Summer Fun in the Geopark!

Join us in the Geopark at one of the visitor centres, where there’s plenty to do for the family.

 

As well as the usual fantastic visits and spaces, many of our Geopark Forum members have special events for families over the holidays.

 

Bewdley Museum, Severn Valley Country Park, Hartlebury Castle and Worcester Cathedral have lots of exciting craft activities and activities to do.

Worcester Cathedral have free ‘Back to the Charter’ activities on various dates throughout the holidays. There is also the chance to have a go at a Civil war pike drill on 16, 18 and 20 August 11am and 1pm.

 

Hartlebury Castle have Summer Fun each week Tuesday to Thursday. There will be fun hands on craft activities. Week one is Gypsy caravans, followed by nature, creating dinosaurs and crafty pirates. Usual admission applies, with £2 per activity. They also have a bat walk on sat 31st July. The holidays end with a performance of Treasure Island on Sun 29 August, followed by a Swashbuckling Bank Holiday  Monday – Join Captain Sharkbreath and his First Mate Ruby Cutlass to learn how to talk like a pirate, all about cannon drills and hear some pirate tales in our Swashbuckle Sessions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Severn Valley Country Park have bug hunts, crafts, orienteering and den building with their Rangers on various dates. £2 each, booking required.

Bewdley Museum have crafts each Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, with different crafts each day including Viking shields, photo frames, superhero capes and bird feeders. Each cost £5 and need to be booked in advance.

 

The Great British Staycation is running this summer at Severn Valley Railway

Sunshine, the taste of ice cream, the feel of sand between your toes, the sounds of Punch and Judy, donkeys trotting on the beach and steam train adventures – the Great British Staycation returns to the Severn Valley Railway. From July 17th to September 5th, there’s so much to do for children of all ages, harking back to summer holidays from years gone by.

Alongside your journey, there’ll be a variety of interactive activities throughout the whole summer at The Engine House, including: A HUGE indoor beach every day, a giant deckchair, free Donkey Rides (every Monday starting 2nd August), Free interactive yellow-coat summer stage shows (every Tuesday from July 27th), Free Punch & Judy Shows (every Wednesday), Free Crazy Golf (every Thursday)

 

 

If you are looking for events at home then Lapworth Museum have events on Zoom each Wednesday. Ichthyosaur Jigsaw, Mammoth Fun, Family Fun day and a Quiz are some of the sessions. There will also be an Insect Safari on the University of Birmingham’s campus on 25th August.

Dudmaston will have traditional outdoor games out to play, plus a sheet with ideas of activities to do whilst you are visiting. Brockhampton will also have cards with nature-based activities to have a go at.

 

If you’re looking for trails then Arley Arboretum have a choice of a fairy door or wildlife trail you can enjoy the tranquility of the Arboretum whilst the kids follow their clues.

Coupled with a maze, play area and lots of nooks and crannies to explore the Arboretum is a kids paradise! Visits need to be booked in advance.

There’s another chance to have a go at being an archaeology with an Archaeology Quest at The Hive. Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology are running their popular event on Fri 30 July. It’s free, but booking required.

The visitor centres are also well worth visiting in their own right, and plenty of space where you can get out and explore and run off energy. Cob House, Arley Arboretum, NT Croome, Wyre Forest and other places are great for a day out.

Check out details before visiting, as details can change, especially at present time!  You can also check out the GeoFest pages for even more suggestions!

 

Thank you to Merlin for sponsoring GeoFest

Brockhampton Estate – Visiting Summer 2021

Brockhampton Estate is a great place for a visit. At the core is Lower Brockhampton manor House, a 14th century timber framed house. This is surrounded by orchards, park and woodland, with miles of footpaths taking you on numerous walks.

Near Bromyard, in Herefordshire, Brockhampton is part of the National Trust. As a geopark Forum member they have run geology events in the past, with an event planned for this summer.

As with other venues, including National Trust properties, there are some changes at the moment.

Latest Visiting Information

Brockhampton estate is open daily for walks; your four-legged friends are welcome to join you, but please make sure they remain on a lead at all times as we have animals grazing. The second-hand bookshop is also open daily as is the Granary food kiosk which serves hot and cold drinks and snacks to take away – you’ll be required to wear a mask in both locations.

The manor house is open, five days a week; please check opening times before you visit to avoid any disappointment, you can check this by clicking here. They’re currently operating a timed ticket system for the manor house between 10:30am and 12pm; you cannot book these tickets beforehand but they will be available on a first come, first served basis from Visitor Reception on arrival. After midday a ticket will not be required but you may be asked to queue for five minutes to allow social distancing.

When you arrive at Visitor Reception please have your membership cards ready to show if you’re a National Trust member. You do not need to pre-book your visit to Brockhampton, if you wish to visit at a quieter time, please consider visiting on a weekday afternoon.

