SEVERN STOKE, WORCESTERSHIRE
There’s something for everyone at Croome, with its acres of parkland, a historic house, wartime museum, and children's play areas. The vast parkland was landscaped by a young ‘Capability’ Brown and is dotted with statues, temples and follies. An ideal place to walk the dog, or enjoy a sit down on one of the many NT deckchairs around the place. Croome Court was the home of the 6th Earl of Coventry, who inherited the estate at 28 years old in the mid 18th century. The 6th Earl was good at spotting emerging new talent, so alongside ‘Capability’ Brown he also commissioned the up-and-coming architect Robert Adam to work on the house. Today, ongoing renovation work is restoring Croome to its former glory; creating new and unique experiences for the visitor. Families can explore the parkland, or have fun in the wild play area and RAF-themed playground. Restored wartime buildings tell the fascinating story of the once-secret airbase of RAF Defford in the 1940s. Photo credits: church & lake and urn - David Noton; family - Whitecube Photography; fireplace - Layton Thompson; walking in parkland - Arnhel De Serra.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Croome Court only accessible to wheelchair users via stairclimber
- Facilities: Manual & electric wheelchairs available on loan, Braille & large print guides, induction loops, shuttle bus between entrance & court
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: House open daily Jan-11 Feb 11-4; 12 Feb-6 Nov 11-4.30; 6 Nov-22 Dec 11-4; 26-31 Dec 11-4. Closed 24-25 Dec. Park, restaurant and shop open Jan-11 Feb 10-4.30, 12 Feb-6 Nov 10-5; 6 Nov-22 Dec 10-4.30; 26-31 Dec 10-4.30 (last admission 30 mi
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About the area
Worcestershire is a county of rolling hills, save for the flat Vale of Evesham in the east and the prominent spine of the Malverns in the west. Nearly all of the land is worked in some way; arable farming predominates – oilseed rape, cereals and potatoes – but there are concentrated areas of specific land uses, such as market gardening and plum growing.
Worcester is the county town, and home to Worcestershire County Cricket Club, which has what some regard as the most attractive grounds in the country, in a delightful setting with views of Worcester Cathedral. The Malverns, Great and Little, set on the slopes of the Malvern Hills, are renowned for their refinement. Great Malvern, terraced on its hillside site, came to prominence as a genteel spa for well-to-do Victorians, rivalling the likes of Bath, Buxton and Cheltenham with its glorious surroundings.
Sir Edward Elgar was a Worcester man, and his statue stands on the High Street, facing the cathedral. The cottage where he was born is now a museum and he is commemorated on the £20 note. Other notable Worcestershire figures include poet A E Housman, chocolate magnate George Cadbury; and Lea and Perrins, inventors of Worcestershire sauce.
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