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Tewkesbury, renowned for the penultimate battle in the Wars of the Roses which brought the house of York to power, is also home to the beautiful 12th century Norman Abbey and offers a wide variety of antique shops and independent boutiques where many a collectors’ piece has been found! The town is also known for its mustard making and brewing, in years gone by goods were transported on its rivers thus making it a thriving market town.

It is here that the George Watson Memorial Hall is holding its Antique & Collectors Fair on 11th April. Visitors can enjoy a trip down memory lane, browsing this vintage market where home-ware, clothing and accessories are available to purchase. For those with a real passion for times gone by, there will be live entertainment, vintage hair demonstrations and makeovers; the highlight of the day is a fashion show replicating all the latest fashions of the day.

The Abbey Hotel makes a great base for nearby Tewkesbury and we always have great offers available. Booking is advisable as we are a very popular choice for visitors to the area. Take a look at our special offers page for our latest packages.

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Jump racing’s biggest festival comes to Cheltenham Racecourse during the first half of March, the finest horses and jockeys will be ‘chomping at the bit’ to make racing history.

The festival commences with Champion Day, featuring the Stan James Champion Hurdle, and six further races, including the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, the International Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle trial, along with the atmosphere of first day racing; this is a must for all racing fans.

Ladies Day is on 11th March. A Milliner’s dream, hats of all sizes, shape and colour will be on show, and along with the Betway Queen Mother’s Champion Chase, will prove a colourful and fun event.

With plenty of Irish-style entertainment lined up, St. Patrick’s Thursday is definitely the party day of the week. Come along and dance the jig and bet big on St. Patrick’s Derby charity race. Jockeys will be racing to raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund, a very worthwhile charity.

The last day of the Festival brings us Gold Cup Day with two Grade 1 events and three competitive handicaps. Who will win this year’s Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup? For more information on each of the days visit the Jockey Club website.

If you can’t decide which event to attend, why not choose to stay for two? At the Abbey Hotel we have the perfect offer to compliment your day of racing. The offer is for two nights’ accommodation, dinner on both nights including a half bottle of wine per person on the first night, full English breakfast and walking maps of the Malvern Hills should you wish to take advantage of the stunning views in the area. At only £185 per room, this is will definitely enhance your racing visit.

Find more offers on our special offers page  or call us on 01684 879193.

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The Severn Hall is the location for one of the areas favourite events, the Antiques & Collectors Fairs which takes place on Sunday 8th March.

This is the perfect opportunity to buy some rare and exquisite pieces of history and with over 150 exhibitors all in one hall you can expect a wide variety of pieces on offer, perfect for that special ‘personal’ gift for a loved one, so much better than a commercial mass produced item from your local shopping centre!

The Fair has a very relaxed atmosphere, which is enhanced by the rural surroundings, where you can browse the many stalls of ceramics, glass, pictures, jewellery, militaria, clocks, silverware and vintage clothing. Entry is from 8.30am until late and only £3.00 entry fee.

You are sure to have worked up an appetite after your day’s activities, so why not join us at the Abbey Hotel. Only a short distance from the Severn Hall, we offer a traditional Sunday Carvery lunch in our Priory View Restaurant, delicious food and stunning views over the Vale of Evesham, what better way to finish your day? Booking is advisable as our carvery is very popular. Call us on 01684 879193 for more information.

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If you can’t wait for the latest Classic & Vintage Commercials magazine to hit the newsagent shelves then you will definitely not want to miss the Classic Commercial Vehicles event taking place at the Three Counties Showground in Worcestershire on Saturday 7th March in Wye Hall.

Priced at a reasonable £8 per adult (under 15’s go free), tickets can be purchased on-line here. It is THE show for classic and commercial vehicle enthusiasts, glorious names from the heyday of road haulage when home-produced vehicles dominated the roads including popular names such as: Dennis, Leyland, Bristol, Jensen, and Ford.

So whether you are going to buy via auction (H.J.Pugh & Co), showcasing your own pride and joy or just going to reminisce days gone by, this show will certainly not disappoint.

