Feel festive this year at one of Worcester’s oldest buildings now the gates can once again be opened. The Commandery reopens on Wednesday 2 December and has a cracking Christmas event lined up for visitors to enjoy.

Following the ease of the national lockdown The Commandery, Worcester is pleased to be able to welcome visitors back and staff have put together a safe festive fun event for the whole family to enjoy. Once again the doors to many visitor attractions in the city had to close in line with government guidelines, but with the national restrictions due to ease on 2 December many are now gearing  to offer some well needed festive cheer, and The Commandery is no exception.

The Commandery is one of the oldest buildings in Worcester dating back to the medieval era where it began life as a monastic hospital. It’s most famously known for the role it played in the English Civil War in 1651, where it became the Royalist headquarter during The Battle of Worcester. This year the team have put together a family friendly event that will run throughout December and aims to offer a safe and fun festive time for all.

Children will be able to explore the site looking for festive clues to help Father Christmas’ Elves put on their Christmas Carol Concert. The trail will lead families to a room that has been transformed into a winter wonderland, the perfect place for a Christmas ‘elfie’ (selfie). There is no need to pre-book.

Helen Manning, events and activities co-ordinator has commented

“We have been waiting for the news that we can run this event and are so pleased to have the go ahead. We all need some festive cheer this year, and that’s exactly what we hope to bring. The trail will be great fun for the little ones, and let people explore this beautiful venue. You an also carry on the festive spirit with a hot chocolate or tasty treat in the café afterwards too!”

The Christmas trail and “elfie” room will be running from Friday 4 December through to 31 December, excluding Monday’s, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and Boxing Day.

Worcester residents can enjoy a year’s entry to The Commandery for £5 for an individual or £12 for a family, full details on the Resident’s Pass here. Visitors need to bring their council tax bill as proof of residency.

The Commandery is a Covid-secure venue and has been given the Good to Go status from Visit England. Details of how the museum is keeping visitors safe can be found at www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk/updates/. Visitors will need to wear face coverings and follow social distancing guidelines. Anyone wishing to visit should also note Worcester is in a tier two area. More information on this can be found on www.worcester.gov.uk and please also see the Government website.


The Commandery is open Tue-Sat 10am-5pm (last entrance is at 4pm) Sundays 11am-3pm (last entrance at 2pm)

The Commandery will be open as normal (Tuesday – Sunday) up to and including 23 December, then re-open after Christmas on Sunday 27 December and Tuesday 29 to Thursday 31 December inclusive. The Commandery is closed during January and re-opens on Tuesday 2 February 2021. 

Image: The Commandery Christmas Tree in The Great Hall