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D N U O S our T Y h CI This September (14-16) enjoy a symphony of sound as Worcester Music Festival returns to the city with a packed weekend of more than 250 free events. As well as live gigs across 20 different venues, the Festival offers a range of family friendly workshops and a county wide competition for amateur photographers.


All proceeds from the Festival will

This year’s chosen charity, the

Acts confirmed so far include folk group

Worcestershire Carers Society.

Carers, provides an independent

band Black Boxes, grunge duo Chambers,

be donated to vital local charity, the Helen Mole said: “This festival

showcases Worcester at its best. For three days, our vibrant city is full of

art and performance with live music seemingly around every corner.”

The Festival is entirely organised by volunteers and it has raised more than £50,000 for local

charities in the last ten years.

Worcestershire Association of

source of information, advice and support for unpaid carers.

Jasper in the Company of Others, rock Indie band Devils, and Arcadia Roots.

Listen live at these great Worcester venues: Cap 'n' Gown • Chestnut • Dragon Inn • Firefly The Fountains at South Quay • The Olpro Stage (outside Guildhall) Heroes • Lamb and Flag • Marrs Bar • Monroes Cellar Bar The Old Pheasant • Paradiddles Music Cafe Bar • Paul Pry St. Swithun's Institute Halls • The Imperial Worcester Arts Workshop • Worcester Brewing Company AND MORE....


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needs. Here are a few of our favourite styles from the recent collection


Embrace some colour

Be Bold

Prints always make a poolside

statement, whether you choose a

totally tropical tankini or a bold blooms bikini. If you’re nervous about pattern, why not start with a classic nautical stripe or a ladylike polkadot?



Feels like wife material

Feel Great

If you’re looking for something more subtle, why not try texture. Texture

adds interest to even the simplest of

swimwear. Ribbed and crochet costumes are big for 2018, and when it comes to ruffles - the bigger the better!


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Gypsophila Clouds, Button Hole. Floral Roundabout

Father & Son Suits, Sassy Boutique

Oliver Sweeney 'Messina' Brogue Shoes. Pockets

Cuff Links. Rock Lobster

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I Do... ...believe it is wedding season!

GR E Y F R IAR S Wildflower posies or elegant orchids, a swing

Nestled in the heart of the city, the medieval

deserves the wedding of their dreams. Luckily,

for the most romantic of weddings. The oak-

band or string quartet; every engaged couple the Faithful City offers a variety of venues to suit every taste, ensuring your special day is the perfect start for your happy ever after.

Greyfriars House and Garden is a quaint retreat panelled hall provides an intimate venue for your

ceremony and guests can enjoy celebratory drinks in the walled garden, with the charming timberframed house and grounds providing a stunning backdrop for Instagram-worthy photographs. The garden is a hidden gem; a riot of colour,

rambling roses and abundant borders. The mature magnolia and fruit trees make this venue a

heaven-sent sanctuary for your memorable day.

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WO RCESTER CO UNTY C R IC K ET G RO UND ‘Something old, something new’ as the saying goes… Well look no further than New Road for the second part. Whether you dream of

a traditional white wedding or something a

little different, versatile New Road lends itself to both large and more intimate functions. And what guest wouldn’t be impressed by views of the famous cricket ground?

THE GUIL DH A LL What better place to tie the knot, than at Worcester's

historic Guildhall? The Guildhall, which dates back to 1721, is an ideal venue for both wedding ceremonies and receptions, accommodating up to 200

guests. The Guildhall’s elegant

architecture has received no less

than royal praise, with King George III celebrating the impressive

building. Couples can pose for

portraits under the landmark’s

famous iron gates and guests will enjoy the venue’s period details

that evoke the stately weddings of Jane Austen’s era.

T H E DIGLIS H OTEL The Diglis Hotel’s beautiful riverside gardens, together with its on-site accommodation,

catering and bar facilities, make this a delightful and stress-free option for your wedding day. Celebrated as a ‘Country House Hotel in the City’ and with unrivalled views of the River Severn, the team at The Diglis can manage every detail of your day. Guests will

enjoy eating locally sourced produce and sipping drinks in the secluded gardens, not to mention the free car parking and favourable accommodation rates.




