Having fun and creating memories for you and your family need not mean spending loads of money!
Here are a few of our favourite FREE places to go across Herefordshire and Worcestershire.
Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum covers over 123 acres of ancient woodland, with easy access paths, including the Gruffalo Trail, a woodlands children’s adventure playground, a fabulous viewing point capturing views across to The Malvern Hills and The Black Mountains, a visitors centre, toilets, picnic facilities, café and shop. Dogs are welcome in the parkland. Entry is free, but car parking charges apply.
Belmont Haywood Country Park Selected areas of this lovely 18-acre wild grassland site have been mown to allow children and families space to play games such as football or rounders. There is a small play area with equipment for younger children to enjoy, picnic benches and places to sit all around the park. The Belmont pool has visits from swans, moorhens, a variety of ducks and other waterfowl, even the occasional heron. You may even spot terrapins basking in the sunshine when the weather is warm. Recently restored footways meander across and around the park and allow access for people to enjoy the area whether on foot, on a bicycle, in a pushchair or on a mobility scooter. Car parking is available off Waterfield Road.
Kenchester Water Gardens This established centre has landscaped pools and gardens for you to explore. And if you spot something you like, they probably stock it to sell! They also house a large array of pond fish, tropical fish, cold water fish, aquatic turtles and accessories. There is a lovely tea room serving all sorts of food, drinks, and gorgeous cakes! You can even pre-book your food - for details see the Kenchester Tea Rooms Facebook page.
Hereford Museum and Art Gallery is located in Broad Street, Hereford, near the Cathedral. Housed in a splendid Victorian Gothic building (can you spot the carved monkeys?) the museum has been exhibiting artefacts and works of fine and decorative art connected with the local area since 1874. Check their website for exhibition and opening details.
Black Mountains - Stargazing – We are really blessed to have so many rural spots around Herefordshire and Worcestershire which have very little light pollution, so why not make the most of it and take the family stargazing? Our favourite star gazing spot is Hay Bluff, part of the Black Mountain range of the Brecon Beacons, right on the Welsh border with Herefordshire, and we aren’t alone in thinking that – The Guardian lists it as one of the 20 top places in the UK to stargaze. Check out their list for the very best stargazing locations! If you time it right, you can even spot shooting stars, with the Delta Aquariids meteor shower (12th July – 23rd August), Alpha Capricornids meteor shower (2nd July 2 – 10th August), and The Perseid meteor shower, regarded as one of the best yearly showers, (July 17th – August 26th but peaking on 12th August). Read more here. This area of the UK is also fabulous to visit in the day time, with mountain walks and plenty of space
Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum is housed in the heart of Worcester, in an elegant Victorian building, and offers something for all the family to enjoy. Check their website to find out about the special exhibitions, events and activities they hold throughout the year.
Wyre Forest encompasses a vast area of natural beauty and has 3 way marked walking trails, a family cycle route, a play area, picnic areas and cafe. They also have a wide variety of events on offer including a weekly Parkrun, Health Walks, Toddler Forest Fun and monthly Family Forest adventures, and lots of one off events. Check the website for details.
Bewdley Museum is set in the heart of the beautiful riverside market town of Bewdley. Take a look back in time into the history of this Georgian town and the surrounding Wyre Forest Area. 'Visitors can enjoy visual craft demonstrations; audio histories; hands on activities; imaginatively displayed artefacts; tactile displays and a sensory herb garden with water feature. You can even find out what it was like to be locked up in our town jails!' With the Garden Kitchen Cafe and the Garden Bar you can even enjoy lunch or a treat during your visit.
Arrow Valley Park - With waymarked trails across this 900 acre park there are some fabulous walks and activities on offer. As the River Arrow meanders through this parkland and the 29-acre Arrow Valley Lake, it is also home to plenty of different wildlife. With a family art trail, orienteering, a cafe, visitors centre and toilets, this makes for a great day out. Check the website for activities and visitors centre opening details.
Worcester Woods Country Park With a huge open field, waymarked woodland trails, not just one but two nature reserves, cafe, picnic areas and an adventure play area, it's no wonder this is a favourite with our families! 'Whether you are looking for birds, swings, coffee, flowers, footpaths or all of these and more, you've come to the right place at Worcester Woods Country Park.' Check out their website for full details.
Whatever you choose to do, we hope you have fun, and capture loads of great memories. Read more tips about capturing memories and creating keepsakes here.
Mum. Nan. And editor of Raring2go! Hereford & Worcester.