There is every activity to try in Herefordshire including pottery making, creative writing, walking, mountain climbing, shooting, felting, cooking and upholstery to name but a few. Take a peak at our ideas for Active & Creative Breaks in Herefordshire. For more great ideas use our handy Great Combo Destinations in Herefordshire Guide.
UPDATE: Falconry activities resume on July 4th 2020 including private handling experiences, photography experiences and wedding ring bearer services. Educational visits and flying displays to families, schools or groups will also be available. Operating 7 days a week. Social distancing rules and restrictions will apply. Full details will be available on our Facebook page, so keep an eye for updates. Wye Valley Falconry is the brainchild of Luke Mammatt, a Falconer from Hereford who has worked at a number of centres around the UK over a 14 year career. Luke has now returned to Herefordshire to establish his own business. Yet he has no premises. Rather, he offers Private Experiences and Events where clients get to meet and fly various birds of prey such as Hawks, Falcons and Owls. A private one-to-one experience, where you get to handle and fly the birds, will make you understand why Birds of Prey are one of the most fascinating predators in the world. These experiences vary in duration and are available all throughout the year. A Flying Display will show you their amazing aerial agility and natural hunting techniques. Educational Visits to any club or organisation (covering any age-group – nurseries to residential homes) […]
Laserclayz is part of Battlelands, a family run activity centre based in the Herefordshire hills offering three great activities; Paintball, Laser Clay Shooting & Splatmaster. Laser Clay Shooting is an outdoor hi-tec electronic version of the countryside sport of clay pigeon shooting, with each player using a modified shotgun to fire infrared laser beams at real clays launched from a real clay trap. It is an activity which can be enjoyed by everyone whatever their age or ability. Unlike clay pigeon shooting there are no dangers to be worried about, it gives no kick back, no loud bangs and leaves no mess behind. The system is run by batteries so needs no electricity, its therefore portable and can be played anywhere. Invite Laserclayz to your property or to a holiday home your staying at, they can even entertain your wedding guests. Its the perfect activity for any kind of celebration, family get together or team bonding. Group sizes of 6 to 30 work best but they can accommodate any group size. A usual session lasts for 1 to 2 hours, with 3 to 4 team games followed by an individual round. Who will be crowned the hotshot of the day? Also see Battlelands.
Update: Now open for all usual activities including the brand new Viking Games. Battlelands is a family run activity centre based in the Herefordshire hills offering three great activities; Paintball, Laser Clay Shooting & Splatmaster. The perfect venue for birthday parties looking for a memorable way to celebrate; corporate and school groups who are looking for team building; hen, stag parties; plus groups of friends who’d like to break out of their normal routine with an action-packed day out. All group sizes can be accommodated with activities for those who are 8 years upwards. The on-site Glamping area, Up On A Hill, can be booked exclusively and offers three luxury lotus belle tents and a shepherd hut. Stay, Play and Partaaay !! Also see Laserclayz.
Chase Distillery is a family owned, British Field to Bottle distillery, creating fine spirits from their farm in Herefordshire. They set up their business in 2008 to challenge the status quo in the white spirits industry. If people are interested in the terroir for their wine or the barrel aging for their whisky, then why shouldn’t they be interested in how their white spirits have been crafted? Why Chase? Well, they grow British Potatoes which they distil into Chase Vodka and then blend or redistil into their range of spirits, including Chase GB Gin. The Chase family have a passion for farming and distil from scratch, taking 250 glorious Herefordshire potatoes to make every bottle. The quality of Chase’s products isn’t by chance. It takes meticulous dedication, craftsmanship and passion from the team. This approach, entirely from field to bottle, really makes Chase different and it is something you can taste in their spirits. Visit the Field to Bottle distillery in Herefordshire, just four miles from Hereford City centre. Chase Distillery’s unique tour and tasting experience unlocks some of the secrets and skills that go into creating their award-winning range of spirits. Your expert guide will talk you through everything […]
UPDATE – Courses resume on August 1st 2020. Contact Lucy for course details and bookings. Huntlands Farm Upholstery Courses are run by Lucy Brodie, who also offers excellent accommodation facilities at Huntlands Farm. Enrol on an upholstery course with expert tuition from Lucy who holds a qualification with the Association of Master Upholsterers and Soft Furnishers having been trained in the use of modern and traditional materials and methods. Take your own furniture and choose from two days for a small project or longer for something bigger. For further details about courses including cost and stay-over options, click here You will need sufficient fabric to cover your project, all other materials are in stock and will come with a charge as you use them. See also Huntlands Farm Huntlands Farm Weddings Moorhall Farm
Inspiring staff will encourage you to explore and be creative Hereford College of Arts is a specialist arts college. Based in the compact historic city of Hereford, in the midst of exceptional landscape, this dynamic creative community offers undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, college-level courses and a rich, varied short course programme. Whether you join as a practising artist, a keen amateur or a complete beginner, you’ll benefit from expert tuition. Inspiring staff will encourage you to explore and be creative, developing your skills and building on your own individual talents. HCA provides day workshops, short courses, and evening talks to inspire your creativity. Our short course program covers everything from design crafts to floristry and gardens, business workshops to computer graphics, and fine art to video and photography. Students enjoy exceptional technical facilities with well-equipped studios for photography, drawing and painting, music, plus a performing arts theatre and specialist workshops in textiles, ceramics, 3D Fabrication, print and small metals. So whether you feel most inspired with a paint brush, camera, yarn, or pliers in-hand, you’ll be all set to create. Or the digital media suites offer limitless high-tech possibilities for graphic design, illustration, animation and film-making. At Hereford College of […]
