Droitwich Spa has many things to offer for anyone looking for something to do; whether that’s a stroll along the historic high street with its many independent shops a bustling active centre with great shops, or a walk down the canals that converge in the centre of the town, there’s a lot to get involved in over this half term, many of which can be done for free!
National Trust owned Hanbury Hall and Gardens is a country house, garden and park in the Heart of Worcestershire. This half term will feature the ‘From the Forest’ event, every day from 26th October – 4th November where traditional British folklore stories will be rediscovered through the unusual and beautiful trees in the garden grounds. Entrance to the house is from 1pm with last entry at 4.30pm. Besides these outdoor activities there are gallery exhibitions and a great café serving coffee, cakes, lunches and snacks to fuel your day. Every purchase you make within the shop at Hanbury Hall will help to continue looking after the house and grounds so there’s no need to feel guilty about indulging!
In nearby Worcester, the ceiling’s the limit at indoor climbing and bouldering centre Redpoint Worcester. This great facility runs introductions to rock climbing for anyone new to the sport as well as group coaching sessions for children and adults alike. This sport is growing in popularity with the recent announcement of its inclusion in the next Olympic Games and a good few hours can be spent here learning a new skill. Plus, it’s quite energetic so if you’re taking children along, it might even tire them out for the evening!
The Jinney Ring craft centre is situated in Hanbury, between Droitwich Spa and Bromsgrove. With lovely views of the Malvern Hills which themselves are a great day out, beautiful gardens and cute little duck ponds, the Jinney Ring offers more than just a craft centre. More than just a place to purchase bespoke crafts, you are able to watch skilled craftsmen and women at work in their own individual businesses but of course there is ample opportunity to peruse the large quirky gift shop and art gallery for you to take home a masterpiece. No wonder they are West Midland’s most visited craft centre!
October might be announcing the arrival of Autumn and, yes, we’ve all given in and put the heating on and changed to a Winter duvet, but it doesn’t mean we don’t love the idea of wrapping up warm and getting outside to enjoy the changing colours of this gorgeous season. The Knapp and Papermill Reserve, operated by the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust is a beautiful 27 hectare nature reserve nestled in the valley of the Leigh Brook which offers orchards, meadows and woodlands for you and the family to get lost in! Thankfully, a trail leaflet to help guide visitors around the reserve is available from the small information centre near the entrance and a family trail guide and information booklet are available to buy from their online shop or the information centre. Please remember though that as it is a nature reserve, whilst dogs are welcome, they must be kept on a lead at all times.