2011 Events

Seasonal Felicitations

Roger Helen and all the staff at the Wilton Court send you seasonal felicitations and wish you a happy healthy and prosperous New Year.
After the New Year’s Celebrations Wilton Court will be closed from the 2nd of January re opening on Wednesday 18th January. Though the rooms and restaurant will not be open we will be checking our E mail and telephone messages each day and will respond to all enquiries within 24 hours.
If you are planning a winter break please check our special re opening rates valid until the 29th February with the exception of Valentines weekend. Please follow this link to view details
For those  of you who have not made any arrangements for New Year’s Eve we  have a few places left for our seven course gourmet dinner with music to  dance in the New Year.  Please follow this link to view details of the menu on page two  
We thank you for your valued custom and look forward to welcoming you back in 2012.

The Forest of Dean Morris Men will be dancing at the Wilton Court on New Years Day

For the 11th year running the Wilton Court is delighted to welcome back the Forest of Dean Morris Men on New Year’s Day.
They will be dancing from midday and the fun normally continues through the afternoon with music and singing,
We will be serving our New Year brunch menu which can be viewed under the dining section of our web site. The  menu will also include traditional  Herefordshire  roast  beef ,Yorkshire Pudding,  rich jus, roast potatoes and vegetables
For more details about the Forest of Dean Morris Men and Morris Dancing please visit their web site http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/forestofdeanmorris/

Christmas in Numbers


Christmas in … Numbers

 Ding Dong Merrily on high … In Britain the tills are ringing this Christmas

 25,000,000 …the number of Christmas puddings consumed annually over Christmas by Brits

£150,000,000… The amount spent with credit cards in the post – Christmas sales last year

 15… the average number of hours each Brit spends Christmas Shopping

 4,796,250 mph… The speed Santa’s sleigh would need to travel to visit everyone on Christmas Eve Christmas Eve

 £11.6 Billion… The value of gifts brought by Brits during the festive holidays

 5… the average number of lbs Britons put on over Christmas holidays

Truffle Herefordshire 12th December Chrsitmas Fayre

The Truffle Card is designed to offer exclusive ‘Treats’, offers, discounts across and wide range of INDEPENDENT HEREFORDSHIRE Businesses.

This is an important way of ensuring that money spent with these businesses stays in the county and to have a Card is totally free.

Every week you receive an Email giving you the latest List of ‘Treats’ and helpful information about opportunities in Herefordshire.

There are over 550 businesses signed up and nearly 10,000 Cardholders- if you are not on email –then watch for the Poster and Window stickers for Truffle Businesses.

On Monday, 12th December – Truffle Herefordshire is holding a Christmas Fayre – in High Town, Hereford – when over 20 Herefordshire businesses will have a Stand offering details of their Products or Services and their Treats.

They  want everyone to come along and visit the Stands and to sign up for a Truffle Card.

For further  information  please contact Bobbie Heavens on Hereford 01432  272213 or email- business@truffleherefordshire.co.uk



Ross on Wye Shopping Festival Sunday 4th December and late shopping until 7.30 pm Thursday 8th 15th and 22nd December

Have you started your Christmas Shopping?  The Ross on Wye Traders Association has arranged a Shopping Festival and late night Thursday shopping hours to assist you with your preparations. Why not come along this Sunday and join in the fun of all the activities they have arranged.   

Shops open this Sunday include Colemans, Tudor Sweets, Truffles, Pots and Pieces Tea Shop, Essential Sewing, Field Fayre and many more.  

The Association of Ross-on-Wye Traders (ART as it’s known for short) is a group of around 100 local shops and businesses who care passionately for their town.
With the support of their staff, family and friends, ART members organise and promote an ever increasing range of activities, bringing back the old feeling of community spirit to the popular market town. ART also promotes, amongst its members, the need for excellent customer service, a friendly welcome and attention to detail.

Please do visit the Art Web site to found out about their members www.associationofrosstraders.co.uk

ART  have also negogiated FREE PARKING with the Herefordshire Council operated car parks in Ross Town centre on

 Sunday 4th all day and Thursday 8th,15th and 22nd from 12.00 noon

Wilton Court is one of the many members  participating in the Free Prize Draw which entitles guests who spend £25.00 or more at the Wilton Court  to a voucher which will be entered into the weekly prize draw of £250.00. We look forward to welcoming you over the Christmas festivities.

Wilton Court congratulates the Courtyard Theatre on an amazing opening evening performance of Sleeping Beauty

Congratulations to the Courtyard Theatre on a spectacular opening performance of Sleeping Beauty from the entire cast on Friday 25th November.
The pantomime has the audience enthralled from start to finish with plenty of surprises.
Highly entertaining for children and adults alike. Lots of laugher and plenty of  interaction with the audience, just splendid.
We cannot remember a more entertaining performance, it was captivating throughout and we will be recommending all our guests and friends to reserve tickets. Hopefully we can return ourselves before the end of the season.
For further details of the Sleeping Beauty at the Courtyard Theatre Hereford  please follow the link

H Weston Cider is winner of the National Chamber of Commerce Awards for Excellence in People Development

