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A visitor’s guide to Moreton-in-Marsh and its surrounding attractions…

Located at the head of the beautiful Evenlode Valley, within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding National Beauty, Moreton-in-Marsh is a thriving market town, dating back to the Saxon era. 

The High Street is lined with elegant Cotswold stone buildings which house many specialist shops, antique emporiums, tea rooms and delis. Every Tuesday, Moreton-in-Marsh hosts the largest open-air street market in the Cotswolds, which is popular throughout the year. Every year, Moreton-in-Marsh holds a fabulous, one-day agricultural festival, celebrating farming and rural life past, present and future.

As well as the railway station, which offers a direct link to London, Moreton-in-Marsh is well connected to Cheltenham and other towns and villages in the Cotswolds via regular bus services.

On your way to Moreton-in-Marsh, keep an eye out for the Four Shire Stone. This weathered obelisk stands on a stretch of greenery alongside the A44 and is often overlooked by passing motorists. It marks the spot where four of England’s shires touched (Warwickshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire and Worcestershire). However, some geographic boundaries of Worcestershire changed in the 20th century making it the Three Shire Stone. Nevertheless, there is some history and some legend to this monument, supposedly having inspired J. R. R. Tolkien; the famous Shire of Middle Earth is divided into four farthings, three of which meet at the Three-Farthing Stone. Tolkien also regularly visited Moreton-in-Marsh, stopping for refreshments at The Bell Inn, which inspired The Prancing Pony, the pub at Bree.

Within Moreton-in-Marsh, enjoy the chocolate box houses and meandering streets. The broad High Street is lined with elegant 17th and 18th century buildings, among them the White Hart Royal, a former manor house in which King Charles I sheltered during the Civil War, and the rare Curfew Tower with its original clock and bell. In the centre is the Redesdale Hall dating from 1887. This is the town’s main public hall which regularly holds antiques and craft fairs. Finally, pay a visit to St David’s Church which was rebuilt and reconsecrated in the middle of the 16th century and in 1858 was rebuilt again in a medieval style.

The Moreton Gallery

Situated on the High Street is The Moreton Gallery, made up of four exhibition areas hosting five shows per year. The artwork is mostly the work of quality, emerging artists with pieces selling from £10 to £3,000. Formats include paintings, ceramics, glass wear, jewellery and sculptures.

Wellington Aviation Museum

A private collection of RAF memorabilia and aviation art, all the result of one man’s passion and pride at having served in the RAF. The museum provides an invaluable record of how the second World War impacted this small market town. It is only five minutes’ walk away from the High Street. 

Lemington Lakes

(a 5-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Here you’ll find 60 acres of lakes and woodland to explore. While the fishing is open only to residents, you can enjoy spotting the local wildlife on your walk, which includes Roe and Muntjac deer, Barn Owls and Red Kites. 

Broadway Activity Park

(a 15-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

A 3-acre recreation ground has been turned into a state-of-the-art Activity Park to be used and enjoyed by the whole community. The park is divided into 4 specific areas for different age groups and the distance between these areas is open grassland. There is lots of great play equipment including a see-saw, climbing poles, twin fly spinners, climbing towers a skate ride simulation and lots more.

Cotswold Motoring Museum

(a 20-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

In Bourton-on-the-Water, there is an extensive collection of motoring memorabilia and toys from the 20th century. Discover vintage and classic cars, listen to period music as you peruse photos from past eras, and take a brass-rubbing of the famous “Brum” car from the popular BBC’s children’s show. The museum may look small from the front, but it is much larger inside. 

Spa on the Square, Moreton-in-Marsh

Situated on the High Street, in a three-storey town house that overlooks the bustling Market Square. Spa on the Square specialises in PHYTO5 skincare treatments, with all therapists personally trained by Camela, the founder of PHYTO5 in the UK. Alongside this, they also offer various beauty treatments, so you can feel fabulous before or after a day of sightseeing and shopping. 

