Robin Walker explores the fantastic, varied and independent business offerings in Reindeer Court

Our fantastic, varied and independent business district, Reindeer Court, was visited today by local MP, Robin Walker, who toured the exciting and developing business offerings within the area. Reindeer Court is a must visit in any trip to Worcester. Take a walk through the arcade entrance, accessed from the Shambles, New Street or Mealcheapen Street to discover a hub of independents. Check out mid-century glass wear, earthenware and more at Ware, or discover a new favourite tipple at Bottles Wine Shop, or are plants more your thing? Make it Plantamamita and turn your house into a little Garden of Eden.  Reindeer Court is also home to delicious donuts at Izzy's Ices and Donuts and you can even step into doggy heaven in the new Hugo and Ted, offering gorgeous dog items and matching human pieces for all those summer walks.

Justin Schiffmann, owner of Ware, said that "it was a pleasure to welcome Robin Walker to Ware and Reindeer Court -after an ‘eventful’ week.  He was delighted to see so many new and unique businesses  choosing Worcester and Reindeer Court as the home for their new businesses.  He took the time to meet several owners and learn a bit about their journey to business owning."

Robin Walker visits Ware
Robin Walker visits Plantamamita
Robin Walker with Justin, Owner of Ware










We very much agree with Justin that  “the future of Reindeer Court is brighter than it has been for a long time and now is an excellent time to add it to your shopping trip to the city.”

Queen’s Baton Relay Event - Information for Residents and Businesses

Queen’s Baton Relay will be coming through Worcester on Friday 22 July

The Queen’s Baton is currently on an epic journey across the Commonwealth, visiting all 72 nations and territories. The Relay began on 7 October 2021, with Her Majesty The Queen placing a message to the Commonwealth into the Baton, and it will culminate at the Opening Ceremony for the Commonwealth Games on Thursday 28 July in Birmingham. This collective journey will ignite hope, solidarity, and collaboration, as it connects communities, embraces unique cultures, and shares inspirational stories. It will provide the opportunity for communities to experience the excitement for Birmingham 2022, as the 11 days of show stopping sport nears ever closer.

Please find the Newsletter linked below with all the relevant information for residents and businesses.

A message from Worcester City Council:

"This newsletter is for residents and businesses to update you on plans for the event. Your needs are considered at every stage of the planning, but we understand there will necessarily be an impact on people because of the road closures and additional visitors to the city. The entire event team will work to keep any disruptions to a minimum and appreciate your support at this time.

We thank you for your patience and hope you will join us to celebrate this very exciting occasion for the city."

Please find Information for Residents and Businesses here (click here). 

Bishop Fleming to host Worcester Food & Drink Club Event in September at Burger Shop

Are you a BID member in the food and drink industry? Well this might interest you!

Join Bishop Fleming and the Worcester Food and Drink Club for Burger Shop sliders and drinks while Rupert Davison, Director of A Rule of Tum, the group behind Burger Shop and Maneki Ramen, tells the A Rule of Tum story.

Monday 5th September
5.30pm: Networking and drinks
6.00pm: Rupert Davison in conversation
6.30pm: Further networking and drinks
7.30pm: Close

Arch 44, Cherry Tree Walk, Worcester, WR1 3BH

RVSP here:  Worcester F&D club invitation

Working for Safer Streets

Alongside an effort to support businesses in becoming accredited with Best Bar None status, a Home Office accredited award looking to improve standards in the evening and night time economy, Worcester BID and city partners including West Mercia Police and Worcestershire Regulatory Services are working to make our city feel safer.

As part of this effort, the public was asked about any local places that make them feel unsafe, as well as any suggestions they might have on how to make women and girls feel safer and reduce the risk of them becoming victims of crime.

You can access the results here:

We believe that it is imperative to feel safe in the city of Worcester and these answers will help to guide decision-making on funding a range of interventions, such as CCTV cameras, improved street lighting, educational programs, transport, neighbourhood watch schemes, and close working with night-time economy establishments - many of which are well underway.

In order to keep developing and improving safety measures in Worcester, we are also bidding for Purple Flag status.

When reading all about Worcester's BID for Purple Flag Status, you will come across acronyms and terms that may need some clarification. Please find the definitions by clicking here if you need them. 

