The Worcester Festival team are gearing up ahead of this year’s Worcester Festival, with just 5 days to go until Mayor of Worcester Councillor Allah Ditta declares this year’s Festival officially open!
Back for its 17th year, Worcester Festival 2019 kicks off on Saturday 10th August and runs right through to the August bank holiday on Monday 26th August, with events and activities happening all over the city every single day.
Fans of the Festival will be delighted to hear that the inimitable Gugge 2000 band are back to launch this year’s Festival. The vibrant ‘black-and-yellow’ or ‘bumblebee’ band has become synonymous with the opening Saturday, and their infectious, feel-good brand of live, loud and highly entertaining music has always gone down a storm.
Other festival favourites will also be returning, including Festival mascot Percy the Peacock, the fabulous Funky Faces Face Painters, and the annual St Richard’s Hospice Duck Race. However, there is also plenty that is brand new for 2019, making this year’s Festival the biggest yet with over 500 events! There’s so much to see and do;
Aliens Love Underpants will be invading The Swan Theatre’s stage on the 11th, put your baking skills to the test and take part in The Great Worcester Cake Off on the 17th, take a guess at whodunit with A Wartime Murder Mystery at The Royal Porcelain Works on the 18th, and Worcester Cathedral is offering the opportunity to ‘Discover Something Different’ with a fantastic programme of events and activities, including quirky tours, workshops and exhibitions.
This year also features more free events than ever before to enjoy! View rarely seen Star Wars treasures at Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum in the May The Toys Be With You exhibition, meet some quirky characters when Vamos Theatre go on a walkabout around town, dip your toes into the world of dance with Happy Steps, and join Freedom Leisure for a summer full of multi-sports activities.
That’s not all though; Worcester Show returns to Gheluvelt Park on the first Sunday of the Festival, and a Family Prize Quiz Trail is back for the fifth year running, as is the Crowngate Percy Trail – look out for Percy’s face in shop windows throughout Crowngate to find out more.
Worcester Festival Director Chris Jaeger said: “August is always an exciting time in Worcester, and this August will be no exception. The Worcester Festival is a people’s festival. It offers a wide range of eclectic events for all the family, and many of the events are free. What could be better at holiday time? It’s a great opportunity to try an event at a venue you’ve never been to, or perhaps to try something you’ve never done before. We really hope as many people as possible come along and get involved. Let’s get celebrating!”
17 days, dozens of venues, and literally hundreds of different events… the Worcester Festival really does have something for everyone!