The ancient market town of Tewkesbury lies at the confluence of the River Severn and the River Avon, in the county of Gloucestershire. With its fine medieval architecture and variety of pubs, restaurants and shops, it is the perfect base from which to explore the rolling hills, woods and fields of the Cotswolds. Tewkesbury’s waterside location has prevented it from expanding, and it remains one of the country’s finest medieval townscapes. Explore the historic centre from your holiday cottage in Tewkesbury and you will notice beautiful examples of half-timbered Tudor buildings, with overhanging upper-storeys and ornately carved doorways. A market is held on Wednesdays and Saturdays, with a variety of stalls selling fresh produce from the surrounding countryside.

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In and around the High Street, Barton Street and Church Street, you will find a variety of family-run businesses. Not to be missed on self-catering holidays in Tewskesbury, the town’s beautiful Norman abbey church was once part of sprawling monastery, and stands on the Mill Avon, a channel which is said to have been built by monks. Tewkesbury is known for its many events, which include an annual beer festival, a medieval festival complete with battle re-enactments, a food festival, and the Water Festival, which features a procession of lit boats and a fireworks display. 

There are several options for evenings out within walking distance of Tewkesbury holiday cottages, including Roses Theatre, home to an arthouse cinema and live performance venue. The John Moore Museum is well worth a visit, with fascinating exhibits on the wildlife of Gloucestershire, and the town’s nature reserve is a lovely spot for a stroll. 

Fishing in the rivers is popular, with the chance to catch bream, perch and pike. Several companies offer boat trips along the Severn and Avon, around the town and into the idyllic countryside beyond.