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.
UPDATE: Reopening end of August 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 in the garden 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, can you change the text to read :- Open for Groups on Tuesdays and Thursdays, individuals can sometimes be tagged on to groups (pre-booking required) Opening dates:- 21st April – July 30th and 2nd September to 29th September. (Closed for August) Contact 07513 124947 or email firstname.lastname@example.org […]
Ludlow Castle Gallery offers quality affordable art works, picture framing and desirable objects, many made by local talented artisans. Nestled within the Ludlow Castle walls (take a right at the gates!) the gallery contains some wonderful local treasures from talented local artists to browse or to buy: Original Art works, prints and Batiks Hand blown glass Colourful ceramics Hand bags Jewellery Metal garden sculpture and plant supports Lighting Locally produced hand woven rugs and storage bags There is also a picture framing service which takes about 7 days and the prices start at about £8 for a simple framed A4 sized item. Both modern and traditional frames can be made in just about any colour you can imagine. There is a 20% discount for artists and trade customers. Ludlow Castle is one of the finest medieval ruins in England. Set in the glorious Shropshire countryside at the heart of the superb, bustling black & white market town of Ludlow. Walk through the Castle grounds and see the ancient houses of kings, queens, princes, judges and the nobility – a glimpse into the lifestyle of medieval society. Also see Ludlow Castle.
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) […]
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
Update: Now open for all usual activities. The Viking Games is the latest venture from the team at Battlelands. The activities are run from the Herefordshire family farm that has been passed down through the generations. The farm has spectacular views of the Black Mountains and the Golden Valley. A fantastic range of viking inspired group activities are available. Take part in one or all six traditional nordic games. Try your hand at Axe Throwing, Archery, Bullrings, Kubb, Molkky or Stige. Test your ability and agility to see whether you have what it takes to become a true Viking warrior. Available for groups, couples, Families, Hen and Stag parties, birthday surprises and team building. Get in touch with the team and find your inner viking warrior. Also see Laserclayz. and Battlelands
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. Workshops for 2019 will return in the Autumn. Keep an eye on their website for updates. 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.
The Craft Gallery at Old Mayors Parlour offers a first-floor space for the use of artists, artisans, and art-related exhibitors; enabling contemporary artists to present 2-D and 3-D work in a 14th Century building. Old Mayor’s Parlour is located at 23 Church Street, above John McKellar Designer Jewellery, the Independent Quarter in Hereford City. The first floor gallery at the historic and listed Old Mayor’s Parlour building has undergone sympathetic internal and external refurbishment with the involvement of English Heritage. It’s a glorious timber-framed building dating back to the early fourteenth century. It once belonged to and was used by the Custos Rotulorum, the keeper of the rolls, (county’s records) and the Vicars Choral (the men of the Cathedral Choir). Created in 1605 the rare and highly decorated plaster ceiling shows the first version of the Herefordshire coat of arms, as well as, cherubim, oak leaves, acorns, and a fresco of what is believed to be Hereford Castle. Castle Green is located nearby where the remains are thought to be hidden under the grass. Thus the venue is of interest to residents and visitors to the City who are art buyers and collectors, gallery browsers, history buffs or those just […]
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 […]
Brobury House, gardens and two holiday rental cottages are set on the banks of the River Wye in Herefordshire near Bredwardine, Hay on Wye. Rose and Lilac Cottages are situated within the eight acres of Brobury House Gardens. They offer homely, secluded accommodation in peaceful surroundings. The cottages overlook the main lawn with a backdrop of mature trees. All eight acres of gardens are for your enjoyment during your stay. The cottages offer the perfect retreat for those wishing to enjoy the beautiful countryside of Herefordshire and the Welsh Marches. Artists, Bibliophiles, Historians, Birdwatchers and Walkers will all find much to engage their interest in this idyllic rural environment set against the glorious backdrop of the River Wye. Each cosy cottage offers: A spacious kitchen with modern utility facilities Comfortable dining and living room facilities Open fires with free logs Two bedrooms, one double and one twin, sleeping four people Good size bathrooms with shower over bath and a second separate toilet Free wi-fi Lovely views across the lawns Available all year round for weekly letting. Short breaks are normally winter season only. Pets are welcome by arrangement. Please respect the current COVID distancing rules when visiting (minimum 2m separation) Also […]
CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK In light of advice from the government, we have taken the decision to close The Gateway and cancel future screenings with immediate effect. Our priority is the safety of our customers attending, and this is not a decision we have made lightly. We will remain closed and re-open when possible, closely following government guidelines. If customers were due to visit us in March and April, a member of our box office team will be in touch directly to process refunds. Labels Shopping is currently open as usual. Opening Times Monday – Saturday: 10:30am – 5:30pm Sunday: 10:30am – 4:30am We are asking our staff to adhere to the strictest level of hygiene, including regular hand washing and sanitising, daily wiping down surfaces, door handles etc. as our customers safety is of upmost importance to us. The Gateway is an independent cinema space in Ross on Wye featuring luxury seating, a high-quality surround sound system, and a high definition big screen. Located on the Upper Ground Floor of Labels Shopping, The Gateway shows a wide range of films, from classics, to foreign, to cults and modern films. Film lovers can enjoy a pre-screening […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 and The Viking Games
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
Leominster Tourist Information Centre provides information and advice on places to visit, forthcoming events, public transport and much more. Leominster Tourist Information Centre is situated at the heart of the town at 11 Corn Square. Based within the Leominster Town Council building, it offers a range of services and information to visitors and locals alike. You are welcome to browse their wide range of brochures and leaflets . These include many local attractions, gardens, farm parks, museums and historic houses. For food enthusiasts, there are details of local farm shops, markets, festivals and food, wine and cider producers. The knowledgeable team are on hand to answer any of your queries and give advice and information. Looking for gifts? The Tourist Information Centre sells a great range of local souvenirs, gifts , locally produced jams, preserves, honey and alcohol, craft, local interest books, Ordnance Survey Maps and guides. The Tourist Information Centre is a box office for The Playhouse Cinema and you can purchase tickets for local music and theatre events. They are National Express agents, so you can purchase coach tickets for travel across the UK. Leominster Tourist Information Centre is open Monday to Saturday between the hours of 9.30 […]
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.
Work Here is Hereford’s first hotdesking and coworking space, right in the centre of High Town, designed especially for freelancers and small companies who want to work in a shared office environment. Affordable hot desks, fixed desks, private offices, therapy space and meeting rooms. Not to mention up to 1Gb superfast broadband, free tea and coffee, a supportive community and a brilliant location in the centre of Hereford above Coffee#1 4-5 High Town Hereford.
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.com Pearl Taylor www.herefordshireholidays.co.uk Ginn Downes www.ginnscreativeworkshops.co.uk Jacqueline Seymour www.bee-spokequilts.com 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 setting it’s the perfect location to […]
The garden will be open from Saturday 13 June until 29 August 2020 on Fridays and Saturdays from 11.00 – 5.00 with social distancing. Click here for further information on visiting the garden and the National Garden Scheme. The garden at Rhodds Farm has been developed since 2005 and is now maturing nicely. It sits between a hillside of 13 acres of overhanging woodland, full of bluebells, and pasture to the south with far reaching views to the Malvern Hills and Black Mountains. Created by the owner, a professional garden designer, the garden includes an extensive range of interesting trees and shrubs, large areas of perennials, wild-flower meadows, hot borders, a gravel garden, formal garden, 3 ponds and a new arboretum. This is a natural garden which fits well within its setting and was described in a Country Life article as ‘a romantic, timeless garden’. Open every Friday and Saturday May – August 11.00 – 5.00. From A44 take a small turning 1 mile east of Kington opposite Penrhos Farm. Continue for 1 mile and garden is straight ahead as road turns to left. Also See Rhodds Barn
