This weekend has seen the start of the 20th consecutive Worcester Festival! Read all about what happened and what is still to come below! 

What a scorcher this weekend has been, and not just from the weather! The streets of Worcester were filled with music and Festival fun on Saturday as the 20th annual Worcester Festival was declared officially open by the Mayor of Worcester, Adrian Gregson.

Before the official opening of the Festival the high street goers were treated to the melodic sounds of the i-Sing Choirs. Their version of A Kiss From a Rose was a particular highlight.

A familiar sight to regular Festival attendees followed the Mayor’s address, the yellow and black uniforms of the Gugge 2000 band gathered outside the Guildhall as they air was filled with their loud, fun and dance worth songs! How Worcester has missed them playing for them and it was a little emotional to see them back again.

There was lots of music happening on the Crowngate Live Stage too this weekend with performances from Worcester Male Voice Choir, artists in association with Paradiddles, Worcester Ukulele Club, and i-Sing Choirs.

There are still lots of amazing music to come to the Crowngate Live Stage, check the digital event guide pages 6 and 7 for the full list. 


All over the City there were lots of fun events happening on the first day of the Festival. The climbing wall in Cathedral Square had people reaching for the skies, Tom Jones performed on Pitchcroft Racecourse to a large and obviously adoring crowd and the participants of the Worcester Festival Food and Drink Guide served many happy customers!

Of course the Funky Faces Face Painters were working their colourful magic as they have done for the last 19 years!

Worcester Cathedral hosted their first ever Summer Fayre on Saturday with lots of craft stalls. There was plenty to see and many bargains to grab! 

On Sunday the hot weather didn’t stop the Festival fun! There were reenactors at the Tudor House Museum teaching people about life in Tudor Britain. (There are more opportunities to catch them next weekend and the following weekend.) 

There was lots of painting fun happening at the Museum of Royal Worcester with their paint your own pottery workshops (also continuing throughout the Festival). 

The Worcester Show and The Worcester Mela were filled with lots of exciting and interesting things to see and do. Lots of stalls with lovely stock, competition entries of extraordinary talent and Asian Cultural music, crafts and food. 

It has been a really wonderful weekend and filled with wonderful activities for the whole family, and that’s just the start, don’t miss out on the 20th Birthday celebrations click here to see all of the events that are coming up!