Tewkesbury's history and heritage came alive during a four day Discover Tewkesbury event.

Organised as part of an annual and countrywide event, Heritage Open Days, this was the first year various organisations in Tewkesbury had worked together to bring a varied and full programme of events to the town centre.

From free admission to museums and places of interest, to guided walks and talks - there was an event suitable for every age group and interest.

Both the Town and John Moore Museums arranged 'hands on' activities to keep the youngest members of the family occupied, and shopaholics were catered for with a traditional craft fair inside Tewkesbury's Heritage Centre building.

Linda Coxshall, manager of Royal Hop Pole who organised behind the scenes tours of the historical treasurers at the Church Street former coaching inn said "We had to to turn people away as the tours were over subscribed. It was so popular we'd be happy to organise something like this again".

Similarly, the twilight battlefield walk organised by Tewkesbury's Battlefield Society and John Dixon's guided tour of the hidden history of the town attracted a lot of interest. One Tewkesbury gentleman who visited Tewkesbury's Civic Society photography exhibition was over-joyed to see pictures of the house where he was born some 88 years ago.

To keep up to date with special event and activities in Tewkesbury please visit http://www.visittewkesbury.info/ or drop into the Tourist Information Centre.

Image 1 : Members of the public enjoy the photographic exhibition spanning 100 years of the high street Image 2 : John Dixon outside the former stocking factory in Tewkesbury