Award winning self catering accommodation in Worcestershire

Attractions and What's On in the Local Area

The beautiful rural counties of Worcestershire and Herefordshire have so much to offer.  If you would like some suggestions please contact me for a personalised itinerary or we can help plot some local walks on an OS map.  We are currently putting together some walks with photos taken at strategic points so “ Watch this Space” or follow our occasional blog.

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. Download the free walking app from 
https://www.visitthemalverns.org/things-to-do/walking/mobile-walking-app/

www.malvernhillsaonb.org.uk

Visit the Morgan factory – a 2 hour tour which is a must for any motoring enthusiast.  
www.morgan-motor.co.uk/mmc/factoryvisits

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

Malvern Theatre –   There are some fantastic plays on throughout the year many of which come to Malvern before being released in the West End.
www.malvern-theatres.co.uk  or 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.
www.worcestercathedral.co.uk

If you are in to Eco stuff 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.
www.thefold.org.uk

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.
www.nationaltrust.org.uk

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

  • Classic Car Show 14 October 2018
  • Antiques Fair 04 November 2018
  • RHS Spring Garden Show 9-12 May 2019 
  • Royal Three Counties Show  14-16 June 2019
  • Malvern Autumn Show TBC End September 2019
  • Countrytastic  TBC Easter 2019

For more information and to purchase tickets check out www.threecounties.co.uk

Horse Racing

  • Cheltenham Racing Festival Gold Cup 12 - 15 March 2019
  • Worcester, Hereford and Ludlow - Some great racing throughout the Season

Cheltenham Racecourse

Upton Upon Severn Festivals

  • Upton upon Severn Folk Festival 4-7 May 2019
  • Jazz Festival  Last weekend in June 2019
  • Blues - 18-21 July 2019
  • The Sunshine Festival 23-25 August 2019

Check out details on www.uptonfestival.co.uk

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

Malvern Hills

  • Well Dressing - Early May
  • Walking Festival 38 guided walks 

Recommended Local Events

  • Bromyard Gala  Early July
  • Blues Festival at The Fold   Early July
  • Welland Steam Rally  Mid July
  • The Alfrick and Lulsley Show  Early Sept
  • Bromyard Hop Festival   Early Sept
  • Farmers Markets at The Fold, Bransford (see 2018 dates)

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

Fun Activities

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 20% voucher off food, tables must be reserved 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 - Famous pizza nights on the double decker bus on a Friday during summer months
  • 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 
  • 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 Bank House Spa  Just 2 miles away offers many beauty treatments and spa facilities

 

The Malvern

  • Award winning spa with Hydrotherapy pool

Shopping

  • Worcester
  • Great Malvern
  • Cheltenham
  • Tenbury Wells
  • Upton upon Severn
  • Ledbury
  • Broadway
Guest Comments
“Relaxing and peaceful in such an idyllic spot. Must book for next year”
Mr and Mrs Wardle, Totnes
“Lots to see and do in such a beautiful area, the owner was very welcoming and helpful in planning our days,”
Sue and Mark Brocklebank, Manchester
“Fabulous barn conversion - Total peace which is just what we wanted. The super kingsize bed was so comfortable. Overall an idyllic retreat with lovely walks from the doorstep.”
Mr and Mrs Brain, Richmond, Surrey
“The Barn is very well equipped & the owners have literally everything covered even to fresh bread, eggs ect on arrival. The barn is surrounded by woodland & there are some very good walks to choose from with or without our four legged friend....”
Tipton, United Kingdom
“Hoppickers is in such a beautiful part of rural Worcestershire. We cycled from the front door straight on to a green lane and then found a welcoming pub after a couple of miles. Hoppickers was well equipped, an absolute delight - we will definitely come again.”
Bob and Sue, Solihull
“If you want peace and quiet in a beautiful location then stay at hoppickers the accomodation is first class, they have thought of everything and the views are exceptional....”
Coventry, United Kingdom
“The building took our breath away a wonderful English setting in the grounds of a acres of heritage....”
Warwick, United Kingdom
“We thoroughly recommend Hop pickers Barn as a great family retreat.”
Andy L, Plymouth, England, United Kingdom
“The photographs don't do it justice. This place is so lovely as are the owners. ”
Smethwick, United Kingdom
“The barn was warm and cosy, very well equipped and the beds were extremely comfortable.”
Susan, Truro, United Kingdom
“The barn is superbly equipped, and, like I said in my title of the review it was spotlessly clean. The owners were extremely helpful, lovely family.”
Jill, Bromsgrove, United Kingdom
“Loved the location. Loved the Barn. Loved this weekend. Manager was lovely and really friendly!”
Canterbury, United Kingdom
“The Barn was just lovely and suited our needs in everyway possible. The setting was peaceful and picturesque.”
London, United Kingdom
“The setting is beautiful and peaceful, and perfectly located for making the most of nearby Worcester and Malvern. We will certainly come again and I have already recommended to my friends and family.”
Hythe, Kent, United Kingdom
“We couldn't have hoped for a better break. The barn and grounds were beautiful.”
Sam, Richmond upon Thames, United Kingdom
“Wanted a peaceful relaxing weekend which was exactly what we had.”
Lisa, Solihull, United Kingdom
“Hoppickers barn was amazing and so much more than we expected. We wished we were staying longer.”
Haslemere, United Kingdom
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