PARKS & NATURE

Worcestershire’s Vale and Spa boasts some of the best parks in the area with numerous Green Flag award-winning parks to chose from.

Take a look below for details on each park, organised by town.

Droitwich Spa Lido Park

WR9 8AA

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Click here for a virtual tour of the Lido Park

 

Droitwich Spa is well known for its brine streams that are found 200ft below ground level. Salt collecting dates back to Roman times and in 1817 the Corbett family made the area famous for its salt and brine Baths. John Corbett occupied the land close to the town and opened the Lido Park for the well being of the town’s population.

The Lido Park is near the old part of the town with the main entrance and car park off the Worcester Road approximately 100m from the end of the High Street.

 

The park was awarded Green Flag status for the first time in 2011/12 and each and every year since.

  • Water Play Fountains
  • floral bedding displays
  • mature trees and shrubs
  • fishing at Heriott’s pool and platforms for disabled fishing
  • feed the ducks at Bishops pool
  • bandstand
  • hard court tennis (free)
  • 5 a side court with basket ball nets
  • children’s play areas, enclosed and natural open area
  • tree carving, located by the cafe
  • wall mural

Car park entrance from Worcester Road, Pay and Display.
In the park near the Lido cafe. For more information see our Public Toilets page. 
Recycling bins are at the main points in the park. Please do your bit to help the planet whilst you are in the park by putting your glass bottles, cans and paper in the clearly marked recycling bins.
Poop scoop bins provided. Please collect up after your dog.
Located around Heriotts Pool and Bishop’s Pool inside red cases. For more information see our Lifebuoys page.
Approximately 2 hectares

Lido Outdoor Swimming pool (located near the Worcester Road entrance). This pool complex is run by Wychavon Leisure Limited and can be contacted on 01905 799342 or these links for the timetable and prices.

Cafe serves both pool and park users

Vines Park, Droitwich Spa

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This park covers an area of old brine workings. St Richard the patron saint of Droitwich is remembered here with a statue in his honour. The park is just the other side of the Saltway road from the town’s shopping centre and provides a pleasant green corridor along the canal and River Salwarpe.

A New Play Area opened in March 2011 designed to a natural play theme with wooden equipment.

The Canal was opened on Friday 1st July 2011 by Caroline Spelman (Secretary of State for the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) after many years of restoration work. Come and enjoy the sight of narrow boats as they negotiate the canal and locks in the park.

The park was awarded Green Flag status for the first time in 2013/14, then again for each year since then.

Every day of the year

At car park on opposite side of the Saltway at Waitrose. Pay and display.

Closest at Waitrose. For more information see Wychavon District Council’s Public Toilets page 

Play areas

Picnic areas

Canal open

British Waterways moorings

St Richard’s statue

Interpretive Brine Pit area

Salt history mosaic

Mature trees

Fishing at designated places on Salwarpe river and canal

Wych barge seating area

Please contact Droitwich Angling Centre for details on which areas of Park are available for fishing (charges do apply) phone 01905 779300
All along recently widened path from Vines Lane end of the Park to the Crossways Bridge opposite Waitrose
There are recycling bins at main points in the park. Please do your bit to help the planet whilst you are in the park by putting your glass bottles, cans and paper in the clearly marked recycling bins.
Poop scoop bins provided. Please collect up after your dog.
Located along the canal inside red cases.  For more information see the Lifebuoys page. 
Approx. 3 hectares. 

 

 

St. Peters Fields, Droitwich Spa

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Dr Shirley Jones, who was once the town’s General Practitioner, had a vision to protect the town’s remaining areas of open land so they could be used by the people of the town for recreation and also benefit wildlife.

The land, formerly used for agriculture, was known as St Peters Fields and was transferred to the town in 1951 for ten shillings.

These Fields are linked to Lido park, you can walk straight from one to the other and are managed to be natural in appearance with undulating slopes, longer grass areas and plantations of trees with the stream running into Bishops pool.

