The Tempest Rooftop Theatre Company – Shakespeare in the Brewery
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th July 2015
Ludlow Brewery The Old Railway Shed Station Road SY8 2PQ
Part of the Ludlow Fringe Festival. Tickets £14, £12 (under 18 and students).
For more information www.rooftoptheatre.co.uk
Ledbury Poetry Festival
3-12 July 2015
Various venues in and around Ledbury
The Ledbury Poetry Festival takes place over ten days each July and is the biggest and best poetry festival in the UK, featuring poets and guests from all over the world including Pam Ayres, Simon Armitage, Imtiaz Dharker, Selima Hill and Costa Prize winner Jonathon Edwards; you will hear from Michael Palin about his most loved poems; Juliet Stevenson reading Emily Dickinson Poems; and Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams discussing themes such as belief and femininity. If you think you know what poetry is, come along and they’ll surprise you There are live readings, performances, workshops, open mics, music, exhibitions, films, family events, street events, a slam and much more. This is their eighteenth year – join in for a celebration of poetry in the rural heartland of England.
Box office open Tuesday to Saturday 10am – 4pm 01531 636232
Find the events programme on www.poetry-festival.co.uk
Border Arts & Crafts Festival
9th – 12th July 2015
10am – 4pm
StudioCrafts The Royal Oak Hotel The Southend Ledbury HR8 2EY
Held on the ground floor of the Royal Oak, this rich and varied exhibition incorporates the work of local artists from Herefordshire and the Forest of Dean, working in a range of media. High quality oil, watercolour and pastel work is on show together with ceramics and pottery, wood and bronze sculpture and also jewellery, cards and books. All artwork is on sale at accessible prices.
There are refreshmenets available and the venue is fully accessible and family friendly.
For more information contact Kathy Priddis 01989 218 503 www.kathypriddis.co.uk
Bartestree Beer and Cider Festival
4 July 2015
Bartestree Village Hall Bartestree Hereford HR1 4BY
This free entry event returns for its second year, following its success in 2014 and replicating it formula of a fun-packed community event that embraces all things Herefordshire; locally made craft cider and real ales, washing down great live music and street food for the whole community and beyond to enjoy.
Find out more on www.bartestreevillagehall.co.uk
4-5 July 2015
The Burgess Farm, Avenbury, Bromyard HR7 4JY
This long established Vintage Rally and Country Show has been running since 1967 and has firmly established itself as a stalwart event on not just Herefordshire’s but the country’s rural map. Always held on the first weekend of July, this is now two fun packed family days of entertainment, agriculture and animals, produce and handi-craft, and the all important vintage vehicles including steam engines and cars from times gone by. This year’s arena brings you jousting and medieval horsemanship, while Bromyard town hosts a 1940s street fair and a ‘blockbuster film’ themed carnival.
For more information go to www.bromyardgala.org.uk
Live Music – Macadam Piano
8 July 2015
Left Bank Bridge St Hereford HR4 9DG
From the Loire Valley in France, Jean Louis is an astonishing pianist who can play anything – Ragtime, Chopin, Fats Waller, or Debussy. And then there is the piano…. and the piano can dance! Plus Little Rumba – Jeanne is a sorceress, a clown and a sweet violinist.
Tickets £7 Details on www.herefordleftbank.com/macadam-piano-plus-little-rumba/
Ross-on-Wye Country Music Festival
10th-13th July 2015
Ross-on-Wye Sports Centre
Back for its 13th year Ross Country Music Festival is being held in aid of St Michaels Hospice and is at a new venue. An ideal opportunity to spend the weekend immersed in the Herefordshire countryside and the world of country music; whether spending the whole weekend, taking advantage of the camping facilities at the Rugby Club, or booking for a particular event. Campers are treated to an exclusive Country-Disco held on Thursday in the marquee. Last years acts included Dee James Duo, Kalidre, Danny Rivers, Boxcar Kelly Trio, Ben Thompson, Travis Logan and Sherri supported by C&B Country Road Show resident. This year’s line up is still to be confirmed.
