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: Sally Boehme www.sallyboehme.co.uk Lucy Brodie www.huntlandsfarm.co.uk/upholstery Jenny Pearce www.jennypearce.co.uk Sarah Williams www.williamshandmade.com 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 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 come on one of our courses so please contact individual artists for recommended accommodation by clicking on the links above or visit the accommodation page. Creative Breaks will […]
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
Moors Lodge is situated in Sollers Hope, an area of outstanding natural beauty in the south east of Herefordshire. It is perfectly located for walking, cycling and riding as well as the chance to explore many places of interest, all of which can be found right on your doorstep, including the Malvern Hills, Symonds Yat, The Forest of Dean, the Black Mountains and Westons Cider Mill. The Lodge is set within its own large and private fenced garden with beautiful views. The recently constructed and newly furnished accommodation is fully wheelchair accessible and disabled friendly throughout, with access ramps to the property and also to the lovely garden, it also boasts a spacious living room come diner, open plan kitchen, a double room with double bed, another bedroom with bunk beds and an accessible bathroom. The living room also has a sofa bed which opens up into a generous double. All linen provided. Sleeps up to 6 people. If you are a rider, your horse can be accommodated for as well, should you wish to venture out to explore the rolling hills that surround the Lodge. The Lodge is within easy reach of the M50, Hereford, Ross on Wye […]
Situated on the banks of the River Wye and in the shadow of Hereford Cathedral. The Left Bank Village is a much-loved venue in Herefordshire. As well as weddings they host public events and all other kinds of private hire. There are many different versatile spaces, including the beautiful river terrace floors which overlook the glorious Wye. There is alos a roof top cocktail bar called Hot Tin Roof, an underground Speakeasy night club, the De Koffie Pot coffee house behind the main building, a vintage chic wedding accommodation house and a contemporary art gallery. Wedding Venue The Left Bank Village, the pinnacle of urban charm, with everything you need for the ultimate wedding day that will burst with energy and colour. A riverside venue, overlooking the glorious Wye, The Left Bank Village is very unusual because you can arrive or leave your wedding by rowing boat! Choose from one of our four stupendous packages. The River Terrace Package; for everything that is prim, pastels and powdery. The De Koffie Pot Package; rustic heaven. Bandstand Vows; the atypical for the unconventional. The Roof Terrace Package; for romance under the stars. Also overlooking the central courtyard is the vintage chic wedding accommodation house which is […]
A vast amazing and unique collection of independent shops offering a welcome change to characterless out-of-town locations and an alternative to the High Street. The Hop Pocket shopping village is 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. There’s even a dog grooming parlour for your favourite pooch while you shop, eat and relax. 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. 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 Saturday 10am to 5.30pm Sunday 11am to 5pm Closed Mondays, Open Bank Holiday Mondays, Open Easter Sunday […]
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.
At The Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre, the ‘hands on’ experience is actively encouraged! Kington Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre has been welcoming children and adults alike for the past 24 years, to share in this very special place and enjoy the wonderful collection of miniature, rare and friendly creatures. Set in a glorious rural environment, visitors have a unique opportunity for a close encounter with many rare, miniature and very special friendly animals. Particular favourites are the Miniature Zebu, the worlds smallest breed of cow, and the Ouessants, the most diminutive of all sheep. Each day they offer a selection of hot and cold food in the Tea Room.
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 […]
If you love animals, you will adore Wynne’s of Dinmore. Wynnes of Dinmore is a rural animal farm park and supplies destination, where if you see it, you can buy it and take it home; including hens, bantams, quail, pygmy goats, micro pigs, alpacas, Jacob sheep and more. A great place to bring the family for a day out where you can interact with the gorgeous creatures, help feed them, learn more about them, see newborn animals and even decide if you would like to be a keeper of these interesting breeds. Having begun as specialists in chicken and poultry livestock, Wynnes still stocks many varieties including Silkies, Plymouth Rocks, Leghorns and many more from great layers to decorative strutters. Having added their four-legged friends into the mix, their passion and knowledge of animals is infectious and a wonderful day out for adults as well as children. They also stock everything needed to keep your livestock, poultry and pets. There is a range of housing, runs, bedding, feed, hatching equipment, health & hygiene products, mesh fencing, pet toys, gifts and lots more, plus a large selection of garden items ranging from bird feeding equipment and garden benches. The purpose built tearoom and Country Store, Tearoom overlooks […]
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 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
thepoint4 is Hereford’s leading leisure club thepoint4 is part of the Royal National college for The Blind (RNC) and supporting the work that they do in enabling visually impaired and blind people to live independent lives. The gym and leisure club is also available to users of Gardner Hall, where you can get great accommodation and fantastic conference/meeting room facilities. Fully flexible membership packages are available to suit your needs and unlike our competitors we do not have any minimum contract period and any joining fees. Please get in touch with our friendly and knowledgeable staff to discuss your requirements.
