The Perfect Gift for Christmas

The Perfect Gift for Christmas

If you’re looking to give the ones you love the perfect gift for Christmas, something a little different and unique, this year you may wish to consider giving them a gift card or voucher for the gift that keeps on giving later into the year.

Herefordshire is full of wonderful attractions, eateries, food and drink experiences and producers who really have something special to offer.

Here’s our guide to what’s available this festive season.

ATTRACTIONS AND ACTIVITIES

Battlelands & Laserclayz

Battlelands is a family run activity centre based in the Herefordshire hills offering three great activities; Paintball, Laser Clay Shooting & Splatmaster.

If you’re stuck for gifts for a whole family, why not treat them to a day out at this brilliant activity together. You could even join them. A great idea for people who like to break away from their normal routine with an action-packed day out. The great thing is a voucher can be used when the weather get a bit drier and brighter.

All group sizes can be accommodated with activities for those who are 8 years upwards.

Click here for voucher options

www.battlelands.co.uk

Laser Clay Shooting
Eastnor Pottery

Remarkable clay and pottery experiences designed to explore and develop creativity in all ages and abilities. If you know someone who’s been promising to follow their pottery dreams, why not set them on the road to discovering their talent. Or perhaps you want to treat your group of friends to a creative day together and a voucher for a group pottery session takes the strain out of buying individual gifts. Think of the post-Christmas excitement this will bring planning the date.

Click here for voucher options

www.eastnorpottery.co.uk

Eastnor Pottery Courses
Golden Valley Llamas

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.

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! At the end of your trek you will have the opportunity to feed your llama too.

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. If you are organising something special for a family visit; a voucher here is the perfect enticement.

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www.llamasllamas.co.uk

Golden Valley Llama Trekking
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust

If you know someone who loves being outdoors amongst the nature and wildlife, buying them a Wildlife Trust Membership could be the ideal gift.

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust works across the county, looking after its wonderful landscapes and wildlife – and inspiring others to do the same. The Trust runs events, activities and courses throughout the year and across the county, for all ages, with its 5,000 plus members at its heart and soul. Not only do membership subscriptions provide the funding for their core work but their members provide a voice for wildlife and take action across the county, helping create a Wilder Herefordshire.

What better way to reward an interest in the great outdoors.

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www.herefordshirewt.org

Herefordshire Wildlife Trust membership
HS Activities

Set in beautiful countryside, HS Activities is perfectly placed for a rural day of activities in Herefordshire, making some noise and letting off steam.

The five acre site is dedicated to playing Paintball, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Laser Tag and Air Gun Shooting, all in a safe and enjoyable environment.

With plenty of off-road parking and supervision by enthusiastic and energetic marshals, this is an ideal gift that could contribute to a bigger occasion.

Click here for voucher options

www.hsactivities.co.uk

HS Activities Paintballing
Peter Cooks Bread Making Workshops

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 a range of Real Artisan Bread at home.

Suitable for complete beginners or for those looking to perfect their skills. A brilliant Christmas gift that will just keep on giving!

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www.petercooksbread.co.uk

Peter Cooks Bread Making
Newbridge Farm Park

Newbridge Farm Park is bursting with fun from Easter time, through to the end of September!

The combination of animals and play, makes Newbridge Farm Park a day out for all the family to enjoy and remember, at value for money too. The large play barn enables all weather fun, housing a hay bale hill for climbing and tunnelling, a large soft play area, bouldering wall, rope swing, trampolines, couch corner, and plenty of undercover tables for eating.

Children of all ages enjoy the variety of play and animal contact that is offered at Newbridge, which includes, feeding a variety of animals, holding a rabbit, stroking a chinchilla, and having a lot of fun in the play barn, sandpits, on the zip wire, car track, trampolines, and more. Parents love the large, open play area, offering a safe play environment for children.

The set timetable of activities throughout the day offers a variety of hands on sessions around the farm and a unique, fast & bumpy tractor ride, which visitors of all ages enjoy!

What a great gift for a family that could do with some more playtime together.

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www.newbridgefarmpark.com

Newbridge Farm Park
Oaker Wood Leisure

This is a great way for perhaps on side of the family to club together on and buy the other side of the family a group gift voucher to avoid that endless conundrum of ‘What shall we get the Smiths for Christmas?’

If they like exhilarating, challenging and above all fun activities in the great outdoors, Oaker Wood Leisure is the place for them.

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.

Click here for voucher options

www.oakerwoodleisure.co.uk

Oakerwood Teenager Activities
Wye Valley Falconry

Such a unique and personal experience; Wye Valley Falconry offers enthralling opportunities to fly and handle birds of prey, raptors and owls in the beautiful county of Herefordshire. Experienced handler Luke will tell you all about each bird, their habits and habitat, hunting techniques and heritage. Imagine gifting a private experience for such a memorable day.

