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THE SHOPPING CENTRE IN THE HEART OF THE DROITWICH SPA

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WELCOME

Contents

Welcome

Visit Worcestershire is a 52 page tourism magazine produced bi-annually by Destination Worcestershire. Designed and produced to inspire visitors to enjoy the fantastic attractions, great events and superb places to stay in this beautiful county.

Editor

Victoria Carman 0845 641 1542 vcarman@visitworcestershire.org

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Highlights Travel Waterways Worcester City Autumn Heritage Malvern Hills Worcestershire Welcome Awards Christmas Countryside

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Arts & Culture Accommodation Food and Drink North Worcestershire Sports Wychavon Prize Draw Events Diary Tourism Business Listings Coffee Table

Welcome

Editorial

this period whether it be pantomimes, a journey on the Severn Valley Railway or the Worcester Christmas Fayre. Take a look inside for the many other opportunities available in the county.

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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 Malvern Hills by Angela Barnett www.celtic-photography.co.uk and see page 9

Welcome to the first edition of the Visit Worcestershire Tourism Magazine. In this edition we celebrate the diversity of tourism in Worcestershire; a county of hills, rivers, sport, food and drink, arts, attractions and of course Worcester Cathedral which is the centre piece for a county steeped in history. Visit Worcestershire in the autumn and you will be see a kaleidoscope of colours covering many parts of the county as the leaves turn vibrant reds and oranges particularly at the arboreta located in the north of the county. A visit to Worcestershire is not complete without sampling some local food and drink and the county is full of events celebrating Harvest where you can try Worcestershire’s produce sourced from local farms and producers. Halloween and Bonfire Night Events go off with a bang which you can enjoy with friends and family taking in the many woodland walks and the other attractions on offer.

Chamber of Commerce Please contact Visit Worcestershire for more information on things to do, places to stay, festivals and events as well as ideas on places to eat to help plan your visit. Website: www.visitworcestershire.org Email: tourism@visitworcestershire.org Telephone 0845 641 1540

You can join the Visit Worcestershire Network by opting to ‘Like’ Love Worcestershire on Facebook or ‘Follow’ Worcestershire_ on Twitter which will help you to find out about the fantastic events, special offers and prize draws available in Worcestershire.

Christmas is a magical time in Worcestershire and it would be difficult not to demonstrate the wide range of opportunities that exist for the visitor in

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AUTUMN/WINTER WORCESTERSHIRE HIGHLIGHTS

Autumn in Malvern Festival

Celebrate the best of Nature’s harvest

24th September - until late October 2011

24th September - 25th September 2011 The Malvern Autumn Show brings together everything we know and love about nature at its finest. The Malvern Autumn Show is for food and gardening lovers. The event hosts a range of cookery demonstrations, gardening talks, vegetable displays, vintage tractors, crafts and more. Families and friends will enjoy a day out to remember with superb shopping.

The Autumn in Malvern Festival is a renowned series of artistic events held annually in the surroundings of the glorious Malvern Hills. Some of the most prestigious musicians, poets, writers, film makers and other artists perform during autumn every year.

www.visitworcestershire.org/ malvernautumnshow

www.visitworcestershire.org/ autumninmalvern

Clive Haynes

Hear the rustle and crunch of Autumn leaves Worcestershire is home to two arboreta and in autumn the trees appear to be on fire with rich colours, punctuated by deep reds making a bold statement against the mellow seasonal background. Arley Arboretum has some fantastic views across the Severn Valley and you can also see Britain's premier steam railway meandering through the countryside providing a little bit of nostalgia for visitors. www.visitworcestershire.org/autumn

Ding Dong Merrily on High" Standing high in the city of Worcester is the magnificent Worcester Cathedral, a great place to experience the seasonal celebrations happening at Christmas time. Worcester Cathedral looks magical and enchanting in the snow enticing visitors to carol services and midnight mass. www.visitworcestershire.org/cathedral

Escape the cold and be pampered

Curl up in front of a log fire

You can visit one of the many spa's in Worcestershire located in boutique hotels or day spas where you can enjoy warming up in a hot tub, a steam room or a sauna followed by some pampering or a massage to rub away the aches and pains from the cold weather.

Whereever you are in Worcestershire you are never too far away from one of winters greatest pleasures. Many of Worcestershire's accommodation providers and pubs have real log fires where you can curl up and read a book, chat with family and friends or just look out the window and watch the world go by.

www.visitworcestershire. org/spas

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AUTUMN/WINTER WORCESTERSHIRE HIGHLIGHTS

Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Festival

Winter Woodland Walks You can make the most out of the huge amount of woodland in Worcestershire particularly in the north of the county where you can shelter from the cold winds in winter. The Wyre Forest (Forestry Commission) and Kingsford Forest Park offer some wonderful woodland walks.

Mistletoe Day on Saturday 3rd December and the Mistletoe Auctions on Tuesdays 29th November, 6th December and 13th December. Visit the market town in the north west of the county during the Mistletoe Festival Season and you will be surrounded by pagan traditions celebrating the mistletoe crop.

www.visitworcestershire.org/ countryside

www.visitworcestershire.org/ mistletoe

Clive Haynes

Party in Style Worcestershire has a variety of quirky venues and superb hotels where you can party in style this Christmas. Choose from themed party nights and family friendly venues to celebrate the seasonal festivities or why not rent a self catering cottage and put on your own event for your family and friends. www.visitworcestershire.org

the leading themed street market in the West Midlands 1st December - 4th December 2011 Hundreds of stalls fill the atmospheric streets of Worcester's historic heart with the colours, sounds and smells of Christmas at the Worcester Christmas Fayre. Explore the wonderful range of merchandise on offer in the city on the market stalls as well as in the city's exceptional range of shops, both unique independently owned boutiques and all the High Street names, you would expect to find in a thriving cathedral city. www.visitworcestershire.org/christmasfayre

the Santa Steam Special

It's all “Ho Ho Ho” on a Santa Safari

Weekends in December from 3rd - 24th December 2011

1st December - 24th December 2011

Taking an atmospheric steam train journey along the beautiful Severn Valley is a great way to enjoy the winter landscape from the warmth of one of the trains. If you are really lucky an overnight frost or a light dusting of snow will make the journey take on a magical feel which, including a visit to Santa will make this an experience the children will not forget.

This delightful and unique family Santa experience is like no other! The animal reserves will be open too. So, as well as meeting Santa, visitors can go on Safari, linger in Discovery Trail; meet Santa's Reindeer; enjoy a Sealion Show and visit a variety of all weather exhibits, such as the Reptile House, Seaquarium, Creepy Crawlies and Twilight Cave. Always very popular!! Pre-booking is recommended.

www.visitworcestershire.org/ steamspecial

www.visitworcestershire.org/santasafari

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Brockencote Hall Hotel Luxury Country House Hotel 17 en-suite Bedrooms Set in 70 acres of stunning grounds Award winning cuisine 01562 777876 info@brockencotehall.com www.brockencotehall.com Chaddesley Corbett, Y10 4PY Proud to be part of Eden Hotel Collection www.edenhotelcollection.com

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TRAVEL

Worcestershire's location in the heart of England makes it supremely accessible and closer than you think. If you are flying into the area, then Birmingham International Airport is approximately 40 minutes away, Manchester is 2 hours, Heathrow is 2 hours 10 minutes and Gatwick is 2 hours 50 minutes. Worcestershire also has excellent road links to the major motorways (M5, M6, M40, M42, M50) and London is just 2 ½ hours away. Worcestershire is easily accessible by public transport, located on the London Paddington and Birmingham New Street direct line service as well as easy access to Bristol Temple Meads, Cardiff Central and many destinations beyond via train and coach.

Improvements on the Cotswold’s Line Getting to Worcestershire from London and the home-counties will be even easier now Network Rail has laid an extra 20 miles of track through the Cotswolds. This much needed development will help to increase the number of visitors to Worcestershire with the new double track helping to cut delays,

improve service performance as well as enabling a faster service allowing train operators to add more services on the North Cotswold line. Please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk for details on train services to Worcestershire.

On Your Bike Worcestershire is located on the National Cycle Network ensuring the county is easily accessible from many parts of the country. If you are a keen cyclist just follow the National Cycle Network signs or if you prefer a more leisurely ride just hop on a train so you can enjoy the freedom once you are here. Worcestershire is a great county to get out and about in and there is no better way to explore the countryside than on a bicycle watching the lush green landscape passing you by with the wind blowing through your hair. If you are unable to bring your own bike there are various places that offer bicycle hire as well as many cycling leisure guides that have been created to help visitors get the best experience in Worcestershire. Please visit www.visitworcestershire.org/cycling

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Worcestershire Waterways

The Lions The Lions annual 'Duck Race' takes place on New Year’s Day in Bewdley. The ‘throw in’ from Bewdley Bridge is at midday, but the hiring of ducks starts at 10am to enable The Lions to register the hundreds of participants. As well as the competition for the fastest duck on the river there is a 'Best Dressed Duck' competition, appealing to the creative youngsters who do not want to throw their ‘pets’ into the river! The Lions do ask that all ducks taking to the water must be bio-degradable. The yellow plastic ducks that may be hired are retrieved by the Wyre Forest Canoe Club to ensure the event remains environmentally friendly. Hiring and registering a duck costs £3 and all money raised goes to support good causes. Do join The Lions on New Year’s Day at this extremely popular event. www. visitworcestershire.org/duckrace

The Brand New Mid Worcestershire Ring In 2011, the Droitwich Canals reopened after more than 70 years since being officially abandoned. The Droitwich Canals were an important part of Worcestershire's industrial history linking the salt mining industry to the River Severn and the Birmingham-Worcester Canal which together, make up the Mid Worcestershire Ring The 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. A new leaflet is available where you will find many ideas for a short break to Worcestershire including great days out at a variety of attractions, fantastic walking and cycling routes as well as the opportunity to tour the only short break ring in the country by boat. Please order a copy by calling a member of the Destination Worcestershire team on 0845 641 1540 or via email tourism@visitworcestershire.org

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Forest View Retreat - Winners of Destination Worcestershire Welcome Awards Self Catering Holiday of the Year 2011 Situated in the heart of north Worcestershire amid stunning rural countryside, Forest View Retreat Holiday Log Cabins provide a perfect romantic getaway for couples wishing to relax in tranquil surroundings, with complimentary sparkling wine and chocolates presented on arrival. The striking self-catering log cabins offer four-star accommodation and have been honoured with a gold award from Visit Britain. The Log Cabins cater for up to two individuals in Bluebell Lodge, and up to four in Bramble Lodge.

baths found in both properties provide an opportunity for ultimate indulgence, and your stay couldn’t be better catered for with everything except food and personal toiletries supplied for your convenience. The balcony and patio provide a lovely spot for deer and bird watching and taking in the panoramic and breathtaking scenery, with a barbecue and fire pit for an idyllic romantic evening. for further information please visit www.forestviewretreat.com or for enquires email kimsimmonds@hotmail. co.uk or telephone 01299 266525.

The lavish solid wood cabins boast modern dĂŠcor with fully fitted kitchens and an open-plan lounge/diner - Jacuzzi

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RETAIL

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RETAIL

Famous worldwide for its stunning porcelain and piquant Worcestershire Sauce, the city also offers the discerning visitor a comprehensive range of over 500 shops. It mixes the UK’s favourite “High Street” names with a large number of unique, independently owned boutiques and specialist retailers as well as themed retailers found at the city’s heritage and sporting attractions. Set against a beautiful backdrop of fascinating buildings and an attractive pattern of historic streets, Worcester’s retail centre is compact, pedestrianfriendly and easily walkable with plenty of cafes, coffee shops, restaurants and bars to relax in while you shop. From CrownGate, the city’s largest shopping centre and Reindeer Court, an intimate and characterful centre created form two former coaching inns, the city’s retailing spreads out along the spine of High Street which runs from the majestic Cathedral at the southern tip to the city’s Foregate Street railway station at the northern end. Friar Street and New Street are vibrant shopping streets with many of the shops housed in halftimbered buildings which have witnessed the course of Worcester’s amazing history such as the flight of King Charles from the Battle of Worcester in 1651.

Specialist Shopping

Fashion, jewellery and giftware play an important part in Worcester’s specialist retail offer. Its many independently owned fashion boutiques are dotted around the city centre: for example Stripes, near the railway station, has an attractive offer for the sophisticated, modern woman, Emporio, Lynne Craig and Felice in Friar Street, each with many of the world’s leading designer brands, Armstrong’s and Individual Tailoring offer classic elegance and Sassy in the Cornmarket is the place for evening wear. For more casual women’s wear take a look at Halo in Friar Street, or Acanthus in The Cornmarket as well

as Fuel and Dare in Reindeer Court for the younger market. And men’s fashion is well catered for too with designer labels at Pockets, casual wear at Jingo and Reefs in CrownGate, for example. Worcester is home to around 20 fine jewellers, from the long-established firms such as Peplows in High Street to newer designer jewellers Mark Linley and Anja Potze in Friar Street, Rock Lobster, Ian Quartermaine and Ice in Reindeer Court, G6 in Pump Street and David Christopher and Forrest Hay at The Cross. They offer specialist expertise and an excellent choice of sparkling diamonds or beautiful pearls in classic or contemporary designs, watches and decorative gifts and the ability to have your own designs made to order. And perhaps after choosing a stunning engagement ring you might also be tempted to explore one of Worcester’s wedding gown shops. There are eight independently owned bridal shops in the city with as extensive a choice as you could wish for, whether you want to create your own special look or choose from a range of ready-made gowns. Worcester is a great place to find those things that you won’t get elsewhere. Try Tadini or Knowles for handbags and leather goods, Keith Scarrott or Robin Elt for shoes, Creative Hands, Rags, Bubbly Funk and Concorde Stationery to meet your creative needs. Good gift shops seem to abound in historic cities and that is true of Worcester too: Cornucopia, the New England Store, Simply Gifted, Trend, Wish and Keson Thai Handicrafts offer an amazing range of gifts and home fashion to suit all tastes.

Heritage and Sports Shopping

With seven museums in Worcester as well as a county cricket ground, premiership rugby club and racecourse in the city it’s not surprising that there is some really unusual retailing too. Worcester

Porcelain Museum shop has the best selection of vintage Royal Worcester from giftware to dinner services in the region, as well as new creations decorated by Worcester-trained artists such as Ken Russell and Francis Clark who you can see at work in the museum. The City’s Art Gallery and Museum has the best selection of greetings cards in the city and the shops at the Commandery and the Cathedral sell gifts, books, games and more on a historical theme. The Worcester Shop at the Guildhall, also the tourist information centre, offers an exceptional range of gifts related to the heritage, countryside and local foods of Worcestershire, including the world-famous Worcestershire Sauce. And if it’s music you are after then the shop at the Elgar Birthplace Museum, just a couple of miles outside the city, has an amazing selection of recorded music. Worcester Rugby Club offers its club merchandise from its shop in CrownGate and Worcestershire County Cricket Club has its own shop at the ground which is a few minutes walk from the heart of the city centre, where it stocks world-famous Duncan Fearnley cricket bats made in Worcester.

High Street Names

No city’s shopping would be complete without some of the nation’s favourite stores and Worcester is no exception with major branches of Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, Boots, Debenhams, Primark, Next and H&M as well as fashion brands such as Bank, White Stuff, Republic, Jack Wills, Monsoon, Fat Face, Gerry Weber, Viyella, Country Casuals, Jaeger and many, many more. The centre is also home to Cornucopia, a fascinating shop packed with gifts and stunning ideas for your home, and Creative Hands sewing centre which offers all manner of specialist needlework courses, equipment and accessories.

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Autumn Leaves Falling Down

Visit Worcestershire from late September through to the winter frosts of December and you will see the countryside in full array of Autumn colours displaying some of the greatest exhibitions of Mother Nature's seasonal shows. Worcestershire is home to two arboreta, the Wyre Forest, Kingsford Forest Park, various country parks and stately homes all offering a fantastic day out in Autumn. On top of the fantastic attractions take a look at the events calendar and choose your favourites from a huge selection of festivals and events happening in this beautiful county.

