Ross on Wye

Why not plan an excursion to the Brecon and Monmouth Canal

We recently went to stay with friends who have a fantastic holiday cottage just outside Brecon called Baddegai for details please follow

Dragon Fly Motor Cruiser

During our visit our  hosts arranged a trip down the Brecon and Monmouth canal on a motor cruiser . It really was a fantastic experience which we would thoroughly recommend. Just over an  hours drive from Ross on Wye it would make a wonderful excursion one day during your stay for further details please visit

Ross Ramblers Association launches Top Ten Herefordshire Walks

Ten Top Herefordshire Walks

Hot off the Press!  their brand new book, Top Ten Herefordshire Walks, is now published, priced at £3.95. The book features walks all over the county, designed and researched by Ramblers members.Herefordshire is a wonderful place to walk, and whatever your preference, you should find a walk to suit you in this book. There are the slopes of the Black Mountains  and the Marches (Clodock, Kington ), the wilder commons and downs of Herefordshire (Coppett Hill, Bringsty/Brockhampton), the renowned black and white villages (Pembridge), Herefordshire’s famous churches (Kilpeck), the Wye valley itself (Breinton, Coppett Hill), the traditional rolling countryside (Coddington, Burghill) or the ancient woodlands of Lingen. Two of the walks (Breinton and Burghill) are close to the centre of Hereford, and many are accessible by public transport.  Most walks have some excellent pubs and cafes nearby or on the route, and we give details of these, together with local points of interest.They recognise that books like this can get outdated quite soon as conditions on the ground can change, they intend to update everyone by this website with details of any changes.To get your copy please contact Tom Fisher on 01886 821544 or e-mail

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

Walking in England Free Walks to download and print

If you are coming to Herefordshire to walk you must follow the link to  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

Whats on in Herefordshire August 2012

Events in Herefordshire August 2012

It’s all happening in Herefordshire.  Come and meet the people and have a a great time.

  • The Herefordshire Country Fair
    Dates: 5th August 2012 – 5th August 2012
    Times: to be confirmed
    Venue: Whitfield Court Estate, Wormbridge, Herefordshire HR2 9BA
    The Secretary, David Probert
    01432 851705
    The Herefordshire Country Fair takes place on the Whitfield Estate, a wonderful setting in the south of the county. Country Sports, from fly fishing to clay shooting competitions, gun dog trials, agility tests, terrier racing, show jumping and the inter hunt relay provide the traditional themes of the Fair. The main ring provides an exciting programme of events and there is great shopping too with stalls selling everything for country living and plenty of delicious things to eat and drink.

    Garden Festival 2012 presents “A Hot Day in August”
    Dates: 5th August 2012
    Times: 11.00am – 5.00pm
    Venue: Moors Meadow Gardens, Collington, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4LZ
    01885 410318 / 07812 041 179
    Garden Festival 2012 presents “A Hot Day in August” In aid of St. Michaels Hospice
    A lazy Sunday music Festival with a garden party atmosphere with Blacksmith Demonstrations, refreshments, stalls and more set in the enchanting organic 7-acres of Moors Meadow Gardens & Nursery, voted “most romantic” garden in Central England and gaining international recognition for its huge range of plant and wildlife species, the originality of design and the unusual features and sculptures.
    We are proud to announce the entertainment will include one of Britain’s top Gypsy Jazz guitarists Remi Harris accompanied by excellent rhythm guitarist Ben Salmon who are most definitely not to be missed. Granny’s Attic are a young band with great style and musicianship and also a ‘must see’. The fiendishly folkish and extremely talented Foxtail Soup at what may be their last public appearance together. The superb instruments and voice of Horizon Lights, the ever popular sounds of Tony Burt & Friends with easy listening favourites and original music, Hilarious wordsmith “Everton” Ken Crowther and more.
    Artist Blacksmith Joshua De Lisle is an skilled young craftsman who recently presented the Queen with a jubilee gift, he will enthral and delight you with his artistry.
    There will be delicious home made refreshments throughout the day along with stalls and a ladybug hunt.
    Guide dogs only.
    Moors Meadow Gardens,
    Collington, Bromyard, Herefordshire, HR7 4LZ.
    4 miles North Bromyard.
    6 miles South Tenbury on B4214
    Adults £5. Children 4-16yrs £1

