Family Life Worcestershire
23rd January 2021

Parks, Walks and Woods

Clent Hills

Nimmins car park has now reopened and is subject to charges. The cafe and toilets remain closed at this time.

The Knapp and Papermill Nature Reserve, Worcester

Beautiful reserve with old valley meadows, woodland and orchard - Limited parking available at present

Umberslade Estate Walk
Tanworth in Arden

- 5km walk taking around 1.5 hours to complete - Not suitable for pushchairs - Takeaway cafe and toilets available - Tickets must be pre-booked in advance

Habberley Trail


This new natural outdoor nature trail containing fun obstacles and cafe is located near Kidderminster. At present two hourly timeslots need to be booked in advance.

Fairy Trail at Churchfields

OPEN FROM 20 JUNE 2020 Put on your fairy wings and explore our Fairy Trail, follow the adventure book to find our fairies, enjoy the Tooth Factory, Dummy Tree, Fairy Welcome Centre, Shopping Village, Troll bridge and catch your breath in our beautiful orchard before you head back to the finish. TICKETS FROM £2 ARE BOOKED ONLINE

Bodenham Aboretum

OPENING FOR ANNUAL PASS MEMBERS ONLY FROM 1 JULY 2020 - This Aboretum is a Family Life Worcestershire favourite. - 156 acres of pools, wildlife, woods and farmyard animals. - Visitor numbers will be monitored prior to opening more widely.

Greystones Nature Reserve
Bourton on Water, Glos

LoThe nature reserve here is open to the public all year round, and features rare trees, ancient hedgerows, the River Eye, and a lake teaming with wildlife. It is a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its wildflower meadows.

Broadway Tower

For the rest of June the carpark, country park including circular walk, Morris and Brown Cafe & Shop and Shepherds Hut serving takeaway food, ice-cream, drinks and snacks will be open! Please note that toilet facilities will not yet be available. The carpark operates a pay and display system, which closes at 5pm. This can be done with cash at the machine in the carpark or with a card payment at one of the tills.

Queenswood Country Park

Queenswood ancient woodland is a 123-acre (0.50 km2) lightly coppiced woodland to maintain a semi-natural habitat which is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest and Local Nature Reserve.

Westbirt Aboretum

In order to visit the National Arboretum, visitors and members of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum must pre-book a ticket. Toilets open and cafe available for takeaway

Arley Arboretum

REOPENS 15TH JULY - Pre-booking required - Entry will be staggered - Pre-booked food available to take-away - Toilets and cleaning facilities open - Playground open with limited capacity

Habberley Valley Local Nature Reserve

Habberley Valley Local Nature Reserve is approximately 27.5 hectares (68 acres). The site is largely composed of open acid grass and heathland to the south and is replaced northwards by a succession of birch and oak, which in areas contains a bilberry under-storey. There are many geographical features; a sand stone escarpment gives the site its valley shape in addition to cliffs and rocky outcrops.

Waseley Hills Country Park

Enjoy a picnic under the shaded trees. Tire the children out on the adventure play area. Join a guided walk. Kick a ball about. Meet friends for a coffee at the Windmill Cafe. Let the dog run free. Fly a kite. Climb a hill to take in the panoramic views and spot familiar landmarks. What will you do at Waseley Hills?

Worcester Woods Country Park

Two nature reserves, a huge open field, busy Countryside Centre with cafe facilities, adventure play area and easy access from the city or the motorway, make this site very popular with a variety of visitors. Whether you are looking for birds, swings, coffee, flowers, footpaths or all of these and more, you've come to the right place at Worcester Woods Country Park. nb: photo credit: Eileen Cowles Photography

Tiddesley Woods

This large woodland was once an enclosed deer park and was previously owned by the Abbots of Pershore Abbey and local nobility as well as the Forestry Commission. The Forestry Commission managed much of the wood as a commercial forestry plantation in the 1950s.

Heritage and Gardens

There are some wonderful walks and places to enjoy in heritage buildings. Here are some of our favourite local places and information on how to book.

Active, Adventure and Outdoor Play

Time to brush off the cobwebs and enjoy some outdoor active fun. There is something for everyone.