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Annual County Tourist Guide

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Issue 15 - 2017

Historic Buildings | Festivals Gardens | Museums | Tourist Attractions

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Welcome to the 2017 edition of Herefordshire & Worcestershire Signpost, your indispensable guide to the best tourist attractions and days out the county has to offer. We hope that you find our guide, a pleasure to read, both interesting and informative, and that you will take it away with you, to use again and again.

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We offer a taster of the visitor attractions and events within the County, for both locals and those who wish to visit from afar.

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www.countysignpost.co.uk Published by: County Signpost Ltd Editor: Adam Davison Cover image Š Jinney Ring Craft Centre

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Berrington Hall, © national trust Images / John Millar

Experience the delights of Herefordshire and Worcestershire on a journey of discovery with the National Trust.

From magnificent homes set in extensive parkland, to peaceful walled gardens and beautiful open countryside, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

For more great value days out, ask the visitor reception teams about National Trust membership, which gives free entry and parking at more than 300 historic houses and gardens.

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Berrington Hall, near Leominster

Lancelot Brown was born in 1716 and is still remembered 300 years later as he designed over 170 parks in England, many of which still exist today. He is widely known as "England's greatest gardener” and was called "Capability" Brown, because he would characteristically tell his landed clients that their estates had great "capability" for landscape improvement. This year Berrington is celebrating the Walled Garden as it begins research into what the garden would have been like when it was designed by Brown in the eighteenth century. Look! Look! Look! – by Heather and Ivan Morison – In the garden


Berrington Hall, © national trust Images / John Millar

called Red earth will use to create installations which illustrate and enhance the original landscape. They need your help, so check when they’re on site and come along to cut reeds or draw maps.

Internationally renowned artists, Heather Peak and Ivan Morison bring to life the story of Berrington’s garden with their contemporary art exhibition: Look! Look! Look! Inspired by how the Georgians would have used their garden spaces for al fresco dining, playing cards, reading books, playing music or card games and even illicit affairs. Come and see what they have created daily from 27 May 2017 red earth; Genius Loci - contemporary art exhibition – In the parkland Brown’s vision has been developed by successive generations. The plan at Berrington is to restore the original Brownian landscape over the next few years. This process will free up materials and vistas which a team of environmental artists

Croft Castle, © national trust Images / James Dobson

Visit Berrington Hall this year and join in the celebrations of the 300th anniversary of the birth of renowned garden designer Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown, at the home of his final landscape design.

One of the few surviving masterpieces of Henry Holland, this Georgian mansion, set in acres of designed parkland, contains beautiful interiors, painted ceilings and French Regency furniture, tapestries and carpets. Why not explore the family rooms, or walk in the servants’ footsteps as you explore Berrington below stairs?

Inside the dining room of the mansion is an exquisite exhibition from international artist Bouke De Vries entitled War & Pieces. A ceramic sculpture which is inspired by the seventeenth century traditions of sugar sculptures on the dining tables of the wealthy which by the later eighteenth and nineteenth centuries became porcelain sculptures. These sculptures depicted the habit of banquets held

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on the eve of battle and this exhibition has been adapted slightly to include the story of Admiral Rodney one of the great naval commanders of the Georgian era and his connection to Berrington.

Why not go wild outdoors and run off some energy in the park or have a go at building your own den in our natural woodland play area. Whilst in the parkland, look out for the art installations created by Red Earth that celebrate Capability Brown’s work at Berrington.

Afterwards, take a walk through the parkland on one of our waymarked trails, relax by the lake or visit the Servants’ Hall tea-room enjoy homecooked seasonal food, or pick up a gift from the Old Harness Room shop.

For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events, please call 01568 615721 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/berrington-hall

Croft Castle & Parkland, near Leominster

Located deep in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside, Croft Castle is surrounded by 1,500 acres of historic farm, woodland and parkland. Home to the Croft family for almost 1,000 years, the castle has connections dating back to the Norman Conquest. In the castle, family portraits sit alongside superb gothic decoration from the 18th century,

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including exceptional ceilings, paintings and furniture. Explore the family photographs, sit and read through auction catalogues or even have a play on the piano. For 2017, the Croft story is themed around the 1950s as the team research and share the story of Croft coming into the care of the National Trust in 1957.

Outside, take a stroll through the parkland up the Croft Ambrey, the Iron Age hill fort, or follow one of the woodland trails and discover Croft’s 1,000 year old Quarry Oak tree. Why not take a walk up to the Wood Pasture and discover the conservation work being done to protect Croft’s ancient and veteran trees as areas of woodland are returned to traditional wood pasture.

Don’t miss the 3 acre walled garden, complete with historic orchards, vineyard and a 1908 glass house which is currently being restored. Younger visitors can explore the mini castle play area, or have fun on the natural play trail. The Carpenters tea-room offers fresh, seasonal produce from the garden including hot meals, homemade cakes, ice-cream and Sunday roasts, while the Stables shop has gifts and souvenirs for all.

For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events, please call 01568 782120 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle

Croft Castle, © national trust Images / James Dobson


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Cwmmau Farmhouse, Brilley, Whitney on Wye

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Cwmmau Farmhouse, © national trust Images

Built in the 1920s by Philip Holman, who later went on to become High Sheriff of Herefordshire, Cwmmau is a black and white timbered farmhouse that boasts many original features including stoned tiled roofs, double bread oven and washing coppers in the kitchen. The farmhouse shows how the estate developed from the 17 century to until the present day, with rooms retaining all of their charm and character. Many of the original farm buildings also remain, with stables and barns and other out buildings to explore.

Cwmmau Farmhouse was left to the National Trust in 1964 and is open to the public twice a year, for four days in June and October. The rest of the year it is run as a popular National Trust holiday cottage.

Visitors can walk around the gardens of the house to find fantastic views towards nearby Kington and the surrounding Herefordshire countryside. For admission prices or details of opening dates for 2016, please call 01568 780246 or visit w w w. n a t i o n a l t r u s t . o r g. u k / c w m m a u farmhouse

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the Weir Garden, Swainshill Bordered by the River Wye, The Weir sits within unspoilt Herefordshire countryside and has many historical secrets to uncover. For centuries this site has been used as a pleasure ground for fishing, boating and swimming. It is managed in a natural way to create a varied habitat for wildlife.

Lovingly designed by Roger Parr in the 1920’s, who had purchased the estate to enjoy salmon fishing along the river, the garden also contains interesting Roman archaeology, including the largest standing piece of Roman masonry in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, thought to have been part of a villa. These stunning riverside gardens are perfect for exploring at any time of the year; carpets of spring bulbs give way to beautiful wild flowers in the summer, then the colours change again in the autumn. Paths can be uneven and there are lots of steps, so visitors should wear suitable footwear.

