Alcester has the atmosphere of a quintessential English market town; an architechtural gem with a lively community feel. Its medieval street pattern survives almost intact, along with many ancient properties including the 17th century town hall and parish church of St Nicholas with its 14th century tower.
Alcester is at the junction of two Roman roads and finds a place in written history during the Roman occupation.You can find out more in our "Roman Alcester" museum close to the town centre.
At the beginning of the twentieth century the unearthing of a Bishops crozier in Walrus Ivory,"the Tau Cross" in the rectory garden, yielded the finest example of Anglo Saxon carving ever to be discovered in this country. It is now on display in the British Museum in London.
We enjoy bringing our heritage to life through regular annual events such as the Pancake Race in February, Town Criers competition at Easter, Community Street Market in June, "Mop" Fair in October, St Nicholas Christmas Fayre, or at the Folk, Beer, Food and Arts festivals, parades and concerts throughout the year.
Alcester has an ancient manorial Court Leet, which is responsible for many of the colourful events. Their titles, amongst others include the High Bailiff, the Sheriff, the bread-weighers, ale tasters, leather tester and the brook looker.
In the summer the town bursts into life with thousands of flowers planted by former Alcester in Bloom volunteers. Alcester has won numerous awards including the overall National Winner in the annual Britain in Bloom competition.
To Learn more about our Town visit http://alcester.co.uk/
Shopping in Alcester is a blend of old and new with unusual and delightul premises offering fine antiques and fabrics as well as other specialist retailers and fresh local foods.
Set between two spectacular ancestral homes, Ragley Hall and Coughton Court, which are open to the public between April and October and located only seven miles from Shakespeares birth place, Alcester is truly one of the most vibrant gems in