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Official County Guide 2018

The Ring; Art on the Waterways

From farm stays to luxury breaks

10 days out in Worcestershire

Foregate Street, Worcester WR1 1DT Tel: 01905 25371 FREE ENTRY Worcestershire’s premier Art Gallery & Museum invites you to enjoy temporary exhibitions, permanent displays featuring highlights from the collections, family activities, gift shop and delightful Balcony Café in a beautiful Victorian building with a warm welcome. Benjamin Williams Leader: Blest by the Suns of Home, 17th February - 2nd June 2018

The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester WR1 2HU Tel: 01905 361821

For opening times and admissions please see www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk



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Explore the historic house that was home to the Bishops of Worcester for 1000 years. Tour grand state rooms, explore grounds and gardens, enjoy the Worcestershire County Museum’s fascinating collections including costumes, transport and toy gallery. New Café, children’s play area and year round events programme. WWW.HARTLEBURYCASTLE.COM


West Midland Safari Park



Worcester Historic City


Malvern Hills and More


Worcestershire’s Vale & Spa


North Worcestershire


Home of Family Fun


New for 2018


Home of History & Heritage


Eating Out in Worcestershire


Make Yourself at Home


Home of Festivals & Events



Explore The Great Outdoors


Local Crafts, Food & Drink


Home of Gardens


Eastnor Pottery

Inspiring Worcestershire


Diglis House Hotel



Say ‘I Do’ to Worcestershire


Plan your trip page


County Map


Stay in Worcestershire


Tourism Listings


Must Sees

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Front Cover Image: Mid Worcestershire Canal Ring, Droitwich Spa Design: Miranda Carter, miriaddesign.com Print: Print Strategy Europe

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WORCESTER’S HISTORIC HEART makes the city an interesting place to visit. The dramatic Worcester Cathedral rises out of the City landscape along the banks of the River Severn, with magnificent views over Worcestershire from the top of the tower. Founded in 680 as a Priory, the Cathedral as we see it today was built in 1084. The Cathedral houses Royal tombs; most notorious is ‘bad’ King John, famed for signing Magna Carta over 800 years ago. Prince

Arthur, Queen Elizabeth I’s cousin is also buried in the Cathedral, as well as three-time Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin; the only Prime Minister to have ever served under three monarchs. Step back in time down Friar Street, with its black and white buildings and cobbled streets. Walk along and discover Tudor House Museum as well as National Trust property Greyfriars House and Gardens. At the bottom of Friar Street you will be able to see Edgar Tower, the last remaining part of the Castle Walls...

The Commandery Museum site formed the army’s Headquarters during the English Civil War. In 2017 it was transformed with new interactive displays to commemorate the first and last battles of the bloody war, bringing to life tales of treason, treachery and tragedy. Cavaliers and Roundheads march through the City’s streets at various English Civil War re-enactment events, including the Living History weekends at Worcester’s Civil War centre. The magnificent Guildhall will certainly catch your eye; The City’s Guildhall is a truly beautiful building which dates back to 1721. It has a fascinating history – it was once the seat of justice throughout the city and even housed a prison – and today offers both visitors and residents a glimpse of Worcester’s rich and varied heritage. Make sure to visit the top floor to fully appreciate the building! Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum near Foregate Street train station has a variety of displays depicting Worcester’s historic past. The art gallery regularly houses exhibitions from national collections, so make sure you check out the event diary to find out what’s on during your visit.

Festivals & Events WORCESTER CITY is renowned for a whole host of festivals held yearround. No matter the occasion the whole city gets together to celebrate in style.

Worcester Key 2018 Events: Love Worcester Heritage Festival (February) Worcester Motor Festival (May) Worcestershire LitFest & Fringe Festival (June) Worcester Foodie Festival (July)


Worcester CAMRA Beer, Cider & Perry Festival (August) Worcester Festival (August) Worcester Music Festival (September) Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre (November)

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Worcester’s Open Spaces ...offer a variety of experiences, as well as peace away from the city hubbub. Fort Royal Hill and its play area offer superb panorama views of the city and is well worth the walk! It is steeped in history as the site of the 1651 Battle of Worcester, the final battle of the English Civil war which is commemorated with re-enactments and events throughout the year.

Worcester has more independent retailers than most can boast, along with the usual High Street brands, to make a great shopping destination. Close to the High Street, Crowngate shopping centre contains a mix of independent and chain stores in the heart of the city. Crowngate Kitchen offers a relaxed environment for your dining and time out from the hustle and bustle. With a range of top-quality well known restaurants, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Gheluvelt Park is a memorial park built in honour to those lost in WW1. This is a great place for families with a splash pad, play areas for younger and older children, tennis courts and table tennis. Pop into the Pump House Environment Centre and visit their cafe or during the summer enjoy music from the bandstand.

Enjoy a circular walk along the River Severn, past the Cathedral and historic Cathedral Ferry (weekends during summer) via Diglis House Hotel and the Diglis Canal Basin. Cross the river at the footbridge and make your way back to the city along the tree lined walk with views of the weir and if you’re lucky you might even see Salmon jumping over it on their journey up the river. Along the river you can also see Worcestershire County Cricket Ground as well as Worcester Racecourse and Worcester Arena near the next footbridge across the Severn. The newly opened Cathedral Square provides a wealth of places to eat and drink, with space for entertainment throughout the year including outdoor cinema and performance stages.

The High Street offers all the usual big-hitters in retail including Joules, Jack Wills, Hotel Chocolat and L’Occitane. Take time to wander up this pedestrianised street from Angel Place to Cathedral Square, Worcester’s newest public space with a host of top name restaurants and businesses. Pop into the Tourist Information Centre at the Guildhall for Worcester souvenirs, local produce and information. The cobblestones and black and white buildings of Friar Street and New Street play host to many of Worcester’s independent gems. Charming boutiques nestle alongside excellent restaurants and historic drinking houses. Off New Street you will find Reindeer Court, a charming oasis with independent shops and unique treasures to discover.

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HILLS & MORE Standing at over one thousand feet, the Malvern Hills offer 15km of ideal walking conditions, and breath-taking scenery for everyone to enjoy.

The Malvern hills themselves offer around 100 miles of bridleways and footpaths for people to explore while taking in the breath-taking views. A little further afield is the newly revamped Teme Valley Trail, which offers the chance to experience this beautiful part of the district via a series of walking and cycling routes, aimed at people of all ages and abilities. Other cycling routes are also available covering less popular routes around the district, ideal for those wanting to discover something new. If you prefer to take in the amazing scenery on foot then there are also


several walks available to download either via www.visitthemalverns.org or the Malverns Walks app. If you want to learn while you walk, then the Great Malvern Route to the Hills is a new history and heritage trial that will take you on a tour of the town from the railway station to the hills, offering fascinating facts and stories of Malvern’s past as you go. You can also explore the area by car. The Teme Valley Trail offers a scenic leisure drive while the Elgar Trail will take you on a trip around the many places linked to the life of the composer - and the district’s most famous son – Sir Edward Elgar.

The life of Elgar is just waiting to be discovered at his birthplace The Firs at Lower Broadheath, now run by The National Trust. The organisation also looks after Croome Court, just a short distance from Upton, with its stunning grounds created by famous landscape designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown.

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The belief Malvern’s springs had therapeutic properties brought numerous famous people to the town including Florence Nightingale. You can find out more about this by visiting Malvern Museum.

Tenbury Wells is the Capital of English Mistletoe. It annually celebrates its unique heritage by holding a Mistletoe Festival on the first Saturday in December. The day begins with the crowning of the Mistletoe Queen and later in the day there will be a Druids Thanksgiving Ceremony where all are welcome and a Santa Parade through the town.

There are so many ways to enjoy leisure time in The Malverns. Take in the district’s picturesque countryside while cruising down the Severn in Upton on the Conway Castle, with three upper decks allowing for magnificent panoramic views. Malvern Theatres has a packed programme ranging from touring shows straight out of the West End to top quality drama. Or why not pay a visit to Tenbury’s art deco cinema The Regal, with its mixture of live shows and film screenings? If you are a petrol head then make sure you pay a visit to Shelsley Walsh, the world’s oldest operational motorsport

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Upton was the scene of a pivotal battle in the English Civil War, the loss of which led to the eventual defeat of King Charles II. The royalists held out in an ancient church, part of which still stands in the form of the recently revamped Pepperpot. Today it is home to the town’s Tourist Information and Heritage Centre. You can find out more about Upton’s fascinating history in the Tudor House Museum.

The gas lamps of Great Malvern are thought to have provided the inspiration to CS Lewis for the Chronicles of Narnia series. Come and take a selfie in front of one and imagine meeting Mr Tumnus in the land where it is always winter but never Christmas.

venue and home to the famous Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb. Another must for any car enthusiast is a factory tour of the Morgan Motor Company where you can see these beautiful machines being crafted. You can also hire one for the weekend. Throughout the year there’s also a varied events programme with something for everyone to enjoy. Highlights include The Royal Three Counties Show, Autumn in Malvern Festival, Great Malvern Food Festival, Upton Jazz, Folk and Blues festivals, Tenbury Mistletoe Festival, Tenbury Applefest and more.

Malvern has been at the forefront of scientific innovation for six decades. The term boffin is credited to ‘a band of scientific men who performed wartime wonders at Malvern’ and used to call themselves ‘the boffins’.

Here are three key inventions developed in Malvern: • • •

The development of key elements of an air to surface radar for airborne use was crucial in helping Britain contain the menace of German U-Boats. The creation of ipads, PCs and mobile phones was made possible because of the electronic integrated circuit, the concept of which was first developed in Malvern in 1952. High resolution x-ray detector crystals were invented in the town in 1983 enabling the development of body and brain scanners

Want to know more? Visit the website: www.visitthemalverns.org for more things to do, events, downloadable walking and cycling trails and much more. Contact Malvern Tourist Information Centre on: 01684 892289

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worcestershire’s vale & spa Brine Springs have naturally existed beneath Droitwich Spa for millions of years with the production of salt in Droitwich existing for well over 2000 years. For the first time in 95 years salt is once again produced in Droitwich. The town offers the finest salt sourced from one of the oldest and purest brine springs in the world.

The historic ‘salt’ town of Droitwich Spa offers plenty for visitors to see and enjoy. Blending old and new the town is a place of great charm and character. It owes its existence to natural brine springs, which emanate from subterranean beds of pure rock salt 200ft below the ground. Dissolved by underground springs, artesian pressure forces the salt to the surface as brine, where its density and buoyancy are only rivalled by the Dead Sea. In 2017 for the first time in almost 100 years pure salt has been mined and is now on sale in and around the town Droitwich Spa has an assortment of leisure activities including guided walks, an open air lido and two well maintained Green Flag parks. The restored Droitwich canal network is a haven for walkers, cyclists and nature lovers. There are enough shops and eating places to keep visitors happy along with numerous festivals and markets that take place throughout the year. Popular events include St Richards Canal Festival in May, the Droitwich Food and Drink Festival in June and Salt Fest in September.

A delightful riverside town which saw one of the most iconic battles in England take place on 4th August 1265 when Simon de Montfort, the 6th Earl of Leicester was brutally slain. Today Evesham is a thriving market town renowned for its shopping and leisure activities which includes award winning Festivals celebrating the Vales attributes; especially its Asparagus, which now also boasts the kudos of being awarded European Protected Food Name status. The towns’ historical and horticultural heritage is charmingly displayed in the Almonry Heritage Centre which is also the Tourist Information Centre. The surrounding area known as The Vale of Evesham is celebrated for its walking and cycling opportunities – especially around the world famous Blossom Trail, an AA signed route that provides sensational and breath taking views as well as providing a wonderful day out around some of the areas most picturesque villages.

The town’s proximity to the M5, makes it an ideal place to stay and explore the beautiful surrounding Worcestershire countryside.


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Situated on the banks of the River Avon is the idyllic town of Pershore, famous for its beautiful 13th Century Norman Abbey that sits in the award winning Abbey Parklands, the town combines history with tranquillity, but provides the modern amenities necessary for an enjoyable visit. Pershore High Street boasts a number of independent shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, providing visitors with the perfect day out to browse for that special something and then savour some tasteful locally obtained food, wines, ales and ciders. With the additional shopping provision of the indoor Retail Market, come rain or shine, you will have access to quality local produce and beautiful unique items. Next to the River Avon, which runs through Pershore and only a 5 minutes walk from the town centre, is the award winning Avon Meadow Wetlands. Originally water meadows, a series of flooded scrapes have been created as a haven for wildlife. There are numerous footpaths in the area and a boardwalk runs through the middle of the wetland so that you can get up close to the wildlife. Pershore offers a number of quality events throughout the year. There are many flower shows, open gardens, fêtes and village walkabouts around the local area as well as Pershore’s Carnival, Midsummer Brass, Jazz Festival and multi-award winning Plum Festival .

Broadway lies at the entrance to the Vale of Evesham at the foot of the Cotswolds. The combination of natural and built environment combine to create a village that is full of historic character and charm whilst also being a modern, vibrant village with activities and attractions for visitors and residents alike. Standing tall above the village on Fish Hill is Broadway Tower, one of England’s outstanding viewpoints and at 1024 feet (312m) above sea level it is the second highest point of the Cotswolds. In the village itself, the honey coloured stone contrasts with the Village Green to provide perfect photo opportunities. The Cotswold craft heritage is kept alive through the Gordon Russell Design Museum, and the Broadway Museum brings an international reputation. The art heritage of John Singer Sargent and the Broadway Colony is reflected in many galleries that also include a more contemporary offer. With several events throughout the year including a horticultural show, food festival and the long established late night shopping at Christmas, Broadway always has something to offer everyone.

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NORTH Worcestershire Plan your visit to the north Worcestershire towns of Kidderminster, Bewdley, Stourport on Severn, Bromsgrove and Redditch, online at www.visitworcestershire.org, access walking maps at www.worcestershire.gov.uk or visit in person at Redditch and Bewdley Tourist Information Centres.

Stourport STOURPORT ON SEVERN is a long way from the sea, but has the atmosphere of a true maritime holiday resort. Not surprisingly people from all over the region have been coming here for many years for a fun day out. This Georgian canal ‘Fairtrade’ Town in the heart of the Severn Valley, is well worth a visit, head for the riverside and the meadows, where you will find a number of fun activities for the whole family, including boats to hire, a modern and exciting children’s play area, river cruises with the Stourport Steamer Co, crazy golf, a putting green, go-kart’s, a paddling pool, plus many amusements. Just the other side of the bridge you will find the Treasure Island Amusement Centre – with fairground rides, the dragon roller coaster, dodgems and a large arcade. Whilst there, take a moment to stroll round the interesting and historic locks and canal basins.

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There are many places of interest within walking distance from one another. In Kidderminster you can find winners of the Worcestershire Real Ale CAMRA award for 2017, The Weavers Real Ale House, the national Museum of Carpet honouring 300 years of history of carpet making, as well as the Victorian Grade II listed Town Hall and Severn Valley Railway, the major heritage national steam railway.

Home to West Midland Safari and Leisure Park The park is home to some of the world’s most beautiful and endangered animals; including white lions, tigers, giraffes, rhinoceroses, cheetahs, hippopotami, and meerkats, as well as the largest lemur walk-through exhibit. The Park also houses the UK’s largest animatronic dinosaur attraction along with Adventure Theme Park also incorporating TV’s Boj’s Giggly Park.


Live music, theatre and art

Look out for Heritage Open Days each year when you could get the chance to go backstage at a variety of venues such as The Rose Theatre, Kidderminster, Kidderminster Town Hall, Harvington Hall and the Redditch Palace Theatre. Other venues for live entertainment include Stourport Civic Centre, Artrix in Bromsgrove and Jinney Ring just outside Bromsgrove. Outdoor festivals and events take place throughout the year, visit www.visitworcestershire.org.uk for more information.

Visit BEAUTIFUL GARDENS from Arboretums such as Arley where vintage Severn Valley Trains run close by and beautiful, peaceful Bodenham - an oasis of plantations, pools and avenues beautifully landscaped including over 3,000 species of trees and shrubs from all over the world.

