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 machine knitting 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 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 Marissa Thereze Harmon www.thereze.co.uk Pearl Taylor www.herefordshireholidays.co.uk Glenn Morris www.glennmorris.co.uk Ginn Downes www.ginnscreativeworkshops.co.uk Tricia Jones www.classicalmosaic.co.uk Marianne Ryan artwithmarianne.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 setting it’s the perfect location to […]
Part of the White Heron Properties portfolio and set in beautiful north Herefordshire in a wonderfully private location, The Colloquy is an exclusive-use property located at the heart of the Whittern Estate. Offering tremendous flexibility, it is a stunning conversion of the Estate’s Victorian stable-yard, which now enjoys modern luxury and excellent leisure facilities. Use of the grounds is included. Designed with imagination and flair, these historic Victorian stable buildings use space to its best advantage, creating a very special environment for business or pleasure. Bedrooms 8 (sleeps 16-23) Kitchens 5 Sitting Rooms 5 Dining Room 1 As a holiday home The Colloquy is perfect for a large holiday gathering of varying ages, where everyone can either be together or break out into their own zones. The flexible areas can be self contained or there are spaces for the whole group to gather, eat, play, relax, party, so you can choose to mingle or have some private time, no matter how big your party. For a full range of the accommodation and facilities, please look on The Colloquy website. For Corporate use With excellent presentation and media facilities, formal and relaxed areas and plenty of spaces for break-out sessions, […]
An award winning shop with the biggest range of local wine, beer and cider in the county. 60 local wines, over 80 real ales and more than 100 ciders and perries. Free wine, cider and perry tasting every day. Fantastic gift ideas including whisky, local liquers and damson gin. Wedding bar services available. Website: www.hoppocketwine.co.uk Part of The Hop Pocket Shopping Village
Escape to the spectacular Weir Garden riverside and be absorbed by natural beauty. Bordered by the River Wye, The Weir Garden sits within unspoilt Herefordshire countryside and has many historical secrets to uncover. For centuries this site has been used as a pleasure ground for fishing, boating and swimming. It is managed in a natural way to create a varied habitat for wildlife. In spring see carpets of bulbs littered between ancient trees, in summer enjoy a picnic by the river to watch the wildlife and in autumn visit the walled garden bursting with seasonal produce. Visit the garden any time of year to find out why this location has appealed to so many and enjoy exploring this tranquil haven. Please note: only assistance dogs are allowed in the gardens, all other dogs can be exercised in the car park picnic area. For more information about opening times, admission prices and what’s on, visit: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-weir-garden
The Riverside Inn’s pretty black and white premises has it all Set in the picturesque village of Aymestry, near the Herefordshire/Shropshire border, The Riverside Inn also has an award-winning restaurant, wonderful walks, a nature-lovers haven and of course, well-appointed rooms. Comprising of two particularly spacious suites, two doubles, a twin and one single, all characterful rooms are individually furnished. The Hayloft suite overlooks the river and opens out onto the terrace garden, the Stable suite gives out onto the river bank at ground floor level – especially convenient for guests with dogs. Breakfast is always individually and freshly cooked using local ingredients, including freshly laid eggs from the village (important for the special recipe scrambled eggs) and produce as far as possible from the Riverside’s own kitchen garden, which guests are welcome to explore. For more on their food and restaurant, visit their page here. The river and its banks are full of wildlife; dragonflies, dippers, otters, kingfishers, brown trout and grayling all live here. Fly fishing is available for guests on a 1½ mile beat upstream from the Inn. There is a good collection of circular walks ranging from 3 to 15 miles length; the most popular takes you to […]
Winner – AA Friendliest B&B of the year 2018 The Temple Bar Inn is situated in the centre of the village of Ewyas Harold, on the ramblers’ Herefordshire Trail, and is an ideal sustenance stop or place to stay for walkers, cyclists, and visitors wishing to explore the Welsh Marches, Black Mountains, Offa’s Dyke, the Golden Valley, Hay-on-Wye and the River Monnow. First licenced in the 1850s, and now sympathetically and extensively refurbished by the Jinman family owners, it is managed as a freehouse with bar, games room, restaurant, function room, outside seating area, and three ensuite B&B rooms. With an intriguing history packed with myths and legends, over the years it has been used as a court house, corn exchange, stable, butchers, and school room, and it has been suggested that the land on which it was built has links with the Knights Templars. The B&B rooms are situated on the first floor and are all doubles, one of which has space for an extra single bed if required. Each room has a colour TV, tea and coffee making facilities and is designed in country chic fashion. Free WIFI. Number of Rooms: 3. The Temple Bar Inn […]
The Chase Hotel in Ross-on-Wye is one of Herefordshire’s finest Country House Hotels, due to its stunning Georgian architecture and excellent services and facilities. It is set in 11 acres of parkland that is surrounded by breathtaking countryside, yet is only a two minute walk from the centre of town with its shops, bars and restaurants. The hotel has been recently refurbished in an elegant and contemporary style, which blends perfectly with the period charm of the building. Guests are able to truly relax, enjoying their stay in The Wye Valley in comfort. Whether looking for Bed & Breakfast accommodation near the Forest of Dean, an award winning restaurant, conference facilities with parking, or a wedding or event venue, The Chase Hotel offers quality and service. Offering stylish accommodation combining modern facilities with traditional elegance, bedrooms are located in two areas of this Herefordshire hotel: Four Poster Rooms and Executive Rooms are in the original Georgian part of the building, Superior and Standard Rooms are in the sympathetically-designed side annexe which overlooks the grounds All 36 en-suite bedrooms have digital television with DVD players and satellite channels, tea & coffee making facilities, direct dial telephone, heating control, internet access, electric shaver point, power shower, security chains and spy hole, smoke alarms, trouser press, hairdryer and 24 hour […]
Charmingly located in the centre of “chocolate box village” Pembridge Pembridge is on the north Herefordshire’s picturesque Black and White Trail where Old Chapel Gallery occupies a wonderful former Victorian Chapel and sources the best in handmade British contemporary fine arts & crafts. From garden sculptures to objet’s d’art, jewellery to homeware, fine art, prints, woodcraft, ironwork, textiles and ceramics, these are made by both emerging and established artists and makers. Old Chapel Gallery is firmly established as a centre of excellence for casual browsers and serious collectors alike. Lovers of contemporary British arts and crafts can find work by local and nationally established artists and makers, alongside the innovative work of talented newcomers. Popular artists include Amanda Clark, Chrissie Nash, David England, Deborah Scaldwell, Frans Wesselman, Hilke MacIntyre, Iris Milward, James Donovan, Jemima Jameson, John Maltby, Lesley Strickland, Mary Ann Rogers, Philip Hearsey, Piers Browne, Robert Palmer and Tamsin Abbott. Work from every medium is commissionable and exhibitions are held regularly throughout the year in the upstairs gallery, in a variety of media, which provides the opportunity to introduce new young makers alongside well-known names. Opening times may vary throughout the seasons, please check website for up to date details.
