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Welford-on-Avon is a picturesque village set in the heart of South Warwickshire. It lies on the Avon River about four miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon, four miles south of Alcester and four miles east of Bidford-on-Avon.

The centre of the village is designated as a conservation area and contains quite a number of attractive thatched houses including what is believed to be the original “chocolate box cottage” in Boat Lane, reputedly the most photographed street in Warwickshire. The village is mainly residential, but contains a number of small businesses, the largest of which are horticultural. In total there are approximately 600 houses and about 1300 residents.

The Village has three public houses, two shops, a garage, a primary school, a bowls club, a sports club, an 18 hole Golf Course, a children’s play area, allotments and two Churches (the Parish Church of St Peter’s and the Methodist Church).

Welford-on-Avon has been County Winner or Runner Up in the Warwickshire “Best Kept Village Competition” on twelve occasions since 1991. The competition was discontinued in 2007 and as from 2008 has been replaced with a more broadly based competition.

The village boasts one of the tallest Maypoles in England and the annual Maypole dancing festival is performed by the pupils of Welford Primary School every June.

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Christmas Festivities

December has arrived which means Christmas is not far away! Not always a welcome reminder for anyone like me who has not started their preparations yet. However, this year you can console yourself by looking forward to a great line up of festive activities as advertised in the Village Magazine and on our website Events Calendar –

  • First up is the annual Village Christmas Party in the Memorial Hall on Saturday 10th Dec – a great opportunity for new residents to meet other villagers and neighbours at a convivial social occasion. Tickets available now!
  • There are lots of opportunities for Carol Singing
    • Carol Service Friday 16th Dec 11.00am @ Welford Methodist Church
    • Carol Service Friday 16th Dec 6.30pm @ All Saints, Weston
    • Carol Service Sunday 18th Dec 6.30pm @ St Peter’s Church (Welford’s Top 10 )
    • Community Carols 24th Dec 6.00pm @ Memorial Hall
  • Finally, if you are into live music then there is a great line up for The Christmas Cracker at the Shakespeare on Saturday 17th Dec from 6.00pm. Full details of the line up @ http://welfordonavon.com/events/event/the-christmas-cracker/