Weekend weddings are becoming an increasingly popular way to celebrate marriage and it’s easy to see why.

What is a Weekend Wedding?

A weekend wedding (or two-three day wedding) is when a couple looking to get married extends the celebrations to the day before and after the wedding day. This means overnight stays in the wedding venue spent with family and friends. There are many benefits to celebrating a marriage in this way.

Couple just married in an outdoor ceremony

Time With Loved Ones

Having a weekend wedding means more precious time to spend with family and friends around the big day. We all know that weddings can go by so fast, and so having a weekend wedding allows that extra time to bond with loved ones and reminisce on the good times.

When done right, wedding weekends can provide the opportunity for some bonding (and reconnecting) prior to the ceremony and reception for guests. There will be days to interact with guests instead of mere hours, which means the happy couple can focus their attention on other guests as needed during the reception.

Overnight Accommodation

Opting for a weekend wedding means overnight accommodation for the couple and guests, making it a great choice practically too. Eastnor Castle is a wedding venue with overnight accommodation, with 12 luxury castle bedrooms and holiday cottages on the Eastnor Estate to sleep a further 34 guests.

Having overnight accommodation for a wedding saves time and money, offering a place to stay for guests and negating the need for additional travel and expenses. It also means they have more time to take in the beauty of their surroundings, and none more so than at Eastnor Castle!

Red Bedroom

Convenience of Location

Having a weekend wedding takes away the stress of having to move between different locations on a wedding day, giving peace of mind that everything is happening in one place so that the happy couple and guests can totally relax.

Removing the necessity to travel between multiple venues not only saves time on a wedding day, but it allows for that much-needed relaxation between scheduled events. Weddings are magical but can be hectic, so this goes an extra step in making it less so!

Increased Privacy

Wedding days are a special and intimate time, and having a weekend wedding means that can be enjoyed further with total privacy. This means the couple and the wedding party will have the freedom to move about as needed without fear of interruption or bothering other guests.

A private dinner the night before the wedding at Eastnor Castle wedding venue can be as formal or as informal as desired; from a black-tie dinner in the State Dining Room to stone-baked pizzas or fish & chips on the terrace, the options are endless.

Exclusive Use of Venue

A weekend wedding at Eastnor Castle, with exclusive use of the castle and grounds, allows guests and the couple to arrive and relax the day before the wedding, ensuring they wake up feeling calm on the big day.

Our 5000-acre country house estate lends itself to numerous fun activities to enjoy the day before your wedding; including Land-Rover Off-Road driving, yoga inside the castle and country pursuits such as clay pigeon shooting, archery or duck herding. Choosing a weekend wedding means guests can try something new that they may never have otherwise thought of!

Get in touch with our wonderful wedding team at Eastnor Castle today to find out more about hiring our country estate and castle wedding venue for a weekend wedding.

Spring is in full bloom and as we fast approach the summer months, now is the most popular time to get outdoors and enjoy walks in the countryside. Eastnor Castle is blessed to have its home in a stunning location of lush green countryside, nestled at the foot of the Malvern Hills.

We are the perfect location for dog walkers, with endless stretches of beautiful landscapes to enjoy, and to top it off, a woodshed cafe where you can refresh yourself and your pooch.

The Joy of Dog Walking

Many of the walkers that enjoy strolling in Malvern and the surrounding countryside own a fluffy friend. There are so many positive aspects to owning a dog, one of the main ones being the regular need for walks. Just some of the benefits of dog walking include:

Dog running through the grounds

Malvern Hills Walks

There are so many different Malvern Hills walks, and one of them is around the base where Eastnor Castle belongs – we are proud to be a dog-friendly venue. If on a lead, your dogs are welcome to wander the grounds of Eastnor Castle with you when you visit, and every owner is offered dog-waste bags on arrival. There is also a ‘Dogs-Off-Leads Area’ where dogs are free to run and enjoy themselves amongst the trees! 

Eastnor Deer Park sits across the road from the castle and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest where a herd of Red Deer graze in a designated area. Visitors are welcome to walk through the Deer Park any day it is open and dogs too if they are on a lead (to protect the deer). It provides scenic walks of varying lengths and leads onto the Worcestershire Way and the Malvern Hills.

