2 nights starting from
Opening service at Worcester Cathedral
Various choral performances at Worcester Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey and Pershore Abbey
Visit to Harvington Hall, dating back to the 1300s
Talk by Dr Timothy Brain, Chairman of the Three Choirs Festival
The Three Choirs Festival began in the early 18th century, rotating between the three great cathedral cities of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford and is one of the world’s oldest and best classical choral music festivals. In 2020 the festival will be in Worcester and will feature a wonderful range of concerts, including performances at Worcester Cathedral, Tewkesbury Abbey and Pershore Abbey.
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Day 1: Arrive independently at Hilton Puckrup Hall from 15.00.
This evening there will be a welcome reception, dinner with wine and talk by Dr Timothy Brain, Chairman of the Three Choirs Festival.
Day 2: Worcester.
Our day begins with the festival’s opening service at Worcester Cathedral. After lunch we will take our seats at Tewkesbury Abbey for a performance by the National Youth String Orchestra, including works by Howells and Beethoven. This evening we will have an early dinner at the hotel before returning to the cathedral to enjoy a varied concert featuring Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Elgar’s The Music Makers and more.
Day 3: Harvington Hall.
This morning we will visit Harvington Hall, a beautiful moated manor house dating from the 1300s which boasts the largest collection of priest hides in the country. After lunch we will enjoy an afternoon performance of works by Holst, Vaughan Williams, Finzi and two tribute pieces (on his birthday)to the choral conductor and composer, Donald Hunt, who died in 2018. The concert takes place in Pershore Abbey, one of the finest examples of Norman and Early English architecture in the country. Return to the hotel for approximately 17.30.
VIP - Please be aware that the festival programme may be subject to change due to covid-19. As soon as we have any further information we will of course let all our customers know. The intention is to stick as closely as possible to the 2020 programme as above.
Optional extra night: For those wishing to stay an extra night there will be an early evening dinner at Worcester Cathedral followed by a performance of Mendelssohn’s St Paul at Worcester Cathedral including Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Breakfast will be included the following morning and you will be able to depart at your leisure. (Supplement applies £180 pp in twin / double or £233 pp in double for sole use)
NB: Exact order or excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion
Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 47 passengers.
The four-star Hilton Puckrup Hall, near Tewkesbury is set in 140 acres of grounds and boasts excellent facilities. Hotel facilities include a restaurant, bar, fitness centre, swimming pool, spa and steam room.
Parking: complimentary for Travel Editions clients.
Please click here to download the full programme for the Three Choirs Festival Worcester 2021.
Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.
You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day.
For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation.
The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date.
Review by Polyviou who travelled 26-July-2019
We reported that our washbasin plug was not working when we got there. It was still not working when we left!!!
Review by Anonymous who travelled 26-July-2019
A very enjoyable weekend apart from the noise of a wedding party through much of Saturday night. Not your fault but it did deprive one of sleep!!
Review by Anonymous who travelled 26-July-2019
The concerts at Hereford were excellent. The Tour Manager was nice and helpful. I would recommend the tour hotel being in Hereford or the city in question (even if this compromises quality a bit), thus avoiding longish bus journeys and enabling travellers to go back to the hotel between events as there was a fair bit of waiting around in Hereford for events. A day of 9.00 am to 10.30pm is quite long to be out and about.
Review by Adam who travelled 27-July-2018
We thoroughly enjoyed the trip and would be interested in next year's trip to the Gloucester Three Choirs. The food at the hotel was excellent and the staff were very friendly. However, we were a little disappointed with our room which was on the second floor and only had a small circular window with limited opening (in very hot weather!). Also, the shower in the bathroom was very weak.
Review by who travelled 27-July-2018
Enjoyable, despite the cool and wet weather. Staff in hotel and on tour were professional and helpful. Warm welcome. Not so impressed by the events on the Sat and Sun afternoons. Might have been better to leave those times free for people to sightsee or book a festival event more to their taste.
Review by Carroll who travelled 27-July-2018
Details of the daily programme, times and venues, were not supplied which led to some uncertainty and confusion, but very enjoyable three days, thank you.
Review by Mrs Diana Holbrook who travelled 22-July-2016
The first evening wine was offered at the dinner, and no one said that we had to pay for it, so we were very surprised to be charged £20 extra on our bill even if we had not had any.
Review by Mr David Trollope who travelled 22-July-2016
Three Choirs @ Worcester next year!
Review by Mr James Hadley who travelled 22-July-2016
Review by Mrs Lindsay Sainsbury who travelled 24-July-2015
In view of the distances between your hotels and the Festival venues, may I suggest that in future, you cut out the return to the hotel for an early dinner before an evening concert. There are usually adequate dining facilities nearer to the Festival site. The hotel catering was excellent, but too rushed for comfort.
Review by Mrs Josie Wade who travelled 24-July-2015
Review by Mr Douglas Oberheim who travelled 24-July-2015
Hotel much too far from Hereford.(approx. 50 mins!!). It involved repeated long journeys to & from venues. This left no time at all to change & have dinner.
Review by Mrs Veronica Skates who travelled 24-July-2015
Trip spoiled by unecessary travel from Hereford back to hotel for dinner ths meant that we missed one of the concerts, my wife is a very poor traveller on coaches, and missed dinner on one night so that we could stay in Hereford. Surely meals could have been arranged in the Town!
Review by Mr Ernist Booth who travelled 24-July-2015
too much time spent to and from hotel to the cathedral.3-4 hours each day.
Review by Miss Josphine Butler who travelled 24-July-2015
Journey to Puckrup Hall was not easy for me. I travelled by train to Ashchurch Station where there were no taxis or buses at the station. I was able to find my way without too much trouble but an older person may not be so confident. The journey to and from Tewkesbury became quite tedious and left very little time on Saturday, and presumably for those staying Sunday night, for an enjoyable evening meal.
Review by Mrs Rosalind Rowlands who travelled 24-July-2015
The hotel was lovely but too far from Hereford. The journey time, without hold ups as the traffic was generally light was too long, and made all of Saturday a rush. I went home on Sunday because of the weather and a potential slide show in a hall in Ledbury had little appeal. The tickets, concerts, food and company were as always excellent
Review by Ms Diane Steltner who travelled 24-July-2015
Puckrup Hilton not as good as the one used for R 3rd trip; Staff were not particularly friendly and I observed the senior bar staff bordering on the surly. The arrangements for the coach were inadequate as the driver was unable to park near main entrance and a long walk was required from the part many of whom had mobility problems. Tewkesbury is quite a drive from Hereford and the travel between events became tedious, Instead of rushing back for hasty early meals, would it not be possible for participants to cater for themselves in whatever location they arrived in and perhaps coffee and sandwiches be made available upon return to the hotel at the end of the day? Out side of these considerations we had a very good trip with some musical experiences that will remain in the memory.
Review by Mr Brian Cook who travelled 24-July-2015
Review by Ms Diane Steltner who travelled 25-July-2014
This tour was marred by the very late arrival of the bus for the opening service in the cathedral. Neither Travel Editions nor the bus company seem to have taken account of the extra heavy traffic conditions on the M5 and following the break up of the schools. We arrived two thirds of the way through the service so we lost our very good seats in the nave and missed a good deal of the wonderful music. Bussing to and from from the hotel was always tense because timing was a difficulty. The hotel was too far from the festival for comfort.
Review by Miss Miranda Davies who travelled 25-July-2014
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