WORCESTER’S bounce back from the effects of the pandemic will be boosted with the arrival of the city’s iconic 17-day celebration of the arts.
The 19th Worcester Festival kicks off this weekend and it is set to be a fun-filled, jam-packed two and a half weeks of entertainment with more than 700 events taking place in this year’s Festival with a large percentage of them free.
Organisers were forced online for last year’s event because of Covid restrictions but vowed to return ‘bigger and better’ following the pandemic.
Despite the pandemic, Festival organisers have pulled together an eclectic range of events for everyone to take part in this year including competitions, dance classes, live music, historic walks, climbing walls, sculpture trails, tabletop sales, spooky ghost walks and so much more.
On Saturday (August 14) in the high street there will be two fabulous bands performing for shoppers entertainment.
The Dixieland Sounds of the Sauce City Jazz Band will take to the stage at 11.10am, 1pm and 2.30pm with the foot-tapping Worcester Ukulele Club at 11.45am and 1.45pm.
There are some extra special events to look out for in this year’s Festival including the first ever Worcester Festival 5k and 2k Fun Run taking place on Diglis Playing Field this Sunday. The 5k run is open to both affiliated and non-affiliated runners and the fun run is open to everyone. Come and run, walk, jog, or jump the run and fancy dress is encouraged.
Another exciting event to look out for is the Worcester Festival Tabletop Sales on August 22 and August 30 where there will be lots of local businesses selling wonderful handmade items as well as charity stalls, books, and bric-a-brac sellers.
The Worcester Festival Pear Tree Project is another big event happening during this year’s Festival, and organisers have again called on city residents to take part.
A festival spokesperson said: “Simply download an activity pack from the website and fill out the leaf template with your message of thanks or what community means to you. Creative city residents can make a pear from household materials and come and hang both of their creations on the big tree in Worcester Cathedral.”
Marketing chief Hannah Burton has set herself the challenge of attending as many events as possible during the 17 days.
Festival fans can keep up to date with her efforts on Facebook and the blog pages on the website itself.
To find out more about what is happening in this year’s Festival pick up an event guide from the Tourist Information Centre.
Visit the Worcester Festival website at www.worcesterfestival.co.uk for more.