Crafty Geology for the Family

Join us at Worcester Cathedral and the Wyre Forest for some great free rock and fossil art activities


Fill your boots with an explosion of crafts, fossils and rocks. Delve into the deep blue and create your own ancient fossilised sea bed or stencil away and let your imagination shine. Create your own masterpiece with pebble and fossil painting to take home or join the ‘Love on the Rocks’ craze and share your artwork with strangers.

It will be at  Worcester Cathedral on Thurs 16th Aug & Thurs 23rd Aug 10:30-12:30 & 14:00-16:00

And then at the Wyre Forest on Tue 21st  August  11:00-15:00.

Check out other events during GeoFest, sponsored by Merlin, in our GeoFest leaflet 3879618_LRES

Severn Valley Country Park - Summer Holiday Activities

There are lots of events at Severn Valley Country Park this summer, including many that are free. Check out their guide to see what’s on offer.

You can find out about our other events for GeoFest in our GeoFest Leaflet.3879618_LRES

August Events for GeoFest

August is the last month of GeoFest, but there are still loads of events happening across the visitor in the Geopark.

Severn Valley Country Park has a large range of events for families. On Thursday 2nd there is a Rock & Fossil Hunt, where rangers and experts will help you hunt for your own fossil. After an introduction you’ll head out to begin searching, and then at the end you can have a look at what you’ve found under a microscope. Booking is required on 01746 781192, and costs £4 per child, who must be accompanied by an adult. Details of their other events are below.

July – Sept 18 Leaflet (1)

There are also free crafty family events at Worcester Cathedral and Wyre Forest. Fill your boots with an explosion of crafts, fossils and rocks. You can delve into the deep blue sea and create your own ancient fossilised sea bed or stencil away and let your imagination shine. Create your own masterpiece with pebble and fossil painting to take home or join the ‘love on the rocks’ craze and share your artwork with strangers. It is at Worcester Cathedral Thursdays 16th & 23rd August 10:30-12:30 and 2:00-4:00pm. It is at Wyre Forest 21st August 11am-3pm.

Worcester Cathedral has many other activities too and you can go along on 14th, 15th, 17th, 21st and 24th August to join in.

The Ice Age exhibitions in The Hive and Worcester Art Gallery & Museum continue until early September. See a giant model of a mammoth, go inside an Ice Age Shelter and see real mammoth bones. There are a range of events to accompany this. There’s a drop in prehistoric pottery session at Worcester Museum on 2nd August 11am-3pm (£3), and a cave art day a week later. Technology of the Ice Age come to The Hive on Monday 20th August 1-4pm, including flint knapping demonstrations.

Bewdley Museum has craft events each weekday 11am-3:30pm. Entry to the museum is free, with activities £4 per child. This week the theme is the seaside, and next week it will be nature, starting with fossils on Monday.

 Cob House Country park is open every day to visit, and they have guests visiting over the summer. Worcestershire Wildlife Trust are there 1st & 2nd August, with Paint a Pot on the 3rd and Bear Club on the 7th. You can find out who else will be there here.

Bodenham Arboretum’s Bodengnome Trail continues throughout the summer, and they also have forest school activities running too.

The National Trust have many events running this month. On their website you can find out what is happening near to you.

Severn Valley Railway and Land of the Living Dinosaurs at West Midlands Safari Park both continue to run special events alongside their regular openings too.

You find out more with our GeoFest leaflet or check out the websites of members below. GeoFest is kindly sponsored by Merlin Energy Resources.


Bewdley Museum, Load Street, Bewdley, DY12 2AE

Bodenham Arboretum, Bodenham Ln, Kidderminster DY11 5TB

Cob House Country Park, Wichenford, Worcester WR6 6YD

Gloucestershire Geology Trust

Hereford Museum & Art Gallery, Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9AU

Land of Living Dinosaurs, Bewdley, Worcs, DY12 1LF

National Trust

  • Dudmaston, Quatt, nr Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 5QN
  • Brockhampton Estate, near Bromyard, Herefordshire, WR6 5TB
  • The Firs, Lower Broadheath, Worcs
  • Greyfriars, Worcester
  • Kinver Edge, near Stourbridge, Staffs, DY7 6DL

Severn Valley Country Park, Chapel Lane, Alveley, Bridgnorth WV15 6NG

Severn Valley Railway

Worcester Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT

Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, WR1 2LA

Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service, The Hive, Worcester, WR1 3PD

Wyre Forest Centre, DY14 9XQ

‘Al fresco’ theatre at Severn Valley Country Park

Professional theatre company Rain or Shine are set to delight family audiences once again this summer with their production of Shakespeare’s merry war of words and wit – Much Ado About Nothing.

November 1918. The Great War has finally come to end, and the men of the British military forces are returning to their homes. Don Pedro and his comrades are coming at last to Messina (a little known village on the edge of the Cotswolds) where they are met by friends, old and new. Join Rain or Shine Theatre Company this summer, as they visit one of Shakespeare’s best loved comedies. From the dastardly Don John, to the daft Sergeant Dogberry, ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ will bring you revellers, rascals and romance. Featuring the very best of the Bard’s wit and wisdom, the fiery Beatrice gives Benedick, the bachelor, a battle of words to remember, and true love is at its sweetest as Claudio falls for his darling Hero.

So dig out your hampers and load up your picnic bags for Rain or Shine’s 20th anniversary of summer tours, as the people of Messina find love, scupper mischievous plots and celebrate new found peace across the world!

Sure to delight family audiences from 6 to 96, this is an ideal choice for an outdoor theatrical event, bringing classical theatre into the heart of local communities as they travel across the UK during June July and August. The tour includes a performance in the beautiful setting of Severn Valley Country Park, Alveley, Bridgnorth, WV15 6NG on Friday 10th August at 7.30pm. Tickets from 01746 781192 or via

Audiences are requested to bring along low-backed seating or rugs, and a picnic to maximise their enjoyment of the al fresco performances. Full details of the tour and venues can be found on the Rain or Shine website and tickets can be purchased from each venue, through Ticketweb via, or by ringing 0330 660 0541.

