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.
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 ….
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…