A Ledbury cider maker has beaten off competition from some of Britain’s best businesses to win a leading UK industry award.
Family-owned H Weston and Sons Ltd picked up the British Chambers of Commerce’s prestigious national Award for Excellence in People Development, sponsored by Composite Legal Expenses.
Cider and Perry maker Westons was praised by judges for its introduction of the Westons Academy and its recognition for the need to ‘grow its own’ people to ensure staff have the necessary skills to lead the business into the future.
John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Westons stood out from the rest of the field in this category for its belief that to achieve its objectives for growth, it needs to invest in and develop its own staff.
“That’s a shrewd decision and the company has visibly demonstrated the impact that nurturing a workforce can have on the bottom line through its Academy, which is a clear asset to the business.”
Since the introduction of the Academy three years ago, each department has Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) linked to the business’ objectives, which are tracked on a sometimes daily basis.
Through the Academy, the firm’s 180-strong workforce can benefit from one-to-one coaching, skills training, management training and the ability to train for national qualifications.
And it is working. Feedback from staff has shown that 98 per cent agree/agree strongly that they are proud to work there, 88 per cent say they have opportunities to develop and 98 per cent say they can openly communicate with their boss.

Graham Biggs President of Herefordshire and Worchester Chamber of Commerce said ” Fantastic news that H Westons our own Herefordshire Cider company has just won the National  British Chambers of Commerce Awards for Excellence in People Development. This is fantastic for everyone associated with Westons Cider and great news for Herefordshire and the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce.  Well done Helen and all the team.”
Helen and Roger Wynn owners of Wilton Court send many congratulations to Helen and all the team at Westons for this suberb achievement.

Helen Thomas Managing Director H Westons

Sleeping Beauty at the Courtyard Theatre Hereford

This year the Courtyard present, SLEEPING BEAUTY PANTOMIME, Join  them  as they reawaken the magic of everyone’s favourite fairytale, in an enchanted world of castles, fairies and forests.

Once upon a time, in a land far away, a Princess lived in a magical castle where faries bestowed her with gifts. But someone forgot to invite the wickedest fairy of them all. When the Wicked Fairy turns up univited she places a curse on the Princess: to prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die on her 18th birthday.

Will the Princess wake once more…share with us the pantomime that dreams are made of!

Friday 25 th opening night  with prefromances showing until Saturday January 7th. Please follow the link to The Courtyard Theatre to view dates and times

Wilton Court is pleased to offer a 20% discount from our published bed and breakfast or dinner bed and breakfast rates to guests wishing to attend one of the performances . Offer is subject to availaibilty and not extended to any promotional offers.

Wye Valley Ends a Celebration Year

The Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) is coming to the end of its 40th anniversary year in which several family events have been held throughout the area.

With just a few events to go, staff from the Wye Valley AONB and Overlooking the Wye Partnership scheme which involved over 40 projects. Improvement and interpretation work has been carried out at the sites which range from Brockweir Quay, the Angidy Furnace, and Piecefield viewpoints along the Wye Valley walk to the recently launched viewing point for Devil’s Pulpit.

The four main historically themed events, Hands on History at Old Station Tintern, Iron Age Rampage at Symonds Yat Rock, The Way to the Wye Georgian event at Ross-on-Wye and Medieval Mayhem at Chepstow Castle bought in thousands of visitors and introduced many to the beauty of the Wye Valley landscape. Community partnership working at its very best was demonstrated with local communities joining to share the message about this unique landscape. Community partnership working at its very best was demonstrated with local communities joining to share the message about this unique landscape and its history.

The last few events for 2011 are now available for booking. The Hidden Past of Chase Hill walk, Ross-on-Wye in November 14 led by historian and author Heather Hurley Brockweir, Devil’s Pulpit walk on December 4 and the family event Natural Festivities at Puzzlewood, Coleford with willow weaver Judith Hartley on Saturday December 3 will round off the celebration year.

To find out more information please log onto www.wyevalleyanob.org.uk

Flog it! Comes to Hereford

The popular BBC2 antiques programme presented by Paul Martin, is coming to Herefordshire.
Flog it!- the major BBC antiques series- regularly gets an audience of 1.5 million viewers each weekday- around 15% of the television audience and on Saturday 26th November Hereford cathedral and its newly restored cathedral close will be hosting the Flog It! Valuation day.
Rather like a treasure hunt, members of the public are invited to bring along antiques and collectables they might be interested in selling. Once valued, the owner and team of experts decide whether it should go forward for auction.it the item is chosen it is sold a few weeks later- often the owner making a tidy sum. Everyone who goes along to the valuation day will receive a valuation-even if their antiques are not chosen to go forward for auction.
Previous programmes have seen a small cream jug sold at auction for £1,300; a ceramic bowl, bought for £4 at a car boot sale, achieving £1,500; and a lady in Aberdeen sold a shelly tea set for a huge £3,400! More recently we surprised a gentleman who bought in a ceremonial cup made from Rhino horn; it later sold for £44,000! So if you’ve ever wondered how much those boot sale bargains or clutter in the loft might be worth, now is your chance to find out
Presented by Paul Martin, Flog it! Will be at Hereford Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Hereford, HR1 2NG on Saturday 26th November from 9.00am until 3.30pm. The auction will take place on Thursday 12th January 2012 at Phillip Serrell Auctioneers & Valuers and will be broadcast as part of the eleventh series next year.  Free Admission for Flog It!