You can find out about other events in the Geopark during GeoFest here

Summer Holiday Events in GeoFest

Severn Valley Country Park

The summer holidays are just about here and there are lots of things happening at the member visitor centres in the Geopark.

Many are free to visit, with any charges just for parking or refreshments. These include Severn Country Park at Alveley, Bewdley Museum, the Wyre Forest, and Cob House Country Park.

Two great exhibitions all about Ice Age Worcestershire are on all summer at Worcester Art Gallery & Museum and The Hive. Come face to face with a replica mammoth, see real mammoth bones archaeologists have found, go inside an ice age shelter, and stand on a massive map of Britain. There are also Ice Age themed art activities at both venues over the holidays.

Mammoth tusk

Bewdley Museum has different family art activities each week day. £4 per child, just drop in between 11am and 3:30pm. Entry to the museum is free.

The Cob House Country Park has angling sessions over the summer holidays, and a face painter will visiting some days too. On Sat 28th and Sun 29th July local archaeology groups will be there and you can come and see some of objects they’ve brought along and children can dig in the sandpit to see what they can discover.

Severn Valley Country Park has a range of events and activities for the family, some of which are free. The popular Rock & Fossil hunt is returning Thursday 2nd August at 1:30pm.

Severn Valley Country Park

Worcester Cathedral has lots of free craft activities over the summer. These include some rock and fossil activities in August.

We have a number of fantastic National Trust properties in or near the Geopark. As well as exploring the grounds, getting close to nature and running off some energy you can take part in trails in some of these, such as the 1940s themed trails and games at Brockhampton. At Kinver they have den building, and Dudmaston have a bat walk, among other great activities.

Another site with a trail is Bodenham Arboretum, with their BodenGnome Trail. They also have yoga and art activities, and Forest School activities.

Severn Valley Railway and Land of the Living Dinosaurs at West Midland Safari Park are both great days out. Check out their website for special events, including the themed evenings on the railway.

These are just a flavour of what you can find. Have a look at our GeoFest leaflet and calendar, and have a look at the websites of our members for more information. Hope you find some great events this summer!

Bewdley Museum, Load Street, Bewdley, DY12 2AE


Bodenham Arboretum, Bodenham Ln, Kidderminster DY11 5TB


Cob House Country Park, Wichenford, Worcester WR6 6YD


Gloucestershire Geology Trust


Hereford Museum & Art Gallery, Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9AU


Land of Living Dinosaurs, Bewdley, Worcs, DY12 1LF


National Trust


Severn Valley Country Park, Chapel Lane, Alveley, Bridgnorth WV15 6NG


Severn Valley Railway


Worcester Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT


Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, WR1 2LA


Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service, The Hive, Worcester, WR1 3PD


Wyre Forest Centre, DY14 9XQ

Summer Fun at Severn Valley Country Park

Severn Valley Country Park

Shropshire Council rangers at Severn Valley Country Park are getting ready for a summer of fun. This year they will be offering more events than before and the great news is that most of them will be free to join!

Geologists in the Geopark will be with us on 2nd August for a rock and fossil hunt (Child £4, adult free) and on Saturday 18th August, there will be the chance to meet models of enormous ground, burying and dung beetles (free to all).

Every Wednesday and Saturday there will be free craft drop in sessions. These will be held in the visitor centre between 12pm and 4pm. Everything you need will be provided and the kids will be able to make some great items such as sun dials, marvellous masks, slippy slime, krazy kites, silly sock puppets and more.

Each Thursday our rangers will be having a really wild time! Free outdoor sessions will start from the visitor centre at 1.30pm. They will alternate between pond dipping and mini beast safaris throughout the summer.

Also, on Saturday 28th July, Peter Williamson (BBC Radio Shropshire Astronomer) will be with us to help visitors discover the magic of the sun. From 2pm-5pm, there will be special scopes available in the centre to view the Sun and they’ll be chance to make a stomp rocket with Shropshire Astronomy Group. In the evening there’ll be a talk by Mr Williamson about how the sun works and how to get into solar astronomy (£3 Adult, £2 child).

A highlight of the summer is the open air theatre production by Rain or Shine Theatre Company. This year they are celebrating 20 years of touring with a performance of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing. The play has been set in the First World War and follows fiery Beatrice and bachelor Benedick on their course to true love. Tickets are on sale now, Adult £14, Concession £12 and Child £6.

There will be plenty on offer this summer, including a self-led trail, available daily between 11am-4pm, which will follow Billy the Park Ranger Bear as he learns how to be a ranger. (Maps £2 from the visitor centre.)

The visitor centre and café will be open every day of the holidays from Wednesday 18th July to Sunday 2nd September between 11am-5pm. Light lunches, tasty cakes, refreshing drinks and ice creams will all be available.

GeoFest 2018

GeoFest is well underway, and with the school holidays approaching there are events happening at many of the visitor centres across the geopark.

Check out details of events on our calendar and on our events leaflet which you can download here 3879618_LRES

Geology Tours

In July the President of the Geopark, Chris Darmon, is leading two guided walks. The first is on the Malvern Hills, and the second takes in the Woolhope Dome in Herefordshire, the latest addition to the Geopark.

North and End Hills, Malverns

The Fabulous Malvern Hills

Saturday 21st July

“Come join us for a day in the Malvern Hills!  There’s nowhere finer than this for day of discovery in the very heart of the Abberley & Malvern Hills during the Annual GeoFest.  As President of the Geopark, I want to show you some of our fine Precambrian and Silurian rocks. You’ll see ancient igneous rocks, some great landscape and a Silurian limestone – you might even catch a glimpse of a trilobite!”

Meeting: Malvern Hills GeoCentre, Wyche, Malvern (WR13 6PJ) at 10:30am. Please bring packed lunch.


Geology of the Woolhope Dome, Herefordshire

Monday 23rd July

This Silurian inlier is now part of an extended Abberley & Malvern Hills Geopark.  It features folded and faulted Ludlovian rocks including both limestones and shales.  These are fossiliferous and of great interest.  You’ve probably seen the Woolhope Dome from many miles away, now you can get up close and personal with it!

Meeting: Swardon Quarry picnic site, Nr. Mordiford (Grid Ref. SO 578385) at 10.30 


Price is £10.00 per person or £25.00 for a family (1 or  2 adults and up to 3 chlidren)

To book tel: 0114 2455746

Race Against A Train!

