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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.