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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. 

Festival Parking

Winchcombe Christmas Festival, Tuesday 1 December - Parking will be very limited around Winchcombe so please walk if you are able to.  Additional parking will be available at:-

1) Winchcombe Primary School, just off Back Lane car park from 5:00 - 8:00pm.  Gates locked at 8:30 pm.  
2) Sports Centre, Gretton Road. 
3) Winchcombe Secondary School, Greet Road, at the front of the school (10 mins walk to town centre).  Gates will be locked at 8:30 pm.
North Street closed for parking - 2:00pm - 10:00 pm
Abbey Terrace closed - 12noon - 10:00 pm


Town Christmas Tree

Great News - The Business Forum has had a replacement Christmas tree delivered and supplied very promptly from Dowdeswell Forestry at a special price of just £20. Thank you very much to them. If any businesses would like to donate the extra £20 cost that would be great. Thank you to everyone who has shared the original post. The stolen tree is still missing, so please let us know if anyone finds it. Thanks again to the lovely people of Winchcombe for their support and concern. There may be one meanie in the area who steals things - but there are many, many more kind and generous people wiling to help. Look forward to seeing you all at Winchcombe Christmas Festival on Tuesday evening! With our new tree!

Help Needed Please

40 Stalls, late night shopping, Santa Claus, Choirs, Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and WE NEED SOME HELP!!!  Can you spare an hour or two between 12pm - 8pm on December 1 and make it a night to remember.  Contact us at www.winchcombe.co.uk





Winchcombe Christmas Festival

A Cotswold Christmas Festival brimming with music, festive food, gift stalls and entertainment is taking place in Winchcombe this December.  Shopkeepers, restauranteurs, and publicans in the charming Cotswold town are inviting visitors from across Gloucestershire to come and celebrate the festive season in style at the popular one-night Festival on;

Tuesday 1st December.


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Help Decorate the Winchcombe Christmas Tree

This year as part of the Winchcombe Christmas Shopping Festival, we are delighted to be supporting two local 'good causes'; the 'Simple Things Community Cafe' and 'We all Matter' (WAM).  Please sponser a Christmas decoration for £2.  Write a message on your decoration and it will be placed on the Winchcombe Christmas Tree outside the Tourist Information Centre.  All proceeds go to these two fantasitic local causes. Then come to the Christmas Festival on Tuesday, 1 December at 5pm to see the tree lights being turned on and your decoration in pride of place on the tree.  Decorations are available from Cotswold Eyecare Centre, Emporium and the Simple Things Cafe.


Scrooge Strikes in Winchcombe

Theft of Winchcombe's Christmas Tree -  Winchcombe’s 7ft charity Christmas tree was stolen last night, complete with stand, from outside the Town Hall and Museum in the High Street.  It had only been put up hours earlier by Business Forum volunteer Alan Foster and was due to be decorated today.  The £50 fir was to play a central role in the town’s popular Christmas Festival on Tuesday night, Dec 1, with its lights being switched on by the Amaryllie Fairytale Princesses to mark the start of the Festival at 5pm with decorations being sold for two local charities - The Simple Things Community Cafe and WAM Youth.  Now festival organiser Jane Royle says the Business Forum will have to fork out another £70 to replace the tree and its stand.

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Cheltonian Magazine

Our Christmas Festival on December 1, is featured in the Cheltonian Magazine this month; click on the images to read the article.  We have lots to interest all the family including, Father Christmas in his grotto in the Guide Hall, Happenstance Border Morris at various times throughout the evening and Winchcombe Dance Academy.  There will be Punch & Judy, handbell ringing, the Community Choir and Winchcombe Concert Brass.  The Amaryllie Fairy-Tale Princesses, switch on the Lights in the Town Hall Courtyard, at 5:00 pm.  Come along, have a mince pie and a mulled wine whilst browsing all the Christmas goodies!




Isbourne Valley Christmas Fair

Isbourne Valley School Christmas Fair Saturday, 5 December 12 - 4pm.  Wonderful gift stalls, Santa's Grotto, meet the Donkeys, refreshments, family fun and raffle, delicious home made cakes.  All the fun of a Christmas Fair.  Free entry, all  proceeds will go to Isbourne Valley School PTA.







Postlip Hall

A feast of carols, joyful instrumentals and humour to send you into Christmas with a feelgood factor. Cooper, Simpson, Frazer & Freya bring a rich mixture of old and new with a firm foundation of traditional Yorkshire and Derbyshire carols.  FRI 4TH DEC, 2015 7:30pm  Details






Carols at Sudeley Castle

This year we are proud to be joined by the Cheltenham Salvation Army Band and Winchcombe Community Choir for a magical evening of Christmas songs and carols.  The event will take place on 18 December at the Mulberry Lawn, with the stunning backdrop of the Banqueting Hall Ruins which will be lit up for the evening, so wrap up warm!  The programme will include a mixture of popular carols to join in with and traditional Christmas song performances to listen to and enjoy.  The Banqueting Hall will also be open for warming up with mulled wine and seasonal nibbles available to purchase (cash only).  Last year we had a fantastic turnout and raised a lot of money for charity and this year we’d like to do even better!
If you’re looking for that ‘Christmassy feeling’, come to this event.  Gates will open at 6pm with the event starting at 6:30pm.

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Santa Specials

Ride on a Santa Special from Cheltenham Racecourse Station by steam train, all the way to Winchcombe (or the North Pole!) through the long tunnel, and visit Santa and his elves in his grotto. When you arrive at Winchcombe the elves will meet you off the train, and make sure you have plenty of time to visit Santa and receive excellent presents especially selected by him for each age group, before your train returns to Cheltenham.  Weekends from 28 November, Details.


Winchcombe Live

Winchcombe Live, Season 4,  Autumn/Winter programme.  '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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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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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.






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!




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 Te. wkesbury.

Click here to see the updated timetables.

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.

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!



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.





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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


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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