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Worcester

discover the things to see and do in Worcester.

Nestled of the banks of the River Severn and surrounded by countryside, the city of Worcester has plenty to see and do. See the famous Worcester Cathedral, take a trip on the Severn Valley Railway or visit the Safari Park. Take a trip to the theatre, shop ‘til you drop in the city’s amazing shops, or eat out in one of the many restaurants. Or simply head to the Malvern Hills and enjoy the glorious rural surroundings.

Best things to do this week in Worcester

FREE EVENT

1 David Cox And His Contemporaries

David Cox The Elder was one of the Midlands' greatest-ever artists. Put together from the art stores of Worcester City Museum And Art Gallery and The British Museum, this exhibition explores his delicate and rarely-seen watercolour paintings, as well as works by artists who inspired him such as Turner, Constable, John Varley and Peter De Wint.

When: From Feb 11, Mon-Sat 10.30am-4.30pm, closed Bank Hols, ends Jun 3
Where: Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 1DT
Contact: 0190525371
More Details: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/info/2/city_art_gallery_and_museum

A general view of the interior of Worcester Cathedral TICKETED

2 Turn Up For A Tour

Meet in the Cloisters outside the Cathedral shop for a guided historical tour of one of England's loveliest religious buildings. The Cathedral boasts the royal tombs of King John and Prince Arthur, medieval cloisters, ancient crypt and chapter house, and magnificent Victorian stained glass.

When: Mar-Nov, Mon-Sat 11am & 2.30pm, Jan & Feb, Dec, Sat 11am & 2.30pm
Where: Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 2LA
Contact: +44 (0)1905 732900
More Details: www.worcestercathedral.co.uk

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3 Russell Kane: Right Man, Wrong Age

The award-winning funny man, TV presenter and author presents comical observations about the joys and pitfalls of ageing. His reflections on growing up, settling down and becoming a Dad might not be massively original but it's a luridly entertaining couple of hours full of weirdly recognisable incidents from family life.

When: Mar 25, 7.30pm
Where: Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 3LD
Contact: +44 (0)1905 611427
More Details: www.russellkane.co.uk

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4 Worcester Festival Choral Society: A German Requiem

Mother's Day can be a painful occasion for many. Worcester Cathedral's Director of Music, Dr Peter Nardone, conducts Johannes Brahms's passionate but comforting work, thought to have been inspired by the death of the composer's own mum. Dvorak's Eight Slavonic Dances then lighten the mood. With soprano Helen Neeves and baritone Andrew Davies.

When: Mar 25, 7.30pm-9.45pm
Where: Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 2LA
Contact: +44 (0)1905 732900
More Details: www.worcesterfestivalchoralsociety.org.uk

FREE EVENT

5 Diglis Basin

Diglis Basin, in the heart of the city, is where the Worcester & Birmingham Canal meets the River Severn. It is the site of the large and busy Diglis River Lock and from here you can take a gentle circular walk along the River Severn to Worcester Bridge. Or you can just rest your feet at the Cafe Afloat, which offers home-cooked food in a canal boat.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Diglis Basin, Diglis Road, Worcester. WR5 3BW
More Details: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit-pdf/Diglis_Basin.pdf

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6 National Trust: Greyfriars House And Garden

Originally built in 1480 for a wealthy merchant, the stunning timber-framed building has been rescued from demolition and restored following the Second World War using materials from nearby demolished cottages to retain features of its time period. The picturesque house now features a pretty walled garden.

When: Feb 14-Mar 25, Oct 31-Dec 16, Tue-Sat 11am-4pm, Mar 28-Oct 28, Tue-Sat, Bank Hol Mons 11am-5pm
Where: National Trust: The Greyfriars, Friar Street, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 2LZ
More Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk

Royal College of physicians and surgeons in Glasgow curator Carol Parry holds one of the surgical instruments used by William Beatty, who tended to the dying Lord Nelson at the battle of Trafalgar. The knife is part of a collection of medical instruments used by HMS Victory's surgeon that will go to sea once again for commemorations to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Trafalgar. FREE EVENT

7 The Infirmary Museum

Explore the medical stories of one of England's oldest infirmaries, which operated on the site from 1771 until 2001 and observed many advances in healthcare and innovation during that time. The interactive exhibition allows visitors to meet characters from the Infirmary, investigate medical technology and compare health today to other times and places.

When: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm, closed Dec 19-31, Jan 1-3
Where: The Infirmary Museum, University of Worcester City Campus, castle Street, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 3AS
Contact: +44 (0)1905 542373
More Details: www.medicalmuseum.org.uk

FREE EVENT

8 Gheluvelt Park

Built in honour of those lost in the First World War, this wheelchair-accessible park straddles Barbourne Brook and has two distinct areas - a formal park, and an informal area managed for wildlife conservation. Facilities include a children's splashpad, two age-appropriate playgrounds, a cafe, tennis courts, outdoor gym equipment and bandstand.

When: park Mon-Sun dawn-dusk, splashpad Apr-May, Sep, Mon-Sun 11am-4pm, Jun-Aug, Mon-Sun 11am-6pm, toilets 10am-5pm, toilets winter 10am-4pm, ongoing
Where: Gheluvelt Park, Waterworks Road, Worcester. WR1 3EX
More Details: www.worcester.gov.uk/gheluvelt-park

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9 Martin Carthy

Towering over the British scene like a Colossus, for more than 40 years this artist has been one of folk music's greatest innovators. With an MBE and a Lifetime Achievement honour at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards to his name, he continues to thrive as an interpreter of traditional ballads and as an original songsmith.

When: Mar 30, 7.30pm
Where: Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 3LD
Contact: +44 (0)1905 611427
More Details: www.alanbearmanmusic.co.uk/artists/martin-carthy

Comedian Shazia Mirza. 
Photo: Linda Nylind. TICKETED

10 Shazia Mirza: The Kardashians Made Me Do It

Award-winning Birmingham-born comedian Shazia Mirza is fearless in tackling serious subjects. Her comedy is often rooted in personal anecdotes, and whether it's her home city, her marriage-obsessed mother or Jihadists, no one escapes her acerbic tongue.

When: Mar 31, 7.30pm
Where: Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 3ED
Contact: +44 (0)1905 611427
More Details: www.shazia-mirza.com

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