One of the region's most picturesque cities has been named as one of the best hidden gems to visit this Christmas. With the festive season just around the corner, many Brummies may be looking for the perfect destination to enjoy a cosy winter retreat.

According to a new study conducted by Christmas Tree World, which has analysed factors such as number of restaurants and attractions, there are several lesser-known destinations across the country that could provide the ideal Christmas getaway for those wanting to escape the crowds in big cities. Worcester, just down the road on the M5, featured in the study's list of festive hidden gems, coming in at fifth after the likes of Gloucester, Conwy and Stratford-upon-Avon.

The Christmas website wrote: "While some families and individuals prefer to hit the big cities around Christmas time to experience the hustle and bustle, some would rather explore quaint towns and cities that are a little less crowded to enjoy the festivities. Worcester, a cathedral city in the district of the same name in Worcestershire, brings the Victorian Christmas Fayre with over 200 food and drink stalls and funfair rides.

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"The fayre allows visitors to see how Christmas might have looked 150 years ago, as Victorian characters fill the historic streets. Worcester’s buildings stretch back around 5,000 years, making the city a favourable choice for history buffs."

Worcester's traditional Victorian Fayre is the city's food and drink extravaganza which only takes place over one long weekend. This year, around 200 stalls will be based around Worcester's historic alleyways including New Street, Friar Street, Pump Street, High Street, the Cornmarket and Cathedral Square.

When is Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre 2023 taking place?

The Christmas Fayre and market in Worcester city centre takes place this year from Thursday, November 30 to Sunday, December 3.

The 2023 opening times for each day are:

Thursday November 30 - midday to 9pm

Friday December 1 - 11am to 9pm

Saturday December 2 - 10am to 8pm

Sunday December 3 - 11am to 5pm