Annual Worcester Festival finale fireworks display scrapped

Worcester's annual festival will not end with a bang this year after organisers made the decision to scrap the traditional fireworks display.

The annual display on August Bank Holiday Monday has become a highlight of the Faithful city’s calendar, having brought the Worcester Festival to a close each year since its launch back in 2003.

However, this year, the organisers have decided to break with tradition and forgo the display, which costs many thousands of pounds, in favour of new community events which will take place throughout the duration of the festival.

Festival director Chris Jaeger said: “This has been a big decision for us, and one that we have not taken lightly, but we believe that this is the right time for a change, and that this decision will allow us to move the festival forward in a really positive way."

He said in recent years organisers had become increasingly conscious of the need to consider the bigger impact of the fireworks, and to weigh up whether the amount of money spent on the display can be justified.

He added: "We have been listening to the local community, and taking on board their concerns regarding the environmental impact of the fireworks. We also understand that for many pet owners and farmers the fireworks can be an unwelcome source of distress.

"Many people have also expressed the view that twelve minutes is not long enough to justify such a lot of money simply ‘going up in smoke’. And we have come to agree with them."

He said the money saved from axing the fireworks display will be spent on a whole host of exciting things that everybody can enjoy.

"There will be more free street theatre, more free workshops; more free events all round – even some free concerts this year," he said.

"We always want to put on lots of great things for children, for families and for everyone, and the money freed up will enable us to offer more free community events than ever before."

Festival organisers say to watch out for flash mobs, bands, beer, a murder mystery, street theatre, live music, workshops, relaxed performances, concerts, dance, Shakespeare, walks, talks, face painting, food, markets, a Cathedral animal-blessing service, bell-ringing, chess, quizzes, treasure trails, tours and much more.

The Worcester Festival will return for its 17th year this summer, kicking off on Saturday, August 10 and running right through to the August Bank Holiday on Monday, August, 26 with events and activities happening all over the city each day.

Visit www.worcesterfestival.co.uk or call the Box Office on 01905 611427 to find out more.

 

More News

May 13 2019 100,000 people flock to Malvern Spring Festival

100,000 people flock to Malvern Spring Festival

More than 100,000 people descended on the Three Counties Showground over four days to make this year’s RHS Malvern Spring Festival a record breaker... Read More


May 13 2019 Independents win six out of nine seats in first St Peter's Parish Council elections

Independents win six out of nine seats in first St Peter's Parish Council elections

Independents have taken six of the nine seats available in the first elections in the 25-year history of St Peter’s Parish Council... Read More


May 05 2019 Hot air balloon passes over St Peter's

Hot air balloon passes over St Peter's

Against an overcast sky a hot air balloon passes over St Peter's... Read More


May 03 2019 Steve Mackay elected to represent St Peter's on Worcester City Council

Steve Mackay elected to represent St Peter's on Worcester City Council

Steve Mackay described his delight after winning the St Peter’s ward seat in Worcester City Council’s elections to return to the council after a year... Read More