This open space was awarded Green Flag status (in combination with Lido Park) for the first time in 2011/12, and each and every year since.

 Every day of the year 
 Car park at the top end of the fields off St Peters Church Lane 
 At Lido park. For more information see the Public Toilets page
  • Natural landscaped area, mown grass walks.
  • Arboretum conifers and deciduous trees.
  • Boardwalk through Willow Carr.
  • Views from the slopes.
  • Cricket club and pitch (private)
Poop scoop bins provided. Please collect up after your dog. 
Approx.13 hectares 

Abbey Park, Evesham

WR11 4ST

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 Every day of the year 
 At the adjacent multi storey car park, access from Monks Walk or on the Crown Meadows on the other side of the Rowing Club access from Abbey Road. 
 In the park – open all year. Access for the disabled is possible at all entrances but best to avoid the ones at the top of the park if steep slopes are difficult to manage. For more information see the Public Toilets page 
  • Mature trees
  • Open grass areas
  • Shrub planting
  • Ornamental herbaceous borders
  • Children’s play area
  • Water play fountains
  • Skate park
  • Lily pool
  • Picnic benches and plentiful seating
  • Variety of artwork (including Penny Whistle wood carving)
  • Bandstand
  • Historic features
  • Simon de Montfort memorial
  • Bell tower and clarion
  • Boat trips on the river
  • Lighted avenue of lime trees along the river 
There are recycling bins at main points in the park. Please do your bit to help the planet whilst you are in the park by putting your glass bottles, cans and paper in the clearly marked recycling bins.
Poop scoop bins provided. Please collect up after your dog.

Located along the river inside red cases. For more information see the Lifebuoys page  
Approximately 3 hectares

 

Crown Meadow, Evesham

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This extensive area of flood meadow is used for recreational purposes most of the year. Parking in the summer and football in the winter. It hosts a variety of events through the year from fairs to the huge fishing festival in August.

It runs from Abbey Park Evesham and the rowing club to the east along to the Bridge at the A44.

Lime trees shade the riverside walk along the Avon.

Footpaths under the bridge lead to viaduct meadow (car park and toilets) and then onto Corporation meadow.

 Every day of the year (except when flooded) 
 On the meadow itself in the summer and on the reinforced section of the meadow at the far end by the Rowing Club in winter (severe flooding excepted). Open 7am – 10pm. 
 Under the bridge to the nearby award winning toilets at Viaduct meadow. For more information see the Public Toilets page.  
  • Children’s play area
  • Picnic benches
  • Riverside walk under lime avenue
  • Extensive areas of grass for informal games
  • Football in the winter 

Poop scoop bins provided. Please collect up after your dog. 
Located along the river inside red cases.  For more information see the Lifebuoys page. 
Approx. 5 hectares. 

 

Corporation Meadow, Evesham

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This meadow is sited on the plain below Evesham’s new Leisure Centre opened in 2009.  Quieter than Crown Meadow this site is popular with dog walkers and for fishing.

Lime trees shade the riverside walk along the Avon.  This route now links to a further walk along to the old chain Ferry and the Riverside café, and from there it’s a short walk back to the town centre.

 Every day of the year (except when flooded) 
 At the adjacent Viaduct Meadow – open all year (flooding excepted). 
 At the adjacent Viaduct Meadow. For more information see the Public Toilets page.

  • Picnic site
  • Riverside seating and walk.
 
At the far end of the meadows is an enlarged ditch, pond area. This was constructed by the Environment Agency in 2009 as a safe refuge for young fish at times of flooding to prevent the fry being swept away down river.

 Poop scoop bins provided. Please collect up after your dog. 
Located along the river inside red cases.  For more information see the Lifebuoys page

Approx 3.5 hectares. 

 

Charity Brook Park, WR11 1YZ

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Charity Brook Park (formerly Davies Road Open Space) is a local neighbourhood facility and is on route between schools in Four Pools and homes on the Charity Brook development.

