Worcestershire days out

There are lots of great days out in and around the Worcestershire area of the UK. I was born and grew up in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire and as kids we used to visit lots of places in the surrounding areas in the holidays and on weekends. There are museums, safari parks, farms, trains and much more. There are ideas to entertain the kids, families and toddlers with a Worcestershire day out as well as ideas for couples or friends or people just wanting some time out on your own. Hopefully you'll find some inspiration below.

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

Also check out this round up of lots of activities for kids in Worcestershire in February half term 2014.
Read on for details of some of the best days out in Worcestesrhire.

Animal Days Out in Worcestershire

There are many animal attractions throughout 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

This is a great day out for families and kids. Go on safari and visit all the animals including giraffes, lions, zebras and tigers before going to the amusement park. Theres four miles of safari to see and often there are lots of baby animals to spot too. There’s also opportunities to feed some of the animals. Save money by getting a family saver ticket. It will cost £40 for the whole family and you get a free return trip. You can also book tickets online

Top tip
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.

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West MIdlands Safari Park

Photo courtesy of Flickr and guidomax

Domestic Fowl Trust

In the village of Honeybourne near Evesham you will find the 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.

Farms in Worcestershire

Top Barn Farm Park
Open during the spring and summer for visits. Check the website for opening times.

Take the tractor trailer ride around the wider farm, pet the bunnies, collect our hens' eggs and take a guided tour around our animals, feeding as you go*; just some of the fun to experience at Top Barn Farm Park. Our goats, cattle, sheep, donkeys and piglets are waiting to greet you.

Severn Valley Railway

The Severn Valley Railway is a great day out for all the family, for train enthusiasts and for those who would like a ride on a steam train through some beautiful countryside.

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

Photo courtesy of Flickr and Dave-F Retired

Riverside Walks and Attractions, Worcestershire

Two major rivers run through the country of Worcestershire (the Avon and the Severn). Lots of days out, walks and tourist attractions are based near the rivers and towns next to the river.

Read on for the riverside walks and attractions throughout Worcestershire.

Evesham, Worcestershire

Evesham is a middle sized market town in Worcestershire on the River Avon. The riverside is a popular attraction where you can take a nice walk along the river or go on a boat ride. Abbey Park is on the riverside and has a Victorian bandstand which often offers music on Sunday afternoons from June to September.

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

The riverside and Meadows at Stourport on Severn is a great family day out especially on a sunny day. There’s lots of green space to play games with the family and lots of attractions including boats to hire, a modern and exciting children’s play area, river cruises, crazy golf, a putting green, go-kart’s, a paddling pool, skateboard park, plus many amusements. If it all gets to much why not go for a relaxing walk along the river. We used to go to Stourport on sunny Sunday afternoons when we were children and we used to love it. We used to have great games of crazy golf. Well worth a visit.

Photo of the river at Stourport courtesy of Flickr and BigTallGuy

Stourport on Severn

Riverside Walks in Worcestershire

Bewdley
Bewdley is a lbeautiful riverside town which can be the start, end or middle of beautiful riverside walks.

Check out the link for an example walk of Highley to Bewdley
Ombersley and Holt Fleet
Explore an Estate Park and the Banks of the River Severn with this walk in Ombersley and Holt Fleet, near Worcester.

Mini and Crazy Golf in Worcestershire and Surrounding areas

Since writing this article on Worcestershire Days Out, there have been a lot of people finding the article for crazy and mini golf courses as well as putting greens in the area.

Therefore here is a list of mini and crazy golf and putting greens in the area that I know of. It may be worth checking websites or ringing up before you go to make sure that the courses are still in place.

There are also crazy golf courses in nearby Warwick and Birmingham which I have put down.
Evesham, Abbey Park
According to its website Abbey Park in Evesham has crazy golf
Stourport Riverside
Stourport Riverside as already mentioned has crazy golf and a putting green.
Worcester Wood Country Park
Worcester Country Park has a temporary crazy golf set up.
Think it's only open on weekends and school holidays - weather permitting.
St Nicolas Park Adventure Golf Warwick
There is a crazy golf course in St Nicolas Park, Warwick which may be good for some people not too far away.
Star City, Birmingham
Star City in Birmingham has an indoor adventure golf course.

Go Ape, Bewdley

Go Ape is for the adventurous, active types and is described as “a high wire forest adventure”. It is an obstacle course built through the trees and includes rope swings, climbing ladders, a rope bridge, tunnels and much more. You are put in a saftey harness and then are let loose on the adventure course. It’s great fun and gets you out of your comfort zone. For over 10s. Visit the website for more information.

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Hartlebury Museum

Hartlebury Castle is home to the Worcestershire County Museum.
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.

Hartlebury Museum

Spetchley Park Gardens

Spectchley Park Gardens is three miles east of Worcester and are beautifully kept gardens which will let you retreat away from modern life. There are gardens of contrast from the English gardens to those with a Mediterranean feel. Have a picnic in the gardens and get away from it all. There’s no playground for children but there are squirrels, ducks, geese and peacocks to spot as well as acres of space and lots of hiding places!

Spectchely Park Gardens

Photo by Jo-H

Avoncroft Museum of Buildings

Avoncroft Museum of Buildings, Worcesteshire gives you the opportunity to see buildings spanning 7 centuries including a 19th Century windmill. Tudor buildings include the magnificent 16th century Merchant’s House from Bromsgrove and the former String of Horses Inn from Shrewsbury; fine 19th century buildings include the Toll Keeper’s House from Little Malvern, a ‘tin chapel’ from Herefordshire and a Victorian cell block; 20th century exhibits include the extravagant Edwardian living wagon made for a travelling showman and a 1940′s Prefab showing how people lived after being re-housed following the Second World War.

