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Three chances to tell us face-to-face – what is the future of play in Worcester?

Graphic with the words, "The future of play in Worcester. We want to hear about your experience of playing in Worcester!"

Children, young people, and their parents and carers are being given the chance this week to have their say face-to-face on the playgrounds and outdoor spaces they want to see in Worcester. As part of a major consultation on the future of play in the city, Worcester City Council is hosting three drop-in sessions for people to come along and give th...

New information signs to be installed at Worcester’s riverside park

Riverside park in Worcester

Work will get underway this spring to install new information signs at the entrances to Worcester's beautiful Riverside Park. Fifteen new totem-style signs will be put in place to welcome visitors to the park, and will include maps, information on walking and cycling routes, stories from the rich history of the area, and family-friendly facts on th...

Additional funding confirmed for planned Scala arts centre development

Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer

Additional funding has now been confirmed for the proposed redevelopment of Worcester's Scala Theatre, taking the ambitious plans a step closer to becoming reality. The proposals will transform the Angel Place area, attracting world-class arts, music, and comedy acts to Worcester, as well as giving a much-needed boost to local businesses. A plannin...

New website to boost Worcester’s tourism appeal

The Worcester Tourist Information website displayed on a laptop screen

A new website has been launched to further boost Worcester's growing reputation as a tourist attraction. The new site is based around the city's Tourist Information Centre (TIC) at the Guildhall in High Street. It's bursting with useful information about why Worcester is a great place to visit, what's on in the city, and the services on offer ...

Worcester residents need photo ID to vote at elections in May

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For the first time, residents in Worcester will need to show photographic identification (ID) to vote at the City Council elections in May. Residents are being urged to make sure they are ready to vote by checking they have the right form of ID. A wide range of photo identification can be accepted, which most people will already have, including a p...

Councillors to consider steps to address costs of running Worcester’s leisure centres

The swimming pool at Perdiswell Leisure Centre

Worcester city councillors are to be asked to support a range of measures to tackle the increased running costs at the city's three leisure centres, to ensure that residents will continue to have access to sport, fitness and exercise facilities. The proposals are in response to the recent rises in energy bills that have left Freedom Leisure, the no...

Car park prices increase considered, to support services to Worcester residents

Parking space with newly painted lines

Worcester city councillors are to be asked to consider the first increase in car park charges in 14 years, in order to ensure services can continue to be delivered to residents. Prices at the 14 car parks operated by Worcester City Council have not gone up since 2009, and the Environment Committee is to be asked to support new prices that will stil...

City Council plans to buy land for new walking & cycling pathway

Sign for a shared walking and cycling route

Worcester city councillors are to be asked to consider making a Compulsory Purchase Order to help acquire land for the creation of a new walking and cycling route linking the city centre and Shrub Hill railway station. The Shrub Hill area is undergoing a multi-million pound regeneration, turning it into a major new centre for residential, business ...

Planning application for Worcester’s new arts venue submitted

Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer

The planning application for an exciting new arts venue in the heart of Worcester city centre has been submitted for approval and is available for comment on the Worcester City Council website. The ambitious proposals would transform the Angel Place area, attracting world-class arts, music, and comedy acts to Worcester, as well as giving a much-nee...

Book tells the stories of Worcester’s past through photos and memories

The Worcester Life Stories – In The Words Of Local People book

A new book containing photos of old Worcester tells the stories of the city's past through the memories of those who lived and worked in the area. Worcester Life Stories – In The Words Of Local People has been compiled by Worcester City Council's Historic Environment Record Officer Sheena Payne-Lunn and is out just in time for Christmas. The 70-pag...

Supporting rough sleepers at Christmas

A rough sleeper bedding down in the street

With Christmas nearly here, Worcester City Council is asking residents to let them know if they spot anyone sleeping rough on the city's streets. Anyone who does spot a rough sleeper is urged to tell the Streetlink service via the Streetlink website or by calling 0300 500 0914. Streetlink will pass the details through to the Council and i...

City Council supports free kids’ meals at Christmas and funds cost of living schemes

A toddler eating a meal

Worcester City Council is making free meal vouchers available over the Christmas period to nursery and sixth form children who qualify for free school meals.The City Council will use part of the £190,000 Household Support Fund cash it has received from the Government to pay for the vouchers. Separately, vouchers for school-age children are being pr...

Worcester’s free Christmas bus is a festive success

Graphic promoting the free Christmas bus offer

The free day of festive bus travel in Worcester on Saturday 10 December proved to be a big hit with city shoppers and out-of-town visitors. A total of 6,978 passengers who would normally have had to pay for bus travel took advantage of the offer, jointly run by Worcester City Council and First Bus. That's a 20% increase on the equivalent Saturday i...

Public Consultation for Worcester’s Scala Theatre - Wednesday, December 14 at The Guildhall

Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer

Plans for an exciting new arts venue in the heart of Worcester city centre will be revealed to the public on Wednesday, December 14 from 1pm to 8pm at The Guildhall in High Street. Everyone is welcome to attend this public consultation, view the plans, and share feedback with Worcester City Council and other representatives. The plans will be on di...

Extra support for Ukrainian guests in Worcester

Ukranian Flag

 Extra financial support is to be provided to Ukrainian guests and the families who are hosting them in Worcester. The City Council has agreed to use its share of a Government funding pot to help with rising energy bills and the additional costs that Christmas will bring for Ukrainian guests living in the city, among other support. For host fa...

Worcester secures £2.96m Government investment

Image of Worcester with "£2.96m" overlaid

Worcester City Council has secured £2.96 million to invest in the city from the Government's UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The money will be used for a wide range of initiatives in the city, including boosting Worcester's profile as a visitor destination; support for community schemes, the arts and business; and energy efficiency. The UK Shared Prospe...

Plans unveiled for Worcester’s new arts centre

Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer Artist's impression of the new arts centre exterior. Image courtesy of Burrell Foley Fischer

Draft plans have been revealed for an exciting new arts venue in the heart of Worcester city centre, and a new image of how the building could look has been released. Worcester City Council's Policy and Resources Committee will next week be asked to give its approval for a planning application for the scheme to be submitted. The ambitious proposals...

Mayor digs in to launch Worcester’s tree-planting programme

Tudor Grange Academy pupils Christian Bryant and Anthony Clark, and Cllr Adrian Gregson, the Mayor of Worcester, planting the tulip tree at the KGV Community Hub

The Mayor of Worcester has launched the city's latest tree-planting programme by helping to create an arboreal tribute to the reign of Queen Elizabeth II. Worcester is set to get greener over the winter months, with over 800 saplings being planted at locations across the city. As a Champion City in the Queen's Green Canopy initiative, it is appropr...

Catch the free Christmas bus to enjoy Worcester’s amazing festive shopping

Richard Chinnock, Operations Manager at First Worcester, and The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Adrian Gregson, launching Worcester’s free Christmas bus offer

Worcester City Council and First Bus have joined forces to give shoppers and residents a fantastic early Christmas present – a whole day of free travel to the city centre to make the most of the city's amazing shops. Fares on First Bus routes in the city will be completely free on Saturday 10 December, giving shoppers the chance to leave the car at...

Memorial service to remember those we have lost in the last year

Promotional image for the 2022 festive memorial service

A special memorial service is being held at Worcester Crematorium and Cemetery on Thursday 8 December. This is an opportunity for people from across Worcester to come together and remember the loved ones they have lost over the past year. Tickets are free, however numbers are limited to 100, so local residents are being encouraged to apply for tick...

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