2013 Spring/Summer Visit Worcestershire Magazine
Be inspired by the Visit Worcestershire Magazine to experience the delights on offer in this beautiful county.
FR EE Spring/Summer 2013 MAGAZINE HOME ADVANTAGE First class cricket, a day at the races and more HOME COMFORTS Spa breaks, stately homes and a lovely cup of tea HOME ART IS JRR TOLKEIN IS WHERE THE Pottery, galleries, music and book festivals www.visitworcestershire.org HOT AIR BALLOONING THE COTSWOLDS Contents 4 7 10 14 18 20 23 28 30 32 Travel Planner Home of Freedom Home of The Arts Home of Relaxation Home of Sports Home of History Home of Flavour 14 26 Worcestershire Welcome Awards Worcester City The Jewel of The Cotswolds Malvern Hills 36 07 32 Visit Worcestershire Website www.visitworcestershire.org is the official website for Worcestershire which inspires visitors and residents to explore the wonders on offer whatever your interests or hobbies. You can even book some fantastic accommodation or buy some local produce or gifts from the Worcestershire e-Shop. 34 North Worcestershire 37 Tourism Business Listings 43 Plan Your Trip 10 22 Online Community Join the Visit Worcestershire online community by opting to ‘Like’ Love Worcestershire on Facebook, or ‘Follow’ Worcestershire_ on Twitter to keep up-todate with all the wonderful things happening in Worcestershire. 18 Advertising & Production Carrier Direct Marketing Westacott Road, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 8AW 01271 336058 www.carrierdirectmarketing.co.uk Disclaimer Whilst every effort is made to ensure accuracy, the publisher accepts no responsibility for omissions or errors within this publication. Editorial submissions are included at the discretion of the Editor. The opinions expressed in articles and letters within this publication are not necessarily those of Destination Worcestershire. Destination Worcestershire works in partnership with the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce. Front Cover Image Broadway Tower Visit Worcestershire is a 44 page tourism magazine produced bi-annually by Destination Worcestershire. Designed to inspire visitors to enjoy the fantastic attractions, great events and superb places to stay in this beautiful county. Subscriptions 0845 641 1540 Editor Victoria Carman 0845 641 1542 firstname.lastname@example.org Editorial email@example.com Design Clevera Ltd (part of the Carrier Group) Westacott Road, Barnstaple, Devon EX32 8AW 01271 336275 www.clevera.co.uk 2 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 A warm welcome... If you’re looking for an unmistakably English experience, you’ll find it in Worcestershire. From lush rolling countryside to magnificent hill ranges, it’s the home of freedom and tranquility, a hub for the arts and home to festivals and events galore. Turn to Worcester and you’ll find a city steeped in English heritage, not to mention some great shopping and sports as well as Britain’s longest river meandering alongside the magnificent Cathedral, which dates back to the 11th century. Beyond Worcester, discover stately homes and gardens, luxurious spa hotels, steam railways and miles and miles of countryside to explore. Worcestershire is famous for its local food and drink produce so you can enjoy the many gastronomic delights on offer at a variety of traditional pubs and award winning restaurants. There is something to tempt everyone in Worcestershire. It is the perfect getaway. Let the Visit Worcestershire magazine inspire you to come to this beautiful county on a short break or holiday in 2013 and beyond. Blackstone Farm - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 3 TRAVEL www.visitworcestershire.org Travel Planner WORCESTERSHIRE IS LOCATED WITHIN THE HEART OF ENGLAND MAKING IT EXTREMELY ACCESSIBLE TO GET TO FOR BOTH UK AND OVERSEAS VISITORS. Worcestershire has great motorway links and is located on the M5, M42 and M50 network. Birmingham international Airport is located only a short distance away and the county has regular train services to London Marylebone, London Paddington, Bristol Temple Meads and Birmingham New Street. WORCESTER TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE www.visitworcestershire.org/worcester 4 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 www.visitworcestershire.org Visit Worcestershire Ad_92x112mm_A-W.indd 1 23/01/2012 07:36 Lower Court, Suckley Worcestershire WR6 5DE Tel: 01886 884665 www.holloways.co.uk A wonderful day out for garden lovers Opening hours 22 Mar-30 Sept, Wed-Sun 11am-6pm plus Bank Holiday Monday Oct, Sat & Sun only 11am-4pm Explore and enjoy this 30 acre garden paradise two miles east of Worcester which was voted one of the Country’s top gardens. It is the ideal place to relax and unwind. It boasts an enviable collection of plant treasures from every corner of the globe and offers fantastic light lunches and afternoon teas. • Much more than a garden centre • Beautiful countryside setting amongst hills and farmland • Extensive home and garden furniture showrooms • The award-winning Greenhouse Café and Gift Shop • Courtyards full of garden ornaments, pots and planters • Garden antiques, old farm artifacts and curiosities Spetchley Park Worcester WR5 1RS 01453 810303 firstname.lastname@example.org www.spetchleygardens.co.uk Open Monday to Saturday, 9am - 5pm Sundays (mid-March - August) 11am - 4pm MuseuM of Royal WoRces teR Severn Street, Worcester WR1 2ND t: 01905 21247 f: 01905 617 807 email@example.com www.museumofroyalworcester.org open MonDay to satuRDay March to October: 10am – 5pm November to February: 10am – 4pm Occasionally closed for private functions, please telephone for details. See the world’s largest collection of Worcester Porcelain and learn about a fascinating workforce and history that spans over 250 years. Meet past Royal Worcester Artists and NADFAS conservators who regularly work in the galleries and visit our shop to find an ever changing selection of vintage and antique Royal Worcester made on the factory site for sale. Behind the scenes visits, refreshments, catering and private hire for special occasions available. ‘Royal Worcester’ and the C51 crown device are registered by and used under kind permission from Portmeirion Group UK Ltd to whom all rights are reserved. Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 5 www.visitworcestershire.org Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum Admission prices apply, please telephone for details Adults £5,Children £2.50, Families £13 Open: Monday - Saturday 10.30am - 4.30pm Whitewells Farm Cottages Set on the edge of the picturesque hamlet of Ridgeway Cross, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, amidst ten acres of unspoilt countryside. With south facing views of the Malvern Hills it is a haven of peace and tranquility and the perfect base for all types of holiday. While Whitewells Farm has the feeling of being ‘in the middle of nowhere’ it is easily accessible from most parts of the UK and is the perfect base for touring Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Shropshire, Warwickshire, the Cotswolds, and the Wye Valley. The seven holiday cottages enjoy glorious views and all differ in size and character. 4 star rated, with radio, colour TV, dvd, WiFi, eco-friendly biomass central heating, well equipped kitchens and, in the larger properties, dishwashers and freezers. Laundry facilities are on site plus dedicated off road parking. Open daily 7.30am – 6pm Choral Evensong at 5.30pm (most days) Coach drop off point close by Group bookings 01905 732903 www.worcestercathedral.co.uk VWM13 Tel: 01886 880607 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.whitewellsfarm.co.uk 6 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 HOME OF FREEDOM www.visitworcestershire.org Worcestershire Inspired Tolkien to Create Hobbit’s Middle Earth J.R.R. Tolkien, author of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit lived in Worcestershire when he was young, and often used to walk on the Clent Hills (National Trust), Lickey Hills and the Malvern Hills when he was an adult which are said to have been a huge inspiration to his books. Tolkien would often walk the hills with C.S. Lewis and joint friend George Sayer and relive his books, comparing parts of the Malvern Hills to the White Mountains of Gondor. Bag End was the name of his Aunt Jane’s farm in North Worcestershire and it later became the name of the house that Frodo and Bilbo Baggins lived in, in his novels. v isitworcestershire.org/ thegreatoutdoors FREEDOM One Giant Leap for Mankind Wondering where you can take your family for an action-packed day full of fun and adventure this summer? Perhaps your family is embracing the increasingly popular UK ‘staycation’ and looking for some outdoor excitement a little closer to home? Why not spend a day at Go Ape, Wyre Forest and let your family unleash its inner Tarzan while swinging through the trees in the Great British countryside, whatever the weather. Go Ape have got family adventure all wrapped up for summer in the Wyre Forest, Kidderminster. Families, friends and tribes can experience the thrill of spending 2-3 hours in the tree tops - flying through the air on epic zip wires, climbing tree-top ladders, crossing wooden bridges, tackling obstacles and leaping into giant Tarzan swings. After monkeying around with your tribe, why not explore the beautiful forest surroundings and enjoy lunch at the Go Ape Forest Cafe whilst taking in the stunning views? Find out more at www.goape.co.uk/days-out/wyre @GoApeTribe facebook.com/GoApeTribe home of Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 7 HOME OF FREEDOM www.visitworcestershire.org TOP TEN SPOT FOR NATIONAL GARDENING SHOW! The Malvern Spring Gardening Show now ranks a very respectable 4th (three places above the prestigious Chelsea Flower Show!), in a list of Britain’s top 10 horticultural events. 2,300 members of Which? Gardening magazine, were invited to consider gardening shows right across the country and rate them in terms of overall ‘feel’, features, quality of exhibits, non-gardening content, facilities, location and access. The Malvern show is a partnership between the Three Counties Agricultural Society and the Royal Horticultural Society, and Which? Gardening readers were extremely complimentary about the event, which is now in its 28th year. Unsurprisingly, the Show’s ‘lovely location’ at the foot of the magnificent Malvern Hills in Worcestershire, was a major draw. Don’t miss out on this year’s event, being held between the 9th and 12th May 2013. www.threecounties.co.uk Britain’s Blossom Trail turns 30! The UK’s only Blossom Trail, which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world, celebrates its 30th birthday in Spring 2013. Worcestershire ‘s Vale of Evesham - often referred to as the Garden of England - has been famous for its many varieties of fruit since Medieval times. The 50-mile Blossom Trail is a riot of pink and white flowers comprising apple, pear, plum, damson and cherry blossom. When the blossom is at its best, it’s also meant to be a sign that spring has officially started. People can walk, cycle or drive the Blossom Trail by themselves or they can take one of the official Blossom Coach Tours. As well as enjoying the spectacular scenery, the tour takes in a host of farm shops, pubs and nurseries who all celebrate the Blossom Trail and attempt to make the connection between blossom and fruit through themed produce, menus and demonstrations for example Apple scones, Blossom Marmalade, Pershore Plum Jam and Blossom Cake. www.visitworcestershire.org/blossomtrail A Ring Rich in Wildlife The Mid Worcestershire Ring allows boats, cyclists and walkers to make a 21-mile circular journey through some of the Britain’s most beautiful and historic countryside. As part of the canal restoration project, a linear park has been created providing picnic sites, fishing pegs, and new stop off points for boaters, walkers and cyclists. Miles of towpath have also been upgraded, with new and improved access points and 26 new visitor moorings. The area is also rich in wildlife so everyone can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature up close including the Coney Meadow Reed Bed which is a thriving wildlife habitat located close to the quiet little village of Salwarpe. The site supports a wide range of plants, birds, mammals and insects including otters, reed buntings, reed warblers and bats. www.visitworcestershire.org/ring 8 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 HOME OF FREEDOM www.visitworcestershire.org WIN a Virgin Balloon Ride for two! NEW GEOPARK WAY VISITOR CENTRE ON TOP OF MALVERN HILLS The new Malvern Hills GeoCentre, at the GeoPark Way Visitor Information Centre, is on track to open its doors during April 2013. Situated at the Wyche Innovation Centre, it is located almost exactly halfway along the Geopark Way which runs for nearly 110 miles north-south from Bridgenorth to Gloucester, dropping down from the Hills and heading towards Colwall along Walwyn Road. Information will be provided by delivering digital content to iPads, including resources on the local springs and wells, cultural heritage, wildlife, geology, as well as updates about the work of the Malvern Hills AONB, the Malvern Hills Conservators, and the Archive and Archaeology section of Worcestershire County Council. To enter visit www.visitworcestershire.org/virgin Enjoy a flight in a hot air balloon over beautiful Britain - the voyage of a lifetime. Visit Worcestershire has teamed up with Virgin Balloon Flights to offer you the chance to win this experience of a lifetime worth £310! Your airborne adventure will include an unforgettable balloon flight of around an hour from one 100+ locations in England, Scotland and Wales including Crown Meadow in the beautiful market town of Evesham, the famous Shelsley Walsh for the motorcar enthusiasts amongst you, fairytale Eastnor Castle or from beside the thirteen furlongs at Worcester Racecourse. With the spectacular Malvern Hills to the west, the rolling Cotswolds to the south and fascinating spa towns, villages and stately homes in between, a balloon ride over Worcestershire takes some beating. You’ll also receive a traditional Champagne toast (or soft drink) after landing along with a personalised certificate signed by your pilot and endorsed by Sir Richard Branson. What’s more you’ll have 12 months to book your flight! T&Cs apply, please see website. www.geocentre.co.uk For a limited time, Virgin are offering up to 50% off Virgin Balloon Flights Gift Packages and vouchers from just £94.99pp! Simply call 0844 8448070 or visit virginballoonflights.co.uk and quote ‘Visit Worcestershire’ before August 31st! Enjoy pitching up with the Camping & Caravanning Club THE CAMPING & CARAVANNING CLUB CONTINUES TO PROVIDE THE PERFECT ALTERNATIVE TO HOLIDAYING ABROAD AND ALSO A CHEAPER WAY TO HOLIDAY IF YOU WANT TO MAKE YOUR BUDGET LAST LONGER. » Blackmore Camping & Caravan Club www.campingandcaravanningclub. co.uk/blackmore » Clent Hills Camping & Caravan Club www.campingandcaravanningclub. co.uk/clenthills » Wolverley Camping & Caravan Club www.campingandcaravanningclub. co.uk/wolverley MALVERN WALKING FESTIVAL Malvern Walking Festival 2013 programme (May 25th - June 2nd) was launched 1st January with a record 42 walks, ranging from “Teddy Bears Picnic” to “Worcestershire Way in a Day”, with lots of guided interest walks in between. The ever-popular multi-day walks were fully booked within a fortnight - the more demanding walks are always the first to be taken up. Other walks include a breakfast walk, “Malvern’s Artistic Connections”, “Historic Malvern” and a walk that finishes with a tour round an Ice Cream Factory! More info on www.malvern-hills.info or find us on Facebook (Malvern Walking Festival). Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 9 HOME OF THE ARTS www.visitworcestershire.org THE ARTS home of » Caro in action B E HOL D T H E QU E E N OF S C U L P T U R E If you want to see something truly extraordinary go to Malvern Spring Gardening Show at the Three Counties Showground 9th - 12th May 2013. Here, in addition to fantastic show gardens and hundreds of fabulous exhibits, you will find the sculptor Caro Sweet. ‘Caro’ is the ‘Artist in Residence’ for the show again this year,” says Showground Communications Manager Sharon Gilbert. “In just four days the sculpture she came up with last year was extraordinary! Because it was Jubilee year, the brief we gave to Caro was, if there were a Queen of plants, what would she look like?” “Sharon and the Showground staff are brilliant to work with,” says Caro. “They provide me with everything I need. This year, even by lunchtime on the first day, I expect to have completed the big charcoal working drawings, taken measurements and started building the armature. This will start with an interesting assortment of items left over from exhibitors set up, and again, scavenged by hardworking Showground’s Estate Foreman, Tom Kerr.” If you’ve got an idea for a topical theme for this year’s sculpture please contact Sharon Gilbert at the Showground or Caro, via her website www.carosweet.com 10 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 HOME OF THE ARTS www.visitworcestershire.org The charming village of Broadway nestles beneath the Worcestershire Hills of the Cotswolds enticing visitors from across the world, all drawn to the beauty and attractions of this quintessential English village. Home to many art galleries, the village is deemed a significant destination for the arts with a steeped heritage in Fine Arts, Music, Drama, Dance, Comedy, Arts and Crafts. The highly regarded biennial festival in celebration of this will next take place between the 30th May-15th June 2014 with many events taking place including open gardens, dinners, talks, concerts and exhibitions running throughout 2013 and in the lead up to the festival fortnight. www.broadwayartsfestival.com Spin the Flying Potter Wheel All free, all live, all original and all at the Worcester Music Festival NOT LONG NOW UNTIL THE SIXTH WORCESTER MUSIC FESTIVAL, THE CHANCE TO EXPERIENCE THREE WHOLE DAYS OF LIVE, ORIGINAL MUSIC FROM HUNDREDS OF UP AND COMING BANDS AND ARTISTS FROM THE MIDLANDS AND ACROSS THE UK, AND IT’S ALL FOR FREE! A huge success story, the distinctive festival has grown exponentially since it was first staged in 2008, with a whopping 400 performances taking place at last year’s annual event. Quite uniquely, the festival is also the chance for everyone to have a go at making music, with last year’s event hosting 30 free workshops, from world drumming, the four elements of hip hop and a kids’ Glee concert to young jazz and a guitar master class with the renowned Jon Gomm. Last year’s programme for all ages and abilities was such a hit, in fact, it attracted almost 800 people over the weekend, with one mum describing the sheer amount on offer as “staggering”. The festival is also about supporting good causes, with the 2012 event raising £6,000 for the city’s New Hope children’s respite centre, taking the total amount raised for local charity over five years to nearly £25,000. www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk Eastnor Pottery is located within the magnificent Herefordshire Country Estate of Eastnor Castle, surrounded by the Malvern Hills. Great walks and dramatic scenery make this the ideal place to spend a creative break. The studio was established by ceramic artists Jon Williams & Sarah Monk – As well as showcasing their own unique designs, the Pottery offers an exciting programme of courses and workshops. If you are unable to visit Herefordshire, The Flying Potter is more than willing to deliver the Eastnor Pottery experience to a venue of your choice. www.eastnorpottery.co.uk What is really great is that many of the events are located indoors at locations across the city so whatever the weather you are sure to have a great time. You can also make a full weekend of it by choosing from a selection of great accommodation options whatever your budget! This year’s explosion of live music in city’s pubs, clubs, cafes and historic buildings, as well as on outdoor stages, takes place from Friday, August 30 to Sunday, September 1. HOME OF THE ENGLISH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA The Worcestershire-based English Symphony Orchestra has announced a new concert series in Malvern for 2013. It will be held at Christchurch, which is opposite Great Malvern Station. The concerts are on March 22nd, May 23rd, September 27th and November 22nd and the series is directed by the American conductor Kenneth Woods. “This is the first time that Ken has worked with the orchestra and the preparation has gone really well so far”, says orchestra manager Peter Sheeran. “He has chosen an interesting programme of music, from 18th Century English to the present time, with some excellent soloists. We are hoping to use Christchurch as a base for many activities locally and have been made to feel very welcome by the wardens. This collaboration marks the start of a new era for the orchestra”. For more details of the concert programme visit www.eso.co.uk Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 11 HOME OF THE ARTS www.visitworcestershire.org It’s coming... This July (19th-27th) will see the UK’s first ever international festival for youth and children’s choirs WIFYS (the Worcester International Festival for Young Singers). GREAT MALVERN HOSTS FIRST CONTEMPORARY ARTS FESTIVAL A brand new Festival will bring the very latest in modern drama, music, dance, comedy and film to the town of Great Malvern in rural Worcestershire and aims to attract a wider theatre audience from the West Midlands and beyond. Performances will include ‘Ockham’s Razor’ acrobatics and daring aerial theatre, as well as video streaming of live HD broadcasts of ‘Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland’ ballet from the Royal Opera House and ‘The Rite of Spring’ from the Bolshoi in Moscow. Drama is provided in the form of award-winning play ‘The Pitman Painters’, which has sold out at the National Theatre in the West End and on Broadway. Malvern will also host ‘Michelangelo Drawing Blood’ accompanied by music composed by Charlie Barber and a new play from Perrier Award winner Will Adamsdale, entitled ‘The Victorian in the Wall’. August Wilsons’ ‘Fences’ will feature Lenny Henry in the lead role; Lenny follows a long line of distinguished performers in this acclaimed American drama. Other performances feature stand-up comedian Andy Parsons and the National Dance Company Wales performing ‘Dream’; a triple bill of exhilarating dance brought together by world-renowned choreographer Christopher Bruce. Singers from Belgium, Germany, Spain, Austria, Poland, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Russia and Hong Kong will join young people in Worcestershire for this week-long vibrant arts event. Workshops, concerts, colourful street singing and a final night Gala Concert in Worcester Cathedral will provide an exciting and ground-breaking festival enhancing Worcester as a tourist destination. With most performances free of charge, and in a range of venues in the city and surrounding towns, WIFYS offers a highly accessible programme of events. Audiences will be wowed by the rich cultural diversity of the visiting choirs. The Festival will provide a sparkling, energy-boosting event for audiences and participants alike! For full information, visit the Festival’s regularly updated website. www.singuk.org/wifys The 2013 Malvern Contemporary Arts Festival will start on Friday 22nd March and continues until Wednesday 17th April. www.malvern-theatres.co.uk EMBRACE LITERATURE! Lovers of the spoken and written word in all its forms will find a warm welcome in Worcestershire in June! The third Worcestershire Literary Festival (WLF for short) is putting on events for all ages at venues across the county from 13th-24th June 2013. Poet Pam Ayres will be appearing in both Worcester and Tenbury Wells, and the varied programme includes the final of the annual Worcestershire Poet Laureate competition, tours of Worcester Cathedral’s historic library, an authors’ fair, events in the park, writers talks and workshops and a Midsummer walk on the Malvern Hills. Run entirely by volunteers on a not-for-profit basis, the WLF recently launched a ‘Friends of Lit Fest’ Scheme and a successful Flash Fiction competition. Events and fundraising projects take place throughout the year. The WLF was proud to be Highly Commended in the Best Tourism Event and Festival category in the 2012 Worcestershire Welcome Awards. www.worcslitfest.com 12 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 www.visitworcestershire.org Huntlands Farm Bed & Breakfast Look Out Lodge Luxury in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside www.huntlandsfarm.co.uk Experience a unique, rural retreat on an authentic working farm. Relax in our en-suite rooms with four-poster beds and beautiful views of the countryside. Feel at home in our farmhouse kitchen and guest lounge with home cooked breakfast and dinner to enjoy. Ideally positioned in the Teme Valley for events at the Three Counties Showground, the Malvern Hills, the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, The Worcestershire Way route, and the Three Choirs Way Walk. Evenings meals and weekend upholstery classes are offered. We look forward to welcoming you to our home. Lucy & Stephen A warm welcome awaits you at our exclusive country lodge situated in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside. Generous size for groups and families. Sleeps six + cot. Short breaks available. Whether you are looking for a relaxing hideaway or action packed adventure break, then look no further. Birchall Green Farm, Sinton Green, Hallow, Worcs, WR2 6NT Tel: Angela on 01905 641993 / 07799 050424 E: email@example.com www.huntlandsfarm.co.uk E: firstname.lastname@example.org T: 01886 821955; M: 07828 286360 www.lookoutlodge.co.uk Pitlands Farm Holidays Tel: 01886 812220 Looking for somewhere to stay? Then look no further than 'Pitlands Farm' Clifton upon Teme, Worcestershire, for self catering and bed & breakfast accommodation. Set in 25 acres in picturesque Teme Valley Choice of lodges and bungalows Two lodges have wheelchair accessible bedrooms and shower rooms. All with stunning views Pet friendly Two coarse shing pools for guests use. Fishing can be arranged on nearby River Teme Hot tub Games room WiIdeally situated for walking, shing, touring and visiting local attractions. Open all year Six Units with accommodation for 30 people Payment by Cheque/Card Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast Registered educational charity no 507191 Pitlands Farm, Clifton on Teme, Worcester, WR6 6DX. email: email@example.com www.pitlandsfarm.co.uk Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 13 HOME OF RELAXATION www.visitworcestershire.org SPA BREAKS IF YOU LOVE STAYING IN A LUXURY SPA HOTEL YOU’LL LOVE STAYING IN WORCESTERSHIRE. » The Elms Hotel & Spa www.theelmshotel.co.uk » The Malvern www.themalvernspa.com » The Abbey Hotel, Golf & Spa www.theabbeyhotel.co.uk » Menzies Birmingham Stourport www.menzieshotels.co.uk/ hotels/midlands/birminghamstourport-manor New for 2014 » Stanbrook Abbey www.stanbrookabbey.com » Dormy House Hotel www.dormyhouse.co.uk RELAXATION Authentic Native American Tipis Get You Closer to Nature CLOSE TO THE PRETTY GEORGIAN MARKET TOWN OF BEWDLEY IN THE HEART OF THE BEAUTIFUL WYRE FOREST, YOU CAN ENJOY AN AMAZING CAMPING EXPERIENCE. home of Whether it’s a family celebration, an adventure with the kids or just a get away from it all romantic break, we offer real life camping with a difference. Roaring campfires and the great outdoors combined with the comfort and cosiness of our authentic Native American Tipis get you close to nature. You can enjoy the tranquility and the outstanding beauty of the local area and if you feel like it getting the adrenalin going, have a go at some of the fantastic activities that are all just a stone’s throw from the site. www.wyreforesttipis.com Just bring your bedding and a torch - we’ll supply the rest! 14 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 HOME OF RELAXATION www.visitworcestershire.org DISCOVER A REAL WELCOME AND RELAXING STAY AT THE BECKFORD INN, SET IN OPEN COUNTRYSIDE, ON THE NORTHERN EDGE OF THE BEAUTIFUL COTSWOLDS. This stunning 18th century coaching inn, just off the A46, is renowned for their friendly, helpful staff, genuine welcome and much more... This beautiful old Freehouse and restaurant has a new award winning Head Chef who only uses the finest, freshest local produce to create some superb culinary delights, as well as some true British pub classics. Relax in lovely gardens edged by a little brook, try home-made cakes and scones with real Clotted Cream. Or enjoy a pint of Cask Marque Ale in the old pub bar with roaring fire, there’s even an extensive list of fine wines and Malt Whiskies! For a short break - comfortable beds, iPod players, flat screen TV, free Wi-Fi and many newly refurbished guest rooms with lush new furnishings and luxurious bathrooms all make for a great stay. Plus, The Beckford is so convenient to many great sights - Cheltenham, Stratford upon Avon and many Cotswold villages and market towns are on the doorstep. Find The Beckford Inn to enjoy a truly welcoming Cotswold stay! www.thebeckford.com DISCOVER A REAL WELCOME DORMY HOUSE HOTEL TO LAUNCH NEW LUXURY SPA One of the Cotswolds’ best-loved hotels is launching a luxury spa in 2014 as part of a £10m plan to position it among the UK’s top hotels. The Dormy House, near Broadway, will unveil its exclusive House Spa early next year in a move that will see the family-run hotel become a leading spa venue. Designed by internationally-renowned Sparcstudio, House Spa will include an infinity pool, treatment rooms, fitness gym, dining area and terrace garden. It will be available both to hotel guests and as a luxury day spa and health club for nearby residents. The Dormy is due to close in mid-March 2012 for the work to begin, reopening after the first phase of bedroom redevelopment this summer. It will remain open while work continues on House Spa, which is due to open in early 2014. Book now for a 2014 luxury spa break in the north Worcestershire Cotswolds near the beautiful honey-coloured village of Broadway. www.dormyhouse.co.uk Looking to book your break away? Then look no further than www.visitworcestershire.org The Visit Worcestershire website has a variety of accommodation options ready to book online! Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 15 HOME OF RELAXATION www.visitworcestershire.org A GREAT PLACE TO STAY ON THE MALVERN HILLS The Elim is open all year round and is available for large and small groups as well as individuals on a bed and breakfast basis. With its convenient location, un-spoilt beauty, stunning scenery and tranquil atmosphere the site is a wonderful spot for a short break, getaway or retreat. It is an ideal base for walking some of the beautiful local trails or attending a show at the Malvern Theatres or Three Counties Showground. Activities available on and around the site include walking, cycling, outdoor heated swimming pool (Apr - Oct), gym and beauty salon. www.elimconferencecentre.com B&B prices from £36 pppn. THE BEST OF TOWN AND COUNTRY St Andrews House Hotel has had a recent change in ownership and there is an exciting programme of refurbishment work planned over the coming months including, updating the restaurant, bar and function rooms to create an elegant and stylish place for you to dine, relax and chat. Why not choose to stay in one of the new superior ‘character rooms’, so you really can relax in comfort and style. Defining luxury accommodation in Worcestershire WITHIN THE 22 ARCED WALLED ESTATE OF STANBROOK ABBEY, ONCE AN ICONIC FORMER MONASTERY, SITS A GEORGIAN TOWN-HOUSE-STYLE BUILDING. THIS STUNNING HOUSE HAS BEEN STYLISHLY REFURBISHED AND REDECORATED, WITH THE AIM OF PROVIDING A LUXURIOUS AND OPULENT FEEL. Stanbrook Abbey was originally designed in the Gothic Revival style by Edward Welby Pugin. Formerly home to a community of Benedictine nuns in the mid-1800’s, the recent refurbishment at Stanbrook Abbey has turned this remarkable building into a stunning events venue with Manor House accommodation. This property is perfect for private house parties and small corporate events, or for a family wedding party to stay before or after the special event. The Manor House at Stanbrook Abbey offers five luxury en suite bedrooms including a master suite with dressing room. With its own private entrance, large entertaining kitchen, study and drawing room with log burning fire. The house accommodates up to 10 guests and is available from £700 per night. There is also a bright future ahead for Stanbrook Abbey, with 50 additional luxury bedroom suites being established in 2014 as part of our on-going redevelopment plans. These rooms were once the cells of the Benedictine nuns that inhabited the Abbey but are soon to be transformed into lavish accommodation that will provide the utmost comfort and relaxation. www.stanbrookabbey.com The restaurant is one of the best in the area, serving classic British dishes with a creative twist. The head chef Nigel Cooke and his team pride themselves on using local and seasonal produce. The restaurant offers a range of menus from bar snacks and afternoon tea, to a Gourmet Tasting Menu. As well as the dining room, you can choose to eat in the bar area, in the Garden Room overlooking the gardens, or on the Terrace. St Andrews Town Hotel is located in historic Droitwich Spa and was built in the 1820’s as the home of the Town Clerk. The hotel offers you the best of both town and country and is only minutes from the town centre and motorway network, yet the elegant Georgian building and tranquil gardens make you feel as if you are in a country house retreat. St Andrews are known for a friendly and personal service, and would like to invite you to come and experience it for yourself. www.st-andrewshotel.com 16 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 www.visitworcestershire.org Visit Witley Court & Gardens Four Seasons Superior accommodation in Worcester Two Contemporary Apartments in Worcester Discover the romantic ruins of Witley Court and its beautiful Parterre gardens, lake, woodland walks and majestic Perseus and Andromeda fountain. www.english-heritage.org.uk/witleycourt or call 01299 896636 WITLEY COURT & GARDENS, WORCESTERSHIRE WR6 6JT Ideal for couples looking for a quiet stay in the heart of Worcester Architect designed accommodation Private, tranquil location Situated in a large garden Easily accessible Ideal base to explore Worcestershire Telephone: (01905) 357563 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org www.worcester4seasons.co.uk 1646_W034_Witley Court Visit Worc Ad_112x90mm_PRESS.indd 1 22/02/2013 15:44 THE CRISPY COD FINEST QUALITY FISH & CHIPS Open Hours: Tues–Sat: 12 - 2pm Mon-Sat: 5pm-10pm Friday: 4.30pm-10pm Lunchtime Specials-Kids Meals We Specialise In Big Orders Famous for Fish & Chips since 1928 ★★★★ The Old Kennels Farm is a small family run farm Ledbury situated in picturesque Herefordshire; we are also part of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. On the farm we have six well equipped and comfortable self-catering cottages, ranging from 3-4 Stars. Our cottages sleep from 2-6 people, we welcome all age groups. Some cottages accept pets and some remain pet free. For more information please do not hesitate to call or drop us an email. The Old Kennels Farm Bromyard Road Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1LG Telephone: 01905 451456 1a Pinkett Street, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR3 7EB Tel: 01531 635024 email@example.com www.oldkennelsfarm.co.uk Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 17 HOME OF SPORT www.visitworcestershire.org » Worcester Races SPORT England’s Loveliest Sporting Ground Undergoes £10 Million Development EXCITEMENT IS MOUNTING BY THE WEEK AT NEW ROAD AS THE £10 MILLION DEVELOPMENT PROJECT GATHERS PACE AND THE 2013 SEASON APPROACHES. THE MAIN FEATURES OF WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET CLUB’S £10 MILLION DEVELOPMENT OF NEW ROAD INCLUDE: • Eye-catching glassed entrance with raised walkway into the ground • Four-storey, 120-bedroom Premier Inn hotel • New reception area, offices and meeting rooms • Hospitality facilities, including 170 executive pitch-view balcony seats • A new bar and over 500 new seats for spectators www.wccc.co.uk home of 18 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 HOME OF SPORT www.visitworcestershire.org Worcester Racecourse Fixtures 2013 WORCESTER RACECOURSE IS LOCATED IN THE HEART OF THE CITY OF WORCESTER SITUATED ALONGSIDE THE RIVER SEVERN. THERE ARE A VARIETY OF EVENING AND WEEKEND FIXTURES INCLUDING THEMED RACE EVENTS. Here are the forthcoming dates: National Hunt Racing Tuesday 30 April Worcester News Family Fun Day with Peppa Pig Sunday 12 May National Hunt Racing Wednesday 22 May CrownGate Ladies’ Day Saturday 1 June National Hunt Racing Thursday 6 June Tuesday 11 June Family Fun Day with Fireman Sam Sunday 23 June National Hunt Racing Wednesday 26 June Wednesday 3 July Wednesday 10July Wednesday 17 July Wednesday 24 July Pershore Plum Festival Race Night Tuesday 30 July National Hunt Racing Tuesday 13 August Sen. Citizen’s Discount Package Day Monday 19 August National Hunt Racing Tuesday 20 August Wednesday 28 August Tuesday 10 September www.worcester-racecourse.co.uk MOTORSPORT IN A HISTORIC LOCATION If you love motorsport you have probably already heard of Shelsley Walsh. This racetrack has been in existence since 1905 and is the oldest motorsport track in the world still used today. The Midland Automobile Club can now confirm their calendar for events at the Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb near Worcester. The calendar features six speed hill climb weekends, two of which are rounds of the Avon Tyres MSA British Hill Climb Championship held in June and August. Throughout the year Shelsley Walsh are celebrating a number of notable anniversaries starting with 100 years of Morris at ‘Speed Into Spring’ in May. Please see the full list of events below: May 4/5 June 1/2 July 6 July 7 July 27/28 Sept 21/22 SPEED INTO SPRING BEST OF BRITISH REG PHILLIPS TROPHY VINTAGE & POST VINTAGE THOROUGHBRED CLASSIC NOSTALGIA AUTUMN SPEED FINALE August 17/18 CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk A Hole in One WHARTON PARK IS A PICTURESQUE 18 HOLE CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSE, WELL KNOWN AND RESPECTED HAVING BEEN DESIGNED BY COURSE ARCHITECT, HOWARD SWAN, AROUND A 43 ACRE ROYAL FOREST. It is a most attractive course to play offering many interesting features in a wide range of varying picturesque settings including water features on the 14th, 16th & 18th fairways. It offers challenging golf with advantages which reward the low handicap golfer whilst encouraging the higher handicapper. The course is to USGA Standard, 6455yds, Par 71. www.whartonpark.co.uk BEWDLEY REGATTA Saturday 27 / Sunday 28 July 2013 DUE TO THE GREAT VIEW OF THE RIVER AND ITS LOCALITY, BEWDLEY REGATTA IS ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR, AND THEREFORE BIGGEST, INLAND RIVER REGATTAS IN THE COUNTRY. Competition is stiff, no matter what the event. Whether you’re interested in rowing, or just fancy a good day out, Bewdley is the place to be on the last weekend of July. You can come to the Rowing Club and check out the view from the bar, or position yourself along key side to get another great view of the racing. This two-day regatta attracts entries from clubs up and down the country. www.bewdley.org.uk/content/bewdley-regatta With races every couple of minutes between 8am and 6pm, Bewdley Rowing Club frequently has around 250 crews each day. A crew could be a single sculler, double scullers, pairs, fours, quads or eights and competitor’s ages start at 12 or 13 and finish somewhere in the 70s. Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 19 HOME OF HISTORY www.visitworcestershire.org Discover history at Worcester Cathedral 20 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 » Worcester Cathedral HISTORY When you hear the name King John you perhaps associate it with Robin Hood, or what you learned about ‘bad King John’ at school. It may surprise you to learn that not only was King John a frequent visitor to Worcestershire but he also loved the county. So John can’t have been all bad! Worcestershire’s connections to this monarch and his signing of Magna Carta - probably the most well known law in English history - will mean that many people will be visiting the county in the next few years as part of national celebrations. Worcester Cathedral is planning a series of special events in both 2015 and 2016 to celebrate the signing of Magna Carta, and to commemorate the 800th Anniversary of the burial of King John in Worcester Cathedral. These will include new guided tours, talks, a conference led by historians, and possibly a performance of William Shakespeare’s play King John. Another great reason for visiting Worcester Cathedral is to visit the Library, it is one of England’s oldest libraries (appointments necessary) with the collection comprising of 298 medieval manuscripts, which range mainly from the tenth to the fifteenth centuries. There is also a music collection, which contains works by many famous composers including Sir Edward Elgar and Thomas Tomkins. Cathedral Tours and Library and Archive Tours are the best way to appreciate the heritage, historical connections and grandeur in this majestic building which dates back to the 11th century. www.worcestercathedral.co.uk home of HOME OF HISTORY www.visitworcestershire.org Inspiring Stories of Great Inventions In October last year, the Museum of Carpet in Kidderminster opened its doors after a great many years of hard work and fundraising. Within this new and exciting Museum you will explore and discover some inspiring stories of great inventions, amazing individual endeavours, wealth, poverty, hard work, family ties and links to all around the world. All this will tell of the enduring social and economic links between the carpet making industry and the people of the town. Jinney Ring Craft Centre located in Hanbury are delighted to be associated with this new attraction and are pleased to have been asked to stock the Museums premium gift shop. The Museum is in a building that has been beautifully renovated and previously housed the Woodward Grosvenor carpet factory. www.carpetmuseum.co.uk EveshamAR Discove 1 012 12:02 Page ry_Layout 1 25/10/2 1 012 12:02 Page ry_Layout 1 25/10/2 SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY’S SHARE OFFER STEAMS PAST £1 MILLION MARK STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS AT SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY ARE CELEBRATING AFTER THE HERITAGE LINE’S LATEST SHARE OFFER HIT THE £1 MILLION MARK IN LESS THAN THREE MONTHS. Launched on October 1, the Share the Passion campaign aims to raise £3 million to fund vital investment in the popular Midlands visitor attraction. Money raised so far will allow Severn Valley Railway to start planning for projects including the Heritage Engineering and Building Training Academy, whose apprentices will be involved in the restoration of the railway’s flagship locomotive 4930 Hagley Hall. The loco, which celebrates its 40th anniversary at SVR in 2013, has not been operational for more than 23 years. The £1 million will be put to good use but there are many more valuable projects to undertake with additional funds, such as the innovative SteamWorks project at Bridgnorth station and the restoration of the Great Western Railway ‘chocolate and cream’ carriages to run with Hagley Hall, providing a truly authentic experience for our passengers. The minimum investment in offer shares is £100, followed by multiples of £25. 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The move makes Evesham the first town in the UK to use ‘Augmented Reality’ to enhance the visitor experience, promote local history and boost footfall. The technology allows anyone with a Smartphone or Tablet to hold up the device to any of 10 historic landmarks in Evesham, prompting a mediaeval monk to pop up onto the screen to talk through the history of the attraction. The fictional monk - Brother Oswald, a popular character used by Evesham’s Almonry Museum - acts as a virtual tour guide, explaining the town’s past and promoting current points of interest. Tourism trail cards listing the attractions are available for free at the Almonry, which is the starting point of the route. The landmarks include historic buildings, statues and existing tourism signs in the town centre and Abbey Park. 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Running for ten miles through beautiful Cotswold countryside there are views across the Avon and Severn valleys as far as the Malvern Hills and the Black Mountains in Wales. You have the option of combining a train ride with a visit to one or more of the many nearby attractions but there is plenty to keep you happy on the railway for a full day. www.gwsr.com THE STORY OF WORCESTER PORCELAIN TO BE TOLD THE HERITAGE LOTTERY FUND HAS GIVEN INITIAL SUPPORT TO THE MUSEUM OF ROYAL WORCESTER FOR A £1,095,700 REDEVELOPMENT PROJECT TO IMPROVE AND REFURBISH THE MUSEUM. The project will ‘Celebrate 250 years of Innovation, Industry and Craftsmanship’ and will champion the role that Royal Worcester and its highly skilled workforce played in the world of ceramics. The Museum is adjacent to the old Royal Worcester Factory in Severn Street and just two minutes walk from Worcester Cathedral. From the very start of production in the 1750’s visitors were encouraged to take a factory tour and marvel at the manufacturing processes and factory skills required in this labour intensive industry. This investment from Heritage Lottery Fund means the Museum can re introduce the story of manufacture through the introduction of new displays and feature the worker’s emotive audio recordings and memories of their time at Royal Worcester. The Museum will open a hidden treasuretrove of film, archives and collections, develop vibrant educational services and involve volunteers and people who worked at the factory to create the truest representation of an industry that touched the lives of nearly everyone who lived in the City of Worcester. www.worcesterporcelainmuseum.org.uk TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME WITH THE WORCESTER STORY! Enjoy learning about history with a costumed guide as they walk you through the days of yesteryear, allowing you to relive the Worcester Story and the making of this Cathedral City. Hear about the Romans, the devastating Viking raids, Elizabeth I and her visit to the city in 1575 and the bloody battle of Worcester that took place in 1651. Walks start in front of the’ historic Guildhall in the High Street and cost just £5 per person. Walks depart at 6pm and booking is essential. Other times are available, subject to guide availability. You can also enjoy a themed tour on specific periods including Medieval, Tudor, English Civil War, Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian. www.discover-history.co.uk 22 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 HOME OF FLAVOUR www.visitworcestershire.org Creating Excellence in Food THIS YEAR IS A SPECIAL YEAR FOR BELLE HOUSE IN PERSHORE AS THEY CELEBRATE 10 YEARS IN BUSINESS - ‘CREATING EXCELLENCE IN FOOD!’ To mark the occasion, Belle House have launched a new series of master-classes where guests can come and watch the experts at work at one of the exciting cookery demonstrations from chocolate and desserts, fish and seafood to baking and bread making. Belle House Restaurant & Traiteur-Deli is located on Bridge Street in the market town of Pershore - it’s stylish, relaxed and has an enviable reputation for fantastic food and wines. The passionate team of chefs are all Michelin trained and the creative modern menus offer Mediterranean influenced dishes with an innovative twist, using only the best ingredients which reflect both the seasonality and availability on offer from the area around Pershore and the Cotswolds. www.belle-house.co.uk FLAVOUR TANTALISE YOUR TASTE BUDS Nestled at the foot of the Malvern Hills, next to the spectacular Abbey and its monastic gate, Mac & Jac’s Café Malvern is a new addition to the town’s burgeoning independent trade and the sister of Mac & Jac’s Café-Deli, in Friar street Worcester. An independent and family run business, the cafe prides itself on serving ethically sourced homemade food, all freshly prepared to the highest of standards. Highlights include the delicious meze and grazing platters; slow cooked local pork belly with fennel and apple salad; soy and sesame crispy duck salad and our fresh piadina flatbreads with a choice of sumptuous fillings, such as sundried tomato, pesto and mozzarella or goats cheese and red onion marmalade and a wide selection of generously filled, made to order sandwiches. The cafe is fully licensed, serving carefully chosen wine, local ales as well as a range of organic soft drinks. www.macandjacs.co.uk/malvern home of Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 23 HOME OF FLAVOUR www.visitworcestershire.org ASPARABUS TOURS JOIN US IN WORCESTERSHIRE FROM 23 APRIL - 21 JUNE EVERY YEAR, WHEN THE VALE OF EVESHAM GOES ASPARAGUS CRAZY! Asparagus produce is widely available in shops including asparagus jams, sausages, ice-cream and even soap, and can also be seen across menus in pubs and restaurants. You can even go on an Asparabus Tour to learn more about this celebrated vegetable. Your tour will start with a morning coffee break at the 16th Century barn, the famous Fleece Inn at Bretforton. A fascinating pub, without equal in England, and one which has played an enormous part in six centuries of history. Owned by the National Trust, it is home to the legendary Asparagus (Gras) Auctions which have taken place for decades. This year it also hosts The Great Asparagus Run, celebrating the Asparagus Festival Launch and St Georges day. Learn about the history of the asparagus and watch an asparagus tying demonstration - all this to educate your inner connoisseur to cook perfect asparagus! After touring the Vale Countryside, you will arrive for a lunch break in the Market Town of Evesham which gives you the chance to savour fresh, local asparagus. A selection of eating places serving this most quintessential of English vegetables will be suggested to you. The ‘Gras’ trail continues to Revills Farm Shop in Defford. Where you can taste the unfamiliar purple variety of asparagus. www.britishasparagusfestival.org ‘Asparagus Beds’ Farmstay members are running an Asparagus Promotion during the month of May. Anyone who mentions Asparagus Beds when they make a booking, either by phone or email, will get a free “Round O’ Gras”. Some B&B’s will also be including Asparagus as a special dish on the Breakfast Menu. So don’t forget to mention “Asparagus Beds” when you book! www.farmstay.co.uk/ worcestershire From Garden Fork to Table Fork Brockencote Hall Hotel is an award-winning Victorian Country House with Head Chef Adam Brown, recent winner of Visionary Chef 2012, at the helm. Adam uses his forward thinking and innovative style to showcase seasonal produce, creating fresh, exciting dishes for guests. Ingredients are fresh and often home grown, with the garden teams planting vegetables, salads and cresses in the 70 acres of grounds. The hotel has also made strong links in the community with local game suppliers and use the village butchers for beef supplies in order to ensure that ingredients travel as little as possible before reaching their menus, keeping true to their ‘fork to fork’ ethos. Worcester CAMRA Beer, Cider & Perry Festival 8th-10th August 2013 The biggest beer, cider and perry festival in the Heart of England this summer, which also includes live music on Thursday and Friday evenings and all day on Saturday. A huge range of real ales, craft cider and perry plus fruit and grape wines will be available along with a good selection of on-site food vendors. Entry, including a souvenir festival glass and program, is £5 for all sessions except Friday evening (after 5pm) which is £8. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended, especially for Friday evening. Tickets will also be available on the door for all sessions but advance tickets provide guaranteed entry. www.worcesterbeerfest.org.uk www.brockencotehall.com Take time for afternoon tea Take a left turn from the A4103 Worcester to Hereford road, follow the country lanes to the centre of Suckley village and you’ll find a hidden gem - one of the best cafés in the whole of Worcestershire. Delight in scrumptious homemade cakes, scones, biscuits and an extensive range of traditional and herbal teas. Try their famous ‘Afternoon Tea for Two’ on a tiered plate, served from 3-5pm. Italianstyle coffee, hot & cold lunches, tea and cakes can be enjoyed all day. The Greenhouse Café is situated inside a stunning conservatory overlooking the Suckley Hills. With outdoor seating for the summer, and comfy sofas in front of a roaring log fire for cooler days. Newspapers, magazines and free wifi help create the perfect atmosphere for enjoyment and relaxation. You could stay all day! www.holloways.co.uk 24 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 HOME OF FLAVOUR www.visitworcestershire.org BUONA PASQUA FROM CARLUCCIO’S! Italians get very excited about Easter, with vibrant celebrations and events across the country. As with all things Italian, food, family and friends play an important role in the festivities. With this in mind, Carluccio’s has created a delicious range of colourful Easter treats, sourced from all over Italy, that are fun to enjoy together. For the Traditional Easter Lover: Easter Cake Carluccio’s colomba tradizionale – an authentic Italian Easter cake, made with candied fruit and sultanas and topped with hazelnut icing and almonds, (750g £13.95). Named after and made in the shape of a dove – a symbol of peace and an integral part of the Italian Easter festivities, this soft and fragrant cake is ideal to share with family and friends. Jar of Mini Eggs It’s hard to find someone who doesn’t love tucking into a couple of chocolate eggs over Easter (adults and children alike). Carluccio’s jar of ovetti di cioccolato ticks all the boxes and more– colourful individually wrapped milk chocolate eggs with a cocoa filling (600g, £9.95). INSPIRATIONAL GARDENS ON VIEW AT WEBBS, WYCHBOLD A NEW KITCHEN GARDEN WILL BE CREATED THIS YEAR IN THE RIVERSIDE GARDENS OF WEBBS, WYCHBOLD WHICH ARE DESIGNED TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY AND GIVE VISITORS SOME IDEAS FOR THEIR OWN GARDEN. The display gardens are open free to everyone. Designed by Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Winner Marigold Webb, the series of themed gardens beside the River Salwarpe incorporate thousands of plants, striking features and creative landscaping that are designed for enjoyment, relaxation and inspiration. Vistors can stroll through the Wisteria Walkway - a tunnel of flowers of differing wisteria varieties; see Spike the mechanical scarecrow standing guard over the raised vegetable border and be amazed by the myriad of colours in the circular Spectrum Garden. They can also wander through the David Austin English Rose Garden; the ‘dry garden’ border, Hosta Heaven in the shady river bank garden; the White Garden, Grassery, and Bamboozelum. The new Patio Gardens are also a stunning addition. www.webbsdirect.co.uk Or for something a bit different... Try one of Carluccio’s quirky Easter eggs (below) - ‘soft boiled eggs’ filled with gianduja cream (60g egg, £2.95). www.carluccios.com New Season, New Menu and a New You! With the start of a new season, The Abbey Hotel have begun by making some more fantastic changes. This time around, the Hotel has decided to implement a new menu for the restaurant. The hotel understands that the people who visit the Abbey regularly, the walkers, the businessmen and women, the theatre-goers and Morgan car owners will enjoy seeing new dishes to tantalize their taste buds on our menu. Newly added dishes include pan fried pigeon breast with puy lentils alongside a redcurrant and chilli jam, poached pear with gorgonzola and smoked walnut salad, baked lemon sole with a lemon and tarragon remoulade served with a roasted salsify and a game pie served with roasted root vegetables and parsley mashed potatoes. www.sarova-abbeyhotel.com Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 25 2012 Worcestershire Welcome Awards Sponsored by: THE 4TH WORCESTERSHIRE WELCOME AWARDS WERE HOSTED BY BBC RADIO DJ, HOWARD BENTHAM, AT SIXWAYS STADIUM ON THE AFTERNOON OF THE HEREFORDSHIRE & WORCESTERSHIRE CHAMBER OF COMMERCE BUSINESS EXPO ON THURSDAY 18TH OCTOBER 2012. 2012 Visitor Attraction Award Winner - Severn Valley Railway www.svr.co.uk Steam trains operate along this superbly restored branch line most weekends of the year and daily from April to October. In addition the railway operates throughout all local school holidays. The Railway boasts one of the largest collections of working steam locomotives and coaches, including some rolling stock, which is over 80 years old. Highly Commended Malvern Theatres Commended Cob House Fisheries 2012 Hotel Award Winner - Brockencote Hall Hotel www.brockencotehall.com Brockencote Hall Hotel is a peaceful luxury retreat, tucked away amid some of England’s finest countryside and heritage. The Victorian country manor house hotel is set in 70 acres of beautiful parkland, complete with a scenic lake and in the distance, a gentle glimpse of the famed Malvern Hills. Highly Commended Cottage in the Wood Commended The Elms Hotel & Spa 2012 Self Catering Award The Awards are the only tourism awards in the country where visitors nominate tourism businesses rather than the businesses putting themselves forward. This makes the finalists the ‘crème de la crop’ in the visitors’ opinion which is a great accolade for the award Winners and also for those businesses who achieve Highly Commended or Commended awards. Good luck to all the award Winners and Highly Commended businesses representing the region in the 2013 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. www.visitworcestershire.org/awards Winner - The Malvern Retreat www.trehernehouse.co.uk Set within the beautiful grounds of Treherne House and converted from the former stable block and coach house, this contemporary self catering in Malvern property stands detached and set back from the road. Views of the Malvern Hills can be enjoyed from the secluded & private fully fenced-in south-facing garden. Highly Commended Forest View Retreat Commended Pitlands Farm In association with 26 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 2012 Bed & Breakfast Award 2012 Business Tourism Finalists Winner - Treherne House www.trehernehouse.co.uk Situated in the heart of Worcestershire offering wonderfully comfortable and stylishly grand en-suite accommodation in this Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The four beautifully appointed en-suite bedrooms are furnished to the highest standard and enjoy superb feature beds, crisp white linen, fluffy white towels and robes and Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. Highly Commended Kateshill House Commended Overwood 2012 Sustainable Tourism Finalists Winner - Cotswold Conference Centre www.cotswoldconferencecentre.com Ideally located in the Heart of England, Cotswold Conference Centre combines award winning facilities with absolute peace and quiet. Our unique outdoor experiential learning and team building activities help delegates make the most of our beautiful 320 acre estate. Highly Commended Wild Wood Rooms Commended Malvern Theatres 2012 Customer Service Finalists Winner - Bewdley Tourist Information Centre Bewdley Tourist Information Centre is open daily, all year round. Come along to find out more about the area, pick up leaflets, buy local books, maps, souvenirs and local bus tickets plus much more! Highly Commended The Hop Pole Inn Commended Pear Tree Catering 2012 Tastes of Worcestershire Finalists Winner - The Fold www.thefold.org.uk The Fold is an inspirational space to encourage sustainable living through designer makers, artists, complementary therapies, real food, Fold Eco Cafe, plants, events, festivals, courses and workshops. Highly Commended Cotswold Conference Centre Commended Malvern Theatres 2012 Festival & Event Finalists Winner - Hop Pole Inn www.thehoppolebewdley.co.uk Daren and Louise have been at The Hop Pole since July 2011 and within this time they have built up an enviable reputation for fine food and service. Newly refurbished and open for business seven days a week, The Hop Pole offers many events in and around the pub. Highly Commended Pear Tree Catering Commended The Greenhouse Cafe 2012 Website Finalists Winner - Pershore Plum Festival www.pershoreplumfestival.org.uk To celebrate this famous fruit, Pershore holds a Plum Festival throughout the month of August, when the town will turn “plum crazy” and the grand finale of this festival will be the Plum Fayre and Farmers Market on August Bank Holiday Monday. With the whole town turning purple and offering something for all the family, the Plum Fayre is definitely the place to visit for a “fruity” experience. Highly Commended Worcestershire Literary Festival Commended Worcester Festival Winner - Malvern Theatres www.malvern-theatres.co.uk Music and theatre are Malvern traditions. You will find them alive and well in the Malvern Theatres Complex. This Edwardian building has been transformed into one of Britain’s most enjoyed and popular provincial cultural centres. The theatre’s West End style and atmosphere helps the management attract big names and top-class drama, ballet and opera companies throughout the year. Highly Commended Severn Valley Railway Commended Cob House Fisheries A big congratulations to all of our winners! Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 27 Worcester is renowned for its sports, and boasts ‘England’s loveliest sporting ground’ at New Road where spectators can watch first class cricket beneath the stunning backdrop of Worcester Cathedral. A historic city with a modern outlook Worcester City SPORTS & LEISURE I n 2013, you can be part of the Ashes 2013 tour. Watch Australia play the Worcestershire Royals on a four day test from the 2nd July at New Road. The River Severn winds its way through the city allowing you to experience the circular riverside walking and cycling routes. The circular path also allows you to venture off onto other trails including the Northwick Manor Heritage Trail and The Severn Way. So if you like to be active and like exploring the countryside as well as having a city break, the city of Worcester provides the perfect opportunity for you not to have to choose! Above: Worcester Cricket Club’s New Road ground Below: The new Worcester Arena Above right: The Hive Right: Battle of Worcester Re-enactors To add to the list of top sporting venues, a brand new £15m sports arena in Worcester will open in March 2013. The 2,000-seater venue on the site of a former fruit and vegetable market in Hylton Road, is being developed by the University of Worcester. The facility will be a national centre of excellence for disabled sport and will also be Worcester Wolves basketball club’s new home. The arena will include three basketball courts, treatment and first aid rooms, meeting spaces, a cafeteria, and a hospitality suite. Worcester Racecourse is just a stone’s throw away from the historic city centre and offers a mixture of National Hunt Race Days and themed events throughout the racing calendar from April to September. (See page 19 for a list of fixtures). Sixways Stadium hosts premiership rugby with Worcester Warriors playing a mixture of cup and league matches throughout the autumn and winter months and during spring and summer the club hosts a number of non-rugby events. 