Local Attractions

  Arley Arboretum
Opened to the public in 2002 the Arboretum provides the opportunity to enjoy some of the finest specimen trees in Great Britain alongside many rhododendrons, azaleas, magnolias and camellias.
Website: Arley Arboretum
Tel: 01299 861368
     
  Bewdley Museum
Clay pipe making and rope making demonstrations form a major part of the attraction of this museum. The museum depicts the lives and working crafts of the area through the ages. Exhibitions and events throughout the season.
Website: Bewdley Museum
Tel: 01299 403573
     
  Bodenham Arboretum
With over 2700 varieties of ornamental and rare trees and flowers, attractive walks set around lakes, pools, shaded dells and glades, tree trails and a magnificent Laburnum tunnel visitors cannot fail to enjoy the experience of Bodenham!
Website: Bodenham Arboretum
Tel: 01562 852444
     
 

The Black Country Living Museum
Discover a fascinating world when you visit this urban heritage park in the shadow of Dudley Castle at the heart of the Black Country. Historic buildings from all around the Black Country have been moved and authentically rebuilt at the Museum, to create a tribute to the traditional skills and enterprise of the people that once lived in the heart of industrial Britain.
Website: Black Country Museum

     
 

Dudley Zoo and Castle

Website: Dudley Zoo and Castle

     
 

Hartlebury Castle & Museum
Hartlebury Castle,has been home to the Bishops of Worcester for over a thousand years. In the former servants' quarters of the North Wing a wide range of permanent exhibitions show the past lives of the county's inhabitants, from Roman times to the twentieth century.
Website: Hartlebury Castle & Museum
Tel: 01299 250416

     
  Harvington Hall
3 miles SE of Kidderminster, this Elizabethan moated manor house contains many rare wall paintings and the best series of secret hiding places in the country, Themed events, concerts and open-air theatre throughout the year.
Website: Harvington Hall
Tel: 01562 777846
     
 

Merry Hill Shopping Centre
Brierley Hill
West Midlands, DY5 1QX
01384 487 900

Website: Merry Hill

     
  Severn Valley Railway 
This beautifully restored railway offers a 16mile journey through the glorious countryside of the Severn valley. Special events throughout the year.
Website: Severn Valley Railway
Tel: 01299 403816
     
  Shatterford Lakes Fishery
on the A442 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth Road.
Website: Shatterford Lakes Fishery
Tel: 01299 861597
     
  Stone House Cottage Gardens
2 miles SE of Kidderminster on the A448,. Delightful walled gardens with seven unique towers contain over 3000 plants including many unusual shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants.
Website: Stone House Cottage Gardens
Tel: 01562 69902
     
  Stourport Steamer Co. 
40 minute trips every Sunday from March to September and every day during school holidays, with full day trips to Worcester on Wednesdays during August.
Website: Stourport Steamer Co.
Tel: 01299 871177
     
  Warwick Castle
Britain's Greatest Mediaeval Experience
website: Warwick Castle
     
  West Midland Safari & Leisure Park
On the A456 between Kidderminster and Bewdley. Drive around 4 mile safari with over 40 rare and exotic species including the white tiger ridge. Visit the Hippo Lakes, Sealion Theatre, Twilight cave, Animal encounters and Reptile House.
Website: West Midlands Safari & Leisure Park
Tel: 01299 402114
     
  Wyre Forest Visitor Centre
A456 2 miles west of Bewdley. One of the largest surviving areas of semi-natural woodland in Great Britain. Visitors can enjoy three way-marked trails including one all ability trail and two off-road family cycling routes. Lively programme of events produced annually.
Website: Wyre Forest Visitor Centre
Tel: 01299 266944


Towns to visit

  Ironbridge
Once described as “the most extraordinary district in the world”, today the Gorge is home to 10 amazing museums that pay tribute to what happened in this great valley almost 300 years ago. This area is complemented by many restaurants, shops and guesthouses all nestled around the world famous Iron Bridge.
Website: http://www.visitironbridge.co.uk/ & http://www.ironbridge.org.uk/
     