Formerly a plain grass area with football pitches and an old trim trail it was totally redeveloped in 2007 to provide new play facilities, paths, seats and cycletrack.

Funding for this work was provided by the Big Lottery and Wychavon District Council.

 Every day of the year 
 There is a free car park in the north west corner of the park, access via road to the side of AMCOR just off Davies Road. Open between 7am and 6pm. Maximum height for vehicles 1.9 metres 
 No toilets on site.  Nearest are at Morrisons Supermarket approx. 400m along Davies Road to the east. 
  • Toddlers swings, climbing unit with nets and slide, scramble rocks and logs, echo speaking tubes and hopscotch.
  • Pendulum swings suitable for all ages with basket seat which is suitable for disabled children who are unable to use a conventional swing seat.
  • Large climbing boulders and logs for older children and teenagers.
  • Adventure cycletrack on a gravel routeway through the trees with jumps and berms.  (Please bring suitable safety wear – helmets and pads).
A new teenage shelter was installed in May 2010 on the Davies Road boundary of the park.

 There are recycling bins at main points in the park. Please do your bit to help the planet whilst you are in the park by putting your glass bottles, cans and paper in the clearly marked recycling bins. 
Poop scoop bins provided. Please collect up after your dog. 
  • Picnic tables
  • Seats
  • Litter bins
  • Circular footpath route
  • Football pitches

 

Jubilee Gardens WR11 3DB

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These are local facilities and best reached on foot or by cycle.

 Every day of the year 
 Car park on site is administered by Bengeworth Sports & Social Club and is not open to the general public. 
 None on site 
  • Swings
  • Embankement Slide
  • Tube Climber and Spinner
  • Mizzenmast nets
Poop scoop bins provided. Please collect up after your dog.
  • Picnic tables
  • Seats
  • Litter bins
  • Circular footpath route
  • Open grass for informal ball games

 

Waterside Gardens, Evesham

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These tranquil gardens sited on the opposite bank of the river Avon to Crown Meadow are a haven for those who love quiet seating with good views.

The pieces of artwork blend into the setting and at the same time provide points of interest as visitors walk round the terraces.

 

Come summer time the annual cornfield meadow shows off its colourful display of native and ornamental plants.

 

 Every day of the year 
 On the adjacent roadway (Waterside)

 Closest are at Viaduct meadow For more information see the Public Toilets page

  • Riverside terraced walks
  • Good views along the river
  • Seating with themed carvings and incidental pieces of artwork
  • Colourful summer meadow
Located along the riverside inside red cases.  For more information see the Lifebuoys page.

Approx. 0.3 hectares.

 

Workman Gardens, Evesham

WR11 5RA

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On the opposite bank of the river Avon to Abbey Park these linear gardens provide close access to the water along a paved towpath. The park hosts various events in the year including a Churches Together event and the main river festival in July. At the bridge end of the park the avenue of mature lime trees is lit at night with purple and green up-lighters which give a very romantic Mediterranean feel to the river frontage.

These gardens have been awarded Green Flag status each and every year since 2007.

 Every day of the year 
 Some spaces for disabled drivers only in the gardens themselves. Other parking at specified points on the adjacent Waterside road

 

 Open all year at the bridge end of the gardens. For more information see the Public Toilets page

  • Boat mooring
  • River trips on a restaurant boat equipped to take wheelchair users
  • 3 pétanque courts – for more information see our Pétanque page
  • Only anglers who are disabled or under 16 are allowed to fish from Workman Gardens if they have obtained a permit from Wychavon District Council. Bailiffs from the Evesham and District Angling Association monitor the fishing on behalf of  Wychavon District Council, to obtain a permit ring 01386 565018 for details
  • Table Tennis free to use – bats and balls available from the reception of the adjacent Northwick Hotel and people can hire them for a small returnable deposit.
There are recycling bins at main points in the park. Please do your bit to help the planet whilst you are in the park by putting your glass bottles, cans and paper in the clearly marked recycling bins. 
 Poop scoop bins provided Please collect up after your dog 
Located along the river inside red cases For more information see the Lifebuoys page 
Approx. 0.50 hectares 

Abbey Park, Pershore

WR10 1JP

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The park has been awarded Green Flag status for each and every year since 2008.

