Make a weekend of it!
We welcome people from all over the UK to Holloways on a regular basis and they never regret their journey. Not only because of us, but to visit this delightful and fascinating part of the English countryside that we are lucky enough to call home.
We thought you might like a short guide about how to spend your time if you make a weekend of it...
Where to Stay
We have listed a variety of different places to stay nearby on our website. Choose from grand hotels, a modern spa, or a farmhouse B&B. You could stay in a Stanbrook Abbey, a converted monastery and Pugin Abbey, or Mrs Thatcher’s former hideaway, The Cottage in the Wood on the side of the Hills, or have an authentic Farm Stay experience at Chirkenhill or Huntsland Farm. To see the full list click here >
Day 1 – Holloways
You will probably spend most of your first day at Holloways, browsing around our showrooms and courtyards and eating a delicious lunch in The Glasshouse Café. We serve a hearty breakfast, lunch, available all day, and a traditional English afternoon tea. Tempt yourself with our latest menus.
For the next day of your visit you are in for a treat! We are situated in a beautiful part of the country, near to the historic cathedral city of Worcester and the Malvern Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. There is a lot to do here and many interesting places to visit.
Take a walk on the Hills
The Malvern Hills have been described as a mountain range in miniature. The eight-mile ridge contains some of the oldest rocks in Britain and the craggy outline is reminiscent of the uplands further west into Wales.
There is a wide variety of walks, from short and gently graded slopes to more strenuous options such as the ‘end to end’. The backbone of the Hills themselves is a ridge running roughly north to south, to the west of Great Malvern. This makes it quite easy to work out roughly where you are, most of the time. It is wide open near the ridge line – with excellent views but also windy. From the top you can see much of Herefordshire and Gloucestershire, the Welsh border mountains, the Shropshire Hills and across the valleys of the Severn and Avon to the Cotswold Hills.
Be careful - most of the direction signs on the hills are low to the ground, in stone – and only at some main path junctions. They can be easy to miss.
British Camp - A Hill Fort
The British Camp is an Iron Age hill fort located at the top of Herefordshire Beacon. The hill fort is protected as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and is owned and maintained by Malvern Hills Conservators. The fort was probably constructed in the 2nd century BC. The extensive earthworks remain clearly visible today and determine the shape of the hill. It’s fascinating to think of the man hours it took to create these defences!
For garden lovers – The Malvern Spring Garden Show
In May the Three Counties Showground opens its doors to the RHS Malvern Spring Festival. Set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with the glorious Malvern Hills as a backdrop, the show's spring fever will delight visitors and create a fabulous family day out to remember.
Inspired by what you have seen, pay a visit to Holloways afterwards to see if we can make some of your new garden ideas a reality. From a new pot for a special plant you have bought, to a fabulous set of garden furniture for that new terrace, we have plenty of inspiration.
There is a calendar of interesting events throughout the year at the Three Counties Showground. Visit their website to see what’s on when you are here.
Visit Edward Elgar’s birthplace
The Firs, Elgar’s birthplace and its Visitor Centre is nearby at Lower Broadheath, between Holloways and Worcester, and a good place to stop on the way here. You can visit the house and gardens he lived in as a child, and the adjacent museum offers a fascinating insight into the life and music, family and friends, and musical inspirations of Sir Edward Elgar.
Elgar found the countryside - the peace and quiet, the views, sounds and smells - inspiring and, early in 1898, began to look for a cottage in the countryside to use as a retreat from the pressures and disturbances of Malvern. The property they found, Birchwood Lodge at Great Storridge, is only a couple of miles from Holloways.
Elgar loved Birchwood Lodge beyond any of his other homes apart from the Birthplace itself. Here he completed Caractacus, itself set among the hills that Elgar could now gaze upon from his study window, and here composed the whole of The Dream of Gerontius.
The City of Worcester
Surrounded by glorious landscapes and charming, historic towns and villages, the city has a rich history of culture, architecture and events of international importance.
There is a wealth of fascinating, beautiful and exciting places to visit in the City - from the majestic cathedral on the banks of the Severn, to Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum and Visitor Centre, The Commandery and its Civil War history and the remarkable medieval interiors of the city centre’s Greyfriars.
The compact city centre is ideal for strolling, sightseeing and shopping. There is a great mixture of ancient buildings, modern shopping, street cafés and riverside walks - guaranteed to reward you with a relaxing and entertaining visit.
An evening out at Malvern Theatres
You have exhausted yourself with a walk on the hills, eaten well at The Glasshouse Café – so how to relax in the evening? A visit to Malvern Theatres is highly recommended. The theatre complex boasts one of the most diverse selections of plays, music, comedy, dance, film and education work to be found under a single roof anywhere in the country.
Depending on when you are here, you could see a pre-West End play, a touring musical, a contemporary dance company, and always the latest film on release.
There is so much more here to see and do, I am sure you will be tempted to return. We haven’t even told you about the magnificent landscapes at Croome Park and the romantic ruin of Witley Court and its magnificent fountain. We can tell you about them when we see you…