  Bridgnorth
"One of the most spectacular inland town settings in England"
The town is divided in two - a high town and low town. There are caves, a castle, a cliff railway, a civil war and catastrophes that all had a bearing on the town you see today.
Website: Bridgnorth
     
 

Worcester
In the centre of England, at the heart of one of the most beautiful parts of the country is the city of Worcester. Surrounded by glorious landscapes and charming, historic towns and villages, the city has a rich history of culture, architecture and events of international importance.
Website: Worcester

     
  Stratford-upon-Avon
Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of William Shakespeare, steeped in culture and history. Set in the beautiful rural Warwickshire countryside, on the banks of the river Avon, it is one of the most important tourist destinations in the UK.
website: Stratford-upon-Avon
     
  Warwick
Visiting Warwick is a friendly and a memorable experience with something for all ages. Easily accessible by car, bus, train, cycling or on foot it is set amidst historic buildings and numerous attractions. Warwick has an ever-growing reputation for the variety of its cafes, restaurants and other eateries. The Market Square plays host to numerous events throughout the year and is the home of the Charter Market.
Website: Warwick


Activities

Fishing:  

Clay Farm Fishery, Clows Top, nr Bewdley.
DY14 9NN. Tel. 01299 832421.
Website: www.clayfarmpartnership.com
Coarse fishing – 3 well stocked pools (2 carp and 1 silverfish pool). Contests welcome. Contact Ella for contest bookings on above number. Toilets.

Furnace Mill Fishery, Wyre Forest,
Nr Kidderminster. DY14 8NR.
Tel. 01299 266777 or 07860 570080.
E-mail: info@furnacemill.net
Website: www.furnacemill.net
4 well stocked coarse pools. Day tickets available.
Open and club matches welcome. Car park. Toilets.
Catering at weekends. Open 7 days a week, 7.30am to
dusk. Contact Ed or Jane Brown.

Haye Farm Pools, Ribbesford, Bewdley.
DY12 2TP. Tel. 01299 403371.
E-mail: stuart.hfarm@virgin.net
2 pools. Open 7 days, dawn to dusk. Coarse fishing.
Day tickets on the bank. Club matches welcome.
Contact Mr. Norgrove.

Severn Sports & Leisure, Larford Lake, Larford, Nr Stourport on Severn, DY13 0SQ.
Tel. 01299 829373 or Fishery mobile 07774 703067.
Website: www.larfordlakes.co.uk
Coarse fishing in 3 lakes (250 pegs) or in River Severn
(80 pegs). Day tickets available from Fishing Lodge.
Lake Fishing - £7 per rod. River Fishing - £4 per rod.
Open 7 days dawn to dusk. Toilets (including facilities for the disabled) & refreshment facilities in cafe. Hot & cold food available. Secure car parking.

Shatterford Lakes Fishery, Bridgnorth Road (A442) nr. Kidderminster. DY12 1TW.
Tel. 01299 861597.
E-mail: info@shatterford.com
Website: www.shatterford.com
5 lakes – 4 coarse and one fly (trout). Some with easy access for wheelchair users. Open 7 days a week from 1st February to 1st Dec. 8am- 8pm (dusk in winter). Day & overnight fishing accepted. Toilets, snack facilities and on-site parking.

Sion Farm Fisheries, Hill Pool Chaddesley Corbett. DY10 4PF. Tel. 01562 730386
2 lakes 75 pegs. Coarse fishing £5 day ticket.
£3 concession. Contact: Mr Robert Stephens.

Snuffmill Pools, Heightington Road,Bewdley. DY12 2TU.
Tickets available at poolside or via Agent S R Lewis.

Underhill Farm Fisheries, Underhill Farm,
Shatterford, nr Bewdley. DY12 1TH.
Tel. 01299 861833/285 or 07986 401166
E-mail: underhill.farm@virgin.net
Coarse fishing 2 lakes. Day tickets. Can be hired for club matches. Secure parking next to pools. Open 7 days, dawn to dusk.

Wellfield Pools, Little Meaton Farm, Kinlet,
nr. Bewdley. DY12 3DF.
Tel. 01299 841264 or 07910 378283
Open each day dawn to dusk. 7 pools (150 pegs). Matches up to 40 pegs. Adults £5; OAP £3.50; Child £2.50. Car park and toilets.