Journey through the Severn Valley

The north of the county is particularly special with the abundance of woodland and forests which presents a magnitude of orange, red, yellow and browns before their leaves fall from the trees. The Severn Valley Railway, Britain's premier steam railway meanders alongside the River Severn offering spectacular views of the countryside including the woodland from Arley Arboretum. The Severn Valley Railway offers a fantastic day out and is a great way to see the north of county, they also hold various events held throughout the year. Please visit www.svr. co.uk for further information on the Severn Valley Railway.

Arboreta

Arley Arboretum is one of the oldest and most spectacular Arboretums in Britain which is now open to the public thanks to the trustees of the R.D. Turner Charitable Trust. Autumn is a wonderful time of year to visit the Arboretum

when the leaves turn a kaleidoscope of colours and blanket the ground with a rich and exotic carpet; a great place to hear the seasonal rustle and crunch of leaves underfoot. The Acers make a beautiful focal point in the Autumn display at Arley when the trees appear to be on fire with rich colours, punctuated by deep reds making a bold statement against the mellow seasonal background. Earl Mountnorris in the early 1800's planned the Arboretum, and it is thanks to his botanical knowledge, discoveries, and foresight, that the Arboretum is as it is today. Although Arley became highly renowned for its exotic and rare tropical plants by the 1840's, it is the specimen trees that have stood the test of time, now being considered to be one of the county's finest tree collections. As well as the Cedar, Tulip Tree, Sugar Maple, Ginkgo Biloba, Limes, Black Walnut, Paper-bark Maple, Beeches, Monkey Puzzles, Wellingtonias, and Acers, of record sizes, you will find the seasonal Azaleas, Camellias, Magnolias. Bodenham Arboteum is located north of Kidderminster with hundreds of trees putting on an autumn display. The Acers will go from bright yellow to vibrant oranges and reds. Scarlet Oaks will, as their name suggests fill the woods with sweeps of vibrant red, even Magnolia with its bright red seed pods add to the spectacle.

Stately Homes and Grounds

Autumn tints. Witley Court (English Heritage) has woodland walks as well as Behind The Scenes Tours and Croome Park (National Trust) "Capability" Browns first complete landscape design has a huge park to explore.

Wyre Forest (Forestry Commission)

Located very close to Arley Arboretum is the Wyre Forest (Forestry Commission) offering a contrast in Autumnal landscape as the trees are mainly coniferous. The historic Wyre Forest offers visitors a range of woodland walks and cycling trails amongst beautiful ancient oaks woods and statuesque fir trees. The Forest is one of the largest remaining ancient woodlands in Britain. Much of the area is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with many rare species of flora and fauna.

Go Ape Tree Top Adventure

Located in the Wyre Forest is Go Ape’s tree top adventure which includes rope bridges, tarzan swings and zip slides up to 40 feet up in the trees. You can enjoy 3 hours of fun and adventure going ape up in the trees. The Go Ape experience in the forest is a must do adventure for families, groups, young and old. Go Ape is open from end of March to the end of November.

Visit Spetchley Park Gardens in Autumn and the borders continue to flourish and the colours begin to transform through their wonderful

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Severn Valley Railway from Arley Arboretum : Claire Carter

“The north of the county is particularly special with the abundance of woodland and forests� Go Ape in the Wyre Forest

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PHEPSON FARM AND

PHEPSON FARM COTTAGES

A rural escape set in peaceful Worcestershire countrywide with 1½ acre coarse fishing lake and wildlife walk. Choose B&B with Award Winning Breakfasts or self catering in beautifully converved cottages from traditional farm buildings. Phepson Farm, Himbleton, Droitwich Spa, Worcs WR9 7JZ Tel: 01905 391205 · info@phepsonfarm.co.uk

www.phepsonfarm.co.uk

UpperLightWood Farm Holiday Cottage

Fern View & Fern Cottage Self Catering accomodation in Bewdley. Visit Britain 4 stars

Fern View Fern View sleeps 6 in three bedrooms, two ensuite. This recently modernized bungalow provides spacious, accessible accommodation, a short stroll from Georgian Bewdley and the River Severn. Fully equipped, a quiet location, off road parking, wi fi and private garden.

Rated 4 Stars

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Choose between Maybury, a detached, self contained bungalow (Maybury runs Sat-Sat), or Malvern View, (Malvern View runs Fri-Fri) attached to the main farmhouse, but completely seperate.

Fern Cottage

Both cottages are situated on a working farm, and although Lower Broadheath is only 3 miles from the city of Worcester, the area remains quiet and unspoilt, with attractive views.

Fern Cottage sleeps 4 in two ensuite rooms. This re built, cosy cottage offers a convenient location close to Bewdley. Also fully equipped with off road parking, broadband and courtyard garden.

07899 797535 www.ferncottagebewdley.co.uk

Upper Lightwood Farm Lower Broadheath Worcester WR2 6RL

Tel: 01905 333202

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HALLOWEEN & BONFIRE NIGHT

SPOOKY SPECTACULAR!

at West Midland Safari and Leisure Park 15th October - 30th October 2011 + selected evenings www.wmsp.co.uk Spooky Spectacular is an event full of entertainment and ghoulishly good fun for half term. Everyone is encouraged to dress up and take part in a variety of hands on lots of ‘spooky’ activities and spooky animal encounters to celebrate the spookiest of seasons. To round off a perfectly Spooky Spectacular, there are late night rides –including Venom and the Black Fly – along with a host of fun games and attractions to suit every budding ghoul and ghostie.

Spooky Happenings Worcestershire is steeped in history and where there lies history there are ghost stories, creepy happenings, myths and legends and with Worcestershire’s varied history there are bound to be a few ghost and ghouls lurking around the county. A Ghost Walk of Worcester or a Discover

Take the Ghost Train

History “Spooky Story” tour of the city is sure to get your knees knocking as you listen to the tales of times gone by. 

at the Severn Valley Railway 22nd October – 30th October 2011 www.svr.co.uk Take an evening ‘Ghost Train’ if you dare, Severn Valley Railway provide a thrilling ride out into the countryside from Kidderminster to Highley and return. Who knows what will happen next as you pass through the long dark tunnel and on through deserted stations (or are they) in the dead of night!

Take a look (right) at the spooky events happening in 2011.

Please see the events diary for more Halloween events on page 44/45

firework festival

at West Midland Safari and Leisure Park 5th November 2011 www.wmsp.co.uk West Midland Safari Park is renowned for its annual spectacular themed bonfire and firework display that has generated a huge following for over 25 years. Music accompanies a lavish firework extravaganza that is supported by a monstersized bonfire, pig roast and a variety of traditional bonfire night fare. There are late night rides and amusements too. Tickets for this event are always very popular and have been known to sell out. Good savings are to be had on advance tickets.

Witches and Warlocks Fireworks Spectacular

at The Showground, Malvern 5th November 2011 www.threecounties.co.uk A superb family evening! Enjoy breathtaking fireworks set to music. Family and friends can enjoy a night to remember with a bonfire to keep warm by, hot refreshments, FREE children’s activities and a fun fair. Please see the events diary for more Bonfire Night events on page 44/45

Bonfire Night Annual bonfire night celebrations are apparent across the county from small community occasions to large visitor attractions hosting events. West Midland Safari & Leisure Park,

Pitchcroft home to Worcester Racecourse and The Showground, Malvern have large events attracting thousands of visitors every year.

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HERITAGE

Worcester" 360 years ago, the wars between Parliament and the King, which had started in 1642 with a skirmish around and over Powick Bridge, were at an end. The Battle of Worcester 1651 was to be the last of the English Civil Wars. There was no part of the British Isles that had escaped the conflict and fighting even extended to the Channel Islands and in some cases the Americas. The ramifications of this battle can still be felt today and the entire political, social and historical landscape of the country was changed, forever. The Battle of Worcester Society, arranged a series of events to commemorate this largely forgotten piece of World Heritage and with the help of the Battle of Worcester Partnership brought the City to life from 29th August – 4th September with re-enactments, dinners, street theatre, guided walks and much, much more. An Evening with Oliver Cromwell took the form of a 17th Century three-course meal, which was attended by none other than the man himself as an intriguing play unfolded in front of your very eyes. Set in The Great Hall of the Commandery, this was one of the most atmospheric events of the year. The Commandery also played host to a 17th Century Living History Camp from Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th September. Re-enactors portrayed military life in the 17th Century as well as staging Musket and Pike Drills. Members of the public got to take part in Pike drill and also got a taste of civilian life. One of the main features was the chance to see a working replica of a 17th Century Printing.

On Saturday 3rd September there was a march from South Quay up Broad Street and along the High Street to the Cathedral where a service of Commemoration took place, with an address by Lord Faulkner of Worcester. The service commemorated the thousands who died that day in 1651. Over the other side of the River Severn there were a whole range of exhibits, drills, traders, camps, food stalls, beer tents and re-enactments on the Powick Fields near the old Powick Bridge. Provided by the Sealed Knot the 17th Century feel was in full swing. In the evening there was another service of commemoration, this time on Fort Royal Hill. The Drumhead Service is held every year and normally attracts large crowds as people come for a short address, musket salute and a minute silence. Fort Royal Hill was one of the main strategic strongholds during the battle and guns that were sited there ripped through the fabric of the city and causing catastrophic amounts of damage to an already limping Royalist Force. Sunday 4th again played host to more reenactments, living history camps, trading stands, drills and celebrations with the Powick Field site being open from 11am – 4pm and The Commandery being open from 10am – 4pm. At the end of that single day in 1651, approximately 3000 men lay dead. These were mainly Scots. Those who were not killed were imprisoned and approximately 8000 were sold into slavery in New England, Bermuda and the West Indies.

The Battle of Worcester Society would like to make these celebrations and commemorations an annual event. Two Presidents of the USA visited Worcester in 1786. They came to see the birthplace of democracy and the start of a new world. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson were two of the founding forefathers and John Adams wrote in his diary; “And do Englishmen so soon forget the ground where liberty was fought for? Tell your neighbours and your children that this is holy ground. Much holier than that on which your churches stand. All England should come in pilgrimage, to this hill, once a year.” The society aims to ensure that Adams’ words are not forgotten. They rely entirely upon donations and membership subscriptions to fund their work which looks to raise the profile of the importance of the Battle not just to the people of Worcester but to the rest of the World. They are also fundrasing for a stunning monument, sculpted by the world famous artisit Ken Potts (who also sculpted the famous Elgar Statue). Find out more by visiting their website; www.thebattleofworcestersociety.org.uk

Guided Factory Tours are more popular than ever imagined! Since opening during its centenary year in 2009, the Morgan Motor Company’s Visitor Centre and Guided Factory tours have proven more popular than they would have ever imagined! A popular attraction for both group visits and individuals looking for something “different” and traditionally British! A new addition to the guided factory tour for 2011 is the new Morgan 3wheeler workshop! A refurbished factory warehouse has provided the extra space needed to build this exciting new development! Progress is excellent, the cars are being put through their paces and all fine tuning is in motion. Five new staff have been recruited for assembly. Morgan 3 wheeler ltd are

collaborating with ‘Superdry’ to create the exclusive ‘Morgan 3 Wheeler Superdry edition!’ sports car, only 200 are being produced with the first having been launched at the 2011 Goodwood Festival of Speed.

The Morgan 3 Wheeler workshop is the exciting new addition to the Morgan Motor Company Guided Factory Tour. The guided factory tour lasts approximately 1½ hours taking visitors into all workshops to see the hand-making of a Morgan from very start to finish and combines traditional skills with cutting edge technology! The tour culminates in the Morgan museum where visitors may spend as long as they wish browsing the museum and watching the Morgan film. Guided tours are available Monday to Friday, the tour costs £10 per person and must be pre booked. Please contact Angela Hymas on 01684 584580 to book your visit! www.morgan-motor.co.uk

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Tel. 0333 456 8580 Fax. 01386 854350 www.farncombeestate.co.uk

FARM STAY WORCESTERSHIRE www.farmstayworcs.co.uk Wake up to the Country and enjoy a break in one of our unique farm and country properties offering Bed & Breakfast and Self Catering accommodation throughout the glorious Worcestershire countryside.

children at selected properties

Weekend Courses & Events in the Cotswolds

Shop & Eat Local – home grown, home made and locally sourced produce

Farncombe Estate is situated in the North of the Cotswolds just outside the picturesque village of Broadway.

Welcoming hospitality for business and leisure guests.

High quality – all assessed by Visit England or AA using nationally recognised Star rating system

We offer weekend leisure breaks, day courses and other events all year round in 300-acres of privately owned Cotswold parkland.

Family friendly - look out for Shaun the Sheep activity packs for the

For a copy of our brochure email: worcsfarmstay@yahoo.co.uk

The Farncombe course programme covers a very broad range of subjects - almost anything from Art to Zen!

Coach House Barn

MILL COTTAGE

Lisa and Nick Sheppy welcome you to their beautifully converted barn. This fully furnished, charming and comfortable accommodation boasts original beams and exposed brickwork

Mill Cottage is to be found at the end of a quiet winding lane about one mile from the A449 between Worcester and Ombersley and stands adjacent to the water mill which was producing flour for Worcester until the mid 1940s. It occupies a tranquil, rural situation between the Droitwich canal and the river Salwarpe and comes with fishing rights on the canal, the river and the mill pond. The centrally heated cottage sits in beautiful gardens with chickens that can provide fresh eggs and there is a private seating area to the side of the property. Smoking is not permitted and, regretfully, no pets are allowed.

Coach House Barn is a recently renovated self-catering barn conversion situated in the picturesque village of Defford, just a short drive from Pershore, in the heart of Worcestershire. Originally the coach house to Defford House it has a fascinating history, dating back to the 1830’s. Allegedly Queen Victoria’s Aunt Adelaide, the dowager Queen, would visit the house en-route to visit her relatives at Croome Court.

GROUND FLOOR Spacious living room and kitchen/diner separated by wooden settle. Comfortably furnished living area with window seat and TV and Wi-Fi. Fully equipped kitchen with microwave. FIRST FLOOR Master bedroom with super-king sized bed. Second bedroom with single bed (extra bed can be easily provided). Bathroom with bath, shower and lavatory. Bed linen and towels included.

Coach House Barn has been tastefully furnished with a combination of modern and antique furniture and there are original art works dotted all through the property. It has two double bedrooms both with en-suite bathrooms, suitable for a family or two couples sharing the property. Children are very welcome and a cot can be provided on advance booking together with a high chair and stair gates.

Coach House Barn, Defford House, Upton Road, Defford, Nr Pershore, Worcestershire, WR8 9BA

t. 01386 751955 e. info@coachhousebarn.co.uk

www.coachhousebarn.co.uk

Mildenham Mill, Egg Lane, Claines, Worcester WR3 7SA

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Discover the Malverns

The autumn and winter months are a great time to discover the Malverns. Walk in the countryside that inspired one of Britain’s greatest composers, Edward Elgar, and enjoy the crisp air and wonderful scenery that makes this area so special. If you have the energy you can walk from one end of the hills to the other and back again covering over 16 miles! For the less adventurous there are various walks and trails that offer a great experience of the English countryside at its best. Each of our local towns has a diverse nature with Victorian Spa town Malvern world renowned for its hills, water, Morgan Cars, showground and theatres. Tenbury Wells is famous for its links with the cider industry, mistletoe and fishing while Upton upon Severn’s fortunes were moulded by the river trade and its role as a battle site during the English Civil War and it is now known for its festivals and river cruises.

C.S. Lewis, was at school in Malvern, and later, along with contemporaries such as JRR Tolkien and WH Auden, returned frequently to walk the hills. It is understood that he used to enjoy a pint at the Unicorn pub in the centre of Great Malvern along with other literary friends. A warm welcome still awaits all visitors to the areas excellent pubs and hotels. Great Malvern is famous for its water spouts and wells and was once a spa centre made famous by doctors Gully and Wilson who started the famous

A CENTRAL LOCATION

The area today is even more popular as a visitor destination and acts as a great centre to explore the surrounding Herefordshire borders, the Cotswolds and the Shropshire Marches. There are many award winning Bed and Breakfast’s, Guesthouse and Farmstays, great hotels like the renowned Cottage in The Wood hotel on the side of the Malverns that has spectacular long distance views across the Severn Plain.

