'Asparaplumblossom' Familiarisation Tour

March 23rd 9.00am
Hampton Ferry, Boat lane, Evesham

Every year about this time, a promotional coach tour is organised, by Angela Tidmarsh, Wychavon District Councils, Tourism Officer. The day is intended to showcase the coach tours, operated by Dudley’s Coaches, and running at specific times of the year to tour Wychavon’s countryside. The tours include stops at places of interest and refreshments. Invited guest’s include national and local press, TIC staff from neighbouring towns and cities and those participating in the tours from various organisations in a get to know you excercise. The tours have themes. Blossom, Asparagus and Plum.

 The Evesham Observer took the above picture and reported on the day.
L-R Chris Dudley, Paul Chitty, your’s truly and Angela Tidmarsh.

After breakfast at Raphael’s restaurant we head off at 10.00am

Our tour takes us first to Twyford Country Park, via orchards that should be full of blossom. Due to the extreme weather this year, the blossom is late, so our guide thoughtfully informs us about the history of the many tin sheds in the fields 🙂 We soon reach Bretforton and the Fleece Inn.

Nigel Smith, landlord of this Nation Trust owned pub, gives us an interesting  talk about the buildings history, while we take coffee and biscuits.

It’s soon time to rejoin the coach and continue the tour

The Wayside Farm Shop is a fabulous store full of local produce and home cooked goodies.

Sampling is all part of tour.

Preserves are in plentiful supply.

Wayside owner Elspeth with John Carter, BBC travel program ‘Wish You Were Here’ presenter and travel writer for the Mail on Sunday.

Our tour continued on to Broadway and then out through the Wychavon countryside, wending our way through narrow lanes and roads to Pershore and the Angel Hotel,where we stopped for lunch.

The Angel Hotel dinning room.

Having left Pershore, we travelled on through Ashton Under Hill and around Bredon Hill. Even in the greyovercast weather, this is a really lovely part of Wychavon. Our next stop was Revills Farm Shop

 Famous for it’s Asparagas, Manager Darren tells us all about farming his 80 acres and the 3 varieties of  ‘Grass’ (Local name for Asparagus) he grows.

Inside, there is plenty to see

and buy. All local, all fresh and all lovely 🙂

Demonstrations are also part of the tours

Our group are spellbound as they watch

the finishing touches are put to the Asparagus and duck egg salad. This very quick meal is then passed round for tasting. After some retail therapy, it’s time to head back.

Raphaels had prepared a beautiful afternoon cream tea. Like we were hungry! but, well it would have been rude not too.

The day rounded off with a demonstration of how to properly tie grass and some of the history of this famous Vale of Evesham vegetable

The demonstration, by Diana Raphael, also included stories of how she tied the grass in the various bundle sizes, when she was a girl xx years ago.
An interesting, fun, informative day. I would recommend any of the tours and you can find out more about them at Dudley’s Coaches

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