Sam McCarthy, Chief Executive for Worcester BID said:  “Purple Flag accreditation demonstrates excellence in the evening and night-time economy. Worcester BID are acting as lead delivery partner for the application with Worcester City Council and West Mercia Police as supporting partners to achieve the status for the city.  Purple Flag will assess all areas of the night time economy looking at safety measures and how partners work together utilising city resources such as CCTV and CityNet radio scheme. They are also looking into city enhancements to improve areas to feel safer, for example New Street and Friar Street’s festoon lighting recently added by Worcester BID, which supports creating a vibrant atmosphere but also adds additional lighting to the area making it feel safer.

Hospice volunteer named Platinum Champion

Hospice volunteer named Platinum Champion

 A St Richard’s Hospice volunteer from Droitwich Spa has had years of exceptional dedication to the charity recognised with a national award.


Eunice Williams has been announced as a Platinum Champion. The awards were established by the Royal Voluntary Service in honour of Her Majesty The Queen and the great example she has set in her 70 years of service.

Eunice will receive a specially designed, official Platinum Champions pin and a signed certificate from Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall.

As one of the original volunteers at the hospice when it first began in Droitwich Spa in 1984, Eunice continues giving her time, energy and enthusiasm until this day.

Claire Watkins, Staff and Volunteer Engagement Officer said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Eunice has won this award. Over the years Eunice has taken on a wide range of voluntary roles with wonderful grace and enthusiasm displaying a natural empathy with everyone she meets.“

Eunice is inspirational. She has shared her skills as Head Volunteer Gardener, receptionist and fundraiser. Her friendly face and compassionate manner immediately put people at ease – in an environment where they may initially be anxious. As a volunteer, Eunice gives her time and her passion for life and her great sense of humour too.

“She is one of those truly special people that are making a real difference in our communities with their kindness and generosity. She’s inspired many others to volunteer – including her husband, Ron.”

Eunice said, “I’m honoured to be named as a Platinum Champion. This award is in recognition of all the work volunteers do for the hospice. I have made great friendships and had lots of fun, being a volunteer at St Richard’s really adds to my life.”


To find out more about volunteering at St Richard’s Hospice, visit their website

St Richard’s Hospice cares for adults with a serious progressive illness, improving their quality of life from diagnosis, during treatment and to their last days. It also supports their loved ones.

Each year the hospice team supports more than 3,100 patients, family members and bereaved people in Worcestershire.

It costs £8.75m to run the hospice (20/21 audited accounts), which includes patient care and all the necessary support services.

St Richard’s is an independent charity and relies on donations and gifts in Wills for the majority of its income with the remainder funded by the NHS.

For more information about St Richard’s Hospice visit

Feeling Hungry at the Royal Garden Party?!

Welcome to The Royal Garden Party

You have arrived at the royalist of street parties… we hope you have a fantastic time celebrating the Platinum Jubilee in Worcester and enjoy the food and drink on offer at our local businesses.

Here you can find the special Jubilee menus on offer near to the party! Some of them might even deliver to you… especially if you show them your best curtsey or princely bow.

When ordering from a business that offers delivery to one of the royal picnic benches on New Street and Friar Street, please state your location at the time of ordering by letting them know your picnic benches What3Words. What3Words generates 3 random words (for example, ‘Cat. Potato. Fence’) that mark your exact location down to the square meter. Please stay in this spot once you order to await your food so that you can be located by the business.


Businesses that are offering delivery are marked with What3Words next to their business name and menu below!

Where this is not available or you’d rather collect, please feel free to go in and order at the till like normal and bring your takeaway boxes out to the benches to enjoy the party!

There is plenty on offer… check out the menus below!


Food Glorious Food

[What3Words] Be The Change -  Vegan and delicious, both savoury and sweet food can be found here!

To order at Be The Change come and order in person OR place an order through their website with your what 3 words reference! 


OPEN THE WEBSITE ORDERING SYSTEM HERE! - Make sure to supply your What3Words when ordering!

[What3Words] Izzy's Ices and Donuts - Heaven on earth, no matter what your preference, they will have a donut for you...!

Izzy’s Ices & Donuts sell Ice Creams and Donuts and you can find us in our permanent shop in Reindeer Court at the top end of New Street and The Shambles.


