Geology Day Schools in the Geopark

Chris Darmon is running a number of Day Schools at geopark venues this autumn. For more details please check out his website at https://www.geosupplies.co.uk/geology_learning_study_courses.php

How do we read rocks & landscape?

Wednesday 6 November 
This inside/outside day is aimed particularly at those for whom reading rocks
and landscape is something new, although all are welcome. There will be an
indoor session in the morning, followed by lunch in the cafe (at your own
expense) and then we’ll take a stroll to see some local rock outcrops and take
in the wider landscape.
Meeting: Severn Valley Country Park, Highley, Worcs at 10.30 Cost: £10.00

 Rocks of all kinds explained!

Wednesday 27 November 
How do we distinguish different rocks? What’s the difference between a
granite and basalt, or a slate and shale? This inside/outside day will combine a
classroom session with an outdoor visit around Bewdley where we’ll be able to
see natural rocks ‘in the street’. There’s an onsite cafe where you can buy
lunch. This day is aimed particularly at beginners, but all are welcome.
Meeting: Bewdley Museum at 10.30 Cost: £10.00

Rockstars, a celebration of famous rocks

Wednesday 11 December 
There are some rocks that everyone has heard of, like Portland Stone or Shap
Granite. But why are they famous, what makes them so special? We’ll be
examining some famous rocks in a practical session and then learning more
about them in a lively teaching session during this day of two parts. Hot drinks
and biscuits are included.
Meeting: Lapworth Museum, Birmingham University at 10.30 Cost £20.00

To book for any Day Trip go to: www.geosupplies.co.uk and enter the online
shop. Alternatively ring 0114 245 5746

You can the Down to Earth magazine here DtoE extra October 2019

Pit at the Park – Severn Valley Country Park

Marking 50 years since mining ceased in the Severn Valley. Join us for this family friendly day to celebrate the past and present of Severn Valley Country Park!

Throughout the day there will be: Landy Train rides, pony rides, coal shovelling competitions*, FREE self-led activity trails – including one which is part of the Unlocking the Severn Project, FREE geology themed craft activities, and a drop-in memory sharing station.

The Visitor Centre will be officially open and from there you will also be able to purchase £5 return Severn Valley Railway tickets to travel between the Country Park Halt and Highley Station, including entrance to The Engine House, where a Highley Mining Company wagon is on display.

Scheduled activities include:
Talks by the Granville Miners, FREE pond dipping sessions, Rock & Fossil Hunts (booking required), Highley Colliery Band will play, the showing of a short film, the unveiling of a new sculpture dedicated to those who work at Highley and Alveley Collieries.

There will be a small charge for some activities

For more information, or to book onto the Rock & Fossil Hunts, please call 01746 781192

(The event is part of the Severn Valley Lives in the Landscape Project and organised in partnership with the Alveley Mining Heritage Group, the Unlocking the Severn Project, and the Geologists in the Geopark. The Lives in the Landscape project is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund, Shropshire Council and The Jean Jackson Charitable Trust.)

*Coal has been very kindly provided by Mansell Fuels (01746 762265)

Geology Craft Day at Wyre Forest

Fill your boots with an explosion of crafts, fossils and rocks. Wyre Forest are having another craft day on Wednesday 21 August when you can be inspired by rocks, fossils and dinosaurs. You can also visit the quarry here too. It’s all free (just pay for parking), just come along!

Geology Craft days at Worcester Cathedral

After the success of the Geology Craft Days last year they are returning to Worcester Cathedral on Thursday 15th and Monday 19th August.

 

Come along to join us for this great free event/ See some real fossils, chat to the experts and ask your questions, and be inspired to create your own great crafts. There are plenty of different activities to choose from.

The event takes place in the Chapter House 10:30-12:30 and then 2;30-3:30. Just come along!

Lapworth Lates & an Exhibiton About Salt & Travels

Lapworth Museum of geology, based at Birmingham University, joined the Geopark Forum last year. It’s a great day out, especially for anyone interested in dinosaurs and geology. They have various events and exhbitions over the summer

 at the Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham . This exhibition by PhD student Jack Richardson gives a personal insight into what it is like to do research and study for a PhD. Admission free

Jack’s Adventures with Salt. Temporary Exhibition

Follow the adventures of geologists as they investigate the secrets of salt using magnets! Jack’s PhD is coming to a close in 2019 and during that time his adventures have taken him all around the world to collect samples, fly drones and study Earth’s history. This exhibition tells the story of Jack’s field work and gives you the chance to get a behind the scenes view of a researcher’s life. 16th July – 25thOctober

Find out more on their website

Lapworth Late event

3rd instalment of the Lapworth Lates. 7-10 pm 15th August.

Prepare for an ADVENTURE into inspiring arts and cutting-edge research at the third Lapworth Lates!

Meet the pioneering people exploring the unknown! From Antarctic survival to great escapes, uncover the incredible journey of plants, people and plastics.

Adventure through the Museum’s collections to spark your imagination and get creative with clay and recycled materials in our artist led workshops.

