Bewdley is a lovely Georgian Town that sits on the river Severn, is the gateway to the beautiful Wyre Forest and is a great place to start a picturesque train journey on the Steam Valley railway.
Bewdley is described as one of the most perfect small Georgian towns in Worcestershire. There lots to do in Bewdley, including lovely river walks, and visiting, churches, beautiful gardens, and over 20 pubs! The town has major events running throughout the year, ranging from Spring and Harvest Fairs, Regattas and the annual Bewdley Festival. In addition to enjoying the town, you can visit Bewdley Museum, West Midlands Safari Park and of course the fabulous Severn Vally Railway at Bewdley Station.
See more information on this Georgian town website
Bewdley Museum is where a number of resident craftspeople specialize in a wide variety of crafts. Explore the town’s fascinating history and discover the vibrant past of this historic trading post that was home to a Royal Palace and the birthplace of a Prime Minister. There is an underground World War II air raid shelter where you can recreate a 1940’s experience. You will see the old town Jail, built in 1802, which was used for over 130 years but now houses old police equipment, and stories of crimes and punishment in the 19th Century. Relax in the walled Herb Garden, visit the working watermill and bee garden and visit the Brass Foundry where Christopher Bancks who came to Bewdley in 1697 became one of the country’s most famous brass founders and pewterers.
West Midlands Safari Park
Just 1.5 miles from Bewdley town centre, the West Midland Safari Park has a host of activities, shows, and events that run throughout the year to ensure there is something to suit everyone. The latest addition is the UK’s largest animatronic Dinosaur attraction that will transport you back in time with the story of the Dinosaurs unfolding over millions of years.
There is a Safari Drive Through where you come face to face with some of the fastest, tallest and cutest animals around. The 4-mile drive-through Safari offers close encounters you will never forget. The AFRICAN PLAINS is home to a herd of southern white rhino’s, the elegant giraffe, the well-known stripes of a zebra, prized Ankole cattle, Congo buffalo, ellipsen waterbuck, swamp-loving red lechwe, ostrich and the eland, largest of all antelope species.
There is also an Adventure and Tiny Tots Theme Parks open daily during the summer season. There are 28 rides and attractions to suit the whole family. Plummet 30m back to earth on Venom Tower Drop, get totally soaked on the Wild River Rafting or Zambezi Water Splash or jump aboard the galloping zebras on the Congo Carousel ride.
For more information www.wmsp.co.uk
The Severn Valley Railway
The Severn Valley Railway is 16 miles of railway, hauling mostly steam trains which operate between Bewdley and Kidderminster, and runs along the beautiful Severn Valley. ‘The Engine House’ Visitor Centre is located half way along the line at Highley. You’ll see the reserve collection of steam locomotives on display including an exhibition that charts the history of the Severn Valley line.
For general inquiries www.svr.co.uk – Visitor Services, The Railway Station, Bewdley, Worcestershire, DY12 1BG. Tel: 01299 403816
Arley Arboretum & Gardens
Arley Arboretum offers something for all age to enjoy, from the magnificent signposted walks to the wonderful sound of the Severn Valley trains steaming across the hill. Visit the Italian garden with its lovely fountain and youngsters will enjoy the Maze and the Dinosaur and Fairy Trails.
Arley Arboretum is tucked away amidst beautiful countryside on the banks of the River Severn. You can actually get to the Arboretum from the Severn Valley Railway, which is just a 10-minute walk from the station, crossing over a picturesque footbridge. There is also a shortcut through the Church grounds and walk to the Arboretum main entrance.
For more information: www.arleyarboretum.co.uk – Upper Arley, Near Bewdley, Worcestershire. DY12 1SQ
Orchard Side Bed and Breakfast is a great base for your visit to Worcestershire. The B&B resides in the beautiful village of Hanley Swan just 5 miles from the glorious Malvern Hills and 20 miles from Bewdley, which makes it a great day out with plenty to do and see.
Visit Orchard Side Bed and Breakfast blog to read more about visiting Worcestershire and the surrounding area.