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Worcester

discover the top things to see and do in Worcester.

Nestled in 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. You could even simply head to the Malvern Hills and enjoy the glorious rural surroundings.

Best things to do this week in Worcester

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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

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2 Astaria Quartet

Huntingdon Hall's Quartet In Residence presents a programme that mixes popular favourites with lesser known works which they believe deserve their place in the repertoire. They studied with the distinguished chamber musician Gabor Takacs-Nagy in Geneva and make a point of commissioning new music by local composers.

When: Apr 28, 7.30pm
Where: Huntingdon Hall, Crowngate, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 3LD
Contact: +44 (0)1905 611427
More Details: www.astariastringquartet.com

A general view of the interior of Worcester Cathedral TICKETED

3 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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4 Spetchley Park Gardens

The 30-acre historic garden, surrounded by ancient parkland, deer park and lakes, is set in the Worcestershire countryside with far-reaching views to the Malvern Hills. The landscape was designed by John Evelyn, also famous for his diaries, and Edward Elgar composed part of the Dream Of Gerontius whilst staying at the House.

When: From Apr 1, Apr-Sep, Wed-Sun, Bank Hol Mons 11am-6pm, Oct, Sat & Sun 11am-4pm, Oct 25-27, 11am-4pm, ends Oct 31
Where: Spetchley Park Gardens, Spetchley Park, Spetchley, Worcester. WR5 1RS
Contact: +44 (0)1453 810303
More Details: www.spetchleygardens.co.uk

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5 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

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6 The Commandery

A beautiful historic building set amidst serene gardens. Inside you will find displays on the building's history plus an English Civil War exhibition. The Commandery hold special events throughout the year such as ghost hunts and medieval workshops.

When: Tue-Sat, Bank Hol Mons 10am-5pm, Sun 1.30pm-5pm
Where: The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 2HU
Contact: +44 (0)1905 361821
More Details: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/

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7 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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8 Steward's Chemist Shop Open For Visitors

JA Steward purchased his High Street premises in 1874, and almost a century later the fixtures and fittings were acquired by the Museum, to be reconstructed as a perennially popular historical display. The shop was described in the press even in 1897 as being 'old-fashioned' and is a miraculous survivor of a vanished world of retail.

When: first Tue of month 11am-3pm
Where: Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 1DT
More Details: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/

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9 Ballet Theatre UK: Alice In Wonderland

The Midlands-based company - which is on a mission to make classical ballet accessible and relevant - presents a captivating piece based on Lewis Carroll's children's books Alice's Adventures In Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass. Expect a host of familiar characters including the Mad Hatter and the Queen Of Hearts. Christopher Moore directs.

When: May 5, 7.30pm
Where: Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 3ED
Contact: +44 (0)1905 611427
More Details: www.ballettheatreuk.com

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Nestled in 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. You could even simply head to the Malvern Hills and enjoy the glorious rural surroundings.