Worcester's Victorian Christmas Fayre set to be the biggest ever

Worcester News: Mayor of Worcester Pat Agar opened the fayre last night Mayor of Worcester Pat Agar opened the fayre last night

THE biggest Victorian Christmas Fayre Worcester has seen has opened offering a feast of festive delights.

From 11am today, the first full day of the event, more than 150 stalls will be offering a raft of seasonal supplies of all varieties.

Click here for a live blog covering day two as it happens

Running until Sunday, the seasonal spectacular will also be offering all the fun of the fair with entertainment on offer across the day.

Visitors can take in magical dance displays and travel back through time with Victorian-themed juggling stiltwalkers and outside the Guildhall, there will be live music from various local schools and choirs and instrumental performances to entertain all.

Traditional carols will also be on offer alongside a myriad of food stalls offering delights to satisfy visitors’ hunger.

Click here to download your map of the Victorian Christmas Fayre

Among the entertainers will be the Happy Wanderers, a group of roving Victorian carol singers, getting shoppers into the Christmas spirit with their merry songs and upbeat antics, roaming around the city centre to spread the Christmas cheer, complete with a Penny Farthing and traditional attire.

Sandra Carter, from the Happy Wanderers, said: “We will be strolling around Worcester Christmas Fayre again this year dressed in Victorian attire and accompanied by a genuine antique 1870 Penny Farthing pram .

“We will be encouraging you to join us and enjoy singing Christmas carols and really lift your hearts with the spirit of Christmas while raising funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

“We look forward once again to seeing you all again as we thoroughly enjoy this event.”

There will also be the opportunity to experience the Victorian carousel, while listening to the sounds of barrel organ music.

For more information on attractions, visit visitworcestershire.org/christmasfayre, e-mail events@hwchamber.co.uk, or call the chamber event team on 0845 641 1641.

You can also keep up to date with all the ongoing action throughout the days of the Worcester Christmas Fayre on Facebook, or search for #worcxmas to see updates on twitter.

Look out for more pictures from the fayre in your Worcester News in the coming days. 

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9:02am Fri 29 Nov 13

Guy66 says...

Oh look the mayor riding the Carousel just like 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001.........
Oh look the mayor riding the Carousel just like 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001......... Guy66

9:40am Fri 29 Nov 13

paintingnanny says...

Victorian ???? It certainly is not. I am ashamed to be a worcester resident where this fair is concerned. Gloucester on the other hand, superb - a group of Victorian interpretors interacting with public for 4 days, a variety of stalls, a Victorians street scene as was in the 1850's working classes. How can a modern funfair be Victorian ... money money money , no atmosphere AT ALL
Victorian ???? It certainly is not. I am ashamed to be a worcester resident where this fair is concerned. Gloucester on the other hand, superb - a group of Victorian interpretors interacting with public for 4 days, a variety of stalls, a Victorians street scene as was in the 1850's working classes. How can a modern funfair be Victorian ... money money money , no atmosphere AT ALL paintingnanny

10:00am Fri 29 Nov 13

CYNIC_AL says...

Agree with Guy66. Can't the WN find something else to take a picture of in stead of the Mayor on the carousel... AGAIN?! It's the same photo EVERY year!!
Agree with Guy66. Can't the WN find something else to take a picture of in stead of the Mayor on the carousel... AGAIN?! It's the same photo EVERY year!! CYNIC_AL

10:05am Fri 29 Nov 13

tub_thumper says...

paintingnanny wrote:
Victorian ???? It certainly is not. I am ashamed to be a worcester resident where this fair is concerned. Gloucester on the other hand, superb - a group of Victorian interpretors interacting with public for 4 days, a variety of stalls, a Victorians street scene as was in the 1850's working classes. How can a modern funfair be Victorian ... money money money , no atmosphere AT ALL
I don't get why people are knocking this fayre. It brings in tourism. Clearly, the thousands of people that travel here to see it don't share your sensibility.

Have you actually been there or correctly read this article?

Granted, it's not all Victorian themed; but there are people in Victorian dress and musicians playing/singing traditional music. The carousel is Victorian too. However, it would be nice to have a proper Victorian steam fair...

Anyway, stop moaning and have some fun! And if you don't want to have fun then be miserable on your own. Don't drag others down with you!
[quote][p][bold]paintingnanny[/bold] wrote: Victorian ???? It certainly is not. I am ashamed to be a worcester resident where this fair is concerned. Gloucester on the other hand, superb - a group of Victorian interpretors interacting with public for 4 days, a variety of stalls, a Victorians street scene as was in the 1850's working classes. How can a modern funfair be Victorian ... money money money , no atmosphere AT ALL[/p][/quote]I don't get why people are knocking this fayre. It brings in tourism. Clearly, the thousands of people that travel here to see it don't share your sensibility. Have you actually been there or correctly read this article? Granted, it's not all Victorian themed; but there are people in Victorian dress and musicians playing/singing traditional music. The carousel is Victorian too. However, it would be nice to have a proper Victorian steam fair... Anyway, stop moaning and have some fun! And if you don't want to have fun then be miserable on your own. Don't drag others down with you! tub_thumper

10:07am Fri 29 Nov 13

tub_thumper says...

