The historic stone built town of Winchcombe stands near the foot of the northern Cotswold hills. Described by the Romans who settled here as a ‘fat valley’, in Saxon times it became the capital of the Mercian kings and the site of one of the largest Benedictine Abbeys in England. Traditional limestone houses with steep gables and stone slate roofs still line its main streets as the town’s highways and byways recall the tramp of pilgrims, soldiers, nobles and kings.
Today it is a living and working community of many interests and talents. Set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty visitors to the town can enjoy the beautiful surroundings and the unique attractions of nearby Sudeley Castle, the preserved steam railway line and the already famous walking trails – Winchcombe is the walking capital of the Cotswolds – which include the climb to the Neolithic long barrow at Belas Knap and a fine view of the Cotswold countryside.
The creative energy in the town has encouraged a lively range of communal and social activities led by the vibrant Winchcombe Festival of Music and Arts – now in its fifth year.