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Treasure Trails A fun way to visit places, in this most quintessentially English of counties, is by taking yourselves on a selfguided walk and treasure hunt. There are 21 trails to consider, with the Towns of Bewdley, Bromsgrove, Kidderminster, Stourport and Arrow Valley (Redditch) Treasure Trails offers the opportunity to:

Explore the market towns and villages in an interesting and absorbing way. Enjoy time together with family and friends on a fun and healthy stroll around town. Find the clues to solve a murder mystery, to locate lost treasure, or to be successful on a spy mission.

Download a treasure trail by searching “Worcestershire Treasure Trails”

Recent improvements to the landscaping of KIDDERMINSTER TOWN CENTRE has seen a themed design for the street furniture and public art based on the town’s ‘Rock Music’ heritage including stacks of vinyl records and two long benches in the shape of guitar necks. A fitting tribute to the once famous Frank Freeman’s Dance Club where the DJ John Peel promoted, amongst others, the late Marc Bolan’s 60’s/70’s band T. Rex. The public square, Exchange Place, has been redesigned around the form of the ‘Penny Black’ postage stamp to celebrate Roland Hill, a local Kidderminster philanthropist, who founded the modern postal system and whose statue stands tall in the centre of the space.

HILLS ABOUND in the area with great views that are worth the climb; visit Waseley Hills, Lickey Hills, the National Trust Clent Hills and 200 acre Kingsford Forest Park, named after the flight of King Charles I as he crossed the Worcestershire county pursued by Roundheads.

go outdoors Built within the Royal Feckenham Forest, REDDITCH has many historical features such as medieval St Stephens Church within Green open space and Forge Mill Museum, housed in a 16th century barn with outdoor picnic area and play area.

At 900 acres, Arrow Valley Country Park is the largest area of open space in Redditch - and it’s not just a beautiful environment, it’s packed full of things to see and do www.arrow-valley.co.uk The park is set over 2.5 miles of countryside, between Forge Mill Needle Museum, the protected ancient monument of medieval Bordesley Abbey and the Abbey Stadium to the north and Washford Mill to the south. The River Arrow meanders through it and together with the 29-acre Arrow Valley Lake, there are excellent wildlife habitats as well as great walks and family activities.

At the heart of the Park is the lakeside Arrow Valley Visitor Centre, which houses a café with panoramic views across the water as well as function and conference facilities, fishing, water sports and other activities. Over in Wyre Forest the great Wyre Community Discovery Centre is another fantastic venue designed with a host of green technologies including apps to download before you arrive ForestXplorer and Highway Rat Activity Trail. With a balcony looking out into the beautiful surrounding forest, it’s easy to see why 250,000 visitors enjoy the forest each year. Find our more at www.forestry.gov.uk/wyreforest. If more adventure is what you are looking for, then Go Ape Tree Top Adventure is one of only 4 in the region – more details at: goape.co.uk/adventures

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PLEnty of history On the banks of the River Severn, sits BEWDLEY, and set in within the heart of the town, in its historic Butchers Shambles, the fascinating displays at Bewdley Museum (free entry) gives an insight into the trades and crafts of this Georgian town and the Wyre Forest area. With hands-on activities and regular craft demonstrations there’s plenty to see and do for the whole family, including the brass foundry, jail, resident crafts people, air raid shelter, varied exhibitions and events. Make sure you also take time for a well-earned break in the café set within attractive walled gardens. With a stroll around the delightful museum grounds and the adjoining Jubilee Gardens, it’s the perfect way to relax and unwind. www.bewdleymuseum.co.uk You’ll also find the Award Winning Tourist Information Centre whose staff are always happy to help you make the most of your time in the Wyre Forest area. @BewdleyTIC

There are plenty of historical sites to be enjoyed, such as the County Museum housed at Hartlebury Castle (1,000 years of history including a fine library compiled by Bishop Richard Hurd), Harvington Hall (Moated Manor House) and Hagley Hall (iconic stately home) so it’s well worth a visit. The WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY MUSEUM, near both Kidderminster and Stourport, is housed in historic Hartlebury Castle. Whether you are looking for a chance to learn about everything from Romans to Regency, a peaceful stroll through nature or just a nice cup of tea and a cake, the Museum offers plenty for a day out.

AVONCROFT OPEN AIR MUSEUM cares for a collection of several thousand objects that reflect the life and work that took place within these historic buildings and structures. Special collections housed within 19 acres of countryside grounds, include The National Telephone Kiosk Collection. As well as family friendly events through the year, it houses an award winning Edwardian Tea Room.

At THE TRANSPORT MUSEUM at Wythall you’ll find a collection of buses and battery electric vehicles including electric bread and milk floats, plus a miniature steam railway that operates on selected event days. Along with ‘Kids Kabin’ activity and picnic areas, cafe and souvenir shop you are sure to have a great day out.

With so much to do you may well want to consider staying a while. Whether you’re looking for boutique accommodation, a family-friendly hotel or a quiet spot to pitch a tent or caravan, you’ll be sure to find the perfect bolthole. For more information visit the relevant Tourist Information Centres, the websites of the individual destinations or www.visitworcestershire.org Tourist Information Centres Bewdley: 0845 6077819 Redditch: 01527 60806


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Every journey ends with a memory. Visit svr.co.uk or call +44 (0)1562 757900

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Museum of Royal Worcester Re-opening after exciting gallery refurbishment in June 2018 For updates visit: www.museumofroyalworcester.org

Museum Pop-up Shop Now open at the Guildhall, Worcester Museum of Royal Worcester, Severn Street, Worcester WR1 2ND ‘Royal Worcester’ and the C51 crown device are registered by and used under kind permission from Portmeirion Group UK Ltd to whom all rights are reserved.

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10 days out

Go ape


Enjoy an award-winning outdoor adventure with the whole family in the Wyre Forest. Families and friends of all ages can unleash their inner Ape on the Tree Top Adventure and Tree Top Junior, specifically designed with your little monkeys in mind. It’s a day out like no other, full of zip-wires, Tarzan Swings and breathtaking scenery. www.goape.co.uk/wyre

Avoncroft Museum Families will love a day out at Avoncroft with over 30 restored and re-erected buildings including a working 19th century windmill, a Medieval Town House, a fully-furnished 1940s prefab and the National Telephone Kiosk Collection. You can escape among the 19 acres of grounds with two children’s play areas, an orchard full of cider apples and perry pears, a picnic area and a wild flower meadow. Enjoy a picnic on the Guesten lawn or lunch in our Edwardian tearoom. www.avoncroft.org.uk


EASTNOR pottery Potter’s wheel fun for all the family. Aspiring potters of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to create a pot on the potter’s wheel for as little as £10! - Including a complementary cuppa or glass of squash.

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We are open Tues – Sat and have 1.5-hour sessions for families and friends commencing at 10am, 11.30am, 2pm and 3pm. Pre-booking essential Tel 01531 633886 or email admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk

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For the more energetic family members, experience a fun and exhilarating quad trek over 350 acres of farmland and countryside for riders aged 6 upwards. All safety equipment is supplied and a fully-trained instructor will tailor your trek in line with your group’s ability. www.peachleyquadtrekking.co.uk

Transport Museum Wythall Home to a unique collection of buses and battery electric road vehicles. Open Apr-Oct at weekends plus Wednesdays in school holidays. On main event days, children love riding on the buses and miniature steam railway. See the website for dates. It is a great day for the whole family with interactive exhibits and the opportunity to enjoy a picnic on the grass on a sunny day. www.wythall.org.uk

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CountryTastic Three Counties Showground, 5 April Visitors can expect an action packed day of discovery with plenty of indoor and outdoor activities. Tickets are only available in advance priced at just £5 for children £8 for adults with free entry for 3’s and under, making it the ideal family Easter outing.

West Midland Safari & Leisure Park There is so much to see and do at West Midland Safari Park. You can get up close to rhino’s, zebras, elephants, tigers and many more on the Safari Drive-through!

Everyone’s favourite farmer from BBC Countryfile and the Cotswold Farm Park, Adam Henson will tell his ‘tales from the bales’ in the Ask The Farmer classroom. There will be plenty of opportunities for children to get stuck in and get their hands dirty. www.countrytastic.co.uk

Mini Pro Golf


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There is golfing fun for everyone at Mini Pro golf Parks. With a total of 18 holes, this beautiful grass course is based in a charming riverside setting in the Village of Wolverley. All equipment is provided and there’s no experience necessary meaning anyone can take part.

You can record your scores to see who makes it through the minefield, over the wooden bridge and through the wizards legs in the least amount of putts.

Take to foot to explore the African Village and discover Meerkat Mayhem and the Lemur Woods. The Discovery Trail can be done in all weather conditions with a variety of talks and shows for you to watch along the way.

As well as the animal enclosures there is an Adventure Theme Park with dozens of rides to choose from and a Tiny Tots Theme Park for the younger members of the group. www.wmsp.co.uk


Worcester CAthedral There are many ways families can uncover the secrets within Worcester Cathedral. Climb the 235 steps of the Cathedral tower to see spectacular views of the city, river and countryside beyond. Open during weekends and school holidays from Easter to end of October, weather permitting for £8 for 2 Adults and 2 Children. You could also borrow a free safari back pack to follow a trail and seek out some of the surprising and unusual creatures and animals carved and painted here. Open every day, entry is free.





Experience a thrilling, fun and interactive activity for players of all ages.

Select your challenge from a choice of three individually themed rooms. Take on the challenge as a team of 2-6 players and see if you can beat the clock with 60 minutes on it. All you have to do is enter the game, solve the puzzle and escape the room. Do you dare to take on the challenge? www.cyberq.co.uk

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The Ring: Art on the Waterways February – September 2018 www.theringart.org.uk 2018 will see a major new arts project, The Ring, bring imaginative and unexpected artworks to the waterways of Worcestershire. Five artists have been commissioned by the Canal & River Trust project to produce works inspired by the Mid-Worcestershire Ring, a 21-mile circle of natural and historic waterways, flowing through the urban and rural landscapes of Worcester and Droitwich Spa. There will be lots to do for visitors at pop-up art events, including an unusual artwork that gradually ‘appears’ at Diglis Island; poetry and photography; a project inspired by Droitwich Spa’s history of salt production; a bandstand like nothing you’ve seen before; spectacularly inventive street art; special performances; live events and activities.


New for 2018 Hartlebury Castle opens as major visitor attraction Home to the Bishops of Worcester for over 1000 years, Hartlebury Castle opens as a major visitor attraction in April, showcasing its unique history. Already home to Worcestershire County Museum, from April the whole site will be open, offering visitors the chance to discover the lives of its residents through exciting and interactive galleries. You can also tour the grand State Rooms and for the first time enjoy a walk around the grounds and gardens, before relaxing in the Castle’s new café. In the Worcestershire County Museum galleries, visitors can explore the County’s fascinating history through museum collections including an outstanding collection of Gypsy wagons, the costume collection, Victorian School Room and popular toy gallery.

The Museum benefited from an excellent relationship with Royal Worcester and the Company frequently gifted copies and special trial pieces, pattern books, film and records to the collection. From Summer 2018 following a new National Lottery Funded refurbishment these artefacts will be on display in new interpretations focusing on the human story of Royal Worcester’s workforce, the conditions in which they worked, their camaraderie, the magnificent pieces of porcelain they created, their manufacture and the many famous people who placed orders with Royal Worcester throughout the world and their 257-year history.

Hartlebury Castle has a programme of events all year round and is open Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm and weekends 11am – 5pm. Developments have been made possible through funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. www.hartleburycastle.com

The Museum Shop specialises in selling Royal Worcester at the Guildhall, Worcester High Street, during the closure period for refurbishment. www.museumofroyalworcester.org


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WORCESTER STANDS TALL Get set for Worcester Stands Tall a massparticipation public art event that will take Worcester by storm for 10 weeks in the summer of 2018. From July 9 to September 16 Worcester’s streets, parks and open spaces will be brought to life by individually designed, beautifully created, majestic giraffes as you’ve never seen them before! The Worcester Stands Tall trail will inspire creativity and generate plenty of fun for all as you follow them on their journey around the city. www.worcesterstandstall.co.uk

Celebrating 60 years of the

Gloucester Warwickshire Steam Railway After much anticipation, the long awaited Broadway Station reopens on 30 March 2018, 58 years after it closed. Following incredible amounts of fund raising, restoration and hard work, you can once again travel by train through the glorious Cotswolds behind one of our fleet of iconic heritage steam or diesel engines or railcars. Enjoy the 29 mile round trip over the famous 15 arch Stanway viaduct, through the 693 Greet tunnel to Cheltenham Racecourse. Stop off at Toddington for our museums and at Winchcombe where our Discovery Coach, Model Railway and Coffee Pot 1950’s themed café await you. www.gwsr.com


July 5th 1948 became the ‘Appointed Day’ marking the beginning of the UK’s National Health Service. Worcester’s medical museums, The Infirmary and George Marshall Medical Museum, tell the story of how medicine and healthcare have changed since Worcester became the birthplace of the British Medical Association in 1832. To celebrate the 60th anniversary they will be running a programme of research and temporary displays, as well as hosting talks and events for this milestone. The Infirmary and George Marshall Medical Museum offer exhibitions, events and provide tours and talks to local community groups on the history of medical care in Worcestershire since 1745. Visitors will often see and interact with objects from the collection during events to provide authentic experiences and broaden their knowledge. www.medicalmuseum.org.uk


HOME OF Severn Valley Railway Board a heritage steam locomotive for an exciting trip along the beautiful 16-mile line, from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, hopping on and off at any of the six historic stations en route.

Avoncroft Museum Discover 700 years of Midlands history as you explore the award-winning museum set in 19 acres. You will find over 30 restored and re-erected buildings including a 19th century windmill, a Medieval Town House, a fully-furnished 1940s prefab and the National Telephone Kiosk Collection. There is a lively programme of events, including historical reenactments, open-air theatre and family fun days. You can also enjoy tea, cake or light lunches in the Edwardian tearoom. www.avoncroft.org.uk

Take a voyage of discovery at The Engine House Visitor Centre, packed with interactive exhibits – climb onto the footplate of a real steam train, sort the mail in our travelling post office and meet the engine that collided with a camel! Visit the gift shop, tackle the outdoor play area and refuel at the Flag & Whistle Food Stop restaurant.


Steam trains aplenty, fantastic events and lots to explore – take a journey of adventure at the awardwinning Severn Valley Railway.

Our brand new refreshment room at Bridgnorth is opening this summer too. A jam-packed events schedule includes Steam Galas, 1940s weekends, Ghost Trains and Santa Steam Specials.

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Discover 700 years of midlands history The open-air Museum is 2 miles south of Bromsgrove off the A38. Sat Nav postcode - B60 4JR

Discover History have over 30 exciting tours of Worcester available. These include “Myths and Legends” which looks at its links to the city, including the head above the door of the Guildhall as well as the aftermath of a poor Viking who missed his boat home. The “Crime and Punishment” tour speaks for itself and has proved a very popular option. Tours are available at any time of day, for all ages and all year round. Prices start from £7.50 per person. www.discover-history.co.uk

Broadway ToweR In 1761 the 6th Earl of Coventry acquired the beacon hill above Broadway adjoining his estate at Spring Hill. He commissioned ‘Capability’ Brown to redesign the estate at Croome Court and his Spring Hill retreat. Thus, Broadway Tower became the brainchild of the most famous landscape designer and architect of the 18th century. Visitors can walk around the deer park, go into the tower and discover its layered past or visit the Morris and Brown cafe. Broadway Tower is an Iconic building in the Worcestershire Cotswolds and is also the highest Castle in the whole of the Cotswolds. www.broadwaytower.co.uk


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famous 18th Century visitors... Such is the importance of Worcester to the evolution of Liberty & Democracy that the City was visited in 1786 by two senators and future US presidents, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson. Standing on Fort Royal Hill just behind The Commandery, Adams made a speech declaring the City to be the very ground ‘where liberty was fought for’ and invoking local people to ‘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.’ Visitors to The Commandery can listen to this famous speech while looking out onto Fort Royal Hill from the Presidents’ Rooms at The Commandery, which commemorate this famous visit and are part of new interactive displays telling Worcester’s Civil War Story. www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

For more information on how to plan your short break or holiday, please visit www.visitworcestershire.org


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Hanbury Hall Nestled in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside, Hanbury was a perfect summer retreat from the bustle of 18th Century London life. Thomas Vernon, a rich and successful lawyer, built Hanbury Hall as a setting for lavish parties and the whole estate was designed to showcase his wealth, taste and style. Artist Sir James Thornhill was employed to create spectacular wall and ceiling paintings, depicting the story of Achilles with a contemporary political twist. Without these paintings, Hanbury Hall would not be here today; their importance inspired an anonymous donation so that in 1953, Hanbury was saved for future generations.

