We love Pershore! This pretty and historic market town in Worcestershire is famed for its elegant Georgian architecture, magnificent Abbey, parts of which date back to the 11th century, its agriculture, horticulture college and plums!
Set in the heart of the Vale of Evesham, it boasts a wealth of history and heritage. The impressive medieval Pershore Abbey was founded in 689 AD by King Oswald. However, most of the Abbey’s architecture is from the 13th century and today it is dominated by the tall, pinnacled tower, which in summer is often open. On a clear day, from the top you get a beautiful view of the Vale and Bredon Hill.
As well as the Abbey we love the Georgian architecture and so did the Council for British Archaeology which in 1964 included Pershore in its list of 51 British “Gem Towns” worthy of special consideration for historic preservation. As such it was listed as an outstanding conservation area.
What we love most is the town’s sense of fun. This is epitomised in its Pershore Plum Festival which is held every August to celebrate the local tradition of growing plums. Varieties include Pershore Purple, Pershore Yellow Egg Plum and Pershore Emblem. As part of the festival, there is a family fun run, plum themed art exhibition and the Plum Fayre.
Sticking with its fun side, on the spring bank holiday, usually the last Monday in May, a carnival is held for the entertainment and enjoyment of the townsfolk and people from a wide surrounding area.
Each year has a different theme, the programme covers being designed by children attending Pershore schools. The day starts with a procession of a variety of entries that passes through the town ending at Abbey Park. During the procession a bucket collection is taken in support of the year’s two carnival charities. In the park there are stalls, a show arena, a dog show and other attractions, each year being different.
The day ends with an evening concert and firework display. Various fundraising events take place prior to the carnival, such as a quiz night, a race night and a duck race on the river.
With all the events going on, there is, as you would expect, a lovely atmosphere and great community spirit here which we love.
Pershore has a great high street with a fantastic mix of independent and specialist shops alongside businesses, a covered market and a supermarket. It is also blessed with several well-regarded cafes, pubs and hotels as well as a post office and market.
We love that sport plays a big part in the life of Pershore too. There is both a men’s and women’s football team as well as a Cricket Club. Wychavon Kayak and Canoe Club is based at Pershore Riverside Centre and there are Bowls, Tennis and Athletics Clubs.
For those who prefer the great outdoors, the beautiful countryside right on the doorstep provides plenty of opportunities for cycling, walking, and rambling especially with our four-legged friends.
With all this to shout about, it’s not surprising people love Pershore!