Deer Park campsite at Eastnor Castle

Walk With a Cafe

One sure way to improve a walk is to enjoy a snack and a drink at the beginning or end. If you are on a dog walk and have brought the family along, sometimes (especially with a young family) it can be tricky to persuade them away from the comfort of their own home. We think our Woodshed Cafe will help you on the mission to get the family to go for a walk.

Our Woodshed cafe is situated at the entrance to Eastnor Deer Park and is open for takeaway hot and cold drinks, locally-made cakes, ice creams and light snacks. The Woodshed is a great place to stop for refreshments before or after a walk in Eastnor Deer Park, a place to meet friends for coffee and cake or a refreshment stop on a journey. Facilities include:

The Woodshed with a blue sky

Eastnor Castle

Not only are we a dog-friendly day out and location, but Eastnor Castle boasts an array of other things to do and see. We are an award-winning wedding venue in Herefordshire, host a variety of events throughout the year, offer accommodation and so much more.

If you are on a dog walk in Malvern or Herefordshire, be sure to stop by Eastnor Castle and our Woodshed cafe.

We are proud to host a wide range of events throughout the year here at Eastnor Castle, including days and activities that are perfect for all the family. Since the covid pandemic halted many of our usual events, we are so pleased to be bringing them back this year!

Things to Do in Malvern and Herefordshire

If you are looking for things to do in Herefordshire or Malvern this year, Eastnor Castle is the place for you. With a wide range of events and activities, from animal encounters and runaround days to circus skills and climbing walls, we have a host of fun things to do for you and all the family.

Easter Treasure Hunt

Who doesn’t love an Easter treasure hunt? We all love letting our inner child out and this is the perfect fun day out this Easter with the kids. This year our Easter Global EGGventure Family Treasure Hunt celebrates 150 years of Around the World in 80 Days. Find clues around the castle and grounds and hand in your entry for a chocolate Malteaster Bunny treat at the end. You’ll also be entered into the prize draw for the chance to win an enormous Easter egg! This will be hosted from Friday 15th to Monday 18th April 2022.

Eastnor Chilli Festival

We are so excited to be bringing back our beloved Eastnor Chilli Festival this year. This sell-out event is back after a 2-year hiatus, and we couldn’t be more pleased to be hosting it! The festival will be held on the 1st and 2nd May 2022. The day includes:

Food stalls at Eastnor Castle's annual chilli festival

Outdoor Events

We are fortunate enough to have huge grounds here at Eastnor Castle, allowing us to host a wide range of outdoors events during the warmer months. We love being outdoors and know that our visitors do too, which is why we work so hard to put on fun activities that can be enjoyed in the sunshine.

Eastnor Steam and Vintage

Our steam and vintage weekend is one of our favourites here at the Castle and tickets are now available! Enjoy a family day out at Eastnor Castle and take in the impressive line-up of steam engines and vintage cars that will be showcased in the Castle Courtyard. This year it will be held from Saturday 28th May – Sunday 29th May 2022.

Eastnor Steam & Vintage

Animal Encounters

Do you have kids that love animals? Our animal encounter days are the perfect way for them to get up close and personal and enjoy interactions with these wonderful creatures! This year we are hoping to host these exciting encounter days on Sunday 12th June and Sunday 17th July.

Join Us at Eastnor Castle

We have listed some of our days out here at Eastnor Castle this year, but there is so much more to see. From family fun days and bird of prey displays to dance workshops and medieval living camps, you won’t want to miss out this year! Check out our what’s on page to see our full list of events and book your tickets today.

As we continue to navigate our way out of the covid pandemic, staycations are maintaining their popularity in the UK. If you are looking for holiday cottages in Herefordshire or Worcestershire for your getaway this year, Eastnor Castle has the perfect offering. Located near Malvern and Ledbury, Eastnor Castle is home to a country estate with a selection of beautiful holiday cottages for anyone to stay in.

Herefordshire Holidays

With its rolling hills and intimate landscapes, Herefordshire is a popular holiday destination for those looking for countryside UK breaks. There are countless places to visit in Malvern and Herefordshire, with a host of walks, attractions, family activities and country pubs on offer for those relaxed afternoons.

