Find A Swimming Pool in Worcester

Swimming is one of the most accessible sports around.

It’s the perfect choice for older or less able individuals, who are looking to exercise whilst reducing any impact on their bodies, and it’s also great for frequent exercisers who are looking for a new challenge to their routine. If you live in Worcester and are thinking of taking a swim then you’re spoiled for choice. There are over half a dozen swimming pools in around the city, giving you plenty of options.

In this post you’ll find out more about the swimming pools that are open to the public in the city of Worcester, so you can make your choice and jump in the pool as soon as possible: 

Lower Wick Swimming Pool

Admissions are very affordable at this kid-friendly swimming pool, where you’ll also be able to make the most of some excellent coaching and lessons, should you wish. Adults swim for just £4.70 and Under 16s go for £3. If you can see yourself attending regularly then you can opt for a Citizen “10” Ticket which will validate you for 10 swims within a six month period for the cut price of £37.60. One-on-one swimming lessons for both adults and children start at £14 per half hour and there’s also the option to hire out the pool for events and parties.

Where? Weir Lane, Lower Wick

Worcester Whitehouse Hotel


Whether you’re looking to flex your muscles in the gym, or relax in the restaurant or bar, the Worcester Whitehouse Hotel is a great destination to itch your leisure impulse. The well-maintained pool is one of the best in the city, but is only open to registered members. Fees are £39 for any time access of the pool and gym, which might be too dear for the casual swimmer, but it’s a great choice for the discerning exerciser who doesn’t mind paying extra for touch of class.

Where? Foregate Street

Perdiswell Leisure Centre

Perdiswell has been a focal point for the Worcester community for decades, so it’s hardly surprising that the news of its renovation was met with much aplomb by locals. The new facilities include power heaters that can warm the pool to 29 degrees and improved swimming pool skimmers which keeps the water in tip top condition. There are two pools to choose from here: the eight lane pool is for confident swimmers, whereas the multi-use pool has an adjustable floor depth which caters for children and those with disabilities. Both pools are open 7 days a week, but it’s best to check the timetable to plan your visit.

Where? Bilford Road

Droitwich Spa Lido

If you’re looking to soak up the last of the summer sun and get a taste of the sea without leaving the city, then a trip to Droitwich Spa Lido is in order! This is one of the UK’s last remaining inland, open-air, saltwater pools – making it a tourist attraction in its own right. This 40m pool is the ideal place to enjoy a hot sunny day, and there’s a cafe on site that can keep you well fed whilst you’re there. Families of 4 can swim for £17.50, adults swim for £5.80 and children aged 2-7 go for £3.30.

Where? Worcester Road, Droitwich Spa

No Job Too Obscure For Worcester’s Finest

There’s a person for every job here in Worcester!

If you’ve got a problem that needs solving or a job that needs handling, chances are there’s someone in Worcester who can do it for you.

Worcester is packed full of handy, skilled individuals that are eager to take any odd jobs off your hands, so that you can get on with the task at hand of simply enjoying life! Never has there been a more entrepreneurial city than Worcester and whilst the population only just pops its head over 100,000, you can bet your bottom dollar that you’ll be able to find a Worcesterite to help you out in a cat’s whisker of a jiffy. So, whilst you may have to go further afield to a bigger city for specialist jobs such as decluttering services or sound-proofing, if there’s a simpler task to be completed you can guarantee that there’ll be someone from the city to do it for you.

We’ve chosen to highlight a few of the companies in Worcester that have been making a business out of doing other people’s odd jobs – check them out and give ’em a call if you like:

Excellence Cleaning

Sometimes there are messes that are simply too big to sort out yourself. Whether you’re looking to look to get a regular cleaner in your home or place of work, or need an expert team to perform a post-construction clean up operation, the team at Excellence Cleaning have the skills and experience necessary to get the job done at the right price.

Whilst they’re with you they can also take care of your ironing, gardening and even give your home a fresh lick of paint! Excellence Cleaning are your one-stop shop for all things domestic from cleaning your carpets to ironing.


David Hamilton Haines is a man obsessed with motors. But this man is no simple gear-head who talks in horsepower and torque stats, he’s obsessed with something a little easier to see. After spending endless hours of his spare time agonising over the cleanliness of his car David decided to start his own business where he could turn his attention to other people’s motors. There’s nothing he likes more than returning a car back to its former glory, so if your car is in need of a little spit-shine you know who to call!

The Dogfather

Although the title of ‘Dogfather’ is a self-conferred one, it’s supported by dozens of reviews from satisfied customers (and dogs!). Eddy Morris is a professional dog walker who also offers a completely certified and insured dog boarding service. He and his wife Tania have devoted years of their lives to looking after rescue dogs and animals with special needs, but they also love to have guests for short stints. Whether you’re looking for a simple dog walking service or a thoroughly compassionate boarding option for your beloved dog, the Dogfather is the man to call.

