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28-29 childhood dreams
The WORC social
30-31 a grown up christmas
A very victorian fayre
32-33 debonair day + night
santa is coming
34-35 go green to beat the blues
10-11 a winter weekend in worcester
36-37 worcester gift guide
baccala in agro dolce
42-45 for her
celebrate in style
46-49 for children
shine this party season
are you covered?
52-53 for parents
world war 100
54-55 for pooch
22-23 celebrating real craft
56-57 what's on
24-25 home & gifts
where to find us
26-27 the ultimate party shop
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A Very Victorian Fayre Worcester’s famous Victorian Fayre returns to the city this Christmas with a feast of Festive treats, attracting visitors from far and wide. Started in 1992 by traders from
the historic New Street and Friar
Street, the Fayre now attracts more than 100,000 people every year
“ Now in its twenty-sixth year, the Fayre may have grown a lot but it has stayed true to its traditional roots with plenty of Victorian themed characters, festive treats and a wonderful atmosphere. There really is something for everyone and we’re sure you’ll have a wonderful time!” Aimee Allen, from Worcester City Council.
and around 200 specialist stalls will transform Worcester’s picturesque streets into a Dickensian dream.
As well as shopping for unique and
handmade gifts, visitors can sample delicious locally-produced food and
drink, and enjoy a fantastic programme of family-friendly entertainment. Visitors will encounter Victorian characters in the theatrical Gin
as well as enjoy pop-up stages and
Thur 29th NOV
Fri 30th NOV
Sat 1st DEC
Sun 2nd DEC
Lane and lofty entertainers on stilts, buskers on every street corner.
12:00 – 21:00
10:00 – 20:00
11:00 – 21:00 11:00 – 17:00
BARS, EATERIES, UNIQUE FINDS, INDEPENDENT SHOPS www.visitworcester.co.uk
ALL THE FUN OF THE FAIR
ATMOSPHERE From traditional carols to
The Victorian Fayre wouldn’t
a lively musical parade,
vintage-style carousel and
people of all ages smiling
be complete without a fun fair, complete with
there’s plenty to keep throughout the day.
traditional barrel organ.
TOP REASONS TO VISIT 6
FESTIVE FLAVOURS Tantalise your tastebuds with traditional festive
foods and local produce,
or try a warming drink at
the Victorian-themed bar.
DICKENSIAN DECADENCE Costumed characters will take you back in time - experience the sights, smells and sounds of a Victorian Christmas.
KEEP IT LOCAL Many of the Fayre’s 200
stalls are local traders so you can complete your shopping with unique handmade gifts and support local business.
Gin, Cursed Fiend! Step into the murky world of ‘Gin Lane’, Hogarth’s infamous cityscape that’s overflowing with debauchery and drunkenness…
Back by popular demand,
this immersive and playful
production brings a host of unsavoury characters and interactive performances to life, transporting
audiences to an alternative Victoriana far away from genteel drawing rooms.
First, look out for the shady
souls of Gin Lane. Cast out of
polite society and condemned to a life of crime, these
vagrants want to lure you to
your own downfall in gin alley. Once you’re in the Shambles, unsuspecting audience
members can lose themselves among the hawkers and
flower sellers, magicians and alchemists, urchins,
drunks, singers and dancers. Gin Lane, produced by Clik Clik Collective, features
including ‘Play it again Dan’ tinkling the ivories, and
accompanied by mischievous urchins from their youth
theatre and after school clubs.
Keep your wits about you and an eye on your pockets!
local artists and performers
set to land at Christmas is coming and Santa is set to park his sleigh at Worcester’s Crowngate Shopping Centre! Santa will officially arrive in Worcester on Sunday 25 November and embark on a city-wide parade from Guildhall,
down High Street and into Crowngate’s Chapel Walk, onto Broad Street and
into Crowngate’s Friary Walk, before opening Santa’s Base Station with his elves, ‘Elf-commander Carol’ and ‘Agent North-pole Penny’.
this Christmas On selected dates until Sunday 23
and fancy formalwear are also a must
free fun for local children with the
so make sure to pick up something
December, there will be plenty of
chance to meet Santa and his elves,
find out if they are on the naughty list, enjoy festive face painting, compete in dasher-the-reindeer dance-offs,
creating festive crafts and much more. Not only will Crowngate be getting the people of Worcester into the Christmas spirit, but they will
also have lots up for grabs to get festive shopping started early.
fabulous from Debenhams, Primark,
Oasis and more. Don’t forget, to have a
little shopping break and try the winter menus at Bill’s, Wildwood or GBK!
