Category Archives: Events

Our Suggestions For June

Hay Festival

24th May to 3rd June

Hay Festival is the literary highlight of the UK’s cultural calendar, bringing together the greatest writers, thinkers and performers of the moment in a vibrant exchange of ideas and celebration of creative work for all ages.

Hay Festival celebrates great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking.

www.hayfestival.com

Hereford Food Festival

9th & 10th June

Showcasting the finest food and drink purveyors from Hereford and beyond -
The Hereford Food Festival is back for its second year and is set to be another fabulous weekend for all the family with Food, Fun, Music and More.

www.theherefordfoodfestival.co.uk

Royal Three Counties Show

15th – 17th June

The Heart of England’s premiere celebration of the countryside and rural life – it’s a great summer’s day out.  Lots of activities for all the family ensure that there is never a dull moment.  The finest showcase of farming, equine, food and the great outdoors comes together at Three Counties Showground, Malvern – Make sure you’re part of it.

www.threecounties.co.uk

Hereford Walking Festival

16 – 24th June 

Set the time aside to enjoy nine days of glorious summer walking.  Explore some of Herefordshire’s history and heritage …..

www.walkingfestival.com 

Shobdon Food & Flying Festival

30th June & 1st July

Set in beautiful north Herefordshire surroundings at an historic WW2 airfield, the unique event combines the best local gastronomy, a host of aviation attractions, arts and crafts, demonstrations, live music and lots more. It means a visit, the whole family can enjoy.  For Fliers: Browse the incredible collection of static aircraft and helicopters and watch dozens of interesting arrivals from around the country throughout the weekend.  For Foodies: Sample and buy from over seventy of the very best food and drink producers from Herefordshire and the surrounding counties.

www.shobdonfoodandflyingfestival.co.uk

Our Suggestions for May

River Carnival

4th & 5th May

The Carnival is a day of fun for everyone, celebrating the beauty and vitality of the River Wye and the life that it brings to the city of Hereford.

Hereford is the only city on the River Wye – the fifth-longest river in the UK, stretching some 215 kilometres (134 miles) from source to sea.

www.rivercarnival.org

 

Eastnor Chilli Festival

4th & 5th May

Now in its 7th year! All things Chilli to try and buy! Live music, bars, hot food, children’s cookery school, Chilli Eating Competition and cookery demonstrations. #EastnorChilliFest

 www.eastnorcastle.com

 

The Big Apple

6th & 7th May – Blossomtime Weekend

The annual Blossomtime celebration takes place over the May Day bank holiday weekend.

Marcle Ridge Country - Another good reason to come to the Big Apple is simply to enjoy this wonderful stretch of countryside. Woodlands, soft fruit fields, hopyards and grazing pastures mix with the orchards to create a lovely farming patchwork. The slopes of the Marcle Ridge offer splendid views across to the Malvern Hills to the east, while Woolhope in the west lies within the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

www.bigapple.org.uk

 

RHS Malvern Spring Festival

10th – 13th May

Set against the magnificent Malvern Hills, the spring festival is packed with flowers, food, crafts and family fun

www.rhs.org.uk/shows-events/malvern-spring-festival

 

Hay Festival

24th May to 3rd June

Hay Festival is the literary highlight of the UK’s cultural calendar, bringing together the greatest writers, thinkers and performers of the moment in a vibrant exchange of ideas and celebration of creative work for all ages.

Hay Festival celebrates great writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking.

www.hayfestival.com

 

 

 

Our Suggestions for April

Poppies : Weeping Window

Everyday until April 29th

Weeping Window – the cascade of thousands of individual ceramic poppies will appear at Hereford Cathedral  as part of the final year of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies.  Weeping Window is be free and open to the public.

www.herefordcathedral.org/news/poppies-weeping-window

Hereford Guided Walks

Starting 14th March until 31st October 2018

Join Hereford Guild of Guides  to see Hereford’s interesting and historic buildings and other structures, hear about the history of the city through the ages from Saxon times, its role in the Civil War and its famous people.  The tours last about one and a half hours, starting at the main entrance of the Cathedral. There is no need to book in advance but you will need to purchase a ticket prior to joining the walk.

herefordguidedwalks.org.uk

 

The Weir Garden

Everyday

Spring is in full swing at The Weir Garden, the 10 acre woodland garden is at its best in spring where the paths wind their way through a carpet of spring flowers with the daffodils replacing the snowdrops under the trees. Shake off the cold weather blues by walking through the drifts of daffodils, primroses and aconites through ther woodland garden on the banks of the River Wye.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-weir-garden

 

Hereford Arts Market

Saturday 21st April

Hereford’s art and craft market in High Town, Hereford HR1 1AA from 9am to 4pm. There are usually around 30 stalls selling unique, affordable, original arts and crafts from local makers.

