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.

Geopark partners National Trust events

What’s going on with our National Trust partners …

Our partners at the National Trust still have things going on as more things are opening up but there are still some restructions with some sites though there is plenty to see and do still.

Here is a list of things to do so be sure to book your ticket, take a mask and enjoy the day out.
Note: I am afraid, there is a policy of no BBQs  and do please read their “Hands on or Hands off” policy

Croome Court what’s on

Croome is open to tours so ensure you book your ticket for the timed entry (21 Sept – 27 Sept)

Walks around Croome Court and gardents

Walks around Croome Court and gardents

Brockhampton what’s on

Please ensure you ensure you book your ticket for the timed entry (21 Sept – 27 Sept)
Estate, Grounds, Granary food kiosk, car park and toilets. A limited range of takeaway drinks and light snacks will be on sale

Kinver edge what’s on

Dogs at Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses 


Walks aroundKinver Edge and the rock houses

There are walks available for all abilities and time scales, so you can choose to go on a short, gentle walk up to the Hillfort or a longer ramble to find Nanny’s Rock in the woods

 Nanny's Rock in the woods

Nanny’s Rock in the woods

Remember to book your tickest for the timed entry to Kinver Edge and the Rock Houses (21 Sept – 27 Sept)

Greyfriars what’s on

Sorry – it is still closed but keep an eye on their opening times web page
Have a look at their exciting involvement in the “There are no barriers at Greyfriars” project

Dudmaston what’s on

Sorry but Dudmaston is still closed to the public for safety reasons …
But keep an eye on their timed entry to Dudmaston (21 Sept – 27 Sept)
You can still take advantage of the Downloadable walks at Dudmaston

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.

Croome’s Panorama Tower 2020 Open Days

Panorama Tower – photo Katherine Alker

Croome’s Panorama Tower will open monthly again this year. You can get fantastic views of the Malvern Hills and north to Abberley and Clee Hill (on a good day!). The geology information sheets produced by Geologists in the Geopark are available for visitors to use to understand the surrounding landscape better.

Panorama Tower Open Days:

Sunday 26 Jan 11 – 2pm

Wed 19 Feb 11- 2pm

Sat 14 March 11 – 2pm

Friday 24 April 11 – 3pm

Sun 17 May 11- 3pm

Mon 22 June 11 – 3pm

Tues 14 July 11 – 3pm

Sat 15 Aug 11 – 3pm

Wed 23 Sept 11 – 3pm

Sun 18 Oct 11 – 2pm

Sat 21 Nov 11 – 2pm

For further information on Croome please see www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome

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

View from Panorama Tower – photo Katherine Alker

Croome Panorama Open day

Panorama Tower Eyecatcher (John Hubble)

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

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

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

Panorama Tower (Kathryn Rudd)

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