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Model Fairground Opens 10th August

Tewkesbury Museum is delighted to announce that its model fairground has been completely renovated and made to work again after more than fifty years.

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All the fun of the fair!

Pete Aldridge, our Town Mayor, visits Tewkesbury’s Museum’s new model fairground exhibit.

See a video clip . . . .

Tewkesbury Museum will partially reopen from Monday 10th August

Booking will ensure you get the time slot you want, but walk-up visitors are welcome if the slot is free

Opening Hours
Weekdays, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays, 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Sundays – closed.

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You are welcome to spend time in the wonderful unspoiled seventeenth century building that is Tewkesbury Museum. Discover Tewkesbury’s rich and diverse history through a collection which ranges from Roman remains through to wartime austerity. Learn about notable Tewkesbury people like Antarctic explorer Raymond Priestley. Study the magnificent diorama of the Battle of Tewkesbury and the unique fairground model.

museum-building-small-IMG_2060The building itself is a time capsule. Restored by Abbey restorer Thomas Collins in the nineteenth century and donated to the town as a Museum by an ‘anonymous gentleman’ in the twentieth, it is unique, full of original features, eclectic and eccentric.

The Museum is very child-friendly, with activities to keep them absorbed for hours. Because of its age the building is not disabled-friendly, though the staff are and will do everything they can to help.

As a small independent museum we offer local knowledge, local research and a fascinating glimpse into times gone by.

We’re often open outside our core hours; it’s worth a look to see if we are open.

We also do our best to open for individuals or groups outside these hours, by special arrangement.

Allow at least an hour for a visit

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1 week ago

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Tewkesbury Museum is now able to receive donations by card, including contactless payments.

The museum is a charity funded by donations, run entirely by volunteers. We have always accepted cash donations, but since lockdown fewer people carry cash. So we are pleased to say that we can now accept card payments at the museum. We still welcome cash, of course and we also take online donations via our website.

Thanks to all who have given in the past, we hope that people can continue to support Tewkesbury's unique museum.
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4 weeks ago

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Pleasure to welcome Faye Hatcher from Radio Gloucestershire to the museum. Listen to the full interview on BBC Sounds Mid-morning on Radio Gloucs, Saturday 22 August from about 12.15

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“Mr. Salt’s model #fairground lovingly restored by the clever volunteers at #Tewkesbury Museum. Go and see it now and pretend you’re a giant, by pressing all the buttons! Everything’s wiped down afterwards, especially after I’ve been there. Hear my report soon @BBCGlos 🎪
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1 month ago

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Now the museum has re-opened, we will be looking at new projects to follow on from the fairground refurbishment, as well as continue to meet welcome our visitors. ... See MoreSee Less

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Museum open 11 to 4 today, Saturday. ... See MoreSee Less

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1 month ago

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Tewkesbury Museum is cautiously re-opening after lockdown on Monday 10th August.

Initially, visitors will only be able to view our new fairground display where they can activate the fairground models, running for the first time in over 50 years! This includes background and pictures of Tewkesbury's long history of mop fairs and fairground ride manufacture. It’s very good!

Visitors may either pre-book via our website, or walk-up. Visits will be limited to 15 minute slots, and online bookings will take priority. To avoid disappointment we advise using our online booking system. When you arrive please wait outside the museum until the fair room is empty, visible through the main front window. A volunteer steward will check you in.

Please wear face coverings, use the hand sanitiser provided, and leave contact details for NHS Track & Trace use only.

We will open six days a week, subject to volunteers being available and government guidance.
Opening hours are: Monday to Friday 1:00 – 4:00 and Saturday, 11:00 – 4:00. Sunday we are closed.

Entry to the Museum is free, but we rely on visitor donations, so please give generously!

Once we are happy that our COVID precautions are working satisfactorily, we want to open up more of the Museum to visitors.

Book your visits here: or use the QR code

Hope to see you soon.
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1 month ago

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Tewkesbury Museum is re-opening. From Monday 10 August we will slowly re-open to the public. Initially we will only open the newly restored fairground, then other rooms.
Before Covid, we had almost completed the first part of our museum refurbishment - the model fairground. This is now complete. Covid has obviously affected our plans, but we still want to press on with developing the museum as a first class small attraction and centre for local research in Tewkesbury. We need friendly, interested, imaginative volunteers to help us, both in meeting our visitors and developing and displaying our collection. Come and meet us.
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