2012 Events

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Murder Mystery Party at Wilton Court

photo murder myster PGLWilton Court hosts another successful Murder Mystery Evening in the Wilton Suite which can accommodate up to 14 guests for a private function.

For further details please visit our web site or call Helen to discuss your requirements which will be tailor made for you. PGL the guests  comments as below:

“Hello Helen,

Just a quick note to say thank you ever so much for Friday night – my team and I had a fabulous evening. Your staff were brilliant, and couldn’t have been more helpful. You all made the experience thoroughly enjoyable, and considering the majority of us had never done a Murder Mystery evening previously I feel it all went very smoothly. Continue reading

Stacey Barber, Wilton Court’s Commis chef is finalist in the Young Chef in Industry at the Flavours of Herefordshire awards 2012

We are delighted that Stacey was the finalist in the Flavours competitions for Young Chef in Industry 2012 at the Flavours of Herefordshire Awards.  Pictured below her award winning dish Pan fried pork loin with butternut squash risotto crispy sage leaves and dry cured bacon. You can see from her expression that she really enjoyed the event.

If you would like to try the dish please follow Stacey’s recipe.

Preparation time 15 minutes cooking time 40 minutes, serves 2

Ingredients-  Piece of pork skin, 2 pork chops taken from the loin, 6 slices of dry cured bacon, i onion 1 clove of garlic, 150 ml cider, 500 ml white stock, 10 sage leaves. 1/2 butternut squash peeled and diced, 200g Arborio rice , 50g butter, olive oil, salt and pepper

Method-  Score pork skin with sharp knive.  Cover with boiling water and drain. Place on a cooling rack and onto a baking tray, Rub sea salt and oil into the scores and bake for 40 minutes in the oven at 240 degrees until it is dried out. Approximately 40 minutes.

Peel and remove seeds of the butternut squash and dice,  add a drissle of  oil, salt and pepper, roast in the oven for 20 minutes until it is browned and soft ready to stir into the risotto.

Chop onion into fine dice and crush garlic into puree. Put into a hot pan with a little butter and oil. Cook until soft. Add 2 slices of chopped bacon and cook for 2 minutes. Add Arborio rice and cook for 3 minutes stirring all the time so that the mixture does not burn. Add cider and reduce . Stir in the cooked butternut squashy and season with salt and pepper to taste

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Hay on Wye Walking Festival October 11th to 15th 2012

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.


Aunt Martha’s Victorian Tea Rooms, Primrose Farm , Drybrook the Forest of Dean Open March to October Limited gluten and dairy free menu

The ideal place for lunch  or afternoon  tea  when visiting the Forest of Dean

  • Opening hours Friday  Saturday and Sunday 12 noon – 5pm March to October . Other times by special appointment
  • All cakes  savoriness and preserves are made from recipes at least 100 years old
  • Elegant Victorian  tea rooms with pretty table cloths, fine china and good service with a smile
  • Gift shop with range of cakes and preserves and gift ideas
  • If the weather is suitable you can stroll around the cottage gardens
For further details please visit  www.primrosefarmtearooms.co.uk

Walking in England Free Walks to download and print

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

Events in Herefordshire September 2012

Plenty of reasons to visit 

Bromyard Folk Festival

Dates: 7th September 2012 – 9th September 2012
Times: 8pm Friday 7th to late afternoon Sunday 9th Sept.
Venue: Bromyard Folk Festival, Broadbridge, Bromyard  HR7 4NT


The Organisers
0777 283 1860 (24 hrs)


The best folk festival/cultural event in the Welsh Border area – featuring over 170 hours of entertainment in just one weekend of traditional music, song and dance.    Some of the most outstanding local, national and international traditional folk festival musicians performing in concert, ceilidhs and displays.

Most of the main concerts, ceilidhs and workshops are held in marquees at the Broadbridge site. We also use The Falcon Hotel, The Hop Pole Hotel and Bromyard Town Football Club.