Drinks and light nibbles will be available on the night.

This event is free of charge but booking is essential. Tickets will be available from the 29th of July.

 

Find out more about the museum at

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/lapworth-museum/index.aspx

Summer Holidays at Cob House Country Park

Cob House Country Park is once again a great place to visit during the summer holidays. Three miles out of Worcester, you can come and visit Reindeer, Alpacas, Pigs, Goats, Chickens and Ducks and walk round the parkland free of charge. The Mayfly Cafe provides drinks and great food.

There are also special events for the holidays too, some of which have charges. For full details visit www.cobhouse.org/events/

August

1st – Bear Club 10.30am to 12 noon (Booking essential:  charlotte.rone@sky.com) 

1st – Sand Art 1-3pm – just drop in

6th – Couch to 2k

8th – Bear Club 10.30 to 12 noon (Booking essential:  charlotte.rone@sky.com) 

8th – Sand Art 1-3pm – just drop in

9th – Pampered Ponies are here with pony rides 10.30am to 3pm

13th – Couch to 2k

14th – Junior Angling – Please pick up a leaflet in reception

16th – The Pickle Lady is back with us for delicious pickles

19th – Walking for Health – meet at 10.15 am on the patio area. Dementia Friendly, everyone welcome.

20th – Pampered Ponies are here for Pony Rides

21st – Jumping Clay 10am to 1pm in the Mayfly Cafe

22nd – Bear Club 10.30 to 12 noon (Booking essential:  charlotte.rone@sky.com) 

22nd – Sand Art 1-3pm – just drop in.

28th – Junior Angling – Please pick up a leaflet in reception

You can also ring Cob House on 01886 888517

Cob House, Worcester Road,
Wichenford, Worcester
WR6 6YE

Summer Holiday Events in the Geopark

Now the summer holidays are here many families are looking for things to do, especially if free or cheap! Many of our partner visitor centres have family friendly events over the coming weeks.

Bewdley Museum have craft activities each weekday. Entry to the museum is free and crafts are £4 per child. It’s different every day so check out https://www.bewdleymuseum.co.uk/whats-on/holiday-activities-at-bewdley-museum.aspx for what’s on offer.

Cob House Country Park is a great place to take the family. As well as visiting the animals there they have special events throughout the summer including angling, pony rides and craft activities. Check out their diary to see what’s on offer.

Hartlebury Castle has lots on over the summer to keep children occupied. As well as visiting the museum at the castle there are craft sessions, magic themed activities, falconry, willow weaving and guided walks. Check our more at https://hartleburycastle.com/events/

Lapworth Museum of Geology over at Birmingham University have free family fun days every Wednesday in the holidays 10am-5pm. On other days you can explore the refurbished museum for free.

There are opportunities to get close to nature at Severn Valley Country Park with pond dipping and mini-beast safaris. They’re also running regular craft activities, many of them free. Check out what’s available on their website.

Severn Valley Railway have summer themed holiday activities at their stations, and special offers on the railways. https://www.svr.co.uk/SEItem.aspx?a=155

Worcester Cathedral once again have their Discover Something Different series throughout August, including free family activity sessions.

At Brockhampton Estate they have a fruit rhyme trail all summer, as well minecraft days and a dog show.

There are many more events too. Check the calendar on our website or the GeoFest leaflet.

 

We are grateful to Merlin Energy for sponsoring GeoFest again

As You Like it at Severn Valley Country Park

Outdoor theatre comes to Severn Valley Country Park, Alveley, WV15 6NG

Professional theatre company Rain or Shine, hailed by ‘The Stage’ as “one of the best companies touring open air theatre” are set to delight family audiences once again this summer with their 21st Anniversary production of Shakespeare’s ‘perfect pastoral comedy’… As You Like It.

Join one of The Bard’s most famous heroines, Rosalind, as she makes her way in a world full of power, jealousy and tyranny. In fear for her life and in search of true love, she flees her heritage with her cousin Celia and fool Touchstone. Will disguising herself as a country lad lead her to a new life full of hope, laughter, and her banished father? With songs galore, hand-to-hand wrestling, idiotic shepherds and the infamous melancholic Jaques, this comedy is sure to delight family audiences from 6 to 96.

So, pack your picnic, rugs and chairs, pop open some beer or bubbly and sit back and relax in the summer sunshine, while we whisk you off to the Forest of Arden where anything can happen!

Rain or Shine aim is to bring classical theatre into the heart of local communities as they travel across the country during June July and August.

The tour includes a performance at Severn Valley Country Park, Alveley on Friday 9th August at 7.30pm. (Gates at 6.30pm). The Kiosk will be open for refreshments. Adult £14, Concession £13 and Child £7. Tickets from 01746 781192 or via rainorshine.co.uk.

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 www.rainorshine.uk, or by ringing 0330 660 0541.

Family Geology Events in GeoFest

We have a wide range of activities in GeoFest, with partner venues running talks, tours, walks, trails and craft activities. Amongst these are are a number of event where our experts will be attending. We’ll have special crafts and activities, and you can also bring along your questions.