You can find out more information on the walks on the estate by clicking here, they are not currently given out maps on site, so you may wish to print one out at home but please be cautious as some walks may be closed or changed slightly since the map was printed. An up-to-date map can be found at both car parks, why not take a photo on your phone and use this for reference? Please note over the winter months we have been felling ash trees infected with the disease ash dieback so some walking routes may have temporary diversions. You’re very welcome to bring your dog with you to Brockhampton but please do keep it on a lead and under control at all times due to protect grazing livestock and deer in the woodlands.

Both blocks of WCs will remain open to visitors and are cleaned regularly throughout the day, additional locks have been added to assure we can stick to a one-in one-out policy.

A mask must be worn inside the manor, catering outlets, second-hand bookshop and WCs. A face visor or shield may be worn in addition to a face covering but not instead of one. This is because face visors or shields do not adequately cover the nose and mouth, and do not filter airborne particles.

“Every visit you make helps us get back on our feet a little more during these unprecedented times. Thank you for your support, we can’t wait to welcome you here.”

Summer Holidays

Throughout the summer holidays families will be able to pick up a ‘Get, set, go’ card with different activities and stickers. All the activities are nature-based meaning the estate is the perfect spot to try something new, there are three cards to collect in total. Another fun self-led thing to do is to download or print a copy of the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ guide to bring along with you. Here there are fifty activities to try as a family outdoors which can be used over and over again.

Family Event at Dudmaston – Big Rock Quiz & Dinosaur Detective Trail

Exterior view of Dudmaston, Shropshire

Come along to a family activity at National Trust Dudmaston on Sunday 4th July. Grounds open at 10.30.

Geologists in the Geopark will be there with their ‘Big Rock Quiz’ for everyone to have a go at and there will be the famous dinosaur detective trail around the fantastic gardens. All free. Displays and free leaflets as well.

There’s always lots to see and do at Dudmaston, with extensive grounds to explore.

There is a charge for entry to the Trust grounds and booking is recommended at weekend.

Half Term Fun in the Geopark

There are some fantastic events at Geopark venues this Half Term, with special family activities at Bewdley Museum, Hartlebury Castle, Lapworth Museum of Geology, Worcester Cathedral and The Hive, Worcester.

 

Bewdley Museum as usual have special holiday activities each day Monday – Friday:

Monday – Cotton Summer Caps; Tuesday – Ceramic Dog Planters; Wednesday – Set of 3 Wooden Coasters; Thursday – Dinosaur Sand Art; Friday – Fabric Waist Aprons

£5 per activity per child, limited spaces available.

 

Worcester Cathedral have free craft activities and you can drop in and meet King John! There will also be crafts available from 10:30am – 3pm Tuesday – Friday, where families can have a go at creating their own stained-glass window or brass rubbing. Other trails and activities available too including a Treasure Hunt and Safari Trail which you can download before visiting.

 

Hartlebury Castle have Terrific Teddies & Toys Monday to Friday. Bring your favourite teddy bear along for a picnic! Join their teddy bear friends for some fun and games around Hartlebury Castle! Explore the Castle’s beautiful grounds, and enjoy the Castle and Museum’s amazing exhibitions and displays.

Lapworth Museum of Geology have an online Family Event – AlgoRHYTHM From Home: Rock (& Roll!) Cycle. It takes place on zoom on Wed 2nd June 11am-2pm, with performance company Lynnebec leading a fun and engaging online dance workshop for families to explore the Rock n Roll Rock cycle! Free, booking required.

 

An Archaeology Quest will take place at Malvern Library (2 June) and The Hive, Worcester (4 June) 10am-1pm, organised by Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service. Come and have a go at being an archaeologist and see what you can discover!

Booking required.

 

Other Geopark venues are open for you to visit and explore the great outdoors. Book a visit to one of The National Trust sites, such as Brockhampton, Dudmaston and Croome, where there’s plenty to explore. Or take a trip to the Wyre Forest and enjoy a walk in the woods.

Cob House Country Park is open to see the animals and have a drink from their café, and you can also go for a walk at Severn Valley Country Park.

The Severn Valley Railway are back running their trains again, and Lapworth Museum of Geology has just reopened.

Have fun this half term!

 

See more events on our GeoFest 2021 page.

GeoFest is sponsored by

GeoFest 2021 Events

We’re pleased to present GeoFest 2021. As you would expect the programme is more fluid than usual, and events will continue to be added as Government guidance changes. For more details check with the venue. Events are free unless stated, although normal admission charges (if applicable) may apply. Keep checking the calendar on www.geopark.org.uk and our Facebook page for lots more events and latest news.

You can also download the GeoFest Events 2021 events programme.

 

Throughout GeoFest

Nordic Walking at Severn Valley Country Park

Our Nordic Walking group meets every Wednesday 10am-11am.

If you are interested in joining, please call 01746 781 192 for more details.

Family Fun at Worcester Cathedral

If you are visiting the Cathedral as a family you can download and print these activities to do while you are going round.