The Spa at Dormy House

(5-minute drive from Chipping Campden)

Renowned UK-wide amongst spa aficionados, this ultra-luxury spa at the wonderful Dormy House Hotel offers award-winning relaxation in a spectacular setting. Indulge in some serious R&R courtesy of the spa’s serene pool, terrace hot tub, Scandi-style thermal suite and programme of luxurious therapies for the face, body and mind. Non-guests of the hotel need to book a day spa pass to access, but we promise you it’s well worth it.

Cotswold House Spa

(Chipping Campden High Street)

Handily located in the heart of the High Street and open to residents and non-residents alike, Cotswold House Spa is the ideal spot to unwind with some serious R&R. With seven treatment rooms, a hydrotherapy pool, aromatic steam room, relaxation room and programme of therapeutic and holistic therapies, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to pampering.

The Lygon Arms Hotel

(a 20-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

A hidden oasis in Chipping Campden, guests can enjoy small pamper treatments or full-day relaxation, whichever suits their schedule. The Lygon Arms Hotel is committed to utilising OSKIA British products, including ELEMIS, the number one British skincare brand. With invigorating therapies, soothing massages and a glass of Champagne to complement, there’s something for everyone. 

 Bourton House Garden

(a 5-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Beautiful in all seasons, Bourton House Garden is known for its late summer flourish. When many gardens have run their course, this one just keeps giving. The best time to visit would be the end of September or early October. Discover the knot garden, parterre, Shade House and topiary walk, or enjoy a longer walk in the seven-acre field that contains gr specimen trees. A free guide to the trees is also available with tickets to the garden.

Batsford Arboretum

(a 5-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

The 56-acre arboretum at Batsford is situated just one mile west of the historic market town of Moreton-in-Marsh. A former home to the famous Mitford family, interest in the arboretum begins in late winter when the snowdrops, aconites and early flowering daffodils spring into life, followed by magnolias, hellebores, fritillaries and the beautiful Japanese ornamental cherries – stars of the show from late March until mid-April. The handkerchief tree is another showstopper in May, as are the beautiful wildflower meadows which bloom in high summer.

Mill Dene Garden

(a 10-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Discover a typical Cotswold garden with a twist – a comedic, witty twist. Enjoy the misty grotto and stream, watching the resident kingfisher and ‘daft’ ducks. Take a turn about the herb garden and discover medicinal and culinary plants, as well as some well-known aphrodisiacs. A garden that delights all the senses, the Dares started the garden ‘seriously’ in 1990 and opened to the public two years later. A firm favourite amongst the locals. 

Sezincote House and Garden

(a 10-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Discover a slice of India within the Cotswolds. Sezincote is a family-run estate covering 3,500 acres of beautiful countryside. Within the gardens you can find a 200-year-old Mogul Indian palace, an Indian bridge adorned with Brahim bulls, and a temple to Surya the Hindu god of the Sun. The house is credited with influencing the design of the Brighton pavilion after a visit by the Prince Regent in 1807. 

Cotswold Falconry Centre

(a 10-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

The perfect place for inquisitive minds and nature lovers alike, Cotswold Falconry Centre gives you a fantastic insight into the world of birds of prey. You can see daily flying displays and over 130 different birds of 60 different species, including those on the Critically Endangered list.

Kiftsgate Court Gardens

(a 10-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Found on the edge of the Cotswold escarpment, this family-run garden has been carefully cultivated by three generations. Featuring beautiful, revolving blooms which burst into life throughout the year, visitors can discover the Kiftsgate’s wild garden, orchard, mound and avenue, plus a fantastic water garden and elegant fountain.

Cotswold Lavender

(a 15-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Located on Hill Barn Farm on the outskirts of the pretty village of Snowshill, Cotswold Lavender bursts into life every summer offering nature lovers and flower fans alike a beautiful day out. Head to the farm to stroll through fields and fields of vibrant lavender before it’s harvested to make a range of bath, skincare, wellbeing and home products. Find out about how it’s used before heading to the on-site shop to stock up on heaven-scented goodies.

