On the Way to the Wye

40th Celebration Event- On the Way to the Wye
A free family event celebrating the Georgian period in Ross on Wye. Fun, frolics, fiddles faddle, frippery and foppery with living history event. Meet 18th century ladies, gentlemen, soldiers, sailors, rogues and vagabonds. Join the historical progression through Ross with historian Heather Hurley and find out about the famous characters that popularised the Wye Tour and the Picturesque. There will be demonstrations of food, wine, costume, boatbuilding, lacemaking, candle making, basket making and rope making.
Location: Caroline Symonds Gardens ,Ross Riverside, Ross on Wye, Saturday 18th June
Displays
Ross Historical Progression
Meet characters from the Georgian period on their way to embark on the wye Tour from the Market House Heritage Centre led by historian Heather Hurley. Meet Lord Nelson, John Kyrle, Reverend Egerton and Gilpin as well as the notorious Sin eater.
Historical Demonstrations
Visit the conservatory at the Hope and Anchor pub on Ross Quay and learn historians Dr Annie Gray and John Hurley about Georgian food and wine. Observe how a lady dresses in Portrait of a Lady.
Military re-enactments
28th North Gloucestershire Regiment of Foot and the Worcester Yeomanry and Cavalry will be displaying sword and musket drill.
Georgian Ladies of Letters
Discover the essential genteel and ladylike accomplishments which our refined ladies at the Market House Heritage Centre will demonstrate.
Herefordshire Museum exhibition on show.
Living History
Georgian living history encampments showing how life was lived by ladies, gentlemen, sailors, soldiers, navel surgeon, highwaymen, rogues and vagabonds.
Contrast Georgian Music Quartet
The elegant quartet will be playing throughout the day on the bandstand on Ross Riverside.
Demonstrations
Lacemaking, boat building, rope making, candle making, blacksmith, food and much more…
Charity Sedan Chair Race
In partnership with Ross Lions the Charity Sedan Chair Race is open to teams of 6 who want to build, decorate and race their chairs as well as raising money.
The event will also open the Herefordshire Walking Festival with John Kyrle walk starting at 10.30am from the bandstand.
Walking festival tickets available to book online at www.visitherefordshire.co.uk or call 01432 268430

On the Way to the Wye is one of four major events organised by the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) Unit and the Heritage Lottery funded scheme overlooking the Wye. The events will celebrate the AONB designation 40 years ago. It will also reflect on work at over sites in the Wye Valley AONB through the four overlooking the Wye themes of Hillfords, River Connections, Hidden Industry and Viewpoints.  Free  admission.

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