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Things to do in Evesham, Worcestershire

Evesham nestles at the foot of the Cotswold Hills, on the banks of the River Avon, at the heart of the fruit growing industry of the Vale of Evesham. An old market town, Evesham is still a lively shopping centre.

Evesham boasts a galaxy of historic buildings including the Bell Tower which was completed in 1539 and is the only part of the Abbey that remains standing today. One of Evesham's other famous attractions is the Almonry Heritage Centre - this delightful building is the former home of the Abbey Almoner and was built around 1400 AD. It details the history of the town, the crafts and horticultural life of the vale.

Evesham has many attractions for the visitor. The River Avon, which meanders around the town, offers fishing, water sports, boating holidays, boat hire and river trips. The river plays host to many of the towns annual events - including the River Festival, Illuminated Boat Rally and numerous rowing events including the Evesham Regatta - a two day rowing spectacular held in early May.

The Abbey Park, which borders the river is an increasingly popular recreational area for picnickers, who enjoy the sounds of the brass or silver bands that play in the Victorian bandstand every Sunday afternoon throughout the summer.

The villages that surround Evesham have something for everyone - including the Vale of Evesham Blossom Trail - starting from Evesham itself, the route is carefully planed to take 'blossom spotters' through scenic historic villages, including Fladbury, The Lenches and around the impressive Bredon Hill - to the north of which is Elmley Castle.

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