One of the main attractions of Bleathwood Lodges is that it’s set in peaceful countryside, away from the noise and distractions of everyday life. But we’re also surrounded by fascinating places to visit; from historic market towns, great museums, stately homes, beautiful gardens, and historic castles. There’s more than enough to fill a week’s stay!
Most of the attractions listed below are within a short drive, (Tenbury Wells and Ludlow being our nearest towns) and none are more than an hour’s drive away.
Local Market Towns
Tenbury Wells (5 mins)
Queen Victoria, who visited Tenbury at the end of the 19th century, referred to this lovely place as ”my little town in the orchard” The affection could not have been more appropriate and the description lives on to this day. Lovely old-fashioned shops, and a leisure centre with swimming pool. Ideal for supplies, with 2 local butchers, an independent market store, bakeries, greengrocers, and lovely tea shops and cafes.
Ludlow (10 mins)
Ludlow is a thriving medieval market town and an architectural gem with events and festivals throughout the year. The historic town centre is situated on a cliff above the River Teme and is surrounded by the beautiful countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh Marches. The town is famous for it’s castle ruin, and the town is said to be the prettiest in Great Britain. Ludlow is a foodie’s delight, and the Food Festival held in the castle and surrounding streets is well worth a visit.
Bromyard (20 mins)
Herefordshire’s most unspoilt market town, Bromyard offers much to its visitors, to see and to do. The High Street is full of privately owned shops, cafes, pubs and other businesses. Try Legges for their famous pork pies, or explore the two massive old-fashioned ironmongery shops! Also lots of galleries and craft and antique shops.
Leominster (20 mins)
At the heart of the Black and White villages of North Herefordshire. Famed for its variety of antique and curiosity shops, the town offers a fascinating insight to rural times gone by.
Bewdley (25 mins)
Nestling on the banks of the River Severn and on the edge of the Forest of Wyre, Bewdley has been described as “The most perfect small Georgian town in Worcestershire”
Great Malvern (45 mins)
Home of the mineral water, the Morgan sports car and the spectaculuar backdrop to the Malvern Hills, Malvern is a pretty town with loads of shops, tearooms and things to do, including the Splash Centre with pool.
Stourport on Severn (20 mins)
Stourport on Severn has been a popular inland day-trip and holiday destination for over a century. Its setting on the River Severn is a great backdrop for all sorts of family activities.
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National Trust & English Heritage
Witley Court & Gardens (English Heritage) (15 mins)
Spectacular ruins, stunning fountains, restored gardens and woodland walks make for a great day out. As featured on BBC’s Countryfile!
Berrington Hall (National Trust) (10 mins)
‘Capability’ Brown – designed gardens and a stunning 18th Century house.
Brockhampton Estate (National Trust) (25 mins)
Brockhampton is a National Trust property comprising a traditionally farmed estate and medieval manor house. At the heart of this 687-hectare (1,700-acre) farmed estate lies Lower Brockhampton, a romantic timber-framed manor house dating back to the late 14th century.
Croft Castle and Parkland (National Trust) (30 mins)
Croft Castle sits surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland. This intimate house became the Croft family home before the Domesday Book.
Croome Park (National Trust) (40 mins)
There’s more than meets the eye at Croome. A secret wartime airbase, now a visitor centre, was once a hub of activity for thousands of people. Outside is the grandest of English landscapes, ‘Capability’ Brown’s masterful first commission, with commanding views over the Malverns. At the heart of the park lies Croome Court, once home to the Earls of Coventry with four floors to explore.
Greyfriars House & Gardens (30 mins)
A late Medieval merchant’s house, rescued from demolition, in Worcester city centre. Greyfriars was built in 1480 by a wealthy merchant, it became a home to wealthy families up until the 17th century. Over the years buildings were added and extended inlcuding 10 cottages in the back yard. The care of Greyfriars was transferred to the National Trust in 1966.
Hanbury Hall (National Trust) (30 mins)
Set in 395 acres of parkland, with a beautifully restored 18th-century garden. The impressive interior, with its superb painted ceilings, holds a fine porcelain collection and an exhibition about the Hall’s past.
Leigh Court Barn (25 mins)
An outstanding example of English medieval carpentry, and the largest cruck framed structure in Britain. Built for Pershore Abbey in about 1325, it is over 42 metres long with 18 cruck blades – each made from a single oak tree.
Stokesay Castle (25 mins)
Stokesay Castle is quite simply the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England.
Wigmore Castle (25 hour)
One of the most important castles in the history of the Welsh Marches and major centre of power for over 500 years, hosting royalty on several occasions. Deliberately demolished during the Civil War.
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Fun Days Out
Oaker Wood Leisure Outdoor Activities (15 minutes)
175 acre woodland adventure centre offering Paintball, Quad Trekking, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Target Shooting, High & Low Ropes, Zip Wire and much more. Pre booking is essential and for many activities a minimum group size of 8 is required. Smaller groups can be accommodated mid week.