Luther: Rod Willmott

Guitarists are notoriously protective of their instruments and for good reason; these 6-stringed instruments can often be valued into the thousands so it only makes sense that a professional should be hired to fix it, should it ever need a bit of care and attention.

Rod Willmott is Worcester’s resident luthier, an expert craftsman who has been astounding stringed instrument owners with immaculate fixes and repairs for over 30 years. Rod is also a consummate left-handed player himself, making him well suited to perform right-to-left conversions on all kinds of stringed instruments.

The Must-Visit Worcester Festivals

Have you been to all of these fantastic festivals?

The summer is the perfect time to get out and about in Worcester and what better place to do this at than one of the many fantastic festivals that are organised here on a regular basis?

It doesn’t matter if you’re looking to dance until the sun goes down or just have a taste of a few local ales, there’s so much variety here in Worcester that you’re bound to find a festival that’s to your taste.

Take a look at our list of top festivals in Worcester to see if there are any that take your fancy:

Mello Festival

Don’t let the name deceive you, there’s nothing ‘mellow’ about this fun festival! Over the years this festival has featured a number of classic acts ranging from legendary rockers Hawkwind to 90s folk crew The Levellers. In addition to great music there’s also a huge range of food, as well as plenty of activities for kids.

Worcester Fake Festival

Ever fancied seeing Queen with Freddie Mercury? How about watching legendary bands like Green Day and the Red Hot Chili Peppers all in one day? Well, at the Worcester Fake Festival you can do just that! This year’s festival, held in Worcester’s iconic giant marquee tent is an event not to be missed as the city is visited by world-class tribute acts to Foo Fighters, U2, Kasabian and more!

Worcester Music Festival

One of the biggest events to rock the city, the Worcester Music Festival hosts dozens of bands each year in a massive variety of venues. Each year there’s a massive variety of performers so you can expect everything from tribute acts to metal, punk, folk, pop, jazz and blues! The best thing about this festival is that it’s absolutely free, so you can save your money for some delicious food and drink.

Worcester Festival

Each year the community of Worcester pulls together to organise a massive range of events. There’s something for everyone here from blues guitar gigs to pantomimes, and best of all its held over the Summer holiday period so parents should be able to find something to occupy their sprogs! Be advised that many of these events need to be booked in advance so it’s a good idea to take a look at the website well ahead of schedule.

Worcester CAMRA Festival

Something for the parents to enjoy, there’s nothing quite like a beer festival to get Mum and Dad in a cheery mood! Whatever your tipple, whether it’s real ale, ciders, perries or fruit wines there are literally hundreds of different varieties on offer here, so you’ll be guaranteed to find something that you like. This year there’s music from a wide range of bands including: rock covers from Locked & Loaded, a powerful tribute from Fred Zeppelin and even some skiffle from local outfit The Poor Boys of Worcester.

Oktober Festival

Another one for adults only, Oktoberfest Worcester is our city’s very own rendition of the famous German beer festival giving you the opportunity to save on the flight and have more cash left over for the important stuff ie. BEER! Worcester’s huge marquee is transformed into a Bavarian beer hall for two days only giving you the chance to drink and eat to your heart’s content in true German style.

Worcester’s Helpful Handymen

Are you in need of a handy individual?

Fix your home up with the help of these pros…

Worcester Gardening Services

During the summer our gardens can get more overrun than a butchers’ counter during Veganuary.

Although some people love to garden, there are many people who can’t stand the sight of the trowel let alone the thought of using one, whereas other folks are simply too busy to spare the time. Thankfully for those who really can’t be bothered (or simply don’t want to) there’s the aptly named Worcester Garden Services who are always on hand to help.

David Hawker is an experienced gardener and landscaper who has turned his skills into a business that he can be very proud of. Although he can’t help with Japanese knotweed removal and law, he’s Worcester’s choice for all other kinds of gardening including the creation of custom fish ponds, patio laying and weeding.

Jim’ll Fix It

For every city there’s a handyman who has the capability to attack any job with the tenacity and ferocity of a Pitbull Terrier. Jim from Jim’ll Fix It is that kind of man. Having served the people of Worcester for years he’s built up an impressive portfolio that is as varied as it is deep. Jim’s business thrives off the number of recommendations that he receives for his sterling work which can include anything from simple gardening tasks to pressure washing and shelve fitting.

Jim offers free no-obligation quotes for all of his jobs, he’s fully covered with public liability insurance and only uses the highest quality materials to make sure that whatever job he’s doing for you, it’s the best that he’s physically capable of doing.