Wilden Pool Fishery, Wilden Lane,
Stourport-on-Severn.
Tel. Mobile 07973 167820
Email: alan@wildenpool.co.uk
Website: www.wildenpool.co.uk
1 pool with 70 pegs (20 pegs on the island). Coarse fishing. Open daily 8am to 7pm. Match days 7.30am to 7.30pm. £5 for adults, £4 OAP’s and children.

Willow Marsh Fishery, Curslow Lane, Shenstone,
Nr. Kidderminster. DY10 4DX.
Tel. 01562 777406.
3 well stocked coarse pools (120 pegs). Club matches welcome. Car Park. Toilet. Open daily. 7am to 7pm.
Pleasure fishing weekdays £5, weekends £6.
Additional rods £3. All contests £6. Contact: Michael Talbot.

     
Golf:  

Bewdley Pines Golf Club
Habberley Road, Bewdley, DY12 1LY.
Tel. 01299 404744. Secretary: Carol Hobday.
Undulating parkland course with picturesque woodland
views. 18 holes. 5724yds.
Green Fees: Weekdays - £20. Weekends - £25.
Visitor Policy: Welcome at all times. Standard dress code.
Catering: Full facilities available.

Churchhill & Blakedown Golf Club
Churchill Lane, Blakedown, nr. Kidderminster, DY103NB.
Tel. 01562 700018. Secretary: P. Bailey
E: cbgolfclub@tiscali.co.uk
Golf Shop: 01562 700454.
Undulating parkland course. 9 holes. 6488yds.
Green Fees: Weekdays - £25. With a member - £12.
Weekends and bank holidays - £20 with a member only.
Visitor Policy: Welcome weekdays, weekends with
member only. Handicap certificate required.
Catering: Snacks and full meals Tues-Sunday.

Habberley Golf Club
Habberley, Kidderminster, DY11 5RF.
Tel. 01562 745756. Secretary: Mr D McDermot.
Mobile: 07970 134463.
E: info@habberleygolfclub.co.uk
W: www.habberleygolfclub.co.uk
Undulating parkland course with magnificent panoramicviews. 9 holes/18Tees. 5401yds.
Green Fees: Weekdays - £15 or £8 after 4pm.
Visitor Policy: Welcome at all times.
Catering: Bar and Dining Room available.

Kidderminster Golf Club
Russell Road, Kidderminster, DY10 3HT.
Tel. 01562 822303. Secretary: Malcolm Pritchard.
E: info@thekidderminstergolfclub.com
W: www.thekidderminstergolfclub.com
Wooded parkland course. 18 holes. 6422yds.
Practice ground.
Green Fees: £35 per day or per round, weekdays only. £15 with member.
Visitor Policy: Welcome weekdays with handicap cert.
Catering: Bar and restaurant available.

Little Lakes Golf Club
Lye Head, Bewdley, DY12 2UZ.
Tel. 01299 266385. Secretary: Mrs J Dean.
E: info@littlelakes.co.uk
W: www.littlelakes.co.uk
Undulating parkland course well acclaimed for its natural features and wildlife.18 holes. 6278yds.
Practice ground & buggy hire available.
Green Fees: Weekdays - £23, weekends - £28.
Visitor Policy: Welcome most days by prior arrangement.
Catering: Bars, restaurant and café.

Wharton Park Golf Club
Long Bank, Bewdley, DY12 2QW.
Tel. 01299 405163. Professional: Angus Hoare.
E: enquiries@whartonpark.co.uk
W: www.whartonpark.co.uk
Championship 18 hole course set in 200 acres.
Buggy hire, driving range & practice areas available.
Green Fees: Contact for Summer & Winter special offers.
Visitor Policy: Welcome. Please contact for tee times.
Golf Tuition: From Advanced PGA Professional.
Booking essential.
Catering: Bar snacks, Greens Restaurant & catering for up to 120 people.

Wyre Forest Golf Centre
Zortech Avenue, Kidderminster, DY11 7EX.
Tel. 01299 822682. General Manager: Chris Botterill.
Flat inland links type course. 18 holes. 5800yds.
Driving range & buggy hire available.
Green Fees: Weekdays - £16.25, weekends - £21.50.
Visitor Policy: Welcome on a ‘pay and play’ basis 7 days a week which can be booked in advance.
Catering: Bar and Restaurant facilities available daily.

