Fun at The Firs this February

Fairy door

Young Elgar was often found with his siblings sprinting around the fields and woods of Lower Broadheath. At the age of 10 he created a little tune about the ‘fairy feeling’ he had while playing in the countryside that later inspired his work ‘The Wand of Youth Suites’ – some of which about his adventures in Lower Broadheath.

The fairies have returned to The Firs and taken up residence in some of our trees.  Using your magic wand, find our fairy doors and ring the bell to see who lives inside. Some of our cheeky fairy friends might set you some nature tasks along the way. When you’ve visited them all a ‘tinkling’ prize awaits you at the end. Trail £2. If you love the fairy friends you meet on the way, why not make your own to take home using our pine-cone craft kit for £1. 

Our woodland glade is starting to wake up, the daffodils are pushing their way through the ground and the snowdrops are carpeting the land.   

Snowdrops on the ground
Snowdrops on the ground
Snowdrops on the ground

Our sitting circle is the perfect spot to see our visiting garden birds – our friendly Robin loves to see what food he can find. What other birds will you be able to see at this time of year?

Sitting circle at The Firs
Sitting circle at The Firs
Sitting circle at The Firs

The woodpeckers love to make noise in our trees, what tune can you hear?

Can you copy the sounds using our wooden xylophones in the sound garden?

Twins in the sound garden
Twins in the sound garden
Twins in the sound garden

The extremely talented Corinne Frost will be performing ‘An Audience with Corinne’ an interactive and spellbinding experience for all lovers of music on 18 January and 9 February at 11.30am repeated at 12.30pm.

An Audience with Corinne
An Audience with Corinne
An Audience with Corinne

2019 sees the beginning of the Elgar school of music’s series of lunchtime recitals by both staff and students of the school.  A perfect way to spend a Friday - performances are 25 January and 22 February at 1pm.

Corinne Frost and Janine Parsons
Corinne Frost and Janine Parsons
Corinne Frost and Janine Parsons

Vocalist Rebecca Grace is accompanied on piano by Ann Jones for a celebration of the glorious English art song. Elgar’s England features a number of delightful songs written by Elgar and his contemporaries, including Hubert Parry, Roger Quilter and Liza Lehmann. Together, these songs bring to life the quintessential sound of England in the early twentieth century. A free concert on 23 February at 2.30pm with further performances throughout the year.

Vocalist Rebecca and Pianist Ann
Vocalist Rebecca and Pianist Ann
Vocalist Rebecca and Pianist Ann

Our brand new Tea-room will have a new spring menu to whet your appetite; the weather will be just warm enough for you to enjoy food and drinks outside in our courtyard seating area to take in the sights and sounds of Lower Broadheath.

Outside seating at The Firs
Outside seating at The Firs
Outside seating at The Firs

Touring the Worcestershire countryside in search of inspiration might have taken a lot longer if it weren’t for Elgar’s trusty bicycle Mr Phoebus. Cycling up to 50 miles per day, friends who accompanied him would often recall how lengthy periods of silence on his part were sure-fire signs that his genius was in-flow. The striking 1910 Sunbeam bicycle on display here, alongside original hand-marked cycle maps he used might put the modern casual cyclist to shame – but then again it might inspire you to take a ride for yourself.

Sunbeam bicycle above reception
Sunbeam bicycle above reception
Sunbeam bicycle above reception