The Riverside Inn’s pretty black and white premises has it all Set in the picturesque village of Aymestrey, near the Herefordshire/Shropshire border, The Riverside Inn has an award-winning restaurant, wonderful walks, a nature-lovers haven and well-appointed rooms. Food at The Riverside is made and cooked freshly on site; from the garden honey, oat and yogurt soda bread to the delectable lemon verbena ice cream. Sustainability and ethical sourcing is important to us for mussels and sea fish. Always scoring well regarding food miles for British produce and Fair Trade sources for imports. The kitchen garden is an important ingredient in the creation of menus and Andy and his team prepare the ground, sow and reap the seasonal vegetables and fruits. There are designated “dog tables” in the bar should you wish to take your four-legged friend to dine with you. 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. Also see Accommodation at The Riverside Inn
UPDATE: Open from July 1st New opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 11:00am – 4:00pm and Monday Closed The Gateway Cinema In light of advice from the government, we have taken the decision to close The Gateway and cancel future screenings with immediate effect. Our priority is the safety of our customers attending, and this is not a decision we have made lightly. We will remain closed and re-open when possible, closely following government guidelines. If customers were due to visit us in March and April, a member of our box office team will be in touch directly to process refunds. Based on the outskirts of Ross on Wye Labels Shopping, is home to over 200 brands for you and your home. Labels Womenswear and Menswear departments are sure to have something to your taste, and you’ll love the extensive range of Homeware and Soft Furnishings. If it’s a gift for your someone special you’re after, we’ve plenty of ideas. What’s more the colleagues at Labels are always happy to help, whatever your query. You will even find a large Farm Shop, with a Butcher and Deli as well as many other well know foodie brands, many of which are local. The […]
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 […]
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.
FURTHER UPDATE – Deer Park Campsite open on Saturday 4th July until 23rd August, then again from 6th to 30th September. AN UPDATE ON OUR OPENING… It’s so lovely to be open again that we’ve added extra days!* Open every Saturday, Sunday and Monday until Monday 13th July. For anyone home-schooling, we’ve also put together a page pointing to lots of learning resources around Castles! With the recent news that the majority of children are unlikely to go back to school until September, an Outdoor Learning Day at Eastnor visiting a real-life castle might be a welcome change of scenery! We hope to see you soon, don’t forget tickets are limited and must be pre-booked online! Adults: £5.00 Children (3–15yrs): £2.50 *Opening is still on a Limited Grounds Only basis – full information available on our website, please read before purchasing tickets. 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 […]
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 […]
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 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.
THE COURTYARD IN HEREFORD IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO THE HEALTH RISKS WITH CORONAVIRUS. PLEASE READ THEIR STATEMENT HERE FOR FURTHER DETAILS. The Courtyard in Hereford is almost all things to all people, providing an astonishing range of arts events, education, social interaction and opportunities. Its programmes cover live theatre, dance, music, cinema, exhibitions, talks, classes, workshops and creative projects and they cater for people of every age and disposition. The Courtyard is a fantastic resource for the people of Herefordshire and beyond, having a 400 seat main theatre, a 120 seat studio theatre (showing smaller scale productions and regular film screenings), rehearsal rooms, a gallery, meeting areas and an award winning café serving a wide range of meals, snacks and drinks. It supports a thriving Youth Theatre as well as an adult participation programme and stages everything from cutting edge drama to pantomime. Cinema showings vary from child-friendly animations and blockbusters to independent films. The Courtyard constantly strives to be as inclusive as possible and were the first arts venue in the UK to become dementia friendly. Its Creative Ageing project was established in 2010, delivering arts sessions to care homes to help improve the health and wellbeing of older people. […]
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, […]
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
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 options […]
UPDATE: Open with social distancing measures in place. 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.