Love Walking? Discovered Herefordshire & The Welsh Marches yet? A World of Walking that’s not a World Away Herefordshire offers 2100 miles of largely undiscovered and unspoilt footpaths. These include the 154 miles of the recently opened Herefordshire Trail. It is the only long distance trail in England, which is within the same county boundary. Go to the One Stop Walk Shop for guided walks for both the novice and adventurous walker. The range of walking holidays at Walkherefordshire.com attracts walkers from the U.K and abroad. These unique short break packages let you choose from the accommodation service. You choose where you stay, be it camp site or 4*self-catering, B/B to 3* hotel. The choice really is yours. ONE STOP WALKING SHOP DayWalks Themed Walks Bespoke Service Group Walkers Lone Walkers Corporate Events Walking Holidays Ambler Rambler Hillwalker Bespoke Service Accommodation
Dunfield House – How good the world can be Set high on a hill, standing in 15 acres of gardens and parkland, this beautiful activity centre in an ideal rural location, that allows your group to meet together as a community. Dunfield offers excellent facilities for youth, schools education and family groups to meet together and run their own programmes. They offer a fully catered service for 25 – 90 and self catering for up to 25 people in their Stables accommodation. The House: Fully catered bunk style accommodation for up to 70 guests Home cooked meals are wholesome and plentiful using local produce where possible Set in 15 acres of lawned terraces, woodlands and streams Plenty of outdoor areas for football, volleyball and team games and make believe play – there is even the chance to build a dam Campfire sites Games room Indoor heated pool Suitable for schools, family gatherings, church groups You may have a clear programme you want to follow, alternatively, if you have never run an activity before, centre managers Sue and Paul are happy to discuss programme options both based onsite or in the local area, with you to assist you through the booking […]
The Cart Shed is a charity based in North that offers opportunities to try something new and improve well-being; to find friendships, a sense of belonging and a place of calm, in a supportive, caring environment. The woodlands base lend themselves to enabling individuals to overcome and accept episodes in their lives they find difficult to live with; such as a result of the loss of a partner or close friend, difficult working conditions, or poor health. The Cart Shed work with individuals from all backgrounds, lifting labels and minimizing stigma. There are no walls, badged health professionals or waiting rooms, just the peace of the woodland. It is about enjoying being outdoors; making a fire and sitting quietly by it, chatting with other participants, enjoying the sounds of the birds, the wind, the smells of the blue bells in spring, the wet leaves in autumn, cutting hazel and making beautiful things. Learning new skills at any age gives each of us a sense of achievement. It does not matter if you are a highly successful businessman, or someone who has struggled to cope with the pressures of life, weather you have had a career break or have yet to decide […]
Self-Drive Classic Car Hire The Perfect Gift – Why not treat your loved ones (or yourself!) to the ultimate gift that never needs dusting! Contact Orchard Classic Car Hire and experience the stunning scenery of the Malvern Hills, the Wye Valley or the Welsh Marches from behind the wheel of an iconic classic car. For a birthday surprise, an anniversary treat or a retirement celebration, get in touch before your trip and Orchard Classic Car Hire will put together a personalised information pack for the kind of routes that most appeal to you, with interesting places to stop and refresh. Go your own way, or use the suggestions to get you started. Explore Herefordshire’s hidden gems, head further west into Wales, east to Worcestershire and the Cotswolds, or south into Gloucestershire’s ancient Forest of Dean. Whatever the occasion, arrive in style to make your day even more memorable. On your wedding day, let the groom and best man, or father and bride, arrive in one of our open top sports cars. Or why not follow Harry & Meghan’s example and drive away in one! What’s it to be? Morgan, Alfa or MG? You can choose to step into a bygone era behind […]
Holloways is a long established and highly experienced furniture retailer, specialising in beautiful, well made, British furniture for almost every area of your home. Furniture and design Sumptuous sofas and relaxing armchairs, large family sized dining tables, luxury garden furniture for your garden room, conservatory or outdoor spaces is all selected for its individual style and quality finish. Bedrooms and Offices can all be given the stylish Holloways touch with their range of storage solutions, dressers, sideboards, tables and cupboards. Accessorise your home with gorgeous fabrics for your curtains and soft furnishings, create atmosphere with mood lighting, shade your windows and doors with exciting blind, awning and shutter solutions. Holloways also has an excellent interior design service to give you inspiration and guidance to create your own unique look for your home. Gardens Give your garden a finishing touch from Holloways extensive collection of salvaged, antique, vintage and new stone accessories. Pots, planters, sculptures have been selected with their expert eye alongside troughs, millstones and water features to give your garden authentic or contemporary points of interest, often with an interesting tale behind them. Glasshouse Café The Glasshouse Cafe is situated inside a beautiful conservatory with views over the Suckley […]
Kentchurch Court, home of the Lucas-Scudamore family has survived for nearly 1000 years through political alliances, intrigue, advantageous marriages and strong women! Lying beneath Garway Hill in the Monnow valley, close to the city of Hereford, this beautiful historic house and gardens are not to be missed whilst visiting Herefordshire. Features of the gardens include a Rhododendron wood, walled garden and a vegetable garden. Around 250 deer live in The Deer Park, where examples of ancient trees including Yew, Chestnut and a number of large Maple trees can be found. Kentchurch Court is Steeped in history dating back as far as 1058. Read more about the house, family and history. The gardens are open to the public from Good Friday to 30 September. The house is available for group visits of 5 or more, by appointment only. Please check the calendar for opening times and days. Kentchurch Court is a perfect destination for walkers and cyclists to use as a base. Taking advantage of the tea room for their refreshments. Painting groups are welcome to use the gardens and house for inspiration and car clubs often include Kentchurch Court in their itineraries. Dogs are welcome on leads and most of […]
Peter Cooks Bread Making Workshops offer you the chance to spend a day of flour-filled fun in their bakery at The Hop Pocket and find out how to make your own Real Bread at home. Whether you’re a complete beginner or looking to perfect your loaf – there is a workshop for you. Click on each workshop below for further details and dates. Basic Bread Workshop / Sourdough Bread Workshop / Advanced Bread Workshop Or perhaps purchase a gift voucher for a wonderful present with a difference. To book your place or to organise a gift voucher, simply email email@example.com or call Shona on 07837 255 916. More about Peter Cooks Bread.
