Ross on Wye

At the Wye Valley Visitor Center you can enjoy three different attractions in one

The Wye Valley Visitor Centre is at the very heart of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where the spectacular Upper Wye Gorge opens out briefly into farmland before the River Wye plunges back between cliffs overlooking the Wye. In the picturesque Wye Valley, the rolling hills south of Hereford shake hands with the Forest of Dean across the River Wye at Symonds Yat. There you’ll find a community with famous attractions, exciting activities, specialty shopping, and great food beneath towering woods and hills to help you and your family get the most from your time in the countryside:

You can Walk with butterflies from around the world. Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo is indoors, it’s tropical and it’s teeming with exotic butterflies.Living butterflies fly around as you discover their fascinating lives in close-up. They’re amazing. See for yourself every stage of their life-cycle: Egg, caterpillar, chrysalis and some of the world’s most beautiful butterflies.The species they breed in their zoo have fascinating survival strategies, and there’s loads to learn. Take a camera for superb wildlife photography.The Zoo shop has wonderful gifts, butterfly plants, and books on wildlife. It’s a real treat.

You can explore one of Britain’s most famous traditional hedge mazes, with a romantic temple at the centre and over a kilometre of hedge planted by Lindsay and Edward Heyes in 1977.Find your way then play! This maze is a great place to play tag with all the family. Not up to running around? Play by stealth! There’s a viewing platform for calling directions.

You can  play a twelve-hole roman miniature golf course.This is an outstanding outdoor course with all-weather artificial-turf fairways. The design unites a picturesque roman ruin theme, retro minigolf style and adventure golf features for ultimate playability for all ages.Everyone loves the challenge of minigolf, and this course is a real leveller so you never know who’ll win.

For further details and opening times  please visit

Thw Wye Valley Visitor Center is just 5 minutes away from the Wilton Court by car


Ross on Wye May Fayre Saturday 12th May

The Ross-on-Wye MAY FAYRE Saturday the 12th of May, will be a day to remember and not to be missed if you go into Ross-on-Wye Town Centre. The Town will be host to a full day of entertainment, excitement, wonderful food, shopping delights and real community spirit in action. Residents and visitors alike can enjoy a very special day. The May Fayre, a new community event organised by the Association of Ross Traders and community volunteers, will begin at 10am and continue throughout the day till 5pm. The main streets of Ross will be closed to traffic and pedestrianised. Continue reading

Roger Orton Painting Classes June, August and October 2012 at Wilton Court

Dear Helen

Thank you for your co operation and services throughout this year in connection with my painting classes. My students and I have found your hotel to be simply wonderful. Great location, great food and great service. I would like to reserve again for 2012.”

After another successful course held on the 25th and 26th April  2012,  Roger will  return  for his two day water painting classes for beginners and improvers on the 27th and 28th June, 21st and 22nd August and 3rd and 4th October 2012.

For further details please visit

They are fun informative, working in a no pressure relaxed environment. All painting tools and materials are supplied for the course. Two days tutoring from Roger Orton proffesional artisit including demonstration of techniques used. A maximum of six students allowing time to give each student individual tuition

For reservations please call Roger on 02476 735617

Price of £290.00 single occupancy and £263.00 per person double occupancy to include overnight accommodation for one night with a three course dinner, tea and coffee breaks and a sandwich lunch both days. Additional nights accommodation can be reserved directly with Wilton Court.  To attend the course without accommodation and dinner £230.00 per person £50.00 extra for partners sharing the room with dinner and breakfast not attending the course.



Herefordshire Black and White VillageTrail

Welcome to the Black and White Villages of North- West Herefordshire and the market towns of Leominster and Kington. Together they contain hundreds of timber framed buildings, many of great age. Their Churches too, remind us of the long history of this area, containing records of people and events going back to Domesday and beyond.

Today these villages still possess the feeling of community which many urban dwellers would dearly love to regain. An hour or two spent at any of the places on the trail, visiting the church, the pub, tearooms and shops, looking at the houses and exchanging a word with the villagers, will give you a taste of this desirable country life. The circular trail is set out in a clockwise direction, and although the commentary starts and finishes at Leominster you may join at any point. The route is signed throughout with brown and white tourist signs. Please be prepared for and patient with, farm vehicles. The total distance is about 40 miles with stops at the villages and places of interest along the way, the circuit provides an enjoyable excursion at any time of the year.

Why not

Leave your car behind as you do not need a car to enjoy the black and white villages: a few of the villages along the route are accessible by public transport. Walking and cycling routes are also available around the Black and White villages, cycle hire is available from Wheely Wonderful on 01568 770755. who also arrange walking and cycling holidays.

The  Black and White audio car tour is approximately 45 minutes long and is available for purchase from the Tourism Information Centers.

Please follow this link for further details  of the Black and white trail

The Black and white trail is approximately 45 minutes away by car  for the Wilton Court so is  very easy to explore during your visit and can also  be reached by public transport via Hereford.

The Wilton Court are very happy to prepare a picnic for you with advance notice.

Hay Festival 2012 Celebrates 25th Anniversary

The Hay Festival sponsored by the Telegraph is Britain’s top festival of the arts. It will run over 10 days with over 700 events taking place.

