The Malvern Hills (www.malvernhills.org.uk) have been described as a mountain range in miniature. The eight mile ridge, just above Regents Theological College’s campus, contains some of the oldest rocks in Britain, offering dramatic views across a variety of landscapes. The hills form part of an “area of outstanding natural beauty” (AONB), with a rich cultural heritage of forts, castles and priories, set amongst the landscape of ancient woodland and wild commons.
Regents students regularly walk over the 3000 acres of open countryside, from the quiet of the wooded slopes, to the highest point at the Worcester Beacon. The area is also well-known for its pure spring water that flows from the hills themselves.
Regents Theological College itself is surrounded by its own 35 acre woodland, with far reaching views across Herefordshire towards mid Wales; and we realise how important the surrounding countryside is to the holistic, pastoral and spiritual well-being to students’ studies at Regents.
Regents Theological College is located at the foot of the Malvern Hills, in a designated “area of outstanding natural beauty” (AONB). Set in its own 35 acre estate, it is home to trees from all over the world, most being well over a hundred years old. With spectacular westerly views over Herefordshire towards the Welsh border, the grounds also feature several waterfalls from the Malvern springs, Lord Baden-Powell’s (founder of the Scouts) cottage, known as the Chief’s Shelter, a flat 5-a-side football pitch, and a heated open-air swimming pool.
Whether you want to study quietly in the grounds, be active in walking the hills, or just explore the surrounding areas of wild countryside, Regents location has an amazing amount to offer all year round for when you need time away from your studies.
Regents dining room has a relaxed, contemporary feel, with outstanding views of the College grounds and the Malvern Hills. It serves a variety of meals, catering for students, college staff, and visitors, with menus designed to give a nutritious, balanced diet.
Our food is rich in flavour, and menu’s change on a daily basis to take advantage of the best locally sourced ingredients. Students are served breakfast, lunch and supper six days a week, with breakfast and lunch on Sunday’s, and we cater for specific health-related and dietary needs. Tea and coffee are always available, and there are also vending machines in the student lounges across the campus. The Sugarloaf Café in the Arts Centre, serves light meals and refreshments, and is also a gathering point where students can relax.
Our “eatwell-studywell” initiative does more than just put nutritional food on the menu. It continues to raise awareness of the value of healthy eating, and our on-going commitment to the holistic welfare of the College students and staff.
Regents Theological College is also a CreatureKind Institution where we aim reduce the consumption of animal products, and source any remaining animal products from suppliers who allow animals to ‘live a life worth living’.
The CreatureKind project is motivated by a Christian recognition of animals as fellow creatures of God, and of our human responsibility to be kind towards them.
Regents Theological College Library is at the heart and hub of every student’s studies.
Set out over 3 floors, the main Library room, Journals room and Library Reception are based on the ground floor, with the Jeffrey’s Room and Upper Library on the first. There is also a dedicated Postgraduate study area on the top floor.
The library holds over 37,000 volumes, with more than 160 journal titles.
The library provides:
- 24/7 opening
- 40+ workspaces
- a full-time librarian for help and support
- access to our online catalogue to search for books and articles
- access to vast online databases for further research and study
- a large reference section, which includes major commentaries with all key texts always available
The Library’s strengths are biblical studies, the Holy Spirit and Pentecostalism, and Theology and Church History. We are developing an Elim Church/Pentecostal archive, and a specialised research collection.
Printing and photocopying are also available within the library at a very reasonable cost.
For any further information about the Regents Library please contact Sally Gibbs, the Librarian at: email@example.com or on 01684 588966.
The Arts Centre is centre of everything creative at Regents Theological College; as a performance space, a place for larger conference audiences, for worship and devotions, and as a lecture theatre for students studying at Regents.
It is also the base for Regents three year undergraduate degree in Applied Theology and Performing Arts, the only one of its kind in Europe. It’s here that student attend performance and dance workshops, devise, rehearse and perform, immersing themselves in the creative arts.
The course has recently been credited as ‘’… extremely rare to find a degree that combines theatre practice, theatre studies, and theological studies so well. I know of no other provision like it anywhere around Britain – and indeed, anywhere else in the English-speaking world’.
