ENJOY A DAY IN PERSHORE

Pershore is an unspoiled Market Town on the River Avon. It has been designated as a town of major importance and is listed as an outstanding Conservation Area.

Visit Pershore’s Historic Abbey which dates back to 689AD and is mentioned in the Doomsday Book. You can view the beautiful collection of stained glass windows depicting the history of Pershore Town and the Abbey.

As you leave the Abbey and walk into Abbey Park you can see the sculptured wood carving by Tom Harvey. There are plenty of activities for children in the park with swings, slides, water fun, and a skate park.

Pershore Town Walk is a pleasant walk that will take about an hour and lead you past the main architectural and historic attractions of this beautiful Georgian town. The Town Walk booklet is available from the Visitor Information Centre.

Evening & Weekend Guided Walks are now available giving an ideal opportunity to learn more of Pershore’s many historic features. For further information visit the Visitor information Centre within the Library on Church Street. Whilst in the centre, you will find many leaflets on display providing information on local places of interest.

Inside the Town Hall building the Pershore Heritage Centre is situated on the first floor (lift available). Here you can see many items from a bygone era, including old photographs and many other items of interest. There are various exhibitions on display throughout the year. Opening hours April to September, Wednesday to Thursday 10.30am to 3pm, Friday 10:30am to 1pm, and Saturday 11am to 2pm. www.pershoreheritage.co.uk

Pershore is renowned for its small independent shops. As you stroll through the town, you will be pleasantly surprised at the wide variety of products available and can be assured of a friendly and helpful welcome. Pershore also has plenty of coffee shops, tearooms, public houses and restaurants to choose from, where you can relax and enjoy a drink and a bite to eat.

Pershore’s Indoor Retail Market which is in the central High Street car park offers an amazing selection of consumer goods, including fruit & vegetables, meats, bakery, seafood, fashion, pet foods, carpets and much more, so don’t forget to include a visit whilst you are here. Opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday 9am to 4.30pm.

Visit Pershore’s Avon Meadows Wetlands – 24 hectares of floodplain grasslands established in 2007 and just across from the Market. www.avonmeadows.org.uk

Number 8 Community Arts Centre in High Street (the building dates back to 1741) was opened in December 2004 and was officially opened in July 2006 by HRH Duke of Edinburgh. Monies for the Art Centre were raised by the residents of Pershore over a period of 10 years. Why not call in and see what is showing, maybe see an afternoon matinee or visit the latest exhibition in the café.

If you take a leisurely 10 minute walk down Bridge Street to the outskirts of the town you can cross the River Avon via the historic Old Bridge to the Picnic Area & Car Park. The Old Bridge has existed since at least the end of the 13th century. Evidence of repair can be seen on the central arch following Civil War damage caused by the Royalists in June 1644.

The Pershore Bridges 5 mile circular walk starts from the Old Bridge. Here you will find good views and picnic benches. The walk takes you along the River Avon to the ancient Tiddesley Wood. The wood was first recorded in the 13th Century as a Deer Park belonging to the Abbot of Westminster. In spring the wood looks magnificent with its carpet of bluebells: well worth a visit. There is a car park at Tiddesley Wood if you feel that 5 miles is too far. A shorter walk from the Old Bridge along the Waylands path takes you to the village of Wick. The village boasts one of the oldest crook framed house’s in Worcestershire.

Why not take a drive or a stroll (10 minutes walk from the Old Bridge) to Pershore Horticultural College & Plant Centre, renowned for it’s ‘Avonbank’ Products. PYO at weekends during the season. Hotline 01386 551149. The Alpine Society for Worcestershire is also situated within the grounds .