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12 Muddy approved attractions in Worcs

From the big-beast tourist destinations to our cool insider alternatives, read on for our pick of 12 unmissable things to do in the area.

NATURE

Headliner: Malvern Hills

It’s a close-drawn thing between the gorgeous Wyre Forest and the Malvern Hills (both stunning) but we love the Malverns for their epic beauty and views. You can walk, run, cycle or horse-ride all eight miles of them and there are so many trails to follow, whether you’re after a quick lungful of fresh air or a full day of rambling. The top ridge of the hills is an absolute marvel to walk along. Download a handy map, strap on your trainers and off you go.

Under-the-radar: Burlish Nature Reserve

Head for this 86-acre nature reserve near the Wyre Forest in Stourport-on-Severn if you love wild and Instagrammable vistas. A beautiful swathe of heathland and meadows that are a wildlife paradise make this one a must-visit, just duck the dipping dragonflies and swooping woodpeckers. And head here at the right time of year and you’ll have some of the most glorious glimpses of poppies in the whole country (above).

HERITAGE

Headliner: Broadway Tower

Rising from a hill atop the highly visitable village of Broadway on the second highest point of the Cotswolds Ridge is Broadway Tower. With wow-factor views of 13 counties, do the gorgeous circular walk to reach it and get an ice-cream from the superb Shepherd’s hut. There’s also a fabulous tea room here, Morris & Brown which does hazelnut hot chocolates to die for (or go for a white wine on the terrace). It’s the Cotswold’s highest castle, visit the Tower Museum with it’s rooftop terrace and explore this legacy of 18th century landscape designer Capability Brown.

Under-the-radar: Croome Court

Visit this fabulous stately home and parkland in Worcester – once the home to the 6th Earl of Coventry. A trend-setter of his time (Muddy’s kinda guy) the Earl used the hippest artists and craftspeople of the time to create a fantastic legacy you can still see today. He also commissioned 18th century parkland designer Capability Brown, so the house has one of the grandest English landscapes. Explore Croome Court with its four floors and seek out the Temple Greenhouse where Brown created a grotto encrusted with shells, fossils and crystals.

ANIMALS

Headliner: West Midland Safari Park

There’s so much to do at this eco-Safari Adventure Park you’ll need a whole day. Go wild on its safari drive-through and see monkeys, Elephant Valley, Hippo Lakes, Lemur Woods and the African Village. There are 165 animals to see and a mini theme park for thrill seekers to enjoy. And for 2021 there will be brand new luxury safari lodges you can stay at – breakfast on the terrace with giraffes anyone? Located in Bewdley (a lovely waterside town for a mooch around too) it’s a fabulous day out.

Under-the-radar: Simply Alpaca

Worcester might be the last place you’d expect to leash up an alpaca and take to the hills but that’s exactly what you can do. Book an alpaca experience at this friendly farm and choose from alpaca trekking, alpaca picnics, alpaca parties, or special alpaca talks. Will you bond with Alan, Jim Bob or Black Magic? Book an experience to find out which one is your spirit animal.

SPA

Headliner: The Lygon Arms

It’s the hotel everyone wants to stay at in Broadway and its spa is the place of dreams. The Lygon Arms is the hottest place to drop in for a treatment or loaf around for a whole day of pampering. This hidden oasis is a gorgeous place to unwind and rejuvenate. Its heated 13 metre indoor pool has a spectacular retractable roof which opens on warm Cotswold days and there’s a eucalyptus-scented steam room.

Try the Lygon Warm Oil Elemis Massage (from £55) or order yourself a Tailor-made Spa Day (including a 60 minute treatment) for £125. And why not sip on a glass of Champagne or a fresh smoothie from the Spa Kitchen – yep, you may never want to leave.

Under-the-radar: The Elms Hotel

Whether you’re dream of a solo pampering session (form an orderly queue) or quality time with loved ones the Greenhouse Spa at the super-luxe country retreat Elms Hotel near Abberley is just what the therapist ordered. There’s a beautiful heated pool, a eucalyptus-scented steam room and a full equipped gym (if you get that far). Muddy loves the sound of the good-enough-to-eat Superfood Pro Radiance Elemis Facial (£50) and Greenhouse Classic Spa Day (£99) which includes use of the facilities, a treatment and a two course lunch.

Plus, in October 2020 there’s going to be a big reveal of its brand new refurb which is said to be epic (see the inside outside hot tub for a sneaky peek above). We’ll see you there.


FOODIE

Headliner: Russells of Broadway

Head Chef at Russells, George Santos, serves up modern British food in this award-winning restaurant, with local Vale of Evesham and Cotswold produce featuring throughout the daily-changing menus. You’ll find it in the middle of Broadway’s hip high street and it’s the place to go for breakfast, lunch or dinner with a relaxed vibe.

Santos’ new menu has a delicious seaside feel with its fresh shellfish, with stand-out dishes including Crab Tempura, Lobster Thermador and an irresistable Blackberry Souffle.

Under-the-radar: Pensons at the Netherwood Estate

Pensons at The Netherwood Estate should be top of any foodie’s list. This Michelin star, ingredient-led restaurant grows all food on site at the Estate and has a vibe of the Daylesford of Worcs about it. There’s a seasonal menu and we love that the stunning contemporary-rustic interior has been transformed from derelict farm buildings.

It’s off the beaten track and pretty rural, but it’s easily accessible by car or you explore the fabulous win list by abandon and get a taxi from the nearby pretty town of Tenbury Wells.

ADRENALIN

Headliner: Go Ape Treetop Challenge

Got a head for heights? Then harness up at the brilliant Go Ape at Wyre Forest. With two sites – Beechenhurst and Mallards Pike – ascend to the highest canopies (if you dare, or just wave at them from the ground) and have a go on the obstacle course and fast zip wires.  Set in one of Britain’s largest remaining ancient forests, with its enormous Douglas fir trees  – they don’t call the Wyre the Valley of the Giants for nothing. Perfect for thrill seekers and fearless mini-bouncers.

Under-the-radar: Aztec Adventure

This super-fun Aqua Park at Aztec Adventure in Upton Warren near Bromsgrove is a thrillseeker’s paradise set on a crystal clear, spring-fed lake. Currently open with reduced capacity (30 at a time instead of 80) take them along for some top class slip-n-slide action in the water Wetsuits can be hired and if they’re still not exhausted you can hire kayaks and stand up paddleboards for £15 an hour. The centre also offers archery, windsurfing, rifle shooting yachting courses.

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