This architectural gem is renowned for its grand Georgian buildings and listed properties. Indeed, The Council for British Archaeology included Pershore in its list of 51 “Gem Towns” with special consideration for historic preservation. The backdrop to these wonderful structures is the breath taking countryside which has been listed as an outstanding conservation area.
This area has been continuously settled since the Iron Age with evidence pointing to Roman occupation at some point. The absolute jewel in the crown is the superb Pershore Abbey, a scheduled monument which dates back to Saxon times and is surrounded by the magnificent Abbey Park which includes a play park, water play equipment, skate park, sculptures and wonderful open spaces where you can sit, enjoy a picnic and watch the world go by.
Situated on the banks of the beautiful River Avon, Pershore is a thriving and picturesque market town with an abundance of history and a welcoming atmosphere. The town is surrounded by incredible Worcestershire countryside and is set in the shadow of Bredon Hill on the edge of the Vale of Eavesham
The High Street offers the usual brands as well as an abundance of independent retailers and specialist shops. There is also an undercover market and two supermarkets. For a more traditional experience drive the Blossom or Vale Trail and discover the excellent farm shops selling a great variety of locally sourced and seasonal products. Enjoy outstanding asparagus from April to June and take in the popular Plum Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend.
There are plenty of hotel, B&B or self-catering options in and around Pershore. One of our particular favourites is Dumbleton Hall, an impressive traditional Cotswold Manor House, set in 19 acres of private gardens and woodland with its own lake.
The Number 8 Community Arts Centre is a thriving organisation inspired by the people who live in Pershore. It puts on a great range of live events throughout the year including music, theatre and dance and is home to the Pershore Operatic and Drama Society. There is also a youth theatre, dance classes for the over 55’s, yoga and a whole range of other activities. For those who prefer the great outdoors the Pershore Bridges Circular Walk offers beautiful woodland and a peaceful walk along a picturesque stretch of the River Avon.
The town hosts several annual festivals throughout the year including August’s Plum Festival which celebrates the local tradition of plum cultivation and showcases the vast variety of plums grown in the region. Pershore is also home to Pershore College which has a strong focus on horticulture and has educated its fair share of celebrity gardeners.