You can explore the vast amount of attractions and things to see and do, enjoy the great outdoors including the beautiful countryside and the many waterways, discover more about the history and heritage of the area including; Worcester’s part in the English Civil War, an array of historic houses and a steam railway. There is also plenty to do for the whole family and unique shopping experiences. The county is also renowned for its sports including premiership rugby, first division cricket, basketball and horse-racing fixtures.
Places to Eat & Drink
Worcestershire is renowned as a home for food and drink and within its borders you will find many pubs, restaurants and cafes perfect for enjoying a delicious meal, afternoon tea or a nice glass of wine.
Many eating establishments in Worcestershire are award winning and use locally sourced produce to create fantastic traditional dishes as well as exciting new meals. Worcester is a mix of the old and the new and this is also true of its eating establishments: throughout the county you can find numerous traditional pubs complete with wooden beams and cosy interiors serving home cooked food, real ales and fine wines. The county is also host to many hotels and restaurants which provide a quality contemporary dining experience, as well as several wine and cocktail bars.
Quaint and cosy cafes abound where you can enjoy a slice of cake or afternoon tea and you can experience some of Worcestershire’s local produce by visiting one of its farms shops. Worcestershire is also home to several cookery schools for those wishing to perfect their culinary techniques or start from scratch and our local experts and beautiful countryside make Worcestershire the perfect destination for any eating or drinking activity.
The Great Outdoors
Worcestershire is a rural county full of open spaces and countryside where visitors can enjoy the great outdoors. Whether you enjoy activity pursuits like mountain biking, horse riding or water sports or prefer the more relaxed way of life Worcestershire has it all.
There are numerous places for walking and cycling which will provide hours of entertainment for children and adults alike, plenty of which are cost free. You will also find spots for fishing and a large choice of National Trust properties and country gardens.
Worcestershire’s rural landscape with its patchwork fields, the majestic Malvern Hills and a vast network of rivers and canals provides an excellent playground for leisure pursuits and a picturesque place for relaxation.
Events & Festivals
Worcestershire is renowned for having a great selection of Festivals and Events held around the county throughout the year. You can take a musical journey at one of the annual music festivals or engage in history at one of many historical re-enactments. You can also participate in some pottery or sample some fantastic Worcestershire grown produce at one of the fruit or vegetable festivals held in various locations across the county.
There are many other events whatever your hobbies and interests and there will surely be something to suit you as well as numerous new worlds to explore. You can choose from short study breaks, exhibitions, theatre performances, comedy shows, live music, markets plus so much more!
You will find many events suitable for the family, making Worcestershire the perfect destination to visit. With an enormous variety of events and festivals taking place at all seasons of the year, you will never be stuck for things to do.
History & Heritage
Worcestershire is a great place to step back in time to a bygone era and cherish the delights of days gone by.
There are a great selection of Historic Houses and sites to explore across the county as well as various Museums depicting its history. There is a selection of churches scattered across Worcestershire telling of its religious history, one example being Great Witley Parish Church, with the most stunning interior of any Baroque church in England.
For those that prefer to soak up the scenery, you can take a journey on Britain’s premier steam railway, which provides some of the best riverside views in the country as it winds its way alongside the River Severn.
Worcester itself is a great picture of the old and the new: the city’s busy high street is situated only a short walk away from the Cathedral and the Commandery, where you can hear stories of inhabitants going back seven centuries.
Worcestershire is a great destination for sporting enthusiasts.
Shelsley Walsh is the oldest motorsport venue in the world run over the original course; Worcester Racecourse has been hosting racing since 1718. Worcestershire County Cricket Club plays Championship Cricket and was formed way back in 1865.
The Worcester Warriors currently compete against the best players in world rugby union in the Aviva Premiership and the Worcester Wolves basketball club play in the British Basketball League (BBL). There are also other sporting venues located close to Worcestershire, such as the premiership football club West Bromwich Albion Football Club.
As well as watching sports, there are a huge variety of golf courses and fisheries available in Worcestershire, as well as activity centres for water-sports, rock-climbing, leisure centres, swimming pools, gymnasiums, tennis courts and sports clubs.
Theatre, Arts & Music
Worcestershire is a vibrant centre of arts and culture and you will find numerous ways to enjoy your time, whether you want a local crafts centre or a night out at the theatre. The Malvern Theatre often hosts first-run shows before going on to the West End and the Artrix Theatre in Bromsgrove has a varied events calendar. Worcestershire is also home to the Shindig rural touring theatre programme which ensures that theatre gets into every corner of the county.
The county’s market towns have given rise to a number of Food and Drink Festivals and Events and there are numerous Arts and Craft Centres where you can see craftsmen involved in glass blowing, silk making, pottery and painting.
The Hive, Worcester’s joint University and Public Library is also worth a visit, located in a new iconic building overlooking the River Severn and as the birthplace of Elgar, Worcestershire is well known for its Music Festivals. You can see a variety of young and old musicians perform at the Worcester Music Festival or see folk, jazz and blues played in festivals in Upton. The most famous county festival is the Three Choirs Festival, which takes place in late July and is one of the world’s oldest classical choral music festivals.
Worcestershire is a mixture of old and new which is definitely represented in the shopping opportunities.
You can shop until you drop on the High Street with a variety of chains on offer, or visit Worcester’s independent shops and boutiques to find some unique gifts. Crowngate Shopping Centre offers great shopping in the centre of Worcester with a mixture of stores to choose from including House of Fraser, Debenhams, Boots, Primark, The Body Shop, HMV, New Look and Mothercare plus many others.
Worcester itself is host to many markets throughout the year and there are lots of shopping opportunities further afield. Across the county there are a multitude of antique shops, arts and crafts retailers and craft centres where visitors can buy something special for themselves or a loved one. There are also plenty of opportunities to purchase local food and drink produce grown and produced from the fertile plains of the river network which meanders through the county. Asparagus, plums and apples are a particular favourite amongst residents and visitors and these can be purchased from market towns and smaller specialist shops.