Tewkesbury Abbey CC Site is set in the heart of Tewkesbury, just minutes from the M5 motorway.
The site has many similarities to Rowntree Park CC in York; both are set in centre of their conurbations; both near a river and both flood. In each the reception is set high up on stilts.
Tewkesbury has 157 grass pitches set around three loops of access roads - all one way. There are three facility blocks - two full on facility blocks with laundry washing area and the usual CC well looked after and clean shower and toilet facilities. The third is a small annexe behind reception with toilet and washing areas only.
In short, the site is very nice with plenty of space, and in some parts some good views of the Abbey. In fact, as I write this I can glance up and see the Abbey in all her glory. On an evening, the sun sets behind the Abbey giving it a lovely red glow.
Approaching the site is easy via the M5 and then straight along the A438 to Gander Lane turning left just before the Abbey.
Once onto the site there is a wide welcoming entrance with room for several outfits at a time.
Just outside the site are Tewkesbury Cricket Club, Bowling Club and Rugby Club.
There is a large children's play area adjacent to the site which is good for those with children as there are none on site.
Three sets of wardens are on site and we saw them always busy, constantly grass cutting and maintaining this beautiful urban park.
Whilst at Tewkesbury we had a good look around the town with its many timber frame buildings.
The Abbey is good with plenty of history, bought by the town in 1650 for £453.
Like York, Tewkesbury has a Wetherspoons PH not far from the site for a reasonable priced beer and meal. The nearest supermarket is Morrison's which you pass on your way into town. We spent a bit of time there getting in the BBQ food as our week was wonderfully warm and sunny throughout.
There are some wonderful walks around the town.
We tried the Battlefield trail around the site of the 1471 Battle of Tewkesbury in the war of the roses.
A walk across the Ham meadow is also very nice to the river Severn especially if you first walk through Victoria's gardens adjacent to the river. It was just above here that we saw a family of swans complete with eight cygnets - apparently local residents for many years.
A local couple told us this was the first year the swans have managed to keep their eggs until they hatched as all previous years the water flooded and swept away the nest.
Tewkesbury has the Cotswolds on its doorstep so we had to visit.
Burton-on-the-Water was a lovely place, very picturesque, naming itself Venice of the Cotswolds. We then went to Lower and Upper Slaughter, wonderfully quaint Cotswold villages, seemingly locked in time but tainted by tourism.
Tewkesbury is also a good place to visit South Wales and so we had a day Castle hunting and enjoying the scenery of the Wye valley and Forest of Dean. We visited Raglan, Chepstow, St Briavalls and finally Goodrich Castles.
The site always seemed busy, but never overly full. We chatted to several of our neighbours - many using this site as a transit stop off. A couple from the North heading for the South West, and one from the south heading North.
This site certainly does have good transport links but I think it's worth more than that, so if you’re planning on passing through give it some extra time - you won't be disappointed. Top marks I say for Tewkesbury CC.
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