How to Spend a Sunday in The Malverns

Activities | Dog Friendly | Family Fun | Food & Drink | Shopping

A classic roast dinner on a white plate

There’s no excuse to snooze your Sunday away in The Malverns. With top notch Sunday lunches, glorious walks, culture and entertainment options as well as shops to browse; whether you want to relax or squeeze the most out of your weekend, a Sunday in The Malverns ticks all the boxes.

Sunday Roast

The Old Bush exterior
The Old Bush

It’s hard to beat a traditional roast on a sleepy Sunday. Make a day of it and take one of our roast and ramble recommendations enjoying both the best of countryside views and cosy dishes. There are plenty of family friendly pubs with play areas for excited little ones such as The Old Bush in Callow End which serves a traditional Sunday Roast and has a lovely countryside setting with a large pub garden and play area.

If you have a vegetarian in your group head to the Duke of York Inn. Set at the foot of Raggedstone Hill this country inn with an open fire and old wooden beams offers the traditional roast with meat, veggie and vegan options served with seasonal veggies, cauliflower cheese, Yorkshire pudding and roast potatoes. What could be better!

Pembroke House in Tenbury Wells is well thought of for Sunday lunch and has a good range of options for all tastes – their roast potatoes deserve a special mention.

See a Movie

The Coach House Theatre
The Coach House Theatre

There are lots of options for a Sunday film in The Malverns. Malvern Theatres shows all the blockbusters as well as independent releases and film festival showings. The Coach House Theatre offers indie films and shows a good range of award winning French cinema. In Tenbury Wells The Regal can be found showing everything from the latest Marvel extravaganza to ballets beamed in from the Royal Opera House.

Sunday Strolls

Girl sitting on a bench on the Malvern Hills

If you’ve spent a serene morning in bed, head out into the gorgeous Malverns countryside for a bracing walk. Have a look at our Walkfinder to find a jaunt your speed. Why not combine it with a refreshing trip to one of our excellent pubs or end your walk at Weavers of Malvern and enjoy their complementary Sunday night cheese board.

Culture, Heritage and Gardens

Ralph Court Gardens
The Dragon at Ralph Court Gardens

Many of The Malverns cultural institutions keep Sunday opening hours. Croome National Trust is open until 5pm for walks through their Capability Brown landscaped gardens, tours of the house and RAF museum. The Firs National Trust , Elgar’s Birthplace, is open every Sunday from 11am – 5pm. You can stroll round the cottage garden, become immersed in the home where the famous composer spent his early life, view the historic collections in the visitor centre and make your own music on the piano or garden instruments. Also welcoming visitors on a Sunday include Witley Court English Heritage, The Picton Garden & Old Court Nurseries (please check the website for specific dates), Clive’s Fruit Farm, Ralph Court Gardens, Eastnor Castle and more. Make sure to check our attraction finder for full opening times.

Parks and Play Areas

Priory Park Play Area overview of the play area showing wooden climbing apparatus, hobbit tunnels and play pods
Priory Park Play Area overview

There is a brilliant selection of free outdoor play areas across The Malverns, all with guaranteed Sunday opening hours. Tenbury Wells is home to The Burgage, a handsome green space with river views, children’s play area, tennis courts and bowling green. Upton upon Severn also has a fantastic play area with sensory sections for toddlers, a huge rope-dome climbing frame, slides, swings, a skatepark and more.

On top of that, completed in spring 2022, is the NEW Priory Park Adventure Playground. The exiting makeover is made from sustainable timber and children get the chance climb on natural boulders, crawl through hobbit holes, hide in a hollow tree trunk, walk across a rope bridge, swing on a basket swing and more! 

Sunday Shopping

Austin & Co Great Malvern

The traditional day of rest is becoming increasingly popular with shoppers, so more retailers across The Malverns are opening their doors on a Sunday. Find local artisan food, drinks, gift shops, cafe’s and much more open for business on this most relaxed day of the week.

The Three Counties Showground hosts flea markets and collectors fairs on nominated Sundays. The Malvern Flea and Collectors Fair is the UK’s largest and provides a great day out; or join one of the more specialist events like the Militaria Fair or Toy Collectors Fair.

Beat the Saturday crowds and browse at your leisure at these shops across towns in The Malverns who have Sunday opening hours:

Please note: opening hours may change at individual shops discretion.


Barnards Green Butchers 10am – 1pm.
Excellent quality, well prepared local meat at reasonable prices. Try their sausages.

Faun 9.30am – 3pm.
Coffee, pastries, home baked bread, deli counter with local jams, chutneys and wine as well as brunch/lunch menu. Local ingredients with a seasonal focus.

Rhubarb 10am – 5pm.
Two shops in Great Malvern one focussing on homeware and the other focussing on gifts.

Happy Bike Malvern 10am – 4pm.
Bike repairs, rentals and sales.

YMCA 9am – 5.30pm.
Charity shop selling a large range of clothing, homeware, toys accessories and furniture.

St Richards Hospice Department Store 10am – 4pm.
Large charity shop with selection of good quality men’s and women’s clothing, accessories, homeware and furniture.

Age UK Great Malvern 10am – 4pm.
Selling all sorts of goods, including, clothing, books, games, toys, bric-a-brac and much more.

Austin and Co 11am – 3pm.
Quirky award-winning card, gift and dog accessory shop selling stationary, greetings cards, gifts, dog leads, treats and toys.

Sweet Street 10.30am – 4pm.
Hundreds of different confectionary options from the traditional sweeties from your childhood to American cereals, crisps and drinks.

Robin Elts Shoes 9am – 5pm.
Independent shoe shop for over 150 years selling bands such as Ecco, Skechers and Birkenstock.

The Malvern Bookshop 10am – 3pm.
Second hand bookshop with 5 rooms of antique and quality second hand books of all subjects including sheet music.

Deja Vu 10am – 4.30pm.
Dress agency specialising in designer and high end high street men’s and women’s clothing and accessories.

Upton upon Severn

Henry’s Cafe Bookshop & Antiques 10am – 4pm.
Cosy café also selling second hand books and antiques.

Severn Wheels 10am – 4pm.
Stocks model railway parts, tools, bike parts and offers services like key cutting.

Upton Emporium 11am – 4pm.
Gift shop selling a large selection of gifts from jewellery, candles, ornaments, bags, children’s soft toys and much more.

Shopping Further Afield

Hop Pocket 1
The Hop Pocket

The Hop Pocket

Independent garden centre with shopping village, restaurant and food hall. Open Sundays from 10.30am to 4pm. Shops include traditional toy shop, gift shop, shoe shop, homeware, art gallery and more. Also includes a large children’s play area and outdoor café seating.

Mill Farm Country Retail

Independent retail park with small local traders as well as a licenced café. Many of the traders are open on Sundays including a farm shop, card and gift shop, children’s clothing, garden centre as well as The Den Café and Bar serving breakfast, brunch, cakes, coffee and tea.

The Fold

Organic farm with vegetarian café, independent artisan traders and monthly Sunday Market.

The Fold