Jon Brown (manager of Golden Lion), Sarah Fortune (Shropshire Council Outdoor Partnerships Team) and Charlotte Holden (Holdens Brewery)

There’s a new running event where you can have a go racing a stream train! Shropshire Council, StuWeb Events and Severn Valley Railway are organising the race called ‘Steaming down the Valley’ on the evening of Thursday 28th June. The off-road route will follow the Severn Way between Severn Valley Country Park and Arley Station, a distance of around 3.5 miles.

The Golden Lion pub in Bridgnorth, owned and managed by Holdens Brewery, has sponsored the new running event meaning that runners can enjoy a refreshing pint of Holdens Golden Glow after racing a steam train down the Severn Valley!

Edward Andrews of Shropshire Council said, “This stretch of the Severn Valley is a great area for running, being traffic-free and scenic. Runners will also get a bonus one-way steam train ride. I would urge people to enter early to avoid disappointment”

Lewis Maddox of Severn Valley Railway said, “The team on the Railway are very excited about this event. It is the first time that one of our engines has raced a group of runners and it should be a closely-fought battle”

The entry price for the event is £20 and that includes a wonderful chip-timed trail run against the train, parking at Severn Valley Country Park, a medal, goody bag, 1-way steam train ride and a burger and beer. Runners can enter online at or can visit the event webpage at

There will be two heats (one starting at approximately 7pm and one starting at around 8pm) and registration is at Severn Valley Country Park in Alveley.

Walk on the Wild Side

The team at Severn Valley Country Park would like to invite visitors to join them on a guided wild flower walk on Saturday 9th June and Sunday 17th June, 2pm-3pm.

Usually at this time of year, their lovely Spring Pieces wild flower meadow is in full bloom with beautiful displays of common spotted orchids, ox-eyed daisies, buttercups, yellow rattle and, on occasion, adder’s tongue fern. Severn Valley Country Park is definitely the place to discover a large selection of native wild flowers.

The walk will be easy paced with plenty of stops to look at the wild flowers and wild life on the walk to the meadow. There will be plenty of opportunity to take photographs of the flowers so please bring your camera.

The knowledgeable guide will identify the different species for you and give you tips to help you improve your own ID skills.

Please dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. Meet at the visitor centre at 2pm on Saturday 9th June and Sunday 17th June. Booking is advisable (please call 01746 781 192), but do feel free to turn up on the day.

Severn Valley Country park

Extension of the Geopark

The extension of the Geopark to include the Woolhope dome was launched by Jesse Norman MP at a special event in Hereford last Friday.

The Woolhope Club, who have played a big role in the inclusion of the Woolhope Dome, Hereford City and parts of the Wye valley, hosted the event at the Hereford Museum Resource Centre. Gerry Calderbank, Vice Chair of the Geology Section, welcomed the guests before Jesse Norman, local MP, officially opened the extension.

John Payne then gave a talk about the rich geology of this part of Herefordshire and why it is so significant. As well as having significant landscape features it was also important in the early study by Victorians and the original members of the Woolhope Club, hosting many outings and field trips.  It was therefore very appropriate for them to host the launch. It is a great addition to the Geopark in terms of the special landscape, including more of Herefordshire, and having Hereford as a gateway city to the Geopark.

The event also launched GeoFest, the annual programme of events by Geopark forum members. Representatives from Merlin Energy, GeoFest sponsors, were on hand to do the honours and declare it open. You can find out more about the many varied events here.

Jesse Norman MP – Susan Olver (Field Secretary – Woolhope Club) – Dr Bill Wilks (CEO Merlin Energy) – Dr Paul Olver (President – Woolhope Club)- Dr Tony Loy (Chief Geologist: Merlin Energy) – Jean O’Donnell (Vice President – Woolhope Club) – John Payne (Woolhope Club) – Paul Hudson (Worcs Archive & Archaeology Service) and Gerry Calderbank (Vice Chairman, Geology Section Woolhope Club). Photo by Derek Foxton

GeoFest 2018

GeoFest will be running from 26th May, starting with a exhibition at Severn Valley Railway’s Kidderminster Station over the Bank Holiday.

Check out details of events on our calendar and on our events leaflet which you can download here 3879618_LRES

Family Star Gazing Night at Severn Valley Country Park


Saturday 28th April 2018, 7.30-9.30pm

BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND! Shropshire Council Outdoor Partnerships Team are delighted to welcome back renowned photographer of the night sky, Peter Williamson, to Severn Valley Country Park for a magical evening of star gazing in the clear skies of the Severn Valley.

Peter is the BBC Radio Shropshire Astronomy Correspondent. The evening will begin with Peter giving a slide show of his amazing images of the night sky. He will also show people the different constellations that are visible during the winter months.

Example of Peter’s photos

Other members of Shropshire Astronomy Group will also be present with a number of telescopes. Weather permitting, there will be opportunity to take a look at the stars and planets overhead with expert supervision. The Visitor Centre at Severn Valley Country Park benefits from panoramic views over the Severn Valley and dark skies.

The event is suitable for all ages (including children over 8). Adults £8, Children under 16 £6, Family ticket (2 adults, 2 children) £25. Included in the ticket price is soup and a roll. Members of the Shropshire Great Outdoors Membership scheme get a 10% discount.

To book a place, please call the park on 01746 781192

Severn Valley Country park

Mindfulness and Meditation: What’s it all about?

Severn Valley Country Park is working with fully qualified ‘British School of Meditation’ teacher, Mandy Clarke to unravel the mysteries of mindfulness and mediation to their visitors.

Research has shown that people’s day-to-day busy lifestyles could benefit from taking time to de-stress through mindfulness and meditation. It is said it is essential for personal wellbeing to take a few minutes each day to achieve a positive mind-body balance which will help people cope better with causes of stress and anxiety.

During the course, to be held on Saturday 17th February, Mrs Clarke will help visitors discover the benefits of mindfulness and as well as help them to learn a variety of meditation techniques. There will be discussions around what meditation is and help dispel myths that surround both disciplines. In addition there will be an overview of several different types of meditation as well as guided meditations and mindfulness tips.

