Kington Show will be held again at the picturesque site of The Ovals Farm, Kington, in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside, possibly the last remaining one-day livestock show in Herefordshire. A traditional agricultural show with horses, cattle and sheep classes, culminating in a grand parade in the afternoon. There will also be a Dog Show, Horticultural and Domestic competitions, Gun Dog Scurry, Shearing and Young Farmer competitions.
There will be over 200 trade stands with crafts, food, tools, toys, clothes and tractors to name just a few! Continue reading
Come and visit Made in Ross a collective of local artists in the centre of Ross. Exhibitions, Workshops, Affordable Arts and Crafts….
Ross Market House can be found in the centre of Ross:
High St, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5BZ
Made in Ross is a cooperative of local artists and craftspeople based in Ross, including potters, jewellers, knitters, photographers, furniture makers and painters, who will be exhibit and sell a range of work in the Market House.
The consortium will also run workshops for people interested in expanding their creative abilities.
Below are a list of local artists attending at what they have to offer Continue reading
Amid the emerald fields and raggle-taggle farmhouses of Herefordshire’s ruralest countryside lies Nozstock The Hidden Valley.
Entering it’s 17th year, Nozstock is an award winning family run, home made festival set on a beautiful working farm in the truly stunning heart of the Herefordshire countryside. Independent and just a little nit left of centre, Nozstock brims with diversity, creativity and excitement. Continue reading
Weekdays & Saturdays 10.am – 5.pm Sundays 12.30pm – 4.pm.
Cream teas will be served Saturdays and Sundays during the exhibition. Continue reading
Whether you are travelling in a group, club or individually your Rural Concierge, Liz Hill offers guided tours of Herefordshire as well as day trips, themed tours and bespoke itineraries.
All arranged to explore the best of Herefordshire’s hidden gems.
Based in Herefordshire, with her extensive knowledge and experience in the travel industry, Rural Concierge can organise really interesting day trips for you – she’ll probably have a fascinating anecdote for you too and link you to the most suitable experts for places to see, to eat out, places to stay, anything….
Ten Top Herefordshire Walks
Herefordshire is known as the county with hidden beauty… the last remaining rural idyll. There is no better way to experience this beauty than by leaving the car behind and spending time walking with Stepping Beyond’s experienced guides, sharing time with like minded people.
Whether you are travelling alone, or in a group or as a family you can walk with Stepping Beyond to see, taste and experience the very best that Herefordshire has to offer. Perhaps you want to walk for whole or part of a day; they can offer walks to suit all ages and capabilities. Taste cider made from locally grown apples, visit the beautiful and picturesque Black and White villages, the rolling hills and valleys of the Golden Valley or step into some of Herefordshires most ancient and historic churches that are scattered across the landscape.
Walk in Herefordshire with Stepping Beyond and they will take you off the beaten track and share areas of Herefordshire that time has forgotten… truly getting back to out roots. Continue reading
Hay on Wye is well known as the town of books and home to the large annual literary festival. but did you know that this weekend the Hay on Wye Walking Festival is taking place.
It is a wonderful centre for walking, with easy access to the Brecon Beacons National Park, Offa’s Dyke Trail, the Black Mountains, the Wye Valley, the Golden Valley and the Black & White Villages of Herefordshire.
They ran our first Hay Walking Festival in October 2011 and it proved to be a very successful event. This year they have extended the event to cover 5 days, from Thursday 11th – Monday 15th October 2012. They are putting on a full and varied programme of some 45 guided walks for all ages and abilities, from full days to a few hours, together with opportunities to acquire better navigational and map reading skills and to learn about the geology and archaeology of the area. There are also opportunities to sample some local cycling and canoeing down the Wye. The walks are graded according to difficulty and are all led by experienced walkers and walk leaders, a number of whom run their own walking , cycling or outdoor activity centres in the area. The programme provides the opportunity to be led by local experts through some of the most spectacular scenery that the area has to offer, whilst learning something new about the history and the landscape. A number of walks start in Hay itself, more distant or longer walks provide transport at a small additional cost and one walk uses public transport.