EVENTS THROUGHOUT THE SEASON

There are festivals and events taking place in all the towns throughout the year, but in Tenbury, the year really comes to a climax in October with its now famous Applefest when growers and brewers come together to celebrate the apple with many unusual

varieties on show. The festival is closely followed by the Mistletoe Season that starts in mid November and runs to Christmas and involves the UK’s largest mistletoe auctions, processions, music, drama and all things mistletoe. After a long year there’s nothing better than enjoying the fruits of the harvest. The Malvern Autumn Show at the Three Counties Showground takes place on 24th and 25th September. A show for food and gardening lovers, the event hosts a range of cookery demonstrations, gardening talks, vegetable displays, vintage tractors, crafts and a wide selection of shops. Some of the most prestigious musicians, poets, writers, film makers and other artists perform during Autumn every year at the Autumn in Malvern Festival. This year’s festival runs from 24th September until late October. Winter markets are a popular feature in Great Malvern, and the best is in December when the town holds its annual Christmas event. The streets come alive with entertainers, market stalls and excited children waiting for a glimpse of Santa. The Priory Church bells ring out and the smell of Christmas fills the air. Malvern has a host of quality shops, some with famous names but many independent and artisan businesses selling a variety of quality products. An ideal opportunity to kick-start your Christmas shopping. Upton is the festival capital of the district, hosting four major music events across the year covering folk, Jazz, blues and world music. The town also holds a winter Victorian market during the run-up to Christmas.

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Toposcope on the Beacon by Christopher Turner

INSPIRATIONAL PEOPLE

water cure treatments back in the 1840’s. Many key figures of the day such as Charles Darwin and Florence Nightingale visited the town to participate in these popular treatments. History has it, that patients were woken up at 5am, wrapped in wet sheets and given cold showers before being sent up the hills for exercise and to drink the water from St Ann’s Well. Malvern now has a modern spa and hotel facilities where you can relax and enjoy the benefits and a state of the art fitness suite without having to rise at 5am – unless you really want to!


Out and about

Toposcope on the Beacon by Christopher Turner

Malvern is home of the world famous Morgan Motor Company. The Visitor Centre is open daily and factory tours can be arranged. Call 01684 584580 for more details. Malvern Museum is situated in the medieval Abbey Gateway and is open from March to October. Other centres of interest include the 900 year old Priory Church with its superb medieval stained glass. If you like theatre and film, Malvern Theatres is the place to head for. Many potential West End productions get their first airings at the theatre. There are also great places to eat in Great Malvern with a wide choice to suit all tastes. Tenbury Wells is a charming border town which lies in an area known for growing hops and cider apples. It also has some very interesting architecture. The Pump Rooms, built in the 1860’s was once an exciting venture to turn the town into a major spa resort. Sadly it failed, but the building still remains and is now home to Tenbury Town Council. The mineral well that was part of the original spa is still in place.

Another must see monument and estate lies twelve miles out of Tenbury on the A443. Witley Court was one of the most palatial private houses in Europe and once the home to the Earl of Dudley. A fire in 1937 severely damaged the Court, but the shell of the building remains as do the wonderfully landscaped gardens with fountain and nearby church. Upton Upon Severn was once an important local port, as the river was navigable from the Severn Estuary up through Bristol and Gloucester. Ships and barges brought wealth to the town. Today the river still brings boats but in the form of narrow boats and river cruises which gives the town a visitor friendly feel. Upton has plenty to explore and discover and both the Tudor House Museum and the Upton Heritage Centre will offer the inquisitive an insight into the history of the town. Croome Court and park, designed by Capability Brown and Robert Adam for the Earl of Coventry is located just outside Upton. The house has had many occupiers and has been used as a school and also by Hare Krishnas. The serene landscape and lakeside are full of paths which stretch for miles, taking you on

a journey through 18th-century pleasure gardens to the evocative empty spaces of the magnificent mansion house. So much to do …..why not stay for a long weekend? Sample some of the best hotels and B&B’s in the region - from 5 star luxury to self-catering cottages. Great Malvern is an ideal base to discover the whole district and beyond. Visit one of the Tourist Information Centres listed below, where the friendly staff will only be too willing to assist your with maps, gifts and information on where to stay. Malvern Tourist Information Centre 01684 892289 Upton Tourist Information Centre on 01684 594200 Tenbury Wells Tourist Information Centre 01584 810136 www.visitthemalverns.org

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2011 Worcestershire Welcome Awards

Worcestershire Outstanding Customer Service Award Severn Valley Railway, Bewdley/ Kidderminster - www.svr.co.uk

2011 Worcestershire Welcome Awards The Worcestershire Welcome Awards are the only tourism awards in the country where visitors nominate tourism businesses rather than the businesses putting themselves forward. The businesses making it through to the award evening are the 'crème de la crop' in the visitors' opinion which is a great accolade to the Award Winners and those businesses who achieve Highly Commended.

Steam trains operate along this superbly restored branch line most weekends, and daily from May 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 JDR Leisure, Worcester www.jdrleisure.co.uk

Worcestershire Best Tourism Festival and Event

The Orchard Cafe, Worcester www.theorchardcafe.co.uk

Pershore Plum Festival www.pershoreplumfestival.org.uk Pershore goes plum crazy during August, culminating the Pershore Plum Fayre Day on August Bank Holiday Monday. Staged in and around the beautiful Georgian Town of Pershore this is a month long Festival filled with plum events which turns the town purple in its endeavors to celebrate this special fruit!

The 2011 Worcestershire Welcome Awards, now in its third year, took place on the evening of 17th June. It was hosted in the prestigious Member's Area at The Three Counties Show courtesy of The Showground, Malvern. Helen Wheels, presenter of Wyvern's Breakfast Show was the compeer for the evening and the event was attended by a variety of businesses and tourism representatives from the county.

Highly Commended Worcester Music Festival www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk

A big congratulation's goes out to all the winners and highly commended entries. Good luck in representing the region at the National Tourism Awards later this year.

British Asparagus Festival www.britishasparagusfestival.org

Worcestershire Sustainable Tourism Award

Worcestershire Self Catering Holiday of the Year

Broadway Manor Cottages, Broadway www.broadwaymanor.co.uk

Forest View Retreat, Nr. Kidderminster www.forestviewretreat.com

The award winning self catering Cotswold holiday cottages are located in a private rural setting in the peaceful extensive grounds of a Cotswold Manor House dating back to the 16th century in the beautiful village of Broadway.

Forest View Retreat is a small family run site of 2 luxury log cabins just for adults set right on the edge of the Wyre Forest in North Worcestershire. The cabins are 4 Star Gold Award rated situated in glorious countryside with wildlife abounds. Deer roam the fields along with foxes and other animals, insects and birds; there are even rare white deer!

Highly Commended The Orchard Cafe, Worcester www.theorchardcafe.co.uk The Commandery, Worcester www.worcestercitymuseums.org.uk

Highly Commended JDR Leisure, Worcester www.jdrleisure.co.uk Broadway Manor Cottages, Broadway www.broadwaymanor.co.uk

Worcestershire Business Tourism Award Cotswold Conference Centre, Broadway Ideally located in the Heart of England, Cotswold Conference Centre combines award winning facilities with absolute peace and quiet. The unique outdoor experiential learning and team building activities help delegates make the most of the beautiful 300 acre estate. Highly Commended Deer Park Hall, Pershore www.deerparkhall.co.uk

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2011 Worcestershire Welcome Awards

Worcestershire Visitor Attraction of the Year Cob House Fishery, Wichenford www.cobhousefisheries.co.uk The idyllic surroundings offer visitors time to relax to sit and enjoy the countryside from the spectacular Mayfly Café which overlooks some beautiful lakes and parkland. There are also many wonderful activities on site where visitors can explore the extensive site by taking a stroll along the many footpaths, wildflower meadow and the parkland which contains the timber trail play and a wildlife pool, Reindeer, Alpacas, Pigs, Chickens and Ducks. Most activities are free! Highly Commended Severn Valley Railway, Bewdley/Kidderminster www.svr.co.uk Worcestershire County Museum, Hanbury www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums

Tastes of Worcestershire Award The Orchard Cafe, Worcester www.theorchardcafe.co.uk The cafe, which is set within the stunning 100 acres of woodland and meadows that make up the award-winning Worcester Woods Country Park. The Orchard Cafe has a fantastic seasonal menu created from, wherever possible, organic, local sourced, sustainable and Fair Trade ingredients. There is a great range of delicious food available all day from the menu, a new range of Hot Wraps and the return of some very popular dishes and now a new range of vegetarian dishes to choose from, not forgetting your old favourites, freshly made soups and pasta and homemade cakes, including the Megalicious Chocolate Cake and Orchard's legendary Carrot Cake. Highly Commended Fusion Brasserie, Stoulton www.fusionbrasserie.com The Greenhouse Cafe, Holloways www.holloways.co.uk

Worcestershire B&B/Guest Accommodation of the Year Worcestershire Hotel of the Year

Tiltridge Farm & Vineyard, Nr. Upton upon Severn www.tiltridge.com

The Elms Hotel & Spa, Abberley www.theelmshotel.co.uk

This pretty farmhouse is warm and welcoming and is in a peaceful location set within its own vineyards, home to award winning wines produced under the Elgar Label.

The Elms Hotel & Spa is located in a Queen Anne mansion house set in glorious countryside with many bedrooms enjoying the stunning views of the beautiful gardens and the glorious Teme Valley beyond. The bedrooms have been sympathetically restored to their former glory with objects d'art, fluffy bathrobes and individual toiletries from Loccitane. The spa is a great place to relax and unwind and there is also an ofsted creche for the children with activities to keep them entertained.

The house has been restored to a high standard with three guest bedrooms, all en-suite. The breakfast room is part of the original timber-framed cottage whilst outside there is a spacious south facing terrace where you can enjoy a cup of tea or a glass of wine. A fantastic farmhouse breakfast is served with good quality local ingredients. The sausages are prize-winning "bangers" from Worcester, the bread and bacon come from Upton, the fresh fruit and apple juice from Clive's Fruit Farm next door and uses their own eggs and jams, jellies and marmalades. Highly Commended Overwood Bed and Breakfast www.overwood.net

Highly Commended The Evesham Hotel, Evesham www.eveshamhotel.com

Windrush House www.windrushhouse.com

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CHRISTMAS

Receive A Warm Worcestershire Welcome

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CHRISTMAS

A stay in Worcestershire this Christmas is sure to get you in the seasonal spirit. Worcestershire is the Christmas County! With a varied events calendar encompassing a mix of traditional and Christmas heritage with a charming selection of modern activities.

Specials on the Severn Valley Railway and many other Christmas activities aimed towards families, including the turning on of the Christmas lights in Worcester city and the towns across the county.

There are many Christmas Markets across the county where you can browse for ideas or purchase a special gift for a loved one. The Worcester Christmas Fayre is known as the leading Victorian-themed street market in the West Midlands. Hundreds of stalls fill the atmospheric streets of Worcester’s historic heart with the colours, sounds and scents of Christmas. From funky jewellery and quality home decorations to traditional roast chestnuts and mulled wine - a wonderful range of merchandise is waiting to be discovered within the local arts and craftsmaker area, international area, festive gifts area and the food court.

Worcestershire accommodation providers help to generate the seasonal enthusiasm by providing a warm and cosy atmosphere with log fires and hearty breakfasts. Many luxury hotels offer spa’s with a wide range of facilities, so you can decide to be as active or as relaxed as you like. Choose from warming up in the gym to heating up in the sauna, swimming indoors or relaxing outdoors in a hot tub.

There are many other traditional festivals and events including the pagan Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Festival which is home to the largest mistletoe auctions in the country. Carol services happen across the county and a visit to Worcester Cathedral is superb at this time of year. There are also Santa Safari’s at West Midland Safari and Leisure Park, Santa Steam

A lot of the hotel restaurants offer fine dining with top cuisine from around the world but cooked with only the finest seasonal local produce. Many Worcestershire hotels also have the additional benefit of having large wine cellars and therefore extensive wine lists which will please even the most discerning of wine connoisseurs. Stay in a rural farmhouse or a village bed and breakfast where you will be receive a warm welcome and a bumper breakfast or opt for privacy and seclusion in a quiet cottage or log cabin. Wherever you like to stay, you’ll find it in Worcestershire!

There are many food establishments across the county where you can enjoy a multi-cultural menu choice but at Christmas time, why not enjoy some traditional English cuisine at its best in one of Worcestershire’s pubs or restaurants, serving country fayre with the finest local ingredients. Please visit www.visitworcestershire.org/christmas

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COUNTRYSIDE

Autumnwatch

Autumn and Winter Walks in Worcestershire’s Countryside The Worcestershire Way This varied and inspired walk passes through marvelous landscape, climbing hills, crossing streams, standing up high with miles of glorious countryside stretching all around you, or down in a cool, tranquil valley by the water's edge, being serenaded by songbirds and the bubbling of the water. The plaintive call of wheeling Buzzards will be your companion as you twist and turn along scenic ridges and through ancient woodlands. Look up and admire them gliding effortlessly on thermals. This much loved walk starts in the fine Georgian town of Bewdley. Climbing the hill at Ribblesford, the route then winds through pleasant countryside to Heightington. From here you will find yourself in glorious remote countryside, with barely a building or road in sight. Passing the striking Victorian clock tower, the following climb up the steep Walsgrove Hill will be rewarded with breathtaking views across the Teme Valley. Old orchards and steep pastures are a feature of the limestone ridges that takes the path to Ankerdine Hill. Hop-yards line the route at Knightwick, with oast houses and half-timbered cottages around Suckley as you wander though ancient woodlands, alive with wildlife. Narrow country lanes and high hedges enhance the landscape as you approach Birchwood Common, where Sir Edward Elgar composed much of his music. The Malvern Hills are now tantalisingly close, as you head over Crumpton Hill, through more orchards laden with apples in autumn. With traditional country pubs dotted along the route and quaint villages and towns offering a variety of services for the walker, whatever time of year you are exploring the Worcestershire Way, it is sure not to disappoint. www.worcestershire.gov.uk/countryside

The Countryside Code ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■

Be Safe - plan ahead & follow any signs Leave gates and property as you find them Protect plants & animals Take your litter home Keep your dogs under close control Consider other people Try to stick to footpaths to avoid disturbing flora & fauna

Many of us enjoy nothing more than snuggling down on the sofa to watch Chris Packham and Kate Humble present BBC’s Autumnwatch and its Christmas spin-offs. So how about getting out and about to spot the wildlife yourself? Worcestershire Wildlife Trust owns and manages over 70 nature reserves, many of which are great for exploring during autumn and winter. Take Piper’s Hill and Dodderhill Commons nature reserve, near Bromsgrove. This 39 acre wood pasture is fantastic in the autumn. The reserve is home to over 240 veteran trees (around 3-400 years old) and more than 200 species of fungus have been recorded here. The Knapp and Papermill, in the west of the county, is one of the finest nature reserves in the Midlands with a mixture of orchard, river, meadows and woodland. Late butterflies can be seen feeding on rotting orchard fruit in autumn, followed by redwings and fieldfares later in the year. The brook-side alders attract flocks of long-tailed tits and siskins throughout the winter months. If you’re based in the south of the county then why not head to Tiddesley Wood, Pershore. This 200 acre woodland was once owned by the abbots of Pershore Abbey and it’s thought the area has been wooded for at least 6000 years. Choose a sunny but cold day to visit, wrap up warm, listen for birds foraging for food and enjoy the walk. Want to learn more? Visit www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk to check events and locations.

Piper’s Hill & Dodderhill Commons in autumn - Justin Heath

Worcestershire Walks by Julie Royle This 112-page fullcolour A4-size book contains 50 easy to moderate routes. Each walk is accompanied by a photograph, sketch map, directions and commentary about the scenery and history connected with it. Worcestershire Walks costs £6.99 and can be ordered by sending your name, address and a cheque for £8.24 (£6.99 plus £1.25 postage) to Worcestershire Walks, Berrows House, Hylton Road, Worcester WR2 5JX. Alternatively, to order by credit card telephone 01905 742333, or buy online at www.worcesternews.co.uk/walks. Allow 28 days for delivery.