The course will be held in the visitor centre at Severn Valley Country Park on Saturday 17th February 9.45am-11.15am. It is £7.50 (including refreshments). Booking is essential as there are limited places on the course. Payment required at time of booking. Please call 01746 781 192. If the course proves popular, they will continue with Mindfulness and Meditation Beginners Part 2, Intermediate Part 1 and Intermediate Part 2. Dates and times to be confirmed.

Cuan Wildlife Rescue talk at Severn Valley Country Park

If you have ever wanted to know more about the valuable work Cuan Wildlife Rescue do, then join Shropshire Council rangers at Severn Valley Country Park on Thursday 8th February. Members of the Cuan Wildlife Rescue team will be on site to give an illustrated talk about the varied work they do.

Cuan Wildlife Rescue take in sick, injured or orphaned wild animals and birds, with the aim of nursing them back to health and releasing them back into the wild. In fact, great emphasis is placed on returning the animals to the area they were found to ensure they are back in familiar hunting ground and on their own territory.

Annually over 2,500 animals and birds are admitted to the centre which means Cuan Wildlife Rescue need to raise £100,000 each year for day-to-day running costs. As a registered charity, they are dependent on donations from the public and businesses. The money raised goes towards staff costs, medical treatment and supplies, food, bedding, transport, heating, lighting and more. In addition to this they are the only rescue centre in Shropshire which offers round the clock service

Visitor centre manager Susie Comaish says, ‘Cuan Wildlife Rescue recently helped us when an injured Tawny owl was found on one of our meadows. After spending 4 weeks at the rescue centre, the owl was successfully returned to the park and released in the same area it had been found. We are happy to

be able to give our visitors the change to learn more about the work Cuan Wildlife Rescue do.’

The talk will be held in the visitor centre at Severn Valley Country Park on Thursday 8th February 2018, 7.30pm-9pm. Adults £3.00, Child £2.00. Price includes hot drink and biscuits. Please call 01746 781 192 to book your place to find out more about this great organisation.

GeoFest 2018

GeoFest 2018 will run throughout June, July and August. Plenty for all the family to do.  Look out for the full programme nearer the time.

Barn Owl visiting Severn Valley Country Park

Shropshire Council rangers at Severn Valley Country Park are delighted to be welcoming the chairman of World Owl Trust for an evening talk held in the visitor centre. Alan Peace will be giving an illustrated talk examining the plight of the barn owl. This beautiful bird is the most endangered owl in the UK.

The World Owl Trust (WOT) runs conservation programmes both nationally and internationally which help protect populations of endangered owls. WOT look at the environmental problems which impact the habitats favoured by owls as well as impacts to food sources. WOT are working hard to restore such habitats and have had success with increasing numbers of European Eagle Owl as well as the Barn Owl.

The Trust is a registered charity and it relies on donations received as well as the work of volunteers.

Accompanying Mr Peace will be Barny the Barn Owl and, hopefully, Indie the Long Eared Owl.

Visitor centre manager, Susie Comaish said, ‘Currently we are looking to fund a barn owl tower which will help attract these beautiful birds to the park. This will be a fascinating talk about the work of the World Owl Trust and we hope our visitors will enjoy it.’

The talk will be held in the visitor centre on Thursday 7th December 2017. 7.30pm-9pm. Tickets are £3.00 adults, £2.00 children. Price includes hot drink and biscuits.

Please call 01746 781 192 to book your place.

Dracula comes to Severn Valley Country Park

DRACULA is set to visit Severn Valley Country Park on 1st December.

Rain or Shine Theatre Company proudly present a new adaptation of Bram Stoker’s famous Gothic fantasy… With a twist!

After their success last winter as ‘a delicious mirthfest’ with the much celebrated comic version of ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’, Rain or Shine are dying to bring you yet another Classic novel in their own individual comedic style by raising the stakes by expanding on their new brand of ‘Morecambe & Wise-ish comedy’ with another season of mystery, mayhem, but above all multi-role madness!

Dracula 1897 : Transylvania… A lone English solicitor makes an ill-fated visit to an important client at a remote and mysterious castle. Soon afterwards, Count Dracula moves to London, where a bizarre plague begins to stalk its inhabitants. Can our intrepid team led by maverick-doctor Professor Abraham Van Helsing prevent the infamous Count from getting his fangs into everyone before his grip over the people of London proves fatal?

An atmospheric tale of maidens in distress, dark nights and vampires is here presented by Rain or Shine as you’ve never seen it before…promising a fang-tastic evening with lots of bite.

Set in authentic Victorian costume, with a cast of four playing a whole host of characters, Rain or Shine are sure to delight and enchant those new to the tale, and those who already know it.

The tour includes a ‘one night only’ performance in the Severn Valley Country Park, Alveley on Friday 1st December at 7.00pm. Tickets priced £10, child £6, are available from 01746 781192 or direct from the Rain Or Shine credit card hotline: 0330 660 0541, e-mail or online via

Half Term Activities at Cob House

Cob House

Cob House Country Park has another range of exciting activities and events over the half term period and is a great place for a day out. A summary of their events is below and check out their website for full details, prices and how to book  .


21st – Segway Experience 11am – 2pm

21st – Beth with Pets in Care stall

24th – Join the Jumping Clay team for making fun!  11am – 2pm

25th – Pony rides with Pampered Ponies 10.30am – 2.30pm

25th – Junior Angling Lessons

26th – Jumping Clay fun in the Mayfly Cafe 11am – 2pm

26th – Junior Angling Lessons

27th – Fun Face Painting with Artistic Tinker

28th – Archery Lessons, please see website for details and booking

28th – Archery Have a Go Session 1.30pm-3.30pm £2 6 arrows

29th – Breakfast Club Meeting

Finding Shelter – Prehistoric Activity at Worcester Museum

On Wednesday 25th October 2017 you can find out about life in Prehistoric Worcestershire and create a miniature shelter. Find out how people kept warm and safe in a dangerous world with the help of Rob Hedge, archaeologist and prehistoric expert from Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service. You’ll also be able to explore the tools, homes, and hunting weapons used by early humans.
Just drop into Worcester Museum & Art Gallery between 11am and 3pm. There is a charge of £2 for materials.

