Get ready for a blast from the past when Worcester's Victorian Christmas Fayre returns.

The event, now in its 31st year, will run from Thursday (November 30) until Sunday (December 3).

Spectators can look forward to over 150 stalls, filled with crafts, toys, gifts and a variety of food and drink.


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Costumed characters, street magicians, and stilt walkers will add to the Victorian atmosphere.

Worcester's Mayor, Cllr Louis Stephen, will start the festivities on Thursday with a community carol service at Worcester Cathedral between 4.45pm and 5.15pm.

Following this, there will be a procession to the vintage carousel in the Cornmarket for the official opening of the fayre by the Mayor.

In previous years the fayre has attracted over 150,000 visitors across the four days, significantly boosting the area's economy.

The event will host a variety of entertainment across its run, including a pop-up dance performance by Dancefest on Saturday (December 2) at 5.15pm on the famous Shambles.

The same day, fans of classic literature can keep an eye out for stilt-walking sleuths, Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson, as they crack down on crimes around the streets of Worcester.

On Sunday, the final day of the fayre, the notorious Scrooge and the demonic Temperance Lady will wander around the event from 11am until 3pm.

Cllr Stephen said: "Christmas in Worcester is always the best of fun and the festive magic doesn’t get much better than our Victorian Christmas Fayre.

"It’s one of the highlights of the year and we’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone to enjoy the fun-packed street entertainment and the wonderful stalls offering so many gift ideas."

First Bus, the sponsor of this year's event, will operate its Park & Ride service (number 910) to get people to and from the fayre, with extended running times available throughout the fayre, with fares costing £2 for a single journey or £4 for a return ticket.

A £10 group ticket is also available for up to five people, only on the First Bus app.

For more visitor information, go to or visit the Worcester Tourist Information Centre on High Street.