A llama trekking experience with Golden Valley Llamas is very rewarding. Spend three hours in the company of these charming and inquisitive woolly beasts. Learn how to halter your own llama before grooming and bonding with him or her. A walk from the farm gate will take in glorious countryside and you will enjoy watching your llama be alert to everything. Each trek is exclusive to you and your party and different groups are not mixed, so you can enjoy your experience amongst family and friends. You might be a group of friends who like to try different activities; or perhaps you are organising something special for a family visit; or maybe you want that extra special event for a Hen Party! There are 15 llamas on the farm and the hosts are very proud that for the last two years they have produced the British Llama Society Supreme National Champion. Carnac and Loupin are two of the trekkers so you may step out with a very select animal! Visit, get to know, and trek with a gentle llama companion. At the end of your trek you will have the opportunity to feed your llama. On the farm there is a shop with […]
COVID-19 UPDATE In line with government guidelines, we plan to re-open on Wednesday 1st July 2020, up until then we remain closed. The safety and well being of all our customers and staff is paramount so please rest assured, when we do re-open we’ll be adhering to the current health and social distancing rules. This means our capacity will be reduced somewhat but we are now in a position to reschedule cancellations and take new bookings via the website, email and telephone 01531 633886 If you have opted to collect your fired pots from the pottery, please contact us to arrange a specific date and time for you to visit. The pots will be left for you in a safe place outside to minimise contact. As always, we appreciate your patience and understanding in all these matters. Stay safe and positive vibes Jon, Sarah and the team Who we are Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter was established by ceramic artists Jon Williams and Sarah Monk in 1994. Initially, the Pottery served as a creative space where the couple designed and manufactured individual pots and works of ceramic art. Increasingly Jon & Sarah sought to share their passion and enthusiasm […]
UPDATE: Queenswood Arboretum and Woodlands are open for visits to walk in, please note that the Visitor Centre remains closed, although the playground is now open. Queenswood cafe is open everyday, offering takeaway drinks and snacks and there are now portaloos on site. Please check updates here. Herefordshire Wildlife Trust works across the county, looking after its wonderful landscapes and wildlife – and inspiring others to do the same! The trust manage 59 nature reserves which range from the tiny – perfect pockets of meadow and woodland – to the expansive, such as the popular Queenswood Country Park. Touring the nature reserves is a fantastic way to discover the heart of Herefordshire as the trust conserve some of the best examples of the county’s orchards, meadows, riversides, woodland and lakes. Undertaking projects across Herefordshire with partner organisations, landowners and local communities to ensure maintainance of Living Landscapes where wildlife and people can thrive. Most recently work includes restoring a network of ponds across Bromyard Downs, Bringsty Common and National Trust Brockhampton estate as part of the Pooling Together project while along the Lower Lugg Valley, the trust have protected the river banks to improve the water quality and wildlife habitat for the […]
Creative Breaks is a not-for-profit association of artists and crafts people. Set up in 2000, Creative Breaks aims to promote courses run by skilled craftspeople in and around Herefordshire. Our courses are wide-ranging in discipline, from glass work to quilting and each maker has been selected for their quality of work and professional approach to their workshops. Below is a list of members and links to their websites: Lucy Brodie www.huntlandsfarm.co.uk/upholstery Jenny Pearce www.jennypearce.co.uk Rowan McOnegal www.rowanmconegal.co.uk also www.hedgerowmedicine.org Bill Robson www.williamrobsonglass.co.uk Jane Meredith www.plantdyedwool.co.uk Nicola Hopwood www.nicolahopwood.co.uk Jenni Stuart-Anderson www.jenniragrugs.wordpress.com Pearl Taylor www.herefordshireholidays.co.uk Ginn Downes www.ginnscreativeworkshops.co.uk Tricia Jones www.classicalmosaic.co.uk Jacqueline Seymour www.bee-spokequilts.com James Wood www.buildersyardwellbeing.co.uk Marianne Ryan artwithmarianne.co.uk Lottie O’Leary www.lottieolearystonecarver.co.uk Art with Marianne Gift Voucher for one of Marianne’s one-day courses. Value: £62. Can be used for any courses taking place during 2019. Purchase directly from Marianne: firstname.lastname@example.org, or through the website. All members are keen to impart their knowledge and skill so you can leave with a sense of achievement and newfound enthusiasm for your craft. It is also the aim of the group that you will have new stories to tell, new skills to share and depart richer for the experience. As Herefordshire is known for its farming produce and rural […]
UPDATE – Oaker Wood are reopening their doors from 6 July 2020, please see selection of activities available and details of how to book below. https://www.oakerwoodleisure.co.uk/offers/summer-2020-family-activities/ Taking bookings for July and August 2020 now in The Glamping Villages. Available for exclusive use of a group. Please see details by clicking the link below. https://www.oakerwoodleisure.co.uk/offers/glamping/ If you like exhilarating, challenging and above all fun activities in the great outdoors, Oaker Wood Leisure is the place for you. This vast and exciting woodland activity site between Leominster and Ludlow provides Paintball and Junior Paintball, Quad Bike Trekking, Junior Quads, Aerial Tree Trekking, Super Swing, Zip Wire, Climbing & Monkey Climbing, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Raft Building, Low Rope Adventure Trail, Target Shooting Range. Two Glamping Villages provide accommodation and can be booked exclusively for your group, each village accommodates up to 50 people. Oaker Wood Leisure is ideal for childrens’ holiday activity days and teen paintball days, stag and hen parties, glamping weekends, children’s parties, school groups and residentials, junior rugby tours, corporate team building away-days and corporate camps. Don’t worry if you only have a small group. Subject to availability they offer some activities for small numbers, perfect for family activities […]