A Tudor House built for the pleasure of Henry VIII
Acton Court is believed to be the most original Tudor house in Britain. The East wing was built by Nicholas Poyntz in 1535 for a weekend visit by Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.
Acton Court will open to the public from 1 July to 9 August 2015, closed Mondays and Tuesdays. Full access to the house and grounds is with a professional guide only. There are a number of special events throughout the season; please check the website below for details.
Latteridge Road, Iron Acton BS37 9TL
Tel: 01454 228224
Herbaceous plants, trees, shrubs & flowers
Adrian and Sara Clover have a great interest in tropical and unusual plants, and after turning their garden into a jungle, they set up Bristol Tropical Centre to share their love of plants with the general public and trade.
They have an extensive network of contacts across the world, priding themselves on keeping their fingers on the pulse and constantly looking for something different. There are so many plants yet to be introduced to the UK and it is their intention to bring these beautiful treasures to our shores.
The Nursery, Tortworth Business Park, Tortworth, Wotton-under-Edge GL12 8HQ
Tel: 01454 806115
Tel: 07999 422351
Anything in wood
We offer beautifully crafted furniture, kitchens and solid wood floors, all traditionally made and fitted to your personal requirements. Also heirloom quality traditional wooden toys, jewellery boxes and other gifts. We can repair, restore, repaint and personalise items at sensible prices. Try our fun and sociable beginners' woodwork courses.
8 St Mary's Way, St Mary Shopping Centre, Thornbury BS35 2BH
Tel: 01454 501170
Tel: 07454 393133
Learn to Sew classes held locally for ages 8 to adult; After School Clubs, Holiday Clubs, Kids Parties, Teens and Adults. Kids learn the skills to make felt animal pincushions, felt cushions, cute key rings and pretty purses, sew straight stitch, applique, blanket stitch, sewing on a button and beads. Teens and adults can learn to use a sewing machine whilst making pretty items such as bags with bows, lounging trousers or a simple skirt. Lots of fun projects to make and everything is supplied.
Tel: 01454 411915
Tel: 07793 373355
The South Glos Show brings together the people of South Gloucestershire for a weekend of fun and entertainment. We have local bands and artists, over 250 exhibitors, sports acts and gymnastic displays as well as a jam packed kids show. This year's show takes place on the 1st and 2nd August and gates open at 10:30am.
The Windmill Fisheries Showground, Westerleigh Road BS37 8QZ
Tel: 01454 222 959
The Wool Stop welcomes knitters and crocheters of all ages and types. We're packed with lovely yarns and other bits and bobs including patterns, needles, buttons, cottons and bags. Pop in to browse, or bring your knitting, sit in the Knitter Natter room and enjoy coffee and chat with other woolly minded people.
Look out for workshops and Knitter Natter sessions coming soon, we'd love you to join us. Please see our website below:
15 The Plain, Thornbury BS35 2BD
Tel: 01454 414084
Tel: 07812 181474
Greek conversation and dancing classes
Tel: 01454 852331
The Alveston Gardens Association meets on the first Monday of each month in the Jubilee Hall, Greenhill, Alveston at 7.30pm.
Each month there is a guest speaker to enlighten us on all manner of things "gardening".
In addition to the monthly meetings, each year we organise Day Trips, Extended Trips, the Alveston Flower Show and a Christmas Lunch.
For more information click below to visit our webpage.
Held at The Chantry, Castle Street, Thornbury BS35 1HB
Tel: 07791 400362
We are a friendly club, keen to welcome, encourage and train prospective members within the framework set out by the BMFA.
Weather permitting, flying takes place on Saturday mornings, and during summer, Tuesday evenings. Instruction is provided by established and senior club members who hold appropriate certification, and a strict safety protocol is always observed. Free introductory flights are available prior to joining.
Tel: 07581 529341
We meet 10.30am-12noon each Friday morning in the format of a Book Group. Each month we will be exploring a new book, for example 'Healing beyond the Body,' by Dr Larry Dossey.
The Swan Inn, High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AE
Our meetings are in the Armstrong Hall on the second Tuesday of each month between 7pm and 9pm. We have a varied selection of speakers and also organise trips to gardens of interest during the year. If you would like to join the club, please contact either Jill Lowden on 01453 842235 or Ann Varney on 01454 260235. Membership for the year is only £12. You can also come along as a visitor to see if you would like to join - at a cost of only £1.50.
If you like reading books and would like to meet to discuss a book once a month then join us. We sit around a log fire at Little Whitfield Farmhouse with a warm cup of tea, something to nibble and our book-stories to tell.
For more information, contact Mike or Gill Spiller on 01454 260153.
