5 FREE things to do with kids in Malvern (or nearly free!)

Are you stuck for ideas for things to do with the kids – well here are some of my favourites

1. Geocaching: Like a treasure hunt? Like a walk or to get out and about? Well why not a walk with a purpose. Find “caches” around the world – they could be big or really really tiny.  Check out their website,  download the app on your phone (I think it’s about £9 ish), enter a user ID and you’re off. Use your phone to select which cache to search for, go seek and when you found it, sign your user ID on the register and re-hide it exactly where you found it. Then log on to the site and say “Found it” and a comment like TTFC (Thanks for the Cache). Great for adventurers of all ages and it’s nice to go for a walk with the family or with friends and find “treasure” too.

2. Spy Walk: A Spy Mission themed driving and walking Treasure Trail – explore the Malvern Hills on this self-guided Spy Mission themed Treasure Trail. As you follow the Trail route, can you solve the sneaky clues set on existing buildings, permanent features and monuments to crack the code and complete the mission just like a true secret agent? Buy your spy pack from their website  (£6.99) and off you go – you can choose to cycle, walk or drive the various routes (but not suitable for buggies)

3. Malvern Hills GeoCentre  in the Wyche cutting is not only a great place for a quick  bite to eat after a nice long walk on the hills but also is the official visitor information centre for the Geopark Way  Go see fossils and rocks found in the are,  check out the geology of the Malvern Hills and see videos of the beautiful panorama and view. There a fabulous facilities here, and very suitable for disabled people and buggies. It’s very child friendly and interactive.

4. The Knapp and Paper Mill, Alfrick Pound is one of my favourites with tranquil setting, babbling brook and beautiful views. It’s a nature reserve so keep you eyes open for the different flora and fauna.  The trail begins in an apple orchard full of old lichen encrusted trees, which attract nuthatches and woodpeckers and birds such as redwings and fieldfares are sometime seen. Autumn and Winter brings butterflies like the peacock and the red admiral and there is a great variety of other wildlife throughout the rest of the year too. There is an observation screen behind Leigh brook in the orchard, which overlooks a bank where you can often find nesting kingfishers. Its very suitable for kids of all ages  but not necessarily buggy friendly!

5. Malvern Museum – for only a couple of £’s check out a slice of Malvern history – learn about the Benedictine monastery in Little Malvern (the priory was the daughter of Westminster Abbey). Find out about William the Conqueror’s hunting grounds, about King John’s castle (in nearby Hanley Castle)  and how the Victorians used the spa water as the miracle cure.  There is so much to see and learn and all packed into this beautiful old archway …