Love Worcester! Heritage Festival 2020
20 February 2020 to 23 February 2020
The Love Worcester Heritage Festival returns for half-term week, offering lots of free events, activities and visits around the city.
Below is a complete list of events: you can also download the brochure from this page.
For information online, follow @loveworcs on Twitter or @loveworcester on Instagram.
Living History at The Commandery
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February, 10.30am-4pm
Experience 2000 years of history come to life with a weekend of living history encampments, military displays, vintage vehicles and more.
George Marshall Medical Museum
Free Tours on Monday 17th February, 11am or 2pm
Learn about Victorian surgery and death masks on a free guided tour lasting around 45 minutes. Numbers limited, please call (01905) 760738.
Remembering Powick Hospital
Tue 18 February, 5.30pm
Ken Crump RMN opens the door to Powick Hospital in his own words. To book please call 01905 760738.
Plague and potions with Mrs History: Family drop in activity
Wednesday 19th February between 1 and 3pm
Come and visit the apothecary, purveyor of dubious medicines and incredible cures, the finest that the medieval age has to offer! With an array of ingredients from the far reaches of the Silk Road, as well as many that can be found in an English garden, we can treat the victims of the Plague, and those suffering from coughs and colds.
Adults £7.50, Children £2.50, Concessions £4.50. Telephone 01905 760738 for more details.
Greyfriars’ House & Garden
Living History at Greyfriars
Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th February, 11am to 3.30pm
Experience history come alive as the Worcester Re-enactors return and the Tudors take over the house. Explore the house and garden in the company of our visitors from the past and find out what Greyfriars means to Worcester’s heritage. Normal admission applies.
The Guildhall Worcester
Guildhall’s Hidden Treasures
Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd February, 9.30am to 4pm
The Guildhall is a truly beautiful building which dates back to 1721 and has a fascinating history. It was once the seat of justice throughout the city and even housed a prison. Today it offers visitors a glimpse of Worcester’s rich and varied heritage showing off the hidden treasures of the Guildhall.
The Infirmary Tours on Wednesday 19th February at 11am to 11.45am and 3.30pm to 4.15pm
Free guided tours of the historic Worcester Royal Infirmary
Museum of Royal Worcester
Love Worcester Family Discovery Trail and Backpacks
Mon–Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm
Find something you love in our newly-refurbished displays with our family-friendly trail and fun interactives. Take a themed adventure through the Museum with our family explorer backpacks. Museum entry £6.50, Children under 16 free.
Language of Flowers: Talk and afternoon tea package
Sat 15 February, 12noon-2.30pm
Learn about the symbolism and folklore behind the beautiful fruits and flowers painted on Worcester porcelain and then enjoy traditional afternoon tea on Royal Worcester china. £19.95pp, includes Museum entry, book online.
Family Hands-On Workshop: Decorate a mug with transfers
Thu 20 February, 10.30am-12noon & 2-3.30pm
Create a unique mug with printed transfers choosing from a range of Spring motifs and collaging these into your design which will be fired on to collect later.
£8pp, includes Museum entry, book online, optional additional postage & packing charges.
St Helen’s Church
Guided Tour of St Helen’s
Fri 14 & Fri 21 February, 10am-2pm
Our St Helen’s Guides will welcome you into the oldest church in Worcester where you can learn about our rich and varied history. Coffee and cake served for donations. Children’s craft table and toys.
St Martin in the Cornmarket
Georgian Worcester – the social capital of the West Midlands
Mon 17 February, 1pm
A talk on Georgian Worcester.
St Swithun’s Church
Find out about Sound and Art at St Swithun’s
Sat 15 & Thu 20 February, 11am-2pm
St Swithun’s church is currently closed to visitors while we undertake essential repair and conservation work as part of the Sound and Art at St Swithun’s project – we will be reopening in Autumn 2020. For the Love Worcester Festival we will be at St Martin in the Cornmarket explaining all about the project. There’ll be family activities and entertainment and we’ll share the research our Heritage Detectives have been doing. During the year we will also be running a number of open days and hard hat tours, a fascinating opportunity to see ‘behind the scenes’ conservation in action.