Treasure Hunt

Safari Trail

Tours of Worcester Cathedral

Turn up for a Socially Distanced Tour

Mon to Sat 11am or 2.30pm, Monday to Saturday. These Historical Tours of the Cathedral start from the Welcome area near the Cathedral entrance.

Tickets will cost £7 per adult (accompanied children free).  visits@worcestercathedral.org.uk

 

Trails at Arley Arboretum

Join us this summer at Arley Arboretum for a lovely day out.

With a choice of a fairy door or wildlife trail you can enjoy the tranquility of the Arboretum whilst the kids follow their clues. Coupled with a maze, play area and lots of nooks and crannies to explore the Arboretum is a kids paradise!

Booking in advance required for all visits

 

Events

 

 

Cherry Fair and 1940s weekend at Bewdley Museum

Sat 24th & Sun 25th July 10am-4pm

Children’s activities including a cherry hunt! 1940s re-enactors, classic, cars, craft stalls, cherries for sale, live entertainment 1-3pm

A free family event with something for everyone!

School Holiday Activities at Bewdley Museum

Tue 27 July to Thu 2 Sept

Different activities each day Tue-Thu to have a go at, including bird feeders, Viking shields and bedroom plaques. £5 per activity per child. Booking essential due to limited spaces.

 

The Great British Staycation at Severn Valley Railway

Sunshine, the taste of ice cream, the feel of sand between your toes, the sounds of Punch and Judy, donkeys trotting on the beach and steam train adventures – the Great British Staycation returns to the Severn Valley Railway.

From July 17th to September 5th, there’s so much to do for children of all ages, harking back to summer holidays from years gone by.

Alongside your journey, there’ll be a variety of interactive activities throughout the whole summer at The Engine House, including: A HUGE indoor beach every day, a giant deckchair, free Donkey Rides (every Monday starting 2nd August), Free interactive yellow-coat summer stage shows (every Tuesday from July 27th), Free Punch & Judy Shows (every Wednesday), Free Crazy Golf (every Thursday)

 

 

Summer Holidays at Dudmaston Hall

Bring the whole family along and seek out places to play and relax. There’s a selection of traditional outdoor games to play at Dudmaston this summer. Challenge friends and family to a game of croquet on the lawn or boules in the orchard.

A selection of games are available to borrow on a first come, first served basis from the gazebo near reception. All of the equipment is free to borrow, we just ask you to keep the games tidy and return them once you’re finished.

 

Summer Holidays at NT Brockhampton

Throughout the summer holidays families will be able to pick up a ‘Get, set, go’ card with different activities and stickers. All the activities are nature-based meaning the estate is the perfect spot to try something new, there are three cards to collect in total. Another fun self-led thing to do is to download or print a copy of the National Trust’s ‘50 things to do before you’re 11 ¾’ guide to bring along with you. Here there are fifty activities to try as a family outdoors which can be used over and over again.

 

‘Back to the Charter’ Family Activities at Worcester Cathedral

Selected dates 10:30am – 3pm

Celebrate the 400th anniversary of the City of Worcester Charter and discover your Cathedral’s connections to Worcester’s story with craft, fun and games for families and all ages.

Activities are free, donations are very welcome to help cover the cost of materials.

 

Family Fun Saturdays in Comer Woods (NT Dudmaston)

Saturdays July – 4 September, 11.30am-2pm

Meet the Active Outdoors team in Heath Meadow for afternoons filled with fun activities for the whole family. Get your pulses racing! Challenge friends and family to a relay race around the meadow, get together for game of footie or try your hand at soft archery.

 

Storytelling with Gasper the Fox at Worcester Cathedral

Tue 27 July 10:30

Meet Gaspard, a friendly fox with a taste for adventure! Author Zeb Soanes tells the story of the real-life London fox who inspired his books, and reads excerpts accompanied by illustrations and photographs. Part of 3 Choirs Festival.

£7, under 5s FREE. Book via www.3choirs.org

 

Family Fun (Online): Ichthyosaur Jigsaw

Wed 28th July 11am & 1pm

Geologist and artist Darrell Wakelam will lead an engaging online artistic workshop for families to create their own Ichthyosaur fossil from recycled objects. Hosted by the Lapworth Museum of Geology.

Book your place to get zoom link

 

Fabulous Fossils at Severn Valley Country Park

Wed 28th July 11am-12pm

Cast your own fossil using clay and plaster. Mix up some dough using coffee and coffee grounds to make some fun fossils to hide in your garden! Take home a fossil colouring pack which includes a piece of quartz and plaster fossil which is ready to paint.

£3. Book in advance 01746 781192

 

Crafted in Time: Clay Tile Workshop at Lapworth Museum of Geology

Online

Thu 29th July 6:30pm-7:30pm

Artist Rachel Akers will lead an engaging online workshop in which you will create a beautiful clay tile inspired by the Lapworth Museum.

