Worcester’s county cricket ground is the perfect spot for sport lovers to relax with a picnic or a pint of beer - in between overs you can sit back and enjoy spectacular views of the cathedral across the river. The ground itself floods every winter as its part of Worcester's food plain.
The 1st match in 2003 started on 18th April (Good Friday) against Hampshire, in glorious sunshine and finished in rain.
There is a tradition that the 1st match of the summer tourists, of whatever country, play their opening match in 1st or 2nd week in May. In 2004 it was New Zealand and I anticipate that in 2005 it will be Australia
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There are some lovely half-timbered buildings in Worcester (they shouldn't be black and white, that's a Victorian invention). If you look carefully you may see bits exposed to show the original lath & plaster construction, or perhaps an original inscription. This one is carved into the lintel beam of a building at the end of New Street, now a gift shop. the other photo shows the whole building.
The inscription reads: Love God WB 1577 RD Honour Kings
This is a place that when you come close to it you just think WOW. Do go inside. It is very much a local government building in some respects. If you timed it right you could have lunch in the elaborate Assembley Room upstairs -- we did not time it right so we just walked in and gawked about.
You can pick up a very detailed informative brochure about the Guildhall for free inside the lobby. Some local charity was having a "white elephant/bake sale" the day we walked in.
Upton upon Severn
Just 6 miles south of Worcester following the river Severn is the pretty little town of Upton, a popular destination for day trippers during the summer months.
There is a marina at Upton and you can take a boat trip along the river to look at the beautiful Worcestershire countryside with the Malvern hills glimmering in the distance.
There are plenty of pubs and cafes to cater for the visitors and the town itself is very pleasant with a number of half timbered buildings that characterise Worcestershire.
My favourite sight here though is the medieval Pepperpot, a church tower that was retained when they knocked down the old church in the 18th century to build a new one. When they decided to build a cupola on the top of the tower to keep the weather out it gave it the appearance of a pepperpot, hence the name.
The tourist information office is also housed in the tower.
Leaving Worcester, July 28, 2002 - Sunday morning
"July 28 - Sunday"
We had breakfast on the boat again, and our SIL jogged up as far as the railroad bridge, came back and showered.
They had been awakened in the early hours by a mother swan chasing her adolescent cygnets down the canal. She did the same about 7 in the morning. Apparently the lower gates of lock #3 were open a little bit, and the cygnets were sticking their heads between the lock gates and trying to get into the lock, and she didn't want them doing that.
I thought we should get a jump start on everyone (including all the duck feeding people) and leave early. We could see the lock #3 was in the down position, so all we would have to do is open the doors - we wouldn't have to empty the lock first.
And in fact all but one lock all the way back all we had to do was open the doors and drive in and then fill the lock and drive out.
Swan with moor hen hiding in the bushes
Someone in this house was feeding ducks - the lawn is infested.