Tudor House Museum
Wed 12–Fri 14 &Wed 19–Sun 23 February, 10am-4pm
Follow our rationing trail, dress up in 40s gear, pack your evacuee ‘suitcase’ and make your own gas mask box to take home.
Sat 15–Sun 16 February, 10am-4pm
Living History weekend. Travel back in time to visit our Home Guard, ARP station, Land Girls and others who kept the home fires burning during WWII.
A Writing Journey: writing workshop
Sat 15 February, 10.30am-1.30pm
Find inspiration at a creative writing workshop with Sue Johnson, poet, short story writer and novelist. The workshop is for all fiction writers from experienced to those who have been afraid to try so far! Tickets £20 from www.eventbrite.co.uk
Awesome Adventures: family workshops
Mon 17 & Tue 18 February, 10.30am-12.30pm & 2-4pm
Join in a range of adventurous crafts! Make an origami boat to take you to far-off lands, create a map to lead you to terrific treasure troves, and discover the stories of adventurers and explorers through art and craft. Free.
The Arrival of the Tudor Legacy Ladies
Mon 17 February, 11am-12.30pm & 2-4pm
Rub shoulders with royalty when you meet the Tudor ladies, in their stunning outfits on your visit around the Cathedral, find out about their lives more than 400 years ago and don’t forget to ask for a selfie! Free.
An Urban Pilgrimage
Fri 21 February, 10am-1pm
Follow a pilgrim trail through the city and learn about faith and the heritage of four city centre churches – Old St Martin’s, St Swithun’s, St Helen’s and the Cathedral. Download the free trail www.worcestercathedral.co.uk
Awesome Adventures: poetry workshop
Fri 21 February, 11am-12noon & 2-3pm
Join in the journey of creativity across the world of words in a spectacular ship of imagination and fun. Workshops with Poet in Residence Amanda Bonnick for families and children aged 7 to 13. Free. Win a chance to read your poem at an event in the Summer.
A Celtic Pilgrimage: calligraphy workshop
Sat 22 February, 10am-4.30pm
Join a calligraphy workshop suitable for all ability levels (over 18). Follow in the footsteps of the great Celtic missionary saints by exploring the letterforms of the Lindisfarne Gospels, The Book of Kells and other poetry and prose text from the early medieval period with local artist Elizabeth Beattie. Tickets £20 from www.eventbrite.co.uk
The Dressing of a Tudor Queen: talk
Sat 22 February, 12noon-1pm
An invitation to Queen Katherine Parr’s wardrobe. A talk featuring the six wives of Henry VIII. Hear from the royal Tudor ladies about the clothes they wore and see their stunning reproduction outfits. Tickets £5 from www.eventbrite.co.uk
Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum
Mayflower 2020 – exhibition
Sat 11 January–Thu 31 December
Exploring the voyage and legacy of The Mayflower through archaeology, costume and fascinating objects from the museum’s World Cultures collection. Sail away with Mayflower 400
Tue 18 February, 11am-3pm
Create a 3D work of The Mayflower and the ocean beneath her. Plus enjoy Mayflower activities trails
throughout the week.
Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology Service (The Hive)
Behind the Scenes
Wed 19 February, 2-3.30pm
Come with us Behind the Scenes to see the areas not normally open to the public. See some of the ‘treasures’ we store in our strongroom. £6, booking required.
Hands on History
Thu 20 February, 10am-3pm
Hands on History and archaeology activities for children and families in the children’s library. Free, just drop in.
Worcestershire Museum of Freemasonry
Free open days
Fri 14–Sun 23 February, 10am-4pm
The museum will be open during these times.
Worcester Tourist Information Centre
Trail: Picture this
Mon–Fri 9.30am-5pm, Sat & Bank Holidays 10am-4pm
Pick up a free Love Worcester Picture This Trail from the Tourist Information Centre. Fill in the missing details for your chance to win a prize.