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Local Area & What's On

The beautiful rural counties of Worcestershire and Herefordshire have so much to offer. Take a look and see what you can do in the local area so you can plan a great day trip. If you would like some suggestions please contact us for a personalised itinerary or we can help plot some local walks on an OS map or follow our directions of local walks found in the Guest Information Book.  

Hop Pickers Highlights taken from our Guest review book include the following:

Walking the Malvern Hills AONB (and its Free!) - Walk from your doorstep in just 2 hours with only 1 main road to cross, 6 miles. Download the free walking app here

Visit the Morgan factory – a 2 hour tour which is a must for any motoring enthusiast.  

Elgars Birthplace – just 10 mins down the road, now taken over by The National Trust 

Malvern Theatres –   There are some fantastic plays on throughout the year many of which come to Malvern before being released in the West End. Box Office: 01684 892277

Worcester Cathedral – another Free activity and well worth climbing the Tower for the amazing view across Worcester. Towards Powick and the start of Cromwells Battle.  Three Choirs Festival every 3 years books up really quickly.

If you are in to all things Organic and Eco The Fold at Bransford holds some fantastic workshops, monthly Farmers markets, has a great café and unique shops to visit and holds a number of Festivals throughout the year.

National Trust and English Heritage – Brockhampton Court, Croome and Great Witley and less than 2 miles away Leigh Court Barn, the largest cruck barn in Europe just a few of the many properties within easy reach of Hop Pickers.

We love outdoor activities which I list below but some of the highlights are Go Karting, Severn Valley Railway, Golf – serious or pitch and putt, West Midlands Safari Park and of course the cricket and rugby in Worcester.

AND if you would like to be pampered the Zest award winning Spa ‘The Malvern ‘is just 15 minutes away or better still book our preferred mobile holistic therapist to visit you personally at Hop Pickers - Pure Thyme - Julia Haywood on 07964176747

Malvern Hills
Elgar Museum
Worcester Cathedral

Three Counties Showground

  • COUNTRYTASTIC 14 April 2022
  • RHS Spring Festival 5-8 May 2022
  • Summer Classics Car and Bike Festival 4 June 2022
  • Royal Three Counties Show 17-19 June 2022
  • Proms Spectacular 27 August 2022
  • ALL EVENTS SUBJECT TO COVID RESTRICTIONS

For more information and to purchase tickets check out their website - Three Counties Showground

Horse Racing

  • The festival at Cheltenham 16-18 March 2022 with the Gold Cup on the 4th day
  • Worcester, Hereford and Ludlow - Some great racing throughout the Season

Cheltenham Racecourse

Upton Upon Severn Festivals

2022 Dates

Upton Folk Festival - Fri 29th Apr - Mon 2nd May 

Upton Jazz Festival - Sat 25th - Sun 26th June

Upton Blues Festival - Fri 15th Jul - Sun 17th Jul

Upton Sunshine Festival - Thurs 25th - Mon 29th Aug

Set in the beautiful Worcestershire riverside town of Upton upon Severn these weekends provide fun, good company and great music

Malvern Hills

Visit The Malverns - A Breath of Fresh Air - Amazing Views, Stunning Scenery, Incredible Walks, Family Fun, Heritage and Gardens, Historic Towns, Festivals and Events, Local Food and Drink

 

Recommended Local Events

  • Bromyard Gala 25-26 June 2022
  • Blues Festival at The Fold   Early July
  • Welland Steam Rally  29-31 July 2022
  • The Alfrick and Lulsley Show  Early Sept
  • Bromyard Hop Festival   Early Sept
  • Monthly Farmers Markets at The Fold, Bransford and The Talbot at Knightwick

National Trust

  • Croft Castle,Leominster
  • Croome Park Worcester
  • Greyfriars Worcester
  • Hanbury Hall
  • The Weir Hereford
  • Wichenford Dovecote
  • Lower Brockhampton,Bromyard

English Heritage

  • Leigh Court Barn
  • Witley Court and Gardens
  • Goodrich, Stokesay, Wigmore Castles

Sports

  • Fishing  There are plenty of local fisheries, Brockamin Fisheries is only a 5 minute walk.
  • Golf  The nearest is at  The Bank HouseBransford
  • Walking  31 mile Worcestershire Way
  • Shelsey Walsh Hill Climb
  • Worcester Rugby at Sixways
  • Horse riding – Guiness Park farm and Tipton Riding School
  • Rowing and river trips on The Severn
  • Shelsey Walsh Famous Hill climb
  • Canoeing River wye from Glasbury www.thecanoehire.co.uk
  • Bowling in Worcester 

