Tuesday 31 May 2016, The Painted Wagon follows the success of 2015's Moon Songs tour, and promises another spectacular show.

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St Peter's Summer Fete

St Peter's Summer Fete, 3 July 2016, 12 noon.  The summer Fete is being held in St Peter's Church and churchyard on Sunday afternoon.  We hope that it will be as good if not better than last year's fete, with fun for all the family.  There will be, a pig roast, traditional games, stalls, raffle, bar, teas/coffee, ice cream and cream teas.  If you are able to help, please contact Margaret Bearne, tel: 604593 or speak to Margaret most Sunday's in the church.

GWR Fish & Chips Special

GWR Evening Fish and Chips Specials (The Cheltenham Fryer).  Special Mid Summer Murder Mystery evening.  The train departs from Toddington Saturday, 11 June 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

Richard lll at Sudeley Castle

Richard lll at Sudeley Castle - The official 3D-printed replica of Richard III’s skeleton has been loaned to the Sudeley Castle from the University of Leicester.  Join us with Black Knight Historical, 20 - 21 August, as we travel back into the 15th Century with Richard III and his encampment as they settle at Sudeley for another weekend of medieval life on the road.  Families can walk around a medieval living history encampment and watch the costumed craftsmen and women at work, including cookery, jewellery making and illumination of manuscripts.
There will be entertainment by musicians, dancers, knights, a storyteller and more, as well as a special appearance from the great Richard III, who will be present on horseback, ensuring visitors get the full 15th century experience.
Entry is included with General Admission and 12-month passes so come and bring the family for a day of medieval discovery!

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. 

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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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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

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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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