Malvern Hills

Five reasons to visit The Malverns

Be surprised and delighted by what you can discover in The Malverns in the autumn.

Enjoy local produce, visit historical gems and stride the hills, which turn into a vast palette of red, gold and orange hues.

Here are our five top things to do during at autumnal break to The Malverns.

1. Malvern Autumn Show - A Festival of Gardening, Food & Drink, Artisan Produce & Nostalgia at the Three Counties Showground on 29 - 30 September. Get stuck into a range of cookery demonstrations, gardening talks, vegetable displays, vintage tractors, crafts and more.

2. The Autumn in Malvern Festival runs from 22 September - 31 October and is a series of artistic events and exhibitions. All of the exhibitions and some of the events are free. You can see and hear from prestigious musicians, poets, writers, film-makers and other artists during this glorious festival. There are classical concerts performed by musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra, organ and choral recitals, brass bands, local historians giving guided walks on Great Malvern's commemorative plaques and the Worcestershire Poet Laureates reading their own poetry on National Poetry Day – amongst a host of other delights.

3. Great walks in the Malvern Hills or in the towns. Choose a leisurely stroll or more challenging routes amidst hills ablaze with autumn colour. You’ll want to take a few moments or longer to soak up 360-degree views, stretching as far as the mid-Wales mountain range and the Cotswolds on a clear day. Order a picnic from the hotel and pick up a map from reception to see you on your way!

4. A taste of local culture - The National Trust introduces its 18th-century property Croome as ‘Expect the unexpected. Incredible innovation, devastating loss, remarkable survival and magnificent restoration. All in one place’ – and it’s worth a visit! It’s a neo-Palladian mansion surrounded by extensive parkland landscaped by Capability Brown, with delightful temples, follies and statues to discover. Also visit its RAF museum and learn about the Second World War secret airbase. Meanwhile, The National Trust’s Brockhampton is a traditionally-farmed estate and medieval manor house and in the Autumn you’ll see orchards laden with fruit ready to harvest. Or, for a taste of the fruit of the vine, head to Lovells vineyard, just ten minutes’ drive from the hotel. Served in our 1919 Restaurant & Bar, varieties include ‘Promenades’, ‘Sorentina’ and ‘Elgar’, and are all named in gesture to iconic composer Sir Edward Elgar who lived in the Malverns.

5. Malvern markets - Lovers of markets will be in their element in the Malverns. Farmers’ markets take place in Malvern on the 3rd Saturday of each month and there are others at Knightwick, Welland and Tenbury Wells too.

Find out more about the Malvern area here.

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