Wyre Forest - Visiting in 2021

As restrictions ease there are even more reasons to get out and about the Geopark. There are some fantastic places to visit, and plenty of open spaces to explore. We look at the latest opening details from our partner venues.

Whether you’re looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life, or you want something more adventurous, Wyre Forest has something for everyone.

The Wyre Forest, managed by Forestry England, is a great place to visit and explore. It is open to visit, and most of the facilities are available. Although very popular, there’s plenty of space so you can spread out. It is open every day (except Christmas Day) 9am to 9pm.

The car park, toilets, walking trails, cycle trails and bike hire are all open. The cafe is open for takeaway. Gruffalo orienteering is currently closed.

Coronavirus information – Car parks and toilets are being cleaned in line with Government guidance, and you are encouraged to pay without cash if possible. Should the car parks get very busy please consider coming another time. Whilst in the forest please socially distance and be considerate of staff and other visitors.

There’s plenty to do here, whether you want peace and quiet or do a running or cycle trail. So why not visit this summer!




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.

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.

Geology Craft Day at Wyre Forest

Fill your boots with an explosion of crafts, fossils and rocks. Wyre Forest are having another craft day on Wednesday 21 August when you can be inspired by rocks, fossils and dinosaurs. You can also visit the quarry here too. It’s all free (just pay for parking), just come along!

Crafty Geology for the Family

Join us at Worcester Cathedral and the Wyre Forest for some great free rock and fossil art activities


Fill your boots with an explosion of crafts, fossils and rocks. Delve into the deep blue and create your own ancient fossilised sea bed or stencil away and let your imagination shine. Create your own masterpiece with pebble and fossil painting to take home or join the ‘Love on the Rocks’ craze and share your artwork with strangers.

It will be at  Worcester Cathedral on Thurs 16th Aug & Thurs 23rd Aug 10:30-12:30 & 14:00-16:00

And then at the Wyre Forest on Tue 21st  August  11:00-15:00.

Check out other events during GeoFest, sponsored by Merlin, in our GeoFest leaflet 3879618_LRES

Wyre Forest





The Wyre Forest (Forestry Commission) is one of the largest ancient oak woodlands in England and its patchwork of habitats is invaluable for wildlife such as Fallow Deer, Adders, Dormice and Wood Ants.   Wyre and its surrounding woodlands are fantastic places to enjoy the fresh air and have fun outdoors. There is something for everyone all year round, from walking and family cycling to Go Ape, learning and adventure play.

There are 3 waymarked walks of varying length (including an all ability trail) and a family bike trail, all allowing you to explore and discover different parts of the forest. Information accompanying these trails is available from the Forest Café.

Orienteering courses are set up at Callow Hill and Hawkbatch – maps and information can be obtained from the Forest Café.  Horse riding is allowed by permit. There is a network of trails linking up with bridleways. Permit and maps are from the Forest Café.   There is also a Go Ape! Hire wire course offering a thrilling treetop adventure. GoApe! 0845643215. Book via website www.goape.co.uk

Visit the Wyre Community Discovery Centre building incorporates various green technologies and has views into the forest. Here the Discovery Centre team organises educational programmes for school groups of all ages. During the school holidays it runs a programme of activities for children and families. Craft courses and wildlife focus days for adults are also held at the Discovery Centre and there are numerous volunteering opportunities for those with some time to spare.

Geology and Landscape

The Wyre Forest is underlain by rocks belonging to a period of time known as the Carboniferous, approximately 310 million years ago. At this time the layout of the oceans and continents across the Earth was very different from today. England and Wales were part of the supercontinent of Pangaea just south of the equator. Most of the world’s land surface was then centred on the equator. The environment and landscape then differed greatly from that seen today. It was a dynamic mixture of tropical forests, swamps and sandy deltas fed by rivers that frequently flooded. This dynamism is reflected in the variety of sedimentary rock types seen both in the Forest.

The Carboniferous swamp environment was probably similar to a modern day equatorial forest. The trees, however, were a mixture of primitive types, lacking the flowers of their modern counterparts. They were mostly fern-like or else giant predecessors of the present-day horsetails, which grew up to 10m tall. There were huge dragonflies with a 1.5m wingspan and amphibians like giant newts that were still dependent on water for breeding.

Explore the Geology and Landscape of the Wyre Forest

  • Section 4 of the Geopark Way also available as an App. The app has a map of the section overlain on an interactive geology map. Using GPS you get your position and a feed of data about the geology and other information as you walk. Other information’ includes photos of the walk with directional guidance, 3D cross-sections, and interpretations of past environments. Created by BrooksDesigns
  • Explore Geological Time and the Evolution of Life along the Geological Timeline at the Wyre Forest Discovery Centre
  • Visit the Callow Hill GeoChampions site. The quarry lies some 200m from the Wyre Forest Discovery Centre. The quarry consists of Carboniferous conglomerates, sandstones and siltstones together with exhibiting sedimentary features. There is an interpretation board on site and an information leaflet is available. Access is restricted. Please contact the Community Conservation Champions.


There’s lots on offer at the Wyre Forest, so you’re sure to find something to suit you and your family or group:

  • Extensive network of footpaths and bridleways
  • Waymarked trails, including the Geopark Way – Britains long distance geology themed walking trail
  • Permanent orienteering course
  • Cyle Family trail, Blue Trail and mountain biking. Route 45 cycle trail between Bridgnorth and Bewdley
  • Forest Cafe
  • Picnic areas
  • Playground
  • Toilets
  • Go Ape
  • Main carpark at Forest Cafe/Discovery Centre:
    • Car £3
    • Minibuses £4
    • Coaches £6
    • Horseboxes £4
  • Discovery Centre
    • A wide range of programmes for schools
    • A range of fun activities for children and families
    • Forest School
    • Interactive displays about the forest
    • Geological Timeline
    • Join a learning ranger-led forest sessions – every Wednesday during the summer holidays, either from 10.30 to 12.30 or 1.30 to 3.30. There will be a different forest themed activity each week. Phone 0300 067 4855 for more details


Opening times

Forest carpark: Opens at 7.30am every day and closes at dusk.


Forest Cafe  – Open daily, (except Christmas day) 10am to 5pm (or dusk in winter).


Go Apeopening times.

Wyre Forest Photo Gallery

Contact details

mouse www.forestry.gov.uk/wyreforest
phone-icon-vector-free-download 0300 067 4855
email-4096-black2 wyre.forest.discovery.centre@forestry.gsi.gov.uk