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Pocket guide to Tetbury, Gloucestershire

Posted: Fri, 1st Mar 2024
Things to do in Tetbury

Strolling the streets of this picturesque market town, it’s easy to see why Tetbury lures in droves of tourists every year.

An emblem of Cotswold heritage, this idyllic destination was once a hotspot for wool and yarn during the Middle Ages. Today, fragments of this rich past are still seen through weavers cottages, needlecraft shops, and of course, the town’s famous woolsack races.

Aside from its deep history, Tetbury is also a honeypot for antiques, attracting some of Britain’s leading dealers and collectors alike. The town’s plethora of cafes and artisan bakeries only add to the vibrant atmosphere, setting the scene for a truly unique visit.

Things to Do in Tetbury

Enjoy soothing sounds at Westonbirt
Home to an astounding 2,500 species, Westonbirt Arboretum’s magical woodlands and walkways are a symphony for the senses. This summer, tune in to Grammy-Award winning jazz musician, Gregory Porter, who is debuting at Westonbirt on 4 July. If jazz-funk is more your thing, opt for the smooth melodies of Nile Rodgers & CHIC on 12 July.

Sip fresh coffee at Veloton Bike Shop
They say life begins after coffee and that sentiment certainly rings true at buzzy spot Veloton. Taking inspiration from Australia’s indie coffee-cycling scene, Veloton is a bicycle repair shop and coffee bar ran by cycling enthusiasts. Scrumptious flapjacks and lattes made with milk from the local dairy top this riders’ hub off on a high note.

Walk the grounds of Highgrove House
Tetbury’s royal connections imbue the town with a regal feeling – and nowhere ignites this more than Highgrove House, the residence of King Charles and Camilla. Explore colour-bursting flower gardens and sculpted hedgerows before perusing The Coronation Pavilion for artistic home and garden ware. When little tummies rumble, spend lunch time at The Orchard Room where you can tuck into superfood salads and sandwiches.

Uncover fine treasures and trinkets
If you’re on the hunt for decorative collectables such as soft furnishings and historic gems, Tetbury’s bustling antique scene is your playground. Burrowed inside Georgian townhouses and revived Tudor structures, there’s over 25 antique shops brimming with eclectic objects. Listen carefully to overhear fascinating tales from the antique world drifting from the lips of the many top dealers inhabiting the town.

Experience Tetbury Woolsack Races
Tetbury Woolsack Races date back to the 17th century when drovers ran up hills with sacks to impress local women. Now, this rite of passage takes place annually and attracts crowds of up to 5,000 people. The event also hosts stalls, live music and entertainers that bring a festival feel to the entire town. This summer, it’s taking place on 26 May – so don’t forget to grab a ticket!

Places to Eat in Tetbury

Blue Zucchini
Blue Zucchini is a family-run restaurant plating up delicious food against an eccentric backdrop. Think cloth lamps hanging from the ceiling and Buddhist prayer flags that add conversation-starting character. Don’t forget your camera either because Blue Zucchini’s interior is without doubt one for the photo album.

The Close Bar & Garden Room
Nestled in the heart of the town, The Close Bar & Garden Room combines elegant, homely interiors with a sumptuous menu. Serving classic dishes with a modern twist, step outside to discover the garden complete with deckchairs and candy pink rose bushes.

Lola & Co
Fine Spanish tapas and decadent wine are the cornerstones of this family-run restaurant. Underpinned by a belief that food brings people together in a way nothing else can, Lola & Co is unforgettably intimate.

Things to do in Tetbury

Where to Stay in Tetbury

Christmas Cottage

Christmas Cottage is a delightful, mid-1800s, terraced cottage, sitting on Tetbury’s iconic Gumstool Hill. The cottage’s furnishings accentuate its history yet it remains contemporary with a stylish kitchen and bathroom.

Tetbury - Christmas Cottage Dining Room

Hillside Cottage

Hillside Cottage is a period townhouse that retains its original 19th century character, while offering a contemporary feel. The cottage is in a quiet location with beautiful walks from the doorstep, and sleeps five guests.

Tetbury - Hillside Cottage Living Room
Tetbury - Hillside Cottage Outdoor

New Church Cottage

New Church Cottage is a townhouse steeped in Georgian elegance. Located in the heart of Tetbury, it has two elegant double bedrooms, quaint bathrooms, a living room, kitchen-dining area and glorious courtyard.

New Church Cottage Bedroom

Red Devon House

Red Devon House will appeal to the most discerning of guests, with its private outdoor swimming pool and beautiful wide lawns. There are sumptuous reception rooms, large indoor and outdoor dining areas, a kitchen, and a cosy study for tucking into a book.

Red Devon House Bedroom
Red Devon House Pool

Charlton Down Cottage

Overlooking Westonbirt Arboretum in the distance, Charlton Down Cottage is a beautifully renovated country cottage. Nestled along tree-lined lanes just outside Tetbury it provides a refreshing retreat for couples and their dogs. Leave the car behind and explore the surrounding countryside on foot.

Charlton Down Cottage Outdoor
Red Devon House Bedroom
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