LitFest Walks

LitFest Words on Water Midsummer Walk 2017

Wednesday 21 June and another lovely walk around the waterways of Worcester. As well-attended as ever, we stopped for a drink at The Diglis Hotel. There were babies in buggies and dogs walking alongside, poetry and short stories abounded and we all had a smashing time.

LitFest Midsummer Walk 2016


The Midsummer Walk 2016 by LitFest took place on Friday 24 June and started at the entrance to Cripplegate Park. This year we had a slow ramble around the river walking past The Weir and over Diglis Bridge in a circular route returning to Cripplegate Park.

Poetry was performed along the way and we were joined by two small dogs who quickly made friends with each other and with all the poets.

The Weir – River Severn – Worcester. Photo by Polly Stretton

Polly was thanked for organising the walk.

The meeting point
The meeting point – photo with thanks to First Paige


LitFest Solstice Walk – a fabulous freebie

Starting around 10:30pm

Saturday 20 June

Join us for a spookily fun walk around Worcester’s famous waterside for the Summer Solstice – this year we’re keeping it local – the walk will be along the banks of the River Severn. Starting outside Cripplegate Park gates on the St John’s side of Worcester Bridge at 10:30(ish) Saturday 20 June, following the Jonny Fluffypunk / Offa’s Poet gig. We’ll bear health and safety in mind and ask everyone to bring a torch and wear stout shoes / boots and warm clothing.

The route will be along the riverside to Diglis Lock and encompass the Diglis basin marina area. There will be poetry and prose performances along the route to entertain you.

Start time 10.30pm – finish anticipated just after midnight.

Anyone who wants can perform their poetry, short stories or flash fiction.

We’re allocating 5-minute performance slots for those interested.

Bring a torch, warm clothing and wear stout walking shoes.





Ooooh! A Midnight Moonlight Solstice Walk!

Moonlight on the Old Hills

Meet at The Old Hills car park, Callow End, Friday 20 June at 22:30 – after the Launch of The LitFest – for a wonderful walk into midnight.

Good company with poems and stories along the way – discover something of the heritage we so often take for granted – celebrate the  solstice.

This LitFest Walk takes you around gentle walks on Old Hills, which was once part of the large hunting forest known as Malvern Chase.

Time 1-2 hours – feel free to take frequent breaks, maybe make some notes of your thoughts – as ever we will be walking ‘There and Back Again’ (Tolkien, 1954)

Let’s have a fabulous Midnight Moonlight Solstice Walk with LitFest

The LitFest Midnight Moonlight Solstice Walk starts at The Old Hills car park just past Callow End on the Upton Road, B4424.


Leave Worcester and head for the A449 towards Powick / Malvern, turn off at Powick onto the B4424 the Upton Road. Go through the village of Callow End and as you leave the village you’ll see two bends with chevron warnings – go through these. You’ll see two signs pointing to St Clouds on the left, go past these and take the next right, the entrance to the Old Hills, go down the bank and park.

We’ll start our walk as soon as everyone who has said they’re coming has arrived. This should be around 10:30pm, we’ll wait until 10:45ish and then set off.

At midnight we’ll have our picnics (bring your own!) and maybe some bubbles and spoken word performances.

Time 1-2 hours – we will take frequent breaks – we’ll be asking if you’d like to share any pieces you’ve written.

  • There will be a first-aid kit available should there be any minor accidents; any accidents/incidents must be reported immediately to Polly either in person or by calling 07811 780561
  • Polly is the walk leader – and there will be a walk back-marker
  • Poets and story tellers will read at specific points along the walk
  • Bring a torch, essential for the readers, useful for others
  • Keep to the path, we’ll say that again keep to the path
  • Wear sturdy walking shoes or boots, the ground is rough in places
  • Single file when necessary, please respect other walkers
  • Always keep young children under supervision
  • Clean up after your dog and keep it under control
  • Take all rubbish home with you

Be aware of these potential hazards:

  • Slipping or tripping due to patches of rough ground – the walk leader will point these out en route
  • Weather conditions, dress appropriately – it gets chilly at midnight!
  • Hazardous substance or sharp vegetation and objects

Walk leader mobile number: Polly: 07811 780561

We take your safety seriously and a risk assessment has been conducted. It’s especially important to be sensible about not over-reaching yourself: don’t push yourself, or your party, beyond your limits, and don’t hesitate to cut your walk short if you are tiring. LitFest have organised this Midnight Moonlight Solstice Walk and remind everyone that you are each responsible for your own safety and that of others – take care.

In alphabetical order, here are the writers and poets who have confirmed they’re coming along and will be reading their work:

Tim Cranmore
Maggie Doyle
Liz Hayden-Jones
Polly Robinson
Ruth Stacey

Any questions, please email

Further information is available from the LitFest website or by visiting the Eco Hub7 The Lychgate, Cathedral Plaza, the Transition Worcester / Worcester Roots Foundation / LitFest shared shop in Worcester city centre.



Join our Worcestershire Poet Laureate, Tim Cranmore, for fresh air and a gentle springtime walk with time to stop and listen to poets and prose writers on the Malverns. Sunday 6 April starting at 2pm from Black Hill Car park (British Camp end of Jubilee Drive).

WLF&F logo concepts
An easy wander to Little Switzerland. Stopping for tea and cake at The Kettle Sings and a flat walk back where you will be given the opportunity to read some of your work on the way if you’d like. Make it easy, prepay via PayPal here, just a fiver:


or pay on the day. Hope to see you there.

Black Hill Walk
Fabulous photo used in the poster by Dave Lauberts, see more of Dave’s work at


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s