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Warriors Welcome


By Clive Neil
August 19 2010

Warriors Welcome

GETTING HERE

Rail

Worcester has two railway stations – Foregate Street in the City Centre and Shrub Hill, about 10 minutes walk from the Centre. Both stations are served by trains from First Great Western and London Midland. Direct services run to Hereford, Birmingham, Gloucester, Bristol, Swindon, Oxford, Reading and London. Check the following websites for times and tickets, particularly Groupsave offers, where 3 or 4 people can travel for the price of 2:

London Midland

First Great Western

National Rail

Bus/Coach

Worcester is served by a number of National Express Coach services calling at the main bus and coach station, Crowngate, in the City Centre. Services and fares are on the National Express website,

National Express

Local bus services are operated by First and Diamond Bus. On matchdays, however, there is a service from the Crowngate Bus Station direct to the ground, and also from the Park and Ride sites at County Hall and Blackpole. Return fares are in the region of £3.50

The map below shows the location of the two train stations and Crowngate Bus Station.

Map

Road

Sixways is located just off Junction 6 (Worcester North) of the M5. There is no parking at the ground on matchdays, however, as it is all reserved for pass holders. {Check with club whether any spaces reserved and available for visiting disabled supporters} There is parking at the ground for coaches, including minibuses – contact the club for confirmation and details on 01905 454183

Park and Ride

There are 2 sites where parking is free but you will have to pay to travel on the bus to the ground. The Blackpole site is just off the A449 road to Kidderminster, from Junction 6. County Hall is on the A4440 between Junctions 6 and 7(Worcester South). Both are signposted with yellow AA signs “Worcester Rugby – Park and Ride”.

Park and Walk

There is also car parking available on the Industrial Estate near to Sixways. Some of the companies on the estates open their car parks for use by supporters, usually charging a fee, which is donated to a local charity.You may also park for free on the road or the grass verges but beware the yellow lines and make sure you do not block any of the industrial premises, particularly access for HGVs. The yellow lines are enforced and cars causing an obstruction will be removed by the police and a fee charged for recovery.

The industrial estate is signposted from Junction 6 by yellow AA signs “Worcester Rugby – Park and Walk”.The route to the ground is via a Nature Reserve about half way along Wainwright Road and via Offerton Lane, alongside the canal. Please do not attempt to walk to the ground by going back to the motorway island and then walking along the road to Sixways, even if you are running late – it is not really suitable for pedestrians and the police have been known to turn people back.

Taxi

There are taxi ranks at each of the railway stations and on the High Street in the City Centre. Fare should be about £8-10. Traffic can queue to get into the ground so if you are tight for time you may be better to ask the driver to take you to Wainwright Road and the entrance to the Nature Reserve, used as the Park and Walk route, and walk from there – 5-10 minutes.

GETTING IN

Tickets are available online at, Warriors Online Tickets . There is no need to register to use the site but there is a booking fee of £2.00. You may also order on the telephone, 01905 454183. There are discounts for ordering in advance and a further discount for ordering online. If you are disabled please ring for details of any concessions. Ticket prices and a stadium plan follow,

Match Ticket Prices 2010/11

Ticket Prices Sixways Stadium

Stadium Plan

Sixways Stadium Plan

INSIDE THE GROUND

The main entrance is in the North West corner, by the bus stops where the buses drop off. Other entrances are behind the East stand, in the North corner, just after the ticket office and in the South East corner.Food outlets are situated in the North West corner, by the entrance and in the Scrum Club on the ground floor of the Sixways Premier Suite; behind the East Stand; and in the South East corner of the ground. There’s a good curry stall but also worth trying are the faggots and sausages from the Ragley Hall Estate butchers.There are bars in the Scrum Club, underneath the East Stand, in the South East corner and in the South Stand. There are also mobile bars in front of the Clubhouse and behind the East Stand.The Club also usually offers dining packages in the Pitchview Restaurant, part of the East Stand. Contact the club for details on 01905 454183.

STAYING HERE

If you have a long way to travel or want to visit some of the other attractions in Worcester and the surrounding area, there are plenty of places to stay.

There is a Premier Inn close to the ground, next to the M5, with a Beefeater attached. There is also a Travelodge in the City centre, opposite the Cathedral. Other hotels include

The Fownes, ;

The Whitehouse,

The Diglis House,

There are also plenty of B&Bs – see Visit Worcester for details and ideas of what to see and do whilst you are here, .

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