Latest events

Textiles at the Cob House

Geologists in the Geopark helped with this event at the Cob House, with attendees having a go at creating textile designs inspired by the geology.

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Discover Something Different at Worcester Cathedral


Worcester Cathedral are running their annual Discover Something Different starting tomorrow with a range of tours, exhibitions, recitals and family activities.

Throughout the period there is an exhibition looking at how the cathedral was built and the many craftsmen who were involved. You can also catch our Geopark exhibition here.

On Wednesday 23rd August Geologists in the Geopark will be leading a tour highlighting the geology which can be seen and which you may just usually walk pat.

German tour

Tour by King John’s tomb

Discover Something Different at Worcester Cathedral 2017

Saturday 12 August – Monday 28 August
Be inspired and captivated this August by our tours, talks and exhibitions.

Please click on this link to access the full programme including dates and times of each event. Prices are listed below.

All tickets are available from Worcester Live Box office online or by phoning 01905 611427.
Remaining tickets on the day will be sold through the Cathedral Shop.  

 Spotting a fossil on the cathedral floor

‘Hands on History’ children’s activities

Tue 15, Thur 17, Fri 18, Tue 22, Thur 24 and Fri 25 at 10.30-12.30 and 14.00-16.00
Try your hand at designing a stained glass window, illuminating a medieval manuscript, modelling a clay gargoyle and brass rubbing.
Free family events (donations appreciated)


Turn up for a Tour of the Cathedral 

Monday to Saturday, 11am and 2.30pm
A guided tour of historic Worcester Cathedral, led by one of our experienced Cathedral Guides. The tour will last approximately an hour.
£5.00 pp, accompanied children are free
Meet in the Cloister outside the shop. On the following dates (and times) in August Turn up for a Tour will be replaced by an alternative tour (see below for details of the other tours) – Sat 12th 2.30pm / Mon 14th 2.30pm / Tue 15th 2.30pm /  Sat 19th 2.30pm /  Mon 21st 2.30pm /  Tue 22nd 2.30pm / Wed 23rd 2.30pm /  Thur 24th 11am / Sat 26th 2.30pm. 


Cathedral Behind the Scenes Upper Reaches Tour
Tue 15, Thur 17, Sat 19, Tue 22, Thur 24 and Sat 26 at 13.30
See the Cathedral from a different perspective! Guided tour given by the Cathedral Archaeologist, or one of his knowledgable assistants, through some of the Cathedral roof spaces.
N.B. Due to the ancient nature of the building and spiral staircases there is no disabled access. Not suitable for under 16s.

Max 10 people per tour
Meet outside the Cathedral shop

Cathedral Library tour
Sat 12, Mon 14, Tue 15, Wed 16, Thur 17, Fri 18, Sat 19, Mon 21, Tue 22, Wed 23 at 12.15
Guided tours of the Cathedral’s atmospheric medieaval library offering a chance to see the Worcester Anitphoner and other mediaeval manuscripts, historic documents and rare books from the Cathedral archives.
N.B. Due to the ancient nature of the building and spiral staircases there is no disabled access
Max 16 people per tour
Meet in the Cloister outside the shop

King John Talk
Thur 24 at 15.30
King John’s Tomb in the Cathedral Quire is a stunning setting to hear about his life, disputes and the lead up to him sealing Magna Carta 800 years ago.
£6.00 PP
Meet in the Cloister outside the shop

Turn up for a Tour with a Twist – The people’s story
Mon 14, Mon 21 at 14.30
Learn in more detail about the people connected to and buried in the Cathedral. Hear about their fascinating lives, loves and losses.
Meet outside the Cathedral shop

Cathedral Gardens Tour
Mon 14 at 13.30
A chance to meet the Cathedral Gardener who will point out to you the trees and plants of rare and special interest in the Cathedral and Deanery gardens and the different herbs in the Cloister Garth garden.
£5.00 pp
Meet in the Cloister outside the shop 

Voces Academy Conducting Masterclasses
Wed 16 at 10.00-13.00, Thur 17 at 13.00-14.30, Fri 18 at 13.00-15.30 and 16.00-18.00
This free event is a great opportunity to hear beautiful music and observe conductors learning their skills, set in the centre of the Cathedral on The Crossing or in College Hall.
Observation only.
 (Please see timetable for location)

Voces Academy closing performance
Thur 17 at 14.45
A programme of beautiful choral works including Brahms, Elgar, and Verdi will showcase the Voces masterclasses that have taken place throughout the week. Conductors will be joined by special guest Choir Evoke in this closing performance.
A free event, located on the Cathedral Crossing 

The Men – their WWI stories
Thur 24 at 11.00
Hear the moving and poignant stories behind some of the men who fought in World War I, who are commemorated in the Cloister windows and who were connected to the Cathedral.
Meet your guide outside the Cathedral shop in the Cloister

Climb the Cathedral Tower (Weather permitting) 
Mon to sat 11.00-17.00 last admission 16.30 and Sundays 12.30-15.30 last admission at 15.00
Climb the 235 steps up the Cathedral Tower where on a clear day you can see spectacular views over the city centre, River Severn, county cricket ground, Pitchcroft, Fort Royal, Malvern and Abberley hills and the beautiful Worcestershire countryside beyond.
£4.00pp, / £2.00 per school age child/ £8 family ticket (2 adults + up to 4 children)
N.B. Due to the ancient nature of the building and spiral staircases there is no disabled access
Small children must be able to climb independently and be supervised by an adult (the tower is very narrow and steep).
Should the tower not be open due to the weather, Worcester live tickets can be used on an alternative day when the tower is open.Tickets will also be available at the Cathedral shop in the Cloister and from the ticket / donation point near the north door on the day.

