Here in Worcestershire you will enjoy not only a great working environment, but also a fantastic quality of life. Please see below for some of our cultural highlights.
If you are interested in history, there are many sites of interest for you to explore. For example, the last battle of the English Civil War was fought in Worcester in 1651. If you visit the city today, you can still see several buildings and monuments associated with the battle and can climb to the top of Worcester Cathedral for a fantastic view of the historic battlefield.
Other substantial battles of the Civil War were fought in Worcestershire, including at Powick Bridge (approximately two miles from Worcester city centre). Indeed, at Powick church you can still see shot-impact scars on the tower. A visit to the nearby battlefields will create within you a long-lasting impression of what was faced by the fighters on both sides.
Worcester Cathedral has been described as possibly the most interesting of all England’s cathedrals, especially architecturally. Founded in 680 and later rebuilt with an attached monastery, it was one of the most important monastic cathedrals in the country. The cathedral was dissolved in 1540 by Henry VIII and badly damaged in the civil wars. It benefited from a major rebuilding programme after the restoration of King Charles ll and additional work in more recent years.Read more about Worcester Cathedral
Today, Worcester Cathedral is one of England’s loveliest. Visitors can see the royal tombs of King John and Prince Arthur, stroll through medieval cloisters and visit the ancient crypt and chapter house. This majestic cathedral also houses magnificent Victorian stained glass and a fascinating library and archive that holds the largest collection of medieval manuscripts in any cathedral in the UK.
If you are a sports enthusiastic, you won’t be disappointed with what Worcestershire has to offer.
In the city of Worcester you will find arguably one of the most beautiful cricket grounds in the world. New Road is home to Worcestershire County Cricket Club – the centre of many nail biting cricket matches and the school of many members of England’s national team.Read more about Sport and leisure time in Worcestershire
Also in the city you will find Worcester Race Course. Set in a stunning location close to the River Severn, the race course hosts 20 National Hunt jump racing fixtures from May-October annually.
Rugby fanatics will be thrilled to watch Worcester Warriors at their home in Sixways Stadium, close to junction 6 of the M5. Host to many matches with England’s top rugby teams, your heart will be in your mouth as you shout words of encouragement to the home team.
Worcester is also fast developing a reputation for paralympic sport, particularly wheelchair basketball. In 2014, the University of Worcester played host to the University Wheelchair Basketball Championships. Worcester University’s Arena sports stadium has since played host to many British and European wheelchair basketball championships.
Worcestershire has also hosted many high profile cycling tournaments, including the Tour of Britain and the Redditch Tour Series. The Tour series has consistently attracted a large amount of coverage, with previous events shown onITV4 to over 2.4 million viewers.
Boardman Bikes have invested in Worcestershire to develop a World Class cycling performance centre in Evesham. The 18,000 sqft complex features a wind tunnel specifically designed for cyclists – the first of its kind in the UK. The British cycling legend Chris Boardman MBE has since backed a campaign for encouraging people to live and work in Worcestershire.
But it’s not just about organised sport. If you want to walk, run, cycle, swim or simply be in beautiful countryside, you can be sure you will be at home here in Worcestershire.
For those whose main sport is walking to the nearest coffee shop or browsing the shopping malls, Worcestershire offers you a heady combination of picturesque market towns and vibrant city shopping. And when you tire of all that Worcestershire also offers fantastic rail and road networks that enable easy access to centres in Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and Birmingham.
With hundreds of schools to choose from, including State funded and top independents, you can be rest assured your children will receive an exceptional education. Alongside our excellent further education, higher education and specialist colleges, and fast growing University, all needs are catered for.
For further details on State schools available in Worcestershire, visit: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/schools
For independent schools, visit: www.isc.co.uk/schools/england/worcestershire/
Further information on the University of Worcester, visit: www.worcester.ac.uk