Malvern may be famous for its hills, but it also has a rich musical history, continuing today.
This weekend, we will be staying just 6 miles from Malvern at the Bank House Hotel in Bransford. A special accommodation rate has been arranged of £98 per night per room, bed and breakfast – or £88 for a non-flexible booking, subject to availability. Please book directly with the hotel on 01886 833551 and quote British Senate to get the special rate.
On Friday evening, we will meet in the hotel as we arrive. We don’t have anything planned, but there is a bar menu if you want to eat.
If you choose to arrive earlier in the day, we have been offered a round of golf on the hotel’s 18-hole course at £15 and a discount of 25% for a spa day. Please book these directly: golf on 01886 833621 & spa on 01886 834834. Alternatively, there is The Fold café, natural therapy centre and nature trail just over the road, and the largest cruck framed structure in Britain a short drive away, not to mention the city of Worcester less than 5 miles up the road.
Our weekend starts on Saturday morning with a visit to The Firs, Elgar’s birthplace museum. We will be divided into groups for a tour of the museum and have a chance to explore the grounds before meeting up again for a light lunch and a concert by the Severn Voices Choir.
In the afternoon, you have a choice of three different activities: raga-style singing and breathwork; classical Indian dancing; or drumming, all at The Fold, a short walk from the hotel.
In the evening, we have an opportunity to get our glad rags on with a black-tie dinner. It won’t be the usual style of dinner, though – we will intersperse the courses with short speeches from our members, with some not-too-serious prizes.
Sunday morning starts with a walking tour of Malvern’s Marvellous Trees, in Malvern itself. Unusually for Malvern, the walking tours will be short and flat – there’s no need to worry about negotiating any long, steep climbs.
The weekend will round off with lunch at the newly refurbished Plough and Harrow pub in Guarlford, a couple of miles outside Malvern. We’ll place our orders and pay on the day – the cost of lunch is not included in the weekend, but please do let us know if you will be joining us so that we have the right number of places booked.
We do hope that you’ll join us for what promises to be an excellent weekend of Senate fun & friendship.
Julia and Mike Goodfellow-Smith