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 […]
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.
The Great British Florist is part of our small company Wiggly Wigglers based on Lower Blakemere Farm in Herefordshire. Wiggly Wigglers has been supplying British Flowers for the last nine years as part of our natural gardening business. We have found that people love to buy proper real flowers that vary from bouquet to bouquet, that change through the seasons. It makes a real change from the usual imported mass produced alternative. In 2012 we decided to focus on British Flowers and offer a larger selection and so The Great British Florist was born. Our farm has planted a cutting patch packed with traditional garden flowers to add to the sunflowers, wheat and barley it already produces for the florist. All our flowers are proudly sown and grown on British Farms, and this means that very often our flowers are much, much, fresher than their foreign competitors. They will often be picked conditioned and with you within 48 hours, meaning you can expect them to last days longer in the vase. It does mean that some of them are grown in tunnels, but our zero air-miles and straight forward delivery means that our carbon emissions are minimal. There are arguments […]
Made in Ross is a collective of artists and craft workers who are based in the historic Market House in the centre of Ross-on-Wye. Made in Ross is delighted to be working with The Courtyard and Ross Council in this iconic building in the very heart of Ross which provides a fascinating venue for contemporary arts and crafts. There are currently fourteen members – blacksmithing, ceramics, Chinese brush painting, felting, furniture, glass, mosaics, photography, sculptures made from recycled materials, silver jewellery, textiles, watercolours, wood carving and much more besides, all at affordable prices. Members manage the exhibition space in the Market House. They work as volunteers keeping the Market House open to visitors seven days a week, from 10 am – 4 pm. Workshops and demonstrations are also held at the Market House on a regular basis. They are also a voluntary Tourist Information Site for the town and local area. Made in Ross is keen to promote guest artists who are able to exhibit their work as temporary members. If you are interested in joining the collective as a full member or guest exhibitor please contact Eleanor for further details email@example.com Open Daily 10-4
There are many compelling 20th century stories to uncover 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. 2017 is the 60th anniversary of Croft coming into our care when it was bought by the National Trust in 1957. Throughout 2017 we will be researching and sharing stories from that era and you can reminisce by getting involved in some of our 1950s events. 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 and explore the working walled garden complete with historic orchards, vineyard and 1908 glasshouse. Ask our garden team about our ongoing glasshouse restoration project. Look out for the Georgian […]
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. […]
The perfect function, wedding and corporate event band With up to 20 players, when you hire The Time Bandits you will not just be hiring a band but a ‘first rate party experience’ with over a decade of live performance expertise. They will provide you with a range of music classics dating from the 1960’s to today’s current chart toppers. They can even arrange their performances to suit any and every occasion. Whether it’s a wedding or a Christmas party, their wealth of experience will bring a professional feel to your event ensuring that you and your guests will have a night to remember. Performing up and down the country, the band has been together for over 18 years, and comes fully equipped with sound and lighting systems, and dressed to suit whichever occasion you have; black tie, more casual party, or even to a theme. Don’t be afraid to pick special tracks from their wide repertoire and, by special arrangement and advanced notice, they could even learn your own favourite tune. Check out the foot tapping showreels and videos in their online gallery to see exactly what you’ll be getting.