Friday 7.30-11.30 £6.00 Per Person
Saturday 1.30-5.30pm £6.00 Per Person and 7.30-11.30pm £6.00 Per Person (£8 ALL DAY)
Sunday 11.00am-6.00pm £8.00 Per Person
Weekend Camping £12 per unit
Weekend Ticket £20 per person
Campers allowed on site from mid-day Thursday
For Advance Booking, Advisable for Weekend Camping contact Colin Gray: 01989 567995 07790 341703
Mortimer Country Food Fair
Saturday 11 July
With scores of food producers and purveyors, talks, demos, music and a wonderfully relaxed vibe, this truly is the epitome of a country food fair. Focusing on local food from regional providers as well as kitchenware, ceramics and of course the wonderful bookery where it is located, the fair attracts literary fans as well as foodies and families seeking a great day out with all the elements of feasting, drinking and entertainment that make this a special place to enjoy.
For more details go to mortimercountry.co.uk
Rossini’s The Italian Girls in Algiers
Saturday 18th July 2015
Kingsland Herefordshire HR6 9QW
“Transform the way you think about opera as and art form” British Theatre
Pop up Operal held at St Michaels and All Angels Church Kingsland.
Tickets £25.00 (Child £10)
For tickets and more information go to www.artsalive.co.uk 01568 709579 / 07905 589830 or Kingsland Post Office
The Boot Inn Real Ale and Cider Festival
Orleton Herefordshire SY8 4HN
Friday 24th July 6pm – 11.30pm
Saturday 25th July 12.00 – 11.30pm
Sunday 26th July 12.00 – 11.00pm
Three days of entertainment for the whole family marking The Boot’s 6th Real Ale and Cider Festival; with Live music from Hot Climate, The Endings and Steady Ed. There will be a variety of hot food available and a bouncy castle for the kids.
24-26 July 2015
Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, Herefordshire HR7 4LS
Like the very best of festivals, Nozstock was founded by a fun-loving family, their extended relatives, friends, acquaintances and pretty much everyone who had a guitar to play or a joke to tell. The Hidden Valley has successfully retained this homely, welcoming nostalgia, but have woven it into a delightful amalgamation of performance, art, electronic supersounds and good old-fashioned guitar-strumming and drum-bashing, and Nozstock is a sonic escape boasting nine stages of entertainment with surprising sights and intimate, secluded areas of theatre and discovery to be unearthed.
The festival’s ethos is about bringing play to everyone, in whatever form it can. Nozstock believes in the value of not only entertaining, but in participation and contribution. It’s an ever-changing event with a clear agenda; to invite conversation, interaction and serious recreation. Above all, Nozstock The Hidden Valley is a blissful family festival that caters to all ages with activities that little ones can enjoy as well as entertainment for teens, students, seasoned festivalites, party-starters and grandparents.
For tickets and this year’s tremendous line-up look on www.nozstock.com
25th July 2015
Bridge Street Pembridge
First held in 1940 in the village hall as a local vegetable show, Pembridge show has developed into the fantastic event it is today; now incorporating a variety of events and shows including Gymkhana, Showjumping, Dog show, Horticulture and Crafts, Local produce and Products, Trotting races, flower arranging, children’s games and craft tent and a bar and refreshments.
Admission £6 OAPs and Children £3 Carparking
For more information visit www.pembridgeshow.org or contact Julie Mifflin – 01544 388414
3 Choirs Festival
25 July – 1 August 2015
In and around Hereford City at various venues
This year celebrating its tercentenary, The Three Choirs Festival is a week-long programme of choral and orchestral concerts, cathedral services, solo and chamber music recitals, masterclasses, talks, theatre, exhibitions and walks, rotating each summer between the beautiful English cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester, this year held in Hereford.
It is the oldest non-competitive classical music festival in the world, celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2015 and providing a spiritual presence at the heart of the nation’s cultural life.
Concert programmes feature internationally-known solo artists and combine the established favourites of the British classical choral tradition with works drawn from a broader, more international musical canvas. Some are conducted by the Directors of Music of the three cathedrals, who also undertake the role of Artistic Director of their city’s festival, and some by guest conductors from the UK and abroad.
Also in Hereford, the community-based Three Choirs Plus will run alongside the main festival. This is an extension of the 3 Choirs Festival, offering additional art forms and providing a platform for talented young local performers.
For more information and to book event tickets go to www.3choirs.org
Live Music – The Borders Trio
31 July 2015 7.30pm
Left Bank Bridge St Hereford HR4 9DG
The Borders Trio will be performing at the same time as Three Choirs Festival in its 300th anniversary year.
Using their repertoire, Borders will aim to make some local and historical connections to the festival, as well as premiering a newly-commissioned work.
Tickets £8 from www.herefordleftbank.com/the-borders-trio-at-hereford-left-bank/