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Holidays in Redditch

Historic Worcestershire town with industrial heritage and famous mosaics

Arrow Valley

Redditch is a historic town famous for its industrial heritage of needles, fishing tackle, springs and many more. Situated within the beautiful county of Worcestershire and within easy reach of some of Britain's most pleasing countryside and attractions, Redditch is the ideal place to locate yourself for a pleasing break in the West Midlands.

No visit to Redditch is complete without a walk around the Church Green. This area, the envy of many towns, is surrounded by attractive 19th century buildings, the ornate St Stephens Church, as well as the historic town fountain and bandstand. From late spring to early autumn the bandstand is a venue for many live events.

Within the town centre is the Palace Theatre, which offers a wide range of live entertainment throughout the year including drama, comedy, music, dance and more.

A wintry scene at Arrow Valley

If you like art, pop into the Kingfisher Centre where you can find some famous mosaics designed by Eduardo Paolozzi. It is possibly one of the best examples of public art in the region. The Centre also contains a four-screen cinema complex.

Nearby, close to the railway station in the Old Needle Works, is a craft centre. Essentially a community hub, there is an opportunity to see and buy paintings, handmade jewellery, baked goods, or even get a hot stone massage.

"Eduardo Paolozzi's mosaics can be found in the Kingfisher Centre..."

A gentle walk around the town can be found at the Redditch Walks website. There are at least 12 walking trails in and around the area; some wind through the Arrow Valley and the Worcestershire countryside, others are town and pub walks. Follow trails to Beoley, Tardebigge, Red Dyche, and The Ridgeway. PDFs of the route pamphlets can also be downloaded.

Also, include a trip to Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, a museum and site of national importance as it is the only operational water driven scouring mill in the world - constructed in 1720. There are other water wheels around the town but they are no longer in use.

Redditch is a short drive from the national road network, including the M5, M42 and M40. Redditch does have a terminus train station, which links it directly to Birmingham where rail links feed out to the rest of the country. The central station is in the heart of the city giving you instant access to one of England’s biggest and most diverse shopping centres.

While you’re there

Church Green

Take a picnic to the town’s pleasant communal open space.

The Paolozzi Mosaics

Eduardo Paolozzi’s unusual mosaics are still a pristine example of 1980s public art.

Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre

See the world’s only operational water driven scouring mill.

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