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Bewdley - On the River Severn, and adjoining the Wyre Forest, Bewdley is one of Worcester's most attractive towns. Wide variety of historic buildings in the town centre conservation area. Boating, sailing and fishing on the river. This was the home of British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin. Between Bewdley and Kidderminster to the east is the West Midlands Safari Park.

Broadway - Some thirteen miles north east of Cheltenham. A picturesque village at the foot of the Cotswolds, with beautiful gabled Tudor houses; 17th century Lygon Arms " (an old posting inn), a 12th century church, and a monastery. Country Park above the town with very fine views over Vale of Evesham to the Malvern Hills.

Droitwich - Droitwich is an ancient spa town on the Salwarpe in the county of Worcestershire. Salt has been produced here since before Roman times, with the town relying heavily upon the industry until the 20th century. The salty water also led to the town becoming a popular spa, where many people went for health reasons in Victorian times. Bathing is still popular in the town today, with Droitwich Spa offering the opportunity for visitors to experience the brine baths.

One feature of the town is the Sacred Heart Church. This historic building contains fantastic mosaics depicting the life of the local Saint Richard. The town is also home to two canals, cut for shipping salt, which are lovely places for a stroll. Attractions within a short distance of Droitwich include the imposing Hanbury Hall, built in the early 1700s and relatively unchanged.

Evesham - In the heart of a famous fruit-growing county. A very ancient town, with an 8th century Abbey, destroyed by the Danes and again by Cromwell, with only the bell-tower and gateway left. There are many beautiful timbered houses, and two ancient churches in one churchyard. A tower commemorates the terrible Battle of Evesham, 1265, in which Edward the son of Henry III defeated the Barons fighting for Simon de Montfort.

Pershore - Eight miles south east of Worcester. A small market town on the Avon in a plum-growing district. Its church tower, built in 1331, is of exceptional beauty, part of an original abbey, much larger than Worcester Cathedral and possibly one of the biggest in Britain. There was a Saxon monastery even earlier which was destroyed by fire and storm.

Stourport-On-Severn - A town which arose completely from the creation of a canal port in the 18th century. Joseph Brindley from Derbyshire created a canal to join the Severn and the Trent rivers, and Stourport was an entirely new Georgian town some ten miles north of Worcester which resulted. Local manufacturing specialities included carpets, and the largest chain-works in Europe. Brindley's Staffordshire and Worcestershire Canal eventually joins the Trent and Mersey Canal at Great Haywood on the northern edge of Cannock Chase.

Tenbury Wells - A former spa and market town on the Teme, near the border of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire. Coaching inns in town centre for this was a stop on the route from London to North Wales. The Royal Oak and King's Head are both timber-framed buildings. The bridge over the Teme is medieval. Prehistoric burial-ground near the bridge. Museum has items relating to local hop growing and Dr Hickman, pioneer of anesthesia. Good angling.

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