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1. History of Kidderminster
Kidderminster is most famous for its manufacturing of carpets. This industry took off in the town in around 1735, and quality carpets are still made in Kidderminster today. It is likely the town originated in Saxon times, as the word minster is a Saxon name for a monastery or church. Evidence of medieval settlement in the area exists in parts of the parish church of St Mary's a...Read more
2. Now in Kidderminster
Kidderminster sits on the River Stour and the Worcestershire Canal, and is the largest town in North Worcestershire. The town is in the Wyre Forest district, which also includes the towns of Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn and several surrounding villages like Arley, Rock, Chaddesley Corbett and Wolverley. Many visitors head to Kidderminster to take a ride on the famous Severn ...Read more
3. Events in Kidderminster
The Kidderminster Arts Festival runs for two weeks in August and includes arts workshops, performances, exhibitions, street entertainment and arts demonstrations. A variety of annual events take place at the Severn Valley Railway, in Kidderminster, including the Autumn Steam Gala, the Spring Steam Gala, the Diesel Enthusiasts Gala and the Classic Car and Bike Day. Kidderminster...Read more
4. Attractions in Kidderminster
The Severn Valley Railway attracts thousands of visitors every year and appeals to all kinds of people, from children to railway enthusiasts. Visitors can take a train on the 16-mile route through beautiful countryside, from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth. The West Midland Safari Park is a popular attraction on the outskirts of the town and includes a four-mile safari area contain...Read more
5. Things To Do in Kidderminster
Walkers, cyclists and boaters can access the canal and towpath in Kidderminster. This leads to the town of Stourport. The Wyre Forest Glades Leisure Centre includes a fun pool with waves and flumes as well as health and fitness facilities. The Wyre Forest Visitor and Discovery Centre, on the outskirts of the town, is a starting point for many walkers and cyclists. A Go Ape! tre...Read more
6. Business in Kidderminster
There are four shopping centres in Kidderminster - the Rowland Hill Centre, the Swan Centre, Crosley Retail Park and Weavers Wharf. The centres offer a wide selection of shops, restaurants and cafes. Shoppers can choose between high street names, department stores and smaller independent businesses. The popular outdoor market is open in the town on Thursdays and Saturdays.
7. Transport in Kidderminster
By road, the A456 runs through Kidderminster to Birmingham and links to the A49 to the west of the town. The M5 is just to the east of Kidderminster and gives good access to the M5, M1, M6 and M40. There are good bus services from Kidderminster to the other towns in the district and regular train services to Birmingham and London. The nearest airport to Kidderminster is Birming...Read more
8. Entertainment in Kidderminster
The Rose Theatre offers a packed programme of drama from both amateur and professional groups. Live music takes place regularly at The Boars Head, in the town centre. Open mic events are also held at this venue.
9. Famous Landmarks in Kidderminster
The listed building of Slingfield Mill, now home to a Debenhams store, was built in the 18th century and was an important site for carpet manufacturing. It was recently refurbished as part of a multi-million pound project.
10. Interesting Facts about Kidderminster
Sir Rowland Hill, who came up with the idea of pre-paid postage with his adhesive Penny Black stamp in 1840, was born in Kidderminster. Before he invented the stamp, recipients of post had to pay the postman on delivery. The Penny Black is now a collector's item.
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01 February 2013 - 28 February 2013
This fun and popular event takes place every year during the February half term. Performers from dance schools all over the Midlands turn up to compete in a range of categories from ballet solos to cabaret groups. More than 1,000 groups or individuals take part in the ...more
01 August 2013 - 31 August 2013
The International Festival of Glass takes place in the Stourbridge Glass Quarter to celebrate 400 years of glassmaking in the area. The event runs every two years for four days in August and includes exhibitions, performances, demonstrations, have-a-go sessions, lectur ...more
01 September 2013 - 30 September 2013
The annual events at Severn Valley Railway are popular with rail enthusiasts from across the UK as well as families. The Autumn Steam Gala takes place over three days every September and pre-booking is advised for this event. Hundreds of steam locomotives set off from ...more
01 September 2012 - 30 September 2012
This festival takes place every two years to celebrate rocks, fossils, gems, jewellery and anything to do with dinosaurs. Events take place at Dudley Museum and Art Gallery and Dudley Concert Hall over two days in September. Hundreds of visitors flock to the festival ...more
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