RING OR TEXT 07949 761904 with your order and What3Words and they will bring the donuts straight to your table.



  • SINGLE DONUT    £3.75
  • TWO DONUTS      £7.00
  • THREE DONUTS   £10.25
  • FOUR DONUTS     £13.00

All donuts are hand dressed with the tastiest of ingredients. 



Eagle Vaults - Music and good Mediterranean food can be found here!

Go inside to order. Open for food from midday.

Check out the menu here!

Tudor House - Open both Saturday and Sunday to takeaway to benches or to sit in!

Find the menu and order inside the cafe!

Greyfriars National Trust - Please find their cafe in the free to enter hidden garden!

Pop into their secret garden to discover a cafe full of tasty delights! Eat-in the garden or take it straight to the street party! Perfect for a royal afternoon tea.

The Chocolate Deli - The home of sweet treats and British teatime eats!

Pop in to order and takeaway to benches on Saturday 4th until 4 PM to bag some tasty treats to take out to the party.

  • Cakes
  • Sandwiches 
  • Waffles
  • Paninis
  • High Tea
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Children's Lunchboxes 
  • Coffees, teas
  • Frappes
  • Milkshakes 
  • Smoothies 
  • Children's drinks 
  • And more....!

Check out what's on their menus here! Or just have a look at their window for an in-person menu before you pop in!

Please feel free to order from anywhere in the city and eat at these benches, or alternatively bring a picnic and enjoy the day. It's up to you!

We hope you have a fantastic time celebrating the Queens Platinum Jubilee at this giant Royal Garden Party!!!


Please do not take alcohol onto the benches. Please consume any alcohol within the licenced venues. Thank you.

Cheers your Majesty - The Royal Garden Party is nearly here!

Cheers your Majesty

After months of anticipation, the Royal Platinum Jubilee is here!  As the nation eagerly awaits 2 extra Bank Holidays to commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s 70 years on the throne, Worcester’s food and drink venues look forward to the city’s celebrations.

Worcester BID, alongside partners Worcester City Council, is organising a Royal Garden Party in New Street and Friar Street from 11-5 on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June, allowing the community and visitors to sit out and relax in this glorious setting.  So, if there’s no party planned in your area, get involved in the city centre giant street party.  Come along to the Royal Garden Party and enjoy a free family day out in the historical surroundings of one of our city’s beautiful Tudor streets whilst celebrating the 70 years of Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

At the Royal Garden Party there’s something for all the family: children’s games, live music, food, competitions and much more… you could even win lunch with a princess or superhero!  Order food directly to your street table from participating cafes and restaurants, or bring a picnic (or both!)  – let’s celebrate!

Elsewhere in Worcester, bars, cafes and restaurants are also toasting her Majesty throughout the Jubilee celebrations – book in one of the city venues for brunch, lunch or an evening meal to share the party vibe.  It’s a lovely long weekend so take full advantage of what your favourite city eateries and bars can serve up.

Follow @MakeItWorc on Instagram for further event teasers and up to date details.

Museum of Royal Worcester celebrates 70 royal years in Porcelain with the help of Stanley Road Primary School

Museum of Royal Worcester celebrates 70 royal years in Porcelain with the help of Stanley Road Primary School

The Museum of Royal Worcester has been awarded a grant from the Arts Council’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund, administered by Worcester Community Foundation, ensuring that creativity plays an important role in local community celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

Sophie Heath, Museum Director said “Thanks to the grant adults and children can get creative all summer at the Museum of Royal Worcester. We’ll be celebrating with an exciting programme of royal-themed creative activities. From Saturday 28 May until Sunday 4 September, we have a special exhibition exploring 70 royal years in Worcester Porcelain and our connections to Queen Elizabeth II. You’ll see samples of things made for her use, royal commemoratives marking milestones in her life, and records of her two visits to the Royal Worcester factory.

Children from Stanley Road Primary School visited the Museum in May for a hands-on creative workshop with local artist, Fliss O’Neill. We are delighted to show you their wonderful array of Very Special Plate designs fit for the Queen and inspired by Royal Worcester, which will be on display too. Throughout the Summer you’ll be able to contribute to our creative artwork wall in the display where we’re asking what you’re celebrating in 2022. Our ceramic studio is offering Jubilee shapes so you can choose to paint-your-own royal-themed mug, princess carriage or crown as a commemorative souvenir.”

