Festive cheer in a time of Covid will come to Worcester Cathedral, with an avenue of glittering Christmas trees in the cloister.

However, social distancing will be required and the number of people in the cloister, to see the trees, will be limited at any one time.

In fact, all the tickets for the opening day, December 5, and the following day, have already been snapped up by local people, keen to see the visual celebration of Christmas as soon as possible.

But there are plenty of other dates left.

A Cathedral spokesman said: “Join us as we celebrate Christmas with an avenue of glittering Christmas trees, beautifully decorated by local organisations and displayed in our atmospheric medieval Cloister.

“Entry to see the Christmas Trees is free, however booking in advance with a timed ticket is essential. Donations are appreciated to help support our work. Entrance to the Cathedral is through the main north door, in College Yard, opposite the High Street.

The spokesman added: “Due to the need to socially distance, the number of people in the cloister will be limited. There may be the need to queue on arrival. Up to six people from the same household bubble can visit as one group, but each person must have a ticket booked for the same time slot.”

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The Christmas Tree festival at Worcester Cathedral runs until Sunday, January 5, 2021. Viewing the Christmas Trees will be subject to Government Covid-19 guidance at the time. If the Covid lockdown is extended the start date will be postponed. In this case, and if possible, the festival will then run from Wednesday 23 December until Sunday 17 January 2021. As things stand, the opening date remains as Saturday December 5.