Attractions

The areas around Harvington Lock, Evesham, the Cotswolds and Stratford upon Avon offer something to suit everyone and all budgets - unique attractions, historic buildings, stately homes, idyllic villages, health spas, golf, leisure, cycle ways, vineyards, canals, undulating countryside and winding rivers.

As an owner at Harvington Lock Caravan Park, you’re welcome to visit as often as you wish during our season that runs from March through to November. Whether you have two days or two weeks to spare the park is at your disposal and the perfect gateway to see, do and experience all the local attractions in the local area. 

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Further information

Avon Valley Steam Railway

Located at Bitton Station midway between Bristol and Bath on the A431 one mile from Keynsham. The Avon Valley Railway is more than just a train ride, offering a whole new experience for some or a nostalgic memory for others. The track now extends south to the proposed location of a new platform at the River Avon with the opening planned during 2003. Passengers will be able to enjoy walks in the surrounding countryside, as well as the many attractions the River Avon has to offer.

Bibury Trout Farm

For adults and older children, the Bibury Trout Farm is one of the oldest and attractive trout farms in the country. High quality trout reared to supply angling waters and for fishing by visitors. Gift shop, beginners fishing lessons (summer), fresh and smoked trout sales, and cafe.

Birdland - Park and Gardens

For Adults and children of all ages, Birdland at Bourton-on-the-Water is set in Seven acres of woodland, river and gardens, inhabited by over 500 birds, flamingos, pelicans, penguins and cranes, 50 aviaries, also tropical, temperate, and desert houses. Picnic areas, cafe, gifts and play area.

Cotswold Secret Cottage

Totally One-Off Experience - See what it is like to be invited into a 500 year old Cotswold Cottage private home

....for morning coffee, a buffet lunch and a traditional cream tea served inside Secret Cottage. Every day throughout the Year.  A six hour guided day tour of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire north Cotswold villages, combined with intervals at the private thatched cottage.

Cotswold Falconry Centre

For both adults and children. Watch the flying exhibitions of eagles, hawks, owls, and falcons. Appreciate their speed, grace, agility and their close relationship with the falconer. There are many breeding pairs of birds including the owls in Owl Wood. The Falconry Centre is in the same grounds as Batsford Arboretum.

Cotswold Water Park & Keynes Country Park

The Cotswolds Water Park is for adults and children of all ages. Britain's largest Water Park - 132 great lakes south of Cirencester. All outdoor needs are satisfied including:- nature reserves, country parks, water sports, Thames Path, cycling, fishing, riding, caravanning and camping. Safe summer bathing , lakeside cafe, walks cycling, barbecues, children's play area, bike, boat, and surf bike hire. Waterland outdoor activities centre. Disabled wheelchair access at Keynes Country Park. Open all year. Cotswold Water Park & Keynes Country Park, Shorncote, Cirencester, GL5 6DF. Tel: 01285 860186. Web site: www.waterpark.org. Directions: 3.5 miles west of A419 Spine Road junction.

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens is located near Burford and is for adults and children of all ages. The Park exhibits over 260 animal species in approximately 160 acres of parkland and beautiful gardens with a fine variety of plants around a setting of a listed Victorian Manor House. Facilities include cafe, picnic areas, adventure playground, narrow-gauge railway, and gift shop. Disabled wheelchair access provided for. Dog Friendly. Open all year. Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4JP. Tel: 01993 823006. Web site: www.cotswoldwildlifepark.co.uk.

Dunkirk Mill Centre

The Dunkirk Mill Centre offers a wonderful opportunity to see a see a massive working water wheel directly powering a rare piece of historic textile machinery. The overshot wheel, twelve feet wide and thirteen feet in diameter, was installed in the mill in 1855 as part of the last major re-building programme carried out during its time as a woollen mill. It was made and installed by James Ferrabee of Stroud having a mainly cast iron frame with forty steel buckets. The wheel is operated regularly on opening days, (subject to water supply), and the sight of the wheel starting to move in a powerful cascade of water is unforgettable. The Dunkirk Mill Centre has been made possible with the assistance of a grant from the Local Heritage Initiative.

