(Last Updated On: 31st July 2018)

Pershore is situated on the River Avon, approximately 10 miles from Worcester and 6 miles from Evesham. Pershore can be reached direct by rail from London Paddington or via Worcester from Birmingham and the North. There are also good bus connections and Junction 7 of the M5 motorway is only 7 miles from Pershore. 

Pershore is an unspoiled, picturesque Market Town, famed for its elegant Georgian architecture and magnificent Abbey. It is surrounded by beautiful countryside and picturesque villages and is a haven for cyclists and ramblers. Pershore is renowned for its independent shops which offer the discerning shopper an extensive range of purchases. Some of these are advertised on the Shopping in Pershore website. Pershore also has many specialist shops, an undercover market and welcoming pubs and restaurants. It also has its own Number 8 Community Arts Centre with an exciting programme of events.

Many of the buildings along Bridge Street and Broad Street are listed. Poets such as John Betjeman have been inspired by Pershore’s beauty and its old-world charm is sure to entice you back time and time again.

Food Scene

The Bell, Eckington

Situated in the rural village of Eckington, this family run country pub will offer you a warm and welcoming atmosphere, whatever the reason for your visit. Serving excellent food and fine wine you’ll find The Bell is a perfect choice.

The Swan Inn, Birlingham

Situated in a beautiful Worcestershire country village, the pretty thatched Swan Inn opens Tuesday to Sunday to serve delicious home cooked food, well kept real ales, ciders and lagers in a traditional village pub setting.

Eckington Manor

Your time at Eckington Manor can be spent exactly as you please, brushing up on your cookery skills, sampling some of the delicious foods on offer or simply soaking up the countryside air. Whatever your wish, their friendly team will ensure that you have a wonderful and memorable time here.

Pershore Deli

A renowned destination for people who love great food and great service. Whether it’s a quick bite to eat from our sandwich bar, something special for dinner or catering your private or corporate event; we are here to make it special.

Thai Legends, Pershore

Our Thai chefs combine so much effort and skills into producing your Thai food and we make every effort to present to you in traditional Thai style.

Drinks & Nightlife

The Queen Elizabeth, Elmley Castle

Our aim is to be a welcoming, comfortable hostelry in the great tradition of this 16th century building.  Whether you are looking for a quick drink with friends, a warming cup of coffee and pastries, a good value bar snack or a more formal meal to celebrate a special event, the Queen Elizabeth is the right place to come!

The Pickled Plum, Pershore

With 6 real ales on hand pulls, 4 craft lagers, a varied selection of ciders, not forgetting the Guinness, we believe we offer the most varied drinks selection in the area. Add to this a choice of wines from around the world and a number of “interesting” spirits and there’s no excuse for not finding something to “tickle your fancy” or “Pickle your Plum” as we like to say.

The Dolphin Inn

Comfortably updated village pub with good reasonably priced food.


Croome Court

At the heart of the park, Croome Court, the former home of the 6th Earl of Coventry is a light, open space. Displays created by collaborating, as the Earl once did, with emerging new craftsmen and designers to create a house and garden into a landscape to remember.

Pershore Abbey

Pershore Abbey, at Pershore in Worcestershire, was an Anglo-Saxon abbey and is now an Anglican parish church, the Church of the Holy Cross.

Coughton Court

Coughton Court is a Tudor courtyard house that was altered after being damaged during the Civil War. Its most remarkable feature is the great gatehouse, built in the first half of the 16th century for Sir George Throckmorton, whose family held the estate from 1409. This central, 3-storey stone structure features battlemented octagonal angle-turrets and a double-storey oriel, flanked by Gothic stone wings. The interior features Gothick plasterwork and a fan-vaulted hall. The Throckmortons were a prominent recusant family.

Snowshill Manor

The National Trust’s Snowshill Manor and Garden, Gloucestershire, is a Cotswold manor house packed with extraordinary treasures.

Hidcote Manor Garden

The National Trust’s Hidcote, Gloucestershire, is an Arts and Crafts garden in the north Cotswolds.

Parks & Nature

Tiddesley Wood

A semi-natural ancient woodland nature reserve important for butterflies, wildflowers and birds.

Showborough House Sculpture Garden

Showborough House opens its garden every spring to host the Affordable Garden Art Competition and Exhibition. A wide variety of good but affordable sculpture, mostly by local or emerging sculptors, can be seen in the natural setting.

Spetchley Park Gardens

Spetchley has been home to the Berkeley family for over 400 years and successive generations have lovingly collected rare plants, shrubs and trees from around the world, creating a wondrous garden of many rooms and vistas that appeal to all ages and tastes. Surrounded by ancient parkland, deer park and lakes, this historic garden is set in the wonderful Worcestershire countryside with far reaching views to the Malvern Hills.