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Welcome to The Firs: Birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar. With a revitalised Visitor Centre and Cottage, we now have a state of the art tea-room with freshly made food for you to enjoy. You can learn ‘All You Need to Write a Symphony’ in our brand new exhibition space. Live music has returned to The Firs with a whole host of musicians performing over the year. Not to be missed are our changing art and music exhibitions which will unravel the man behind the enigma. Walk in the footsteps of Elgar around Lower Broadheath, whatever the weather, with our downloadable maps. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-firs



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Stroll through acres of beautiful parkland waiting to be discovered. Croome’s ‘Capability’ Brown landscape has statues, temples and follies around every corner with the lake presenting a perfect place to sit and reflect. Explore three floors of the house with contemporary exhibitions and displays or join a guided tour at the top of the house to see pieces from the Coventry collection. Our wartime museum tells the story of yet another layer of Croome’s history during the Second World War. Don’t forget to visit the children’s play areas - the perfect spot for kids to let off steam, or complete your day with a visit to our shop, restaurant or tea-room. Dogs on leads are welcome.


For more information on how to plan your short break or holiday, please visit www.visitworcestershire.org


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Explore 500 years of history through the lens of an unusual brother and sister.

Discover Hanbury's rich story as a showpiece of status and success for London lawyer Thomas Vernon. See the wall and ceiling paintings commissioned from Sir James Thornhill and the uniquely reconstructed formal gardens by Royal Gardener, George London.

Discover its unique and creative interior and see the changing of the seasons in an inner-city garden.

Call 01527 821 214 for details nationaltrust.org.uk/Hanburyhall

Call 01905 23571 for details www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greyfriars-house-and-garden

When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your support helps us to look after special places in Worcestershire for ever, for everyone.

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Discover a house built in the 1480's, which for centuries reflected the fortunes of its surroundings, until it was rescued and carefully restored by the Matley-Moores.


When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your support helps us to look after special places in Worcestershire such as Hanbury Hall, Croome and The Firs. for ever, for everyone.

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The Firs: Birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar Crown East Lane, Lower Broadheath, Worcester Visit the cottage where one of Britain's best loved composers was born and explore the traditional cottage garden and surrounding Lower Broadheath. Our Visitor Centre boasts a brand new Tea-Room, a recreation of Elgar's study, a timeline exhibit and an introductory film.

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When you visit, donate, volunteer or join the National Trust, your support helps us to look after special places in Worcestershire for ever, for everyone.

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Eating Out in Diglis House Hotel Diglis House Hotel’s Conservatory Restaurant offers an amazing riverside dining experience with fabulous views of the River Severn and a wide choice of seasonal food, from the chef’s classics to à la carte dining. Head chef Mike, sources fresh ingredients from sustainable local sources to craft some of the finest dishes available in Worcester.


Centenary Lounge is a stunning recreation of a 1930s Art Deco Bistro, which tastefully recaptures the decor of the Period Railway Buffet at its very best. Experience the opportunity to relive the style and glamour of the golden age of travel from the 1930s when it opens in Worcester this summer. Stop for lunch, afternoon tea or drinks at Foregate Street, or pop in and get something for your train journey. Opening Summer 2018 www.centenarylounge.com

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Sunday lunch gives you the chance to relax and enjoy a lazy afternoon in our elegant surroundings. During the warm summer days you can eat and drink on the terrace, in our specially designed al fresco dining area or in our beautifully mature gardens. On those chillier days why not relax in front of the fire in the lounge or in our recently refurbished William Leader room?

For more information on how to plan your short break or holiday, please visit www.visitworcestershire.org

Cotford Hotel L’amuse Bouche restaurant at the Cotford Hotel offers French-style cuisine with a modern twist in a quaint English setting with 2 rosettes. Winner of the Best Eating Out award in the 2016 Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence, L’amuse Bouche serves creative cuisine using fresh, locally sourced organic produce. Set within the gothic architecture of the Cotford Hotel with a team of staff who will bring the food to life, the food at L’amuse Bouche has been described as ‘theatre’.

NEW FOR SUMMER www.cotfordhotel.co.uk


Great Western-style refreshment room & newly refurbished Railwayman’s Arms pub at Bridgnorth Station. Visit svr.co.uk or call +44 (0)1562 757900

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Wood Norton Hall Boasting a second AA Rosette in Culinary Excellence, The Wood Norton’s Food and Beverage offering is popular with hotel guests and local residents alike. From a stunning Seven Course Tasting Menu and unique Fine Dining creations, to a delicious Bistro Brasserie offering, using only the best in locally grown produce, there’s something to suit everyone. Located just a short distance from the stunning Cotswolds, The Wood Norton is a popular Special Occasion venue, boasting an exquisite and seasonal Afternoon Tea Menu with homemade cakes, pastries and finger sandwiches.

Gazing across the English countryside from the Malvern Hills, The Cottage in the Wood offers sweeping, panoramic views across the Worcestershire Cotswolds, Vale of Evesham and Severn Valley. Savour a drink on the terrace, put your feet up by the fire or dine on delicious modern British cuisine at the two AA Rosette award winning restaurant 1919. Serving delicious modern British cuisine ranging from light, healthier dishes to more indulgent meals to suit all tastes and appetites. Relax at The Cottage in the Wood where the birds sing, the air is fresh and the views take your breath away. www.cottageinthewood.co.uk


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Relax in a Hotel with Amazing Views of Worcestershire’s open green spaces Brockencote Hall – part of the Eden Hotel Collection – has been crowned ‘Best Hotel’ at the ‘Visit Worcestershire Awards for Excellence 2017’. The 21-bedroomed Victorian manor house sits in a picturesque lakeside setting of 70 acres of parkland. The stunning country house hotel has four AA Red Stars and its increasingly-popular Chaddesley Restaurant, headed up by acclaimed chef Tim Jenkins, holds three AA Rosettes for its culinary excellence and was recently awarded Hotel Restaurant of the Year at ‘The Food Awards England’ for the second year in a row. www.brockencotehall.com

A warm welcome awaits at this beautiful Victorian hotel, full of charm and character with the luxury of modern amenities. The emphasis on relaxation flows throughout, from the traditional, comfortable lounge to the contemporary bar through to the intimate award winning restaurant. Professional cuisine with fresh ingredients is a priority whether it’s a light snack, room service or the full a la carte dinner. The Cotford is just a few minutes from Malvern town Centre, Theatre and hills, set in mature gardens creating peace and tranquillity. www.cotfordhotel.co.uk

The Wood Norton boasts 50 stunning bedrooms, which span across the Main Hall and Pear Tree Mews, and graciously combine original 19th Century French decorative interiors with the very best the modern World has to offer. Positioned on first floor of the Main Hall, its luxury suites boasting far reaching views of the cascading Worcestershire countryside and stunning features, such as separate lounging areas and standalone Victorian baths. www.thewoodnorton.com

Escape to the Country and stay on a Farm in a Tranquil Oasis Each year just 100 out of over 23,000 hotels, guest houses, B&B’s, self catering, park/campsites and glamping sites are chosen to receive a ROSE award which stands for Recognition of Service Excellence. Hop Pickers Hideaway was one of the 2017 winners. The winners are nominated by Visit England Quality assessors and then selected based on feedback from overseas and domestic visitors. Hop Pickers Hideaway is a luxury hand crafted Shepherd’s Hut full of lots of creature comforts and a hot tub with views across towards The Malvern Hills. www.hoppickersbarn.co.uk

The five characterful, listed cottages are nestled in tranquil countryside just 5 miles from Ledbury. Set on the Gloucestershire/ Herefordshire border, it’s the perfect base for exploring the Malvern Hills, Forest of Dean, Welsh borders and Herefordshire’s historic market towns. Ideal for relaxing, walking and touring. Long Barn sleeps 5+cot; Hop Pickers Cottage sleeps 4+cot; Welsh Cottage sleeps 2; The Hopstore sleeps 2; The Kiln sleeps 2+cot . Short breaks are available but subject to seasonal booking restrictions. www.whitehousecottages.co.uk

Ideal for family and friends to holiday together. Set in 25 acres of landscaped gardens and orchards Pitlands Farm has 7 holiday properties: 3 x Lodges (each sleep 6) and 3 x Bungalows (each sleep 4). New for 2018 will be the newly converted Chaff House, sleeping 6-8 people. All of our properties are fully equipped for a self-catering holiday with their own private garden area, outdoor seating and a BBQ. Our hot tub, sauna and onsite function room, as well as local pub complete the perfect location for a relaxing holiday in the beautiful Worcestershire countryside. www.pitlandsfarm.co.uk


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Room for Two, make Worcestershire your home for a while The Moongazer is perfect if you’re looking for something a little different, a bow top gypsy caravan set in a secluded private area of the Fleece Inn’s apple orchard. The Fleece Inn is the perfect rural retreat perfectly placed in the Worcestershire Cotswolds. Moongazer is camping in style with a cosy double bed, wood burning stove and shower/toilet. There’s even a private deck overlooking the village stream. Breakfast can be served outdoors or in the pub. www.thefleeceinn.co.uk

The Firs’ at Lower Broadheath is at the heart of Elgar country. Many visitors stay with us to walk the country lanes that inspired Sir Edward Elgar as well as visit the nearby Elgar centre which is now managed by the National Trust. The Trust decided to rename the centre as ‘The Firs; Elgar’s Birthplace’. Confused? Yes, we were too. However if you are looking for delightful accommodation, The Firs is the place to stay. Our annexe was purpose built in 2009 and is completely self-contained. We offer superb facilities which include a fully equipped kitchen. You can have a big queen- sized bed or two singles. www.thefirsbroadheath.co.uk

The Old Dairy Malvern offers luxury as standard, a fully self-contained apartment for two, with its own generous outdoor living space. Everything you could need with the privacy and independence of a home away from home. The furnishings are to the highest standards, with a mixture of character and contemporary interior design. The private garden has a luxury weber bbq, a contemporary shelter that houses a large stylish outdoor living sofa, and a water feature, so you can enjoy the true outdoor living lifestyle. www.theolddairymalvern.co.uk

Escape to the Country and stay on a Farm with the Warmest of Welcomes Broome Park is the perfect place to stay for a walking or cycling holiday with lots of waymarked walks in the area and circular cycle routes. Based near the Worcestershire Shropshire border, it offers lots of indoor and outdoor space to allow guests to truly relax during their stay, giving a home from home experience. Bedrooms are en-suite and large enough for 2 extra beds or a cot if you are visiting as a family. Evening meals are available upon request and you will be greeted with a warm welcome a hot drink and slice of home made cake on arrival www.broomeparkfarm.co.uk

Hill Farm House has beautiful views over the Worcestershire countryside. In transforming the old farmhouse and buildings from a working farm, we have created superbly appointed Bed & Breakfast accommodation. You’ll find large beamed rooms with top of the range king-size beds and en suite facilities. Freshly cooked full English breakfast is served with views of the Worcestershire countryside. All set in the ideal location for touring Worcestershire, The Cotswolds and Stratford upon Avon. www.hillfarmhouse.co.uk

Green Farm is a Grade II Listed Georgian farmhouse with two double rooms, each with their own sitting room and entrance. One double/twin is in an original 16th century cottage with plenty of wooden beams and a wood burning stove in the sitting room. The other double/twin is a converted granary and has its own spacious sitting room. Green Farm offers a real rural escape and yet only minutes from the M5 (J6) and Worcester. www.thegreenfarm.co.uk

For more information on how to plan your short break or holiday, please visit www.visitworcestershire.org


8 – 17 June 2018 www.broadwayartsfestival.com The beautiful Cotswold village of Broadway offers a hugely varied schedule of events including celebrity talks, workshops and demonstrations by leading contemporary artists, top classical and jazz musical performances, a theatre production of “Pride & Prejudice”, a WW1 art exhibition and “The Great Broadway Paint-Off” – a chance to join in and try your hand with exciting prizes!

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There will be activities for all ages include storytelling, art & theatre workshops, crafts, mural painting and clowning. Family day on 16 June will feature a very popular afternoon theatre production in the main tent.

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Upton Jazz...Back in Town 21 - 24 June 2018 www.uptonjazz.co.uk


In 2018 the Upton Jazz Festival will be Back in Town with iconic and intimate venues, down by the Riverside where it all began 33 years ago. A four day celebration of the Jazz, Swing and Blues music of the 1920s, 30s and 40s; music which grew out of the streets and clubs of New Orleans, New York, Chicago and Kansas City, with a strong international line-up. Gypsy Swing Jazz from Paris and beyond, more than a little Jive and Boogie Woogie, all this mixed with a dash of the Modern and even a slice of Ska. Our 10th year of Best of Young Jazz shows off the exceptional talents of young players from across the Midlands region. With 60 concerts over 4 days starting on Thursday evening a weekend or day ‘stroller’ ticket gives access to every venue; a vintage themed Jazz Parade, the ever popular, packed Jazz Church Service, fringe venues with a riverside performance and busking stage, camping and parking on Fish Meadow, stalls, food and drink, all in Upton-upon-Severn: voted a ‘Best Place to Live’ by the Sunday Times in 2017.

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NEW for the 2018 festival: artBEAT June 8-10 An exciting three day weekend event to kick-off the festival featuring some of the country’s most renowned contemporary artists, printmakers, jewellers, sculptors, ceramicists, designers and craftsmen demonstrating their skills.

BENJAMIN WILLIAMS LEADER: BLEST BY THE SUNS OF HOME Worcester Art Gallery & Museum. 17 February – 2 June 2018 Worcester’s most famous artistic son, Benjamin Williams Leader RA (1831 – 1923) was celebrated for capturing the charms of the British landscape. This exhibition, including a work on loan from the Royal Collection, will explore the significance of landscape painting during World War One when the British countryside became a symbol of hope and national identity at a time of crisis.


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SUN 11 TEME VALLEY MARKET, THE TALBOT AT KNIGHTWICK For high quality local food, drink, arts and crafts in a tranquil setting, come and support one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the country every second Sunday of the month.