Free – booking required

 

The FURTHER Adventures of Dr Dolittle – Outdoor Theatre at Hartlebury Castle

Fri 30th July 7:30pm

Illyria are delving back into Hugh Lofting’s amazing stories to bring you a brand-new musical adaptation of the Doctor’s FURTHER adventures with Jip the Dog, Dab Dab the Duck, Gub Gub the Pig, Polynesia the Parrot.

Get Tickets £10.54 – £50.59

 

Pond Dipping at Severn Valley Country Park

Fri 30th July 11am-12pm & Fri 27th Aug 11am-12pm

Join us for a pond dip from our dipping platform at Elfin Pool. See if you can catch a slippery fish, a massive diving beetle or a dancing pond skater! There is so much to discover!

£3. Book in advance on 01746 781192

 

Archaeology Quest at The Hive

Fri 30 July 10am-1pm

Join Worcs Archive & Archaeology Service and have a go at six archaeology challenges. Family activity. You can then go out and look for clues to the history of the site around the outside of The Hive.

Places limited and need to be booked in advance. See www.explorethepast.co.uk/events

 

Bat walk at Hartlebury Castle

Sat 31st July 8pm

Encounter our night-time flying friends as you enjoy a pleasant evening stroll in the beautiful grounds of Hartlebury Castle to learn about bats! Visitors will be introduced to habitats where bats can be found.

Get Tickets £5.50

 

 

 

Summer Fun at Hartlebury Castle

August

Each week, Tuesday to Thursday, there will be fun hands on craft activities. Week one is Gypsy caravans, followed by nature, creating dinosaurs and crafty pirates. Usual admission applies, with £2 per activity.

 

Family Fun (Online) – Life in the Ice Age: A Mammoth Adventure with Lapworth Museum

Wed 4th August 11am & 1pm

Travel back in time for a 40 min session with cresswell crags Museum

Book in advance to get zoom link

Mini Beast Makes at Severn Valley Country Park

Wed 4th Aug 11am-12pm

Using natural items found around the park make an array of mini beasts and woodland creatures. Turn a pine cone into a bumblebee! Transform a rock into a ladybird! Shape some clay and sticks into a prickly hedgehog! Colour and decorate a fox mask! Take home some colouring sheets to carry on the fun!

£3. Book in advance on 01746 781192

 

The Tombs Are Alive at Worcester Cathedral

4th August onwards

“The Tombs are Alive” our new digital trail is available from 4 August, drop in and bring historical figures back to life as you explore the Cathedral with your smartphone. Journey round some of the tombs and memorials of the Cathedral and find out more about who they were as you meet the characters.

As well as this, fun paper family trails are also available each day to enrich your visit

 

 

Orienteering @ Severn Valley Country Park

Fri 6th Aug 11am-12pm

Have a go at navigating our permanent orienteering course. Our ranger will  help you with your map reading skills before you set off to find all the points marked on your map! There is so much to discover!

£3. Book in advance on 01746 781192

 

Rock and Fossil Roadshow at Severn Valley Country Park

Sat 7th and 8th August

Come and meet geologists, who’ll bring their displays, rocks and fossils

Free

 

Vintage Transport Extravaganza at Severn Valley Railway

Sat 7th and Sun 8th Aug

 

The Great Gatsby – Open Air Theatre at Bewdley Museum

Sun 8th August 5:30-8:30pm

Get your glad rags on, work up your best Charleston, and get your cocktail glass at the ready.

£14 & £9 (children). Tickets are available to book online or by calling 0845 607 7819

 

Family Fun (online) – Crafts and Colouring with Lapworth Museum

Wed 11th August 10am-5pm

Check out the Facebook page where they’ll be uploading fun craft ideas and colouring sheets on the day.

 

Animal Art at Severn Valley Country Park

Wed 11th Aug 11am-12pm

Using paper plates, coffee filters and other household items make some exotic wildlife! Use colourful paper to make paper chain slippery snakes! Transform a coffee filter into an ocean loving jellyfish! Turn a paper plate into a wise old owl! Take home some colouring sheets to carry on the fun!

£3. Book in advance on 01746 781192

 

Mini Den Building at Severn Valley Country Park

Fri 13 Aug 11am-12pm

Join us for a mini den building session in the woods. Collect sticks, twigs, leaves and moss and build a shelter for our toy duck, Dave. Will your shelter keep Dave dry when our ranger pours water over it! There is so much to discover!

£3. Book in advance on 01746 781192

 

She Stoops to Conquer – Outdoor Theatre at Severn Valley Country Park

Fri 13 Aug

An 18th century farce for all the family!

£15, £14, & £7. For more information or to book your ticket, please visit

rainorshine.co.uk

 

 

Experience a Civil War Pike Drill at Worcester Cathedral

Mon 16 , Wed 18, Fri 20 Aug 11am and 1pm

Learn the moves of a Civil War Pike Solider with our drill. Weather dependent. Age restrictions apply. Numbers strictly limited.