 

Rock and Fossil Hunt at Severn Valley Country Park

Thursday 8th August 1.30-3pm 

(Please note the planned event on Thursday 25th is cancelled due to expected extreme heat)

Join rangers & local experts to try finding your own fossil! After an introduction we’ll set out to see what we can discover, with experts on hand, then return to examine your finds under a microscope. Please bring a small trowel & plastic tub with you to aid your fossil hunting. Booking required on 01746 781 192. Child £4, adult free, all children must be accompanied by an adult. Suitable for age 5+

Rock and Fossil Challenge in Comer Woods – NT Dudmaston

Thu 1st & 22nd August 11:00-3:00

Take a closer look at ancient rocks and fossils. Meet at Heath Barn in Comer Woods.

Free, just drop in

 

Craft Activities – Printing, Stencilling & Stamping at Severn Valley Country Park

Join us for some fun printing, stencilling and stamping, inspired by the Geology of Severn Valley Country Park and its present-day flora and fauna.  Use paint, crayons and ink stamps to create your own picture to take home and keep.

Free, all materials are provided. Drop in anytime between 12pm and 3pm.

7th August (12-3pm) – Leaves and Ferns

28th August (12-3pm) – Dragonflies and Butterflies

Rock & Fossil Challenge at Hartlebury Castle

Wed 13th to Thu 15th August 11:00-3:30

Come and take part in this free rock & fossil challenge. Usual Castle admission applied.

 

Geology Craft Days at Worcester Cathedral

Thu 15th & Mon 19th August 10:30-12:30 & 1:30-3:30

Come along and join us for this great event. See some real fossils and be inspired to make some great crafts. Free

Craft Geology for the Family at Wyre Forest

Wed 21st Aug 10:30-12:30 & 1:30-3:30

Fill your boots with an explosion of crafts, fossils and rocks. Delve in to the past and create your own 3D ancient environment or stencil and stamp away and let your imagination fun free. Then you can create your own masterpiece by paint you own plaster of Paris dinosaurs and fossils.

Just drop in. Free, donations appreciated.

GeoFest is very kindly sponsored by Merlin Energy

Discover Something Different at Worcester Cathedral

Worcester Cathedral are running another exciting series of events this August with their annual Discover Something Different series. Tours, talks and family activities including two rock and fossil craft events on 15th & 19th August as part of GeoFest.

Severn Valley Railway this summer

Severn Valley Railway have special events and special offers this summer to help make the holidays extra special.

Visit of Geopark President & Launch of Les Morris Memorial Trail

The President of the Geopark Chris Darmon, will be visiting the Geopark on 13th and 14th July. His itinerary includes visits to the National Trust at Croome and Dudmaston. On Sunday 14th he will launch the Les Morris Memorial Trail at 11.30 in the orchard at Dudmaston. This self guided discovery trail covers over 30 locations throughout the Geopark. In the afternoon at Dudmaston starting at 1.30 there is a guided geology walk around the state.

Les in red top, on one of his many field trips

 

Les Morris (pictured below) was a geographer and geologist who spent his working life as an educator. A wonderful man and founding member of the Geopark, Les had time for anyone interested in the formation and evolution of our planet and the landscapes upon it. Les had a vision to bring this story to everyone by unlocking the vast store of our natural heritage tucked away in stone built walls.

Part of Dudmaston Estate showing one of the many rock outcrops

Croome Panorama Open day

Panorama Tower Eyecatcher (John Hubble)

The next Panorama Tower open day is on Tuesday 16th July from 11am – 3pm. Free admission to the tower, but donations welcome. Normal admission applies to Croome (NT members free). Visitors can climb the spiral  staircase to get to the balcony. You will be able to admire the amazing views and see the information sheets about the landscape and its geology created by Peter Oliver. 

Parking for Panorama Tower open days: parking at main visitor car park at Croome, then 1.5 mile walk to the tower (Walks Map available from Croome shop). There is limited parking on the verge near the tower, then a short walk across the field to the tower itself.

Further dates are Friday August 9th and Sunday September 8th. See here for more details.

Panorama Tower (Kathryn Rudd)

GeoFest is kindly sponsored by Merlin Energy

Guided Walk: Geology of Severn Valley Country Park & Highley

Severn Valley Country park

Guided Walk: Geology of Severn Valley Country Park & Highley

Saturday 6th July 2019

 

Join geology expert Mike Preston for this fascinating guided walk taking a closer look at geology in and around the country park. Investigate spoil heaps: follow the development of the river since the ice age; visit Highley Station and examine local buildings for signs of sandstone.

 

Part of GEOFEST 2019

 

£3 per person

 

Call 01746 781 192 to book your place.

Pay on day.

Meet at 11am Severn Valley Country Park, WV15 6NG, Refreshment Kiosk.

Guided Geology Walks

We a couple of great guided walks coming up where you can find out about the rocks around you as well as having a nice walk in the landscape.