At the foot of the Malvern Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, close to the medieval town of Ledbury, our 5000-acre country estate is a magnificent place to stay and offers a variety of options to suit everyone. The market town of Ledbury is just 3 miles away from our setting and offers a great selection of pubs, food and artisan craft shops as well as Supermarkets. Within a 30 minute drive, you will find historically rich towns such as Hereford, Gloucester, Tewkesbury and Cheltenham as well as the Costwolds and the Forest of Dean.

Herefordshire Countryside

Country Estate Holiday Cottages

There are four options of holiday cottages on the Eastnor Estate which are finished and equipped to a high standard and rated 4* by Visit England. Our holiday cottages are ideally suited to those wanting a relaxing break in a quiet area or needing a convenient base from which to explore the surrounding area of Malvern and Herefordshire. All of our holiday cottages have been completely renovated to offer the ultimate experience. Our cottages include:

With a wide range of accommodation on offer, our cottages are also perfect for wedding parties looking to stay overnight. Staying at Eastnor Castle offers tranquillity, luxury and charm – you will be surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum, and lake.

Golden Gates Lodge Entrace

Stay in a Castle

Have you ever wanted to stay in or near a castle for your holiday? We love the fact that unusual holiday destinations are on the rise and we feel we are a special place on that list.

Alongside our amazing choice of holiday cottages on our country estate, guests can also stay in the castle itself. 12 beautiful bedrooms at Eastnor Castle can be hired as part of a wedding, private party or corporate event. We hire Eastnor Castle on an exclusive hire basis so you can relax and enjoy the castle as your home with family, friends or colleagues without any interruptions.

State Bedroom

Book Your Stay

To book your stay in our holiday cottages, browse our range of accommodation and view our availability. You can book your stay online or get in touch with us for further information and details.

October. How did that happen? Whilst we will miss the summer months, we are ready for the Autumn season and our upcoming weddings this season. As both an indoor and outdoor wedding venue, we love every season here at Eastnor Castle and relish the beauty that each time of year has to offer.

There will be many decisions to be made for your wedding and one of your first will be when you tie the knot. Some couples will be certain they want a summer wedding whilst others prefer the idea of a romantic winter ceremony. Whichever option you choose, Eastnor Castle is a wedding venue that caters to all weathers. We are also super excited to now be a weekend wedding venue, allowing you to celebrate for more than one day, any time of year with your loved ones.

When is Eastnor Castle Open for Weddings?

We are open for weddings all year round and have a beautiful collection of past weddings during every season. Get in touch with us to find out what availability we have coming up or fill out our wedding form and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Spring Wedding Venue

Spring is when everything comes to life and is a beautiful time of year to get married. Our Castle terraces allow for enjoying the beautiful views of the Malvern hills with your reception drinks in the lighter evenings. We know British weather can be unpredictable so even if your spring wedding is cooler, we have a host of indoor options and can light the fire in the Great Hall to keep you comfortable at all times.

Spring Wedding Eastnor Castle

Summer Wedding Venue

Summer weddings are our most popular time for wedding bookings and it isn’t difficult to see why. Eastnor Castle is simply beautiful in the summer, with our leafy green surroundings and rolling landscape that makes for stunning backdrops for your photographs. We have outdoor wedding ceremony blessing options available including on our terrace overlooking the lake so you can say I do as you watch the sunshine glisten across the water.

Summer Wedding Eastnor Castle

Autumn Wedding Venue

Often referred to as the ‘fairest’ season, Autumn is equally wonderful for weddings at Eastnor Castle. Enjoy the rich tones and hues of the Autumn foliage to make for a welcoming, romantic atmosphere for your special day. With indoor and outdoor options, you will be able to enjoy every aspect of the season during the Autumn season.

Autumn Wedding Eastnor Castle

Winter Wedding Venue

We love winter weddings at Eastnor Castle and can make all of your winter wonderland dreams come true. Our 20ft Christmas tree makes for the perfect backdrop and evokes a feeling of magic, grandeur and warmth for your winter wedding. Our castle is the perfect place to enjoy your wedding reception and embrace the festivities of the season with your special day.