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Nature In Focus, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Big Dreamers Festival, The Hive, Worcester

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CountryTastic, Three Counties Showground

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Specialist Plant Fair, Spetchley Park Gardens

MON 23 – THUR 21 JUN THE BRITISH ASPARAGUS FESTIVAL, EVESHAM Celebrating the world’s finest “gras”. Numerous events and activities will take place during this two month long festival that honors the growing, harvesting and eating of this sumptuous delicacy. Worcestershire’s Vale of Evesham is definitely the place to be for true connoisseurs. Fri 27

Writers Workshop, Tudor House Worcester

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PAW Patrol Visit, Severn Valley Railway

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Tiddesley Wood Open Day, Worcestershire Wildlife Trust

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Eastnor Chilli Festival, Eastnor Castle

THUR 10 - SUN 13 RHS MALVERN SPRING FESTIVAL, THREE COUNTIES SHOWGROUND Explore a variety of imaginative show gardens, admire the fabulous blooms in the extensive floral marquee, pick up some hints and tips from a wide variety of talks and demonstrations. Fri 11 - Sat 12

Spring Festival Market, Worcester High Street, Guildhall

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Museums at Night, The Infirmary Museum

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Malvern Walking Festival, Malvern Hills

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Sun 12

Worcester Show, Gheluvelt Park, Worcester

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Worcester Festival Fireworks, South Quay, Worcester

SEPTEMBER SEPT - DEC IN A CHINA SHOP, MUSEUM OF ROYAL WORCESTER A Meadow Arts will be celebrating the reopening of the Museum of Royal Worcester with an exhibition to explore how porcelain continues to inspire contemporary artists. Sun 2

Family Fun Day, Worcester Racecourse

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Battle of Worcester Commemorative Drumhead Ceremony, The Commandery

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Heritage Open Days, Heritage Attractions across Worcestershire

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Heritage Open Days, Heritage Attractions across Worcestershire

FRI 14 – MON 17 WORCESTER MUSIC FESTIVAL, WORCESTER CITY CENTRE Worcester Music Festival is a leading metropolitan live music event which hosts over 200 performances and is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2017. It is a hugely popular three-day showcase of original music taking place in 20 venues in Worcester city centre. Wed 26

A Celebration of Music, Little Malvern Court

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Harvest Festival Market, Worcester High Street, Guildhall

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With over 6,500 acres to explore The Wyre Forest and its surrounding woodlands are fantastic places to get out and enjoy the fresh air. There is something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to Go Ape, learning and adventure play. Around half of the forest is managed by The Forestry Commission and it is a great place to try and spot wildlife, birds, butterflies and bugs. www.forestry.gov.uk/wyreforest

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A family run hotel and restaurant that provides a relaxed, friendly country house atmosphere. The hotel provides high standards of facilities and service, tailored by its staff for its guests. You can find us in our a beautiful Georgian building right in the centre of Malvern, overlooking the Priory Church with amazing views and direct access to the Malvern hills. Due to our excellent position and car park for our walkers, we are often referred to as the ‘Gateway to the Hills’. www.mountpleasanthotel.co.uk


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DISCOVER A BEST KEPT SECRET speeds of up to 140mph on the 1000 yard course. The top competitors aim for the hill record of 22.58 seconds, providing a thrilling day out.

Worcestershire County Cricket Club The Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb is one of Worcestershire’s best kept secrets. Located just outside Martley and nestled in the Teme Valley Fifteen minutes from the from the centre of Worcester, Lies the world’s oldest motor sport venue still running on it’s original course. Throughout the summer, High octane action takes place with rounds of the MSA British Hill Climb Championship in June and August, with cars reaching

Often said to be the most beautiful sporting venue in England, WCCC has something to offer everyone. From a traditional, relaxed atmosphere to the frenetic pace of Twenty 20, you cannot fail to enjoy the English quintessentially game of cricket seen in the shade of Worcester Cathedral. Worcestershire County Cricket Club is one of the 18 major county clubs which make up the English and Welsh domestic cricket structure, representing the historic county. Its limited overs team is called the Worcestershire Royals, although unofficially the county is known by some fans as “the Pears”.


If you are into vintage cars, the 5th July provides great entertainment with cars ranging from Bugatti to Aston Martin and ERA, and the ever spectacular Napier Bentley always wows the Crowd as it smokes away from the line. Classic Nostalgia on the 18th and 19th July is fun for all the Family with action on the track and in the air, Plus period entertainment in the Courtyard, with live Music and Dancing. There is something for everyone with Six Race meetings a year for both classics and modern, plus the popular and free to attend Breakfast Clubs.

Worcester Warriors

Enjoy an exciting day out at Sixways Stadium, home to Premiership Rugby side Worcester Warriors. Matchdays are suitable for the whole family with children’s activities in our Kids Zone, the opportunity to meet players and go on the Stadium pitch. There is also a variety of food and drink outlets and real ales available. 2018 Home fixtures include Bath Rugby, Gloucester Rugby, Leicester Tigers, Newcastle Falcons and Harlequins. Tickets are available to purchase by visiting www.warriors.co.uk/tickets or by calling 01905 459309.

Worcester Racecourse

As one of the oldest racecourses in the UK, Worcester Racecourse are celebrating 300 years of racing in 2018. The home of summer jump racing, hosting twenty National Hunt meetings from May to October. Diary highlights include Ladies Day (Sat 2nd June), Family Fun Days (Sun 24 June and Sun 2nd September) and Irish Night (Tues 17th July). Entry from £10, discounted tickets and packages in advance, restaurant, box and marquee facilities and free parking. Children under 18 go FREE.

For more information on how to plan your short break or holiday, please visit www.visitworcestershire.org

Curradine Barns From start to finish the beautifully restored Curradine Barns, 19th Century brick barns have everything you need for the perfect day.


The Granary Barn has rustic charm with a modern feel, the exposed brickwork, original beams and the exquisite chandelier evoke the perfect romantic atmosphere in which to say your vows. An outdoor wedding set in the lush Worcestershire countryside makes the Garden Gazebo an idyllic option.

Imagination comes to life with a Jinney Ring Craft Centre wedding! Your dream day might be a music festival, wrestling match or winter wonderland - we’ve already made these dreams come true, and we are ready for your ideas. Unleash creativity with talented crafts people, and design your perfect menu, from exquisite a la carte to a relaxed summer picnic.

The Barley Barn can accommodate up to 150 guests for a refined dining experience filled with beautifully presented, delicious wedding dishes. For the evening’s celebrations, the Granary barn is transformed to welcome more evening guests and the courtyard offers the ideal location for a drinks reception, photos and a relaxed socialising space.

Offering luxury marquees, outdoor celebrations, the rustic Barn Restaurant, and breath-taking countryside views - imagine how magical your day could be! www.jinneyring.co.uk



Stanbrook Abbey Begin the first day of the rest of your lives together at Stanbrook Abbey. Built in the early 16th century with its stunning architectural features, it’s full of wonderful historic charm and grace, from the dramatic stone cloisters to the gothic stained-glass windows; we have the perfect scene for your big day. There is space for an intimate affair or a larger celebration within the 19 function rooms across the romantic buildings and private dining rooms.


Weddings at The Commandery This stunning Grade I listed building steeped in a thousand years of history, is now available as a unique location for weddings. The delightful enclosed gardens, magnificent medieval Great Hall and peaceful private wedding suite provide an enchanting atmosphere for an unforgettable special day.


Manor Hill House Swan Lane, Upton Warren, Bromsgrove Worcestershire. B61 9HE Tel: 01527 861200 Email: info@manorhillhouse.co.uk www.manorhillhouse.co.uk

MANOR HILL HOUSE • Exclusive use • Private and rural location • Licensed rooms for civil ceremony • Bespoke menus designed by you

• Affordable corkage and pay bar • Beautiful and stylish marquee • Experienced events team dedicated to you • Flexible guest numbers 20 - 160

• Four luxury en-suite boutique bedrooms • Photo opportunities in our private gardens • Glorious countryside views • 3 miles from J5/M5

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Local Craft Food & Drink Ever since the early days at Webbs - as seed merchants, growers and horticulturalists - we have had a love of good food and drink. In the new openplan, refurbished Food Hall and re-imagined Restaurant at Webbs, Wychbold the finest local foods, best international produce and seasonal British menus await you. The are so many delights to explore in this food heaven; from food hall treats, freshly made gelato, over 100 cheeses through to an ever changing restaurant menu.


The Valley, Evesham is the perfect place to spend a relaxing day with a great mix of brand names and unique gift shops all set within 125 acres of stunning rural Worcestershire countryside. Indulge your gardening passion with Blue Diamond Home & Garden and enjoy top brands including Fat Face, Barbour, Mountain Warehouse and Pavers Shoes. Choose from a range of cafes and restaurants. Enjoy family and dog-friendly walks in beautiful, unspoilt countryside. Open 7 days a week with free parking. www.thevalleyshopping.co.uk


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HOP POCKET SHOPPING Described as an Aladdin’s Cave, the Hop Pocket Shopping Village is an independent range of shops spread across several agricultural buildings in Bishop’s Frome. With offerings of clothing, a farm shop and butchers, toys, plants, local beverages and wine, the Hop Pocket is a destination with a difference. The restaurant serves freshly prepared home-made food, sourcing many of their ingredients from the businesses on site. Catering for all the family, smaller portions, half jacket potatoes and half sandwiches are available for children. www.thehoppocket.com

Holloways A trip to Holloways can easily turn into a full day out as you spend time browsing through the garden centre, home furnishings and dining in the Glasshouse Café, overlooking the Suckley Hills. The licensed cafe serves delicious homemade food, plenty of options for vegetarians, cream teas and outdoor seating for those warmer months. Specialising in conservatory and garden furniture, Holloways stock a wide range of furniture for the whole home, home interiors and accessories as well as garden ornaments.


JINNEY RING CRAFT CENTRE Showcasing the best of local craft, the Jinney Ring Craft Centre is a hive of creativity. Each workshop produces handmade original designs, including woodwork, blown glass, textiles, a chocolatier and more! Explore the gardens, feed the ducks, visit the plant shop, and meet the family-run farm stall for fresh local produce.

WORCESTERSHIRE OPEN STUDIOS takes place during August bank holiday with local artists, art groups and galleries opening their doors at 70 locations across the county for you to enjoy and browse their art. From drawing, painting and printmaking, to glass, pottery and jewellery, there will be plenty on offer for everyone. Visitors have the chance to talk to artists about the inspiration behind their creations and watch some of them at work. www.worcestershireopenstudios.org

New for 2018 is the addition of a fine collection of antiques, located in the Gift Shop along with luxury alpaca clothing, an artists’ gallery, and decorative homeware. The newly refurbished downstairs floor has a versatile design to accommodate an extra events space, expanding on the success of the daytime and evening restaurants. www.jinneyring.co.uk

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home of 2,000 acres of stunning parkland, formal Italian Gardens and one of the most beautiful collection of rare and old trees in Arley’s magnificent arboretum. A perfect day out, with free parking on site, estate peacocks, fountains, plant sales and a tea-room serving delicious cakes, lunches, snacks and drinks throughout the day.

Spetchley Park Gardens Three miles east of Worcester, set within 30 glorious acres, is one of Britain’s best-kept secrets. Spetchley Park Gardens is a wondrous display of plants, shrubs and trees woven into a garden of many rooms and vistas appealing to all tastes and ages.

Ideal for families with a range of activities and events planned throughout the year. Or simply for adults with peaceful benches, romantic walks (you can even bring your dog), exceptional views and areas of outstanding beauty. Whatever the season you will find a reason to keep coming back. www.arleyarboretum.co.uk

Spetchley has been undergoing a mini revival with the creation of a new garden entrance, car park and Welcome Centre. The visitor experience has been enhanced by the renovation of the garden lake, the creation of a Heritage Interpretation & Learning Centre and the conservation of the Sovereign Coach, one of only 20 in the country. www.spetchleygardens.co.uk

RHS Malvern Spring Festival 10 – 13 May 2018 RHS Malvern Spring brings to the fore the finest in both gardening and food. With so much to see and do, you’ll have a full day out. Explore a variety of imaginative show gardens, admire the fabulous blooms in the extensive floral marquee, enjoy a sprinkling of good food from fabulous chefs and plenty of shopping to enhance your gardens. You will also be able to pick up some hints and tips from a wide variety of talks and demonstrations which are set to fire up imaginations on everything from garden design to foodie inspiration. www.rhsmalvern.co.uk


Ralph Court Gardens12 Amazing gardens set in the grounds of a gothic rectory. From Italy to Africa, the gardens transport you around the world and beyond into a fantasy world. Whether you are an adult or a child you will be mesmerised with the features and be surprised around every corner. Start your journey through the African jungle taking the tree top walkway. Pass through the Pirate garden with its run aground galleon. Pass by Toad Hall in the Willow garden before walking through the Gunnera maze. If you do find your way out then make sure you do not disturb 'Edwina', our resident dragon! www.ralphcourtgardens.co.uk

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Whitlenge Gardens


“Voted best places in Britain to see the autumn colours”

Wander through three acres of beautifully landscaped gardens situated in the picturesque Worcestershire countryside.

The gardens surround a 17th century cottage which was once part of the Bishop of Worcester’s estate. They are planted with over 600 varieties of mature trees, shrubs, perennials, alpines, heather’s etc, chosen to give all year round colour and interest, mostly botanically labelled. Walk through the twisted pillar pergola, and large bog garden with the gigantic leaves of Gunnera (some six feet across) from mid summer through to autumn. Listen to the many different sounds of the water features. A small stream, millstones, rock and cobble bubblers, and several wall and floor mounted water features as well as many inspiring ideas to fit gardens of all shapes and sizes. www.whitlenge.co.uk

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Beautiful Arley Arboretum y Over 300 trees, finest collection of Magnolias & Acers, Britain’s longest Laburnum arch y Stunning Italian Garden, fountains & tea room y Kids activity trails, forestry parties, maze & play area 15 mins drive from Kidderminster /45 mins from Worcester or travel by steam on the Severn Valley Railway

arleyarboretum.co.uk for times, seasonal events & offers The Roger and Douglas Turner Charitable Trust. Registered Charity Number: 1154467

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Imaginative artworks and live events celebrate the fascinating and unusual stories of the places, people and natural environment of the Mid-Worcestershire Ring, a 21-mile circle of natural and historic waterways linking Droitwich and Worcester with the world, via the River Severn. A Canal & River Trust Arts on the Waterways project. March – September 2018 Visit theringart.org.uk for more information and to sign up to our e-news -pick up a guide in the Tourist Information Centre.





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The Riverside Gardens beside the River Salwarpe at Webbs, Wychbold are five acres of rich resource for everyone to enjoy. Escape the pace of modern life by seeking peaceful inspiration from the feature gardens or looking for new ways to go green with ideas for self-sufficiency and environmentally sensitive gardening. Let the children explore the magical Hobbit House, play in the willow wigwams, peak into the insect hotel and explore the stunning summer flowering wild meadow. The gardens are FREE to visit and offer enjoyment for gardeners, families with children or those simply looking for a peaceful stroll. Why not pop in to our restaurant afterwards to enjoy your favourite drink, slice of home baked cake or a delicious meal!

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Plan Your Trip Worcestershire’s location in the Heart of England makes it extremely 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 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.

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Herefordshire has long been considered the land of ‘milk and honey’, famed for its spectacular countryside, historic market towns, picture-book black and white villages and an abundance of artisan makers and foodie destinations. Enjoy walking, ruins, castles, canoeing, attractions, gardens or family fun, there is something for everyone in Herefordshire.

Worcestershire is referred to as The Gateway to the Cotswolds with south Worcestershire part of the North Cotswolds. Once you have visited the honey coloured village of Broadway and enjoyed the vistas across the Cotswolds from Fish Hill you can journey deeper into England’s largest Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

England’s second largest city is located just 20 minutes north and makes a great day out. You can shop until you drop in The Bullring, visit the National Sea Life Centre or enjoy a concert of your choice at the Barclaycard Arena or at the Genting Arena.

Home to the Shakespeare Birthplace Museum and The Royal Shakespeare Theatre Company, is just a 30 minute journey through rolling countryside and quaint English villages.

Just 45 minutes away from the north of the count is the Ironbridge Gorge Museum. Ironbridge is a World Heritage Site, recognised for the area’s unique contribution to the birth of the Industrial Revolution in the 18th century. Today you can visit a ‘Victorian’ town and many other attractions on offer.

Located just over an hour away down the M5 and is home to the historic Roman Baths as well as the Thermae Bath Spa.

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Set in 26 acres of extensive gardens, Stanbrook Abbey Hotel in Worcester is one of Worcestershire’s best-kept secrets and the perfect retreat whether you are looking for a romantic break or somewhere unique to hold a special event or even a business meeting. Dating back to the early 16th century, Stanbrook Abbey Hotel a former monastery, which lives on through the original architecture - boasts 55 beautiful bedrooms enabling guests to experience a taste of what life in an abbey was once like.