Understandably the prospect of

Where one party to the marriage

with your future spouse can be

sole name which has been acquired

discussing a pre-nuptial agreement daunting but there are many positives to having one:

• It can provide certainty for both spouses as to what they will receive if the

marriage breaks down • It can protect an inheritance or any assets pre-owned by one spouse

• It ensures that both spouses are aware of the financial positions of each other

• It provides clarity for the future of the marriage


has substantial property in their

before the relationship or where one party is due to receive a substantial inheritance from a family member,

then a pre-nuptial agreement can be very useful. Parents who are due to give money/property to their child

prior to the child’s marriage may wish to ensure that it is protected for their

child or future grandchildren and may insist that a pre-nuptial agreement

is entered into before any gift takes place. One party may have assets

from a previous relationship which they may wish to protect for their

children of that relationship and a

pre-nuptial agreement is a way to try and ensure their interest is secured.

A pre-nuptial agreement covers the

If you do wish to consider a pre-nuptial

pre-nuptial agreements are taken

you die during the marriage, the pre-

will need to satisfy these requirements:

of any financial proceedings within a

breakdown of a marriage, however, if nuptial agreement ends and your will

takes effect. If you do not have a will,

Intestacy rules apply which may result in your estate not being distributed in accordance with the wishes that you had in your pre-nuptial agreement. It should also be remembered

that entering into a pre-nuptial

agreement does not suggest that

the marriage will not work or that you are more likely to divorce. It

simply gives you peace of mind so that you can enjoy your wedding

agreement then bear in mind that you • It must be entered into 21 days before marriage

• There must be full and frank disclosure of all financial matters of both spouses

• Both spouses should receive independent legal advice on the terms of the agreement • Neither party should be

into account by the Courts as part

divorce and, if entered into correctly,

can be very persuasive if not binding.

If you would like to discuss a pre-

nuptial agreement please contact our Family Department on 01905

721600 or if you would like to discuss making or updating your will please contact a member of our Private

Client department on 01905 721600.

under duress or made to sign the agreement.

day and your future lives together.





“All couples should have an utterly unforgettable honeymoon, whether it’s an epic escape full of adventure or a relaxing retreat in a tropical paradise. “Planning a wedding can be a stressful time for couples and at arrange MY escape we take the hard work out of planning a honeymoon, so our clients only have to concentrate on enjoying themselves.” - Jennifer Lynch from arrange MY escape 14

The experts at ‘arrange MY escape’

Surrounded by beautiful tropical

every day of your vacation is as

cosy cocoon for lovebirds, while an

can plan your honeymoon so that

gardens, luxury suites provide a

Some taster ideas ….

the opportunity to try new things,

Glamp it up in Uluru, Australia

getaways, tailored to individual

As well as bespoke honeymoons,

Be dazzled by the Northern Lights, Iceland

couple must do is sit back and relax

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magical as the moment you said, ‘I do’. The arrange MY escape team works with couples to create perfect

tastes and budget. All the happy

and enjoy a glass of bubbly while

the team takes care of the details When it comes to honeymoons,

the trend for 2018 is a combination of adventure and luxury.

A dream safari could start at Ulusaba

game reserve in South Africa. It boasts a hill top lodge offering panoramic views, as well as a luxury lodge

located in the heart of the bush. After an unforgettable adventure,

why not head to Mauritius for a welldeserved luxurious beach break.

The epitome of understated luxury,

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Watch snow monkeys frolicking, JapaN Enjoy private dining next to a spectacular waterfall, Thailand Sail into the sunset on a celebrity cruise, Mexico Dine at an underwater restaurant, Maldives

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Trou aux Biches Beachcomber resort offers a choice of six restaurants for

romantic fine dining, and a lavish spa. Meet us

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PUT A RING N IT The perfect destination to pop the question For an unforgettable mini

break with your amore, look no further than Venice.

With a flight time of just over two hours, you could be strolling hand in hand down the Grand Canal or

enjoying an aperitivo in less time than it takes to get to London.

From the bustling Piazza San Marco to the peaceful parkland of the

Venice Giardini, Venice truly has

something perfect for everyone.

Debbie Smith from Co-operative travel said: “Venice is the most romantic of destinations for a quick getaway. Legend has it that if lovers share a kiss under the Bridge of Sighs then they’ll enjoy eternal happiness; where better to pop the question?” The floating city’s churches

and museums offer unrivalled

treasures, and there’s also a vibrant contemporary art scene, a sandy beach and fashionable shops.

And if the tourist trail gets too much, always remember you are never

more than a bridge away from a

secluded square, stunning Gothic palazzi or a lively local wine bar.