Don’t have time to have a shopping trip at Crowngate? Stores across
the centre’s Chapel Walk and Friary
Walk have excellent Click and Collect options, so why not order online
and pop in at your convenience?
Those on the look out for the perfect gift for family, friends or a loved one, will find everything they need at
Crowngate, as it is home to The Body
Shop, The Fragrance Shop and Hawkin’s Bazaar as well as independent stores
Ganesha and Cornucopia. Party dresses
when it comes to the festive season,
Search for Crowngate Worcester or visit crowngate-worcester.co.uk
Opening hours: Not only does Crowngate have
everything shoppers need for the perfect Christmas, but also gives them the time to select the ideal gift for loved ones. From Thursday 22 November until
Thursday 20th December, Crowngate will be opening until 8pm for that all important Christmas shopping with parking just £1 from 5pm.
Monday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Tuesday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Wednesday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Christmas Eve – 10.30am – 4.30pm Christmas Day – CLOSED
Boxing Day – 10.30am – 4.30pm
Thursday: 9:00am – 8pm
Thursday 27th: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Saturday 29th: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Friday: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Sunday: 10:30am – 4:30pm
Friday 28th: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Sunday 30th: 10:30am – 4:30pm New Year’s Eve – 9am – 5.30pm New Year’s Day – CLOSED
For more information on Crowngate’s
Christmas opening times, festive offers and events, please visit
www.crowngate-worcester.co.uk and to find us please use
WR1 3LX on your sat nav. *Some stores and restaurants may have slightly different opening times. Please contact individual retailers for further information.
Start your day with some retail therapy at the nearby
shops. You can buy this season’s hottest trends at Topshop and Next, and get your last minute gifts at the delicious Hotel Chocolat or scent-sational Fragrance House.
After a hard day’s shopping, why not revive yourself with a sweet treat at Delightful Desserts, followed by a rejuvenating blowdry at Inspiration Hair.
Salon Manager Joanne Russell said: “At Inspiration Hairdressing Salon in Worcester our dedicated,
friendly and creative team of hair designers work hard to ensure every client leaves our Worcester hair salon looking and feeling fabulous.”
Now you’re ready for a night out, book a table at Miller and Carter and taste Worcester’s best steak, before
making merry at All Bar One for a few late night drinks.
A WINTER WE EKEND IN WO RCESTER This Winter, why not enjoy a
weekend break in Worcester’s
cosmopolitan Cathedral Square.
Stroll back to the Travelodge where you
can enjoy a great night’s sleep and wake fully recuperated for the day ahead..
Have a lie in before you head out for breakfast at the Cosy Club and if you’re feeling virtuous then why not get yourself a weekend pass
for Fitness for Less. You can either work up
a sweat in the gym or just relax with a swim, sauna and steam; it’s your weekend.
After the gym, have a light lunch at Yo
Sushi before meeting friends for coffee
at Starbucks or Coffee #1, where you can
discuss your antics from the night before!
CIN N AMO N O L D FASH I O NE D Mix 10ml of homemade cinnamon
syrup, 50ml woodford reserve, add 4 dashes angustura bitters
and 4 dashes orange bitters and stir over ice for a few minutes.
Run an orange peel around the glass rim and place in the drink, add a
WINTER WA R MER S CREATE THESE WONDERFUL WINTER WARMING
COCKTAILS FROM SOME OF WORCESTER'S BEST INDEPENDENT BARS.
HAND IN GLOVE CAMPFIRE MARGHARITA
Add 60ml marshmallow infused tequila, 30ml fresh lime juice, 12.5ml triple sec, 20ml agave and 3 dashes mezcal.
Shake then serve in a camping mug with a huge toasted marshmallow.
cinnamon stick and torch.
HAND IN GLOVE
THE OLD REC
CA RI B B EA N C HRI STM AS
Wet the outer rim of the glass and dip in caster sugar.
Pour 50ml bacardi oakheart spiced rum, 50ml
the glass and burn off excess alcohol to caramalise.
vanilla syrup, 1/2 freshly squeezed lime, 1/2 A
Shake double cream and float on top, to
All shaken together and served
Add 15ml of cointreau and 20ml of overproof rum into Add 50ml of Kahlua and 150ml of fresh coffee.
finish grate nutmeg over the cream.
pineapple juice, 15ml cinnamon syrup, 15ml
passionfruit and 2 dashes cardamon bitters.
over ice in a tumbler.
