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Worcester

discover the top things to see and do in Worcester.

Nestled in the banks of the River Severn and surrounded by countryside, the city of Worcester has plenty to see and do. See the famous Worcester Cathedral, take a trip on the Severn Valley Railway or visit the Safari Park. Take a trip to the theatre, shop ‘til you drop in the city’s amazing shops, or eat out in one of the many restaurants. You could even simply head to the Malvern Hills and enjoy the glorious rural surroundings.

Best things to do this week in Worcester

Hollywood Actress Marilyn Monroe (second from right) greets English actor Sir Laurence Olivier with a kiss on the cheek, watched by his wife Vivien Leigh (l) and Monroe's husband Arthur Miller (r). Marilyn Monroe was in Britain to star in 'The Sleeping Prince' with Sir Laurence Olivier. FREE EVENT

1 2017 Celebrity

Who could resist taking a peek at Fred Astaire's shoes? This touring exhibition is a fascinating display of personal items from the world of showbiz. There's a little black dress worn by Marilyn Monroe, plus signed items by Chuck Berry and Oasis, and a Michael Jackson 'Dangerous Tour' jacket. Becky Granger's wedding outfit will wow Corrie fans.

When: From Jun 17, Mon-Sat 10.30am-4.30pm, closed Bank Hol Mons, ends Sep 9
Where: Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, Foregate Street, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 1DT
More Details: www.worcestershire.gov.uk/museums/directory_record/98/2017_celebrity/category/56/worcester_city_art_gallery_and_museum_exhibitions

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2 Garden Tour

Arrive early to secure your place on this popular guided tour of the historic gardens, set in a stunning landscape that was lovingly created by several generations of the Berkeley family with input from the famous diarist John Evelyn. It's a good way to hear about the Spetchley Revival Project, designed to protect and rejuvenate the gardens and broaden their appeal.

When: From May 7, first Sun of month 11.30am, ends Oct 1
Where: Spetchley Park Gardens, Spetchley Park, Spetchley, Worcester. WR5 1RS
Contact: +44 (0)1453 810303
More Details: www.spetchleygardens.co.uk

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3 George Marshall Medical Museum

Situated in the Charles Hastings Education Centre, this training facility is open to the public, exhibiting George Hay Marshall's fantastic collection of objects illustrating the way that medicine and health care have developed over the past 250 years. Visitors have the opportunity to view a gruesome collection of death masks and a Victorian operating theatre.

When: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm, pre-arranged groups only Sat & Sun, closed Bank Hols
Where: George Marshall Medical Museum, Charles Hastings Way, Worcester. WR5 1DD
Contact: +44 (0)1905 760 738
More Details: www.medicalmuseum.org.uk

FREE EVENT

4 Bevere Gallery

This wheelchair-friendly gallery is one of the best places in the Midlands to see contemporary studio pottery and other artworks. A constantly changing display introduces new objects every month and there are two major exhibitions a year. Ample free parking, spacious grounds, and locally sourced food in the cafe complete the picture for art lovers.

When: gallery Mon-Sat 9am-5pm, cafe Mon-Sat 9am-4pm, ongoing
Where: Bevere Gallery, Bevere Lane, Bevere, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR3 7RQ
Contact: +44 (0)1905 754484
More Details: www.beveregallery.com

Dudley Teapot.
Copyright: Museum Of Royal Worcester. TICKETED

5 Museum Of Royal Worcester

Located in the old Victorian buildings that used to be home to the Royal Worcester factory, the museum holds the largest collection of Worcester porcelain in the world divided between the Georgian, Victorian and 20th century galleries. An informative audio tour shepherds visitors through the factory's history and the stories of its workforce.

When: Jan-Feb, Nov-Dec, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, Mar-Oct, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, closed Dec 25 & 26
Where: Museum Of Royal Worcester, Severn Street, Worcester. WR1 2ND
More Details: www.museumofroyalworcester.org

A general view of Worcester Cathedral. FREE EVENT

6 Worcester Cathedral

This mighty cathedral, a glorious mish-mash of medieval styles, was founded in 680AD and during Anglo-Saxon times became a centre of great learning - medieval university textbooks survive in the cathedral library today. Other must-sees include the tomb of King John. Gothic Revivalist Sir George Gilbert Scott oversaw the Victorian restoration.

When: Mon-Sun 7.30am-6pm
Where: Worcester Cathedral, 8 College Yard, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 2LA
Contact: +44 (0)1905 732900
More Details: www.worcestercathedral.co.uk

FREE EVENT

7 Diglis Basin

Diglis Basin, in the heart of the city, is where the Worcester & Birmingham Canal meets the River Severn. It is the site of the large and busy Diglis River Lock and from here you can take a gentle circular walk along the River Severn to Worcester Bridge. Or you can just rest your feet at the Cafe Afloat, which offers home-cooked food in a canal boat.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk
Where: Diglis Basin, Diglis Road, Worcester. WR5 3BW
More Details: www.canalrivertrust.org.uk/places-to-visit-pdf/Diglis_Basin.pdf

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8 Panic Room

Anne Marie-Helder's swooping vocals add a haunting Celtic feel to this experimental band, a quality which, combined with the superb musicianship of Jonathan Edwards on keyboards, drummer Gavin John Griffiths, bassist Yatim Halimi and lead guitarist Dave Foster, has led to awards and nominations galore.

When: Jun 30, 8pm-11.30pm
Where: The Marrs Bar, 12 Pierpoint Street, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 1TA
Contact: +44 (0)1905 613336
More Details: www.panicroom.org.uk

The Simon And Garfunkel Story.
Photo: Jacqui Eliot-Williams. TICKETED

9 The Simon & Garfunkel Story

Award-winning actor Dean Elliott leads a 50th anniversary celebration of the musical duo. The cast are accompanied by a full live band and brass orchestra, performing all the hits including Mrs Robinson, Cecilia, Bridge Over Troubled Water and Homeward Bound. The show features original photos and film footage and is not suitable for under 8s.

When: Jun 30, 7.30pm
Where: Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 3ED
Contact: +44 (0)1905 611427
More Details: www.thesimonandgarfunkelstory.com

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10 Martin Parr: Talk

Beacon Camera Club, Malvern, hosts a talk by one of the world's most influential photographers, whose original and entertaining images are artworks showing us how we live, how we present ourselves and what we value. Parr has been a member of the world-famous Magnum image agency since 1994 and is currently their President.

When: Jul 1, 7.30pm
Where: Swan Theatre, The Moors, Worcester, Worcestershire. WR1 3ED
Contact: +44 (0)1905 611427
More Details: www.martinparr.com

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Nestled in the banks of the River Severn and surrounded by countryside, the city of Worcester has plenty to see and do. See the famous Worcester Cathedral, take a trip on the Severn Valley Railway or visit the Safari Park. Take a trip to the theatre, shop ‘til you drop in the city’s amazing shops, or eat out in one of the many restaurants. You could even simply head to the Malvern Hills and enjoy the glorious rural surroundings.