Top of the Tower Battle of Worcester tour
Thur 17 at 10.30
Stand where Charles II watched the progress of the Battle of Worcester on 3rd September 1651 and let our guide take you back in time to hear about this decisive battle of the English Civil War.
N.B. Due to the ancient nature of the building and spiral staircases there is no disabled access
Meet outside the Cathedral shop

Bell Tower tour and ringing demonstration
Mon 21 at 12.30
A tour of the teaching centre, ringing room and Belfry. See the bells being rung and meet some of the Bellringers.
25 people per tour
Meet at the Tower entrance.
Not suitable for children under 10
N.B. Due to the ancient nature of the building and spiral staircases there is no disabled access

The Cathedral’s Monastic Heritage Tour
Tue 14 and Sat 26 at 14.30
Hear about the Benedictine monk’s life from 500-1000 years ago and see the surviving and ruined Monastic buildings on the tour outside and in the Cathedral.
Meet outside the Cathedral shop

‘Fossils in the stones’ Tour
Wed 23 at 14.30
The cathedral was built with many different rocks but did you know that many of these stones have wonderful fossils within them. During this gentle stroll around the Cathedral you will see fossilised corals, snails and sea lilies in rocks that are up to 350 million years old. You may find that a small torch and magnifying glass will make your tour a little more enlightening.
Meet your guide outside the Cathedral shop in the Cloister

The Cathedral’s magnificent Architecture Tour
Tue 22 and Sat 19 at 14.30
Worcester Cathedral has been described as possibly the most interesting of all England’s Cathedrals from an architectural point of view and has examples of wonderful stone work and architecture from Saxon through to Tudor times.
Join our guide to hear about the Cathedral’s Norman, Transitional Norman, Early english, Decorated and Perpendicular Architecture
Meet outside the Cathedral shop

Cathedral Stained Glass tour
Sat 12 at 14.30
Worcester’s magnificent Stained Glass tour includes the inspiring Great West Window depicting the creation (currently being conserved), the East Window showing the life of Christ, and among others the Edward Elgar and Charles Hastings windows.
Meet outside the Cathedral shop

Talk by Steve Clare, specialist in the restoration and conservaton of stained glass 
Thur 24 at 19.00
A talk on the restoration and conservation of stained glass by specialist Steve Clare of Holywell Glass.
The talk will take place in the Nave of the Cathedral, in sight of the Great West Window and the glass conservation work. The event includes a glass of wine or a soft drink prior to the talk beginning.

Glasswork demonstrations
Tue 15, Wed 16, Thur 17, Tue 22, Wed 23 and Thur 24
Meet some of the skilled glass conservators from Holywell Glass whilst they work on restoring glass from the Great West Window. They will be demonstrating their craft at work benches at ground floor level in the Cathedal Nave.
Free event  – no tickets required

‘Building the Cathedral’ Exhibition

11 to 30 August

A fascinating exhibition looking at how the Cathedral was constructed from the middle ages onwards and at the various types of medieval craftsmen.
Free exhibition

‘Fossils in the Geopark’ Exhibition
11 to 30 August
The Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark has an abundance of fossil bearing rocks that form the local landscape. This exhibition tells the story of fossil corals, trilobites ammonites and dinosaurs from as long ago as 400 million years right through to the last Ice Age and which can be seen in the fabric of the Cathedral.
Free exhibition

‘Winterbourne Revisited’ Exhibition by Worcester Artist Sara Hayward (RCA)
5 August to 31 August
An exhibition of eight large scale vibrant abstract paintings inspired by the house and gardens of Winterbourne Edgbaston.
Whilst enjoying refreshments in the Cathedral Chapter House (off the Cloister), see this free exhibition

Safari Trail
The Safari Trail leads younger children around the Cathedral looking for the many animals that can be found in the stained glass windows, floor tiles or carved on tombs. Children are welcome to borrow a special safari backpack to go on safari with binoculars and a torch to make their journey extra special.
A free family trail
Ask a Cathedral Welcomer (wearing a green sash and located by the main north porch entrance) for the loan of a Safari backpack


Drop in Mindfulness Colouring 
Daily Monday to saturday 10.00-16.30 Sundays 12.30-15.30

4 beautiful designs to colour designed by Local artist Sara Hayward in the serene and calming environment of the Lady Chapel.  Colouring sheets, pencils and clipboards available in the Lady Chapel.

Awkward Earth Talk on Sat 12 August

On Saturday 12th August Gerry Calderbank will be giving a talk at Bewdley Museum. He’ll talk about how the surveyor’s levelling practice and technology has developed from Ancient Rome to the present day – thereby giving rise to the metric system en route.


We asked Gerry to say a little more about it.

“In the 1960s Herefordshire had no ‘County Archaeologists’ nor support structure; instead, there was reliance upon various local museum, university and/or WEA staff et al. for dealing with the rescue digs – people like the late Frank Noble and Stan Stanford for example. So digs tended to be in their own spare time (weekends and vacations) and relied upon lots of volunteers such as ourselves in he W.A.R.S.  – plus the Archenfield Archaeology Group, of course.


Consequently, there was never much time for anything much more than the digging and tidying up afterwards. I mostly assisted Stan Stanford – on mainly Iron Age and Romano-British sites (the various hillforts such as Croft and Midsummer Hill, or our three Leintwardine rescue digs spring to mind) plus a couple of Neolithic sites and the Bronze Age urnfield at Bromfield, etc., etc.


Stan was always pushed for time and, instead of booking his levels in a conventional way (Surveyor’s Notebook) Stan scribbled all the data on his field sheets as we worked (Sopwith staff foresight & backsight readings) and these were left for conversion during the long winter evenings.  He lived in Luston and I used to drive over on such evenings from Burford (Salop!) to help Stan and Yvonne with the conversions and any other jobs like like washing finds, etc. 


One such evening we took a break from the tedium and Stan remarked that there must be some more efficient way of doing things.  This set me thinking.  It was a pre-digital era of course – not even pocket calculators! – but I was familiar with certain engineering techniques and (from my work) with so-called ‘Modern Mathematics’ and I realised that the simple arithmetic we were doing (subtracting staff readings from the backsight data) was actually an “iterative process” in mathematical terms – and could therefore probably be mechanised in some way.


So, to cut a long story short, I invented and built a simple form of circular slide-rule (an analogue computer) which we then used on-site when levelling. It was  calibrated in Imperial measure and, when set up (“zeroed”), you could subtract the foresight readings instantly to the nearest tenth of a foot ASL (our normal Imperial usage). 


