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About Bretforton

A picture-postcard village in the Vale

Bretforton is a rural village in the picturesque Vale of Evesham, Worcestershire

Bretforton at a glance

Bretforton is an historic, rural village in Worcestershire. Lying 4.4 miles east of Evesham, it is perhaps most famous for being the location of The Fleece Inn, a 300-year old pub owned by the National Trust.
But that's not the only attraction. Bretforton is a vibrant village with a host of amenities, attractions, clubs, societies, and events.
Here you'll find lots of information, photos and links on everything Bretforton has to offer, all on one page. Read on below or visit the village website to find out more.
A photo of The Fleece Inn Bretforton
Putting Bretforton on the map

Facts & stats

Bretforton lies on the B4035 in the Vale of Evesham at the north edge of the Cotswolds, between Evesham and Chipping Campden. At the time of the 2011 census, Bretforton had a population of 1,052 in 460 households. But with new developments it's now close to 1,500 residents and 550 households.

The village has a Church, a village hall, a school, a pub, a theatre, a sports & social club, a garage, a community social club and a shop.

It's also home to Bretforton Silver Band, the last remaining village band in Worcestershire. In addition, the world famous Asparagus Auction, takes place in the village in May/June every year.

A map of the area around Bretforton

Bretforton Photo Gallery

A picturesque village, Bretforton is often used as a location for film & TV. It's been seen in Father Brown, Land Girls, ITV's Village of the Year, Countryfile, Jamie's Great Britain, Robbie Coltrane's B-Road Britain, and BBC dramatisations of Martin Chuzzlewit and Silas Marner.
A photo of The Fleece Inn Bretforton at night A photo of quaint holiday cottages in Bretforton with the Church in the background An aerial photo of St Leonard's. Bretforton A photo of a picturesque thatched holiday cottage in Bretforton with a beautiful sunset A photo of a quaint agricultural shed in Bretforton A photo of a herd of cows at sunrise on a frosty morning in the fields around Bretforton A photo of snow lying on the ground between The Fleece and an old cottage in Bretforton A photo of the square in Bretforton outside The Fleece looking across at the Church

The Fleece Inn Bretforton

The historic Fleece Inn is a perfect rural retreat. A stone's throw from the Cotswolds, it boasts roaring open fires in winter, and a large orchard garden in summer. It's the hub for many village events throughout the year.
A photo of pubgoers with their dogs sitting on tables outside The Fleece Inn Bretforton Photoss of Terry Wogan on his visit to The Fleece Inn Bretforton's asparagus auction A photo of musicians at a large table playing in the medieval barn of The Fleece Inn Bretforton A photo of Bretforton Silver Band playing outside The Fleece Inn A photo of the historic interior of  The Fleece Inn Bretforton with tables and a roaring open fire A photo of flower beds outside The Fleece Inn Bretforton Autumnal photos of roaring open fires, beer and wine glasses in The Fleece Inn Bretforton A photo of Morris Men dancing outside The Fleece Inn Bretforton

Bretforton Theatrebarn

The Theatrebarn is a hidden gem of a theatre. A unique theatre, founded some forty years ago with an opening performance by Dame Peggy Ashcroft, and housed in a magnificent medieval barn.
A photo of theatre seats looking towards the stage inside the medieval barn of Bretforton Theatrebarn A photo shot across the lawn showing the buildings at Bretforton Theatrebarn A photo of murals and stained glass at Bretforton Theatrebarn A photo of theatregoers enjoying a black tie dinner at Bretforton Theatrebarn A photo of a stained glass window at Bretforton showing a jester with two theatrical theatre masks A photo shot of the long drive leading to Bretforton Theatrebarn A photo of upholstered theatre seats at Bretforton Theatrebarn A photo of Alastair McGowan posing for a photo after performing at Bretforton Theatrebarn

