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About Wyre Forest

Wyre Forest is a district in the north of the county of Worcestershire. The area takes its name from The Forest of Wyre, once a medieval hunting forest, and now a popular visitor attraction.

The district has a population of around 98,000 and consists of large areas of rural countryside, many picturesque villages like Arley, Rock, Chaddesley Corbett and Wolverley and the three main towns of Kidderminster, Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn.

Kidderminster is the largest of the three town with a population of over 55,000 residents. It is located 17 miles south-west of Birmingham city centre and 15 miles north of Worcester city centre.

Kidderminster can claim to be the birthplace of the modern carpet industry – founded in the area in 1785 by Brintons. Continuing this heritage, the sector remains a significant employer in the area, with Brintons Carpets providing jobs to several hundred people.

Stourport-on-Severn is located on the confluence of the rivers Severn and Stour. It has a population of around 20,000.

During the late 19th century, Stourport-on-Severn became a popular summer destination for people attracted to its riverside pleasure parks, boat trips, and excellent pubs and restaurants. The more recent growth in leisure boating and canal barge ownership and holidays has seen the revitalisation of Stourport’s central canal basins and a growth in its tourism sector.

Bewdley has a population of around 10,000 and is located on the western bank of the River Severn.

Bewdley is an attractive historic town, successfully blending medieval, 18th century and more modern buildings within its commercial core. The former quayside on the western bank of the river has been landscaped and improved over the last few decades, and it provides pleasant views of the town’s Thomas Telford-designed bridge and its rows of Georgian townhouses and buildings. Since the completion of flood defences in 2006, a "civic space" has been created. This is used to accommodate farmers’ markets and other events.

The district is home to some of the best attractions in the Midlands, more information on visiting the district is available on the Visit the Wyre Forest website.

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