Winter Wedding Eastnor Castle

Outdoor Wedding Venue

Have you always pictured getting married in the great outdoors? An outdoor wedding blessing on the lower terrace offers tranquillity to our couples as they take their first steps in married life. The grand castle wedding venue will form the fairytale backdrop to your blessing as you soak in the beautiful views across the beautiful lake.

To form your vows legally, our Gothic Drawing Room allows for an intimate setting for you to have your short private ceremony as your guests enjoy canapes and drinks on the terrace below. Should the weather be a little unpredictable, we have gorgeous wedding marquee options available to keep you dry and still enjoy the stunning setting at the same time.

Outdoor Wedding Ceremony Eastnor Castle

Church Wedding Ceremony

Just a stone’s throw away from the castle is St John the Baptist Church, a beautiful location for your church wedding ceremony. This makes for the perfect ceremony venue all year round, with an enchanting footpath through the stunning grounds from the Castle’s front door, just a 10-minute walk away.

If you are worried about keeping warm if the weather is a little chillier, fear not as the church can be heated at any time of year accordingly. Add a romantic and warm touch with the many church candles that can be lit upon request – a charming option for effortless wedding decoration at any time of year.

Church Wedding Ceremony Eastnor Castle

Embrace the Castle

Our wonderful castle is a magical setting for weddings and has so much to offer for your special day. The magnificent 19th-century Gothic Drawing Room is a fitting host to your civil wedding ceremony and seats up to 80 guests. With breath-taking views of the lake and natural daylight flooding in from every angle, the Gothic Drawing Room is an enchanting space to soak up the sheer splendour and magnificence of the room.

Whatever season you choose for your special day, Eastnor Castle can accommodate your every need. We love every wedding that we have the privilege of hosting, whether it be in the castle, amongst our beautiful grounds and in any weather or season. Find out our wedding rates and explore our wedding brochure to find out more about what we have to offer.

Civil Wedding Ceremony Eastnor Castle

We are proud to be a renowned castle wedding venue with over 25 years of experience in helping couples plan the most special day of their lives. Our venue is brimming with romance, grandeur and charm – all working together for the most magical wedding setting imaginable.

There are endless photo opportunities at Eastnor Castle. We love a first look wedding photo and that moment when the father of the bride sees his daughter for the first time is one of our favourites. We can think of no better place to share that moment than on the wonderful grand staircase at Eastnor Castle.

Eastnor Castle Wedding Staircase

Grand Staircase at Eastnor Castle

Your wedding day should be the most memorable and magical of your life and our grand staircase is the perfect way to start it. Whether you walk down the stairs with your father by your side or your bridal party waits at the bottom for you to make your grand entrance, our staircase is one of our favourite parts of the castle.

Surrounded by historical paintings, architecture and decoration, the staircase is the perfect way to set off your castle wedding, with our beautiful chandelier shining in the centre to highlight your beautiful dress.

First Look Wedding Photo Opportunities

A first look wedding photo doesn’t get much more wow than on a castle staircase. This magical part of Eastnor Castle allows for beautiful first wedding snaps, with the stunning castle architecture and decor complimenting every bride on her special day. Our cascading staircase heralds the arrival of the bride as she makes a dramatic descent to her loved ones below.

Bride And Father Wedding Staircase Eastnor Castle

Wedding Staircase Decor

Whilst our castle staircase is beautiful in its own right, many of our couples choose to enhance it with wedding staircase decoration such as flowers, candles and tulle. Here are some of our favourite ways to decorate your wedding staircase:

Our wedding planners are here to help you with every detail of your day, including your styling and decorations. We can recommend a host of amazing wedding suppliers with whom we have enjoyed working with closely over the years.

Bride Groom Castle Staircase

Castle Wedding Venue

Eastnor Castle wedding venue is one with never-ending magical spots to capture the moments of our couples wedding day. From our grand staircase to the stunning gothic drawing-room, our beautiful grounds for an outdoor wedding to our intimate state dining room, the options are endless.

We offer wedding show rounds for all of our couples so that you can see the magic for yourself and visualise every detail of your wedding day. It can be difficult to appreciate the sheer magnificence of Eastnor Castle until you see it with your own eyes, so we recommend booking a viewing. You’ll even be able to give the grand staircase walk a practice!