 

Poppies – Weeping Window

Wednesday 14 March to 29th April

The iconic poppy sculpture Weeping Window by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at Hereford Cathedral. The work is on site as part of the final year of 14–18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the poppies.  The men and women of Herefordshire made a huge contribution to the war effort, from the brave young men recruited into the Herefordshire Light Infantry, to the Canary Girls who filled munition shells at the Rotherwas Munitions Factory. Local farmers provided food for the country and the Front, as well as horses for the movement of soldiers and supplies.

Simply beautiful, this amazing display is a must to been seen whilst staying with us.  www.herefordcathedral.org/news/poppies-weeping-window

Weeping Window - Poppies

Our Suggestions for December

Hampton Court Christmas Fair

1st to 3rd December

The Annual Christmas Fair gives you the chance to see this splendid castle at its most atmospheric and beautifully decorated for Christmas. Once again there will be stalls exhibiting a wide range of gifts, local crafts and produce.

 www.hamptoncourt.org.uk

Hereford Arts Market

Saturday 9th December

Hereford’s art and craft market in High Town, Hereford HR1 1AA from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 4th November. There are usually around 30 stalls selling unique, affordable, original arts and crafts from local makers.  Crafts for sale include pottery, sculpture, jewellery and textiles.

Christmas at Croft Castle

2nd, 3rd, 9th, 10th, 17th & 17th December

Step back in time to the 1950’s this Christmas at Croft and evoke the spirit of post-war Britain through the rooms of the castle. Discover how the Croft family worked with the National Trust to save the castle and its parkland for the nation in 1957.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle-and-parkland

Christmas Jumper Day

Saturday 16th December

This year’s Christmas Jumper Raceday offers a fantastic way to get into the festive spirit with a fun day out at the races!
There will be plenty of entertainment and festive music to enjoy and the Christmas Cracker Raceday package …..

www.hereford-racecourse.co.uk

Hereford’s Christmas Markets – High Town

7th, 8th, 14th, 15, 20th, 21 and 22nd December

Shoppers are in for a magical time at Hereford’s Christmas Markets with around 40 stalls each day situated in the heart of Hereford City Centre, all in sight of our giant Christmas tree.

There will be an abundance of festive treats and gifts on offer, including quality local and regional products, crafts, clothing, accessories, jewellery, unique gifts, decorations and stocking fillers which are sure to make the perfect present! In addition there will be our usual selection of traditional market stall lines from authentic independent traders.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Suggestions for November

Hereford Arts Market

Saturday 4th November

Hereford’s art and craft market in High Town, Hereford HR1 1AA from 9am to 4pm on Saturday 4th November. There are usually around 30 stalls selling unique, affordable, original arts and crafts from local makers.  Crafts for sale include pottery, sculpture, jewellery and textiles.

 

Christmas at Croft Castle

18th, 19th, 25th, & 26th November

Step back in time to the 1950’s this Christmas at Croft and evoke the spirit of post-war Britain through the rooms of the castle. Discover how the Croft family worked with the National Trust to save the castle and its parkland for the nation in 1957.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle-and-parkland

Hay Festival Winter Weekend

23rd to 26th November

Festival magic for all the family. Enjoy Hay Festival Winter Weekend and the start of Advent in Hay on Wye Whether you are visiting for the first time or the 18th time, enjoy stories, music and great company and some warming and joyful festival spirit.

