Christmas in Worcestershire is always a magical time of year, and with more than 300 shops to choose from it is the perfect place to find unique gifts for all your loved ones! In Worcester you can explore Friar Street, New Street, Reindeer Court, the Hopmarket and Broad Street, where you will find an outstanding choice of independently owned boutiques and specialist shops, just minutes away from the High Street!

You can also celebrate the festive season with a visit to the Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre until the 29th November! The atmospheric streets of Worcester are filled with more than 100 unique stalls, ideal for the start of your seasonal preparations and celebrations. You can also head to the Three Counties Showground between the 3rd and 6th December for the Christmas Shopping Show. This is a fantastic Christmas event combining a spectacular indoor shopping experience with plenty to see and do for the whole family. You will find a huge selection of gifts, gadgets and shopping ideas ranging from clothing and home ware to toys and tools. From the biggest retailers to the smallest of bespoke companies, there will be plenty to choose from whatever your age, taste or budget!

If you are visiting Worcestershire this winter, then join us in The Abbey and rest your feet after a long day Christmas shopping! Treat yourselves with Afternoon Tea in the Priory View Lounge Bar, or dine in the Priory View Restaurant and enjoy seasonal British and Mediterranean cuisine. To make a booking or to find out more about The Abbey, call us on 01684 879193 or email us at

The festive season is fast approaching, and now is the perfect time to discover the incredible events that take place around Malvern and will certainly get you into the Christmas spirit! The Malvern Christmas Festival and Lights Switch-on will take place on Saturday 28th November; so be sure to wrap up warm and get together with family and friends to enjoy the festivities. Perhaps you’re looking to escape the cold this Christmas? Snuggle up in the Malvern Theatres, where they will be showing some sensational shows including Andy Williams Christmas Spectacular staring the Osmonds and The Royal Opera House Nutcracker.

If you’re looking for a magical show for the whole family to enjoy, catch this year’s pantomime of Peter Pan at the Malvern Theatres from 10th December to 3rd January! For a more festive family day out, head over to Worcester for the 23rd annual Victorian Christmas Fayre from the 26th to the 29th November. Over 150 stalls will fill the streets of Worcester with Christmas cheer. There will be everything, from sparkling jewellery and festive home decorations to traditional roast chestnuts and mulled wine. Are you in need of some inspiration for your Christmas shopping? The Three Counties Showground will be hosting the Christmas Shopping Show from 3rd to 6th December. This huge indoor shopping show is the perfect way to get ahead of the high street Christmas crowds and a great excuse to shop ‘til you drop! You will find a gift fair, food and drink court and an ice-skating rink. Father Christmas will also be attending the show with his reindeer, to greet the little ones and spread the Christmas spirit!

Enjoy a magical start to your Christmas at the Abbey Hotel; we have some marvellous Christmas packages and offers available this winter! The Christmas Break Package is the perfect opportunity to escape from your busy lifestyle and relax with friends and family during the festive season. Packages are available for 3 or 4 nights and with the option of full board over the Christmas period, so you can sit back, enjoy, and let us do the hard work! If you’re looking for somewhere to celebrate with friends, family or work colleagues, The Abbey’s legendary Join-A-Party nights are the perfect occasion. You can enjoy an evening filled with delicious food, fun and dancing! Or for something more personal, indulge in our Festive Carvery Lunches in the Priory View Restaurant throughout December.

To find out more about Christmas at The Abbey, check our Christmas pages or give us a call on 01684 879193 or email us at

This October, the Malvern Festival of Innovation will be descending upon Great Malvern to inspire and educate people of all ages. Now in its fourth year, the nationally acclaimed festival features keynote speakers discussing everything from the agricultural sector to cyber security and big data, with each day focusing on a key subject. So whether you are an expert in a specific subject area or just interested in expanding your current knowledge, there’s sure to be something for you!

The festival will also be hosting a family day on the 10th of October at Malvern Theatres. This will be an exciting event for the whole family, with science communicator Dr Kate Lancaster discussing nuclear fusion, and Dr Sam Gregson launching his new particle-physics comedy show called ‘Hunting the Higgs’.  The Malvern Festival of Innovation sees events running throughout Great Malvern from the 6th to the 11th of October, including school outreach activities, a showcase on electric vehicle innovation and talks on instilling innovation into the heart of your business. Events and talks will be free to attend and open to anyone with an interest in the topics!