 

Lovely Leaves at Severn Valley Country Park

Wed 18 Aug 11am-12pm

You’ll be surprised what you make out of leaves! Transform them into insects and other woodland creatures, Make a mobile to hang in the garden! Turn them into paint brushes and see if you can paint a picture of the park! Make them into a nature crown to wear in the summer holidays!

£3. Book in advance on 01746 781192

 

 

Family Fun (online) – Lapworth Family Quiz

Wed 18th August 11am-12pm

Get a team together at home or online for the first Lapworth Museum Family Quiz! From dinosaurs to volcanoes there will be something for everyone to enjoy and have a go at answering in this week’s family event!

Register to get your zoom link.

 

Insect Safari at Lapworth Museum

Wed 25th August 11:30 onwards (performances last 45 mins)

Storytellers weave a magical spell as they take you out on safari from their amazing bug hotel leading you into a fantastical world of creatures that creep, crawl, fly, flutter and buzz. Incredible stories and facts from across the world burst into life in this stunning touring show with original music, an ingenious set and featuring a host of incredible puppets.

Performances take place on University of Birmingham campus. Book your place in advance.

 

Treasure Island – Outdoor Theatre at Hartlebury Castle

Sun 29th Aug 7:30pm

Come along for swashbuckling fun in this classic exciting adventure. From the moment young Jim Hawkins stumbles upon a treasure map at the Admiral Benbow Inn he finds himself embroiled in the murky underworld of pirates.

Get Tickets £10 – £18

 

Swashbuckling Fun! At Hartlebury Castle

Mon 30th August

Put on your best pirate costume and join us for swashbuckling fun sessions between 11.30am and 2.30pm. Can you win the competition for the best dressed pirate? Follow the pirate trail around the museum and take part in crafts (no extra charge)!

Join Captain Sharkbreath and his First Mate Ruby Cutlass to learn how to talk like a pirate, all about cannon drills and hear some pirate tales in our Swashbuckle Sessions.

 

Rock, Fossil & Geology Displays and Trails throughout GeoFest

Museum Geology Trail – Bewdley Museum

 

Rock and Fossil Displays – Bewdley Museum

 

Dinosaur Hunt – Bewdley Museum

 

Country Park Geology Trail download from Severn Valley Country Park website

 

History trail download from Severn Valley Country Park website

 

July and August – Rock and Fossil Hunt (booking required) – Severn Valley Country Park

 

Train Ride Geology Trail (purchase of train ticket required) – Severn Valley Railway

 

Rock and Fossil Displays – Malvern Hills GeoCentre

 

All about the Geopark Way – Malvern Hills GeoCentre

 

Geopark Geology and Landscape Trails leaflets for sale – Malvern Hills GeoCentre

 

Stable Yard Geology Trail – National Trust, Dudmaston (entry charge)

 

Dinosaur Detective Trail – Cob House Country Park

 

Building Stones Geology Trail – Hartlebury Castle (entry charge)

 

Forest Geology Trail – Forestry England at Wyre Forest

 

Building Stones Trail – Worcester Cathedral (purchase at Cathedral shop)

 

Exhibitions

Anthony Twentyman: Art Meets Nature at NT Dudmaston

Ongoing

‘Art meets nature’, features paintings and sculptures by Anthony Twentyman and highlights his role as one of Dudmaston’s closest artistic influencers. As well as Twentyman’s works from our own collection, the exhibition features some of Twentyman’s paintings, kindly loaned to us by Wolverhampton Art Gallery.

Entry to the Galleries is by timed ticket. Collect your tickets when you arrive. Please note, pre-booked tickets to the property do not automatically guarantee you entry to the Galleries.

 

Macdonald Sisters at Bewdley Museum, Wyre Forest Gallery

17th May to 15th August 11am-4pm

This exhibition explores the lives of four extraordinary women, including the mothers of author Rudyard Kipling and Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, and the wives of artists Edward Burne-Jones and Edward Poynter. who found their place at the heart of Victorian artistic and intellectual life and will include works of art on loan from Tate and the V&A.
Entrance fee: £4 (free for under 16s and Friends of Bewdley Museum)

Round the Year from Stonewall Hill: A Journey in Time and Space at Hereford Museum

3rd June – 21st August

An exhibition of paintings by Mary Rennell and Richard Gilbert and photographs by Brian Griffiths, celebrating the panorama of the Marches from Stonewall Hill near Presteigne.

Alfred Watkins at Hereford Museum

19th June – 11th September

Alfred Watkins – Victorian antiquarian, photographer, and local business entrepreneur, known for his invention of the photographic exposure meter, interest in bee keeping, and his theory of Ley lines.

 

The Leaves of the Trees – Exhibition at Worcester Cathedral

5 -31 Aug 10am-4:30pm

Worcester Cathedral will host The Leaves of the Trees, an installation of 5,000 steel ‘Hope’ leaves, as a reflective memorial to the effects of the pandemic. The installation is designed to honour those who have lost their lives, but also to allow everyone to take a moment to contemplate what we have been through and to think about loved ones.

