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.


Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum Dinmore Hill Leominster Herefordshire

The park is open daily, dawn-dusk.

Queenswood is the only designated Country Park in the County, it is home to a 47 acre tree collection (arboretum) with over 1,200 rare and exotic trees from all over the world and 123 acres of semi-natural ancient woodland which is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve (LNR).

The planting of the arboretum at Queenswood began in 1953 to mark the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. It was funded by a public appeal ‘The Queenswood Coronation Fund’ launched by Sir Richard Cotterell who was then the Chairman of the Queenswood Management Committee and the Lord Lieutenant of Herefordshire.
At  Queenswood there is a collection of Californian Redwoods (which grow to over 100 metres tall in their native America), an avenue of 40 different species of Oak and the Autumn Garden where Japanese Maples display their spectacular coloured foliage in late October.
There are hundreds of other trees which have attractive blossom, foliage or berries which make the arboretum well worth a visit at any time of the year!
The Dendrology Stone at the centre of the Autumn Garden displays the Dendrology Award, which was presented to Queenswood Arboretum in 1981 by the International Dendrology Society in recognition of the quality of the collection of trees.

Queenswood access and trails

There are a selection of paths around the Country Park which follow easy access stone or woodchip surfaced paths.
There are three waymarked trails of differing lengths. The Badger Trail (approx 1 mile/30 mins), The Fox Trail (approx 1.5 miles/45 mins) and the Deer trail (approx 2.5 miles/1 hour 15 mins).
As the Country Park is naturally situated at the top of a hill even the shorter Badger Trail route includes some slopes however, all routes have benches situated at various points.
There is also an Electric Mobility Vehicle Trail which follows only the stone-surfaced easy access paths and would also be a good route to follow with wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Animals of the Forest sculpture trail

If you go down to the woods today…
Hidden amongst the trees and shrubs at Queenswood are seven sculptures of forest animals. Reflecting the diverse character and origins of the trees in the arboretum, the animals come from around the world. A Black Bear from the American Pacific Redwood forests, a stately Eagle Owl from the dark pine forests of Scandanavia, and, from closer to home, a family of Badgers, a playful pair of Pine Martens, a Dormouse, a roosting Lesser-horseshoe Bat and, soaring overhead, a majestic Buzzard.
The sculptures have been created by local chainsaw carvers Steve Elsby and Harry Thomas from a variety of locally-sourced wood.

Queenswood Information Centre and National Trust Shop

This facility is a partnership between Herefordshire Council and the National Trust.
The shop has a wide range of books, gifts, cards and plants, and provides information about National Trust properties in the County.
The shop also provides “front of house” for Queenswood Country Park and Arboretum, providing information about the Park, selling maps, trail guides and leaflets and managing the Electric Mobility Vehicle Hire (available Spring and Summer only); as well as a small Tourist Information Point.

Spring/Summer Opening Hours:
Mondays to Sunday – 10am to 5pm

For more information please call 01568 797853

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

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 or


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.



Event Page:

Early Bird Tickets £30:

– 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


Information or
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

Explore North Herefordshire Mortimer Country

Quietest land under the sun’ Housman.”
Where will you find us? In north western Herefordshire, close to the Shropshire Hills AONB and the Radnor Hills of the Welsh Marches. Deeply rural with breathtaking countryside, of rolling hills, ancient woods, forests and water meadows. The rivers, Teme (a SSSI), Clun and Lugg are prominent features of the landscape. Historically a land of political history and intrigue, dominated by the rich estates, offices of power and profit bestowed upon the Mortimer Marcher Lords of Wigmore, Harleys of Brampton Bryan and Crofts of Croft Castle.

Some of the place names of our picturesque villages and hamlets are lost in the mist of time. Many were thriving medieval townships with bustling markets, minstrels, traders and medieval malarkey. Such a place was Wigmore, to be found nestling under the imposing castle and church.

Wigmore Basin, once a glacial lake, can be seen from Wigmore Castle. To the left of the basin Wigmore Abbey can be glimpsed and the spire of Downton church.

Surrounding the basin are the hamlets of Leinthall Starkes, Elton, Pipe Aston and Burrington, all easily explored on bike. The hills in the far distance are Mortimer Forest and Bringewood Chase: beyond is Ludlow.

