Thornbury is a small market town in the west of England, about 11 miles (18km) north of Bristol and 125 miles (200km) west of London. It is an ancient market town; the settlement of “Thornbyrig” is noted as far back as 896.
Today, Thornbury is home to around 12,000 residents. The picturesque High Street brings visitors from around the area and Thornbury boasts its own castle, leisure centre and museum; the museum provides much information on Thornbury and its history. Further, it has a fine and varied array of restaurants and cafes to suit all tastes.
In 2013, ‘Thornbury in Bloom’ achieved the Gold Medal, as well as the Sargeant Cup, for best performance in the Town category. Thornbury has also been referred to as the fourth best place in England to live, when the Sunday Times conducted a survey of English towns. The historic St. Mary’s Church of England, situated adjacent to Thornbury Castle,dates from the thirteenth century. It is worth a visit and choral evensong is performed on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.