Pocket Pub Walks in Worcestershire and The Malverns by Roger Noyce This book contains 15 circular routes varying in length from 3¼ to 6 miles in a handy sized format that fits neatly into the pocket. In addition to the clear, numbered route instructions, each walk section also includes a matching numbered map, details of distance and terrain, information on how to get to the start, places of interest along the way and, most importantly, a recommended pub serving good food. Published by Countryside Books www.countrysidebooks.co.uk Price £5.99 ISBN 978 1 84674 025 1

great outdoor IDEAS Besides walking and cycling there are a huge amount of other activities in the countryside which will help you to get the most enjoyment out of your visit to Worcestershire. Horse-riding www.kyre-equestrian.co.uk Fishing www.cobhousefisheries.co.uk Treetop Adventure www.goape.co.uk Painting www.paintwatercolours.co.uk

Boat Trip www.severnleisurecruises.co.uk Steam Railway Trip www.svr.co.uk Hire a Morgan Sports Car www.morgan-motor.co.uk Golf www.whartonpark.co.uk www.ravenmeadowgolf.co.uk Clay Pigeon Shooting, Water-sports, Quad Biking

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ARTS AND CULTURE

Pantomimes “Oh no it isn’t!” Worcester Live presents... JACK AND THE BEANSTALK 2011 Pantomime at The Swan Theatre 5th December 2011 to 4th January 2012 The Swan Theatre’s annual Christmas pantomime has become one of the ‘hottest tickets in town’ and Worcester Live is promising nothing less with this year’s production of Jack and the Beanstalk. Pantomime at The Swan Theatre promises great value for money and good clean family fun suitable for children, parents and grandparents of all ages. So start warming up those vocal chords for a performance packed full of high-quality acting, dancing, singing and laughter that will have the whole family screaming out “it’s behind you!” For more information or to book tickets visit www.worcesterlive.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01905 611427. Group booking available. More pantomimes happening across Worcestershire: Malvern Theatres presents... Peter Pan 16th December 2011 - 8th January 2012 www.malvern-theatres.co.uk The Palace Theatre, Redditch presents...Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 5th December 2011 - 31st December 2011 www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk Artrix, Bromsgrove presents... Beauty and the Beast 14th December 2011- 18th December 2011 www.artrix.co.uk The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster presents...Peter Pan 29th December 2012 – 7th January 2012 www.rosetheatre.co.uk More Theatres in Worcestershire: The Norbury Theatre www.norburytheatre.co.uk Number8 Community Arts Centre www.number8.org

Worcester Festival alive with the sound of music, arts AND entertainment!

Now in its seventh year, the annual Worcester Festival is a celebration of life in the faithful city and brings Worcester's streets alive each August. The Festival attracted around 200,000 people to the 540 events in 2011, many of which were free, offering activities for everyone. Not just arts or music events, but children’s events, garden events, dance, history, theatre, street theatre, markets, fireworks and much, much more. Of the 540 events scheduled for 2011, one of the all time favourites is the Worcester Beer, Cider and Perry Festival which itself attracted around 12,000 people over three days, and the rapidly growing Worcester Music Festival staged hundreds of live music gigs in pubs, clubs, cafes and right around the city over one weekend. Every third year the Festival lasts for three weeks rather than the normal two, as, in the first week, it goes back to its roots as the Fringe to the world-famous Three Choirs Festival, Europe’s oldest choral music festival. The Three Choirs Festival brings thousands of visitors to Worcester from around the globe, for a week-long feast of top quality choral music centred around events in Worcester’s magnificent Cathedral. Please visit www.worcesterfestival.co.uk for more information.

A Culinary Art Eckington Manor Cookery School If you’re a keen cook, be sure to book on to one of the courses at the renowned Eckington Manor Cookery School, fun and informative, there are plenty to choose from. 12th October 2011

French Provincial Cookery Course

27th October 2011

Exclusively Men Cookery Course

26th November 2011 Festive Breadmaking Cookery Course 10th December 2011 Fish Cookery Course - Prepare, Cook & Serve 4th February 2011

Knife Skills Cookery Course

For more details visit www.eckingtonmanorcookeryschool.co.uk

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worcestershire ACCOMMODATION

Victorian Mansion added to luxury hotel collection

Eden Hotel Collection, the group of awardwinning luxury country house hotels and restaurants privately owned by Sir Peter Rigby, has announced that they have taken ownership of Brockencote Hall Hotel, a Victorian country estate in Worcestershire. Brockencote Hall Hotel will add to the four-strong private portfolio of luxury hotels and restaurants that make up the Eden Hotel Collection. Already in the fold are Michelin starred Mallory Court in Leamington Spa, Buckland Tout-Saints in Devon, The Kings Hotel in Chipping Campden and the celebrated Arden Hotel in Stratford-upon-Avon, opened in partnership with The Royal Shakespeare Company in 2010. Brockencote Hall already has an enviable dining reputation across Worcestershire with two AA Rosettes for fine food, an accolade that the team at Eden are keen to build upon. Executive Chef Simon Haigh, who has recently been awarded his tenth Michelin Star for the Main Dining Room at Mallory Court Hotel, is lending his culinary expertise to the venture in order to take the existing food reputation at Brockencote to even higher heights. The hotel, set in 70 acres of grounds in the north Worcestershire countryside, is to undergo a complete renovation to bring it in line with the quality of the other hotels in the collection. Awardwinning interior designers Nicholas Hollinshead, who led the refurbishment of The Arden Hotel, look set to take the helm for the renovation project and restore Brockencote to its former glory. Please visit www.brockencotehall.com for more information.

Eckington Manor Special Offer If you like to relax on a winter break and put your feet up by the fire, then one of Eckington Manor’s beautiful bedrooms will serve you well. Housed within the original 12th Century hall house, milking parlour and cider mill are 15 lovingly converted and tastefully furnished ensuite bedrooms. Each room has been individually designed to offer the ultimate in comfort, some display exquisite hand embroidered silk wallpapers, some have rustic wood paneling and cast iron log burners, others simply show off the centuries old exposed timbers of the building. All of the rooms have Fired Earth bathrooms with The White Company toiletries and fluffy white towels, heated to the perfect temperature on warm towel rails. The comfortable beds are dressed with luxurious Siberian goose down bedding and Italian cotton linen, they are wonderfully inviting at the end of a long day. Eckington Manor are offering a complimentary room upgrade and welcome drink to all Visit Worcestershire Magazine readers Book online at www.eckingtonmanor.co.uk or by telephone on 01386 751600

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worcestershire ACCOMMODATION

Going

Women on their Bikes for Women V Cancer

Two new Worcestershire tourism businesses are 'Awaiting Grading' in the only national sustainable tourism certification programme, the Green Tourism Business Scheme, validated by VisitEngland. The scheme acknowledges those tourism businesses who are striving for their business to be ecofriendly. Destination Worcestershire is a key supporter helping businesses in the county to see the benefits of 'going green' which in turn educates visitors to act in a more sustainable way. The new businesses join the likes of West Midland Safari and Leisure Park, Ramada Hotel, Kidderminster, Menzies Stourport Manor, Cotswold Conference Centre, Broadway Manor Cottages and Hidelow House Cottages who are already accredited in the scheme.

Worcestershire Farm Stay member and keen horsewoman, Helen Hirons of The Durrance B&B and Self Catering cottages near Bromsgrove has swapped four legs for two wheels!

The Beckford Inn

Cowley House Bed and Breakfast, Broadway

The Beckford Inn, Nr. Tewkesbury

www.cowleyhouse-broadway.co.uk

www.thebeckford.com

Cowley House is a beautiful mid 17th century Cotswold stone house providing bed and breakfast accommodation in Broadway for over 20 years.

The Beckford Inn is a stunning 18th Century Inn offering great food and accommodation in the northern Cotswolds.

Together with her friends, Jane Fellows and Alison Griffiths, they are cycling 400km in five days in November through the Rift Valley, Kenya starting from the slopes of Mount Kenya and finishing at the shores of Lake Victoria to raise money for Women V Cancer (Breast, Ovarian and Cervical cancers). Following the bike ride they get to visit an elephant orphanage in the Nairobi National Park. Training is progressing well and an “Out of Africa” event in July raised more than £5,500 towards the cause. £200 has also been collected by Farm Stay at shows through public donation and the Worcestershire group will be holding a “Sunday Lunch” fundraising event in September. If you would like to make a contribution you can go online: www.justgiving.com/ helen-hirons or send it to Helen Hirons, The Durrance, Berry Lane, Upton Warren, Bromsgrove B61 9EL For up to date news go to our Blog on www.farmstayworcs.co.uk

Cowley House

Romantic Enjoy a romantic break away in Worcestershire this Valentine’s Day! Worcestershire is abound with countryside where you can hideaway and appreciate the company of your loved one in peace, quiet and tranquillity. Choose from a wide range of self catering options from secluded cottages to luxurious log cabins where you can be alone or you can choose a country house hotel where you can put your feet up and do nothing but enjoy the facilities on offer. Please visit www.visitworcestershire.org/valentines to find out about special offers for Valentine’s Day.

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Peace Haven invites you to sample the hospitality of the region in seven converted barn cottages, luxuriously appointed for self catering comfort, at the foot of the Cotswolds We will be glad to give you any information we can, whatever it is that you wish to do. Completely flexible in our approach to your holiday whether it is for a short or long weekend or a midweek booking.large group booking welcome,ideal for families, weddings, birthdays, anniversarys and friends Children and animals welcome

Fiona invites you to sample the hospitality of the region in seven newly converted barn cottages, luxuriously appointed for self catering comfort, sleeping two to four guests A chair/bed is available (more suitable for children) to increase capacity to five persons. Peace Haven is situated on the outskirts of the rural village of Honeybourne (literally ‘place of honey by the stream’), on the doorstep of the Cotswolds. The railway station (Cotswold Line) is three minutes from your door, with a regular service to Oxford (45min) and Worcester (35min) for connections to the North and South-west. As well as having a direct service to London Paddington (via Oxford, 1h 40min) there are many charming Cotswold villages to explore with stations or bus connections along this line. Honeybourne is between Evesham and Broadway, easily reached by car from all directions, and there is onsite parking. Honeybourne village is only five minutes walk away with a post office, garage, shops for all your domestic needs – food, beverages, fresh local produce, and it has two friendly pubs that serve great home-cooked meals.

Peace Haven Holiday Lets, Peace Farm, Honeybourne, Nr Evesham, Worcestershire WR11 8QQ Telephone: 01386 832785 Mobile: 07721 596823 Email: peace.haven@btconnect.com Web: www.peacehavenlets.co.uk

FOR A REAL ‘AWAY FROM IT ALL’ HOLIDAY... In a gloriously rural setting, our luxury Scandinavian Lodges offer you the peace and tranquillity of our 25 acre landscaped grounds, superb views over the surrounding countryside – and the relaxed and friendly environment of the family run Woodside Lodges Country Park. With a backcloth of over 100 acres of mixed woodland, care has been taken to preserve and enhance the surrounding environment by providing a wild flower and natural woodland area, encouraging an abundance of wildlife. This compliments the pools and waterfalls where coarse fishing, or a relaxing summer evening picnic can be enjoyed, taking in the spectacular views of unspoiled Herefordshire. To widen the option of accommodation, we now include a specially adapted barn for individuals or walkers and cyclists, and a small touring caravan and camping site. Pets welcome.

Falcon Lane, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2JN

Tel: 01531 670269 www.woodsidelodges.co.uk

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FOOD AND DRINK

The Beckford Inn Is A Winner

Recipe

The Beckford Inn & Restaurant sits on the northern edge of the beautiful Cotswolds, a stunning traditional top award winning 18th century Coaching Inn set in open countryside just off the A46. This year The Beckford Inn have won two amazing awards – West Country Free House of the Year covering all of the South West and Les Routiers Country Retreat for the whole of the UK!! See why when you join them in the excellent restaurant with talented Chef’s using the finest, freshest, local produce. The Inn is famous for seasonal specialities from the earliest, Evesham Asparagus to great steaks from local Hereford Beef! The Inn even grows many of their own fruits and vegetables! Find The Beckford Inn for Breakfast, Lunch, Cream Teas, a Gourmet Meal, or stay longer in one of their comfortable Guest Rooms. Relax in the lovely restaurant, beautiful gardens or traditional pub bar, all with great food, fine wines and real ales. The Beckford Inn - Great British Country Inn & Restaurant!

Gourmet Life Midlands based dining club, offering ‘Lifestyle for Less’ savings at some of the regions’ top eateries, as well as gourmet experiences, cooking with chef, and food shopping. For more information visit www.gourmet-life.co.uk

Please call 0845 641 1540 and speak to one of the Destination Worcestershire team or email tastes@ visitworcestershire.org.

Preparation Time: 10 min Serves 4 4 -6 tbsp Ale-Gar, plus extra for drizzling 4 x 125-150g (5-6oz) fillet steaks 2 large courgettes, thinly sliced diagonally 2 peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks 2 red onions, sliced into wedges 4 tbsp olive oil Salt and freshly ground black pepper Parsley sprigs, to garnish 

‘Tastes of Worcestershire’

To celebrate Worcestershire’s produce you can order a copy of the Worcestershire Food and Drink Trail which will take you on a gastronomic tour of Worcestershire.

Ale-Gar Marinated Fillet Steaks with Char-grilled Vegetables Ingredients:

Please visit www.thebeckford.com

Worcestershire has a variety of local food and drink producers including farms growing an array of fresh produce as well food and drink manufacturers located across the county. Many food and drink establishments serve local produce ensuring an authentic Worcestershire tourism experience.

Worcestershire-based Alan Coxon, “The Food Archaeologist”, has established a reputation as one of the world’s favourite TV chefs and presenters thanks to his exceptional culinary talent and unparalleled knowledge for the earliest origins of ingredients. Alan is one of the Worcestershire Food Ambassadors helping to promote Worcestershire’s local food and drink produce to an international audience. You can source most of the ingredients from Worcestershire food and drink producers www.tastes.org.uk

Method:

Be Entertained at Bridges

1 Spoon the Ale-Gar into a shallow nonmetallic dish. Add the fillet steaks, turning them to coat. Cover and leave to marinate for 30-40 minutes, turning once.

The autumn and winter line up is now complete at Bridges Carvery and Entertainment Venue, Hindlip Lane, Worcester.

2 Heat a char-grill pan or grill. Put the courgettes, peppers and red onions into a bowl and add 2 tbsp olive oil, tossing them to coat. Char-grill or grill the vegetables in batches until tender and lightly browned. Set aside and keep warm.

Fabulous premiere shows include Jimmy Jermain performing as Cliff Richard, direct from the West End show Cliff the Musical on Saturday 1st October 2011. A great value for money evening including a two course carvery meal for just £15!

3 Drain the marinade from the meat, then add the remaining olive oil, tossing the steaks to coat them. Char-grill or grill the steaks for 3-4 minutes per side, or until done to your liking. 

Stagedoor Productions presents the 8th in the fabulous, exclusive series of who-dunnit murder mysteries on October 29th. A Coffin of Murder, which will also include The Phantom and a bevy of beautiful vampires to compliment Halloween. At only £8 per person including a main course carvery, no wonder advance tickets are again making this popular evening a hit!

