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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. Descending Cleeve Hill from Cheltenham, with stunning views all around, you will arrive in Winchcombe. You will see St. Peter's church on your left, guarded by forty of the country's finest grotesques.  The church has an unusually fine weather cock made of wood and measuring nearly 6 feet from beak to tail. Originally at the Church of St. Mary, Redcliffe in Bristol, it came to Winchcombe in 1872. 

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.

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.

 

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!

Six Weeks of Summer

Cotswold Farm Park

Need stacks of ideas for things to do this summer to keep the kids entertained, why not join in with six weeks of summer fun at Adam Henson's Cotswold Farm Park.  Lots of entertainment and excitement for everyone throughout the summer holidays, from 18 July to 31 August.  Details

Teddy Bear Tuesdays

Teddy Bear Tuesdays at GWR Join in the fun - bring your own teddy bear - make sure it's labelled as you won't want to lose it. No need to book - just turn up.  Make a day of it - ride the steam train and the heritage diesel hauled train over the whole line from Cheltenham Race Course to Winchcombe Toddington and Laverton loop as well as riding on the Teddy Bear special. A great day out experiencing three different forms of train travel.  Tuesday 4, 11, 18 & 25 August.  Details

Bugatti Owners Club

Prescott Hill Climb

Motoring Heritage at Prescott, Fri 31st July, Sat 1st & Sun 2nd August 2015.  The perfect summer event for everyone who has an interest in pre-war motoring.  Why not check out Winchcombe's places to eat or accommodation for what is a weekend of superb motoring heritage.   This event is run and organised by the Vintage Sport Car Club - Details

Adventure Mondays

Adventure Mondays at Sudeley Castle

New for this 2015 we are delighted to introduce ‘Adventure Mondays’ for the Summer Holidays!  Kick boredom into touch with Condensed Histories’ Time Traveller Shows, Dragon Trails through the gardens with our resident Dragon Whisperer and have-a-go archery with Aztec Adventure.  From 3 to 24 August.  Details

Real Ale & Steam Weekend

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th August.  Another Steam and Real Ale Weekend at Winchcombe and Toddington. Raise a glass to real ale brewers from all over the country. Normal ticket prices for those wishing to travel but for those planning just to sample the ales, there will be a small admission charge.  Details.

Wiggle Cotswolds Sportive

Cheltenham Racecourse - Cycling Sportive 15 August 2015 -  07:25 - 17:00  This mid-summer Sportive is sure to test your seasons cycling training to date. With its unforgiving, but quintessentially British countryside vistas held entirely in the Cotswold District – as Britain’s largest Area of outstanding natural beauty, this will be one sportive you won’t want to miss out on.  Leaving from the magnificent Cheltenham racecourse, home of the Cheltenham Festival, and the Gold Cup, it has every facility you come to expect from the Wiggle Super Series events.  Winchcombe is only 15 minutes away from the start.  Why not check out Winchcombe's places to eat or  Accommodation for the night before,  and have a restful start for the Sportive.  Click image for details.

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.

Loyaulte Me Lie

22-23 August - Richard III Weekend

On the anniversary of the Battle of Bosworth Sudeley is being transported back in time to the age of Richard III with Black Knight Historical.  Walk around a medieval living history encampment and see craftsmen and women at work in a range of activities including cookery, jewellery making and illumination of manuscripts. There will be musicians and dancing, archers, knights and men-at-arms, a storyteller, members of the Privy Council including Stanley, Howard and Percy and of course the great man himself, Richard III will be present on horseback.
It’s just as well this event is on for two days – you’ll probably want to come back!  Details

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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Childrens Wednesdays

Childrens Wednesdays at Sudeley Castle

Always a tremendous hit with children and parents alike, this year our Children’s Wednesdays will include entertaining history shows from Condensed Histories, Storytelling by Agent Green the Dragon Whisperer, Punch & Judy shows with Professor Collywobbles (5th & 19th August), Magic shows with David Moylan (12th & 26th August) Bouncy Castle and Creative Learning Centre with All About Fun UK (12th, 19th & 26th August), Dance classes with Team 24:7…  Details

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.

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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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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

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.

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

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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