And if a mini break isn’t quite enough

for you, Venice has excellent transport links so you can easily venture

onwards to historic Rome, dreamy Florence or metropolitan Milan. Pop into Co-operative Travel

Worcester or call 01905 723655 today and we can help find

your perfect Italian escape.

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Engaged couples spend months

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agonising over the prefect outfit ring is the only item you’ll wear

everyday for the rest of your life. Rock Lobster can help you

With its own on-site workshop and

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design studio, Rock Lobster can also

bands in the county.

and create bespoke bands that work

The experienced team can advise on

work closely with couples to design

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Remembering your special day! How you remember your day can be just as important as the day itself.

Every newly-wed couple should be able to look back at their day with nothing but smiles and with help

from The Cabin, this has never been easier with their fantastic range of printing and framing services.

The Cabin have always found pride in revolutionary ways to create the perfect memories, and because of their new partnership with

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You can even work on projects from

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The Cabin’s state of the art digital photo kiosks and industry leading

inkjet printers will then produce your

perfectly printed photographs to make your memories as special as your day.



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w in e s , spirits, cla ssy gins,

to p s h elf wh isk y, a nd mo re .

“We take pride in what we do. What sets us apart is simple; we smile, we enjoy what we do, we welcome customers from all walks of life, and we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We offer great products at reasonable prices and our staff like a bit of banter. We’re really excited about perfecting our own brew and we’re sure our customers are going to love it.” Ro b W intrip f rom

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D ECLU T T E R IN G I S T H E LAT EST TR E N D IN W E L L B E I NG A ND BY VI S IT IN G E XCH A NG E & SM A RT IN N E W ST RE ET, YO U CO U L D G O FRO M H AVIN G A C R A M P E D C LOSET TO H AVIN G A FU LL WA L LET. Exchange & Smart sells your unwanted items, stocking a beautiful collection of new and nearly new designer clothes and accessories at fantastic prices.

The team prides itself on having excellent taste and they can advise customers on what to buy and sell, as well as creating the perfect capsule wardrobe. Sally from Exchange & Smart said: “Almost all of us have clothes in our wardrobe that we have never worn, or only worn once."

“At Exchange & Smart we sell only top quality

new items. People can bring us their unwanted

clothes and accessories and maybe bag themselves a new designer bargain while they’re in the shop.” Shoppers are likely to find designer brands such

as Max Mara, Nicole Farhi, Joseph and Paul Smith in store at high street prices, as well as luxury brands like Jigsaw, Hobbs and Phase Eight. If you would like more information about

working with Exchange & Smart, then visit the shop on New Street or call 01905 611522.

F. DURRANT & SON When Frederick Durrant first opened his

Champion shooter Tim Smith, and their

The shop sells timeless country

Street in 1812, Britain was still in the

Teme Valley are incredibly popular.

and Alan Paine, not to mention La

gun shop on Worcester’s Mealcheapen throes of the Napoleonic Wars.

corporate shoot events in the picturesque Tim said: “F. Durrant and Son is one

Two centuries later, the shop is

of the oldest businesses in Worcester

pursuits are still the lifeblood of this

reaches far beyond the city walls."

flourishing and while classic country independent business, F Durrant

and Son offers a modern service for the contemporary sports person.

As well as quality clothing and firearms, shooting lessons are also available from

their experienced team, including World

and it has a proud history that

“The business has moved with

the times and while the shop still

maintains its original charm, we’re a

pioneering family-run company that’s relevant to Worcester and beyond.”

attire from brands such as Barbour Chameau; particularly popular thanks to the Duchess of Cambridge.

F. Durrant and Son also sells new and pre-owned guns, fitted by

knowledgeable and established staff.

GAME ON! With re g u l ar t o urn am e nts ,

retro co n s o l es an d co mmu na l h obby t ab l es , Wo rce s te r War Ga m es o n Tri n i t y

S treet i s a fan t as t i c p la ce to m ee t n ew p eo p l e.

Th e sho p al s o n eg o tiate s

favourab l e rat es wi t h s u p p lie rs , meani n g Wo rces t er Wa r

Gam es can o f fer c u s to me rs a ten p er cen t d i s co u nt o n

retai l pri ces fo r n ew ite ms .


T h e s h o p a lso h a s a flo urish ing s e co n d h a nd ma rke t fo r

a nyo ne lo o k ing t o se ll use d mo d e ls o r buy ga me s at h u g e ly re duce d price s.

