Town Events and Festivals
Droitwich Spa boasts an exciting annual programme of Events which are popular with the local community and visitors. Programmes will be available throughout the year in the NEWS area and on event websites.
The “St Richard's Boat and Car Festival” over the May Day holiday celebrates Droitwich past and present. Regular features include medieval entertainment, re-enactors, Continental and Farmer’s Markets, crafts and arts exhibitions, a gathering of canal boats, live music and a real ale bar. A special element is an extensive collection of visiting classic and vintage cars on display throughout the Town Centre. This has been augmented recently by the introduction of steam traction engines to the displays. More details are available at www.strichardsfestival.co.uk
Lido Park bandstand is the increasingly popular venue for Droitwich Spa’s own ‘Sunday Proms’. Residents and visitors to the Town can enjoy a varied Programme of free concerts each Sunday afternoon during the summer. The Town Council arranges for a very varied and full Programme of Concerts starting from the beginning of May and extending right through to the first week in September. The Concerts take place from 2.30pm to 4.30pm every Sunday at the Lido Park bandstand and you are invited to bring picnics and chairs to make an enjoyable afternoon, but of course if you are only walking through the Park for a short time please just stop and listen for a while. The Lido Café will be open during all the Concerts and the Lido Pool opens at the end of May. You will find the programme in the NEWS section of this website.
There is a Food & Drink Festival in June with the emphasis on local suppliers of food and drink at different venues throughout the Town. More information is available at www.droitwichspafestival.co.uk This Festival has grown by the year and is now firmly established in the Regional Summertime Diary. Attractions include local food and drink producers offering stalls to sample and buy their wares, a demonstration kitchen featuring Celebrity Chefs, a “Junior Bake off Competition” and musical entertainment into the evening.
“Salt Fest” takes place over the second weekend in September and celebrates the Town’s Salt Heritage. The weekend also provides a showcase opportunity for the local community and businesses. This festival takes place throughout the Town Centre including the High Street, St Andrews Road, Salt Barrow Market and Vines Park. Attractions include a “Salt Alley” with Heritage displays, Roman Soldiers and re-enactors, live music and entertainment, street markets and community stalls , a fun dog show, rubber duck race on the river Salwarpe , puppet shows and a canal towpath fun run.
The Year draws to an end with the annual “Christmas Lights Switch on Event” held on the last Saturday in November. The days programme includes a Santa’s Grotto, Children’s competitions, fairground rides and Festive market stalls. Live entertainment features performances by community and children’s choirs, the Salvation Army Brass band and a live countdown ceremony by the Town Mayor to switch on the Festive lighting displays.
If you want to discover more about the history of Droitwich Spa, then join one of our guided town walks. There is a small fee to join the 1 ½ hour’s walk and they run on the second Saturday of each month throughout March-October. The walks are lead by informative guides and you will be joined along the way by actors from the Norbury theatre who perform as characters who have contributed to the historic development of Droitwich. To book your place please contact; Droitwich Spa Heritage and information centre on 01905 774312.
Don't forget to look at our sister website www.visitdroitwichspa.com for more information and our up and coming events pages.