Catch the free Christmas bus to enjoy Worcester’s amazing festive shopping
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 home and get a head-start on their seasonal shopping in Worcester's unique mix of independent and big-name stores, and at a special festive market.
The free bus services, funded by Worcester City Council, will provide travel to the special Fine Food and Gift Markets, taking place in High Street between Friday 9 December and Sunday 11 December, with over 25 stalls offering festive treats.
The Mayor of Worcester, Councillor Adrian Gregson, said: "I am delighted that we have been able to work with First Bus to bring this fantastic Christmas present to Worcester residents and shoppers.
"At a time of financial pressure, I know many people will appreciate a saving on their transport costs and coming into Worcester's city centre by bus puts you straight into the heart of the city's fabulous shops and markets."
Richard Chinnock, Operations Manager at First Worcester, said: "A day of free bus travel is a great opportunity for people to leave their cars at home, do their bit for the environment and save some cash too! Residents can jump on their local bus service and enjoy some Christmas shopping whilst partaking in the festivities across the city. On 10 December all our bus services will be FREE to travel on across the Worcester bus network, thanks to Worcester City Council."
The free unlimited travel is for one day only on Saturday 10 December on these routes to and from the city centre: 30, 31,32, 34, 35, 36, 38, 44, 45, 417, 144 (the Salt Road) and X50.
Worcester is once again hosting the traditional Victorian Christmas Fayre from Thursday 1 to Sunday 4 December, with more than 150 stalls filling the city's streets, and entertainment taking place across all four days of the incredibly popular event.
That will be followed by six days of special festive markets in the city centre, including the Fine Food and Gift Markets from Friday 9 to Sunday 11 December.
From Friday 16 to Sunday 18 December another market in High Street and Cathedral Square will be selling locally produced food and drink, and Christmas gifts, between 9am and 5pm.