Summer in the City
August is always an exciting time in Worcester, there is a wide range of eclectic events for all the family, and so many free events. It’s a great opportunity to try an event at a venue you’ve never been to, or perhaps to try something you’ve never done before.
Worcester Festival 2019!
Back for its 17th year, Worcester Festival 2019 kicks off on Saturday 10th August and runs right through to the August bank holiday on Monday 26th August, with events and activities happening all over the city every single day.
The Gugge 2000 band are back to launch this year’s Festival. The vibrant ‘black-and-yellow’ or ‘bumblebee’ band is infectious and feel-good, loud and highly entertaining. Other festival favourites returning, including Festival mascot Percy the Peacock, the fabulous Funky Faces Face Painters, and the annual St Richard’s Hospice Duck Race.
However, there is also plenty that is brand new for 2019, making this year’s Festival the biggest yet with over 500 events! There’s so much to see and do; Aliens Love Underpants will be invading The Swan Theatre’s stage on the 11th, put your baking skills to the test and take part in The Great Worcester Cake Off on the 17th, take a guess at whodunit with A Wartime Murder Mystery at The Royal Porcelain Works on the 18th, and Worcester Cathedral is offering the opportunity to ‘Discover Something Different’ with a fantastic programme of events and activities, including quirky tours, workshops and exhibitions.
Worcester Show 2019
The Worcester Show celebrates the creativity and green-fingered skills of local people, alongside a whole raft of entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy.
There are 120 competitive classes to enter, ranging from growing giant vegetables to displaying flowers and floral decorations, creating handicrafts and photography, baking and modelling.
There really is something for everyone – including special classes for young people and novices.
This year we have given Giant Vegetables a section of their own and separated the painting classes so that there are individual classes for oils/acrylics, watercolours and mixed media. We are also supporting the Worcester Stands Tall project with themed classes in Floral Art and Photography. All of the classes are free to enter.
So whether you have entered your prized flowers, vegetables, culinary masterpieces, photographs or crafts or just wish to browse the displays, enjoy music and dancing or simply wander through the market street stalls –The Worcester Show is the place to be!
A wide range of food and beverage outlets are on offer, catering for all tastes. The Pump House Environment Centre will be open as usual – enjoy a cuppa there, while finding out more about recycling and other environmental issues.
Sunday 11th August at Gheluvelt Park
Discover Something Different at Worcester Cathedral
Medieval Pilgrimage Tour – Pilgrims, miracles, saints and relics – a tour which tells the story of the pilgrims who visited Worcester Cathedral in the Middle Ages
Climb the Cathedral Tower – Climb the 235 steps up the Cathedral Tower where on a clear day you will see spectacular views over the city centre to the Malvern Hills, Abberley Hills and beyond.
‘Hands on History’ children’s activities – Try your hand at an exciting range of Tudor-inspired craft activities, including building a Tudor house, designing a knot garden and creating a Tudor rose.
Stonemasons Yard tour – Worcester Cathedral is only one of a handful of Cathedrals in the country to have a full time team of stonemasons. Go behind the scenes and meet some of the masons and see where they work. Learn more about this ancient craft and hear about current Cathedral projects.
King John Talk and Library tour – King John’s tomb in the Cathedral Quire is a stunning setting to hear about his life, disputes and the lead up to him sealing Magna Carta over 800 years ago, followed up with a tour to the mediaeval Library to see King John’s artefacts.
Creating Illuminated Letters – A one day workshop given by artist Elizabeth Beattie exploring the craft of gilding to create beautiful decorative illuminated letters inspired by the medieval tradition.
Flower Power Day – An interactive celebration of flowers and gardening. Floral exhibitions, crafts, competitions & stalls for all the family to enjoy in the Cathedral Nave.