From Stourport-on-Severn’s unique history as a Georgian canal town to its beautiful location on the River Severn, there is a wide range of attractions and places to visit for the whole family to enjoy.
River Severn and Meadows - a beautiful spot by the river, with plenty of open green space for the whole family to enjoy. But that is not all – there are many attractions and activities available by the river, including boats to hire, a modern and exciting children’s play area, river cruises with the Stourport Steamer Co, crazy golf, a putting green, go-kart’s, a paddling pool, skateboard park, plus many amusements. The meadows also stage several big events throughout the year, visit the what’s on page to find out more.
Just the other side of the bridge, by the river, you will find Treasure Island Amusement Centre - with 25 fairground rides, including the dragon roller coaster, dodgems, waltzers, a Ferris wheel, carousel, helter skelter and a large arcade, plus a range of food and drink available.
The Basins - Discover a wealth of information about the historic heart of Stourport-on-Severn and its origin as a canal town at the award-winning Stourport Canal Basins. The basins remain largely intact from the golden age of the canals and have recently been restored, regenerated and returned to their original Georgian splendour, creating an exciting and informative heritage attraction.
The canal basins provide a great place to wander around at leisure and explore. The abundance of water creates an air of peace and tranquillity. Relax and unwind in one of the local pubs, cafes and restaurants in and around the Canal Basins. Watch boats travelling through the locks and five historic basins which house nearly 100 narrow boats and yachts and many listed Georgian houses and warehouses. For further information visit Stourport Canal Basins
Hartlebury Common Nature Reserve - Located just on the edge of Stourport, this site of special scientific interest has a wide range of flora and fauna and it is a great place to enjoy a walk in the countryside. You will find oak and pine woods, a large pool and lots of open common land to explore. There are many well sign posted trails to follow on foot, by cycle or on horseback.
Moorhall Marsh Local Nature Reserve - a quiet oasis on Moorhall Lane in Stourport, just behind the Riverside Meadows. An area covering 1.4 hectares, with a boardwalk path leading to an interpretation point allowing visitors to discover the local fauna and flora. The wetland nature of this reserve originates from the River Severn flood plain marshland, once extensive but now very scarce.
Astley Vineyard - Established mid-1970′s, Astley is one of the longer lasting small (5acres) commercial vineyards. It was, in its time, the most northerly vineyard in the world! Astley is dedicated to the production of quality wine. Since the first significant production in 1983 it has consistently won awards in every year. All their wines are now Quality Wine status. Free entry to enjoy the surroundings and explore the vineyard. Tastings and sales available. You can find the Vineyard between Holt Heath and Stourport-on-Severn; the vineyard is well signed within Astley.
There are a number of very interesting churches in the local area and a special trail has been set up for people to discover them. Visit our Wilden to Witley Trail page to find out more.
Bodenham Arboretum and Earth Centre (4 miles N) – Bodenham Arboretum is a collection of over 2700 trees set in 156 acres of Worcestershire countryside with 11 pools, four miles of footpaths and a working farm. In addition there is an award-winning Visitor Centre set in the hillside overlooking the Big Pool. Website: www.bodenham-arboretum.co.uk - For further information Tel: 01562 852444
Worcestershire County Museum, Hartlebury Castle (1 1/4 miles E) – - Housed in historic Hartlebury Castle museum collections include toys, domestic items, costume and Gypsy caravans. Room sets include Schoolroom, Georgian, Scullery and Nursery. Café, Shop, picnic areas and free parking. For further information tel: 01299 250416
Arley Arboretum - One of the oldest Arboretums in Great Britain. Tucked away in the beautiful countryside of the Worcestershire and Shropshire borders near Bewdley, it boasts more than 300 species of trees in formal and informal plantings and gardens. The collection includes many rare and spectacular domestic and exotic trees. Nestling in the Severn Valley and overlooking the river, it has been growing and maturing in this idyllic setting for two centuries. Website www.arley-arboretum.org.uk - For further information Tel: 01299 861368
Bewdley - Just up stream from Stourport on the River Severn, Bewdley is an attractive Georgian town with a good selection of pubs and shops. The Shambles, a former butcher’s market beneath the Town Hall, now houses the Bewdley Museum. The Museum hosts ongoing events aimed at promoting an appreciation of local traditions and crafts, including coracle making. www.bewdley.org.uk
Severn Valley Railway (2 miles W) – Steam railway joining Kidderminster to Bridgenorth via Bewdley. The journey is full of interest, for the route follows closely the meandering course of the River Severn for most of the way; one highlight of the trip is the crossing of the river by means of the Victoria Bridge – a massive 200-foot single span, high above the water. There being few roads in the valley, some of the views are only visible from the Railway; the scenery is varied and largely unspoiled, punctuated by the quaint ‘olde worlde’ charm of country stations, each one giving ready access to local villages and riverside walks. www.svr.co.uk -For further information Tel: 01299 401001
The Wyre Forest (3 miles) – One of the largest surviving areas of ancient semi-natural woodland left in Great Britain. It is 2634 hectares in size now, but was once part of a much larger forest that covered most of the West Midlands at the beginning of the Middle Ages. The forest is home to a rich diversity of plants, animals and fungi. The forest offers peace and tranquillity and will reward each visit with new secrets. This beautiful area has something to offer everyone, throughout the year. The Visitor Centre combines restaurant, shop and unique displays. These displays which are produced in-house, change with the seasons and designed to inform and entertain. The shop has craft and gift items and specialises in products for walkers. Maps and guide books are sold for the area, together with specialist natural history and wildlife books. For further information Tel: 01299 266944
Go Ape – High Wire Forest Adventure at the Wyre Forest - Think you, your friends and family can handle 3 hours of tree top adventure? Are you wild enough to climb 30ft up a rope ladder, Tarzan swing into a giant rope net then zip wire through the trees, grawl through tunnels and tackle high wire rope bridges? If the answer is yes, you’re ready to Go Ape! For further information and booking call 0845 643 2038 or visit www.goape.co.uk - booking is essential.
West Midland Safari Park (2 1/2 miles W) – A drive through Safari Park with white rhino, giraffes, camels, elephants, lions, tigers, wild-dogs and much more – the safari park also has rides and other leisure attractions – a great day out for all of the family. Website: www.wmsp.co.uk For further information Tel: 01299 402114
Witley Court (4 miles S) – A hundred years ago, Witley Court was one of England’s great country houses, hosting many extravagant parties. Today it is a spectacular ruin, the result of a disastrous fire in 1937. The vast and rambling remains of the palatial 19th-century mansion are surrounded by magnificent landscaped gardens – the ‘Monster Work’ of William Nesfield – which still contain huge stone fountains.The Woodland Walks in the North Park pass many different species of tree and shrub, acquired from all over the world to create a showpiece. Attached to Witley Court is Great Witley Church , which has an amazing Italianate Baroque interior. The church also has a tearoom close by, and Witley Court has a gift shop. The Perseus and Andromeda fountain is back in working order, with even the original high cascades operating. The fountain will be firing between April and September. Weekdays: 12pm , 2pm and 4pm. Weekends: on the hour every hour from 11am to 4pm. Owned by English Heritage. Website www.english-heritage.org.uk - For further information Tel: 01299 896636
Harvington Hall (6 miles E) – A moated medieval and Elizabethan manor-house. Many of the rooms still have their original Elizabethan wall-paintings and the Hall contains the finest series of priest-holes anywhere in the country. Free Parking, Gift Shop, Moatside Restaurant. Disabled access to gardens, ground floor, shop and restaurant. www.harvingtonhall.com - For further information Tel: 01562 777846