If you are in Malvern for the festival, enjoy a spot of lunch or a pint of real ale from the Wye Valley Brewery in the Abbey Hotel’s Priory View Lounge Bar. Based at the foot of the Malvern Hills and with spectacular views over the Vale of Evesham, The Abbey is the perfect place to sit back and relax after a long day. For more information call us on 01684 879193 or email us at Why not check out our menus and dining options on our Food and Drink pages?

It is that time of year again, where the Malvern Hills are descended upon by some of the most prestigious musicians, poets, writers and film makers for the Autumn in Malvern Festival. The renowned event kicks off on the 19th September hosting a variety of acts and exhibits up until the 25th October. With events being held all around Malvern from live Jazz music to one-woman performances, there is sure to be something for everyone to enjoy!

This year’s main event is ‘The Splendour of the Baroque Concerto’ being held at The Great Hall in Malvern College on 26th September. Directed by Hans-Peter Hofmann and with Fiona Slominska on the flute, it will certainly be an event not to be missed! In addition to all these amazing acts, the festival also holds a range of exhibitions with works from Malvern’s notable and popular landscape artist, Antony Bridge, and a stunning collection of intricate jewellery of wire-work and sculpture by Susan Horth.

If you are visiting Malvern this autumn for the festivities, then why not make a break of it and book in at the Abbey Hotel? With 103 unique bedrooms, a restaurant and bar, The Abbey offers a comfortable base to enjoy the Autumn in Malvern Festival. Located at the foot of the Malvern Hills and with spectacular views over the Vale of Evesham, there is no better place to relax and unwind after a long day. The Abbey Hotel is also the ideal location if you are looking for a light bite to eat or a drink at the bar between events, you can even grab yourself a pint of real ale from the Wye Valley Brewery in the Priory View Lounge Bar! Or why not stop in and relax with traditional English afternoon tea?

For more information or to make a booking call us on 01684 879193 or email From time to time we host brand new offers, so don’t miss out and check our special offers page.

Planning the wedding of your dreams? Whether you are looking for the perfect wedding stationery, caterer or photographer, the Abbey Hotel’s Wedding Fair has some amazing exhibitors just waiting to make your wedding dreams come true.

On Sunday 13th September from 11am to 2pm, we will be showcasing everything for your big day, from transportation services to beauty therapists, so you will be sure to find exactly what you are looking for. You can also discover the potential of the Abbey Hotel as a wedding venue. Take a look around and walk through our beautiful wedding suites and landscaped gardens, ideal for scenic wedding photographs.

You can come and meet Louise, our dedicated Wedding Coordinator, who will help tailor your chosen wedding package to your preferences and budget. We have a range of packages available to meet all your requirements. A complimentary overnight stay for the bride and groom, and a menu tasting for two are also included in all our packages. With wedding prices starting from just £2,999 and loads of extras available, you will certainly find something to suit you.

So come and meet our experienced wedding specialists this Sunday, enjoy a glass of sparkling wine and discuss your perfect wedding day. For more information give us a call on 01684 892 332 or email us at Why not visit our wedding pages and check out our new wedding packages?

Rebranded from the Upton Festival, the Sunshine Festival (28th-30th August) has been a fantastic success over the last five years and this year is going to be no exception, in fact the addition of the new Food Village is going to make it even more successful.

With food as diverse as its music, and vendors chosen for their reasonably priced fare, you can expect to feast on flavours of the Caribbean, traditional fish and chips and freshly made pizzas, but enough about the food, what a line-up of music there will be.

Internationally renowned stars along with local talent will be gracing the stages from Friday to Sunday.  On the main stage you can expect the likes of the great UB40, ABC, Bad Manners, the Real Thing and a UK favourite, Suzi Quatro who is celebrating fifty years in the music business, amazing.

Stage 2 will host bands such as Riff Raff and Blind Lemon and the Sunflower Stage will host Woo Town and Skewwhiff amongst others.  With Paul Daniels and the Chuckle Brothers on the Variety Stage this is truly a family event not to be missed.

If camping isn’t your thing then the Abbey Hotel, only twenty minutes’ drive from Upton, is the perfect base for your festival weekend.  We offer you a superb range of accommodation and cuisine at competitive prices; don’t miss our fantastic Sunday lunch, what better way to finish off your visit.

For more information take a look at our website for more details.

