Searching for somewhere to visit that’s not too far from home? If history piques your interest, you love walks or you want to take the kids somewhere fun, look no further than Evesham! In this blog we’ve put together a list of the top 10 things to see and do in the town.
1. Battle of Evesham
One of the district’s largest growing events will be making a welcome return as the Battle of Evesham Medieval Festival transports us back through the ages once more to celebrate one of the town’s – and the country’s – most significant historical moments.
Taking place over an action-packed weekend of 7 to 8 August, the festival includes hundreds of re-enactors fighting ‘to the death’. There will also be a grand parade with mounted knights in full armor, as well as music from medieval musicians, dancing, craftsmen demonstrations and more.
If your children are into history, they might enjoy a visit to the Almonry Museum with twelve rooms to explore that include Anglo-Saxon treasures and clothing from the 1700s.
2. Kaz & Annie’s arty workshop
Tucked away on Vine Street in Evesham is Kaz & Annie’s Ceramics & More, a small, family-friendly arts and crafts studio where you and the kids can get creative and decorate precast pottery pieces. They have an extensive range of the pottery you can paint from animals and objects to characters and trinkets. If you’re looking for something a little different, channel your inner crafter and give decoupage or a Powertex workshop a go.
To get a feel for a family-fun day out in the town, read our blog, Evesham – The Perfect Day Out For All The Family.
3. All Things Wild
Ok, so it’s not technically in Evesham, but it’s close by and amazing! All Things Wild is the ultimate family day out as it provides both entertainment and education. Let the children go wild at the outdoor beach, have fun on the pedal go karts and see animals such as kangaroos, lemurs, zebras and flocks of exotic birds.
Then step through time with the attraction’s famous dinosaur experience and venture to the Dino Barn to learn about when dinosaurs existed.
4. Cafes galore
Evesham is home to many delightful cafes and here are just a few for you to explore!
Babyccino Coffee – this is a great place to take the little ones as it has an indoor play area for toddlers to enjoy while you relax catch up with other parents and enjoy a cup of coffee and slice of their beautiful homemade cake.
Delicious – the name says it all really! This café’s chef worked in fine dining restaurants in London, Birmingham and the Cotswolds before bringing together his years of experience to create Delicious with his wife Daniela and, wow, doesn’t it show! Their Mediterranean-inspired dishes are amazing and so are their sandwiches, paninis, and soup.
JellyPickleJam – this cosy café sells traditional afternoon tea consisting of a choice of tasty sandwiches, crumpets, mini cakes and scones. We recommend trying a box of its lush Belgian chocolates. Flavours include Baileys, coffee cupcake, gin and tonic, and many more.
Buongiorno Cafe – this ever-popular café brings the taste of Italy to Evesham with its Bolognese gnocchi, homemade lasagna and spaghetti carbonara. It’s highly rated on Trip Advisor and in 2019 it won a ‘Gold Seal’ as part of the Good Food Award.
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If you’re planning a visit to one of these cafes, be sure to do a spot of shopping in the town’s independent shops first! Discover glamourous, Italian-inspired fashion for plus-sized ladies at Carva Clothing and trendy brands for young men, such as Luke, Adidas and Ellesse, at Pride Clothing. You can also browse beautiful jewellery at Evesham Jewellers.
Read more about Carva Clothing in our interview with Kristie, the store’s fabulous owner.
5. Abbey Park and its fantastic play area
Alongside the river you’ll find Abbey Park, one of our many award-winning parks and and the perfect place to start your day. Begin by taking a stroll through the park gardens that boast beautiful lawns, lots of lovely old trees and a lily pond that adds to the sense of tranquillity. Listen out for the carillon marking the hour as it emanates from the old Bell Tower situated at the edge of the park.
The highlight for the kids will be the park’s playground built into the natural contours of the landscape which has an organic, Hobbit-home feel to it. There is an embankment slide that is built underground and a cargo net to climb over the top. A series of steppingstones provide children with a further challenge as they navigate the playground to have a go on the trampoline, the numerous wood and rope climbing structures along with swings and sandpits. There are lots of areas for parents to sit and relax while some serious play is undertaken.
Afterwards, you can either find somewhere for a picnic or head to the new cafe in the park for a much-needed coffee or soft drink. If your children enjoy feeding the ducks, head back down to the river where you might be lucky enough to find a swan or two gliding past as well.
6. Angling Festival
Known in the angling industry as one of the most prestigious river festivals in the country, this long-standing event attracts many of the country’s top anglers as they compete over three days of intense angling in individual, pairs and team contests to establish who is the champion of Evesham. In between watching the stars compete, the cherished tented village is a must-visit with many bargains to be had as top retailers are brought together for a great selection of tackle.
When: Saturday 28 – Monday 31 August | Where: Crown Meadow
7. Market Place – buzzing atmosphere
Looking for a bite to eat? It doesn’t matter whether it’s day or night, Market Place, Evesham’s picturesque courtyard, is the place to be. Its buzzing and inviting atmosphere is a delight which comes with the courtyard’s many eateries. If you’ve got a big appetite, choose between two of its new burger joints, Charlie’s or Stirrups. Don’t end the night early as both sell a range of tasty cocktails and after filling up on burgers and booze, you’ll want to head on to The Valkyrie for some entertainment. The Valkyrie is the town’s go-to for live rock music and it regularly hosts DJs.
There’s plenty of outdoor seating so you can make the most of what’s left of the summer!
8. Town Centre events
To make the most of the summer holidays, we’ve arranged several FREE, family-friendly activities in Market Place including face painting, a Punch and Judy show and a climbing wall where your kids can let off some steam. Activities run from 10am-4pm.
Check out what’s on in our other towns by visiting our summer activities page – more will be added as time goes on!
9. Open-air cinema
You’ll need popcorn for this one! Following the success of our open-air cinema screening last year, we are delighted to confirm they will be back again this year. Last year, visitors brought deck chairs to Corporate Meadow to watch The Greatest Show Man. This year, we’ll be giving you the chance to have your say on what film is shown, so keep an eye on our Facebook page.
Why not make an evening of it and go for a meal in the town before the film starts? Evesham has plenty of pubs and restaurants to choose from including Italian eatery, Flavours, the delicious Thai Gallery and lovely Royal Oak – to name just a few.
Don’t forget to drop in at Gummy Gumdrops for those all-important sweet treats too. Give yourself plenty of time to browse as this place puts even the likes of Willy Wonka to shame. Family-owned, choose from over 200 different types of jarred sweets, 60 pick’n’mix options, Charlie’s Chocolate which is handmade on the premises as well as a huge choice of fudge, licorice, slushies and milk shakes. It’s paradise with a shopfront.
The open-air cinema will come to Evesham on Saturday 4 September. To learn the dates and locations of our other open-air cinemas, see our cinema page.
10. Cycle through The Vale
Explore the natural beauty of the Vale of Evesham and take in views of its horticultural, agricultural and architectural heritage with The Evesham Vale Rail Trails, a new app covering six leisurely cycle rides. Whether you are a novice or a more experienced cyclist, the choice of routes will inspire you to get more active, discover the delights of two wheels and enjoy picturesque countryside. You can choose a route from 17 to 27 miles, some more challenging than others, all starting and finishing at Evesham Railway Station. More information.
There’s lots more we haven’t covered so let us know your favourite things to do in Evesham by tagging us in your Facebook posts.
For information on how to get to Evesham, visit our How To Find Us page.