In Love with the Malvern Hills

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought it would be a good idea to explore one of our greatest loves – the Malvern Hills. Whether you want to visit museums and galleries, try out some independent cafés and restaurants, or embark on a hiking adventure across the Malvern Hills, this beautiful area really does offer everything you could possibly want from a countryside staycation.

We’ve compiled a list of some unmissable places and activities to ensure your stay in the Malvern Hills is packed full of adventure and culture.

Witley Court

If you’re looking to take a leisurely stroll through some gorgeous gardens whilst admiring the stunning views, Witley Court is well worth a visit. This wonderful English Heritage property boasts beautifully kept gardens and wild woodlands just waiting to be explored. There’s plenty for visitors to see and do, including the great crested grebe fishing in the lake!

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Great Malvern Priory

The Great Malvern Priory is one of the country’s greatest parish churches, steeped in almost 1000 years of history. This is one spectacular site that heritage lovers will find fascinating, with a collection of stained-glass windows dating back to the 15th Century and the largest collection of medieval floor and wall tiles.

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Green Frog Pottery

Try something different and enjoy painting your own special pottery designs at Green Frog Pottery! The perfect activity for some chilled-out family fun, you can choose to paint your own mugs, plates, bowls, tealight holders, money boxes, animals, dragons, fairies, princesses, and monsters.

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Malvern Theatres

A centre for drama and entertainment, Malvern Theatres is home to the latest film releases, sensational live music acts, and world class theatre. Welcoming productions from the West End, the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre, the Malvern Theatre sees a diverse range of work on its stage. The restaurant and bars are also ideal for a quick drink or bite to eat pre- or post-production.

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Hot Air Balloon Rides over Worcestershire

Ever wanted to know what Worcestershire looks like from a birds-eye view? With Virgin Balloon Hot Air Balloon Rides over Worcestershire, you can experience the thrill of a lifetime as you drift higher and higher above the skyline, surrounded by miles upon miles of beautiful countryside. Watch the majestic River Severn become smaller as it winds through the historic buildings and keep an eye out for the imposing 12th Century Worcester Cathedral and the black and white Tudor houses of New Street and Friar Street.

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Priory Park

Priory Park provides a tranquil centre to Great Malvern, bordered by the Malvern Theatres, Malvern Splash Leisure Complex and the Council House. Filled with beautiful mature trees, Priory Park surrounds a large duck pond which is spanned by multiple bridges. A Victorian bandstand proudly stands in the park, hosting free Sunday afternoon concerts during the summer months. A children’s play area also makes it the perfect place for some family fun and a relaxing afternoon stroll.

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Castlemorton Common

Castlemorton Common is a glorious expanse of land, offering a variety of exciting walking, running, and cycling routes suitable for all ages and abilities.

A designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, Castlemorton Common is home to some very rare flora and fauna. Once part of the vast Royal hunting grounds of the Malvern Chase under King James I, Castlemorton Common is the largest remaining tract of unenclosed public land.

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Clive’s Fruit Farm and Farm Shop

With a children’s play area and wildlife trail, Clive’s Fruit Farm and Farm Shop is a wonderful place for families to explore. Ready picked fruits and vegetables are available straight from the farm, including samples of strawberries, raspberries, and other fruits for visitors to try. You can also stop at Clive’s Café if browsing all that fresh produce has built up an appetite!

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Stanbrook Abbey Hotel

From heritage dining rooms to stylish lounges and a contemporary bar, there’s plenty to discover at the Stanbrook Abbey Hotel. Their newly refurbished restaurant, The Refectory, offers a relaxed menu of modern British food, inspired by each season. You can also visit the contemporary George’s Bar, which serves tasty bar food and an extensive selection of beverages within a bright and airy atmosphere.

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Afternoon Tea at Cottage in the Wood

Indulge in a delicious Afternoon Tea whilst overlooking glorious panoramic views of the English countryside in the restaurant at the Cottage in the Wood hotel. Packed full of flavour, the three-tiered Afternoon Tea includes traditional finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam, and a selection of homemade patisseries and decadent cakes.

