Kidderminster, Worcestershire

Kidderminster in Worcestershire isn't the kind of place you'd earmark to visit, more somewhere you might stop by for a browse around if you're having a day out in the Wyre Forest, perhaps to pick up some bits and pieces for a picnic, that kind of thing. It's quite a big town, with three shopping centres, a retail park, and twice a week, an outdoor market, and on the more traditional side, no shortage of red brick Victorian architecture.

What Kidderminster is perhaps best known for is its carpet making, though not so much of that goes on here these days, and for the prominent town hall which has heard a few very big voices over the years, among them Winston Churchill, Stanley Baldwin, Emmeline Pankhurst and Ernest Shackleton. The River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal flow the town, and it's the starting (or finishing) point for the Severn Valley Railway - so there's something for you to do; jump on a lovely old fashioned steam train for a pootle through the countryside following the route of the River Severn. You could go and have a look around the Museum of Carpet too, or nearby are Bodenham Arboretum, Harvington Hall and the West Midland Safari Park. Now you're talking.

All information correct at the time of writing

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