THE COUNTDOWN is on to the launch of this year’s Worcester Festival and the start of more than 500 events over 17 days.
Back for its 17th year, the festival kicks off on Saturday (August 10) and runs through to Bank Holiday Monday (August 26) with events and activities happening all over the city every day.
Fans of the Festival will be delighted to hear that the inimitable Gugge 2000 band are back to launch this year’s event.
The vibrant ‘black-and-yellow’ or ‘bumblebee’ band has become synonymous with the opening Saturday, and their infectious, feel-good brand of live, loud and highly entertaining music has always gone down a storm.
Other festival favourites will also be 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.
There’s so much to see and do; Aliens Love Underpants will be invading The Swan Theatre’s stage, The Great Worcester Cake Off will be held on August 17 while Worcester Cathedral is offering the opportunity to ‘Discover Something Different’ with a fantastic programme of events and activities, including quirky tours, workshops and exhibitions.
This year also features more free events than ever before to enjoy and a family prize quiz trail is back for the fifth year running, as is the Crowngate Percy Trail – look out for Percy’s face in shop windows throughout Crowngate to find out more.
Festival director Chris Jaeger said: “August is always an exciting time in Worcester, and this August will be no exception. The Worcester Festival is a people’s festival. It offers a wide range of eclectic events for all the family, and many of the events are free. What could be better at holiday time?
“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. We really hope as many people as possible come along and get involved. Let’s get celebrating!”
Visit www.worcesterfestival.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01905 611 427 for more.