The longest-running classical musical festival in the world is the triennial Three Choirs Festival held at Worcester Cathedral and the arts are well-represented by productions staged at the nearby Swan Theatre, Huntingdon Hall and Malvern Theatres. There are numerous venues for gigs and live music across the city.
The world-famous Lea and Perrins Worcestershire Sauce is still blended and bottled in the city. The Royal Worcester Porcelain Museum is a two minute walk away and is located on the China Works Severn Street site, visited by Admiral Lord Nelson in 1802 where he placed a large order for the ‘Horatia service’. Unfortunately, he never received it all before being mortally shot at the moment of his great triumph: Trafalgar 1805.
The annual Hay-on-Wye literature festival which former US President Bill Clinton called ‘The Woodstock of the mind’ is about an hour away.
As far as restaurants, pubs, clubs and bars are concerned there are many. Most of them are within easy walking distance. Enjoy a pint in Worcester’s oldest pub, The Cardinal’s Hat which dates from the 14th century. Explore the wine and cocktail bars dotted along the medieval streets, or enjoy a fine dining in one of the city’s great restaurants; many of which use locally sourced produce, from a county increasingly renowned as a home for food and drink.
Worcester is reckoned to have some of the best shopping in the West Midlands, with a superb mix of high quality brand name stores and independent artisans to choose from.
The city has several impressive sporting venues. County cricket is a short walk across the River Severn to the new and improved New Road Ground. The University Arena – also across the river – hosts British Basketball League matches. Professional rugby union side Worcester Warriors play at Sixways Stadium located at junction 6 of the M5. Worcester racecourse is also within walking distance and the best jump racing in the world can be found at Cheltenham adjacent to the Cotswolds, 25 miles away.
There are some fantastic, traffic free riverside walks in Worcester. The Malvern Hills, The Cotswolds and The Shropshire Hills –all Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty – are all within easy reach, and boast some of the best scenery, walking and activities of all levels anywhere in Britain.