Evesham is a fairly large Cotswold town, located on the flood plain of the River Avon in an area called the Vale of Evesham, which is known as the “fruit and vegetable basket of England.” The area is famous for producing delicious seasonal produce all year, in particular asparagus, an important cash crop since the Middle Ages. The countryside is considered some of the most beautiful in all the UK, dappled with the colours of plum and apple blossoms in the spring.
The River Avon provides enjoyable recreations ranging from fishing to boating to simply strolling and relaxing. You can delight in live Victorian music each Sunday afternoon in Abbey Park during the summer.
This town retains a very medieval character in spite of its larger size. One of the first structures in the town was an abbey constructed in the 8th century. It was renowned as one of Europe’s largest abbeys but was tragically torn down during the Dissolution. The Bell Tower survived though and you can still see it today. Among the many gorgeous Tudor buildings in the town is the Almonry constructed in the 14th century to house the Abbey’s Almoner. Today it houses a Heritage Centre containing artefacts and history about the town including information about the Battle of Evesham in 1265 which secured victory for the future King Edward I.
Accommodations in Evesham include bed and breakfast estates, the lovely thatched Campden Cottages and the stately Evesham Hotels, converted from a 19th century manor house. Evesham is a picturesque and charming Cotswold town – be sure not to miss it on your trip!