4 Serve the steaks and vegetables on warm plates. Season with a little salt and pepper, then drizzle a little extra Ale-Gar over them. Garnish with parsley sprigs.  Alan`s tip: Try this recipe with venison steaks instead of beef. For more recipes from Alan Coxon please visit www.alancoxon.com

Bridges very own Paul Goodhead, the entertainer whose comedy and swing style vocalising is again presenting a one night show on 24th September in aid of cancer charities. His new show will be packed full of comedy and song and a guest artist. His new album will also be released that night again with proceeds to charity. Also look out for the fabulous "Ultimate" tribute shows of Grease, Meatloaf meets Rocky Horror (with Terry Nash) and Saturday Night Fever. www.bridgesentertainmentvenue.weebly.com

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NORTH WORCESTERSHIRE

Seasonal fun Stourport-on-Severn

Stunning countryside, picture postcard villages and a wealth of attractions in the bustling towns of Bewdley, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Redditch and Stourpourt-on-Severn, make North Worcestershire an ideal destination for a stress-free autumn getaway or a fun day out this winter. Described by many as ‘quintessential England’, the area offers a diverse range of activities designed to suit all ages and tastes, whatever the weather. “Whether you’re looking for a cost-effective way to keep the children entertained, a day trip or even weekend away, North Worcestershire is an ideal destination for a relaxing break,” said Amanda Sunter, chair of the North Worcestershire Tourism Association. “As well as exquisite manor houses like Hanbury Hall, Hartlebury Castle and Harvington Hall, the area boasts a stunning network of canals and some

of the country’s most beautiful scenery, including Bodenham Arboretum and Arley Arboretum – both of which are spectacular in the autumn. “We’ve also got several unique museums such as Avoncroft in Bromsgrove and The Transport Museum at Wythall, plus nationally acclaimed attractions like the West Midland Safari Park and the Severn Valley Railway.” With so many things to see and do it’s no surprise that North Worcestershire is a popular choice for families and outdoor enthusiasts. Walkers will enjoy the North Worcestershire Path which runs from Bewdley to Majors Green. Taking in a range of scenery and offering superb views of the Clee and Lickey Hills, the path winds its way past reservoirs and sites of historical interest including an 18th century folly at Adams Hill and an Iron Age hill fort.

Wildlife abounds and during the autumn you may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of ospreys fishing amongst the sailing boats. Upper Bittell reservoir is also a nationally important home for waterfowl with plenty to inspire any ‘twitcher’. Those seeking a higher-octane outing can take a tree top walk in the ancient Wyre Forest thanks to the ‘Go Ape’ experience which combines zip wires and wooden walkways with breathtaking scenery. Alternatively, archery, shooting and outdoor laser tag sessions are on offer at Chaddesley Corbett and Hanbury courtesy of Marksman Leisure. The area is great for cycling, fishing and horseriding and golf enthusiasts can take advantage of the picturesque 18 hole championship golf course at Wharton Park which has been cleverly designed around a 43 acre Royal Forest. Other leisure facilities include a national standard

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NORTH WORCESTERSHIRE

BMX track at Redditch and two Green Flag award winning parks - Morton Stanley and Arrow Valley Country Park. But it’s not just the beautiful countryside and the wealth of outdoor attractions that draw in the visitors. North Worcestershire’s five principal towns offer plenty to keep the winter chills at bay. Nestling on the banks of the River Severn and on the edge of the ancient Wyre Forest, Bewdley is a picturesque Georgian town with an attractive shopping and riverside area.

1st October - 2nd October 2011, which features a parade of heavy horse-drawn vehicles on 1st October 2011 and a chance to experience medieval life courtesy of the Wythe Retinue, the Bewdley Festival of music and arts which runs from 7th October 2011 – 16th October 2011 and a Pumpkin Festival on 30th October 2011. The town also runs a Christmas Craft Fair from 17th December – 18th December 2011 at Bewdley Museum.

Home to one of the country’s largest inland river regattas, the town has always been an important river crossing, with the first Bewdley Bridge being constructed in 1447.

Another popular Bewdley attraction is the West Midland Safari & Leisure Park. A great day out whatever the weather, it will be running its ‘Spooky Spectacular’ from 15th October - 30th October 2011, Wild Winter Weekends from 6th November 2011 – February 2012 and special Santa Safaris from 26th November - 24th December 2011.

Every year, it plays host to a wide range of fun packed events. These include a Harvest Fair on

Like Bewdley, Stourport-on-Severn is famed for its watery links. The River Severn (the UK’s longest

river), the River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal surround and intersect the town, creating a range of leisure opportunities on and by the water. The award winning restored canal basins provide a tranquil place to kick back and relax, although this October you could be in for a shock as the town is hosting a spooky Halloween Weekend on 29th October – 30th October 2011 complete with Halloween Town Trail and ghoulish local history. Spooky activities are also on offer throughout the October half term at nearby Hartlebury Castle and on 16th October 2011 the Castle will be hosting a Country Festival featuring traditional cider making, rural craft demonstrations, dancing, local produce and much more. Another venue offering fun and scares in equal measure is Forge Mill Museum in Redditch.

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NORTH WORCESTERSHIRE Atmospheric at any time of year, during October, the museum will be giving visitors the chance to get ready for Halloween with a ghoulish evening ghost tour that’s guaranteed to make your hair stand on end. The spooky experience will include a tour of the old mill, which is home to the UK’s national needle museum and nearby Bordesley Abbey – a ruined Cistercian monastery built in 1140. Pumpkin carving workshops are also on offer for children on 26th October 2011. If ghosts aren’t your thing, Forge Mill is holding a Victorian Christmas Craft fare on 4th December 2011 or you can visit Redditch town centre which boasts a bustling high street and the Kingfisher Centre home to a range of leading stores. For those after a more unusual Christmas present, the nearby Jinney Ring Craft Centre in Hanbury offers a selection of unique gifts designed and made by local craftspeople. Visitors can watch artists ranging from potters and glass blowers to jewellers and chocolatiers working in their on-site studios and there’s a great farmhouse restaurant offering lunches and cakes to die for. The largest town in North Worcestershire – Kidderminster – is also known for its craftsmanship. Famous throughout the world for the production of quality, woven carpets, the town is ideally situated for anyone looking to enjoy the nearby Wyre Forest or the delights of the historic Severn Valley Railway. Visitors can take a trip down memory lane on one of the country’s best examples of a working steam railway or check out the terror-fuelled ghost train, which will depart from Kidderminster station at 7:00pm on 22nd, 28th and 29th October 2011, whisking passengers on a dark and spooky ride through the pitch black countryside. The Railway’s Santa Steam Specials are also a festive way to entertain the whole family, with children receiving a special Christmas gift from Santa in his Grotto at Arley. If history appeals, two other venues definitely worth a visit are Avoncroft Museum and Hanbury Hall. Situated in the heart of Bromsgrove, Avoncroft is a fascinating museum of historic buildings spanning seven centuries, all of which have been rescued from imminent destruction and carefully rebuilt timber by timber or brick by brick on a beautiful open-air site. Like Avoncroft, Hanbury Hall is also set within picturesque grounds and with over 400 acres of gardens and parkland to explore, this 18th century National Trust property is a feast for the eyes. Visitors keen to experience life in 1911 can take a journey back in time on 15th October – 16th October 2011 to celebrate the Golden Wedding Anniversary of two of Hanbury Hall’s former residents - Sir Harry and Lady Georgina. October is also a ghostly time at the Hall with a Halloween Lantern workshop on 28th October 2011, where children of all ages can design and create scary lanterns and spooky masks. Alternatively, youngsters can get involved in a Halloween activity weekend on 29th October - 30th October 2011 and a variety of creative activities will be on offer including face painting.

For those who actually want to get ‘hands on’ with pumpkins, you can visit the award winning Webbs Garden Centre which is just down the road from Hanbury Hall at Wychbold. Webbs will be running pumpkin scooping workshops during half term and later in the year, children can visit the centre’s magical Christmas grotto complete with elves and a spectacular toy warehouse. “All in all, it’s clear to see that North Worcestershire is definitely worth a visit,” said Amanda Sunter. “Our exciting and entertaining events will definitely help beat the winter blues and thanks to the wealth of restaurants, hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and camping and caravanning sites we’ve got, finding a place to recharge your batteries couldn’t be easier.” For more information on any of the events listed, please visit the relevant tourist information centres, the websites of the individual destinations or www.visitnorthworcestershire.co.uk.

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Visit England 4 star accommodation

Whitewells Farm Cottages On the edge of the picturesque hamlet of Ridgeway Cross is Whitewells Farm. It is situated 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 is the perfect base for all types of holiday. While Whitewells Farm has the feeling of being 'in the middle of nowhere' it is actually 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 across the picturesque countryside and its ever-changing landscape. Whitewells Farm cottages are properties which were originally converted from farm buildings and

T: +44 (0)1886 880607

barns in 1978 into individual homes. They feature exposed beams, half-cruck trusses and some have vaulted ceilings and beamed room divisions. The cottages differ in size and character and have all been rated as 4 star self catering accommodation by the Visit England Tourist Board. Each cottage has its own area for parking with additional parking if needed. The cottages which sleep from two to six people can be booked individually or together in any combination to take up to 24 people. We have a two acre wooded area suitable for dog exercising and for guests to enjoy the panoramic rural views. There are also 3 garden areas in addition to the woods which guests may like to use to relax in. Laundry facilities are available for guests to use.

Whitewells Farm, Ridgeway Cross, Cradley, Nr Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 5JR

E: whitewellsfarm@gmail.com www.whitewellsfarm.co.uk

Bistro (Fully Licensed) Mon-Thurs 9.30-4.00 (Bank hols 10.00-3.00) Fri 9.30-5.00, Sat 8.30-5.00, Sun 10.00-2.30

Snacks, breakfasts, lunches and cakes are all homemade. We use as much seasonal, locally sourced and free range produce as possible.

Balcony Cafe (Licensed with Food) Mon-Sat 9.30-4.30

Fairtrade espresso coffee, teas and herbal teas available. Local cider, Malvern Hills Beer, English Wine and many more. Come and try it for yourself.....

G I N G E R P I G Cafe Bar & Bistro 9 Copenhagen Street, Worcester Telephone 01905 338913

www.scoresonthedoors.org.uk

BALCONY CAFE City Art Gallery & Museum Foregate Street, Worcester Telephone 01905 724488

www.littlegingerpig.co.uk

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Arley Arboretum is one of the oldest privately owned arboretums in Great Britain. It boasts more than 300 species of trees informal plantings and gardens. Nesting in the Severn Valley and overlooking the the river, it has been growing and maturing in this idyllic setting for two centuries. Spring in Arley is a magical time of growth and renewal. A carpet of spring flowering bulbs drives away the winter gloom. The arboretum is filled with birdsong and the bustling activity of its many residents. Explore the stunning magnolia garden and enjoy the Azaleas and Rhododendrons in bloom. In summer the herbaceous borders in the walled garden and the planters in the Italian Garden are a riot of colour. A wonderful new fountain forms the centerpiece of the Italian Garden with a centre jet height of 18 feet and is surrounded by smaller jets. Autumn is a wonderful time of year in the arboretum. The leaves turn a kaleidoscope of colours, and covers the ground with a rich and exotic carpet. Visitors can enjoy the spectacle of the acers in their autumn glory and the Barbican Tower with its scarlet waistcoat and fine display provided throughout the arboretum.

Tel: 01299 861368 www.arley-arboretum.org.uk

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Hill Farm House

RHYDD BARN M A LV E R N ,

W O R C E S T E R S H I R E

Outstanding 4-Star Gold Award barn conversion with spacious accommodation on three floors and views of the Malvern Hills.

Superbly appointed rural Bed & Breakfast accommodation in Farmhouse and converted Barn. Spacious en suite rooms with King size beds. Freshly cooked locally sourced Full English breakfast. Beautiful views of the Worcestershire countryside. Quality in Tourism 4 Star Silver Award for high quality accommodation and customer service. Ideal location for Worcester, Stratford upon Avon, Evesham, Pershore, Malvern & The Cotswolds. Small family run business with a warm welcome.

An 1850s stone barn built out of Malvern granite sympathetically restored to a light, open and airy style across three levels. There is gas central heating throughout, tiled and wooden floors and white walls interspersed with pine beams and black iron work. Rhydd Barn is ideally suited to accommodate two persons.

For availability and to book contact Rosemary Boaz on 01223 830591 or email info@rhyddbarn.co.uk

Proprietor; Mr James Wall T; 01386 793159 E; enquiries@hillfarmhouse.co.uk www.hillfarmhouse.co.uk Address; Hill Farm House, Dormston Lane, Nr Inkberrow, Worcester, WR7 4JS.

www.rhyddbarn.co.uk

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SPORTS

Worcester Warriors

“The club is celebrating being back playing in the Aviva Premiership, the top-flight of the English game, after securing promotion in May”

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SPORTS

Gourmet Life

No visit to Worcestershire during Rugby World Cup year would be complete without a visit to Sixways Stadium, home to the professional rugby union side Worcester Warriors and a venue that dominates the skyline for those travelling up and down the M5 corridor.

Warriors’ promotion is also set to benefit businesses across the county and Gary Woodman, policy manager at Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce, admits the county’s economy will be boosted as rugby followers pour into the region.

The club is celebrating being back playing in the Aviva Premiership, the top-flight of the English game, after securing promotion in May and big names from around the rugby world and big crowds are now a regular occurrence once again at the venue.

“Things like hotels and restaurants will benefit from the increased number of visiting fans, and the county as a whole will benefit from the increased exposure and national identity we will have, not just in terms of rugby,” he said.

The Warriors have enjoyed unprecedented success over the last two decades as the club rocketed up the league system and began its transformation into the power of the English game that it has now become. The club’s legion of dedicated fans hope recent relegation from the English elite was just a minor bump on a successful road and under the guidance of Head Coach Richard Hill and Forwards Coach Phil Davies the team secured promotion in 2011. The future again looks bright for this ambitious and always growing sorting outfit. Visitors to Sixways this season can now look forward to watching the very best players from around the world play in both the Aviva Premiership and also the Amlin Challenge Cup and LV= Cup competitions. French giants Stade Francais Paris, one of the most celebrated and successful clubs in European rugby are one of the first teams on the cup agenda under the floodlights in November. Warriors’ immediate return to the top-flight this season will secure a significant increase in funding for the club as well as focusing more attention on sport in Worcester, which Chairman Cecil Duckworth OBE hopes will benefit all visitors. He said: “I am very happy and proud of the team for winning promotion, and I’m happy for the supporters who have been marvellous throughout this period. Worcester is a sporting city and deserves success, and I am proud we were able to bring it. Success in sport breeds good feeling and I hope a lot of people will benefit from that across the city and beyond. “We will average crowds of about 10,000 this coming season, as opposed to the 6,000 we have had, and boxes and hospitality and things like that will all be full, so that is good. The future development of the ground and the team will all be able to move on at a much greater pace now.”

“It is very difficult to break into the top four in the Aviva Premiership, but qualification for the Heineken Cup would take this all one step further, with people coming over from other countries and spending their money throughout Worcestershire.” Worcester MP Robin Walker has also hailed the team’s achievement, having watched the final against Cornish Pirates, and added: “Cecil Duckworth deserves special thanks from everyone in Worcester. We are rightly proud to have him as a freeman of the city and his achievements are clear for all to see.” Visitors to the region can visit the home of the Warriors any day of the week – not just match days – as there is always something going on. A truly inspirational multi-purpose venue, which is used 24/7, 365 days of the year, the doors of the 65-acre complex are almost never shut and it is now regarded as one of the country’s most exciting, dynamic and versatile venues. Situated within striking distance of Junction 6 of the M5 and only a 15 minute drive from Worcester city centre, the 12,024 capacity stadium is simple to get to with strong transport links from around the city on match days. Since the professional era in rugby, the stadium has also undergone a number of facelifts, firstly with the new West Stand, with indoor training centre, followed by the impressive South Stand and, most recently, the state-of-the-art Slick Systems Stand which holds 6,000 people on match days. A busy conference and banqueting venue, it is not just rugby fans that arrive at Sixways. But if top class rugby is what you are after, look no further that an afternoon supporting the Warriors. “The Premiership is an uncompromising league, but the confidence we will get from winning constantly this season is important. We need to take it and bottle it up,” concluded Head Coach Richard Hill.

