A Tudor town on the western slopes of the Malvern Hills
Whether you are seeking a distinctively different weekend break- or an overnight stopover, Ledbury is the getaway to the Wye Valley and the Welsh Marches. Its characterful blend of black and white and red brick Georgian buildings, its great range of independent specialist shops and choice of places to eat and drink have led it to be described as hidden jewel.
As early as the 12th century Ledbury developed around its market place, minister church and bishops palace. The Bishops palace is long gone but the medieval layout of streets remains virtually unaltered. The streets are lined with mainly Tudor buildings. Virtually every building in the high street is listed and protected as part of the towns large conservation area.
The 17th century grade 1 listed market house, standing in the high street is definitive of ledbury, but tucked in behind it is another gem: church lane, a cobbled street containing some of the towns earliest tudor buildings, leading up to the church of St Michaels and all angels with its rare detached bell tower.
This is quint-essentially England as it used to be- and a photo opportunity not to be missed. Back in the high street is St Katherine’s complex hall, chapel and almshouses which has at its heart the newly refurbished medieval masters house. Many of these buildings are open to explore- most for free- and as you wander be sure to look up to get a view of the quirky architectural mix- then get a copy of the heritage trail to make sense of it all.
Ledbury is famous for the variety and quality of shops. Throughout the town there are fashion boutiques from high end to vintage, antique and contemporary home interiors, locally produced foods- including a chocoliater, wine and cider shops, bookshops, galleries, specialist gift shops- and too many others to define- very Ledbury!
Markets are held under the ancient market house and along the wide high street. Eating out offers a wide choice of eateries, gastro pubs and fine dining, featuring local seasonal foods. Allow enough time to relax and enjoy the bustle of friendly hostelries and cafes- and absorb the atmosphere of this vibrant rural community.
A whole range of cultural events can be found in and around the town as well as ad hoc ” happenings”.
Lighten the January gloom with a delicious breakfast featuring local food in Ledbury!
This year Ledbury will be celebrating breakfast on Friday 29th January and Saturday 30th January.
Food shops, butchers, cafes and hotels in and around Ledbury will be providing a wide range of local breakfasts, including specials for the day.
Last year 20 local businesses took part presenting all kinds of breakfast treats – this year there could be even more variety for you to eat in or take home.
This event celebrates that most important of meals – breakfast, and what we at the Ledbury food Group consider important – good locally produced food and drink. It is held in conjunction with the national Breakfast Week campaign to encourage more people to enjoy a good nutritious meal at the start of the day.
More information will be available on the Ledbury Food Group website www.ledburyfoodgroup.org in early January – when details of the specials on offer will be available, and opening times etc
Start: January 29 @ 8:30 am
If you have visitors looking for inspiration to try something a little different, why not book onto the Dymock Poets & Literary Greats Tour
With local guide Penny Platts, we start in Hereford, then travel to Dymock Church, Ledbury and Malvern.
Date: Wednesday 8th April 2015
Timings: Hereford (Broad Street)10:00am
Or the Trumpet Inn at 10:30am
Price: £35.00 per person including a local guide for the day, all travel costs and mid-morning tea/coffee and cake.
For more details visit www,rural-concierge.co.uk
To book, please contact Liz on
T:01432 370514 / 07966 378 170
Herefordshire sculptor Ed Elloitt, who specialises in life-size mystical figures, is holding a solo exhibition of his work from January 14 to 31 at Trumpet Corner Art Studios just outside Ledbury.
The exhibition, Pieces of an Angel, includes his most recent sculpture commission, a wooden angel, which the National Trust has had on display at the Mottisfont estate in Hampshire. Ed was one of eight successful artists who won £250 and had materials supplied to create a figure for the winter Angels exhibition.
Ed, from Tarrington, has had a fascination with art since a young boy, when drawing was a favourite pastime. After completing a foundation course at the university of Gloucestershire, he achieved an honours degree in Fine Art, specialising in Sculpture at Cardiff School of Art and Design.
Details: 01531 670082
Highlights of the 2012 Wye Valley Chamber Music Festival, from January 14 to 22, include an opening Saturday Schubertiade at the Bishop‘s Palace in Hereford, with the Trout Quintet and the song cycle, Die Winterreise.
The festival then celebrates the chamber music of Elgar at the picturesque St Briavels Church and the second weekend includes Discovery Day, always the festival’s hottest ticket, at Treowen Manor near Monmouth. The finale at Helen’s Manor near Ledbury features Hungarian and gypsy-inspired music and there’s a choice of pre-concert talks.
The Kreisler Quartet will be the first participants in an exciting addition to this year’s festival – the resident Quartet Scheme, a new project for young musicians.
More details: www.wyevalleyfestival.com
Tickets are on at sale at www.wegottickets.com/wyevalleyfestival
H Weston Cider is winner of the National Chamber of Commerce Awards for Excellence in People Development
H WESTON LEDBURY CIDER MAKER WINS TOP UK BUSINESS AWARD
A Ledbury cider maker has beaten off competition from some of Britain’s best businesses to win a leading UK industry award.
Family-owned H Weston and Sons Ltd picked up the British Chambers of Commerce’s prestigious national Award for Excellence in People Development, sponsored by Composite Legal Expenses.
Cider and Perry maker Westons was praised by judges for its introduction of the Westons Academy and its recognition for the need to ‘grow its own’ people to ensure staff have the necessary skills to lead the business into the future.
John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Westons stood out from the rest of the field in this category for its belief that to achieve its objectives for growth, it needs to invest in and develop its own staff.
“That’s a shrewd decision and the company has visibly demonstrated the impact that nurturing a workforce can have on the bottom line through its Academy, which is a clear asset to the business.”
Since the introduction of the Academy three years ago, each department has Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) linked to the business’ objectives, which are tracked on a sometimes daily basis.
Through the Academy, the firm’s 180-strong workforce can benefit from one-to-one coaching, skills training, management training and the ability to train for national qualifications.
And it is working. Feedback from staff has shown that 98 per cent agree/agree strongly that they are proud to work there, 88 per cent say they have opportunities to develop and 98 per cent say they can openly communicate with their boss.