If you are thinking where have I heard the name Tetbury before as you dont know this area it is probably that you know one of the modern reasons that Tetbury is famous and that is because Prince Charles and Princess Diana bought Highgrove which is in Tetbury. Tetbury is in Gloucestershire and is known as the entrance to The Cotswolds. If you love ancient buildings then Tetbury has more than its fair share. The Parish Church dates back to 1777 and was built by Francis Hiorn. It is thought to be the best Georgian Gothic church built. It has been extensively restored but restored to its original 18th century look. The spire is the fourth highest in England. Tetbury has a market house. It is pillared and still used as a Maret. Wednesdays is market day and with tetbury having so many antique shops there is of course an antique stall. On Fridays it is an antique market. The Chipping steps is the old site of the Mop Fair. This is where farm hands and domestic staff went and hoped that employers would pick them. Gumstool Hill is the oldest street now famous for the Woolsack Races. If you have never been to this you are really missing something. They roll cheeses down this hill and you run after it. Sounds easy doesnt it but oh boy the hills steep and it is far from easy. There is tale that at the bottom of the hill was a pool where scolding wives and other miscreants were tied to a ducking stool or as it was called in those days a Gumstool and ducked under water as punishment hense the name. If you are a gardener you must visit Westonbirt Arboretum. 600 acres for you to see. It is said that there isnt a tree in the World that Westonbirt hasnt got. It is open all year round so you can see it with the different seasons. There are a lot of specialist shops in Tetbury and lots and lots of antique shops.Of course some are by appointment of The Prince of Wales. So if you are in Gloucestershire thi
s is a definate place to visit. I cannot guarantee that you will see Charles and Camilla or for that matter even want to but there presence is felt in Tetbury
Tetbury is a small town on the top of the Cotswold Hills. It's a beautiful area, perhaps a little quaint, but very pleasant. Tetbury is firmly on the tourist trail, with lots of pubs, tea shops and antique shops. It can be a bit pricey, but is well worth a wander around. The highpoint of the year in the Tetbury calender is the Woolsack races. These occur in may, the second bank Holiday weekend if memory serves. There's a big street market with lively entertainment, crafts, art, and a festive atmosphere. the woolsack races themselves involve men and women (not racing against each otherbut racing against people of the same gender) running up and down a quite unfeasibly steep hill with a heavy sack. I don't know if they still use sacks of wool, but they did originally. On a hot day, this is a horrible thing to try and do, but some fit and mad people seem to think it's a good idea. As its all in the street, its free, although you will end up parting with your money to get food and craft items. Other things to do. Not far from Tetbury is a small lake - Cherrington lake. This is lovely in the spring when the first snowdrops are out, and is a great place for a picnic. Tetbury has a nice church, (aesthetically speaking)and there are quite often musical events in it. Large places you can get to from Tetbury - Cirencester, Bath, Gloucester. Westonbirt Arboretum (spelling dubious) Is wonderful - a huge park full fo trees from around the world. Spectacular in the Autumn, and often host to musical events. You can book balloon flights that start from here - an amazing experience that I can personally recommend. You have to book well in advance though. Highrove House isn't far from tetbury, so its always possible that you might see Prince Charles out and about. The balloon ride often goes over Higrove - again, another reason to go up. If you are planning a break in Gloucestershire and l
ike quiet, out of the way places, then this is a nice town to stay in, and its not bad for getting out and about. Due to being on top of the Cotswolds, it does catch the weather, especially the wind.