Take a trip to the north east of Herefordshire and you will find Bromyard, a stones throw from the Worcestershire border.
This colourful town beats to tune of its own drum and has become known as ‘The Town of Festivals’ due to the hard work it puts into creating events for both community and the visitor to enjoy. They’re not satisfied with just one or two, in fact it could be said that Bromyard has a festival for everything including Scarecrows, Town Criers, Hops, Jazz, Folk and would you believe marmalade! Annual highlights include Nozstock music festival and the Bromyard Gala where you can enjoy steam engines, vintage cars, craft stalls, livestock and many country show activities.
You will find plenty to entertain you in and around Bromyard. If you love to walk then get your boots out and explore two areas of outstanding national beauty, Bromyard Downs and Bringsty Common; 500 acres of common land with wonderful views. This is also great horse-riding country and there are several equestrian centres to saddle up at.
Famous for hop production, apples and pears, its hardly surprising that Herefordshire’s award-winning Wye Valley Brewery is located on the road between Bromyard and Hereford and the area is also the home to several micro breweries, cider, perry and juice producers oh and amazing artisan chocolate maker Sue Gilmore.
To take in some local history the Bromyard and Districts Local History Society is on hand to help, formed in 1966 and still active, it has a library, archive and exhibition space which is open three days a week. Explore the nearby traditional villages, or call into Brockhampton Estate, a stunning National Trust property on the doorstep.
For a great family day out a trip the Hop Pocket Shopping Village only a few miles away is a must. This 5.5 acre site hosts over 15 independent retailers from cookware to clothing, toys to antiques, furniture and home ware to food and drink. Along side their lovely garden centre sits a large children’s play area, extensive café and restaurant, and huge craft and gift emporium. Finish off with a little heritage in their interesting ‘Year of the Hop’ museum. What a lovely day out.
The town itself is a flow of small independent shops and businesses and you’ll feel a real Herefordshire community spirit. Not to be held back in winter, Christmas is a time when everyone comes together again to stage the switching on of the Christmas lights; an event lasting throughout the day with children’s activities and shop window competitions leading up to Santa’s sleigh arrival and the countdown to the lights.
When you visit Herefordshire you’ll find the party never stops in Bromyard.