A NUMBER of popular Malvern events are returning this summer after the dark days of Covid lockdown.

This weekend, the Midsummer Malvern festival gets underway around the town. This event is a celebration of the history of some of the people and places to have made Malvern famous throughout history.

Running from June 19 to June 27, the festival kicks off with a tree trail around Priory Park, to be inaugurated at the opening ceremony by Cllr Cynthia Palmer, chairman of Malvern Hills District Council.

During the week there will be a number of guided walks, treasure hunts and activities across various locations, including The Council House and Victoria Park, which will delve into the district’s historical connections.

There will be two special events, including the exhibition at Elmslie House which focuses on the life and work of Victor Moody RA and his daughter, Catherine. Malvern Civic Society received a grant of £500 from Malvern Town Council to host the exhibition.

The even has been organised by Malvern Civic Society and is a one-week celebration of community activity. All tickets must be booked. Visit www.malverncivicsociety.org.uk/

In addition, the Three Counties Showground will be hosting a new event called the Midsummer Garden Life Festival from June 23 to 25.

Visitors can enjoy a colourful Midsummer party with plants, entertainment, and local produce.

Another Malvern event returning this year is Malvern Science in the Park. This event runs from 10.30am to 4.30pm on Saturday, June 26 and is aimed at primary and early secondary school students and their families.

Planned activities will include rocket launching, physics experiments, materials analysis, computer science, geological investigations, meteorology, mathematical origami, imaging sun-spots, and more.

Dr Adrian Burden, managing director of Innovate Malvern CIC, said: “After more than a year of disruption from the pandemic, we’re all relying on science to better understand the virus and come up with effective vaccines and novel treatments so that life can one day return to normal.

"And we’re going to need plenty more scientists across many disciplines in the future to reboot the economy and tackle climate change, so this will be a fun opportunity to perform some experiments and find out what being a scientist is all about." For more information, go to www.innovatemalvern.com/science-in-park