Newnham on Severn

The Gloucestershire village of Newnham on Severn is a vibrant, historic community, nestled high above the banks of the River Severn on the edge of the majestic Forest of Dean. 

It is conveniently located on the A48, providing easy access to Gloucester, Cheltenham, Bristol and South Wales. Many of Newnham’s traditional streets enjoy far-reaching views across the river, and the village is the first place that the famous Severn Bore can be seen as it travels 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, a primary school, a butchers, a children’s nursery, an independent convenience shop, several pubs, an active church and its own veterinary practice. There are plenty of walking trails locally, including the walk up to Pleasant Stile, which enjoys one of the best views in Gloucestershire. 

A short drive into the Forest of Dean provides opportunities to try mountain biking, climbing, canoeing and even an aerial assault course at Go Ape, located at nearby Beechenhurst. Whatever your lifestyle, Newnham offers an ideal location to enjoy some of the best Gloucestershire has to offer.



Newnham’s local shops provide all your daily essentials and a trip to the nearby Severn & Wye Foodstore, with its fish counter, food hall and deli, offers a wide array of produce.

Only 10 miles from Newnham, Gloucester Quays is home to high-street and designer brands, plus numerous bars and family restaurants. Travel a little further to take a shopping trip down Cheltenham’s Promenade, or find everything under one roof in Cheltenham’s John Lewis & Partners department store.

In less than an hour you could be window browsing independents in Clifton, or parking the car for a day out at Cabot Circus shopping centre.

Eating Out

If you’re looking for somewhere to dine in style, try the Severn & Wye Smokery at nearby Chaxhill; serving world-class seafood, the smokery’s restaurant provides an exceptional food experience. When you’re in the mood for something more traditional, the White Hart at Broadoak, is within an easy walking distance of Severnbank. This friendly, riverside pub provides excellent food and a convivial atmosphere, ideal for a family evening out.

Health & Wellbeing

Look after your health and wellbeing with a never-ending list of activities on your door step. Stretch out your legs in The Forest of Dean with its circular walks, or step up the pace and cycle everything from the 11-mile family trail to the mountain biking downhill tracks at Pedalabikeaway cycle centre. Why not try the Forest of Dean 5km Parkrun that takes place at Coverham Enclosure Five Acres, every Saturday. 

For ease, Newnham has its own doctor’s surgery, and dentist surgeries are nearby in Westbury-on-Severn and Cinderford.


If you are looking for culture, try the annual Tall Shipsfestival in Gloucester which brings nautical history to life. Cheltenham, known as the cultural capital of The Cotswolds, hosts internationally-acclaimed jazz, science, music and literature festivals. It is also home to The Everyman theatre where you can enjoy drama, music, ballet and pantomime. 

Stay local and enjoy a film at one of the UK’s oldest cinemas; The Palace in Cinderford is over 100 years old and hosts midweek tea matinees during Autumn and Winter.


Newnham St. Peter’s Primary School, Ofsted ‘Good’ rated, is within walking distance of Severnbank. Local secondary schools include Dene Magna, Ofsted ‘Outstanding’, only five miles from Newnham. For older students, the high-tech Gloucestershire College campus at Cinderford is accessible via a very short drive or bus journey.