Commemorate Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday with Great Malvern walking tour

History fans will have the chance to walk in the footsteps of Florence Nightingale with a new walking tour in Great Malvern as part of her 200th birthday commemorations.

The free walks, which were previously cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will now be held on the following dates to coincide with Heritage Open Days (a national celebration of England's heritage):

  • 10.30am and 7pm on Saturday 12 September
  • 10.30am and 6pm on Sunday 13 September

The tour leader, Cora Weaver, is a local history expert who wrote the book 'Florence Nightingale and the Water Cure', which tells the story of her life and connections to Great Malvern.

Visitors will learn about the iconic Lady with the Lamp, whose birthday is on 12 May, particularly how she avoided hospitals. They will discover more about the illness that kept Florence bedridden for most of her life, her treatment in Great Malvern, her doctors and family, as well as what the town would have been like at the time.

There will also be a number of walking tours held during the weekend for Heritage Open Days including guided tours of the Benedictine Gatehouse between 11am and 4pm and the Walenty Pytel Statues at Rose Bank Gardens at 2pm (both on 12 September).

Heritage Open Days will run from 11 to 20 September with a variety of free events based around the theme of 'Hidden Nature'.

Cllr Sarah Rouse, Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Tourism at Malvern Hills District Council, said: "It is fascinating that someone as iconic as Florence Nightingale is a part of Great Malvern's rich history. The walking tour will be a great opportunity to find out more about her life and our wonderful town. There will also be a chance to enjoy the events that will be held during Heritage Open Days".

The walk is approximately two miles of easy walking, with a bit of uphill and downhill. Please note, no dogs are allowed, except for guide dogs. Participants must wear face masks and follow social distancing guidelines.

Pre-booking is essential. To book the walking tour, please book online at www.visitthemalverns.org/florencenightingalewalk or contact Malvern Tourist Information Centre on 01684 892289, or pop in to meet the team at The Lyttelton Well Courtyard, 6 Church Street, Great Malvern, WR14 2AY.

Pictured: Cllr Sarah Rouse, Portfolio Holder for economic Development and Tourism, with Cora Weaver, Tour Leader.
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