BAC CALA IN AGRO DO LCE
ME T H O D
FOR THE TEMPURA
the tempura and deep fry for 5 minutes then rest it.
• 100g Flour
• Half glass of beer
• Pinch of salt and pepper
• Half glass of sparkling water
Step 1, Prepare tempura batter (flour, beer, salt, pepper and sparkling water and mix together). Dip the cod in
Step 2, put olive oil, red onion, mashed plum tomato, raisins, dry figs, prunes, salt, pepper and a touch of Marsala wine
in the pan and cook for 10 minutes. After add the cod and cook for around 20 minutes at 180 degrees in the oven.
AGRO DOLCE • Half red onion
• Mashed plum tomato • Raisins
• 2 Dry figs, chopped • Prunes
• Pinch of salt and pepper • Marsala wine
TH E S E RVE SERVES TWO
To serve, place the fish on the plate, serve the sauce over and around the fish, then garnish with fennels gratin.
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Experience Art Deco decadence at this premium modern
Enjoy un bon repas at Côte Brasserie this Christmas. Serving
bar and dining destination. Located in the historic Sidbury, just minutes away from the high street, Primo offers
contemporary cuisine and a carefully crafted cocktail and
a carefully selected range of authentic French fare, all made to order with the freshest ingredients, diners can enjoy
authentic gallic gastronomy at this High Street restaurant.
wine list. With a lively bar and tranquil dining space with patio
Offering everything from quick breakfasts to lingering three-
over Worcester’s Cathedral, this is a destination venue that’s
and the famous french flare is unmistakable.
access, as well as a luxuriant restaurant and sensational views sure to impress family and friends.
course dinners, all of Côte Brasserie’s food is made with love
BOLERO BAR AND KITCHEN Bolero Bar and Kitchen on Worcesterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Foregate Street offers an unrivalled drinks menu, ranging from specially selected
THE SLUG & LETTUCE This converted church in the centre of Worcester offers a
unique setting to meet friends for breakfast, lunch, dinner or
beers, wines and champagnes, to cocktails and cognacs, in
a drink. With a large range of premium lager, cider and spirits
from renowned vineyards and knowledgeable staff are at hand
one of the friendliest venues in town. With DJs every Friday
tastes or to accompany your meal, should you choose to dine.
functions, this is an ideal destination for Festive celebrations.
a relaxed atmosphere. Its wines are all individually selected to help you choose the right beverage to suit your drinking
and an extensive cocktail menu, The Slug and Lettuce is
and Saturday and areas available for group bookings and
Sheer Glamour with Phase Eight Sheer clothes are an elegant way
to show just-enough skin this party
season. Go for sheer sleeves or panel inserts to keep it ladylike or flaunt
your best bra in a barely-there top.
S H I NE TH I S PARTY S EA S ON If you can’t sparkle at Christmas, when can you? Visit Worcester to find
the perfect festive fashion
guaranteed to make heads turn as you step onto the
dance floor this party season. You’re sure to be the belle of
the ball with these stylish picks from the city’s choicest stores.
Slip in to Fuel Slip dresses are timeless and can be
worn in silk, cotton, pattern, oversized or figure-skimming. Wear over a polo neck for some serious winter chic or dress up with statement earrings.
Phase Eight has Timeless Tailoring
Leather Luxe with Oasis & Embrace
Casual Cool at Oasis & Fuel
Smarten up this Festive season with
Leather is no longer just for bikers;
Looking for instant smart-casual
clothes are universally flattering and
you through a day at the office
your go-to. A silk top and heels
some grown-up tailoring. Tailored
if dresses arenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t your thing, why not
try a trouser suit, or mix and match?
the perfect leather skirt can see and a rocking night out. Faux
leather is so good now that this look neednâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t break the bank.
style? Jeans and a nice top are
are ideal for a night out with the
girls, while a t-shirt and statement trainers ooze understated cool.
WINTER TAKES ITS TOLL ON ALL OF US AND A STAGGERING 80% OF HOUSEHOLDS CAN EXPECT SOME PROPERTY DAMAGE OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, FROM STORM WRECKED FENCES TO FROZEN PIPES AND BROKEN BOILERS .
While even the best insurance policy
A-Plan Insurance cover can be arranged
James Parker, Branch Manager,
can give you year-round peace of mind
into the branch on Foregate Street.
insurance can sometimes be confusing,
can’t prevent inclement weather, it - especially as the seasons change.
by phone (01905 612961), or by popping “We like to be where people can
A bespoke package from A-Plan
access us easily and where we have
and attention to detail will ensure your
businesses and residents and really
Insurance, who’s individualised care
home, car, business or travel interests are protected properly year-round. A-Plan prides itself on providing a
more personalised way of arranging your insurances; they have no call centres or call queuing systems.
an opportunity to engage with local become part of the local community.
