Our Guide to a Weekend Getaway Exploring the Malvern Hills in Spring

The Malvern Hills is a pretty spectacular place to visit all year round, but nothing compares to the beauty of the Malverns in spring. As we emerge from the winter months, new lambs gambol around in fields, furry friends uncurl from their winter hibernation, and the fields burst with colourful life, with blooming flowers at every turn. If you’re planning a spring break to the Malvern Hills, keep reading to discover the perfect itinerary to experience the very best of the area over one weekend.

Bluebells along Jubilee Drive on the Malvern Hills


Friday Night

When you arrive in the Malvern Hills, we know the first thing on everyone’s mind will be where to find top-notch food! A short drive into the centre of Great Malvern will give you plenty of options for a meal which will tantalise your taste buds.

One of our favourite haunts is Anupam, one of Malvern’s oldest established restaurants. This is Indian dining at its finest, with wonderful aromas and delicious flavours that are guaranteed to please all tastes. They’ve even got a great selection of vegetarian and vegan options available.

A wonderful way to spend a mild spring evening is to explore the beauty of Great Malvern at night, before or after you settle down, to enjoy a tasty evening meal. There are some great independent bars and pubs to try out, and the Great Malvern Priory looks absolutely stunning at night.


Saturday Morning

If you’re an early bird, start your day with a relaxing dip in the hot tub while watching the glorious sunrise over Swallowfields. Alternatively, pour yourself a hot cup of coffee and gear up for the day as you catch the first light from your peaceful deck.

Take in the fresh air with a spring walk around the Malvern Hills to find the beautiful bluebells in bloom. It’s often thought that half of the world’s bluebells are in the UK, and half of the UK’s bluebells pop up in the Malvern Hills!

As the spring breeze warms the hills from mid-April, these delicate blue flowers bloom in their thousands. A great place to see the stunning carpets of bluebells is Jubilee Drive, accessible via a short walk from Black Hill car park. If you do visit these sacred flowers, take care where you’re walking as they’re protected from picking and digging up by the Wildlife and Countryside Act (1981). It’s really easy to stick to the dedicated footpaths so that the bluebells can continue to be enjoyed year after year.

Finish off your walk with a visit to the Kettle Sings café, a beautiful spot to put your feet up. A super dog friendly cafe famous for its spectacular views looking out west across the countryside from high up on the side of the Malvern Hills.

Saturday Afternoon

A spring trip to the Malvern Hills wouldn’t be complete without exploring a beautiful English heritage spot. Witley Court and Gardens is an idyllic place to spend a sunny Saturday afternoon in the Malverns, with intricately designed gardens, including the spectacular Perseus and Andromeda fountain, and a fantastic wilderness play area.

The historic landscaped gardens of Witley Court are a wonderful place to settle down with a picnic, breathe in the sweet spring air, and soak up the stunning surrounding views of the estate. Step back in time to an age of great wealth when the house played host to royal parties. It’s a magical world for children and adults to explore.


Saturday Night

After a busy day discovering the Malvern Hills’ natural beauty, you’ll want to find the perfect spot to put your feet up and enjoy a tasty evening meal. The Swan Inn at Hanley Swan is Worcestershire’s best gastropub. The cosy inn has a home-from-home feeling, with amazing locally sourced ingredients transformed by dedicated chefs into outrageously great dishes. Their classic menu has plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans, and on a mild spring evening, you can even drink and dine in their outdoor seating area.

For any passionate foodies out there, we’d also recommend visiting Pensons, a coveted Michelin-starred restaurant that celebrates the very best that the local area has to offer. The Head Chef serves flavour-led seasonal menus with an ethos based on the belief that great cooking starts with the quality, seasonality and freshness of the ingredients. Pensons is around 45 minutes from Swallowfields, but it’s worth the drive!


Sunday Morning

On your final morning in the Malvern Hills, head back into the centre of Great Malvern, where your journey began, and visit the Mulberry Tree for a delightful breakfast to set you up for the day ahead.

You can help yourself to a range of cereals and fresh fruit from their continental buffet or indulge in a full English breakfast made with fresh, local ingredients. They even have a great brunch menu, including American-style pancakes, egg and bacon bloomers, and tasty pastries. Take a long, hot sip of their freshly brewed barista coffee or traditional English breakfast tea, or try their selection of refreshing brunch cocktails and revitalising fruit juices.

If you’d rather take your last morning a bit slower, stay in your luxury accommodation and order a Swallowfields breakfast hamper. It’ll be delivered to your lodge in time for a delicious breakfast in bed!



Spring Staycations at Swallowfields Luxury Glamping Retreat

The Malvern Hills has so much to offer the whole family this spring, and Swallowfields is the ideal place to return to after days filled with adventure and discovery. Our safari lodges boast a touch of 1920s glitz and glamour, offering all the comfort and luxury you could want to make your glamping retreat unforgettable – from spa treatments to an adventure castle and so much more! Book your Malvern Hills glamping getaway today!

  • WELLBEING BREAKS

    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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  • FAMILY BREAKS

    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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  • ACTIVITY BREAKS

    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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  • DOG FRIENDLY BREAKS

    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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