Wye Valley River Festival 2018

The Wye Valley River festival starts 5th May to the 20th May, its a wonderful series of magical family events, embracing innovative artistic work that inspires and challenges. follow the festival through the wye valley for more info go to www.wyevalleyriverfestival.co.uk. here are a few highlights from the 14th to the 20th May at Tintern abbey the museum of the moon (Ticketed Event). Luke Jerrams’s Lunar spectacle is best viewed as the evening light fades and it glows in the dynamic ruins of Tintern abbey. On the 5th and 6th May Jony Easterby’s magical woodland light and sound show is being held at Symonds Yat Rock, picnic amongst the trees and be entertained with music and song before immersing yourself in the trees at night, the festival finale in Llandogo  on the 19th May includes an afternoon and evening of music, song, dance, then in the evening a dusk torch parade and fire sculpture. For More Information please go to there Webbsite  http://www.wyedeantourism.co.uk/news55

Best Food Festivals- Early Summer

Image result for food festivalEastnor Castle chili festival 2017 – Sunday 30th April- Monday 1st May

Stalls selling everything chili-chutneys, chocolate, cakes, wine, plants & much much more


Ludlow Spring festival- Saturday 13th-sunday 14th may

Like a beer festival but better. Take 200 real ales, combine 60 passionate, local food and drink producers, mix in toe tapping live music, over 180 spectacular classic cars what do you get… The Ludlow Spring Festival of course!


Monmouth Food Festival- Saturday 20th- Sunday 21st May

The draw this year is a chef’s theatre, where you can watch the best local talent whip up masterpieces. A producers Market with over 30 stalls representing the best of local food will send you home with full bags and tummy’s. The Monmouthshire youth service will once again be hosting the children’s corner. The Quarter promotes healthy alternatives to high fat and sugar snack food and drink as well as creating activities where young people can have fun.

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Chepstow Festival 24th June- 24th July 2016

downloadWith more open- air theatre productions than anywhere else in Wales, great music, inspiring and informative talks, poetry, dance and dancing, running and racing and finishing with fireworks to round off the bi-centenary celebrations of the beautiful Wye Bridge the Chepstow Festival is a four week long celebration of the Arts and community in the town and surrounds. Visit the website to find out more about each event and the latest news at www.chepstowfestival.co.uk.

Showcasing more of the towns extraordinary  talent is ” Bands on the Bandstand” the free music summer Sunday afternoons funded by Chepstow Town Council, at the truly beautiful venue of the riverside gardens overlooking the River Wye and its graceful 200 year old bridge.

During this years festival you will hear chepstow  Voice Choir, the Monmouth Big Band, the Don Fox Scandal a young chepstow band singing funk rock jazz swing and blues all together for an irresistibly dance-able set ( so get your dancing shoes on).  Twysted River who took inspiration for their name from the beautiful River Wye, playig an exciting mix of Blues Rock and coming from further afield the FB Pocket Orchestra on the last Sunday of the the festival River Wye bridge celebration afternoon, takes listeners back in time to the hot jazz, blues, ragtime and popular dances of the 1920’s and 30s and even earlier.

In the even more splendid surroundings of the lower courtyard of our majestic medieval castle, enjoying the beauty of being outdoors but with the benefit of the canopy for protection, the Chepstow Music centre showcase in the evening of Sunday 10th July, presents the best of local talent- ensembles and individual performances, including the community orchestra, gospel choir, jazz bands, madrigal and renaissance brass groups.

The castle walls will resound to music of a very different kind, when Chepstow musical youth theatre, seniors, bring Disney camp rock: The musical to town! This new musical, based on the hit Disney channel original movies camp rock and camp rock 2: The final jam opens with Mitchie and her friends arriving at camp rock ready to spend another summer jamming out and having the time of their lives. But the new flashy camp star across the lake now threatens camp rocks very existence. CMYT will be giving three evenings performances and a Saturday matinee from Thursday 14th to Saturday 15th July.


Tel: 01291 625981

NOZSTOCK: The Hidden Valley

Amid the emerald fields and raggle-taggle farmhouses of Herefordshire’s ruralest countryside lies Nozstock The Hidden Valley.

Entering it’s 17th year, Nozstock is an award winning family run, home made festival set on a beautiful working farm in the truly stunning heart of the Herefordshire countryside. Independent and just a little nit left of centre, Nozstock brims with diversity, creativity and excitement. Continue reading

Summer Sausage and Ale Festival 6th June 2015 @ Holly Bush Farm

Holly Bush Farm are having a Sausage and Ale festival on the 6th of June.

This will be their first birthday at Hillside brewery.

A range of sausages will be made from Camerons Quality butchers in the FOD and we will have a minimum of 4 beers on draught.

they will also be having acoustic music throughout the event and camping will be available.

The event will be running from 11am – 9pm. PRE BOOK TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

Ticket price- £5 or £8 on the door and children go FREE

6 beers on draught as well as soft drinks available.

Local sourced quality sausages, live music, camping and outside games for the children.

To book please call 01452 830 222

or email us: info@hillsidebrewery.com

Holly Bush Farm, Ross road, Longhope, Gloucestershire GL17 ONC


Ludlow Spring Festival May 8th-10th

Come and meet some of the 50+ brewers that supply the 200 plus barrels of real ale at the festival. They’re available to answer all your questions and give out samples over the weekend behind the bar.

What’s on at Ludlow Spring Festival 2015?