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This wonderful country house hotel in the city sits on the banks of the River Severn in the heart of historic Worcester. A superb country house location for exploring, business and shopping: lavish and comfortable, with fine dining and splendid views, we are unique in our glorious surroundings... (And we’re dog friendly!) WWW.DIGLISHOUSEHOTEL.CO.UK TEL: 01905 353518 FAX: 01905 767772 EMAIL: INFO@DIGLISHOUSEHOTEL.CO.UK DIGLIS HOUSE HOTEL, WORCESTER, SEVERN ST, WORCESTER, WORCESTERSHIRE, WR1 2NF SEARCH: DIGLIS HOUSE HOTEL

Cardinals Hat


Worcester, WR1 2NA T 01905 820364 E info@the-cardinals-hat.co.uk W the-cardinals-hat.co.uk Spacious rooms with high ceilings boast comfy king-size beds and luxury bathrooms, and of course the characteristic cosy pub that can be found downstairs



Nr Worcester, WR2 4UB T 01905 831736 E henwickhouse@hotmail.co.uk w henwickhouse.com The perfect getaway, nestling on the side of the Old Hills overlooking the historic town of Worcester and with dramatic views to the Malvern Hills.





Claines, Nr Worcester, WR3 7RL

Crowle Green, Nr Worcester WR7 4AB

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A working farm, just five minutes from Junction 6 of the M5 and two miles from historic Worcester. An extensive range of good local pubs and restaurants to choose from, with the renowned Mug House, close by. P O


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HOLLAND HOUSE Worcester, WR5 2JT T 01905 353939 E beds@holland-house.me.uk W holland-house.me.uk A warm welcome awaits you at this mid terrace house within walking distance of the cathedral and shops.




No. 9 Tredennyke Worcester WR1 3JR T 07974 809446 E rosiejudd1@gmail.com W st-georges-square.com Barbourne Terrace, is a tastefully decorated, fully-serviced, secure, one-bedroom apartment, with gated parking and entry system with easy access to city centre,

HILL FARM HOUSE Dormston Lane, Inkberrow, Nr Worcester WR7 4JS

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Peachley Leisure Worcester, WR2 6QR T 01905 641309 E peachleyleisure@live.co.uk W peachleycaravanpark.co.uk A family-run caravan park and campsite open 12 months of the year. Here you will be perfectly situated to enjoy all four seasons within the heart of Worcestershire countryside

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The Firs


T 01905 641071 E rosiethom@btinternet.com W thefirsbroadheath.co.uk £ From £300. Cash/Cheque Units 1 People 2

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Battenhall Avenue, Worcester, WR5 2HW T E W £

01905 357563 haywardpowis2@hotmail.co.uk worcester4seasons.co.uk Cash/Cheque Prices from £315 (3night minimum stay) Units 2 People 8

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A warm welcome awaits you in our two contemporary south facing apartments. Set in an acre of garden on a leafy avenue relax in our haven of peace and quiet. Both spacious apartments have under floor heating, far reaching views beyond our orchard to the Cotswolds and are close to Worcester centre.



In village of Elgar’s Birthplace, 4 star ground floor self-contained apartment for 2. Sitting room, bedroom, kitchen, shower room, shared utility. Offroad, quiet and relaxing.

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Upper Lightwood Farm, Nr Worcester WR2 6RL 01905 333202 upperlightwood@hotmail.co.uk upperlightwood.weebly.com From £300. Cash/Cheque Units 2 People 2-4

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University of Worcester

Worcester, WR1 2LG T 07710 618640 E guy@worcestercitycentrecottage.co.uk W worcestercitycentrecottage.co.uk Grade 2 listed building adjacent to Worcester Cathedral. 3 bedrooms sleeping 6, fully equipped kitchen, outside seating in courtyard.

Worcester WR2 6AJ T 01905 542121 E conferencing@worc.ac.uk W worcester.ac.uk Stay at one of the city centre campus’ and enjoy simple, modern styling. Self catering, B&B or other catering options available. Individual and group bookings welcome.

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ABBEY HOTEL Great Malvern, WR14 3ET T 01684 892332 E abbey@sarova.co.uk W sarova-abbeyhotel.com In the heart of historic Great Malvern and with sensational views, the hotel offers you a tranquil haven.

Malvern, WR14 4LG T 01684 588860 E reception@cottageinthewood.co.uk W cottageinthewood.co.uk Stunning views and direct access to the Malvern Hills for walkers. Boutique, family run hotel. Award winning restaurant serving British cuisine. Fantastic wine selection. Loved by locals and visitors alike.

Dingle Road, Leigh, Nr Worcester WR6 5JX T E W £

01886 833668 enquiries@hoppickersbarn.co.uk hoppickersbarn.co.uk Cash/Cheque. Prices from £220 (min 2 night stay) Weekly £495. Units 3 People 2-5 Hop Pickers Rural Retreats offers 3 different properties set within 9 acres of private grounds. The 17th century Barn sleeps 5, the luxury log cabin with private hot tub sleeps 4 and the new Hop Pickers Hideaway Luxury Shepherds hut sleeps 2 with it’s own hot tub. Woodland walk, wildlife hide, outdoor heated swimming pool, tennis court, games room with log burner. Fabulous walks to the Malverns from the doorstep.

THE BARN, BEECHCROFT Nr Worcester, WR5 3QH T 01905 820364 E info@thebarn-beechcroft.co.uk W thebarn-beechcroft.co.uk Converted barn set in a rural location on smallholding. Private access and enclosed garden. Dogs welcome. Ideal for countryside, pubs, amenities and tourist attractions.









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The New Cottage Worcester, WR2 6LG T 01905 640953 E jeeves@thenewcottage.co.uk W thenewcottage.co.uk Situated at the entrance of our 1 acre home, ‘The New Cottage’ has its own secluded paved garden with flowering tubs in the summer, garden furniture and a barbeque.



Great Malvern, WR14 4PZ

236 West Malvern Road, Malvern WR14 4BG

T 01684 561837 reception@mountpleasanthotel.co.uk W mountpleasanthotel.co.uk £ Single from £60. Double/Twin from £85. Family from £125 No. of rooms 17

Located within the town centre, with the advantage of being the gateway to the Malvern Hills. Complimentary car parking and WiFi.

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Self-contained. On Malvern Hills overlooking Herefordshire. Great Malvern 2 miles. Conservatory and use of garden. Children and pets welcome. Country pub. Village shop.

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51 Graham Road, Malvern WR14 2HU

De Walden Road, West Malvern WR14 4DF

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01684 572427 reservations@cotfordhotel.co.uk cotfordhotel.co.uk Prices from £75

A warm welcome awaits at this beautiful Victorian hotel, full of charm and character with the luxury of modern amenities. The emphasis on relaxation flows throughout, from the traditional, comfortable lounge to the contemporary bar through to the intimate award winning restaurant. Professional cuisine with fresh ingredients is a priority whether it’s a light snack, room service or the full a la carte dinner. The Cotford is just a few minutes from Malvern town Centre, Theatre and hills, set in mature gardens creating peace and tranquillity.


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Malvern, WR14 4HU T 01684 564448 E stay@thedellhouse.co.uk W thedellhouse.co.uk The distinctive 19th-century Dell House offers both B&B and Self Catering accommodation for a relaxing break at the foot of the Malvern Hills.

Malvern, WR14 3QP T 01684 572445 E relax@trehernehouse.co.uk W trehernehouse.co.uk Beautiful B&B as well as a former stable block and coach house offering superior, stylish accommodation in private setting with ample parking.





Wells House, Malvern Wells WR14 4LH T E W £

07905 827082 bookings@holywellsuite.co.uk holywellsuite.co.uk From £350. Cheque/BACS/PayPal Units 1 People 4

On the Malvern Hills with breath-taking far reaching views. Award-winning spacious 2 bedroom apartment; exposed beams. Idyllic location.

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Rhydd Green, Malvern WR8 0AG T E W £

01643 862359 info@rhyddbarn.co.uk rhyddbarn.co.uk £320 - £440. Cheque. Units 1 People 2

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01684 588967 ecc.enquiries@elimhq.net elimconferencecentre.co.uk Cash/Cheque/Credit Card Single from £46 Double/Twin from £74 Family room from £92.50 No. of rooms 21

Enjoy B&B or a short break at this spectacularly situated location on the Malvern Hills and experience the exceptional, yet relaxed service they are renowned for. Just three minutes drive from Great Malvern, they offer superb value with ensuite, TV, Wi-Fi, luxury beds and full breakfast all included.

THE PEMBRIDGE Great Malvern WR14 2HX T 01684 574813 E info@thepembridge.co.uk W thepembridge.co.uk The Pembridge, built in 1867, is within easy walking distance of Great Malvern town centre, theatres and restaurants and has a private car park.

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The Turbles - Holiday Accom. & Caravan Site Nr Malvern, WR13 6JD T 01684 833234 E enquiries@turbles.co.uk W www.turbles.co.uk

Self-Catering Accommodation and small Caravan Site in a peaceful, location at the foot of the Malvern Hills, on the edge of Castlemorton Common in the Heart of England.



The Old Dairy Farm


Lower House Farm, Leigh Sinton Rd, Malvern WR14 1LF T E W £

07802 313128 info@theolddairymalvern.co.uk theolddairymalvern.co.uk £570. 1 unit, pupw sleeps 1-2

Luxury as standard.... fully self-contained with its own generous outdoor living space. The attention is in the detail to provide you with everything to make your stay as comfortable as possible, giving you the privacy and independence of a home away from home. Whether you are looking for that romantic bolt hole or a base to explore the surrounding area we are sure The Old Dairy can deliver.

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Shuthonger, Tewkesbury GL20 6ED T E W £

01684 298599 robbrd1@aol.com tewkesburybedandbreakfast.co.uk Single from £40. Double from £70 Cash/Cheque No. of rooms 3

North of Tewkesbury, convenient for the Three Counties Showground, close to Hilton Puckrup Hall. En-suite rooms, television, beverages. Ideal walking, cycling. Rivers, golf nearby.




ROCHFORD PARK COTTAGES Nr Tenbury Wells, WR15 8SP T 01584 781392 E cottages@rochfordpark.co.uk W rochfordpark.co.uk £


Situated on a working farm, Plum Tree Cottage sleeps 3 and Mooncroft sleeps 8. Both are sympathetically restored former farm buildings, each with its own fenced garden.

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The Elms Hotel & Spa Nr Worcester, WR6 6AT T 01299 896666 E info@theelmshotel.co.uk W theelmshotel.co.uk An elegant Queen Anne mansion in 10 acres of grounds. Ideal for couples, families and friends.

BANK HOUSE B&B Bewdley, DY12 2DP T 01299 402652 E fleur.nightingale@virgin.net W bewdley-accommodation.co.uk Relax and enjoy your stay in a unique Victorian house dating back to 1810. Where you are guaranteed a warm and friendly atmosphere.


Upton Upon Severn, WR8 9DJ T 01684 592560 E holidaywithadifference@gmail.com W holidaywithadifference.co.uk This charming farm offers comfortable self catering accommodation in the quiet picturesque Worcestershire.

Nash End Farm Hideaway Nr Gloucester, GL19 4PG T 01452 840888 or 07788 175007 E info@nashendfarm.co.uk W nashendfarm.co.uk Escape to a luxury cosy self catering shepherd’s hut for 2, complete with central heating, internal kitchen and bathroom.

Earls Croome, Nr Worcester WR8 9DA

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01684 592877 Sandra@hollylodge.biz hollylodge.biz £350-£600. Cash/Cheque Units 1 People 6-8

Off A38 Earls Croome, a luxury log cabin set in idyllic surroundings, overlooking the Severn Valley on a working farm.

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Clifton-upon-Teme, Nr Worcester WR6 6DX T 01886 812220 E info@pitlandsfarm.co.uk W pitlandsfarm.co.uk £ From £325. Units 7 People 2-6

Set in 25 acres in picturesque Teme Valley, choice of lodges and bungalows. Coarse fishing pools. Ideally situated for walking or touring. Hot tub and sauna. Holistic therapy treatments also available.

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Hopleys family camping & Wyre Forest Tipi’s Bewdley, DY12 2QL T 01299 402173 E info@hopleyscamping.co.uk W hopleyscamping.co.uk Family campsite and four furnished tipis on outskirts of Georgian town of Bewdley, in heart of the Severn Valley.

BEWDLEY HILL B&B Kidderminster, DY11 6BS T 01562 60473 E info@bewdleyhillhouse.co.uk W bewdleyhillhouse.co.uk Near the town centre of Kidderminster, a very warm welcome is assured when visiting the elegant and traditional B&B

Old Manor Holiday Cottages Tewkesbury, GL20 6DB T 01684 293001 E oldmanortwyning@gmail.com W oldmanorholidaycottages.co.uk Award winning cottages. A perfect base for visiting The Cotswolds, Malvern Hills, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire and Hereford.

FOUR HEDGES Worcester WR8 0AD T 01684 310405 E fredgies@aol.com Four Hedges with its friendly welcome is situated 100 yards from the River Severn. The house and garden are dog friendly. Breakfasts include locally produced food when available and in season.

Cider Mill Cottage Nr Worcester,WR6 6DS T 01886 812156 E info@cidermill-cottage.co.uk W cidermill-cottage.co.uk Cider Mill Cottage is set in the secluded and beautiful location of the Teme Valley Worcestershire, a wonderful self catering accommodation for up to 3 people.

Court House Shelsley Walsh, Nr Worcester WR6 6RP T 0188681213 E info@shelsley-walsh-hotel.com W shelsley-walsh-hotel.com Historical and romantic B&B with grand interiors that will inspire and delight, with a real home from home feeling.

Hop Pickers House at Brook Farm Nr Worcester, WR6 6JT T 0870 333 1187

holidaycottages@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/holidaycottages

A private residence situated within the grounds of Witley, just a 10 minutes walk from the mansion and comes with its own secluded garden.

The Mug House Inn Bewdley, DY12 2EE T 01299 402543 E drew@mughousebewdley.co.uk W mughousebewdley.co.uk A sympathetically renovated period inn. The bedrooms provide a balance between practicality and homeliness.

LOwer House Farm Nr Tenbury Wells, WR15 8RL T 01885 410233 E kyreequestrianbb@gmail.comk W www.kyre-equestrian.co.uk Superb countryside, character farmhouse. In a quiet location, and perfect for holidays with horses, spacious stables and grazing available

Talbot Inn Newnham Bridge WR15 8JF T 01584 781941 E info@talbotinnnewnhambridge.co.uk W talbotinnnewnhambridge.co.uk Nestled amidst the wonderful countryside of The Teme Valley, this 19th century former coaching inn provides the perfect environment to eat, drink and sleep!

Manor Arms at Abberley Worcester, WR6 6BN T 01299 890300 E enquiries@themanorarms.co.uk W themanorarms.co.uk Set in the old village square of Abberley amidst the rolling Worcestershire countryside, the Manor Arms boasts 6 beautifully decorated bedrooms

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Pump Court Cottage

01299 270647

catherine@broomeparkfarm.co.uk broomeparkfarm.co.uk From £35

Set in a tranquil, rural location, on the border of Shropshire and Worcestershire just a mile from the market town of Cleobury Mortimer. The accommodation is spacious with a private sitting and dining room for the exclusive use of guests. L

Bewdley, DY12 2DZ T E W £

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Recently refurbished grade two listed Bewdley town cottage with views of the River Severn. Perfect for relaxing couples or a family break in the Wyre forest.

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Cox’s Barn


Cleobury Mortimer, DY14 8LS T 01746 718415 E iain.thompson12@btopenworld.com W coxsbarn.com Set in a tranquil, rural location near the town of Cleobury Mortimer. Stay in a converted barn on a working farm. A warm welcome awaits you with tea or coffee and cake on arrival.

Look Out lodge

Bewdley, DY12 2UR T 01299 269350 E jill_price@btinternet.com W theoldbarnbewdley.co.uk Pretty, spacious comfortably furnished cottage set in a peaceful, secluded and charming location with lovely views, and a private garden.

Nr Kidderminster, DY14 9XF T 01299 266525 W forestviewretreat.com E kimsimmonds@hotmail.co.uk Luxury 4 Star Gold self-catering log cabins especially for grown-ups. Set on the edge of the Wyre Forest now with DIY grazing and stabling.

