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Seven days out in and around Kidderminster this summer

The summer is here and Freedom Day is on the horizon so that means families can go out and about again.

We are fortunate in Worcestershire in that we have so many places to visit and activities we can enjoy right on our doorstep.

WorcestershireLive has rounded up seven ideas for days out in and around the Kidderminster area.

READ MORE: 52 things to do in Birmingham, Worcestershire and the Black Country this summer

West Midlands Safari Park

Spring Grove Rd, Bewdley, Kidderminster DY12 1LF

It may be one of Worcestershire’s top tourist attractions, but that doesn’t stop local people popping along to it.

Giraffes surround a car at West Midlands Safari Park

Situated on the A456 between Kidderminster and Bewdley, this is perfect for those of us who can’t afford to travel to Africa to see animals in the wild.

It has over 165 species of animals, including the big five African game animals (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo), who either wander freely in the drive-through safari park, or can be seen in the zoo section.

There is also a funfair, cafes and other exhibits.

Tickets and more details available from here.

Harvington Hall

Chaddesley Corbett, Kidderminster, DY10 4LR.

A moated medieval manor house with the most priest’s holes of any stately home in the UK.

Harvington Hall
Harvington Hall

Harvington Hall dates back to the 16th Century and as well as being a stunning Grade 1 listed building, also tells the story of the persecution of Catholic priests who were forced to hide in the hall’s large collection of hiding places.

As well as the fascinating history, there is also a large collection of original Elizabethan wall paintings, a malting kiln and visitor’s centre.

There is also a cafe and beautiful grounds and gardens.

More details here.

Severn Valley Railway

Station Drive, Kidderminster DY10 1QX

We are fortunate in Worcestershire to have one of the finest heritage railways in the country right on our doorstep.

Steam trains depart from Kidderminster station every day – travelling 16 miles along the line from Bewdley to Bridgnorth.

Severn Valley Railway
Severn Valley Railway

Because of Covid, all trips have to be booked in advance, although there may be some seats available on the day during quieter times.

You can either book a table, or an entire private compartment, which will be yours for the whole day.

During the summer the railway will also be running “The Gin Train” on selected weekends where you board the train at Bewdley and sit back and sample a range of gins while the train pootles its way through the countryside towards Bridgnorth in a two and a half hour journey.

These will be held on July 23, August 14, August 15 and August 20 and cost £120 for two people or £240 for four people.

More details and tickets can be booked here.

Wyre Forest

Callow Hill, Bewdley, DY14 9X0

Situated just a short drive away from Kidderminster town centre is the beautiful Wyre Forest, where there’s a whole range of things to do.

Wyre Forest
Wyre Forest

Measuring 6.5 acres, it is one of the largest remaining ancient woodlands and is a perfect place to soak up nature.

Covid has meant most of the organised activities are on hold for now, but there are still other things to enjoy.

You can just take a stroll around the woods, or there are three signposted walking trails, ranging in distance from just under a mile to 3 miles.

There are also mountain biking routes, running trails, a children’s play area, a picnic spot, cafe and visitor’s centre.

For more details, click here.

Habberley Trail

Low Habberley, Kidderminster DY11 5RF

An outdoor adventure trail, with a cafe and play area, suitable for all the family.

The Habberley Trail near Kidderminster
The Habberley Trail near Kidderminster

There are wobbly bridges, slippery slides, swings and interactive games along the route.

During the school holidays there will also be viking re-enactments on July 17, August 17 and 18, and August 21 and 22.

For more details and book tickets, click here.

Go Ape

Callow Hill, Bewdley DY14 9XQ

Situated inside Wyre Forest is this high ropes activity.

The Go Ape course in Wyre Forest
The Go Ape course in Wyre Forest

Visitors can travel amongst the trees via ropes, rope bridges and zip wires which are strung between the trees.

It is all very safe – with harnesses and safety nets – and is suitable for adults and children.

There are two courses – one suitable for children or those of a nervous disposition, and the other for the more adventurous and fearless.

Expect to spend between one hour and three hours on the course.

For more details, click here.

Bodenham Arboretum

Wolverley, Worcestershire, DY11 5TB

Described as “Worcestershire’s hidden garden”, this arboretum is 134 acres and has over 3,000 species of trees and shrubs from all over the world, alongside plantations, pools and avenues.

Bodenham Arboretum
Bodenham Arboretum

It is open for walking (dogs are welcome, on a lead) or just sitting and enjoy the peace and tranquility.

Opening hours are seven days a week, 10am to 5pm, and ticket prices start at £3.50.

And when you’ve finished your walking, there’s a restaurant which is open from 12pm to 2pm, and on Thursdays from 6pm to 9pm from July 22 to September 30.

For more details, click here.


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