Chase Distillery Tour (20 mins)
Chase Distillery make some of the best spirits in the world, and they now offer exclusive tours around their single-estate distillery just a few miles down the road from us.
Ludlow Brewery Tour (10 mins)
A tour around this great brewery (try the stairway!) with a demonstration of how the beer is brewed. Tours are £7 per person and include samples of all six beers and a free pint. They’re available 3pm Monday to Friday and 2pm on Saturdays.
Monkland Cheese Dairy (20 mins)
A working dairy producing local, artisan cheeses. They sell an excellent variety of local cheese, and have a fab tea room! You can also take a tour of the cheesemaking or learn to make cheese on one of their Cheese Experience Days.
Morgan Car Factory (45 mins)
Enjoy a fully guided tour of the factory watching the craftsmen and women using traditional skills to make the Morgan Sports Cars.
Royal Worcester Museum (30 mins)
The Museum nestles amidst the old Victorian buildings that used to be home to the Royal Worcester factory, is just two minutes’ walk from Worcester Cathedral and the city centre and is proud to hold the largest collection of Worcester porcelain in the world.
Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb (10 minutes)
The oldest operational motorsport venue in the world. The course is in the heart of the Teme Valley and well worth a visit.
Small Breeds Farm Park & Owl Centre (45 mins)
Enjoy viewing an extensive collection of owls from all over the world. A place to explore and interact with a superb collection of friendly and unusual rare breed animals including , miniature horses, donkeys, zebu, pygmy goats, pigs and many more.
Severn Valley Railway (25 mins)
Steam-hauled passenger trains running along the beautiful Severn Valley, between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire.
West Midland Safari & Leisure Park (25 mins)
Go wild on a four-mile self-drive safari; visit the Discovery Trail; enjoy amusement rides.
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History and Heritage
Black & White Trail
A vehicle tour through some of the prettiest villages and most beautiful landscape in England. The 40 mile circular trail leads west from the ancient town of Leominster, through a rich landscape of orchards, hopyards and distant hills, taking in the most picturesque black and white villages along the way as well as the little market town of Kington.The villages are more than just pretty places to visit. Each one has its own character and community, with tea-rooms, shops, craft workshops and pubs waiting to welcome the visitor.
The Cider Museum – (45 mins)
Set in Hereford, world centre of the cider industry. The museum is in a former cider making factory, visitors can explore original champagne cider cellars and view cidermaking equipment, a cooper’s workshop and a vat house.
Bewdley Museum (25 mins )
Housed in an historic Butchers Shambles. Fascinating displays, daily demonstrations, varied exhibitions, events and workshops. Lovely gardens and tea shop.
Hartlebury Castle (20 mins)
A 13th-century fortified Bishop’s Palace, the residence of the Bishop of Worcester since 1250.
Harvington Hall (20 mins)
An Elizabethan moated manor house with rare wall paintings and the largest series of priest hiding places in the country.
Hereford Cathedral (45 mins)
Hereford Cathedral is home to the Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library.
Little Malvern Court – (45 mins)
A 15th Century Prior’s Hall, home of the Berington family by descent since the Dissolution of the Monasteries. 10 acres of former monastic grounds, magnificent views over the Severn Valley. Laid out as Garden Rooms around the House, there is a water garden below, feeding into a chain of lakes.
Ludlow Castle (10 mins)
Walk through the Castle grounds and see the ancient houses of kings, queens, princes, judges and the nobility – a glimpse into the lifestyle of medieval society. The Castle, firstly a Norman Fortress and extended over the centuries to become a fortified Royal Palace, has ensured Ludlow’s place in English history. Today the Castle is the home to Ludlow’s major festivals throughout the year and open for all to enjoy.
Worcester Cathedral (25 mins)
Worcester Cathedral is one of England’s most magnificent and inspiring buildings, a place of prayer and worship for fourteen centuries.
Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum (25 mins)
Visit the latest exhibition, learn about the past and enjoy fun family activities. Browse in the shop or just relax in the tranquil surroundings of the Balcony Cafe.
Worcestershire County Museum (25 mins)
Explore the wonders of Worcestershire and experience life through the ages. Special events and fun family activities take place throughout the year.
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Gardens & Nurseries
Moors Meadow Garden & Nursery (20 mins)
7 acres of beautiful gardens, set in incomparable countryside. Voted BBC Gardener’s World “Most Romantic” Garden in Central England
Ralph Court Gardens (15 mins)
12 amazing gardens set in the grounds of a gothic rectory. From Italy to Africa the gardens transport you around the world and beyond into a fantasy world. Whether you are an adult or a child you will be mesmerised with the features and be surprised around every corner of the 3 acre garden.
Bodenham Arboretum (30 mins)
Award winning arboretum, beautifully landscaped, set within a working farm. 5 miles of paths lead around lakes and through valleys. Free entrance to restaurant, shop, and plant sales.
