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Things to see and do

Discover Herefordshire's hidden secrets!!


Rural, unique and quirky, this undiscovered county will certainly surprise you with sights, events and festivals you won't find anywhere else!

Join in with ancient Pagan ‘wassailing', listen to the medieval town criers in competition in Bromyard's market square or try a bid for holly, mistletoe or asparagus at traditional local auctions. Where else will you find an annual marmalade, scarecrow making or lawnmower racing festival - this place is truly eccentric!

Here's just a small selection of some of the magical places to visit and things to see and do - there really is something for everyone. Click on title links to find out more.

Weird & Wonderful

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Wassailing - an ancient Pagan ritual apple-orchard blessing - January
Marmalade festival - does what it says on the jar - February
Scarecrow Festival - Around the streets of the market town of Bromyard - May
Asparagus Auction held in the ancient 600 year old inn, The Fleece at Bretforton - May
Holly & Mistletoe annual auction held in Tenbury Wells - December
Worcester Victorian Christmas Fayre - Themed street market with music, entertainment and fairground rides - November
Town Criers competition - Annual international event in Bromyard, a real spectacle - May
Mud Run - the toughest off roader in Eastnor Castle grounds - October

Music & Arts

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Big Chill - International contemporary music festival in grounds of Eastnor Castle
Upton Jazz Festival - A lovely riverside location featuring some of the biggest names in Jazz - June
Upton Folk Festival - A lovely riverside location - May
Bromyard Folk Festival - September
Upton Blues Festival - Main stage and pub entertainment - July
Hay Festival - 10 days of music, comedy, argument and literature  - June
Three Choirs Festival - July
Ledbury International Poetry Festival - June
Upton Festival - International music and camping festival - August
Nozstock - Bromyard's own Glastonbury festival - July
NEC - exhibitions and international music concerts throughout the year

Sport & Activities


Golf @ Upper Sapey with panoramic views across the county
Fishing - lakes, pools and the lovely River Teme
Sailing - a great selection of clubs around the area
Canoeing - some stunning scenery and unspoilt rivers
Outdoor pursuits - clays, karting, 4 x 4's paintballing, rifles. Other outdoor activities, Quads, Clays, High Ropes & more.
Shelsley Walsh - the oldest motorsport hill climb in the world - meetings March-Sept
Cricket @ Worcester and Edgbaston
Horse racing WorcesterHerefordCheltenham
Rugby Worcester Warriors

Activities with Kids

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Severn Valley steam railway - a step back in time fantastic for kids of all ages from 3 - 93. Meet Thomas the tank engine too!
West Midlands Safari park - a drive - through Safari with white tigers and lots more
Cadbury World - chocolate heaven!
Sealife Birmingham including 4D cinema, soft play
Go Ape - Activity centre with high wires through the ancient Wyre forest

Childrens Activity Days - Aerial Tree Trekking, Climbing Wall, Low Rope Challenges, Woodland Games, Target Shooting, Woodland Craft, Survival Skills and Den Making.

Bromyard Gala - A truly traditional country and steam show - July

Farmyard fun - tractor rides, activity areas, animal feeding all on a working organic farm

Brockhampton Manor - activities throughout the year ; pond dipping, bird box making, medieval re-enactments, outdoor theatre, Easter trails, woodland walks and lots more...

Food & Drink 

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Big Apple - blossom trails and Harvesting festivals - May & October
Beer & Cider Festivals - July
Ludlow Food festival -  130 independent local food and drink suppliers - September
Herefordshire Food Festival - October



Historic houses, castles, churches and cathedrals

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Hampton Court - 14th century court founded by King Henry. Spectacular gardens
Witley Court & Gardens - rambling remains of 19thC mansion and magnificent gardens
Brockhampton Estate - Medieval moated manor house in parkland and woodland
Eastnor Castle - Gothic castle set in deer park
Berrington Hall - Neo-classical mansion with fine interiors
Croft Castle - Castellated manor house in lovely parkland
Castles & Churches - all around the county
Worcester cathedral - Founded in 680, lovely riverside location
Hereford cathedral - Home to the Mappa Mundi and wonderful chained library


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Herefordshire trails  - discover hidden gems and sample some true Herefordshire spirit.
Black and White Village trail - a drive through some of the most picturesque timber frames villages
The Cider Route - cycle along the route to visit local cider makers and enjoy a tasting
Blossom Trail - Evesham is the fruit-growing centre of England so full of blossoming fruit trees

Walks & Gardens

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Glorious Gardens - 16 main garden attractions and upwards of 50 NGS gardens to visit within easy reach

Countryfile  TV's coverage of The Wye Valley

Malvern Hills - 1200 hectares of hills and commons to enjoy, views across 5 counties
Worcestershire way 
Herefordshire walking festival - June

Enquire about things to see and do
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