Don’t miss the recently restored walled garden with its mix of herbaceous borders and vegetables including onions, beans, beetroots and carrots, all of which can be purchased from reception.

After all that fresh air, pop into the self-service tea tent for some well-earned refreshments, or bring a picnic and enjoy it on the deckchairs alongside the River Wye. For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events, please call 01981 590509 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-weir the Weir © national trust Images / Lin Pritt


Croome, near Pershore there’s more than meets the eye at Croome. A secret wartime airbase was once a hub of activity for thousands of people and its hospital has been restored as a 1940s visitor centre and museum. Outside is the grandest of English landscapes and ‘Capability’ Brown’s masterful first commission, with commanding views over the Malverns. 2016 is his 300th birthday year and there is lots to see and do in celebration of this extraordinary man.

At the heart of the park lies Croome Court. The 6th Earl was an eighteenth century trend-setter, and today Croome follows his lead using artists and craftspeople to tell the story of its eclectic past in inventive ways. Explore four floors of the mansion, and witness the long-awaited return of the Coventry collection saved from the 1948 auction.

For admission prices, opening times and details of events please call 01905 371006 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome

The parkland was nearly lost, but is now great for walks and adventures with a temple, folly or statue around every corner.

Croome © national trust Images / andrew Butler

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The tours last for an hour, and start at 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. No booking is necessary.

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Hellens is situated in the village of Much Marcle, just off the A449, 7 miles from Ross on Wye and 3 miles from Ledbury.

Hellens also hosts many public events www.hellensmanor.com/events.html

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For further information please contact the office on 01531 660504 or info@hellensmanor.com www.hellensmanor.com

Hellens, still a privately-owned property, is a living monument to much of England’s history. It contains a wealth of period furnishings, paintings and decorations. There are heirlooms of Ann Boleyn, Mary Tudor, the Earl of Essex ( a favourite of Elizabeth I), Charles I, the Duke of Wharton and of the house’s inhabitants over the centuries.

The gardens are being redeveloped along Tudor and Jacobean lines, reflecting the house’s history. They incorporate a rare 17th century octagonal dovecote, a walled knot garden, a yew labyrinth, and a short woodland and pond walk. There are also the Derby Coach and family carriages to be seen, as well as the Old Cider Mill house.

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Brockhampton estate, near Bromyard

Brockhampton estate sits in 1,700-acres of open parkland, traditional orchards, working farmland and ancient woodland and was given to the National Trust in 1946 by Colonel John Talbot Lutley.

Nestled in the heart of this landscape is the picturesque medieval manor house at Lower Brockhampton. Surrounded by a moat and borders of colourful seasonal flowers, the house is entered via a charming timber-framed gatehouse.

Meet the families that lived here for over 600 years and take a journey through time from 1425 to the present day. Discover how peoples lives changed through the ages and how ancient traditions continue to exert an influence today.

Enjoy the peace and tranquillity as you sit in the damson orchard or enjoy a stroll along the nature trail to discover a rich variety of wildlife,

along with historic farming breeds such as Hereford cattle and Ryeland sheep. The estate offers miles of way-marked walks around ponds and through valleys, with breathtaking views across the surrounding countryside to the Malvern and Clee Hills. Don’t miss the new Carriage Rides walk, or if you’re feeling adventurous, try out the natural play trail and den building area. Visit the granary shop for a great selection of National Trust and Herefordshire gifts, including local produce.

The Old Apple Store tea-room serves lunches, hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks. The Granary shop at Lower Brockhampton also offers refreshments.

For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events, please call 01885 482077 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brockhampton

Brockhampton estate, © national trust Images / robert Morris

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eaStnor CaStLe

Eastnor Castle is a magnificent Georgian Castle dramatically situated in the foothills of the Malverns, near Ledbury, Herefordshire and is surrounded by a beautiful deer park, lake and arboretum. The castle is still the home of the Hervey-Bathurst family and its lavish interiors contain medieval armour, fine art and a Gothic Drawing Room designed by A.W.Pugin.

In the grounds there is plenty to do for all ages including an adventure playground, junior obstacle course, knight’s maze, tree-top walkway, Land Rover little off-roaders, woodland play are, children’s fun sheets, lakeside walks and woodland walks. The arboretum contains the finest collection of Cedars in Britain and has a brand new tree-trail for 2017. There is a Castle shop and a kitchen café serving light lunches, tea, coffee and cakes, an ice-cream parlour and a large picnic area with tables on the Valley Lawn. Eastnor Castle is open for visitors in 2017 on selected days from Friday 14th April until Sunday 24th September. Please visit the website www.eastnorcastle.com for details of opening times and prices.

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A family-fun event is held at Eastnor Castle every day they are open to visitors. The visiting season starts off with a legendary Easter treasure hunt running from Good Friday to Easter Monday; this is always a popular family event and all children get to go home with a chocolate prize.

The eastnor Chilli Festival will be in its 6th year this year and will be held on Sunday 30th April and Monday 1st May. This renowned festival sees the castle courtyard transformed into a marketplace where all sorts of chilli products, from chilli jam to chilli chocolate, are available to try and buy. A large demonstration tent hosts chilli themed cookery demonstrations throughout the day and the highlight of each day is definitely the Chilli Eating Competition where contestants get to try their chilli limits with increasingly hot chillies in front of a large crowd. Add in some fantastic live music and children’s entertainment and this is definitely an event not to be missed. Details of all events can be found at www.eastnorcastle.com/whats-on


What you might see on a visit to eastnor Castle

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Hereford Cathedral is a wonderfully ancient foundation, believed to date back to 676 AD. The present building includes examples of architecture from all periods, from the stately 12th-century nave, the graceful 13th-century Lady Chapel, the solid 14th-century central tower and the 15th-century Stanbury Chapel with its intricate fan-vaulted ceiling to the 20thcentury Cathedral Library and a wealth of beautiful stained glass. It is a building which is constantly changing, but continues to stand proudly at the centre of the city, thanks to the devotion of many generations. Above all, Hereford Cathedral is on a human scale – it doesn’t overwhelm with its size or grandeur. People remark on its homeliness and feeling of welcome.

The treasures housed in the Cathedral Library include the unique Mappa Mundi, an outstanding representation of the world by medieval scholars. The cathedral also owns a 1217 revision by Henry III of Magna Carta, which will be on display this summer in a special

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exhibition. Only four copies of this version of the charter on which British democracy is based exist. Hereford Cathedral is also home to what is believed to be the largest Chained Library in Europe.


