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Things to do in Worcestershire Summer holidays 2023

With the Worcestershire summer holidays rapidly approaching, it’s time for a list of things to do in the area. Lots of attractions have events taking place this year, both indoors and outside. From family trails to fun days and activity camps, there’s lots to see and do around Worcestershire. If you’re on a budget, check out my post about free things to do in Worcestershire as well.

This post covers the Worcestershire area only. If you are looking for days out during the summer holidays in nearby counties, please see below:

All Things Wild

All Things Wild doesn’t have a specific event on during the school summer holidays, but there’s always loads going on there. Ride a dino train in the dinosaur experience and learn all about prehistoric creatures inside the dino barn. See all sorts of animals and learn about them from their keepers. With many attractions inside, All Things Wild would still be worth a visit on a rainy day. There are quite a few experience days too including junior keeper which would make a lovely gift. Check the All Things Wild website for full details, prices, timings and to book.

All Things Wild does tend to add events quite close to the time they take place, so it’s worth checking for updates. It’s worthy of note that if you look on their events page or click through to the event, it doesn’t tell you the dates it’s taking place. However, if you check out the event listings on the homepage, it will give you the dates.

Croome (National Trust)

Croome have not yet announced a specific summer holidays event. However, there are lots of small events taking place in July and August 2023, including the following:

  • Geo Fest: Celebrate 20 years of the Malvern Hills Geo Park. Check out a selection of fossils and rocks, follow a rock and fossil trail and chat to experts about geology. They will be on hand to answer all your questions. Dates: 14th and 17th June, 19th and 22nd July, 16th and 19th August.
  • Garden Tours: Learn about the history of the park and gardens. Dates: Various dates from 14th June to 26th October.
  • Airfield Walk: Learn how RAF Defford changed Croome’s landscape. Dates: 12th and 22nd July, 10th and 19th August

For more information on visiting, head to their events section. They may well update this to include a children’s trail or other event for Worcestershire summer holidays 2023.

The Walled Gardens at Croome National Trust in Worcestershire, West Midlands | Croome Walled Garden is the largest walled garden in Europe. It has a hot wall with furnaces, tunnels to explore, a pond and several wells. There are lawn games for children to play and for them, it is like exploring a secret garden. The walls give the garden a microclimate similar to that in the Loire Valley. This is a fascinating example of a historical garden that is a real adventure for the whole family.

CyberQ Escape Rooms Worcester

Put your problem-solving skills to the test and try to escape the themed rooms at CyberQ Escape Rooms Worcester. They offer family-friendly rooms as well as more traditional escape rooms aimed at adults. Booking in advance is recommended, particularly during school holidays when they are busy. Visit the Worcester escape rooms website to book a time slot.

Hartlebury Castle (Worcestershire County Museum)

Worcestershire County Museum is based in what was the servant’s quarters of Hartlebury Castle. Learn about the area’s history through various period rooms and exhibits, including a scullery and schoolroom. Based predominately on the Civil War and Victorian eras, the museum offers an opportunity to learn about the social history of those times. Exhibitions are always evolving and changing, with new themes and items on display. In the castle’s grounds are a transport gallery with historical vehicles, a cider mill, picnic areas and nature reserve. During the Worcestershire summer holidays, visitors to the museum can experience the following events: 

  • Dinosaurs – 1st to 3rd August
  • Under the Sea – 8th to 10th August
  • Birds of a Feather – 15th to 17th August
  • Junk Art – 22nd to 24th August
  • Bug Creations – 29th to 31st August

Advance booking is recommended for all events. Find out more on the museum’s website.

Ice Quest Malvern

Get competitive and battle it out with lasers on a journey of lights, smoke and sound. If that’s not for you, try ice skating or team up for an escape room. Ice Quest Malvern has plenty of action-packed activities for the whole family. Visit their website to book your session.