HARDWICKe FARM Nr Bewdley, DY14 8TN T 01746 718220 E info@hardwickefarm.co.uk W hardwickefarm.co.uk Peaceful 16th Century farmhouse in picturesque countryside, ideal base to explore area. Warm welcome assured.

The Old Town Hall Bewdley T 01299 409465 E theoldtownhall@btinternet.com W bewdley-oldtownhall-bandb.co.uk Listed building close to the town centre, offering a warm friendly atmosphere. Relaxing visitor lounge and secluded orchard garden.

Fern VIEW Bewdley, DY12 2ER T 07899 797535 E bookings@fernviewbewdley.co.uk W fernviewbewdley.co.uk A refurbished bungalow, sleeps 6 in three bedrooms. A short walk from Bewdley, The River Severn and beautiful countryside. Private parking.


Bewdley, DY12 1AS T 07725 998840 E atrow60@hotmail.co.uk W jamesawhite66.wix.com/ roundstoneview Roundstone View is a 3 doublebedroom chalet set right on the banks of the River Severn with the beautiful views of the Wyre Forest & Severn Valley railway.

Broome Park FArm Cleobury Mortimer, DY14 0LB

Roundstone View Holiday Let

Birchall Green Farm WR2 6NT 07799 050424 lookoutlodge@hotmail.co.uk lookoutlodge.co.uk from £550. Cash/Cheque Units 1 People 6

A warm welcome awaits you at our ideally located country lodge. Perfect for Worcester and Malvern. Generous size for groups and families. Sleeps 6 + cot. Short breaks available.

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The Southcrest Manor Hotel & Spa

Canvas & Clover


Redditch, B97 4JS T 01527 541511 E reception@southcrestmanorhotel.com W southcrestmanorhotel.com 60 bedroom hotel located amongst picturesque and tranquil surroundings with more than 10 acres of private woodland and lawn.

Crown & Sandys Ombersley, Nr Worcester, WR9 0EW T 01905 620252 E info@thecrownandsandys.co.uk W thecrownandsandys.co.uk In the beautiful village of Omberlsey with access to Droitwich, Worcester & surrounding areas. 6 en suite rooms, parking, WIFI, tea & coffee & flat screen TV’S.



Worcester, WR6 6LY T 01905 820364 E wendy@canvasandclover.co.uk W canvasandclover.com Wake up in a beautiful field, with the luxury of being in a bed. Create magical memories – toasting marshmallows over fire pits surrounded by twinkling fairly lights.




Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire, DY10 4PY

THE DURRANCE Nr Bromsgrove, B61 9EL T E W £

01562 777533 helenhirons@thedurrance.co.uk thedurrance.co.uk £340 - £750. Cash/Cheque Units 3

3 Self Catering units set around a Georgian Farmhouse accommodating 3 - 6 people per unit. Ground floor rooms available with a large garden and tennis court for your use.

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01562 777876 info@brockencotehall.com brockencotehall.com Cash/Credit Card. Single from £105. Double/Twin from £135. No. of rooms 21

Brockencote Hall Hotel is an award winning peaceful luxury retreat, tucked away amid some of England’s finest countryside and heritage. This beautifully refurbished Victorian country manor house hotel is set in 70 acres of beautiful parkland, complete with a scenic lake, tennis court and restored dovecote. Proud to be part of Eden Hotel Collection – AA Small Hotel Group of the Year 2014-15.

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PHEPSON FARM cottages Himbleton, Droitwich Spa WR9 7JZ T E W £

01905 391205 info@phepsonfarm.co.uk phepsonfarm.co.uk From £266 - £700 Units 3 People 2-6 Cash/cheque

Three cottages beautifully converted from traditional farm buildings retaining many original features. Set on a working farm in peaceful countryside with fishing lake and wildlife walk. & L F

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the Wood Norton Worcester Road, Evesham WR11 4YB T E W £

01386 765611 info@thewoodnorton.com thewoodnorton.com From £89

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Nr Malvern, WR13 6QG T 01684 540000 E hotel@colwall.com W colwall.co.uk A country house hotel, located in the centre of a peaceful rural village, on the sunny western flanks of the Malvern hills, with direct access onto the hills.

EASTNOR COTTAGES Nr Ledbury, HR8 1RL T 01531 633160 E enquiries@eastnorcastle.com W eastnorcastle.com Located within the ground of Eastnor Castle in the foothills of The Malvern Hills is Peacock Villas and Golden Gates. Easy access to walking paths and the market town of Ledbury.


HANBURY HALL (NATIONAL TRUST) Droitwich Spa, WR9 7EA T 01527 821214 E cottages@thenationaltrust.org.uk W nationaltrust.org.uk/holidays Stay in a converted apartment in a wing of Hanbury Hall, 18th century house, garden & park owned by the Vernon family for nearly 300 years.

EVESHAM LODGE B&B Nr Pershore, WR10 3HJ T 01386 710285 E kerry@eveshamlodge.co.uk W eveshamlodge.co.uk An extended 19th century gate lodge offering B&B in two well appointed en-suite rooms. Located between Pershore and Evesham at the foot of Bredon Hill.

ECKINGTON MANOR Nr Pershore, WR10 3BH T 01386 751600 E info@eckingtonmanor.co.uk W eckingtonmanor.co.uk Located on the edge of the Cotswolds, providing luxury accommodation in this renovated historic farmhouse with individually designed bedrooms.

THE FLEECE INN Nr Evesham, WR11 7JT T 01386 831173 E info@thefleeceinn.co.uk W thefleeceinn.co.uk Stay in the quintessential English pub owned by the National Trust and run with a love of tradition in a newly refurbished double room.

INKFORD COURT COTTAGES Nr Bromsgrove, B47 6DL T 01564 822304 E inkfordcourt@hotmail.co.uk A superior restoration of 18th century buildings set around a central courtyard within 6.5 acres on the borders of Worcestershire and Warwickshire.

Rimmers Farmhouse Worcester WR6 6YT T 01886 888718 rimmers.farmhouse1782@outlook.com W rimmersfarmhouse.co.uk Rimmers Farmhouse is a characterful, detached property overlooking the countryside. Providing generous accommodation, it is ideally suited for large groups and is perfect for exploring the stunning countryside.

COACH HOUSE BARN Nr Pershore, WR8 9BA T 01386 751955 E lisa@sheppy1.wanadoo.co.uk W coachhousebarn.co.uk Two bedroom self-catering barn conversion renovated to an extremely high standard situated in Defford.

GARTH COTTAGE Pershore, WR10 3HA T 01386 561213 E stephen.smith@homecall.co.uk W garthcottage.co.uk Delightful detached fully equipped self contained cottage with garden, barbeque and use of heated outdoor pool. Peaceful location. Sleeps 2/3.

HOPYARD FARM Nr Pershore, WR8 9BS T 01386 750902 E info@hopyard-farm.co.uk W hopyard-farm.co.uk 25 acres of rivers, lake, woodland and open grassland where you can do coarse fishing, stay with your tent or caravan or in the holiday apartment and relax with the wildlife.

NEW INN LANE Nr Evesham, WR11 8SN T 01386 870073 E newinnlane@uwclub.net W newinnlane.co.uk Self catering holiday accommodation on a peaceful country lane, ideally located for Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the Cotswolds.




MALVERN VIEW COUNTRY ESTATE Nr Bromyard, WR6 5UB T 01886 884248 E malvernview@parkleisure.co.uk W parkleisure.co.uk Situated in over 100 acres of beautiful farmland, you can either buy your own caravan and visit as often as you like or stay in one of the cottages.

Old Kennels Farm Holidays Cottages Nr Ledbury, HR8 1LG T 01531 635024 E info@oldkennelsfarm.co.uk W oldkennelsfarm.co.uk A farm with its self catering cottages situated on the edge of Ledbury in picturesque Herefordshire. Close to many places of historical interest.

HUNTLANDS FARM Whitbourne, Worcester WR6 5RD T 01886 821955 / 07828286360 E lucy@huntlandsfarm.co.uk W huntlandsfarm.co.uk Experience a unique, rural retreat on a working farm. The house offers large en-suite double bedrooms and fantastic views. The full English breakfast uses local produce and the farm’s free range eggs.

woodside lodges Falcon Lane, Ledbury HR8 2JN T 01531 670269 E info@woodsidelodges.co.uk W woodsidelodges.co.uk Enjoy the luxury of Scandinavian Lodges, the experience of camping pods, the comfort of a tourer or tent and sleeping in a bunkhouse within 25 acres of landscaped grounds.

T 01531 670 349 bookings@whitehousecottages.co.uk W whitehousecottages.co.uk £ £150 - £560. Cash/Cheque/Credit & Debit Cards, Units 5 People 1-5

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Hope End Holidays Cradley, WR13 5JQ T 01531 633008 E info@hopeendholidays.co.uk W hopeendholidays.co.uk Set in the grounds of a 70 acre small holding is the restored stone barn with panoramic views of the rolling hills of both Herefordshire and Worcestershire. Walkers, cyclists & horses welcome.

For more information on how to plan your short break or holiday, please visit www.visitworcestershire.org

HISTORY, HERITAGE, GARDENS ALMONRY MUSEUM & HERITAGE CENTRE Evesham, WR11 4BG 01386 446944 tic@almonry.ndo.co.uk www.almonryevesham.org A collection that spans the prehistoric to the 20th century, across 12 rooms and a garden. Find out how Evesham has developed and grown over time. AVONCROFT MUSEUM OF HISTORIC BUILDINGS Bromsgrove, B60 4JR 01527 831363 / 831886 bookings@avoncroft.org.uk www.avoncroft.org.uk A unique home for historic buildings rescued from demolition and rebuilt in a beautiful corner of Worcestershire’s rural countryside. BEWDLEY MUSEUM Bewdley, DY12 2AE 0845 603 5699 bewdley.museum@wyreforestdc.gov.uk www.bewdleymuseum.co.uk

THE COMMANDERY Worcester, WR1 2HU 01905 361821 commandery@worcestershire.gov.uk www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

GREAT WITLEY CHURCH Nr. Worcester, WR6 6JT 01886 888379 info@greatwitleychurch.org.uk www.greatwitleychurch.org.uk

MUSEUM OF ROYAL WORCESTER Worcester, WR1 2ND 01905 21247 info@museumofroyalworcester.org www.museumofroyalworcester.org

Glorious Grade I listed building, with a long and varied history. Uncover its past, from medieval to Victorian, and its characters.

The most stunning interior of any Baroque church in England. Free entry.

Learn of the talented workforce and everyday life as you travel through the Georgian, Victorian and 20th century galleries. Free audio tour with entry.

GREYFRIARS (NATIONAL TRUST) Worcester, WR1 2LZ 01905 23571 greyfriars@nationaltrust.org.uk nationaltrust.org.uk/greyfriars

RALPH COURT GARDENS Bromyard, HR7 4LU 01885 483225 ralphcourtgardens@aol.com www.ralphcourtgardens.co.uk

A beautiful timber-framed merchant’s house built in 1481 and saved from demolition in the 1940s.

Three acres overlooking the Malvern Hills. Divided into 12 themes including mythology, fantasy, culture and countries of the world.

HAGLEY HALL Nr. Stourbridge, DY9 9LG 01562 882408 info@hagleyhall.com www.hagleyhall.com

SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY Kidderminster, DY10 1QR 01562 757900 www.svr.co.uk

Grade 1 Georgian house containing a fine collection of 18th century portraits and furniture. Home of Viscount and Viscountess Cobham.

A service of steam passenger trains operate along the beautiful Severn Valley between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth. Open daily from May to October with special event weekends throughout the year.

HANBURY HALL (NATIONAL TRUST) Nr. Droitwich Spa, WR9 7EA 01527 821214 hanburyhall@nationaltrust.org.uk nationaltrust.org.uk/hanburyhall

SPETCHLEY PARK GARDENS Nr. Worcester, WR5 1RS 01905 345106 enquiries@spetchleygardens.co.uk www.spetchleygardens.co.uk

CROOME (NATIONAL TRUST) Nr. Worcester, WR8 9DW 01905 371006 croome@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome Discover Capability’ Brown’s first commission a parkland with temples, lake and follies. Explore four floors of the mansion house or visit the RAF Defford museum and 1940 s visitor centre. DROITWICH SPA HERITAGE & INFORMATION CENTRE Droitwich Spa, 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 TIC.

Displays give an insight into the trades and crafts of the local area. Enjoy handson activities, craft demonstrations and events

EASTNOR CASTLE Nr. Ledbury, HR8 1RL 01531 633160 enquiries@eastnorcastle.com www.eastnorcastle.com

BODENHAM ARBORETUM Kidderminster, DY11 5TB 01562 852444 www.bodenham-arboretum.co.uk

Magnificent fairytale castle dramatically situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in the foothills of The Malvern’s.

Arboretum and restaurant set within a working farm. Over 3,000 varieties of rare trees and shrubs, beautifully landscaped around 12 pools and lakes. BROADWAY MUSEUM Broadway, WR12 7DP 01386 859047 housemanager@ashmoleanbroadway.org www.ashmoleanbroadway.org Based at Tudor House, with object displays from 17th - 21st centuries and exciting exhibits including paintings and decorative arts. BROADWAY TOWER Broadway, WR12 7LB 01386 852390 info@broadwaytower.co.uk www.broadwaytower.co.uk A unique Capability Brown folly tower open to visitors wanting to experience great English heritage in an inspiring location with amazing views. BROCKHAMPTON ESTATE (NATIONAL TRUST) Bringsty, WR6 5TB 01885 482077 brockhampton@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brockhampton Traditional farmed estate and medieval manor house, surrounded by a moat, dating back to 1530-40. Miles of walks in 687 hectares of park and woodland. THE CHURCHES CONSERVATION TRUST Various locations 0845 303 2760 central@thecct.org.uk www.visitchurches.org.uk Visit various churches within the county cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust.

THE FIRS: BIRTHPLACE OF SIR EDWARD ELGAR Worcester, WR2 6RH 01905 333330 the.firs@nationaltrust.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-firs The birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar, this small family home in the village of Lower Broadheath is the perfect environment for nurturing a creative genius. FORGE MILL NEEDLE MUSEUM & BORDESLEY ABBEY VISITOR CENTRE Redditch, B98 8HY 01527 62509 info@forgemill.org.uk www.forgemill.org.uk Unique museum telling the history of needle making in a listed Victorian water mill. 12th century Cistercian Abbey ruins & visitor centre. GEORGE MARSHALL MEDICAL MUSEUM Worcester, WR5 1DD 01905 760738 louise.price10@nhs.net www.medicalmuseum.org.uk Discover artefacts illustrating medicine and health care over the past 250 years. See our death masks, apothecary’s shop and 19th century operating theatre.

Early 18th century house, garden & park owned by the Vernon family for nearly 300 years. HARVINGTON HALL Nr. Kidderminster, DY10 4LR 01562 777846 harvingtonhall@btconnect.com www.harvingtonhall.com An Elizabethan moated manor house with rare wall paintings and the largest series of priests hiding places in the country. THE HIVE Worcester, WR1 3PD 01905 822866 hiveadminteam@worcestershire.gov.uk www.thehiveworcester.org Home to a rich variety of resources and facilities from library to archaeology in an inspiring architectural building. LITTLE MALVERN COURT & GARDENS Nr. Malvern, WR14 4JN 01684 892988 info@littlemalverncourt.co.uk www.littlemalverncourt.co.uk Prior’s Hall of a former Benedictine Monastery. Library, religious vestments, embroideries, paintings and 10 acre garden to explore. MORGAN MOTOR COMPANY VISITOR CENTRE Malvern, WR14 2LL 01684 573104 contact@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.

