Geopark President’s visit 2021

President Chris Darmon visits the Geopark as part of GeoFest. On his first day he called in at Arley Arboretum which has just joined the Geopark Forum, and helped with the surveying of a new landscape trail and interpretation panel. The Arboretum sits on Upper Carboniferous Highley Sandstone and Alveley Sandstone, and also the number 3 terrace of the River Severn. On the second day he visited Geopark Member Hartlebury Castle, looking at the Triassic building stones which show a great variety of sedimentary structures. In the afternoon Chris had a special ride on the Severn Valley Railway before meeting SVR managers and talking about the programme of public participation in geology events on the railway. Some real ale in the King and Castle at Kidderminster station finished off the day very nicely.

Chris with Helena Chisholm the manager at Arley Arboretum

Cider mill in red Alveley Sandstone – part of the proposed geology trail at Arley Arboretum

With members of Geologists in the Geopark at Hartlebury Castle

Worcester Cathedral - Visiting Summer 2021

Worcester Cathedral is a highlight for anyone visiting Worcester. It is one of England’s loveliest cathedrals. It stands majestically overlooking the River Severn, close to the city centre. It has been a place of prayer and worship for fourteen centuries.  The Cathedral’s attractions include King John’s tomb, Prince Arthur’s Chantry, St Wulfstan’s Norman Crypt, medieval cloisters, magnificent Victorian stained glass and examples of every period of early English architecture from 11th to late 14th Century.

Whether to view the incredible architecture, take part in one of their events, see of their regular exhibitions, or come to one of the services, it is well worth a visit.

Latest updates for your visit to Worcester Cathedral

Open for Visiting.
For opening times click here.
For tour times click here.

The tower is closed at this time, and other areas of the Cathedral may be restricted. You can find more details on planned closures here.

Track and Trace System

In accordance with government and Church of England advice, all worshippers and visitors are strongly encouraged to use the ‘track and trace’ system in operation at the Cathedral. This takes two forms:

Your safety

Your safety and that of our staff is of paramount importance to us. 

  • visitors are asked to wear a face covering inside the Cathedral and use the Track and Trace facilities provided.
  • Social distancing signs and measures are in place to help make the Cathedral COVID secure.
  • There are hand sanitisers available at the entrance, exit and in key locations.
  • A strict cleaning regime happens daily and is ongoing through the day.
  • There are socially-distanced seats and standing areas within the Nave.

The Cathedral has been awarded a Visit England ‘We’re Good to Go’ award.

There are a number of events and exhibitions coming soon.

The Leaves of the Trees is an art installation which is a reflective memorial. During August 5,000 steel ‘Hope’ leaves  will be a memorial to the effects of the pandemic.

There are also a number of summer activities for families.

From 18-26 August you can also find out about the restoration of the 12th Century sculpture Christ in Majesty and see the work close up.

Arley Arboretum

We are pleased to welcome Arley Arboretum to the Geopark Forum!

 

Renowned for its stunning beauty, Arley Arboretum sits on the banks of the River Severn at Upper Arley.

One of the oldest and most spectacular Arboreta in Britain, it is now open to the public thanks to the Trustees of the Roger and Douglas Turner Charitable Trust.

The Arboretum is now home to over 300 species of trees and features the beautiful Laburnum arch, measuring 65 metres. Popular with nature lovers, families and walkers, Arley Arboretum is a magical place to visit throughout the year, with every season bringing a different breathtaking vista.

Trees at Arley Arboretum

Gardens

Arley Arboretum is home to some of the most stunning gardens found anywhere in the UK. These include our beautifully restored Italian Gardens, the magical Magnolia Garden, our spectacular display of Rhododendrons and Azaleas, a fine collection of Acers and a selction of special tree species.

Italian garden and fountain at Arley Arboretum

Tea room

Their tranquil tearoom is located within the walled gardens of the Arboretum and is a great place to relax before or after an enjoyable tour of our gardens.

You are also welcome to bring a picnic of your own to enjoy at one of the picnic tables.

The Garden tea room is free for all visitors, with admission into the Arboretum and Gardens charged separately on point of entry.