The festival starts on Friday at 8.00 pm with a concert, a grand ceilidh and a ‘folk club’ on site with a Morris procession through the town at 9.00 pm. The evening concludes with a late night song session at 11.45 pm. Saturday morning is taken up with various workshops, singarounds, meet-the-artist sessions, concerts and dance displays. In the evening you will be able to choose from two concerts, a ceilidh, a musical variety concert, plus a late night club session – all on site. Workshops for dedicated dancers will be held all day.  Sunday morning has a similar pattern to Saturday plus the popular Folk Services in local churches. Sunday afternoon features a song concert and a grand ceilidh. A variety of children’s events are held during the day on Saturday and Sunday. There will be Morris and other dance displays throughout the weekend – in the town and on site.

h.Art Week

Dates: 8th September 2012 – 16th September 2012
Times: Various
Venue: County wide, HR4 9BW


Leoni Linton
01432 261818


Herefordshire’s Open Studios 11th event, giving visitors exclusive access to artists’ studios, workshops and special exhibitions..

h.Art, Herefordshire Art Week, is an annual showcase aimed at promoting the large number and wide variety of artists and craftmakers working in the region. both within the local community and to visitors from the region and across the UK with the specific intention of increasing sales of work.



Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust Ride & Stride

Dates: 8th September 2012
Venue: HR4 9BW


Ben Sladen or Kevin Hewison
sladen@aulden.plus.com or kevinhewison@btopenworld.com


Have a fun day out visiting churches and chapels by bike, horse or on foot, getting as many sponsors as you can.

Cycle or walk around the churches of Herefordshire and raise money for the Church or Chapel of your choice and the Herefordshire Historic Churches Trust  (non-denominational). A day out in the countryside – around Hereford City or our  market towns. Choose your own route – Go at your own pace.

Money goes towards vital funds to save Herefordshire churches for future generations.

Kington Horse Show & Agricultural Society

Dates: 8th September 2012 – 8th September 2012
Times: 9am-6pm


01432 850444


Kington Show is a traditional agricultural show with Horse, Cattle, Sheep and Poultry classes culminating with a Grand Parade of Livestock. There will be Dog and Horticultural classes together with Young Farmers and Shearing competitions.  There will be something for everyone, even an after show dance.  The Carcase Competition has been a huge success with many of the carcases being auctioned for sale later on in the day, and there will be someone on hand to butcher the carcase into smaller joints.

There will be nearly 200 trade stands at the event, with many local producers, arts and crafts, food, tools, toys, clothes, tractors, you name it, it’ll be there!



ENTRY FEES: £10 adults, £8 pensioners, £5 10-16 year olds, children up to 10 years free


Hay Fayre

Dates: 15th September 2012 – 16th September 2012
Times: 10am – late
Venue: The Globe at Hay Newport Street, Hay on Wye Hereford HR3 5BG


01497 821762


Festival Tents

“Organised by the same team that brought you ‘How The Light Gets In’, comes Hay Fayre. Whatever you’re after; Craft fair? Food market? Festival? We’ll have a bit of all three!

Hay Fayre is an exciting and unique series of events launching in the summer of 2012. It challenges the notion of the traditional fair with a flavour of the extraordinary.

Hay Fayre finds its home at The Globe, a prestigious café and arts venue in the quaint market town of Hay-on-Wye. Stood in the beautiful Brecon Beacons National Park and internationally renowned for its literary and philosophy festivals, the town wins the hearts of all who visit. Summer months see thousands of tourists passing through, keen to experience the unique shopping and rich culture, to which Hay Fayre will undoubtedly contribute.