This year the Hay Festival celebrates its 25th Anniversary and has brought together writers from around the world to debate and share stories ,writing from poets and scientists, lyricists and comedians, novelists and environmentalists, and the power of great ideas to transform our way of thinking.

This year the festival will run from Thursday May 31st until Sunday June 10th. Music will again be one of the night time delights of the Hay festival and this year there will be an off- site venue. The towns beautiful landmark castle which is 800 years old has undergone a £5million renovation. The Sound Castle as it will be known, will hold up to 500 people and will be showcasing a range of talent from jazz artist to hip hop acts.

You can see the programme at You can also see further details of the festival by visiting

Featuring performances  include Martin Amis, Mary Portas, Ian Mc Ewan, Tim Minchin, Michael Frayn, Kate Humble, Harry Belafone, Hilary Mantel, Bryn Terfel, Salaman Rushdie, Matt, Alan Hollinghust, Jacqueline Wlson Jack Dee and many more.

The Wilton Court is just 40 minutes leisurely drive by car from Hay on Wye across  the Golden Valley. The Wilton Court  have welcomed many guests visiting the festival in the past needing to travel further afield from Hay to find accommodation  and look forward to the opportunity of welcoming more visitors this year. For further details of their accommodation packages please visit 


Forest of Dean Morris Men return to Wilton Court on St Georges Day

We are pleased to advise that the Forest of Dean Morris Men and the Wimberely Cloggers will return to the Wilton Court as 8.00 pm  Monday 23rd April to celebrate St Georges Day.

They will dance in the courtyyard  and then perform their traditional music in the  Riverview Restaurant and  Bar.  

We look forward to welcoming  them back and hope that you will be able to join us for the celebration.

Sir Roy Strong’s,The Laskett Gardens

Did you know that Sir Roy Strong’s Laskett Gardens are now open to pre booked groups of over 20 in number on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Admission to the grounds is £10.00 per person which includes a decorative plan of the gardens by Jonathan Myles-Lea.

The Laskett Gardens are the largest private formal gardens to be created in England since 1945. Over almost four decades the historian, Sir Roy Strong and his late wife, the designer Dr Julia Trevelyan Oman, transformed a four acre field into a series of stunning garden rooms, vistas, ascents and descents. These include a rose garden, pleached lime avenue, orchard, kitchen garden, knot garden, fountains, statuary  and parterres as well as a spectacular array of topiary and rich herbaceous and prairie style boarders. Uniquely the garden tells the story of both their marriage and their creative lives in the arts.

The gardens are located close to Ross on Wye at Much Birch in Herefordshire. For enquirers about the garden please contact or visit their website 

Wilton Court is delighted to welcome groups of visitors to Laskett Gardens  to lunch  with prior arrangement.

Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Pageant Sunday 3rd June 2012

Wilton Court Restaurant with rooms are inviting you to join them to watch the Diamond Jubilee Pageant at highwater on Sunday 3rd June when they will be serving a special Jubilee Sunday lunch 

Full coverage of the Jubilee Pagaent  will be viewed on two large screens in the Mulberry Restaurant. The lunch will commence from 12.00 noon with a welcome pimms and canapes followed by a mouth watering  three course Sunday lunch served from 12.30 onwards.

At high water (midday) up to a thousand boats will muster on the River Thames including Her Majesty The Queen The Duke of Edinburgh and other members of the Royal family on the Royal Barge (The Spirit of Chartwell) all taking part in the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant. It will be one of the largest flotillas ever assembled on the river. Rowed boats, working boats  and pleasure vessels of all shapes and sizes will be beautifully dressed with streamers and Union Flags, their crews and passengers turned out in their finest rigs. The armed forces, fire, police, resuce and other services will be afloat and there will be an exuberance of historic boats, wooden launches, steam vessels and other boats of note. Continue reading

Can you help with Ross on Wye May Fayre 12th May 2012

A new major community event for Ross on Wye is being planned and organised for Saturday 12th May this year. Organised by The Association of Ross Traders, the Ross on Wye May Fayre will be an annual all day event, with part of the town centre closed to traffic in order to host all manner of entertainment for young and old alike.

David Mc Gregor, A.R.T. Chairman and proprietor of Field Fayre, The Organic Store on Broad Street commented, ” We hope this community event will further enhance the towns reputation, attracting more new visitors  and have people talking about us far and wide.” David continued, ”We are very keen for everyone to get involved and help make this a great day. Even if you are not able to help beforehand, put the date in your diary and come in to town to support the local community.

We need entertainers of all sorts to get in touch to see how they can help. We invite schools, churches, local groups and organisations to get in contact to provide entertainment, help on the day or if they like have a stall.We would love amongst other things to see street theatre, cafes spilling out onto the street, great food stalls, craft and art exhibitions, a May Pole, Morris dancers, children’s activities, singers, musicians, choirs, bands, clowns, fools, majorettes, a hog roast, jugglers, bell ringers, medieval stocks,Punch and Judy, we are even hoping for a vintage car rally and possibly helicopter rides over Ross”

David concluded that we have still much to do with under 2 months to pull it all together. We are working with the Town and County Councils on street closures and financial support, but are also looking for other financial sponsors. If you can help or assist in any way to make this a great community event, please contact me by e-mail at ”