Last Updated on June 26, 2023 by Louise
Look no further! Find a comprehensive round-up of the best things to do outdoors in Worcestershire throughout the year. There are fun summer activities and ideas for the winter months. In fact, some attractions are open all year round.
There’s something for everybody. Whether you’re an adrenaline seeking adult, a family who loves outdoor attractions or you’re looking for tranquil walks, read on for lots of ideas.
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Aqua Park at Aztec Adventure
The Aqua Park is open from May to September in Wychbold (between Bromsgrove and Droitwich).
It’s a fun wet activity for kids (aged 6 plus) and their families. Climb and slide down the inflatables in the lake.
Book in advance and you can hire a wetsuit there. There are two cafes (The Beach Bus Cafe and and the Boat Shack Cafe) where spectators can grab food and drink.
Aztec Adventure also have many other activities you can participate in, including stand up paddleboarding, kayaking and sailing.
Find out more information on Aztec Adventure website.
Witley Court Gardens
A day out at Witley Court is outdoors. The building of Witley Court is a ruin, but is still amazing to visit. Wander around and imagine what it was like it it’s heyday.
The grounds at Witley Court are large and impressive. They are currently maintained by English Heritage. Discover a lake, woodland and charming parterre gardens, Kids will love the wilderness play area. Take a picnic to enjoy while they play
At the back of the house, there is a fountain with a brilliant fountain display which occurs at certain times during the day
A visit to the church and tea room is also well worth a visit if you don’t mind popping indoors. Find them located just outside the English Heritage site.
Dogs are allowed but must be kept on a lead at all times.
Find out more at Witley Court Gardens
A Day Out at The Riverside Meadows, Stourport on Severn
There’s so much to do at the Riveside Meadows. You can spend the whole day here.
Playland Fun Park is fantastic for younger kids with fun rides like the junior pirate ship, go karts, bumper boats, mini golf and lots more.
Enjoy a walk along the river, hire a speedboat or join in a river cruise.
Older kids and teens will enjoy the exhilarating rides at the funfair.
There’s plenty of green space for a game of rounders or cricket. Why not take a picnic too?
Worcester Woods Country Park
Enjoy a walk through the woods, through the meadows or both at Worcester Woods Country Park. There’s a fun playground for the kids and there are events and additional activities during the school holidays.
A big green field is perfect for picnics, a game of cricket, football and rounders or just running about.
The Orchard Cafe provides some much needed refreshments after all the activity and fun.
All Things Wild
All Things Wild is the perfect outdoor attraction for families with younger children.
See the animals including macaws, camels, snakes and kangaroos.
Visit 40 life-size dinosaur exhibits
Enjoy the outdoor playground
It’s an attraction that’s open all year round. There’s also an indoor play area if the weather takes a turn for the worst.
Find out more at All Things Wild.
Enjoy a Walk and Finish with an Ice Cream at Churchfields Farmhouse Cafe
Churchfields Farm is surrounded by beautiful countryside so it’s a great place to take a walk (find some information on walks here) and then finish with some refreshments at the cafe. Churchfields is well known for its ice cream and there are many flavours to choose from.
There is so much more than that at Churchfields as well.
There is a programme of events throughout the year. They often have fun outdoor fairy trails for the children. In the summer there is often a Maize maze and normally there are themed events for Halloween and Christmas too.
In addition, there is a newly opened farm shop.
Check out more information at Churchfields Farm
Get Lost in a Maize Maze
During the summer months, enjoy finding your way through one of the two maize mazes in Worcestershire.
Great Worcester Maize Maze at Powick
This is a great day out for people of all ages. We went in summer 2021 and there were 3 themed Viking mazes. As you walk around, the kids have great fun answering quiz questions. After you finish there is a cafe for some refreshments and some play activities and toys for younger kids.
Churchfields Farm Maize Maze, Droitwich
Churchfields Farm is always a great to visit (see above). The Maize Maze is perfect for kids and families. Finish your trip with a delicious ice cream from the cafe.
Have Fun Kayaking or Canoeing
There are many rivers and lakes in Worcestershire where you can kayak or canoe. Here are some ideas;
Aztec Adventure – Have an hour’s session on the lake at Upton Warren or Lower Moor. Kayaking at Aztec Adventure is perfect for beginners.
Hire a Canoe, on the River Severn – Have fun paddling along the River Severn. There are points to hire a canoe at Bridgnorth, Hampton Loade or Arley. Or you can meet the yellow minibus in Bewdley to get a lift to one of the launch points upstream.
Worcester Canoe Club – if you live in Worcester and are looking for a canoe club, this is where to go.
