Category Archives: Events

Our Suggestions for September

Kington Show

8th September 2018

Kington Show offers a traditional show with horses, cattle, sheep and Poultry classes culminating with a grand parade of livestock.  There will be nearly 200 trade stands at the event, with many local producers, arts and crafts, food, tools, toys, clothes, tractors to name just a few!

www.kingtonshow.co.uk

h.art (Herefordshire Art)

8th – 16th 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

Malvern Autumn Show

29th & 30th  September

Malvern Autumn Show returns for a weekend of home-grown family fun.  You can browse top exhibits in the RHS Flower Show and purchase quality plants from these award-winning nurseries.

The UK National Giant Vegetable Championship promises to return bigger and better than ever before with a broad variety of oversized vegetables. Nostalgia and retro fans can discover hidden gems in the Vintage Village with an array of eclectic finds.

Malvern Autumn Show is a show for all the family and throws open its gates to welcome toddlers to teenagers and big kids too.

www.malvernautumn.co.uk

 

 

Our Suggestions for August

Hereford Country Fair

5th August 

Herefordshire Country Fair offers Three rings of non-stop all-day entertainment and country fair favourites: terrier racing, working gun dogs, inter hunt relay, scurry racing, laser clay shooting, fly fishing and a parade of foxhounds. With over a 100 trade stands, the shopping and craft marquee and the fabulous food hall, the fair offers a great shopping experience.

The Fair is now in its 40th year and promises a great family day out.

herefordshirecountryfair.co.uk

Down On The Farm Festival

10th – 12th August 

This is Gwatkin Cider’s seventh 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.

Our 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.

downonthefarmfestival.gwatkincider.co.uk

Hampton Court Castle Bee Celebration

18th & 19th August 

Hampton Court Castle Bee Celebration. In celebration of National Honey Bee Day, enjoy a weekend filled with everything bees!

There will be talks, stalls and food all in collaboration with local associations, beekeepers and producers.

Also look out for the bees as you wander around the gardens here at Hampton Court Castle!

The gardens, castle tours and Orangery Cafe will be open as usual. Normal admission prices apply.

hamptoncourtcastle.co.uk

 

Our Suggestions for July

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

Monmouth Show

Saturday 7th  July

Each year over 20,000 visitors enjoy a taste of farming and the countryside at the stunning showground on the banks of the River Wye in Monmouth.
An outstanding Grand Parade of British livestock and horses is the highlight of a day packed with the thrills and spills of main ring entertainment, food, farming and a wide range of rural interests. Whether a regular, or a first time visitor, you’ll be sure of a warm welcome.

www.monmouthshow.co.uk

The Royal Welsh Show

23rd – 26th  July 

Along with an exciting four-days of livestock competitions, with entries travelling from far and wide to compete, the show has something to interest everyone through its wide range of activities including forestry, horticulture, crafts, countryside sports, shopping, food and drink and a 12-hour programme each day of exciting entertainment, attractions and displays.

www.rwas.co.uk/royal-welsh-show

Three Choirs Festival

28th July to 4th August

Highlights include artists such as The Philharmonia Orchestra, Artisitc Director Geraint Bowen, Soloists Clare Hammond, Ruby Hughes and Mahan Esfahani.

3choirs.org

 

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