“Our fans have been fantastic over the last 12 months and create a really special and memorable atmosphere at Sixways. We would love for even more to come and join us on a match day and make it another special season with the Warriors.” Tickets for all matches are available by calling the Warriors Box Office on 01905 454183 or by visiting the club’s website at www.warriors.co.uk. Make your trip to Sixways extra special and enjoy a dining package. Call the club’s commercial team for more information or email sales@warriors.co.uk

HOME FIXTURES AT SIXWAYS 2011 Worcester Warriors v Sale Sharks Saturday, 3/9/11 3:00PM Worcester Warriors v Harlequins Saturday, 24/9/11 3:00PM Worcester Warriors v Northampton Saints Friday, 30/9/11 7:45PM Worcester Warriors v London Wasps Saturday, 15/10/11 3:00PM Worcester Warriors v London Wasps Friday, 28/10/11 7:45PM Worcester Warriors v Stade Francais Thursday, 10/11/11 7:45PM Worcester Warriors v Bath Rugby Friday, 25/11/11 7:45PM Worcester Warriors v Bucharesti Wolves Saturday, 17/12/11 3:00PM Worcester Warriors v Leicester Tigers Tuesday, 27/12/11 3:00PM

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SPORTS

It’s official: Worcester chosen for London 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route The world’s most prolific sporting event came a little closer to home with the exciting announcement that the famous Olympic Flame will be carried through the streets of Worcester in the final run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games. The city joins Birmingham, Coventry and Stoke-onTrent as one of the four West Midlands locations selected to host the Olympic Flame. The Olympic Torch Relay will arrive in Worcester on Thursday 24th May 2012 and a series of torchbearers will carry the flame through the city’s historic streets to the venue for a special evening celebration, creating a little bit more history for this famous city along the way . The torch will remain in the city overnight, while Worcester celebrates with an impressive community event which will showcase local talent, culture and heritage. Worcester is one of 66 Evening Celebration locations across the UK confirmed by the London 2012 Organising Committee of the Olympic and

Paralympic Games (LOCOG). The evening events will offer thousands of people the opportunity to come together and get involved in celebrations and share in the Olympic spirit. As part of the events LOCOG and the Presenting Partners, Coca-Cola, Lloyds TSB and Samsung, will stage exciting entertainment shows where a cauldron will be lit from the Olympic Flame, marking the end of the day’s proceedings. The Olympic Flame will arrive in the UK from Greece on Friday 18 May 2012 and the 70 day Torch Relay will start at Land’s End, Cornwall on the morning of the 19 May 2012. On leaving Land’s End, the Olympic Flame is expected to travel an estimated 8,000 miles across the UK, giving thousands of communities and individuals their moment to shine as the Olympic Flame comes to their doorstep. The Olympic Flame will arrive at the Olympic Stadium on 27 July 2012 for the lighting of the cauldron at the Opening Ceremony,

signifying the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games. More information about the Torch, the route and the evening celebration will be announced over the coming months. To keep up to date check out the LOCOG website at www.london2012.com and for local information www.visitworcester.com

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SPORTS AND LEISURE

BBC Countryfile Makes a Speedy Visit

The Midland Automobile Club recently welcomed the BBC Countryfile programme to Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb which is the worlds oldest motor sport venue still in operation. The first event was held on 12th August 1905 and meetings have been staged every year since with the exception of the War years. The Countryfile show was broadcast on the 7th August and the BBC say it attracted an amazing peak audience of seven million people!

New presenter Clare Balding was shown how to tackle the famous hill by Shelsley Walsh resident and hill climb expert Simon Durling. Later a timed race was staged between Clare and co-presenter James Wong who was driven by the ultimate expert, Shelsley Walsh outright record holder and four times British Climb Champion Martin Groves. James cheated slightly with Martin piloting their Jaguar XF-R Le Mans as he has never driven a car in his life!

The programme also featured MAC members and Shelsley Walsh competitors who expressed their love for the place and the events that happen there. This is not the first time that Shelsley Walsh has featured on the BBC, the original radio station chose Shelsley for the first ever live motor sport outside broadcast in history as far back as 1932! Next season's dates will be displayed on www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk

Golf in Worcestershire There are a variety of golf courses around the county offering a challenge for both the keen enthusiast and the hardened pro and each course has it’s own particular charm. Whether you love a windswept links course or are more at home on a sedate tree lined course, there are many private and municipal courses to choose between welcoming visiting golfers. Please ensure you call ahead to book to avoid disappointment. www.visitworcestershire.org/golf

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Wychavon

The Blossom Trail

The Vale of Evesham and its surrounding villages are some of the most productive horticulture land in the country, famous for their plums, pears and apples. Between mid March and mid May come and experience the beauty of the Spring Blossom, when the road sides are ablaze with colour. The blossom trail allows visitors to witness the best of the blossom that the vale has to offer, whilst travelling through the most delightful villages. The Blossom trail has been carefully designed with blossom in mind; so this spring time follow those AA signs along the beautiful 45 mile route, and experience these breathtaking sights for yourself. The region has been famous for its fruit growing since medieval times, and by the 19th century fruit growing had become a paramount industry for the Vale. Many new varieties of fruit were produced, including the famous Pershore Yellow Egg Plum. Nowadays the plum and apple blossom are the most common sight along the Blossom Trail. The white plum and damsons are the first to appear in this natural ‘work of art’, followed by the white pear and the pink apple around10-14 days later, depending upon the weather. The most common variety of apple is Bramley, Cox and Discovery, but newer varieties such as Gala are grown locally. The most common types of plum available are Victoria and Marjorie Seedling. Older varieties such as Heron and Monarch are still growing, but in much smaller quantities. The plum is an important fruit to Worcestershire; they even hold an annual Plum Festival in Pershore throughout

August. A time where the picturesque town turns purple to celebrate the proud commitment that town still has for its fruit growing heritage. As you explore the Blossom Trail, there are many opportunities to sample delicious home cooked food. There are also many farm shops on route to satisfy your craving for the great outdoors, many of them with their own tearooms. To experience the full beauty of the blossom trail including the sensual smell of the flourishing blossom, why not try one of our Blossom Trail walks. There are three different walks to choose from, a leisurely 3 mile route to suit those who enjoy walks with open views of the countryside. Alternatively why not try the 4.5 mile route to appreciate extensive views of the Vale of Evesham and the distant Cotswold’s. For the more ambitious try our 6 miles route, walking through Tiddesly wood, where the famous Pershore Yellow Egg Plum was first discovered in 1827. Why not join us for the Blossom Trail Bikeaway that takes place in April, a fantastic family day out. Come and join to experience the ‘blooming’ Vale of Evesham, whilst raising money for St John ambulance. With four exciting routes to choose from, it caters for all ages and capabilities, perfect for getting the family together - An event not to be missed. If all that sounds a bit too strenuous for your relaxing break in the Vale, why not enjoy a fabulous day out on one of the ‘Springtime in the Vale Coach Tours’ – these take place throughout April. Complete with a local

blossom guide providing an historical and enjoyable trip, whilst highlighting the best view points. Planning a group event? Then book a tour guide to really enhance your visit. Specializing in the Blossom Trail and the local area, they will definitely make your journey around the Vale of Evesham one to remember. Evesham has much more than blossom trails to offer you – why not head to Evesham Country Park, situated in the heart of the blossom trail, which offers a truly perfect location for a fun filled family day out. You might wish to join one of the guided tours of Evesham. There are regular short walks around the old town and the Abbey, a perfect opportunity to learn all about this historic town.. The River Avon is another must see sight – with a variety of boats available, either for hire or pleasure cruises, the riverside has something for everyone. You have the opportunity to see wildlife and other attractions which are not visible from the road. Wanting to extend your stay? The Vale of Evesham offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all budgets, family holidays or romantic breaks away. Worcestershire as a whole has a huge amount to offer visitors throughout the year; from the British Asparagus Festival, Droitwich Spa Salt Day and the Award winning Pershore Plum Festival. Your visit will defiantly be an enjoyable one at Worcestershire, with The Blossom Tour just one of many places to visit during your stay. www.worcestershires-heritage-garden.org

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Wychavon

“Between mid March and mid May come and experience the beauty of the Spring Blossom, when the road sides are ablaze with colour�

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www.thepembridge.co.uk

LittleGroveStable

Welcome to the Pembridge, a friendly family-run Guest House providing accommodation ideally situated in the heart of Great Malvern.

The stable is a ground floor holiday cottage, ideally situated for exploring Gloucestershire, Worcestershire and Herefordshire. Short breaks available – Ideal for couples

Located within easy walking distance of the town centre, theatre, restaurants and the hills, the Pembridge offers 8 double/twin bedrooms in this sympathetically restored Victorian villa (built 1868).

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Destination Worcestershire Autumn/Winter Prize Draw

Win a Stay at Hanbury Hall (National Trust) You can feel like the Lord or Lady of the Manor by winning a three night stay at Hanbury Hall, a property owned by the National Trust. Built in 1701, this William and Mary Style house has two self catering apartments located on the 2nd floor of the lavish red brick building. The house is surrounded by 397 acres of park near Droitwich Spa which is a fantastic base to explore the wonderful attractions and great events on offer in Worcestershire. The apartments on offer can sleep up to four adults allowing you to bring friends and family along with you. The apartments also provide a cot and a highchair along with various other facilities. Hanbury Hall is also available for day visits where you can explore the house, gardens and grounds as well as various events (for opening details please see the website). You can even hire the house for your wedding. For more information about Hanbury Hall, the self catering properties available as well as a special wedding day please visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/ hanburyhall or call 01527 821214.

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Autumn Winter Events Diary

Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb

17th September – 18th September 2011 www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk

Autumn Steam Gala at Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster & Bewdley to Bridgenorth 23rd September – 25th September 2011 www.svr.co.uk

Afternoon Racing at Worcester Racecourse

23rd September 2011, 6th October 2011, 19th October 2011 www.worcester-racecourse.co.uk

Bavarian Evenings at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park, Bewdley 23rd September - 1st October 2011 www.wmsp.co.uk

Malvern Autumn Show at The Showground, Malvern 24th September – 25th September 2011 www.threecounties.co.uk

Apple Day at Hanbury Hall (National Trust), Droitwich Spa 24th September 2011 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hanburyhall

Upton Snodsbury Music Festival, Nr. Worcester 24th September 2011 www.snodfest.com

Autumn in Malvern Festival

24th September 2011 – 30thOctober 2011 www.malvernfestival.co.uk

Bewdley Harvest Fair

1st October – 2nd October 2011 www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/museum

Grandparents Day at The Elms Hotel & Spa, Nr. Worcester 2nd October 2011 www.theelmshotel.co.uk

Bewdley Festival

7th October – 16th October 2011 www.bewdleyfestival.org.uk

Behind the Scenes Tour at Witley Court, Nr. Worcester

Family Activity Days at Hanbury Hall (National Trust), Droitwich Spa

Classic Car and Bike Day at Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster & Bewdley to Bridgenorth

Halloween Trick or Treat at Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove

Tenbury Wells Applefest

Awesome Autumn Holiday Activities at Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury

8th October – 9th October 2011 www.english-heritage.org.uk/witleycourt

9th October 2011 www.svr.co.uk

15th October 2011 www.tenburyevents.com

Spooky Spectacular at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park, Bewdley 15th October – 30th October 2011 www.wmsp.co.uk

Golden Wedding Anniversary at Hanbury Hall (National Trust), Droitwich Spa 15th October – 16th October 2011 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hanburyhall

A Country Festival at Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury 16th October 2011 www.museumsworcestershire.org

An Introduction to Elgar in Pictures at Elgar Birthplace Museum, Nr. Worcester 19th October 2011 www.elgarmuseum.org

25th October 2011, 27th October 2011 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hanburyhall

28th October – 31st October 2011 www.avoncroft.org.uk

25th October- 28th October 2011 www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

Ghost Walks & Tours of the Old Needle Mill & Abbey, Redditch 21st, 22nd, 28th, 29th October 2011 www.forgemill.org.uk

Pumpkin Carving Workshops at Forge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch 26th October 2011 www.forgemill.org.uk

Arts Market on Worcester High Street 28th October - 30th October 2011 www.visitworcester.com

Halloween Family Activities & Ghost Walks at Hanbury Hall (National Trust), Droitwich Spa 29th October 2011, 30th October 2011 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hanburyhall

Take The Ghost Train at Severn Valley Railway, , Kidderminster & Bewdley to Bridgenorth 22nd October, 28th October, 29th October 2011 www.svr.co.uk

Spooktacular Croome! At Croome park (National Trust), Nr. Worcester 22nd October – 30th October 2011 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croomepark

Apple & Ale Festival at The Fleece Inn (National Trust), Nr. Evesham

Halloween Weekend in Stourport-on-Severn 29th October – 30th October 2011 www.stourporttown.co.uk

Rocky Horror Halloween 31st October 2011 www.avoncroft.org.uk

Gunpowder Plot at Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove 5th November – 6th November 2011 www.avoncroft.org.uk

22nd October – 23rd October 2011 www.thefleeceinn.co.uk

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Autumn Winter Events Diary

Firework Festival at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park, Bewdley

Santa Safari at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park, Bewdley

Santa Heralds at Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster & Bewdley to Bridgenorth

Sensational Sound to Light Show Featuring all your Favourite Disney Hits! at Worcester Warriors

Worcester Christmas Fayre at Worcester City Centre

Festive Season Service at Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster & Bewdley to Bridgenorth

5th November 2011 www.wmsp.co.uk

5th November 2011 www.warriors.co.uk

Bonfire Night Celebrations at The Fleece Inn (National Trust), Nr. Evesham

26th November - 24th December 2011 www.wmsp.co.uk 1st December – 4th December 2011 www.visitworcester.com

Santa Steam Special at Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster & Bewdley to Bridgenorth

5th November 2011 www.thefleeceinn.co.uk

3rd - 4th December 2011, 10th - 11th December, 17th - 18th December 2011, 24th December 2011 www.svr.co.uk

Bonfire Night at The Elms Hotel & Spa, Nr. Worcester

Christmas at Croome (National Trust), Nr. Worcester

5th November 2011 www.theelmshotel.co.uk

3rd December – 18th December 2011 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croomepark

Wild Winter Weekends at West Midland Safari & Leisure Park, Bewdley

A Vernon Family Christmas at Hanbury Hall (National Trust), Droitwich Spa

November 2011 – February 2012 www.wmsp.co.uk

Christmas Shopping Evening at Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury 23rd November 2011 www.museumsworcestershire.org

Christmas Event at Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove 26th November – 27th November 2011 www.avoncroft.org.uk

Christmas Craft Fayre at The Fleece Inn (National Trust), Nr. Evesham 26th November 2011 www.thefleeceinn.co.uk

Bewdley Christmas Lights Festival at Bewdley Museum 26th November 2011 www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/museum

Tenbury Wells Mistletoe Festival

3rd– 4th December 2011, 10th – 11th December 2011, 17th – 18th December 2011 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hanburyhall

Victoria Christmas Craft Fair at Forge Mill Needle Museum, Redditch 4th December 2011 www.forgemill.org.uk

Christmas Lights Switch On and Arts and Crafts Market in Great Malvern 4th December 2011 www.christmasinmalvern.co.uk

Christmas at the Castle at Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury 4th, 11th, 18th December 2011 www.museumsworcestershire.org

Christmas Craft Fair at Bewdley Museum 17th December – 18th December 2011 www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/museum

21st December – 23rd December 2011 www.svr.co.uk

26th December – 2nd January 2011 www.svr.co.uk

Bewdley Duck Race 1st January 2011 www.bewdley.org.uk

Swan Lake at Malvern Theatres 15th January 2011 www.malvern-theatres.co.uk

The Rat Pack Vegas Spectacular at Artrix, Bromsgrove 15th January 2012 www.artrix.co.uk

Knife Skills at Eckington Manor Cookery School, Nr. Pershore 4th February 2012 www.eckingtonmanorcookeryschool.co.uk

Half Term Family Fun Trail at Witley Court (English Heritage) 15th February - 19th February 2012 www.englishheritage.co.uk/witleycourt

You can find many more events by visiting www.visitworcestershire.org/events or Text: WOREVENTS to 60777 and you will receive up-to-date information at no extra cost straight to your mobile. The initial text is charged at a Standard Network Rate.

Late November to Early December 2011 www.tenbury-mistletoe-festival.co.uk

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Tourism Business Listings

Hotels

B&B’s and Guest Houses

Brockencote Hall

Cox’s Barn

Nr. Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 4PY 01562 777876 alison@brockencotehall.com www.brockencotehall.com A Country House Hotel and Restaurant set in 70 acres of parkland in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside.

Cottage in the Wood Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 4LG 01684 588860 reception@cottageinthewood.co.uk www.cottageinthewood.co.uk Situated high on the eastern slopes of the Malvern Hills with breathtaking views, with fabulous food & wines.

