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Family Day Out Around Wyre Forest

  • Sophie
  • 12th June 2014

If you've been monkeying around in the trees of the Wyre Forest and want things to do in the area for your family day out before or after.

Kidderminster is on your doorstep. There are various options and, while we're not big fans of scheduling, we understand it's sometimes necessary when you have your little monkeys in tow. To help you on your way, here are a few ideas.

What to do?

If you've spent the morning at Go Ape but want to continue hanging out in the trees, why not go on a stroll through the Wyre Forest? The forest is said to be one of the most scenic places in the midlands, so make the most of it while you're here! There are loads of trails to choose from organised by the Forestry Commission, depending on how little their legs are. These include the Buzzard trail, exploring the depths of the forest, the two-mile Woodpecker Trail described as walking into the "valley of the giants", and the Wren Trail taking you past the curly-whirly tree sculpture, all of which can be made more interesting by the 16 information boards dotted around. There are numerous species to look out for in the forest, but keep your eyes peeled for mink, deer, fallow and polecats.

Where to eat?

Described as "a little treasure in the heart of the midlands", the Old Village Store is a family-run café located in the quintessentially-English village of Wolverley, just outside Kidderminster. It offers scrumptious snacks, imaginative sarnies and afternoon tea. Examples include goat's cheese and damson chutney and crab and prawn. Treat your kids to a well-earned cake: raspberry and rose and coconut and lime are two of the most popular. Sit down by the stream in the winter, or snuggle up by the wood burner on a frosty day.

And something for a rainy day?

Looking for a trip down memory lane? Hartlebury Castle and Museum is an amazing place to explore and offers something for both kids and grown-ups alike. Whether you want to swot up on toys from the past, teach your children a bit about social history or learn about travel and transport (there's a colourful display of Gypsy caravans), this is a fun yet informative way to spend a few hours.

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