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 […]
UPDATE: We are delighted to tell you that our spacious showrooms and extensive outdoor courtyards are open again. We’ll keep the numbers in our showrooms reassuringly small and will be implementing clear bio-security and social distancing measures to keep you and our staff safe. If there are already too many customers with us when you arrive, we’ll ask you to wait comfortably in your car, or relax around our outdoor tables in the courtyard until it’s safe to go inside. And there you will find frequent hand sanitising stations and new perspex screens, keeping customers and staff separated at service positions. Sadly we’re not able to open The Glasshouse yet, but you are welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks to enjoy in the sunshine. 9am – 5pm, Monday to Saturday 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 […]
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 […]
UPDATE: Course open to members and visitors with social distancing measures. 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 […]
CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RISK, PLEASE SEE STATEMENT BELOW We are sad to say that as of today, the museum will be CLOSED until further notice. We will not be taking any meeting room bookings nor will the shop be open. Stay safe, and we hope to see you in better times. 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 […]
h.Art Sat 4 – 12 September 2021 We’re all looking forward to getting out and about later this year and living life to the full again. Why not get these dates in your diaries. Plan to take the time too feel uplifted and inspired by Herefordshire’s creative people. Enrich your homes and lives with their wonderfully varied art and craftworks. 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
Update: the museum is closed until at least October 2020 CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RISK, PLEASE READ THEIR FULL STATEMENT HERE. 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 […]
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 […]
Brobury House Garden is open every day, all year round. Set on the banks of The River Wye, the gardens offer an idyllic setting for this Victorian style terraced garden. The panoramic views of the surrounding Herefordshire countryside really complement the formal gardens. The magnificent trees give structure to the garden and showcase the original design providing a focal point for the gardens. The present owners, Keith and Pru Cartwright have been at Brobury since 2001 and have embarked on a programme of restoration and development in conjunction with their garden designer Peter Antonius. It is a garden for all seasons. whether you visit for the first flush of Spring blossom or the spectacular late Autumn blaze…and beyond into the pale light of Winter, there is always interest and beauty. There are three formal water features which have been intertwined into the original terraces – a bog garden has now been established at the bottom of the specimen tree walk and from this paths follow a stream through woodland, leading finally to the two acre water-meadow beyond. The most recent water feature is a Lutyens-inspired pool with steps and an ornamental arrangement of flower beds. Opening times: The gardens are […]
Enjoy a guided tour of Wythall Estate’s Vineyard followed by a tutored wine tasting in the Manor house. South Herefordshire has an excellent grape-growing environment, and the Wythall Estate near Ross-on-Wye provides a wonderful experience to understand more about the wine-making process and of course the growing and harvesting of these special vines. Vineyard tours and tutored wine tastings take place on Saturdays throughout the year. Each tour is a maximum of 25 people and pre‑booking is required. Groups are welcome and group organisers should contact the estate by email to discuss available dates. The Vineyard Tour Arrive at 12.00 noon for a walking tour of the Vineyard with Frank. He will talk about the grape varieties grown at Wythall Estate, the pruning methods used and explain about the vine management from planting through to harvesting. Frank will also share his knowledge of growing, maintaining and harvesting the grape varieties chosen, all of which perfectly suit the English climate and are now producing Wythall’s unique and award‑winning wines. Wine Tasting Following the tour of the vineyard, owner Jamie McIntyre will welcome the group into the dining room at Wythall Manor. Guests will be able to taste all the wines currently […]
It is the aim of Arts Alive to ensure that EVERYONE in Shropshire and Herefordshire has the opportunity to engage in a wide range of high-quality Live Events and Films in their local venue. Whilst their core work, brings high quality events to many thousands of people, they are looking at delivering events to those not currently engaging in the arts: Young people Older people in Care homes Others who don’t normally engage in the arts by delivering affordable and engaging high quality cultural events. From those who are geographically isolated to those who have access difficulties, from those who are culturally hungry to those whose sense of community is important and from the very young to the very old, everyone should have the opportunity to engage with great films and live performances in their local venue.