Laburnum arch at Arley Arboretum

Children

Arley Arboretum is a great place for a day out with the kids. Adventure is never far away, with acres of woodland to explore, wide open natural vistas to run and play in and activities all year round, there really is something for everyone. There is an Adventure Play Trail with 9 separate apparatus suitable for 2 to 12 year olds, plus a maze to explore.

Spark your imagination on our adventure trails, battle goblins and free the little folk in our quests.

Arley Arboretum

Opening

Normal opening hours are Wednesday to Sunday 10am – 5pm, and currently all visits must be booked in advance.

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

Croome - Visiting Summer 2021

Croome provides a wonderful day out. Owned by the Coventry for many years, at the heart is Croome Court, surrounded by amazing gardens and parkland to explore. These were designed by Robert Adam and Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. They have been restored over the years by the National Trust

As a former RAF base, volunteers have created a RAF museum here. The house contains different art installations, working with artists in response to Croome’s architecture and history.

Croome is open every day and you don’t need to book your visit in advance. Please note that the house is currently closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Unfortunately the Play area is closed due to essential maintenance.

Facilities

Croome Court – ground floor open Wed-Sun with one way system in place.

RAF Museum – open every day 11am-4pm, with a queueing and one way system in place.

Church – open every day 10am-5:30pm

Play areas – Both the RAF themed play park and natural play area are now open,  with visitors responsible for monitoring a safe number of children using the park at one time.

Panorama Tower Credit Kathryn Rudd

Staying safe:

  • To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit.
  • You’ll find sinks for hand washing in the available toilets. You will find hand sanitiser at the toilets and the Canteen.
  • If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you’ve been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

Planning your visit:

  • You no longer need to pre-book a ticket to visit Croome. At peak times, particularly at weekends, the car park may reach its full capacity. This will mean that we cannot accept any more visitors on to the site. Please consider visiting on a weekday to avoid disappointment.
  • Entry and parking is free for NT members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay on arrival.

Parking and arrival:

  • On arrival, please park and head towards the visitor centre to our reception. A member of the team will greet you.
  • There are designated blue badge spaces available close by the Visitor Centre in the car park.
  • We ask our visitors to stay at Croome for the recommended 2 hours to allow for safe social distancing within the parkland.
  • The car park gates will be locked at 5.30pm.

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.

Lapworth Museum of Geology - Visiting Summer 2021

Lapworth Museum of Geology, at University of Birmingham is now reopen! It is also free to visit.

Explore life over 3.5 billion years using exceptional objects, many of which originate here in the Midlands. A visit to the Lapworth Museum provides a fascinating insight into how the Earth formed and changed over time, and how life on Earth developed and evolved. The museum captures the imagination of all ages with state of the art galleries, interactive exhibits, soundscapes and  animations recreating the Midlands environment from up to 425 million years ago.

Check the website for details of online events too.

New opening times

Tuesday to Friday – 10:00 till 16:30

Saturday – 12:00 till 17:00

Sunday and Monday – Closed

Museum closed for scheduled maintenance

The Museum will be closed for scheduled maintenance work from Monday 5th of July until approximately Tuesday 20th July inclusive.

Due to uncertainty around the final completion date of this maintenance work, the Museum may also be closed from Wednesday 21st July to Saturday 24th July. Further updates will be provided as the maintenance work progresses.

You will be able to book tickets to visit the Museum from Tuesday 27th of July onwards. Apologies for any inconvenience

Booking your tickets

You must book a ticket for a timed entry slot in advance of your visit. Tickets are free of charge and are released at least two weeks in advance.

For more information and to book your tickets visit our Eventbrite booking page here.

Things to remember for a safe visit

• It is mandatory to wear a face covering inside the Museum at all times, unless you are exempt.

• Some hands-on interactive displays are currently unavailable.

• Please keep your distance from others (2m).

• Please make use of the hand sanitisers provided at key spots throughout the Museum.

• Please follow any directional signage.

• We have a reduced retail offer in the Museum shop and purchases can only be made via card transactions.

• Unfortunately, refreshments are not available at the Museum.

• Toilet facilities will be accessible during your visit.

• If you are displaying any COVID-19 symptoms, please do not visit.

• If you are unsure about anything during your visit, please ask one of our friendly members of staff for help.

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.