Heritage Motoring Centre

Home to the world's largest collection of historic British cars, visitors can uncover the story of the British motor industry with fun and interactive exhibitions. Great for all the family with children's quizzes and special school holiday activities plus a selection of outdoor activities including children's play area and picnic site. Free guided tours twice a day, onsite café and gift shop.

Hereford & Gloucester Canal Trust

Since 1983 the Trust has pursued its aim to fully restore the 34 miles of canal and locks which will once again link Hereford with Ledbury, Dymock, Newentand the rest of the inland waterway system at Gloucester.

Their policy is to develop significant showpiece lengths of the canal in each county, working towards the full restoration.

Some of the original 22 locks were extremely deep so the restoration will include a few extra locks to make them all a practical depth.

Gloucester Antiques Centre

Founded in 1978 by Eddie Cook, Gloucester Antiques Centre is one of the longest established antiques centres in the UK. Located in a former Victorian Grain Warehouse known as “The Lock Warehouse”, Gloucester Antiques Centre is one of the largest antiques centres in the region. We offer the widest range of antiques and collectables in the West of England. With over 20,000 square feet, we have a massive selection of antiques and collectables all under one roof.

Gloucester City Museum & Art Gallery

The museum's fascinating displays are housed in a fine Victorian Building in the heart of the City and contains many items of national and international importance. Among the spectacular collection are the archaeological finds, fine and decorative arts, and natural history specimens representing Gloucester's rich heritage. A visit to the City Museum and Art Gallery will tell you so much about the early history of Gloucester. As well as fascinating Roman and Mediaeval displays there are dinosaurs, fossils, paintings, clocks, furniture, the stunning Birdlip Mirror and lots more. A wide range of exquisite touring exhibitions and an exciting programme of events, hands-on activities, are held throughout the year.

Gloucester Docks and the Sharpness Canal

The former dock estate has become a popular destination where visitors can enjoy shops, museums and refreshment places or just wander around the quays, looking at a variety of historic buildings and interesting vessels on the water.

An information office near the Southgate Street entrance is run by theGloucester Docks Trading Co., who are responsible for the routine management of the area.
There is also a Visitor Information Point in the Merchants Quay building in the centre of the site.
The docks are well signposted with brown signs on the main approach roads. The vehicle entrance is from Southgate St, a short distance from the city centre. There is ample space for visitor parking within the dock estate.

Gloucester Folk Museum

Gloucester Folk Museum is one of the oldest-established museums dedicated to social history. The collections have been drawn together through mainly gifts from the entire county of Gloucestershire, and represent one of the most fascinating collections of such material. From treen (small wooden items), to the intriguing story of the river Severn fisheries, from historic costume to the life of the dairy; from the reconstructed Victorian classroom to the original pin factory - all of these plus hundreds of other elements of our local history are to be found here.

Set in Tudor timber-framed buildings, one of which was traditionally associated with the final night of the protestant martyr, Bishop Hooper, the Folk Museum is a complex of rooms on different levels and with a unique ambience that makes it a popular sight for locals and visitors. Behind the chocolate-box facade is a museum which is both larger than seems possible, and constantly surprising. No visit to Gloucestershire is complete without seeing the treasures and curiosities on display here.

The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen

The Gloucestershire Guild of Craftsmen is dedicated to promoting contemporary designer crafts. A resource for those seeking high quality British contemporary designer crafts, whether it be for education about the crafts and design, or be exhibition curators, or be public art consultants, or be those inspired to purchase or commission specially designed and made items. A permanent Gallery in Painswick provides the opportunity to buy members work all the year round.

Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Steam Railway

The Steam Railway is based at Toddington (between Broadway andWinchcombe) and operates a round trip of 13 miles to just beyond Gotherington a few miles from Cheltenham Racecourse. Departing from the restored station at Toddington you will travel past the village of Didbrook and the site of Hayles Abbey onto Winchcombe and finally Gotherington. The line is being extended to Cheltenham Racecourse and will be open 2003. Good views of the Cotswolds Hills can be seen from both sides of the train. Open certain dates throughout the year. 

