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Things to do in Winchcombe & the Cotswolds

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There’s always plenty to see and do in The Cotswolds!

Cheltenham Gold Cup
The White Hart Inn is a 20 minute drive from Cheltenham Race Course.

British Heart Foundation Cotswold Bike Ride
To celebrate the 25th anniversary of this popular bike ride, we are refreshing the route so you can get to see more of the beautiful Cotswolds. Get your family together and take on either the 30 or 50 mile routes. Read more……

Winchcombe Cotswolds Walking Festival 15 – 17 May
Cotswolds Tourism Awards 2015, Silver award winner  ‘Tourism Event of the Year’ Read more….

The Rugby World Cup 2015 in Gloucester. Read more….
The White Hart Inn is a 40 minute car ride from the Kingsholm rugby stadium, home to Gloucester RFC and a venue for some of the matches of the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

Cheltenham Festivals
There are 4 main festivals in Cheltenham each year, Jazz, Scince, Music and Litertature and The White Hart is an ideal place to stay to visit these. Read more……..

Cheltenham Cricket Festival
The Brewin Dolphin Cheltenham Cricket Festival is one of the most loved events in  the social and sporting calendar. The idyllic setting of Cheltenham College  provides the perfect backdrop for cricket at the height of summer. Read more………..

Prescott Hill Climb
Prescott has been home to top flight motor racing as well as vintage and classic meetings for cars and bikes for almost 80 years now, so in celebration of our longevity we have been making some changes to ensure that we remain at the forefront of Hill Climb courses. Read more…….

The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway runs along a part of the former Great Western Railway’s mainline from Birmingham to Cheltenham, via Stratford-upon-Avon. The line commands wonderful views of the sleepy hamlets and villages, as the it runs though the beautiful Cotswold countryside. Read More……

Winchcombe Folk & Police Museum
We are a small Accredited museum run entirely by volunteers with a folk and local history collection which deals with the fascinating history of Winchcombe and its people. Read more…..

Staying at the White Hart in Winchcombe puts a huge range of popular destinations and tourist attractions within easy reach.

The idyllic Cotswold town of Winchcombe contains many historic buildings including a beautiful medieval church, ancient alms houses and a host of traditional shops, while Sudeley Castle, once occupied by Henry VIII’s sixth and final wife, Catherine Parr, is just a short walk away.

Read more about the history of Winchcombe

Winchcombe is an ideal base for walking in the Cotswolds being at the intersection of many footpaths including the Cotswold Way, the Gloucestershire Way, and the Wardens Way. The White Hart offers the ideal base for touring the Cotswolds and is within easy reach of Cheltenham which is great for shopping, Broadway and Stratford-upon-Avon with six Shakespeare Houses to visit, plus the Royal Shakespeare Theatre and Oxford with punting and the endlessly fascinating Pitt Rivers Museum. Excellent walking and biking and touring routes are nearby.

We have tried to link to as many useful information websites to help make your stay with us as enjoyable as possible. If you have any questions about the local area, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

White Hart Special for budding photographers

Get to know your camera better. We’ve teamed up with John Ord Photography for some great opportunities to learn from a pro.

  • £49 for a one hour Taster Session based in the studio
  • £99 for a two hour Photography Experience including a photo-walk around the Sudeley Castle estate (weather permitting)
  • Both are interactive, hands-on sessions
  • Specific photography problems can be addressed / questions can be answered
  • Introduction to photography PDF training notes will be provided to all

Cheltenham is conveniently less than a hundred miles from London, seven miles from Winchcombe and an ideal base for touring into the Cotswolds, Stratford upon Avon and Bath. Most of the town centre lies within a conservation area of outstanding national importance. Regency town houses, characterised by intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades, line the historic Promenade, squares and terraces. With its award-winning gardens , impressive range of stylish shops and its festivals of horse racing, music and literature, Cheltenham has a cosmopolitan ambience to beguile the most jaded spirit.

For something a bit more organised we have teamed up with Cotswold Walking Holidays Ltd who can provide expert guides for walking in the Cotswolds. Cotswold Walking Holidays are a leading provider of walking holidays in the region, founded to encourage people to explore on foot the beauty of the Cotswolds. This area of gentle hills and honey-coloured stone villages, some 100 miles/160kms west of London, has some of the best walking in England.

Sudeley Castle is one of England’s most delightful historic houses – Set against the picturesque splendour of rolling Cotswold hills, Sudeley is located half a mile across the meadows to the south east of the town centre.