Meadow Arts – Contemporary art in unusual places At meadow Arts as well as a vibrant exhibition programme at partner venues across the West Midlands, Meadow Arts places public artworks at sites in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Worcestershire as part of its Public Commissions programme. They bring work by artists who usually exhibit in galleries in major cities in the UK and abroad to local spaces, where the artwork can shed a new light on the stories and traditions of that place, giving new audiences a chance to discover the art. The artworks in the programmes have often been commissioned by contemporary artists at the cutting edge of artistic practice and range from artists who live within the region, to national and international artists. More works can be seen in Worcestershire and Shropshire. Visit the website to see where you can see them.
Radway Bridge Nurseries & Garden Centre was opened in 2002 by Andrew & Annabelle Pearson. It has progressed enormously from the early days and now offers a huge range of items that customers expect from a well-run Garden Centre. In the Plant area, Humphrey, Victoria, Shelly and Annabelle provide customers with the best possible plants and service you would expect from a good independent Garden Centre. The range and quality is legendary and includes a plant finding service for those hard to get plants! The new canopied area has proved a real winner as it keeps everyone dry whether they are choosing plants or picking a Christmas Tree. View our wonder Christmas Winter land throughout November and December Inside, Sharon, Doug, Ben, Robert and Joe make a special effort to help customers find exactly what they want and show nothing is ever too much trouble. Since the large indoor extension the garden centre now stock a huge range of items for the home and garden with everything from clothes, jewellery, food and drink to outdoor furniture and BBQ`s, giftware, cut flowers and of course everything Christmas. The new Green Biomass heating system is not only keeps the workforce warm but is reducing […]
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 or a few friends. W: oakerwoodleisure.co.uk
The Black and White House Museum is a 17th Century timber-framed building Black and White House Museum is a newly re-opened and refurbished magnificent Jacobean half-timbered building in the heart of Hereford City, furnished in period style. Built in 1621 and home in the past to butchers, saddlers and bankers. Explore the rooms which give a glimpse into daily life in the 17th Century. Including fashion, dining and bedrooms. Learn about the city during the Civil War. Hands on activities for children and families. For those unable to climb the stairs, a virtual tour is situated on the fully-accessible ground floor. There are also Braille and tactile images for the blind and visually impaired. Note parking is available close by. Take a look at the council car parks page. There are public toilet facilities nearby, but not on site. Opening times: Normal Hours Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm and Sundays: 11.30-2.30 Admission charges Adults £2.50 Children £1.50 (under 5s free) Family ticket £7.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children) Access to ground floor only £1.50 Adult annual pass £7.50 Child annual pass £4.50 Family annual access £22.50 Facebook: www.facebook.com/herefordmuseums
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 […]
Guided walks around Ledbury offer a lovely way to see this beautiful historic Herefordshire town. Situated close to the borders of both Worcestershire and Gloucestershire and nestling in the lee of the Malvern Hills. Ledbury’s most famous landmark, the 17th Century Market House dominates the High Street. Leading up from the Market House is Church Lane, one of the most photographed streets in England. With its cobbles, black and white timber framed houses and the church spire in the background it is not hard to see why. Two guided walks around Ledbury are available. The first is The Historic Walk, a fascinating walking tour taking you through the history of the town from its Anglo Saxon origins. The second is the more lighthearted evening tour, The Ghost Walk….but prepare to be scared! Historic walk Discover the fascinating history of this picturesque market town. This walk is bookings only by arrangement with the guide. No minimum numbers apply. ADULT £6.00 CHILD£3.00(10-15 years) Not recommended for children under 10 Ghost walk Booking by arrangement with the guide, available all year round. ADULT £8.00 CHILD£4.00(10-15 years) The Ghost Walk is not suitable for young children. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Summer Ghost Walk August Saturdays at 7.30p.m No […]
Herefordshire Life Through a Lens is bringing the work of local photographer Derek Evans out of the archives and into the community. This three-year Heritage Lottery Funded project will create a series of touring oral history films, pop-up exhibitions and catalogue and digitise up to 5,000 images from the photographic archive. It will provide volunteer, training and internship opportunities all across the county. “When we made the Chewing the Cud film about the old livestock market in Hereford, it was such a success and we had so many inquiries about what our next project would be, that we were inspired to continue recording and celebrating the heritage of the county. And this is it – we’re very excited to be working with this wonderful photographic archive explains co-director Julia Goldsmith of Catcher Media. Thanks to National Lottery players, the project aims to record 100+ first-hand stories: uncovering nostalgic tales of Hop-picking; revel in Hereford Football Club’s moments of glory; take a spin around the Mayfair’s risqué past; stroll down memory lane with Fownhope’s Heart of Oak annual walk and other rural traditions, and last but not least, it will explore the Derek Evans Studio itself, charting the social history it […]
At Frome Valley Vineyard there is a 1.5ha vineyard with nine different vine varieties. Classic English sparkling and still wines are made from the vineyard set among the orchards and hopyards of the Frome Valley. There is also a demonstration vineyard showing the main trellising systems used throughout the world. The shop sells seven still wines together with the award winning sparkling wine as wells as cider, brandy and other wine related gifts. Visit the winery and taste the wine and go on a tour round the demonstration vineyard. Opening times: WINERY: April-September:Tuesday-Thursday 11.30am-5.00pm or by arrangement. TOURS AND TASTINGS: By appointment. Please contact: 01885 490768 If you are travelling any distance please call us to ensure that we are available to meet you. We can accommodate groups of up to twenty people for tours and wine tastings. For more information please call: Jeanie Falconer, Owner 01885 490 768 or James Cumming, Vineyard Manager 07970 162 798
Leominster is in North Herefordshire and sits in the heart of The Herefordshire Black & White trail. Visitors to the centre are guaranteed a warm welcome when looking to find out about what’s on and where to stay in and around Herefordshire. The shop is in the town centre and easily identified. There is a huge range of information leaflets as well as an array of books, maps, walking guides and local artisan products for sale. The centre is managed by Tourism Leominster Community Interest Company with the support of Leominster Town Council and volunteers. Opening Times 9:30am – 4:00pm Monday to Saturday
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 future. Herefordshire Wildlife Trust run events, activities and courses throughout the year and across the county, for all ages. Why not join the WildPlay team for a morning of den making and outdoor cooking, enjoy a guided tour of the reserves with knowledgeable reserve officers or sign up […]
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 […]
Wye Valley Brewery is situated in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside Located between Hereford and Bromyard the Wye Valley Brewery; a family business that takes great pride in brewing the best cask and bottle conditioned beer possible. The on-site brewery shop in Stoke Lacy offers a wide array of bottled ales, gift packs, branded merchandise and clothing, as well as locally produced artisan chutneys, rapeseed oils and hand-made hop jewellery. Opening times are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, and on Saturdays during December in the run up to Christmas. If you’re keen to know a little more about how their beers are brewed, you can book on to one of the quarterly brewery tours. The tours take you through the whole brewing process in the award-winning, energy-efficient brewhouse, followed by a tutored ‘sampling’ session in the brewery bar. For brewery tour dates visit www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk, call the brewery on 01885 490 505, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. As well as visiting the brewery, you might also like to visit a Wye Valley Brewery pub, all of which offer a friendly welcome and the full range of delicious cask conditioned Wye Valley Brewery ales including the infamous Butty Bach and HPA. For opening times […]