28 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 WORCESTER CITY www.visitworcestershire.org The Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum houses a changing collection of exhibitions throughout the year with a wide selection of genres and artists collections being displayed. You can also learn about the historic city of Worcester and also with thanks to a generous loan by Lea and Perrins, visitors can see some of the company’s finest historic items including the extremely rare lignite jug first used to mix the world famous sauce. events are held once a month throughout the summer. Home to the Three Choirs Festival, the world’s oldest music festival is held in the city once every three years. The next Festival is in 2014 but with the city of Worcester being a great destination for arts and cultural events you do not have to wait until then to experience some fantastic music festivals. The latest edition is the Worcester International Festival for Young Singers, being held in July (see page 12). The 6th Worcester Music Festival takes over the city’s pubs, clubs, cafes, historic buildings and outdoor stages from 30th August to 1st September and is a great free festival where you can enjoy a choice of music from rock, folk, classical, punk, acoustic plus so much more! (see page 11). The Worcester Festival 2013 runs from 10th to 21st August, and is three weekends of activities, events and fun for everyone. Based around the city centre and beyond, there’s arts, crafts, live music, theatre, dance, exhibitions and community events for all tastes. ARTS & CULTURE Worcester’s latest edition to the arts and culture tourism offer is The Hive. Officially opened by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in July 2012 it has, to date, already received 553,631 visitors. This joint library venture with Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester is the first of its kind in Europe and this Partnership has been awarded by winning the international Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance Award for the New Project Build of the Year (with the value above £5 million). It was recognised for its iconic architecture, use of renewable technologies to create a sustainable building whilst delivering high level comfort & performance for visitors. Worcester Live is a registered charity, which runs Huntingdon Hall and The Swan Theatre. The organisation is the main arts provider in the city and also runs annual outdoor Shakespeare at the Commandery, Shakespeare at the Cathedral, the Worcester Festival and also hosts the Ghost Walks of Worcester. Huntingdon Hall is Worcester’s premier live music and entertainment venue and is a leading venue for folk music but is becoming increasingly well known for great comedy and welcomes all types of entertainment; classical music, jazz and blues as well as spoken word events. The Swan Theatre offers a full programme of entertainment; professional theatre, dance, amateur theatre, live music, spoken word events and comedy. Worcester Arts Workshop is a hub for creativity whether you want to learn a new skill or brush up on an old pastime including pottery, drawing, photography and oil painting. Worcester Arts Workshop Splendid Cinema hosts alternative films and blockbuster repeats and the venue also hosts live music events. The venue is a great place to relax and listen to live music on a ‘Lazy Sunday Afternoon’, these HISTORY & HERITAGE Worcester is renowned for being a historical city and is still referred to as ‘The Faithful City’ after the city was the last to fall in the English Civil War in 1651. Historical re-enactments take place every year to mark the significance of the Civil War and you should not be surprised to see Cavaliers and Roundheads marching to battle at certain times of the year. You can go on a Battle of Worcester Walking Trail around the city and visit The Commandery. The Commandery was used by the Royalists as their headquarters during the Civil War and now you can enjoy a tour of the Grade I listed building taking in the sights and sounds of combat on an audio tour. The Museum also has various other audio tours depicting the life and different uses of the building through history, which dates back to the 13th century. www.lhiw.org.uk a fascinating mediaeval library as well as having a varied events calendar. The Greyfriars owned by the National Trust is set in the heart of historic Worcester and is a stunning timber-framed merchant’s house where you can get away from the hustle and bustle. This unique house and garden was rescued by two extraordinary people with a vision to rescue this medieval gem and create a peaceful oasis. And tucked away a little bit further past The Greyfriars is the Tudor House Heritage Centre. This 16th century timber framed building brings a vanished Worcester back to life. You can follow the house’s fascinating history from its origins as separate weaver’s cottages to the Cross Keys Tavern, Mr Cadbury’s Coffee House, a school clinic and World War II ARP Warden’s office and billeting centre. Worcester is a great destination for a short city break. You will be amazed by the many things to do; you can discover the natural beauty, the history, the arts and the cultural heritage on offer, and in abundance at the heart of this magnificent county. Worcester Cathedral rises up above the River Severn with magnificent views across to the Malvern Hills from the tower which is open at scheduled times of the year. Worcester Cathedral is also home to the royal tombs of King John and Prince Arthur, Elgar’s Window, For further information please visit... www.visitworcestershire.org/worcester Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 29 Broadway The jewel of the Cotswolds At the heart of England lays the beautiful and historic village of Broadway, a memorable place to stay, situated at the gateway of the largest of 40 Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs), the Cotswolds. B roadway’s unique location makes it the perfect base to visit the Cotswolds’ numerous villages with easy access to Stratford upon Avon the home of Shakespeare, Warwick, Cheltenham, Oxford and Bath. Capturing the hearts of many, Broadway offers more than just its stunning views. With a wealth of accommodation ranging from traditional bed & breakfast to the finest country house hotels. A wide choice of holiday cottages and apartments are available for rental and excellent mobile home, caravan and camping facilities are available on the outskirts of the village. Broadway is steeped in history and became a busy staging post on the route from Worcester to London with as many as 33 inns. The Lygon Arms Hotel is amongst a number of Broadway settings and located on the High Street but is one of only three inns left today. A mix of Tudor, Stuart and Georgian buildings line the majestic streets of the village making it the perfect resting spot for all of its guests. Home to one of the longest High Streets in England and often referred to as ‘the Jewel of the Cotswolds’ and the ‘Show village of England’, Broadway provides an array of activities. Whether it’s a visit to the several famous gardens, walking in a country paradise, horse riding, cycling or simply relaxing to enjoy the slower pace of life the village of Broadway fails to disappoint. Above: Stunning views, as far as the eye can see. 30 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 BROADWAY Right: Cotswold stone cottages Below: Broadway Tower www.visitworcestershire.org "A mix of Tudor, Stuart and Georgian buildings line the majestic streets." If arts and crafts are for you then the Gordon Russell Museum is the perfect place to visit. Located near the Lygon Arms hotel, the museum celebrates the work of renowned 20th century designer Sir Gordon Russell who maintained a working furniture production factory there before moving to Worcester in 2003. Five years later the famous Broadway building was converted into a museum to celebrate Russells’ work. At 1024 feet above sea level, Broadway Tower is the second highest point in the Cotswolds with 13 counties to be seen on a clear day. Picnics and a restaurant complement the tower reinforcing its deserved status. Broadway Tower was the brainchild of the great 18th Century landscape designer, Capability Brown whose vision was carried out for George William 6th Earl of Coventry with the help of renowned architect James Wyatt and completed in 1798. The “Saxon Tower” today provides graphic displays on three floors inviting you to travel in time and share in the lives of the Earls of Coventry, William Morris, eccentric collectors and wartime heroes. Amongst the horse chestnut trees, period houses and honey coloured Cotswold stone cottages sits a host of Broadway tea rooms and shops delighting visitors from far and wide. A unique shopping experience in the Broadway buildings dating as far back as the 16th Century offers something for everyone and supplies all your needs. The village of Broadway holds extensive history waiting to be explored - but looking into the future, Broadway builds upon its reputation with new plans to excite welcomed visitors every year. Celebrating the past, present and future Broadway offers a new festival in 2013 with Broadfest, a weekend full of locally produced food and music. An old local favourite, Broadway Horticultural & Craft Show, once again opens its gates with classes for flowers, vegetables, crafts and more accompanied by a number of interesting stalls. For further information please visit... www.visitworcestershire.org/broadway Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 31 TAKE A BREATH OF FRESH AIR Since the Victorian era, people have travelled from London and further afield, just to enjoy the fresh air on the Malverns. This year why not come along, breathe that fresh air and marvel at the views from The Hills. Or visit one of the local towns and take in some culture like the historic pump rooms in Tenbury or simply unwind at the Malvern Spa Hotel. Explore the region, marvel at the spring water bubbling from the ground, walk in the footsteps of the famous and take inspiration from the Malvern Hills stretching across this scenic landscape. Malvern Hills Welcome to The Malverns L ike some of our countryâ€™s greatest authors, poets and composers you will be inspired by the natural beauty of the region. From Tenbury Wells in the North, through Great Malvern to Upton, tthe Malvern Hills is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty, with a variety of events to enjoy in the local towns which are rich in history. OUT & ABOUT You will be spoilt for choice with so many things to do in Malvern and the surrounding area so this year we have put some visitor itinerary packages together for you. Visitor itineraries can be found in the Visit Worcester & Malverns Explore Guide. Also, further information on planning your visit can be found on our website at www.visitthemalverns.org - group travellers will also find details on the Land of Hope & Glory Group Tour on the Visit Worcestershire website at www.visitworcestershire.org The tour includes a visit to the Elgar Birthplace Museum, The Morgan Car Factory, a walk up the inspirational Malvern Hills, as well as giving information on the best cafes and restaurants together with guidance on where to stay. Above: Views above the Malverns Left: World class Morgan Top right: Colonnade, Marinbad Middle right: Elgar Bottom right: Jenny Lind 32 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 MALVERN HILLS www.visitworcestershire.org WORLD FAMOUS SPA TOWN Malvern Hills is now officially twinned with the Czech town of Marianske Lazne (formally Marinbad). The link was developed because Marianske Lazne, like Malvern, has a rich spa heritage and is world famous for its spring water. Marianske Lazne is situated close to Graffenberg, where Vincent Priessnitz pioneered hydrotherapy treatments in the 1820s and it’s said his example inspired Dr James Wilson to start the Malvern cure. A delegation which included Mayor Dzenek Kral visited Malvern in October to sign the agreement with the mayor of Malvern, Councillor Ian Hopwood. The towns are developing strong links for cultural, tourism and business exchange. Malvern is home of the world famous Morgan Motor Company - so why not arrange a tour of the Morgan factory or visit the Morgan visitor centre. Call Malvern Hills Tourist Information Centre on 01684 892289 for more details. Other highlights of the town include the 900 year old Priory church, the Malvern Museum and prestigious Malvern Theatres. Tenbury Wells is a charming town known for its locally produced cider and tasty produce. Also whilst in the Teme Valley visit the remains of the palatial private house, Witley Court. Badly damaged in a fire in the 1930s, you can now take a tour of the wonderfully landscaped gardens and building ruins. Upton upon Severn has plenty to explore including the Tudor House Museum and the Upton Heritage Centre. Croome Court and Park just outside Upton is also a must-see with pretty walks through 18th century gardens. SUMMER EVENTS The summer provides visitors to the Malverns with some of the most stunning scenery to be found anywhere in the country. Each of the towns has an array of events and activities taking place. From the most famous events like Malvern Spring Garden Show, Malvern Walking Festival, Tenbury Countryside Show, Upton International Jazz Festival to unique local activities such as the Well Dressing in Malvern. 2013 see’s the 125th anniversary of the death of opera singer Jenny Lind. Known as the Swedish Nightingale, she performed in opera houses all over the world and acquired working friendships with both Mendelssohn and Chopin. She lived her final years until her death at the age of 67 at Wynds Point, near British Camp on the Malvern Hills. There will be events highlighting her life during Civic Week (13-20 July). There will also be concerts of the music of Chopin taking place during the Malvern Festival, in October. The Malverns are overflowing with arts and culture… with something for everyone! On offer is a wide selection of markets, tasty local produce, floral events and walking. With so much to do why not stay for a while to enjoy everything the region has to offer? Here on the cropped grass of the narrow ridge I stand, A fathom of earth, alive in air, Aloof as an admiral on the old rocks, England below me. Extract from The Malverns by W.H. Auden LAND OF HOPE AND GLORY The Malvern Hills offer some of the most beautiful views in England stretching as far as the eye can see across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire, and on a clear day even to Wales. It has been said that Edward Elgar’s inspiration for his piece ‘Land of Hope & Glory’ came from one of his many walks on the hills. W.H. Auden, the accomplished poet and writer, also drew much insight from the hills. Several of his acclaimed poems were written during his time at the Downs School in Colwall and in the countryside on and around the Malvern Hills. The Malverns offer some of the most inspirational countryside in the UK for you to enjoy at whatever pace you choose to take. Find out more by visiting our website... www.visitthemalverns.org or contact Malvern Tourist Information Centre Tel: 01684 892289 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 33 North Worcestershire In with the new... and the old! A range of fascinating historical attractions combine with 21st century leisure facilities, entertainment and shopping to make North Worcestershire an ideal destination for a weekend break or longer stay. A vibrant location for visitors of all ages, North Worcestershire offers a host of fantastic attractions, glorious countryside, superb leisure and shopping opportunities, as well as excellent restaurants and accommodation to suit every taste and budget. The main towns of Bewdley, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Redditch and Stourport are ideal bases to explore the area and provide first-class amenities, including bustling weekly markets and top entertainment at venues such as the Palace Theatre in Redditch and Bromgrove’s arts centre, The Artrix. Visitors are also spoilt for choice by the comprehensive range of activities on offer at North Worcestershire’s thriving leisure complexes which include Redditch’s recentlyopened Abbey Stadium, Stourport Sports Club and the everpopular Wyre Forest Glades in Kidderminster. Whilst catering for the 21st century visitor’s every need, much of North Worcestershire’s appeal is linked with the past and each year thousands are attracted by the area’s rich heritage, most notably its connections with the 18th and 19th century revolutions in transport and industry. In addition to the beautiful River Severn (the longest river in England), two canals run through the area. Completed in 1771, the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal led to the growth of Stourport-on-Severn as an important inland port at the canal’s junction with the Severn. Today, visitors can enjoy a leisurely cruise or picturesque walk at the town’s award-winning, restored canalside basins. Above: Kidderminster Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal Inset: Stourporton-Severn 34 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 NORTH WORCESTERSHIRE Heading east to the countryside between Bromsgrove and Redditch, the Worcester and Birmingham Canal is another popular attraction and offers excursions from Tardebigge which is well known for its flight of 30 locks, one of the longest in Europe. But when it comes to the area’s transport renaissance, arguably House at Highley, which houses the railway’s reserve collection of steam locomotives, plus a playground for younger visitors, is equally fun for all the family and a great place to break your journey. Rail enthusiasts should also head to the Kidderminster Railway Museum. Located next to the SVR station, the museum houses www.visitworcestershire.org museum is based at the historic Stourvale Mill - built in the 1850s and home to Britain’s first steam-powered carpet mill. Another taste of the area’s industrial heritage can be seen at Churchill Forge water mill, one of the last water-powered forge mills in the country and now being restored as a working museum. The forge, situated four miles west of Kidderminster, is open to the public on selected dates from Easter Monday to October. Below: Letting off steam on the Severn Valley Railway. "Arguably the jewel in the crown is the 16 mile Severn Valley Railway." An insight into Redditch’s past is provided at Forge Mill Needle Museum which illustrates the rich history of the needle and fishing tackle industries. Models and recreated scenes provide a vivid illustration of how needles were once made, and explain how the town used to produce 90% of the world’s needles. On the same site, just a short walk from Forge Mill, are the ruins of Bordesley Abbey - a medieval Cistercian Abbey which has been extensively excavated. Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, which is set in an original reconstructed 16th century barn, tells the extraordinary story of the abbey from its development in the 12th century to its destruction in 1538 by Henry VIII during the dissolution. the jewel in the crown is the 16 mile Severn Valley Railway (SVR) which gives visitors a chance to step back in time to experience the glorious, golden age of steam. The line between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth, which first transported passengers more than 150 years ago, passes through charming stations and provides stunning views. The Engine a fascinating range of artefacts from bygone eras, including photographs, timetables, rolling stock, signs and signalling equipment. Kidderminster’s newest attraction is the Museum of Carpet which celebrates the weaving town’s reputation as a world centre for carpet making and includes original, working looms. The Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 35 NORTH WORCESTERSHIRE www.visitworcestershire.org R edditch’s neighbouring market town of Bromsgrove was previously a world centre for the nail-making trade. A key family attraction today is Avoncroft Museum of historic buildings. Established in 1962, Avoncroft was England’s first open air museum and is now home to 25 historic structures - ranging from a medieval merchant’s house to a windmill and a post-World War Two prefab - all of which have been rescued and rebuilt on its 19 acre site. The museum runs special events throughout the year including historical re-enactments, medieval jousting, and blacksmithing skills, demonstrated at the museum’s forge. Right: Avoncroft Museum Below left: Hanbury Hall Below right: Forge Mill Needle Museum Traditional crafts including glass blowing, pottery and stained glass production, can also be viewed a few miles down the road at Hanbury’s Jinney Ring, a base for 12 craft workshops set in landscaped gardens with duck ponds and sweeping views across to the Malvern Hills. Rare wall-paintings are also on display at Harvington Hall, but the Elizabethan moated manor house is best known for containing the best series of secret hiding places in the country. Dating from the late 16th century, the hides were used to shelter Catholic priests at a time when it was high treason for them to practise in England. Home to the Bishops of Worcester for more than 1,000 years, Hartlebury Castle is another historic property with strong religious links. The north wing of the castle now houses the Worcestershire Museum which explores the county’s past and includes a nationally-important collection of colourful gypsy caravans. Further four-wheeled collections can be found at the Transport Museum in Wythall where visitors can see one of the country’s most extensive ranges of buses and battery electric vehicles as well as a miniature steam railway. The museum is open from Good Friday to the end of October and includes a number of special events which include classic bus rides. Wherever you go in North Worcestershire, a brush with history is never far away - even for those enjoying outdoor attractions such as the ancient Wyre Forest, near Bewdley, which features a Go Ape high wire adventure, Bodenham Arboretum or Arley Arboretum, which dates back to the first half of the nineteenth century and is considered to be one of the country’s finest tree collections. Nearby Hanbury Hall - or Lower Loxley for those who follow The Archers - is a William and Marystyle country house, garden and park which dates from 1701 and is now run by the National Trust. There’s a mix of grand interior styles to discover and magnificent staircase wall-paintings. For further information please visit... www.visitnorthworcestershire.com or contact the area’s Tourist Information Centres Bewdley - Tel: 08457 607 7819 Redditch - Tel: 01527 60806 36 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 TOURISM BUSINESS LISTINGS www.visitworcestershire.org HOTELS Abbey Hotel Great Malvern, WR14 3ET Gainsborough House Hotel Kidderminster, DY11 6BS 01562 820041 BED & BREAKFASTS Amazing View in the Malverns Malvern, WR14 4PF Four Hedges Nr. Upton Upon Severn, WR8 0AD 01684 892332 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sarova-abbeyhotel.com In the heart of historic Great Malvern and with sensational views, the hotel offers you a tranquil haven. email@example.com www.gainsboroughhousehotel.com 42 en-suite bedrooms, four poster feature rooms, private dining with free car parking, good home made food and excellent service. 01684 565808 firstname.lastname@example.org www.amazingview.info 01684 310405 email@example.com www.malvernbandbconsortium. co.uk/four_hedges.html Abbey Hotel Golf & Country Club Redditch, B98 9BE Hilton Birmingham Bromsgrove Bromsgrove, B61 0JB On the side of the Malvern Hills with two en-suite rooms. Enjoy the living room & garden as well as watercolour studio for your creative side. Private home 100yds from river. Dogs welcome, fishing & private mooring. three miles to Malvern, six to Worcester, three to Showground. Green Farm Nr. Worcester, WR7 4AB 01527 406600 firstname.lastname@example.org www.theabbeyhotel.co.uk Offering accommodation, restaurants, bars, wedding receptions, civil ceremonies, conferences, golf and spa. 0121 447 7888 Avon Reflections B&B Nr. Pershore, WR10 2QX The Elms Hotel & Spa Nr. Worcester, WR6 6AT email@example.com www.hilton.com/bromsgrove A modern hotel with large bedrooms and an on site health club with pool. An ideal location to explore the heart of England. 01386 860432 firstname.lastname@example.org www.avonreflections.co.uk 01905 381807 email@example.com www.thegreenfarm.co.uk 01299 896666 firstname.lastname@example.org www.theelmshotel.co.uk Stunning Queen Anne fine mansion, with 23 bedrooms, set in 10 acres of gardens and grounds overlooking the beautiful Teme Valley. Part of the Luxury Family hotels collection. Holiday Inn Express Birmingham Redditch Redditch, B97 6AE Comfortable village centre B&B. Riverside views. En-suite twin, double and family rooms (one ground floor). Locally sourced breakfast. Peaceful accommodation in rural location but very handy for M5 (J6), Malverns, Worcester and ideal ‘stopover’ for longer journeys. Hardwicke Farm Nr. Bewdley, DY14 8TN Cox’s Barn 01527 584658 email@example.com Nr. Cleobury Mortimer, DY14 8LS 01746 718415 01746 718220 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hardwickefarm.co.uk www.meridianleisurehotels.com/ redditch Award winning Holiday Inn near the M42 J2 / J3, within easy reach of Birmingham’s NEC, NIA, ICC and the surrounding area. email@example.com Converted barn on working farm. Spacious garden overlooking beautiful countryside. Peaceful rural location. En-suite rooms, two on ground floor. Peaceful 16th Century farmhouse in picturesque countryside, ideal base to explore area. Warm welcome assured. Henwick House B&B Nr. Worcester, WR2 4UB Brockencote Hall Nr. Kidderminster, DY10 4PY 01562 777876 firstname.lastname@example.org www.brockencotehall.com This refurbished Victorian country manor house hotel is tucked away amid some of England’s finest countryside, set in 70 acres with two AA Rosettes for its restaurant. Menzies Birmingham Stourport 01905 831736 email@example.com www.henwickhouse.com Stourport-on-Severn, DY13 9JA 01299 289955 firstname.lastname@example.org www.menzieshotels.co.uk Set in 23 acres of grounds, the hotel has a reputation for being one of the finest contemporary four-star country house hotels in Worcestershire. The perfect getaway, nestling on the side of the Old Hills overlooking the Historic town of Worcester and with dramatic views to the Malvern Hills. Hill Farm House Inkberrow, WR7 4JS Colwall Park Hotel 01386 793159 email@example.com www.hillfarmhouse.co.uk The Elim West Malvern, WR14 4DF Nr. Malvern, WR13 6QG 01684 540000 firstname.lastname@example.org www.colwall.co.uk Mount Pleasant Hotel 01684 561837 Great Malvern, WR14 4PZ email@example.com A country house hotel, located in the centre of a peaceful rural village, on the sunny western flanks of the Malvern hills, with direct access onto the hills. www.mountpleasanthotel.co.uk 01684 588967 firstname.lastname@example.org www.elimconferencecentre.com A beautiful Queen Anne former farmhouse circa 1700, with king sized, beamed en-suite bedrooms with pastoral views extending to the Cotswolds and Malverns. Offering customer focused service in a friendly and comfortable atmosphere. St Andrews Town Hotel Droitwich Spa, WR9 8AL Convenient location, un-spoilt beauty, stunning scenery, tranquil atmosphere, ideal for a short break or retreat, great base for walking the Malverns. Holland House Worcester, WR5 2JT Cotford Hotel Great Malvern, WR14 2HU 01684 572427 email@example.com www.cotfordhotel.co.uk Beautiful family run Victorian hotel close to centre of Great Malvern with a renowned French themed restaurant. 01905 779677 firstname.lastname@example.org www.st-andrewshotel.com Built in the 1820s, now a privately owned, 30 bedroom hotel. Its restaurant has an enviable reputation for high quality home style cooking. Evesham Lodge B&B 01905 353939 email@example.com www.holland-house.me.uk Nr. Pershore WR10 3HQ 01684 588967 firstname.lastname@example.org www.eveshamlodge.co.uk A warm welcome awaits you at this mid terrace house within walking distance of the cathedral and shops. Holland House The Malvern Malvern, WR14 1GD An extended 19th century gate lodge offering B&B in two well appointed en-suite rooms. Located between Pershore and Evesham at the foot of Bredon Hill. Cropthorne, Pershore, WR10 3BN 01386 860330 email@example.com www.hollandhouse.org Huntlands Farm B&B 01684 898290 firstname.lastname@example.org www.themalvernspa.com One of the most significant hotel and spa developments in the UK, providing first class spa and wellness facilities alongside luxurious accommodation and fabulous fine dining. Hospitality and retreats lie at the heart of what we offer to all our guests. Whitbourne, Worcester, WR6 5RD 07828 286360 email@example.com www.huntlandsfarm.co.uk Wood Norton Hall Dormy House Hotel Broadway, WR12 7LF Nr. Evesham, WR114YB A unique rural retreat in a Georgianfronted red brick house that has wonderful views of the countryside with the animals grazing in the fields. 01386 852711 firstname.lastname@example.org www.dormyhouse.co.uk 17th century hotel is set high in the rolling Cotswold countryside between the picturesque villages of Broadway and Chipping Campden. 0843 357 5585 email@example.com www.bespokehotels.com/ woodnortonhall An impressive Grade II listed building set in the countryside near the riverside town of Evesham, surrounded by the Malvern Hills and Cotswolds. Farncombe Estate Lower End House B&B Nr. Pershore, WR10 3BH Nr. Broadway, WR12 7LJ 01386 854100 firstname.lastname@example.org www.farncombeestate.co.uk Weekend leisure breaks, short courses and events in the Cotswolds. 89 en-suite bedrooms in 300 acres of countryside. 01386 751600 email@example.com www.lowerendhouse.co.uk Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, providing luxury accommodation in this renovated historic farmhouse with individually designed bedrooms. Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 37 TOURISM BUSINESS LISTINGS Lower House Farm Nr. Tenbury Wells, WR15 8RL www.visitworcestershire.org The Dell House Eastnor Castle The Old Coach House 01885 410233 www.kyre-equestrian.co.uk Superb countryside, character farmhouse. In a quiet location, and perfect for holidays with horses, spacious stables and grazing available. Malvern Wells, WR14 4HD 01684 564382 firstname.lastname@example.org www.coachhousemalvern.co.uk Family run, on the Eastern slopes, ½ mile from Three Counties Show Ground. Ideal for walking. All rooms en-suite. Malvern Wells, WR14 4HU Nr. Ledbury, HR8 1ES 01684 564448 email@example.com www.dellhouse.co.uk Peaceful seclusion and superb views at this elegant Regency house set in two acres on the Malvern Hills. Walk the hills from the gate. 01531 633160 firstname.lastname@example.org www.eastnorcastle.com Manor Hill House Choice of two beautifully restored cottages within the Eastnor Deer Park. Perfect for a remote break or walking on the Malvern Hills. Nr. Bromsgrove, B61 9HE Wharton Park Golf Bewdley, DY12 2QW 01527 861200 email@example.com www.manorhillhouse.co.uk Refurbished contemporary country house with modern en-suite rooms in a rural setting. Convenient for M5/M42, Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Worcester The Durrance Fern View 01299 405222 firstname.lastname@example.org www.whartonpark.co.uk Nr Bromsgrove, B61 9EL Bewdley, DY12 2ER 7 spacious boutique bedrooms set in idyllic surroundings with magnificent views boast superking beds, 40” HD TV’s, wet rooms, some have balconies. 01562 777533 email@example.com www.thedurrance.co.uk A Georgian farmhouse in rural setting with large garden. Spacious en-suite rooms, and furnished ground floor cottages with tennis court for your use. 07899 797535 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fernviewbewdley.co.uk A refurbished bungalow, sleeps 6 in three bedrooms. A short walk from Bewdley, the River Severn and beautiful countryside. Private parking. Manor House B&B 01905 820825 Nr. Worcester, WR5 3JZ email@example.com Wyatt Guest House Worcester, WR1 1HU www.manorhousekempsey.co.uk Grade II Georgian property in peaceful village three miles from Worcester in wonderful countryside close to Cheltenham and Malvern. 01905 26311 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wyattguest.co.uk Treherne House & Malvern Retreat Malvern, WR14 3QP Forest View Retreat Nr. Kidderminster, DY14 9XF Small, independent, family run guest house within walking distance (10 mins) to city centre cathedral, racecourse and river. 01684 572445 email@example.com www.trehernehouse.co.uk Beautiful B&B as well as a former stable block and coach house offering superior, stylish accommodation in private setting with ample parking. 01299 266525 firstname.lastname@example.org www.forestviewretreat.com Luxury 4 Star Gold self-catering log cabins especially for grown-ups. Set on the edge of the Wyre Forest now with DIY grazing and stabling. Montrose House Great Malvern, WR14 2HU 01684 572335 email@example.com www.themontrosehotel.co.uk Conveniently located close to Malvern Centre, the Malvern Theatres, Priory Park, Great Malvern Priory and of course the Malvern Hills. BED & BREAKFASTS AND SELF CATERING Brook Farm at Berrington Nr. Tenbury Wells, WR15 8TJ Four Seasons Worcester, WR5 2HW University of Worcester Worcester, WR2 6AJ 01905 542121 firstname.lastname@example.org www.worcester.ac.uk A wide range of high quality accommodation during the summer vacation from June to September, including B&B, self-catering and group travel deals. 01905 357563 email@example.com www.worcester4seasons.co.uk Two contemporary apartments set in an acre of garden, with south-facing views over garden and orchard towards the Malvern Hills. Children welcome. Poplar Cottage Bed & Breakfast Malvern, WR13 5AY 01886 832397 firstname.lastname@example.org www.poplarcottage.co.uk Quality accommodation in rural setting, close to all amenities. Locally sourced breakfasts, off road parking, public transport 100m away. 01584 819868 email@example.com www.brookfarmberrington.org Garth Cottage Pershore, WR10 3HA A farmhouse and holiday cottages nestle in about two acres of muchloved garden surrounded by woodland and meadows. Wake up to a peaceful country morning. SELF CATERING Boyce Holiday Cottages Nr. Malvern, WR6 5UB 01386 561213 firstname.lastname@example.org www.garthcottage.co.uk Portocks End House Nr. Malvern, WR13 6PE Cowleigh Park Farm Malvern, WR13 5HJ 01684 310276 email@example.com www.portocksendbandb.co.uk Old Worcestershire Farmhouse set in lovely countryside. Less than 10 minutes from Malvern, Upton upon Severn & the Malvern Showground. 