Sam Beardsley Carpentry

If you’ve ever heard that carpentry is an old man’s game then you’ve heard wrong. Sam Beardlsey is the new kid on the block who’s been transforming spaces all around Worcester, showing up the old boys and winning contracts left, right and centre. His work varies from commercial jobs in bars to domestic work in people’s homes. It doesn’t matter whether he’s building a bespoke outdoor shed/office or updating his parents’ kitchen, he’s always sure to apply the same level of care and attention.

Although his calendar is rarely free it’s well worth getting in touch with this young man as his passion for his work truly has to be seen to be believed.

R Holmes Plumbing and Central Heating Services

Although you might think that its a little early to be thinking about turning the heating on it might be worth having a go if you’ve not done so in a while. If you come across any issues you can always give R. Holmes a call. A reliable plumber of many years, this hardworking man travels within a 30 mile radius of Worcester delivering an excellent service at a competitive rate. He can install gas central heating in your home, install boilers and even fit your new bathroom.

Being a true professional, R. Holmes doesn’t do call out charges and offers free no obligation quotes, giving you the option to go elsewhere at your peril…


Foodie Destinations Worcester

Grab a bite in one of these celebrated restaurants!

It might have taken a while for the city to catch up with the rest of the UK, but there are finally some truly fantastic places to eat at in Worcester.

Whether you’re looking to get down and dirty with a big burger, or you’re eager to try something completely new you’re sure to find the right restaurant for your next special occasion.

We’ve had an ask around on the High Street to see what restaurants the people of Worcester are getting behind:

Friar Street Kitchen

The aptly named Friar Street Kitchen (clue: it’s on Friar Street!) hasn’t been open for two years yet it’s already the toast of the town! FSK is only small, but what it lacks in space it more than makes up for in big flavours and locally sourced grub. The owners come from farming backgrounds, so they understand better than anyone the importance of sourcing good-quality food. The focus on the menu is very much to a carnivores taste, with their ‘Summer Benches’ proving particularly popular with the punters.

“I love coming to FSK on a weekday night, the service is always so good and the food is to die for: its definitely become one of my favourite places to eat in the city.” – Janet, 23

Thai on 7evern in Worcester

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Opened in 2015, Thai on 7evern is the sister restaurant of another Thai enterprise in neighbouring Hereford. Goong and her team have worked tirelessly to provide the same warm welcome and authentic taste that visitors to their country have come to expect and they’ve become a roaring success in the process. There’s everything on the menu that you’d expect here: red curries, green curries and pad thai, but there’s also a few interesting specialities like their Weeping Tiger and Nu Pad Namman Hoi.

“When I came back from Thailand all I wanted was more of that delicious food, so I was so happy to find this place – it takes me right back there every time!” – James, 34

The Olive Branch

Nothing sets the scene better for family gathering or party than a huge table of tapas and The Olive Branch is the place to get it in Worcester. This successful Mediterranean joint serves up a wide array of classic tapas plates in addition to offering up some great offers throughout the week. From Monday to Friday customers can buy a sharing board with a carafe of wine for £25, or try 5 tapas dishes for £25. The big space accommodates large parties making this a great option for celebrations too.

“This is my go to tapas place, it’s perfect for a light lunch during the day or a long, relaxed evening of dining.” – Oliver, 54

The Old Rectifying House

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Like many of the buildings in Worester The Old Rectifying House comes complete with its own unique history. Two centuries ago the building was used to distil booze, but today it sticks to serving it with a selection of delicious, refined pub grub. In this peaceful historical setting you can enjoy a number of carefully crafted meals, from Moules Marinier to Roast Wood Pigeon all whilst being treated to excellent service.

“I love going to The Old Rec on a weekend, their food is always excellent and they do fab cocktails.” – Sandra, 42

Four Independent Business Worth Checking Out

Are you supporting your local business owners?

Whilst you can always rely on the big companies to stay afloat, things are a lot tougher for smaller business owners. Whereas many entrepreneurs take their ideas 30 miles north to start their business events in Birmingham, the are a dozens of intrepid individuals who have set up their unique stores right here in Worcester.

Here are just a handful of the independent businesses that have been flying the flag for Birmingham:

The Fish Emporium

Rachel Steele has practically got fish blood running through her veins. She started working at her parents’ fishmongers at the age of just 12 years old when she was well and truly bitten with the mongering blood. As gross as that might sound, it’s lead to her opening her very own fishmongers next to Gwilliam’s farm shop off the A449. Just like her parents and their parents before them, Rachel and her team work tirelessly to source the freshest seafood from local ports.

In addition to serving a variety of rubs and sauces, Rachel sells over 30 varieties of seafood in her store including salmon, lobsters, swordfish, shark and crab. Shellfish can be ordered in with 48 hours notice. Whilst you’re there you may as well head into Gwilliam’s to get everything else that you need to complete your dinner!