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Walking Trails

The Malvern Hills provide the perfect opportunity to soak up the beauty of the English countryside. With walks from Wyche to Wynds Point, British Camp to Swinyard Hill and around the Worcestershire Beacon, there’s an endless expanse of open land to explore. Spot the wildlife and woodland creatures, breath-taking lakes, and sensational scenic views as you adventure through the Malvern Hills.

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Two Ways to Enhance Your Stay in the Malvern Hills

We want to ensure that you thoroughly enjoy your stay in the Malvern Hills as much as possible, so we’re sharing our top tips to make it a trip you’ll never forget.

1) Visit Independent Shops and Restaurants

Malvern boasts a fantastic selection of independent cafés, restaurants and pubs, including The Anchor Inn, The Talbot and Three Choirs Vineyards. Step out of your comfort zone and indulge in the tastes of some delicious local cuisine – who knows, you might discover somewhere new and exciting!

2) Explore Malvern’s Town Centres

Malvern is the Victorian spa town nestled at the bottom of the Malvern Hills. It features three town centres – Great Malvern, Barnards Green and Malvern Link. All three towns feature independent retailers a-plenty including arts and craft shops, galleries, boutiques and more. Browse new and second-hand bookshops, as well as quality fashion and food. The local lifestyle attracts artists and craftspeople from near and far, so you’re guaranteed to find some delightful works on show in shops and galleries.

Explore the Malvern Hills with Swallowfields Luxury Glamping Retreat

Swallowfields Luxury Glamping Retreat is tucked away in the heart of the glorious Worcestershire countryside, making it the perfect place to stay while you explore the Malvern Hills. Offering an on-site spa, shop, cycle hire and even a nature hideout, Swallowfields is a glamping experience like no other. Book your ultimate nature spa retreat with us now!


    Malvern has long been associated with healthy living, ever since it originated as a spa town. Many benefits have been linked to its spring water, as well as people. Charles Darwin, Queen Victoria and Florence Nightingale are all said to have enjoyed its therapeutic qualities.

    It’s a legacy that’s lived right on to this day and one we wholeheartedly embrace. Not only are we fortunate to be nestled at the foot of the Malvern Hills, we live and breathe nature and its many benefits.

    There’s no pounding the treadmill at Swallowfields, just beautiful walks with wonderful vistas provided by nature. Come visit our retreat and enhance your wellbeing in the best way for you, from reading a book and taking naps in your own hammock to cooking on a campfire and enjoying spa treatments. Our world awaits you…

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    Nothing beats a great family break! When you laugh so much your sides hurt and enjoy yourself so much, you’re thinking, talking (and giggling) about it for many weeks to come.

    Swallowfields is geared up for families. You’ll find that all of our safari lodges, which easily sleep six people, are located on a child-friendly site. There are also plenty of things for the whole family to see and do too.

    Take a wander in our lovely wildflower meadow, toast marshmallows on the camp fire, explore the Malvern Hills and beyond and check out our Adventure Castle and Nature Hideout! You can even bring the dog too!

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    You just bring yourself, we’ll point you in the direction of the action! And there’s lots of it!

    Maybe you want to challenge yourself and try something different, like paddleboarding or kayaking, or perhaps you want to practice your favourite hobby, such as mountain biking or hiking?

    There are lots of things to do all around Swallowfields and, when you’re back at your lodge, there’s a relaxing hot tub waiting for you.

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    We’re animal-lovers here at Swallowfields and we understand that your dog is a big part of your family, so why leave them behind?

    They’ll be right at home in our pet-friendly safari lodges. There’s oodles of room for them, their bed, bowls and fave toy! All that we ask, is that you keep them on a lead when walking around on-site and don’t leave them unattended.

    For just £25 per dog, per stay*, you can make sure the entire family get their hands (and paws) on our wonderful glamping experience! Oh, and don’t forget to ask us about our complimentary doggie essentials pack too!

    * Maximum of two dogs per lodge

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