Filnore Woods is a Community Woodland maintained by passionate volunteers, which provides a diverse range of habitats for wildlife. It is a great place to visit and learn more about the natural world.
Keen gardeners need look no further, as these allotments are a great place to grow quality organic produce and plants, meet new people, and increase your knowledge. Welcoming beginners and experienced growers alike, this friendly community allotment hosts regular socials, plant and produce swaps, and work parties to improve the site. The area is fenced off, fitted out with a storage container, and communal water collection facilities. If you are interested in what they do, or think you would like a plot, get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
This small play park is a great place to climb, bounce, slide, and swing. Suitable for children and big kids alike. Featuring a multi-play piece, trampoline, new springer, and swings, there is lots to keep little ones entertained.
This RHS award-winning garden is the perfect place to view the classic cottage style in all its abundantly planted glory. Bursting with herbaceous perennial plants and annuals, it is a haven for bees, butterflies, and small birds, and is a wonderful place to while away a lazy afternoon in relaxed contemplation. There are also plenty of things for little ones to do; whether learning about the beautiful plants, spotting the various animals who come and go, or playing on the mosaic hopscotch. This garden is open to everyone to enjoy, has good wheelchair access, and is kept in top condition by a group of committed volunteers.
If you are interested in local history, this is the place for you – with a comprehensive collection of exhibits and artefacts about life in Thornbury throughout the ages, this museum is the place to discover more about the history of your area. Take a peek into the lives of the local people long since gone – find out who they were, and how they lived. For little historians, there are a number of educational games and activities to enjoy, with a dedicated children’s corner.
Grab your goggles, because Mundy Playing fields boasts a large open air water play area for children (and their adults) to splash around in. Bring a picnic rug and sit on one of the grassy bank slopes to get a good (and dry!) view of your children paddling in the splash area. The park also has a well-equipped children’s play area, featuring a zip wire, embankment slides, roundabout, climbing frame, and balance bars. For those looking to get or stay fit, there is a range of adult exercise equipment, football pitches, a sports ground, and tennis courts. Located just off the High Street, you can easily pop to the shops for refreshments, but there is usually an ice cream van on site.
Thornbury is known to be one of the best places to live near Bristol, and with its traditional shops and old-world feel it’s not hard to see why this bustling market town is so sought after.
With a mix of traditional shops and High Street brands, plus a shopping centre and two supermarkets, Thornbury High Street has everything you need for a day’s shopping. Be sure to visit the farmers market, which is held every Saturday (St Mary car park), Thursday fortnightly (St Mary shopping centre) and the 4th Saturday of the month Thornbury High St (temporarily relocated to St Mary car park). Hungry visitors to the town are spoilt for choice, with a large selection of very good restaurants and cafes – from high quality pub fare, to Italian cuisine, there is something to suit all tastes and wallets.
Thornbury town also has a thriving community scene, which caters to a wide-range of interests – including over a dozen musical and drama groups, sports clubs, scouts, air, and sea cadets, plus history, charity, and social organisations. Thornbury also has a leisure centre, library, doctors, dentist, opticians and medical centre. There are ample opportunities to stay or get fit, with football, rugby, cricket, badminton, tennis, golf, buggy fit and a skate park.
The numerous musical and drama groups often perform in the Armstrong Hall near the town centre (seating 350) or the adjacent Cossham Hall (seating 140). Performances also take place in church halls and occasionally in the Leisure Centre.
The High Street is one way access only for motorised vehicles. You can park on the High Street (in bays) for loading/un-loading, limited waiting and blue badge parking. Cyclists are able to access the High St in both directions.
This iconic pump would have once formed the centre of Thornbury town life, as locals gathered to collect their water.
Lots of fun events take place at this beautiful listed building venue run by The Thornbury and District Community Association. Exercise classes, quiz nights, courses and clubs, murder mystery nights, plays, and Duke of Edinburgh are just a few examples of activities which have taken place here. Located at the bottom of Castle Street, The Chantry is one of the most easily identifiable buildings in Thornbury.
This community orchard is a great place to visit – pop along at various times in the summer and autumn, and choose from a selection of apples, plums, blackcurrants, damsons, blackberries, and elderberries (just make sure you only take a couple, and leave enough for others). If you have little ones, this is a great way to teach them about different plants as you can bring them along and let them have a go at picking (and eating) some of the ripe fruits. When you sample some of the fruit in this orchard, consider that you are tasting the character of Thornbury – the literal fruits of its history, people, climate, soil, and water. Certainly food for thought!
Constructed on arable fields forming part of the field system of Kington Tything by Edward Stafford, 3rd Duke of Buckingham, in the early 16th century (the very end of the medieval period) Thornbury’s medieval fishponds were recorded as being established in 1520. Edward Stafford was executed for treason by Henry VIII in 1521 and whilst the ponds were surveyed as being intact in 1522, when surveyed in 1583 they were described as being ‘utterly decayed’. They were scheduled as an Ancient Monument by Historic England in 2011.
The ponds are fed by the Pickedmoor Lane Rhyne and are an important habitat for local wildlife. Works to maintain the ponds are, in 2023, taking place prior to the erection of new signboards and viewing platforms to aid the public’s enjoyment & understanding of the monument.
Budding time travellers are well-advised to visit this stunning 16th century castle, which stands in 15 acres of regal splendour surrounded by vineyards and a Tudor garden.
Thornbury Castle is now renowned for being one of the finest country house hotels in England – even if you are not a guest you can join the likes of Sophia Loren and Lawrence Olivier by visiting the hotel restaurant for some fine dining, or take a stroll through its historic landscaped grounds. Be sure to check the website for details of upcoming events.
Adjacent to the castle is St Mary’s Church. It was built in the 12th Century making it the oldest surviving building in Thornbury, and one of 7 churches in the area.