Love the Arbo returns with city estate lighting up for free festival

FESTIVAL: Love The Arbo festival <i>(Image: Love the Arbo)</i>
FESTIVAL: Love The Arbo festival (Image: Love the Arbo)

HOMES in an area of Worcester will be brightened up next month with a community-led festival.

Every year during February, for Love The Arbo (LTA), neighbours in the Arboretum decorate their homes with light and colour with creative displays in their windows for people to walk around and enjoy during the evening.

This year's fun festival, which will again be creating a light trail for all to explore, is being held between Saturday, February 11 and Monday, February 13 with a theme of ‘Windows to the World’.

Worcester News: DISPLAYS: Love the Arbo window displays
Worcester News: DISPLAYS: Love the Arbo window displays

DISPLAYS: Love the Arbo window displays (Image: Love the Arbo)

The festival starts with a main launch event on Saturday, February 11, the lights being on daily between 6pm until 9pm until the end of the festival.

Residents hand-make the decorations and use all kinds of materials, lights and sounds to make their window light displays.

Among the events for the launch will be performances on the streets from Dancefest, dreamy soundscape AV by Richè inside Worcester Baptist Church and some stunning lighting and projections from Wavelength StageCo to find around the Arbo area - from the Pocket Park to Wolverton Road and up into the Arbo streets themselves.

Worcester News: FESTIVAL: Love the Arbo festival
Worcester News: FESTIVAL: Love the Arbo festival

FESTIVAL: Love the Arbo festival (Image: Love the Arbo)

Darren Smith, Love the Arbo committee member, said: “We are really excited that this will be the fifth year of the Love the Arbo event as it has proved a wonderful way to bring the community together in a fun way.

"Each year it has grown and this year it promises to be great again”.

Musician Riché said: “I’m looking forward to performing this year.

"I’ve enjoyed walking around Love the Arbo with my family in previous years and It’s always such a great community vibe on the streets.”

Arboretum residents can grab free material packs and pop along to an ideas session in the Baptist Church on Monday, January 30, between 6pm and 8pm.

A basic map and list of what's on is available to be picked up from the Baptist Church Hall, Sansome Walk, from Saturday at 6pm, where there will also be refreshments and volunteers to help.

Love the Arbo has a variety of funding from GWR Community Fund, Sanctuary Housing Community Investment, and City and County Council support from Matthew Jenkins, Jenny Barnes and Karen Lewing, material donations from The Duckworth Trust and supported by Severn Arts as part of The Arches Worcester Community Festivals Programme.

Around 70 homes take part annually.