Originally the Abbey Grounds, the park is very close to the main part of the town and provides a fresh green setting for this historic but still vibrant Abbey.

The park has lovely mature trees including a tree carving sculpture and plenty of open grass area. There is a children’s play area, a children’s water play area and also a skate park.

There is a wetland habitat in one section of the park, thought to be where the monks may have had fish ponds in earlier times.  A boardwalk with attractive carvings allows visitors to view this habitat without getting wet feet.

 Every day of the year 
 At the car park situated in the park.  Access from the north end of Abbey Road 
 In the park – off Church walk. For more information see the Public Toilets page 
  • Mature trees
  • Shrubs
  • Open grass areas
  • Damp meadow area and boardwalk
  • Picnic benches and seating
  • Children’s play area
  • Water play fountains
  • Bowling club [privately run but open to new members]
  • Skatepark
  • Bandstand
  • Memorial gardens
  • Community orchard
There are recycling bins at main points in the park. Please do your bit to help the planet whilst you are in the park by putting your glass bottles, cans and paper in the clearly marked recycling bins. 
 Poop scoop bins provided. Please collect up after your dog 
 
The Park benefits from sculptures and a boardwalk over a wet grassland area which was originally the fishpond area from the medieval Abbey. 
Approx. 7.38 hectares 

Broadway Activity Park / Playground

The park is situated half way up the High Street – look out for the sign post to ACTIVITY PARK and Picnic Area opposite the Horse and Hound pub / beside the Ashmolean Museum Broadway. Follow the narrow gravel path and you will see the park on your left. For more information visit www.broadway-cotswolds.co.uk/childrens-activity-park

4 specific areas for different age groups – separated by open grassland
  • Great play equipment
  • See-saw
  • Climbing poles
  • Twin fly spinners
  • Climbing towers
  • Skate ride simulation
  • Lots more
Approx 3 acres

Open Spaces

There are many open spaces for local communities throughout the Wychavon area.  Some are managed by our Parks Section with the maintenance contractors, others by the town and parish council.  The following lists the main sites managed by ourselves.

  • Gravel Pit (Nature Reserve)
  • Addeys Way
  • Celvestune Way
  • Coleford Walk
  • Impney Green Open Space
  • Mayflower
  • Ombersley Way
  • Pulley Lane Woods (Nature Area)
  • Rebekah Gardens Open Space
  • Riverside area Kidderminster Road (Nature Area)
  • Steynors Avenue
  • The Ridings – Showell Estate
  • Westwood Road

 

  • Badsey Lane (Nature Area)
  • Common Road
  • Coronation Street
  • Cotswold Rise
  • Hawthorn Road
  • Hazel Avenue Brook
  • Highfield, Hampton
  • St. Richards
  • Woodlands Nature Area (either side of the brook)

 

  • Allesborough Hill (Nature Area)
  • Mill Lane Close

 

 
  • Broadway – Mills Close (Nature Area)
  • Claines – Danes Green Farm Estate
  • Crowle – Pear Tree Road
  • Cutnall Green – Oak Tree Drive
  • Fernhill Heath – Agatha Gardens
  • Hadzor Open Space
  • Hartlebury – Bowbrook Grange
  • Kington – Bourne Close
  • Tibberton – Hawthorn Rise
  • Wychbold – Centurion Way Woods
 

If you need to find out who looks after a particular Open Space, then please ring Client Services 01386 565018 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri) or email us on client.services@wychavon.gov.uk and we will try and point you in the right direction.