Edward Jenner Museum

Edward Jenner became world famous following his publication in 1798 in which he demonstrated that vaccination with cowpox prevented the deadly smallpox. As use of his treatment spread he found that he had to spend more and more of his time answering correspondence about it. He called himself 'the Vaccine Clerk to the World'. He continued to advise and research on the safest ways to produce and transport his cowpox vaccine.

Longleat Safari Park

In 1966 Longleat opened the first Safari Park outside of Africa. Today it is difficult to imagine the furore aroused when Longleat’s plans for a 100-acre lion reserve were made public. There were dire warnings of big cats running amok in the Wiltshire countryside, local clergymen were up in arms and there were even questions asked in the Houses of Parliament. In spite of the fears however the concept of a drive through safari park proved hugely popular and forty years on, Longleat Safari Park remains one of the country’s leading wildlife attractions. But that’s not all… Longleat now encompasses a wide range of attractions to suit visitors of all ages… find yourself going round in circles in the Longleat Hedge Maze, journey on the Safari Boats for a sea-lion escorted cruise, enjoy a fun-packed ride on the Longleat Railway, let the kids let off steam in the Adventure Castle and more… your day at Longleat will never be long enough!

Malmesbury Abbey

Founded in the 7th-century as a Benedictine Monastery by Aldhelm, a nephew of King Ina of Wessex, the Abbey was once a major European centre of scholarship and learning. The present building, now about a third of its original size, was consecrated in about 1180 AD. At the Dissolution of the Monasteries by King Henry VIII (1539), it was sold with all its lands to William Stumpe, a local wealthy clothier, for just over £1500. Today the Abbey is the Parish Church and dedicated to St. Peter, St. Paul, St. Adhelm and to St. Mary. The Abbey was an important centre for pilgrimage because it is the burial place of St. Aldhelm (first Abbot) and King Athelstan. The Abbey House gardens are especially enchanting are one of the most beautiful in England.

Model Village

For adults and older children. The model of the actual village of Bourton-on-the-Water built of Cotswold stone to 1/9th scale in 1937. The river Windrush flows under Bourton's famous bridges. The beeches, Cherries and chestnuts are all in miniature. Music in the churches and of course the model of the model.

Museum in the Park

The Museum welcomes families and children and has something to offer visitors of all ages. Whether you are visiting the District or have lived here for many years, you are sure to find something that interests, inspires or amazes you.

Look out for our exciting programme of family fun events during half term, Easter and Summer holidays. Most events are free and take place on Wednesdays during the school holidays. You might find yourself meeting an inventor from Stroud's past, listening to tales of life long ago, hunting for treasure or getting creative with drawing and making activities.

We are within easy walking distance of Stroud railway station, bus station and town centre. Look for the old Mansion House in Stratford Park next door to Stratford Park Leisure Centre.

National Waterways Museum

The National Waterways Museum at Gloucester Docks bring the history of Britain’s waterways to life.Through interactive displays, recordings of former dock and canal workers, archive film footage and exhibits you can explore the fascinating story of this revolutionary transport system. Climb aboard historic boats and discover what life was like living and working on our waterways.

The original National Waterways Museum at Gloucester is housed in a Victorian warehouse at Gloucester Docks, in the city of Gloucester. It has a collection of boats including narrowboats, river barges, canal and river tugs, and a steam powered dredger. There is also a steam crane and heavy oil engine in the setting of a canal repair yard, complete with working machine shop, forge and weighbridge.

Prinknash Bird and Deer Park

For adults and children of all ages near the Cotswolds town of Painswick. Feed and stroke the beautiful Fallow Deer. See one of the biggest collections of displaying peacocks, the numerous waterfowl, the exotic pheasants, ducklings, the amusing Pygmy goats and the lovely two storey Tudor Wendy house by the lake.

