A CHANCE to step back in time is offered as Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fair returns to town.
The Fayre is a chance to step back in time, enjoying the sights, smells and sounds of what Christmas might have been like 150 years ago, as Victorian atmosphere fills Worcester’s historic streets.
There will be seasonal stalls on the High Street, Cathedral Square, Pump Street, New Street, the Cornmarket and, for the first time, The Shambles.
Visitors can enjoy festive traditions such as roasted chestnuts and mulled wine, pick up unique, locally crafted holiday gifts, and delight in an abundance of street entertainment, including stilt-walkers and appearances by beloved characters from Victorian fiction, including Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. . and Scrooge from A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.
And don’t miss the many traditional attractions and entertainment in the city center, including the beautiful carousel in the Cornmarket car park and the children’s rides on Lower Broad St, the latter funded by the Worcester BID.
This year’s show will also include, for the first time, ‘Hoops, Ribbons and Quirky Dances’, a spectacular street performance on The Shambles featuring 30 members of the city’s Dancefest troupe. They will be delighting visitors and buyers on Saturday, December 3 at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
And for a taste of the dark side of Victorian Christmas, the doors will reopen on ‘Gin Lane’ between New Street and The Shambles. Produced by the Clik Clik Collective, Gin Lane will be home to a nasty world of debauched denizens, cast out from society and looking to earn a quick penny or two.
“The Victorian Fayre always brings a touch of festive magic to the streets of Worcester and we look forward to once again welcoming thousands of visitors to enjoy one of the highlights of the Christmas calendar,” said Worcester Mayor The Earl Adrian Gregson.
“Many of the gifts for sale at the Fayre stalls are unique items made by local artisans, so if you’re looking for a gift that no one else will have, Worcester is the place to be.
“And the icing on the cake is the great street entertainment program to enjoy with the family”
Worcester Cathedral will host a community service of Christmas carols at 4:45pm on Thursday (December 1), followed at 5pm by the procession from the Cathedral to the Cornmarket, where the Mayor will officially declare the Fayre open.
Christmas carols will be sung by the Worcester Cathedral Volunteer Choir accompanied by The Salvation Army, and there will be a short Bible reading and prayer. The opening ceremony will end shortly after 6:00 p.m.
Throughout the weekend there will be community music and entertainment on the main stages in Cathedral Square and Bell Square in Crowngate. Cardinal’s Hat will have a stage on Friar St and for the first time, St Swithun’s Church on Church St will also host performances.
Visit www.worcesterchristmasfayre.co.uk or visit the Worcester Tourist Information Centre, next to The Guildhall on the High Street.