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www.wyevalleyfalconry.co.uk

Wye Valley Falconry

FOOD AND DRINK EXPERIENCES

Chase Distillery

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?

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 from traditional mashing, fermenting and distilling processes to the botanicals used and how each bottle is finished by hand.

After the tour, you’ll head back to the Chase Bar to enjoy a tutored tasting of a range of award-winning products, and if there’s something that takes your fancy, you can pick up a bottle at the Distillery Shop.

Click here for tour voucher options or here for gift cards

www.chasedistillery.co.uk

Chase Distillery VoucherChase Distillery Gift Card
Westons Cider

Discover the craft of cider-making from blossom to bottle. Westons Cider will show you everything -with an expert guide leading the way. See where they harvest, weigh and wash apples. Venture into the heart of the mill where they press, ferment and mature before blending and packing. See all that they do, why and how – and hear a little bit of home-spun history, too.

The visitor site conveniently offers a restaurant and cider shop too.

Click here for tour voucher options

www.westons-cider.co.uk

Westons Cider Gift Vouchers
British Cassis

Don’t just see how its made – make and take your own bottle of this chic stylish liqueur home with you. If you are considering something different, look no further than the exclusive tours around the British Cassis farm in Herefordshire.

The Whittern estate is set in the rolling fields of Herefordshire where White Heron Properties grow 150 acres of blackcurrants, some of it destined for their very own British Cassis.

Tours include:

  • A walk through the Blackcurrant fields and the farm, tasting the fruits at their freshest (during the summer months only) whilst drinking in the fresh air and tranquillity of beautiful north Herefordshire.
  • Visiting the boutique Cassiserie where you will be taken through the steps of manufacture.
  • Bottling your own Cassis which you will take home with you at the end of the day.
  • Enjoying a cocktail demonstration and sample the results.
  • Hearing how founder and farmer Jo Hilditch manages a vibrant fruit farm and drinks business (amongst other pursuits) and how she battled Dragons in the Den on the road to success!

You’ll also have the opportunity to buy gifts and stock up your drinks cabinet with this deliciously versatile product and others from the White Heron range.

Click here for tour gift voucher options

www.whiteheronproperties.com/british-cassis-tours

British Cassis Tours
Wye Valley Brewery

A voucher for this locally loved family brewery with make any enthusiasts day.

Located between Hereford and Bromyard the Wye Valley Brewery is a family business that takes great pride in brewing the best cask and bottle conditioned beer possible. If you’re keen to know a little more about how their beers are brewed, use your gift voucher to 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…. and there’s the brewery shop too of course.

Click here for tour voucher options

www.wyevalleybrewery.co.uk

Wye Valley Brewery Tours

Swan Brewery

Leominster’s Swan Brewery was set up in 2015 by Jimmy Swan, a brewer of over 25 years’ experience, with the aim to brew classic beer styles exceptionally well. Swan beers can now be found gracing various bars, restaurants and festivals throughout the whole of the UK. If you have a beer aficionado who would love a gift pack for Christmas or some vouchers in 2020, all you need to do is email beer@swanbrewery.co.uk, call 01568 617709 or pop in, the vouchers are created individually and personalised just for you.

www.swanbrewery.co.uk

Swan Brewery Gift Vouchers

RESTAURANTS and HOTELS

Green Dragon Hotel

Independent style and historic city centre ambience in the very heart of Hereford.

Newly refurbished in 2019, The Green Dragon Hotel looks forward to offering you a warm welcome, a comfortable stay, and some of the best food and drink Herefordshire has to offer. You can now purchase gift vouchers for various options including a stay, cream tea for two or a three course lunch for two. You choose the amount and let your loved one have the freedom to enjoy the Green Dragon Hotel however they wish.

Click here for voucher options

www.greendragonhotel.com

Green Dragon Hotel
Castle House Hotel

Included in the 20 of the most charming UK city hotels by The Good Hotel Guide 2017.

Castle House Hotel is a family-owned boutique hotel in the heart of the city of Hereford just a two-minute walk from the medieval Hereford Cathedral.  A classic Georgian villa, the hotel has 24 individually designed luxury suites and bedrooms including 8 in its more contemporary townhouse, Number 25, just a few yards away.  It’s pretty, terraced garden beside the old Hereford Castle moat is a perfect place for al fresco dining.

Visitors are spoilt for choice at Castle House with the two-rosette Castle Restaurant overlooking the old Hereford Castle moat, and the more informal Ballingham Bar and Bistro. It’s the best dining in Hereford!

Give a gift voucher for a silver service supper, an exclusive mini-break or simply an afternoon high tea. It’s the perfect way to treat someone to a very special experience.