Worcester is a great location for A-Plan and on a personal level I feel proud to
play a part in the city’s vibrant economy. We are here to provide a personalised service, designed to help our clients find the protection they need.”
EASY TIPS TO HELP PROTECT YOUR HOME THIS WINTER 1.
Have your boiler serviced – an expert engineer can keep your boiler running efficiently and prevent breakdowns
2. Thaw any frozen pipes gently using hot water bottles or a hairdryer
3. If you go away, keep your central heating thermostat on low to stop pipes freezing
4. Turn off your stopcock off if you go away – it stops a leaky pipe becoming a full-on flood
continued: “We appreciate that buying
but if you talk to a local broker they will
do the shopping around to find the best
policy for your individual circumstances."
Since August 2014 cultural and
Along with events, activities and
Worcestershire as part of Beacons
across the county have been
people from across Worcestershire
afternoon families can participate in
heritage organisations from commemorating the 100th
anniversary of World War One with a programme of events and activities under the banner Worcestershire World War One Hundred.
Led by the Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service, the programme, which received one of the largest Heritage Lottery Fund Grants
outside of London, commemorates the role Worcestershire played in World War One telling the
stories of Worcestershire people, their involvement with and
personal legacy from the War.
exhibitions, over the last four years have been invited to share their First World War family stories. People have shared letters,
photographs and objects and these
of Light from 7pm. During the
activities at Worcester City Museum & Art Gallery including live music, hands on craft and a Poppy Drop. For full details of all the events
contributions will be on show at
taking place as part of Worcestershire
at The Hive to coincide with
a range of venues culminating
Armistice in an exhibition titled The Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Collection.
On Armistice Remembrance
Services will take place at Worcester
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Cathedral, the day starts at 6am
with a lone piper at the Cenotaph and ends with beacons lit across
Handmade in the UK, this beautifully
This luxuriously soft throw was made
Exclusive to Iapetus, this amazing
made from a music score printed
Austria who have been weaving
the Malvern Hills when deer and hare
crafted Christmas bauble has been on light silver-coloured paper. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sure to add a delightful vintage charm to any Christmas tree.
by the team at David Fussenger in cotton since 1832. It will keep you wonderfully cosy this Christmas
and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s even big enough for two.
lightbox depicts the sun setting over
have come out to play. A brilliant gift
for walkers and nature lovers alike or
a conversation piece for your mantle.
Scented tea lights will create a
This large wrought iron Jacobean log
Sophie Smith's quirky and creative
this Christmas. These environmentally
blacksmiths at Belltrees Forge. Each
earthenware. Each piece is detailed
relaxing atmosphere in your home friendly candles burn for eight
hours so there is plenty of time
for the delicious scent to linger.
ring is perfectly handcrafted by the item is unique and this statement piece will add a contemporary
sense of style to your fireplace.
ceramics are handbuilt using Limoges with gold and precious metals to create an opulent finish thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s as
unique as the person buying them.
The regal peacock is a time-honoured symbol of luxury, an icon of the ancient Romans and Byzantines, as well as the Ottoman Empire, and more recently the English Aesthetics. Our country’s most famous interior designer, William
Morris was inspired by the
Iridescent glassware will
and the colours of the Middle
combined with candlelight, and
vibrant hues of the peacock East: "all vermilion and
gold and ultramarine very beautiful… just like going into the Arabian Nights".
Why not bring a little of this opulence to your Christmas table with the help of
Worcester’s most stylish
homeware shop, Cornucopia? Teal coloured accents will make a sumptuous statement or,
for a subtler touch, why not
why not use actual feathers to dress your table instead
of flowers? The spectacular plumes can also decorate
your New Year’s banquet.
Visit them in Crowngate Shopping Centre for all of your Festive Decor needs!
introduce something inspired by the Art Nouveau style.
Morris, also loved the exotic
The curved lines hint at the
‘Peacock and Dragon’ pattern.
and will look gorgeous in
bird, as seen in his famous
dazzle guests, especially if
peacock’s magnificent feathers your home year-round.
The Ultimate Party Shop WE LIKE TO PARTY! The clue is in the name...
so you can transform your
any type of gathering
wonderland of your dreams.
If youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re looking to host over the festive season
then you need to visit The
The Ultimate Party
Ultimate Party Shop.
shop also does costume
From a kids jamboree
perfect Santa Claus or elf
soiree, The Ultimate Party
Christmas really magical.
celebratory essentials; from
New year is also covered
to an elegant evening
shop can provide all your
balloons and decorations, to
hire, so you can get the
costumes to make your
with fancy dress available
costumes and the finishing
for all costume parties, no
bash goes off with a bang.
from flapper to fairytale and
touches to ensure your
The Angel Place shop is
already fully stocked with
festive outfits and accessories
home into the winter
matter what the theme everything in between.
The Ultimate Party Shop, Angel place.
Laplandî&#x20AC;Ą Lapland fact â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Lapland is often described as a country but in fact has no national borders of its own. It covers the regions roamed for Millennia by the Nomadic Sami people and their Reindeer herds and straddles northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and a corner of Russia. 28
Lapland is truly one of the worlds
most magical places. Nestled amongst a picturesque, unspoilt wilderness of gently rounded hills and snow filled forests. Way up in the snowy Arctic
circle, Lapland really is a unique place.
Why not visit Santa whilst your there? A whole host of exciting adventures are waiting for you to experience.
At arrangeMY Escape we can help you choose the right option that suits the family, whether it be a
you then how about going in
search of the Northern lights. When the Northern lights appear, the darkness is transformed into
a dancing display of colour, whirls and shapes. Known as Aurora
12 Mealcheapen street, Worcester, WR1 2DH Contact us
t: 01905 675015
Borealis, the best time to see them
is between November and April and they generally appear around 7pm
and 2am. You can experience a stay in the luxurious thermal igloo or
even an Aurora Cabin. With prices
daytrip or a 3 or 4-night break.
from Birmingham on a 4-night
stay starting from ÂŁ899 no wonder
You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to have children
you could just be a big kid a heart.
it is a popular hot spot for us.
If searching for Santa is not for
Top 3 things to experience on your trip 1. Husky sledding
2. Magical Reindeer ride
3. Snowmobile Safari
Take control of your own Husky
This is the enchanting search for
How do you fancy driving your very
you on an exhilarating ride through
by reindeer. Glide across the snow
in a sleigh which is pulled by a
dogs who will be waiting to take the snowy winter wonderland.
Santa Claus while being guided as you search for Santa and his elves. A definite favourite.
own snowmobile? Children travel
local guide. This adrenaline fuelled activity allows you to get to the magical landscape Saariselka.
A G ROWN UP C H R IS TMAS As we head into the festive time of
year, and we all start to think of the perfect Christmas gifts, shopping springs to mind. No destination
will do it better than New York.
With everything on offer from high
end designers to vintage flea markets, New York really is the best place on the planet to shop until you drop.
Spread across five boroughs the
pre-booking the outlet tour with
bag yourself a retro treat in the
from as little as £19 per person.
possibilities are endless. Why not East Village. Full of charming
shops selling vintage clothes and accessories. Is high end designer more your thing? Then head up
to Fifth avenue where you’ll find names such as Armani, Versace and Tiffany to name just a few.
If you are on a budget don’t worry, Woodbury common is the place for you! We highly recommend
us before you travel. Prices start Visit the famous Macys and
Bloomingdales because these are
an absolute must on any shopping trip. They are sure to dazzle you
with their amazing festive window displays and special offers.
Are you shopped out yet? If not
Finally take some time out of the
Christmas tree at the Rockefeller
Worcester, WR1 2DH
try some of the new street pop up
busy schedule to visit the Famous
sure to awaken your palate. With
centre, grab a hot chocolate and
food stalls hitting the city. This is
Christmas markets a hive of activity we recommend visiting the Bank of
American Winter at Bryant park, you could even ice skate here for free! As it is a magical time of year,
Santa is about and can be found
at a few of the famous department stores. Take our advice and book early they can be very busy.
admire the ice skaters below. At arrangeMY Escape we
source all the best suppliers to get you the best deals.
December prices are starting from as little as ÂŁ699 for 4 nights
12 Mealcheapen street, Contact us
t: 01905 675015
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Go Green to Beat the Blues Most of us feel the ‘Winter blues’, or
A supergreen smoothie, rich in
Or, if you want to do some at-home
some point during the dark months.
to add some colour to a grey day.
Foods in Mealcheapen Street or
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), at Research has shown though that healthy eating and exercise can help banish those pesky blues.
antioxidants, is the perfect way Bill’s Restaurant has a brilliant
selection of smoothies to boost
your superfood intake - stop by to ensure you get your five-a-day.
