Well, what a fantastic 17 days of festival fun that has been!
This year’s festival has been record-breaking – the most events ever (503), most different venues being used (52) and the highest number of different organisations staging events (41)! Exhibitions, music, workshops, talks, food & drink, sports – there really was something for everyone.
2019 has also been a year of change for Worcester Festival; handing out balloons is a thing of the past and 100% biodegradable flags took their place this year, which were a huge hit to boot with adults and kids alike! Not only that, but the absence of fireworks for the first time in 16 years meant that more free events than ever could be put on throughout the festival for the community. There was street theatre, live music in the High Street, climbing wall fun, dance classes, flash mobs, concerts, face painting and even walking tours – all free for people to enjoy! Additionally, we were able to collect donations at these free events for St Richard’s Hospice – a brilliant charity that we’re delighted to support. Last year we raised just over £1,600 for St Richards, and this year we’re aiming higher, £2000 in fact. We hope to find out soon what the grand total is for this year once the money has been totted up, but fingers crossed we have met our goal!
That’s not all though, Worcester Festival 2019 included so much more. There’s been a paddling of ducks, flower displays in the Cathedral, Star Wars memorabilia in the Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum and even a cluster of dragonflies surrounding St Andrew’s Spire. Not only that, but you were able to travel back to the marvellous Middle Ages at The Commandery and then blast off to space with The Hive! There have been cake-offs and whodunits, sports and storytelling, crafts and exhibitions – my, oh my has it been busy!
And so another festival is now over – thank you to everyone who registered their event, came along, volunteered, donated, and made Worcester Festival 2019 a resounding success! It’s the people that make the Worcester Festival, and we couldn’t have done it without you all. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did, and we can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2020, see you then!