Beautiful historic garden set in 30 acres of tranquil countryside. One of the country’s finest gardens filled with rare and beautiful plants. THE INFIRMARY MUSEUM Worcester WR1 3AS 01905 542373 infirmarymuseum@worc.ac.uk www.medicalmuseum.org.uk An interactive exhibition combining history and science to explore the medical stories of one of England’s oldest infirmaries. THE TRANSPORT MUSEUM Wythall, B47 6JX 01564 826471 enquiries@wythall.org.uk www.wythall.org.uk Home to 100 buses & battery-electric vehicles. Open March until the end of October. Exhibits & miniature steam trains operate on event days. TUDOR HOUSE MUSEUM Worcester, WR1 2NA 01905 426402 manager@tudorhouse.org.uk www.tudorhouse.org.uk A 500 year + building showing its life over the centuries from weaving, tavern, school clinic and WWII ARP/billeting station. TUDOR HOUSE MUSEUM Upton upon Severn, WR8 0HN 01684 438820 lavendertudor@talktalk.net www.tudorhousemuseum.org The building dates back to 1550 and covers three floors. A large courtyard garden with a Tudor Knot Garden, Tudor garden and herb garden.

GLOUCESTERSHIRE & WARWICKSHIRE STEAM RAILWAY Nr. Gloucester, GL54 5DT 01242 621405 info@gwsr.com www.gwsr.com


WHITLENGE GARDENS & TEA ROOMS Hartlebury, DY10 4HD 01299 250720 keith.southall@creativelandscapes.co.uk www.whitlenge.co.uk

A day on the railway offers value for money and an insight into a gentler age of train travel. A dynamic, active and exciting re-creation of a bygone era.

Discover the history of 300 years of carpet making in Kidderminster and marvel as we weave new patterns before your eyes!

Whitlenge Gardens, Nurseries and tea rooms, the home of Creative Landscapes is teaming with ideas for amateurs to experienced gardeners.

MUSEUM OF CARPET Kidderminster, DY10 1AZ 01562 69028 www.museumofcarpet.org

For more information on how to plan your short break or holiday, please visit www.visitworcestershire.org


WITLEY COURT & GARDENS (ENGLISH HERITAGE) Nr. Worcester, WR6 6JT 01299 896636 customers@english-heritage.org.uk english-heritage.org.uk/witleycourt A beautiful ruin of a bygone age of great wealth. Lovely gardens and lake, woodland walks, amazing fountains - a magical world for children to explore. WORCESTER CATHEDRAL Worcester, WR1 2LA 01905 732900 info@worcestercathedral.org.uk www.worcestercathedral.co.uk One of England’s most magnificent and inspiring buildings, a place of prayer and worship for 14 centuries. WORCESTER CITY ART GALLERY & MUSEUM Worcester, WR1 1DT 01905 25371 gallerymuseum@worcestershire.gov.uk


A programme of exhibitions and events for all the family. Explore displays, exhibitions, cafe, shop and Worcestershire Soldier Galleries. WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY MUSEUM Nr. Kidderminster, DY11 7XZ 01299 250416 museum@worcestershire.gov.uk museumsworcestershire.org.uk Telling Worcestershire’s story from prehistory to the twentieth century and is housed in the magnificent surroundings of Hartlebury Castle. WORCESTER GUILDHALL Worcester, WR1 2EY 01905 722018 guildhallbookings@worcester.gov.uk www.worcester.gov.uk/guildhall Administrative heart of Worcestershire City Council and Worcester TIC. Open to the public to view the Grand Italianate styled Assembly room with its collection of portraits. WORCESTERSHIRE MASONIC LIBRARY & MUSEUM Worcester, WR3 8LX 01905 24971 info@worcestermasonicmuseum.co.uk www.worcestermasonicmuseum.co.uk The Museum contains the internationally famous Shackles Collection of Masonic coins and medals from Europe and the Americas and a very large library of Masonic books and publications.

LOCAL CRAFTS, FOOD & DRINK ASTLEY VINEYARDS Stourport, DY13 0RU 01299 822907 www.astley-vineyards.co.uk Visit one of Britain’s oldest vineyards where you can enjoy 5 acres of vines set in an idyllic wildlife haven. Rick Stein recommended estate. BECKETTS FARM Nr. Bromsgrove, B47 6AJ 01564 823402 info@beckettsfarm.co.uk www.beckettsfarm.co.uk Award winning farm shop selling the freshest and finest local and quality produce, with fresh bread and cakes every morning on site.


THE HOP POCKET SHOPPING VILLAGE Nr. Worcester, WR6 5BT 01531 640323 info@thehoppocket.com www.thehoppocket.com

BROMSGROVE CRICKET HOCKEY & TENNIS CLUB Bromsgrove B60 3BW 01527 878252 www.bchtc.com

WORCESTER ARENA Worcester, WR2 5JN 01905 544444 arenareception@worc.ac.uk www.worcesterarena.com

A collection of independent shops spread over a number of old agricultural buildings, mostly under one roof with free parking.

Located at St Godwalds Park and home to two cricket grounds, 8 floodlit tennis courts and a state of the art all weather, flood lit astro turf facility.

This iconic facility hosts University, community, international and cultural events. The focus on disability sport provides an adaptable venue.

HOPLEYS FARM SHOP Bewdley, DY12 2QL 01299 404826 malin@malinhopley.co.uk www.hopleysfarmshop.com

CYBER Q ESCAPE ROOMS Worcester, WR1 2RS 01905 612670 info@cyberq.co.uk www.cyberq.co.uk

WORCESTER RACECOURSE Worcester, WR1 3EJ 01905 25364 info@worcester-racecourse.co.uk www.worcester-racecourse.co.uk

Fresh and seasonal produce sold within a fully licensed farm shop. Locally sourced meat and dairy products, bread, cakes, biscuits, preserves and local beverages.

Cyber Q Escape Rooms is a thrilling, fun and interactive activity for players of all ages. Select your challenge from a choice of three individually themed rooms.

21 exciting summer jumping race days, from May-Oct, in the heart of Worcester on the banks of the Severn.

JINNEY RING CRAFT CENTRE Nr. Bromsgrove, B60 4BU 01527 821272 enquiries@jinneyringcraft.co.uk www.jinneyring.co.uk

THE ELMS SPA Nr. Worcester, WR6 6AT 01299 891850 thespa@theelmshotel.co.uk theelmshotel.co.uk/spa-hotels

12 craft studios set in 200 year old barns with a farmhouse restaurant open all day and evenings. Superb location with ample free parking.

A fun and family friendly spa, yet still providing relaxation for weary parents with a variety of packages starting from just £40 per person.

LOVELLS VINEYARD Nr. Malvern, WR13 6NF 01684 311110 info@lovellsvineyard.co.uk www.lovellsvineyard.co.uk

EVESHAM GOLF CLUB Pershore, WR10 2QS 01386 860395 www.eveshamgolfclub.co.uk

Nestled at the foot of the inspirational Malvern Hills, you can pre-arrange tours of the vineyard with wine sampling and purchasing at the end. TEME VALLEY MARKET Nr. Worcester, WR6 5PH 01886 821235 info@the-talbot.co.uk www.temevalleymarket.co.uk One of the oldest farmers’ markets in the country, situated alongside the river Teme. Second Sunday of the month market full of local produce. WAYSIDE FARM SHOP Evesham, WR11 7RT 01386 830546 tom@waysidefarmshop.com www.waysidefarmshop.co.uk Their fresh produce is either made at Wayside, grown or sourced locally. They also specialise in fresh cut flowers, and have a tea room. WESTONS CIDER Nr. Ledbury, HR8 2NQ 01531 660233 enquiries@westons-cider.co.uk www.westons-cider.co.uk Discover cider making secrets on our guided mill tours, visit the cider shop and garden before stopping off at the restaurant and tea room.

SPORTS & WELLBEING THE BANK HOUSE HOTEL SPA & GOLF CLUB Bransford, WR6 5JD 01886 833551/ 01886 833545 reception@bankhouseworcester.com www.bankhouseworcester.com Relaxing and friendly spa hotel, offering luxurious treatments, indoor pool and thermal suite. All experience levels welcome, ‘Florida Style’ 18-hole golf course, boasting 14 lakes & 2 island greens.

Situated in The Vale of Evesham. One of the most picturesque golf courses in the UK. HAGLEY GOLF & COUNTRY CLUB Wassell Grove Lane, Hagley DY9 9JW enquiries@hagleygcc.co.uk hagleygolfandcountryclub.co.uk Set in 170 acres with picturesque views of the Clent Hills. 18 hole golf course and driving range. Visitors and non-members are most welcome. MINI PRO GOLF PARK Kidderminster, DY10 3RN 07830 259766 miniprogolf@gmail.com www.miniprogolfparks.com Grass course in picturesque setting, Pitch + Putt, bunkers, mini fairways and pristine greens. No experience needed and all equipment provided, perfect for all ages. OLD HALESONIANS ASSOCIATION Nr. Stourbridge, DY9 9JP 01562 883036 www.oldhalesrfc.co.uk An amateur club in the National League 3 with great facilities, six rugby pitches, a bar / members lounge and a 118 seat stand. SHELSLEY WALSH MOTOR SPORT Nr. Tenbury Wells, WR6 6RP 01886 812211 gill@mac1901.co.uk www.shelsley-walsh.co.uk The oldest motor sport venue in continuous use, first used in 1905, older than Indianapolis, Le Mans or Monza. SIXWAYS STADIUM Worcester, WR3 8ZE 01905 454183 info@warriors.co.uk www.warriors.co.uk A great place to come and visit whether you’re a diehard Worcester Warriors supporter, just love rugby or want to try something different.

WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTY CRICKET CLUB Worcester, WR2 4QQ 01905 748474 info@wccc.co.uk www.wccc.co.uk

Dubbed as one of England’s loveliest sporting grounds, you can’t fail to enjoy the quintessentially English game of cricket in the shade of Worcester Cathedral.

RETAIL CROWNGATE SHOPPING CENTRE Worcester, WR1 3LE 01905 610065 info@crowngate-worcester.co.uk www.crowngate-worcester.co.uk Worcester’s premier shopping centre offering unrivalled shopping and leisure choices in the heart of the city. HOLLOWAYS Nr. Malvern, WR6 5DE 01886 884665 sales@holloways.co.uk www.holloways.co.uk Experts in conservatory and garden living, also selling garden ornaments, pots and plants. Gift shop and café. ST PETERS GARDEN CENTRE Worcester, WR5 2NY 01905 357595 www.stpetersgardencentre.co.uk Family run garden centre in heart of Worcester, offering a wide selection of high quality plants both indoor and outdoor, gardening equipment, furniture and BBQ’s. THE VALLEY, EVESHAM Evesham WR11 4DS 01386 298026 thevalley@eagle-one.co.uk www.thevalleyshopping.co.uk Shopping and garden centre with a farm shop. Dog-friendly, gentle walks, set in unspoilt countryside, open seven days a week and free parking. WEBBS AT WEST HAGLEY West Hagley, DY9 0JB 01562 700511 info@webbs.co.uk www.webbsdirect.co.uk Perfect local garden centre, where you can pick up essentials for your garden. Lovely cafe and good range of concessions on site. WEBBS AT WYCHBOLD Nr. Droitwich Spa, WR9 0DG 01527 860000 info@webbsofwychbold.co.uk www.webbsdirect.co.uk One of Britain’s best garden centres, including display gardens, restaurant, indoor and outdoor plants, everything you need for your garden and home.

For more information on how to plan your short break or holiday, please visit www.visitworcestershire.org

WORCESTER CITY MARKETS Worcester City Centre 01384 877336 customerservice@lsdpromotions.com www.worcestercitymarkets.co.uk

STOURPORT RIVERSIDE Stourport, DY13 9EN 0845 607 7891 bewdleytic@wyreforest.gov.uk www.stourporttown.co.uk

PEACHLEY QUAD TREKKING Lower Broadheath, Nr Worcester, WR2 6QR 01905 641309 peachleyleisure@live.co.uk www.peachleyquadtrekking.co.uk

HARTIGAN ARTS Barnards Green, Malvern, WR14 3NB 07776 355059 info@hartiganarts.co.uk www.hartiganarts.co.uk

A vibrant programme of unique retail events, traditional markets and the prestigious Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre.

Historic Georgian town and riverside meadows with a fairground, river trips, canal basins and a wide range of activities for the family.

Experience the thrill of quad biking 3 miles from Worcester, suitable for all over 6 years with fully-trained instructors across 350 acres of varied terrain and woodland.

Open for visiting and venue for craft fairs, showcasing traditional home made arts/crafts from talented artists/ craftspeople. Great variety with new crafters every week.

THE PUMP HOUSE ENVIRONMENT CENTRE Worcester, WR1 3EZ 01905 734934 info@pumphouse.org.uk www.pumphouse.org.uk

HUNTINGDON HALL Worcester, WR1 3LD 01905 611427 boxofficemanager@worcesterlive.co.uk www.worcesterlive.co.uk

WORCESTERSHIRE CANAL & RIVER TRUST Various locations throughout Worcestershire 0303 0404040 customer.services@canalrivertrust.org.uk www.canalrivertrust.org.uk

CREATIVE COURSES EASTNOR POTTERY Nr. Ledbury, HR8 1RD 01531 633886 admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk www.eastnorpottery.co.uk Remarkable pottery experiences for individuals, groups and organisations. All ages and abilities, share the many benefits of working with clay. ECKINGTON MANOR COOKERY SCHOOL Nr. Pershore, WR10 3BJ 01386 751600 info@eckingtonmanor.co.uk www.eckingtonmanor.co.uk

Enjoy walking and cycling along Worcestershire waterways including the River Severn, Worcestershire canals and the Mid Worcestershire ring.


Cookery school teaching the story of food: from garden fork to dinner fork. Learn about quality ingredients and creating dishes with simple recipes.

ALL THINGS WILD Nr Evesham, WR11 7QZ 01386 833083 info@allthingswild.co.uk www.allthingswild.co.uk

HUNTLANDS FARM UPHOLSTERY Worcester, WR6 5RD 01886 821955 enquiries@huntlandsfarm.co.uk www.huntlandsfarm.co.uk

All weather family attraction. From running bug hunting sessions to collecting chicken’s eggs, we offer a diverse range of activities that suit all ages.

Weekend and weekday upholstery courses for beginners in a family run rural retreat

DISCOVER HISTORY Worcester, WR1 2EY 07949 222137 discoverhistory@aol.com www.discover-history.co.uk

INKBERROW DESIGN CENTRE Redditch, B97 6HD 01527 69100 info@inkberrowdesigncentre.co.uk www.inkberrowdesigncentre.co.uk Creative craft centre offering courses both City and Guilds and recreational. In Fashion, Fashion Illustration, Tailoring, Pattern Cutting, Millinery and Corsetry.


A 90 minute historical walking tour about the making of Worcester which is led by one of its past characters. Starts 6pm every day from the Guildhall GHOST WALKS AT HUNTINGDON HALL Worcester, WR1 3LD 01905 611427 info@worcesterlive.co.uk www.worcesterlive.co.uk Discover the secrets to Worcester’s hidden past, guided around one of the most historic and haunted cities in Britain.

CANOE UK LTD Kingswinford, DY6 9SP 07774 907326 info@canoeuk.com www.canoeuk.com Canadian-style canoe trips for families, office parties, businesses, sports clubs and all types of out door clubs alike whether novice or expert.

GO APE TREE TOP ADVENTURE Bewdley, DY14 9XQ 0333 331 7015 questions@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. KYRE EQUESTRIAN CENTRE Nr. Tenbury Wells, WR15 8RL 01885 410233 kyreequestrianbb@gmail.com www.kyre-equestrian.co.uk

SEVERN EXPEDITIONS Upton upon Severn, WR8 0PB 01684 592654 severnexpeditions@yahoo.com www.severnexpeditions.co.uk A family run business offering day boat hire and guided fishing trips. Spend a day with family or friends in a self drive motor boat. SEVERN LEISURE CRUISES Upton upon Severn, WR8 0HG 01684 593112 info@severnleisurecruises.co.uk www.severnleisurecruises.co.uk Largest passenger vessel operating on the River Severn, quality day & evening cruises for 20 - 200 passengers.

Over 40 years old with access to a wide range of different safe rides and well equipped indoor and outdoor schools. LITTLE OWL FARM PARK Nr. Stourport-on-Seven, DY13 9SS 01905 620325 littleowlfarmpark@outlook.com www.littleowlfarmpark.co.uk A family run educational farm park, offering not only an educational experience, but also a fun packed day out for all the family.

