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Celebrate Worcester’s spectacular heritage by visiting our heritage sites this half term. Events run from Friday 14 February to Sunday 23 February 2020.

The Commandery

Living History at The Commandery

Sat 15–Sun 16 February, 10.30am-4pm
Experience 2000 years of history come to life with a weekend of living history encampments, military displays, vintage vehicles and more.

George Marshall Medical Museum

Free tours of George Marshall Medical Museum.

Mon 17 February, 11am or 2pm
Learn all about Victorian surgery and death masks on a free guided tour of the George Marshall Medical Museum. Suitable for all ages but numbers are limited so please book in advance by calling 01905 760738.

Remembering Powick Hospital

Tue 18 February, 5.30pm
Ken Crump, RMN, opens the door on the history of Powick Hospital. In his own words. £5 per head, please book in advance by calling 01905 760738.

Plague and Potions with Mrs History: Family drop-in activity

Wed 19 February, 1-3pm
Come and visit the apothecary, purveyor of dubious medicines and incredible cures, the finest that the medieval age has to offer! With an array of ingredients from the far reaches of the Silk Road, as well as many that can be found in an English garden, we can treat the victims of the Plague and those suffering from coughs and colds. Adults £7.50, children £2.50, concessions £4.50, please book in advance by calling 01905 760738.

Greyfriars’ House & Garden

Living History at Greyfriars

Sat 15–Sun 16 February, 11am-3.30pm
The Worcester Re-enactors return and Tudors take over the house. Explore the house and garden in the company of our visitors from the past and find out what Greyfriars means to Worcester’s heritage. Normal admission applies.

The Guildhall Worcester

Guildhall’s Hidden Treasures

Mon 17–Sat 27 February, 9.30am-4pm
The Guildhall is a truly beautiful building which dates back to 1721 and has a fascinating history. It was once the seat of justice throughout the city and even housed a prison. Today it offers visitors a glimpse of Worcester’s rich and varied heritage showing off the hidden treasures of the Guildhall.

The Hive (Worcestershire Archive &Archaeology Service)

Behind the Scenes

Wed 19 February, 10am-3pm
A behind the scenes tour of Worcestershire Archive & Archaeology in The Hive. See some of the ‘treasures’ we store in the strongroom. £6 per head, booking required here.

Hands on History

Thu 20 February, 10am-3pm
Hands on archaeology and history activities for the family in the Hive’s children’s library. Free to attend, just drop in.

The Infirmary, City Campus

The Infirmary Tours

Wed 19 February, 11-11.45am and 3.30-4.15pm
Do you love buildings? Take a tour of the historic Worcester Royal Infirmary.

Museum of Royal Worcester

Language of Flowers: Talk and afternoon tea package

Sat 15 February, 12noon-2.30pm
Learn about the symbolism and folklore behind the beautiful fruits and flowers painted on Worcester porcelain and then enjoy traditional afternoon tea on Royal Worcester china. £19.95 per head, includes Museum entry. Book online.

Love Worcester Family Discovery Trail and Backpacks

Mon 17 – Sat 22 February, 10am-5pm, Sun 23 February, 10am-4pm
Find something you love in our newly-refurbished displays with our family-friendly trail and fun interactive features. Take a themed adventure through the Museum with our new family explorer backpacks. Museum Entry £6.50, Children under 16 are free.

Family Hands-On Workshop: Decorate a mug with transfers

Thu 20 February 10.30am-12noon and 2-3.30pm

Create a unique mug with printed transfers choosing from a range of Spring motifs and collaging these into your design which will be fired on to collect later. £8 per head, includes Museum entry. Book online.

St Helen’s Church

Guided Tour of St Helen’s

Fri 14 & Friday 21 February, 10am-2pm
Our St Helen’s Guides will welcome you into the oldest church in Worcester where you can learn about our rich and varied history. Coffee and cake served for donations. Children’s craft table and toys.

St Martin in the Cornmarket

Georgian Worcester – the social capital of the West Midlands

Mon 17 February, 1pm
A talk on Georgian Worcester.