Gardens and Garden Centres

  • Hampton Court Palace
  • Spetchley Park Gardens
  • Holloways Garden Centre and Café
  • Laylocks Garden Centre
  • Bransford Nurseries
  • Wyevale Garden Centre in Worcester

Local Food and Drink

  • The Talbot at Knightwick which hosts the award winning Farmers Market on the 2nd Sunday of every month
  • Bear and Ragged Staff, Bransford.  Guests receive a 10% voucher off food, tables must be reserved in advance
  • The Fox and Hounds at Lulsley. Guests recieve a 10% discount off mains, tables must be booked in advance
  • Live and Let Live, Bringsty Common and the Live and Let Live at Whitbourne
  • The Inn at Welland - Fabulous food and service with award winning chefs
  • Roots at Rushwick - Family run farm shop with fresh local produce
  • The Oak at Staplow - Alistair Sawday recommended pub, great steaks and service
  • The Terrace on The Hill, Malvern.  7 course tasting menus on Friday and Saturday nights
  • Anupam  Indian dining at it's best in the heart of Malvern

Hereford and Worcester have some excellent local Food and Drink specialities.

Cider, Beer, Wine visits to breweries and vineyards are plentiful.  The Chase distillery tour is highly recommended (plan not to drive if possible!)

Attractions

  • Morgan Motor Company Factory visits.  These are highly recommended and must be booked in advance
  • Severn Valley Railway
  • Royal Worcester Porcelain
  • Worcester Cathedral.  The climb to the top is well worth it, fabulous views 
  • Westons Cider Mill
  • Chase Distillary 
  • Cadbury World
  • Jinney Ring Craft Centre
  • Elgar Birthplace Museum.  Taken over by The National Trust in Autumn 2017
  • Ghost tours and walking tours of Worcester
  • Avoncroft museum

Entertainment

  • Royal Shakespeare Theatre Stratford on Avon
  • Swan Theatre, Worcester
  • Vue Cinema Worcester (Great VIP seats)
  • Worcester Races

Arts and Crafts

  • The Fold at Bransford
  • Hop Pocket Craft Centre
  • Blue Ginger Art and craft gallery
  • Bromyard Pottery
  • Farmers Markets
  • Jinney Ring Craft centre

Pampering/Spa

Enrich your stay effortlessly with a relaxing holistic treatment brought to you at Hop Pickers from mobile service Pure Thyme Holistic Therapies.

Contact Julia on 07964 176747

The Sanctuary at Holloways is a luxury hair and beauty salon in Suckley. Book online www.thesanctuarysuckley.co.uk or call 01886 358120

The Bank House Spa  Just 2 miles away offers many beauty treatments and spa facilities

The Malvern Spa is a luxury spa with hydrotherapy pool at the foot of the Malvern Hills. 

