Guided walk launches in time for Easter

An impressive new attraction for residents and visitors to Great Malvern has launched this week.

The Barry Jackson Audio Walk is named after Sir Barry Jackson who founded the Birmingham Repertory Theatre in 1913 and established the world famous Malvern Drama Festival which he funded and directed between 1929 and 1937.

As a tribute to his work, the Birmingham Rep. instigated the idea of a Barry Jackson audio walk in central Malvern and teamed up with Malvern Hills District Council, Tourist Information, to make it a reality.

Peter Smith, Artistic Director of the Autumn in Malvern Festival, advised the Birmingham Rep and the Producers of the Barry Jackson Audio on appropriate locations and script content. In 2012 the festival featured Barry Jackson and the Birmingham Rep. and Mr Smith gave an illustrated talk on the Malvern Drama Festival at the original Birmingham Rep. in Station Street, Birmingham.

Audio trails can be borrowed from Malvern TIC on Church Street or can be triggered by scanning QR codes at the Elgar Statue, the bandstand in Priory Park and beside Malvern Theatres.

Cllr Phil Grove, portfolio holder for Economic Development explained "We're proud to be paying tribute to Sir Barry Jackson who played a large part in the cultural heritage of Malvern. We hope that this walk will provide another way that visitors and residents alike to enjoy the town."