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5 things do in and around Malvern!

Located on the edge of the Malvern Hills, Fairoaks certainly isn't short of stunning scenery, where each of our luxury barns shares the same incredible view overlooking the cascading Herefordshire countryside.

 

For those joining us for a peaceful half-term, you may not have thought much past a relaxing week on site, enjoying some time away from the hustle and bustle of day-to-day life.... But just in case you get itchy feet, we've put together a list of top activities to enjoy within the local area, for you and the kids:

 

Malvern Theatre

Not just your typical cinema, Malvern Theatre provides rich, historic performances that attract celebrities from across the UK. For a cold rainy day, this activity is perfect for all ages as there is always something on show to cater for everybody. For adults, there is a re-enactment of Charles Dickins' Great Expectations - and for the children, there are a variety of dancing and acting workshops. Not only that, Malvern Theatre itself is surrounded by Priory Park, great for feeding the ducks or simply for a bit of fresh air. Plus, it’s only a 5-minute walk from the town, where there are many niche cafes and bistros to eat in and enjoy!

 

Trek up the Hills

Take in the sites that the Malvern’s have to offer, and enjoy the view overlooking Herefordshire and Worcestershire. The hike can be as long as you want, and once you reach the highest height of the hills, the view is like no other. A number of websites have put together the best trails to take, and after you’ve finished, you could always treat yourself to a delicious treat from the legendary café Sally's Place, opposite the Hills car park entrance.

 

Ice Quest

One of the top listed children’s entertainment venues in Malvern, Ice Quest is the answer to a rainy in-doors activity area. The ice rink provides ice skating sessions to suit all ages and standards, from Disco Nights with a party atmosphere, to quieter sessions for families, parent and toddlers. There is also a restaurant onsite to make this fun filled destination a full day out.

 

The Spa

May be one for the adults, but why not treat yourself to a day of ultimate relaxation with a pamper package in the luxurious Malvern spa. There you will be greeted with first-class spa facilities including an indoor and outdoor hydrotherapy pool filled with the famous Malvern Spring water, spacious relaxing booths and thermal suites. If you really wanted the full spa experience, there are a number of treatments on offer - just make sure you book in advance. Alternatively, if you're too comfortable at Fairoaks why not create a spa of your own? Dip in our new luxurious pool and book onsite treatments with one of our recommended suppliers.

 

Morgan Factory Tours

Malvern is home to the iconic Morgan Factory -  a family-owned manufacturer, which hand-builds iconic British sports cars. Book a tour around the factory for you and the family, to understand exactly how these stunning cars are built from scratch. End your morning or afternoon in Morgan's very own café and if you want a token to remember your visit, they have an impressive gift shop on site.

 

For more information on any of the activities mentioned in this post, or for details on Fairoaks own Caterers and Beauty Treatment Suppliers, please call 07899 890 711 or email info@fairoaks.co.uk.

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Easter Activities at Fairoaks…

Whether you’re joining us for the Easter weekend or for part of the half-term holidays, we at Fairoaks promise a peaceful break away with a difference. With so much to do and explore, we guarantee you will have an egg-cellent time… That’s if you can tear yourself away from our stunning refurbished barns of course:

 

The perfect location for an Easter egg hunt!

If you step outside of your chosen barn, our beautiful surroundings offer a huge space of scenic greenery - perfect for an enjoyable Easter Egg hunt! Even after that, if you crave more of the beautiful outdoors to explore, on our doorstep is the pretty town of Ledbury, known for its quaint bespoke shops and friendly local atmosphere. Or if you fancy trekking a little further, start with the Malvern hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty, famous for its scenic walking trails.

 

Local eateries serving up a tasty Sunday Lunch

After all of your exploring, we’re sure you’ll be ready for the most important part of the day: Sunday Lunch. One of our recommended local pubs, and also closest to us, is the The Inn at Welland. Offering an intimate dinner for two or cosy tables for families, you have the choice if dining with a view from their Garden room or if you’d prefer, private dining in their restaurant. 

 

All products on the menu are sourced from local suppliers meaning you get the ultimate Worcestershire cuisine! Alternatively, if you would prefer to stay in and enjoy your barn’s furnishings, we guarantee our on-site caterer can offer you a tasty dish to satisfy any hunger cravings! 

 

Bring the whole family!

Easter is all about spending time with the family and staying with us is no exception. We’d say a delicious Sunday Lunch is fundamental to family time, and if you don’t want to miss out, our barns can cater for up to 24 people! We have an entertaining room/dining room with a kitchen, so you can do all your entertaining in one area and if Sunday Lunch isn’t enough, we have a whole array of services that can be provided including chefs, florists, beauty therapists and chauffeurs to really make your break away special. 

 

Local Easter services

If you prefer to start your day by soaking up the origin of Easter and celebrate the true meaning, we have a number of local churches and parishes in the area hosting their Easter services. The nearest to us is Ledbury Parish Church or Ledbury Catholic Church, and both of their services begin at 10:30am to give you time to enjoy your breakfast and casually make your way there.

