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Things to do in Shropshire

Amazing, fun things to do in Shropshire, days out in and around Shropshire to help keep you and your whole family entertained for hours! Family days out and great places for kids to go in Shropshire.

Things to do in Kidderminster

Kidderminster itself has a couple of interesting things to do, but the best thing when looking for things to do in Kidderminster is to take a trip on the Severn Valley Railway!

Severn Valley Railway

We did just that. We caught the steam train one gloriously sunny Friday morning. It was so nostalgic getting into the train’s carriage. I was reminded of days gone by when I used to catch a steam train to school. I’m not that old, but the train went from Mombasa to Nairobi back in the 1960s. This one goes to Bridgnorth and back. It took around an hour and a half. We had been given a guide book that details the things to do and see along the way. The most exciting bit was when we passed the West Midlands Safari Park and saw two enormous rhino. We learnt that the railway is staffed by 1,300 volunteers! The ultimate job for all those men who wanted to be train drivers when they grew up.

Things to do in Kidderminster - Severn Valley Railway
Things to do in Kidderminster - A little bit of Spain

A little bit of Spain

Bridgnorth is such a picturesque historic market town. On arrival in Bridgnorth we wandered around the castle before heading to our lunch venue. We had a table booked at a tapas restaurant which we’d heard was excellent. The recommendation was a good one and we thoroughly enjoyed all the little tapas dishes we chose. It did feel a bit weird though eating Spanish food in the middle of Shropshire.

Cliff Railway

After lunch we went on the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway. Its the oldest and steepest inland funicular in the UK and only £1.60 return per person. We thoroughly enjoyed the short trip down the cliff face and the wander along the riverside. We picked up an ice-cream and then headed back to the station to catch the train back to Kidderminster. A really fun and memorable day out. Next time we plan to catch the train to Bewdley for lunch and back again! Watch this space.

Things to do in Kidderminster - Cliff Railway

We have Treasure Trails in Kidderminster, Bridgnorth and Bewdley so there is no excuse not to do at least one of them if you follow in our footsteps.

10th October 2017

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Things to do in the Shropshire Hills

The Shropshire hills are an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Church Stretton is the only town lying in the hills. There are so many things to do in the area, we were spoiled for choice when we spent a day there recently.

The Long Mynd

Driving up the Long Mynd from Church Stretton is quite a hair raising experience, but not as scary as driving down again on the other side! The roads are narrow and the drops are steep. I had heard that the Victorians called the area Little Switzerland and I can quite see why. The views from the top are fantastic.

We saw lots of wild ponies and their foals too which was a treat. We bought a picnic in one of the independent delicatessens in Church Stretton. Eating it sitting on the top of a mountain was great fun.

Things to do in the Shropshire Hills - The Long Mynd
Things to do in the Shropshire Hills - Gliding


If you are brave enough you can go gliding on the top of Long Mynd. The Midland Gliding Club sign says “why not try a Trial Lesson in a two seater glider right now”. I was really tempted.

Instead we parked at the side of the road and watched for a while. We then drove to Pole Cottage, close to the gliding club, parked the car and walked up to Pole Bank. There is a fully accessible path to the highest point at Pole Bank. Yet more stunning views. 

Carding Mill Valley

We finished our day in Carding Mill Valley. We didn’t have any children with us, but resolved that next time we are entertaining families with children, we will bring them here. 

There is a shallow stream to paddle in and dam up. There are short slopes to slide down on piece of cardboard. A shop and a cafe are available for refreshments. And if you are National Trust members, then the car parking is free!

Things to do in the Shropshire Hills - Carding Mill Valley

We had started our day by testing the Church Stretton Treasure Trail and were delighted that we achieved more than 10,000 steps each! We will definitely going back again soon.

26th September 2017

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