Bredon Hill

Bredon Hill is a haven for walkers and cyclists alike. The varied landscape of Bredon Hill provides features and sites of interest  for everyone to enjoy. The Hill is the largest outlying hill of the Cotswold’s and is wholly located in the county Worcestershire, it rises to 981 feet with a folly at the top taking the total height to 1000 ft. It is one of the 176 classified Marilyns of England. Situated within sight of Pershore, Evesham and Tewkesbury it dominates the skyline from all approaches. The hill has a variety of paths  and trails that provide opportunities for circular walks and point to point adventures  if transport can be arranged.  From the summit you have the wonderful panoramic views of the Cotswold escarpment, Vale of Evesham, the Malvern hills and the Severn Valley.

Malvern Hills

The Malvern Hills, which divide the beautiful English countryside of Herefordshire and Worcestershire, are a great destination for walkers of all ages and abilities, whether you are interested in a gentle stroll along a tree-lined path or an energetic trek along the ridge of the Malvern Hills.

Arts & Culture

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

Contemporary art and craft exhibitions. There are also many events and activities and talks and tours can be arranged for group visits.

Royal Shakespeare Company

The Royal Shakespeare Company is a major British theatre company, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. The company employs over 1000 staff and produces around 20 productions a year.

Cheltenham Festivals

One organisation, four extraordinary Cheltenham Festivals: Jazz, Science, Music and Literature. We also run extensive education and outreach programmes.

Roses Theatre

A busy and popular theatre and cinema which boasts a huge variety of live events, films, workshops and activities, exhibitions and festivals; as well as a coffee shop and bar to relax in.

The Regal, Evesham

Restored art deco cinema with coffee shop and gallery which becomes a wine bar in the evening. The cinema hosts a broad range of events including art exhibitions, an educational program that includes keynote lectures, live music, acoustic live music.

Sudeley Castle & Gardens

Rated amongst the top attractions in the Cotswolds, the castle rooms and exhibits contain many fascinating treasures, from ancient Roman times to the present day. The castle is surrounded by a breathtaking 1,200 acre estate and ten award-winning gardens. The centrepiece is the Queens Garden, so named because four of England’s queens – Anne Boleyn, Katherine Parr, Lady Jane Grey and Elizabeth I – once walk ed upon the original Tudor Parterre. The Pheasantry at Sudeley houses a collection of 16 rare and endangered species of birds from around the world as part of Sudeley’s programme of breeding and conservation.

Entertainment & Activities

Sixways Stadium – Worcester Rugby Club

Professional rugby club with regular fixtures, a kids’ study centre plus community-based events.

Cheltenham Racecourse

Cheltenham racecourse, the jewel in Jump racing’s crown, plays host to the best jumping action in the world from 350 spectacular acres in the lee of the beautiful Cotswold hills. Whether you’re here on a crisp bright October day or a balmy evening in May, you’ll feel that unmistakeable Cheltenham magic. The racing, the setting, the tradition and history, the shared sense of enjoyment all combine to give everyone, from those sampling our finest hospitality to the racegoers on the course, an experience they’ll never forget.

Malvern Spa

Embrace tranquility and relaxation by unwinding with a luxury spa day.

Malvern Splash

Malvern Splash Leisure Complex is one of the best swimming & fitness facilities in the area. It has a Swimming pool with wave machine, slides, gym and fitness class programme.


Walking & Cycling in Pershore

To the top of Bredon Hill from Elmley Castle

Start Point: Elmley Castle
Type: Circular
Distance: 7kms – Some steep climbs

Start – Head in to the Village towards the Church and park on the main road

Walk to The Queens Public House and turn right along the side of pub . After the last house on the left (approx. 200mtrs ) there is a short-cut footpath across a field that cuts the corner off the 90° left-hand bend. Proceed up Hill Lane towards Hill House Farm, passing many interesting properties as you go. You will eventually go up through a small wooded track and through a gate into an open field. After approx. 15 metres the paths diverge at this point, take the right hand path, and follow the stony track straight ahead of you, winding up the hill until you reach a flat field in front of you, with a gate and track off to your left going on up the hill, take this left track. Follow the track which bears off to the left this is small steep section ,going through an open gate, until eventually you reach a wooded gate and grass bank junction at the entrance to a wooded area.