 

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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

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

 

Arley Arboretum, Lion Lane, Arley, bewdley, DY12 1SQ  Arley Arboretum and Gardens | Worcestershire | Arley Estate

Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 5pm

Admission charges apply, book in advance

 

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 now 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. Check the website for latest guidance

 

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, as are refreshment facilities, and trains are running

 

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

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

Three Choirs Festival takes place Sat 24 July to Sun 1 Aug so access will be restricted.

 

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

Archive Desk Tues – Fri 10:30am-3:30pm,

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

Self Service – Mon-Fri 9am-8pm, Sat 9am-6pm, Sun 9am-5pm

 

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

Field Sketching through Art

One of our members kindly sent through a link to the Geological Society web page article about field sketching.


“I think it would be something for visitors to the website to have a look at, especially as drawing, sketching and artwork are activities everyone could have a go at during lockdown”


Many people will appreciate the beauty of the landscape first hand and many may take photographs but there is little that brings a scenary or memory to life than a sketch or artwork.

This article “FIELD SKETCHING THROUGH ART: AN AID TO OBJECTIVITY”  is a great reminder – or prompt – as to how art can enhance your memory of a location as well as bring calm and happiness.

Field Sketching Through Art – (Geological Society, Dec 2018, p15-17)

Read or download the PDF by clicking on the image below

Field Sketching Through Art – (Geological Society, Dec 2018, p15-17)


Why don’t you take advantage of time in the open and take a sketchpad, easel & paints or create some art then submit a picture to us with where it is and how you created the art?

Christmas 2020 in the Geopark

Christmas Tree festival at Worcester Cathedral

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

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

Robin at Brockhampton

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

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

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

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

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

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

Worcester Cathedral

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

The Geopark Way guide – 2nd edition now available.

The new Geopark Way guidebook booklet – what a great Christmas present!
The Geopark Way guidebook 2nd edition

The Geopark Way guidebook 2nd edition

The orange 2nd edition has more features included over and above the first edition. It is a guidebook and apps for the 109-mile trail.
The Geopark Way guidebook is available from the Trust online or by phone on 01905 855184. It is also listed by Book Data and may be ordered through any high street bookseller.
ISBN: 978-0-9558390-7-8
Read more about here – it is a great opportunity to see more and learn more about the Geopark, keeping fit and enjoying the landscape.  Why not combine a walk on the Geopark Way with a trip on the Severn Valley Railway?

 

Half term in the Geopark

There are exciting events over half term at Geopark partner venues.

Bewdley Museum has another great set of half term activities (prebooking required), plus a Halloween trail (£2 – no booking needed). Dippy’s outdoor extravaganza takes place on Saturday 31 October (with fancy dress and pumpkin judging)  – tickets only available for the 2nd performance at 6:15pm

Severn Valley Country Park has a self-led pumpkin trail. The refreshment kiosk is open to keep your energy levels up! There are 8 pumpkin patches – made of colourful pumpkin pictures – around the park. Maps are available from outside the visitor centre, 10.30pm-3pm. The trail does follow hard surface paths around the park, but it could be muddy in places!

In Worcester Cathedral’s new Undercroft Learning project has arts events for the family, book at artsandwonder.co.uk.  They also have new family friendly, covid-safe ways to explore Worcester Cathedral. As well as their popular Safari Trail they also have a brand new torch trail and we’re trailing a new digital trail (smartphone and data connection required). Find out more: https://sites.google.com/view/dukeofhamilton/introduction

The Wyre Forest is a great place to go to get out and about. Before you go download their free autumn activity pack for kids. Teach them how to… Forage for forest fruits, Explore autumn colours, Create leaf fireworks, Hunt for seeds, Start a helicopter race, Make a bookmark, Get in touch with how autumn makes them feel. Download the pack here

Herefordshire Museum has their Ice Age exhibition on still. A great place to visit and discover about mammoths and other animals which called Herefordshire home thousands of year ago.

This Halloween have a go at the Anglo-Saxon burial mystery with Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service. Have a go at being an archaeologist in the comfort of your home and see what you can work out from the remains of this burial.

There are some glorious autumnal views when you travel on the Severn Valley Railway at the moment. They also have some Halloween specials this week too.