Doors open at 10am for shoppers, browsers and curiosity seekers. Free live acoustic music begins at lunchtime through until the evening, when the Saturday Sessions in the main globe take place. The colourful Acoustic Tent won’t be getting much rest. Drop by and check out our riotous, rolling day-to-night programme of music, comedy, spoken work and talks – there’s a bit of everything in the mix and much of it free. A mini-festival of its own

The Battle of Mortimer’s Cross (1461)

Dates: 15th September 2012 – 16th September 2012
Times: 11:00am and 5:00pm
Venue: Hampton Court Estate, Hope-Under-Dinmore, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0PN




The Battle of Mortimer’s Cross on February 2nd, 1461 at Mortimer’s Cross Edward Earl of March gave battle to Owen Tudor in what became a pivotal battle in the ongoing “Wars of the Roses” campaign between the houses of York and Lancaster.

Join us at Hampton Court Castle as we re-enact this battle. Re-enactment groups and traders from all over the Country will be in attendance. Wander through the Living History Encampment, see the soldiers and camp followers as they prepare for battle.

Listen to medieval music and watch the medieval dancers (join in if you wish!), visit the Barber Surgeon if you dare! Take aim on our archery range and generally immerse yourselves in 15th Century life.


See website for various prices

Wildflower Wonders of the World lecture with Herefordshire Nature Trust

Dates: 15th September 2012
Times: 7.30pm to 9.00pm
Venue: Whitecross School, Three Elms Road, Hereford, HR4 0RN.


Stas Calder Herefordshire Nature Trust
01432 356872


To celebrate its 50th anniversary, Herefordshire Nature Trust is convening an illustrated lecture by the established wildlife photographer and author Dr Bob Gibbons who will be showcasing his work on ‘Wildflower Wonders of the World’.  It will include breathtaking pictures of numerous flower rich sites from across the globe.

Dr Bob Gibbons is a freelance author, lecturer and tour leader.  His natural history tour guide visits Europe, South America & South Africa and he has written over 35 books including traveller’s guides on European Wildlife.  His photography has been used within numerous wildlife magazines and publications.

Light refreshments will be made available.

To book a place, please get in contact.


Tickets are £8.00 for Trust members and £10.00 for non-members

Bowlympic Games for 2012′ with Bowjangles

Dates: 16th September 2012
Times: Venue open from 4pm, performance starts at 7pm
Venue: Lyde Court,  Hereford HR1 3AE


01432 357753


Bowjangles combine fiery musicianship with energetic dance moves, Vaudeville comedy and four part harmony singing in a dazzling stage show which will leave you spellbound. This stunning act harks back to the good old days, when entertainment talent was truly multidimensional. Every member of the quartet has a rare ability to engage with the audience whilst using movement to express themselves when playing. You just won’t believe what this four piece are capable of!

Come and experience it for yourself.

The Venue will be open from 4pm serving a selection of wine, local cider, ales and soft drinks, along with stone baked Pizzas  cooked to order.

Bowjangles will perform the Bowlympic Games at 7pm.

Casa Mama’s Pizzas will be prepared on site and cooked in her wood-fired oven. A delicious Tiramisu dessert will follow.


Tickets:  Adult – £8.00   Child – £5.00   Family – £25.00

Kington Walks

Dates: 21st September 2012 – 24th September 2012
Venue: HR5 3BQ




The inaugural Kington Walking Festival

With over 20 walks for all abilities and ages and a programme of related talks and films, the Kington Walks festival is a four day event based in this handsome market town in the Welsh Marches.  From full day treks to ambles and strolls, there are walks to suit all ages and abilities.  And it’s not a hard slog:  you’ll find themed walks for families, foodies, scientiests, historians, natural historians, geographers.

Besides walking, the town is a superb hub from which to visit a host of local attractions and discover the diversity, rich history and beauty of the Marcher landscape.


Sub Circus Festival

Dates: 22nd September 2012 – 24th September 2012
Venue: Herefordshire


The Organisers
07858 261 079


A brand new intimate boutique festival, showcasing a circus of sounds, from gypsy swing, house and dub, to reggae, samba and funk. Brimming over with dancing,debauchery and magic.