Marcher Country
Rising behind the villages of Lingen, Aymestrey and Adforton can be found ancient woods and meadows, green lanes and the tiny hamlets with evocative sounding names – Lye, Deerfold, Cruckmullen and Cross of the Tree. From Lower Willey and Combe the hills rise into Wales and Offa’s Dyke.

When the days lengthen a profusion of wood anemones, bluebells and ramsons (wild garlic) are to be found on woodland walks; pied flycatcher, redstart, and cuckoo return. As in medieval times, the woods and forests are the habitat of elusive roe deer. Butterflies and moths can be found in profusion along byways and woodland glades and overhead red kite.

Brampton Bryan, a small village with black and white cottages set around the village green. An ancient yew hedge surrounds the hall and ruined castle. A little upstream and across the River Teme, set in the Shropshire Hills AONB is Bucknell, with a railway halt for the Heart of Wales line.

Something new to find and explore every season of the year
Leintwardine, set on the confluence of the rivers Teme and Clun and once a Roman trading post, still bustles with the life of a vibrant rural community. Leintwardine offers a choice of places to eat and the taste of real ales, ciders and perries.

Sitting very quietly beside one of the rivers it is not unusual to see dipper, kingfisher, sand martins, goosander and little egret. At the right time of the day and year you might be lucky to spot otters. Walking the Teme upstream to Walford and Buckton and the Clun to Clungunford you may possibly see osprey and marsh harrier, following the rivers on their spring and autumn migratory route.

After crossing the river Lugg at Aymestrey (surrounded by limestone double scarp features rich in fossils), Shobdon, with its ‘Strawberry Hill’ Gothick church, set in stunning parkland and Kingsland are both thriving villages. Croft Castle and Croft Ambrey Iron Age Fort, parkland and estate has glorious views into Wales, Shropshire and Herefordshire.

From Croft the Mortimer Trail leads east to Richards Castle and Ludlow. From early summer to late autumn, festivals, village fetes and celebratory events flourish – this is where you will find the heart of Mortimer Country. Foe further details please 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!

Ross Walking Festival Friday 28th to Sunday 30th September

Friday 28th

Walk1. Hartleton Lake Walk

Catch the number 32 bus from Ross and alight at Hill Top, Upton Bishop. Bus fare payable on the day, English bus passes accepted. A moderate walk around Hartleton Lakes and along the Rudhall Brook takes us back to Ross in time for afternoon tea.

Distance: 5 miles, Moderate
Time: 1.45pm returning about 4.30pm
Leader: David Collin, Ross-on-Wye Group Ramblers.

Walk 2. Through the Hole in the Wall.

This is a moderate, circular walk near Ross. It follows a section of the Wye Valley Walk alongside the river Wye through the quaintly named “Hole in the Wall”. The return route offers lovely views across the Wye Valley towards the Black Mountains.

Distance: 7½ miles, Moderate
Time: 1.00pm returning about 4.30pm.
Leader: Elinor Kelly, Ross-on-Wye Group, Ramblers

Walk 3. Mary’s Foodie Walk
Wander around the local food providers in Ross town centre. Taste specialities unique to Ross and the surrounding area. Your guide will also be able to fill you in on some of the vast history of Ross between tastings.

Distance: Less than a mile, easy walking
Time: 2.30pm returning about 4.30pm
Guide: Mary Sinclair-Powell
Cost: £4 pre booked, £5 on the day. Not suitable for dogs

Walks on Saturday 29th September
For legend see top of page.
Walk 1. Three Castles Stage 1

The Three Castles walk is a circular walk of about 19 miles, set on the borderland of England and Wales. The three castles of Skenfrith, White Castle and Grosmont were built by the Normans to defend the Monnow Valley against the marauding Welsh. The 19 miles of the walk will be undertaken in 2 stages.
Stage 1 starts at Skenfrith Castle alongside the river Monnow. Skenfrith, peaceful now, has a 13th Century church that contains a 15th Century Cope and has a wooden belfry. Today’s terrain, on the way to White Castle (entry fee charged), is mainly meadows and valleys (many stiles). The route has many good views and uses part of an old stagecoach route. The first day ends just short of Graig Hill with 11 miles covered. Transport will be provided back to Skenfrith.