The leaves will be laid out on the Cathedral floor, creating a beautiful impression of autumn leaves fallen from the trees.

 

GeoFest is sponsored by

 

 

 

Out and About in GeoFest at Geopark Visitor centres

Our partner venues are well worth visiting throughout the summer. Latest details are below, but this may change in response to Government guidelines. For general enquiries please email amhg@outlook.com

Bewdley Museum, Load Street, Bewdley, DY12 2AE www.bewdleymuseum.co.uk

Open 10am-4:30pm

Free

 

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

Under new ownership

The Mayfly Cafe – Open 8am to 4pm everyday.

Fishing – Open EVERY day for pleasure fishing 8am to 4pm (7:30am on weekends)

The Park grounds and Animals – Open

 

Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust, Hartlebury, Worcestershire, DY11 7XZ

Tue-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat-Sun & Bank Holidays 11am-5pm

Hartlebury Castle, Worcestershire County Museum and Old Moat Coppice nature trail.

Admission charges apply https://hartleburycastle.com/

 

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

Tue-Fri 10-4 & Sat 10-12:30

Free

 

Land of Living Dinosaurs at West Midlands Safari Park, Bewdley, Worcs, DY12 1LF   www.wmsp.co.uk

 

Lapworth Museum of Geology, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, B15 2TT www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/lapworth-museum/index.aspx

Tue-Fri 10am-4pm, Sat 12-5pm, Booking required

 

Malvern Hills GeoCentre, Walwyn Rd, Upper Colwall, Malvern WR13 6PL www.geocentre.co.uk

The Centre is currently open Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri 10am-4pm.

Cafe H2O:  Mon, Tue, Thur & Fri 10am – 3pm

 

National Trust

National Trust properties are open, although some facilities may still be closed.

 

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

The park, and play areas are open but the visitor centre remains closed

The refreshment kiosk is now open 10am-4pm. The bird hides are also now open. 

At Alveley, the toilets are open daily, 10am-4pm, the toilets at Highley will remain closed

 

Severn Valley Railway www.svr.co.uk

The Engine House is open and trains are running

 

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

Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm & Sun 1-3pm for visitors

 

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

Archives Tues-Fri 10:30am-3:30pm

HER Desk Tue & Thu 10:30-1:30

Self Service – Hive opening Hours

 

Wyre Forest Centre, DY14 9XQ  www.forestryengland.uk/wyre-forest

Car park, toilets, walking & cycling trails, care and bike hire open.

8am-9pm

GeoFest 2021 - venues and locations

Check before you go, but here are some venues and locations you may want to visit during the GeoFest 2021

Click on the top left icon to see a list of all the venues. Click on it again to remove the list.
Press and hold the mouse button on a location to drag the map around.
Use the “+” and “” in the lower left to zoom in and out of the map.

Before to check with the venue for parking, opening times and any social measures that may still be in place.

GeoFest 2021- Geology Trails

There are many geology and landscape trails throughout the Geopark and all come with an explanation leaflet. Take some time this summer to explore some wonderful countryside, towns and interesting visitor sites. Most places are freely accessible.

Many of the leaflets are free and can be downloaded from the website; others can be purchased online or from the Malvern Hills GeoCentre

GeoFest 2021 – Detective Trails

During GeoFest there will be three detective trails to have a go at this summer at Geopark partner visitor centres. We’ll be sharing details of the dates shortly.

GeoFest 2021 – GeoparkWay

During GeoFest, as restrictions ease, who not explore the area through walking parts of the Geopark Way. The guidebook explains the route, providing shorter sections, as well as interesting information about what you see on your walk.

GEOFEST 2021

If you are looking forward to a summer free of restrictions why not look for inspiration during GeoFest 2021. This year the Geopark will run the festival from 29th May to 29th August. There will be lots of rock and landscape walking trails for you to try out.  For young families, why not try the dinosaur detective trails or the rock and fossil challenges.

Look out for more information as the summer approaches.


Here are some places with interesting rocks and landscapes you can discover in the Geopark. More ideas to follow in coming weeks.

Arley Quayside

Stourport Riverside

Highley Miners’ Memorial

 

 

Severn Valley Railway

 

Hartlebury Castle

 

Plenty of wild flowers in remote places

 

Huntley Geology Reserve in Gloucestershire

Autumn Walks

Some great walking trails in the Geopark for September and October

Severn Valley Country Park

Places to visit away from the crowds. All are publicly accessible and
free.
Walks of varying length – rocks, landscape, nature and history. Most are
circular. All are free and can be downloaded from the website unless
stated otherwise.