If you’re looking for other ideas Cob House is open, as are many of the National Trust properties, although booking is required.

Ice Age at Herefordshire Museums

 

Can you imagine mammoths roaming Herefordshire? Or a landscape on the edge of a massive ice sheet? How long did the Ice Age last and did people live here? Come and find the answers, discover the stories about King Arthur’s Cave and meet a life size mammoth model. Plenty for the family to explore including a child friendly science lab, making a cave painting, dressing up as wolf or reindeer, and helping to create a baby woolly mammoth!

Did you know at it’s height the ice sheet during the last ice age was at least twice the height of the Cathedral tower, and may have been as deep as 180m – over 3 times as high as the tower?

Ice Age Herefordshire, curated by Herefordshire Museum Service will be at Hereford Museum & Art Gallery until 28 November 2020.

The exhibition is free but we suggest a donation of £2.50.

Hereford Museum and Art Gallery is open Tuesday and Wednesday 1pm to 4pm and Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10am to 1pm. Extended half-term opening times – Tuesday 27 October and Wednesday 28 October, 10am to 4pm.

Strict social distancing measures are in place at this venue. Learn more.

An exhibition developed by Worcester Museums has been recreated here with a Herefordshire focus. It features the bones of extinct animals, animals that survived the Pleistocene Ice Age, and artefacts made by early humans. It outlines the geology and landscape of Ice Age Herefordshire and beyond, including investigating the remains of Herefordshire’s Ice Age Ponds. Artwork created by students at Hereford College of Arts brings things up to date with their exploration of the meaning and effect of modern day Climate Change.

Suggested donations of £2.50

Hereford museums and Art Gallery

If you have not had a chance to get out or book tickets, the Hereford museums and Art Gallery is available as a virtual tour online so you need not miss out but you can get a preview until you get a chance to get there in person.

You can still see what they have as Museum Resource and Learning Centre in particul their “Inside Out” video which

“bring the hidden gems of its collections bursting into life”

 

Perhaps the “Ice Age Herefordshire” exhibition that runs until 31 October 2020 at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery.

Geopark – September Updates

More of our partner’s visitors centres are reopening, so there’s lots more opportunities to enjoy the great locations and get out and about this autumn. Not all facilities will be open, especially inside, and face masks will probably need to be worn indoors, so please check. Several venues have cafes taking part in the Eat Out To Help Out, giving an extra incentive to visit!

Take advantage of the great places we have in the Geopark but please check details before travelling, and please socially distance when you are there.

Wyre Forest (Forestry England), Severn Valley Country Park, have their car parks and grounds open again. At Wyre Forest you have hire a bike again and go on trails, but there are not special activities. Hartlebury Castle has reopened with amended opening days/times. Cob House Country Park has reopened too, along with their cafe, with a few changes from normal.

National Trust have begun reopening, and the gardens and estates at Brockhampton, Croome, Dudmaston & Kinver are all open, but must be booked in advance. Greyfriars in Worcester is still closed.

Worcester Cathedral now has limited opening, 11-3 Monday to Sunday, although not all areas will be open. Daily and Sunday services have resumed. The cafe has reopened for takeaways and eat in.

Bewdley Museum and Severn Valley Railway have reopened, along with SVRs two pubs. Cafe H2O / Malvern Hills GeoCentre is now open again too 10am-4pm every day except, as usual, Wednesdays

Malvern GeoCentre is closed but hoping to open their café for takeaways soon. Hereford Museum & Art Gallery is closed at the moment, as is  Lapworth Museum of Geology .

Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service’s public areas in The Hive are still closed, but they are replying to enquiries and the Archive reopened 1st September.

We will keep you informed as access to our wonderful landscape continues to improve. Remember there are lots of self guided geology and landscape trails and booklets available. Information about them is given below and under ‘Explore Geology and Landscape’ on the home page menu bar.

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

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.

 

 

 

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

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.

Making the most of our more remote and quiet rural locations

Stretching from Bridgnorth to Gloucester and Worcester to Hereford the Geopark offers plenty of isolated countryside places to visit. Places where you can enjoy the landscape, see the rocks and observe the wildlife whilst not seeing many other people. These places are listed here on the website. In addition we have plenty of self guided walks for you to try. Some of these trails can be freely downloaded from the website. They are ideal for family walks.