All Things Wild

(a 20-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

An all-weather nature centre for all the family to enjoy, All Things Wild gives all ages the chance to learn about a host of brilliant animals at first hand, getting up close with reptiles, lemurs, meerkats, armadillos and more. Enjoy pond dipping, bug hunting, discovering fossils and heading into Dino Land on the train, where you’ll step back in time to uncover the secrets of these long-lost, ancient animals.

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park

(a 20-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park has a long-standing reputation for a fun-filled day out. Visitors of all ages can interact closely with the animals and learn about farming, past and present. As the home of rare breed conservation, visitors can meet over 50 flocks and herds of farm animals, including Gloucestershire Old Spot Pigs and Highland cattle. There is plenty to do all year round, whatever the weather, with an adventure playground, Farm Safari, Maze, Tractor School, Sand pits and Jumping pillows. Adam’s Kitchen Café and the Farm Park Shop are both open to the public, so you don’t even need to buy a ticket to the café or shop.

The Big Feastival (August)

Taking place on Alex James’ Cotswold farm, The Big Feastival combines award-winning music with award-winning food. Discover celebrity artists and Michelin-starred chefs, alongside an exciting array of family activities. Some of the local favourites are the Cheese Hub and Supper Clubs, as well as the interactive cookery sessions designed specifically for budding mini chefs in the Little Kitchen. Good food, good music, good times. 

Moreton Jazz (Monthly)

Since 2016, professional musicians Ben Holder and Paul Jefferies have brought incredible live music concerts to Moreton-in-Marsh, celebrating the best of British talent (and the occasional visitor from overseas). Concerts are held once monthly, usually on a Thursday evening, at St David’s Centre. 

The Moreton-in-Marsh show (September)

Held on the first Saturday in September, it is the largest one-day agricultural show in the UK. It was first held in 1949 and is on the same site today as it was then – the Batsford Estate. In total it occupies 165 acres and is packed with things to see and do, for all the family. You will see the best in livestock, with the horse section always popular with more than 1,000 entries in the showing and show jumping classes. Meanwhile, in the Rural Attractions section, you will see demonstrations and events which showcase the best of farming and country life. There is a Dog Show, Cotswold Food Market, Home and Garden Marquee, and more than 350 trade stands selling everything from designer wellies to combine harvesters. 

You’re truly spoilt for choice when it comes to walks in and around Moreton-in-Marsh thanks to its location on the northern Cotswold Way, a glorious 100-mile walk stretching from Chipping Campden all the way to Bath. En route, you will discover beautiful Cotswold villages, rolling landscapes and incredible views.

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Cotswolds AONB walks

Old Market Way

Old Market Way is a small arcade in the heart of Moreton-in-Marsh. Discover a range of small businesses that will always greet you with a smile, including a jeweller, bookshop, sweet shop, hairdresser, beer shop, and more! 

Moreton-in-Marsh market

Granted a Market Charter in 1227, every Tuesday since then there has been a market running here. Over 200 stalls are set up, selling everything from leather goods, purses, books, fish, produce, pet products, clothing, cookware, and more. The market runs every Tuesday throughout the year from 9am to 3pm. 

Burford Garden Centre

(a 25-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh) 

This is not just your regular garden centre; Burford Garden Centre is worthy of a half-day out, with a dedicated food hall, seasonal award-winning displays, gift centre, clothing outlet, organic café, home and lifestyle department, as well as the typical garden and outdoor products.

Independent Local Stores

Moreton-in-Marsh is dedicated to showcasing local and artisan producers of the region. As well as a weekly market, which is the largest open-air market in the Cotswolds, there are also hideaway shops all along the streets, including The Cotswold Cheese Company. 