All are welcome to worship in the cathedral. Music at Sunday services and daily services of Choral Evensong in term-time is led by the professional choir of men and boys. There are also frequent concerts and special events, including summer performances of jazz and drama in the Chapter House Garden. The cathedral is open every day, usually from 9.15 am until after the short service of

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For details of guided tours, special events and opening hours for the Cathedral Library, Exhibitions, Shop and Café Mundi, please see the cathedral website.

www.herefordcathedral.org Cathedral office: 01432 374200

Major events 2017

Reveal of ‘Ascension’ window and sculpture. Holy Week and Easter Day Services

J S Bach St Matthew Passion performed by Hereford Cathedral Choir and Marches Baroque, conducted by Geraint Bowen Easter Monday organ recital by Peter Dyke

Lunchtime organ recital series, Tuesdays 1.15 pm

Celebrity Organ Recital by James O’Donnell, Master of the Music at Westminster Abbey, London Magna Carta 1017 goes on display (date tbc) Festival of Flowers ‘Heavenly Harmony’

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HarvInGton HaLL

Tucked away in a peaceful corner of Worcestershire, Harvington Hall is a beautiful moated manor house with the largest surviving series of priest hides in the country and a rare collection of original Elizabethan wall paintings.

Originally built in the 1300s and developed magnificently in the late 1500s, Harvington Hall brings to life the fascinating history of the survival of Roman Catholic families and clergymen during the Reformation of the late sixteenth century.

Visitors will discover the Hall’s many ingenious secret priest hides, many of which were designed by Saint Nicholas Owen, and marvel at the outstanding and rare wall paintings of the late 1500s. The moated island is home to a variety of wildlife, not least the highly-esteemed ducks.

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the Great Chamber


The Malt House Visitor Centre offers a series of family activities and historic games, as well as an introductory film about the Hall and an insight into the processes of malting and brewing.

Georgian Chapel

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The moat harbours sizeable carp, and the occasional Kingfisher has been known to hunt there.

The Hall’s beautiful gardens offer a peaceful retreat, with a stunning display of colour and a variety of styles. Boasting a formal herb garden and courtyard, a wildflower garden and cottagestyle floral borders, the Hall’s gardens are lovingly tended by dedicated volunteers.

Also on the moated island, the Georgian Chapel is a peaceful space. Damaged by fire in 1823, after repairs it became the village school until 1913. It was restored and reopened for worship in the 1980s, and is still used for Mass today.

The Moatside Tearoom offers superb homemade cakes and scones and light lunches, all in an atmospheric historic setting. The Hall’s gift shop offers a selection of Fairtrade and unusual gifts and homeware.

The Hall also has an extensive events programme, including action-packed Living History days, concerts, outdoor theatre and seasonal banqueting events.

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The Hall is open Wednesdays – Sundays from March – October, from 11.30am. For more information, please see the Hall’s website – www.harvingtonhall.com

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HaMPton Court

A magnificent 15th Century Medieval Castle, Award Winning Gardens and Parkland with 1,000 acres of imagination.

The Hampton Court Estate has a rich and fascinating history dating back to the 15th Century.

The Gardens at Hampton Court are one of the most ambitious garden creations of our time.

Original Victorian garden walls enclose stunning flower gardens divided by canals, island pavilions and pleached avenues. The kitchen garden is an ornamental garden of fruit and vegetables. It is managed organically, supplying produce to the Orangery for its seasonal menu.

There is a maze of a thousand yews with a gothic tower at its centre. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of the gardens or descend underground to a tunnel that leads to a waterfall in the sunken garden. Walk behind the waterfall and hop across the cascade stepping stones.

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Beautiful herbaceous borders stretch out from a one hundred and fifty year old wisteria tunnel that leads to vast lawns and ancient trees beside the castle. Beyond the lawns are riverside and woodland walks.

Adjoining the castle, in the grand conservatory designed by Joseph Paxton in 1846, is the Orangery Café. Here delicious lunches and teas can be enjoyed.

Complete your day out by visiting the beautiful Garden Bothy Gift Shop where you will find plants to remind you of your visit, garden ornamentals and most unusual gifts including Fair Trade and local crafts and all at reasonable prices!

Hampton Court Castle, Gardens and Parkland are to be found in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside between Hereford and Leominster (close to the junction of the A49 and A417). telephone 01568 797777 www.hamptoncourt.org.uk


open from the 8th april - end of october 2017, there is a full programme of events to enjoy at Hampton Court. Do check the website for further details. www.hamptoncourt.org.uk

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One of the oldest and most spectacular arboreta in Britain is open to the public to enjoy Wednesday - Sunday (Plus bank holiday Mondays and extra days in the school holidays) throughout the year from February until December. The Arboretum was originally planned by Earl Mountnorris around 1800, and it is thanks to his botanical knowledge, discoveries and foresight, that the arboretum is as it is today.

Go back in time and watch the Severn Valley Railway trains steam across the hill from one of the magnificent sign posted walks. There are new joint tickets available through the Severn Valley Railway for both individuals and school trips. There is plenty to do for all ages including the Italian Gardens with its spectacular 18ft fountain, a range of child friendly trails, a Hornbeam Maze and a new play area which is a big favourite with younger visitors. Lots of exciting children’s activities and events run throughout the year, especially during the school holidays.

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The number of pathways around the arboretum has been increased to add to the numbers of areas that can be reached by pushchairs and wheelchairs. Look out for the doves in the dove cote in the Italian garden and two blue and two white peacocks.


The Arboretum is a perfect day out for the family with a maze, playground and the Garden Tea Room. Visitors are welcome to bring their own picnics - as such Arley is a family friendly venue, good value with no pressure to spend and dogs are welcome too !

Make a bee-line for Arley during the school holidays when entry for all children (under 16s) is free. Check out the childrens trails, the blue and white peacocks and the twenty different types of chickens - including the elvis chicken.

Throughout the Summer, the whole Arboretum is alive with colour. The herbaceous borders make up one of the highlights to every visit and the Laburnum Arch which was extended in 2013 to make it the longest in Britain (65m) will be covered in bright yellow flowers in May/June. In Autumn, the arboretum is on fire with the rich colours of autumn leaves. Arley Arboretum boasts a fine collection of Acers which make beautiful focal points in the Autumn display.

All trees are special in some way, but at Arley Arboretum there are some particularly interesting residents. One of the most unusual and interesting trees in the Arboretum is a layered beech, which covers nearly one quarter

of an acre. The Arboretum boasts a number of magnificent Crimean Pines, one of which is among the tallest in the UK, being in excess of 140ft. in height.