    Summer music in Malvern
    Dates: 6th August 2012 – 10th August 2012
    Times: Various
    Venue: MALVERN WR14 2AY
    Summer music in Malvern with three special classical concerts featuring some of Britain’s finest instrumentalists tutoring on the ‘Malvern Winds’ Chamber Music summer course at Malvern College.
    Cullin sound on Monday 6th August at 8pm in St. Edmund’s Hall, Malvern College.
    Romance in the Winds…..on Wednesday 8th August at 8pm in Malvern Priory.
    Malvern Winds on Friday 10th August at 3:30pm in Malvern Priory.
    Monday & Wednesday £10 (£8 concessions)
    Friday Free admission

    ime Travellers Go …. Gruesome .. Goodrich Castle
    Dates: 7th August 2012 – 8th August 2012
    Times: 11am to 5pm
    Venue: Goodrich, Herefordshire HR9 6HY
    Booking Secretary
    01600 890538
    Can you stomach the more gruesome side of history? Not for the faint-hearted, take a journey into the horrors of ghastly punishments and terrifying tales from days gone by.
    £6.00 / £5.40 / £3.60 / £15.60
    All children are welcome to join in the Time Travellers Go… events. An additional £1 will be charged on standard admission for every child, member and non member, to help us fund this entertainment activity.
    English Heritage members free

    Homme House Horse Trials
    Dates: 7th August 2012 – 8th August 2012
    Times: Public admission from 9.30am
    Venue: Homme House, Much Marcle, Ledbury HR8 2NJ
    Anne or Stella
    07772 246428 / 07825 702116
    This is the only British Eventing fixture in Herefordshire. Cross Country, Show Jumping and Dressage, experience all three disciplines in just one day. International riders, trade stands, catering refreshments, all set in 100 acres of Capability Brown landscaped parkland. A great day out for all the family.
    Follow the signs of the A449 between Ledbury and Ross-on-Wye.
    Free entry but donations to Air Ambulance greatly appreciated

    Guild of Herefordshire Craftsmen
    Dates: 11th August 2012 – 28th August 2012
    Times: 10am to 4.30pm
    Venue: Ledbury Market Hall, Town Centre HR8 1DH
    Alison Payne
    01432 769543
    Our Summer Exhibition at the Market House in Ledbury. Leatherwork, mirrors, photography, furniture, wooden artefacts, pottery, textiles and much more.
    Free admission

    Dates: 11th August 2012
    Times: 11.00am to 5.00pm
    Venue: Herefordshire Nature Trust, Lower House Farm, Ledbury Road, Tupsley, Herefordshire HR1 1UT
    01432 356872
    The Herefordshire Nature Trust continues to mark its first 50 years of conserving and protecting Herefordshire’s wildlife and endangered habitats with a Festival of Wildlife. The event will be held on the Lugg Meadows, one of its nationally important sites for particular wildflowers such as the rare snakehead fritillaries. The Festival will be a high point in the Trust’s celebrations and will include an action packed day of wildlife activities, stalls and craft workshops to engage nature lovers of all ages.

    Additionally there will be the chance to meet experts from the county’s leading conservation groups and to learn about the Herefordshire Nature Trust’s history as well as its current wildlife and training projects and volunteering opportunities.

    Activities for all ages include wildplay, nature quizzes and trail hunts, live hedgerow and bumblebee surveys, fungi specimen identification (bring along any specimens you might want identifying) pottery, green woodworking, rare breed and animal exhibits and wildlife art exhibitions to mention a few.

    The Woolhope Dome Farmers market and other stall holders will provision for the hungry and thirsty and there will be a demonstration of venison cooking.
    Admission: The event is free.

    Time Travellers Go …. Myths & Legends .. Goodrich Castle
    Dates: 14th August 2012 – 15th August 2012
    Times: 11am to 5pm
    Venue: Goodrich, Herefordshire HR9 6HY
    Booking Secretary
    01600 890538
    Discover a whole range of myths and legends, from St George to King Arthur. Magical stories, games and hands on activities.
    £6.00 / £5.40 / £3.60 / £15.60
    All children are welcome to join in the Time Travellers Go… events. An additional £1 will be charged on standard admission for every child, member and non member, to help us fund this entertainment activity.
    English Heritage members free

    Bromyard Jazz Festival

    Dates: 17th August 2012 – 19th August 2012
    Times: various
    Venue: HR7 4BT
    Ticket Sales
    01885 483034
    The Festival Programme for 2012 will again include a New Orleans style parade and a range of concerts at the Falcon and other venues in and around Bromyard.
    Ben Holder, Jazz Violinist, the Bev Pegg Skiffle Group, Bob Kerr & His Whoopee Band & 52 Skidoo are confirmed with many others new and re-visiting.
    Early Bird Tickets now available: £40
    4 days camping available at £20 eac

    Longtown & District Show 2012
    Dates: 18th August 2012
    Venue: Llanwonog Farm, Longtown HR2 0LP

    Longtown, Herefordshire, is a small rural village situated at the foot of the Black Mountains, 14 miles from Abergavenny, 18 miles from Hereford and 15 miles from Hay-on-Wye, famous as a book town and home to the annual literary festival.
    The old established Longtown & District show is a traditional country event combining a horse show, a dog show, livestock classes, produce, vegetable and handicraft classes, children’s and family sports and games, rural craft demonstrations, many more attractions and, obviously lots of food and drink!