Hay Winter Food Festival is on Saturday 25 November from 10-4pm in the Market Square with over 40 local exhibitors

Hay Does Vintage on Sunday 26 November from 10:30-4pm in the Market Square, Cheese market and Butter Market.

 www.hayfestival.com/winterweekend

Soldiers’ Charity Raceday

Wednesday 29th November

Hereford Racecourse is partnering with ABF The Soldiers’ Charity for this inaugural raceday.

Hereford Racecourse is helping raise funds for servicemen and women. There are also plans for a military choir to entertain racegoers during the afternoon.

www.hereford-racecourse.co.uk

Christmas with the Georgians at Berrington Hall

18th & 25th November

The Georgians loved a good party so visit Berrington Hall to celebrate Christmas music, food, dancing and present giving traditions enjoyed by the gentry of a grand mansion house.

The ground floor of the mansion will be dressed as if it were an evening masquerade ball see some of the stunning costumes they may have worn to dance the night away.

Go downstairs to see the hustle and bustle of servant life whilst the Lord’s and ladies of the house enjoyed a relaxing party upstairs.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/berrington-hall

Christmas Fair on The Green

Sunday 27th November

Great collection of stalls showcasing all you need for those very special presents & stocking fillers.  Music & activities for children, choice of excellent street food plus the Friends’ Cafe serving warming mulled wine & very good cake.

www.friendsofcastlegreen.org.uk

Our Suggestions For October

Cider Weekend at Berrington Hall

7th October

The Cider Weekend at Berrington Hall showcases Berrington’s harvest of its vintage apple collection, which will be on display and available to buy and take home over the weekend.  Cider bars, apple grafting, pruning and identification and pressing demonstrations.  Take your weird and wonderful varieties for identification by the apple ID team…

https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/berrington-hall/whats-on

Big Apple Weekend

14th & 15th Ocotober

Take part in a seasonal celebration of English apples and cider in the Herefordshire parishes of Marcle Ridge. Enjoy breakfast or lunch at the Scrumpy House. Leominster Morris Men will be there during the course of the day. Cider Mill tour and tastings also be available during the day….

www.bigapple.org.uk

Cider Making Festival

21st October

A day of apple themed activities ….

www.cidermuseum.co.uk

Eardisland Craft Fair

21st October

Eardisland Craft Fair is held both inside St Mary’s Church and in two marquees.  Crafts being exhibited include a comprehensive range of jewellery, scarves and handbags, scented candles, cards, metalworks, polished gemstones, woodcrafts, textiles and much, much more!  With over 40 stalls to browse this will be an event not to miss…

Waterworks Museum

29th October

This is one of the 20 days in 2017 when the Waterworks Museum will be open between 12-4pm with all the Museum’s engines operating in steam.

The Museum is also the home to a permanent exhibition about Hereford in WW2 and is generally a time capsule of social history for Herefordshire, the Marches and parts of Wales.

And the museum has one of the widest range of working steam, oil, gas and hot air engines engines in the UK, many of which can be seen doing what they were intend for – pumping water.

www. waterworksmuseum.org.uk

 

 

Our Suggestions for September

Bromyard Folk Festival

8th – 10th September

Celebrationing this year, 50 years of the best folk festival/cultural event in the Welsh Border area, featuring over 170 hours of entertainment in just one weekend of traditional music, song and dance.

www.bromyardfolkfestival.co.uk

Ludlow Food Festival

8th – 10th September

Painting the perfect picture…
for lovers of quality food….

www.foodfestival.co.uk

h.art (Herefordshire Art)

9th – 17th September

Established some 15 years ago, h.Art is a prestigious annual event across Herefordshire, with a huge variety of art on show with at a huge variety of media , hundreds of individual artists in venues across the whole county. With the vast majority offering free admission to visitors, h.Art promises a fun day out in one of England’s most beautiful counties as well as the chance to go on the famous h.Art Trail.

www.h-art.org.uk

Abregavenny Food Festival

16th – 17th September

Over the lastseveral years, Abergavenny Food Festival has grown to become the largest, longest running food festival in Wales. The event enjoys an exceptional reputation as a place for chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers to come together. We are known for being an inclusive and welcoming event, delivering a delicious opportunity for people from all walks of life to explore and learn about food.