St Swithun’s Church

Find out about Sound and Art at St Swithun’s

Sat 15 and Thu 20 February, 11am-2pm 
St Swithun’s Church is currently closed to visitors while we undertake essential repair and conservation work as part of the Sound and Art at St Swithun’s project – we will be reopening in Autumn 2020. For the Love Worcester festival we will be at St Martin in the Cornmarket explaining all about the project. There’ll be family activities and entertainment and we’ll share the research our Heritage Detectives have been doing.

Tudor House Museum

Roaring Forties

Wed 12 – Fri 14 and Wed 19 – Sun 23 February, 10am-4pm
Follow our rationing trail, dress up in 40s gear, pack your evacuee ‘suitcase’ and make your own gas mask box to take home. Free entry throughout.

Living History at Tudor House

Sat 15 – Sun 16 February, 10am-4pm
Travel back in time to visit our Home Guard, ARP station, land girls and others who kept the home fires burning during WWII. Free entry throughout.

Worcester Cathedral

A Writing Journey: Writing Workshop

Sat 15 February, 10.30am-1.30pm
Find inspiration at a creative writing workshop with Sue Johnson, poet, short story writer and novelist. The workshop is for all fiction writes, from experienced to those who have been afraid to try so far! Tickets are £20 per head, bookable here.

Awesome Adventures; Family Workshops

Mon 17 and Tue 18 February, 10.30am-12.30pm and 2-4pm
Join in with a range of adventurous crafts! Make an origami boat to take you to far-off lands, create a map to lead you to terrific treasure troves, and discover the stories of adventurers and explorers through art and craft. Free, no booking required.

The Arrival of the Tudor Legacy Ladies

Mon 17 February, 11am-12.30pm and 2-4pm
Rub shoulders with royalty when you meet the Tudor ladies in their stunning outfits on your visit to the Cathedral. Find out about their lives and don’t forget to ask for a selfie! Free, no booking required.

An Urban Pilgrimage

Fri 21 February, 10am-1pm
Follow a pilgrim trail through the city and learn about faith and the heritage of four city centre churches – old St Martin’s, St Swithun’s, St Helen’s and the Cathedral. Download the free trail here.

Awesome Adventures: Poetry Workshop

Fri 21 February, 11am-12noon and 2-3pm
Join in with the journey of creativity across the world of words in a spectacular ship of imagination and fun. Workshops with Poet in Residence Amanda Bonnick for families and children aged 7 to 13. Free. Win a chance to read your poem at an event in the Summer.

A Celtic Pilgrimage: Calligraphy Workshop

Sat 22 February, 10am-4.30pm 
Join a calligraphy workshop suitable for all ability levels (over 18). Follow in the footsteps of the great Celtic missionary saints by exploring the letterforms of the Lindisfarne Gospels, The Book of Kelly and other poetry and prose text from the early medieval period with local artist Elizabeth Beattie. Tickets costs £20 per person and are bookable here.

The Dressing of a Tudor Queen: Talk

Sat 22 February, 12noon – 1pm
An invitation to Queen Katherine Parr’s wardrobe. A talk featuring the six wives of Henry VIII. Hear from the royal Tudor ladies about the clothes they wore and see their stunning reproduction outfits. Tickets are £5 per person and bookable here.

Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum

Mayflower 2020 – Exhibition

Sat 11 January – Thu 31 December
Exploring the voyage and legacy of the Mayflower through archaeology, costume and fascinating objects from the museum’s World Cultures collection. Free entry at all times.

Sail away with Mayflower400

Tue 18 February, 11am-3pm
Create a 3D work of the Mayflower and the ocean beneath her. Plus enjoy Mayflower activity trails throughout the week.

Worcestershire Museum of Freemasonry

Free open days

Fri 14-Sun 23 February, 10am-4pm
The museum will be open during these times.

Worcester Tourist Information Centre

Trail: Picture This

Mon-Fri 9.30an-5pm, Sat 10am-4pm
Pick up a free Love Worcester Picture This Trail from the Tourist Information Centre. Fill in the missing details for your chance to win a prize.