Everything you need to know about Tewkesbury’s Big Weekend

Numerous attractions are set to take place this weekend in Tewkesbury as the town's Big Weekend returns for 2023. On Saturday May 20 and Sunday May 21, locations around the town such as the Riverside, the Vineyards and the Town Hall will be hosting plenty of things for all the family.

Originally started in 2015 by a small group of Tewkesbury residents to show that the town has community spirit and is open for business, one of the big highlights is the High Street walking parade which will take place on Saturday at 3.30pm - the theme this year is nursery rhymes.

There will also be a Tewkesbury Big Weekend Raffle with a donation of prizes including a narrowboat holiday for up to six people, a hamper and a bucket of bottles.

Supported by charities such as the Avon Navigation Trust and Tewkesbury businesses such as Halfords Traditional Butchers on the High Street, below is a full list of everything taking place at Tewkesbury Big Weekend.

The Walking Parade at Tewkesbury's Big Weekend in 2016. The Walking Parade at Tewkesbury's Big Weekend in 2016.

Saturday, May 20

  • Cheltenham Animal Shelter Dog Show with stalls and so much more at The Vineyards, starting at 10.30am

  • Walking Parade starting on Sun Street at 3.30pm with the 2023 theme being nursery rhymes

  • A Kids Zone with Kinderoos Day Nursery at the Town Hall Gardens

  • “Tewkesbury Then and Now” photographic exhibition at the Watson Hall, as part of the High Street Heritage Action Zone projects Display organised by Jack Boskett

  • Tewkesbury Town Hall craft market

Sunday, May 21

  • Picnic in the Park at Victoria Gardens at 12.30pm

  • River Parade at midday on the Mill Avon

  • Katakanu Boat Racing

All Weekend

  • Alleycat and Riverside trails

  • Boat trips

  • Children’s fairground rides at the Riverside

  • Riverside shopping


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