If you are thinking of staying a while longer to enjoy all that Worcestershire has to offer, the Abbey Hotel offers a comfortable and peaceful night’s sleep in one of our 103 individually decorated bedrooms; we also have pet-friendly rooms so the whole family can enjoy a holiday. We look forward to welcoming you.

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If your New Year’s resolution was to take up a new hobby then the Stitch and Creative Craft show at Severn Hall (entrance via Yellow Gate) between 26th and 28th February is just the place to be.

The show features all the latest in craft trends and ideas and caters for the complete beginner to experts in their fields. Crafts – such as cross stitch, card making, embroidery, knitting, patchwork, beading, painting, mosaics and decoupage – are amongst the many areas covered.

Interactive workshops and expert tuition are on hand throughout the day and there will be demonstrations for you to watch, and, who knows, perhaps be inspired to try something new. This year workshops will include: Beading and Jewellery, Textile and Mixed Media, Sit’n’Knit, Decopatch Delights, and Patchwork.

If you decide to extend your stay in the area, the Abbey Hotel is currently offering a two-night Weston Cider break, which includes a visit to the Mill, guided tour, cider tasting and a two-course lunch. This fantastic offer, reasonably priced at £185 per room per night, includes dinner on both nights (with half a bottle of wine on the first night) and a full English breakfast. What a great way to enjoy all that Worcestershire has to offer. For more information take a look at our special offers page, call us on 01684 879193 or email us at

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Kingsholm Stadium welcomes the IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 this September. Rugby has been played here since 1900, when Billy Bancroft led Wales to a 13-3 victory over England, cementing itself as one of the most historical grounds of all time. Kingsholm Stadium has also been host to several other memorable games such as New Zealand back in 1991, scoring eight tries against the USA thanks to a hat-trick from Terry Wright, and again in 2000 against Lebanon.

The main grandstand has been developed in the last few years and now has the capacity for 16,500 spectators; it is also home to the Aviva Premiership side. Fixtures set for this year’s Rugby World Cup are: 19th September, Tonga vs Georgia; 23rd September, Scotland vs Japan; 25th September, Argentina vs Georgia; 11th October; USA vs Japan

Nearby, Villa Park, whose history goes back to 1924 when North Midlands select side were defeated by New Zealand 40-3, is also host to two of the main Rugby World Cup fixtures: 26th September, South Africa vs Samoa; and 27th September, Australia vs Uruguay.

What better reason to visit the city of Gloucester which has so much to offer. From the medieval streets and courtyards in the Westgate Quarter, to the picturesque cathedral and neighbouring spa town of Cheltenham, make the most of your visit and book yourself in at the Abbey Hotel. We have many seasonal offers available and are conveniently placed close to both Kingsholm Stadium and Villa Park. Book now to avoid disappointment; call us on 01684 879193, email us at or book online.

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Classic car and bike enthusiasts will be in their element this January with the 17th Annual show held at Three Counties Showground, Malvern Worcestershire (entrance through the brown gates).

Last year over 1500 enthusiasts assembled to view over 80 pitches full of classic cars and bikes and purchase parts. The unique aspect of this show is that you can drive around the site trading from your car, so no hiking that Zenith carburettor around the field! So not only can you delight in the vehicles on show, but you can also sell any spare parts you may have, to make way for your next project!

The show opens between 10am and 3pm. Admission is £6 for adults, £2 for children aged 7 to 14 years, and free for under 7 years. Parking is free and dogs are welcome on leads. For more information visit Classic Shows website.

After an enjoying a day of reminiscing, why not make your way back to the Abbey Hotel where we will be serving a three-course traditional Sunday Carvery. Savour our perfectly cooked roasted meat and vegetables in the relaxed atmosphere of the Priory View restaurant.

For more information call us on 01684 879193 or at

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The historic town of Great Malvern comes alive at this time of year with lots of free entertainment, shows and Christmas fairs. So whether you are looking for a fun-packed day of adventure or a relaxing day of culture we have it all.

On Saturday 29th November, Christmas begins with an afternoon of fun planned in Malvern Centre;  Santa will be in his grotto, a Victorian stilt walker will be performing and there will be many fairground rides and attractions to keep you entertained.  Face painting for the little ones, arts and crafts stalls for gift inspirations and lots of local produce to sample and purchase.  The Courtyard will be hosting festive children’s activities from 2pm onwards, and musicians and local choirs will provide seasonal music throughout the day.  As dusk falls, the popular lantern parade will commence and with the Christmas light switch-on we can officially start the countdown to that magical day.

