Christmas 2020 in the Geopark

Christmas Tree festival at Worcester Cathedral

As the public health situation changes several of our partners are reopening to visitors, with some adaptations. Please always check before travelling and check public health guidance, especially if thinking of travelling from a tier-3 area.

Wrap up and explore the great outdoors! Many National Trust properties are open, although require booking in advance and indoor spaces may be closed or restricted. Severn Valley Country Park is open, although the visitor centre and some toilets are closed. Cob House Country Park is open too, with their café open for people within bubbles. There’s also plenty of countryside around to have a walk in, such as the Malvern Hills, or the Wyre Forest.

Robin at Brockhampton

Croome & Brockhampton (National Trust) are both running Peter Rabbit trails. Peter Rabbit’s friends need some help finding items to see them through the colder winter months. Young nature adventurers can lend a hand to some of Beatrix Potter’s well-loved characters, and solve the clues to earn their special trail badge and certificate. There will be nature-themed active challenges to try along the way, as well as a Peter Rabbit selfie station at the end of the trail. Once you’ve purchased your pack, you can complete the trail at any time, which helps us to maintain social distancing and avoid busy periods. To avoid disappointment, pre-booking your admission is recommended, but you don’t need to prebook the trail

Bewdley Museum is open, and has craft stalls on 19 & 20 December, along with live music. As they can’t do children’s and family activities you can buy Children’s (£5) and family (£10) Festive Activity packs in their shop.

Severn Valley Country Park have Christmas goodies for sale Saturday 12 December from their volunteers to help raise money for the projects they do! Join them between 12pm and 2pm. They will be undercover on the patio area at the visitor centre. There’s snowmen tree decorations, handmade avocets, reindeer, garden trugs, beautiful wood turned items and more! If you can’t get to them on Saturday, then the items are for sale daily. Either knock on the window at visitor centre.

Lapworth Museum of Geology has an Online Family Fun session on Saturday 19 December 11am-12pm. Join them online (booking required) as they explore some of the fossils, rocks and minerals in the museum.

They also have their online Christmas Lecture on 17 December 7-8pm – Ruiz Revisited: New Insights on Colombian Volcanoes.

Worcester Cathedral have their Christmas events, but in different ways than usual. Their Carol Service on 18 December and their Christmas services need to be booked in advance. Several services will be live streamed too. Their popular Christmas tree festival also needs booking in advance. The cathedral is open for visitors Monday to Saturday 11am-3pm and Sunday 1pm-3pm.

Worcester Cathedral

It’s full steam ahead for Severn Valley Railway as they run their revised Christmas services. They will operate a COVID-safe experience, with all appropriate social distancing guidelines and reduced numbers in place. They look forward to running their first Steam in Lights service from December 3rd, and first Santa Trains from December 5th.