Bride Walking Down Castle Staircase

Get in Touch With Eastnor Castle

To see the grand staircase at Eastnor Castle for yourself or any other part of our venue for your wedding day, get in touch with us today to book a show round. We pride ourselves on being one of the best castle wedding venues in Herefordshire and the UK and we can’t wait to share it all with you.

Hereford is a city brimming with history; it lies on the River Wye, around 16 miles east of  Wales, 24 miles southwest of Worcester, and 23 miles northwest of Gloucester. If you live in Herefordshire, Worcestershire or are new to the area, Hereford and its surroundings make a great day out for everyone. 

Eastnor Castle

Located in Herefordshire and on the borders of Worcestershire is Eastnor Castle, a perfect location for a day out with the kids and all the family. Surrounded by a beautiful deer park, arboretum, and lake, Eastnor Castle is the historic home of the Hervey-Bathurst family with lots to offer.

We have something to do for everyone, including discovering the historic castle itself, walking our beautiful grounds, exploring a maze, having fun on our adventure playground and much more. We have a castle tearoom and our newly opened woodshed – offering a wide range of refreshments for you to enjoy throughout the day. We also have a variety of events throughout the year, including circus skills, family fun days, workshops and children’s shows. 

Eastnor Castle is also a venue with a variety of options for a range of events. We are an esteemed castle wedding venue, offering couples the most magical setting for their special day. We also offer corporate events including team building days and are a party venue, the perfect location for any celebration.

Discover Eastnor Grounds

Hereford Walks 

The post-pandemic population is increasingly keen on walking, for good reason. Getting out in the great outdoors is not only healthy for the body, but for the mind and soul too. Hereford and the surrounding area has lots of beautiful walks to explore, with a range of long and short to suit a variety of abilities. Some of these include:

Walking is a free day out, you don’t need special equipment and it is the perfect way to catch up with family and friends. Herefordshire is a beautiful county and is an idyllic setting to get your walking boots on and enjoy mother nature.

Deer Park

Hereford Cathedral

If history is your thing, you don’t want to miss a visit to the magnificent Hereford Cathedral. Hereford Cathedral is the heart of a community that has worked and worshipped together continuously for over 1,300 years.

The building is a stunning piece of architecture, with intricate stained glass windows, art from all periods and beautifully crafted structures. There are many events held throughout the year for all to enjoy. 

The cathedral also offers a range of refreshments in their cafe, allowing you to relax in the unique historic space or even enjoy the outdoors in their Chapter House garden. If you want to take home a memoir of your visit, there is a cathedral shop with a wide range of souvenirs and gifts.

Hereford Cathedral

Chase Distillery

Herefordshire is the home of many well-known food and drink brands, including Chase – founded in 2008 by William Chase. Chase distillery produces a range of beverages, including vodka, gin and a variety of cocktails. 

A trip to the Chase distillery is a fascinating day out for all. Expert tour guides go into detail about the production of their gin and vodka, with tasters available to enjoy and a distillery shop for you to pick up your favourite products. The distillery is nestled in the Herefordshire countryside, a beautiful location to enjoy the outdoors especially during the summer months.

Hereford Shopping

Hereford has lots on offer, including a wide range of shopping and dining experiences. As part of your day out in Hereford, a trip to the Old Market will allow you to explore something for all the family, with restaurants, a cinema, cafes and a range of clothing stores – all based in the centre of the city. 

Also centrally located in the city, The Butter Market is a hidden historic gem of Hereford. A charming, thriving indoor market with over 35 individual stalls offering something different and unique. 

Discover Eastnor Castle

We may be biased, but if you are looking for things to do in Herefordshire and aren’t sure which option to go for, Eastnor Castle won’t disappoint. Come and see us today or get in touch and discover what we have to offer!

Kids Day Out at Eastnor Castle 

The summer holidays are fast approaching and days out with the kids will be on a lot of parents’ minds. How do we keep them entertained for over a month? Where is there to go for a day out? How do I find things to do? If you are looking for a kids day out in Herefordshire, Malvern or anywhere in the Midlands area, Eastnor Castle is a wonderful option for you and your family. We have lots of events coming up this summer, discover what’s on at the Castle and book today! We have lots to see and do at Eastnor Castle, enough to keep the kids entertained for a whole day (or more)! 