The Garden Tea Room which is located within the walled gardens is a great place to relax and is free to enter for all visitors, not just those entering the arboretum and gardens. The Tea Room has had a makeover and we can now take advanced bookings for afternoon teas. You will find a great selection of freshly prepared hot and cold food. If you fancy something a little sweeter there is an array of cakes and scones to choose from.

The Arboretum is now licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies, and are in the top 10 places in Worcestershire to get married.

Follow Arley Arboretum on Facebook and Twitter to see what’s happening today! Arboretum opens on 18th Feb 2017

20th-24th Feb, half term fun 8th – 23rd April Easter fun 11th June Plant Hunters Fair 1st & 2nd July Viking weekend 22nd July summer holidays start, 16th & 17th September Saxon w/end

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BroBury HouSe & GarDenS

Brobury House is a charming Victorian building on the banks of the river Wye in Herefordshire. Since arriving in 2001 current owners Keith and Pru Cartwright have carefully renovated the house, and carried out major restoration and development of the eight acres of gardens, in conjunction with their garden designer Peter Antonius, all whilst retaining the original Victorian character.

Brobury House Gardens were originally laid out in the 1880s when the house was built. The setting, on the banks of the River Wye by Bredwardine Bridge, was the perfect site for a terraced Victorian garden, the panoramic views of the surrounding countryside complementing the formal gardens. The magnificent trees which give structure to the garden were part of the original design and provide focal points for the gardens. Subsequent owners have enhanced the theme with features such as the striking stand of Paper Birches.

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The gardens certainly reward time spent: from the watercolour-like beauty of the view of the River Wye and the arched Bredwardine Bridge, to the more formal, laid out gardens and finally the main lawn with its magnificent spreading Cedar Tree (an ideal backdrop for a wedding marquee). There are plenty of benches dotted around the gardens - so do profit from these to enjoy and contemplate the views of the house, river and many splendid trees.

Water is a recurring theme; three formal water features have been woven into the original terraces – the most recent a Lutyens inspired pool with double steps and parterre. A bog garden has been established at the bottom of the specimen tree walk and from this informal paths follow a stream through woodland with architectural planting, leading finally to the two acre watermeadow beyond.

From the grounds you can look across the valley to the beautiful Regency style Bredwardine Vicarage, where the Rev. Francis Kilvert the Victorian diarist, finally lived and is buried. Brobury House is built on the old vegetable garden of the vicarage and Kilvert is said to have planted the Mulberry tree which graces the top lawn.

Keith and Pru offer B&B in the main house as well as two holiday cottages on site. telephone: 01981 500229 www.broburyhouse.co.uk enquiries@broburyhouse.co.uk Bredwardine, Herefordshire, Hr3 6BS

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Old Court Nurseries were established by Ernest Ballard in 1906. Ballard was one of the first growers to specialise in breeding Asters and he devoted over 50 years to the development of his new race of garden flowers. The Herefordshire village of Colwall became the international home for the popular Michaelmas Daisy. Several fields glowed with colour each autumn when thousands of plants came into flower.

bought the business from the Ballard family in 1956. His son, Paul, joined him in the 1960’s. Paul and his wife Meriel formed the NCCPG National Collection of Autumn Flowering Asters in the 1980’s. At the same time the Picton Garden was much expanded to display nearly 400 varieties of Asters. Since gaining a first class degree in Botany at the University of Reading Helen has been back at the nursery, she has now been joined by her husband Ross Barbour and together they are helping to look after what is probably the largest selection of Michaelmas Daisies in the world.

Enjoy a tour of the well known Picton Garden where over 400 varieties of Michaelmas Daisies are growing in profusion with many other late season perennials and shrubs

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address: old Court nurseries, Colwall, Malvern, Worcestershire Wr13 6Qe, telephone: 01684 540 416

Such was the popularity of Asters during the first 60 years of the 20th century that many other English nurseries grew Michaelmas daisies and some raised new varieties, most of which were based on those raised by Ernest Ballard.

For decades Michaelmas Daisy borders were prominent features in large gardens and the plants were also popular as cut flowers. Autumn flower shows featured displays and those at London shows of the Royal Horticultural Society were always notable. Percy Picton continued Ernest Ballard’s work after he came to manage Old Court Nurseries in 1947. Ernest Ballard died in 1952 and Percy

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Family run since 1906 Michaelmas Daisies Picton Garden tours Japanese Saxifrages Garden design service

Old Court Nurseries www.autumnmasters.co.uk 01684 540416


LIttLe MaLvern Court & GarDenS

Found nestling at the foot of the Malvern Hills in the shadow of British Camp, Little Malvern Court and Priory provide the perfect blend of history and horticulture. The combination of church, manor house and garden provide a fascinating and delightful afternoon of tranquil exploration.

Cedar trees and 115 year old Yew hedge were added the Rose Garden, terraces, garden rooms, yew and box topiary and pleached lime avenues. And the remarkable thing is that you cannot tell this part of the garden is only 30 years old. It looks and feels like it has always been there.

A Benedictine priory for the first 400 years of its existence, Little Malvern became a family home after the dissolution of the monasteries and has passed by descent to the present owner. Although no longer physically linked to the Priory the medieval Court incorporates the remains of the domestic buildings of the old Priory. Together they sit in a wonderful setting: the wooded slopes of the Malvern Hills to the west, the far-reaching views across the Severn Valley to Bredon Hill and the Cotswolds in the east and immediately surrounding them on all sides the magnificent gardens.

Whether you visit in Spring or Summer, there is so much to see. opening times: 19th April to 20thJuly, 2.15pm to 5pm Tea & homemade cake available in the Courtyard tearoom tel. 01684 892988 www.littlemalverncourt.co.uk Wr14 4Jn Pictures Š Marcus Harpur

And ironically it is the gardens that are very much the modern masterpiece. Dating back 500 years to the time of the monks, they changed very little in until the 1980s when a major redesign was undertaken and many of the present features were added. To the ancient fish ponds excavated by the monks, the magnificent

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This makes it all sound rather ‘stoic’ but whilst clear sympathy is paid to the landscape, there is also a variety of colours, shapes and sizes throughout the whole arboretum to create an interesting and visually pleasing vista, throughout the changing seasons.

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considerations and when planting, full consideration to the natural topography of the land is essential.

One man’s passion for Trees and English countryside realised Bodenham Arboretum which is now host to over 3000 species of trees and plants.