Small but perfectly formed, the Sub Circus Festival is a creative celebration of music and art, inviting guests into a fully immersive environment, to discover new music, friendships and fantasies.

There will be a carefully curated line-up of the most eclectic and diverse music the UK has to offer, as well as an impressive programme of entertainment and interactive live art performances. From Badger Badger, a creative
collective usually found doing their thing in the woodlands of Secret Garden Party and Glade, to the dubtastic Reggae Roast- the UK’s most vibrant reggae collective and the legendary resident DJ’s Cerca Trova, London’s most clandestine house and electro night.


Facebook: facebook.com/SubCircusFestival

Event Page: facebook.com/events/362164733845423

Early Bird Tickets £30: http://subcircus.co.uk/buy-tickets/

– This is an 18+ event.

– Ticket includes weekend camping.

– Location will be revealed on ticket purchase.

We look forward to seeing you!!! Please follow us @Subcircustweets and check our website for details.

Catering to a mere 500 guests, Sub Circus is proud to be going back to the roots of festival culture. With no sponsors or corporate branding, this enables the festival organisers to make every guest feel special, and give them the space to dance like no one is watching.

This intimate festival is set to create a unique experience, with a weekend of pure unadulterated mischief and fun, where anything is possible and nothing is quite what it seems.



Early Bird Tickets are only £30 + Booking Fee.

The Wizards & Cloisters Picnic

Dates: 23rd September 2012
Times: 12:00 – 4pm
Venue: Castle Green, Hereford HR1 2NX


City Events Manager
07837 641857


A great day out for all the family including: Competitions with Sunshine Radio, Games, Fancy Dress, Face Painting, Wizard Wonky with magic shows and  much, much more.



Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival

Dates: 28th September 2012 – 30th September 2012
Times: Various
Venue: Market House Visitor Centre, Ross-on-Wye sHR9 5BZ


visitorcentreross@herefordshire.gov.uk or rosswalkersarewelcome@talktalk.net
01989 562768


A weekend of walking in the glorious countryside in and around Ross-on-Wye.  Three walks on Friday and five each day on Saturday & Sunday.   There is something to suit everyone.


£3.00 per walk non-refundable booking fee, except the foodie walk on Friday 28th

Guild of Herefordshire Craftsmen

Dates: 29th September 2012 – 30th September 2012
Times: 10am to 5.30pm
Venue: Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcs.  WR13 6NW


Alison Payne
01432 769543


Autumn Show at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern. Leatherwork, mirrors, photography, furniture, wooden artefacts, pottery, textiles and much more.

Malvern Autumn Show – Three Counties Showground

Dates: 29th September 2012 – 30th September 2012
Times: Opening times – 9am – 6pm
Venue: The Three Counties Showground, Malvern WR13 6NW


01684 584924


The Malvern Autumn Show is a true celebration of food, the countryside, gardening and nostalgia. After a long year there’s nothing better than enjoying the fruits of the wonderful season. A show for food and gardening lovers, the event hosts a range of cookery demonstrations, gardening talks, vegetable displays, vintage tractors, crafts and more. Families and Friends can enjoy a day out to remember.

This year organisers are very excited to announce that brilliant Jean-Christophe Novelli will be joining them for both days of the show cooking up some delicious dishes and offering top tips and advice.

Don’t miss out on coming up close and personal with this fantastic chef.


See website for various prices

The Flavours of Herefordshire Awards

Flavours of Herefordshire Young Chefs one step closer to Italy!

With more entries than ever before for the Flavours of Herefordshire Young Chef category, judges had an extremely difficult task of shortlisting the counties young cookery talent this year. So much so, judges were unable to narrow down the shortlist to two from industry and two in training as previous years. There are actually four from industry and three from the training category.
“Standards are extremely high for this year, and we very excited about the cook off next month” said Stuart Leggett from
Herefordshire College of Technology.
Finalists from the Cook-off will then be put through their paces during a head to head final at the allpay Flavours of Herefordshire Festival on Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th October 2012. The overall winner will then be announced and awarded their prize at the Flavours of Herefordshire Awards Dinner held at Lyde Court on 2nd February 2013.

