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Top places to live in Worcestershire Pershore

Aching to live 'The Archers' dream? You get rural charm combined with chic boutiques and a Swallows and Amazons vibe in pretty Pershore. Part of our Top 200 Places to Live series.

Shot of church in Pershore
Pershore Abbey – welcome to Archers country

WHY?

Serious Archer’s appeal! A homely, rural idyll of a town that’s heavy on the rural charm. Officially a market town but locals prefer to call it a ‘village’ which gives you a clue to its friendliness. A quaint, country-chic bolthole, it often scores highly on quality of life surveys. No sprawling suburbs here, just charming streetscapes of Georgian and half-timbered buildings snaking out to rolling countryside and the Vale of Evesham. You get a real butcher, baker and candlestick-maker vibe on the main street and there is very low crime rate. With the Malvern Hills to the west and River Avon to the east you’re also on-point for dipping in and out of the Cotswolds at a whim (Broadway is just 20 minutes away).

EAT

The Pickled Plum is a great place for gastro-pub fare and Sugar ‘n’ Spice, a multi-tasking, quirky, retro cafe sells food, drink, ice-cream and gifts. Head to Jimmy Pickles for great Indian Fusion dining, a funky, modern concept-restaurant that’s highly popular here.

SHOP

Family run Persora is a beautiful emporium brimming with unique homewares and lifestyle nuggets, with a cool focus on Scandi design, and the in-house SIP Coffee House and Patisserie has some of the best cream cakes you’ll ever taste. Try Jolie & Beau for fashion and head to the ‘Royal Arcade’ for some great market shopping (such as at Mason and Daughters’ Fruit and Veg) or while away the hours thumbing vintage books at the quirky Ye Old Antique Booke Shoppe. Interiors lovers will also love Folliyes, selling a mix of eclectic and vintage homewares.

NEARBY ATTRACTIONS

The gardens of 900-year-old Pershore Abbey are a great spot for a picnic, and the Avon Meadow Wetlands are located on the edge of the town – a super place for wildlife-spotting and jogging. Croome Court is a lovely National Trust spot to visit with its garden and 18th century house. Messing about on the river is de rigueur here too – take one of the many boat tours down the Avon, learn to SUP (stand-up paddle board) or kayak. There’s also the great Pershore River Festival every year in July. And ultra-visitable are the glorious fields of The Real Petal Company just down the road in nearby Wick. Endless selfie opps abound against the backdrop of delphiniums every June – August before they are turned into confetti. A stunning spectacle.

AVERAGE HOUSE PRICE

Good value. Properties in Pershore had an overall average price of £285,635 in 2021. The majority of sales were detached properties, selling for an average price of £358,580. Semi-detached properties sold for an average of £235,054, with terraced properties fetching £242,587.

SCHOOLS

There’s a wide choice of private schools all within a half hour’s drive of Pershore. Among them is Abberley Hall School, a day and boarding co-ed for ages 2 to 13 in an idyllic Swallows and Amazons setting. The excellent King’s School and popular Royal Grammar in Worcester are good options too – both of which have pre-prep and prep schools allowing children to stay at the same school from ages 3 to 18. For a state option Pershore High School is Ofsted rated “Good’ with Outstanding features.

BEST KEPT SECRET

Inkberrow just around the corner is thought to be the inspo for Ambridge. You can almost hear the famous theme tune as you potter around. And do you remember Toyah Willcox, punk songstress of the Eighties? Well she famously lives here. She recently complained of being serenaded by tipsy types on their way back from the pub some evenings, belting out some of her best-remembered songs. Why? It’s a mysteryyy.

COMMUTE

You’ll find hourly trains to Worcester (19 minutes) and Oxford (one hour plus) and the capital is 135 minutes away. You are also only 15 minutes drive away from the M5.

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