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Fantastic Family Days Out

As the days get longer and the weather more inviting, it’s time to start planning your next Herefordshire adventure with family and friends. With all that glorious Herefordshire countryside to explore and plenty of exciting places to enjoy, it’s going to be a summer of fun and memories to treasure.

The Viking Games

If you’re a lover of all things Viking, enjoyed watching The Last Kingdom, the Vikings series or the ever funny Norsemen on Netflix, you’re going to love The Viking Games.

It’s a brilliant opportunity to get the family together for a fantastic day out. Located in the gorgeous surroundings of Herefordshire’s Golden Valley try your hand at traditional Nordic games that have been adapted for some twenty-first century fun.

Who will be the victor at Axe Throwing, Archery, Bullrings, Kubb, Molkky or Stige? Who will be crowned the true Viking warrior?

If you’re prefer paintballing or laser clay shooting then you can do these activities too, It’s such a fun day out and one that everyone will enjoy.

For more information and booking visit the website thevikinggames.co.uk

Oaker Wood

Set in 175 acres of mature woodland and lakes and deep within Mortimer Country in north Herefordshire, Oaker Wood is a popular choice for family days out and holidays. This amazing activity centre offers painting, quad bike trekking, raft building, clay pigeon shooting, low rope assault course, high ropes and target shooting. So there’s something for just about everyone.

Why not combine all these great activities with a stay in their superb glamping village and make that family get together or special celebration one to remember.

For more information and booking visit the website oakerwoodleisure.co.uk

Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum

If you’re looking to go on a peaceful walk, one of the loveliest places to visit with the family is Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum located off the A49 towards Leominster. The views are breath taking and watching the change of seasons in this amazing 123 acre ancient woodland is just divine. Its wonderful arboretum, a 47 acre tree collection with over 1,200 rare and exotic trees is an absolute delight and the enchanting woodland is a fragment of the oak wood that once stretched to the Welsh borders and beyond.

It’s the place where generations of Herefordshire families have taken their children to explore nature, walk the dogs and enjoy some time together with special picnics and fun activities. From the Gruffalo or woodland trails to the Wild Adventure Club, there’s so much for the family to enjoy & learn together.

So get out in the fresh air and enjoy the scenery and wildlife at Queenswood, it’s a real pleasure. Visit the website for more information and events planned queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org.

Hampton Court Castle

Did you know that Herefordshire has so many historic houses and castles to explore? If you and your family haven’t discovered the beautiful gardens and grounds of Hampton Court Castle yet you must add it to your list. It’s one of Herefordshire’s gems and is open from the spring to the autumn ready for you to enjoy.  Situated near Leominster, this fabulous castle predates Hampton Court Palace in London by almost a 100 years.

Guided tours of the historic Castle run on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays and new for 2023, you’ll find an exciting castle play area that the children will love. This great new space is complete with turrets, tunnels, scramble nets and a slide.

Hampton Court Castle offers several acres of wide-ranging gardens set against the panoramic backdrop of the Herefordshire countryside. Enjoy the herbaceous border and water features. Revel in the symmetry of the Dutch garden or appreciate the superb sunken garden with its exquisite waterfall.

The river walk provides the opportunity to further explore the estate, offering stunning views of the Castle from across the ha-ha wall and a taste of the surrounding Herefordshire countryside.

The Orangery Cafe is open daily for lunch or cream tea or you can take your own picnic and enjoy eating alfresco with the family. Look out too for the various one-off events held throughout the season.

Discover more at hamptoncourtcastle.co.uk

Eastnor Pottery

Feeling creative? Head to the east of Herefordshire and you’ll find an idyllic pottery studio located in the beautiful surroundings of Eastnor Castle. It is one of the friendliest and welcoming places for a family day out, offering a range of experiences for you to enjoy and perfect for special occasions and celebrations.

If you’re already be an expert at crafting a pot or two or perhaps haven’t ever tried it before, that doesn’t matter. What we do know for sure is that your session with the team will be full of laughter and fun and you’ll leave with some great memories and a pottery creation or two.

Visit their website for inspiration and booking eastnorpottery.co.uk

Tipton Hall Riding

How about exploring the stunning Herefordshire countryside on horseback with your family and friends. Tipton Hall Riding offers a wonderful way to see nature up close. Explore Tipton Hall’s 150 acre farm, riding across open fields, through peaceful woodland, across flowing streams, local bridle ways and sleepy lanes.

They also offer riding lessons for all abilities and birthday parties for children who want to do something more adventurous and new with their friends.

Find out more at tiptonhall.co.uk

Hereford Canoe Hire

Ever thought about seeing beautiful Herefordshire from the waterways? It’s a totally unique experience and one which Hereford Canoe Hire will ensure is extra special.