CYNIC_AL wrote:
Agree with Guy66. Can't the WN find something else to take a picture of in stead of the Mayor on the carousel... AGAIN?! It's the same photo EVERY year!!
It's not the same photo at all. You do realise that the mayor in previous years is a different person altogether? 😉
[quote][p][bold]CYNIC_AL[/bold] wrote: Agree with Guy66. Can't the WN find something else to take a picture of in stead of the Mayor on the carousel... AGAIN?! It's the same photo EVERY year!![/p][/quote]It's not the same photo at all. You do realise that the mayor in previous years is a different person altogether? 😉 tub_thumper

1:10pm Fri 29 Nov 13

paintingnanny says...

tub_thumper wrote:
CYNIC_AL wrote: Agree with Guy66. Can't the WN find something else to take a picture of in stead of the Mayor on the carousel... AGAIN?! It's the same photo EVERY year!!
It's not the same photo at all. You do realise that the mayor in previous years is a different person altogether? 😉
is is billed as VICTORIAN christmas fair. Trainers and zip up trousers are NOT Victorian neither are crocheted shawls, flat caps and red neckerchiefs - in my opinion take a leaf out of Gloucesters event which we thoroughly enjoyed from being met off coaches by Victorian street characters, through victorian steam engines, traditional fairground rides, reindeers, Victorian peddlers etc and displays - now THAT WAS ENJOYABLE. With footfall of 150,000 over 4 days and 127 stalls despite being only 4 years old. Worcester, FLAT, no atmosphere, no character and with the same old stalls not enjoyable at all. p.s. a mayor is a mayor is a mayor at the end of the day !
[quote][p][bold]tub_thumper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CYNIC_AL[/bold] wrote: Agree with Guy66. Can't the WN find something else to take a picture of in stead of the Mayor on the carousel... AGAIN?! It's the same photo EVERY year!![/p][/quote]It's not the same photo at all. You do realise that the mayor in previous years is a different person altogether? 😉[/p][/quote]is is billed as VICTORIAN christmas fair. Trainers and zip up trousers are NOT Victorian neither are crocheted shawls, flat caps and red neckerchiefs - in my opinion take a leaf out of Gloucesters event which we thoroughly enjoyed from being met off coaches by Victorian street characters, through victorian steam engines, traditional fairground rides, reindeers, Victorian peddlers etc and displays - now THAT WAS ENJOYABLE. With footfall of 150,000 over 4 days and 127 stalls despite being only 4 years old. Worcester, FLAT, no atmosphere, no character and with the same old stalls not enjoyable at all. p.s. a mayor is a mayor is a mayor at the end of the day ! paintingnanny

1:36pm Fri 29 Nov 13

tub_thumper says...

paintingnanny wrote:
tub_thumper wrote:
CYNIC_AL wrote: Agree with Guy66. Can't the WN find something else to take a picture of in stead of the Mayor on the carousel... AGAIN?! It's the same photo EVERY year!!
It's not the same photo at all. You do realise that the mayor in previous years is a different person altogether? 😉
is is billed as VICTORIAN christmas fair. Trainers and zip up trousers are NOT Victorian neither are crocheted shawls, flat caps and red neckerchiefs - in my opinion take a leaf out of Gloucesters event which we thoroughly enjoyed from being met off coaches by Victorian street characters, through victorian steam engines, traditional fairground rides, reindeers, Victorian peddlers etc and displays - now THAT WAS ENJOYABLE. With footfall of 150,000 over 4 days and 127 stalls despite being only 4 years old. Worcester, FLAT, no atmosphere, no character and with the same old stalls not enjoyable at all. p.s. a mayor is a mayor is a mayor at the end of the day !
Ok, ok... Don't throw your toys out of the pram! I was only playing - hence the winky face. I'll put a grumpy face next time (😕).

I was just a little bored of people slagging it off - that's all. Unlike you, there are still plenty of people enjoying the fayre, regardless if it sticks with it's billed theme or not...
[quote][p][bold]paintingnanny[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tub_thumper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CYNIC_AL[/bold] wrote: Agree with Guy66. Can't the WN find something else to take a picture of in stead of the Mayor on the carousel... AGAIN?! It's the same photo EVERY year!![/p][/quote]It's not the same photo at all. You do realise that the mayor in previous years is a different person altogether? 😉[/p][/quote]is is billed as VICTORIAN christmas fair. Trainers and zip up trousers are NOT Victorian neither are crocheted shawls, flat caps and red neckerchiefs - in my opinion take a leaf out of Gloucesters event which we thoroughly enjoyed from being met off coaches by Victorian street characters, through victorian steam engines, traditional fairground rides, reindeers, Victorian peddlers etc and displays - now THAT WAS ENJOYABLE. With footfall of 150,000 over 4 days and 127 stalls despite being only 4 years old. Worcester, FLAT, no atmosphere, no character and with the same old stalls not enjoyable at all. p.s. a mayor is a mayor is a mayor at the end of the day ![/p][/quote]Ok, ok... Don't throw your toys out of the pram! I was only playing - hence the winky face. I'll put a grumpy face next time (😕). I was just a little bored of people slagging it off - that's all. Unlike you, there are still plenty of people enjoying the fayre, regardless if it sticks with it's billed theme or not... tub_thumper

1:41pm Fri 29 Nov 13

CYNIC_AL says...