Exterior view of Dudmaston, Shropshire

The first will be a free walk at Dudmaston in Shropshire, where we’ll be exploring the woodland and park, pointing out geological features as we go along and answering questions. This will be repeated on 14th July. Just turn up on the day.

Then on the 22nd we’ll be leading a walk from Highley Sation on the Severn Valley Railway. It stats at 11:35am, timed just after the arrival of one the trains for those who want to arrive via the railway. £2 just turn up.

Guided geology and landscape walk at NT Dudmaston

Sun 9 June 1:30-3:00

Join us on a guided walk around the woodland and park, discovering geological points of interest along the way. Find out more about ancient rocks and fossils here at Dudmaston. Free, just turn up.

Guided Geology Walk at Severn Valley Railway (Highley)

Sat 22nd June 11:35-1:00

Highley Station to the Miners Memorial and back.

£2 per person, no booking needed, meet at the station

Half Term in the Geopark

There are loads of activities in the Geopark during half term at our partner venues.

Looking for a family trail? NT Brockhampton and Severn Valley Country Park are running ones at their venues.

Monday to Friday Bewdley Museum are running craft activities and Severn Valley Railway have free jungle themed activities at The Engine House in Highley. Severn Valley Country Park have nature activities on some days as well.

At Birmingham University the Lapworth Museum, one of the newer members of the Geopark Forum, are running a free family day.

Our popular rock and fossil challenge will be at Cob House Country park on Wednesday, including a new dinosaur detective trail. Experts will be on hand to talk to talk.

Looking for something a bit different? At Kinver Edge there are nature walks where you will be encouraged to take photos.

Hopefully there’s plenty to inerest you and your family!

 

Victorian fun and games at NT The Firs, Lower Broadheath

25th May – 17th July 10:30-4:30

Join us in a traditional Victorian holiday with dressing up and good old fashioned toys.

£1.50 for crafts, £2 for trail.

 

Tudor Cherry Chase Trail at NT Brockhampton

Sat 25th May – Sun 2nd June 11:00-4:00

Complete the Tudor cherry chase and win a prize.

£2.50 per trail

 

Woodland Creature Self-Led Trail at Severn Valley County Park (SVCP)

Sat 25th May to Sun 2nd June 11:00-4:00

Pick up at map at the refreshment kiosk so you can follow the trail around the park to discover lots more about these fascinating animals. Trail maps £2 each

 

May Half Term Activities at Bewdley Museum

Mon 27th-Fri 31st May 11am-3:30pm

Activities every day throughout the holidays,

£4 per person. All children must be supervised.

 

Jungle Explorers at Severn Valley Railway (Highley)

Mon 27th – Fri 31st May 11am-3:30pm

Free jungle-themed activities throughout the day. 
Little Snapper Photography Ramble at NT Kinver Edge

Mon 27th & Fri 31st May 11:00-3:00

Join us on a nature walk with photographers on hand to offer you the tips and tricks.

Booking essential, £5 for family ticket 03442 491895

 

Woodland Creature Face Masks Drop-in Craft session at SVCP

Wed 29th May 12:00-3:00

Why not have a go at making a fox, badger, rabbit or owl mask.

Free session.

 

Family Fun Days at Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham

Wed 29th May 10:00-5:00

Free, no need to book.

 

Rock & Fossil Challenge at Cob House Country Park

Wed 29th May 11:00-3:00

Come and have a go at our rock & fossil challenge, and our new dinosaur detective trail. Free

 

Mini Beast Safari at SVCP

Friday 31st May 12.30pm-3pm

Using our sweep nets see which creepy crawlies you can find! Will it be a lovely ladybird, a slimy snail, or a beautiful butterfly? Just drop in to our Bird Hide Meadow. Free

GeoFest Launch!

The 2019 GeoFest will be launched at Malvern Hills GeoCentre on Saturday 25th May with special displays about the Abberley & Malvern Hills Geopark. Come along and find out about what make this area special, with experts on hand to talks to you about the rocks and fossils you can find here. There are plenty of specimens for you to look at. You can also find out more about the Geopark Way, a long distance walk through the beautiful local countryside which also takes in the incredible geology along the route.

There are also plenty of other events at other partner venues: Bee Day at NT Greyfriars in Worcester on Saturday, special trails at NT Brockhampton, NT The Firs and Severn Valley Country Park. From Monday Bewdley Museum will have an exciting range of half term activities.

The annual GeoFest features activities and events run by members of the Abberley & Malvern Hills Geopark Forum, who are museums, country parks and other visitor centres in the region. Numerous events are run across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Shropshire including guided walks, craft sessions, open air theatre, trails and wildlife experiences. Many of the events are family friendly. Although GeoFest features a number of rock and fossils events there are also plenty of other events with wildlife, history and archaeology themes, and there is plenty of fun and hands on experiences. 

Details of events can be found on our What’s On guide and calendar.