Gainsborough House Hotel Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 6BS 01562 820041 reservations@gainsboroughhousehotel.com www.gainsboroughhousehotel.com The Gainsborough has everything to offer, Civil Ceremony Licence, 42 en-suite bedrooms, four poster feature rooms, private dining, free car parking, good home made food, excellent service.

Holiday Inn Birmingham - Bromsgrove Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 9AB 01527 576600 info@hi-birminghambromsgrove.co.uk www.hi-birminghambromsgrove.co.uk 110 delightfully decorated bedrooms, 9 meeting rooms and revive Health Club & Spa. Located close to M5 and M42 with parking for 220 cars.

Holiday Inn Express Birmingham - Redditch Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 6AE 01527 584658 reservations@express.gb.com www.meridianleisurehotels.com/redditch Welcome to the award winning Holiday Inn Express Redditch near the M42 Jct2 / Jct3 and within easy reach of Birmingham’s NEC, NIA, ICC and the surrounding area.

Mount Pleasant Hotel Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 4PZ 01684 561837 reception@mountpleasanthotel.co.uk www.mountpleasanthotel.co.uk The Mount Pleasant Hotel offers exceptional standard of customer focused service in a friendly and comfortable relaxed atmosphere. We pride ourselves with treating all guests as individuals.

Riverside Hotel and Restaurant Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 8JP 01386 446200 info@theparksoffenham.freeserve.co.uk www.river-side-hotel.co.uk The Riverside Hotel is unique & privately owned set in a beautiful location with spectacular views overlooking the River Avon. The hotel can be found along a secluded, private drive, within original 12th century Deer Park of Evesham Abbey.

The Broadway Hotel Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7AA 01386 852401 info@broadwayhotel.info www.cotswold-inns-hotels.co.uk/broadway The Broadway Hotel is an enchanting combination of old charm & modern day amenities with a friendly, efficient service. The hotel is uniquely decorated & creates a relaxed tranquil atmosphere in which to enjoy your stay.

The Elms Hotel and Spa Nr. Worcester, Worcestershire, WR6 6AT 01299 896666 info@theelmshotel.co.uk www.theelmshotel.co.uk Stunning Queen Anne fine mansion, set in 10 acres of gardens and grounds overlooking the beautiful Teme Valley.

Nr. Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire, DY14 8LS 01746 718415 iain.chompson12@btopenworld.com Converted Barn on working farm. Spacious garden over looking beautiful countryside. Peaceful rural location. Ensuite bedrooms - two on ground floor.

Eckington Manor Nr. Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 3BJ 01386 751600 info@eckingtonmanor.co.uk www.eckingtonmanor.co.uk Eckington Manor is a small boutique B&B and cookery school set within its own 260 acre working farm. Accommodation is arranged over 3 buildings within a courtyard setting. Each of the lovingly restored buildings formed part of the original farm, which is thought to date back to the 12th Century.

Farncombe Estate Centre Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LJ 0333 456 8580 enquiries@farncombeestate.co.uk www.farncombeestate.co.uk Weekend leisure breaks, short courses and events in the Cotswolds. 89 ensuite bedrooms in 300 acres of countryside.

Hardwicke Farm Nr. Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY14 8TN 01746 718220 (Answer Phone) info@hardwickefarm.co.uk www.hardwickefarm.co.uk Peaceful 16th Century farmhouse set in picturesque countryside. Ideal base to explore local area. Warm welcome assured. In spacious accommodation.

Hill Farm House Inkberrow, Worcestershire, WR7 4JS 01386 793159 james@hillfarmhouse.co.uk www.hillfarmhouse.co.uk A beautiful Queen Anne former farmhouse circa 1700, with king sized, beamed en-suite bedrooms with pastoral views extending to the Cotswolds and Malverns.

Holland House Worcester, Worcestershire, WR5 2JT 01905 353939 beds@holland-house.me.uk www.holland-house.me.uk A warm welcome awaits you at this mid terrace house within walking distance of the cathedral & shops.

Kingfisher Bed & Breakfast Nr. Malvern, Worcestershire, WR8 0DX 01684 311922 info@kingfisher-barn.co.uk www.kingfisher-barn.co.uk Kingfisher Barn - 17th Century charm with 21st Century comfort and style.

Manor Hill House B&B Nr. Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 9HE 01527 861200 info@manorhillhouse.co.uk www.manorhillhouse.co.uk Contemporary country house. Modern en-suite rooms. Rural setting, good walks, country pubs and convenient for M5/M42, Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Worcester.

Montrose House Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 2HU 01684 572335 info@themontrosehotel.co.uk www.themontrosehotel.co.uk The Montrose is conveniently situated close to the centre of the town and minutes from the Malvern Theatres, Cinema, Splash Leisure complex, Priory Park, Great Malvern Priory and of course the Malvern Hills.

Orchid House

Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 4JA 01684 568717 sally@oml.demon.co.uk www.orchidmalvern.co.uk Modern spacious house. Views to the Malvern Hills. Convenient for the Three Counties showground. Walkers welcome.

Overwood

Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B61 9EE 01562 777193 info@overwood.net www.overwood.net Charming farm cottage in peaceful, rural location ideal for business or pleasure. Unrivalled hospitality, luxuriously comfortable bedrooms. Delicious, award winning breakfasts using homemade and local produce & our free range eggs.

Phepson Farm

Nr. Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 7JZ 01905 391205 info@phepsonfarm.co.uk www.phepsonfarm.co.uk A rural escape set in fifty acres of peaceful Worcestershire countryside.

Portocks End House

Nr. Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6PE 01684 310276 email@portocksendbandb.co.uk www.portocksendbandb.co.uk Old Worcestershire Farmhouse set in lovely countryside. Less than 10 minutes from Malvern, Upton upon Severn & the Malvern Showground.

The Beckford Inn

Nr. Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, GL20 7AN 01386 881532 enquiries@thebeckford.com www.thebeckford.com The Beckford Inn is a stunning 18th Century Inn offering great food and accommodation in the northern Cotswolds.

The Pembridge

Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 2HX 01684 574813 info@thepembridge.co.uk www.thepembridge.co.uk A licensed family run guest house in a Victorian property providing comfortable accommodation specialising in Bed and Full English Breakfast.

Tiltridge B&B & Vineyard

Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, WR8 0SA 01684 592906 info@tiltridge.com www.tiltridge.com Peaceful, pretty farmhouse with Vineyards. Bumper breakfast using our own and local ingredients. Free tastings of our award winning Elgar wines.

University of Worcester

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR2 6AJ 01905 542121 www.worcester.ac.uk The University offers 1000 single study bedrooms, with over half of the bedrooms having en-suite facilities, located either on the St. John’s campus, on the City Campus or in the city centre.

Victoria House

Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 1UA 01562 67240 victoriakidderminster@yahoo.co.uk www.smoothhound.co.uk/hotels/victoriahousebb Friendly, family run establishment offering traditional bed and breakfast accommodation, close to main line station, Severn Valley Railway, town centre.

Wyatt Guest House

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 1HU 01905 26311 wyatt.guest@virgin.net www.wyattguest.co.uk Small, independent, family run guest house within walking distance (10minutes) to city centre, cathedral, racecourse and river.

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Tourism Business Listings

Self Catering Amazing View’ Garden Apartment Malvern Wells, Worcestershire, WR14 4PF 01684 565808 jonandchris@amazingview.info www.amazingview.info A 2 bedroom garden apartment with amazing views across the valley from the apartment and the garden on the Malvern Hills.

Boyce Holiday Cottages Bringsty, Worcestershire, WR6 5UB 01886 884248 enquiries@boycecottages.co.uk www.boycecottages.co.uk Luxury cottages and lodge, ideal for touring Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Farm walks and coarse fishing on premises. Mid-week, weekend and weekly breaks.

Coach House Barn Defford, Worcestershire, WR8 9BA 01386 751955 info@coachhousebarn.co.uk www.coachhousebarn.co.uk Coach House Barn is a two bedroomed self-catering barn conversion renovated to an extremely high standard situated in Defford.

Cowarne Hall Cottages Much Cowarne, Herefordshire, HR7 4JQ 01432 820317 rm@cowarnehall.co.uk www.cowarnehall.co.uk Historic cottages ‘ in the Malvern Hills and Wye Valley. Peaceful with wonderful views. Convenient for Worcester, Malvern, Hereford (20 minutes).

Fern cottage Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 2EL 07899 797535 bookings@ferncottagebewdley.co.uk www.ferncottagebewdley.co.uk Completely rebuilt cosy cottage, conveniently situated an easy walk from Bewdley’s shops, pubs, restaurants, River Severn and beautiful open countryside.

Fern View Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 2ER 07899 797535 bookings@fernviewbewdley.co.uk 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.

Forest View Retreat Nr. Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY14 9XF 01299 266525 kimsimmonds@hotmail.co.uk www.forestviewretreat.com Exclusive luxury 4 Star Gold self-catering holiday log cabins especially for Grown-ups. Set right on the edge of the Wyre Forest. For details see our website.Now with DIY grazing and stabling.

Garth Cottage

Hanbury Hall (National Trust) Nr. Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire WR9 7EA 0844 800 2070 cottages@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrustcottages.co.uk Looking for a unique stay? Stay with the national trust, Hanbury Hall is an 18th century elegant red brick manor house standing in acres of fine parkland

Holly Lodge Earls Croome, Worcestershire, WR8 9DA 01684 592877 sandra@hollylodge.biz www.hollylodge.biz Luxury, self catering log cabin in the shadow of the Malvern Hills. Equipped to a very high standard.

Hop Pickers Barn Nr. Worcester, Worcestershire, WR6 5JX 01886 833668 louise-wild@hotmail.co.uk www.hoppickersbarn.co.uk Beautiful countryside rural setting at the end of a no through road. Tastefully converted 17C barn with excellent facilities.

Little Grove Stable Nr. Gloucester, Worcestershire, GL19 3PR 01684 833070 anne@annehollingworth.com www.littlegrovestable.com The Stable is a ground floor cottage for two guests offering a rural holiday central to Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.

Mill Cottage Worcester, Worcestershire, WR3 7SA 01905 451554 valerie.baylis@talk21.com Lovely surroundings at Old Watermill with fishing included.

New Inn Lane Holiday Cottages Nr. Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 8SN 01386 870073 newinnlane@uwclub.net www.newinnlane.co.uk Self catering holiday accommodation ideally located for Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the Cotswolds.

Old Yates Cottages Abberley, Worcestershire, WR6 6AT 01299 896500 info@oldyatescottages.co.uk www.oldyatescottages.co.uk Real country cottages set in private, tranquil gardens surrounded by fields and woods. Fully heated, comfortably furnished, log fires, patios. Telephone for a brochure.

Peace Haven Holiday Lets Nr. Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 8QQ 01386 832785 peace.haven@btconnect.com www.peacehavenlets.co.uk Peace Haven holiday cottages are converted barn cottages. Luxuriously appointed for self catering comfort, sleeping two or four guests with the option of a put you up bed if required. One cottage has been designed for wheelchair access.

Rhydd Barn

Nr. Malvern, Worcestershire, WR8 0AG 01223 830591 info@rhyddbarn.co.uk www.rhyddbarn.co.uk Outstanding barn conversion with spacious accommodation on three floors. Wonderful views of the Malvern Hills.

The Elgar Suite

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 3LX 0844 8842624 jo.rammell@jdr-leisure.co.uk www.jdrleisure.co.uk Luxury self catering two bedroom apartment in the Heart of Worcester. No smoking, no pets. Home from home.

The Hayloft

Nr Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 0AS 07770 883091 thehayloft@mayhousefarm.com www.mayhousefarm.com The Hayloft offers accommodation for three people on the upper floor of a newly reconstructed cart house adjoining Mayhouse Farmhouse.

The Whitehouse

Grimley, Worcestershire, WR2 6NX 01886 888743 susanoneill1@btinternet.com A well fitted cottage with central heating, king size bed & ensuite bathroom; off road parking & garden.

University of Worcester

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR2 6AJ 01905 542121 www.worcester.ac.uk Quality self catering accommodation with a choice of venue in the heart of the city or at nearby St. John’s Campus.

Upper Lightwood Farm Holiday Cottages

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR2 6RL 01905 333202 upperlightwood@hotmail.co.uk www.upperlightwood.co.uk Situated 4 miles west of Worcester off A44 in a quiet and unspoilt area with attractive views.

Camping and Caravanning Blackmore Camping and Caravanning Club Site

Malvern, Worcestershire, WR8 0EE 01684 310280 Blackmore.Site@thefriendlyclub.co.uk www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/blackmore A campsite in 17 acres on edge of the Malvern Hills & close to River Severn. Area offers good walking opportunities whilst convenient for Worcester, Tewkesbury & Great Malvern. Nonmembers welcome. Special deals for families & backpackers.

Boyce Caravan Park

Bringsty, Worcestershire, WR6 5UB 01886 884248 enquiries@boyceholidaypark.co.uk www.boyceholidaypark.co.uk Quiet park ideal for exploring the Heart of England. Lodges, touring, static holiday homes for sale & cottages for hire.

Clent Hills Camping & Caravanning Club Site

Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 3HA 01386 561213 / 07759 655717 stephen.smith@homecall.co.uk www.garthcottage.co.uk Delightful detached fully equipped self contained cottage with garden, barbeque and use of heated out-door pool. Peaceful location. Sleeps 2/3

Peacock Villa at Eastnor Castle Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1RL 01531 633160 enquiries@eastnorcastle.com www.eastnorcastle.com/holidaycottages.htm A delightful detached Edwardian Cottage on the edge of the Eastnor Castle Estate in the Malvern Hills. Great for Walkers!

Nr. Kidderminster, Worcestershire, B62 0NH    01562 710015 www.campingandcaravaningclub.co.uk Set in 7.5 acres in heart of countryside. Also convenient for Birmingham offering restaurants, shopping, theatres & attractions, (Cadbury World or National Sealife Centre). Nonmembers welcome. Special deals for families & backpackers.

Golden Gates Lodge at Eastnor Castle

Phepson Farm Cottages

Hopleys Family Camping

Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1RL 01531 633160 enquiries@eastnorcastle.com www.eastnorcastle.com/holidaycottages.htm Golden Gates Lodge is located in the middle of Eastnor Castle’s Deer Park in the foothills of the Malverns.

Nr. Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 7JZ 01905 391205 info@phepsonfarm.co.uk www.phepsonfarm.co.uk Tucked away in a rural setting, Phepson Farm has three country cottages set in fifty acres of peaceful Worcestershire countryside with a 1½ acre fishing lake.

Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 2QL 01299 402173 info@hopleycamping.co.uk www.hopleyscamping.co.uk Family Campsite (caravans and tents) situated on outskirts of Historic Georgian town of Bewdley, nestled in heart of Severn Valley.

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Tourism Business Listings Wolverley Camping & Caravanning Club Site

Droitwich Spa Heritage and Information Centre

Wyre Forest Tipis

Eastnor Castle

Nr. Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY10 3PX 01562 850909 www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk/wolverley A quiet village campsite set in 12 acres adjacent to canal. Situated just 2 miles from Kidderminster & the Severn Valley railway, in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside. Nonmembers welcome. Special deals for families & backpackers. Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 2QL 01299 402173 info@hopleyscamping.co.uk www.wyreforesttipis.com Four furnished Tipis at Family Campsite situated on outskirts of Historic Georgian town of Bewdley,nestled in heart of Severn Valley.

Attractions Arley Arboretum

Nr. Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 1XG 01299 861368 info@arley-arboretum.org.uk www.arley-arboretum.org.uk One of the oldest privately owned arboretums in the country with listed walled garden containing Italianate garden, herbaceous borders & tearoom.

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings

Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 4JR 01527 831363 bookings@avoncroft.org.uk www.avoncroft.org.uk Avoncroft Museum is a unique home for historic buildings which have been rescued from demolition and rebuilt in a beautiful corner of Worcestershire’s rural countryside.

Bewdley Museum

Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 2AE 01299 403573 bewdley.museum@wyreforestdc.gov.uk www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/museum Set in a historic Butchers Shambles “A surprise around every corner” fascinating indoor & outdoor displays, brass foundry, jails, resident crafts people, craft demonstrations, varied exhibitions & events, lovely gardens & café.