TLC, why not visit Grape Tree Health Revital in The Shambles to pick up all the organic goodies you need.
Experienced staff will be at hand to
advise you on the best ingredients and supplements to boost your mood and, importantly, your immune system.
Yoga is the perfect antidote for a
stressed body and mind; why not warm up with some hot yoga at
the the ZenShed on New Street, or soothe your soul at Foregate Street’s Soul Sanctuary.
ZenShed owner Cindy Thomas said:
“ We wanted to create a place where everyone can experience their own yoga journey, and grow to appreciate and accept their bodies, minds and lives.This is so important at any time of the year but the Winter brings its own stresses, as well as additional aches and pains for many.”
Laura Butcher, Soul Sanctuary founder, agreed:
“ Soul Sanctuary is all about finding time for you. It's important we rest, relax and recuperate, especially at busy times like Christmas. Our studio values are there to encourage you to listen to your body, free your mind and feel connected and supported and start the New Year as you mean to go on.”
WO RCESTER GIFT GUIDE #GIFTWORC
The high street is bustling with shoppers, carols are playing in all the stores, fairy lights twinkle on all the trees, and you’ve switched your Americano for a gingerbread latte. Christmas is definitely on its way, which means it’s time to start your shopping and find those perfect presents for family and friends. From stocking fillers to show-stopping gifts, this handy shopping guide with solve all your winter wish list woes. Whether it's a romantic gift for a wife or girlfriend, something sophisticated for the in-laws, or a Secret Santa for a colleague, we’ve got presents for everyone. Happy shopping!
Don't Be Grumpy Be Happy,
Grumpy Guy No More, is sure
to turn that frown upside down!
With a 2-in-1 Body Wash and After
Shave Balm, it's a perfect stocking filler for the big kid in your life this
Christmas. Available from Mallards of Worcester on the High St.
For the winter sport fanatic, the Oakley Airbrake Xl Iron Sap, ÂŁ215, from Two
Seasons in Crowngate Shopping Centre,
just off the High St, is an absolute must; safety and style wrapped up in one! For
the man who likes to take care of himself, the Goodlife Supply Co. personal care product range, from ÂŁ10, is a fantastic
line of skincare products, available in the
Goodlife Barbershop on the Cornmarket.
Acqua Di Parma Colonia Essenza
Looking for a timeless
that embodies all the traditional values
has everything? The
Spray is a modern classic fragrance
of Colonia yet represents something new and unique. It's vibrant woody
gift for the man that
Mont Blanc Starwalker Black Fliner Pen at
patchouli base and warm amber notes
£410 from Ernest
Available in sizes 50ml, 100ml and
is the one for you!
make it the ideal winter fragrance.
180ml from £74 at Pockets on Friar St.
Jones, on the High St,
The Barbour Leather Artisan Card Holder,
£40, from JINGO on
Pump St is convenient and stylish; the ideal hybrid of luxury and
practicality. It makes a sophisticated
statement when you hand out business
cards and keeps your bankcards safe.
This bag is on trend with it's utilitarian
style, but it's also super functional, durable
and practical. Troop London Heritage Canvas Leather
on Broad St.
This Purple floral print,
We all know someone with impeccable
taste and flawless style. Well, this Moncler
skinny fit blazer from River
from Pockets on Friar St. is sure to impress
is a real statement piece
Island on the High St, £90,
'Rodez' Biker Down Bomber Jacket, £829,
for the modern-day man.
even the most hard-to-please shoppers.
Pair it with an equally
bold coloured shirt for
the perfect party outfit.
Talking of must-have shirts... the
Navy Signature Textured Slim Fit Shirt from Next, on the High St,
£34, is a dream match for your
floral blazer or fitted jacket. This is a staple item for every man’s
winter wardrobe. The Wallabee Suede Boot from Clarks on the
High St, perfectly finishes this dapper gent’s outfit, £120.
FOR HIM On to the essentials, the Vans Classic T-Shirt for
£25 from Two Seasons, in
Crowngate Shopping Centre,
is called classic for a reason; it never goes out of style.
Francis & Wills, on Pump St.
has a great selection of Daniel
Wellington watches, from £109.
This is one of the most versatile watches as you can swap straps
to suit your style. The extra straps make great stocking fillers too so
this watch never does out of date.
Now let's not forget the winter
warmers. How about this Extrafine Merino Knitted Crew, £45, from
Rohan on Broad St. Warm doesn't
need to be boring and stripes are always on trend. Which brings us on to Jingo on Pump St. Their
American Trench Socks, £20, are a sure-fire way to brighten up
the age-old present of... socks!