UPDATE: Grounds and cafe open with limited takeaway menu only. Must pre book online. PLEASE READ THE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FROM THE NATIONAL TRUST: nationaltrust.org.uk/press-release/the-national-trusts-latest-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19 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. 2019 marks 75 years since D-Day and 80 years since the start of the Second World War. To commemorate these significant anniversaries, we’re sharing the stories of the Croft family from 1939-45. Families can step back in time and discover what life was like at Croft when it was a school for evacuated children during the war, with dressing up and games in the Family Room. 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. Step outside and explore the working walled garden complete with historic orchards, vineyard and 1908 glasshouse. Find […]
Barton Court, Colwall, WR13 6HN between Ledbury and Malvern, surrounded by glorious countryside is the perfect location for any corporate or business activity. At the rear of the main house and formed from the outbuildings that surround the 13th century dovecote is a period courtyard complex of the newly refurbished buildings. The Engine Room and Loose Box are now available for hire. The Saw Mill and Dutch Barn will be ready later in the year. The Engine Room is a light filled, white painted space, 15 metres by4.5, with lovely views over the glorious countryside. It is suitable for any number of uses from workshops, conferences, presentations, meetings to dinners and children’s parties. It has plentiful toilet facilities adjacent and can be taken with a catering kitchen for an additional charge. The Loose Box, once the Georgian stables, now functions as the bar and bistro serving locally sourced and made produce showcasing the best that Herefordshire has to offer in quirky, interesting surroundings. Small, informal meetings work well in this space. The splendid main house is also available to rent on an ad hoc basis for launches, meetings and corporate events. An exquisite example of 18th century architecture, it is […]
Sometimes the simplest things in life give you the most pleasure! Ever thought of keeping poultry or livestock in your garden or orchard? Not sure where to start? At Wynnes of Dinmore you will find everything you need including:- Livestock, Housing, Equipment, Feed, Bedding, Health & Hygiene Products, Books and Free Advice. What could be better than a few bantams, laying hens or ducks wandering around exploring in your garden for their next special treat? Not only will you find your family get enormous pleasure watching these delightful creatures but in exchange for good housing, premium feed & clean water they will reward you with the most delicious fresh and tasty eggs. Is this not the most productive pet? Or perhaps you would like a few friendly playful pygmy goat kids jumping around or gentle alpacas, or even a few lambs? At Wynnes of Dinmore they help to make your dreams reality, so why not Pop up and see what is on offer and how you can take the next step in choosing your next family member. Livestock includes: all types of poultry (laying hens, bantams, ducks, geese, quail, guinea fowl, peacocks) sheep, pigs, alpacas, pygmy goats. Open to the […]
Let the Hereford Guild of Guides take you around the historic city of Hereford Guided Walks in the historic city of Hereford will run from September 1 until October 31 2020. Hereford Guild of Guides look forward to welcoming you on a GUIDED WALK around Hereford, at 11.30 daily, except on Sundays at 14.30. You will visit the site of the medieval castle and see Hereford’s interesting and historic buildings and other structures, hear about the history of the city through the ages from Saxon times, its role in the Civil War and its famous people and learn about Dan the dog! Tickets from the Cathedral Shop (from the Guide on Sundays) £5 for adults and £1 for accompanied children aged 6-12. Walks are limited to a maximum of 6 people to allow for social distancing. Meet your Guide outside the main entrance to the Cathedral. There is no need to book in advance but you will need to purchase a ticket from the Cathedral shop prior to joining the walk (or from the guide on Sundays if the shop is closed) – the charge is £5 per adult, £1 for accompanied children aged 6 – 12. Please note that we can only allow […]
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. From Monday 27 July, the Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibition will be reopening for visitors with a brand new exhibition, The Two Thomases. Further details here 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 […]
UPDATE: you can now visit Brockhampton without pre booking, keep up to date on their Facebook page. Brockhampton 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 , 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 orchards, park and woodland, featuring ancient trees, historic damson and apple orchards and the picturesque Lawn Pool. Brockhampton is home to a rich variety of wildlife, from rare bugs and beetles in our ancient orchards to a wide range of bird species which you might spot from our wildlife hide. 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 […]
UPDATE: Gardens and plant sales open, cafe closed. Hergest Croft Gardens lies in the heart of the Welsh Marches with stunning views towards the Black Mountains. From spring bulbs to autumn colour this is a garden for all seasons. There are gorgeous flower borders. An old fashioned Kitchen Garden with a Rose Garden; Spring Borders with carpets of bulbs; and unusual vegetables; the Azalea Garden with spectacular colour in the spring: and Park Wood, with thirty foot high rhododendrons are fantastic all to discover. Autumn colour throughout the gardens is superb The Gardens are the perfect place to explore and relax. Teas and light lunches, provided by the award-winning Ridgeway Catering, specialising in local homemade food, are available in the old Dining Room and outside on the Terrace. Plants Sales contains many rare and unusual specimens from all over the world. A wide range of gifts are presented in the Hall. There are special entry rates for pre-booked groups of 20 or more.
