Boats on the River Severn
To fully take in the beautiful riverside and greenery, why not try a whole different perspective. Severn Expeditions Day Boat Hire offer motor boats that you can for a self-guided tour. You don’t need any previous experience or a license, the company are experienced in training people with all you need to know on the day. An exciting opportunity and unexpected way to appreciate an area of stunning natural beauty.
Upton boasts an amazing variety of independent retailers along its banks. From vintage furniture and homewares to traditional toys, railway models, and everything in between; the unique finds are second to none. Not to mention the stunning timbered buildings dated from the 17th century and hospitality establishments for food and drink along the riverside.
Historically Upton was known for being home for an extraordinary number of pubs per capita. For a population of just over 2000 in 1822, there was a record of 17 taverns and inns! Today that number is only 8, but the population remains nearly the same. So enjoy some of the produce from local breweries or a classic favourite in these gorgeous dark-timbered buildings, including Ye Olde Anchor Inn. Download the list of Upton upon Severn eateries here.
Tudor House Museum
Tudor House Museum in Upton contains 3 floors of artefacts retelling the local history. Including life size dioramas of homes and shops from back in the day; miniature pottery display; and more. Not to mention the gorgeous garden filled with Tudor era knot and herb gardens as well as planted borders. Run by volunteers. Please check opening times prior to visiting.
The ‘Pepperpot’ Upton Heritage Centre
The oldest building in Upton, The ‘Pepperpot’, is the remains of a 13th century church. Its iconic gilded crown and imposing architecture can be seen for a way around and is an emblem of Upton upon Severn. The attached gardens include gorgeous floral displays from the Upton in Bloom campaign, overlooking the river. It is also home to the Tourist Information centre with smiling staff to assist wit any queries, map books and gift shop. For further information on the history of Upton, you will find an exhibition including touch screen displays.
Upton Ham Reserves is a Site of Scientific and Special Interest (SSSI) and is beautiful natural meadow with a range of local flora and fauna. Due to the river Severn bursting its banks with the natural cycle, silt is distributed by the waters producing a highly enriched and fertile soil. Walks through the meadows are a lovely outside activity for the whole family.
Each year Upton enters the Royal Horticultural Society’s various categories and has many awards to show for it. The volunteers work tirelessly to produce some of the finest floral displays in the country. Throughout the town, displays and planters can be found and are an unmissable sight when you visit during Upton in Bloom.
Upton blossomed as a town due to its importance as one of the only river crossings for many miles. Its position in trade evolved into a strategic one during the Civil War. The bridge was a key element in a skirmish not long before the Battle of Worcester; although not the modern structure that you will see today. The original bridge created a shoal underneath, grounding boats as they tried to pass by. So the modern bridge was constructed a few yards upstream as to avoid this issue.
A Short Distance Away
National Trust at Croome
Croome is Lancelot “Capability” Brown’s first complete landscape design with a grand Bath stone mansion house built so the windows have the best vistas of the landscaped parkland. Complete with follies designed by the he renowned Neo-classical architect Robert Adam, a stream with regular sightings of the resident otters, St. Mary Madeline church. Also on site is a RAF Museum and children’s pay area, National Trust tea room with scrumptious cakes and thirst-quenching refreshments. Visit on certain dates in the summer months and you can access The Walled Gardens at Croome. Please note this is additional charge and owned privately.
Clive’s Fruit Farm
Pick your own fruit from the tree and shrubs at Clive’s Fruit Farm. Walk through the Worcestershire countryside, taking in the sun and vine and hand pick your own tasty fruit. It’s a fun day out for the whole family, not to mention the farm shop, butchers, café, child’s play area and wildlife trail.
Showborough House and Garden Sculpture Exhibition
Showborough House has hosted the Garden Art Exhibition since 2008 as a means of raising money for charity and raise awareness of local artists. Enjoy the beautiful gardens and weave through sculptures of stone, metal and glass. Artists of all backgrounds, styles and working with all materials are welcome to display and sell their work. Visitors are invited to purchase any pieces to take home and add to their own gardens, and by doing so contribute to various charity efforts each year including Perennial and the Royal British Legion. Please check opening dates prior to visiting.