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Tewkesbury Town



An ancient settlement situated at the meeting of the rivers Avon and Severn, Tewkesbury is renowned for having one of the best medieval townscapes in England with its fine half-timbered buildings, overhanging upper storeys and narrow alleyways.



Tewkesbury Abbey
Tewkesbury Abbey



Tewkesbury Abbey

Built in the twelfth century, the Abbey of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Tewkesbury is the second largest parish church in the country and a former Benedictine monastery. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the people of Tewkesbury saved the abbey from destruction in 1539 and bought it from King Henry VIII for the price of £453. It is one of the finest Norman buildings in England.




Gloucester Cathedral has been a place for Christian worship for over 1300 years.  King Edward II who was murdered in Berkeley Castle is buried here. More recently, the cathedral has been used to film parts of Harry Potter. The Beatrix Potter’s ‘Tailor of Gloucester’ museum and shop is close by. Gloucester Docks has a Victorian heritage containing a museum, antique shops, bars, restaurants and the recently opened designer outlet village, Gloucester Quays.  A unique event is Cheese rolling which takes place on Cooper’s Hill in May and involves contestants chasing a wheel of double Gloucester cheese down a very steep hill.

Jazz Festival Tewkesbury


Upton upon Severn International Jazz Festival

The Jazz Festival takes place at the picturesque Worcestershire town of Upton upon Severn during the last weekend in June, featuring a programme of popular bands covering different genres. It also features a free Upton Blues Festival and Folk Festival.



Tewkesbury Medieval Festival

This festival attracts thousands of re-enactors and visitors from around the country to recreate the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury. It features knights in armour, gunners, archers and men with various weapons of the period. The Battle of Tewkesbury formed a part of the Wars of Roses, which were fought between the rival houses of York and Lancaster for throne of England.

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival
Tewkesbury Medieval Festival



Cheltenham became one of the leading spa towns in 1716. Today, the regency architecture with its sweeping classical terraces, elegant villas and the famous Pitville Pump Room can still be seen. Cheltenham Gold Cup Festival takes place in March and is the most prestigious of all National Hunt events featuring the highlight of the entire Jump racing season, the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival takes place in October every year and is the longest running Literature Festival in the world. Prescott Hill Climb is a motor sports event set in the Cotswolds featuring all types of vintage and classic makes of cars.

Cheltenham Gold Cup
Cheltenham Gold Cup



Three Counties Showground

The Three Counties Showground features a range of events such as the Three Counties Show, the largest agricultural and countryside show in the region. The event showcases the best of British food, farming and rural life, offering a superb day out for all ages. The Malvern Spring Gardening Show and the Malvern Autumn Show are also popular events.


Outdoor Activities

Willow Cottage is well positioned for walking and cycling holidays with the Gloucestershire Way, Severn Way, Malvern Hills, Bredon Hill, the Cotswolds and Forest of Dean all nearby.

The Cotswolds is an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ and covers a large area containing many villages, towns, historic houses and gardens.

The Hilton Puckrup Hall has its own 18-hole championship golf course, wedding and conference facilities, spa, and leisure complex. Tewkesbury Park Hotel has an 18-hole golf course and leisure facilities.

Tewkesbury is positioned at the confluence of the rivers Severn and Avon and together with the surrounding areas offers plentiful coarse fishing.

There are also local facilities for horse riding.