Designated as Herefordshire’s #1 golf course and listed among England’s Top 100 Golf Courses Kington Golf Club is blessed with a most incredible location, right in the heart of National Trust land, perched high up on Bradnor Hill in north east Herefordshire, it enjoys spectacular views both from the course and clubhouse. Only a short distance from the pretty market town of Kington, this award-winning golf course welcomes non-members too, so it is perfect for visitors to the area to pay-as-you-play and enjoy the comfortable clubhouse and its dining, lounge and bar areas, with the wonderful elevated terrace. Considered to be one of the finest, natural inland links courses in the country, Kington Golf Club is very attractive to golf Societies looking for somewhere new and unique to play, especially as the greens are open 12 months of the year. With a warm welcome to all ages, and encouraging the next generation to engage in the enjoyment of golf (who knows where the next Tiger Woods may come from?) Kington Golf Club is also available for private functions and celebrations, and for the casual passer-by to enjoy the facilities simply for their pleasure. New and non-Members welcome (inc casual visitors) Open to […]
Brockhampton Estate Invites visitors to discover more about key figures from the past At the heart of this 687-hectare (1700-acre) farmed estate lies Lower Brockhampton Estate, a romantic timber-framed manor house dating back to the late 14th century. The house is surrounded by a moat and is entered via a charming timber-framed gatehouse, built 1530-40. There are miles of walks through the park and woodland, featuring ancient trees, the picturesque Lawn Pool and various sculptures depicting parts of the history of Brockhampton and the local area. This is home to a rich variety of wildlife, along with historic farming breeds such as Hereford cattle and Ryeland sheep. Steeped in history, Brockhampton has witnessed many changes. Inside the manor house, explore 600 years of history and discover the families which have made this special place home. Each room takes you to a different era of history ; from the wealthy landowners of medieval times to the Georgian gentleman who lived here before building a mansion house at the top of the hill. More recently the manor house was home to farming families including Mr and Mrs Dennett the gamekeeper and his wife and Val and Marion Freegard. Discover the changes that […]
Kington Markets are held every Friday, and on the 3rd Saturday of every month. Friday is local food, produce and crafts from 9:00 – 1:00. The monthly Art, Craft and Vintage Saturday Market starts at 9:00 and goes through until 3:00. Here you will find local artisans selling their work, some actually turn out this work right before your eyes, and you can commission bespoke items. There are local Crafters with a wide variety of great gift ideas, practical and beautiful objects for your home, and a new addition for 2018 are the Vintage stalls selling quality interior items along with collectables, antiquarian books etc. These Markets are held in the Market Hall, the neighbouring Place de Marines, and the adjoining Coach House, all under cover. Learn more about Kington.
Home of the Mappa Mundi Hereford Cathedral is built on a place of worship used since Saxon times. It contains some of the finest examples of art and architecture from Norman times to the present day, including the famous Mappa Mundi, the medieval Chained Library and the Hereford Magna Carta. Hereford’s elegantly restored Cathedral Close sits at the heart of our historic city and diocese, with new social spaces, artworks and interpretation for you to enjoy. Mappa Mundi The Mappa Mundi is a unique medieval treasure, recording how scholars interpreted the world over 700 years ago. More than a thousand drawings and inscriptions show cities and towns, Biblical events, plants, animals, birds, strange creatures and monstrous races. The map bears the name of its author ‘Richard of Haldingham or Lafford’ (Holdingham and Sleaford in Lincolnshire). Recent research suggests a date of about 1300 for the creation of the map. Mappa Mundi is drawn on a single sheet of vellum (calf skin) measuring 64″ by 52″ (1.58 x 1.33 metres), tapering towards the top with a rounded apex. The geographical material of the map is contained within a circle measuring 52″ in diameter and reflects the thinking of the medieval church […]
The Lion Gallery was opened in 2005 in Leominster to provide a showcase for the best in contemporary craft work and fine art from the region and has since gone on to show nearly 500 makers. You’ll find a range of jewellery, ceramics, glass, textiles, wood and mixed media alongside original prints, photographs and some paintings. There is also a great selection of greetings cards and wrapping papers. There is a programme of regular exhibitions as well as an ever changing range of stock from makers young and old – new and well established national names. Open Monday to Saturday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Contact: Andrea Jackson for more information about what is on show. Telephone 01568 611898 or email email@example.com
h.Art 2019 7 – 15 September 2019 Over 100 venues across the County Herefordshire Art Week is a nine day art trail open to all. Artists, craft-makers and creative businesses open their private studios. Galleries put on special events, whilst groups get together to put on one-off exhibitions, in a wonderful mix of interesting venues across Herefordshire. Since 2002 this county wide art trail has taken place every year in the second week of September. h.Art has become part of Herefordshire’s rich cultural calendar, with a huge variety of art and art forms on show in Open Studios, Group Exhibitions and Gallery Events. With the vast majority offering FREE admission to visitors, h.Art promises a fun day out in one of England’s most beautiful counties. If you are an artist interested in taking part, visit the website Find details of individual events as they are released on our What’s on page
The Welsh Marches are inspiration and home to countless artists and makers, working in media from paint to porcelain, silk to steel and from wool to wood. Made in the Marches Gallery in Kington, exhibits art and craft reflecting the diversity of skill in this beautiful region, all made by artists living and working locally. Some take features of the natural world as their subject, others use locally and sustainably sourced materials, but all our exhibitors are bonded by a common appreciation of the natural world and a wish to celebrate it through their work. Established in April 2017, Made in the Marches Gallery aims to support and promote local art and craft, and to exhibit work by established artists, as well as acting as a springboard for recent BA Graduates and self-trained artisans. The gallery also hosts demonstrations by artists, usually held on the third Saturday of each month, to coincide with Kington Art and Craft Market; throughout the day a featured artist will demonstrate their craft, and talk about their techniques and inspiration. As a multi-media venue, the gallery are proud to occasionally host local musicians, in support of local charities. Visit the website & join our mailing list to get […]
Created as the ‘perfect house in the perfect setting’ Standing proud and strong, this fine Georgian mansion sits within ‘Capability’ Brown’s final garden and landscape. This year, the team at Berrington Hall are continuing to develop work on the Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds Restoration Project. For this we have developed a programme that focuses on the gardens and invites our visitors to enjoy them in a number of different ways, from live music to trails for families. We have acres of parkland to explore and enjoy. In the house, discover jewel-like interiors, designed by Henry Holland and home to the Harley, Rodney and Cawley families. Or you could explore some of the extreme fashions of the eighteenth-century in the wig and bum shop and discover the hidden ‘below stairs’. In the gardens you can discover ‘LOOK! LOOK! LOOK!’ by internationally renowned artists, Heather and Ivan Morison. Inspired by Berrington’s Georgian origins and eighteenth-century culture, this 8-metre-tall by 8-metre-wide pink structure inhabits the walled garden; highlighting the importance of this piece of ‘living history’ as the final masterpiece of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. Created as the perfect house in the perfect setting, Berrington Hall has many secrets for visitors to uncover. […]
Set in beautiful countryside, HS Activities is perfectly placed for a rural day of activities in Herefordshire, making some noise and letting off steam. The five acre site is dedicated to playing Paintball, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Laser Tag and Air Gun Shooting, all in a safe and enjoyable environment. With plenty of off-road parking and supervision by enthusiastic and energetic marshals, this is an ideal location for a group activity, corporate team building or fun day, family group or a friends get together. Stag and Hen parties are very welcome. What’s more, the holiday cottage complex that adjoins the activity site, at Much Dewchurch Holiday Cottages, is perfect to make it a longer break or corporate exercise, with its group accommodation capacity if required. There is even a pub conveniently just down the road to delight one another with all your tales of bravery at the end of a hard day’s play. Find out more from the friendly team on: 01981 540008. Visit website.