Peter Oliver of the Geopark Forum said, “This weekend’s launch will feature a huge video screen presentation about the Geopark and we’re looking forward to bringing along our displays and fossils for you to look at. Bring your own specimens for us to identify. There are more activities planned in over the summer across the region and there’s plenty for people to join in with.”

The event, which is free, will be 10am-4pm Saturday at the Malvern GeoCentre, near the Wyche Cutting on the Malvern Hills.

Other events this week and half term

Victorian fun and games at NT The Firs, Lower Broadheath
25th May – 17th July 10:30-4:30
Join us in a traditional Victorian holiday with dressing up and good old fashioned toys.
£1.50 for crafts, £2 for trail.

Tudor Cherry Chase Trail at NT Brockhampton
Sat 25th May – Sun 2nd June 11:00-4:00
Complete the Tudor cherry chase and win a prize.
£2.50 per trail

Bee aware day at NT Greyfriars House and Garden
Sat 25th May 11:00-4:30
Meet our volunteer Beekeeper and his busy hive and enjoy nature inspired activities for the whole family.

Severn Valley Country Park

Woodland Creature Self-Led Trail at Severn Valley County Park (SVCP)
Sat 25th May to Sun 2nd June 11:00-4:00
Pick up at map at the refreshment kiosk so you can follow the trail around the park to discover lots more about these fascinating animals. Trail maps £2 each

May Half Term Activities at Bewdley Museum
Mon 27th-Fri 31st May 11am-3:30pm
Activities every day throughout the holidays,
£4 per person. All children must be supervised.

North and End Hills, Malverns

GeoFest Launch at Malvern Hills GeoCentre

The 2019 GeoFest will be launched at Malvern Hills GeoCentre on Saturday 25th May with special displays about the Abberley & Malvern Hills Geopark. Come along and find out about what make this area special, with experts on hand to talks to you about the rocks and fossils you can find here. There are plenty of specimens for you to look at.

You can also find out more about the Geopark Way, a long distance walk through the beautiful local countryside which also takes in the incredible geology along the route.

The annual GeoFest features activities and events run by members of the Abberley & Malvern Hills Geopark Forum, who are museums, country parks and other visitor centres in the region. Numerous events are run across Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Shropshire including guided walks, craft sessions, open air theatre, trails and wildlife experiences. Many of the events are family friendly. Although GeoFest features a number of rock and fossils events there are also plenty of other events with wildlife, history and archaeology themes, and there is plenty of fun and hands on experiences. 

Details of events, including the What’s On guide and calendar, can be found on our Geopark website www.geopark.org.uk.

Peter Oliver of the Geopark Forum said, “This weekend’s launch will feature a huge video screen presentation about the Geopark and we’re looking forward to bringing along our displays and fossils for you to look at. Bring your own specimens for us to identify. There are more activities planned in over the summer across the region and there’s plenty for people to join in with.”

The event, which is free, will be 10am-4pm Saturday at the Malvern GeoCentre, near the Wyche Cutting on the Malvern Hills.

North and End Hills, Malverns

GeoFest 2019!

GeoFest begins on Saturday 25 May, and there are loads of exciting activities and events at Geopark venues over the following few months. Check out the guide to see what’s on.

GeoFest 2019 is coming!

We’ll be sharing details of events across the Geopark in the next few weeks.

Easter events in the Geopark

Geopark visitor centres have a host of special events on offer over the Easter holidays.

If you’re looking for trails Bodenham Arboretum have an Easter trail for children to search for carrots all the way to Mr McGregor’s garden, whilst meeting spring lambs and calves. Over at Severn Valley Country Park they have a ‘What’s the weather like today?’ self-led trail.

National Trust properties have Easter Egg trails, with Dudmaston having their at the main site on 21/22 and at Comer Woods 19-22 April. Severn Valley Country Park also have an egg hunt 19-22 April. At Cob House Country Park they have an Easter breakfast where children can meet the Easter Bunny on Easter Sunday.

There are plenty of opportunities for arts and crafts. In The Hive you can have a go at Ice Age Art with Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service on Thu 18 April 10am-12pm, £3 per child. Cob House Country Park have various activities including Jumping Clay (15th), Build a Bear (17th) and Sand Art (17th) as well as pony rides. Bewdley Museum will have different craft activities each weekday during the Easter holidays.

Worcester Cathedral have their range of Easter services over the coming week, as well as being open for visitors and look round this amazing building.

Severn Valley Railway is up and running over Easter. Services will run every day throughout the Easter Holidays from April 13th – 28th, stopping-off at each of their six, beautifully-restored, historic stations along the way. New to the venue this Easter is No. 7 ‘Typhoon’, a miniature locomotive (one third size), now proudly on display alongside the much larger, distinctive No. 600 Gordon and No. 7819 Hinton Manor.

At the Engine House at Highley they have some free Superhero activities. Stopping off at the Engine House at Highley, you’ll be able to take part in some amazing FREE activities, marvel at massive steam engines and maybe win yourself a totally ‘sweet’ prize too! The activities take place with ReachOut Arts from April 15th – 22nd only, from 11am – 3pm.