Canwood Gallery is a non-for-profit gallery set up with the goal of exhibiting thought provoking art within the beautiful and inspiring countryside of Herefordshire. Our profits will be donated to St Bart’s hospital Background In 1970’s the gallery owner, then a farmer, became critically ill with leukemia, and was sent down to Bart’s hospital in London, to take part in a medical trial as a last ditch attempt to try and save his life. In between some pretty severe treatments, including radiation and mustard gas amongst many others, he decided to venture out and took a black cab and asked where he could go to see something different. The driver took him to the Tate and refused to take any fee. Upon walking into the Tate the first thing he saw and found great inspiration in was the controversial Carl Andre’s bricks. It was the first of many visits. Whether it was the inspiration from art or the treatment, or both, he was the only person in his batch of 12 to survive to this day. It has always been his desire to give something back and to build a gallery in Herefordshire where people could experience interesting art for […]
Your Country department store – Oakchurch near Hereford. Offering a food hall, fashion & footwear, homeware, toys, gifts, jewellery and a wonderful garden centre, Oakchurch really offers you everything under one roof for a great day out. Berries restaurant offers breakfast, morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea with roasts served every Wednesday & Saturday. The Food Hall at Oakchurch really is the ‘Harrods of Herefordshire.’ It stocks a wide range of local and national foods, beautifully displayed. A must try, among the gourmet feast on offer, is the highly commended range of homemade food where bread is freshly baked daily and if you visit during the summer months, there are also their famous strawberries plus many other fruits and vegetables picked daily, fresh from the farm. There is a fine selection of wines, spirits and ciders from local brewers and a long established traditional butcher. When only the finest will do, Oakchurch presents a selection of beautiful jewellery, watches and handbags. In the showroom you’ll find pieces from over 50 different designers. You’ll find everything you need in the Homeware Department. With a huge variety of brand names and items ranging from kitchen utensils to pots and pans, from cutlery […]
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.
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 […]
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.
The Laskett Gardens is uniquely autobiographical 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 to the Gardens include an Italianate grotto and a pond approached through a winding woodland walk. This is the Sissinghurst of the late twentieth century; a unique portrait of its makers, with the story of their marriage and their extraordinary lives woven into its very fabric. Open 18 April – 27 July and 5 – 28 September 2017 by pre-booking. Groups only (minimum of 20 or joint groups) 10.30am & 2.30pm. Contact Fiona Fyshe to book. £12 per person inc detailed souvenir map and audio guide. Gift shop (no tearoom, own refreshments welcome).
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 […]
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. […]
Inviting visitors to discover more about key figures from the building’s 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 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. Until 2014 the rear rooms in the manor house were being lived in and not open to the public. Over the last few years they have focused on peeling back the layers of history to show visitors how seven centuries of occupation have shaped the building you see today. For example, the original medieval great hall had an upper floor inserted into it by the family, in order to accommodate their many children. Brockhampton revealed invites visitors to discover more about key figures from the building’s past; […]
Brightstripe Cultural Health CIC – enhancing local communities well-being. A community interest company based in Hereford who specialise in enhancing local communities well-being by encouraging participation in art sport and physical activity, whilst also contributing to the local economy. Everything they do is designed to make you feel good and the range of activity choices aims to suit the various ways that people find enjoyment in life. Working with individuals, communities, friends, clubs and colleagues whatever age and ability and tailor activity to suit the interests of those involved, from tai chi to pottery classes, leadership training to attending one of our cultural events; h.Art, Hereford Contemporary or Hereford Arts Markets. Some of the activities are free, some have funding and others we can access resources, particularly for young adults in sport. When not delivering directly, Brightstripe only use professional, qualified instructors and practitioners who are tried and trusted, and likewise with partnering organisations. Also offering national accreditation’s such as Arts Award and Sports Leaders UK. To join an existing class, programme or event; to set up a similar one in your area; to share a new idea and explore how to make it happen; or to simply be added to […]
Montpelier Cottage is a very special place hidden at the end of a track. Montpelier Cottage in North Herefordshire is surrounded by woods but yet only five miles from the book town of Hay on Wye. There are 4 acres of garden including wild flower meadows, ponds and an orchard. Guests are free to wander as they will or walk any of the footpaths which adjoin the property. There is a willow fringed children’s’ playground tucked at the bottom of one of the fields with swings and a trampoline and climbing frame. There is also clay oven, where pizzas and flatbreads may be cooked whilst enjoying the sunset . The garden is the creation of Noel Kingsbury, a well known garden writer, lecturer and plantsman, helped by his wife Jo. It is open for the National Gardens Scheme (NGS) on May 21 2017 and for parties by appointment. There are 2 places to stay : The Eco pavilion A straw-clay building with a green roof over a large verandah. The comfortable spacious private room has a wet room, heating, radio, WiFi and tea & coffee making facilities. The pavilion overlooks the garden and most people choose to have their breakfast […]
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.
