If you’re looking for things to do in Malvern, whether visiting for the first time or a local wanting to see what’s on this winter, you’ve come to the right place!
Malvern, much like the rest of the UK, can fall victim to wet and windy spells, so it’s good to make note of both indoor and outdoor activities which will keep you occupied this winter, come rain or shine.
Should you be blessed with a beautiful, crisp winter’s day, you’ll be spoilt for choice with Malvern’s vast selection of scenic walking trails.
1. Malvern Theatre
Only a 5-minute walk from Mount Pleasant Hotel is the Malvern Theatre, a recognised centre for artistic excellence in the West Midlands.
Throughout the winter months, Malvern Theatre has a brilliant array of entertainment scheduled. Catch classic films such as The Grand Budapest Hotel or Singin’ In The Rain, a festive production of The Nutcracker and even a Christmas pantomime of Cinderella.
So, whether you want to watch the latest blockbuster film, catch a play, or even try your hand at a craft workshop, Malvern Theatre has something for the whole family to enjoy during the holiday season.
2. Malvern Priory
In the centre of town is Malvern Priory, one of the country’s greater Parish churches, which puts on various community events throughout the year.
When visiting, you can catch performances, concerts, and exhibitions. And if you fancy soaking up some of the church’s history, there are guided tours of the church and its towers.
The Priory boasts exquisite stained-glass windows and stunning architecture, so remember to take your camera as there will be many photo opportunities during your visit!
3. Food & Drink in Malvern
There are some fantastic eateries within the area, from cosy cafes to some highly-rated pubs in Malvern where you can get delicious traditonal pub grub and locally brewed ales, the perfect spot to refuel and warm up on a chilly day.
There are also some lovely cafes in Malvern where you can grab a hot drink and a slice of cake.
Of course, we must mention our Mulberry Tree Restaurant, here at Mount Pleasant Hotel. Alongside our usual lunch and dinner menus, we have some festive treats coming up throughout the Christmas period.
From the 4th-22nd of December, we will have Christmas menus for both lunch and dinner coming to Mulberry Tree, featuring all of the flavours we love from this time of year, such as turkey, stuffing, cranberry, pigs in blankets and much more (crackers included).
4. Tudor House Museum
Museums are great fun for all the family, allowing you to soak up some of the local history, adding an extra layer to your visit.
During your stay in Malvern, the Tudor House Museum is certainly one to check out. This fascinating museum will teach you all about the Tudor history of Worcestershire, from how they lived and worked. They regularly hold craft workshops and tours so be sure to check out their events schedule.
Spend a few hours marvelling at the many artefacts on display and don’t forget to stop by the museum’s tearoom for a slice of cake or a scone.
5. Comedy Nights in Malvern
Get ready to laugh until your sides hurt with an evening of comedy!
In December, catch renowned comedy-hypnotist, Tom Pierre, who will be bringing the laughs, plus a DJ line-up to take us into the night. And let’s not forget about the buffet, full of festive-inspired dishes, a great way to get into the Christmas spirit!
Then, get ready for a lineup of hilarious comedians in February 2024, with side-splitting jokes, witty one-liners, and rib-tickling anecdotes. Included in your ticket is a tasty fish and chips of halloumi and chips. Book now to avoid disappointment.
6. Priory Park in Great Malvern
For those who enjoy getting out and about in nature then a stroll around Priory Park in Great Malvern is a must.
Formerly the gardens of the 1874 Priory Mansion, Priory Park is a tranquil green space filled with beautiful trees and a large duck pond.
There is also a children’s playground in one corner and a bandstand that sits proudly in the park and although these are taken advantage of more in the summer months, a winter walk in the park with a hot chocolate is unmatched.
7. Drag Acts in Malvern
If you’re looking for an evening of glitz and glamour then you won’t want to miss out on an evening with the one and only, Betty Bangs. This Drag act will combine fabulous vocal talent, with glitter, wigs and plenty of banter! There will be a tasty festive buffet to keep you going whilst you party the night away. Get your tickets here.
8. The Malvern Spa
After a busy day of exploring, there is no better way to unwind than with a trip to The Malvern Spa.
The Malvern Spa have some great spa facilities which include a hydrotherapy pool, sauna, steam room and a salt grotto which are sure to leave you feeling rejuvenated and refreshed!
There is of course a range of luxurious spa treatments you can book from full body or hot stone massages to Elemis facials and pampering beauty treatments.
If you fancy spoiling a loved one, why not take advantage of their spa packages? The perfect way to treat someone special or to celebrate a special occasion.
9. Ice Quest
Ice Quest Malvern is the perfect day out for families, friends, or couples. Choose from escape rooms, laser quest, or ice skating for a more seasonal option.
During the winter, Ice Quest attracts a lot of visitors so we recommend booking ahead to avoid disappointment. If you’re planning to skate with younger children, Ice Quest offers skating aids which can be hired at the venue.
10. Clue HQ Malvern
If you’re a fan of escape rooms but want to discover a broader range of room options then Clue HQ Malvern is the place for you!
Choose from four fantastic escape rooms; Bunker 38, Cluetankhamun, A-I-9 or Cell Block C, each with mysterious clues for you to work out to try and escape in under 60 minutes.
Escape rooms are a great way to bond with friends, family, or even co-workers, putting your problem-solving and team-player skills to the ultimate test!
11. Tribute Performances in Malvern
If you’re someone who loves music, you won’t want to miss out on the incredible line-up of tribute performances we have coming up.
In December, as part of our Christmas Party Nights, you can travel back to the 80s with nostalgic sounds from Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and more. Or, We Will Rock You to the sounds of Queen, performed by the up-and-coming tribute band, Queenergy. Each Party Night event includes a festive buffet as part of your ticket.
Then, heading into 2024, catch a fabulous tribute act of Tina Turner, Kylie Minogue, Elton John or Tom Jones, as you’ve never heard them before. The perfect excuse to dance the night away and sing to your heart’s content – book now!
12. Visit the Malvern Hills
The Malvern Hills and Commons, which sits on the boundary between Herefordshire and Worcestershire, are a must-visit for those who enjoy the outdoors.
There is something quite magical about a scenic stroll through the Malvern Hills on a crisp winter day, making it a popular spot with walkers.
With so many different landscapes and cultural points to enjoy, the Hills offer a great and economical day out for the whole family.
Explore cultural heritage, vast landscapes, wildlife and much more when you are out exploring the Malvern Hills and Commons.
Where To Stay in Malvern
If our article has given you some inspiration for things to do during your visit, why not make your trip even more memorable with a stay at The Mount Pleasant Hotel?
With a range of comfortable en-suite rooms, an award-winning restaurant on-site, events and plenty of local amenities on our doorstep, The Mount Pleasant Hotel is the perfect place to head this winter.
So, what are you waiting for? Book your visit today.