There’s a raft of exciting and uplifting entertainment on offer at Worcester’s traditional Victorian Christmas Fayre (29 November – 2 December).
Everyone is welcome to join the community carol service to be held in Worcester Cathedral on Thursday 29 November at 4.45pm. Following this service, the Mayor of Worcester will process from the Cathedral to the Cornmarket, where the Fayre will be officially opened at 5.30pm.
The Salvation Army and Worcester Cathedral Voluntary Choir will perform in the Cornmarket, and the opening ceremony will close at 6.00pm.
Live Music throughout the Fayre
The Cardinal’s Hat on Friar Street will host a stage of live music and entertainment. Join Nigel and the team for a fun-filled programme of local music with a few surprises thrown in! Performances take place at the following times: Thursday: 12noon – 8pm; Friday: 11am – 9pm; Saturday: 11am – 9pm; Sunday: 11am – 4pm.
Order Beer or Gin
Hidden in the cobbled yard of Tudor House, The Cardinal’s Hat team bring you the best beers from local breweries: Thursday: 12noon – 10pm; Friday: 11am – 10pm; Saturday: 11am – 10pm; Sunday 11am – 5pm.
The Old Cross Keys is bought back to life for this weekend only! Enjoy all the intrigue and colour of a Victorian Gin Palace, with an extensive range of 35 delicious gins: Thursday: 12noon – 10pm; Friday 11am – 10pm; Saturday: 11am – 10pm; Sunday: 11am – 5pm.
Explore a Victorian Slum
This immersive and playful production brings you shady characters, performances and sing-songs to provide an alternative Victorian experience.
Step back in time and into the dark world of ‘Gin Lane’: a Victorian alleyway with its debauched inhabitants, cast out of society due to their unsavory behavior!
Look out for the Gin Lane characters wandering around the city leading you onwards to the alley itself! Make your way to the Shambles to immerse yourself amongst the hawkers and flower sellers, magic and alchemy, urchins, gin addiction, singing and dancing…
Gin Lane, produced by Clik Clik Collective, features local artists and performers including ‘Play it again Dan’ tinkling the ivories, and Worcester Theatremakers accompanied by mischievous urchins from their youth theatre and after school clubs. Keep an eye on your pockets!
You can find Gin Lane between New Street and The Shambles on Friday from 5.00-9.00pm & Saturday from 3.00-7.00pm.
Clowning around Worcester
The Worcester Victorian Fayre wouldn’t be complete without a host of wonderful walkabout entertainers! These lofty fellows have been entertaining our crowds since the very beginning of the event in 1992 and organisers are delighted to welcome them back this year for all four days of the event.
Look out for them as they roam around, performing splendid juggling and witty banter as they go!
Enjoy Worcester talent
Several local school choirs will be performing at this year’s Christmas Fayre – including Carnforth, Hollymount, Lyppard Grange, Perdiswell, Perry Wood, Fort Royal and Cherry Orchard primary schools.
A number of adult groups will also perform – watch out for the Worcester Operatic and Dramatic Society; Hollie-Blue; the Worcester Male Voice Choir, and much more!
For a full list of participating schools and groups, along with locations and performance times, go to www.worcesterchristmasfayre.co.uk