Award winning bar, restaurant and accommodation The Temple Bar Inn is set on the ramblers Herefordshire Trail and is situated in the centre of the village of Ewyas Harold, The Temple Bar Inn is ideally situated 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 restaurant Whether you have been walking, cycling or […]
Kington has three markets in the Market Hall and its precinct. Tuesday is a General Retail Market, from 8am – 2pm. Friday is Local Food and Crafts, from 9am – 1pm. From June to December 2016 there will be an Arts and Crafts Market on the third Saturday of each month, from 10am-4pm. KINGTON ART AND CRAFT MARKET: CALL FOR MAKERS The Kington Art and Craft Market is being re-launched in June 2016, and is currently taking bookings from makers who would like to promote the Arts in a town where many creative people are quietly working away in their studios. The Art and Craft Market will take place between June and December on the third Saturday of each month, from 10am – 4pm. We are looking for local people who make quality work and who are interested in helping build Kington’s reputation as a creative centre. We welcome new stallholders for any of the markets.
Escape to the spectacular Weir Gardens riverside garden and be absorbed by natural beauty. Bordered by the River Wye, The Weir Gardens 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
Let the Hereford Guild of Guides take you around the historic city of Hereford GUIDED WALKS in the Historic city of Hereford Guided Walks 2017: from 6th May 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 £4, 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
Kington is a beautiful, historic town on the English/Welsh border, and though it 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 setting. 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 your 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. Open: Monday to Saturday inclusive, 28th March 2015 – 31st October 2015 10am to 4.30pm and during October 10am to 4pm
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.
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. 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 Arts, they believe exceptional work comes from engaging with others and the world around us. So their short courses are always a social and fun shared experience. You are invited to join in, for a true arts school […]
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
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 […]
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’s pretty black and white premises has it all. 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; […]
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
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, supported by internationally renowned artists Heather and Ivan Morison, the team at Berrington Hall begin the planning and showcasing of the Walled Garden and Pleasure Grounds Restoration Project. In the parkland, you can explore Brown’s work with Red Earth’s ‘Genius Loci’ exhibition. In the house, discover jewel-like interiors, designed by Henry Holland and home to the Harley, Rodney and Cawley families. See the Rodney maritime story reimagined through the Arts Council award winning ceramic sculpture ‘War & Pieces’ by Bouke de Vries in the Dining Room. Explore some of the extremes of the 18th-century in the wig and bum shop and discover the hidden ‘below stairs’. Created as the perfect house in the perfect setting, Berrington Hall has many secrets for visitors to uncover. In this, one of Henry Holland’s first houses, you can also explore the family rooms and see how the servants moved around the house unseen by the family and guests. The interiors include Biaggio Rebecca ceilings, fine period furniture and there are some pieces on display from the Charles […]
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 […]
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 […]
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
Dewsall Court set in an idyllic part of the Herefordshire countryside Dewsall is within easy reach to Hereford City Centre and a short distance from the market towns of Ross on Wye, Abergavenny, Hay on Wye and Leominster. The house was built in 1644 by Richard Pearle, it was the birth place of the 1st Duke of Chandos (1673 – 1744), who was stupendously rich and a great patron of the arts. Purchased by the Robinson family in 1989, they have spent a decade restoring it. In 2009 the family decided to move out and make the house into the ‘exclusive use’ venue it is today. Hidden away (but easily accessible) and surrounded by Duchy of Cornwall Land, you can make this your very own country house home from home. A unique country retreat for exclusive weddings, corporate events, supper clubs, and week or weekend stays for family and friends. You will find it just as intimate for a family of four as it would be for much larger gatherings. Shrowded in Herefordshire countryside Dewsall can offer a range of activities or workshops for team-building, rewards or incentives. The property can be fully staffed if requested or private as desired, the […]
