Local Area Information
Exploring the Surrounding Areas
Enjoy walking, swimming, golfing or adventure? Fascination by history or enjoy sampling culinary sensations? The area surrounding Cropvale Farm is rich in activities, culture and experiences for those wishing to explore.
The charming village of Broadway nestles beneath the Worcestershire hills of the Cotswolds. Today, Broadway attracts visitors from across the world – all drawn to the beauty and attractions of this quintessential English village. Broadway is a lively and vibrant village with a superb range of unique
shops and designer boutiques, restaurants and hotels but is also steeped in history with its origins dating back to Roman times. Over the centuries it has made its mark in many different ways. In the 1600s it was a major stopping place for the stage coaches that travelled between Worcester and
London – with the world-renowned Lygon Arms remaining popular with travellers and visitors.
Snowshill village sits on the top of the escarpment above the villages of Broadway, Buckland, and Laverton. It is a secluded village where ancient pretty cottages and a 19th century church cluster around a small green. As its name implies – if there is any snow about then you will find it here first!
Even if you don’t climb the Tower you will have some spectacular views. Up to 14 Counties can be seen from the top (there is a very narrow and winding staircase to climb). There is some great walking and a cafe. Bike hire available from here too.
Pershore is an unspoiled, picturesque Market Town, famed for its elegant Georgian architecture and magnificent Abbey. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and picturesque villages and is a haven for cyclists and ramblers. Pershore has many specialist shops, an undercover market and welcoming pubs and restaurants. It also has its own Number 8 Community Arts Centre with an exciting programme of events.
Many of the buildings along Bridge Street and Broad Street are listed. Poets such as John Betjeman have been inspired by Pershore’s beauty and its old-world charm is sure to entice you back time and time again.
The Belle House restaurant is housed in the former fire station and is now a wonderful ‘foodie’ restaurant providing a relaxed atmosphere with friendly staff and great food. We also recomend the Pickled Plum and Whistlers.
Evesham is situated on the river with great riverside walks and some good restaurants. For the more active, the Leisure Centre on Davies Road provides a swimming pool, squash and badminton courts and a fully equipped gymnasium. Fishing permits are available to fish from the riverside meadows and fishing for the disabled is reserved from the Workman Gardens. Within the immediate area of the town there are excellent golfing facilities open to visitors.
During the summer months, various festivals happen around Evesham including the Hot Air Balloon Festival & the Medieval Festival in June and the famous River Festival in July.
The Regal Cinema is a lovingly restored art deco cinema in Evesham which provides a great venue for watching both film and large sporting fixtures. They have dedicated family viewing times and a selection of food and drinks (including a Designer Gin menu!) delivered directly to your table throughout the showing.
If you appreciate fine dining there is a plethora of restaurants to choose from locally, many boasting Michelin stars and similar ‘foodie’ accolades. Amongst our favourites include The Fleece Inn and Inn & Brasserie at Childswickham.
Snowshill is a Cotswold manor set in hillside gardens housing Charles Wade’s collection of ‘colour, craftsmanship and design’. Be amazed by a spectacular collection of more than 22,000 objects from across the world and enjoy the fascinating story of the eccentric collector, Charles Paget Wade. Gain the opportunity to relax in peaceful hillside gardens designed as a series of rooms and run on organic principles and enjoy a delicious home-cooked lunch or one of the legendary cream teas. You can also enjoy a browse in the shop before you leave.
Crome Park boasts a magnificent landscape park restored to its former glory. Renowned to be ‘Capability’ Brown’s first complete landscape park, it has a lakeside garden with islands, bridges and a grotto.
the park also features wonderful Robert Adam buildings, such as the Temple Greenhouse and the Park Sea. There are miles of walks through lakeland gardens, shrubbery and open parkland. Restored 1940s RAF buildings house new visitor facilities.
Stratford Upon Avon
The birthplace of William Shakespeare, England’s greatest poet and playwright, Stratford Upon Avon is still an important market town in Warwickshire. Many of the original houses from Shakespeare’s time are still in excellent condition, being preserved by the Shakespeare organisation.
These fine old buildings, the characteristically wide streets and the tranquil flowing River Avon still make Stratford Upon Avon a delight to visit.
Worcester Cathedral is a magnificent sight as it rises majestically above the River Severn. Worcester has been the seat of a bishopric since the Seventh Century, and the Cathedral was served by monks until the Reformation. St Oswald and St Wulfstan were among the bishops. Since the Eighteenth
Century, the Cathedral has been famous for its part in the annual Three Choirs Festival, the oldest choral festival in existence. Today the Cathedral is the centre of a vibrant community of clergy and laypeople, offering the praises of God each day, serving the city and diocese of Worcester, and
attracting visitors from all over the world.
The Malvern Hills
An Area Of Outstanding Natural Beauty it is famed for its dramatic hills and for the pure spring water that flows from them but the AONB offers so much more besides. A rich cultural heritage of forts, castles and priories stands proudly from this landscape of ancient woodland, rolling pastures and wild, open commons. The area is home to a wide variety of wildlife and the very geology that underpins the AONB is of international importance. The Malvern Hills AONB was designated in 1959 and is one of a family of 40 AONBs in England and Wales.
Hanbury Hall is an early 18th-century country house, garden and park. It is a William and Mary-style house with magnificent staircase and ceiling murals. Recreated early 18th-century formal gardens with a working Mushroom House, Orangery and Wilderness. 395 acres of spectacular park, including recreated early 18th-century features: Lime Tree Walk, The Long Walk and the Semicircle.
Fascinating Long Gallery exhibition about the Hall’s past and present existence. Play a game of bowls on the restored Bowling Green.
Hidcote Manor Garden
Hidcote Manor Garden is a celebrated 20th-century garden in the beautiful north Cotswolds. One of England’s greatest gardens, it is an arts & crafts masterpiece. It has a series of outdoor rooms each with its own unique character along with old roses, unusual plants and trees from around the world. Nestled in the Cotswolds with stunning panoramas across the Vale of Evesham you can enjoy a game of tennis or croquet here.
Warwick Castle’s history stretches back almost 1,100 years. In 914AD Ethelfleda, daughter of Alfred the Great, ordered the building of a ‘burh’ or an earthen rampart to protect the small hill top settlement of Warwick from Danish invaders.
Do you dare enter The Castle Dungeon after dark? Deep in the heart of the Central Courtyard lies the Castle Dungeon where the plague is taking no prisoners. Prepare to experience the darkest, bloodiest and most frightening times in Warwick Castle’s history.
The Castle Dungeon will provide the ultimate evening of scarily good entertainment complemented by plenty food and wine, if you still have the stomach for it! Private tours, drinks receptions and evening dinners are all great ways to experience Warwick Castle’s newest attraction. Stay close
together and beware, things get more sinister after dark!