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 shops and great gifts. it is 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 take home something different. First started as a small shop in 1988, the gift shop is now twenty times its original size. An ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ or ‘Little Harrods’ with a large range of items, from handmade crafts to gifts of all sizes and value. You can even buy your very own Hop Garland or have one delivered! New in 2019 the Food Hall combines all the food and wine shops to create a wonderful, new area that stocks fine and wonderful things to eat and drink, with a focus on amazing local suppliers including free range eggs, meat, chocolate, fudge, […]
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
UPDATE: 11-4 Mon- Sat 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
Beautiful medieval Ludlow Castle, set in the glorious Shropshire countryside Ludlow Castle is one of the finest medieval ruins in England. Set in the glorious Shropshire countryside at the heart of the superb, bustling black & white market town of Ludlow. Walk through the Castle grounds and see the ancient houses of kings, queens, princes, judges and the nobility – a glimpse into the lifestyle of medieval society. The Castle, firstly a Norman Fortress and extended over the centuries to become a fortified Royal Palace, has ensured Ludlow’s place in English history – originally built to hold back unconquered Welsh, passing through generations of the de Lacy and Mortimer families to Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York. It became Crown property in 1461 and remained a royal castle for the next 350 years, during which time the Council of the Marches was formed with responsibility for the Government of Wales and the border counties. Abandoned in 1689 the castle quickly fell into ruin, described as ‘the very perfection of decay’ by Daniel Defoe Since 1811 the castle has been owned by the Earls of Powis, who have arrested further decline, and allowed this magnificent historical monument to be open to the […]
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. […]
Your Country department store – Oakchurch near Hereford. NOVEMBER LOCKDOWN & CHRISTMAS 2020 SANTA AT OAKCHURCH Unfortunately, due to coronavirus, Santa won’t be able to meet children in his grotto at Oakchurch this year. However, you can still take your letters to Santa to Oakchurch, drop them in to the postbox and Santa will write back to you. Last date for posting is 13th December. Don’t forget to put your full name, address and age on your letter. CALL & COLLECT Oakchurch are extremely vigilant about the safety of their customers and staff by ensuring that everyone who enters the store washes or sanitises their hands, wears a face mask and adheres to 2 metre social distancing. However, they do realise that some vulnerable people may still not wish to enter the store and with that in mind they offer a call and collect service – simply ring them to place and pay for your order and arrange to collect (usually the next day) when a member of Oakchurch staff will drop your order into your car boot for you. Call 01981 500125 (option 7) during office hours. LOCAL DELIVERY During the first lockdown Oakchurch kept the local community fed and […]
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 and The Viking Games
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 […]
Hereford Museum is full of interesting local history with hands-on elements for all the family including a children’s Victorian kitchen and puppet theatre. Some of the most popular displays are a live bee hive, a two metre long sturgeon fish, and fascinating archaeology & fossils. The Art Gallery hosts regularly changing exhibitions of contemporary and historic art and objects. The Brian Hatton Gallery displays art works by local artist Brian Hatton, killed in the First World War. Hereford Museum and Art Gallery will be open the following hours in 2020, in partnership with the library service (opening times may vary at short notice) Tuesday and Wednesday 1-4pm Thursday, Friday and Saturday 10-1pm Half term extended opening Hours: Tuesday 27th October Open 10-4pm Wednesday 28th October Open 10-4pm The Museum and Art Gallery will be closed from the 1st December 2020 – 22nd January 2021 Numbers are restricted at any one time so if the library is full please return another day as there is no queuing system. Entry is free but donations are appreciated Toilets, wheelchair access via lift, tactile images and braille guides. Website Also see The Black White House Museum