Burford House and Gardens (5 mins)
7 acres sweep along the banks of the picturesque River Teme. The gardens contain a National Clematis Collection; 400 varieties flower from early spring through to early autumn. Plus a garden centre, reclamation yard, arts shop and tea rooms!
Hampton Court Gardens (30 mins)
A 15th Century Medieval Castle, Award Winning Gardens and Parkland with 1,000 acres of imagination where events take place all Season.
How Caple Court Gardens (45 mins)
11 acre gardens date from Edwardian times and are high above the River Wye with views toward the Forest of Dean and the Welsh Mountains. Formal terraces with yew hedges, pools, statues and a traditional rose garden contrasts with less formal plantings of mature trees and shrubs.
Spetchley Park Gardens (30 mins)
Explore and enjoy this 30 acre garden paradise which was voted one of the Country’s top gardens. It is the ideal place to relax and unwind. It boasts an enviable collection of plant treasures from every corner of the globe and offers fantastic light lunches and afternoon teas.
Stockton Bury Gardens (20 mins)
Another firm favourite of ours – the perfect place for plant and garden lovers to spend a few hours. The four-acre garden is home to a medieval pigeon house, kitchen garden, water gardens and well-planted borders. It also has a café.
Whitlenge Gardens and Nursery (25 mins)
For a perfect day out, visit the inspirational gardens: water features, camomile lawn, mysterious cave, labyrinths, and then enjoy the tea room!
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Park Farm Clay Pigeon School (20 mins)
Afamily run clay pigeon shooting ground set on a working farm. They offer a range of targets so whether you are a beginner or an experienced clay shooter, you’re guaranteed a fun day’s shooting.
Sapey Golf Club (15 mins)
27 holes of challenging golf, set in the rolling hills of the Herefordshire & Worcestershire border.
If you wish to bring your own bike with you, we can provide a secure building to keep it safe overnight. The local country roads offer lots of great, challenging cycling with amazing views, or you can mountain bike in the nearby Mortimer’s Forest (20 mins away).
River Teme – (10 mins)
The closest river fishing is at Stanford Bridge. Membership of the Birmingham Anglers Associated required, which gives access to several other fishing spots along the banks of the Teme, Severn and Stour.
Docklow Pools – (15 mins)
Home to 11 picturesque fishing lakes for all types of angler. Whether its pole fishing for silvers, rod fishing for carp or trying to hook into a giant on the Major Bill, we are sure you will find what you are looking for at Docklow Pools.
Solhampton Fishery (25 mins)
Seven fishing pools are home to 6 species of carp, set in the idyllic Worcestershire countryside
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Festivals & Shows
Ludlow Spring Festival (10 mins)
Like a Beer Festival but Better. Take 200 Real Ales, combine 60 passionate, local food and drink producers, mix in toe tapping live music, over 180 spectacular classic cars what do you get… The Ludlow Spring Festival of course!
Bromyard Gala (25 mins)
Bromyard Gala is a major event in the town’s calendar & features steam engines, vintage & veteran vehicles, animals, funfair, trade displays & more. Craft stalls, country produce, food and drink add to the enjoyment.
Three Choirs Festival
A week-long programme of choral and orchestral concerts, cathedral services, solo and chamber music recitals, masterclasses, talks, theatre, exhibitions and walks, rotating each summer between the beautiful English cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester.
Nozstock Festival (15 mins)
Our very own version of Glastonbury! Nine different stages offering something for all the family. Heartily recommended.
Bromyard Hop Festival (20 mins)
The economic and cultural heritage of Herefordshire’s hop-growing industry has always centred on Bromyard, including Bishop’s Frome and the Frome Valley. This is a celebration of all things hoppy!
Bromyard Jazz Festival – (20 mins)
A spectacular New Orleans style parade along the main streets of Bromyard opens the festival with a marching band leading festival goers in costume with colourful umbrellas.
Tenbury Countryside Show (5 mins)
A traditional, agricultural show held annually. A great day out for the whole family.
Bromyard Folk Festival (20 mins)
The best folk festival/cultural event in the Welsh Border area, featuring over 170 hours of entertainment in just one weekend of traditional music, song and dance.
Worcester Music Festival (20 mins)
One of the UK’s fastest growing metropolitan live music events – is a three-day celebration of original music. Taking place in around multiple venues across the city, from pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes to historic buildings, record shops, on the streets and even in breweries, the festival is absolutely FREE to attend with literally hundreds of gigs to choose from from some of the best, new and emerging artists in the UK.
Kington Show (30 mins)
One of the largest one-day agricultural shows in the country and will be held again this year on the second Saturday in September. With its roots firmly embedded in farming, the show brings together the local community and provides a setting for all to enjoy a fantastic day out.
Ludlow Food & Drink Festival (10 mins)
Inside Ludlow Castle with more than 180 local food and drink producers and suppliers: real food, ale, cider, perry, wine and more from the Marches, with samples and tastings.
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