The largest town in the Wyre Forest District, just 17 miles south west of Birmingham, Kidderminster with it’s many Victorian buildings, through which flows the River Stour and the Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal, has plenty on offer visitors. Home to the unique Museum of Carpet and a starting (and finishing point) for the world famous Severn Valley Heritage Railway, wonderful memories are made in this beautiful part of Worcestershire.
The Town Hall – a beautiful Victorian building where speeches from eminent leaders such as a young Winston Churchill, Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin, explorer Earnest Shackleton and women’s rights campaigner Emmeline Pankhurst have echoed off its walls, today remains at the centre of live music in Wyre Forest, from heavy rock concerts to professional entertainers, local choirs, bands and orchestras.
Boasting three shopping centres and a retail park, there are numerous pubs, restaurants and cafes to choose from and a twice weekly outdoor retail market.
To get away from the hustle and bustle, boaters, cyclists and walkers can use the canal/towpath to access neighbouring Stourport and the River Severn. Other attractions close by include the peaceful Bodenham Arboretum situated in a protected valley and the Elizabetan Manor House, Harvington Hall – both located away from traffic noise and visual intrusions.