Kemble and Ewen: Trains, Planes, and Bluegrass (2023)

Charming Cotswold towns, Kemble and Ewen, beauty found, nature all around

Kemble and Ewen

Situated in the Cotswolds, an area designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1966, near Cirencester is the village of Kemble with Ewen, a hamlet, just a short drive away.

These two charming and quaint villages offer visitors a glimpse of traditional English village life where thatched cottages, ancient churches and traditional pubs are the norm.

Kemble’s All Saints Church is part of the parish which includes Ewen, Poole Keynes, Somerford Keynes, and Shorncote and is thus larger than other churches found in the Cotswolds.

Once a bustling railway junction, Kemble Station still offers direct links to Swindon, London Paddington, Gloucester and Cheltenham. This is important for people who wish to travel to the Cotswolds without a car. If you are driving, the journey takes approximately 90 minutes from Heathrow Airport.

Kemble is famous for being close to the source of the River Thames and where 210 miles later, the river meets the North Sea. You have to tramp through a field inhabited by sheep to get to a spring which marks the official Thames’ beginning.

There are two airports nearby. The first is Cotswold Airport which is used by flying clubs, private aircraft owners, and light industry and was once home to the famous Red Arrows.

Along with hot air ballooning and a helicopter trip, going up in a glider is a another fascinating way to see the Cotswolds and at Kemble and Ewen you can just that at the Aston Down Airfield, home of the Cotswold Gliding Club, one of the largest gliding clubs in the UK.

Kemble and Ewen Bluegrass Festival

Aston Down Airfield is also home to the annual Didmarton Bluegrass Festival taking place on September 1-3, 2023 with a program of Folk, Rockabilly, Jazz and Americana music and presented by the OGRI motorcycle club.

With a cozy pub, The Tavern, and a combined Post Office and local store for essentials, Kemble and Ewen are a perfect retreat from the busy city. Cirencester and Tetbury are nearby for high street favorite brands and local, independent shops.

Another major attraction nearby is the Cotswold Water Park, a large area of lakes and wetlands that offers a range of outdoor activities, including fishing, water sports, and birdwatching.

Accommodation options in Kemble and Ewen include charming bed and breakfasts, traditional inns, and self-catering cottages. These include The Wild Duck Inn serving locally sourced food, The Rectory Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast, The Old Lodge, and The Cotswold Hoburne Holiday Park offering lodges, caravans, and camping pitches.

There is also a converted barn for rent (Clover Barn) on an unnamed road (near or off Old Vicarage Lane) and right on the doorstep of quite beautiful countryside for brisk morning or afternoon walks.

One final interesting piece of information.

Kemble has been used as a filming location and fictional village of Sawle for the BBC series Poldark; as the fictional village of Wychwood-under-Ashe in the Agatha Christie’s Marple series; James Bond’s The Living Daylights used the nearby airfield for some shots; and Kemble’s Great Chalford Manor was used for location filming for The Remains of the Day.

Throughout the Cotswolds, TV series and movie production houses have long used villages, manors, countryside and more as the idyllic region for filming. The Harry Potter movies, Downton Abbey and even Mamma Mia 2 have a connection with this region.

There’s so much to see and do at Kemble and Ewen, and whether you want to explore ruins and landmarks or take a leisurely stroll along one of the many nature trails, there are plenty of options available for all ages.

Enchantment Awaits
Enchantment Awaits

The Cotswolds region is home to many charming villages and towns, churches, historic landmarks, outdoor activities, in a beautiful part of England. After visiting the region many times, we created the Travel Cotswolds website dedicated to helping others plan their own trips to the Cotswolds.

If you’re looking for other places to visit, click the following for quick guides to Poole Keynes, Somerford Keynes, Ozleworth, or click on Cotswolds Villages A-F, Villages G-O, and Villages P-Z to discover more.


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