Distance: 11 miles, Energetic
Time: 9.30am returning about 4.30pm
Leader: Neville Littleford, Ross-on-Wye Group, Ramblers. Not suitable for dogs. Bring a picnic

Walk 2. William & Kate’s Future Home?

An easy walk across farmland to Hoarwithy’s famous Italianate church then back through Harewood Park (Duchy land) viewing possible site for a rebuilt Harewood House for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Distance: 4½ miles, Easy
Time: 10.00am returning about 1.00pm
Leader: Harry Britten-Austin, Ross-on-Wye Walking Group. Not suitable for dogs. Pub lunch. Catch the bus

Walk 3. Dark Hill Furnace

An opportunity to see some of the extraordinary industrial heritage of the Forest of Dean. See Roman, or even pre-Roman iron workings that may have inspired the Lord of the Rings stories. Visit the partially restored iron works that produced some of the rails for our early railways. Find out how to become a Free Miner and pass long abandoned coal tips. All this, as you pass through some of the loveliest forest landscape.

Distance: 9 miles, Moderate
Time: 10.00am returning about 3.00pm
Leader: Sam Phillips, Ross-on-Wye Group, Ramblers. Bring a picnic

Walk 4. Hoarwithy Circular Walk
A route along country lanes, the bank of the River Wye and fields. Some relatively moderate climbs along two stretches. There will be an opportunity to visit the “Italianate” style church of St. Catherine’s in Hoarwithy and the historical churches in Kings Caple and Sellack. Finish at the New Harp Inn where refreshments and/or lunch can be taken after the walk.
Distance: 4½ miles, Easy to Moderate
Time: 10.00am returning about 12.30pm
Leader: Malcolm Hill, Ross-on-Wye Group Ramblers. Pub lunch

Walk 5. Skenfrith and its Castle to the top of the world

Starting at Skenfrith Castle there is a long, steady ascent alongside the river Monnow to White Rocks, then a steeper ascent to the summit of Garway Hill. Here are fine all round views – look for the Black Mountains, the Malverns and May Hill. The return is via Garway Church (with its amazing Norman Arch and connections with the Knights Templar) and dovecote.

Distance: 9.5 miles, Energetic
Time: 10.00am, returning about 4.00pm
Leader: Martin Shenley, Ross-on-Wye Group, Ramblers. Bring a picnic

Walks on Sunday 30th September
For legend see top of page.
Walk 1. Three Castles Stage 2
Today’s walk is a little stiffer with two good climbs. The first climb ascends Graig Hill for great panoramic views from the top. The path then traverses woodland and farm tracks to the beautiful, sleepy village of Grosmont. Its castle sits on a commanding mound overlooking the Monnow. After leaving Grosmont the route climbs through fine deciduous woodland before the steep descent back to Skenfrith.

Distance: 8 miles, Energetic
Time: 9.30am returning about 3.30pm
Leader: Neville Littleford, Ross-on-Wye Group, Ramblers. Not suitable for dogs. Bring a picniuc

Walk 2. The Roman Side of Ross
Route starts from Bromsash on The Ross Round (fine views over Ross and Welsh Mountains beyond), past Bolitree Castle (Richard Hammond’s House) to Weston-under-Penyard, past a Norman church, skirting Penyard woods, onto Dancing Green and Pontshill passing Handley (birthplace of Ann Greening – mother of Elgar), along the remains of the Roman Road from Ariconium (Weston-under-Penyard) to Blestium (Monmouth) where part of the cobbled surface and bridge over the stream can be seen. Through Weston and return via site of Ariconium settlement back to Bromsash. Optional tea and cake at Eastview, Bromsash at end if you wish.

Distance: 6½ miles, Moderate.
Time: 11.00am returning about 3.00pm
Leader: Sue Powell, Ross-on-Wye Walking Group. Not suitable for dogs. Bring a picnic

Walk 3. On the Beautiful Doorstep of Ross
A satisfying journey around the local hills, woods and valleys. Includes a pause halfway at a church and a pub for those whose senses thirst!