Bewdley, named in the 14th Century as Beau Lieu, French for “Beautiful Place”, definitely has some lovely scenery to explore, on the western side of the River Severn. At the end of July it becomes a hive of activity when one of the biggest and best attended inland river regattas takes place.

During the weekend of 25th and 26th July Bewdley Rowing club rowers of all ages come to compete in races. One of them is the ‘Sprint Eights’ event, a very fast race for teams of eight, which takes place on Saturday 25th.

Why not enjoy everything this part of the country has to offer and combine your visit to Bewdley Regatta with a Weston Cider Break at the Abbey Hotel?

Two night’s accommodation is offered along with a chance to enjoy a taste of the Three Counties with a visit to the Weston Cider Mill in Ledbury. This tasty weekend also includes dinner with wine on both nights and a full English breakfast.

For more information or to make a booking visit our special offers page or call us on 01684 879193.

Award winning Becketts Farm in Wythall has been providing locals and surrounding businesses with quality foods for the past 77 years. With a large farm shop and on-site bakery, along with lots of other home-made produce, there are lots to taste, purchase and see at the farm.

Most weekends provide entertainment for the family and one such event is taking place on 31st May – an Extreme Stunt show. Daredevil stuntmen will take to the air in feats that defy gravity whilst the Extreme BMX team will take pedal power to the max with mid-air tricks and stunts. With monster trucks galore and death-defying fire acts it is certain to be a larger than life event, with the Extreme Team promising their usual chaos and destruction; definitely not a show to be missed. For more information view the Extreme Stunt Show website.

From one award-winning business to another, the Abbey Hotel’s signature restaurant offers a traditional Sunday carvery lunch including a hand-carved joint of the day with all the trimmings. Vegetarian options are available and you can help yourself to cold meat and fish platters, salads, gâteaux and cheesecake. With stunning views across the Vale of Evesham it is a perfect ending to an action-packed day

Tewkesbury, renowned for the penultimate battle in the Wars of the Roses which brought the house of York to power, is also home to the beautiful 12th century Norman Abbey and offers a wide variety of antique shops and independent boutiques where many a collectors’ piece has been found! The town is also known for its mustard making and brewing, in years gone by goods were transported on its rivers thus making it a thriving market town.

It is here that the George Watson Memorial Hall is holding its Antique & Collectors Fair on 11th April. Visitors can enjoy a trip down memory lane, browsing this vintage market where home-ware, clothing and accessories are available to purchase. For those with a real passion for times gone by, there will be live entertainment, vintage hair demonstrations and makeovers; the highlight of the day is a fashion show replicating all the latest fashions of the day.

The Abbey Hotel makes a great base for nearby Tewkesbury and we always have great offers available. Booking is advisable as we are a very popular choice for visitors to the area. Take a look at our special offers page for our latest packages.

Jump racing’s biggest festival comes to Cheltenham Racecourse during the first half of March, the finest horses and jockeys will be ‘chomping at the bit’ to make racing history.

The festival commences with Champion Day, featuring the Stan James Champion Hurdle, and six further races, including the Fighting Fifth Hurdle, the International Hurdle and the Champion Hurdle trial, along with the atmosphere of first day racing; this is a must for all racing fans.

Ladies Day is on 11th March. A Milliner’s dream, hats of all sizes, shape and colour will be on show, and along with the Betway Queen Mother’s Champion Chase, will prove a colourful and fun event.

With plenty of Irish-style entertainment lined up, St. Patrick’s Thursday is definitely the party day of the week. Come along and dance the jig and bet big on St. Patrick’s Derby charity race. Jockeys will be racing to raise money for the Injured Jockeys Fund, a very worthwhile charity.

The last day of the Festival brings us Gold Cup Day with two Grade 1 events and three competitive handicaps. Who will win this year’s Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup? For more information on each of the days visit the Jockey Club website.

If you can’t decide which event to attend, why not choose to stay for two? At the Abbey Hotel we have the perfect offer to compliment your day of racing. The offer is for two nights’ accommodation, dinner on both nights including a half bottle of wine per person on the first night, full English breakfast and walking maps of the Malvern Hills should you wish to take advantage of the stunning views in the area. At only £185 per room, this is will definitely enhance your racing visit.

Find more offers on our special offers page  or call us on 01684 879193.


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Christmas 2015

Tis the season to be jolly

Dance Groups Package

Large sprung dance floor!

Traditional Sunday Carvery Lunch

3 courses, £14.95 per person