Local visits

These usually take place in an afternoon, using your own transport. Booking and payment should be done at least two weeks in advance to secure a place. Please use a booking form and a separate cheque, made payable to Malvern Civic Society, for each visit. Final details are sent out by email or by post.

Coach Excursions

Completed booking forms should be sent at least three weeks before the event to secure a place to Ann Bartlett, 15 Pickersleigh Road, Malvern, WR14 2RP, enclosing a separate cheque, made payable to Malvern Civic Society, for each trip. Final details are sent, wherever possible, by email to those who book. The coach pick-up point in Avenue Road is opposite The Willows newsagents. You can read the terms and conditions here.

Download the 2020 booking form

Visits coming up soon

Feb
19
Wed
Local Visit: Behind the Scenes at Waitrose @ Waitrose
Feb 19 @ 1:45 pm
This visit was so popular in 2018 that we decided to offer it again. It will give you the chance to ask all those questions. Sources of supply? Pricing strategy? Staff training? Sell-by dates? Unsold food? On-line shopping and the future of supermarkets? Cost: £5. Maximum number 30. Arrive: 1.45pm for 2pm (Own transport) Book by sending a Booking Form and cheque as instructed on the form.
Apr
23
Thu
Coach Excursion to Cheltenham
Apr 23 @ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm

We shall start by visiting Cheltenham’s Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, with its internationally important Arts and Crafts collection, around which we shall be given a guided tour. In the afternoon, a member of Cheltenham Civic Society will lead us on a tour of this iconic Regency town.

Trip leader: Andrew Huntley

Cost: £24 (To include tours, but not lunch). Maximum number 50.

Lunch: Bring your own or choose a café or restaurant in the town.

Start: Avenue Road opposite The Willows kiosk at 9am. Return at about 5.30pm.

Book by sending a Booking Form and cheque as instructed on the form.

May
12
Tue
Coach Excursion: Leicester
May 12 @ 8:15 am – 6:30 pm

Leicester is an ancient town, dating from Roman times. It has a rich heritage of buildings and was particularly prosperous in Victorian times. It shot into the national news in 2012 when the body of Richard III was found under a car park. A state- of-the-art visitor centre was opened opposite the Cathedral where he is now buried. Richard III will be our focus in the morning. In the afternoon, members of Leicester Victorian Society will lead us on a tour of the impressive 19th-century city centre. Trip leader: John Dixon

Cost: £27 per person. Maximum number 50.

Lunch: Bring your own or choose a café or restaurant in the city centre.

Start: Avenue Road, opposite The Willows kiosk, 8.15am. Return about 6.30pm.

Book by sending a Booking Form and cheque as instructed on the form,.

Jun
3
Wed
Local Visit: Three Counties Equine Hospital, near Ripple @ Three Counties Equine Hospital
Jun 3 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

This Equine Hospital was established in 1989. It has since expanded hugely and now employs 17 vets and 20 support staff, covering the West Midlands and Welsh Borders. All breeds of horses are treated, from Shetland Pony to Suffolk Punch, and we shall be shown the ultra-modern equipment and facilities on this evening tour.Trip leader: John Chugg (assisted by Alan and Virginia Seddon)

Cost: £6. Maximum number 25.

Start: 6pm (Own transport)

Book by sending a Booking Form and cheque as instructed on the form.

Jul
8
Wed
Local Visit: Frampton Court, Frampton-on-Severn @ Frampton Court
Jul 8 @ 2:15 pm – 5:00 pm

Frampton Court (not to be confused with Frampton Manor, which is also in the village) is a Grade l listed mansion, built in 1732. It is owned by the Clifford family, who have been in the village since the Norman Conquest. The house, of which we shall have a conducted tour, is full of original furniture and fittings and is surrounded by parkland and gardens. Jane Clifford takes a personal pride in the well-being of her visitors. The whole village is picturesque and there are opportunities for refreshments there.

Trip leader: Elizabeth Adlam (Assisted by John Dixon)

Cost: £13 per person. Maximum number 30.

Arrive: 2.15pm for 2.30pm tour of the house. (Own transport)

Book by sending a Booking Form and cheque as instructed on the form.

Aug
13
Thu
Local Visit: Kidderminster Carpet Museum @ Kidderminster Carpet Museum
Aug 13 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

A group tour includes tea/coffee and biscuits with a short talk about the museum and the history of Kidderminster’s significance in the carpet industry, a demonstration of hand loom and power loom weaving, and a brief tour of the museum. This morning visit will last approximately 21⁄2 hours during which there will be free time to browse around the museum at your leisure.

Trip leader: Katharine Barber

Cost: £8.50 per person. Maximum number 50.

Lunch: Bring your own or choose a café or restaurant in the town centre.

Arrive: 10.30am (Own transport. Rail option may be available, involving a walk from and to the station; details will be made available by the trip leader at a later date.)

Book by sending a Booking Form and cheque as instructed on the form.

Sep
5
Sat
Local Visit: Birmingham @ Birmingham
Sep 5 @ 10:30 am – 5:00 pm

This is an all-day trip which assumes return group rail travel from Great Malvern to Birmingham Snow Hill. The visit will involve a tour of central Birmingham, led by a ‘Blue Badge’ guide, which will highlight the current redevelopment of the city centre. There will also be a tour of the Coffin Works which, in its heyday, made the metal fitments for coffins rather than the coffins themselves. A sandwich lunch will be provided at the Shakespeare pub next door, where we hope to meet members of Civic Voice and Birmingham Civic Society.

Trip leaders: Clive and Alison Rayment

Cost: £25 per person. (Including lunch and guided tours, but not rail fare.) Maximum number 30.

Arrive: 10.30am (Own transport. Rail option available and recommended. Details will be made available from trip leaders at a later date.)

Book by sending a Booking Form and cheque as instructed on the form.

Oct
20
Tue
Local Visit: Worcester Porcelain Museum @ Worcester Porcelain Museum
Oct 20 @ 1:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Dr John Wall founded the Worcester Porcelain Company in 1751, as we heard in our July talk. Sadly, the manufacturing of china in Worcester finished in 2006, but the Porcelain Museum continues to pay homage to its magnificent heritage with the largest collection of Worcester Porcelain in the world. A recent £1.7 million Heritage Lottery grant has enabled the museum to show off its displays to best advantage. The visit includes an introductory film featuring Henry and John Sandon and a talk giving a ‘behind the scenes’ perspective. Refreshments are available for purchase at the museum.

Trip leader: Clive Hooper

Cost: £9 per person. Maximum number 60.

Arrive: 1.45pm for 2pm start. (Own transport)

Book by sending a Booking Form and cheque as instructed on the form.