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“Knocked for six!!”
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Cotswold Cricket Museum
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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Knocked for six!!”
Reviewed November 18, 2013

I have visited the Cotswold Cricket Museum (a privately run business, not attached to any county cricket club) twice in the last week. The first occasion, on Wednesday, was to listen to the world reknowned cricket writer and historian, David Frith, and the second time was to visit the museum itself.

David Frith gave a commentary to a DVD of the 1928/1929 Ashes series in Australia. We saw footage of Don Bradman (thought to be the first), Bill Woodfull, Archie Jackson, Clarrie Grimmett and Bertie Oldfield of Australia and Wally Hammond, Jack Hobbs, Herbert Sutcliffe,Douglas Jardine, Harold Larwood, Maurice Tate and George Geary of England (amongst others). Frith described the scenes and explained how the Aussie Test grounds have changed since then.

Frith then talked about the long process whereby he made good his vow, as a teenager (having briefly met Alec Bedser), to become a cricket writer. His passion for the game remains undimmed.

I went round the museum yesterday after having sampled some lovely coffee and a piece of cake in the cosy Grace cafe.

If, like me, you love cricket then this museum is like Aladdin's cave!! There is a treasure around every corner. For example, there is a Don Bradman section with various souvenirs of his career. There is some commemorative chinaware celebrating the deeds of famous cricketers such as SF Barnes. There is a display of cricket bats from the earliest days of cricket up to more modern times.

There is a large cabinet with a selection of tour blazers including, amazingly, Eddie Paynter's blazer from the Bodyline tour in 1932/1933. Jack Hobbs' bat from the 1928/1929 tour is also there (his last England tour to Australia).

You can see Dickie Bird's umpire's coat from the first World Cup final in 1975.

There are pictures of some of the ships which took England cricketers away on overseas tours.

There are some letters including one from Alec Bedser to Lancashire CCC commenting on a youthful James Anderson's bowling action!! There are also mementos from Alec Bedser's career including medals and cups etc.

There are various caps, sweaters,bats and balls to be viewed as well as a whole variety of prints and pictures.

There is a section devoted to Gloucestershire CCC plus there are some Worcestershire CCC artefacts..

There is a framed item with correspondence related to the Bodyline tour. There are plenty of books on cricket too.

The owner also has a selection of DVD's which you can watch plus some cricket commentaries to listen to.

The main advice I can give you is to allow enough time to do this wonderful museum justice ... all the above and more for £3.50!!

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Ken B
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101 reviews from our community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“How interesting”
Reviewed November 15, 2013

We came across the Cricket museum by chance, my other half was very excited about this visit. It's situated above a tea shop, where you purchase your ticket and enter up a staircase in there. It was all so very personal, most items of clothing were not in cabinets so you could see them up close. There were lots of memorabillia, clothing and a back ground tape.
When we were leaving we said to the lady in the tea shop how much we enjoyed the visit, and she said it was her husbands personal collection from over the years and how finally she could move everything from her 3 bedroom house to somewhere to display it properly. For a personal collection it's amazing especially some of the art and clothing from some very very famous cricketers. Well worth a visit.

Visited November 2013
Thank Jackie K
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
47 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Excellent few hours to spend with your time!”
Reviewed November 1, 2013

It was the day before the storm & it was raining, so we popped into this lovely coffee shop museum and I'm glad I did. It was an excellent find with plenty of memorabilia on show & plenty of great stories, not to mention videos & tapes to watch & listen. Andy the owner knows his stuff & has spent plenty of money & time putting this museum together, he even knew some of the players that I knew from his days back in the Surrey Championship!
Well done to you both & keep it going - thank you.

Visited October 2013
Thank jchjohn
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Ayr, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“What a gem...”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

Have just returned form a short break in Stow with my father who is an avid cricket fan so this was the first place we visited and would highly recomend it, the owner Andy and his wife are very freindly and welcoming, Andy came up while Dad and I were looking round the museum to see how we were getting on and even got out Len Hutton's boots and pads for Dad to have a closer look at. We were only in Stow for 3 days but went here twice....... second time we had a coffee to and one of the best coffe's I've ever had! Even I found really interesting and I'm not a fan.... loads of history and memorabilia from years ago up to the present day.

Visited October 2013
Thank Jean B
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Leeds, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
174 reviews
51 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

The name Cricket Museum hides the fact that this is a great place to grab a tea or coffee, sandwich or cake.
My wife and I are frequent visitors to Stow and a visit to Andy and Marion's is a must. The hot drinks are all freshly made and tea is served in old fashioned, bone china cups, as it should be. The sandwiches are all freshly made to order and are packed with great tasting ingredients. You must also try the cakes.
I have no interest in cricket so have never visited the museum, but the owners nevertheless still make you feel very welcome in the cafe.
We've been to Hufkin's in the market sq., but the tea, coffee, sandwiches, cakes, and relaxed atmosphere of the Cricket Museum knocks it for six!

Visited October 2012
2 Thank Mike Y
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