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Discover the Grounds

Family walks are the perfect option to get the kids out this summer, as 2020 was the year of walks, a lot of families are looking to keep this healthy tradition up and have enjoyed being at one with nature in the early months of 2021. 

Where better to enjoy the outdoors than our very own Eastnor Deer Park? Eastnor Deer Park is a 300-acre park overlooking Eastnor Castle and the Malvern Hills, full of outstanding natural beauty and a site of special scientific interest where a herd of Red Deer graze in a designated area. Dogs are welcome inside Eastnor Deer Park but must be kept on a lead at all times.

Explore the Castle

What child doesn’t love going to a Castle?! Exploring Eastnor Castle is a perfect day out for the kids, our Castle is a 19th Century revival castle built by the 2nd Baron (Lord) Somers, later 1st Earl, between 1810 and 1824. Eastnor Castle continues to be inhabited by his descendants and is a grade 1 listed building.

Visitors who explore the castle can view the magnificent staterooms including the Great Hall, State Dining Room, Gothic Drawing Room, Octagon Saloon and a number of opulent bedrooms. Visitors are invited to enter the Castle through the magnificent main doors and are welcome to our tea room and open gardens.

Long Library at Eastnor Castle

Fun for All Children 

Eastnor Castle offers neverending activities for the perfect kids day out! When it comes to fun for children, Eastnor Castle is bursting with things to entertain and excite children of all ages! Below are just a few activities our Castle offers for children: 

You can find more activities for the children here. The Castle grounds are surrounded by natural play resources such as trees to climb, leaves to kick, sticks to collect and bugs to find! If you’re all swamped out by an energetic day then why don’t you relax with your kids and have a picnic in Eastnor Deer Park.

Things To Do in Herefordshire 

Whether you’re local to Hereford or looking to take the kids out for the day, there are lots of areas to take in. Not far from Eastnor Deer Park lie the Malvern Hills, in which lie beautiful scenery, nature and views of the Midlands skyline at the top of the hills. If you’re up for a long walk then you should definitely consider taking on the hills. There are multiple family-friendly pubs to choose from, including the Plough and Harrow situated within Malvern. If you’re into your history then the fun continues, you can visit Abberley Hall, the Malvern Museum, The Tenbury Wells Museum and much more. Check out the historical places to visit in Malvern here.

View of Ledbury from Above

Malvern Campsite 

If you’re looking to turn that day out with the kids into a long weekend, then why not camp out at our Malvern campsite

Visitors come to the Eastnor Deer Park Campsite to enjoy its beauty and tranquillity. It is a perfect site for families to relax and enjoy the quiet friendly atmosphere.

The Deer Park Campsite is open to all ages and all camping facilities such as caravans, campervans, tents and motorhomes. With lots to explore across our grounds, camping at our Malvern campsite may be the perfect weekend away for you this summer! Campsite bookings can only be made online here.

If you are looking for a day out with the kids this summer, Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire is the perfect destination. Get in touch with us today to find out more about what we have on offer. 

Deer Park campsite at Eastnor Castle

Malvern is a town with a lot of history, and with that comes a lot to show. Below are our top ten selections of historical things to do in Malvern.

Upton Tourist Information & Heritage Centre

Located in the oldest surviving building in Upton, the Upton Tourist Information & Heritage Centre has displays illustrating the growth and development of the town and its involvement in the Civil War of 1651. The Upton upon Severn Tourist Information Centre is also housed in the building.

