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The Worcester Sorcerer

Saturday 12 May 2018

This will be a memorable springtime day out, travelling via the Cotswold Line to the cathedral city of Worcester. Alternatively you can visit the preserved Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway which will be newly opened right through to the village of Broadway.

The River Severn flanks the city centre, which is overlooked by the 12th century Worcester Cathedral. Much of it is Norman, and the foundations older still. King John, of evil repute, lies buried within the Norman crypt.

Worcester itself is famous for three things; gloves, Royal Worcester porcelain, and Worcestershire sauce. The Worcester Porcelain Museum has opened on the former factory site, with a visitor centre and museum with a huge display of historic porcelain. And, of course, the original Worcestershire Sauce is very much alive today.

The city boasts a fine collection of medieval and Tudor buildings centred on the Cornmarket, Friar Street and New Street. Here you will also find a great range of shops, cafes and historic inns. The train takes us to Worcester Shrub Hill station, located about a twelve minute walk away from the city centre. You will have over four hours in which to explore, and Saturday is market day too.

Alternatively, for a supplement, you can leave the train at Evesham where buses will be waiting for the nine-mile journey to Toddington, headquarters of the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. This is a fourteen mile standard gauge preserved steam line running southwards to Cheltenham Racecourse. To the north of Toddington the line to the picturesque Cotswold village of Broadway will be in full operation and a ‘rover’ ticket will be included in the fare, giving you freedom of the line for the afternoon. This option is bookable in advance only.

All timings are provisional and intended only as a guide.

Letchworth Garden City07.1522.10
Stevenage 07.25 22.00
Welwyn Garden City07.3521.50
Potters Bar (for M25)07.45 21.40
London Finsbury Park08.0521.15