Wo rce st e r Wa r G a me s

st o cks eve r y t h ing yo u could ne e d fo r ga ming, incl udin g o f fe ring fre e de mo s if you

wa nt t o t r y so me t h ing n ew.

Andy said: Community is the most important thing to Worcester War Games and we have built a thriving community of gamers. Whether it’s tabletop, card or board games, we cater for everyone, including having dedicated areas for building and painting your models. Everyone at the store is always ready and willing to help with any questions and offer hints and tips for all forms of building and painting miniatures of every scale.

I t ’s spre a d ove r t wo flo ors

a nd b o a sts t wo la rge hobby t a ble s a nd t h irt e e n big

ga ming t a ble s, a s we l l as three sma lle r t a ble s. I t re cen tly

inst a lle d mo nit o rs fo r playin g re t ro co nso le ga me s.

Th e st o re is o p e n Tues day t o Sunday wit h eve ning ga ming o n We dne sday, Th ursday a nd Friday.

Packing tips to save space, time and trouble.

established in 1884 and have been

With so many cases on the market it is hard to know what to look for - what should we be looking for?

what are your top tips for those embarking on a short-haul flight with only A cabin case.

through their packing woes ever

Soft cases are still the best selling

I’ve said it before and I will say

in Broad Street to pick up some

taken by the harder shell cases; the

Knowles Travelgoods was

supporting Worcester shoppers

since. We met Lucy at their store

but more and more people are

advice and top packing tips‌

2018 Love Island contestants use

should we be rolling or folding?

case. Both have their advantages,

Roll, ALWAYS roll. Not only does

it save on space, but you will also find you have fewer creases.

the American Tourister Bon Air

but I would recommend investing in something which allows you to compartmentalise your suitcase

or bag so you feel more organised and know exactly what you have with you. Some of the favourites

in store include Samsonite Spark and the Ronaldo Sound Box.

it again, roll, roll, roll and roll.

You may also find it handy to

have a case with a top pocket as these are excellent for storing

travel documents. Many people

are advocates for the 4 wheeled cases now as they are easier

to glide around the airport and

destination, but ensure that it is

light enough to carry if required!

It’s no secret that vegetarianism is on the rise. Kale and avocados have even transcended the kitchen and can now be seen on clothes and accessories in almost every high street shop. Describing yourself as ‘plant-based’ is now a thing

and it’s not just social influencers who are veering towards vegetables; the national attitude to fruit and veg has also undergone a seismic shift.

Gone are the days of over boiled beans and hard

sprouts. Cooks are now having fun with fruit and vegetables. They’re served raw, pickled, grilled,

seared, fried, and shredded, and seasoned with

coriander, cumin, turmeric, chilli powder and more.

The humble cauliflower is served as a ‘steak’,

slow-roasted with a hearty sauce, while broccoli is

replacing rice and courgetti has overtaken spaghetti. And is it any wonder that vegetarianism has become so popular? According to New York scientists, a

vegetarian diet could help cut the risk of heart failure by 42%. A vegetarian diet is also cost effective.

We’re blessed in Worcestershire to boast many

experienced farmers who grow produce right on our

doorsteps. What better time to give the greens a go?


The Vegan Revolution Veganism is set to be the major food trend for 2018 and thanks to celebrity chefs like Ella Woodward, veganism is not only cool, it’s positively delicious. Eating out as a vegan used to be bore, but if

luscious leaves and heavenly herbs are what

tantalise your tastebuds then ‘Be The Change’

restaurant in Worcester’s Cornmarket is for you. Open from 8am, customers can enjoy eat-in or

takeaway food all day every day (except Mondays), and enjoy late opening on Fridays and Saturdays. Anthony said: “We’re passionate about making

delicious plant-based food and drink that’s exciting and affordable, as well as giving customers a

comfortable atmosphere to soak it up, all backed up with friendly and professional customer service.”

If you’re tempted to give veganism a go, why not try these easy menu hacks:

Don’t get in a scramble: use chickpea flour instead of eggs if you’re making frittatas and try tofu in your fry up

Sensational seasoning: Black salt (or kala namak as its known to veteran vegans) adds an eggy flavour to your food

Sweet treats: bananas or curdled soy milk with

apple cider vinegar make great cakes, or try ground linseed with warm water in your brownies

Taste the feeling: to make a cake in hurry, use a Betty Crocker cake mix but omit the eggs and dairy and use a can of coke instead. .