Christmas is a time for everyone, including our four-legged friends. West Midland Safari Park has invited Santa and his Elves to make sure their animals don’t miss out. a visit to the Discovery Trail is a must, if you want to see snow this year!

Santa will also be visiting the Abbey Hotel on selected Sundays this Christmas, and bringing a special surprise gift to our younger guests. Our reasonable priced carvery lunches are served in the Priory View Restaurant, with children under 6 eating free.

If you prefer a more musical Christmas, Worcester Cathedral brings you a spectacular choral concert on 13th December. Indulge your love of all the seasonal favourites with audience participation, featuring the Cathedral Choir, Enigma Ensemble and Worcester Festival Choral Society. And for a cultural Christmas treat, the Bolshoi Ballet will be broadcasting the Christmas classic: The Nutcracker, live from Moscow at the Forum Theatre on 21st December. For more information visit the Malvern Theatres website.

The Abbey has put together a great deal for those of you who prefer a more quiet, relaxing Christmas. Our full board three-day Christmas break package starts at £345 per person,  and for a small supplement you can have that extra bit of indulgence by upgrading to a Superior or Executive room.  Book now to avoid disappointment; call us on 01684 879193 or email us at

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There are many Victorian-themed events taking place during the Christmas period; however, the most authentic and largest Christmas Fair takes place in the West Midlands, in the picturesque town of Worcester.

What better way to begin your festive season than with a bag of roasted chestnuts and a glass of mulled wine, whilst listening to live barrel organ music under the stunning backdrop of Worcester Cathedral? If you close your eyes you could almost be back in the 1800’s!

In its 22nd year, the festival runs from 27th to 30th November with hundreds of visitors returning annually to get inspirational, unique and hand-made Christmas gift ideas from the many stalls selling jewellery, toys and household decorations, all at very reasonable prices.

Children will love the Victorian carousel, jugglers, stilt walkers, ‘new’ old fashioned sweets and creating gifts in the craft market,  whilst the whole family is guaranteed to love the traditional and international food on offer at the food stalls; all helping to make your Christmas day that extra bit special.  For more information visit the Worcester Christmas Fair website.

If your appetite has peaked from all those delicious sights and smells, the Abbey Hotel is a close by.  With stunning views over the Vale of Evesham, the Priory View Restaurant offers a delicious range of food, and families are warmly welcomed.  Our young guests can choose from their own under 12’s menu or choose a children’s portion from our main menu (at half price).

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Celebrate the exposure of one of the most nefarious plots against the government this November and watch the effigies of Guy Fawkes glow in our winter skies with the many firework displays in and around Great Malvern.

The first of the two major firework displays in Gloucester takes place at Gloucester Docks on 1st November; known as the Big Bang Fireworks Festival it certainly lives up to its name.  Laser displays, music road shows and side shows compliment the explosion of colours and sounds promised at this popular, charity-based event.

On 8th November get yourself over to Cheltenham Racecourse where the largest firework display in the South West takes place.  With over 10,000 people visiting each year this great location provides great acoustics and is ideal for younger children in pushchairs, as there is a hard-standing, covered area.  Entertainment is provided by local radio and street performers weave their way through the crowds, fun fair and side shows for everyone’s enjoyment, all profits go to local good causes.

If you have younger children who would like to celebrate Guy Fawkes Night, but would prefer a little quieter entertainment then Elgars Museum has an afternoon of Firework themed crafts for them to enjoy.  Between 12:00 & 16:00 on Sunday 2nd November they can create their own Guy Fawkes out of recycled material, construct a firework decoration or make a bonfire picture to take home with them.  For further details visit the Elgar Museum website.

However you choose to celebrate, here at the Abbey we can offer a warm welcome and hearty meal in our Priory View restaurant.  There are many chef’s specials to choose from including a hearty prime sirloin steak with hand-cut chips, complimented by our famous Malvern pudding, a real treat to make your evening finish with a bang.

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