Click here for voucher options

www.castlehse.co.uk

Castle House Hotel
The Harp Inn

Multi- awardwinning, The Harp at Old Radnor is a lovely old Welsh longhouse inn perched on a hilltop overlooking the beautiful Radnor Valley, close to the Powys/Herefordshire border.

Privately owned,  the ancient slate floors, oak beams, antique settles and a huge open log fire mask this destination’s talent for amazing food and a well-stocked bar.

There are five comfortable guest bedrooms, as doubles, twins or family rooms.

Gift vouchers are from £5 upwards, to cover food, drinks and/or accommodation, perfect for birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas or a lovely “thank you” gift.

Click here for voucher options

www.harpinnradnor.co.uk

The Harp Inn
Longworth Hall Hotel

Now open to non-residents with prior booking, The Blue Room Restaurant at Longworth Hall offers a new concept in Fine Dining & Traditional Afternoon Tea. With arched alcoves, open log fire and antique paintings and prints, the restaurant is the perfect setting for Afternoon Tea, romantic dinners, or any excuse to eat fine food.

You can now purchase gift vouchers for various options including traditional afternoon tea, prestige afternoon tea and a bottle of something special with dinner.

Click here for voucher options

www.longworthhallhotel.com

Longworth Hall Afternoon Tea
The Loughpool

Just a few miles outside Ross in the Wye Valley, set in beautiful rural Herefordshire, The Loughpool at Sellack seeks to combine the hospitality of a traditional country pub with a restaurant that features high quality local produce.  Its pretty, enticing garden is where you can enjoy a relaxed summertime drink or meal and in the winter big fires will keep you warm and cosy.

Gift vouchers are available for meals to treat that special someone.

Click here for voucher options

www.theloughpool.com

The Loughpool
Pensons Restaurant

For the ernest gourmand in your life, Pensons Restaurant is Lee Westcott’s michelin star restaurant on the beautiful Netherwood Estate on the Herefordshire-Worcestershire border.

With its own kitchen garden, bee hives, animals, game and endless foraging opportunities in the woods, they source an increasing amount of produce from the Estate, as well as other carefully selected local suppliers.  Lee is very excited about the provenance and quality of the ingredients he uses to create menus that are seasonal, local and sustainable, treating fresh produce with the respect it deserves.   This will truly encapsulate Lee’s sourcing ethos to life–  estate to plate.

Gift vouchers are now available to purchase so that you can treat the foodie in your life to one truly spectacular night of divine food.

Click here for gift card options

www.pensons.co.uk

Pensons Restaurant

Aylestone Court

Aylestone Court is an elegant Georgian hotel set on the edge of the beautiful city of Hereford. A beautiful home-from-home where guests can retreat and relax in comfort to enjoy good food and great hospitality. Their afternoon teas are legendary, extremely popular and content can be a bespoke request if ordered in advance; a wonderful gift for that special someone. To purchase a gift voucher for afternoon tea you can either use the contact form on the website, email or phone direct. Gift vouchers can be collected for free or posted out for £1.00.

www.aylestonecourt.com

Aylestone Court

ART and CULTURE

Old Chapel Gallery

For that hard-to-buy someone who knows that individual thing when they see it.

Charmingly located in the centre of “chocolate box village” Pembridge Old Chapel Gallery occupies a wonderful former Victorian Chapel and sources the best in handmade British contemporary fine arts & crafts which are perfect gifts for Christmas.

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.

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.

Click here for gift card options

www.oldchapelgallery.co.uk

Old Chapel Gallery

The Courtyard Centre for the Arts

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.

A gift voucher is the perfect present for those who enjoy a variety of arts and is a great way to support this wonderful local centre or for frequent attendees, why not by them a subscription to become a Friend of the Courtyard with the benefits that brings them.

Click here for gift card options

www.courtyard.org.uk

The Courtyard Centre for Arts

GARDENS

An Annual Subscription Gift Voucher will allow the lucky recipient to visit Brobury House Gardens as many times as they wish for a whole year – and, unlike many other gardens, Brobury does not close for the Winter months, thoughtfully planted so that there is always something to see with delightful walks the year round.

Set on the banks of the River Wye in Herefordshire near Bredwardine, the house itself is a charming Victorian building and B&B, which the current owners Keith and Pru Cartright have renovated together with eight acres of terraced garden which have been nurtured to retain the original Victorian character.

Click here for gift card options

www.broburyhouse.co.uk

Brobury House and Gardens

DESIGNER JEWELLERY

For the trend setters, treasure lovers and those who want to make a statement, John McKellar has the most beautiful collection of designer, handmade platinum, silver and gold jewellery. John McKellar gift vouchers allow that important person in your life to choose the jewellery that they adore.

Click here for gift voucher options

www.johnmckellar.co.uk

John Mckellar Jewellery

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