A successful mix of old and new. Redditch is home to several historical sites such as The National Needle Museum, ruins of 11th century Bordesley Abbey and the remains of a medieval moated settlement ‘Moons Moat’.
The Forge Mill Needle Museum is an unusual and fascinating place to visit. This historic site illustrates the rich heritage of the needle and fishing tackle industries. Models and recreated scenes provide a vivid illustration of how needles were once made, and how Redditch once produced 90% of the world’s needles.
On the same site, just a very short walk from Forge Mill Museum, are the ruins of Bordesley Abbey – a medieval Cistercian Abbey which has been extensively excavated. The Abbey Visitor Centre displays fascinating artefacts from the site’s first archaeological dig in 1864 and from more recent digs.
The modern Kingfisher Shopping Centre ranked 20th out of 100 centres in the UK features mosaics by sculptor and artist Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi, a new restaurant quarter, cinema and gym. Outside of the shopping centre, the Church Green conservation area houses the 18th century St Stephens Church, bandstand with events throughout the year, Bartleet Fountain and established open air market.
The Edwardian Palace Theatre shows a mix of new and well known acts and along with golf, sports centres, a National standard BMX track, wild life, Green Flag Countryside Parks, bars, restaurants, cafes and bingo hall Redditch is a great place to explore.
If you want to escape and explore the outdoors, Redditch has the Arrow Valley Country Park on its doorstep. Based on the River Arrow there is 900 acres of public open space and incorporates the 27 acres Arrow Valley Lake, popular for dinghy sailing, fishing and birdwatching.