These 170 acres of mature woodland, pools and countryside are integrated within a working farm. Its custodians are the Binnian Family. Four generations, living on site and continuing the work that began when the land was purchased in May 1973 by David Binnian, It comprised a derelict farmhouse & 127 acres of scrub woodland and rough pasture which had been used as grazing for sheep.

The ‘development’ of the arboretum has been ongoing since 1973. Great care was taken during the design phase to work with the natural topography of the land. Pools were created with water supplied from a series of springs. The first 10 years were spent creating dams, pools, laying out internal roads and of course much tree planting.

The award winning visitors centre (CLA Best rural Building in England & Wales 1999) was essential when opening to the public in 1998.

The tree collection has been carefully selected, based on their suitability to ‘The (often inclement and sometimes extreme) British Climate’. Design and layout are key

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Bodenham is home to some important collections of Acers, North American Alders and Oaks and the famous laburnum tunnel. As the seasons change so too do the colours, sounds, textures and views, no two visits are ever the same.

A calendar of events throughout the year celebrate all that Bodenham can offer in the heart of the community, including the exceptionally popular Pumpkin Walk, charity functions, Carols by Candlelight (proceeds to Wolverley Church) and summer Concerts. The Viking weekend, local model boat club, willow weaving, visits from the Wildlife Trust and many more events are planned for the coming year.

The Visitor’s Centre hosts the restaurant, providing exceptional quality ‘Farm to Fork’ carvery, lunches, afternoon teas and private functions throughout the year. The shop provides a fine selection of work from local artists, delicious artisan jams, honey and other unique gifts. Plant sales are available on the terrace.

To stay up to date with events & updates from Bodenham Farm & Arboretum, visit: bodenhamarboretum.co.uk telephone: 01562 852444


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History The house was built in 1850 for Reverend Arthur Lucton Childe. The property was designed by architect, Abraham Perkins from Worcester and was built to offer a property large enough for the reverends family and offering large formal gardens. The total cost of the neo tudor style building was £1370.

The present owners, Stephen and Paula Morgan purchased the property in 2004. The garden as the photo shows was mainly grass and was used by the previous owner as a mini golf course.

As keen gardeners the Morgans set about creating a garden that incorporated a variety of styles and themes. Stephen had trained in horticulture and worked on a number of gold medal large gardens at the Chelsea and Hampton Court shows. Over the years they have acquired a number of feature sculptures from Herefordshire and beyond and used these to create the themes seen in the garden today.

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The gardens are designed to provide fun and interest in gardening. Water features play a major part as they add sound and movement to the gardens.


the Gardens There are 12 amazing gardens set in the grounds of this gothic rectory. From Italy to Africa the gardens transport you around the world and beyond into a fantasy world.

Whether you are an adult or a child you will be mesmerised with the features and be surprised around every corner of the 3 acre garden. The garden is wheel chair friendly and all areas are accessible.

Start your journey through the African jungle taking the tree top walkway. Walk behind the water cascade and enjoy the lush tropical planting.

New for 2017, is the Monet Garden, recreating his Japanese Bridge at Giverny, where visitors will be able to look through a frame and see the famous view live and in 3D !

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Don’t forget to visit the resaturant, which has indoor seating for up to 80 and an outdoor terrace with views over the Malverns. Daily specials and home made cakes are on offer !

Visit the incredible Triton Pool with its water jets but beware of the rising water. Pass through the Pirate garden with its run aground galleon. See the beautiful Italian Piazza incorporating a church and bell tower with pencil cupressus conifers under-planted with lavender.

Pass by Toad Hall in the Willow garden before walking through the Gunnera maze. If you do find your way out then make sure you do not disturb 'Edwina', the resident dragon!

telephone 01885 483225 www.ralphcourtgardens.co.uk Hr7 4Lu

Take a seat in the tranquil Japanese garden with tea house and trickling tree waterlily pool.

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Three miles east of Worcester surrounded by glorious countryside and deer park lies one of Britain’s best-kept secrets, Spetchley Park Gardens. Spetchley has been home to the Berkeley family for over 400 years and successive generations have lovingly collected and planted rare plants from around the world, creating one of the largest private collections of plant varieties outside the major botanical gardens.

Set within 30 acres, Spetchley is proud to be a garden for all tastes, it is not a formal paradise of neatly manicured lawns or beds but rather a wondrous display of plants, shrubs and trees woven into a garden of many rooms and vistas that weave a magical trail for visitors of all ages.

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It is certainly an ever changing garden and one undergoing many changes. For the past three years Spetchley has been undergoing a mini revival with the creation of a new garden entrance, car park and Welcome Centre. Added to that, the garden lake has undertaken a significant transformation and a Heritage Learning and Interpretation Centre has been created within the Old Cart Sheds which will open in 2017.

Visit this wonderful garden and enjoy walks through formal and informal herbaceous borders, sweeping lawns and woodland glades, take in the views across the deer park and lake to the Malvern Hills, followed by a delicious visit to


The Old Laundry Tea Room and retail therapy in the Plant Sales and Gift shop. There is plenty for younger visitors as well, collect a free copy of Reuben’s Map and explore Spetchley’s magical world of fairies and elves or pick up a free Activity Booklet to keep children entertained as they explore.

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Visit for details of events and activities and for further information www.spetchleygardens.co.uk

The Gardens are open Wednesday to Sunday from 1 April – 30 September, 11am – 6pm and weekends only during October, 11am – 4pm plus half term 25 - 29 October 2017. Admission is £7 for adults, £6.50 for concessions (admission includes a hand held audio guide), £2.50 for children aged 5-16 with under 5’s free.

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Spring Festival gives more, more, more

The 2017 Ludlow Spring Festival promises to be a real corker bringing together the very best regional beer, food, music, plus gorgeous classic cars in the form of the Marches Transport Festival. This is a beer festival and so much more, with 180 plus glorious beers from more than 60 local brewers available to taste over the weekend. For those not so keen on beer, don’t worry there will also be ciders, perry, fruit flavoured liqueurs and local wines.

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There will also be plenty of artisan producers too, so don’t wait till the September Festival to stock up on your favourite products.

As always the beer and food are accompanied by a wealth of great music from jazz and blues to Latin and folk, as well as The Marches Transport Festival. You’ll be able to peruse pre war gems right through to modern days classics of the 70’s and 80’s.

This year’s Ludlow Spring Festival runs 13-14 May, however; there is a special preview evening on Friday 12 May when visitors can ‘Meet the Brewer’. It’s a unique opportunity to talk to brewers about their beers and sample the full selection. With prizes handed out early in the weekend, favourites sell out quickly so the Friday preview is an opportunity not to be missed.