Broadway Golf Club

(a 10-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Located on top of the Cotswold escarpment, with wonderful views across the Vale of Evesham, is Broadway Golf Club: an 18-hole, par 72 course, offering excellent golf for all abilities. Open to members and visitors alike, the course is characterized by its undulating fairways, dry-stone walls and small, contoured greens. With all 18 holes open year-round, please be advised that there is a strict no ‘3-whee,l single seat buggy’ rule in force.  

Little Oak Vineyard

(a 15-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Discover a small, family run English vineyard in the heart of the Cotswold countryside. They focus on two grapes – Siegerrebe and Seyval Blanc, producing unique and sparkling wines. Enjoy tastings and tours, or simply purchase some of their beautiful wine for enjoying back home or in your holiday cottage.

Naunton Downs Golf Club

(a 25-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Naunton Downs Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 71 golf course, just a few miles from Bourton-on-the-Water.  Trolleys and buggies are allowed. Naunton Downs is dry and playable during most of the winter period and is rarely closed.

The Cotswold Distillery

(a 15-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

The Cotswolds Distillery is the first-ever full-scale craft distillery within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). They produce a range of “Outstanding Natural Spirits”, including the first-ever Cotswolds Single Malt Whisky, featuring Cotswolds-grown barley. They also produce the award-winning Cotswolds Dry Gin, featuring local lavender from Snowshill, along with a range of small-batch brandies and liqueurs. Located in the unspoilt North Cotswold village of Shipston-on-Stour, with tours and tastings every day of the week (advance booking required). The distillery has shops in Broadway and Bourton-on-the-Water.

Ian Coley Shooting School

(a 30-minute drive from Moreton-in-Marsh)

Arguably one of the best shooting grounds on UK shores, Ian Coley Shooting School boasts 24 different shooting stands with a minimum of two traps each, three high towers (up to 120ft), Down-the-Line and much more. Perfect for shoot enthusiasts or beginners wanting to test their talents, the range of covered stands set within mature woodland mean that you’ll have fun whatever the weather. The ground is available for individual practice with self-timer release clay traps, or tuition (in groups or individually) with one of the team’s fully-qualified coaches. Pre-booking essential.

Bakeries & Snacks

The Cotswold Tearoom 

This quintessential tearoom has been on the High Street since the 1970s and continues to be run by a small family team. Serving traditional afternoon teas, cream teas, snacks and light meals, all the food is homemade from old family recipes. Gluten free options are also available.

Yellow Brick

Fresh, funky food made with local, seasonal ingredients. They offer a range of light bites and snacks, but the biggest draw is their artisan gelato. They serve 18 flavours of homemade, Italian gelato, using the finest Cotswold milk. 

Cacao Bean

A coffee and cake shop, with specials such as Strudel Sunday. One of the key factors in Cacao Bean’s success has been their ethos that cakes taste best when they’ve been freshly baked using the same ingredients and techniques as those used in home baking. 

Otis & Belle

An artisan sourdough bakery and patisserie, with goods baked fresh every day by Le Cordon Bleu trained pastry chef and owner Will Alexander. Everything is baked with love and care – the shop is even named after his two children. 

Serenity Bean

A small eco-friendly coffee and wholefood shop.  Families are catered to with a dedicated Play Zone on the first floor for children, and crafts and board games for adults on the ground floor. Dogs are welcome. Kenya-inspired vegan and vegetarian menu.

Lunch & Dinner

Redesdale Arms

Enjoy a blend of modern international cooking and traditional British favourites. Dine in one of the refurbished restaurants, on the Garden Terrace, or settle in the bar beside the log fires. Make the most of your dining experience and enjoy a relaxing aperitif or glass of champagne in their comfortable lounge. 

The White Hart Royal Hotel and Eatery

Central in Moreton-in-Marsh, this 16th-century coaching inn offers all-day dining, an in-house coffee shop, and is pet friendly. Guests may dine where they wish, be it from the main restaurant or lounge, the bar, or alfresco in the breezy courtyard. Those wishing to dine in private may do so in the Oxford Louge or Evesham Lounge. Fun fact: King Charles visited here in 1645, the day before the famous battle of Naseby. 