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.
The Waterworks Museum – Hereford is a brilliant day out for the whole family as well as the engineering and history enthusiast. Suitable for all ages, this Museum is open one day a week – on a Tuesday between 11am and 4pm, and on 20 in-steam family days each year (Sundays and bank holidays). The Museum Charting the heritage of Herefordshire’s water supply, the Waterworks Museum – Hereford houses a unique collection of working industrial artifacts concerned with the supply of potable water, all in the authentic surroundings of a Victorian waterworks building and grounds. It might not be obvious, but the museum is a time-capsule of social history and the public health development in Herefordshire and beyond. The Museum has possibly the widest chronological range of working water-pumping devices in Britain, with exhibits spanning from 1850 to 2000, whilst authentic working replicas cover some of the earliest water-raising devices of the Greek and Roman periods. The Museum is home to more than thirty working engines of all types. From early beam engines to internal combustion, and everything in between including gas and diesel engines and the UK’s best collection of hot air engines. Virtually all the engines and pumps are among the last remaining […]
At The Crown Inn, Charismatic landlord, Matt Slocombe, ensures a warm, convivial atmosphere in country style surroundings, with room for larger parties as well as cosy tables for two. The Crown Inn at Woolhope is so much more than a local village pub sitting at the heart of its community, it is a destination for visitors who enjoy good local ales, an excellent range of Herefordshire’s regional ciders and a hearty seasonal menu that includes pub classics as well as modern restaurant dishes. Ideally located for walkers in the area who just want to whet their whistle, or a family lunch or supper to enjoy fresh locally sourced produce whenever possible. This is a place where you don’t have to stand on ceremony but where a special occasion will also be just that. Look out for their themed curry nights, seasonal tasting menus and Sunday Lunch cooked as it should be – the Herefordshire way. Learn more.
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
The Hay Makers is a co operative gallery run by 9 designer makers. It was established in the 1987 and has gained an enviable reputation for selling an exciting and varied selection of high quality crafts at affordable prices in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. As well as showing the work of the makers which includes pottery by Pat Birks and Pauline Paterson, printmaking by Victoria Keeble, wire sculpture by Gail Stokes Hayward, carved and lettered stone by Caitriona Cartwight, painted silk ties by Sue Forrest, embroidery by Dawn Cripps, felt and papier mache by Jenny Chippindale and turned bowls by Chris Armstrong, the Hay Makers also has regular exhibitions of work by some of the finest contemporary makers throughout the year. The gallery is open 7 days a week, Monday to Saturday 10.30 to 1.30 and 2.00 till 5.00 and on Sunday from 11.00 till 4.00.
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.
Stockton Bury Gardens is a renowned plantsman’s garden with over four acres to enjoy. The gardens are the heart of a working farm that has been looked after by the same family for five generations. Current owner Raymond Treasure and his partner Gordon Fen have created the garden over the last 40 years and the result is delights at every turn. You will be amazed by the variety of plants and the artistic touches throughout. The four acres is split into separate garden offering formal and informal design. Stand under the largest Monkey Puzzle tree in the county, watch the bees coming and going from the hives or sit and take in the view from the Secret Garden. Features not to be missed are the medieval dovecote, spring auricula theatre, the museum of traditional gardening tools, plants sales and the grotto. Stockton Bury offers a relaxed atmosphere and experts are on hand to answer your gardening questions. The garden features regularly in national gardening magazine as garden writer Tamsin Westhorpe is a member of the team and family. For events at her garden school and in the garden visit www.stocktonbury.co.uk Open from the first Wednesday in April until the end […]
Walenty Pytel N.D.D. is unique among British contemporary artists. His magnificent individual creations in steel or bronze are drawn from nature and truly give the metal warmth and movement. He is commissioned by Royalty, public bodies, corporations and private collectors alike, whilst creating smaller sculptures for his gallery and special exhibitions. His work has an international following and can be found in many parts of the world. Walenty studied at art college for 5 years obtaining the National Diploma of Design. He then spent a year working in a commercial art studio in London. His love for the countryside brought him back to Herefordshire where he set up his own studio and gallery initially working with paper sculpture and then moving onto metal and bronze creating the birds and beasts that surrounded him. You can visit his own private Gallery, based at his Herefordshire home near Ross-on-Wye. Here you can view and buy his steel originals, bronze sculptures and his signed limited edition fine art prints. Individual group visits only. Welcoming parties of 4- 20. Visits by arranged booking only. The Gallery will be opened especially for your group and the visit includes a short film of the artist and his history through interviews, plus a plan of some […]