Fun for all ages at the Wyre Forest
There’s plenty for kids, teens and adults at Wyre Forest.
Enjoy a walk around the woodland.
Young kids will enjoy the Gruffalo spotting trail. Older kids might like to try Gruffalo orienteering. There’s also a play area for young kids after your Gruffalo adventures.
Runners will love the running trails and the Wyre Forest parkrun which takes place every Saturday morning. Or what about mountain biking or horseriding?
Kids and teens will love the treetop adventures at Go Ape.
Find out more at the Wyre Forest website
Habberley Trail is a unique family fun adventure trail based in Kidderminster.
Walk around the beautiful countryside and have tons of fun doing the activities as you go. There are roundabout swings, wobbly bridges, basketball challenges, football challenges, slides and lots more.
I went with my 13 and 9 year old boys and had a fabulous time.
After you’ve finished, stop off at the Hilltop Cafe for a bite to eat.
To avoid disappointment, book before you go. Find out more at Habberley Trail.
Bodenham Arboretum is a beautiful place for all ages.
There are over 3000 species of trees and shrubs and they surround a beautiful lake.
If you love walking, there are many walking trails.
During the school holidays, there are themed events for kids which include a trail around the trees. At Christmas, the trail is nativity themed. Kids also enjoy visiting the farm animals on the site.
Find out what’s on and when to go at Bodenham Arboretum
Croome Court is a National Trust property with amazing parkland and gardens to explore . There’s a “river” and a lake too. There are also privately owned walled gardens to visit but this is an extra charge of £5 for all visitors (including NT members at the time of writing).
During the school holidays there are trails and activities for the kids to participate in. There’s also a fun RAF themed playground, a natural play area and a cafe.
As well as the outdoor gardens, you can visit the church, RAF museum and Croome Court itself.
Find out more at Croome Court website.
Arley Arboretum and Gardens
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Arely Arboretum has 30 acres of gardens, trees, trails and activities. It’s a favourite of both families and nature lovers.
Notable things to see include the Italian garden, laburnum arch and impressive trees which include a Monkey Puzzle tree and Giant Redwood.
Children will have tons of fun on play area and the brilliant maze. Additionally there are kids friendly events throughout the year such as themed fairy trails. The arboretum is especially popular with families in the school holidays and weekends. If your child loves trains, there’s also the opportunity to spot the steam trains from the Severn Valley railway from one part of the arboretum.
Feeling peckish? Finish your visit by checking in the tearoom.
Dogs are allowed on a lead.
Find out more at Arley Arboretum
Broadway Tower Country Park
Although Broadway Tower itself is indoors, the surround parkland is not and it is lovely to walk around and explore.
If you want to climb the tower it gives amazing views.
There’s also a cafe.
Find out more at Broadway Tower website
FootGolf is an outdoor activity which combines football and golf and it’s lots of fun. You can try FootGolf at the following locations.
Gaudet Luce, Droitwich (you can also play disc golf here which is a combination of frisbee and golf).
Outdoor Laser Tag
Outdoor laser tag is pure fun. You don’t have to worry about getting hurt (unlike paintball) making it great for kids and adults.
Here are some places you can play outdoor lazer tag in Worcestershire:
Shooting4Fun, based in Hanbury. You can play at their centre in Hanbury or they can bring laser tag to you.
Laser Conflict, based in Studley
Hike Up the Malverns
The Malverns is an outstanding area of natural beauty that doesn’t need much introduction if you live in the area.
There are some beautiful walks with amazing views.
If you want a challenge, the biggest hill is “The Beacon” which stands at 425 meters high.
Check out the Malvern Hills website which has a walk finder so you can find the best walk for you.
Whitlenge Gardens are unique gardens near Hartlebury, Worcestershire.
It’s a popular attraction with kids and families, as the gardens are often decorated for the themed time of year such as Halloween and Christmas. There are often trails for young kids to follow to help them explore the gardens. Young children love the fairy trail and the gardens are just the right size for little ones to explore (not too big!) When you’ve finished in the gardens, there’s a tea room to visit. There is also a plant nursery as well.
Find out more at Whitlenge Gardens.
Swim Outdoors at Droitwich Lido
We are lucky to have an amazing outdoor swimming pool in Worcestershire. Droitwich Lido is brilliant for swimming on a sunny day. The set up here is clean, well organised and fun. It’s great for kids and adults.
You can book a swim session up to 2 days in advance. For hardy outdoor swimmers there are early morning swim sessions before 9am and winter swims too. Fair weather swimmers who like it be warm can swim during the summer months at one of the daytime slots. In the summer, there’s a 6pm adult only swim session if you prefer to swim without kids.
Find out more at Droitwich Lido.
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