May fun at The Firs

Children playing outdoors

Take a step back in time to the Victorian era at The Firs. Don your best chimney sweep or flower girl outfit or dress up using ours. Then you are ready to take on the challenge of our Victorian games.

Victorian Fun and Games

Elgar and his siblings used The Firs and the fields of Lower Broadheath as their playground now you can too. Find our Victorian ‘play stations’, take part and learn about Victorian childhood along the way.  By the end of the trail you may have found your new favourite toy or game.

A new-fangled Victorian toy was the Kaleidoscope; make your own to see the world in a very different way.

What is this new fangled toy?
Kids playing with Kalediscope
What is this new fangled toy?

Dawne’s Top Tips

Our Gardener Dawne is as busy as bee in the garden this May. With spring here the lawn is growing very quickly so she is keeping on top of the mowing. Scarifying the grass  by combing it to remove any moss, debris and ‘thatch’ that have built up over the winter, then aerating it by puncturing holes into the ground to allow oxygen to get to the roots all well worth it for a beautiful result. The weeds are also growing fast and the best and most natural way to get rid of them is hand weeding and hoeing. Dead heading is still on the to-do list, as they can make our spring bedding last until the summer. Our new rose shoots are being trained to the wall to replace any older stems.

Blooming Tulips in the cottage garden
Tulips in front of the cottage
Blooming Tulips in the cottage garden

Tea-room

With spring fully in the swing our more alfresco themed lunches the traditional ploughman’s and vegan sausage rolls can now be enjoyed in the sun trap that is our courtyard dining area. 

Chef’s special cakes the Coffee and Walnut cake is great for those still chilly days and the Rhubarb and Ginger cake is perfect for those more inclement May days, so we have you covered whatever the weather. 

Wake up with delicious Coffee and Walnut Cake
Coffee and Walnut Cake
Wake up with delicious Coffee and Walnut Cake

April’s scone of the month the Cranberry and Orange Scone was very popular but what will this month’s be?  Chef Vikki is inspired by Edwardian flavors like Ann Elgar would use. Do you have any suggestions?

Walk in Elgar's footsteps 

May is the perfect time to explore the Worcestershire countryside bursting with wildlife. Step into the past and walk in Elgar’s footsteps with views of his beloved Malvern Hills. A perfect stroll for all the family including your four legged friend. You will come across a few stiles so unsuitable for prams or wheelchairs.  Pick up your map from reception today.

The bridleway
The Firs a walk in elgar country step 2
The bridleway

Decorating The Wand of Youth Suite 

In 1907 Elgar turned 50 years old. Feeling nostalgic, he coincided this date with the release of a series of pieces he collectively named ‘The Wand of Youth Suites’. The pieces were musical recollections from Elgar’s childhood – a time he would always remember with fond reverence.
Some of the suite’s themes were actually begun during Elgar’s childhood in Broadheath. He had kept the original scores that he had written at just ten years old. The suites actually incorporate the earliest surviving music written by Elgar. 

This is the inspiration behind The Wand of Youth Suite in the Birthplace Cottage – a room that explores Elgar’s happy childhood with family treasures from the collection. Staff and volunteers have worked tirelessly to produce an immersive setting that will transport you to Elgar’s happiest memories.

Garlands of Hops decorate the room
Hops in The Wand of Youth Suite
Garlands of Hops decorate the room