I always assumed that Stan would have ceased to use our  ‘Woolhope Scale’ when British archaeology metricated but, just a few years ago before his final illness, three of us were visiting the Stanfords (in Leinthall Earls) when Stan went upstairs and returned with the computer, asserting that he had no further use for it and insisted upon returning it to me . . . and I then saw that Stan had ‘metricated’ it sometime – by overwriting my lettering and numerals!”

You can book your place by calling 0845 6077819

‘Al fresco’ theatre at Seven Valley Country park – come ‘Rain or Shine’

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Professional theatre company Rain or Shine, hailed by ‘The Stage’ asone of the best companies touring open air theatre” are set to delight family audiences once again this summer with their production of Shakespeare’s cross-gartered and hilarious cross-dressing comedy Twelfth Night, as they ‘transport’ you to a land where nothing is quite what it seems.

“What country, friends, is this?” Have you ever found yourself in yourself in a strange place, surrounded by strange people, taking extraordinary measures to find your way? That’s the situation Viola finds herself in when, shipwrecked and separated from her brother, she sets foot upon Illyria’s sandy shore. Lost and alone, she disguises herself as a man and sets forth. Before long, chaos ensues as mistaken identity, love, pride and alcohol set a host of much loved characters on a series of hilarious adventures. Hopeless romantics, drunken knights, a pompous steward and fools galore abound in one of Mr. William Shakespeare’s most celebrated comedies. “If music be the food of love, play on!”


Sure to delight family audiences from 6 to 96, this is an ideal choice for an outdoor theatrical event, bringing classical theatre into the heart of local communities as they travel across the UK during June July and August from the Devon to Northumberland, and Wales to Norfolk, visiting some of the country’s most picturesque castles, stately homes and gardens along the way.

The tour includes a performance at Severn Valley Country Park, Alveley on Friday 11th August at 7.30pm. Tickets are available in person from the venue, by ringing 01746 781192, or directly from Rain or Shine on 0330 660 0541 or go online via

Audiences are requested to bring along low-backed seating or rugs to maximise their enjoyment of the al fresco performance. Full details of the tour and venues can be found on the Rain or Shine website and tickets can be purchased from each venue, through Ticketweb via, or by ringing 0330 660 0541.


Textile Craft Day at Malvern Hills GeoCentre

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One of Georgia’s landscape textiles

On Saturday 29th July 2017 there is a Textile Craft Day – for the whole family. Print a fossil stencil, build a fiery volcano or a chilly glacier.  Demonstrations of fabric painting, printing and stencilling. Try out these techniques for yourself and see how fossils and rocks can be used as an inspiration for arts and crafts. Worksheets will be provided for visitors and children to take away for follow-up activities’. This is a GeoFest event by ‘Geologists in the Geopark’ and led by Georgia Jacobs.

The event runs from 10:30am-3:30pm. There is no charge although donations on the day will be welcomed! Children must be accompanied.

Details about the Malvern Hills GeoCentre can be found at


Malvern Hills GeoCentre


Stunning Landscapes from Space


Stunning Landscapes from Space – how satellites see the Geopark.
This is an exhbition running at Bewdley Museum from Saturday 22 July – Sunday 24 Sept. Space satellites now provide exquisite photographic detail of the Earth’s surface. This exhibition shows your local landscape of hills, rivers and rocks as never seen before.
Entry is free and you can find out more about the museum at

Textile Demonstration – Bewdley Museum 23 July

On Sunday 23rd July Georgia Jacobs will be running a Geology/textile demonstration at Bewdley Museum to coincide with the launch of her Lines in the Landscape exhibition.
The demonstration is free and runs 12-3pm. The Lines in the Landscape textile project uses images of the
Earth from space, aerial photographs and landscape
photographs as sources of inspiration for art-based textiles
to display during Geofest 2017, along with workshops and
demonstrations for the visiting public.

Georgia will also be at Malvern Hills GeoCentre on 29 July and Cob House on 24 August (booking required 01886 888517).


Rock and Fossils Challenge

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On Monday 31st July & Saturday 5th August take up theRock & Fossils Challenge at Bewdley Museum.
Become a fossil hunter – find and identify hidden fossils. Bring in your own specimens for experts to identify. It runs 11am-3pm and is free.

Textile Landscapes

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As part of this year’s GeoFest artist Georgia Jacobs is running a number of events based around creating textiles inspired by geology and the landscape. Recently she was at Severn Valley Country Park and a number of people had a go at a workshop and thoroughly enjoyed it.

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You can see more of her textiles at Bewdley Museum as part of an exhibition from Saturday 22 July through to Sunday 24 September and entry is free. As part of the launch she will doing demonstration on Sunday 23 July from 12-3pm.

Saturday 29th July she’ll be running an Experimenting with Textile Art Family Crafts Day at Malvern Hills GeoCentre

Thursday 24th August she’ll be running the event at Cob House, Wichenford. Please visit the website for more
information on this and call 01886 888 517 to book into the sessions so that we can secure you a place on this very popular event.



Severn Valley Railway Geology Trail


For the last 7 days a GeoFest event at Severn Valley Railway has been promoting ‘A Train Ride Geology Trail’. Over 400 people took up the challenge and tried out the trail from the comfort of their seat on the train. The free guide can be downloaded from the Geopark website.

GeoFest 2017

The 2017 GeoFest is about to begin, and an exiting range of events from the Geopark partners can be found on our new leaflet. Walks, workshops, outdoor theatre and children’s activities are just some of the events on offer. It all starts this weekend with Fossil Days at Bewdley Museum where you can meet some experts who have brought a range of fossils along and will happily explain to you what they are and answer questions.

You can download the leaflet here – GeoFest 2017 leaflet and stat planning some exciting days and evenings out.

Fossil friendly start to GeoFest 2017

GG FossilsGeoFest 2017 kicks off with a fossil friendly weekend at Bewdley Museum. On Saturday and Sunday 27th and 28th May come to the Museum and make your own fossil cast and also see some of the real fossils from the Museum’s collection.

GeoFest 2017

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This year’s GeoFest will take place between Saturday 27 May to Sunday 3 September. Nearer the time we will be sharing details of the exciting events being offered by our partners.