They hope that this varied programme will appeal both to visitors and local residents, giving visitors a taste of some of the stunning scenery, and introducing residents to new paths and unfamiliar corners of this wonderful border country.
They also have a short programme of evening events, including the festival ceilidh, to be held at the Swan, and a pub quiz at Kilverts – both of which proved popular and successful last year. This year there is also have an evening of local song provided by the Village Quire at the Globe.
The Swan at Hay hotel is kindly offering to act as the Festival Hub, providing tea, coffee and cake at a modest price and somewhere to meet up before and after walks and events. It will be the place to check out late availability on walks, meet off duty walk leaders, catch up with friends old and new and hang up your boots (both literally and metaphorically) between walks.
The park is open daily, dawn-dusk.
Queenswood is the only designated Country Park in the County, it is home to a 47 acre tree collection (arboretum) with over 1,200 rare and exotic trees from all over the world and 123 acres of semi-natural ancient woodland which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve (LNR).
The planting of the arboretum at Queenswood began in 1953 to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was funded by a public appeal ‘The Queenswood Coronation Fund’ launched by Sir Richard Cotterell who was then the Chairman of the Queenswood Management Committee and the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire.
At Queenswood there is a collection of Californian Redwoods (which grow to over 100 metres tall in their native America), an avenue of 40 different species of Oak and the Autumn Garden where Japanese Maples display their spectacular coloured foliage in late October.
There are hundreds of other trees which have attractive blossom, foliage or berries which make the arboretum well worth a visit at any time of the year!
The Dendrology Stone at the centre of the Autumn Garden displays the Dendrology Award, which was presented to Queenswood Arboretum in 1981 by the International Dendrology Society in recognition of the quality of the collection of trees.
Queenswood access and trails
There are a selection of paths around the Country Park which follow easy access stone or woodchip surfaced paths.
There are three waymarked trails of differing lengths. The Badger Trail (approx 1 mile/30 mins), The Fox Trail (approx 1.5 miles/45 mins) and the Deer trail (approx 2.5 miles/1 hour 15 mins).
As the Country Park is naturally situated at the top of a hill even the shorter Badger Trail route includes some slopes however, all routes have benches situated at various points.
There is also an Electric Mobility Vehicle Trail which follows only the stone-surfaced easy access paths and would also be a good route to follow with wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Animals of the Forest sculpture trail
If you go down to the woods today…
Hidden amongst the trees and shrubs at Queenswood are seven sculptures of forest animals. Reflecting the diverse character and origins of the trees in the arboretum, the animals come from around the world. A Black Bear from the American Pacific Redwood forests, a stately Eagle Owl from the dark pine forests of Scandanavia, and, from closer to home, a family of Badgers, a playful pair of Pine Martens, a Dormouse, a roosting Lesser-horseshoe Bat and, soaring overhead, a majestic Buzzard.
The sculptures have been created by local chainsaw carvers Steve Elsby and Harry Thomas from a variety of locally-sourced wood.
Queenswood Information Centre and National Trust Shop
This facility is a partnership between Herefordshire Council and the National Trust.
The shop has a wide range of books, gifts, cards and plants, and provides information about National Trust properties in the County.
The shop also provides “front of house” for Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum, providing information about the Park, selling maps, trail guides and leaflets and managing the Electric Mobility Vehicle Hire (available Spring and Summer only); as well as a small Tourist Information Point.
Spring/Summer Opening Hours:
Mondays to Sunday – 10am to 5pm
For more information please call 01568 797853
If you are coming to Herefordshire to walk you must follow the link to www.walkinginengland.co.uk If you then click on Herefordshire you can down load a t least a dozen free walks from 2 to 8 miles in Ross and around Ross on Wye, Ledbury, Leominster and Hereford . Do take a look its fantastic. If you are coming to stay at Wilton Court we will be happy to print of maps during your visit