St Leonard's Bretforton

Partially inspired by the decorations at Wells Cathedral, the Church of St Leonard Bretforton, is a Grade 1 listed parish church dating from 1295, with medieval and Victorian additions. It seats 140, and has a band of bell ringers and a flower guild.
A photo of the tower and clock of St Leonard's Church Bretforton A photo of the historic interior of St Leonard's Bretforton, shot across the pews towards the altar A photo of the east end of St Leonard's Bretforton A photo of a stained glass window inside St Leonard's church showing Bretforton institutions, The Church, The Fleece, Bretforton Silver Band, The British Legion, Breforton Village School and a round of asparagus A photo of the exterior of St Leonard's Bretforton in the snow A photo of the lord of the manor's pew inside St Leonard's church Bretforton A photo of the St Leonard's Church with an old sign bearing a coat of arms in the foreground A photo of an arch decorated with flowers at the gate of St Leonard's church Bretforton

Bretforton Silver Band

Bretforton Silver Band is the last remaining village band in Worcestershire. It can trace it's roots back to 1895 when it was known as Bretforton Temperance Band.
Bretforton Silver Band playing in the courtyard at The Fleece Inn Bretforton Silver Band pose for a photo outside St Leonard's Church A photo of Bretforton Silver Band playing at a concert at Evesham Arts Centre Bretforton Silver Band playing at their Proms concert An image with a silhoutte of a trumpeter superimposed on a backdrop of asparagus promoting Bretforton Silver Band's asparagus auction A group photo of members of Bretforton Silver Band wearing Santa hats with their instruments Bretforton Silver Band appear on TV's Deal or No Deal with Noel Edmonds A photo showing the crowds picnicing at Bretforton Silver Band's prom concert

Bretforton Show

A traditional village Show which takes place on the second Saturday of September in the magnificent grounds of Bretforton Manor.
A photo of crowds looking at Victoria sponge cakes at Bretforton Show A photo of the crowds at Bretforton Show with Bretforton Manor Cider Barn in the background Bretforton Silver Band playing at Bretforton Show outside Bretforton Manor with the Show tent in the background A photo of a path and beautiful flower beds in the grounds of Bretforton Manor with the historic manor building in the background A photo of the crowds at Bretforton Show with Bretforton Manor in the background A photo of the crowds at Bretforton Show with Bretforton Manor, the Cider Barn and show stalls in the background A photo of the signage at Bretforton Show with directions to the show tent, beer tent and toilets. Set under a bright blue sky with Bretforton Manor Cider Barn and lawns in the background A display of Victoria sponge cakes at Bretforton Show

Sports & recreation

Bretforton is an active village on the sporting scene with thriving cricket, hockey, football, pool, darts and dominoes teams. Bretforton won the Wychavon Parish Games for the fourth year running in 2018 and were runners up in 2019. Bretforton Ladies Hockey Over 45's Squad were crowned National Champions for a second time in 2020.
Bretforton Cricket team pose for a photo on the pitch A photo of Bretforton ladies hockey team with their supporters in the background, posing behind an 'England Hockey' advertising board A photo of the football pitch at Bretforton Sports Club with the corner and corner flag in the foreground Bretforton Football team pose for a photo on the pitch A photo of the interior of Bretforton Sports Club showing chairs and tables and dartboards on the wall in the background A photo of the interior of Bretforton Sports Club with a sofa, chairs and coffee table in the foreground and a trophy cabinet in the background The Bretforton Sports Club logo A photo with victorious team members from Bretforton's parish games team with a line of trophies in the foreground on a table

Bretforton School & Pre School Playgroup

Bretforton Village School is a small, friendly school at the heart of the village community. Bretforton Pre School Playgroup is a popular playgroup run since 1981 at Bretforton Memorial Hall.
A photo of the exterior of Bretforton Village School Bretforton Village School pupils holding up a large green eco schools flag A group of Bretforton Village School pupils posing in the school hall holding globes of the earth and certificates A photo of the bell tower of Bretforton Village School taken as the sun is setting Bretforton Village School pupils in the peace garden at Bretforton Village School Bretforton Village School pupil singing to the congregation inside St Leonard's church Two girls playing on a wooden beam in the grounds of Bretforton Village School Children posing on chairs with the keyworkers at Bretforton pre school playgroup

Holidays in Bretforton

Bretforton is a popular, vibrant village with lots going on. It's also conveniently located for holidays in the Cotswolds and nearby Stratford-upon-Avon. Check out our complete list of holiday cottages and B&B rooms in Bretforton.
A photo of colourful lilac wisteria growing outside a pretty stone holiday cottage in Bretforton A photo of a bedroom in a rustic holiday let in Bretforton