This is the first year the overall prize winner will receive tickets to the 2013 Host Event in Milan, Italy to include Hotel and Travel expenses courtesy of Axon Enterprises Limited and Electrolux.
“This prize is a fantastic opportunity for the winner to visit the most prestigious catering equipment exhibition in Europe. Axon hopes this prize will provide a springboard for upcoming talent in the industry and education sector, and to showcase their flair and passion with their recognition rewarded with this exceptional prize” says Paul Emberton of Axon Enterprises, based in Hereford.
The shortlisted Young chefs through to the next round and competing at the cook off at Herefordshire College of Technology on Wednesday 12th September are announced:

Students through to the next round are:
William Baker – Herefordshire College of Technology
Benjamin John Dean – Herefordshire College of Technology
Kelly Tipton – Herefordshire College of Technology

Industry Chefs through to the next round are:
Marcus Esteves – Castle Lodge Hotel, Wilton, Ross On Wye
Hannah Telfer – Glewstone Court, Glewstone, Ross On Wye
Thomas Evans – Sun Inn, Winforton
Stacy Barber – Wilton Court, Wilton, Ross On Wye

Flavours of Herefordshire Festival 27th 28th October 2012

Entertainment for the whole family!

Children’s fun & food activities competitions

Live cook offs and demos all weekend | Live celebrity demonstrations Mary Berry CBE | Ready Steady Cook’s Tony Tobin
Katy Ashworth from CBeebies| Tented Food Pavilion
Outside food market
Mouth-watering local produce

FREE entry to our new location
in Hereford City Centre

Other Events:

>Halloween Fancy Dress and Pumpkin Carving Competition

>County Cook Off!

You can find out more at: www.visitherefordshire.co.uk

Broadfield Court Estate Gardens and Vineyard Herefordshire

Classic old English Gardens, Vineyard, Shop and Court Cafe including David Austin Rose Garden and working kitchen garden

  • Open daily all year except Christmas and New Year
  • Admission free – Open 10.30am-4pm 1st October – Easter 10am -4.30pm  Easter- 30th September
  • Court Cafe- serving refreshments all day
  • Gift shop including plants and Broadfield wines for sale
  • Wine tasting parties , and guided tours Ample parking

A delightful place to visit during your stay in Herefordshire . For further details please visit www.broadfieldcourt.co.uk

Flavours of Herefordshire Festival 27th 28th October 2012

The Flavours of Herefordshire Festival celebrates all that is scrumptious about the county for food and drink lovers. Now in its 7th year, for 2012 the festival will be in a beautiful new location in Hereford City centre, in the newly refurbished grounds of Hereford Cathedral, the Castle Green, High Town and linking streets on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October.
Food shopping pavilions, farmers’ markets, demonstrations in the live cookery theatres, talks, competitions, children’s’ entertainment, music and a wealth of events are all to be enjoyed over an exciting weekend at this free entry festival.
Producers will be exhibiting their home-grown, artisan made food and drink, giving you the chance to meet the makers, growers and chefs behind the county’s very best flavours and buy the freshest ingredients to take home.
Appearing with live demonstrations in our exclusive celebrity theatre (entry charge may apply) will be famous faces from TV cookery including from The Great British Bake-Off much loved culinary author Mary Berry CBE, acclaimed restaurateur and Ready Steady Cook favourite Tony Tobin, and CBeebies very own Katy Ashworth. An unmissable date for your diary.
Cook-offs and challenges throughout the Festival could see you participating yourselves or simply judging on the taste tests and putting your vote to the Flavours of Herefordshire award winners. For further details please  visit 

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