Find the perfect gift ideas for
all the women in your life, from your fitness-bunny best friend to your super stylish mum.
SAY IT WITH FLOWERS You can’t go wrong with lux leather or gorgeous gold jewellery on Christmas morning – these gifts are all about indulgence.
Phase Eight is you go-to boutique for super stylish dresses and festive fashion.
If you’re not confident choosing, ask for help picking the perfect gift – like this gorgeous floral number. £140, Phase Eight, Crowngate Shopping Centre.
1. Good Girl £94.50 The Perfume Shop, Crowngate Shopping
Centre 2. Pearl Ring £225 Anja Potze, Friar St 3. Baby Bumble
Bee Pendant £150 Rock Lobster, Reindeer Court 4. Tin aScallop
Tote Bag £34 Oasis, Crowngate
Shopping Centre 5. Vase £85 Insitu, Friar St 6. Pure Wool Fedora Hat £35, M&S High St. 7. On Top Gold Glitter Heels £9, Office, High St
What's better than a
chocolate advent calendar? The Cath Kidston Beauty Advent Calendar for
£44.99 from New England
Country Store on Broad St.
1. Dress £59, Sassy Boutique, Reindeer Court 2. Celeste Printed Tote Bag £37.50, Accessorize, High St 3. Diamond Pendant £1900, Peplows, High St 4. Cosmetic Bag £19.99, Mallards of Worcester, High St 5 Diamong Ring £1850, Peplows, High St. 6. Dr. Hauschka Radiant Rose set £30.50, Revital, The Shambles 7. Leather Bag £50, Hat House, Friar St.
FOR HER Kings Gallery bracelet £38
J by Jasper Conran - Black 3 point leather glove £20, Debenhams Sloth Cushion £24.99, Hot House
Prima Donna underwear set £89.95, Embrace
1. Wrapples – fluffy wearable
‘pets’ that talk and sing – are 2018’s must-have gift. £18, Find them at Toys and Games on Broad St.
2. Let their imaginations run wild
with traditional Playmobil. £49.99, Buy this Seaworld set at Wise Owl Toys on Charles St.
3. Little builders will also love Magformers, the magnetic
construction toy. £34.99, also available at Wise Owl Toys.
4. Harry Potter Lego. What else
needs to be said? Find this magical kit at Toys and Games, £45. 2.
5. 5. Jigsaw puzzles are a sociable way
to spend time together as a family. Find this 1000-piece beauty in
Crowngate’s Spa Books, £12.99. 6. Rhino Hero is a construction boardgame
that gets all the family thinking. Who will
win and not be bothered by the mean spider monkeys? £20, available at Wise Owl Toys. 7. Sylvanian Families are still the nation’s
favourite toy for creative play. This dream
house is sure to bring a smile on Christmas morning. £55, Find it at Toys and Games.
1. The vintage-inspired Churchill's Big Wheel Chocolate tin is sure to keep
children entertained over Christmas – parents will love it too. Find it at
Mr Simms on the High St, £19.99. 2. Churchill's Helter Skelter
Chocolate tin is the perfect companion for the Big Wheel – get it to keep
siblings happy and create their own
traditional fair. Also Mr Simms, £19.99. 3. Toddlers love inventive play
with food and this roast dinner set,
complete with Christmas pud, is 3.
brilliant for the big day. Find it at
Crowngate’s JoJo Mamam Bebe, £24. 4. They’ll be bowled over by this themed skittle set. Children will
love knocking down the seasonal skittles with a ho, ho, ohhh! Also JoJo Mamam Bebe, £14.
5. Toot, toot! Treat your toddler to
this insta-worthy miniature classic
car. Drive it away from Mallards of Worcester on the High St, ÂŁ275.
TEENS 2. 1. Cannondale prides itself on having the most
kickass, cutting edge frames in cycling. Ride this Quick Disc 3 away from Worcester Cycle Centre on College Street, £599.
2. With every colour and cut imaginable, Jack Wills
is still the high-end hoodie to be seen in. Find Jack Wills on the High Street, from £59.95.
3. Sonos One blends fantastic sound quality with
Amazon alexa, the easy-to-use voice service,
for hands-free control of your music and more. Get it at Argos on the Shambles, £199.
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5. The Vue gift card is the ultimate present for teens who love the big screen experience. Buy tickets, 4. Sennheiser
VIP upgrades, snacks and drinks.
Find Vue on Friar St, price varies.