Wednesday 1 June is Jubilee Party Day at the Museum and everyone is invited to take part in creative arts activities inside and outside the Museum. You can get involved and help create our Big Tea Party Wall celebratory artwork with artist Fliss O’Neill on the day. Our Pop-Up Museum will be back in the courtyard, with royal-themed crafty activities. There will be tea-tasting and bite-sized gallery talks. Book at

Darren Henley, Chief Executive at Arts Council England said “The Let’s Create Jubilee Fund is a wonderful example of our ambition to give everyone the opportunity to participate in and experience the arts, culture and creativity – made possible thanks to National Lottery players. This June, we’ll see communities across England coming together to celebrate a historic milestone for this country. I’m excited to see these projects brought to life in villages, towns and cities across the country as our wonderfully creative communities celebrate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.”

Rosemary Macdonald, CEO, UK Community Foundations, said: “For community foundations, people and places are the priority and the Queen's Platinum Jubilee is a unique opportunity for people to get together and celebrate in their communities. We are proud to have connected Arts Council England with local organisations whose imaginative and exciting projects and collaborations with professional artists will bring communities together to enjoy marking this milestone moment in our history.”

HM The Queen Elizabeth II is the first monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee, having overtaken Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch in 2015.  Her reign has been marked by a commitment to public service, reflected by her extensive programme of engagements at home and abroad, and support for over 600 cultural organisations, charities, military associations, professional bodies and public service organisations.

Over 50 Jobs Created in Worcester Town Centre as The Botanist Gets Ready for Summer Opening!

Known for its lavish botanical themed interiors, award-winning bar and restaurant The Botanist has announced that it’s now hiring a full team to run operations at its new Cathedral Square venue, with 50-60 roles available.  



Hopeful of a July opening, the brand is looking for front and back of house staff, from Chefs to Servers to Bartenders, and encourages creativity, individuality and personal flair from its employees. 


Roles are also advertised for a Duty Manager and Sous Chef to join the growing team.  


Rachel Guy, Openings Manager at New World Trading Company added, “Our stunning new opening brings the opportunity for exceptional individuals to join us. Joining us at the beginning of our journey means you’ll be bringing our unique brand to life with the help of award-winning training. 



“Our in-house Management Academy & Future Managers programme offers transparent career pathways and the chance to progress across our nationwide brand family.” 



To find out more about the opportunities available and apply, visit  



The brand is also on the hunt for talented local musicians, across a range of genres including rock, pop, soul and R&B, to join its roster of artists in delivering live entertainment at the new venue. To apply, visit   



Worcester’s winers and diners can look forward to The Botanist’s world-class cocktails, extensive craft beer offering and famed hanging kebabs. Live music is another key ingredient in helping to create a relaxed and atmospheric experience-led social venue, ideal for family meals, sophisticated evenings and celebrating special occasions. 


To stay up to date with The Botanist Worcester’s opening, follow it’s Facebook page or sign up to its newsletter to be the first to know about exclusive invites and offers for the opening week.  

Worcester Business Improvement District (BID) are delighted to announce their new appointment Crystal Thompson as Business Engagement & Marketing Executive

Worcester Business Improvement District (BID) are delighted to announce their new appointment Crystal Thompson as Business Engagement & Marketing Executive.

Crystal joined the BID team in 2021.  Since joining, Crystal has worked on creating a new social media presence across platforms Instagram and TikTok as well as including the BID district in journalistic work and magazines to target vast audiences. Crystal has also been developing key business relationships in the city centre and looks forward to expanding partnership and stakeholder engagement.

Crystal has a background in editorial work and business marketing. Having grown up in Worcester and returning to call it home once again following studies, Crystal has strong ties to the city and has a real passion for improving trading standards in the city.

Crystal said: “Worcester has a fantastic mix of independent and high street businesses that make a visit to the city centre feel unique. Worcester provides a local, friendly feel due to its size and its welcoming business owners – it truly offers a far more personable experience than larger cities”.

Contact Crystal if you would like to get your BID business involved with any promotional activities.