West Midland Safari & Leisure Park

The Safari and Leisure Park caters for adults and children with many wild animals to see and drive next to.

Saint Augustines Farm

About the farm: A real working organic dairy farm in the Severn Vale, St Augustines is a typical dairy farm of over 100 acres where the everyday farm life will go on around you. Watch the cows being milked in a herringbone parlour every afternoon, talk to the farmer as he works and find out where your milk comes from. Help feed the baby calves and visit the farm animals in the paddocks. Follow the farm trail to see over 50 acres and see our wildlife in its natural habitat. Explore the mini woodland trail. Go back in history and discover a vanished era in our bygones collection.

Slimbridge Wetland Centre

With an astounding array of wildlife from Water Voles to seals, hares to dragonflies, Slimbridge is home to the world's largest collection of swans, geese, and ducks. It is also the only place in the world where you can see all six species of Flamingo. The vision of Sir Peter Scott, Slimbridge holds international significance as the headquarters of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) and it is here that the world renowned experts of WWT Consulting and Species Conservation are based. This leading conservation reserve of 325 hectares of internationally protected wetlands including a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) a Ramsar Site and Special Protection Area (SPA) is managed by WWT. A year round programme of walks, arts, events, workshops, talks and spectacular wildlife encounters are a fantastic way for everyone to connect to their natural surroundings.

Sudeley Castle

Romantic ruins, award-winning gardens and one thousand years of fascinating history are among the many reasons to visit the ‘Queen of the Cotswolds’. Sudeley Castle nestles in the Cotswold Hills in the historic town of Winchcombe, Gloucestershire. The Castle has changed hands over a dozen times during its one thousand year history and today it is the private home of Lord and Lady Ashcombe, Henry and Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst and their families.

In addition to our regular and hugely popular events such as the Easter Egg Trail, Rose Week and The Spring Grand Sale, a special exhibition about resident Tudor Queen, Katherine Parr is introduced with a film by Dr David Starkey. The last and surviving wife of King Henry VIII, she came to live at Sudeley after his death and is now entombed in our church, St Mary’s, which is open to visitors. Our Tudor Fun Days, Archery, Literary events and popular talks continue throughout the year. Tours of the private family apartments are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.  This year sees the addition of a new Roman exhibition, featuring a mosaic reconstruction from a Roman villa, once on the Sudeley estate.

Tetbury Police Museum

The museum is mainly dedicated to the history of the GloucestershireConstabulary, founded in 1839 despite a petition raised by the people of Compton Greenfield against the necessity of forming a police force in Gloucestershire at all! There is a copy of this petition in the museum and a photo of Gloucestershire first Chief Constable Mr. Anthony Thomas Lefroy.

A number of interesting displays of photographs and equipment show the history of policing. Our resident Sergeant is always on duty in the station watching over the prisoners, local troublemakers and the public as he has done for over a hundred years. In the first floor courtroom there is a complete magistrates court with a display using models and depicting hearing, as it would have been in the late 1940's or early 1950's.

Warwick Castle

A great day out for both adults and children. Warwick Castle is one of the best preserved in the UK and dates back to William the Conqueror. It brings to life a thousand years of history. Here you can experience the sights and sounds of the medieval household, chilling dungeon and torture chambers, state rooms, towers and ramparts. In addition there are live shows of sword fighting, falconry, and knights jousting. This venue is a must for children of all ages. For more information on  - Warwick Castle .

Winterbourne Medieval Barn

Winterbourne Medieval Barn is a grade II* listed tithe barn which due to its high risk category was purchased by South Gloucestershire Council in 1998 with the help of funding from English Heritage and the Landfill Tax Credit Scheme. The Barn is in a compact group of medieval buildings formerly the home of Carmelite Friars in the 13th Century, and an underground passage is reputed to lead from the house to St Michael's Church. 

Wotton-under-Edge Heritage Centre

Located in a converted fire station in the Chipping, Wotton-under-Edge, the Museum provides visitors with an excellent introduction to this historic wool town and its surrounding area of outstanding natural beauty.