Bluetooth Earphones are
the ultimate in-ear gadget, boasting an ergonomic
6. As popular now as they were
in the 90s, Vans Old Skool Skate
call control function.
for cool teens. Get them at Two
microphone and easy Buy them at HMV on
Shoes are still a must-have trainer Seasons on Chapel St, ÂŁ60.
the High St, ÂŁ169.99.
1. A must for coffee lovers, KRUPS Nespresso Vertuo Plus Machine
creates the perfect cup, from
the Espresso to the large mug, time after time. Find it at House of Fraser, £199.99
2. Each Veuve Clicquot Magnetic
Arrow points to one of six
fabulous destinations. It also
shows the distance to Reims, Veuve’s hometown. Buy it for the collector’s magnet. From Bottles on New St, £44.99. 3. Veuve Clicquot imagined
the Shopping Bag - featured with iconic travel stamps – to ensure your bottle of Yellow Label is
kept cold for two hours. Buy it
from Bottles on New St, £44.99. 4. This limited-edition bottle of Moët & Chandon is a gem of a
gift. The Diamond Jacket keeps the luxury champagne cool so
you can enjoy the canapes! Buy it from Bottles on New St, £39.99.
5. 5. Brimstone Gallery in Reindeer Court stocks the very best design-
led gifts and original art. Get this seaside picture for £110.
6. For a truly unique present, get a voucher for family photoshoot.
Find Sub Photography Studio on Copenhagen Street, from £35.
7. Print lasting memories straight from your ‘phone - no need to shake
these polaroid-style prints! Buy it at The Cabin on Trinity Street, £39.99. 8. L'Occitane’s Winter Forest Home Perfume recalls the dreamy scent of a Scandi winter. Find it at L’Occitane on the High Street, £24.
Pooch 1. The Petface Grey Window Check Foam Oval
3. And if your pampered pooch likes designer
Get it at Argos on the Shambles, £29.99.
Dog Lead is unsurpassed in the style stakes.
Pet Bed looks is chic as it is comfortable.
2. S tainless steel dog bowls have had their
labels, this Paul Smith 'Swirl' Print Leather Get it at Pockets on Friar Street, £115.
day; get this gorgeous Pink Dog Palm
Drinking Bowl instead. Available from
River Island on the High St, £10.
4. The best-dressed dogs all have quilted
jackets. Much like the human-equivalent,
these all-weather coats are both trendy and practical. Find them in H&M, £14.99
5. We know you want to toast
Christmas with your canine bestie
– who doesn’t? Be sure to do it with
dog friendly-fizz, available from House of Dogs on New Street, from £2.99. 4. 6. The Coco Jojo Pet Tepee is
dream doggy retreat for when they’ve had enough of the
Christmas chaos. Buy them this sanctuary from Argos, £29.99
WITH so much to see and do OVER THE HOLIDAYS here is a small selection of great events coming up... THE SWAN THEATRE
Maid Marian and the Merry Men 3rd December – 6th January.
Candlelit Advent Procession with Carols 2nd December
Bah Humbug! 18th December – 22nd December
Christmas Craft Workshop 14th December
THE SPIRIT OF CHRISTMAS 1st December – 23rd December. Saturdays 11:30am & 2:15pm, Sundays 2:15pm.
TUDOR HOUSE Museum Stories By Candlelight 15th December
Christmas Concert 16th December The Snowman Film Showings 19th December Cathedral Carol Service 22nd December – 23rd December
Crib Service for Christmas Eve 24th December
THE CITY CENTRE Victorian Christmas Fayre 29th November - 2nd December. Lantern Parade 6th December
Christmas Rat-a-Tat Tales
Christmas Special: It’s A Wonderful Life 10th December – 7:30pm - £7.50
Christmas Lantern Parade 6th December 6:00pm
The Santa Show 2018: Santa’s Christmas Party 16th December 11am & 1:30pm
Christmas Decorations Willow Wreath Making Craft Activity 8th December, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Adults £11, U16s £10 2 Adults & 2 Children £40
Every Saturday & Sunday from 24 November to 23 December 11:00am & 2:45pm
Christopher’s Christmas 8th December, 11:30am & 2:00pm
Lantern Making Workshops 24 & 25 November, 11:00am & 1:30pm 1 & 2 December, 11am & 1:30pm
Adults £7, Children £3, Babies in arms are free
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Revital The Shambles 31 32
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Topshop High Street 37
Fuel Reindeer Court 16 17
Tonic Foregate Street 38
Ultimate Party Shop
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Museum Art Gallery
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