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.

Huntley Quarry Walk

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On Saturday 24th June Gloucestershire Geology Trust led a walk at Huntley Quarry where they explore the geology of the site.

They have another event for GeoFest on Saturday 2nd September when they’ll be leading a walk in Gloucester discovering the building stones of Gloucester. It’s a free walk and can be booked through 01452 864438.

Before then there is an 8 mile walk at Trimpley reservoir & Eymore Wood on Monday 17th July if you’re interested in guided walks. It’s arranged by Severn Valley Country Park. Booking essential, please call 01746 781192. Adults £3.50 Children £2.00.

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.

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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.

Rock & Fossil Hunts at Severn Valley Country Park

Another two successful rock and fossil hunts round off a great summer of geology at Severn Valley County Park. Both days received a great turnout of young budding geologists, and with the industry experts on hand, it was no wonder the days were full of excitement and learning.


The young fossil hunters identified different rocks such as Sandstone, Limestone, Coal, Dolerite and Quarts. Some were lucky enough to find fossilised plants and shells in their rocks!


Take a look at the pictures to see what they got up to




Midsummer Nights Dream at Severn Valley Country Park

As part of their national tour for summer 2016, Rain or Shine Theatre Company is performing a fantastical Shakespearean delight, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, at a local Shropshire beauty spot.

The Company

Shropshire Council rangers at Severn Valley Country Park are delighted to see the return of the company to the park on Friday 12th August for their outdoor performance of this magical and hilarious comedy.


In the story the audience is asked to join the lovers, Hermia, Helena, Lysander and Demetrius this summer as Rain or Shine follow them into the intoxicating dream world of fairy queen and king, Titania and Oberon. With well-loved characters such as Bottom and Puck in tow, join us for a rip-roaring, fast-paced jaunt through Shakespeare’s best loved comedy this out-door season. Filled with magic and mischief, inspired by warm nights, young love and the Elizabethan Carnival, this is as show sure to delight.


Rain or Shine is a Gloucester based professional theatre company which specialises in outdoor summer tours of classical theatre to castles, stately homes and gardens throughout the U.K.  They have performed classic comedy productions of works by Shakespeare, Sheridan, Goldsmith, Wilde and Vanbrugh to tens of thousands of happy theatregoers since they were formed in 1998.


Tickets are £13 Adult, £11 Concession, £6 Child (suitable for age 6 upwards). Tickets are available by calling 01746781192 and will be available to purchase on the door on the night.

Gates open at 6.30pm with the performance starting at 7.30pm. Visitors are invited to bring a picnic and low backed seating to add to their enjoyment of the performance.

Severn Valley Country Park – Nature’s Art Attack

We had great fun on Wednesday with our Nature’s Art Attack session. During the sessions the children collected lots of leaves, grass twigs and other natural items from around the park. We had a great time mashing, squashing and bashing everything we found to make some paint to colouring a lovely landscape.

Severn Valley Country Park

Severn Valley Country Park

A big thank you to Georgia Jacobs joined us to help the children make cards using cut out leaves, ink stamps and more. The children had a great time!


We have events every Wednesday and Friday of the school holidays. Geologists in the Geopark will be with us on Mon 8th August & Thurs 25th August for a Rock and Fossil Hunt. It’s going to be a fun summer!

Exploring Severn Valley Country Park on 2 wheels

Rangers at Severn Valley Country Park are asking visitors to ‘Get on yer bike!’ Shropshire Council is working with the team at Wolverley Bike Hire to enable visitors to explore the park on 2 wheels.

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L-R Eddie Pugh (SVCP Ranger), Andrew Hackett (Wolverley Bike Hire), Anna Hackett (Wolverley Bike Hire), James Brookes (SVCP Ranger). Also pictured Mr & Mrs Hackett’s children.

The country park is an ideal place for cycling as it is situated at the mid-way point between Bridgnorth and Bewdley on the Mercian Way. The Mercian Way, part of the national cycle network runs through the park and beyond, allowing riders to enjoy miles of off-road tracks along the river Severn and through woods and meadows. It is a great way to see the spectacular Shropshire scenery away from the frenetic pace of everyday life.


Wolverley Bike Hire is a family run business which has a fleet of quality British designed hire bikes. The bikes are regularly safety checked and cleaned after every rental and included with each rental is a helmet, puncture repair kit, tyre levers and a pump. Bikes are available to be hired by prior arrangement by contacting or 07891309783. The bikes will be delivered directly to the park and can be hired for a full day or half a day.