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 for clay with others, both at the Pottery and in the wider community. The couple have a combined experience of over 40years working with adults, young people and children in settings all over the West Midlands and beyond. What we do Remarkable clay and pottery experiences designed to explore and develop creativity in all ages and abilities. Current offer includes: Educational projects in schools and early years settings, Pottery teambuilding and creative development sessions for businesses and organisations, Potter’s wheel courses for groups and individuals, Hen parties, Themed Children’s workshops in the school holidays, Birthday parties, Drop-in sessions for families and Workshops for festivals and events. Details of our Potter’s Wheel Day or Weekend Workshops throughout 2017 can be found here Details of our Chridren’s School Holiday Pottery sessions can be found here How to book Simply contact the Pottery to check availability and book a session. […]
Westonbury Mill Water Gardens is beautiful and fun Garden and follies Westonbury Mill Water Gardens are set in the wonderful wild heart of Herefordshire close to the ‘black-and-white’ village of Pembridge. About half of its 3½ acres is filled with massed planting of vividly colourful moisture-lovers laid out around a tangle of streams and ponds, partly shaded by a backdrop of mature trees. Punctuating the garden are a number of fantastic follies, often featured on national television, which will fascinate and entertain you. Walking amongst the garden’s exuberant growth, you will find that it opens up slowly and provides new interest around each corner. There are lots of benches where you can relax for a long view. The other half of the garden is a wild flower meadow where you can walk alongside the Curl Brook among banks of shrubs and young trees, or climb the spiral path of the great mound in the middle of the meadow and enjoy splendid views of the garden, neighbouring farmland and distant hills. Cafe: There is an excellent cafe for coffee, lunches and teas Plant nursery: There is a wide selection of plants from the garden Information Open: every day from 1st April […]
The Laskett Gardens is uniquely autobiographical The Laskett Gardens is one of the largest private formal gardens to be laid out in England since 1945, the gardens form an ever evolving creation over forty years of the historian, writer and diarist Sir Roy Strong and his late wife, the designer, Julia Trevelyan Oman. Their four acres celebrate an orchestration of surprise and thrilling vistas. There are some twenty different and contrasting ‘rooms’ including a rose garden, a knot garden, an orchard, a pleached lime avenue, parterres, herbaceous borders and the Colonnade Court. New additions for 2018 are two stunning mosaics in the orchard and a Belvedere tower from which to view the garden on high – not to be missed. This garden is a unique portrait of its makers, with the story of their marriage and their extraordinary lives woven into its very fabric. Open for groups exclusively Tuesdays and Thursdays (Pre-booking required). 10:30am and 2:30pm 1 may – 27 September 2018 Non-groups welcome Wednesdays, please call ahead. Contact Fiona Fyshe to book 07989 338217 or email firstname.lastname@example.org £12 per person inc detailed souvenir map and audio guide. Gift shop (no tearoom, own refreshments/picnics welcome).
If you are out and about in the Kington area and need friendly and helpful advice on where to go, what to do and where to stay, then the Kington Tourist Information Centre is your one stop shop. Manned by an enthusiastic group of volunteers belonging to the Kington Tourist Group and providing information on Kington and the surrounding countryside you’re sure to find what you need. The Centre is staffed from Easter to October; during the rest of the year, local information can be found on their website and any enquiry will be answered quickly. Although Kington is on the western side of Offa’s Dyke, it has been an English town for a thousand years; consequently there is much to discover and lots to explore in this beautiful rural town. Open: Monday to Saturday inclusive, 24th March – 3rd November 2018 10am to 4.30pm and during October/ November 10am to 4pm
The jewel in the crown of Herefordshire homes Hellens Manor still serves as a residence but is also open to the public, administered by the Pennington-Mellor-Munthe Charity Trust, and hosting tour groups as well as cultural events such as lectures, concerts, school field-trips, and literary discussions, forming a key part of the cultural life of Much Marcle. The inside of the manor is impressive with Tudor style architecture and fine delicacies. The manor was originally occupied by French Monks but a short while after in the year of 1096 the manor was granted to the De Balun family who became witnesses of the signing of the Magna Carta. In 1301 Hellens went to Lords Audley, a nephew James who was companion to the Black Prince rented the manor for a pair of silver spurs. Afterwards he then leased the manor to Walter De Helyon who then later gave his name to the house. Over the following centuries the manor passed through several hands including those of Richard Walwyn who became occupier of Hellens Manor in the late 14th century, in the 15th century the wealthy family made many changes to the house. The Audleys and Walwyns held court in the […]
Philip Morris & Son is the Country Living store in the heart of Hereford City Philip Morris & Son is one of the many hidden gems that have been dwelling in the heart of Herefordshire since the 1800’s and continues to be a family run business. Having begun as an ironmongers in 1845, from its historic and characterful premises, it’s now one of those wonderful expanding destinations that sells everything from quality kitchen, table and cookware, linen and home items, garden furniture, equipment and tools, country clothing and footwear, not to mention its famous gunroom. You’ll find brands like Denby, Le Creuset and Brabantia, with Barbour, Musto, Le Chameau and Joules, giving you the security that you will be purchasing quality as well as style. Welcome to one of Hereford City’s flagship independent stores.
