Tewkesbury, a mediaeval market town in Gloucestershire

Having a major connection to the Wars of the Roses (the battle of Tewkesbury in 1471) and growing significantly in popularity since the construction of the magnificent Abbey, Tewkesbury is a historical, beautiful and theatrical, mediaeval market town in the north of Gloucestershire. Standing at the confluence of two well-known rivers, the Avon and the Severn, Tewkesbury has plenty to offer its residents and visitors alike. There is a thriving artistic community with the Roses Theatre being at the centre of it all, housing a live performance venue alongside an arthouse cinema as well as plenty of retail outlets in the town, there are some lovely cafes, and twice a week on a Saturday and Wednesday a large market is held in the town carpark. With almost eleven thousand residents now happily living and working in Tewkesbury and the surrounding areas, professional businesses such as intocleaning.co.uk/services/office-cleaning-gloucestershire/office-cleaning-tewkesbury/ that specialise in Office Cleaning Tewkesbury are thriving.

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Having easy access to its two beautiful Rivers, Tewkesbury hosts a large Water Festival every July, with candle-lit boats making a spectacular procession along the banks, followed by a large fire-work display. At the end of July going into August, a music festival entitled, Musica Deo Sacra or Music Sacred to God, is held in the grounds of the Abbey.  A Winter Beer Festival is held every February and a traditional Mop Fair on the 9th and 10th of October every year. Every July (apart from during the Covid restrictions) Europe’s largest Medieval Festival, battle reenactments and Fair is held in the town. Battle enthusiasts from all over the world travel to Tewkesbury to witness and take part in the battles, and traditional, authentic costumes are worn as encampments spring up around the original battle site.

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Tewkesbury may well be home to some of Gloucestershire’s oldest pubs, The Black Bear dates to 1308 and although closed in 2017 to undergo extensive renovations they were finally completed in 2022. Mentioned in the novel “Pickwick Papers” by Charles Dickens, the Royal Hop Pole Hotel was found to have a mediaeval banqueting room hidden inside its structure and the half-timbered imposing building of the Bell Hotel can be found opposite the Abbey Gateway. Finally, the old cottages surrounding the Abbey have been restored and put to good use as a home for the Abbey Lawn Trust, a charitable housing foundation.

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