 

There’s plenty to do during the next couple of weeks in the Geopark!

New exhibition – Mysteries of the Deep: 50 years of Scientific Ocean Drilling

 

Lapworth Museum of Geology are hosting a fantastic new temporary exhibition until 17 June.

The oceans have an unseen influence on all our lives. But how do we know this? How do we know how the oceans behave? And how can we better understand and protect these wonderful environments? Over the past fifty years there has been an astonishing, long-lasting and deep international scientific collaboration, that has revealed many secrets of the oceans. This programme spanned the divisions of the cold-war, and now involves 23 countries in an effort to explore the oceans from the Arctic to Antarctic. Through this program, thousands of scientists, technical staff, drillers and crew have gathered critical data and samples to tell the story of our blue planet. Understanding the oceans, their role in the Earth’s climate, their diversity of life and the risks they can pose is more important than ever. This is the story of scientific ocean drilling. This is the story we’re telling. Find out more about the project at www.mysteriesofthedeep.org

Lapworth Museum of Geology is on the University of Birmingham’s campus. Details of visiting the museum can be found here.

Blast off for Bewdley Museum’s 2019 season

This weekend Bewdley Museum is blasting off the new season with a day of free entertainment for all the family.

The reopening will showcase the new ’Orbiting the Earth’ exhibition’ which celebrates 50 years since the first Moon landings, with the chance to view rock samples from the Apollo missions from the late 1960s and early 1970s. An expert will be on hand to answer any questions. The reopening will also feature work from the ‘Ruskin in Wyre project’ which is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Naomi Hart’s Hotsy Totsy band will be performing live for visitors, crafts people will be demonstrating their skills and there will be special entertainment for the children.

The museum’s Garden Kitchen café will also offer Fairtrade, local and sustainable food. Visitors have the opportunity to buy unique handcrafted gifts and merchandise from the museum shop.

All this action is taking place on Saturday 2 March, from 10am until 4.30pm – so don’t miss out!

Find out more about their forthcoming events on their website

February Half Term in the Geopark

Our member visitor centres offer some fantastic places to visit, especially over half term. There are also lots of events for families in the Geopark at the visitor centres, and we thought we’d highlight a few here. Check out member websites for more details

Bodenham Arboretum

16th – 24th February Bodenham’s Gingerbread Trail

Looking for something a little different to do in the Half Term holidays? Then come along to Bodenham’s Gingerbread Trail!  Search for the hidden Gingerbread characters around the Arboretum. Each time you find a Gingerbread Man you will also be given a clue that will eventually lead you to their special Gingerbread Home!

Normal Admission Fees apply: Booking not required, simply turn up.

Cob House Country Park

There are a number of special events for children. Check out the website for prices.

17 & 19  Feb 10:30am Pony Rides with pampered Ponies

21 Feb 10:30am-12:00 Make your New BFF with Bear Club & Kids Bee Happy

21 Feb 1-3pm Sand Art with Kids Bee happy

Check out these and other events in their Newsletter

Severn Valley Country Park 

16-24 February 11am-3pm Garden Bird Self Led Trail

Collect a FREE map from the refreshment kiosk from 11am-3pm

Please be aware the visitor centre and cafe will be closed for building work during half term. A refreshment kiosk will be open serving drinks and snacks to takeaway but light lunches (jacket potatoes, sandwiches, soup) will not be available.

20 February 11:30-2:30pm Woodland Mini Beast Hunt

FREE to join

There are 2 sessions of this event 11.30am-12.30pm & 1.30pm-2.30pm

The ranger will take you down into the woods to search for spiders, earwigs, worms, slugs and other bugs who live in the log piles and leaves found on the woodland floor.

The mini beast hunts are FREE to join, but please call 01746 781 192 to book your place. The rangers will be setting off at 11.30am and 1.30pm. Meeting point is outside the visitor centre.

 

Severn Valley Railway

The Railway’s fleet of locomotives will be back in action taking passengers for exciting journeys through the stunning Severn Valley every day from February 16th-24th.

Creative kids can join LEGO® Master Builder Bricks McGee for fun-filled workshops throughout the day at The Engine House on February 23rd and 24th. There’ll be a chance to Create Local Landmarks at 11am and 2.45pm, Beautiful Gardens at 12.15pm and 4pm and be a Town Planner and build your own metropolis at 1.30pm. Workshops last approximately an hour and are suitable for ages five and over. Places are free with a Freedom of the Line ticket and are available on a first come, first served basis.

On display at Kidderminster Station throughout half-term will be the engine that collided with a camel – 8F No. 48773. Visitors can even climb aboard the footplate with Volunteers from The Stanier 8F Locomotive Society to find out all about this fascinating engine with a very colourful history.

Lapworth Museum of Geology 

20 February 10am-5pm – Jurassic Marine Monsters – Family Fun Day

We all know about the wonderful world of Dinosaurs, and the giants that lived on land. But what about the monsters that swam in the depths of the oceans?