Great music all weekend

More attractions can be found on the festival’s website where you can also buy advance tickets, visit www.ludlowspringfestival.co.uk

2017 oPenInG tIMeS: Friday 12th May - Meet the Brewer Preview night - 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm Saturday 13th May - 10.00 am to 9.00 pm Sunday 14th May - 10.00 am to 5.00 pm Classic Gems

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Head down to the Lion Hotel in Leintwardine, near Ludlow and Craven Arms, for their annual Lionstock music festival in May.

Lionstock is held over the May Bank Holiday weekend in the stunning riverside grounds of the Lion Hotel in the picturesque village of Leintwardine.

The festival is a a couple of days of family fun and music on the banks of the River Teme in the gardens of the Lion. Lionstock is a charity fund raising events and over the last couple of years Lionstock has raised £1000s for local charities

Whilst visiting Lionstock be sure to have a look around the Lion Hotel and its restaurant - the Chef and his team have spent a lot of time and effort sourcing local producers of quality, fresh ingredients.

You can enjoy a meal in the stylish lounge bar or dine more formally in the restaurant or private dining room all year round and in the summer dine in the gardens where the lawn gently slopes down to the river, with picturesque views of the Welsh Marches beyond.

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•Children’s entertainment •al fresco food and drinks. •Battle of the Bands competition


Saturday 29th april – noon – 11pm – local bands, al fresco food and drink. ticket price:  £5.00

Sunday 30th apr – noon – 10.30pm Battle of the Bands - a competition of local bands, al fresco food and drink.  ticket Price £2.50.

telephone 01547 540203 www.thelionleintwardine.co.uk

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the Burwarton Shetland national – so exciting, you’ll end up a little hoarse!! The Burwarton Show on Thursday 3 August is a terrific day out for the family with a full hand of Main Ring attractions including the Shetland Grand National and Squibb Freestyle Stunt Team. Other activities throughout the day include sheep shearing, trade stands, a food hall, handicrafts, horticulture, conservation and more full-size horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats than you’ve ever seen in one place.

Fresh from their award last year, having been given the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service – the equivalent of the OBE for voluntary groups – there is no time for the organising team and stewards to rest on their laurels. It’s a bit like the Forth Bridge – as soon

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as one show is over, then, with a glance over the shoulder to see what needs adjusting and improving, it’s on with the 2017 Show.

There is something for everyone, a full day’s entertainment in the glorious south Shropshire countryside. The Shetland Grand National promises a mixture of thrills and a few spills as the riders urge their mounts round a course of jumps appropriate to their size. Rather noisier, but equally thrilling, the Jamie Squibb Stunt Team will have your hearts in your mouths as they throw themselves and their bikes around at speed and height.


All the usual attractions are present with heavy emphasis on traditional agricultural activities, local crafts and locally produced food. Competition is fierce with classes for heavy horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, horses and driving plus the ever popular mounted Fancy Dress class judged in the Main Ring in the afternoon as well as some dressage and show-jumping to amaze and delight.

The Show starts at 8.15 am with the first horse classes in the Main Ring and continues throughout the day with Livestock class judging

running from 9.30 a.m. whilst the horse competitions in the Pool field also commence at 8.15 a.m. and run all day. Following exhibitor demand, new classes have been included for the very eye-catching Highland cattle and badger face Welsh Mountain sheep breeds.

For the younger visitors, the Village Green hosts, amongst others, the ever popular Punch & Judy, Magic Russ and the Jill Fielding Duo whilst the Panic Family Circus (non-animal) with jugglers, clowns, fire eaters will entertain in the play area.

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The Showground is at Cleobury North WV16 6RP on the B4364 between Bridgnorth and Ludlow and parking is free. Admission is £17 adults, £16 concessions, children 5-16 years £5, or Family Tickets £40 for two adults and up to three children. Tickets are available at pre-show discounted prices from outlets throughout the county, on-line at www.burwartonshow.co.uk

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June 16th - 18th, 2017

Highlights of the Show in 2016 included:

the king's troop royal Horse artillery The only opportunity to see the troop outside of London the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery perform in the Main Arena each day. This awe inspiring spectacle involves teams of six horses each pulling First World War-era field guns used to fire an earth shattering salute, most often seen at state occasions. the Freefall Parachute regiment team – the red Devils The British army’s official parachute display team are back with daredevil jumps from altitudes of up to 10,000 feet, freefalls at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour, spectacular ‘canopy formations’ and breathtaking ‘swoop landings’ trailing smoke (weather dependant). Show Jumping Competitors take turns to make nail-biting leaps in the BSJA 2-fence challenge.

Interhunt relay Challenge Teams of hunters are ridden over a series of gates, jumps and hedges.

Paws For thought Dog agility This popular team, made up of both rescue and pure breed dogs, will be strut their stuff in a display of agility and intelligence. These highly trained dogs perform a variety of tricks including jumping through burning hoops. This is your chance to get involved.

Grand Parade of Livestock A highlight of the show, the magnificent daily parade of livestock which have competed throughout the day at the show. Sunday will see rare and minority breeds join the livestock parade. Commentators will guide you through each of the breeds on display.

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Hot air Balloons Watch the balloons take to the sky at the end of each day (weather permitting).

The Three Counties Agricultural Society is dedicated to promoting local and regional food. In Severn Hall within the Three Counties Centre, you find a selection of some of the finest produce from the three counties of Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire as well as the Cheese and Cider Shows. the real ale Festival offers a full range of local brews on tap, alongside wines, ciders, perries and juices all made within the region.

The Three Counties Cookery theatre features demonstrations from local chefs.

Outside Severn Hall on Avenue F a bustling street food eatery, The artisan’s Food Market, promises a range of food from artisan producers.

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Explore the fascinating world of the Victorian judges at this award-winning historic house. Stunningly restored and totally hands on. Damp cells and vast courtroom included! Open: 1 March - 31 October, 10am - 5pm Tues - Sun (Open Bank Holiday Mondays) 1 - 30 November 10am - 4pm Wed - Sun, 1 - 22 December 10am - 4pm Sat - Sun The Judge's Lodging, Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2AD.

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With plenty of entertainment for the entire family taking place over the whole weekend, including cookery classes, circus skills and an under 5’s play bus, it is sure to be a great day out!

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Fine food and flying machines! A tasty line-up of over 90 local producers will be heading to the Cosford Food Festival, taking place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July, which promises to serve up the very best food and drink the Midland’s has to offer.