St Ann’s Well

Many wells, springs and spouts can still be found on the hillside and St Ann’s Well has a long history of welcoming visitors. Visit St Ann’s Well and its cafe to sample the waters. The Grade II listed building is owned and cared for by the Malvern Hills Trust who have recently undertaken a substantial restoration project to secure the future of the building. A tenant runs a café in the building offering refreshments to visitors to the Malvern Hills.

st anns well malvern

Abberley Hall

Abberley Hall School is a coeducational preparatory day and boarding school with about 300 pupils. It is located between Worcester and Tenbury, near the village of Abberley, Worcestershire, England. Ultimately, we provide each and every child with the best possible start in life. Abberley pupils enjoy a magical childhood and grow towards becoming likeable, confident and rounded individuals with a zest for life. We believe that childhood is precious and that children shouldn’t grow up too soon. We promote a sense of awe and wonder in our pupils and we try to remember the advice of Roald Dahl,

Leigh Court Barn (English Heritage)

Leigh Court Barn is a cruck framed barn at Leigh, Worcestershire, England, built in the early fourteenth century to store produce for Pershore Abbey. Medieval monasteries owned farmland that could supply them with food and raw materials, either directly, or indirectly through the sale of surplus produce. Monastic farms, known as granges, were often large-scale operations, and the size and magnificence of the grange barn at Leigh Court suggests that the Pershore Abbey farm was a well-organised and lucrative business.

leigh court barns

Malvern Museum

The Malvern Museum in Great Malvern, the town centre of Malvern, Worcestershire, England, is located in the Priory Gatehouse, the former gateway to the Great Malvern Priory. The museum was established in 1979 and is owned and managed by the Malvern Museum Society Ltd, a registered charity.

Croome (National Trust)

Croome Court is a mid-18th-century Neo-Palladian mansion surrounded by extensive landscaped parkland at Croome D’Abitot, near Upton-upon-Severn in south Worcestershire, England. The mansion and park were designed by Lancelot “Capability” Brown for the 6th Earl of Coventry, and they were Brown’s first landscape design and first major architectural project. Some of the mansion’s rooms were designed by Robert Adam.

The mansion house is owned by Croome Heritage Trust and leased to the National Trust, which operates it as a tourist attraction. The National Trust owns the surrounding parkland, which is also open to the public.

croome court

Great Malvern Priory

Great Malvern Priory in Malvern, Worcestershire, England, was a Benedictine monastery (c. 1075 – 1540) and is now an Anglican parish church. In 1949 it was designated a Grade I listed building. It is a dominant building in the Great Malvern Conservation area. It has the largest display of 15th-century stained glass in England, as well as carved misericords from the 15th and 16th century and the largest collection of medieval floor and wall tiles. In 1860 major restoration work was carried out by Sir George Gilbert Scott. It is also the venue for concerts and civic services.

Tenbury Wells Museum

Tenbury Museum is a museum in the market town of Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire, England. It holds a collection of local and social history objects, plus copies of the Tenbury Advertiser newspaper dating back to 1871. The building was originally Goff’s Free School and continued in use as a school until 1914.

The Firs – Elgar’s Birthplace

The Elgar Birthplace Museum has been taken over by the National Trust. The birthplace of Sir Edward Elgar is most definitely home to ‘Land of Hope and Glory’. Set in sight of his beloved Malvern Hills, this small family home in the village of Lower Broadheath is the perfect environment for nurturing a creative genius.

Eastnor Steam Weekend

For a historic fun-filled day out, enjoy a day at Eastnor Castle and take in the impressive line-up of steam engines and vintage cars in the Castle Courtyard. Watch a stunning Falconry display on the Valley Lawn (displays throughout the day at 11.30am, 2pm and 4pm) and look out for our resident entertainer who will also be popping up around the grounds to amuse you! Listen to the delightful sounds of Sauce City Jazz as you enjoy your day at the Eastnor Steam Weekend!

For further information and ideas for things to do in Malvern, get in touch with Eastnor Castle today.

Dog Days Out

Dog owners will understand the importance of taking their four-legged friends out for regular walks and exercise. Dog walking isn’t just about letting them have their toilet breaks, it provides them with mental stimulation, physical exercise, and develops their social skills with people and other animals. Whilst taking them out in the back fields is exciting, there are many benefits to taking your dog to different environments – not only for them but for you as the owner. It can be difficult to find dog-friendly places near you that provide as much entertainment for the owner as they do for the dog.

Eastnor Castle is proud to be one of the few dog-friendly castles in the UK.

Dog at Eastnor Castle

Things To Do With Dogs

Simply walking isn’t always enough for some dogs, they require constant stimulation and a variety of environments to explore. You might want to take them for a run, play a game with them (which also provides training opportunity), or bring along toys that they can learn to use. With this, of course, your pet will need to be trained to walk without a lead so that they can develop their obedience and intelligence skills.