 

National Trust 

There are a number of National Trust properties in the Geopark, many offering trails and activities in the holidays. A few are listed below

Brockhampton

16-24 Feb 11am-4pm – Weird Fruit Trail

Learn fun facts about fruit grown here in England, collect the clues and decipher what weird fruit is grown here at Brockhampton

Dudmaston

Snowdrop Season

Greyfriars, Worcester

Greyfriars has heaps of love for the city of Worcester  and they’re taking part in the Love Worcester Heritage Festival.

You can re-trace the footsteps of Greyfriars’ past residents and discover what Greyfriars means to Worcester’s heritage.

16-17 February – Living History

The Worcester Re-enactors are set to bring history to life inside the house. You’ll see Tudors, the Home Guard, and more!

 

Wyre Forest (Forestry Commission)

19-21 February 10am-3pm – Forest Holiday Club

£20 book at https://www.abreathoffreshair.education/store/c1/Featured_Products.html

 

Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service

21 February 10am-3pm – Hands on History

Drop into The Hive’s children’s library for this family event. Have a go at digging in the sand pit and see what real archaeological objects you can find. Have a go at writing with a quill and play a game soldiers in the Civil War would have played.
Free, just drop in.
Part of Love Worcester festival.

Worcester Cathedral

Tudor trail throughout the week, with special activities 19th & 20th February

Tudor Quest at Worcester Cathedral

Come along to Worcester Cathedral during half term. As well as the Great Tudor trail and the Prince Arthur Exhibition there are Tudor-themed craft activities on 19 & 20 February 10.30 – 12.30 & 2-4pm.

Building-up to a great half-term at the SVR

Grand openings, great offers, creative workshops and the return of an old friend – the Severn Valley Railway is building up to an exciting and fun-packed February half-term.

After six weeks of maintenance and hard work behind the scenes, during which time teams at the railway re-laid track, replaced sleepers, reinforced one of its viaducts, painted a ‘Pannier Tank’ locomotive and cleaned its stations, the SVR will be back with a bang this half-term.

The Railway’s fleet of locomotives will be back in action taking passengers for exciting journeys through the stunning Severn Valley every day from February 16th-24th.

This year, the SVR is rolling back the price of its Family Freedom of the Line ticket, meaning up to two adults and up to four children can enjoy unlimited travel along the line during the day, plus free entry to the Engine House Visitor Centre, with free access to a range of fun, half-term activities – all for a reduced price of £49.

Creative kids can join LEGO® Master Builder Bricks McGee for fun-filled workshops throughout the day at The Engine House on February 23rd and 24th. There’ll be a chance to Create Local Landmarks at 11am and 2.45pm, Beautiful Gardens at 12.15pm and 4pm and be a Town Planner and build your own metropolis at 1.30pm. Workshops last approximately an hour and are suitable for ages five and over. Places are free with a Freedom of the Line ticket and are available on a first come, first served basis.

On display at Kidderminster Station throughout half-term will be the engine that collided with a camel – 8F No. 48773. Visitors can even climb aboard the footplate with Volunteers from The Stanier 8F Locomotive Society to find out all about this fascinating engine with a very colourful history.

This half-term will be extra-special for the SVR, with the grand opening of its brand new, much-anticipated refreshment room at Bridgnorth along with a larger, improved overflow carpark. The brand new building, constructed in the style of a Great Western Railway building c1900, is part of an extensive development plan to transform Bridgnorth Station and was funded by the year-long, hugely successful 2016 Share Offer, which smashed its £2.5 million target back in November 2017.

Another exciting arrival on the Railway this half-term comes in the shape of British Railways Standard 4 locomotive No. 75069. Having not steamed in more than 24 years, this special engine has undergone the most extensive re-build ever

carried out on the SVR and, after a series of successful test runs on the Railway, will pull its first train in more than two decades on Saturday 16th February.

Hauling the 10.30am service from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, the sparkling black locomotive is sure to be an amazing sight. It will also be in service on February 17th, 23rd & 24th. See www.svr.co.uk for more information.

Those who’ve ever dreamed of driving a steam train can make this a reality on the morning Introductory Footplate Experience on Saturday 23rd February. Includes chance to drive and fire for 8 miles, bring along four family members or friends to travel in the train and receive a Family ‘Freedom of the Line’ ticket to spend the rest of the day on the railway. This Experience must be pre-booked.

Lewis Maddox, the SVR’s events co-ordinator, said: “We really are pulling out all the stops this half-term, with so much to do and see for all ages. Our LEGO®-inspired workshops should be a real hit with kids and adults alike, and we’ll have lots of fun activities going on throughout the week, with the chance to enjoy a great-value day out thanks to our new, reduced family Freedom of the Line fare.

“We’re extremely proud of our new Refreshment Room, which provides a fantastic place for visitors to sit back, relax and re-fuel while our trains steam by, and we are delighted to see the return to the rails of 75069, which has been the subject of so much hard work from so many volunteers. We’re sure our visitors will love to see it in action once again.” For more information or to book railway tickets, see www.svr.co.uk or call 01562 757900. For more news and events, see the Severn Valley Railway Official Site or Families pages on Facebook.