 

Though we are still required to stay at home as much as possible we can now exercise outdoors as much as we wish and we can take trips in private vehicles to do so. But keep your journey as local as you can.

 

Remember to check on the Government guidelines on a regular basis.

 

When travelling to your destination you must not have anyone in your car other than your family household. And when out walking you must stay 2 metres away from anyone you meet. If you are in a vulnerable category you should stay at home but if you are unable to go out there is still plenty to read about on this website. You can plan future trips when things improve.

 

We will soon be adding activities that you can do at home especially interesting to children and families. Watch out for these on the website in the next week or two.

 

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.

 

And finally some of our members have extensive estates that you may be able to use. Please check with them to see what is open. The list with contact details is under ‘About Us’. Here you will find a list and links to Geopark Forum Members. The websites of the following members will give you up to date information about access and walks – Forestry England, National Trust Croome, NT Dudmaston, NT Brockhampton, NT Kinver, and Severn Valley Country Park.

 

Good walking. Stay alert. Keep safe.

Spring 2020 Update

With the public health situation in the country all our venues are currently closed. Planned events have been cancelled or postponed. We will update the calendar and events once this is over and we can resume activities.

 

We hope you are keeping safe at present.

The Discovery Society

Bewdley School has set up a Charitable Incorporated Organisation, ‘The Discovery Society’ to advance opportunities for exploration and science research. A significant part of what we are hoping to establish during the coming year is a programme of science lectures/talks for our students.

If you have an interest and expertise in exploration and/or scientific research, or you know someone who does, and you feel that you might be able to offer an interesting and engaging lecture/talk to our society, please do get in touch with us. We are also in contact with local University Departments, but are spreading our nets as widely as possible, as we don’t want to miss any opportunities for our students to learn from local experts.

Details of talks are below

During the next month we will be pressing on with the organisation of our summer series. There are 2 speakers organised already, and if you know of other potential speakers, please do point them in our direction. All lectures will be publicised and places booked using Eventbrite, which is accessible via a QR code on our flyers. Speakers for the summer series can book a slot at:

Discovery Society Summer Lecture Series 2020

Please do ask any potential speakers to contact Dave Hadley-Pryce (Head Teacher) if they have any questions.

Lives in the Landscape

 
Geopark Forum member ‘Geologists in the Geopark’ is working with Forum member ’Severn Valley Country Park’ on its Lives in the Landscape’ project. The early part of 2020 will see a programme of encouraging members of the public and existing volunteers to participate in a number of activities. These include investigations of the old colliery spoil heaps for rocks and fossils; guided walks around area looking at local geology and industrial archaeology; hands on geology teaching sessions; and talks on stone quarrying in the Severn Valley. For more information about joining in contact Severn Valley Country Park.
 
Photos show part of the old colliery spoil that is being investigated with a view to opening it up for rock and fossil hunts for children.
 
 

Tornado Returns to Severn Valley Railway!

The world-famous locomotive will make a welcome return to the Railway on November 9th, 10th, 17th and 24th hauling two services out of Kidderminster and two services out of Bridgnorth.
 
 
Passengers can ride behind the iconic locomotive – hauling the Railway’s appropriate LNER teak set of carriages, for normal fare prices, and book in advance for special reserved seating. In addition Severn Valley Railway are printing their geology trail so you can discover more about the amazing landscape which the line passes through, and how the geology has shaped it.
 

Or you can print out your own trail here. A Train Ride Geology Trail – Severn Valley Railway

Check out details of the visit and how to purchase tickets here

Cappuccino and Geology Trail

Our Cappuccino Trail is still going, linking up venues in the Geopark where you can get a good cup of coffee (or tea) and also discover more about the local Geology. Each of the venues listed has an excellent cafe and a trail you can pick up (some free, some charged for) to help you explore. So have a look at the venues and plan you next visit!

Details about venues can be found on their website, links below

Severn Valley Country Park

Wyre Forest Centre

Bewdley Museum

Hartlebury Castle & Museum

NT Dudmaston

Severn Valley Railway

Cob House Country Park

Malvern Hills GeoCentre

Worcester Cathedral

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? – CANCELLED

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

Severn Valley Country Park – a new Visitor Centre and Cafe

Severn Valley Country Park’s new visitor centre and care are now open (see times below). There are new informative displays in the visitor centre and our Kestrel Cafe offers a new menu.

