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The Worcester Festival team is geared up and ready ahead of the launch of this year’s Worcester Festival on Saturday.

The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Paul Denham, will officially open this year’s Worcester Festival outside the Guidhall at 11am this Saturday, just before the Gugge 2000 band get proceedings underway in their own inimitable way – for those who haven’t encountered them before, you’re in for a treat! – kicking off a total of 17 days of events and activities across the city of Worcester.

Festival Director Chris Jaeger said: “This is always an incredibly exciting time of year. There are so many things to see and do – the range and diversity of events is something that we’re really proud of. With around 400 events taking place in over 30 venues across the city, there really is something for everyone. Even better – most of the events are completely free. We really hope as many people as possible come along and get involved.”

Festival regulars can expect all of the Festival favourites, including Festival mascot Percy the Peacock, the Funky Faces Face Painters, Butterfly Puppet Theatre, live music on the High Street every Saturday, the Swan Theatre Summer Fête, and the annual St Richard’s Hospice Duck Race down by the river. Worcester Arts Workshop will be holding workshops for children and young people, there's a Family Fun Raceday at the Racecourse, Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum and The Commandery are both playing host to exhibitions and activities aplenty, and the Cathedral's tower will be open.

This year also sees the return of the Worcester Show at Gheluvelt Park, and the Worcester Carnival, complete with floats for 2016! A fantastic family Prize Quiz Trail is back for the second year running, as is the CrownGate Percy Trail – look out for Percy’s face in shop windows throughout CrownGate to find out more – plus, the characters of this year’s Swan Theatre Pantomime, Cinderella, will be joining the Melton Mowbray Toy Soldiers band on the High Street on the final Saturday for a little bit of family magic!

As always, the Festival will come to an end with a bang with the St Richard’s Hospice Fireworks, a great finale to the fortnight's celebrations on the August Bank Holiday Monday, with entertainment down on South Quay from 9pm before the display at 10pm.

A lively celebration of Worcester and its people, the Festival programme includes walks, talks, workshops, exhibitions, arts and crafts, markets, treasure trails, live music, tours, performances, open days, competitions, classes and more, with a great range of children’s events perfect for keeping the whole family entertained over the Summer Holidays.

The Worcester Festival really does have something for everyone – for all ages, interests and budgets. To find out more about what’s on please visit or call the Box Office on 01905 611427.