Hailes Abbey enjoys a beautiful setting on the western fringe of the Cotswolds surrounded by wooded pasture. The museum displays include some fine examples of medieval sculpture and decorated floor tiles.
More information

Winchcombe Folk and Police Museum A small registered museum run entirely by volunteers, which displays a folk collection which deals with the fascinating history of Winchcombe and its people, a police collection including British and International uniforms and equipment both historic and modern and family local history folders and information. Tel 01242 609151

Winchcombe Pottery Established in 1926 on the site of a pottery dating back to the early 1800’s makes it one of the longest running craft potteries in the country making some of the finest and most practical domestic pottery in the world. Tel 01242 602462

For more information about Winchcombe events and walking click here

Birdland – Park and Gardens Bourton-on-the-Water
For adults and children of all ages. Seven acres of woodland, river and gardens, inhabited by over 500 birds, flamingos, pelicans, penguins and cranes. Picnic areas, cafe, gifts and play area.
Tel: 01451 820480.

The Miniature Village a small-scale faithful recreation of the town of Bourton on the Water itself, through which the children can stroll like Gulliver in Lilliput.

The Model Railway Exhibition an indoor exhibition of half a dozen working models of complex railway networks, that will entertain children of all ages for hours. Tel 01451 820686

Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection
For adults and older children. Famous as the home of “Brum” the little car from the childrens’ TV series, this collection of vehicles includes cars, motorcycles and caravans displayed with all kinds of memorabilia. The Maze, next door to Birdland and a challenge to the most adventurous child Allow yourself a full day for a visit to Bourton-on-the-Water. Tel 01451 821255

Cotswold Farm Park
A rare treat for all the family and especially children. From Gloucester cattle to Guernsey goats, Cotswold sheep to Crested ducks, there is a rare British breed for every week of the year. Animal audio tour, tractor school and Farm Safari Ride. Touch animals, adventure playground, pets corner, gift shop, and cafe.
Tel:01451 850307

Cotswold Water Park & Keynes Country Park
For adults and children of all ages. Britain’s largest Water Park – 132 great lakes south of Cirencester. All outdoor needs are satisfied including:- nature reserves, country parks, water sports, Thames Path, cycling, fishing, riding, caravanning and camping. Safe summer bathing , lakeside cafe, walks, cycling, barbecues, children’s play area, bike, boat, and surf bike hire. Waterland outdoor activities centre. Disabled wheelchair access at Keynes Country Park. Tel: 01285 860186

Cotswold Wild Life Park -Burford
For adults and children of all ages. The great favourites are the rhinos which roam in a wide ranging field. The Park exhibits over 200 animal species in approximately 200 acres of parkland and beautiful gardens with a fine variety of plants around a setting of a listed Victorian Manor House. Facilities include cafe, picnic areas, adventure playground, narrow-gauge railway, and gift shop. Disabled wheelchair access provided for. Tel: 01993 823006.

Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway – There is a station at Winchcombe
The Steam Railway is based at Toddington (between Broadway and Winchcombe) and operates a round trip of 13 miles. Departing from the restored station at Toddington you will travel past the village of Didbrook and the site of Hailes Abbey onto Winchcombe and finally Gotherington. Tel 01242 621405.

Prinknash Bird and Deer Park
For adults and children of all ages. See one of the biggest collections of displaying peacocks, the numerous waterfowl, the exotic pheasants, ducklings, the amusing Pygmy goats and the lovely two storey Tudor Wendy house by the lake.
Open all year. Prinknash Park, Cranham, GL4 8EX. Tel: 01452 812727

Warwick Castle
A great day out for both adults and children. The Castle is one of the best preserved in the UK and dates back to William the Conqueror. Here you can experience the sights and sounds of the medieval household, chilling dungeon and torture chambers, state rooms, towers and ramparts. In addition there are live shows of sword fighting, falconry, and knights jousting. This venue is a must for children of all ages.
Tel: 01926 406600.

Useful Links

Batsford Arboretum

Berkeley Castle

Birdland Park and Gardens

Blenheim Palace

The Cheltenham Brewery

Bourton Model Railway

Butts Rare Breed Farm

Broadway Tower

Cheltenham Art Gallery

Cheltenham Race Course

Clearwell Caves

Cotswold Falconry Centre

Corinium Museum

Cotswold food store

Cotswold Farm Park

Cotswold Motoring & Toy Museum

Cotswold Perfumery

Cotswold Way National Trail

Cotswold Water Park

Cotswold Wildlife Park

Court Barn Museum

Dr Jenners House

Dunkirk Mill

Giffords Circus

Gloucester Antiques Centre

Gloucester Cathedral

Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

Gordon Russell Design Museum

Holst Birthplace Museum

Hidcote Gardens

Keith Hardings Mechanical Music

Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Museum in the Park

Nature in Art

New Brewery Arts Centre

Painswick Rococo Gardens


Roman Baths

Royal International Air Tattoo

Stanway House & Fountain

Snowshill Manor

Winchcombe Walks

WWT Slimbridge Wetlands Trust

Woodchester Mansion

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