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November, 2017

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Worcester is a great city to visit, with lots of things to do and see. As part of the three shires – Worcester, Gloucester, Hereford – there is a rich history related to battles between Roundheads and Cavaliers, a splendid Cathedral perfect for your Degree ceremony, Worcester Porcelain museum next to the Town Hall in the High Street, and performances by world-renowned musicians and personalities at various theatres around the city.

Long stretches of the Birmingham Worcester canal weave through the centre of town, so easy to access and enjoy towpath walks, and flow into the longest river in the UK, the River Severn, with its source high in the mountains of Wales – note the Thames is the longest river in England not the whole of UK!

There is always something going on, particularly leading up to Christmas. Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre (30th November to 3rd December this year) has been established for 25 years, attracting nearly 200 stall holders and 150,000 visitors each year. See their site for all the events www.worcesterchristmasfayre.co.uk . Also note the council is offering free parking for Christmas shopping on 7th, 14th and 21st December, and just pay for 2 hours with rest of the day free on 10th, 17th and 24th December 2017.

We stayed in the J D Wetherspoon hotel, The Crown, right in the centre of the city so a perfect location as a visitor, especially if you arrive by train. They do not have their own car park, but there are a lot of pay car parks to choose from close by. It is a very old building with their standard pub downstairs but excellent newly-refurbished accommodation upstairs, clean and comfortable and all entries to the hotel have secure key-pad entry. And, of course, they serve food from 7.00am until 11.00pm so it doesn’t matter what time you arrive. Their best overnight rates for a double room are Sunday evenings, just £49 this last weekend in November, and we would always choose them now when we visit Worcester again.


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