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Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

Bidford-on-Avon Parish Council

The Big Meadow

The Big Meadow at Bidford-on-Avon

The Big Meadow - Bidford-on-Avon's Riverside Attraction

The picturesque village of Bidford-on-Avon is situated on the River Avon approximately 6 miles west of Stratford-upon-Avon. The settlement of Bidford-on-Avon existed back in Roman times, and Roman artefacts have been found in the area. It was also a well known Saxon village and it was during this time that Bidford Bridge was built by monks some 600 years ago.

The village's main attraction is the 26 acre riverside meadow known as The Big Meadow, to the south of the River Avon, which has been a tourist centre for many years, when Birmingham residents would come and spend the day enjoying the delights of the river. And this attraction continues today, since every year, from 1 April to 30 September, the gates are open allowing visitors to drive in, park their cars for a reasonable fee of £2.50 per day, and enjoy a whole day by the river.

Families can stroll along the river, or walk to the lovely hamlet of Marlcliff and back; have a picnic on one of the many tables provided by the river; and children, of all ages, can enjoy the extensive, and well equipped, play area, which includes:


Pre-opening plans of the extensive play area.
  • Skate ramp
  • MUGA
  • Netscape
  • Outdoor Table Tennis Tables

The Big Meadow is also available to hire for Events in the Summer Months at very reasonable rates – and is free of charge for charity events: full details are available on the right.

The Big Meadow hosts a variety of large events during the year.

Every May sees the Annual Vintage Gathering, a very popular event which brings a number of exhibitors from the area: proudly displaying steam engines, vintage cars and motorbikes, etc. The event is managed by one of the local residents, Mark Smith, who donates 50% of the profit to a local charity.

We also hold the Annual Duck Race, which raises funds for the village Christmas Lights.

The Big Meadow is also a popular venue for the circus, which comes every year in early summer.

Bidford-on-Avon is a popular mooring point for canal boats heading for Stratford-upon-Avon and you can also hire boats in the village.

Visitors to the Big Meadow can easily access the High Street, with its conservation area and 13th century parish church, St. Laurence, by crossing the famous 600 year old bridge. Built way back in 1212, St. Laurence Church recently celebrated 800 years and is still used regularly.

BIG MEADOW OPENING 2016

The Parish Council is pleased to announce that The Big Meadow will open from Friday 1 April 2016 (weather permitting) and will remain open until Friday 30 September 2016.

2016 Big Meadow Events

See our Events page for full details of all parish events.

  • Thu 21 April 2016 - The Queen's 90th Birthday Beacons and Fireworks Event [read more]
  • Sat 14 and Sun 15 May 2016 - Annual Vintage Gathering [read more]
  • Sun 12 June 2016 - 5K Village Series Race [read more]
  • Sat 18 June 2016 - The Queen's Birthday Celebrations and Bell Boat Regatta [read more]

Big Meadow Outdoor Gym

In May 2016, Bidford-on Avon Parish Council, with the support of a grant provided by Public Health Warwickshire, completed the installation of good quality Outdoor Gym Equipment at its popular large recreational area on the south bank of the River Avon known as The Big Meadow. The purpose of this equipment is to:

  • Encourage and increase the fitness of its local community, especially that of the older members who have difficulty accessing indoor gyms.
  • Create a safe and friendly environment in which to exercise with family and friends.
  • Improve the health and well being of local residents by providing free and accessible exercising equipment, in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Read more about the equipment on offer below:

Gallery


Welcome to The Big Meadow.
 
The Big Meadow in winter time.

The Skate Ramp.
 
Netscape.

Visitors to the Vintage Gathering.
 
The Big Meadow hosts the annual Vintage Gathering event.

Steam Engine at the Vintage Gathering.
 
Vintage cars on display.

The start of the annual Duck Race.
 
Spectators at the annual Duck Race, held on The Big Meadow.

Hold Your Event Here

Why not consider holding your event on The Big Meadow?

The Parish Council is keen to encourage use of The Big Meadow as a summer venue for events.

See the guide and booking form below for more information on the available sites, any applicable charges, and special conditions of use.

Residents' Parking

Bidford residents can obtain a free parking pass for The Big Meadow.

Details of how to apply can be found below:

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