GROWING GREEN Housewives Choice expanding with Three Counties Produce Worcester’s choicest greengrocers is growing its business Brothers Rob and James

They also know all about our buying

as fourth generation green grocers

people have recently become

Thompson run the business and they know all about vibrant veg and flavoursome fruit.

They’re the major suppliers for

local restaurants, helping to keep the city’s carbon footprint low.

“Kids love making smoothies and it’s a fantastic way to introduce them to all sorts of different produce. They’ll try all sorts of things in a smoothie that you might struggle to get them to eat off a plate.” - Rob

habits. Apparently Worcester more adventurous with their

shopping, now choosing pomelo

and kale over parsnips and peas. Superfoods strawberry and purple sprouting broccoli are still firm

favourites in the city and a pear tartin

“Fruit in a curry can really enhance the flavours bringing sweet undertones to the dish. My favourite is fresh mango which, is becoming more and more popular.” - James

is apparently the best way to eat

Worcestershire’s most iconic fruit. The brothers also know a thing or

two about hitting that hard to reach five-a-day. They recommend fresh juices and smoothies as a quick

way to kick start your morning.

Stop by Houswives Choice on

Church St or call 01905 23676 to

find out how they can supply your

business with great local produce.

The Old Rec



First, mix all dry ingredients together with the olive oil to form your marinade.

Dice the tofu into fairly chunky pieces and marinade for 24 hours. Bring the veg stock up to a simmer

• 400g Firm Tofu

and add the quinoa and cook for 10 minutes.

• 1 Tbsp Ground Coriander

non stick pan on a high heat, seal off the tofu for around 2-3 minutes

• 1/2 Tsp All Spice

the juice of the lime and half of the chopped coriander. Season again.

• 1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Add the coconut and simmer for a further 6 minutes, meanwhile, in a

• 1/2 Tsp Turmeric

and season to taste. Once the quinoa has absorbed all of the water add

• Pinch of Chilli Flakes

For the Quinoa


To serve, separate the quinoa between two bowls, place the tofu over and finish with the remaining chopped coriander.

• 100g Quinoa (well rinsed) • 175ml Veg Stock

• 1 Tbsp Dessicated Coconut • 1 Lime

• 1/2 Bunch Chopped Coriander



It’s an investment, darling! Fast fashion is a thing of the past. Canny shoppers now buy investment pieces that will last and

nowhere is this more evident than with jewellery. Owning a collection of personal, timeless jewellery is both chic and sartorially sensible and, let’s face it, diamonds never go out of fashion.

No one is better placed to advise on buying

heirloom gemstones than the team at Peplows Jewellers on Worcester’s High Street.

With 200 years of history and now run by the sixth

generation of Peplows, the team knows everything there

is to know about jewellery, including luxury watch brands such as Rolex, Omega, Gucci, Longines, Tissot and more.

Francis Peplow said: “Jewellery has always been perceived to be both a thing of beauty and value and we work hard to bring together inspiring collections that will compliment peoples tastes and lifestyles. Our family has always worked hard to ensure the happiness and satisfaction of our customers. We want people to walk away with cherished pieces that they will treasure forever.� The Peplows team are expert at servicing and repairing timepieces - no surprise given that

William Peplow, who first opened the shop in 1794, was actually a watch and clockmaker.

William lived to be over one hundred years old and several of his longcase clocks are still in working service today. Every generation of his family has since brought

something new to the business, including an optician in the 1920s, engraving skills, and qualifications in Gemmology and Diamond Diplomas.

The Royal Worcester Factory has a new future at the heart of the city’s art scene thanks to a redevelopment of the site that completed at the end of June.

It also has a cafe and shop,

The new ‘Royal Porcelain Works’ includes

well as bespoke studio facilities where

nestWorcester, offering top-quality simple food made to order, as well as selling

fresh local produce and artisan treats. There is also board room space, as

a flexible auditorium, boardroom and

artists and craftspeople can showcase

studio facilities, as well as a new cafe.

their work and run workshops.

Royal Worcester played a leading

The build has been funded by

and economic wellbeing for

of the arts, music, education and

role in Worcester’s cultural identity

the Bransford Trust, a supporter

more than 250 years, but closed

wellbeing of local young people.

its factory doors in 2009.