Golf Driving Range
Oldington Golf Range, Zortek Avenue, Kidderminster,
DY11 7EX. Tel. 01562 861841
Floodlit driving range and putting green.
Open: Daily all year.
Monday to Thursday, 9.30am – 9.30pm.
Friday, 9.30am – 8pm.
Saturday & Sunday, 9.30am – 5.30pm.
Price: £2.50 - £4 per basket.
Neighbouring Courses

Cleobury Mortimer Golf Club
Wyre Common, Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire, DY14
8HQ. Tel. 01299 271112. Manager: Graham Pain.
E: pro@cleoburygolfclub.com
W: www.cleoburygolfclub.com
Undulating parkland course. 27 holes (3 x 9 hole loops – approx 3000yds each)
Green Fees: Weekdays - £24, weekends - £32.
Check the website for special offers.
Visitor Policy: Welcome at all times.
Catering Facilities: Full facilities available.

Ombersley Golf Club
Bishopswood Road, Ombersley, Droitwich,
WR9 0LE. Tel. 01905 620747.
General Manager: Graham Glenister.
E: g.glenister@ombersleygolfclub.co.uk
W: www.ombersleygolfclub.co.uk.
Open parkland course. 18 holes. 6139yds.
Green Fees: £29.10 (Peak). £20.50 (Off-peak). Senior & Junior discount rates apply at specified times.
Visitor Policy: Welcome regardless of handicap.
Booking available up to one week in advance.
Golf Tuition: Individual - £20.50 to £30 per ½ hour.
Ladies, juniors & gentlemen welcome. Groups negotiable. Booking essential.

     
Riding:  

The Wyre Forest area has much to offer the horse rider. Rides through peaceful countryside, along forest tracks, bridleways and over open common land are all within easy reach.

Riding schools in the area offer extensive riding activities. Trekking and hacking are available at most of the establishments. For further details please contact the relevant riding school.

Bridleways within the Wyre Forest are well marked but they are not numerous. If riders wish to use other permitted paths in the forest it is necessary to obtain a permit. Day passes cost £5 per rider and are available from the Wyre Forest Visitor Centre (Tel. 01299 266944). Forestry riding permits give riders access to all the Forestry Commission forests in the West Midlands Region for longer periods, of 6 or 12 months, and are available from the Toll Rides (Off-Road) Trust (TROT), who manage the permit scheme on their behalf. If you would like further details and/or an application form, call TROT on: 01622 735599.

RIDING SCHOOLS
Essential riding equipment is available at all of the establishments listed. Advance booking at all of the schools is advisable.

Alton Piece
Dark Lane, Bliss Gate, Nr Bewdley.
DY14 9YN. Tel. 07799 761932
Small groups. Private lessons. Contact Adele Thomas, BHS Qualified Instructor.

Country Treks
The Old Vicarage Centre, Stottesdon,
Nr. Cleobury Mortimer. DY14 8UH.
Tel. 01746 718436.
E: enquiries@horsetreks.co.uk
W: www.horsetreks.co.uk
Trail rides, Pub rides, residential Pony Camps and tailor made riding holidays.
BHS & Pony Club approved.

Hartlebury Equestrian Centre
Waresley Manor Stables, Manor Lane, Hartlebury. DY11 7XN. Tel. 01299 250710.
ABRS Approved.

Lea Castle Equestrian Centre
Wolverley Road, Wolverley, Nr.Kidderminster. DY10 3QB.
Tel. 01562 850088.
E: alfrednewby@yahoo.co.uk
W: www.leacastleequestriancentre.co.uk
Lessons & escorted Hacks for all ages & abilities. ABRS & Pony Club approved

Stourport Riding Centre
Upper Poollands Farm, Hartlebury Road,
Stourport on Severn. DY13 9JD
Tel. 01299 251125
ABRS Approved.



Further information

All information has been obtained from the Wyre Forest District Council's web site. For complete, upto date information please visit their web site

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