Held in the spacious grounds at the RAF Museum Cosford, a bustling food market will showcase some of the region’s finest artisan produce and locally brewed beverages. On top of popular favourites, there will be plenty of new producers joining the festival for the first time, making this year’s event the biggest and the best yet.

Organisers have also lined up delicious food for visitors to enjoy at the festival and will be serving up flavours from around the world to tempt foodies.

Visitors can learn from local chefs how to prepare the perfect dish during live cooking demonstrations both days, including a chef from the RAF. Plus, festival goers can sit back and enjoy live music including performances from Cosford and Shawbury Military Wives Choir and the 1940s vintage vocal harmony trio The Bluebird Bells.

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admission Prices: Adult £5.00 Child (5-15 years) £2.00 Family (2 adults, up to 4 children) £14.00 Children under 5 - FREE www.rafmuseum.org/cosford telephone 01902 376200 Follow the event on Facebook: @CosfordFoodFestival


Only 15 minutes drive from Hereford this 15th Century Castle is set in over 1,000 acres of parkland and woodland, including the spectacularly designed formal gardens which have received worldwide acclaim. The Joseph Paxton designed Orangery restaurant is also open for delicious lunches and teas.

• The Castle and Gardens will be open to the public from the 8th of April - end of October. • For opening time please call or visit our website. • Gardens open each day. Castle may be closed for private functions.

Little Malvern Court

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Open 19th April to 20th July, Weds & Thurs 2.15pm - 5.00pm. Other times by appointment. Garden open for the NGS Bank Holiday Monday 1st May

01684 892988 littlemalverncourt.co.uk

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The 2017 Presteigne Festival offers an exciting programme to suit the widest of tastes, whilst celebrating a number of important landmarks. We mark our 35th anniversary and also George Vass’ 60th birthday, who in turn celebrates twenty-five years in post as artistic director.

The concert programme features a rare insight into Danish music, special birthday celebrations for John Joubert and Hugh Wood and the chance to enjoy a number of successful commissions from previous Festivals.

One of the UK's major supporters of new music for many years, the Festival has commissioned several new works for its 2017 season: a string quartet from composer-inresidence Edward Gregson, an ‘a cappella’ choral work from Cecilia McDowall and a piece for cello and piano from Herefordshire-based composer Robert Peate.

complementing this, the Festival will screen three movies – Jean-Luc Godard’s hugely influential Breathless (1960), British crime drama Performance (1970) and Arthur Penn’s unforgettable action-crime caper Bonnie and Clyde (1967).

An extraordinary talented artist line-up includes many Festival favourites alongside a number of gifted Presteigne débuts: Nightingale Quartet, Leonore Trio, Berkeley Ensemble, pianists Tim Horton, Anne Lovett and Timothy End, Benjamin Nabarro violin, Rachel Roberts viola, Gemma Rosefield cello, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones mezzo-soprano, Katherine Baker flute, actor Christopher Good, Greg Tassell tenor, Suzanne Kawalec harp, Laura Snowden guitar, the Sine Nomine International Touring Choir under director Susan Hollingworth and the criticallyacclaimed Presteigne Festival Orchestra.

Brochures will be available at the end of April 2017 from: Presteigne Festival, PO Box 30, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2WF 01544 267800 www.presteignefestival.com

A varied collection of supporting events include a centenary celebration of the work of founder Festival President Sidney Nolan, anthropologist Stephen Hugh-Jones talking about the music of the Amazonian Indians and Meurig Bowen’s delightfully witty salute to the music and writings of Erik Satie, ‘Memoirs of a Pear-Shaped Life’. Ian Marchant talks about his new book A Hero for High Times which traces British counterculture from 1956 to 1994 and,

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Worcestershire’s Hidden Gem all year round... Enjoy formal Italian gardens, Magnolia gardens, many specialist trees, the longest Laburnum arch in Britain. Then finish the day with a cuppa in our Tea Room! Open Wednesday - Sunday 11am-5pm*

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Peace & tranquility in beautiful surroundings

telephone: 01981 500229 www.broburyhouse.co.uk enquiries@broburyhouse.co.uk

Bredwardine, Herefordshire, Hr3 6BS

Set in the village of Leintwardine, this country restaurant with rooms is the perfect place to enjoy a drink, dinner, or stay the night in an excellent location for exploration of Herefordshire, South Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.

The Lion, High Street, Leintwardine, Shropshire, SY7 0JZ T: 01547 540203

www.thelionleintwardine.co.uk

Cider Museum Hereford

Open Mon-Sat 10.30-4.30 to tell the fascinating story of cider making. Adults £5.50, children £3 www.cidermuseum.co.uk 01432 354207 HR4 0EF

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a feast for all the senses ... The Ludlow Food Festival was first run in 1995 and was the result of a pub table conversation amongst likeminded friends looking to preserve and promote the independent shops and producers of the town and surrounding area. These principles still guide everything the festival continues to do today.

The event has grown from an initial 500 visitors to around 20,000 and is renowned across the globe for with visitors from across the UK as well as the United States, Japan and Australia having attended.

Organisers of the Ludlow Food Festival are hard at work bringing together a host of new and favourite attractions for visitors from 8-10 September.

More than 160 of the very best local food and drink producers will be in the castle sharing their

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skills, enthusiasm and of course amazing products across the weekend.

The line up of chefs, food experts and enthusiasts across Ludlow’s two main stages, promises to be full of exceptional talent and variety with some new faces promised this year. In the past we have welcomed great chefs such as Tom Kerridge, Glynn Purnell and Claude Bosi as well as a number of Great British Menu, Masterchef and Great British Bake Off winners and contestants. Keep an eye on the festival’s website www.foodfestival.co.uk for details in the coming months.

Masterclasses, tasting sessions and specialist talks are always incredibly popular. Little ones won’t miss out either with a special kids cookery school.

Of course the ever-popular sausage and ale trails will also be taking place around Ludlow along with the pudding tasting and the Sunday producers market.


For those who want to learn more about particular ingredients or methods of cooking the Taste Workshops are a must. Led by expert producers or chefs, they will guide you through a tutored tasting. Previous talks have included ‘snout to tail’, sherry tasting and the art of fruit distillation.

For more details about the festival please visit the website www.foodfestival.co.uk

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A newly re-opened and refurbished magnificent Jacobean half-timbered building in the heart of Hereford City, now a wonderfully preserved house, furnished in period style. Built in 1621 and home, in the past, to butchers, saddlers and bankers, explore the rooms which give a glimpse into daily life during the 17th Century.

