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Winchcombe - home to Sudeley Castle

The ancient Anglo-Saxon town of Winchcombe is nestled in a scenic Cotswolds valley close to Cheltenham. It’s got bags of character, as you’ll see from the quaint pubs, restaurants, tearooms and shops that line the three main streets. In the 1600s, the Winchcombe area was known for tobacco growing. Today, it’s most associated with Sudeley Castle, the burial place of Katherine Parr. She was the only one of Henry VIII’s wives to survive him while still married to him. You can see her tomb in St Mary’s Church.

Have a flutter at Cheltenham Racecourse

A big draw for national hunt fans, this picturesque racecourse at Prestbury Park is steeped in tradition and provides a memorable day out for race-goers. It holds several jump meetings a year, including the world-famous Cheltenham Festival in March when the country’s top jockeys compete for the Gold Cup and Champion Hurdle.

Meet rare breeds at Cotswold Farm Park

From Gloucestershire Old Spot pigs and Cotswold sheep to Highland cattle and Guernsey goats, you can get to know over 50 rare breeds here. This brilliant farm run by Countryfile presenter Adam Henson is a hit with young and old alike. The kids can bottle-feed lambs and learn how to ride a tractor, while older members of the family can indulge in seasonal produce and Adam’s own beer in the onsite restaurant. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Winchcombe? Both Travelodge Tewksbury Hotel and Travelodge Cheltenham Hotel are under 20 minutes away by car.