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.

Avoncroft Museum

Photo courtesy of Steve and Ruth Bosman

Malvern Hills

The Malvern Hills is a beautiful part of the Worcestershire countryside which has lots of activites from walking to horseriding to handgliding to orienteering. Challenge yourself to walk to the highest point in Worcesteshire by climbing up the Worcesteshire Beacon. Check out the website as it gives lots of ideas for things to do with kids including looking for bugs and butterflies, kite flying and exploring the hills.

Malvern Hills

Photo courtesy of Flickr and Honza Soukup

Cadbury World

On the outskirts of Worcestershire you will find Cadbury World. This is a must for all chocolate lovers. Take a tour in the world of chocolate and discover its history and beginnings to the present day. There are lots of interactive exhibits and a playground for the children as well as opportunities to taste some chocolate and the visit the world’s biggest Cadbury chocolate shop. Take a ride on a Beanmobile through chocolate world and see some of the chocolate factory too. A great day out for the family or any chocolate lover.

You have to book your tickets in advance so check out the website.

Cadbury World

Also check out smartsave vouchers for a 20% discount/money off Cadbury World tickets.

Photo by Ell Brown

Worcester Country Park

Worcester Country Park is particularly nice for families with young children or just to walk around and soak up some countryside with friends. I’ve just taken my 3 year old son there and there’s a really nice playground and a big open space to play with balls, fly a kite and run. In the Summer and on weekends they often have bouncy castles and a small children’s ride too. There’s two different choice of walks. Walk around the woods or the meadow, follow the waymarked walks so you don’t get lost. The country park is home to the Orchard Cafe, which serves breakfasts, light lunches, sandwiches, snacks and tea and coffee. The Orchard Cafe has also been running some activities for children over the Easter holidays. There is an Easter trail around the woods as well as activities on many days including cake decorating and jewellery making. Check out their website for more details.

Croome Park

Croome Park is a National Trust property with a house to explore and beautiful gardens with lakes and many paths to take you on lovely walks.

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 Commandery

The Commandery in Worcester is a magnificent historic building, set within peaceful gardens, right in the heart of Worcester.

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

Hanbury Hall - National Trust

Hanbury Hall is an early 18th Century house, garden & park owned by the Vernon family for nearly 300 years. Its nice to look around but they also quite often have activities for the kids and family on during the Summer and at other school holiday times throughout the year. They host other events too such as themed weekends. Check out their website for more details.

Photo by Tony Hisgett

More Days Out Ideas in Worcestershire

Here are some more tourist attractions and ideas for outings in Worcestershire.
Bewdley Museum
Set in a historic Butchers Shambles, fascinating displays give an insight into the trades and crafts of 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, jails, resident crafts people, air raid shelter tours, varied exhibitions and events. There's also a cafe.
Clent Hills
Miles of footpaths, bridleways and easy access trails offer breathtaking panoramic views over the Cotswolds, Shropshire Hills and Welsh borders.

They often have family events and trails on at Clent Hills run by the National Trust.
Webbs
Webbs, Droitwich is essentially a garden centre but they often run event that are great for children especially in the school holidays. They have included a magic show, face painting, cake decorating, balloon modelling. They also have themed events such as pumkin carving and birdbox decorating. These do incur a charge. But check out the website to see when they take place.

There is also playground and small riverside gardens to explore. There is sometimes a free trail around the gardens. There's also a cafe so you can end up spending quite a few hours there when there are events.
Transport Museum, Wythall
It has an extensive collections of buses and battery electric vehicles plus a miniature steam railway which operates on our event days.
Witley Court and Gardens
A beautiful English Heritage property
Bodenham Arboretum
An area of outstanding beauty containing mature woodland, 11 pools and four miles of footpaths with a working farm.
Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
The gallery and museum hosts art exhibitions, as well as housing a historic picture collection and an intriguing selection of objects ranging from a 19th century chemist's shop to the wonderful Regimental Museum

Entry is free and the gallery runs a lively programme of exhibitions, activities and events, so it's worth checking what's going on.

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.

Useful Websites

Here are some more useful websites to discover what's on in Worcestershire
Raring To Go
This is a great website to see what to do with the kids.
Go to the What's On section, type in your postcode and it will list attractions near you with events and activities.
Days out with the Kids
Another great site to discover tourist attractions near to where you live. You can search for indoor or outdoor activities and attractions suitable by age group.
Trip Advisor
A list of the top rated attractions in Worcestershire at trip advisor.

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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.
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  • golfspice Sep 07, 2013 @ 3:37 pm
    Good lens about Worcestershire. I once worked in the county for a time so know it reasonably well. The Malvern Flower Show is always worth a visit.
  • moralblogger Oct 02, 2012 @ 12:32 pm
    Nice Lens....I live in Droitwich and love the Worcestershire Countryside...especially the Malvern Hills...harder to hike across than they look!
  • SayGuddaycom Apr 05, 2012 @ 6:46 pm
    Lived in Oxford for two years, many moons ago. Nice lens.
  • SaintFrantic Oct 09, 2011 @ 3:02 pm
    Great places.Thanks
  • Steve-SEO-UK Dec 07, 2010 @ 1:31 pm
    Some years ago I was working for a company in Southampton. The Director asked me if I would like to run their Branch in Malvern. Where's that I asked. He drove me up to the West Midland where I observed the Malvern Hills - really beautiful. My wife and I bought a house on the far right hill and lived there for 6 years. Sadly the Branch was closed due to cutbacks and I moved back to Southampton. Have made numberous visits since and regret leaving. Now live on edge of New Forest and write a personal Blog at http://www.forestandwaterside.info/ - Thanks for the memories.
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