Broadway Station Opening March 2018

Broadway Station

Although several months away, we are excited to hear that Broadway Station will be opening on Good Friday 30th March 2018. Only just over 12 months away and the golden age of steam is set to return to Broadway.

Broadway’s station was demolished by British Rail in 1963 and volunteers from Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) are painstakingly rebuilding the station and restoring it to its former glory. At the time of writing, the station’s two platforms and signal box are nearly completed and work is well underway on the station buildings. Laying of the track is continuing to join Broadway with the existing railway which currently runs from Cheltenham Racecourse through Winchcombe and Toddington to Laverton some 2 miles short of Broadway.

The railway is also re-instating the Hayles Abbey Halt, at Hailes, to serve the nearby ruined Hailes Abbey. The halt will be a request-only stop for pedestrians and cyclists and will hopefully be completed later this year.

Hayles Abbey Halt

The GWR is all volunteer run and has a dedicated team working two days a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays) at the site on Station Road, Broadway, a 15 minute walk from our holiday cottages in West End. The project remains dependent on sponsors and donors and all donations are gratefully received. More information about the railway and rebuilding of Broadway Station can be found at

On 24th April, Alan Bielby, GWR will be giving a talk on the rebuilding of the railway and Broadway Station at Broadway Methodist Church Hall starting at 7pm. For further information about the talk, organised by Broadway History Society, visit


Broadway Manor Cottages





Henry Sandon Talk and Valuation Evening, 20th February 2017

Ceramics and antiques expert Henry Sandon MBE, who is known for his appearances on the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow and Great Antiques Hunt, will be giving a talk on Worcester China in the Torrington Room at the Lygon Arms Hotel on Monday 20th February 2017 starting at 7pm.

After the talk, Henry will be offering to value pieces so do take along a piece of Royal Worcester or other porcelain for Henry to cast his expert eye over.

This event is organised by Broadway History Society and is free to members of the society with a charge of £3 for non-members, refreshments will be served (no need to book).




The Cotswold Hare Trail, March – September 2017

From 25th March to 10th September 2017, the Cirencester March Hare Festival is running The Cotswold Hare Trail, sending its famous decorated hare sculptures further afield across the Cotswolds. The 5 foot tall hares, decorated by a range of artists, will adorn public spaces, galleries, hotels and shops in the Cotswolds from spring 2017.

This a fantastic opportunity to explore the far corners of the Cotswolds from Chipping Camden in the north to Chipping Sodbury in the south via Chipping Norton in the east and Stroud in the west in your search for the hares, visiting villages and towns you may never have visited before. Follow the trail of hares on foot, by bike and public transport with special maps outlining a variety of short and long trails around the Cotswolds region. How many will you spot?

For further information about the Festival and the Trail visit For more information about our Cotswold holiday cottages visit

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Rafters, Christmas 2016

Rafters, Christmas 2016

We would like to wish all our guests, past, present and future, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.

We have had an enjoyable and busy 2016 and are now taking bookings in all of our Cotswold holiday cottages for 2017, please check our website for up to date rates and availability.


Ross and Debbie Williamson
Broadway Manor Cottages



What’s On: 2016 Broadway Arts Festival

The 2016 Broadway Arts Festival takes place from 3rd to the 19th June 2016. The Festival was set up in 2010 to celebrate the ‘Broadway Colony’ and Broadway as a destination for the arts and a biemmial festival of; art exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations, lectures, concerts, drama and an open art exhibition is held in the village in June.

William Morris, one of the key figures of the Arts & Crafts movement, rented Broadway Tower as his studio during the 1880s, and he encouraged the landscape painter and garden designer, Alfred Parsons RA, to visit Broadway with his friends, including the American journalist, Lawrence Dutton. The short walk down from the Tower to the village was all it took to entice them to settle in Broadway, and the ‘Broadway Colony’ of artists, several of them American, soon followed. Francis Davis Millet, Edwin Austin Abbey RA, John Singer Sargent RA, Mary Anderson (de Navarro), George Henry Boughton RA, Edwin Howland Blashfield, Henry James and Frederick Barnard all made Broadway their retreat at the end of the 19th century.

Richard Ormond CBE 'John Singer Sargent and Broadway'

Richard Ormond CBE ‘John Singer Sargent and Broadway’ 6pm, 3rd June 2016

This year’s Broadway Arts Festival has the theme ‘Conflict’,  and includes a varied programme of events including: a lecture on ‘John Singer Sargent and Broadway’ with the Festival’s Art Historical Advisor Richard Ormond CBE, grandson of Violet Sargent Ormond, the sister of John Singer Sargent (3 June), ‘Shakespeare’s Gardens’ with the Festival’s Patron Sir Roy Strong CH (4 June), ‘Artists in The Great War’ with David Haycock (13 June) and ‘Paddy’s World’ with John Julius Norwich (18 June). Voces8 will be performing in St Michael’s Church (11 June), Heartbreak Productions will be performing ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ (15 June) and Blunderbus Children’s Theatre will be holding a workshop on the village green (12 June). Throughout the Festival there will be a number of art demonstrations and workshops and an exhibition of Patrick Lichfield’s Photographs in the Lifford Hall.

For information about these and all other events taking place during the Festival please visit For information about holiday cottages in Broadway to rent during the 2016 Broadway Arts Festival visit


Debbie Williamson
Broadway Manor Cottages