Free admission, activities and displays around the environment, guaranteeing an informative and fun filled time. COTSWOLD LAVENDER Broadway, WR12 7JY 01386 854821 info@cotswoldlavender.co.uk www.cotswoldlavender.co.uk Set in the heart of the beautiful Cotswold Hills, during July and August you can visit the farm, walk the fields, and buy Cotswold Lavender products. WEST MIDLAND SAFARI & LEISURE PARK Bewdley, DY12 1LF 01299 402114 info@wmsp.co.uk www.wmsp.co.uk A great line up of fantastic family entertainment for the summer season. Open from February to November. WORCESTERSHIRE COUNTRYSIDE Various locations countryside@worcestershire.gov.uk www.worcestershire.gov.uk Visit one of the many countryside sites including Worcester Woods, Waseley Hills and Kingsford Forest Park. WORCESTERSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST Worcester, WR3 8SZ 01905 754919 enquiries@worcestershirewildlfetrust.org www.worcswildlifetrust.co.uk Protecting wildlife for the future, owning and managing over 75 nature reserves covering over 2200 acres. WYRE FOREST DISCOVERY CENTRE Bewdley, DY14 9XQ 01299 266302 westengland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk forestry.gov.uk/wyreforest Way-marked trails, off-road family cycling routes and bridleways, children’s outdoor play area, shop, café.

E VENT VENUES & THE ARTS ARTRIX Bromsgrove, B60 1AX 01527 577330 boxoffice@artrix.co.uk www.artrix.co.uk A year round programme of music, theatre, cinema & comedy in a 300 seat auditorium. CURRADINE BARNS Shrawley, WR6 6TS 01905 670039 www.curradinebarns.co.uk Everything is taken care of at these 19th Century converted barns, now an idyllic location for your wedding with the wow factor.

Huntingdon Hall is Worcestershire’s premier live music venue, staging an eclectic programme of live music, comedy and spoken word events. MALVERN THEATRES Malvern, WR14 3HB 01684 892277 post@malvern-theatres.co.uk www.malvern-theatres.co.uk One of the country’s leading regional venues, delightfully situated in the shadow of the famous Malvern Hills. There is a wide choice each year with over 150 different shows, concerts, plays and performances to enjoy. PALACE THEATRE Redditch, B98 8AE 01527 65203 www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk A beautiful Grade 2 listed building refurbished in 2005 with a programme that reflects a wide and varied choice of entertainment. SWAN THEATRE Worcester, WR1 3ED 01905 611427 boxofficemanager@worcesterlive.co.uk www.worcesterlive.co.uk A full programme of entertainment; professional theatre, dance, amateur, live music, spoken word events and comedy. THREE COUNTIES SHOWGROUND Malvern, WR13 6NW 01684 584900 info@threecounties.co.uk www.threecounties.co.uk Over 250 days of events throughout the year, everyone can enjoy a great day out at The Showground.

EATING OUT THE ABBEY HOTEL Great Malvern, WR14 3ET 01684 892332 abbey@sarova.com www.sarova-abbeyhotel.com 4-star hotel in the heart of Great Malvern. Drinks and refreshments in the Lounge Bar or out in The Courtyard Cafe and dining in the Priory View Restaurant. BECKETTS FARM RESTAURANT Nr. Bromsgrove, B47 6AJ 01564 823402 info@beckettsfarm.co.uk www.beckettsfarm.co.uk Known for legendary breakfasts (gluten free and vegetarian available) a range of main meals and light snacks as well as famous 4 roast Sunday Carvery.

For more information on how to plan your short break or holiday, please visit www.visitworcestershire.org


EATING OUT (continued) THE CHADDESLEY RESTUARANT AT BROCKENCOTE HALL Nr.Kidderminster, DY10 4PY 01562 777876 info@brockencotehall.com, www.brockencotehall.com Award-winning food and world class wines combine with a personal and attentive service to create a fine dining experience. CARDINAL’S HAT Worcester, WR1 2NA 01905 724006 info@the-cardinals-hat.co.uk www.the-cardinals-hat.co.uk A fifteenth century inn, offering a broad range of bottled beers, lagers and wines to compliment a fresh, local and artisanled menu. CARLUCCIO’S Worcester, WR1 3LD 01905 612040 www.carluccios.com A broad range of breakfast, lunch and dinner served all day, enjoy a tasty Italian meal even if you’re short on time. THE CENTENARY LOUNGE Worcester, WR1 3PZ www.centenarylounge.com Coming to Worcester in Summer 2018, Centenary Lounge is a stunning recreation of a 1930s Art Deco Bistro, which tastefully recaptures the decor of the Period Railway Buffet at its very best. CHURCHFIELDS BARN CAFE Droitwich WR9 0AH 01905 451289 sales@churchfields-farm.co.uk www.churchfields-farm.co.uk A beautifully restored barn with traditional oak beams and rural character set on a working farm. The menu features homemade cakes, freshly made sandwiches and our awardwinning ice cream.

THE FOREST CAFE Bewdley, DY14 9XQ 01299 266944 forestcafe.wyre@goape.co.uk www.goape.co.uk

THE POTTING SHED RESTAURANT AT ST PETERS GARDEN CENTRE Worcester, WR5 2NY 01905 357595 www.stpetersgardencentre.co.uk

Much more than your average cafe in the forest. A friendly atmosphere & log fires guarantee a warm welcome in the heart of the Wyre Forest.

The cafe at St Peters offers delicious homemade cakes, award winning coffee and fresh Italian pizza, catering for all ages in an excellent location.

CROWN & SANDYS Worcester, WR9 0EW 01905 620252 info@thecrownandsandys.co.uk www.thecrownandsandys.co.uk

FOREGATE’S BRASSIERE AT WHITEHOUSE HOTEL Worcester, WR1 1EA 01905 24308 enquiries@worcswhitehouse.com www.worcesterwhitehouse.co.uk/dine

STANBROOK ABBEY Nr. Worcester, WR2 4TD 01905 409303 hello@stanbrookabbey.com www.stanbrookabbey.com

Based in the beautiful village of Ombersley serving a variety of quality English classics, alongside premium lagers, real ales and superb wines.

Brassiere Style Restaurant in Worcester city centre. Great choice of fresh seasonal ingredients to enjoy in both British and International dishes.

CROWNGATE KITCHEN Worcester, WR1 3LE 01905 610065 www.crowngate-worcester.co.uk

THE GARDEN ROOM TEA ROOM AT GREAT WITLEY Nr. Worcester, WR6 6JT 01299 896016 gill@witleytearooms.co.uk www.witleytearooms.co.uk

1919 RESTAURANT AT COTTAGE IN THE WOOD Malvern Wells, WR14 4LG 01684 588860 reception@cottageinthewood.co.uk www.cottageinthewood.co.uk Tucked away the Two AA Rosette award winning restaurant with panoramic views of the Cotswolds, is a hidden gem. Locally sourced, delicious modern British Cuisine.

Spoilt for choice with the range of restaurants and cafes located in the heart of Worcester’s city centre. Enjoy a burger at GBK, a Bills breakfast or take a break from shopping with a coffee. THE RESTAURANT AT ECKINGTON MANOR Nr. Pershore, WR10 3BJ 01386 751600 info@eckingtonmanor.co.uk www.eckingtonmanor.co.uk British dishes with a European influence, created using the very best seasonal ingredients featuring beef from the onsite farm. Open Tuesday to Saturday. THE BROOKES RESTAURANT AT THE ELMS HOTEL & SPA Worcester, WR6 6AT 01299 896666 info@theelmshotel.co.uk www.theelmshotel.co.uk From family breakfasts in the sunny Garden Café to scones and cakes by a roaring fire in the lounge and fine evening dining, The Elms Hotel caters for every occasion.

CLOISTER CAFE AT WORCESTER CATHEDRAL Worcester, WR1 2LA 01905 732903 info@worcestercathedral.org.uk www.worcestercathedral.co.uk

FARMHOUSE & RINGS RESTAURANT Bromsgrove, B60 4BU 01527 821272 enquiries@jinneyringcraft.co.uk www.jinneyring.co.uk

Located in the cloister of Worcester Cathedral. Choose from a wide range of delicious homemade dishes and hot drinks that are available.

One of Worcestershire’s Hidden Gems, a rustic barn farmhouse restaurant, offering a range of fresh homemade meals to fine dining in the evenings.

COLWALL PARK HOTEL Colwall, WR13 6QG 01684 879662 www.colwall.co.uk

FELI’S BAR & RESTAURANT Worcester, WR7 4RJ 01905 840647 bookings@felisrestaurant.com www.fusionbrasserie.com

Award winning restaurant offering both fine dining and a la carte options, in the beautiful setting at the foot of the Malvern Hills. L’AMUSE-BOUCHE AT THE COTFORD HOTEL Great Malvern, WR14 2HU 01684 572427 reservations@cotfordhotel.co.uk www.cotfordhotel.co.uk Aiming to be recognised as the finest dining venue in the area, ‘L’amuseBouche Restaurant’ is a taste of Frenchstyle cuisine in a quaint English setting.


Contemporary Italian cuisine with a twist using local sourced fresh ingredients in a relaxing atmosphere. THE FLEECE INN (NATIONAL TRUST) Nr. Evesham, WR11 7JE 01386 831173 info@thefleeceinn.co.uk www.thefleeceinn.co.uk The quintessential English pub, run with a love of tradition.

The Garden Tea Rooms at Witley are a Worcestershire treasure and treat. Morning coffee and toasted teacake, a light lunch, afternoon tea with freshly baked scone or big slice of cake. THE HONEY BEE Droitwich,WR9 0QB T 01299 851 620 king-henrys-taverns.co.uk A friendly modern pub set in 4 1/2 acres with fishing lakes, garden and play area. KING CHARLES II PUB Worcester, WR1 2DP 01905 726100 info@thekingcharleshouse.com www.thekingcharleshouse.com A unique collaboration between brewers created  a real ale haven in the centre of  Worcester serving Pieminister pies alongside 8 pumps of real ale. THE MANOR ARMS Abberley, WR6 6BN 01299 890300 enquiries@themanorarms.co.uk www.themanorarms.co.uk Recently refurbished to a high standard and still maintaining it’s quintessentially English Inn charm, offering an eclectic and constantly changing menu and real ale selection. MORRIS & BROWN CAFE Worcestershire,WR12 7LB 01386 852945 info@broadwaytower.co.uk www.broadwaytower.co.uk Enjoy tasty treats, from a hot Chocolate to a traditional Ploughman’s Lunch, while taking in the history of William Morris and Capability Brown. THE PEAR TREE RESTAURANT AT THE BANK HOUSE HOTEL Bransford, WR6 5JD 01886 833551 reception@bankhouseworcester.com www.bankhouseworcester.com Excellent choice of indulgent dishes available, from wild boar Carpaccio to a local seared Herefordshire Beef Fillet. Enjoy the best of local produce in a welcoming setting.

‘Dining with a Difference’, a unique dining experience in one of the UK’s most iconic venues plus afternoon tea’s and Sunday lunches. Must pre-book. OSCARS RESTAURANT AT SOUTHCREST MANOR HOTEL Redditch, B97 4JS 01527 541511 reception@southcrestmanorhotel.com


A traditional styled Restaurant with a modern twist, offering classic dishes brought up to date with modern methods. THE TALBOT AT NEWNHAM BRIDGE Tenbury Wells, WR15 8JE 01584 781145 info@the-talbot.co.uk www.talbotinnnewnhambridge.co.uk Set in countryside of The Teme Valley, the Good Food Pub Guide of 2017.Local suppliers and fresh seasonal produce used to create delicious rustic home cooked food. WAYSIDE FARM SHOP TEA ROOM Evesham WR11 7RT 01386 830546 tom@waysidefarmshop.com www.waysidefarmshop.co.uk Enjoy homemade cakes, scones and preserves with a freshly ground coffee or tea. The lunch menu includes homemade soups, quiches and sandwiches using locally sourced ingredients. WEBBS, WEST HAGLEY Stourbridge, DY9 OJB 01562 700511 info@webbs.co.uk www.webbsdirect.co.uk/west-hagley Catering for all ages, choose from hot breakfasts, speciality coffees & teas and the selection of scrumptious cakes and pastries available. WEBBS, WYCHBOLD Droitwich Spa, WR9 0DG 01527 860000 info@webbs.co.uk www.webbsdirect.co.uk/wychbold A fully licensed restaurant using local produce, with delicious breakfasts, homemade cakes and more. Choose from a variety of teas, coffees or indulgent afternoon teas. THE WOOD NORTON Evesham, WR11 4YD 01386 765611 info@thewoodnorton.com www.thewoodnorton.com Award winning dining in The Fleur de Sel Restaurant, you are spoilt for choice with the Fleur de Lys Brasserie and Bar dining areas as well.

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Must Sees

TUDOR HOUSE MUSEUM, WORCESTER, dates from the mid-1500s, watch weaving demonstrations and trace the city’s industrial heritage, play with the dressing up box, follow the trails and take part in holiday craft activities. www.tudorhouse.org.uk At LITTLE OWL FARM there are so many animals waiting to meet you including meerkats, owls, sheep, pigs, pygmy goats, ferrets, chickens, deer, alpacas, critters and piglet bottle feeding demonstrations on a daily basis. www.littleowlfarmpark.co.uk

EASTNOR CASTLE is brimming with activities for the whole family including an adventure playground, junior assault course and mini zip wire. Explore the grounds, the castle lake and the tree trail to the summerhouse.www.eastnorcastle.com Hire a MORGAN MOTORS sports car for the weekend and experience the unique skill and craftsmanship of a Morgan motor, hire a sports car for the weekend. For those interested in seeing how these bespoke vehicles are handmade, book a factory tour. www.morgan-motor.co.uk

THE BROADWAY MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY tells Broadway’s rich history from the medieval roots, the wool trade, coaching heritage and more recently as an inspiration for artists alongside display artworks and visiting exhibitions from the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. www.broadwaymuseum.org.uk If you are of a curious nature, a visit to the WORCESTERSHIRE MASONIC LIBRARY AND MUSEUM will bring to life 300 years of Masonic culture, heritage and artefacts. Uncover the truth for yourself.www.worcestermasonicmuseum.co.uk

THE ALMONRY HERITAGE CENTRE is a 14th century building housing a collection that spans the prehistoric to the 20th century. Displayed over 12 rooms and a garden, the emphasis is on how Evesham has developed and grown. www.almonryevesham.org

ALL THINGS WILD is an all year round family fun day out, full of indoor and outdoor activities, including Animal encounters, the Lemur and Wallaby walkthrough, the Madagascar Creepy Crawly Hunt and see dinosaurs up close in the Dino Barn. www.allthingswild.co.uk CHURCHES CONSERVATION TRUST, ST SWITHUN’S is a stunning Georgian church in the heart of Worcester, cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust. Discover the unique interior including a 3 tiered pulpit and original box pews. www.visitchurches.org.uk Normally COTSWOLD LAVENDER fields start to come into flower mid June, with the best time to see them early-mid July but it can differ year to year. Visit in 2018 daily from June 9 to August 5, 10am to 5pm. www.cotswoldlavender.co.uk

Together, FORGE MILL NEEDLE MUSEUM and BORDESLY ABBEY reveal the heritage of the local needle and fishing tackle industry with an extensively excavated medieval Cistercian Abbey built in the 12th century. www.forgemill.org.uk BEWDLEY MUSEUM is located in an 18th century Butcher’s Shambles, filled with galleries, displays and craft studios. Explore the old Town Jails, the World War II air raid shelter the 250 year old Brass Foundry, and relax in the Museum’s Herb. www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/museum

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Visit Worcestershire Official Guide 2018  

Be inspired and plan your visit to Worcestershire with a wide variety of days out and places to stay.

Visit Worcestershire Official Guide 2018  

Be inspired and plan your visit to Worcestershire with a wide variety of days out and places to stay.