Want to canoe? is ideally situated on the banks of the River Wye in Hay on Wye on a small, organic, family-run farm. The farm, as well as arable and pasture also offers a gorgeous mile-stretch of riverbank, ancient woodland areas, camping, glamping, B&B and self-catering as well as Hayfield Community Garden, sheep, pigs, chickens, horses and a market-garden raspberry patch! You are invited to hire a canoe and discover the beauty of the River Wye. The Wye is by far one of the most beautiful rivers in the British Isles and one of the few you can navigate by canoe, without restriction, for well over 100 miles. Want to canoe? offer you the chance to embark on a relaxing river adventure from several different points along the way, with an array of different routes to choose from, all with their own unique sights, sounds and smells. From its source at the Welsh mountains at Plynlimon, the water meanders through miles of picturesque countryside and diverse wildlife, passing the bustling market towns of Hay-on-Wye, Ross-on-Wye and Monmouth; the city of Hereford, and the charming, picture-postcard villages of Glasbury, Symonds Yat and Tintern, before joining the River Severn at Chepstow. Along your […]
Brooks Country house is a stunning 22 bedroom Georgian Manor House in 13 acres of beautiful grounds surrounding National Trust Park Land. The hotel is situated between the pretty towns of Hereford and Ross on Wye in Herefordshire. All 22 rooms have been newly refurbished with Cole and Son wallpapers new designer carpets curtains large Flat screen TVs and DVDs, pocket sprung mattress several have four poster beds all with goose down duvet & comfy pillows. Bathrooms have roll top baths a marble or travertine all with Hansgrohe good power showers. There is a pretty guest lounge with comfy sofas, a big fireplace to curl up the bar is well stocked with wine sprits and beers and cider locally sourced including our own house wine which is grown in the vineyard called Pengethley estate. The restaurant serves classic brasserie food plus a great Sunday lunch with all the classic favourites. At Brooks they also cater for special birthday parties, family celebrations, events corporate functions & Christmas parties and have a civil ceremony license. They can cater for 65 in the restaurant for a wedding breakfast. The marquee can seat 120 guests comfortably and 180 for an evening function. Special Offers Stay on […]
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
Affordable art street market in High Town Hereford Hereford Arts Markets are organised by Brightstripe for Culture and acts as showcases for local talent and designer/makers from the region and are held regularly throughout the year. Offering a range of original artworks, traditional and contemporary crafts and handmade jewellery, our Arts Markets offer our visitors the chance to meet the professional and semi-professional Designer/Makers. Our artists in turn really enjoy meeting their customers and chatting about their work or discussing bespoke commissions. Everything sold at Hereford Arts Markets must be produced by the stall holder – we do not allow any bought in or imported crafts. Young designers and makers just starting out relish the chance to learn the ropes and for some, our Arts Markets are the first taste they have of working life as a commercial creative. 2017 Dates are as follows: Saturday 1 April Saturday 10 June Saturday 9 September Saturday 4 November Saturday 9 December
Westonbury Mill Water Gardens is beautiful and fun Garden and follies The garden is set in the wonderful wild heart of Herefordshire close to the ‘black-and-white’ village of Pembridge. About half of its 3 ½ 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 nursey: There is a wde selection of plants from the garden Information Open: every day from 1st April to […]
Westons Cider bringing you traditional cider made in the way people want cider to taste. Westons Cider is situated deep in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside just off the A449 between Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye. The Visitor Centre shop has great offers and cider tasting. Stock up for the holiday season, open 7 days a week. The daily guided mill tours are at 11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm and 3.30pm which will give you the opportunity to gain a unique insight into the business, its heritage and traditions. The Scrumpy House restaurant is located within the courtyard of Westons Cider Mill in Much Marcle. With rustic charm ambiance and traditional country menus, a warm welcome to customers old and new. catering for large group bookings or perhaps a personalised small gathering with friends and family. Special dietary requirements are catered for. To reserve a table or make an inquiry please call 01531 660626. The Orchard Tearoom is open throughout the summer months serving a selection of homemade cakes, freshly baked pastries and jacket potatoes. Not forgetting little people’s lunch boxes of their choice. Tour packages are available please visit the website for more details. Opening Times: Monday – Friday: 9am – 5pm Saturday […]
