Newnham on Severn

The Gloucestershire village of Newnham on Severn is a vibrant community, nestled on the banks of the River Severn and bordering the majestic Forest of Dean. It is conveniently located on the A48, providing swift and easy access to Gloucester and Cheltenham, Bristol and South Wales. A bus stop opposite St. Peters Church connects Newnham to surrounding villages and towns with regular, well-established bus routes. Many of Newnham’s traditional streets enjoy far-reaching views across the river, and the village is the first place the famous Severn Bore can be seen as it travels onwards towards Gloucester.

Rich in maritime history and set in a tranquil, rural location, Newnham provides a relaxed pace of life. The village itself enjoys numerous amenities, including a Post Office, a doctors’ surgery, an independent convenience shop, a butchers, several pubs, an active church and even a veterinary practice. There are plenty of societies and clubs to join, including a film club, an amateur dramatics group, skittles and bridge clubs, as well as a gardening society.

A short drive into the Forest of Dean provides opportunities to enjoy walking, the arts – try the Sculpture Trail at Beechenhurst – and a host of independent eateries, from pubs to restaurants, like the Tudor Farmhouse Hotel. Whatever your lifestyle, Newnham is the ideal location to enjoy some of the best Gloucestershire has to offer.

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Recreation

There are numerous opportunities to pursue your passions in the local area. Hart’s Barn Cookery School offers classes and courses for everyone,from beginners to seasoned professionals. There are yoga schools, including regular sessions in Newnham, and various dance classes to suit all tastes. The leisure centre in nearby Lydney has a swimming pool and gym, and the town also offers a host of art classes at its community centre.

Shopping

Local shops and Severn & Wye Foodstore have your daily essentials covered. Head to Gloucester Quays for their designer outlet centre, Chepstow for your High Street favourites or Cheltenham promenade for independent boutiques.

Theatres & Cinema

One of the UK’s oldest cinemas, The Palace in Cinderford shows the latest films and hosts midweek tea matinees during Autumn and Winter. For live opera, ballet, drama or comedy, check out The Everyman theatre in Cheltenham.

Eating Out

Sample world-class seafood at Severn and Wye Smokery; tuck into a hearty meal at the cosy riverfront White Hart in Broadoak or The Lyon in Westbury; or experience relaxed dining at Tudor Farmhouse in Clearwell.

Walking & Wildlife

Take a riverside stroll straight from your front door with unrivalled views of the River Severn. Explore miles of trails through the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley. Visit Symonds Yat for a circular walk, crossing Biblins Bridge and returning across the hand-pulled ferry; and witness wetland wildlife and conservation at Slimbridge Wetland Centre.

Culture

Cheltenham’s annual Jazz, Science, Music and Literature festivals are world famous, offering exciting event programmes that have something to interest everyone. Attend Gloucester Tall Ships festival where nautical history is brought to life. Newnham is also home to a small group of music enthusiasts organising musical events in the village and surrounding area.

Golf & Cricket

Take your clubs to the fairways with both Forest Hills Golf Club and Bells Country Club in nearby Coleford or the prestigious St. Pierre in Chepstow. If you enjoy watching the cricket, take a picnic to the neighbouring Newnham cricket ground for a leisurely summer afternoon.