As a fully equipped theatre, the Arts Centre it is also a place frequently used by touring theatre companies, that have included: Riding Lights Roughshod, Saltmine (‘Darkness Falls’, ‘The Soul in the Machine’, ‘Amazing Grace’ and ‘Dr Faustus’), Searchlight Theatre Company, Parable Arts, Perfect Circle Youth Theatre, 4Front Theatre Company, The Bathtub Heroine (‘Sylivia Plath, Your Words Are Just Dust’), and Attic Ladder.
Other groups have included choirs, ballet companies, political hustings, talent shows, end of year local school productions, and various bands. It is also used for both academic, church related and business focused conferences, as a base for running events around the Malvern Hills, and for music and dance workshops. We’ve even hosted a ‘live art’ performance where an artist painted while talking about his life.
For more information about what’s on, or to hire the theatre itself, please email our Venue Manager Ollie Ward or call him on 01684 588982.
West Malvern Road
The Sugarloaf Café and shop opened when Regents Theological College moved to West Malvern. Situated in the college Arts Centre, on the path that leads to the Worcestershire Beacon and Malvern Hills, it is unique as a café and shop. It’s also a place for students and people from the surrounding village to meet and relax. The Sugarloaf has become a hub for everyone who knows the area, and a base for the many walkers who love the surrounding hills.
The shop itself stocks a range of greetings cards selected from local artists, as well as locally home made jams and preserves. Eggs are sourced from a free range farm just over the border in Herefordshire, as well as a wide range of biscuits from the famous Frank’s Luxury Biscuits of Hereford. Milk and butter is also locally produced and there will often be a selection of seasonal herbs and plants for sale, in addition to the usual essential groceries and household products.
The Café itself sells freshly ground fair trade coffee supplied by Method Coffee Roasters in Worcester, Teapigs teas, hot chocolate, and a variety of soft drinks. Light meals, homemade soup, and sweet homemade treats are also on offer.
Customers can sit inside the Sugarloaf, or on the large outside terrace, where there are picnic tables and benches; perfect for refreshments, or an ice cream after a leisurely walk.
Elim Conference Centre
The Elim Conference Centre offers a perfect combination of superb conferencing facilities and excellent accommodation. It is spectacularly located in the same country house and estate as Regents Theological College, on the western slopes of the Malvern Hills. The Centre is surrounded by its own 35 acre woodland, with far reaching views across Herefordshire, towards mid Wales.
Based in the heart of West Malvern, in an “area of outstanding natural beauty” (AONB), visitors and conference guests can walk from the grounds, past the Sugarloaf Café (see above), and up onto the Malvern Hills themselves (www.malvernhills.org.uk).
Conference facilities include two comfortable ground floor conference rooms – the Worcester and Hereford suites, with an adjoining coffee lounge. The Worcester Suite can be set up for a maximum of 65 people, and two large screen TV’s, a DVD player, tea and coffee; the Hereford Suite can accommodate a maximum of 25, and includes a projector, tea and coffee, and a DVD player. We also have a Board Room, seating 16; and can provide flip-charts, white boards and lecterns in any of the rooms you are using. As part of the complex, there is also a theatre (seating 260), and an outdoor heated swimming pool and a gym.
The Centre is available throughout the year, and can accommodate 62 people in 32 bedrooms, which are located on the 2nd and 3rd floor. There are 30 doubles (which can also be made up as twin-bedded), and 2 singles. All have en suite showers, tea and coffee making facilities, free WiFi, and TV’s. The dining room is on the 1st floor within the Centre itself, where breakfast, lunch and dinner are served, with coffee and tea available throughout the day. There is another coffee lounge next to the dining room, which can also be booked as part of your schedule. A lift connects all floors.
As the Conference Centre is part of Regents Theological College, other accommodation is available onsite, most with en suite bath and shower rooms. These rooms are also available during the summer holidays, and provide accommodation with a further 63 beds.
In the light of the current Covid restrictions, we have completed a detailed Risk Assessment, and are Covid Secure. We will continue to follow all government guidelines, rules and regulations applicable for the date of your visit. Further details are available from the Conference Centre Manager.
The dedicated onsite conference team prides itself in continuing to provide a relaxed, welcoming environment, with customer service key to their success.