Monkee Business Retro

The world of Pop Culture has grown to be a movement that is far bigger than anyone could have imagined. Where once comic books and video games were considered the preserve of nerdy adolescents and stunted man-children, today these characters are celebrated the world over and are adored by millions of fans of all ages. Monkee Business Retro celebrates the success of geek culture in the form of thoughtful items, clothes and accessories that adds up to what can only be described as ‘nirvana’ for true geeks.

Fans of television series such as Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad also won’t be disappointed here as there’s plenty of merchandise related to these hit TV shows, as well as some truly unique items that you’re unlikely to find anywhere else.

Elgar Coffee Shop

If you’re spending a whole day out and about shopping then you’ll need somewhere to take a load off. Before you walk soundlessly with your arms outstretched to the nearest chain outlet, slap yourself out of your consumerist stupor and get down to Elgars. This completely independent restaurant and coffee shop offers a peaceful dining experience with enough charm and character to remind you why it’s better to support small businesses (rather than line the pockets of millionaire scumbags).

Mustafa and Sarah have owned the place since 2001 and have spent that time tastefully decorating and updating their pride and joy with touches of their Turkish homeland as well as a collection of aviation paintings from World War II tapping into Worcester’s unique historical heritage.

Fuel Clothing

There aren’t many independent business that can claim to have had as much success as Fuel Clothing. Run by two best friends, Fuel offers an exciting range of fashionable clothing for discerning women. Running the gamut from modern trends all the way back to the slickest of vintage styles, Fuel don’t sell any average High Street garbage. This boutique specialises in stocking some truly unique clothes from independent fashion labels such as Desigual and Joe Browns to more exotic ware from far flung destinations such as France or Italy.

Over the years this business has expanded, so today Fuel spreads over 2000 square feet and two floors, showcasing the kinds of clothes that you simply wouldn’t be able to find in a High Street store.

Fun Family Days Out In Worcester

Get the whole family out of the house this Summer!

Fancy foraging for your food or stopping this plague? Take a look at these epic activities to keep you busy this Summer…

Wildlife Wednesdays – Pond Dipping


We’re in the midst of one of the hottest summers in recent years, so what better time to head out to Spetchley Park and take in some of this natural splendour? The friendly folks at Really Rural are holding 45 minutes pond dipping sessions this month so kids aged 5 and up can enjoy this fun outdoor event for £4 per child. Ticket prices includes admission to the Gardens, but adult admission must also be purchased separately on the day.

Summer Foraging Course


Eric and Marlow from Wild Food UK are two men who are obsessed with foraging. They love nothing more than hunting through the great outdoors for their dinner and now they want to share what they’ve learnt with everyone else! A 2.5 hour walk starts and ends at the Star Inn, giving you just enough time to pick up ingredients to cook a tasty meal when you return. This activity is suitable for teenagers and adults.

Tread the Boards presents The Wizard of Oz


The local theatrical team Tread the Boards are once more contributing another show to the Worcester Festival – this year they’ll be performing a version of the classic  ‘The Wizard of Oz’. Expect plenty of magic, costumes and spirited performances all round as the people of Worcester bring this enchanting tale to life on the stage at The Swan Theatre. Tickets are £12 for adults, U16s £10. Family tickets (2 adults + 2 kids) can be purchased for £38.

Kit Holmes with Al Greenwod


There aren’t many young popular music performers today that can boast skills like Kit Holmes a multi-talented guitarist and performer with a real flair for performance. On record her music is difficult to place, but her shows are always an exhibition for her mastery over the guitar backed up with her soulful voice. She’s supported on her current tour by veteran guitarist Al Greenwood. Book early to snag a place in a pre-show guitar workshop suitable for ages 10+.

WWI Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital Exhibition

Until 1/12/2018

Worcester is well-known for its historical heritage and World War I is just one of the periods that is particularly well represented. Until December visitors can see a unique display of items and documents from this period in the county museum focusing on the interesting story of the WWI Voluntary Aid Detachment Hospital, a wonderful example of how the people of Worcester stuck together in a real time of need.

Surgeon’s Circus


The Infirmary at the University of Worcester used to be home to some gruesome sights, but things have changed a little since then. Throughout August visitors aged 6+ can drop in any time between 10am-2pm to get some hands on practice with the tool and equipment that surgeons use today to do their operations. Learn how to perform keyhole surgery and find out all about the exciting history of medicine with trails and stories.

Marvellous Middle Ages


The Commandery’s 800 year history is not one to be sniffed at, especially when you consider the huge number of battles that have taken place in and around the city. Travel all the way back to the Middle Ages at The Commandery this summer: learn how to become a monk, practice illuminated lettering or even prevent the plague! There are some great fun activities on a this summer with each one costing £3 per child, plus normal admission.