The official opening was on Saturday,

The new development will encourage

June 30 and Sunday July 1 and was

increase in tourism in the City, ensuring

and family fun, which featured

greater participation in the arts and an

a bonanza of live entertainment

the Porcelain Works continues to be

food stalls, craft demos, live music,

at the forefront of the city’s future.

face painting and circus artists.

Marketing and Development

Contact details:

Manager, Alice Brunt says: ‘It’s so exciting to have such wonderful

facilities in the heart of the City. The development includes Henry

Sandon Hall, the former Exhibition Hall, a 140-seat multi-functional venue with music, film, lectures, fairs, exhibitions and family events scheduled.

Royal Porcelain Works 01905 677399

The Henry Sandon Hall 01905 611427

NestWorcester 01531 670816

When Chris Jaeger took over Huntingdon Hall in 1995, the venue was on the brink, with mounting debts and no viable future. Chris was given the mammoth task of turning things around and within 18 months he had done just that. Debts were settled, local authority funding secured, and the box office was back in business. In 2002 he performed the same

magic on the struggling Swan Theatre and a year later started Worcester

Festival, which is still going strong today, as well as launching a rep

theatre at The Commandery and Shakespeare at the Cathedral.

Worcester Live, as his arts portfolio is now known, is entering another

exciting phase as a new venue opens in the city’s historic Porcelain Works. The Henry Sandon Hall will be a

small but flexible venue, suitable for film, talks, acoustic music, ceilidhs,

children’s shows, craft and antiques

fairs, exhibitions, auctions and more. (For more details see page 37).

Chris envisions that the addition of this new versatile venue will be of huge value to the city.

“The arts, in one form or another, are core to all nations. We sing, we dance, we write, we think about issues, we explore emotions. Whatever a person’s nationality, colour or geographical location, the arts can take them out of themselves. “The arts can lift people’s spirits and bring highs of joy; when hearing a piece of music, for example, or seeing an uplifting play.” - Chris Jaeger Chris oversees eight youth theatre

groups, dance classes, and the Swan Theatre School, for aspiring young people who wish to go into the

profession, as well as the 350-seat

Swan Theatre, Huntingdon Hall, and the Worcester Festival and annual

Commandery and Cathedral projects. These all contribute immeasurably to the well-being of our community.

“Of course, cities need police, hospitals, rubbish collections, pot holes mending, bridges widening and much, much more, but at the end of the day, none of these things can truly lift the soul. We need moments of joy, of enlightenment, of realisation, of sadness, of laughter, to help us understand ourselves and to make life worth living. That’s what the arts do for a society, and Worcester Live brings a large selection of arts to the city.”

point had large debts and had become

The Worcester Repertory Company

2007 we started ‘Shakespeare at the

of The Hound of the Baskervilles

at the Commandery’ as we do non-

– 22nd July (excl. Mon 16th).

Hound of the Baskervilles, which will be

Tell us a little more about Worcester Live; what is it, how did it begin and how are you involved?

In 2012 we went into partnership with

unviable. My job was to open out the

programme, which had previously been

largely classical, to create new audiences, raise money, pay off debt, and to create my own salary! It was hard work, but within 18 months we had paid off all

the debts – which were in the region of £50,000 – and created a series of new audiences. We also got local authority funding for the first time. In 2002 the

Swan Theatre ran into serious financial trouble, and when it closed we bid to

take it over, having already successfully saved one major venue in Worcester. 15 years later, and the theatre is still going strong. In 2003 we launched the Worcester Festival, which also

continues to go strong with the 16th Festival planned for this August. In

with be staging a new spoof version

Commandery’ – now ‘Worcester Rep

in the Commandery Gardens, 10th

Shakespeare too – this year it's The

In 1995 I was head-hunted by the then board of Huntingdon Hall, who were

about to close the venue, which at that

the 12th consecutive annual production. Worcester Cathedral to present an

annual one-week ‘Shakespeare at the Cathedral’ – this autumn’s production

of Twelfth Night will be the 7th. All of these are separately branded, but the

overarching company that runs them

all is Worcester Live – or Worcester Live Charitable Trust to give our full name.

You have a number of venues across Worcester, tell us a little more about each of them and how they differ. The Swan Theatre has a large stage

and as well as presenting theatre, we

stage ballet, contemporary dance and

some music, as well as providing a home for many local amateur groups, who often stage large-scale productions.