Cob House Fishery

Nr. Wocester, Worcestershire WR6 6YE 01886 888697 sales@cobhouse.org www.cobhousefisheries.co.uk Visitors can explore the extensive site by taking a stroll along the many footpaths, wildflower meadow and the parkland which contains the timber trail play area, wildlife pool, Reindeer, Alpacas, Pigs, Chickens and Ducks.

Croome Park & Court (National Trust)

Nr. Worcester, Worcestershire, WR8 9JS 01905 371006 croomepark@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croomepark The first complete landscape design by ‘Capability’ Brown, restoration has been ongoing since 1996.

CrownGate Shopping Centre

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 3LE 01905 610065 crowngate@clara.net www.crowngate-worcester.co.uk Crowngate is Worcester’s premier shopping centre offering unrivalled shopping and leisure choices in the very heart of the city.

The Churches Conservation Trust

Various locations 0207 213 0660 central@tcct.org.uk www.visitchurches.org.uk You can visit All Saints, St Bartholomew Old Church, St John the Baptist, St. Lawrence, St. Mary Magdalene, St, Michael and St. Swithun all part of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 8DS 01905 774312 heritage@droitwichspa.gov.uk www.droitwichspa.gov.uk Discover the history of Droitwich Spa from salt town to modern day. BBC radio room, brass rubbing, souvenirs, comprehensive Tourist Information Centre.

Holloways

Nr. Malvern, Worcestershire, WR6 5JX 01886 884665 sales@holloway.co.uk www.holloways.co.uk Experts in conservatory and garden living, Holloways also sell garden ornaments, pots and plants. Visit our gift shop and café

Honeybourne Pottery

Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1RL 01531 633160 enquiries@eastnorcastle.com www.eastnorcastle.com Magnificent fairytale castle dramatically situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the foothills of The Malvern’s.

Honeybourne, Worcestershire, WR11 7PQ 01386 832855 honeybournepots@tiscali.co.uk www.honeybournepots.co.uk Hands on pottery studio: Potters Wheel, Modelling, Ceramic Painting, Birthday Parties and Workshops, telephone to book a time. Ceramics available for sale.

Eckington Manor Cooking School

Jinney Ring Craft Centre

Nr. Pershore, Worcestershire, WR10 3BJ 01386 751600 info@eckingtonmanor.co.uk www.eckingtonmanor.co.uk Located on a 260 acre working farm just outside the market town of Pershore.

Farncombe Estate Centre

Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7LJ 0333 456 8580 enquiries@farncombeestate.co.uk www.farncombeestate.co.uk Weekend, day & evening events in a wide variety of subjects; from art to zen.

Forge Mill Needle Museum & Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre

Redditch, Worcestershire, B98 8HY 01527 62509 museum@redditchbc.gov.uk www.forgemill.org.uk Unique museum telling the history of needle making in listed Victorian water mill. 12th Century Cistercian Abbey ruins & Visitor Centre.

Nr. Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, B60 4BU 01527 821272 enquiries@jinneyringcraft.co.uk www.jinneyring.co.uk Beautiful 200 year old barns converted into 12 craft studio workshops, falconry, daytime farmhouse restaurant, craft gallery and gift shop. Evening restaurant, a la carte. Superb landscape gardens with stunning views of the Malverns.

Kyre Equestrian Centre

Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, WR15 8RL 01885 410233 www.kyre-equestrian.co.uk Beautiful location. Excellent facilities include indoor & outdoors schools, show jumps, extensive XC courses, stabling, grazing & access to bridlepaths.

Little Malvern Court

Nr. Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 4JN 01684 892988 littlemalverncourt@hotmail.com Prior’s Hall, C. 1480, of former Benedictine Monastery. Library, Religious Vestments, Embroideries, Paintings. 10 acre garden lakes, spring bulbs, blossom, old roses and shrubs.

Go Ape! Wyre Tree Top Adventure

Pendock Old Church

Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY14 9XQ 0845 0949641 info@goape.co.uk www.goape.co.uk Take to the trees at Go Ape! Experience an exhilarating course of rope bridges, Tarzan swings and zip slides.

Nr. Tewkesbury, Worcestershire, GL19 4QL 0207 213 0660 central@tcct.org.uk www.visitchurches.org.uk Sir Edward Elgar may well have played the lovely Georgian organ inside this Norman church set beside a lost medieval village.

Gordon Russell Design Museum

Severn Leisure Cruises

Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7AP 01386 854695 grussellmuseum@btconnect.com www.gordonrussellmuseum.org Collection of furniture, archives, drawings etc. depicting the Broadway adventure and the impact Gordon Russell had on 20th Century design.

Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, WR8 0HG 01684 593112 info@severnleisurecruises.co.uk www.severnleisurecruises.co.uk Largest passenger vessel operating on the River Severn offering quality day & evening cruises for 20 to 200 passengers.

Hanbury Hall (National Trust)

Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 7EA 01527 821214 hanburyhall@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hanburyhall Early 18th Century house, garden & park owned by the Vernon family for nearly 300 years.

Bewdley DY12 1BG, Kidderminster DY10 1QZ, Worcestershire 01299 403816 www.svr.co.uk A service of steam hauled passenger trains operate along the beautiful Severn Valley between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire, a journey of 16 miles.

Hidcote Manor Garden (National Trust)

Snowshill Manor and Garden (National Trust)

Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6LR 01386 438333 hidcote@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hidcote Hidcote Manor Garden is justly famous for its series of exquisite garden rooms, decorated with an overflowing abundance of plants.

Nr. Broadway, Worcestershire, WR12 7JU 01386 842814 snowshillmanor@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk/snowshillmanor A Cotswold manor housing a fabulous collection of craftsmanship & design, set in an intimate Arts & Crafts inspired garden.

Historic Environment and Archaeology Service

Spetchley Park Gardens

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR2 6AJ 01905 855455 archaeology@worcestershire.gov.uk www.worcestershire.gov.uk/archaeology The Historic Environment Record (HER), is the largest collection of information on archaeology in the county.

Severn Valley Railway

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR5 1RS 01453 810303 hb@spetchleygardens.co.uk www.spetchleygardens.co.uk Enjoy this most beautiful historic garden set in 30 acres of tranquil Worcestershire countryside. This is one of the Country’s finest gardens filled with rare and beautiful plants. It is the ideal day out.

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Tourism Business Listings St. Andrew’s Square

Tiltridge Vineyard

Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

Droitwich Spa, Worcestershire, WR9 8HE 01905 778308 contact@saintandrewssquare.com www.saintandrewssquare.com The shopping experience at the heart of Droitwich Spa. St Andrews Square have a wide range of shops to cater for everyone’s needs.

Upton upon Severn, Worcestershire, WR8 0SA 01684 592906 info@elgarwine.com www.elgarwine.com Small Vineyard producing award winning still and sparkling white wines under the “Elgar” label. Shop and free wine tastings. B&B available.

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR3 8SZ 01905 754919 enquiries@worcesterwildlifetrust.org www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is Worcestershire’s foremost wildlife charity protecting wildlife for the future. The trust owns & manages over 75 nature reserves covering more than 2,200 acres.

St. Michael & All Angels Church

Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 1LF 01299 402114 info@wmsp.co.uk www.wmsp.co.uk West Midland Safari Park has a great line up of fantastic family entertainment for the summer season this year. Open every day until the 4th November 2011 (except on Sat 17th Sept 2011 when it is fully booked).

Nr. Worcester, Worcestershire, WR6 6JT 01299 896406 www.greatwitleychurch.org.uk Britain’s finest baroque church.

The Commandery Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2HU 01905 361821 thecommandery@worcester.gov.uk www.worcestercitymuseums.org.uk/commandery A glorious Grade I listed building dating back to the 12th century. The Commandery has a long and varied history.

The Fold Nr. Worcester, Worcestershire, WR6 5JB 01886 833633 info@thefold.org.uk www.thefold.org.uk A slow food cafe/restaurant and shop, nine designer maker studios and a complementary therapy centre combined in one environmentally conscious community.

The Greyfriars (National Trust) Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2LZ 01905 23571 greyfriars@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greyfriars The Greyfriars is a beautiful timber-framed Merchant’s house built in 1481 and saved from demolition in the 1940’s.

The Morgan Visitor Centre Malvern, Worcestershire, WR14 2LL 01684 584580 angela.hymas@morgan-motor.co.uk www.morgan-motor.co.uk Morgan Motor Company, over 100 years of Driving Passion! Guided Factory Tours - Be amazed at hand craftsmanship, Museum and Shop.

The Pump House Environment Centre Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 3EZ 01905 730600 pumphouse@dwt.org.uk www.dwt.org.uk With free admission, activities and displays around the environment, everyone is guaranteed an informative and fun filled time.

The Showground, Malvern

West Midland Safari & Leisure Park

Witley Court & Gardens (English Heritage) Nr. Worcester, Worcestershire, WR6 6JT 01299 896636 customers@english-heritage.org.uk www.english-heritage.org.uk/witleycourt Step back in time to a bygone age of great wealth when the house played host to royal parties. Enjoy the beautiful gardens & lake, woodland walks, amazing fountains - a magical world for children to explore.

Worcester Cathedral Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2LA 01905 732900 info@worcestercathedral.org.uk www.worcestercathedral.co.uk Worcester Cathedral is one of England’s most magnificent and inspiring buildings, a place of prayer and worship for fourteen centuries.

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 1DT 01905 25371 gallerymuseum@worcestershire.gov.uk www.worcestercitymuseums.org.uk The art gallery & museum runs a programme of exhibitions/ events for all the family. Explore the fascinating displays, temporary exhibitions, cafe, shop and Worcestershire Soldier Galleries.

Worcester Racecourse Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 3EJ 01905 25364 info@worcester-racecourse.co.uk www.worcester-racecourse.co.uk 17 exciting summer jumping race days, from May-Oct 2011, set in the heart of Worcester on the banks of the River Severn.

Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle

Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW 01684 584900 info@threecounties.co.uk www.threecounties.co.uk Nestling beneath Worcestershire’s magnificent Malvern Hills, the showground is the perfect venue for business & leisure events.

Nr. Kidderminster, Worcestershire, DY11 7XZ 01299 250416 museum@worcestershire.gov.uk www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums The County Museum tells Worcestershire’s story from prehistory to the twentieth century & is housed in the magnificent surroundings of Hartlebury Castle.

The Worcester Porcelain Museum

Worcestershire History Centre

restaurants Bridges Entertainment Venue and Carvery Worcester, Worcestershire, WR3 8SB 01905 757117 bridges1111@hotmail.co.uk www.bridgesworcester.co.uk Carvery served 6 days a week with some entertainment provided including cabaret and tribute acts. Call to book for weekends or large groups.

The Fleece Inn (National Trust) Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 7JE 01386 831173 info@thefleeceinn.co.uk www.thefleeceinn.co.uk The Quintessential English Pub, owned by the National Trust and run with a love of tradition.

Fusion Brasserie Nr. Worcester, Worcestershire, WR7 4RJ 01905 840647 enquiries@fusionbrasserie.com www.fusionbrasserie.com Fusion Brasserie is situated in a quiet rural location in the pretty village of Hawbridge just outside Worcester. Chef patron Felice Tocchini influenced by his italian origins has created a mouth watering menu to suit all tastes. Felice is also known for his famous Sprouty cake, a sweet cake made with sprouts and creating the World’s first dunkable biscuit.

Fusion Too Evesham, Worcestershire, WR11 7RE 01386 834400 enquiries@fusiontoo.co.uk www.fusiontoo.co.uk Fusion Too is situated at Cadbury House, what was once the old fruit store for Cadbury’s and then the Littleton & Badsey growers. Transformed into an attractive, contemporary, Mediterranean style cafe & bistro with an open plan kitchen and bar.

Priors Parlour Coffee Shop at Worcester Cathedral Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2LA 01905 732900 info@worcestercathedral.org.uk www.worcestercathedral.co.uk Offering a range of hot and cold food and beverages, including soups, sandwiches and a choice of teas and coffees.

The Orchard Cafe at Worcester Woods Country Park

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2ND 01905 21247 info.admin@worcesterporcelainmuseum.org www.worcesterporcelainmuseum.org Learn about the talented workforce and everyday life as you travel through the Georgian, Victorian and 20th Century galleries. Free audio tour with entry.

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2PW 01905 765922 wlhc@worcestershire.gov.uk www.worcestershire.gov.uk/records Worcestershire History Centre, part of Worcestershire Record Office is the best place to begin local and family history.

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR5 2LG 01905 766492 cafe@theorchardcafe.co.uk www.theorchardcafe.co.uk Our cafe is ethically and environmentally focussed offering freshly made products using locally sourced organic, fair-trade and sustainable ingredients.

The Worcester Story

Worcestershire Records Office

The Greenhouse Cafe at Holloways

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR5 2NP 01905 766351 recordoffice@worcestershire.gov.uk www.worcestershire.gov.uk/records Worcestershire record office collects & preserves records relevant to the county & its citizens ensuring their survival for the future to research, learn from & enjoy.

Nr. Malvern, Worcestershire, WR6 5JX 01886 884665 sales@holloway.co.uk www.holloways.co.uk The Greenhouse Café at Holloways, set inside a stunning conservatory, serving Italian coffee, delicious homemade lunches and afternoon tea and cakes.

Worcester, Worcestershire, WR1 2EY 07949 222137 discoverhistory@aol.com 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.

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Dates For Next Years Diary! Saturday 9th June - Sunday 17th June, 2012 Broadway Arts Festival offers a fascinating insight into the picturesque village of Broadway's art heritage, local landscapes and gardens World famous painters, actors and writers of late Victorian England, came to Broadway to enjoy carefree summers in Worcestershire. Known as the Broadway Colony, much of their work, features local landscapes and gardens and hangs in international galleries. There will be something for everyone at Broadway Arts Festival, 2012. Attractions include; an exhibition of paintings by Royal Academicians, John Singer Sargent R.A., Alfred Parsons R.A., and other ‘Colony’ members, a contemporary art exhibition by local schools, a national art competition for amateurs and professionals, violin and jazz concerts, guided tours and a flower festival. There will also be a production of Peter Pan, including local children, and a village cricket match commemorating those arranged in 19th century Broadway by J.M.Barrie (who wrote Peter Pan).

A special attraction will be tours and talks on some of Broadway’s finest private gardens, including those designed and painted by Alfred Parsons R.A.,guided by international garden historian Marion Mako. All profits will go towards helping local artists. One not to miss! www.broadwayartsfestival.com British Asparagus Festival 23rd April - 21st June 2011 www.britishasparagusfestival.org Malvern Spring Gardening Show 10th May - 13th May 2012 www.threecounties.co.uk Worcestershire Literary Festival 15th June to 24th June 2012 www.worcslitfest.co.uk Worcester Music Festival Friday 17th to Sunday 19th August 2012 www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk

Painting by Alfred Parsons RA - Orange Lilies

Try Something Different with a Visit To Farncombe Estate A short break at Farncombe Estate is a great way to learn a new skill, try something different or take part in a new activity or favourite pastime. The study centre is home to a variety of short courses from Art to Zen including music, painting, photography, bridge and literature. Why not try something new or brush up on a forgotten talent. The Centre is located in more than 300 acres of privately owned Cotswold parkland overlooking the Vale of Evesham and beyond to the Malverns. This year, the Centre has added a further 32 bedrooms to take capacity up to 89. Take a peek at some courses on offer below: Broadway Tower Country Park

Day School Courses 8th October 2011 - Laughter Workshop

Your Favourite Picture

16th October 2011 - Digital Photography - Grandad never looked so good - An introduction to Restoring Old Photographs

Do you have a favourite picture you are really proud of and would love to share? If so, we would love to see it.

20th November 2011 - Creative Cup Cakes Day School

In each edition of the magazine we will feature a selection of our favourite photos of wonderful things from around this beautiful county. They may also appear on our website and in other Destination Worcestershire publications.

Residential Courses

Please send your favourite photos to tourism@visitworcestershire.org

28th October - 30th October 2011 Singing for the Terrified

This is one of our favourites!

25th November 2011 – 27th November 2011 History - ‘Race for the South Pole’.

WIN A KODAK EASYSHARE M532*.

For the latest programme, other enquiries and bookings please contact Mandy Morrison on 01386 854100 or visit www.farncombeestate.co.uk

For further details on Kodak products go to www.kodak.co.uk *Model for illustration purposes only

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