Sherlock Holmes at Severn Valley Country Park

FOUR ACTORS – ONE MYSTERY – NO CLUE

Sherlock Holmes set to visit Severn Valley Country Park later in November with a thrilling new comedy.

Famed for their Shakespeare summer season UK tours, professional Gloucester based Rain or Shine Theatre Company are delighted to be on tour again this winter with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic characters which is booked into theatres, village halls and other community venues across the UK.

After the success of The Hound of the Baskervilles, and Dracula; Rain or Shine are dying to bring you yet another fantastic evening of entertainment with their own individual comedic style! The dynamic duo return to solve one of the Victorian era’s biggest mysteries. Sherlock Holmes and The Curious Case of Dr Jekyll & Miss Hyde.

This Winter join Sherlock Holmes, together with his trusty sidekick Watson, and watch a case unfold that is less elementary, and more fantastical than ever before. Hailed as ‘a delicious mirthfest’ Rain or Shine will once again be reinventing the classic Sherlock Holmes characters using their now signature ‘Morecambe & Wise-ish comedy’ style for another season of mystery, mayhem, but above all multi-role madness! 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 Severn Valley Country Park, Visitor Centre, Alveley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6NG on Thursday 29th November at 7.00pm. This is an indoor performance and will be held in the visitor centre. Tickets priced £10.00 (child £6.00) are available from the venue Tel 01746 781192, or direct from the Rain Or Shine credit card hotline: 03306 600541, e-mail tickets@rainorshine.co.uk or online via www.rainorshine.co.uk.

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 www.bewdleymuseum.co.uk

Bodenham Arboretum, Bodenham Ln, Kidderminster DY11 5TB

www.bodenhamarboretum.co.uk

Cob House Country Park, Wichenford, Worcester WR6 6YD      www.cobhouse.org

Gloucestershire Geology Trust   www.glosgeotrust.org.uk/

Hereford Museum & Art Gallery, Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9AU www.herefordshire.gov.uk/museums

Land of Living Dinosaurs, Bewdley, Worcs, DY12 1LF   www.wmsp.co.uk

National Trust

  • Dudmaston, Quatt, nr Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 5QN www.nationaltrust.org.uk/Dudmaston
  • Brockhampton Estate, near Bromyard, Herefordshire, WR6 5TB nationaltrust.org.uk/brockhampton-estate
  • The Firs, Lower Broadheath, Worcs nationaltrust.org.uk/the-firs
  • Greyfriars, Worcester nationaltrust.org.uk/greyfriars-house-and-garden
  • Kinver Edge, near Stourbridge, Staffs, DY7 6DL nationaltrust.org.uk/kinver-edge-and-the-rock-houses

Severn Valley Country Park, Chapel Lane, Alveley, Bridgnorth WV15 6NG www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/site/severn-valley-country-park

Severn Valley Railway         www.svr.co.uk

Worcester Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT www.museumsworcestershore.org.uk

Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, WR1 2LA www.worcestercathedral.co.uk

Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service, The Hive, Worcester, WR1 3PD  www.explorethepast.co.uk

Wyre Forest Centre, DY14 9XQ  www.forestry.gov.uk/wyreforest

‘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 rainorshine.co.uk

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 www.rainorshine.uk, 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 www.bewdleymuseum.co.uk

 

Bodenham Arboretum, Bodenham Ln, Kidderminster DY11 5TB

www.bodenhamarboretum.co.uk

 

Cob House Country Park, Wichenford, Worcester WR6 6YD      www.cobhouse.org

 

Gloucestershire Geology Trust   www.glosgeotrust.org.uk/

 

Hereford Museum & Art Gallery, Broad Street, Hereford HR4 9AU www.herefordshire.gov.uk/museums

 

Land of Living Dinosaurs, Bewdley, Worcs, DY12 1LF   www.wmsp.co.uk

 

National Trust

 

Severn Valley Country Park, Chapel Lane, Alveley, Bridgnorth WV15 6NG www.shropshiresgreatoutdoors.co.uk/site/severn-valley-country-park

 

Severn Valley Railway         www.svr.co.uk

 

Worcester Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk

 

Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, WR1 2LA www.worcestercathedral.co.uk

 

Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service, The Hive, Worcester, WR1 3PD  www.explorethepast.co.uk

 

Wyre Forest Centre, DY14 9XQ  www.forestry.gov.uk/wyreforest

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 www.stuweb.co.uk/race/1Qt or can visit the event webpage at www.steamingdownthevalley.com

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 tickets@rainorshine.co.uk or online via www.rainorshine.co.uk.

Half Term Activities at Cob House

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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  .

October

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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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
£5.00pp
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
£5.00pp
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.
£5.00pp
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.
£5.00pp
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.
£5.00pp
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
£10.00pp
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.
£5.00pp
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.
£5.00pp
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
£5.00pp
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.
£5.00pp
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.
£8pp

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
Daily
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.