It IS the same photo. Regardless of who the Mayor is/was...
It IS the same photo. Regardless of who the Mayor is/was... CYNIC_AL

1:44pm Fri 29 Nov 13

tub_thumper says...

You could say the same about Christmas in general. Christmas is a religious thing - the birth of Christ. I, unfortunately, am not religious so to celebrate Christmas as a non-Christian is contradictory. Although, since it's original religious beginnings Christmas has developed in to something totally different - Santa, elves, decorations and trees...

What I'm trying to say, if you want to be particular, a Victorian Fayre (regardless if whether it is correct or not) has nothing to do with Christmas at all. So, you will continue to moan about everything otherwise.

Like I said before - just lighten up a little. Enjoy yourself...

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You could say the same about Christmas in general. Christmas is a religious thing - the birth of Christ. I, unfortunately, am not religious so to celebrate Christmas as a non-Christian is contradictory. Although, since it's original religious beginnings Christmas has developed in to something totally different - Santa, elves, decorations and trees... What I'm trying to say, if you want to be particular, a Victorian Fayre (regardless if whether it is correct or not) has nothing to do with Christmas at all. So, you will continue to moan about everything otherwise. Like I said before - just lighten up a little. Enjoy yourself... ✨🎄☺️🎄☺ ️🎄☺️🎄☺ ️🎄☺️🎄☺ ️🎄✨ tub_thumper

1:48pm Fri 29 Nov 13

tub_thumper says...

CYNIC_AL wrote:
It IS the same photo. Regardless of who the Mayor is/was...
Nope. If a photo is taken is taken 365.242 days apart, in a slightly different position, with a slightly different carousel, with a slightly different man or woman - dressed in silly clothes (i.e a mayor); then no. It isn't the same photo...
[quote][p][bold]CYNIC_AL[/bold] wrote: It IS the same photo. Regardless of who the Mayor is/was...[/p][/quote]Nope. If a photo is taken is taken 365.242 days apart, in a slightly different position, with a slightly different carousel, with a slightly different man or woman - dressed in silly clothes (i.e a mayor); then no. It isn't the same photo... tub_thumper

4:41pm Fri 29 Nov 13

CYNIC_AL says...

Ok then. The content and subject of the photo is the same if you want to be picky about it. 'The Mayor of Worcester in their robes, on the carousel, in the Cornmarket, at the Worcester Victorian Christmas Market...' Enough now please. It's Friday night. I'm off to get merry. Toodle pip!!
Ok then. The content and subject of the photo is the same if you want to be picky about it. 'The Mayor of Worcester in their robes, on the carousel, in the Cornmarket, at the Worcester Victorian Christmas Market...' Enough now please. It's Friday night. I'm off to get merry. Toodle pip!! CYNIC_AL

5:37pm Fri 29 Nov 13

newike says...

I have no problem with the Victorian Fayre and am pleased that so many visitors come to the city. This is a wonderful boost to the city before the end of the year. The only complaint I have it that the prices of most things are sky high. How is it that prices seem to double for the few days that the event is here ? Last week in the Guildhall there was a craft market and prices were very reasonable. Not so at the Fayre.
I have no problem with the Victorian Fayre and am pleased that so many visitors come to the city. This is a wonderful boost to the city before the end of the year. The only complaint I have it that the prices of most things are sky high. How is it that prices seem to double for the few days that the event is here ? Last week in the Guildhall there was a craft market and prices were very reasonable. Not so at the Fayre. newike

2:54pm Sun 1 Dec 13

liketoknow says...

newike wrote:
I have no problem with the Victorian Fayre and am pleased that so many visitors come to the city. This is a wonderful boost to the city before the end of the year. The only complaint I have it that the prices of most things are sky high. How is it that prices seem to double for the few days that the event is here ? Last week in the Guildhall there was a craft market and prices were very reasonable. Not so at the Fayre.
should have Victorian prices to be authentic
[quote][p][bold]newike[/bold] wrote: I have no problem with the Victorian Fayre and am pleased that so many visitors come to the city. This is a wonderful boost to the city before the end of the year. The only complaint I have it that the prices of most things are sky high. How is it that prices seem to double for the few days that the event is here ? Last week in the Guildhall there was a craft market and prices were very reasonable. Not so at the Fayre.[/p][/quote]should have Victorian prices to be authentic liketoknow

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