"To see a world in a grain of sand,
And a heaven in a wild flower,
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand
And eternity in an hour."

From "Auguries of Innocence"

by William Blake

Thursday, 1 December 2016

Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre

We decided to pay a return visit this year to the Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre. It is a really atmospheric event with over 150 stalls, carol singers, street entertainers and morris dancers.

The only downside is that it does get rather crowded - I think it was even busier this year than last and at times you do shuffle along trying to get a glimpse of the stalls!

The Guildhall, which is a beautiful building, dates back to 1721 and is believed to have been designed, in the Queen Anne style, by a local stonemason, Thomas White.

There is a good selection of stalls and shops selling Christmassy items, local crafts and produce.

An interesting sign outside the barbers!

I was tempted by these lovely bee tiles and hyacinth pot until I spotted the prices!

The Battle of Worcester, the final action of the English Civil War, took place on 3rd September, 1651, when Charles II and his army were overwhelmed by Oliver Cromwell's New Modern Army. Charles II managed to escape through Worcester leaving by St Martin's Gate.

Who can resist a turn on an old-fashioned merry-go-round

although you wouldn't get me on these rides.

Time for a hot chocolate or a glass of mulled wine - I am sure you can guess which I chose.

Cupcakes were tempting but this time I resisted.

Finally, I managed to drag the rest of the family away from the streets to visit the craft fair in Worcester Cathedral's cloisters. I am sure it was much busier than last year!

I wouldn't mind one of these for Christmas!

The craft fair and cathedral shop had many tempting items - I came away with a new fridge magnet (the one I bought last year broke when it fell on the kitchen floor), an advent candle, lots of beeswax candles and honey from a local beekeeper and a holly wreath for the front door.

Time for tea and cakes. The tearoom is in the 12th century Chapter House.

The ruins of the Guesten Hall built in the 1320's. The prior received and entertained guests here. It was demolished in the 19th century.

Unfortunately, I didn't have time this year to look round the interior of the cathedral which is superb and steeped in history so if you missed last year's post and would like to read about it please click here

I hope we can visit Worcester in the future when it is quieter as there is so much to see. The National Trust has a property called Greyfriars and there is also the Commandery containing a museum about the English Civil War.