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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...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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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Worcester secures £2.96m Government investment

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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...

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Worcester is ready to light up for Christmas

Christmas lights with Worcester Cathedral behind

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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Consultation starts on South Worcestershire Development Plan Review

Aerial View of River Severn and Worcester Cathedral.

A six-week public consultation has started on a key planning document that will shape the future development of south Worcestershire. The revised South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) allocates land for 13,240 additional new homes and 290.7 hectares of employment land to be delivered by 2041. This will help meet the Government requirement to...

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Councillors to consider bold plan for South Worcestershire’s future

A key planning document that will shape the way South Worcestershire develops over the next 20 years is set to be considered by councillors. The review of the existing South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) sets out Worcester City, Malvern Hills District and Wychavon District Councils' vision for the area up to 2041. It includes a Government ...

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First inside image of Worcester’s proposed new arts centre revealed

Architect's drawing of the main auditorium of Worcester's proposed new arts centre Architect's drawing of the main auditorium of Worcester's proposed new arts centre

The first internal image of the new arts centre being proposed for Worcester has today been released. The image shows a cross-section of what the 500-seat new auditorium could look like in the new city centre-based performance arts venue. The arts centre is at the heart of the revamp of the northern end of the city centre, which is being delivered ...

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Cost of living: Help for Households

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The Government has announced that retail deals and discounts to help families over the summer holidays have been launched as part of the Help for Households Campaign. These deals have been signed with various businesses, including Asda, Morrisons, Amazon and Vodafone and are designed to reduce costs at the checkout, help provide entertainment ...

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Work to improve Worcester’s car parks

Parking space with newly painted lines

With many Worcester residents on holiday during August, Worcester City Council is taking the opportunity to carry out important maintenance at some of the city centre car parks it operates, while fewer people are using them. Between Monday and Thursday next week (8-11 August) the Council will be repainting the parking space lines in some of the cit...

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Worcester is ready to welcome the Queen’s Baton Relay on Friday

Map of The Queen's Baton Relay route through Worcester

The timings and full line-up for The Queen's Baton Relay's route through Worcester have been revealed – with many exciting events taking place across the city. The Relay – part of the build-up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games – will arrive on Friday afternoon, with local Batonbearers carrying the Baton around the city, encountering a packe...

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Grand National winner to join Queen’s Baton Relay in Worcester

Lizzie Brunt in her Batonbearer gear with Pineau De Re

The most unusual participant in The Queen's Baton Relay when it reaches Worcester this week has been revealed – former Grand National winner Pineau De Re. Pineau De Re was trained by Richard Newland in Claines in the city, and hit the national headlines when he won the legendary race in 2014 by five lengths. The famous horse, now 19-years-old and r...

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Where to watch The Queen’s Baton Relay in Worcester

The Queen's Baton Relay in Worcester

Preparations are underway for The Queen's Baton Relay arrival in Worcester – and there are plenty of vantage points for all to watch the Batonbearers carry the Baton through the city. The Baton will arrive in Worcester at around 5.30pm on Friday July 22, as part of the build-up to the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The Relay will begin at The ...

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Worcester arrives on national Dscvr tourism app

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Worcester has joined a growing number of towns and cities on the Dscvr tourism app – a fantastic resource for visitors and residents. The app, available on all smartphones, gives users access to information on shopping, eating, drinking, staying and enjoying themselves in the city – all at their fingertips! From today (9 June) everyone with the Dsc...

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Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay to visit Worcester as full England route revealed

The Queen's Baton Relay in Worcester

The Birmingham 2022 Queen's Baton Relay is confirmed to visit Worcester during its final journey through England this summer, as the full route is revealed. Birmingham 2022 is hosting the 16th official Queen's Baton Relay – a journey which brings together and celebrates communities across the Commonwealth during the build-up to the Games. In Englan...

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Mosaic welcome sign for the ‘village in the city’

Councillor Alan Amos (left) and Councillor Richard Udall, with the new mosaic sign. Councillor Alan Amos (left) and Councillor Richard Udall, with the new mosaic sign.

Visitors to the St John's area of Worcester are now greeted with a striking and colourful mosaic sign – thanks to two local councillors. The sign welcoming people to the area was commissioned by Richard Udall and Alan Amos, who serve as councillors both on Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council. It has been installed on the Bullri...

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Architects appointed for Worcester’s new arts centre

An artist’s impression of how the restored and reopened Scala Theatre and Corn Exchange could look An artist’s impression of how the restored and reopened Scala Theatre and Corn Exchange could look

Worcester City Council has taken an important step forward in the creation of a new performance arts and theatre venue in the northern part of the city centre, with the appointment of architects and consultants. The City Council secured £17.9 million from the Government's Future High Streets Fund to revamp the area around Angel Place and Angel Stre...

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Delay to publication of revised South Worcestershire Development Plan

Worcsester skyline

The updated South Worcestershire Development Plan (SWDP) will not be published for consultation in July as scheduled, because work on the key documents relating to development sites and the infrastructure needed to support them is yet to be completed. More time is required to finalise the Infrastructure Delivery Plan (IDP) which is a crucial eviden...

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Dog owners can now pick up a ‘woof’ guide to Worcester

Worcester Woofs leaflet

Dog owners can now plan fun-packed days out with their four-legged friends by checking out a new guide: 'Worcester Woofs,' available from the Tourist Information Centre in the city's Guildhall. Leaflets detailing the best places for locals and visitors to take their dogs for walks, along with a list of dog-friendly places to eat and drink, have now...

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