The largest town in North Worcestershire, famous as a centre for the production of quality woven carpets, which are still manufactured in the town, and as the birthplace of Sir Rowland Hill, the founder of the Penny Post.
Kidderminster offers three shopping centres, a retail park, numerous independent and multi - national traders providing a range of shops, pubs, restaurants and cafés and a twice weekly outdoor retail market.
The area takes its name from The Forest of Wyre,
once a medieval hunting forest, now a popular visitor attraction. The three main towns of Kidderminster, Bewdley and Stourport-on-Severn and several surrounding villages like Arley, Rock, Chaddesley Corbett and Wolverley make up the district.
The area has some of the best attractions in the Midlands from an exciting safari and leisure park to Britain’s premier steam railway, from a medieval manor house to a delightful walled garden brimming with unusual plants and shrubs, and of course there is the area's namesake, the wonderful Wyre Forest.
Kidderminster is the main retail hub of the district and has a number of shopping centres including the Swan Centre, the Rowland Hill Centre and Weaver’s Wharf, which offers visitors a high quality shopping experience set around the beautifully restored Slingfield Mill.
Many colourful and lively events take place throughout the year including steam galas, riverside festivals and regattas, open air concerts and family activity days.