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Supporting rough sleepers at Christmas

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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Worcester is ready to light up for Christmas

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Christmas is coming to Worcester – with the festive lights being switched on in a fun-packed family event on Saturday 26 November. This year there will be more streets lit up in the city than ever before, including – for the first time – seasonal illuminations on New Road to create a closer link between the festive offers in both the city centre an...

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Supporting rough sleepers at Christmas

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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 at www.streetlink.org.uk or 0300 500 0914. Streetlink will pass the details through to the Council, who will then find the roug...

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Over 2,800 Worcester families to receive food parcels this Christmas

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Families of Worcester children who receive free school meals will be offered a free parcel containing approximately £40 worth of food over the festive period. The cost will be covered by central Government's new Household Support Fund (HSF) grant, designed to help the most in need this winter meet food, energy and water bills.  Worcester ...

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City Council invests £150,000 in giving Worcester a Christmas to remember

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Worcester City Council has invested around £150,000 to give the city a Christmas to remember this year – despite the new restrictions introduced in response to the Omicron variant. The funding is behind the decorations that are bringing joy and colour to the city centre and many of the major festive events across the yuletide season, including the ...

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Worcester City Council to support Broad St traders

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Worcester City Council today announces a programme of support for traders affected by the closure of one of the city centre's busiest shopping streets. The lower part of Broad Street has been closed at its junction with Angel Place while emergency work is carried out to make safe a building owned by the Crown Estate. The road closure coincides with...

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All the fun of the Victorian Fayre in Worcester this Christmas

Juggler wearing festive hat.

Worcester's Victorian Christmas Fayre is back – and promises to be a truly spectacular event, with over 180 stalls filling the city's streets from Thursday 2 to Sunday 5 December. Now in its 29th year, the Victorian Christmas Fayre is one of the most prestigious street fayres in the Midlands. The event regularly attracts over 100,000 people ac...

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Countdown to Christmas celebrations begins in Worcester

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Final preparations are being made for a variety of festive celebrations in Worcester, as the city once again prepares to welcome visitors from across the UK and beyond this Christmas. The fun begins with a festive light switch-on event on Saturday 27 November. Excitement will build in Worcester's Cathedral Square from 2.00pm, with a range of perfor...

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New talent sought to perform at 2021 Victorian Christmas Fayre

Choir at Worcester

Organisers of Worcester's 2021 Victorian Christmas Fayre are looking for amateur choirs, bands, dance groups, soloists and ensembles to perform at the popular event, which regularly attracts over 100,000 visitors to the city centre. Selected groups will be invited to perform for 30 or 60 minutes on either the main stage in Cathedral Square or in Be...

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Victorian Christmas Fayre to make its comeback

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As Worcester recovers from the pandemic, plans are being put in place to make sure Christmas 2021 will be one to remember. After being cancelled last year, the traditional Victorian Fayre will be back from December 2 to 5, with unique traders in place across the city centre alongside music and street entertainers. It will be awash with all the Dick...

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Worcester shops to be allowed to open for 24 hours

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Shops in Worcester are to be allowed to open 24 hours a day, Monday-to-Saturday, when they reopen after the lockdown ends at just after midnight on Wednesday December 2. Worcester City Council agreed to the measure after Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick MP called on councils across the country to allow round-the-clock opening to support the ret...

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Worcester’s festive parking offer for Christmas shoppers

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With the lockdown coming to an end, many of Worcester's shops are re-opening and the City Council is supporting them with a yuletide boost. Shoppers heading into the centre to look for gifts and to soak up the festive atmosphere during late night opening each Thursday in December before Christmas can take advantage of free parking after 6pm in the ...

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Street market operation in Worcester to be reviewed

 Councillors are set to review the way street markets will operate in Worcester's city centre in the future. When Worcester City Council's Place and Economic Development Sub Committee meets on 29 October, councillors will examine the role street markets play in the city and how they can most effectively be managed when the current contract wit...

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