Brobury House is a charming Victorian building Brobury House and gardens is on the banks of the River Wye in Herefordshire near Bredwardine. The house is a charming Victorian building which the current owners Keith and Pru Cartright have renovated. There are eight acres of garden which have been nurtured to retain the original Victorian character. Set in the peace and tranquility of Brobury countryside, it is an ideal place to explore the city of Hereford, the Welsh Marches and the book lovers paradise of Hay on Wye. It is a place to relax and unwind. All are welcome, especially nature lovers, gardeners, artists, photographers and those who would just like to sit and picnic in beautiful surroundings. Bed & Breakfast at Brobury House offers modern en suite rooms with stunning views across the gardens. Breakfast is served in the conservatory and offers a full range of foods from full English to continental. Free WI-FI is available. If you are planning a longer stay, why not consider one of the beautifully peaceful cottages set within the 8 acres of Brobury House Gardens. A perfect rural retreat in the heart of Herefordshire countryside. Each cottage offers spacious kitchen, dining and living room […]
Discover award-winning ciders at Westons Cider Mill Westons Cider Mill has been lovingly produced in the Herefordshire village of Much Marcle for nearly 140 years and is still independently owned by the same family. Find out how the cider magic happens with a tour and tutored tasting experience. Enter the courtyard and converted farm buildings and you’ll find the Scrumpy House Restaurant, Orchard Tea Rooms and Cider Shop; the place to begin a tour. See inside the award-winning mill and gain a unique insight into the craft of cider making with an expert guide. Tours run daily at 11am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3.30pm and can be tailored to suit any party size. Learn about the history of this 5th generation business and see inside one of the industries’ largest oak vat houses. Finish off with a cider tasting and browse the variety of delicious ciders on offer. Enjoy dining in the Scrumpy House Restaurant, situated in a former cattle shed that offers plenty of rustic charm with a true taste of Herefordshire. To book a table or make an enquiry please call 01531 660626. There is also the Orchard Tearoom serving hot and cold drinks and plenty of picnic […]
Visit Hereford’s Cider Museum and explore the story of traditional cider making. Learn how the apples were milled and pressed and how the resulting juice was fermented to produce cider. Herefordshire is world famous for its cider and here is a wonderful way to discover its history and the traditions of how it was made, right through to the modern day. A tour of the Museum reveals the history of cidermaking and visitors have the opportunity of walking through original champagne cider cellars and viewing a cooper’s workshop, vat house and cider making memorabilia. View a rare collection of engraved English Lead Crystal cider glasses dating from the 18th century onwards and a collection of 19th century watercolours which were commissioned in 1865 to produce the Herefordshire Pomona – a book illustrating the different varieties of apples and pears grown. Group visits are welcome including school groups and research facilities are available by appointment. GIFT SHOP & TEAROOM – Browse the gift shop with its abundance of cider and perries, along with Hereford Cider Brandy and locally produced gin, vodka and liqueurs as well as a selection of preserves, confectionery, books and individual gift ideas. A tea room is available […]
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 […]
Newent Plant Centre is Hereford’s most inspirational plant centre where you will find creative displays all laid out to inspire you with planting ideas for your garden. Customers can be heard commenting on how gorgeous and effective this looks and many say what a delight it is to see somewhere that sets the plants out in a different fashion. More importantly they also say it’s great to see what plants will look like together once planted in the garden. These areas are changing constantly to reflect the plants being sold and to give different ideas each time you visit. At Newent Plant Centre there is a large stock of beautiful, well-kept and healthy plants. What sets us apart from many garden centres is the fact that we care – passionately – about the plants we stock. We know about them. We are very happy to talk about them, in fact we can talk all day about them. So pop along for a visit and take a little time out to relax and breathe in the wonderful displays. Open 7 days a week. RHS Gold Medalists.
Marches Makers Festival is an exciting new arts festival is held on the Early Spring Bank Holiday in the Marches border town of Kington from 4-6 May 2019. With over 90 exhibitors in 12 venues the Marches Makers Festival offers a wonderful variety of art and craft. Fast becoming a major art event in the county, the festival offers local artists and makers an opportunity to showcase their work and reach a wider audience. Venues include the beautiful St Mary’s Church, local galleries, Penrhos Court, Hergest Croft Gardens, the Market Hall and the Old Police Station. The Art and Craft Market is on Saturday and Sunday, hosting many stalls and live demonstrations. On Saturday evening PML Productions presents a music event: Belshazzar’s Feast (“A blend of serious musicianship and dedicated subversion” – Living Tradition). The Marches Makers Festival offers a broad spectrum of art and craft, from top quality work by respected professional artists and makers to community endeavours that support social and therapeutic aspects of creativity. As part of this ambition the LOVE Project (a Lexicon of Optimistic Vocabulary Event) makes beautiful hand-painted signs used as part of a Treasure Trail around Kington. This will involve children from local […]
thepoint4 is Hereford’s leading leisure club Boasting fully accessible facilities at thePoint4 including a 60 station gym, access to personal training, a wide variety of exercise classes for all abilities and a large sports hall and Astro pitch. Unwind in our spa suite or rehabilitate in our hydrotherapy pool. Offering a fully inclusive ethos the leisure club is open to Members and non-Members. There are a range of membership packages, there is no joining fee, no long-term contract and free car parking with dedicated accessible bays near to the front entrance. thePoint4 has vast experience in hosting national and international residential sports events and is also frequently booked by choirs and music groups. Packages, including accommodation, meeting rooms and catering requirements, are all tailored to customer specifications. We actively welcome visits by prospective clients. Please contact the friendly, knowledgeable staff to discuss your requirements. thePoint4 is part of the Royal National College for the Blind and all income generated helps support education and training for students with visual impairment. Learn more.
The Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen is a group of skilled artists and craft workers who earn a living by their craft and live or work in and around the beautiful county of Herefordshire. Founded in 1953 to promote craftsmanship within the county, the guild is a non profit making co-operative providing marketing and exhibition opportunities to its members while encouraging networking and social interaction to like-minded professionals. Strength of numbers has allowed access to world renowned events including the RHS Malvern Spring Festival and Three Choirs Festival and members also sell individually through galleries, other events and online. 2019 Events Ledbury Easter Show….dates to be confirmed RHS Malvern Spring Festival May 9th-12th – 3 Counties Showground Royal Three Counties Show June 14th-16th – 3 Counties Showground Three Choirs Festival July 26th-3rd August – Gloucester Cathedral Malvern Autumn Show Sept. 28th-29th – 3 Counties Showground Ledbury Christmas Show …..dates to be confirmed.
Magical Aardvark Books is situated in a series of stone barns in Brampton Bryan Brampton Bryan is an historic and beautiful village in the north of Herefordshire on the Shropshire border on the A4113 road between Leintwardine and Knighton. Aardvark Books bookshop contains over 50,000 new and second hand titles across all subject areas, and has a very popular café which serves refreshments, home-made cakes and light lunches. Almost all new books are half-price or less, and the shop includes a fantastic range of books from latest blockbusters to antiquarian gems. There is ample parking for cars and coaches, and the café can seat 40 people comfortably. Throughout the year Aardvark organises a range of events including art exhibitions, a Civil War Re-enactment in conjunction with the English Civil War Society (in August), plus markets and music events. For more details of events have a look on their website. Open 7 Days a Week: Monday-Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm.