Eastnor Castle provides a dedicated dog off leads area so that they can enjoy every aspect of the great outdoors without restriction. We are blessed with a variety of terrains for you and your dog to explore, from rich forestry to our lakeside trail and serene arboretum.

Dog-Friendly Castle

A common issue that dog owners face on days out is the fact that they can’t bring their dogs inside public buildings with them. What if you are tired of walking and want to take a breather indoors? Or what if it starts raining? The benefit of taking dogs indoors is that it allows you to more closely bond and better train them to behave in different territories. Eastnor Castle is one of the few dog-friendly places to allow pets inside as well as outside. Whilst touring the castle, taking in the history and exploring the rooms, your dog can come along for the whole journey.

Dog-Friendly Cafe

Any day out isn’t complete without a stop in the local cafe for a bite to eat or a coffee to refresh. The problem that dog owners face once again is where to leave their faithful friend during the lunch break. Eastnor Castle not only provides refreshment for you but for your dog too, with our Old Sock flavoured Waggy Doggy Ice Cream – available from the Ice Cream Parlour.

Dog walking doesn’t have to be mundane – as we have explored, there are a variety of options to get outdoors for the whole family, including pup. If you are looking for dog days out in the west midlands and the surrounding area, look no further than Eastnor Castle. Set amongst stunning countryside, our dog-friendly venue is the perfect setting to enjoy the great outdoors alongside our rich history and culture. Click here to find out our opening times or get in touch for further information and details.

Dog in the castle ground

Team building is classed as an activity or event that encourages a group of people to work together as a team, often used by business leaders to bring their employees together to develop communication, team-work and collaboration. 

Designed to ultimately improve performance, you want your team building activity to have motivated and excited your staff, making them feel part of the journey and ready to achieve success as a collective business.

Here are just a handful of the benefits of corporate team building events

Building Cross-Company Relationships

Even in companies where culture is king, how often do employees from separate teams work together, or even communicate? Team building is a great opportunity to break down those silos and form teams outside of the traditional departments that may exist within the business. 

Taking your team out of the office and putting them in a new unfamiliar environment – especially pushing them out of their comfort zone with an activity, gives people that may not otherwise interact with each other common ground, and forms relationships that previously didn’t exist. 

Communicating the Vision 

A corporate team building day, or weekend, gives you an opportunity to communicate your company’s aims and vision. Very rarely do we have the chance to gather our whole team and update them on the long-term goals of the business. Taking your team away for an activity gives you a chance to bolt on a strategy meeting, or company presentation, to align the teams and get everyone on the same page.

Improving Productivity

Encouraging teams to get together to find better ways to work will encourage problem-solving and improve communication. You’ll notice that this results in a better performing team – both inside the traditional departments, as well as across the company. 

Uncovering Leadership Qualities 

You may have some real leaders within your business whose strengths have not yet been realised. Taking employees out of the office, putting them with new groups of people and setting them activities and tasks that test them, is a great way to see who steps up and takes charge. Every team needs a leader after all, and you may uncover a pocket of talent you didn’t know you had.

Boosting Staff Morale

Aside from all of the direct business benefits of a corporate team building activity, a day out of the office doing something fun will excite and motivate your team. If your team feels like you have invested in them, communicated with them and they’re part of the future – they will be more motivated to work and you’ll have a better chance of retaining your staff long-term.

Eastnor Castle is a unique corporate events venue situated at the foot of the Malvern Hills in Herefordshire, experienced in planning and hosting corporate team building events. We’re set in the heart of a 5,000 acre estate, yet we’re only ten minutes from the motorway.

We can organise and accommodate your activities within our grounds, through to hosting your team meetings inside the castle, and with accommodation on-site you can even make a weekend out of it. 

Read more about our team building options, including clay pigeon shooting, abseiling and driving experiences, here. We can organise an action-packed programme of activities, either as a full-day or as a bolt-on to your meeting or conference. Alternatively, we can call upon our expert team building partners to offer bespoke programmes, designed to deliver the benefits you’ve read about here.