A Worcester boat cafe will be taken off of the water in January for a refurbishment. 

Dave Price, ownerof Cafe Afloat, said: "We are closing at 1pm on New Year's Eve and taking the boat to Diglis dry dock to have a complete repaint.

"We should be shut for about three weeks, maybe a month, while we repaint Cafe Afloat.

"We are hoping to reopen in February. 

"All of the plans for the repaint have been finalised, it will be a dark grey colour.

"We slightly over stocked food for December, so anything we've got leftover will be donated to Worcestershire Homeless Appeal.

"Cafe Afloat is moored at the heart of Diglis Marina, so it's a real social hub.

"It's outside dining, so we've been going for about 18 months now.

"It's really, really busy being in the middle of the marina.

"It's a social spot for dog walkers, cyclists, boat owners and book clubs.

"Lots of people meet here." 

His colleague, Julie Price, said: "When Dave brought the business in October last year he had no idea how much it would make him part of the Worcester community and how Cafe Afloat would become a hub for local people to meet. 

"As the Cafe closes for a facelift any leftover food is being donated to the Worcestershire Homeless Appeal who do an amazing job in our local community and we are proud to be able to support them.

"Cafe Afloat will reopen as soon as possible and will be back at the heart of this amazing community."