What to do in and around Pershore
Pershore is the ideal gateway to a number of attractions in the local area. As well as natural, cultural and historical activities within the town, we have easy access to a number of great days out.
Pershore has a number of natural attractions. The Pershore Wetlands is a recent project by the town council to encourage local ecology. 3000 reeds were planted by volunteers, ponds built, and wooden walkways laid down to create a stunning setting for walking and relaxing among wildfowl. There is also Tiddesley Wood, a striking tract of ancient woodland full of wildlife, noted by the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust as one of its flagship reserves. In Spring, the wood is full of rare bluebells, making it one of the must-sees of Pershore.
There is also an abundance of rural walks, across riverside meadows, Bredon Hill and much more.
Pershore has a rich history. The Angel itself is of Tudor origin, if not older, once visited by Queen Elizabeth I. The Abbey, the remains of a once wealthy religious institution, is of Norman construction. The town centre contains some impressive Georgian and Victorian architecture and is a designated outstanding conservation area.
We have a number of cultural events throughout the year. We have a strong Morris Dancing tradition, with their own dance dubbed the 'Pershore Stick'. There is a full calendar of community events, in which The Angel plays a big part, including Pershore Carnival, Midsummer Brass, a Jazz Festival, and the Pershore Plum Festival.
Further, the community-run Number 8 Theatre shows cultural performances every day, whether its local community theatre, the latest blockbusters, or live streams of plays, operas and ballets from national venues.
Attractions around Pershore, Worcestershire
The stunning Malvern Hills are a 20-30 minute drive from The Angel. One of Britain’s most impressive natural reserves, the Hills are a perfect family day-out. When you’re not scaling the famous British Camp, or the heights of the Worcestershire and Herefordshire Beacons, you can source your own fresh Malvern water. Or, enjoy refreshing drink or ice cream whilst overlooking either the patchwork fields of Worcestershire, or the expanses of Herefordshire towards the Black Mountains.
Looking out on to the Malvern Hills is Easton Castle, a 19th century revival castle that is the setting for a number of events throughout the year, including a Spring chilli festival.
West Midland Safari Park
Just 25 miles away from Pershore, near Bewdley, West Midland Safari Park is home to the some of the world’s most exotic and endangered animals, including white lions and tigers. In addition to the safari drive-through, there is also a theme park, a sealion show, and the Land of the Living Dinosaurs.
The former home of the earls of Coventry is a beautiful venue for a day out. There is a long list of entertainment events across the year. If you want something more tranquil, just stroll around the landscaped gardens or the historic house.
The Angel is perfect if you want a day at the races. Worcester Racecourse is less than 10 miles away, with a full annual season of meets. The Angel sponsors the annual Pershore Plum Festival race night at Worcester Racecourse every July.
The home of the world famous Cheltenham Races, featuring the Gold Cup, lies less than half an hour drive away. Stay with us in Cheltenham Week, and have a great night’s sleep and a hearty breakfast before a full day at the races.
An impressive Norman structure and the burial place of King John and Henry VIII’s elder brother, Prince Arthur. The Cathedral is a beautiful building overlooking the River Severn, and a site of special historic interest. The tower is open on selected days and offer stunning views of the city of Worcester, Civil War battlefields, and the countryside beyond.
Visit Shakespeare’s Birthplace to walk in Shakespeare’s footsteps and explore the house where he was born and grew up. Hear tales of Shakespeare’s family life, enjoy live theatre on demand and get up close to rare artifacts from the Trust’s world class collections as you discover how the extraordinary William Shakespeare continues to shape our lives today.
Elgar Birthplace Museum
Another famous nearby birthplace, the Elgar Birthplace Museum celebrates the life of Britain’s most famous composer, the author of the iconic music behind Land of Hope and Glory and Jerusalem. Edward Elgar loved Worcestershire, and in particular the nearby Malvern Hills, and his statue stands in Worcester City Centre facing the Cathedral.
Severn Valley Railway
A steam railway running across Worcestershire, featuring classic locomotives from the golden age of the train gliding through the beautiful local countryside.
A country mansion in 4500 acres of parkland, Spetchley Park also features a botanical garden and a deer park. The Park is a popular venue for weddings and for corporate hospitality, and comes highly recommended.