Ludwig Theatre Arts, Tenbury Wells

Children who love to perform will be delighted to hear that Ludwig Theatre Arts are putting on a musical in two weeks this summer holidays. Rehearsals for The Little Mermaid Jr take place from 31st July to 9th August 2023. Performances are on 10th and 11th August. As well as being a fun, educational experience for participants, these are great productions for younger children to go and watch. They don’t last as long as regular theatre productions and tend to be very colourful and upbeat. Head to the LTA website to find out more.

Severn Valley Railway Worcestershire summer holidays 2023

Prepare for a bubbling, whirling, and enjoyable summer of science at the Severn Valley Railway during the summer holidays. Look out for engaging, interactive exhibits, workshops, and more, along with regular steam and heritage diesel train services.

Look out for STEM activities at the Engine House, a giant train set, mini golf and fun activities from Sublime Science. Freedom of the Line family tickets include a free return visit. Check the website for full event details and to book.

The Buzz Worcester

Jump around and burn off some energy at The Buzz in Worcester. This inflatable adventure will keep kids of all ages entertained. Take on the course as a family or group of friends. Do a time trial to become the best bouncer, challenge your friends or team up. Find out more and book your time slot on The Buzz website.

The Commandery

The Battle of Worcester in 1651 was the Commandery’s most crucial historical event. Visitors can submerse themselves in Worcester’s Civil War Story, joining a regiment to find out how they would have performed during the conflict. Enjoy fun, interactive exhibits that will transport you back over 350 years to a complicated, conflicted Worcester. Find out what it was like to be a soldier 300 miles away from home. Meet Oliver Cromwell and test your battle strategy skills. Events based on The Commandery’s history feature re-enactors who are great at bringing the past to life. During the school summer holidays, visitors to the Commandery can learn how to fire a trebuchet, pick up some circus skills or meet minibeasts. Check out the Worcestershire Museums website to find out the dates of the event you are interested in.

Tudor House Museum – Meet a Tudor

The Tudor House Museum in Worcester is a fascinating glimpse into the city’s past. The house was built in the 16th century and has been restored to its original Tudor style. Visitors can explore the various rooms and see the furniture, paintings, and other objects that would have been used during this time period.

This summer from 14th July to 1st September 2003, an event called “Dressing the Tudors” takes place. This temporary exhibition will display clothing inspired by 16th century Tudor apparel. As well as the exhibits themselves, activities and talks will educate visitors about the fashions of the era. Visit the Tudor House Museum website for more information.

West Midlands Safari Park Worcestershire summer holidays 2023

The West Midlands Safari Park will be open from 10 am to 5 pm during school summer holidays. The West Midlands Safari Park theme park is open too and rides cost extra on top of the entry ticket price. Visitors can learn about dinosaurs and reptiles, bugs and creepy crawlies or endangered species. VIP packages include spending a day finding out what being a zoo keeper entails. Last year, WMSP ran a children’s summer club. They haven’t yet released details of a similar event for Worcestershire summer holidays 2023 but it’s worth checking the Safari Park website to see if they add any events. You can also read my review of the West Midlands Safari Park.

Witley Court (English Heritage)

There are no specific Summer holiday events listed for Witley Court in 2023. However, visitors can explore the gardens and play areas, take a look around the ruins and watch the impressive fountain. Great Witley Church is right next to Witley Court, along with a lovely little tearoom. Neither are managed by English Heritage but both are well worth exploring while you’re there. Full details are on the Witley Court website and you can also read my review of a dog friendly family day out at Witley Court

pond and fountain with Witley Court in background and blue sky
Witley court water fountain

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum Worcestershire summer holidays 2023

Take a break from the sun and explore the art and history of Worcester at the City Art Gallery & Museum. Admission is free, and they offer plenty of interactive exhibits and events for families. This summer, children can enjoy an activity bag with crafts such as 80s friendship bracelet making, creating a mini car and building a puppet. Bags cost £2.50 each. Check out the gallery’s website for full details.

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