Visitor centre manager, Susie Comaish says, ‘cycling is an excellent way to keep fit. The team at Wolverley Bike Hire have a good cross section of bikes to rent, meaning all the family can enjoy a great day out together.’


Andrew Hackett from Wolverley Bike Hire says, ‘If visitors don’t have their own mountain bike or cannot spare the space in their car or camper, we can make cycling accessible by delivering our bikes directly to the country park to enable visitors to explore new places.’


The prices are: Adult bike £25.00 per day / £15.00 half day; children’s bike £18.00 per day / £10.00 half day. Rental period is from 9.00am until 5.00pm. 15% of each rental goes directly to help support the running of the country park.

Visit by Geopark President

The President of the Geopark Chris Darmon made a visit to GeoFest on 22nd, 23rd and 24th July. During his time with us he launched the revamped GVIP (Geopark Visitor Information Point) at Bewdley Museum, he promoted Triassic wine from Astley Vineyard which is for sale in Bewdley Tourist Information Centre and he opened the geology inspired textile demonstration and visited the ‘One Grain’ exhibition, both at the Museum. 

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Launch of Triassic wine at Bewdley TIC


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Astley Vineyard’s Triassic white

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Textiles, with Georgia Jacobs at the sewing machine

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Ross Iannoccaro explains the additions to the Geopark Information Point.

There is so much going on in GeoFest with plenty more to come in August. Details are in the calendar on the website. The textiles exhibition ‘Geology at Different Scales’ continues at Bewdley Museum until 11th September.

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Georgia Jacobs with her geology inspired textile demonstration.

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Chris Darmon visits the ‘One Grain’ exhibition in the Brass Foundry

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Bewdley TIC staff and Triassic wine tasting session

GeoFest is well underway

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Guided Walk – Sun 5th June. Unfinished Canal Business – A Broken Promise

How much do you know about the planned canal from Kington-Leominster? As part of GeoFest, the Woolhope Club have a walk on Sun 5th June tracing part of Dadford’s intended route, The canal was never completed beyond Southnet due to engineering and financial difficulties.  The 6-7 mile walk which is suitable for anyone able to walk that distance, starts at Rock Village Hall (DY14 9SD) at 10.30am and will finish at approx 4.30pm

Suitable footwear, waterproofs and packed lunches are essential. The cost is £2 per person, unless you require an accompanying handout which are printed to order and will cost an additional £3 (£5 in all). Booking necessary if a handout is required or Phone: (01989) 563740

GeoFest 2016

Here it is at last – the programme for GeoFest 2016

GeoFest 2016 events

Geofest 2016


Poster     A Programme of 2016 Geofest events will be displayed        here very shortly


GeoFest is the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geoparks annual celebration of events.  The members of the Geopark Forum host events throughout June, July and August that highlight and promote the geology, landscape and associated heritage of the Geopark.

GeoFest events include walks, talks, exhibitions, demonstrations and children’s and family activities along with ‘Ask the Expert’ sessions and demonstrations which explore the geology, landscape, history and wildlife of the Geopark.

Venues for the events include:

  • Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre in Alveley, Shropshire
  • Bodenham Arboretum, Wolverley, Worcestershire
  • Wyre Forest Discovery Centre
  • Bewdley Museum, Worcestershire
  • The Engine House (Severn Valley Railway) in Highley, Shropshire
  • Hartlebury Museum
  • Cob House Fisheries
  • The Hive, Worcester
  • Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum
  • Worcester and Gloucester Cathedrals

GeoFest is launched by the Geopark president, Chris Darmon. Chris is well known to many for his passion for geotourism in the UK and overseas, his communication of geology to the general public and as Editor of Down to Earth magazine.

GeoFest 2016

Monday 30th May – Monday 29th August

GeoFest is the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark’s annual three month long celebration of its geology, landscape and associated heritage.  Events are hosted and run by the members of the Geopark Forum.

GeoFest 2016 launches on Monday 30th May with

Let’s Rock!

a ‘Building Stones Roadshow’ at Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle. Revel in rock and stone activities, enjoy making your own clay dinosaurs and snake mobiles, meet Vernon the life sized Velociraptor and follow the building stones trail with The Earth Heritage Trust.

More information about events and activities to follow soon

For enquires about GeoFest please contact the Geopark Team on / 07547 481440

GeoFest 2015

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GeoFest 2014

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GeoFest 2013

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GeoFest 2012

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GeoFest 2011

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GeoFest 2010

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