Distance: 6½ miles, Moderate
Time: 10.00am returning about 3.00pm
Leader: Judith Stares, Ross-on-Wye Walking Group. Not suitable for dogs. Bring a picnic.

Walk 4. Woodlands, Roman Roads & Iron Ore
A woodland walk, in the depths of the Forest of Dean, starting from New Fancy car park and going via Parkend, Moseley Green and Blackpool Bridge, with its Roman road, and the Drummer Boy stone.

Distance: 7 miles, Moderate
Time: 10.00am returning about 2.30pm
Leader: Alan Gillespie, Forest of Dean Group, Ramblers. Bring a picnic

Walk 5. The Last Cream Tea of Summer.
Walk along field paths and lanes to the cider orchards at Broome Farm. Enjoy a superb Cream Tea (£5 per person, payable on the day) before returning to Ross.
Distance: 5 miles, Moderate
Time: 1.30pm returning about 4.00pm.
Leader: David Collin, Ross-on-Wye Group, Ramblers

Booking Conditions
Booking Fee for all walks is £3 except the foodie walk on Friday 28th September.

Health & Safety.

It is the responsibility of all walkers to ensure that they are physically fit enough to take part in the walks that they have selected and that they have appropriate clothing and equipment.

– For most walks, walking boots/shoes are essential
– Carry sufficient water for the length of the walk

– Carry both sun protection and wet weather protection

– Take high energy snacks

The walk leaders will exercise their right to refuse to take ill-equipped walkers.


Children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult


Please arrive at the meeting point at least 10 minutes before the start of each walk. This is especially important for walks that include a bus or train journey. Walks will commence at the given time, whether all participants have arrived or not.

Please note the finishing times for all walks are approximate.

The walk leader will be at the meeting place whatever the weather. However, in exceptional weather conditions, the walk may be re-routed or cancelled to ensure your safety.


Well behaved dogs are welcomed on some walks. Dogs must be kept on a short lead at all times. Walks are not guaranteed to be dog friendly; you may need to help your dog over stiles.

The booking fee – £3.00 per adult per walk – is non-refundable. If the booking includes additional payment for transport or a meal, we will try to re-sell your tickets, provided you notify us of cancellation no later than 21 days in advance of the walk date. However, our own unsold tickets will take priority. A £1.00 administration fee will be charged per ticket resold. Any cancellations within 21 days of the walk will not be refunded. Please inform us of any cancellation as soon as possible, since many of the walks have a waiting list.


Ross-on-Wye Walkers are Welcome Steering Group reserves the right to alter this festival programme without prior notice. The details in this programme are believed to be correct at the time of going to press.


Ross-on-Wye Walkers are Welcome Steering Group has endeavoured to ensure the safety of all festival participants. It cannot, however, be held liable for any injury or loss of, or damage to, personal property, however caused, except to the extent to which it is unlawful to exclude such liability under the applicable law. You are advised to take out insurance against accident and personal injury.

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Booking Arrangements

Pop-in the Market House Visitor Centre, Ross-on-Wye
Email your name and address saying you would like information on the Ross-on-Wye Walking Festival to
Telephone 01989 562768 and if ‘phoning, please remember to have a debit/credit card to hand to pay for your ticket.

If you require any further information, please email your query to: or visit their web site



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

National Trust Croft Castle and Parkland

Home of the croft family for nearly 1000 years, Croft Castle is a place of power, politics and pleasure at the heart of a 1500 acre estate of woodland, farm and parkland. Explore miles of way-marked paths, learn about the family who have made croft so special, see fine Georgian interiors and family portraits.
Relax in the walled garden and stroll through the woods to the iron age hill fort at croft Ambrey or discover crofts stunning collection of over 300 veteran trees. Enjoy the atmosphere rooms including the 1920s saloon.

Less than an hour away from Wilton Court this makes for a great day out . Other nearby National Trust properties are Berrington Hall and Brockhampton Estate

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National Trust The Weir Gardens

A stunning riverside garden with sweeping views along the River Wye and Herefordshire countryside. The garden is spectacular all year round drifts of spring bulbs give way to summer wild flowers and autumn colour on the mature trees. The walled garden, full of fruit and vegetables is worth a visit any time of the year.

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01981 590509