The visitor centre and cafe opening times:

Monday CLOSED

Tuesday CLOSED

Wednesday 11am-5pm

Thursday 11am-5pm

Friday 11am-5pm

Saturday 11am-5pm

Sunday 11am-5pm

Open every day in school holidays.

 

The TOILETS are open daily from 9am to 5pm

The park itself will still be accessible at all times for visitors to enjoy the lovely woodland and riverside walks.

Call us: 01746 781 192

Email: outdoor.recreation@ shropshire.gov.uk

Les Morris Trail

Les Morris 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.

Les Morris

In his memory a has been created which you can download and follow. It highlights different rocks which can be found in walls across the Geopark covering millions of years.

Download here Les Morris Trail final draft – v1

Quayside, Arley, Worcestershire

Across the Geopark there are many different rocks varying in age from 10,000 years old to nearly 700 million years old. Many rocks have been used as building stones in the construction of important historical buildings and also in the building of simple local walls in houses, gardens and barns. They are an easy and accessible way to discover the wonders of rocks and the history of planet Earth.
This trail takes you across an area of 650 square miles from  Bridgnorth to Gloucester, and Worcester to Hereford, and all places in between. Information about locations, geology and history is given on the following pages with locations generally running from north to south through the Geopark. All locations are accessible to the public and in most cases access is free of charge. Some will require a walk, others are adjacent to carparks, bus and train routes; many are close to visitor centres and cafes.
Can you find them? The Geopark information map inside will help you. Post codes and grid references are also given as a guide. Tick them off as you work through a geological history of 700 million years. At many locations you will be able to pick up a separate geology and building stones trail leaflet which will take you to new and interesting locations. There are also history trails to pick up in many towns.

Gloucester Cathedral

Visit of Geopark President

The Geopark President Chris Darmon has just visited us for three days starting with a visit to the National Trust’s Croome Estate on Saturday 13th July. Here we looked at the building stones of Croome Court and surrounding structures, had a historical tour of the Court and visited the RAF Museum. On Sunday morning 14th, Chris launched the new Les Morris Memorial Trail at NT’s Dudmaston Estate and in the afternoon joined the guided geology walk around the Estate. And on Monday 15th the stone used in new constructions in Bewdley were the subject of investigation. Chris was also given a preview of the new dinosaur detective trail which will soon be running at Bewdley Museum.

The new statue of three times prime minister Baldwin in Bewdley has a plinth of Carboniferous sandstone from Brighouse in Yorkshire.

The repair work at Bewdley Severn Valley Railway station has replaced Highley sandstone with Carboniferous Woodkirk sandstone from Leeds.

At Dudmaston a wall of Carboniferous and Permian sandstone forms part of the new Les Morris trail. Jenny Morris in the centre was the special guest.

Chris seats himself on a granite glacial erratic on the Dudmaston guided walk

Inspecting a wall of Blue Lias limestones at Croome Estate

The Rotunda building at Croome built of Bath Stone

New Members

We are pleased to welcome new members to the Geopark Forum!

Bewdley School

Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust

Hereford Sixth Form College

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!

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

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.

Professor Aubrey Manning (1930-2018)

Aubrey Manning at Highley Station in Shropshire on the Seven Valley Railway

 

Many of you will remember Aubrey Manning, the first president of the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark. He took on this role with much enthusiasm in 2004 and continued until 2010 when he handed over to current president Chris Darmon. Aubrey, a zoologist, was Professor of Natural History at Edinburgh University during which time he also developed a very successful role as a broadcaster. His television and radio programmes showed his interest in geology and it was no surprise that he participated in many of our Geopark events. Aubrey was as much at home in the field as he was in the lecture theatre and TV studio – he joined in many geology and landscape walks.

 

We owe much to Aubrey for his support and active promotion of the Geopark.