01684 566750 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cowleighparkfarm.co.uk 01886 884248 email@example.com www.boycecottages.co.uk Luxury cottages and lodge, ideal for exploring the countryside. Farm walks and coarse fishing on premises. Delightful detached fully equipped self contained cottage with garden, barbeque and use of heated out-door pool. Peaceful location. Sleeps 2/3. Hanbury Hall (National Trust) Droitwich Spa, WR9 7EA 0844 800 2070 firstname.lastname@example.org 17th century farmhouse. Bed & Breakfast & Holiday Cottage in an historical building set in tranquil & secluded gardens with ample parking. Tall Trees Cottage Gilberts End Farm www.nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays Stay in a converted apartment in a wing of Hanbury Hall, early 18th century house, garden & park owned by the Vernon family for nearly 300 years. Nr. Upton upon Severn, WR8 0AR Hazeldene Nr. Stourbridge, DY9 0HN 01562 883883 email@example.com www.talltreescottage.co.uk Country cottage in quiet rural location, beautiful garden, plenty of pubs and restaurants nearby, close to M5 & M42. 01684 311392 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gilbertsendfarm.co.uk Nr. Worcester, WR6 5LT Peaceful farmhouse, in tranquil hamlet between Upton upon Severn & the Malverns. Luxury en-suite rooms with hearty breakfasts using local produce. 01905 333236 email@example.com www.lightwoodfarm.co.uk The Beckford Inn Hidelow House Nr. Tewkesbury, GL20 7AN Nr. Malvern, WR6 5AH Brides Manor at Stanbrook Abbey Nr. Worcester, WR2 4TD A beautifully constructed log cabin offering high quality self-catering accommodation, in the picturesque Lower Teme Valley. Hillside Cottage 01494 722795 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thebeckford.com A stunning 18th Century Inn offering great food and accommodation in the northern Cotswolds. 01886 884547 email@example.com www.hidelow.co.uk The Leaking Well Small stone country house in peaceful setting with excellent self catering cottages. Tastefully refurbished, log fires, landscaped gardens with stunning views. 01905 830195 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stanbrookabbey.com Five luxury bedroom suites including bridal suite with dressing room, set in 21 acres of Stanbrook Abbey. Nr. Pershore, WR10 3DE 01386 750394 email@example.com www.upperclattsmore.co.uk Nr. Stourport-on-Seven, DY13 9SW Coach House Barn A newly built stone cottage situated in picturesque rural setting on Bredon Hill. Ideal base for exploring Malvern’s, Cotswolds and Cheltenham. 01905 622584 firstname.lastname@example.org www.leakingwell.com Phepson Farm Nr. Pershore, WR8 9BA Holly Lodge Droitwich Spa, WR9 7JZ The 6 rooms all benefit from generous en-suite shower rooms with heated towel rails, digital TV’s and hairdryers. 01905 391205 email@example.com www.phepsonfarm.co.uk 01386 751955 firstname.lastname@example.org www.coachhousebarn.co.uk Two bedroom self-catering barn conversion renovated to an extremely high standard situated in Defford. Nr. Upton upon Severn, WR8 9DA 01684 592877 email@example.com www.hollylodge.biz A rural escape set in fifty acres of peaceful Worcestershire countryside. Luxury, self catering log cabin in the shadow of the Malvern Hills. Equipped to a very high standard. 38 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 TOURISM BUSINESS LISTINGS Hollymount Nr. Worcester, WR6 5JJ www.visitworcestershire.org Pitlands Farm Nr. Tenbury Wells, WR6 6DX 0045 5122 2578 firstname.lastname@example.org www.homeaway.co.uk/p1080537 Magnificent 16th-century holiday property, full of character, far-reaching views from large mature garden. A perfect rural location at the end of a private drive. 01886 812220 email@example.com www.pitlandsfarm.co.uk Teme Valley. Picturesque location, spacious lodges, 2 with wheelchair access. Private fishing, outdoor spa, ideal base for walking, fishing, touring. CARAVAN & CAMPING Blackmore Camping & Caravanning Club Hanley Swan, Nr. Malvern Artrix Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ 01527 577330 firstname.lastname@example.org www.artrix.co.uk A year round programme of music, theatre, cinema, drama and comedy in a 300 seat auditorium. Holywell Suite Rhydd Barn Malvern, WR14 4LH Nr. Malvern, WR8 0AG 01684 310280 email@example.com www.campingandcaravanningclub. co.uk/blackmore 17 acres on edge of the Malvern Hills, close to River Severn. Good for walking and convenient for Worcester, Tewkesbury & Great Malvern. Avonbelle River Boat Trips Upton upon Severn, WR8 0JD 07905 827082 firstname.lastname@example.org www.holywellsuite.co.uk A spacious two bedroom apartment in the refurbished Wells House. Breathtaking views from all rooms with the Malvern Hills right on your doorstep. 01223 830591 email@example.com www.rhyddbarn.co.uk Outstanding barn conversion with spacious accommodation on 3 floors. Wonderful views of the Malvern Hills. 07880 811972 firstname.lastname@example.org Boyce Caravan Park Nr. Malvern, WR6 5UB www.avonbelleriverboattrips.co.uk Take a relaxing 35min boat trip along the beautiful River Severn on our all weather waterbus ‘Avonbelle’. Rochford Park Cottages 01886 884248 Hop Pickers Barn Nr. Tenbury Wells, WR15 8SP email@example.com Nr. Worcester, WR6 5JX 01886 833668 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hoppickersbarn.co.uk If you’re looking for peace, relaxation and plenty of quality sleep this is the place for you. Comfortable beds and spacious open plan living under the original the 17th century trusses. 01584 781392 email@example.com www.rochfordpark.co.uk Situated on a working farm, Plum Tree Cottage and Mooncroft are sympathetically restored former farm buildings, each with its own fenced garden, sharing an open lawn. www.boyceholidaypark.co.uk Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings Bromsgrove, B60 4JR Quiet park ideal for exploring. Lodges, touring, static holiday homes for sale and cottages for hire. 01527 831363 firstname.lastname@example.org www.avoncroft.org.uk A unique home for historic buildings rescued from demolition and rebuilt in a beautiful corner of Worcestershire’s rural countryside. Clent Hills Camping & Caravanning Club Nr. Bromsgrove The Barn, Beechcroft Nr. Worcester, WR5 3QH Hopyard Farm Nr. Pershore, WR8 9BS 01386 750902 email@example.com www.hopyard-farm.co.uk 25 acres of rivers, lake, woodland and open grassland where you can do coarse fishing, stay with your tent or caravan or in our holiday apartment and relax with the wildlife. 01905 820364 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thebarn-beechcroft.co.uk Converted barn set in a rural location on smallholding. Private access and enclosed garden. Dogs welcome. Ideal for countryside, pubs, amenities and tourist attractions. 01562 710015 email@example.com www.campingandcaravaningclub. co.uk/clenthills 7.5 acres in heart of countryside. Convenient for Birmingham and Worcestershire. Escape from it all! Non-members welcome. Bronte Porcelain Company Ltd Nr. Malvern, WR13 6NP 01684 310888 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bronte-porcelain.com Founded in 1996 and now recognised as a major manufacturer of fine bone china, particularly well known for exceptional quality and detail. Hopleys Family Camping / Wyre Forest Tipi’s Bewdley, DY12 2QL The Corn Mill Little Grove Stable Nr. Ledbury, HR8 1JT Nr. Gloucester, GL19 3PR 01684 833070 email@example.com www.littlegrovestable.com Ground floor cottage for two offering a rural holiday central to Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. 01531 640212 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thecornmillhereford.co.uk Escape to the country and discover rural Worcestershire. Beautifully styled luxury cottage for couples and families, set on one of the last remaining hop farms in England. 01299 402173 email@example.com www.hopleyscamping.co.uk Family campsite and four furnished tipis on outskirts of Georgian town of Bewdley, in heart of the Severn Valley. Cob House Fishery Nr. Worcester, WR6 6YE 01886 888517 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cobhouse.org Set in 45 acres of rural countryside, with something for everyone. There is free entry to animals, cafe, play areas and grounds. Archery and fishing are chargeable. Wolverley Camping & Caravanning Club Nr. Kidderminster Look Out Lodge Nr Worcester, WR2 6NT The Hayloft Nr. Droitwich Spa, WR9 0AS 07799 050424 email@example.com www.lookoutlodge.co.uk A warm welcome awaits you at our country Lodge in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside. Looking for a relaxing hideaway or an adventure break, then look no further. 07770 883091 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mayhousefarm.com Offering accommodation for three people on the upper floor of a newly reconstructed cart house adjoining Mayhouse Farmhouse. Ledbury HR8 1LG 01562 850909 email@example.com www.campingandcaravanningclub. co.uk/wolverley From Kidderminster & the Severn Valley railway, in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside. Escape from it all! Non-members welcome. Croome (National Trust) Nr. Worcester, WR8 9JS 01905 371006 firstname.lastname@example.org www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome Discover the beauty and space, the landscape and lakeside paths which stretch for miles, taking you on a journey through 18th-century pleasure gardens. ATTRACTIONS Almonry Museum & Heritage Centre Evesham, WR11 4BG New Inn Lane The Old Kennels Farm Cottage Nr. Evesham, WR11 8SN 01386 870073 email@example.com www.newinnlane.co.uk Self catering holiday accommodation on a peaceful country lane, ideally located for Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the Cotswolds. 01531 635024 firstname.lastname@example.org www.oldkennelsfarm.co.uk Six comfortable cottages sleeping 2-6 people situated on the edge of Ledbury on a small, friendly, family run working farm. CrownGate Shopping Centre 01386 446944 email@example.com www.almonryevesham.org A collection that spans the prehistoric to the 20th century, across 12 rooms and a garden. Find out how Evesham has developed and grown over time. Worcester, WR1 3LE 01905 610065 firstname.lastname@example.org www.crowngate-worcester.co.uk Worcester’s premier shopping centre offering unrivalled shopping and leisure choices in the heart of the city. Old Yates Cottages Nr. Worcester, WR6 6AT Upper Lightwood Farm Holiday Cottages Nr. Worcester, WR2 6RL Arley Arboretum Nr. Bewdley, DY12 1XG Discover History Worcester, WR1 2EY 01299 896500 email@example.com www.oldyatescottages.co.uk Real country cottages set in private, tranquil gardens surrounded by fields and woods. Fully heated, comfortably furnished, log fires, patios. 01905 333202 firstname.lastname@example.org www.upperlightwood.co.uk Maybury and Malvern View are situated on a working farm, four miles west of Worcester off A44 in a quiet and unspoilt area with attractive views. 01299 861368 email@example.com www.arley-arboretum.org.uk One of the oldest privately owned arboretums in the UK with listed walled garden containing Italianate garden, herbaceous borders & tearoom. 07949 222137 firstname.lastname@example.org www.discover-history.co.uk A 90-minute historical walking tour about the making of Worcester which is led by one of its past characters. Starts 6pm every day from the Guildhall. Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 39 TOURISM BUSINESS LISTINGS Droitwich Spa Heritage and Information Centre Droitwich Spa, WR9 8DS www.visitworcestershire.org Holloways More to Explore in the Teme Valley Nr. Tenbury Wells Ghost Walks Huntingdon Hall, Worcester, WR1 3LD 01905 774312 email@example.com www.droitwichspa.gov.uk Discover the history of Droitwich Spa from salt town to modern day. BBC radio room, brass rubbing, souvenirs, comprehensive TIC. 01905 611427 Nr. Malvern, WR6 5JX firstname.lastname@example.org www.worcesterlive.co.uk 01886 884665 email@example.com www.holloways.co.uk Experts in conservatory and garden living, also selling garden ornaments, pots & plants. Gift shop and café. firstname.lastname@example.org www.temevalley.org.uk Follow the River Teme and go west from Worcester to Tenbury Wells, into the borderlands of England and Wales, a mysterious and beautiful area rich in story, history and heritage. Discover the secrets to Worcester’s hidden past, guided around one of the most historic and haunted cities in Britain. Fridays & Saturdays, 7.30pm. Dudley Zoological Gardens 0844 474 2272 email@example.com www.dudleyzoo.org.uk Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 4QB Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway (GWSR) Nr. Gloucester, GL54 5DT Huntingdon Hall 01905 611427 Worcester, WR1 3LD firstname.lastname@example.org Morgan Visitor Centre Malvern, WR14 2LL 01242 621405 email@example.com www.gwsr.com www.worcesterlive.co.uk 01684 584580 A zoo with hundreds of animals set around an 11th century castle incorporating the world’s largest single collection of Tecton buildings on a 40-acre wooded hillside . A day on the railway offers value for money and an insight into a gentler age of train travel. A dynamic, active and exciting re-creation of a bygone era. Huntingdon Hall is Worcestershire’s premier live music venue, staging an eclectic programme of live music, comedy & spoken word events. firstname.lastname@example.org www.morgan-motor.co.uk Jinney Ring Craft Centre Nr. Bromsgrove, B60 4BU Morgan Motor Company, over 100 years of driving passion! Guided factory tours - be amazed at hand craftsmanship, museum and shop. Eastnor Castle Go Ape in the Wyre Forest! Bewdley, DY14 9XQ Nr. Ledbury, HR8 1RL 01531 633160 email@example.com www.eastnorcastle.com Magnificent fairytale castle dramatically situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the foothills of The Malvern’s. 0845 643 9215 firstname.lastname@example.org www.goape.co.uk Take to the trees at Go Ape! Experience an exhilarating course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides. 01527 821272 email@example.com www.jinneyring.co.uk Beautiful 200 year old barns converted into 12 craft studio workshops and a restaurant. Superb landscape gardens with stunning views of the Malverns. Museum of Carpet Kidderminster, DY10 1AZ 01562 69028 firstname.lastname@example.org www.museumofcarpet.org.uk The Living Legacy, opened in October 2012. Discover 300 years of carpet heritage in this small market town. Great Escape - Classic Car Hire Nr. Redditch, B96 6JH Kyre Equestrian Centre Nr. Tenbury Wells, WR15 8RL Eastnor Pottery Nr. Ledbury, HR8 1RD 01531 633886 email@example.com www.eastnorpottery.co.uk Remarkable pottery experiences for individuals, groups and organisations. All ages and abilities, share the many benefits of working with clay. 01527 893733 firstname.lastname@example.org www.greatescapecars.co.uk Get the best views in the Cotswolds and Worcestershire from the seat of a classic sports car. Daily and weekend classic car hire with a wide choice. 01885 410233 www.kyre-equestrian.co.uk Over 40 years old with access to a wide range of different safe rides and well equipped indoor and outdoor schools. Museum of Royal Worcester Worcester, WR1 2ND email@example.com www.museumofroyalworcester.org Learn of the talented workforce and everyday life as you travel through the Georgian, Victorian and 20th Century galleries. Free audio tour with entry. 01905 21247 Little Malvern Court Nr. Malvern, WR14 4JN Great Witley Church & Tea Rooms Nr. Worcester, WR6 6JT Eckington Manor Cookery School Nr. Pershore, WR10 3BJ 01386 751600 firstname.lastname@example.org www.eckingtonmanor.co.uk State of the art cookery school teaching the story of food: from garden fork to dinner fork. Learn about quality ingredients and creating dishes with simple recipes. email@example.com www.greatwitleychurch.org.uk The most stunning interior of any Baroque church in England. Free entry. 01684 892988 firstname.lastname@example.org www.littlemalverncourt.co.uk Prior’s Hall of a former Benedictine Monastery. Library, religious vestments, embroideries, paintings. 10 acre garden - lakes, spring bulbs, blossom, old roses and shrubs. Severn Leisure Cruises Upton upon Severn, WR8 0HG 01684 593112 email@example.com www.severnleisurecruises.co.uk Largest passenger vessel operating on the River Severn, quality day & evening cruises for 20 - 200 passengers. Greyfriars (National Trust) Worcester, WR1 2LZ 01905 23571 firstname.lastname@example.org Malvern Hills Outdoor Education Centres Nr Malvern, WR14 4NR Elgar Birthplace Museum Nr. Worcester, WR2 6RH 01905 333224 email@example.com www.elgarmuseum.org Explore the life of one of England’s greatest composers and get an insight into the musical inspirations of Sir Edward Elgar, whose masterpieces include Pomp & Circumstance. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greyfriars A beautiful timber-framed Merchant’s house built in 1481 and saved from demolition in the 1940s. 01684 574546 Hagley Hall Nr. Stourbridge, DY9 9LG 01562 887290 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hagleyhall.com email@example.com www.worcestershire.gov.uk/outdoors Nestled at the northern end of the Malvern Ridge, nine acres of wooded grounds, abseiling, grass sledging, adventure walks, trekking and more. Farncombe Estate Centre Broadway, WR12 7LJ Grade 1 Georgian house containing a fine collection of 18th century portraits and furniture. Home of Viscount & Viscountess Cobham. Severn Valley Railway Bewdley, DY12 1BG 033 3456 8580 firstname.lastname@example.org www.farncombeestate.co.uk Weekend leisure breaks, short courses and events in the Cotswolds. 89 en-suite rooms in 300 acres of countryside. Hanbury Hall (National Trust) Hanbury, Droitwich Spa, WR9 7EA 01299 403816 www.svr.co.uk 01527 821214 email@example.com www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hanburyhall Early 18th Century house, garden & park owned by the Vernon family for nearly 300 years. Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre Redditch, B98 8HY Malvern Theatres Malvern, WR14 3HB A service of steam passenger trains operate along the beautiful Severn Valley between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth. Open daily from May to October with special event weekends throughout the year. 01527 62509 firstname.lastname@example.org www.forgemill.org.uk Unique museum telling the history of needle making in a listed Victorian water mill. 12th Century Cistercian Abbey ruins & Visitor Centre. Hidcote Manor Garden (National Trust) Chipping Campden, GL55 6LR 01386 438333 email@example.com www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote Justly famous for its series of exquisite garden rooms, decorated with an overflowing abundance of plants. 01684 580944 firstname.lastname@example.org www.malvern-theatres.co.uk One of the country’s leading regional venues, delightfully situated in the shadow of the famous Malvern Hills. There is a wide choice each year with over 150 different shows, concerts, plays and performances to enjoy. Shelsley Walsh Motor Sport Nr. Tenbury Wells, WR6 6RP 01886 812211 email@example.com www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk The oldest motor sport venue in continuous use, first used in 1905, older than Indianapolis, Le Mans or Monza. 40 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 TOURISM BUSINESS LISTINGS The Malvern Spa Malvern, WR14 1GD www.visitworcestershire.org Tudor House Heritage Centre Worcester, WR1 2NA 01684 898290 firstname.lastname@example.org www.themalvernspa.com One of the most significant hotel and spa developments in the UK in recent times, providing first class spa and wellness facilities alongside luxurious accommodation and fine dining. 01905 426402 email@example.com www.tudorhouse.org.uk Witley Court & Gardens (English Heritage) Nr. Worcester, WR6 6JT 01299 896636 A 500 year + building showing its life over the centuries from weaving, tavern, school clinic and WWII ARP/ billeting station. Sixways Stadium The Pump House Environment Centre Worcester, WR1 3EZ Upton Warren Outdoor Education Centres Nr. Bromsgrove, B61 7ER firstname.lastname@example.org www.english-heritage.org.uk/ witleycourt A beautiful ruin of a bygone age of great wealth. Lovely gardens & lake, woodland walks, amazing fountains - a magical world for children to explore. Worcester, WR3 8ZE 01527 861426 Worcester Arts Workshop Worcester, WR1 1UH 01905 454183 email@example.com www.warriors.co.uk A great place to come and visit whether you’re a diehard Worcester Warriors supporter, just love rugby or want to try something different. 01905 734934 firstname.lastname@example.org www.dwt.org.uk Free admission, activities and displays around the environment, guaranteeing an informative and fun filled time. email@example.com www.uptonwarren.com 01905 25053 40 acre site with lake offering water sports instruction plus land based activities such as climbing, ropes course, team building challenges, archery and nature reserve. firstname.lastname@example.org www.worcesterartsworkshop.org.uk A vibrant arts hub in the heart of city. With the colourful Café Bliss at its core offering a range of creative activities and events as well as spaces for hire. Webbs at West Hagley West Hagley, DY9 0JB Worcester Cathedral Worcester, WR1 2LA Spetchley Park Gardens Nr. Worcester, WR5 1RS 01453 810303 email@example.com www.spetchleygardens.co.uk Beautiful historic garden set in 30 acres of tranquil countryside. One of the country’s finest gardens filled with rare and beautiful plants. 01562 700511 firstname.lastname@example.org www.webbsdirect.co.uk Perfect local garden centre, where you can pick up essentials for your garden. Lovely cafe and good range of concessions on site. 01905 732900 email@example.com www.worcestercathedral.co.uk One of England’s most magnificent and inspiring buildings, a place of prayer and worship for 14 centuries. Webbs at Wychbold Three Counties Showground Malvern, WR13 6NW Swan Theatre Nr. Droitwich Spa, WR9 0DG Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum Worcester, WR1 1DT Worcester, WR1 3ED 01905 611427 firstname.lastname@example.org 01527 860000 email@example.com www.webbsdirect.co.uk 01905 25371 www.worcesterlive.co.uk A full programme of entertainment; professional theatre, dance, amateur theatre, live music, spoken word events and comedy. 01684 584900 firstname.lastname@example.org www.threecounties.co.uk Over 250 days of events throughout the year, everyone can enjoy a great day out at The Showground. One of Britain’s best garden centres, including display gardens, restaurant, award-winning indoor & outdoor plants & everything you could need for your garden and home. email@example.com www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk A programme of exhibitions/ events for all the family. Explore displays, exhibitions, cafe, shop and Worcestershire Soldier Galleries. Worcester Racecourse Worcester, WR1 3EJ The Churches Conservation Trust Various locations The Transport Museum Wythall, B47 6JX 0207 213 0660 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitchurches.org.uk Visit various churches within the county cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust. 01564 826471 email@example.com www.wythall.org.uk Home to 100 buses & battery-electric vehicles. Open March until the end of October. Exhibits & miniature steam trains operate on event days. 01905 25364 firstname.lastname@example.org www.worcester-racecourse.co.uk 21 exciting summer jumping race days, from May-Oct, in the heart of Worcester on the banks of the Severn. Worcestershire Countryside Service West Bromwich Albion FC West Midlands, B71 4LF The Commandery 01905 361821 Worcester, WR1 2HU email@example.com www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk Glorious Grade I listed building dating back to the 12th century, with a long and varied history. Uncover its past, from mediaeval to Victorian, and its characters. The Worcester Arena Worcester, WR2 5JN Various locations firstname.lastname@example.org 01905 544444 email@example.com www.worcesterarena.com This iconic facility hosts university, community and international sporting and cultural events. The innovative focus upon disability sport provides a unique venue. www.worcestershire.gov.uk/ countryside 0871 271 1100 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wba.co.uk Visit one of the many countryside sites including Worcester Woods, Waseley Hills and Kingsford Forest Park. The Fold Watch a match at the Premiership football club, The Hawthorns, located in West Bromwich, just 20 minutes from the north Worcestershire border. Nr. Worcester, WR6 5JB 01886 833633 email@example.com www.thefold.org.uk A slow food cafe/restaurant and shop, nine designer maker studios and a complementary therapy centre in one environmentally conscious community. Top Barn Nr. Worcester, WR6 6NH West Midland Safari & Leisure Park Bewdley, DY12 1LF 01905 622223 firstname.lastname@example.org www.topbarnactivity.com A wide range of activities to keep everyone interested. Sailing, canoeing and archery to zip wire. On site fishing, a farm park, harvest shop and cafe. 01299 402114 email@example.com www.wmsp.co.uk The Hive A great line up of fantastic family entertainment for the summer season. Open every day until 10th Nov 2013. Worcester, WR1 3DT 01905 822866 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thehiveworcester.org Home to a rich variety of resources and facilities, the first fully integrated public and university library in Europe. Winner of ‘Best New Build’ 2013, beating other international finalists. Treasure Trails Wharton Park Golf Club Bewdley, DY12 2QW Worcestershire County Cricket Club Worcester, WR2 4QQ Herefordshire & Worcestershire 01568 611705 email@example.com www.treasuretrails.co.uk 01299 405222 firstname.lastname@example.org www.whartonpark.co.uk 01905 748474 email@example.com www.wccc.co.uk Treasure hunts in your own time and pace around the historic towns and villages of Herefordshire and Worcestershire. All weather golf course, with stunning views set in 200 acres of woods & parkland. Greens Restaurant well known for its fine food, elegant surroundings and al fresco dining. Dubbed as one of England’s loveliest sporting grounds, you can’t fail to enjoy the quintessentially English game of cricket in the shade of Worcester Cathedral. Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 41 TOURISM BUSINESS LISTINGS Worcestershire County Museum Nr. Kidderminster, DY11 7XZ www.visitworcestershire.org Mac & Jac’s Cafe The Fleece Inn (National Trust) 01299 250416 firstname.lastname@example.org www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk Telling Worcestershire’s story from prehistory to the twentieth century and is housed in the magnificent surroundings of Hartlebury Castle. Cafe Bliss at Worcester Arts Workshop Worcester, WR1 1UH Malvern, WR14 3ES 01905 25053 email@example.com 01684 573300 firstname.lastname@example.org www.macandjacs.co.uk An independent, family run café. Newly opened, nestled at the foot of the Malvern hills in Abbey Road, perfect for pre-theatre dining. Nr. Evesham, WR11 7JE www.cafeblissworcester.co.uk 01386 831173 email@example.com www.thefleeceinn.co.uk The Fold Worcestershire Open Churches Network Various locations An inspiring space and menu with influences from the Caribbean & Mexico, as well as more popular dishes. The quintessential English pub, run with a love of tradition. Nr. Worcester, WR6 5JB Carluccio’s Mac & Jac’s Deli-Cafe Worcester, WR1 2NA firstname.lastname@example.org Worcester, WR1 3LD www.worcestershireopenchurches.info There are interesting churches to visit all over the county, many date from Norman times and some have changed very little since. 01905 612040 www.carluccios.com/restaurants/ worcester Breakfast, lunch and dinner served all day, enjoy a tasty Italian meal even if you’re short on time. 01905 731331 email@example.com www.macandjacs.co.uk An independent Cafe-Deli situated in historic Friar Street. Fully licensed café serves breakfast & lunch Mon-Sat, with monthly supper evenings. 01886 833633 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thefold.org.uk We aim to be a ‘living’ example of a local sustainable business, offering a wide range of examples-in-action and great cuisine from local food and drink. Worcestershire Wildlife Trust Worcester, WR3 8SZ The Forest Cafe 01905 754919 Greenhouse Cafe at Holloways email@example.com Nr. Malvern, WR6 5JX Prior’s Parlour at Worcester Cathedral Worcester, WR1 2LA Bewdley, DY14 9XQ www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk Protecting wildlife for the future, owning and managing over 75 nature reserves covering over 2200 acres. 01886 884665 firstname.lastname@example.org www.holloways.co.uk Set inside a stunning conservatory, serving Italian coffee, delicious homemade lunches and afternoon tea. 01905 732900 email@example.com www.worcestercathedral.co.uk A great cafe serving light meals, home made cakes and drinks. Situated in the east cloister, open daily. 01299 266944 firstname.lastname@example.org www.goape.co.uk/forest-cafe-atwyre-forest Much more than your average cafe in the forest. A friendly atmosphere & log fires guarantee a warm welcome in the heart of the Wyre Forest. EATING OUT Belle House Restaurant Pershore, WR10 1AJ Hop Pole Inn Stanbrook Abbey The Leaking Well Bewdley, DY12 2QH Nr. Worcester, WR2 4TD Nr. Stourport-on-Seven, DY13 9SW 01386 555055 email@example.com www.belle-house.co.uk 01299 401295 firstname.lastname@example.org www.thehoppolebewdley.co.uk Traditional English pub/restaurant with lots of quirky decorations making you feel comfortable and relaxed. Backed up by delicious food and great service. 01905 832932 email@example.com www.stanbrookabbey.com ‘Dining with a Difference’, a unique dining experience in one of the UK’s most iconic venues plus afternoon tea’s & Sunday lunches. Must pre-book. 01905 622584 firstname.lastname@example.org www.leakingwell.com A welcoming, friendly atmosphere, serving Mediterranean influenced dishes with an innovative twist, using seasonal and local ingredients. Restaurant & bar, offering home cooked meals seven days a week including a traditional carvery served every Sunday and most Bank Holidays. Bridges Entertainment Venue Worcester, WR3 8SB Ring’s Restaurant The Beckford Inn 01905 757117 email@example.com www.bridgesworcester.co.uk Hanbury, Bromsgrove, B60 4BU Nr. Tewkesbury, GL20 7AN Carvery served 6 days a week with some entertainment including cabaret and tribute acts. Call to book for weekends/large groups. 01527 821272 firstname.lastname@example.org www.jinneyring.co.uk Fine country fayre with excellent wine list. Superb location and delightful ambience. Ample free parking. 01386 881532 email@example.com www.thebeckford.com We pride ourselves on the quality of our food, from talented Chefs using only the finest and freshest local seasonal food. Worcestershire is full of flavour! Discover more about our local produce at www.tastes.org.uk Shrawley Wood - Worcestershire Wildlife Trust www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk 42 Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 PLAN YOUR TRIP www.visitworcestershire.org Plan Your Trip THE CLOSE PROXIMITY TO OTHER POPULAR TOURISM DESTINATIONS MAKES WORCESTERSHIRE A GREAT PLACE TO BASE YOUR STAY. ONCE YOU HAVE ENJOYED THE DELIGHTS ON OFFER IN WORCESTERSHIRE WHY NOT TRAVEL A SHORT DISTANCE TO THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS: MINS 0 The Cotswolds Worcestershire is referred to as The Gateway to the Cotswolds with south Worcestershire part of the North Cotswolds. Once you have visited the honeycoloured village of Broadway and enjoyed the vistas across the Cotswolds from Fish Hill you can journey deeper into England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. 20 MINS Birmingham England’s second largest city is located just 20 minutes north and makes a great day out. You can shop until you drop in The Bullring, visit the National Sea Life Centre or enjoy a concert of your choice at the National Indoor Arena or at the LG Arena. 30 MINS Stratford upon Avon Home to the Shakespeare Birthplace Museum and The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company, is just a 30 minute journey through rolling countryside and quaint English villages. 45 MINS Ironbridge Just 45 minutes away from the north of the county is the Ironbridge Gorge Museum. Ironbridge is a World Heritage Site, recognised for the area’s unique contribution to the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century. Today you can visit a ‘Victorian’ town and many other attractions on offer. 65 MINS Bath Located just over an hour away down the M5 and is home to the historic Roman Baths as well as the Thermae Bath Spa. 90 MINS The Beach The nearest beach is approximately 1 hour 30 minutes away but if you have a bit more time to spare, venture into Wales for rugged coastlines, beautiful beaches and a variety of wildlife spotting opportunities. 150 MINS London With great rail links London is only a 2 hour 30 minute train ride away. Travelling by train takes all the stress out the journey and also means you do not have to pay parking fees and congestion charges! Visit Worcestershire spring/summer 2013 43