We are working hard to sign up tasty food producers, quaffable beers, stunning cars and toe tapping music ready for another fantastic event inside Ludlow Castle on the 9th and 10th May 2015. Keep checking back as we will be updating all the time and the full programme will be available here from March 2015.


Not just beer, bread and bangers, you will find plenty of stalls featuring top quality food and drink from small producers up and down the Marches, the Welsh border country. Products that have been produced on a small scale by people who really care that their food and drink should taste good, and be produced with care for the environment. You won’t find big brands or supermarkets here! More about the ‘Festival Pub’ and List of Exhibitors.

BEER FESTIVAL – organised by SIBA (The Society of Indepedent Brewers Association) takes place inside the ‘Festival Pub’.  190+ different real ales on draught (bottles too) from independent breweries from Wales and the border counties. Each brewer’s entry will be part of the SIBA Wales & West Competition. More about the ‘Festival Pub’ List of Exhibitors here.

WINE, PERRY AND CIDER from local Marches producers, inside the ‘Festival Pub’

TALKS AND DEMONSTRATIONS will take place in the Inner Bailey. Full programme here

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES will be in the form of a kids area where your under 12’s can come along and participate in hands on cookery. You can ask the team about healthy lunch boxes and MUCH more. Turn up and see what’s happening.

MUSIC will be a feature in the ‘Festival Pub’ and this year we have an AMAZING and varied lineup so find out more about the music here.


When you arrive in the Outer Bailey, head for the large Festival Pub marquee where you can get your bearings, pick up your beer tokens, grab a pint or glass of wine and prepare yourself for a relaxing, fun-filled day. The Festival Pub is also the venue for live music and a focal point for the show. Cheers.


The Outer Bailey is also the place to see an impressive display of classic and vintage vehicles, some dating back to the early years of the last century. Gleaming bodywork, exceptional engines and enthusiastic owners will be the order of the day. Take your time to browse fine examples of motoring heritage and learn how vehicles have been lovingly restored by their owners. Full details here.


Find out what makes the nation’s finest foodies tick during a series of workshops and demonstrations. We’re packing more in than ever before – you’ll be able to match cheeses with cider and ale and learn all that you need to know about bread and cakes in special workshops run by highly-talented bakers. Book your places – they’re strictly limited – and make sure you learn how to get that perfect rise every time.


Ever wanted to get up close and personal with your favourite brew and learn the secrets of your chosen tipple well now you can. Ludlow brewery are doing brewery tours throughout the weekend – but book in advance as tickets go fast!

The brewery tours take place at Ludlow Brewery, The Railway Shed, Station Drive, Ludlow, SY8 2PQ, 01584 873291, beer@ludlowbrewingcompany.co.uk Please arrive 10 minutes before your allocated time.BOOK HERE


Friday 8th May – 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm (Last admission 8 pm) for Meet the Brewer Event               Saturday 9th May – 10.00 am to 9.00 pm (last admission 8 pm)
Sunday 10th May – 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (last admission 4 pm)


Friday (evening only) Adult £2.00

Saturday & Sunday

  • Adult £6.50
  • Child £2.00
  • Family £15.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children aged between 5-13 years)

2-Day Adult £9.00

2-Day Child £3.00

2-Day Family £21.00


Hereford Food Festival

Flavour of Herefordshire Food Festival
Come and enjoy Herefordshire’s 6th annual food festival weekend, which promises to be a tasty time out for all the family.
Coinciding with harvest time, the festival celebrates all that is scrumptious about the county and almost 100 producers will be exhibiting their home-grown, artisan made fayre, giving you the chance to meet the makers, growers and chefs behind the county’s very best flavours.

With the area being world famous for its Hereford cattle and cider, you can also meet some of this year’s newly presented regional food award winners, jubilant from their success. Sample their prepared produce, hot and cold, and stock up your larders from the Food Pavilion and Farmer’s Market shopping areas.

 Get mouth-watering inspiration as you watch demonstrations in the live cookery theatres and feast your eyes and your palette on someone very special in the gourmet world- culinary genius and celebrity chef, Jean Christophe Novelli.
Known as Britain’s favourite French chef, and 5 AA Rosette and Michelin star award winner will be presenting three live demonstrations each day of the festival. Continue reading

Flavors of Herefordshire Food Festival

Flavors of Herefordshire Food Festival

Simple, natural and local food

In the Year of the Orchard, the Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival returns to Hereford Race Course for the weekend of Saturday, 22nd October and Sunday 23rd October, 2011.The Chef-in-Residence will be Jean-Christophe Novelli, who will be demonstrating his skills in the Food Theatre each day. Dubbed ‘the nation’s favourite French Chef’, his career started aged 14 as a baker in his home town of Arras, moving to Paris as the private chef of Elie de Rothschild and then to Keith Floyd’s pub the Maltsters in Devon.Jean-Christophe opened several London restaurants and one in Cape Town & Normandy, winning 4 consecutive Michelin stars along the way. Continue reading

Festivals and Events in Herefordshire

In 2011 Herefordshire will be celebrating the Year of the Orchard with a range of events that will be featured on the cider route,  web site www.ciderroute.co.uk

There’s always something happening in Herefordshire, whatever time of year you decide to visit- food, literary, music and walking festivals, medieval re-enactments, art and crafts, farming and countryside events. Here’s a sample of what’s on.

For details of where to stay or dine during your visit please visit our website www.wiltoncourthotel.com