Under the Christmas Tree – A Victorian History walk and seasonal fayre in Great Malvern

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Fairy lights galore and riches to explore! This spa town puts its glad rags on, from Edward Elgar's statue on Belle Vue Terrace (our greatest composer?) via the Festival Theatre`s tinsel-clad Foyer and Coffee Bar, to Malvern Priory - built before doomsday.

Come with our local resident on this easy jaunt, taking in weird and wonderful wells of 19th century' spa tourism. From our indoor rendezvous we head for Dr. Gully's 1842 `Bridge of Sighs` sanatorium, medieval gateways, passing Gothic pinnacled Mac & Jacs gay-friendly coffee bar. The Priory next door has medieval stained glass more numerous, and a West window larger than any other Parish Church. Pop in – no services planned that day.

Views include strange statues in Rosebank gardens opposite (with hints of Worcestershire Sauce) and The Unicorn - C S Lewis & J R R Tolkien's drinking den, Under Sugar loaf Hill,`s shadow, we will explore flat wooded paths with views through bare trees of Evesham Vale. From our destination Clock Tower, charmingly secluded back lanes return us via more blue plaques, and another Well, splashing away, incongruous under the Waitrose car park steps.

Finally, an 1810 landmark Foley Arms (the `spoons`) has the options (if you wish) to buy a hot meal or seasonal tipple. A darkening winter day and Church Street's glowing Christmas Tree lets us end up, exchanging seasons greetings and `see you next years`.

Those still wanting to `walk off` their Turkey will be pointed upward – to Worcestershire Beacon via St. Annes Well. Or there`s always last-minute Christmas shopping!

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