Mumbleys Farmhouse, Sweetwater Lane, Mumbleys, Thornbury BS35 3JY
Tel: 01454 415296
There is a craft group which meets on the second Monday of each month in the Olveston Methodist Hall, and all crafters are welcome to come along and share their crafts with others.
For more information please contact Mary Slader on 07747 562264 or by email below.
Tel: 01454 294258
Meetings are held at the Armstrong Hall Complex, Thornbury, with demonstrations usually on the third Wednesday in the month at 2pm and practice classes at 1.30pm. See the calendar for event details. Annual subscription £35, visitors usually £3.50. For more information contact secretary Mrs Jill Morgan on 01454 228408 or click below. NAFAS affiliated.
Our meetings are held at the Cossham Hall on the 4th Wednesday of each month except July, August and December and start at 7.30pm. We try to cater for all levels of quilters from beginners to the more experienced.
At present our membership list is full but visitors are welcome to attend our meetings, for which there is a fee of £3.50. Further details from Heather Hasell by phone or email.
Tel: 01454 413743
Would you like to be a lady who lunches? Why not join our friendly club? We meet 12.15-3pm on the 2nd Thursday of the month, Oct-March at The Old School Hall, Lower Almondsbury for a 3 course lunch plus coffee followed by a speaker or event. Guests are welcome. Please contact Hilary Broad for further information or to confirm your visit.
Tel: 01454 619554
Tel: 07876 666458
Daggs Allotments at the top of the High Street are administered for the people of Thornbury by Thornbury Town Trust.
Thomas Dagg gave the field to Thornbury in 1546, so we tend what must be some of the oldest allotments in the country.
There are 120 allotments, and the Association has over 100 members. It organises social events, monthly newsletters, and an Allotment Shop.
Gillingstool Primary School's plot offers pupils the chance to grow and eat their own produce.
Membership costs just a couple of pounds a year, and brings many benefits. You don't need to be a plot holder to become a member. We have discounted seeds, competitive prices on gardening items, guest speakers and visits.
If you would like to become a member, or be added to the waiting list for a plot, contact Margaret Powell at the Town Trust by email below.
We meet for demonstrations and practice classes at Thornbury Methodist Church Hall, at 7.30pm on the second and fourth Thursdays of the month. New members and visitors are always welcome at either the demonstration or practice nights. We are affiliated to NAFAS. For more information click below.
We are a group of women of all ages who meet monthly to exchange ideas, learn new skills, raise money for local and international charities and generally have fun!
We meet in the Cossham Hall on the second Wednesday in the month for a short business meeting followed by a speaker or entertainment.
For more information, please click below.
We are a small friendly club who meet every Wednesday evening at 8pm. Subject to programme, we usually meet at the Chantry, Thornbury.
Courses and exams can be arranged. Morse practice is available.
Please see our website, below, for details of our location, activities and the weekly club meetings programme. For more information, please contact Stan Goodwin, G0RYM:
Tel: 01454 413177
We meet Fridays at 8pm in the old scenery store in The Chantry garden. Most scales, gauges, companies and tractions are accounted for and membership boasts a wide range of skills. We hold our own exhibition in November, and as member of the Association of Model Railway Clubs, Wales & West of England we also take part in their exhibition held at Thornbury Leisure Centre on May Bank Holiday Weekends.
Thornbury's Art Club started as a painting class around 40 years ago and is now a thriving and fully independent club, meeting four times a week in the Armstrong Hall Complex.
Membership is open to anyone aged 16 and over, non-artists, beginners, amateurs and professional artists alike, and includes talks, slide shows and demonstrations as well as social functions and painting sessions.
We are looking for/inviting new members for our club and particularly for our Wednesday night studio group. Anyone interested in joining can contact our Membership Secretary Pat Williams by email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01454 260202.
The club welcomes photographers of all abilities. We meet at 7.30 for 7.45pm every Monday in the Games Room at Turnberrie's Community Centre, September to April, and have a reduced programme during the summer. The meetings are a mix of guest speakers, competitions and practical evenings. We run beginners courses, and students regularly join us for club meetings. If you would like more details, contact us, or come along to one of our meetings.
Thornbury Chess Club meets at 7.30pm on Tuesdays at the Chantry, (52 Castle Street, Thornbury). The club team plays in the second division of the Bristol Chess League so, whether you are interested in competitive chess or just a friendly game, why not come along?
For further information click below to email or visit the Bristol League web-site.
We meet once a month to appreciate entertainment by British Country Music Artists, either as a listener or dancer (couples/line dancing/or just freestyle). We guarantee a good night out with a friendly atmosphere. Come dressed or casual. There is a large dance floor with a bar, raffle and food for sale. All shows start at 8pm, admission £5.50. For more information, contact Nancy on 01454 632135 or by email.