A unique little garden centre with an astonishing range of plants – many locally grown. Inside we have a mesmerising selection of quality outdoor gifts, tools and wildlife products,as well as a wonderful large selection of wind chimes and garden ornaments. Part of The Hop Pocket Shopping Village
Croft Castle sits deep in the heart of Herefordshire countryside surrounded by 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland. This intimate house became the Croft family home before the Domesday Book. 2018 marks 100 years since the Representation of the People Act, which granted certain women the right to vote for the first time. To celebrate this important milestone, we’ll be sharing the stories of some of Croft’s key women through objects and items in the collection, from the first weekend in May onwards. You can also discover what life was like at Croft during 1918 with a poignant display on the First World War in the Ambassador’s Room and living history weekends throughout 2018. In the castle you can live life as Sir James Croft and find out how the family bought back their home in 1923. Explore the family photographs or sit and read through the auction catalogues. Look out for the 1950s photographs and memorabilia which detail how Croft was at risk of demolition before 1957 and what it was like here then. Big kids and little kids can enjoy 1950s games and toys in the family room, complete with costumes for dressing up. Step outside […]
Eastnor Castle is a great day out for the whole family! Open to visitors on selected days from Easter until the end of September, there is plenty to entertain and amuse visitors of all ages, including dogs who are most welcome. Visitors can explore the state rooms within Eastnor Castle where guides are on hand in every room to pass on their expert knowledge on the fascinating history of the castle. The beautiful grounds are home to a spectacular arboretum and a magnificent lake where visitors can walk freely or follow set trails and walks to discover some breath taking views and landscapes. A special children’s booklet is given to all children on arrival to encourage them to see and take part in the many fun activities such as the Adventure Playground, Knight’s Maze, Junior Assault Course and Land Rover Mini Off-Roaders. A varied and exciting events programme is put on throughout the year and these events are all included in the entrance price. There is a Gift Shop, Ice Cream Parlour and Tea Room offering hot and cold food, drinks and snacks. There are also picnic benches scattered all around the grounds so picnics can be enjoyed with a […]
A vast amazing and unique collection of independent shops The Hop Pocket shopping village offers a welcome change to characterless out-of-town locations and an alternative to the High Street. Set on a large site at the base of Fromes Hill on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border, it is a real year-round destination where you will always find a huge range of great gifts and cards, clothing and footwear, art, craft, toys, garden centre, home-ware, furniture, antiques, food and drink, and lots more. The extensive restaurant and tearooms offers delicious homemade cakes, lunches and afternoon teas, while the large childrens’ outdoor play area makes it a destination for all the family. The perfect venue for meeting friends, a family day out or simply an indulgent day-trip, ample onsite parking makes this an easily accessible location for a full day out and a most enjoyable way to bring home something different. Shops include A Craft Centre, Restaurant, Women’s men’s and children’s clothing, Footwear, Furniture and home interiors, large toy shop, Wine merchants, Garden centre, Butchers, Clusters Emporium (button bar, dolls house miniatures, antiques, bags etc), Glass & Lighting studio and an Independent travel agents. Open: From January to October: Tuesday 10am to 5.30pm Wednesday 10am to 5.30pm Thursday 10am to 5.30pm Friday 10am to 5.30pm […]
Let the Hereford Guild of Guides take you around the historic city of Hereford GUIDED WALKS in the Historic city of Hereford Guided Walks 2018: from 14th March until 31st October Times: Mon-Sat. at 11.30am; Sundays at 2.30pm Starting from: The Main Entrance of the Cathedral. Tickets: From Cathedral Shop/Guide if shop is closed. Charge: Adults £5, Children 6-12 years £1. Duration: Approx. 11/2 hours. Just turn up – we’d love to show you our historic city. In addition: Booked walks for groups all year round. Walk themes: Historic Walks Haunting and Horrors of Hereford Famous People of Hereford River Wye Elgar musical walking tour (3 Choirs Festival only) Other by arrangement Also see Heritage Open Days Walks
Churches tell a story, many stories – of families, of political intrigue and social change, of architecture, and changes in belief. Herefordshire Churches Tourism Group is a network of some of the best churches and chapels in the county that have dominated the landscape and life of communities for more than a thousand years. What will you find when you enter the door? A source of fascination, awe, or a deep sense of peace? Here people have come and still come, generation on generation, seeking the place of their ancestors or solace for the present. Our churches still play a significant part in the life of our communities. Some act as community centres with modern facilities, others have developed their churchyards to attract wildlife, all serve as living monuments to our heritage and history. Often set in beautiful landscapes, with wonderful features and architecture, visiting our churches can enhance your appreciation and enjoyment of Herefordshire.
Only in Herefordshire will you find fantastically names hamlets like Trumpet and what surprises await you when you do. Midway between Hereford City and Ledbury, tucked neatly on the main Trumpet crossroads and traffic lights, is Trumpet Corner Tearoom, Galleries and Garden. Pull in straight from the road to the ample car park, and venture through the iron gates to discover a little slice of wonderland. With an excellent reputation for beautifully moist and flavourful cakes, the tearoom is a real destination in a wonderfully private setting overlooking a pretty secret garden, in which you can sit on a warm day to enjoy the tweet of the birds and the smell of the rose arch. The aromas of freshly baked scones (for their award-winning cream teas), drizzle cakes, iced confections, and general slices of delicious naughtiness mingle with savoury smells of lovely hot and cold light lunches, all freshly prepared in the tearoom kitchens. Potter into the Gallery spaces, which showcases the work of many local artists from iron, wood and metalwork to jewellery and textiles, glass design, ceramics, silversmithing, to prints, paintings, illustrations, cards and photography. Inspiration and temptation is everywhere for gifts, for treats and all for sale. […]
Hergest Croft gardens is in the heart of beautiful North Herefordshire countryside and sits alongside Hergest Ridge at Kington. The gardens are as lovingly cared for today as they always have been and maintained in the Banks Family. Lawrence Banks and his wife, Elizabeth have managed the Gardens since 1988. He is the former Treasurer of the Royal Horticultural Society and she is a noted landscape architect and the RHS President since 2011. They have continued the tradition of planting newly introduced plants, particularly in the Maple Grove, which have been a feature of the garden since 1900. There is so much to discover at Hergest Croft, every visit can be like a first one! The gardens extend over 70 acres with more than 5000 rare trees and shrubs described as ‘one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs with over 85 Champion Trees’.There are five distinct areas: Hergest Croft Garden The Kitchen Garden with Spring and Herbaceous borders The Azalea Garden the Maple Grove The ParkWood There is a wonderful tea room in the old dining room which offers beautiful views while you relax with traditional home cooked food. In the hall is a gift shop, selling local wares and traditional gifts and a plant […]
One of England’s best kept secrets, Hampton Court Castle is genuinely one of the most romantic houses in England The forerunner to the internationally renowned Hampton Court Palace in Surrey by some 80 years. Situated in the very heart of the Herefordshire, English countryside, the 15th Century Grade One Listed Castle is set in over 1000 acres of estate. The tastefully-appointed State Rooms, including the magnificent Ballroom and exquisitely hand-painted Chapel, are now open to the public for tours. The Castle also boasts 24 sumptuous bedrooms, with feature bathrooms, four of which can be viewed on our Castle tours. The original Victorian Walled Garden now contains breathtaking displays of flower beds, ornamental walkways, waterways, fountains, island pavilions, and cascades. The legendary wisteria tunnel is said to be almost 200 years old and leads to the Castle lawns and beyond to the secret garden and waterfall. Over a thousand yew trees have been planted to create a maze with a gothic tower at its centre offering panoramic views of the gardens. The ornamental kitchen garden includes fruits & vegetables all organically managed. Lunch or afternoon tea can be enjoyed in the Joseph Paxton designed Orangery Café where produce from the kitchen […]