Go through the gate and walk up through the small woodland, going through a gate thats join a path. Crossing the path through a gate off to your left, continue climbing up the hill. After 50Mtrs you are at the summit. Carry on over, going through a hunting gate into a lovely grassy field, which heads down to Lalu Farm on your right. At the bottom of the field a five bar gate leads into Lalu farm courtyard, go through the courtyard and take an immediate left out through another 5 bar gate. [3] Turn hard right and follow a stony track towards the western end of the hill. Go through two gates which now lead you into a field, with raised grass covered earthworks and moats, keep heading west and you will reach the Tower, [4] which offers a lovely view on a clear day. The towers of the Severn Bridge to your left, Malvern hills ahead and heading towards Birmingham on your right. Off to the north of the tower is plate set in to a stone plinth giving you precise directions of what you might be able to see.

When you leave the tower, you keep the tower behind you and the stone wall on your left hand side, walk around the edge of the field, with views of  the villages of Eckington, Great & Little Comberton and Pershore Town. The Green Domed tower on Pershore Abbey is quite distinctive on your left. Pass through a 5 bar gate and continue along the ridge for about 100mtrs the path will split follow the path off to the left which will head down the hill and run along the top of a wooded area. This brings you to the cross roads of footpaths you used on the ascent. Go straight over and take the direct route back down the hill, as you descend you can view off to your right the location of where Elmley Castle once stood, as you descend you will once again meeting the more gentle path, just as you go on through the wooded , back to hill lane and return to the Queens Public House.

Great Comberton

Start: Great Comberton to the top of Bredon Hill
Type: Circular
Distance: 13Km- Some Moderate climbs

The walk begins beside the telephone box in Great Comberton.Walk up Church Street for about 240 mtrs and turn right to go through the churchyard; leave by a gate and continue to follow the path until you reach the road. Continue down the stem of the T-junction. In the dip find a stile on the left. Ascend two fields, with a stream on your left. After 100mtrs in the third there is a signpost.

Turn right, initially beside trees. Soon a good farm track strikes across a meadow. Ahead is a perfect view of the Malvern Hills. Follow way markers for the next 1½ miles taking the gravel driveway beside Woollas Hall and skirting St Catherine’s Farm. Take a hard track, later tarmac, down into Bredon’s Norton. After the first few houses you reach a junction.

Keep ahead for 100 mtrs to another junction. Turn right if visiting St Giles’ Church; otherwise go ahead again, then round a left bend. Go into a field, to the right of two buildings – there’s a way marker on telegraph pole. Now follow an excellent track steadily upwards, through several gates, eventually swinging south east, for approx 1km. Less than 100mtrs beyond a single marker post reach a T-junction with ‘no right of way’ ahead.

Turn left. Soon go half right along a field edge, then right to walk along the wooded escarpment ridge, before open field leads to the triangulation pillar. Continue through the great fortifications and past an 18th-century tower called Parson’s Folly, Mr Parson having lived at nearby Kemerton. There’s a topograph here too. I could see Sugar Loaf, near Abergavenny, 49 miles (79km) away. Follow the escarpment eastwards. Pass a small plantation, then follow a wire fence, slightly descending, for over ¼ mile ), to a wood.

Don’t enter the wood; turn left, beside it. Within 150yds (137m), bend right to a junction. Turn left, down a green hollow. At Doctor’s Wood veer left to cross an oddly level field (note the absence of contours on the suggested map). Descend steeply through Cames Coomb, along a wide, well-horsed path. Briefly follow a level forestry road, then leave the trees, descending on a scalpings track for 400 mts ignore the paths at this point and walk a further 375 mts on the good track to find a path on the left, initially between two hedges.

Follow this path for 250 mtrs over then over a small hill the path will will bear right then left and will come to hard track – back into Great Comberton. Turn right to the telephone box.


We know that for some events it is lovely to have someone else come in and do the cooking, so we have selected a few caterers that we know and can recommend with confidence to make your holiday extra special.

Suzanne Russell

Wonderful food, well worth getting them in for a night off of catering!

Two Master Chef finalists are local to us:

Andrew Kojima who owns Koj in Cheltenham

Ben Axford 

http://benaxford.comBen also does brilliant cookery school events. Great for weekends, mid-week breaks or parties.

Matt Leach

Matt has a wide range of sample menus across budgets and his food is wonderful.

Mark Ramshaw

Feast for the Senses – Mark loves what he does and is a perfectionist. Fab food.

Love Plants

Plant based catering run by Sarah and Ashleigh.

They will cater for you and also offer cookery demonstrations at Parsons Pleck for you if you wish.

Marion New

Provides wonderful home cooked suppers to be ready waiting for you when you arrive. If you have had a long journey there is nothing better

Do plan ahead – if you are looking to engage a caterer contact them in good time to avoid disappointment. And do let us know how you get on with any of our recommendations. We would like to be able to add reviews to our handbook and Bolthole Retreats Facebook Page, thank you.