    Ross Rowing Regatta
    Dates: 25th August 2012 – 27th August 2012
    Times: Various
    Venue: Brooksmouth, Ropewalk, Ross-on-Wye HR9 7BU
    Annie Williams, Regatta Secretary
    01989 562813
    Ross Rowing Club is one of the success stories of the town, each year over the August Bank Holiday the Ross Regatta brings boat crews and spectators from all over the country. The river was always a major feature of the town and the club first came into being around 1870. Meetings were held in the local pub, the Hope and Anchor, and it wasn’t until 1908 that the club could boast a boathouse. With a unique facility, geographically positioned on the famous horseshoe bend of the Wye the club has gone from strength to strength and is proud to represent this area in competitions in South Wales, the Midlands and in National competitions.
    The regatta opens with Dragon Boat Racing on Friday for crews of ten and a complete programme of races is run on Saturday and Sunday. There are camping facilities next to the club, including a quiet field and breakfasts available on Saturday & Sunday. For full details and entry forms, contact the Regatta Secretary

    Medieval Fighting Knights – Goodrich Castle
    Dates: 25th August 2012 – 27th August 2012
    Times: 11am to 5pm
    Venue: Goodrich, Herefordshire HR9 6HY
    Booking Office
    01600 890538
    Step back to medieval times at Goodrich Castle this Bank Holiday weekend, and watch our knights do battle in thrilling live shows for all the family. Support your favourite as he uses his impressive skills to out-do his opponents in a brave fight to the finish! Also, soak up the atmosphere of times gone by with our medieval encampment and find out what life was like during this fascinating period.
    £7.60 / £6.80 / £4.60 / £19.70
    English Heritage members: £1.60 / £1.40 / £1.30 / £4.10

    eobley Annual Exhibition & Sale of Art
    Dates: 25th August 2012 – 27th August 2012
    Times: 10am to 5pm
    Venue: Hopelands, The Village Hall, Gadbridge Road, Weobley HR4 8SN
    Julie Peacock
    01544 318322
    The 27th successive and successful year
    The Annual Exhibition and Sale of Art will be held at Hopelands, Weobley’s village hall, from 10am to 5pm over the August Bank Holiday – Saturday, 25th August – Monday, 27th August. With over 300 contemporary paintings from over 50 local artists to view and buy, and prices starting as low as £30, this is an Exhibition not to miss. The Artist in Residence, Marina Strangward, is a regular exhibitor at Weobley and well known for her wonderful seascapes. She will be on hand to talk to visitors about her paintings and painting technique.
    Admission to the Exhibition will cost £2 with children under 18 free. To ensure children are entertained whilst parents enjoy the exhibition, pastels, coloured pens and paper will be provided. And next to the village hall is a brand new activity area for children of all ages.
    It’s a great time to visit this beautiful medieval village of Weobley which has many delightful places to eat. Lunch and light refreshments will also be available in the village hall. The Exhibition is mounted by the Friends of Weobley Parish Church, a non denominational group that contributes to the upkeep of the historic Parish Church in Weobley.
    For further information please telephone 01544 318322
    Admission: £2.00
    Children under 18 are free

    ay Fayre
    Dates: 25th August 2012 – 26th August 2012
    Times: 10am – late
    Venue: The Globe at Hay Newport Street, Hay on Wye Hereford HR3 5BG
    01497 821762
    Description“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!


    Land Rover World Show at Eastnor Castle
    Dates: 25th August 2012 – 26th August 2012
    Times: 9am – 4:30pm
    Venue: Deer Park, Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1RL
    Land Rover Offroad Experience
    01531 638779
    They say an Englishman’s home is his castle but this August Bank Holiday weekend why not make Eastnor Castle your home and enjoy a slice of country life at inaugural Eastnor Land Rover Show. Enjoy camping and caravanning in the stunning setting of the Deer Park, with the castle itself and the majestic Malvern hills offering a stunning backdrop.

    Hereford River Festival on the River Wye
    Dates: 27th August 2012 – 27th August 2012
    Times: various
    Rob Soutar
    01432 850448
    Hereford River Festival features a Duck Race, started by the Mayor of London, and includes exciting Dragon Boat Racing and a range of activities for all the family.
    Further details to follow.
    Organised by the City of Hereford Rotary Club raising funds for charities.

    Hereford Race Day
    Dates: 30th August 2012 – 30th August 2012
    Times: First race at 5pm
    Venue: Hereford Racecourse, Roman Road, Hereford HR4 9QU
    Hereford Racecourse
    01432 273560
    Situated on the edge of the Cathedral City that forms a natural gng.