With Moira Jenkins on the Malvern Hills

On the Geopark Way in the Abberley Hills

With Les Morris on the Malvern Hills

Visit By American Geoscientists

The American branch of the Association of Women Geoscientists (an international organisation) recently visited the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark. The visitors spent time on the railway looking at the rocks and landscape of the area, studying the fossilised desert sand dunes of Bridgnorth and Bewdley and the important sandstones of Highley. The history of coal mining, building stone transport down the river and the construction of Wribbenhall viaduct were all discussed. There is indeed some extraordinary geology to be seen along the railway.

Ice Age Exhibitions

Three exhibitions are launching on Saturday 16th June, focusing on Worcestershire’s distant past. They are the culmination of the Lost Landscapes Project, celebrating over half a million years of the area’s prehistory, from the time our ancestors arrived until the end of the last Ice Age 12,000 years ago. It is a joint project from Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service and Worcester Art gallery & Museum, funded by grants from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Arts Council England.

 

Ice Age @ Worcester Art Gallery & Museum

Running from the 16th June to 8th September 2018, this exhibition will showcase stunning and surprising Ice Age finds with a Worcestershire connection. Suitable for all ages.

Watch out for an early copy of the first geological map of the country, artefacts made over 300,000 years ago by the earliest humans to live in Worcestershire, and remains of extraordinary Ice Age creatures.

Over this enormous timespan there were many changes in the local environment, from woolly mammoths roaming the tundra in Bromsgrove, to cave lions stalking the riverbanks beneath Bredon Hill. Humans came and went with the warming and cooling of the climate.

Visit Ice Age and come face to face with a Neanderthal, crawl inside our Ice Age shelter, and meet Fluffy the Woolly Mammoth.

Mammoth tusk

 

Origins of Us @ The Hive, Worcester

Running from 16th June to 8th September 2018, this exhibition explores how our understanding of our place in the world has developed over two centuries of research and discovery.

It will examine our relationship with human species who walked this land before us, and the way our understanding of the Ice Age origins of the human story in Britain has developed from the 19th century to the present.

Through the Mists of Time @ The Hive

An immersive experience inspired by the evolution of humans towards the end of the last Ice Age that led to the birth of modern society. As part of the Lost Landscapes project, and funded through Arts Council England, there will be an audio-visual installation celebrating imagination and human ability to go beyond the here and now, constructing shared systems of beliefs and creating symbols, ceremonies and rituals.

Digital artists SDNA produce distinctive digital artworks and vibrant interactive experiences for a range of settings, from intimate small-scale pieces to ambitious projected installations for outdoor spaces and iconic buildings. We aim to extend the possibilities and reach of digital art by exploring the interaction between moving image, installation, virtual reality and live performance, and by collaborating with a diverse range of participants and audiences. www.movingimage.art

 

Find out more at https://iceageworcestershire.com/

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

Cappuccino and Geology Trail

Many of the visitor centres in the Geopark provide excellent coffee, tea and cakes.
Access to the cafes is free. Some of the centres have fascinating rock and fossil,
and landscape trails for you to explore. Pick up a free trail leaflet at each centre.
Some centres have rocks and fossils to handle and information panels to peruse.

Severn Valley Railway Bridgnorth Station – train ride geology trail.
Severn Valley Country Park – information panels, rock and fossil displays,
landscape and geology trail.
Bodenham Arboretum – landscape and geology trail.
Wyre Forest Discovery Centre – information panels, geology trails.
Bewdley Museum – information panels, rock and fossil displays, rock and fossil
detective trail, geology trail.
Severn Valley Railway Kidderminster Station – train ride geology trail.
Cob House Country Park – rock and fossil detective trail.
Malvern Hills GeoCentre – rock and fossil displays, leaflets and information panels.
Worcester Cathedral – building stones trail guide for sale.

Please note – if travelling on a Severn Valley Railway train you will need to purchase a ticket and if
touring the grounds at Bodenham Arboretum you will have to pay to enter the arboretum.

New Flyer for Geopark

The Geopark is Expanding!

The Geopark is expanding. During 2018 the western boundary of the Geopark will stretch to Hereford and Ross and include great landscapes such as the Woolhope Dome, parts of the Rivers Wye, Frome and Lugg, Penyard Park and Howle Hill. Look out for the new maps in early 2018 and details of where to go and what to see.

 

The diagram below shows the geology and landscape of the Woolhope Dome.

new map