We know how important it is to be able to find information on destinations that can accommodate those that are physically and/or mentally challenged. Here we are developing a section that will help you to find inclusive and accessible Accommodation, Attractions, Activities and more around Herefordshire. __________________________________________________________________________ You will also find the services of Allinteractive Inclusion useful. Part of the Marches Family Network charity, they work with families, disabled and non-disabled children and young people, activity providers and supporters to create a more inclusive, welcoming and accessible Herefordshire and identify suitable places to enjoy. Have a look on their website for great inclusive and accessible places to go in the county. They also work with with local businesses to improve their inclusive offer providing a base for information, training, listings and collaborative working, offering taster sessions and more. Marches Family Network recently celebrated 25 years as a charity, and provides short-breaks for children and young people, and support and signposting for families. Parents with disabled children often say that they need clear information and thought in access information and welcome. A parent recently said, With inclusive thinking and practice everyone benefits. It’s a game changer.
UPDATE: Open from Monday 6th July Tuesday – Sunday 10.00am – 4.00pm (closed Mondays) 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.
The New Model Institute for Technology and Engineering (NMITE) is a Higher Education Institution specialising in Integrated Engineering. Proudly located in Hereford, NMITE is educating a new generation of engineers whose diverse backgrounds will give them the mindset to think and work differently. NMITE believes that the most effective engineers, those who will become leaders and drive positive change, will be able to communicate with multiple audiences, be passionate about making positive change, be responsive to business needs, and be creative in a world of limited resources. Put simply, there are no limits to who an engineer can be, so long as they have the grit, curiosity, courage and passion to make a real impact on our ever-changing world. What is on offer? Validated by the Open University, NMITE are providing an exciting Undergraduate Master’s in Integrated Engineering in just 3 years – getting you out into the world of work faster so that you can make a real difference. A once in a lifetime opportunity. NMITE are currently open and recruiting for their Pioneer Cohort of 50 New Engineers whose tuition fees and accommodation fees will be fully funded, by NMITE, for the first year. Find out more and […]
UPDATE: Online exhibitions and workshops https://www.meadowarts.org/ 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.
Standing proud and strong, this fine Georgian mansion sits within Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown’s final garden and landscape. This year, we’re embarking on our ambitious Garden Project. This aims to restore, revive and reimagine ‘Capability’ Brown’s iconic walled garden and pleasure grounds for future generations. We’re working in partnership with local community groups to ensure the vision for the gardens are co-created and beneficial for the local community. We need to raise £200,000 to repair the garden walls, including the rare curved section, which is one of only two left surviving in this style. From July 2019, you’ll be able to step inside and explore this area for the first time. Find out how you can support the project on your next visit and ask the team about the various fundraising events and gardening workshops we have planned for the coming year. In the centre of the walled garden, you can discover ‘LOOK! LOOK! LOOK!’, a bold contemporary pavilion designed 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 ‘Capability’ […]
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 […]
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. Office open: Sat 6th April – Sat 2nd November 2019 10am-4.30pm Mon-Sat closing 4pm during Oct/Nov
The Black and White House Museum is a 17th Century timber-framed building The 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 Hours for 2020 (open hours may vary at short notice) Tuesday – Saturday 10-4 Sunday – 12-3 Open Monday 26th October 10-12 and 1-4 Closed for lunch 12-1 on the following dates: 20th, 21st, 22nd, 26th and 27th October Admission Charges Adults – £3 Children – £2 (under 5s free) Family ticket – £9.50 (2 adults and up to 3 children) Access to ground […]
PLEASE READ THE CORONAVIRUS UPDATE FROM THE NATIONAL TRUST: nationaltrust.org.uk/press-release/the-national-trusts-latest-statement-on-coronavirus-covid-19 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