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Cider Weekend at Berrington Hall 4th 5th October 2014

The Cider weekend

Sample their annual apple harvest, washed down with a crisp fresh cider
Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 October, 10am to 5pm

Berrington’s annual cider harvest returns for another year. Browse their vintage selection of orchard apples and enjoy cider from local breweries Ralph’s and Pips cider. Local stallholders will be selling their best Herefordshire produce such as local pork sausages, cheese, honey and there’ll be traditional crafts on display. Family horse and cart rides on Saturday and music from a local acoustic guitarist on Sunday. If you’re interested in holding a stall why not get in touch with them ?

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See Croft Castle’s parkland in another light

In Another Light

1 November 2014 to 22 March 2015

Working in partnership with Meadow arts, this winter you can experience Croft in a different light. It will feature contemporary art pieces in the form of a light exhibition in and around Croft’s garden, parkland, inner courtyard and other unusual spaces from the artist David Ogle. You can look forward to seeing Croft open late after hours every Saturday evening in winter until 8pm and lit up in a completely new way.

For more information visit www.meadowartshttp://

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

National Trust Brockhampton estate Herefordshire

This 1,700-acre estate was bequeathed to the National Trust in 1946 and still maintains traditional farms, ancient woodland and Herefordshire orchards. Enjoy a variety of walks  through the parkland, a rich habitat for wildlife and with stunning views of the surrounding countryside.

At the heart of the estate lies lower Brockhampton, a 14th century moated manor house with a unique timber framed gatehouse and ruined Norman chapel. Explore the grounds and surrounding paradise valley on the nature trail, visit the bird hide and natural play area or relax peacefully with a picnic by the moat.

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01885 482077

Berrington Hall Near Leominster Herefordshire

Have you visited Berrington Hall National Trust property . If you are visiting Herefordshire it really is a must to include in your trip.

Created as the perfect house in the perfect setting Berrington has many secrets to uncover. In this, one of Henry Holland’s first houses, you can explore the family rooms and see how the servants moved around the house unseen by the family and guests. Find out what happened  to William Kemp, Lord Cawley’s butler, discover the anguish of a grieving mother during the First World War  or join a below stairs tour to see if you would have liked to have been a servant at Berrington.

  • Walk through one of ‘Capability’ Browns final landscapes
  • Join a garden, parkland or architecture tour
  • Relax in the gardens, including traditional Herefordshire orchard
  • Get creative in the den-building area
  • See a display of items from the Wade Collection

Berrington welcome dogs on leads in the grounds and parkland except the walled garden, shop ,tea room and mansion. For opening hours and further details please visit Also close by you may like to visit Croft Castle.


Angelic art

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

National Trust Summer Events in Herefordshire


© NTPL / Michael Caldwell

Herefordshire- What’s On!

Berrington Hall

  • Summer on the lake- 25th June
  • Bat walk- 9th July
  • Hereford and Leominster Kite festival- 16 &17 July
  • Dragons, damsels and lake dipping- 1, 18, 15 &22 August
  • Teddy bears picnic- 9th August
  • Mermaids and Pirates- 16 August
  • Heritage open day- 10 September

Brockhampton Estate

  • Walk through paradise wood- 23 May
  • Children’s literature trail- 28 May & 5 June
  • Evening walk- 30 June
  • Ancient tree walk- 14 July
  • Mini beast hunt- 4th August
  • Moat dipping- 5&13 August
  • Moat dipping/mini beasts- 17 August
  • Make a woodland picture- 23 August
  • Children’s outdoor trails-31 August
  • Orchard Walk- 15 September
  • All things Damson- 3&$ September

Croft Castle & Parkland

  • Rangers rumble- 3 July, 4 September& 2 October
  • Children’s literary trails- 28-30 May, 1-5 June,
  • Ranger’s poetry ramble- 5 June
  • Ancient tree walks- 12, 17 June & 7 October
  • In pursuit of spring- 18 June
  • Children’s outdoor trails- 1 to31 August & 1-4 September
  • Bat walk- 17 July &23 September
  • A midsummer night’s dream- 3 August
  • Ugly Bug safaris- 3,10,17,24 &31 August
  • Medieval weekend- 3 August
  • Canterbury tales- 17 August
  • Heritage open day-10 September

The Weir

  • Wildflowers of the air- 18 May
  • Children’s literary trails- 28- 31 May &1-5 June
  • Veni.Vidi, Vici- 22 June
  • Bat walk- 30 July &25 September
  • Children’s outdoor trails- 1-31 August
  • Back to nature- 4, 11, 18 &25 August
  • Heritage open day- 10 September

Herefordshire’s Hidden Extras

Tour Guides for Herefordshire and Welsh Boarder

Marches Tours & Talks – our tour guide association – takes its name from this area of western England, which is called ‘The Marches’ meaning a ‘boundary’ – the boundary between England and Wales. One of the counties in these Marcher lands is Herefordshire – still a secret place known only to those who really seek it out. Here you will see an unspoilt rural landscape at its most beautiful, where you can wander and walk. We have no motorways and no theme parks – just a slower pace of life which gives you time to think and relax.

Each of the CDs are on sale at £5 from local Tourist information centres or direct from marches Tours and Talks (£6 inc p&p) or visit

  • ‘The Golden Valley & Beyond’ (via Longtown, Craswall, Hay-on-wye, Peterchurch and Abbeydore)
  • ‘The Black & White Villages’ (vis Leominster, Weobley, Kington, Pembridge, Earisland)
  • ‘Ledbury and Beyond’ (via Much Marcle, Much Cowarne, Bishop’s Frome, Castle Frome and Bosbury)
  • ‘Ross-on-Wye & Beyond’ (via Goodrich, Yat Rock, The Kymin, Monmouth, Garway and Hoarwithy)

Events at National Trust properties this spring in Herefordshire and the Wye Valley

What’s on at the National Trust for visitors to Herefordshire and the Wye Valley this spring

Berrington Hall

  • Spring flower weekends   5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 19, 20, 26 to 27 February 11am-4pm
  • Bird box making 21 February, 11am-3pm
  • Heron Walks 4, 17 April & 3 May, 2pm
  • Easter Trails 24, 25 April, 10am-4pm
  • Georgian Weekend 14, 15 May, 10am-5pm  (Free entry for visitors dressed in period costume)
  • World War II weekend 4, 5 June 10am- 5pm (Free entry for visitors dressed in period costumes)

Brockhampton Estate

  • Easter Trails 22-25 April, 11am- 4pm
  • Croft Castle and Parkland
  • Make a nest box 23 February, 11am- 4pm
  • Bunny Hunt 24-25 April, 10am-4pm (Trail ends at 4pm) Last entry to gardens is 5pm
  • Wildflower Walk 29 April, 1pm-4pm Free to children
  • Pumpkin Planters 30 April, 10am-4pm
  • Bluebell Walks 11&20 May, 1pm-4pm  Free to children
  • Falconry with Trevor Hill 30 May, 10am-4pm

The Weir Gardens

  • Make a nest box 24 February, 11am-4pm
  • Spring flower days 22 March, 11am-4pm
  • Pumpkin Planters 20, 27 April, 11am-4pm
  • Easter egg trails 24, 25 April, 11am- 4pm
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