Just imagine drifting down the river with your family or friends, enjoying some of the country’s best countryside, amazed at how peaceful it is and surrounded by beautiful wildlife. With the prospect of a picnic lunch along the way. Sounds absolutely delightful!

There are a range of experiences available from half days, full days and multi-day. So if you’re a novice or a more experienced paddler, Hereford Canoe Hire will ensure that you enjoy one of the quietest and safest stretches of the beautiful River Wye and have an amazing family day out to remember.

Find out more and book on their website herefordcanoehire.com

Waterworks Museum – Hereford

If you want to stay local within Hereford, there’s a wonderful hidden gem located just outside the city. The amazing Waterworks Museum charts the heritage of Herefordshire’s water supply, it’s a fabulous attraction housing a unique collection of working industrial artefacts concerned with the supply of potable water. It’s quite literally a time-capsule of social history and the public health development in Herefordshire and beyond.

The Noel Meeke Heritage Water Park is just perfect for children where they can interact with full-size devices, learn and have fun!

Their popular steam days allow visitors to see these fabulous machines in action. All of which are kept in working order by a dedicated team of volunteers.

You’ll find 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 working examples on public display.

It really is a wonderful family day out, so if you haven’t visited yet, add it to your itinerary, you’ll be glad you did!

For opening times and events planned visit the website waterworksmuseum.org.uk

National Trust Herefordshire

If all you want to do is play in the great outdoors, just slip on your wellies and head to any of Herefordshire’s National Trust properties.

Escape to the spectacular The Weir Garden and be absorbed by natural beauty. This delightful ten acre riverside garden was created in the late 18th century. With its ancient trees, rockery and Roman ruins, it’s the perfect place to have some quality family time while watching the wildlife on the River Wye.

Or perhaps take a trip to the wonderful Berrington Hall, the neoclassical 18th-century mansion designed by Henry Holland, home to the Harley, Rodney and Cawley families. Explore this vast estate and enjoy ‘Capability’ Brown’s legacy which includes a serpentine pool, woodland and grazing cattle and sheep. Not to mention the very rare curved walled garden and pleasure grounds.

For history lovers, Croft Castle near Yarpole is nestled in 1500 acres of historic woodland, farm and parkland and dates back before the Domesday Book. With its wealth of veteran trees including a 1000 year oak, the Croft estate is one of the top ten sites in the country for the quality and diversity of ancient trees. Discover the working walled garden complete with historic orchards, vineyard and 1908 glasshouse. If you’re feeling really energetic you can also hike up to the Iron Age hill fort which overlooks some superb views including the Brecon Beacons. 

At Brockhampton Estate you’ll find a picturesque, moated manor house built over 600 years ago, portraying life through the eras. The 1,700 acre estate with woodland, orchards, parkland and farmland is absolutely glorious.

At each National Trust property they hold a range of activities and events throughout the year for families, so keep an eye on their website. Whatever activity you decide upon just enjoy making some wonderful memories full of laughter and fun.

Discover more at nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/worcestershire-herefordshire

CUP Ceramics

Want to stay within the city but are looking for a fun creative experience? Then book a taster day with the family at CUP Ceramics based in Hereford City. This fantastic pottery experience will spark your creative juices, get your hands in some clay, as well as making something fun and useful. Learn about pottery processes and techniques, and gain some practical experience of working with clay. Create two wonderful pieces that will be glazed and fired in the kilns! Please note the recommended minimum age is 14 and young people must be accompanied by an adult. Book onto a workshop or discover more at cupceramics.com

Eastnor Castle

Need to see more amazing castles? How about Eastnor? This dramatic, fairy-tale castle is situated in a 5000-acre estate in the Malvern Hills within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Surrounded by a beautiful lake, deer park and arboretum, with magnificent views of the rolling Herefordshire countryside. Perfect for a stroll or picnic, it’s always a very enjoyable day out with family and friends.

They have a jam packed schedule of events throughout the season. From the very popular Chillifest, Steam & Vintage days, Open-air Theatre and Music Festivals which will entertain the adults. To their popular children’s activities for all ages, Animal Encounters, Archery, Teddy Bears Picnic & Storytelling, Circus Skills and Dance Workshops to name but a few. There’s never a dull moment at Eastnor.

Guided tours of the castle take place on Tuesdays, their friendly and knowledgeable guides bring this amazing building and those who once lived here to life. It’s informative, interesting and quite incredible! Check out their many events and book your day out at eastnorcastle.com

So whatever happens this spring & summer make sure you enjoy our amazing county and all that it has to offer and check out our What’s on page for more amazing things to do in Herefordshire.

Main photo: Courtesy of National Trust Herefordshire