That remarkable little Worcestershire Town - looking over a true English scene - Household Words, Charles Dickens 1850

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A visit to the town is not complete without a walk around the Church Green. This area, the envy of many towns, is a part pedestrianised zone surrounded by attractive 19th Century buildings, the imposing St Stephens Church and containing our historic town fountain and bandstand.

From late Spring to early Autumn the bandstand is a venue for many local events. A gentle walk around the town can be found at the Redditch Walks website.

Within the town centre is the Palace Theatre, which has just commemorated its centenary and has a wide range of entertainment throughout the year.

Within the Kingfisher Centre are the famous mosaics designed by Eduardo Paolozzi, possibly one of the best examples of public art in the region. The Centre also contains the four screen Vue (Apollo) cinema.

Nearby, close by the Railway Station, in the Old needle Works, a craft centre located within an old needle factory.

On the northern border of the town, and within the Arrow Valley Park, in the Forge Mill Needle Museum and Bordesley Abbey Visitor Centre, a museum and site of national importance. Forge Mill has the only operational water driven scouring mill in the world. Constructed in 1720 it was one of many supporting needle manufacture in the town.

At the southern end of the town is Washford Mill.  Now a restaurant, it was the original home of Millward Needles and still has it’s waterwheel.

For more sporting visitors, there are many venues, Abbey Stadium Sports Centre and Swimming Baths, three golf courses - a munipical course, Redditch Golf Club and Abbey Golf Course, Redditch Utd football club and Redditch Sports Club which has Rugby, Cricket and many others.

The Google map above gives the general area of the town and the locations mentioned in the text are identified with a marker. If you pass your curser over the marker it’s name will appear. You can zoom in and out of the map to see the exact location and to pan around the map. The Google Street View facility is also active, simply drag the yellow ‘man’ to the location to see the ‘street view’.