The picturesque riverside town of Upton upon Severn is a great place to spend the day, or why not stay longer on a short break away to fully appreciate this lovely area – with great views across to the Malvern Hills – which are only a short drive away.
Upton upon Severn is well-known for its lively music festival calendar. Unfortunately many of the festivals have been cancelled due to the pandemic except for Sunshine Festival, but there’s still plenty of reasons to visit and explore the town.
First-up, is the incredible selection of independent shops selling a variety of unique items for your home, children’s toys, clothes, art and crafts, gifts, as well as even rarer finds like The Map Shop and The Green Man Apothecary.
Malvern Hills District Council took the opportunity of Upton Heritage and Tourist Information Centre being closed during lockdown to restore The ‘Pepperpot’ Tower back to its original stonework. You can also learn about the town’s unique history, and see images showing the vast expanse of land covered in water turning Upton upon Severn into an island during the 2007 floods. Tudor House Museum, located opposite The ‘Pepperpot’ houses many artefacts from days gone by. Please note, Tudor House Museum has reduced opening hours due to the pandemic.
This lovely little town is bursting full of pubs, cafes and restaurants, where you can purchase real ale and local cider, or a hot drink accompanied by some home-made cake, including The King’s Head, The Boathouse, The Wheelhouse, The Plough Inn, The Swan Hotel and Studio Gallery. All these venues have outdoor seating areas.
Aside from the bustling music festivals, visitors can experience the wonders of the riverside by taking a walk through Upton Hams – a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), with its unique flora and fauna, which is just moments away from the historic town centre. If you want to spend a bit longer exploring the river, then head to Upton Marina to hire a self-drive boat from Severn Expeditions.
Located nearby is the National Trust at Croome, which is Lancelot “Capability” Brown’s first complete landscape design which has incredible parkland and picturesque follies designed by James Wyatt. If you’re lucky, you may get to see the resident Otter swimming in the stream. Please book ahead before visiting due to the corona virus restrictions.
Only a short distance from the town is Clive’s Fruit Farm, where you can Pick-Your-Own fruit, shop in the farm shop, meet some farm animals or enjoy some refreshments from the café.
If you’re a keen walker, or just want to catch a glimpse of the Milky Way, head over to Castlemorton Common and Golden Valley where the rugged landscape provides a unique perspective of the Malvern Hills. Did you know Golden Valley is one of two places within the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with Designated Night Sky status?
Please visit the town and support the many independent shops, including The Green Herbal Apothecary, The Map Shop, The Pudding Shop, Ginger and Pickles Traditional Toy Shop, Severn Wheels and Model Shop, and a selection of second-hand, vintage, antique and gift shops.
We hope all the live music festivals will be able to commence again next year, including Spring Fling (March) Upton Folk Festival (May), Upton Jazz Festival (June), Upton Blues Festival (July), Upton Sunshine Festival (August) and Oktoberfest (October).
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