Brinsop Court is a spectacular destination for a large group getaway, wedding or for corporate events. Set in 800 acres in rural Herefordshire Brinsop Court with a tennis court, croquet lawn, BBQ pits and hot tub, is a medieval moated manor house which offers 12 versatile double rooms (which can be made into twins), with seven ensuite and two individual bathrooms, and two further single rooms, plus sofabeds to create more family room space. Dine and entertain in the Queen Ann room, oak parlour, large games room, panelled library and the wonderful medieval banqueting hall. The kitchens are fully equipped and the bathrooms hold no shortage of fluffy Egyptian cotton towels and bathrobes. Offering luxury five star accommodation – perfect for weddings, parties, families, friends and corporate groups. 18 Bedrooms Brinsop Court Weddings Brinsop Court is a 5 star country rural home, the perfect setting to say ‘I Do’ Brinsop Court is a Grade 1 listed 13th Century moated manor house nestled within it’s own 800 acre estate in the picturesque Herefordshire countryside. A tranquil and magical venue available for exclusive use with flexibility a key. This beautiful 5 star country rural home sleeps up to 34 people and is enriched with history, […]
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 […]
Enjoy a luxury self-catering break in the perfect place to kick back and relax, unwind and enjoy a holiday with a difference at Rosebud Meadow. Rosebud Meadow Glamping Site is set at the foot of the Malvern Hills in beautiful rolling countryside. This small, friendly glamping site offers a unique slant to traditional camping with facilities which allow you to experience the full enjoyment of the rural outdoors from the comfort of one of the 5* Pods. Fully insulated, double glazed and electric lights and power sockets. Inside you will find your home from home comforts including a kettle, mini fridge and flat screen TV/ DVD player. This unique and beautiful site has a view that will take your breath away. Enjoy a luxury self-catering break, the perfect place to kick back and relax, unwind and enjoy a holiday with a difference. Well behaved dogs and horses are welcome too!
Hellens Manor is an old beautiful private home Still serving 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 stone hall, […]
All-Terrain Driving – The ultimate experience Whether it’s a gift or a family day out, or you are visiting as part of a corporate event, a visit to Land Rover Experience Eastnor is a truly unique and inspiring day. You’ll drive the latest Land Rover models over 5,000 acres of Eastnor Castle Estate, where Land Rover has tested the off-road capability and technology of its vehicles for over 50 years. Choose from the full Land Rover range – the iconic Defender, Discovery Sport, Discovery Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport and Range Rover in the company of one of our expert instructors. You will experience just what they can really do as well as testing your own skills and go where most vehicles simply can’t, tackling steep hills, deep water, rutted tracks and ditches with sure footed confidence It is an awe-inspiring experience which really showcases the true capability of Land Rovers in a stunning setting So whether you are looking at organising an event, professional driver training for your company, adventure days or a gift voucher for the one you love – Get in touch with us to find out more. To find out more just call us on […]
Wye Valley Brewery is situated in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside Locatedbetween 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 and […]
Hereford Cathedral –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 […]
Local Farmers’ and Produce Markets 2015 In Herefordshire, a wide variety of produce is available at farmers’ and produce markets, including fresh fruit and vegetables, fruit juices, wine, bread and cakes, preserves, eggs, meat, cheeses, plants – and the list goes on! Current regular markets take place as follows: Weekly in Hereford on Thursdays in High Town Weekly in Hay-on-Wye on Thursdays in Memorial Square, the Butter Market and around the clock tower Weekly in Kington on Fridays at the Market Hall Monthly in Ross-on-Wye on the 1st Fridays at the Market Hall Monthly in Hereford on the 1st Saturdays in High Town Monthly in Leominster on the 2nd Saturdays in Corn Square Monthly in Kington on the 3rd Saturdays at the Market Hall Monthly in Belmont on the 3rd Sundays at Belmont Tesco Monthly in Ledbury on the 4th Fridays at the Market House Find our useful list of dates for these markets below and for more information on local produce and where to buy it visit www.farmshop.uk.com and the Farmers’ Markets Association website www.hfmg.org
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 […]
TriCounty Tours do small guided tours of a wide area for 1 – 8 people from the comfort of a VW Minibus (Eddie the Dub) Showing off the wonders of the central Marches which include Herefordshire, Shropshire and Powys covering history, architecture, landscape and man-made creations amidst beautiful scenery with access to local cuisine. In Herefordshire we show off the Black & White Trails, 40 miles worth of beautiful ancient villages each with a story to tell. Hereford is known the world over for cider and beef so there are plenty of top quality eateries to enjoy and many renowned cider-makers many of which are open to the public. And there’s more – so much more which we would love to show visitors to one of England’s most sparsely populated counties. facebook.com/tricountytours twitter.com/tricountytours instagram.com/tricountytours
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.