Find them under “Explore Geology and Landscape – Walking Trails’.
• Mathon and the Malvern Hills, Geopark Way. Herefordshire
• Martley, Geopark Way. Worcestershire
• Martley Trails 2 and 3, Worcestershire
• Stourport and Hartlebury Common. Worcestershire
• Alfrick and Suckley Hills, Geopark Way. Worcestershire
Alveley and Severn Valley Country Park, Shropshire
• Bridgnorth – Rocks beneath your feet. Shropshire
• May Hill, Gloucestershire. Information on National Trust website
• Dudmaston Comer Woods, Shropshire. Information on National Trust
website
• Brockhampton. Herefordshire. Information on National Trust website
• Southstone Rock. Worcestershire
• Wyre Forest – Forestry England. Worcestershire. Information on FE
website
Severn Valley Country Park. Shropshire.

www.geopark.org.uk

Brockhampton

Fossil Activity Sheets for GeoFest

With GeoFest being most virtual this year, we are sharing some more activity sheets on fossils. Who isn’t fascinated by fossils? Discover more about them as you colour some in.

Click here for all the sheets  Fossils

And there are dinosaur activity sheets to colour too: dinosaurs-cretaceous and Ammonite colouring page

Eat Out To Help Out in the Geopark

Several of the visitor centres in the Geopark are taking part in the Government’s Eat Out To Help Out scheme. Monday – Wednesday get half price food, up to £10 each. Another great reason to visit them!

Cob House Country Park, Wichenford

National Trust

Brockhampton

Croome

Dudmaston

Kinver Edge

Worcester Cathedral

Some venues, such as National Trust, require pre-booking.

Family Activities for GeoFest in August

With some restrictions easing a few of our partners are starting to offer family activities again. Please check before going as some need booking and there may be late changes due to guidance.

At Bewdley Museum they are running their summer craft activities, but in a slightly different way. They cost £5 and need to be pre-booked

Worcester Cathedral have online family activities.  Enjoy learning about the Cathedral at home through downloadable video’s and crafting ideas. Or print off and bring them along and have fun exploring this great historic building. Activities will be added to this page during the month.

“Play Tudor Games” – Have fun learning how to play some Tudor Games with help from Lady Matilda Grey, lady-in-waiting to Jane Seymour

“Prince Arthur Family Tree” – Learn about the boy who would have been king. Henry VIII’s big brother – Prince Arthur who is buried at Worcester Cathedral

“Chantry Chapel History Hunt” – Can you find all the clues in Prince Arthurs Chantry Chapel. The Chapel tells us about the life of the boy who would have been king

“Six Wives of Henry VIII” – Investigate interesting and unusual facts about the six wives of Henry VIII – explained to you by Lady Matilda Grey, Lady-in-Waiting to Jane Seymour.

“Manuscript Writing” – Have fun learning to write like a monk, or Harry Potter! Make calligraphy, and if you have access to a goose or similar feather you could even have a go at making your own quill.

“Prayer Stones” – Design your own prayer stone using symbols from the Cathedral. It can be used to aid contemplation, prayer or mindfulness.

Check out www.worcestercathedral.co.uk/learning/family-activities for details

 

Hartlebury Castle has VJ Day events on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th August. Discover more about VJ Day and nurses during World War II in fascinating displays. Enjoy seeing Classic World War II vehicles in the Carriage Circle and relax in the grounds listening to 1940s music as you sip a drink from Schoonersbar, have a picninc and test your luck on our Covid friendly tombola. Please be aware that for your safety this is a small scale event, and your arrival must be prebooked.

Then on Bank Holiday Monday they have a swahsbuckling pirate event! Dress up as you favourite pirate and enjoy Swashbuckling Fun at Hartlebury Castle! Join Captain Sharkbreath and his First Mate, Ruby Cutlass for a Swashbuckle Session as you learn how to talk like a pirate, learn about the cannon drill and listen to pirate tales. However, beware the pirate curse and keep yer distance, less you wants to catch the black spot! Swashbuckle Sessions at 11.30 am, 1.00 pm, 2.00 pm & 3.00 pm.

Lapworth Museum is continuing their family activity days on Wednesdays. Next Wednesday (19th), they’re focusing on the magnificent Meganeura, a giant dragonfly-like arthropod (above) from the Carboniferous period! Create your own Meganeura with crafts and activity resources shared throughout the day by joining the event on their Facebook page. Check out the page for their past events and resources too

If you’re planning on going to the Wyre Forest, other woodland, or just staying at home, Forestry England have Highway Rat worksheets to colour in and ideas for things to do.

Here on our Geopark website we have several activity sheets for families

Ammonites

Dinosaur colouring sheets

Volcanoes

 

Plenty to see in the Geopark

 

First of all the list of interesting geological sites that are publicly accessible can be found under ‘Explore Geology & Landscape – Geological Sites’. Here you will find the name of the site and its grid reference. Most are always open. If you click on the site name you will get a full description of what is there. When visiting these locations always take care and consider the health and safety of yourself and family. Always wear proper clothing and protect yourself against the weather.

