May Bank Holiday Exploring in Central England
There's so much to love about camping holidays in Central England. For starters, it's easy to reach. The Midlands is home to a superb road and transportation network that paves the way for stress-free days out. Of course, less time travelling means more time enjoying your holiday - and here in Central England, there's a never-ending list of fantastic things to see and do.
From river cruises and historic towns to exhibitions, walking trails and informative talks, you'll never find yourself at a loose end this May Bank Holiday Weekend. In fact, you may be hard pressed to fit everything in!
To help you plan your break, take a look at this four-day itinerary for ideas and inspiration. Some of these activities are only accessible on specific days, whilst others are open all weekend. Best of all, these attractions are all within a short drive of our Blackmore and Clent Hills Club Sites, bringing some of Central England's best attractions right onto your doorstep.
Day 1 - Friday
Start your weekend by heading into historic Worcester, home to a magnificent spired cathedral featuring Royal Tombs, Medieval cloisters, an ancient crypt and Victorian stained glass. Take a cruise on the river, learn about The Battle of Worcester - the final battle of the English Civil War - and wander along Friar Street with its quaint medieval townhouses and 16th century Tudor House.
Whilst in Worcester, pay a visit to the City Art Gallery & Museum's 'Enquiring Minds' Exhibition. Open daily from 10:30 - 16:30, it features a collection of special items telling the story of Worcester during the mid-19th century, ranging from seemingly impossible engineering feats to wildlife explorations of the day.
Day 2 - Saturday
On the doorstep of Blackmore Club Site and around 45 minutes' drive from Clent Hills is Great Malvern, a pretty spa town nestled in the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Spend an afternoon enjoying its chocolate box appeal and magnificent surroundings, including its spectacular 11th century Priory Church and medieval Abbey Gateway, home to the fascinating Malvern Museum.
During the evening, Malvern Priory plays host to 'Fight and Flight' - a musical journey played by The Film Orchestra charting fantasy and adventure from the Silver Screen. Enjoy a memorable evening of rousing musical scores from cinematic blockbusters and popular television series in Malvern's historic and truly atmospheric Priory.
Day 3 - Sunday
Nothing celebrates the Spring awakening like an early morning 'Dawn Chorus Walk' through glorious gardens, listening to cheery chirruping birdsong. Arrive at Hanbury Hall and Gardens for 6am and join RSPB expert Garth Lowe for an educational stroll around Hanbury's stunning garden. Price includes cooked breakfast (booking essential).
After a hearty breakfast at Hanbury Hall, drive to Clent Hills and continue your Spring walk amongst majestic scenery and rolling hills. Enjoy a wonderful five-mile wander through the woods along the Bluebell Walk with a National Trust guide between 10am - 1pm, and later reward your tired limbs with lunch at the cafe. Nimmings Wood Car Park is the meeting point, which is just 1 ½ miles from our Clent Hills Club Site.
Day 4 - Bank Holiday Monday
Make the most of your Bank Holiday Monday by rising early and setting off to Worcester's Bank Holiday Market (open 10am - 4pm). Around 20 minutes' drive from Blackmore and 40 minutes from Clent Hills, the Market is held near the river bank and features a range of fresh produce and street food. Start the day with a sizzling sausage bap and stock up on tasty local produce.
For those who like it hot, head to Eastnor Castle for its annual May Bank Holiday Chilli Festival (pre-booking advised). In addition to all things spice, enjoy live music, stalls, bars, tasty food, a Chilli Eating Competition and cookery demonstrations. Cool off with a relaxing wander around the beautiful castle grounds and explore its spectacular arboretum, lake and walking trails.
If you have time left, head to the village of Hanley Swan, just one mile from Blackmore, to visit its impressive 17 Open Gardens. On display from noon until 5pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday, it's a delightful way to pass the afternoon. If you don't have time to see all the gardens on Monday, pop in to buy your ticket on Saturday 29th or Sunday 30th and visit at any time over the weekend.
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