This Autumn, from markets to lodges, puppetry to concerts there’s something for everyone. And of course, one of our favourite pastimes is going out on a walk with the crisp air on our faces, whilst listening to the rustle and crunch of autumn leaves beneath our feet. Please be prepared for whatever the weather – rain or shine as it’s quite changeable at the moment. Our sunrises and sunsets are pretty incredible at this time of year, so make sure you venture out at dawn or dusk to see the sky lit up in a variety of pink and orange hues. Just another reason to want to stay longer!
The Visit the Malverns Website has various walks across the Malverns to take in the range of colours of Autumn. From the copious green spaces as they turn brown, gold and orange to the sweeping majesty of Autumn from the tops of the hills. Here are just a few suggestions, there are plenty more walks to discover.
Take in the gorgeous shades of autumn at National Trust at Croome and Witley Court (English Heritage), respectively. These stunning mansions are surrounded by rolling acres of grass and woodland that make for great walks for the whole family.
Health and Wellbeing Escapes
The Malverns have been renowned as a health and wellbeing destination since way back to the time of the Victorian Water Cure. Many famous people travelled to Malvern for hydrotherapy treatments, including Florence Nightingale, Charles Darwin (for his daughter) and Charles Dickens. Today, you can sample Malvern Water at the Malvhina Fountain on Belle Vue Island, and also enjoy a whole host of holistic and alternative health and wellbeing treatments. There are also luxurious spas, as well as workshops and activities – perfect for enjoying on a visit during the colder months.
The Clover Mill
The Clover Mill is a beautiful restful retreat, with lavish and innovative eco-accommodation to five star standards. Offering spa facilities, individualised treatments, yoga classes, workshops and dining founded on the ancient art and science of Ayurveda.
There’s plenty on at The Clover Mill this autumn and winter as well as retreats and spa packages so make sure to check out all they have on offer.
Autumn Foodie Events
A detailed overview of foraging in a beautiful and picturesque landscape. The area is surrounded with an abundance of wild greens and mushrooms to forage for. The course includes the laws and safety points of foraging before heading out to discover the wild food in the area.
Our Lizzy Cookery School
Our Lizzy offers a wide choice of different cooking classes, with the twist that everything is vegan! Drawing on a variety of ingredients, including locally grown seasonal produce, with inspiration from around the world – there is always something new to experience.
Colliers Cookery School
Featuring an incredibly wide range of different cooking courses from professionals in the field. The scope of courses range from dinner party cuisine, fish skills, baking, kids=masterchefs, off to university, foraging, vegetarian cooking, knife skills and diverse cultural cuisines.
Cultural Festivals and Events
Visitors and residents alike will be spoilt for choice this Autumn as a series of festivals celebrating culture and the arts will be coming to The Malverns.
Upcoming festivals include:
- The Regal Comedy Festival 9 to 23 September: The festival promises to bring hilarious stand-up comedy, classic comedic cinema and comedy workshops to Tenbury Wells.
- Worcestershire Living History Show 16 to 17 September: A family friendly re-enactment at Upton’s Fish meadow, promising an action packed weekend of battles, displays, and history.
- Malvern Autumn Show 22 to 24 September: With record-breaking giant vegetables, show stopping floral displays, delicious food, shopping galore and plenty of fun family entertainment, celebrate the very best of the season at the Malvern Autumn Show.
- Autumn in Malvern Festival 23 September to 29 October: The festival offers concerts, historical and artistic exhibitions, and talks in a variety of venues across Malvern.
- Tenbury Applefest 7 October: This is a celebration of apples and apple growing in Tenbury Wells.
- Festival of Innovation Family Day 7 October: This year the free family day is aimed at giving young people hands-on experiences with practical science and technology.
- Great Malvern Festival of Stories for Children 24 to 29 October: This six-day festival has a mixture of free storytelling, ticketed events, puppet shows, author talks and workshops.
- Shakespeare Folio 400 5 to 12 November: A brand new festival to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first folio – the first time that all Shakespeare’s plays were collated into one book. There will be a programme of plays, films, workshops and talks to celebrate at the Coach House Theatre in Great Malvern.
- FEAST (6 to 12 November): FEAST (Festival of Equality in Arts and Society through Theatre) is a week-long festival of theatre, dance, clowning, circus, workshops, and a community ‘Feast of Thought’.
Malvern Concert Club
Ever since its first concert on 31 October 1903, Malvern Concert Club, founded by Sir Edward Elgar, has been a cornerstone of musical life in Worcestershire. Over one hundred years later, today’s Concert Club is proud to continue that tradition of bringing the best chamber music to this part of the country. Hosted in the Forum Theatre in Malvern Theatres on various dates.
Malvern Theatres – varied programme
One of the stars of the show on the West End circuit is Malvern Theatres in its stunning location set beneath Great Malvern Priory and the magnificent Malvern Hills. Coming up this autumn is a fantastic programme for all interests.
The Regal Theatre and Cinema in Tenbury Wells
Head to Tenbury Wells in the picturesque Teme Valley to the art-deco theatre and cinema at The Regal with spectacular murals by George Legge of Bryan’s Adamanta for a varied programme of theatre performances and cinema screenings.
Malvern Flea & Collectors Fair
You can find wonderful things at the Three Counties Showground Flea Fairs. If you are looking for the unusual then these are the places to go to and there are a few more this year before they close for the winter. The dealers work hard to offer you a wide choice of items that you won’t find on the High Street. The next fairs take place:
Sunday 17 September
Sunday 15 October
Sunday 5 November