Through our outstanding programme of activities, including product tastings, kids’ activities, masterclasses, hands-on cookery lessons and topical debates, we provide the inside track on food issues, offer new ideas about the future of our food and showcase rising stars emerging from the industry.

www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com

Malvern Autumn Show

Malvern Autumn Show, in partnership with Westons Cider Visitors Centre, returns for a weekend of home-grown family fun.

Headlining the Cookery Theatre is the charismatic Great British Menu host, Andi Oliver alongside everyone’s favourite laid-back Great British Baker, Selasi Gbormittah.

Topping the horticultural line-up is the RHS Flower Show plus we welcome BBC Gardeners’ World Carol Klein and Alys Fowler. Celebrity florist, Jonathan Moseley will be championing British Flowers and floristry with interactive workshops.

23rd & 24th September

www.malvernautumn.co.uk

Beer On The Wye

7th to 9th July

Following the success of last year, Herefordshire’s biggest beer and cider festival is set to return to the banks of the River Wye at the city’s rowing club.

Over 120 different beers (of every conceivable style, hue and strength) from the length of breath of the nation will feature on the main Beer Bar – a leviathan of barrels stretching for over 120 feet.

Beer On The Wye

Beer On The Wye, Hereford

Cider on the Wye​
It may be called Beer on the Wye, but the festival’s Cider Bar boasts over 120 different ciders and perries – a hundred of them from Herefordshire producers alone.

Relax on the Wye​
With its wonderful laid-back atmosphere set in a riverside meadow in the historic heart of Hereford, Beer on the Wye has become a ‘must-do’ festival for many.

Dine on the Wye​
Again there will be an extensive choice of sensibly-priced hot and cold food to help proceedings along. Besides staples such as fish and chips, pizza and a griddle, there will be a hog roast, pies, pasties and falafels. Food is available at all times and includes a number of vegetarian options. There is a hot breakfast service provided on the Saturday and Sunday for those camping.w

Family Fun on the Wye​
Beer on the Wye is a family-friendly event. It’s always trouble-free and we they are happy to admit accompanied, well-behaved children up to 6pm. However, the best time for families is without doubt our popular Family Fun Day on the Sunday.

www.beeronthewye

 

 

Our Suggestions for August

Hereford Country Fair

Sunday 6th August

In August 2017, on The King George V playing fields, The Herefordshire Country Fair, in conjunction with the Word War 1 Commemoration Committee, will be holding the annual Country Fair.
This historic day will be a major civic event. Alongside all the core traditional features of the Fair there will be educational displays, both in marquees, on the showground itself and in the main ring; where the commitment, hard work and sacrifices made by the civilian population during the war years, and how this contributed to the eventual victory, will be reflected. 1917 was a pivotal time – true hardship had set in and the results of conscription, rationing and shortages called for extraordinary efforts to be made by the whole population.

www.herefordshirecountryfair.co.uk

Down On The Farm Festival – Gwatkin Cider

12th – 14th August

This is Gwatkin Cider’s sixth Down on the Farm Festival. The Festival started as a one day event in 2012 and then expanded to a three day festival in 2013. The owner of Gwatkin Cider, Denis Gwatkin has played in several bands since his teenage years with most of the practice sessions and performances being at the farm.

It therefore felt like a natural progression to get other bands to play on his farm as well, and that blossomed into the festival as we find it at present. His aim is to give local up and coming bands the opportunity to play live on stage alongside more established names on the live music circuit ….

www.downonthefarmfestival.gwatkincider.co.uk

Open Gardents at Laskett Gardens

27th August – in aid of St Michales Hospice 

Easily accessed, just off the A49 at Much Birch, The Laskett Gardens are the creation of Sir Roy Strong, the former director of the V&A Museum and the National Portrait Gallery and his late wife, the acclaimed theatre and film designer, Julia Trevelyan Oman. The gardens offer a unique portrait of its makers with the story of their marriage and their extraordinary lives woven into its very fabric.

They began to take shape in 1974 when Sir Roy and Julia moved to Herefordshire and have continued to evolve ever since; now having the unique accolade of being the largest formal gardens to have been created in England since the Second World War.

Julia’s legacy remains and visitors will be invited to view Julia’s Walk; a wildflower meadow with a meandering path featuring spring flowers that she loved and an orchard of local heritage varieties of apples and pears…