Guest Comments
“I stayed in the Barn last weekend with friends. It was a perfect location for a weekend break - a lovely, cosy and beautifully fitted out property. The location is stunning and we did one of the walks from the property which was suggested by the owners - they had helpfully left details of a number of local walks and other local suggestions. Loved the location too - lovely rural area but only about 15 mins from Malvern, which was a great place for a wander and dinner in the evening. I would highly recommend staying here and would happily return.”
Ms Heathcote - 11/03/2022 - Google
“Spent a lovely and relaxing weekend at Hop Pickers, Cabin. Louise was so friendly and helpful prior to and during our short stay. The cabin was clean and well furnished, the hot tub relaxing after long walks, lovey little welcome basket, lots to see an do around the area. A fantastic games room in the grounds which took us back to our childhoods! 10% of meals at the local friendly pub, the Bear at Rugged Staff. Highly recommend Hop Pickers and would advise longer than a 2 night break to really make the most of everything. Thank you Louise.”
Ms Dehal - 04/03/2022 - Google
“We came here for a birthday to get away from the noise and bustle of London. We chose the right place to do this - the cabin was very clean, warm, and welcoming. The hot tub was amazing even in the cold weather it was really nice and warm. You get a sense of serenity and calm as soon as you arrive till the moment you leave, and the area also had great walks. It's a really good "base of operations" if you're into walking... not very far from the Malvern hills. And our hosts were so accommodating and friendly - I would definitely recommend this place.”
Mr Aning, Essex - 07/03/2022 - UpFront Reviews
“Booked for a girlie weekend, was perfect for what we wanted. Hot tub and log fire made for a cosy stay. Even went for a muddy walk with the dog! Easy to find, easy to book, lovely welcome.”
Miss Watson, Worcester - 11/01/2022 - UpFront Reviews
“Excellent place to wake up on a frosty morning, Clean, tidy, warm, well looked after, will definitely be rebooking...”
Mr Brindley, Leicester. Jan 2022
“Every single detail thought of, bath robes, welcome pack, just absolutely perfect. Beautiful setting, not overlooked at all. Loved it so much that we added an extra night to our stay with no trouble or hassle - will definitely be back in the new year. Thank you :)”
Mr Smith, Kent - 17/12/2021 - UpFront Reviews
“Beautiful, well equipped cabin in serene surroundings. Felt private and quiet and perfect for a little break. Hot tub was a nice bonus too. Kitchen is full of all the tools to make a meal, and the cabin felt spacious. Wood fire is easy to use and plenty of instructions. The grounds are beautiful to take a walk around. Good location to do things and have a day out. Host was very easy to contact and helpful. Be sure to look at the sky if it's a clear night, we saw a shooting star!”
Mrs Patel, Birmingham - UpFront Reviews - 25/10/2021
“We had Lovely stay at the hideaway , stunning views and such a peaceful place .we were well looked after and Dog friendly with walks from site . Thankyou for an amazing staycation”
Sofi Russell - Oct 2021 - Google
“Barn was fantastic, home from home, relaxful and peaceful. Lovely walks with the dogs. Games room was great, loads of laughs playing ping pong, darts, billiards, pinball plus you've got board games galore. Recommend to everyone, shall be certainly booking again. Thank you all at the Hop Pickers Barn”
Susan Bradely - October 2021 - Google
“Excellent accommodation and host. ideally located for the Malvern Hills and surrounding country side. Would definitely recommend the Hoppickers Barn.”
Mrs Heath, Leicestershire - 03/09/2021 - UpFront Reviews
“I stayed in the bell tent with my daughter, which was luxuriously furnished and included our own private kitchen in a horse trailer, covered table outside and fire pit, with firewood provided. We also had the use of the kitchen in the games room, a full-sized fridge and a shower. The owners pay meticulous attention to detail, providing everything you could possibly need, and are very generous with the free mik, bread, eggs and even marshmallows. The outdoor swimming pool is lovely and the horses are friendly. A great site and location near Malvern and Worcester.”
Sarah Hurst - September 2021 - Google
“We spent a lovely five days with our children and dogs at Hoppickers. Whilst the weather wasn't quite as warm as we'd hoped (for late August!) it didn't dampen our spirits and there was still plenty to do. The children loved the tennis courts, games room and hot tub...and they liked seeing all the animals. I'd definitely recommend it if you're looking for somewhere to totally relax!”
Ms Wootton, Surrey - 01/09/2021 - UpFront Reviews
“Set in beautiful countryside near Malvern, Hoppickers is ideal for family groups particularly if you book the Cabin and Barn together. The properties are great but so are the swimming pool and games room. Unusually for outdoor pools, the pool is heated to a comfortable temperature around 25 degrees and we liked having exclusive swimming slots. Each day we looked at the times available and it was easy to plan around them. The horses and hens were fun to watch. Both Cabin and Barn are well equipped and each has a bbq. We enjoyed the peaceful nights and seeing the stars without the usual light pollution we get near cities. The shepherd's hut and Luxury tent would be good for couples and the properties are all positioned away from each other so there is privacy.”
Mrs Fenwick, Birmingham - 22/08/2021 - UpFront Reviews
“An amazing weekend break in the Hideaway Shepherds Hut. The perfect place to unwind and switch off, idilic location topped off with the hot tub looking out over the beautiful scenery. Louise the host was very helpful and made our break extra special. We will definitely be returning next year to this wonderful place.”
Mr Barnes, Gloucester. August 2021
“We had a wonderful relaxing weekend in the shepherds hut. It’s in a lovely location: very peaceful, a real feel of getting back to nature. The hut was exceptionally clean and every little detail was thought of. We would definitely return.”
Ms Van Deventer, Shropshire. August 2021
“One of our favourite places. We always receive a very warm welcome here. The cabin is a delight and lovely and clean, everything you need. Beautiful setting, lovely countryside, plenty of walks on the doorstep, use of the great swimming pool. Lots to see and do in the area - if you wish it, but we were quite happy to stay close to the cabin and enjoy the sun and glorious surroundings/walks in the countryside. Roll on next year.”
Ms Broom, Norfolk. July 2021
“Lovely weekend, perfect place if you want some RNR. Lovely and quiet. Excellent facilities, owners were lovely. I would 100% visit here again xx”
Ms Bramble - June 2021
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