Manor House

Whether you’re looking for a quick bite with friends, a romantic dinner, or would just like to enjoy a cocktail at the bar, the Manor House has space for every occasion. The Beagle Bar has a relaxing atmosphere, with a range of cocktails and wines on offer. It’s the people’s local, where friends and colleagues gather to unwind. The Mulberry Restaurant is named after the 300-year-old mulberry tree that stands proud in the courtyard. Each year the chefs use the fruits to make their famous mulberry jam. Finally, you have The Beagle Brasserie, which offers informal light bites and a seasonal menu. Picture exposed fireplaces filled with logs, secluded alcoves with views over the beautiful gardens and cushioned wicker chairs offering a comfortable seat to nestle in and read your book. 

Takeaways & Late Dining

Russells Fish and Chips

A local but modern chip shop located just off the centre of Broadway village. Enjoy some of the finest fish and learn what potatoes were used in your specific chips. 

Locojo’s

A favourite of locals, serving delicious pizza. The shop is named after the owner’s children – Lola, Corey and Joseph. The freshest ingredients are used, and the pizza dough is stretched out every day. 

The Spice Room

Enjoy both the delicate and powerful tastes of Indian Cuisine. With set meals, classic dishes, and Sunday Buffets, you’ll be spoilt for choice. 

Pubs

The Swan Inn

A family run inn located in central Moreton-in-Marsh. Unwind with a cold beer, tasty snack or indulge your tastebuds at the Gin Bar. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. 

The Black Bear Inn

A traditional pub serving delicious food and fantastic local ales. A home-from-home welcome will be awaiting you, whether you dine in the 40-seater restaurant or settle in their pub. Spot the big black bear by the fireplace, and other quirky decorations around the bar.

The Red Lion Inn

A pub that is all about staying local. They proudly state that their beef is from Matt in Barton-on-the-Heath, their lamb is from Steve in Chipping Norton, their dexter beef is from Alison in Chipping Norton, and their fruit and vegetables are from Mike in Chipping Norton. With such connections, you can guarantee you are receiving the freshest food at the best price. 

The Greedy Goose

Inside this very pretty pub you will find a space to suit any occasion – cosy corners, private dining, and a stylish restaurant. Most come for the famous North Cotswold Ales, including Shagweaver, Cotswold Best and Windrush Ale. 

The Bell Inn

Considered by many to be J. R. R. Tolkien’s inspiration for the Prancing Pony, the Bell Inn is a laid-back pub which prides itself on the consistent quality of draught beers and cask ales. CAMRA and Caravan Club members receive a discount when quenching their first. It is the ideal place in which to unwind with your favourite tipple, and regularly hosts live folk, jazz and blues music. 

Emergency

999 (toll free/freephone – police, ambulance & firefighters)

Taxis

Chipping Campden
Chipping Campden Cars
– 01386 840111
Cotswold Private Hire– 01386 840500

Broadway
AJW Private Hire – 07930 868552
QB Cabs – 07850 888565
Blue Cabs – 01386 858031
Delta Taxis – 07798 767688

Supermarkets

The Co-Operative Food – 12-14 High St, Chipping Campden GL55 6HB
Fillet & Bone – High St, Chipping Campden GL55 6AT
Warner’s Budgens – Russell Square, Back Ln, Broadway WR12 7AP
NISA Local– 3 Bibsworth Ave, Broadway WR12 7BH
Tesco Superstore – Worcester Rd, Evesham WR11 4XF
Morrisons– Davies Rd, Evesham WR11 1FN
The Co-Operative Food – 72-74 High St, Evesham WR11 4PA
LIDL – 2 Broadway Rd, Evesham WR11 1BH
ALDI – 4 Swan Ln, Evesham WR11 4PA
M&S Simply Food – 3 & 4, Evesham Shopping Park, Evesham WR11 4AB

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