There is so much more to Tewkesbury than at first glance.
Paddling in the Pool
Swimming is always a favourite in our family. If it's raining outside, there is nothing nicer than heading into a warm changing room. It's even better getting into a warm pool. There are two pools at the Tewkesbury Leisure Centre and reasonably sized family changing rooms. There is also a nice cafe with wifi if you can’t tear yourself away from your phone for too long! Entertaining the family and getting one of the best forms of all round exercise. A big plus in my book!
Brunch and Board Games
Swimming always makes me hungry, so rather than the cafe at the pool, we head for Theoc House. What we like best is the all day brunch choices and that it is independently owned. James and Simon have a great selection of books and games to keep the young, and the young at heart amused. Nothing beats a good board game on a rainy day.
Mooching Around a Museum
The John Moore Museum is close to the Abbey and was established in memory of the writer and naturalist, John Moore. If you aren’t into natural history, a few doors away is The Merchant’s House. This is a two storey building which has been beautifully restored and furnished to show the construction of a 15th century shop and dwelling. Recent comments on Trip Advisor state “A visit to Tewkesbury would not be complete without a visit to the 15th century Merchant's house. The audio tour was brilliant. And only £4 for this museum and the old Baptist Chapel”. “This is well worth a visit. There is lots of things to dress up in and touch/play in the tudor house and lots to feel and see in the museum”. Outside is a lovely secret garden, which you may need to save for a day when it isn’t raining!
To round off the day, it is always worth checking what’s on at the Roses Theatre. They have ever changing exhibitions, films, live screenings and performances as well as music and stand up comedy.
The Roses’ big claim to fame is that Eric Morecambe gave his last performance there on 27 May 1984. After his final curtain call he returned to his dressing room, where he collapsed with what was believed to be his third heart attack. He was rushed to Cheltenham General Hospital, where he sadly died. The Roses has remembered Eric Morecambe’s life by naming the conference room after him. The Eric Morecambe room is regularly used for meetings, craft activities and rehearsals. It doubles as the wardrobe for The Roses' annual pantomime.
So there you have it - a selection of things to do in Tewkesbury on a cold rainy day in February! Let us know what things you find to do when you go to Tewkesbury. And if you are stuck for inspiration, we'd recommend you started with the Tewkesbury Treasure Hunt.
Amanda Ingham 16th February 2017