Stunning Landscapes from Space - how satellites see the Geopark


An exhibition this summer at Bewdley Museum from 22nd July to 24th September

Space satellites now provide exquisite photographic detail of the Earth’s surface. This exhibition shows the local landscape of hills, rivers and rocks as never seen before. Above is a satellite image of the southern part of Britain using a technique known as ‘false colour’ to enhance the exposed rocks and highlight landscape features. Similar but more local photographs will feature in the exhibition. Satellite images and explanations are being provided by the Geological Remote Sensing Group and associated field scale photos and interpretations are being supplied by Geologists in the Geopark.

Calendar of events

Latest events by partners

Fungi Foray at Severn Valley Country Park


Fungi Foray at Severn Valley Country Park

Shropshire Council invites you to the Severn Valley Country Park for a fungi foray. Their rangers will be joined by Jo Weightman of the Herefordshire Fungus Survey Group for this guided walk. It will be a good opportunity to get outdoors, amongst the last of the autumn colours, to find out which of the many fungi on the park can be eaten and which cannot.

On a recent foray held at the country park, 35 different types of fungi were identified. Their names describe them perfectly. Amongst those found were the Oyster which resembles an open oyster shell; the Candle Snuff which looks like a black candle with white smoke rising from the wick; the Orange Peel which mimics small pieces of orange zest and the Turkey Tail which fans out like tail feathers. A number of mushrooms are in season until December so you will be able to see some of the many species on site during the guided walk.

Severn Valley Country Park half term activties

Severn Valley Country Park half term activties

Visitor centre manager Susie Comaish says, “If you would like to know more about fungi or just fancy an enjoyable, interesting walk then why not come along. The park has a wide range of fungi to discover and to top it off; there will be tea and biscuits on offer at the end of the foray in the visitor centre.”

There will be 2 sessions on Friday 13th November at 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm.

Places are limited to 15 per session.

Booking and payment in advance are required.

Please call 01746 781192. Adults £4.50 Children £3.00. Price includes a hot drink and biscuits.

“Time: our most precious asset” – a day school on the Malvern Hills

banner-mapA day school with some local field work to celebrate the Bicentenary of William Smith’s first geological map of England & Wales. Hosted by Geopark president and geologist extraordinaire Chris Darmon at the Malvern Hills GeoCentre. 

Saturday, 28 Nov 2015
Price: £25.00 adult, £20.00 under-19 student, including light lunch and refreshments.

Residential field trip in the Geopark

The Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark is pleased to share that Chris Darmon, Geopark president and Down to Earth editor, will be leading a residential field trip in the Geopark during 2016. Please see the advert below for details:

“Earth science learning for all”

Abberley & Malvern Hills Geopark
April 29 – May 4 2016

As President of the Abberley & Malvern Hills Geopark, I invite you to come and join me as we explore the varied geology of this part of the Heart of England! There are breathtaking views, fine scenery and excellent rocks within the Geopark that extends across 1250 square kilometres and takes in parts of the four counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire.

In the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark we’ll find outstanding geology that spans 700 million years of Earth’ history. The story begins with Precambrian igneous and metamorphic rocks and then moves on through sediments of all ages, ending with the Triassic desert sandstones of Bridgnorth. We’ll see geology from a steam rain and even animatronic dinosaurs in the Wildlife Safari Park!

We’ll stay at the centrally located Great Malvern Hotel where we will get well looked after and be able to sample good local food. This is a great opportunity to explore some of the finest geology in England over the May Day Bank Holiday weekend.

The cost of the 5-night trip is £695.00 per person in a double/twin room and £850.00 for single occupancy.

We expect this trip to book up quickly – so you are advised to contact us soon for a booking form!

Chris Darmon BSc
Course Organiser/Leader

To request a booking form, email:
or ring: 0114 245 5746

Download information in the October edition of Down to Earth

Fun with Fossils, Rocking Rocks and Magical Minerals

Box of fossils

Box of fossils

Join Worcester City Museum and the ‘Geologist in the Geopark’ to explore the museums wonderful geology collection. This will be an opportunity for you to discover, draw and handle these amazing and ancient specimens.

Family drop in day.


Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
Foregate Street, Worcester WR1 1DT
Telephone: 01905 25371
Find the museum: Location map

The Bewdley Civic Society School Project 2015 - an exhibition at Bewdley Museum

Bewdley Museum

Bewdley Museum

This year’s exhibition involves collaborative work with Bewdley School and Sixth Form Centre and members of the Abberley and Malvern Hill Geopark.

During the project local geologists offered their expertise to help the learners to identify the stone used in the building of some of the important historic structures in Bewdley. For more infomation about the project click here.

The exhibition runs from 12th September to 31st October at Bewdley Museum, 10am – 4.30pm. Admission to the museum is free!

Geological Inspiration in Textile Art: An Illustrated Talk at Severn Valley Country Park

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Crinoids – Silurian reef

Shropshire Council rangers at Severn Valley Country Park are delighted to be welcoming Georgia Jacobs for this fascinating look at the use of geology in textile art.

Since retiring from her career as a lecturer in Geography and Geology at Halesowen College, Georgia has been able to develop her love for textile art by gaining a series of qualifications including machine embroidery, silk painting and advanced textile decoration.

As a registered speaker on recreational geology and textile art for the Worcestershire WI, Georgia enjoys exhibiting her textile art as it helps promote public awareness of geology and how the subject can be used as a source of inspiration for artists working in textiles and mixed media.

Georgia’s passion for textile art can be seem in her vast collection of vibrantly coloured, geologically inspired textiles. Her use of different textures and colours to create wonderful shapes and landscapes is very creative and she is able to bring the subject to life through this humorous and interesting talk.

Visitor centre manager Susie Comaish says, “the country park is the perfect setting for this talk. The Severn Valley was carved out 18,000 years ago during the last ice age and is filled with distinctive geological features, some of which Georgia has replicated in her art.” 

The talk will be held in the visitor centre on Thursday 15th October 7.30pm-9pm. Tickets are £3 Adults, £2 Children. Tickets include a hot drink and biscuits. Places are limited so please call 01746 781192 to book.

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