Kidderminster

Kidderminster is the main retail hub of the district and has a number of shopping centres including the Swan Centre, the Rowland Hill Centre and Weaver’s Wharf, which offers visitors a high quality shopping experience set around the beautifully restored Slingfield Mill. The town centre is the venue for a variety of family-based events during the year including the Carnival in June, Kidderminster Art Festival in August and the Town Hall, Library and the beautiful Parish Church are all used for concerts and recitals.

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.

Nearest Tourist Information Centre
Load Street
Bewdley
DY12 2AE
Telephone / Fax: +44 (0) 1299 404740
E-mail: bewdleytic@wyreforestdc.gov.uk
Websites: www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/tourism

Opening Times:
Easter – October 10am – 5pm daily
November – Easter 12noon – 4pm daily