The club meets every second Thursday of the month at St Mary's Church Hall, 7.30 for 8-10pm. Join us for an evening of fun, make new friends and try your hand at a new craft? The meetings are a mix of demonstrations, speakers and hands-on experience. The evening normally concludes with an item to take home and show off to the family! Anyone is welcome to attend from the age of 16 with any ability level. To attend a trial evening please email below.
Held at The Swan Inn, High Street, Thornbury BS35 2AE
Tel: 01454 418331
There are currently 140 members and the Society has just celebrated its 40th anniversary. Nine events are organised by the committee every year. These include two dinner and dances (St. David's Day and Christmas), Welsh Male Choir concert, carol service, an evening trip and day trip as well as three social events with buffet supper and entertainment (such as fun quiz, games night, casino night, fun barn dance musical entertainment and AGM). Many members come to all events but some prefer to come to only a few. The Society is above all a lively, very friendly group of people who enjoy meeting together to enjoy themselves. Please email or call Clive Farnham on 417669.
These weekly sessions provide an opportunity for older people to socialise and make friends whilst sharing some gentle exercise, a cup of tea or coffee, games and other fun activities. There will also be occasional special events such as healthy eating workshops and excursions.
Every Thursday from 10.30am to 12pm at The Chantry.
Tel: 01454 862296
We are a section of Thornbury Museum and meet on the third Thursday of each month at 7.30pm in the Chantry. We meet to exchange information about local and world wide geological topics and examine maps, rocks, minerals and fossils. No previous knowledge of geology is needed and beginners and experts alike are welcome. For more information contact Sandi Shallcross by phone or email.
Meetings held at The Chantry, 52 Castle Street, Thornbury BS35 1HB
Tel: 01454 416882
The oldest Horticultural Society in Thornbury was established in the 1830s by a group of gentlemen of the town 'to introduce a taste of gardening amongst the cottages...'. The Society is affiliated to the RHS, and membership entitles you to a discount at Thornbury Garden Shop and free entry to the Shows and Social Evenings. For more information please click below.
Tel: 0793 4560207
We meet at Thornbury Leisure Centre.
Tel: 01454 865777
Thornbury Library is free to join, free to use, and gives you access to a world of books, film, music, information, and more, with free Internet access.
Opening hours are: Monday 8.45am-5.30pm, Tuesday 9.30am-5.30pm, Wednesday 8.45am-7pm, Thursday closed, Friday 8.45am-5.30pm, Saturday 9.30-5pm and Sunday closed.
St Mary Street, Thornbury BS35 2AA
Tel: 01454 868006
Thornbury Squares has been in existence for eighteen years, and during that time many people from Thornbury and district have discovered the joys of square dancing and made many new friends.
Classes run on Thursdays at 8pm in Manorbrook School, Thornbury. If you would like to find out what square dancing is all about, why not turn up or ring Ann (885058) or Sue (778795) for more details.
Thornbury University of the Third Age was founded in 1997 and is now one of the largest organisations in the town with over 1500 members.
The title ‘University’ can be misleading as members do not require any qualifications to join and there are no examinations to sit or awards made. It provides a wide range of educational, social and leisure activities and is an excellent way of meeting people and making friends. There is no age limit on membership but you need to have ceased full-time employment as most groups meet during the day, either in members’ homes or halls in the local area.
However, in order to keep our size within reasonable limits, members do need to live either in Thornbury or within quite a large area around it as defined by a set of postcodes.
Click below for further information and a full list of all the groups on offer.
Thornbury WI was re-formed in 2010, since then the “Thorn Birds” have evolved into a friendly sociable group of women of all ages.
We like to try new activities and listen to a variety of speakers, we enjoy meeting new friends, and having fun.
Meetings are held on the 3rd Tuesday of the month from 7.30–9.30pm at Thornbury Methodist Hall. Click below to find out more...
We meet on the first Friday in each month at 8pm in the Armstrong Hall. We stage three commercial wine tastings a year, including wines possibly more expensive than one would normally buy. For these evenings we charge between £3 and £5 depending on actual costs of wine and light supper.
Our other evenings involve slide shows and talks. These are funded from the annual subscription of £12. The Christmas meeting is at an hotel with dinner and dance, and the summer event is often a Mystery Coach Tour to an out of the way pub.
Unlike when the Wine Circle began in the Seventies, home made wine is not often made these days, but some grape and elderberry wine is used at BBQs, and mulled wine at Christmas.
For more information, contact Andrew Gillingham on 01454 415015 or by email below.
We are a small but friendly target archery club based in Tockington near Bristol.
We welcome archers of all levels from absolute beginners, for whom we run a beginners' course in early summer, to the more experienced archer.