Kington Golf Club is the highest 18 hole golf course in England. The Golf Club, founded in 1925, is located on Bradnor Hill, just outside the medieval town of Kington in the beautiful county of Herefordshire but nestling on the border of Wales. Kington Golf Club is considered to be one of the finest, natural inland links courses in the country and has some of the best greens in Herefordshire golf. Members and Visitors to the Golf Club can enjoy first class facilities, with the well appointed lounge and dining room offering fine views of the outstanding finishing hole and the Brecon Beacons National Park. To find out more about membership, please visit the website www.kingtongolf.co.uk/membership
Hereford Racecourse is on Roman Road on the outskirts of Hereford. Offering regular events throughout the season of October to March where you can take in breath taking views over the city. There is something for everyone from Ladies Day to Family Fun Racedays. Season tickets are available, more information here Fixtures for 2017 can be found here Hereford race Course offers flexible space for your meeting, Conference, Wedding, Private party or Event too. A range of rooms are available and numbers catered for are 5-250. Do give the team a call if you would like to know more about booking an event 01432 273560.
The Judge’s Lodging is an exceptional courthouse nestling right on the Welsh border in the town of Presteigne. On his visit to the building in 2014, HRH Prince of Wales called it a ‘truly inspirational’ place, with the national Hudson’s Heritage Awards following swiftly on by declaring it ‘Britain’s Best Hidden Gem’ and Welsh historian Dr John Davies proclaimed it ‘One of the world’s most appealing small museums’. A visit to this historic judge’s accommodation and court offers a most unusual journey back in time. Wonder through the judge’s private apartments and make yourself at home, for The Judge’s Lodging is a historic house with a difference – you can touch! You can lie on the beds, read the judge’s books and even pump water in the kitchen. Below stairs there is the full range of servants’ rooms to explore, with kitchens, sleeping quarters and workrooms; a whole gaslit world to discover. The tour is finished by a trip to the vast echoing courtroom, where you are haunted by the echoes of trials long since concluded. You are guided through this Victorian world by an eavesdropping audiotour featuring the voice of actor Robert Hardy. If you have children to entertain, […]
Glewstone Court is a charming, Grade II listed Country Manor House set in 2 acres of beautiful grounds with stunning views of the Herefordshire Countryside. A hidden gem within easy reach of Hereford and Gloucester City centres and only a short distance from the nearby market towns of Ross-on-Wye, Ledbury and Abergavenny and the picturesque Wye Valley and Forest of Dean. Glewstone Court, with its unique Georgian and Regency features, is steeped in history and today a family run country house hotel providing both accommodation and casual and fine dining in its two AA Rosette restaurant which uses local produce wherever possible, freshly prepared. The Homewood family recognise that the attraction of this charming Country House Hotel and Restaurant lies not only in its location and splendour, but in making guests feel truly ‘at home’ with a warm, friendly welcome, character-filled comfortable lounges, open fires, individually styled bedrooms, relaxing Mediterranean Garden and breath-taking views. Whether you are looking for a country retreat to tour and explore the area with family and friends or to host a private dinner, family party or create your dream wedding, this unique manor house with its friendly and professional team, provides the perfect celebration venue. […]