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Elephant trail hailed a success by Council Leader

Councillor Marc Bayliss with The Pears elephant, decorated by Sue Guthrie

The Leader of Worcester City Council has praised Worcester's Big Parade, which has seen colourful and eye-catching elephant sculptures brightening up the city streets across the summer. Councillor Marc Bayliss visited the elephant named The Pears, which is sponsored by the City Council as part of the St Richard's Hospice initiative, and stands on t...

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Butterflies, bunting and pop-up parks in Worcester, as visitors head back to city

Butterfly installations in Worcester city centre

Worcester's recovery from the lockdown – already one of the most successful in the country – is set to move up a gear, with the city centre getting even more colourful and welcoming in the next few days. Colourful bunting on shops and buildings, striking butterfly decorations in trees, and pop-up "parks" where residents & visitors can unwind ar...

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Festival celebrates landmark 400th anniversary of Worcester City Charter

Pupils-from-Perry-Wood-Primary-School-join-the-Mayor-and-Deputy-Mayor-of-Worcester-to-launch-the-Charter-Festival Pupils from Perry Wood Primary School, holding a replica of the 1621 Charter - joined by the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Worcester.

On 2 October 1621, James I put his seal to the Charter that granted Worcester the rights and constitution which still form the basis for modern governance of the city today. A series of events are being held to celebrate the 400th anniversary and explore the significance of the Charter.Over the summer you can join a walking tour to explore the stor...

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Creatives sought to celebrate landmark 400th anniversary of Worcester City Charter

Image-of-Worcesters-City-Charter-held-at-The-Hive Image of Worcester's City Charter, held at The Hive

On 2 October 1621, James I put his seal to the Charter that granted Worcester the rights and constitution which still form the basis for modern governance of the city today. A Charter Festival is planned during 2021 - and commissions are being offered for artworks inspired by significant aspects of Worcester's history over the last 400 years. The a...

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Worcester set to bid for £28m to transform city

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Worcester councillors are expected to be asked to approve a plan to bid for almost £28m when the Council's Policy & Resources Committee meets next week. Worcester City Council will submit a bid to Government's £3.6 billion Towns Fund at the end of January, setting out how a potential £27.9m investment could deliver long-term economic growth for...

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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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Artists selected for Worcester’s city centre Outdoor Gallery

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The artists whose work will dress the windows of shop units to create an outdoor gallery for Worcester's city centre have been revealed. Worcester City Council, Worcester BID and Severn Arts have commissioned eight artists to create engaging bespoke designs to dress the frontage of seven vacant retail units, as well as lower floor wi...

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Worcester’s Victorian Fayre postponed until 2021

The traditional carousel at Worcester's Victorian Christmas Fayre

Worcester City Council has taken the decision to cancel this year's Victorian Christmas Fayre, which was scheduled to take place from Thursday 3 to Sunday 6 December 2020.The Fayre normally attracts an estimated 150,000 visitors to the city over the four-day period and contributes an additional £7.3 million to the Worcester economy (source:  V...

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The gates are open! Walking and cycling path links The Hive and The Arches - Worcester

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A significant milestone has been reached today in the development of the £4.5m The Arches – Worcester project, with the opening of the gates next to The Hive to create a new walking and cycling pathway. The new route creates a quick and easy way to get from the River Severn to the growing number of attractions at the arches in Netherton Court and C...

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Pubs, restaurants & cafes can apply now for outdoor seating licences

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Worcester's pubs, restaurants and cafes can now apply to put tables and chairs on the pavements outside their premises, so they can serve more customers while sticking to social distancing rules. Parliament has approved a new fast-track system for approving pavement licence applications, to help support the hospitality sector in England recover fro...

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Worcester’s historic Guildhall reopens to visitors

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Worcester Guildhall is reopening to the public on Monday July 13, with a range of measures in place to ensure visitors can enjoy the historic building safely. A maximum of 15 visitors will be allowed into the High Street attraction at any one time and a one-way system will be in place to guide people around its Grade I listed splendour. The main en...

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Worcester Tourist Information Centre re-opens

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The Worcester Tourist Information Centre (TIC) is re-opening its doors to the public on Wednesday 8 July. The Centre, which is located on the High Street next to the Guildhall, will initially open from Wednesday to Saturday from 10.00am – 3.00pm and aims to extend the opening hours in August. Staff at Worcester's TIC have conducted a thorough COVID...

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Kepax Walking and Cycling Bridge – Have Your Say

Map showing proposed location of new Kepax walkign and cycling bridge

Improving walking and cycling routes around the county is a priority for Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council. The councils are proposing a scheme to build a new walking and cycling bridge across the River Severn in Worcester. The bridge will run from Gheluvelt Park to the Kepax site in St John's. Ahead of the scheme going ...

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2020 Worcester Show cancelled due to coronavirus

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Worcester City Council, after discussions with the organising committee and other stakeholders, has reluctantly taken the decision to cancel this year's Worcester Show because of uncertainty around the coronavirus lockdown. The show, which regularly attracts around 10,000 visitors and is a fixture of Worcester's vibrant events calendar, was due to ...

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£179m tourism boost to Worcester’s economy, figures show

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Tourism contributed more than £179 million to Worcester's economy in 2018, according to figures released today by the City Council.Research under the respected Cambridge Economic Impact Model shows an 8.5 per cent increase in tourism income between 2015 and 2018, with the figure growing from £165,844,000 to £179,943,000.That's the result of a 5.9% ...

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