Worcestershire days out
Once you've finished reading check out the Visit Worcestershire website for more attractions, places to stay and eat. Also check out the Heart of England website for discounts, vouchers and offers on attractions in Worcestershire and the surrounding area (including money off Cadbury World, West Midlands Safari Park and the Severn Valley Railway).
Photo of the worcestershire countryside courtesy of Flickr and Mike Warren
Read on for details of some of the best days out in Worcestesrhire.
Animal Days Out in Worcestershire
The major one is the Safari park in Kidderminster which is an excellent attraction for the whole family.
But also look out for children's farms and the animal ark sancturary at Evesham Country Park. The smaller animal attractions listed are great for toddlers (1, 2 and 3 year olds). Read on for more details of animal themed days out in Worcestershire below.
West Midlands Safari Park
The safari trail can get very busy between 11.00am and 2.00pm. If you arrive during this time it may be worth visiting the other attractions - like the Amusement Area - and return to the animal reserves after 3.00pm, when it is often less busy. Alternatively you could arrive when the park opens at 10am.
West MIdlands Safari Park
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Domestic Fowl Trust
This sounds particularly good for a family outing. There is a farm park filling 20 acres which includes various chicken breeds, ducks, geese, turkeys bantams and rare breed farm animals. There is an outdoor adventure play area for the children and for very young children an indoor play area. The new Speckled Hen Tea room serves light lunches, refreshements and snacks and is also available to be booked for children's parties. There is also an extensive on-site shop which a full range of chicken houses, poultry supplies and books - everything you need for raising chickens and keeping domestic fowl. Finally, the visitor centre houses a museum which tells you about the history of the domestic fowl and shows items such as old incubators and vermin control devices.
Severn Valley Railway
It's more than just a train ride as you can stop off at some lovely places on the way with more to see and do. There's Bewdley which is a really picturesque town with places to eat and drink. There's also a free museum at Bewdley that's worth a visit. The Country Park Halt stop is located in the Severn Valley Country Park and Nature Reserve and is great for picnics and just letting the children run around and burn off some energy. There's also some lovely riverside walks at Bridgnorth.
This website details what there is to do at each stop along the route.
The Severn Valley Railway
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Riverside Walks and Attractions, Worcestershire
Read on for the riverside walks and attractions throughout Worcestershire.
For the kids Abbey Park is great for the kids. As well as the boat rides, there is a water splash play which they can run and splash in. There are also fantastic playgrounds. Well worth a visit especially in the Summer.
Avon Leisure Cruises
Photo of the River Avon near Evesham courtesy of Flickr and Dave Hamster
The Riverside and Meadows at Stourport on Severn
Photo of the river at Stourport courtesy of Flickr and BigTallGuy
Stourport on Severn
Go Ape, Bewdley
There's lots to see here including an exhibition of caravans, toys from the past, an old schoolroom and scullery and lots more.
There's a cafe too.
During the school holidays there are normally extra activities for the children.
We went in February half term and there was lots going on for kids. We made a mask, did a trail around the museum and decorated a cake. There was also a puppet show but there was so much to do we didn't get round to seeing it. The old school room was particularly interesting for my son as was the exhibition of old toys. I was very impressed.
Spetchley Park Gardens
Spectchely Park Gardens
Photo by Jo-H
Avoncroft Museum of Buildings
Check out their website for events days where actors play out the working, domestic and social lives of our ancestors.
For kids and families: They also tend to have a lot on for kids in the school holidays and sometimes at weekends. Examples of activities for families and children include trails, crafts, easter egg hunts, bug hunts, interactive historical demonstrations (for example of the tudors) and lots more. During the school holidays they often also run a miniature train ride, although it may be worth phoning ahead to check if this is running before you go. Check out the Avoncroft events page for detailed information.
Photo courtesy of Steve and Ruth Bosman
Photo courtesy of Flickr and Honza Soukup
You have to book your tickets in advance so check out the website.
Also check out smartsave vouchers for a 20% discount/money off Cadbury World tickets.
Photo by Ell Brown
Worcester Country Park
For kids and families: They quite often have craft activities and trails for children and families especially during school holidays. There is a fantastic playground for the kids and a 1940s style canteen.
Photo by Photo by Ella Mullins
The period rooms include the stunning Great Hall and remarkable Painted Chamber, offer a glimpse of life from Medieval through to the Stewart period and beyond.
There are often lots of activities and events which take place on bank holidays and in the school holidays, including trails and crafts for the kids. Check out the Commandery website for more details.
Also it's currently free for residents of the City of Worcester.
Photo by ell r brown
Photo by Tony Hisgett
Places to visit in the surrounding areas of Worcestershire
Photo of Warwick Castle courtesy of Flickr and recursion see recursion
As well as Cadbury World there are lots of places in the surrounding area of Worcestershire that make great days out. Why not visit the town of Shakespear's birth and go to Stratford Upon Avon Go to the theatre, visit the museums or walk along the River Avon
Warwick Castle is another fantastic day out. Visit the dungeons, let the kids go on the adventure playground, travel around the winding towers, learn about how they used to defend the castle and picnic outside. A fascinating trip back in time.
If you have young children Hatton World is a must. Visit and feed the animals then the kids get to go on the trampolines, the bouncy castles, ride on mini tractors, build constructions in the sandpit and watch goat racing! We took our 2 year old son last May and he absolutely loved it.
Another great museum for children in The Black Country Museum in Dudley. Visiting this museum is a bit like travelling back in time. Historic buildings from all around the Black Country have been moved and authentically rebuilt at the Museum. You can visit the shops and houses and speak to the characters who reside there. Have an old fashioned school lesson or ride on the fairground swingboats. Take a ride on a tramcar and visit the horses. A great day out for the family.
Links to a couple more days out in the area include:
Umberslade Farm Park - Great children's farm in Tanworth in Arden. Especially good for younger children.
Ragley Hall Something for everyone including stately home, gardens and great adventure playground for the kids.
Also check out this article on Warwickshire Days Out for more ideas.
More days out in the area
Any suggestions on what to do in Worcestershire
Do you have any more ideas of what to do in Worcestershire or any comments on the activities listed. Please feel free to comment below.