Wyre Forest is a district in the north of the county of Worcestershire. It has a population of over 100,000 and has large areas of rural countryside, with attractive villages like Chaddesley Corbett, Arley, Rock, Hartlebury and Wolverley and the three main towns of Kidderminster, Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn. Each of the towns has its own character and there are plenty of interesting things to see and do in each of the towns. 

The Forest of Wyre was once a medieval hunting forest, in more recent times, the towns became important for trade and in later years, hosted specialist industries. Today the area is a popular visitor attraction. Visitors come here to explore surrounding villages, browse in the three town’s shops and enjoy the natural beauty of the River Severn and the Wyre Forest itself.

There are some great local businesses in its three main towns, with specialist shops, micro-breweries, bistros and places to find the perfect gift to take home. This website starts you off with a selection of some of the best places to visit, shops to explore and entertainment venues to keep you busy when you stay in the area.


This attractive historic Georgian town is located on the western bank of the River Severn. The high street boasts a great selection of local shops, well worth exploring.


The largest of the three Wyre Forest towns, Kidderminster has a population of over 55,000 residents and is famous for the world’s leading manufacturer of high-quality woven carpets.


Stourport-on-Severn came into being in the 18th Century. Its pleasure parks, boat trips, camp sites and pubs are a popular summer destination for visitors attracted to its riverside.

The Wyre Forest itself, and its surrounding woodlands and nature reserves are great places to explore the outdoors. One of the best ways to enjoy the area is on foot and there are way-marked paths and trails suitable for all ages and abilities. The Wyre Forest is one of the largest, most ecologically significant oak woodlands in England – meaning that its really important for wildlife. But it’s a really lovely place for people too. Its perfect for walking, mountain biking, horse riding or having a mini-adventure, all year round. The Go Ape aerial route course is great fun for all ages and the Forest Café is perfect for ice cream in summer or hot drinks in winter time!

Visit the Wyre Forest District Council website for more information.

Developed in partnership

The Wyre Forest Town Councils (Bewdley, Kidderminster and Stourport) and their partner Stourport Forward have created this new website, to help visitors to the towns – signposting local attractions and facilities, and enabling potential visitors to search in ways that reflect their interests and circumstances.

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