Discover something new this March with the National Trust in Herefordshire
Berrington Hall, near Leominster, is open daily until Sunday 4 November. Families can fall in love with the Georgians throughout March with stories of love and affection from the era. Then on 10, 11, 24 and 25 March, visitors can book onto a guided walk through the landscape to discover more about the herons who live and nest on the 14-acre man-made lake. Celebrate the arrival of the herons for their nesting season and learn more about their feeding habits, migration and flight routines and their habitat, which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest due to the Heronry. Families can also treat Mum to a relaxing day out on Mother’s Day, with stories of the Mothers of Berrington in the mansion, delicious food in the tea-room and unique gifts in the Harness Room gift shop.
On route to Bromyard, Brockhampton Estate is open daily until Sunday 4 November. Spring is the perfect time to visit the secluded moated manor house and surrounding parkland. On Mother’s Day, explore the picturesque scenery and enjoy a delicious afternoon tea in the Old Apple Store tea-room for £20 for two. Visitors can also make hand-made gifts for Mum in the manor house, including lavender bags and flower badges. Then on Sunday 25 March, discover Brockhampton in a new light, through a camera lens. Book on to a photography course and learn how to take truly inspiring images of this historic location as it comes springing to life (£40 per person, booking essential).
Croft Castle, near Leominster, is now open daily until Sunday 4 November. Visitors can discover previously unexplored parts of the castle, including the attics, on drawing classes with Matthew Wood on Saturday 10 and Saturday 17 March. Visitors will be guided and tutored towards producing a variety of sketches and drawings by Matthew Wood, who produced a series of paintings of Croft during a six month artistic residency during 2016-17 (£35 per person, booking essential: 07790018463). Families can also enjoy a relaxing Mother’s Day at Croft with a craft activity in the walled garden, followed by afternoon tea in the tea-room. Discover more about the powerful mothers of Croft through the years in the castle and listen to live saxophone music at 1.30pm and 2.30pm.
The Weir Garden, near Hereford, is also open daily until Sunday 4 November. The 10 acre woodland garden is at its best in spring, where paths wind their way through carpets of spring flowers starting with the delicate greens and whites of the snowdrops through to the bold yellows of daffodils later on in the season. Take a look at what the garden team have been planting in the 1920’s greenhouse and go wild in the natural play area which sits in a beautiful spot alongside the river. Visitors can also treat themselves in the tea tent and shop; every penny spent helps the National Trust to care for these special places in Herefordshire.
More details about opening times, accessibility, events and all other activities Berrington Hall, Brockhampton Estate, Croft Castle and The Weir Garden have planned can be found by visiting: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/herefordshire.