    Tickets from £14.00

    Broome Farm Cider Festival
    Dates: 31st August 2012 – 2nd September 2012
    Times: from 7pm on Friday 31st August
    Venue: Broome Farm, Peterstow, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 6QG
    01989 567232
    Friday 31st August: The festival kicks off at 7 pm to a lively start with a Ceilidh. Hilary and John will be doing their usual quality food during the evening.
    Saturday 1st September: Breakfasts from 8 am. to 10 am.. Pressing demonstration. Opening at midday meet the Cider Makers. We anticipate up to 20 Cider Makers including some new to our festival
    Live Music from 2 p.m.
    As always, Hilary, John and their team will provide a selection of excellent food from lunchtime.
    Sausage & Cheese Sunday 2nd September – free entry!
    Breakfasts from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    Market and Music from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Vintage Summer Street Fayre
    Dates: 31st August 2012
    Times: 9am – 4pm
    Venue: High Town, Hereford, HR1 2AA
    City Events Manager
    07837 641857
    Vintage Summer Street Fayre is a street market of over 25 local vintage businesses, selling vintage clothing, accessories and jewellery, vintage homewares and kitchenalia and vintage “make do and mend” crafts.
    Vintage Entertainers will be singing and dancing the 40s/50s and there will be a Jive Demo.
    Ice Cream and holidaying with a vintage twist too!
    This is a first for Hereford!

Status Quo in concert at Eastnor Castle Saturday 28th July

Status Quo are in  Concert at Eastnor Castle  Deer Park with special guests 10CC  this Saturday 28th July. Gates open at 5pm, show starts at 6.30 . Fire works to end. Adults £35.00 (£40.00 on the night) Children5-15 £15.00 (£20.00 on the night)

Tickets are available from Visit Herefordshire Center – Tel 01432 268430 0r contact or Tel 01531 633160

If you are able to make a short break to attend the event Wilton Court would be pleased to offer a two night package for a double/twin room for two people sharing valid 27th 28th or 29th July   to include English breakfast each morning and a three course dinner from our a la carte menu on either the Friday or Sunday night at the total cost of £275.00. For reservations please call us directly on 01989 562 569


South Herefordshire MP Jesse Norman welcomed TV retail guru Mary Portas to the Hay Festival last week–and invited her back to visit Ross-on-Wye as well! The self-styled “Mary Queen of Shops” came to the Festival to talk about her plans to revive high street shopping up and down the country, following her review of high street retailing for the government last year. Her event, which was sponsored by Jesse, was a sell-out with over 1,400 people attending. Afterwards she visited shops with Jesse on the high street in Hay-on-Wye, talking to local retailers, setting out her ideas and drawing a crowd of interested spectators. Jesse Norman MP has been a strong supporter of local shops in Herefordshire, even organising and launching a local guide to good shops in 2009. Most recently he enthusiastically backed the bid by Ross-on-Wye to be a Portas Pilot town. Commenting afterwards, he said: “It is great to have Mary Portas come to Hay, and her event was terrific. But I couldn’t resist inviting her to Ross-on-Wye! Especially given all the fantastic work which has been done by local people on the Portas Pilot bid.”


The first ever Ross-on-Way May Fayre, which was held last Saturday, has proved to be an outstanding and stunning success. Blessed by beautiful sunny weather, the streets of Ross were jam packed with locals and visitors, who thoroughly enjoyed a very special day, which has truly been a credit to Ross and all those involved. Crowds began to build from early on in the day, and before long there was a continuous train of people filling the streets from Brookend St, right up and round to the end of Gloucester Rd. Crowd estimates are believed to have been around five thousand at the busiest time, and possibly up to 10,000 over the course of the day. Event Organiser, David MacGregor, ART Chairman and proprietor of Field Fayre – The Organic Store on Broad Street said, “I am thrilled with the turn out and all the positive feedback we have had from both the public and traders. So many people said they were lost for words to describe how wonderful the event was. The spirit of Ross was shining, and there were happy faces everywhere. Continue reading

Puzzlewood a magical day out in the Forest of Dean

Now the sun is shining and the weather is warmer why not take a trip to Puzzelwood in the Forest of Dean

Could it be the maze of pathways winding through the gulley’s of mossy rocks, the twisted roots of the yew trees or the bridges, lookouts and other things you can find on your way round?

Puzzlewood is a unique and enchanting place, located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean. Explore a mile of meandering pathways, with its fantastic tree and rock formations, through this 14 acre ancient woodland. It has an atmosphere quite unlike any other wood you have visited. JRR Tolkien is reputed to have taken his inspiration for the fabled forests of Middle Earth from Puzzlewood, and it’s easy to see why. Continue reading