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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 The Merry Wives Of Windsor

The roguish and foolish knight Falstaff schemes to woo two married women, in order to get his hands on their husband's money - but the women themselves have other ideas. The Festival Players' all-male cast romps confidently through convoluted plot of Shakespeare's comedy, directed by Michael Dyer.

When: Aug 22, 7.30pm
Where: Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 3ED
Contact: +44 (0)1905 611427
More Details: www.thefestivalplayers.co.uk

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2 Best Foot Forward

A beautiful hostel, rich in YHA history, is falling apart. Can plucky Connie the warden prevent it from being turned into a golf club? Narrowboat-based Mikron Theatre's musical show is a hike through the history of hosteling and why it matters more than ever. Written by Maeve Larkin and directed by Marianne McNamara, with tunes by Kieran Buckeridge.

When: Aug 27, 2pm
Where: The Anchor Inn, 54 Diglis Road, Worcester. WR5 3BW
More Details: www.mikron.org.uk

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3 The Storming Of Fort Royal

Join Worcester's civilians and occupying soldiers as they struggle to survive the Battle of Worcester in 1651, and see how the ordinary people coped as an invading army approached them. This fabulous living history camp, along with related events, evokes the sights, sounds and smells of the defeat of the Scots army at Fort Royal Hill.

When: Aug 26, 28, 10am-5pm, Aug 27, 1.30pm-5pm
Where: The Commandery, Sidbury, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 2HU
Contact: 01905361821
More Details: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/site/scripts/events_info.php?location=The+Commandery

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4 Sara Hayward: Winterbourne Revisited

Winterbourne House, now owned by the University Of Birmingham, is a rare surviving example of an early 20th-century villa and garden inspired by the Arts & Crafts movement. Haywood's eye-catching canvases result from a commission to investigate the site, along with the detail, motifs, spatial aspects and colours of designers such as William Morris.

When: From Aug 8, Mon-Sun 9am-5pm, ends Sep 11
Where: Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 2LA
Contact: +44 (0)1905 732900
More Details: www.worcestercathedral.co.uk/Exhibitions.php

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5 Turn The Tables

For this year's spring-summer collection, Oasis fashion store's Brand Design Director, Clive Reeve and Print Manager, Daisy Spurrier turned to Royal Worcester for inspiration. Follow the story of this imaginative collaboration inspired by the Museum's world-famous archive including Dr Wall's original pattern books.

When: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, ends Aug 31
Where: Museum Of Royal Worcester, Severn Street, Worcester. WR1 2ND
More Details: www.museumofroyalworcester.org/turn-the-tables

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6 Discover Something Different

This summer, the Cathedral is pulling out all the stops with a fabulous programme of tours, talks, exhibitions and family events. Delve into medieval roof spaces, view rare manuscripts and hear about the wicked King John and Magna Carta. Meet stained glass conservators and embark on a Safari Trail to find the many animals featured in the windows.

When: From Aug 12, Mon-Sun, times vary, ends Aug 28
Where: Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 2LA
Contact: +44 (0)1905 732900
More Details: www.worcestercathedral.co.uk/Discover_Something_Different.php

Hollywood Actress Marilyn Monroe (second from right) greets English actor Sir Laurence Olivier with a kiss on the cheek, watched by his wife Vivien Leigh (l) and Monroe's husband Arthur Miller (r). Marilyn Monroe was in Britain to star in 'The Sleeping Prince' with Sir Laurence Olivier. FREE EVENT

7 2017 Celebrity

Who could resist taking a peek at Fred Astaire's shoes? This touring exhibition is a fascinating display of personal items from the world of showbiz. There's a little black dress worn by Marilyn Monroe, plus signed items by Chuck Berry and Oasis, and a Michael Jackson 'Dangerous Tour' jacket. Becky Granger's wedding outfit will wow Corrie fans.

When: From Jun 17, Mon-Sat 10.30am-4.30pm, closed Bank Hol Mons, ends Sep 9
Where: Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 1DT
More Details: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/directory_record/98/2017_celebrity/category/56/worcester_city_art_gallery_and_museum_exhibitions

A general view of the interior of Worcester Cathedral TICKETED

8 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, check times during Three Choirs Festival
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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9 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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10 George Marshall Medical Museum

Situated in the Charles Hastings Education Centre, this training facility is open to the public, exhibiting George Hay Marshall's fantastic collection of objects illustrating the way that medicine and health care have developed over the past 250 years. Visitors have the opportunity to view a gruesome collection of death masks and a Victorian operating theatre.

When: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, pre-arranged groups only Sat & Sun, closed Bank Hols
Where: George Marshall Medical Museum, Charles Hastings Way, Worcester. WR5 1DD
Contact: +44 (0)1905 760 738
More Details: www.medicalmuseum.org.uk

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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.