We also run eight youth theatres and

have dance classes on 2 days, as well as running the Swan Theatre School, for aspiring young people who wish to go into the profession. Huntingdon Hall

has the same number of seats as the

Swan (350), but is a much more intimate venue. It has a brilliant acoustic, and

we stage most of our music there, in all variety of genres, as well as comedy –

which has grown enormously over the years – and lectures. Our new venue

coming on line at the Royal Porcelain Works this June, the Henry Sandon Hall, is a smaller venue but more

versatile in layout, and will be staging film, talks, acoustic music, ceilidhs,

children’s shows, craft and antiques

fairs, exhibitions, auctions and more!

Have you found that the audiences’ tastes have changed over the years?

moments of joy, of enlightenment, of

This is a difficult one to answer, but I can

a large selection of arts to the city.

tell you that throughout the recession

ticket sales suffered in all genres except comedy. It was as if people were happy to rein in their spending on music

and theatre, but were still prepared to spend on going out for a good laugh!

How do you feel Worcester Live enhances the city? The arts, in one form or another, are

core to all nations. We sing, we dance, we write, we think about issues, we

explore emotions. Whatever a person’s nationality, colour or geographical

location, the arts can take them out of themselves. The arts can lift people’s spirits and bring highs of joy; when

hearing a piece of music, for example, or seeing an uplifting play. Of course, cities need police, hospitals, rubbish

collections, pot holes mending, bridges widening and much, much more, but at the end of the day, none of these

things can truly lift the soul. We need

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realisation, of sadness, of laughter, to help us understand ourselves and to make

life worth living. That’s what the arts do for a society, and Worcester Live brings

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Whether you choose a motorbike or pedal power,

there’s no better way to see a city than on two


routes, Worcester is a leisure rider’s dream.

Information Centre, next to the Guildhall.

wheels, and with its country lanes and riverside

and you can also pick up a copy from the Tourist

Bikers can enjoy miles of country lanes

If you’re new to cycling, then why not pop in to

follow a new series of cycle routes.

expert advice on buying the best bike for you.

around the county, while cyclists can

The cycle routes range from six to twenty miles

and reach Kempsey, Crowle, Bewdley and beyond. Each route can be downloaded from the County Council’s website and installed

on your favourite GPS device, so cyclists never need worry about getting lost.

the Cycle Centre on College Street and get some Looking for a something a little more powerful

with two wheels? Visit Skellerns Motorcycles on Sidbury, Worcester. The team have been based

in the heart of Worcester for over forty five years and what they don’t know about motorbikes

is frankly not worth knowing.

A technicolour tower of giraffes has

It is by Wild in Art – the company

Alongside the big giraffes are 26

spaces of Worcester – creating a

in Birmingham – and is brought to

and community groups and displayed

descended on the streets and open

spectacular, 10-week public art trail.

behind events such as The Big Sleuth Worcester by St Richard’s Hospice.

smaller calves, decorated by schools in Crowngate Shopping Centre.

The trail, called Worcester Stands

The trail is in aid of the hospice’s

Each sculpture is sponsored by

8ft tall giraffes which will be on

redevelop its building in Worcester,

Business Improvement District – which

Tall, features 30 dazzlingly decorated, display until Sunday, September 16.

Build 2020 Appeal to extend and

enabling it to care for more people. Sara Matthews, Project Manager for

organisations including Worcester

has an ice cream-themed giraffe on the trail painted by Megan Evans.

Worcester Stands Tall, said: “We’re so

The Build 2020 Appeal aims to

glory – we can’t wait to see people

the hospice’s £5.3 million project.

excited to see the sculptures in all their ‘having a giraffe’ with the art trail!

“It’s going to be a brilliant event for the

city, attracting tourists and encouraging residents to explore Worcester.”

raise the final £1.4 million towards To find out more about the appeal visit

Download the Worcester Stands Tall app

Then, on Thursday, October 11 each

Play Store and track your progress

raise money for the hospice’s appeal.

from the Apple App Store and Google as you walk the trail – discovering giraffes and facts about the city.

Trail maps are available from points

around the city, including Worcester

Tourist Information Centre, Worcester

Cathedral, Crowngate Shopping Centre and the Worcester Stands Tall pop-up shop – also located in Crowngate. Discover your inner explorer and

join the Worcester Stands Tall team for a fundraising Safari Walk of the whole trail on Sunday, July 22.

