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Posted: July 26, 2021
Nestled in the resplendent countryside just 10 miles from the historic cathedral city of Worcester is Pershore, an idyllic market town pocked with stunning Georgian architecture and beautiful walking trails
Despite only being a town, there is much to do and see in Pershore, so if you choose to indulge in a holiday at The Springs or Bredon View, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Onsite, there are lots to keep every member of the family occupied, including live entertainment, lake fishing, a games room and an indoor swimming pool. If you do want to venture off and explore the surrounding area, which you should because it’s such a gorgeous area, here are just some of the things you can do.
For more than a thousand years, Pershore Abbey has stood proudly atop of the landscape. It has survived three fires, two ferocious storms and an earthquake, not to mention the dissolution of the monasteries under Henry VIII. Despite its rocky past, it is still standing and is an integral part of Pershore. Through its long history, parts of the abbey have had to be re-built, meaning it’s a beautiful concoction of Victorian, Norman, Gothic and early English architecture. There’s much to revel at, so it’s worth a trip to the jewel in Pershore’s crown.
If you visit the abbey, make sure you view The Almonry, too. It’s just a short walk from the abbey and is on the site of the original Almonry. This is where monks gave charity to those in need. The building is a half-timbered building and, in recent years, has been fully restored to its former glory, giving you a real insight into centuries past.
The River Avon is a focal point of Worcestershire, but Pershore is home to the last remaining monastic bridge on that particular stretch. Pershore Bridge was where the Roundheads and Royalists clashed during the English Civil War between 1642 and 1651. Once a place of battle, it’s now the very description of calm, popular with anglers who dabble in river fishing.
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust maintains all 185 acres of Tiddesley Wood, keeping it in impeccable condition. The wood dates back to the last ice age which ended some 11,500 years ago. Along with the Paris herb, service tree and small leaf lime plants, the woodland is bustling with human life, too. Throughout the year, various live music events, craft days and guided walks take place. There is also free parking, so you and your family can enjoy a day out without having to spend a penny, especially if you pack a picnic.
Pershore Horticultural College
For a slow afternoon activity, visit the Pershore Horticultural College. It sits amongst 60 hectares, and whilst it’s a place of study, the gardens are open to the public. There is an arboretum and ornamental garden area that you are permitted to take a leisurely stroll around. There is also a garden centre and a plant nursery, although the latter is only open to the public on set days of the year.
If you’re staying at our Bredon View park, you’ll be in close proximity to the Bredon Hill circular walk. The entire walk takes approximately three hours to complete. It’s moderate in difficulty, making it a good option for most people. Whilst it’s not technically part of the Cotswolds, it shares the same beauty and grandeur. There is a lot of history on this walk, including the Banbury Stone and Parson’s Folly. This is a great route for learning more about the area and getting your historical hat on.
Food and Drink
Pershore Plum Festival
If you choose to visit one of our Worcestershire holiday parks during the month of August, you may just catch the Pershore Plum Festival. The town is well known for its plums, with the Pershore Yellow Egg Plum indigenous to the Tiddesley Wood. The festival has a rich history and is something the locals hold dear, and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with it, too.
With so much local produce in the way of fruit and vegetables, you’re spoilt for choice at the indoor market. Local stallholders sell a range of items, including food and drink, as well as handbags and clothes.
Take a stroll down the Pershore High Street and absorb the Georgian architecture. There are countless independent retailers, giving you the opportunity to find a hidden gem that will forever remind you of your holiday to the beautiful town of Pershore.
Book a Pershore Holiday Today
Have you been tempted by the delights of Pershore? If so, contact us now to discuss booking your summer holiday at our Bredon View or The Springs caravan sites.