Final countdown to popular Worcester Show
The popular Worcester Show is coming back to the Pitchcroft racecourse (WR2 2WD) on Sunday 14 August (10.00am – 5.00pm), after attracting a record-breaking 15,000-plus visitors at the same location last year.
A thrilling line-up of live music has now been confirmed for the day, topped by ska band [spunge], who have supported Green Day and will be leading the bill on the big day, on the stage vacated by Tom Jones just the day before.
This year's Worcester Show will also have something for all the family, with fair-style attractions; a have-a-go sports zone; a taste of Asian music, dance and food; judging of over 130 competitive creative classes; local food and drink – and much, much more!
Ian Hilton-Turvey of the Friends of Worcester Show said: "We can't wait to once again welcome people of all ages to Pitchcroft for a truly fabulous day out, celebrating all that is great about our wonderful city of Worcester. My thanks go to all the people who have worked so hard to put on this much-loved event and to all the city folk who have showed their skill and creativity with their competition entries.
"With temperatures set to be around 30C on the day, I'd like to remind people to bring a bottle of water, and to wear sun cream and a hat."
Music and entertainment
For the first time, the Show has a major new music zone, based around the stage where Tom Jones will perform the night before, offering an opportunity for local bands to perform on an international-quality stage.
Top of the bill are [spunge], the Tewkesbury ska band who have toured with or played alongside a number of UK and American bands including Green Day, Dropkick Murphys and Reel Big Fish.
The full line-up for the music stage is:
- 11:00 - Split Second
- 12:00 - Woo Town Hillbillies
- 13:00 - Mela
- 14:15 - Poppy W S
- 15:00 - Skewwiff
- 16:00 - [Spunge]
Look out too for great musical entertainment on the Show's Community Stage, including The Got 2 Sing Community Choir, folk singer Stefan Evans, Bulgarian music and dance, plus theatre, poetry, karaoke and a performance by DanceFest.
A taste of Mela
An extravaganza of Asian music, dance, crafts and food is set to bring a carnival atmosphere to this year's Show, with a Mela Marquee offering a warm welcome to all the family.
Mela means a festival of togetherness and Worcester Mela Partnership are promising a riot of colour, fun and celebration as they arrive at the Show for the first time.
Both the Main Stage and the Community Stage will host performances of traditional Asian dance as well as contemporary music, and the brightly decorated Mela Marquee will offer an Asian Bazaar, free craft activities for children, a henna artist, cookery demonstrations and Asian food and drink.
Get active at the Worcester Show
Throughout the day there will be free have-a-go sports sessions, including kids' penalty shootout contests run by Worcester City Football Club; Mini Athletics Worcester; high-kicking action from Worcestershire Martial Arts; dance classes with Focal Pointe Dance School; and much, much more.
There will also be plenty of demonstrations to enjoy, including Studio B Performance Arts; 187 Air Training Corp; and the Jitterbugs.
Food and drink galore!
A massive range of locally cooked produce will be on offer at the Show – from burgers to churros, falafel to smoothies, and pizzas to pork rolls, there's something to suit all tastes! And that includes many flavour-tastic vegetarian and vegan options.
Look out too for the huge range of independent and market stalls, offering everything from local handicrafts and confectionery, to energy advice and a taste of Worcester's remarkable history.
Keep the little ones happy with plenty of fun and frolics – including bungee trampolines; a bouncy castle and inflatable slide; a vintage children's swing chair ride and a strong-arm striker game.
Free activities at the Show will include craft activities based on the themes of The Queen's Jubilee and Harry Potter; face painting; hands-on engineering fun for five-15-year-olds; activities from the Children's Air Ambulance Service; and much more!
Also at the Show will be The Music Box, a travelling music bus, full of musical instruments and recording equipment ready to be played.
Judging of competitive classes
One of the highlights of the event will be the judging of over 140 competitive classes, including many for under-18s. The classes range from growing a wide variety of fruit and vegetables to displaying flowers and floral decorations, creative handicrafts, art, baking and photography.
Transport and parking
Worcester Show aims to be a sustainable event and visitors are encouraged to travel on foot, by bike, by train or by bus where possible. There will be signs to the show from popular cycling and walking routes around the city, meaning that the whole family can pop along without taking the car. Secure bike parking will be available on site and visitors can also try out an e-bike, courtesy of Bike Worcester.
Pitchcroft is just a five-minute walk from Crowngate bus station and only ten minutes away from Worcester Foregate Street railway station.
Pitchcroft car park will be reserved for blue badge holders on Show day. Other nearby City Council car parks are Croft Road and Cattle Market, where the usual parking charges apply.
Stewards will be on hand to guide traffic and pedestrians toward the site.