 

And… relax.

After all the Easter festivities are over, our calm and peaceful venue allows you to spend the quality time to rest, relax and enjoy your free time! We have a newly fitted heated swimming pool to enjoy so you and the kids can have a fun day out without leaving the actual premises. Alternatively, make the most of our on-site chefs and beauty therapists so you leaving fresh and ready until the next half-term break!

 

If you’re looking for a holiday destination with a difference, get in touch with the team at Fairoaks on 07899 890 711 or email info@fairoaks.co.uk. 

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Top 5 things to do in and around the Cotswolds

 

Luckily for us, we’re surrounded by scenic views that stretch over the Malvern Hills and as far as the Cotswolds. In fact, the Cotswolds is one of the fabulous places you must see whilst visiting Fairoaks, so, to save you time, we've put together a checklist of must-see tourist attractions during your break away from it all:

 

Cotswold Water Park

Located on the south of Cirencester, South Cerney’s Water Park has everything to be the best day out for adults and kids. All of your outdoor needs rolled into one location, it boasts a beautiful lake that is filled with multiple different water activities to enjoy daily, but also entertains local birdwatching communities. The lake is surrounded by nature reserves and a country park, which is enjoyed by holiday campers and on-land activities from the centre. Water sports include kayaking, sailing, paddle boarding and windsurfing but also there is archery and underground tunnels if you don’t fancy getting wet!

 

Bourton on the Water

This beautiful, quaint village of Gloucestershire resides within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and there is no other truer description! Popularly known as the ‘Venice of the Cotswolds’, there is much to do suitable for visitors of all ages especially families, at any time of year. Leisurely walk over the little bridges that cross the gently flowing River Windrush and stop off at the famous Model Village – a 1/9th scale replica of the centre of the village. Or visit the Birdland Park and Gardens, home to a range of exotic birds including penguins and flamingos!

 

Cheltenham Racecourse

The famous racecourse that plays host to the best horse-jumping action in the world, this attraction brings tourists from all around the UK. Even the royals are regular visitors! At this location, expect nothing short of prestige with the finest hospitality and dining, and every guest to be dressed as if they are attending a royal wedding. However, not only the horses are the stars of the show, comedy and music events are hosted here, with the most recent one being the main stage of I’m a Celebrity’s Joel Dommet’s Comedy Tour.

 

Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens

Great for entertaining the kids, come face-to-face with giraffes or watch rhinos graze on the Gothic Manor House lawns. This attraction is open every day all year round and includes and adventure playground in the woods with interconnecting tree-houses, rope bridges and slides, so parents can have a little rest too!

 

For more information on any of the activities mentioned in this post, or for details on Fairoaks own Caterers and Beauty Treatment Suppliers, please call 07899 890 711 or email info@fairoaks.co.uk.

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What makes the countryside a great place to vacation?

Nothing beats the good ol’ fashioned outdoors in the scenic countryside. So, if you’ve been spending far too much time in the office, or at home and are ready for a break, there really is nothing better than a countryside retreat to put you back in touch with your senses. But what is it about the refreshing outdoors that makes us question our normal day-to-day routine?

 

Brings us down to earth

City breaks are all well and good. They’re great for sight-seeing, shopping and visiting bespoke locations. But when you’re stripped back, with only the necessities, it can remind you of how unimportant the small things are. Enjoying quality-time with your loved ones and taking in the views [that you're likely to end up missing when staring at those work emails], can be extremely revitalising.

 

Adults and kids can enjoy

Getting stuck in the crowds on your city break can’t always be fun when you’re entertaining the kids. One of the great benefits on a countryside adventure is the endless activities you can do throughout your stay. For example, our grounds can be filled with a number of friendly sports, such as archery or a traditional family-friendly game of rounders. Even in the surrounding areas, there are plenty of fun things to do. Check out one of our previous posts here for inspiration.

 

Release all that stress and relax

Past studies have shown that exposure to green space reduces stress, boosts health and makes us less vulnerable to depression. What other reason do you need to book your next retreat away? Leave all of those work place queries to one side and visit the surrounding areas such as Malvern or the Cotswolds for different activities and things to do. You’ll be so relaxed, you’ll be booking your next stay with us in no time!

 

Make memories to last a life time

A countryside holiday can be great for making forever-lasting memories. Whether it’s with the family, or your long-life friends, a unique and beautiful setting like Fairoaks can be perfect for the photo album. Remember that time that you went kayaking around the Cotswold Water Park or visited a one-off show at the beautifully renowned Malvern Theatre? Make those statements a reality and book with us today for your next summer vacation!

 

If you are looking to do something a little different this summer and enjoy a nice quiet retreat in the countryside, please visit our website www.fairoaks.co.uk or get in touch with the team on 07899 890 711 or info@fairoaks.co.uk.