Cob House Countryside Park – Visiting Summer 2021

Long standing members of the Geopark Forum, Cob House Countryside Park, have new owners, Guy & Luan, but it’s just as much a great day out as before.

Cob House, including the fully refurbished The Mayfly eatery with a licensed bar, an onsite shop as well as a thriving fishery, not forgetting the animals too (including new residents who have joined the alpacas, goats, reindeer and chickens) is a great place to take the family or meet up with family and friends.

Entry to the park grounds is free, where you can meet and feed the animals, and use the playgrounds. You can then get a drink or bite to eat in the Mayfly cafe.

As restrictions ease they have a range of special events at Cob House too.

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  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:

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.

Lots of Great Activities in February Half term!

Half Term sees a wide range of activities at Geopark venues with plenty to choose from.

In Worcester it is the Love Worcester Festival. Our Worcester members Worcester Cathedral and Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service have a range of events. The Cathedral has Awesome Adventures for families on Monday and Tuesday where you can make a range of crafts, and on the Monday you can have a selfie with the amazing Tudor Legacy Ladies. At The Hive you can go Behind the scenes of the archives and we have hands on History in the children on Thursday where children can be archaeologists and see what they can find in the sandpit. The week ends with an urban pilgrimage from the cathedral to three of the city’s historic churches.

Archaeology fun in The Hive

If you’re looking for craft activities for families then you’re spilt for choice. Bewdley Museum has different crafts Monday – Friday 11am-3pm, £5. Cob House has visitor running different crafts events too such as sand Art and Jumping Clay.

At Wyre Forest you can get out and about and explore the forest, and download a trail linking to the new Shaun the Sheep Movie – Farmageddon.

National Trust properties are running their popular trails – Wassail Trail at Brockhampton near Bromyard and a Tree-mendous trail at Croome. Croome will also be opening their Panorama Tower on Wedneasday where you can get stunning views as well as find out about the landscape from information sheets created by Geologists in the Geopark. At Dudmaston they have their snowdrop walks at weekend.

Panorama Tower – Katherine Alker

Lapworth Museum at Geology at Birmingham University have loads going on in half term. They have all sorts of dinosaur fun on Tuesday and Thursday.

Over at Hartlebury they have a mythical creatures trail and you can also make crafts for £2 (plus admission).

Severn Valley Country Park has lots on too, in addition to being a great place to get out and about. From 15th to 23rd they have Brilliant Birds free craft drop in. On the Friday there is also a free Woodland Mini Beast Hunt.

You’ll be spoilt for choice!

As usual it’s best to double check details before travelling. especially if bad weather.

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


1st – Bear Club 10.30am to 12 noon (Booking essential: 

1st – Sand Art 1-3pm – just drop in

6th – Couch to 2k

8th – Bear Club 10.30 to 12 noon (Booking essential: 

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: 

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

Half Term Activities at Cob House

Cob House

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


21st – Segway Experience 11am – 2pm

21st – Beth with Pets in Care stall

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

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

25th – Junior Angling Lessons

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

26th – Junior Angling Lessons

27th – Fun Face Painting with Artistic Tinker

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

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

29th – Breakfast Club Meeting

Textiles at the Cob House

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

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Cob House Fisheries




The Cob House nestles right in the heart of rural Worcestershire. The idyllic surroundings offer visitors time to relax, to sit and enjoy the countryside from the spectacular Mayfly Café overlooking beautiful lakes and parkland whilst participating in many wonderful activities on site.  Visitors can also explore the extensive site by taking a stroll along the many footpaths, wildflower meadow and the parkland which contains the timber trail play area, wildlife pool, Reindeer, Alpacas, Pigs, Goats, Chickens and Ducks.

Cob House offers a wide appeal with something for everyone to enjoy and makes an ideal family day particularly for those who love the tranquility of the countryside.  Most activities at Cob House are free (excludes fishing & archery) so why not pop and see us for a fun packed visit.

The Mayfly Café offers superb buffet breakfasts, carvery lunches or just great coffee and cake seven days a week, everyone is welcome! The panoramic views from the seating area encompass lakes, parkland, wildlife pools and the timber trail play area, you can even partake in a little bird watching from the comfort of your seat!

