Hopwood Park

Hopwood Park
Welcome Break
Hopwood Park
Road:M42 at J2
(also accessible to traffic on the A441)
Address:Welcome Break Service Area
Junction 2 M42
Redditch Road
B48 7AU
Telephone number:01214 474000
Signposted from the road?Yes
Grid reference:SP037739
Services type:Single site located at a junction.
Visit Hopwood Park/Welcome Break's official website

One of the newer services, with its own picnic tables, play area, walking path and a small field. The toilets are on the second storey (except disabled).



Main Amenities: Picnic Area, Welcome Break Gaming, Children's Play Area, Nature Reserve, Showers, Ecotricity Electric Vehicle Charging Point, Tesla Supercharger
Restaurants: Starbucks, Burger King, KFC, Papa John's Pizza, Harry Ramsden's, Subway, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme, Baskin Robbins
Shops: WHSmith, Waitrose, Fone Bitz
Motel: none
Forecourt: Shell (with: Autogas LPG), Air1 AdBlue, Waitrose, Costa Express, Krispy Kreme

Parking Prices

First two hours free for all vehicles, after which cars must pay £11.

Prices can be paid in the shop and restaurant, with instructions in each car park. They are strictly enforced by ParkingEye.


The model of the services which is on display inside it

Hopwood Park was opened on 23 August 1999 by TV chef James Martin, and it cost £25 million to build. Its design is very similar to that of Oxford, which was opened at roughly the same time, and South Mimms which was rebuilt at this time following a large fire.

When built, the seating area had 750 seats and the car park 500 car spaces, 36 HGV spaces and 14 coach spaces. It opened with a McCoys shop.

See Are We Nearly There Yet? for information regarding Hopwood Park's location and the problems with where it is.

There is a public footpath leading to Stonehouse Lane.

Later Facilities

Hopwood Park was the first service area to get live traffic information, as part of a joint trial between the Highways Agency and Welcome Break.

When the Waitrose store opened here, it replaced the Petroleum Menswear store. Hopwood was one of few services to have an individual outlet operating within it.

A Harry Ramsden's outlet opened here on 26 February 2015 with a Subway outlet opening a day later on 27 February, both of them replacing the former Eat In outlet.

A Starbucks Drive Thru is due to open here in late 2015.

A Baskin Robbins external outlet opened here on 6 June 2015.

In July 2015, Hopwood Park was one of three sites to gain a Tesla Supercharger, the first three on the motorway network.

Survey Results

In May 2012 and August 2011, Visit England rated the services as 3 stars.

In 2008 the services won a five star loo award.

In 2006 and again in 2007, the services and the adjacent petrol station both won a five-star loo award.

In 2006, Holiday Which? rated the services as 5/5. They said it had helpful staff and a good variety of food in a smart café, but it didn't win, Tebay on the M6 did. Hopwood's traffic reports also received thumbs up.

In 2005, Hopwood Park won Best Provision of Group Facilities, the first time a motorway service area has ever won such an award. The Coffee Primo unit was also been nominated for 'Best Beverage Experience'.

In 2005, the services won a five star loo award.


none on M42
Frankley (M5 north, 10 miles)
Strensham (M5 south, 31 miles)
Services on the M42 Tamworth (27 miles)
Warwick (M40, 22 miles)
Corley (M6 east, 25 miles)
none on M42
Keele (M6 north, 54 miles)
Telford (M54, 42 miles)
Welcome Break services none on M42
Warwick (M40, 22 miles)
Corley (M6 east, 25 miles)

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