What a cracking first week we’ve had here at the Worcester Festival – and we’ve got plenty more coming up!

It all kicked off with the official opening by the Mayor of Worcester, followed by the fantastic Shirley Pipe Band bringing music to our ears. That wasn’t all though, we were only just getting started! The lovely ladies of Funky Faces Face Painting were creating some fabulous designs whilst Mr Rob taught circus skills –  all before the St Richard’s Hospice Duck Race got under way. The family fun continued with the incredibly popular Worcester Show at Gheluvelt Park where Percy the Peacock made an appearance, shaking his tail feathers and posing for photos!

Funky Faces Face Painting!

The Shirley Pipe Band

Voces Academy Conducting Masterclass

The Cathedral has been buzzing with activity with tours, exhibitions and masterclasses, but don’t worry, they’re on throughout the festival for us to enjoy! You could also pop down to the Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, and take a look at their Celebrity Exhibition where you can see an exciting collection of costumes and props from the small screen and the big screen. If that wasn’t enough, there’s something for everyone at the Swan Theatre and Huntingdon Hall over the next week. Tread The Boards will be bringing Alice and Wonderland to the Swan Theatre on Saturday 19th, explore areas of the Swan Theatre that are usually out of bounds on the Backstage Tour of The Swan on Monday 21st, or see a summer feast of a farce when The Festival Players bring The Merry Wives of Windsor on Tuesday 22nd. Pop down to Huntingdon Hall this Sunday between 11am and 3pm to take a look around the beautiful Hall and discover it’s history, and on Wednesday 23rd there’s the Poetry Open Mic Night at the Huntingdon Hall Bar!

There’s so much more going on around the city over the coming week, so make sure to check out our Event Guide!

Percy trying to buy ice cream!