Cob House is also the home of Silver Medal Paralympian Archer, Mel Clarke and Mel can be seen training and runs regular courses here – please see our what’s on pages for up to date details about this.

Cob House Fishery, a coarse fishery that offers peaceful fishing in beautiful surroundings and caters for both the visiting pleasure angler and match angler alike.  Anglers can currently enjoy eight coarse fishing pools on a day ticket, with four of the pools also available for match bookings. Regular open matches are held.

Cob House Fisheries, pride themselves on producing quality coarse fish for restocking. They specialise in English bred Common and Mirror Carp, Tench, Chub, Bream and True Crucian Carp for commercial angling, however they can obtain other species for stocking into your ponds.

Geology and landscape

The Cob House Fisheries sits within a landscape feature known as the Worcester Basin. This is an ancient rift valley which formed back in the latter stages of the Permian Period ((299-251 million years ago).

During the Permian and Triassic periods vast quantities of sedimentary rocks, including breccias, conglomerates, sandstones, siltstones, mudstones and evaporates where deposited in to this basin. This deposited material was transported by wind (aeolian) and by vast rivers and streams. Some material travelled far, carried by the mighty Budleighensis River, other material simply weathered from the sides of the rift valley forming alluvial fans along its edges.

It was during the latter stages of the Triassic Period when the rocks on which the Cob House Fisheries were laid down. The unit of rock is called the Sidmouth Mudstone Formation (part of the Mercia Mudstone Group of rock units) and formed part of the final infill of the Worcester Basin.

The rock consists predominantly of red mudstones which can either be blocky with no structure or be made up of very fine layers (laminations). These two different structures in the mudstone are key indicators to the environment in which they formed; laminated mudstones infers that the mud particles were deposited in shallow temporary lakes that formed in the Worcester Basin; the blocky mudstones imply that they were formed from wind-blown dust deposits.

Some of the mudstones in the area have a high clay content. This clay has been used in the past for brick making and no doubt has lined a fair few ponds.

Explore the Geology and Landscape in and around Bewdley Museum

  • Geology and landscape trails in the immediate area are:
    • The Geopark Way long distance walking trail passes close by in the parish of Martley – available from Cob House Fisheries
    • Martley Geology trails 12 and 3 are close by in the Parish of Martley – available as free downloads (follow links) and from the infomation point in village centre, at the Old Weighbridge opposite shops and pub.

Explore the bedrock and superficial geology of the Cob House Fisheries area on the British Geological Surveys ‘Geology of Britain Viewerclick here to be directed to their webpage

Facilities and attractions

  • Idyllic Location
  • Animals – Reindeer, Alpacas, Pigs, Goats, Chickens and Ducks
  • Parkland
  • Wildlife Meadows
  • Timber Trail play area
  • Grassland play area
  • Wildlife pools
  • Free Parking
  • Disability Access
  • Dogs Allowed on Leads
  • Reindeer & Alpaca hire
  • Bird Watching
  • Coarse and Game Fishing
  • Archery
  • Events held throughout the year
  • Kids Run Free – the 2nd and 4th Saturday of every month
  • Car boots – 1st and 3rd Saturday in the month
  • Crafting sessions on Mondays (term time only)
  • Cob House Circular Walks – a selection of 8 walks available for free in reception

The Mayfly Cafe

  • Speciality Food Days
  • Coffee & Cake
  • Children’s Birthday Parties
  • Carvery Lunches
  • Buffet Breakfasts


Cob House Education

  • Cob House and Berrow Farm set in 385 acres offers bespoke packages that meet the individual needs of a wide range of schools accommodating children of all ages and abilities.
  • Packages can be built around the following topics:

Woodland Management and furniture Making

River and Watercourse Management

Game Keeping

Worm Farming and Composting

Angling and the Environment

Animal Husbandry

Pond Dipping

Fish Farming



  • Work experience placements
  • Life skills for 6th form students
  • Various construction opportunities and tree planting for children and young people who may be considering careers in woodland management or arboriculture

Opening times

Mayfly Café Opening Times

  • Monday to Friday: 8.00am – 5.00pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: 7.30am – 5.00pm

Cob House photo gallery

Contact information