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9 September 2023
Gloucestershire’s first-ever full stage of the Tour of Britain will feature Tewkesbury, the Cotswolds, South Gloucestershire, and a finish alongside the historic Gloucester Docks.
The race’s visit to Gloucestershire comes a little over a year after the Women’s Tour also visited the picturesque county for the first time. Stage seven’s route is unchanged from the course that was set to feature in last year’s race prior to its cancellation.
Featured in the final 30 kilometres are the climbs of Crawley Hill (1.7 kilometres, maximum gradient of 21.5%) and an uncategorised ascent at Painswick (three kilometres, average gradient of 5%, maximum of 15.8%). The latter, located 12 kilometres southeast of the finish line, will likely see some of the day’s most thrilling racing.
With the start and finish locations lying in close proximity, and the event being held on a Saturday, an unforgettable race day atmosphere is expected at this free-to-watch sporting spectacle.
Tewkesbury – Church Street 11:00am
Bishops Cleeve 11:26am
Cleeve Hill 11:33am
Winchcombe Hill (category two) 11:44am
Guiting Power 11:51am
Crawley Hill (category two) 2:43pm
Gloucester – Southgate Street 3:19pm
Click here for the full stage timetable
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An extraordinary riverside town with a rich, vibrant history and a beautiful waterside setting, there is plenty for everyone to discover in Tewkesbury. Its heritage is clear for all to see: the number of buildings listed as being of special architectural or historical interest totals more than 350.
Tewkesbury is unique because of its location at the junction – or confluence – of two rivers: the picturesque River Avon, often referred to as ‘Shakespeare’s Avon’, and the mighty River Severn. Visitors can enjoy a boat trip along the former or take a stroll beside the latter.
Then head to Tewkesbury Abbey, an imposing feature of the town’s landscape for nearly 900 years. Renowned the world over for its fine Norman tower, ornate 12th century ceiling, and stunning stained glass windows, the Abbey is one of Gloucestershire’s most popular tourist attractions. Other landmarks include the town’s museums, heritage centre, and walking trails.
Tewkesbury has a full calendar of events, celebrations, and festivals, including the world-famous Medieval Festival, a popular Food & Drink Festival, and Mop Fair.
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Gloucester is a cathedral city located on the River Severn at the most inland port in the UK. It has a proud industrial past, intertwined with a rich history that dates back to Roman times. Combine this with an ever-changing and developing city, and Gloucester offers the perfect mix of old and new.
Explore the breathtaking architecture of Gloucester Cathedral. Delve into Gloucester’s history at the Museum of Gloucester or the National Waterways Museum. Enjoy live music at Gloucester Guildhall.
Alongside the urban experience that Gloucester city centre provides, the area also offers the chance to escape into nature. Enjoy stunning waterfront views in Gloucester Docks, or visit one of Gloucester’s many green spaces, including Robinswood Hill Country Park and Barnwood Arboretum. Gloucester is also perfectly situated as a base for exploring the spectacular Cotswolds countryside.
Take advantage of the discounts in the Gloucester Quays designer outlet or explore Gloucester’s many independent shops. For sport away from the Tour of Britain, fans can cheer on the Cherry and Whites at Kingsholm Stadium, the home of Gloucester Rugby.
Located between the city of Bristol, the rolling Cotswold hills, and the mighty river Severn, South Gloucestershire is a mix of urban and rural areas, towns, villages, and hamlets, giving the people who live here a great work-life balance with scenic walks on the doorstep, as well as all the modern amenities of city life.
A great area for families to grow, with excellent community facilities including local libraries and sports clubs, and a good range of schools and colleges along with the University of the West of England plus nearby Universities in Bristol, Bath, and South Wales.
Shoppers enjoy a broad mix of retail, from bespoke independent shops in traditional and attractive high streets to the large regional retail outlet The Mall at Cribbs Causeway, all with free parking. A number of exciting new leisure offerings have been added in recent years, such as The Wave surfing lake and the Planet Ice rink. We are also looking forward to the development of Bristol Zoo Project.
The cornerstone of South Gloucestershire’s success is a heritage of innovation and manufacturing. We are home to world-class aerospace and defence industries, and the birthplace of Concorde. Concorde was designed and built in Filton, South Gloucestershire, and the last Concorde ever to fly is now on display at Aerospace Bristol.
Come and discover what South Gloucestershire has to offer.
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Secure a front-row seat at our stage starts and finishes, topped off with delicious food and drinks specifically chosen for cycling fans.
Fans can now book their hospitality passes for the Tewkesbury start and Gloucester finish via Sportsbreaks.com, the official hospitality partner of the Tour of Britain.
Additionally, our expert team can build bespoke packages throughout the Tour to suit your needs. Contact Seb Roberts for more information.