Secondly the walking trails that you can download are to be found under ‘Explore Geology & Landscape – Walking Trails’. Chose one of Northern, Central or Southern trails. Here you will see a brief description of each trail and how you can get a copy. Many can be downloaded from the page. Please note that some of the locations that are on private estates will be closed during the current restrictions but some are open and readily accessed; so check before you set out.

Thirdly the trail guides that you can order are in the same sections.

Enjoy your summer and the great Gepark landscapes.

 

 

 

Lapworth Museum’s Virtual Family Fun Days

Join Lapworth Museum of Geology on their facebook page to explore our weird and wonderful world every Wednesday! Each week they will be sharing a short video about a fantastic creature or our incredible planet as well as a craft activity and colouring sheet. All videos and activities will be uploaded to the event page, so stay tuned.

Join Lizzy, their Learning and Community Engagement Officer for the first session as she explores the amazing ammonite, from how they lived to where they got their name!

Please note: The Lapworth Museum of Geology remains closed to the public during the Summer holidays.

Ammonites!

Ammonites are a type of prehistoric animal known only from fossils. They were cephalopods, like modern squids and octopuses, but unlike these creatures, they had a hard outer shell like a snail’s shell. As a result, ammonites have been well preserved in the fossil record. Ammonites were around from the beginning of the Jurassic period to the end of the Cretaceous period. They were common in the oceans of the Earth for 143 million years, before disappearing at the K-T boundary extinction event 65 million years ago, when 70% of all animal species suddenly
became extinct.

1. Print the image on card and colour in the ammonite (you can also download the Ammonite here (Ammonite colouring page)
2. Carefully cut around the shape
3. You can make the ammonite stand-alone by attaching a piece of folded card
to the back of the ammonite using tape or glue

Dinosaur Colouring Sheets – Cretaceous Period

The Cretaceous period is a geological period that lasted from 145 to 66 million years ago. It was generally a warm period and one which included the well known dinosaurs Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops.

Down the sheets here  dinosaurs-cretaceous or print them below and colour them in.

 

Malvern Science in the Park

Malvern Science in the Park
Sat 27th June 2020, online from 10am to 4:30pm.
 
Geopark Forum member the Malvern GeoCentre is helping to organise this great fun event, with Dr Adrian Burdan your host for the day.
Due to the current situation this is going virtual this year.  Join them for free from your own home or garden for our fourth annual fun and exciting day exploring the wonders of science and technology. Try out some experiments for yourself guided by our live science demonstrators, ask those burning science questions, and find out what it’s like to be a scientist working in a lab.
 
This includes geology and fossil related events, with sessions on Malvern fossils at 11am and 2pm, which will be great. A local paleontologist will be sharing some of the fossils he’s collected from the Malvern Hills
 
At 3:30pm there’s a session on The Rock Cycle and the origins of the 3 main types of rocks.
 

Register to join the event as a webinar attendee on Zoom (numbers are limited, but for some of the talks you’ll be able ask our speakers questions). 

The event will also be streamed live on Facebook.

#InnovateMalvern, #ScienceInPark

More details at

Volcanoes

Volcanoes fascinate people, being very dramatic when they blow. Find out more with these leaflets from the British Geological Survey, including a colouring page, model and word search. You can also download it here Volcanoes

 

Volcanoes

Colour your Jurassic dinosaurs

Print out and colour these Jurrasic era dinosaurs, or click here to download the pdf dinosaurs-jurassic

Make Your own Trilobite

How to make your trilobite

Print a copy of the trilobite on ordinary paper

Colour your trilobite

  1. Cut it out along the thick black lines
  2. Fold the cheeks under the glabella and stick down with a small piece of sticky tape
  3. Fold the left half of the tail over the right half and stick down with a small piece of sticky tape

Or download the sheet here Make your own trilobite

With thanks to Herefordshire and Worcestershire Earth Heritage Trust’

GeoFest 2020 Update

As part of our different approach to GeoFest this year we are putting various activities up on the website on a weekly basis. We hope you can do these at home and that they will give the family plenty to interest you all over the summer. Look out for paper and cardboard models you can make and lots of fossil images that you can colour. We will have lots about fossils, minerals and rocks. And there will be rock and fossil detective trails soon. Perhaps younger viewers might like to build a scrap book over the coming weeks.

 

In addition to these we have highlighted a lot of walks that you can go on using rock and landscape guides. Many are located in quiet and remote areas. They are listed on the ‘News’ page of the website.

Dinosaur Colouring Sheet

Whilst GeoFest is happening in a different way, we have this dinosaur colour sheet for children. Print out the image or pdf and colour in.

Dinosaur for GeoFest

Make your own volcano!

GeoFest would normally be starting, but for obvious reasons is on hold.

As an alternative activity why not print out and have a go at making this volcano, thanks to the British Geological Survey. Download here, and the images are also below.

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

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.

GeoFest 2019

GeoFest 2019 will run from Saturday 25th May to Sunday 1st September. Hundreds of events throughout the summer. More details will appear on the website as the start approaches.

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