Participants can wear their best

giraffe or safari-related fancy dress

and help raise as much as possible for the St Richard’s Build 2020 Appeal. Visitors can also come to the

trail’s Farewell Event at Worcester Cathedral from Friday, October

5 to Sunday, October 7 to see all the giraffes together for the last time before they are auctioned.

PA N TO N E 5 1 1 5 U C:75 M:100 Y:70 K:15 R GB : 9 2 , 4 1 , 7 0 PA N TO N E 3 8 9 U C : 2 0 M : 0 Y : 8 5 K :0 R GB : 2 1 3 , 2 2 4 , 7 7 C : 7 M : 9 Y : 2 4 K :0 R GB : 2 3 6 , 2 2 4 , 1 9 6

large sculpture will be auctioned to

Worcester Stands Tall is supported by Presenting Partners Worcestershire

Ambassadors and Crowngate Shopping Centre, Education Partner West

Midland Safari Park and Media Partners Free Radio and Worcester News. To find out more, or to get

involved with any of the events, visit


WITH so much to see and do OVER THE HOLIDAYS here is a small selection of great events coming up...

THE HIVE Comic Character Masterclass Thursday 26 July 10.30am, 11.30am and 1pm Join Wearebeard, a creative design agency based in Worcester, for a comic character masterclass and create your own character to take home with you - 45 mins - 6 - 12 years - £3.50 Pop Up Pranks! Monday 23 July and Monday 20 August 4 sessions, on the hour between 10am – 1pm Trick your family with a cheeky Gnasher jack in a box – 30mins - 5+ years - £2.50


Cartoon Faces Monday 30 July and Thursday 2 August 4 sessions, on the hour between 10am – 1pm Make a mask or wall plaque of your favourite Beano character - 45 mins - 5+ years - £2.50 Comic Strip Creation Monday 6 August and Thursday 9 August 4 sessions, on the hour between 10am – 1pm Write and design your own comic story to take away - 45 mins - 7+years - £2.50

Beano Wars Monday 13 August and Thursday 16 August 4 sessions, on the hour between 10am – 1pm Code your own mischief game! Will you turn Dennis into Gnasher or make them both vanish? - 45min - 7+ years - £2.50 The Dogs Trust go Beano! Thursday 23 August 4 sessions, on the hour between 10am – 1pm Join the Dogs Trust to make a toy or bedding for a naughty puppy - 45 mins - 6+ years - FREE

Roald Dahl Day Saturday 15 September Get stuck into some jump squiffling activities at The Hive. A great opportunity to log some Roald Dahl books for the challenge. Caricature Masterclass Saturday 22 September 10am – 11am and 11:30am – 12:30pm Learn the art of caricature in this workshop run by Chris Ryder from WittyPics - 1 hour - 6 - 12 years - £4.50



MEDIEVAL REVELRY Sunday 26 - Monday 27 August, 10am – 5pm

SUMMER SURGEON’S CIRCUS 30 July - 2 August 10am – 2pm

Get into the medieval spirit for our brilliant August bank holiday medieval celebrations and discover what life was like 800 years ago when The Commandery was a monastic hospital. Adults £5.95 Children free.

CATHEDRAL SQUARE ICE AGE TALKS AT THE HIVE People of the Ice Age Talk Monday 16 July, 7pm to 9pm The Ice Age Environment Talk Monday 30 July, 7pm to 9pm Ice Age Fauna Talk Monday 13 August, 7pm to 9pm Geology and Climate Change Ice Age Talk Monday 3 September, 7pm to 9pm. All our Ice Age Talks are free to attend and booking is required.

FIELDS OF BATTLE – LANDS OF PEACE Saturday 1 September Sunday 30 September A stunning photographic exhibition by international, award-winning photojournalist, Michael St. Maur Sheil. These beautiful images show the battlefields of the First World War as they are today.

Hands on surgical exercises, fascinating facts about the history of medicine, trails, trials and stories. Ages 6+, free.

ART GALLERY & MUSEUM LOST LANDSCAPES CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP 4 August 10:30am – 1:30pm Join Ruth Stacey, a poet and lecturer. Together you will explore the Ice Age Exhibition and Ruth will encourage an inspired written response. £3pp, booking required, 15 years +.

TUDOR HOUSE Museum WEST END MEMORIES Thursday 26 July- 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm The Malvern-based choir, OneAcChord, are hosting a fundraising evening featuring songs from West End hits such as the Lion King as well as a medley of hit songs from the likes of Bob Dylan and The Carpenters. £12, booking required.


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