If you hadn’t thought of Worcestershire as a sure bet for your large group UK holidays, you have several surprises in store. Firstly, have a look at Pitmaston House, our beautiful town house within walking distance of Worcester city centre; luxury holiday accommodation for 12, with a swim spa and a wonderful outdoor dining pavilion, all set round with twinkly lights. It’s a great base for exploring this beautiful county, but it makes sense to start on your doorstep, and if you wander round Worcester you’ll find some absolute delights – not just the fantastic array of shops and plethora of places to eat, no no, there’s plenty more to see and do. Like the cathedral for starters – such a majestic edifice with incredible Victorian stained glass windows and of course, the royal tombs – King John (he signed the Magna Carta) and Prince Arthur (he married Catherine of Aragon before his brother Henry VIII did) are buried here. If that’s got you hooked on history your next stop should be the Tudor House Museum and then Greyfriar’s House & Garden.
One thing you should definitely do if you’re planning your holidays in Worcestershire is pack yourselves a big fat picnic and head off for a day spent roaming the glorious Malvern Hills; climb one of the summits, take in the views, go walking or cycling to your heart’s content, otherwise see this spectacular landscape on horseback, or on board a steam train as it pootles through the countryside. Take a morning or an afternoon to browse some of the pretty market towns - Malvern, Pershore and Tenbury Wells are equally charming, with quirky independent shops and cafes, and such a friendly air. Get off the beaten track, get your National Trust card out and go to the Brockhampton Estate; Other gems you should see are Broadway Tower and Great Witley Church, with its unusual Baroque interiors.
The kids will shriek with joy at the thought of a trip to the West Midland Safari Park; an unforgettable drive through experience, but as you’re on holiday, make sure you take your ease and find the time to enjoy a leisurely lunch in one of the inviting country inns you’re bound to stumble across, or scones and cream in a tea shop in one of Worcestershire’s honey stoned Cotswold villages.