You enter the Black and White House Museum through the shop, stocked with replica 17th Century goods inspired by the museum’s collection. Entering the museum you discover the history of Hereford City, then follow the stairs to the first floor dining room to experience how our civil war period ancestors dined. Keep

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on going past the children’s activity area and the stunning wall paintings to the top floor bedrooms, see the old tester bed, the baby walkers and cradles, and for the daring visitor, dress up and try out the replica beds !

The whole focus of the museum is firmly on the 17th Century and visitors can dress up and fully immerse themselves in the period.

Enjoy the hands-on activities for children and look out for special family events.

If you would be interested in volunteering at the Black and White House Museum please email us at culturalvolunteering@herefordshire.gov.uk

Email: herefordmuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk Web: www.blackandwhitehouse.org Telephone 01432 260694

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Hereford Museum and Gallery

Explore Herefordshire's history through thematic displays, including some spectacular objects such as the Kenchester mosaic, our two headed calf or the sturgeon. Don’t miss the Brian Hatton collection on display, exploring the work of this talented local artist who died young in WWI.

With lots of hands on activities for all the family, you will be guaranteed to learn something new whatever your age or interests. The building is fully accessible via a lift accessed at the back of the Library on the ground floor. opening times The Museum and Art Gallery will be closed for the first half of the year for essential maintenance. Please check the website for up-to-date information.

Hereford Museum and Art Gallery is housed in a spectacular Victorian gothic building with displays of intriguing artefacts from the county’s collections. The Gallery has a programme of changing exhibitions.

w w w. h e r e f o r d s h i r e . g o v. u k / m u s e u m s Telephone: 01432 383383 Admission is free herefordshiremuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk

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The Museum Resource and Learning Centre is a state of the art storage facility which cares for the County's outstanding collections. Home to over 100,000 wonderful objects from costume and textiles, paintings and prints, decorative arts, geology, archaeology and social history, they are preserved in controlled conditions for current and future generations.

Workshops, displays and events for all ages are held throughout the year. You can book a group tour for a behind-the-scenes experience and discover some of Herefordshire’s rare treasures in our Archaeology and Natural Sciences, Social and Agricultural History and our Costume and Art collections.

Opening times: Access to collections by appointment or on 1st Wednesday of the month 10.00am – 1.00pm

You can make a research visit or bring a group by appointment. For more information, please contact:

58 Friars Street, Hereford, HR4 0AS Telephone 01432 383383 herefordmuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk www.herefordshire.gov.uk/museums

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2 4 – 29 AUGUST 2 4 – 29 AWST

HEREFORD CATHEDRAL Home of the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library

Whatever the weather, a warm welcome awaits all our visitors

www.herefordcathedral.org www.themappamundi.co.uk 01432 374200

2017 ‘An outstanding array of talent, both creative and interpretative, sets the Presteigne Festival apart from all other annual musical events.’ Musical Opinion Quarterly

Nightingale Quartet ∙ Leonore Trio ∙ Berkeley Ensemble Gemma Rosefield ∙ Rachel Roberts ∙ Benjamin Nabarro Tim Horton ∙ Rebecca Afonwy-Jones ∙ Katherine Baker Laura Snowden ∙ Suzy Willison-Kawalec ∙ Festival Orchestra Sine Nomine International Touring Choir and much more...

Free brochure available April 01544 267800 | www.presteignefestival.com

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Meet the Shropshire Mammoth! Local lunches, frothy coffees & Shropshire cream teas Gallery & Exhibition Family Friendly Events & Activities Explore the 30 acre Meadow beside the River Onny Training courses & workshops School Road, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9RS Tel: 01588 676060 @SH_DiscoveryCen Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk the home of Grow Cook Learn Registered Charity Number: 1158795

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Elizabethan moated manor house with rare wall paintings and the largest series of Priests hides in the country.

Tea Room, Gift Shop & Walled Gardens

open Wednesdays-Sundays from March-october

tel. 01562 777846 www.harvingtonhall.com email : harvingtonhall@btconnect.com

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Leominster Museum Started in the 1970s, Leominster Museum has reflected town life for over 40 years. In 2015, it was selected to join five other small museums across England in the Arts Council funded Creative Museums project (see http://www.museumsassociation.org/museums -journal/news/03112015). Exciting times ahead!

The Museum will open on the 26th of March, and close on the 29th of October 2016. The 2016 temporary exhibition will tell the story of some of the lost buildings of Leominster.

16, Etnam Street, Leominster, HR6 8AQ Telephone 01568 615186 Email info@leominstermuseum.org.uk Monday – Friday 10am – 4pm Saturday 10am – 1.00pm Admission free www.leominstermuseum.org.uk twitter : @leomuseum

The Museum tells the story of Leominster and its people from pre Roman times to the present

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day. It has a cider house, stables and agricultural implements as well as the main building which also houses the collection of artefacts, pictures, photographs, postcards and documents, including a gallery holding an important collection of paintings and drawings by famous Leominster Victorian artist, John Scarlett Davis.

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16th Century Painted room.

Number 1 Church Street in Ledbury stands at the junction of the ‘Kings Highway’ with the east/west track, leading from Hereford Cathedral to Ledbury Parish Church, and has undoubtedly been the site of continuous human activity for more than 1,000 years.

In Elizabethan times Ledbury was a small town of approximately 650 people and the market and religious centre for some additional 880 rural parishioners. Yet despite having records for Ledbury going back to 1557 and beyond, for this building – unlike others around it- there is, as yet, no exact record of either its purpose or its inhabitants.

Ledbury Parish Church Archives tell us that in the late 15th or early 16th century, there may have been built here a new Booth Hall to replace the early 15th Century one sited where the Feather’s Hotel now stands. Ring dating carried out in 2007 shows that the market end of the building dates from 1510. Resident in the Booth Hall was the Town Constable who had responsibility for the proper conduct of markets

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and fairs, market toll gathering, control of vagrants, the distribution of poor law monies, with an upstairs room to be set aside for use as a court of Piepowder. This might account for the choice of texts in the Painted Room with their emphasis on good citizenship, duty and love.

opening times. March 11.30am to 3.00pm Monday to Friday 1st April to end of October 11.00am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday (& Saturdays from Spring Bank Holiday to end September) Sundays (Spring Bank Holiday to end September) & Bank Holidays 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Admission Free, Donations Welcome Booked tours at other times (there is a small charge).

1 Church Street, Ledbury, HR8 1DH Telephone 01531 632306 Email: admin@ledburytowncouncil.gov.uk www.ledburytowncouncil.gov.uk


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Explore the fascinating world of the Victorian judges at this award-winning historic house. Stunningly restored and totally hands on. Damp cells and vast courtroom included! Open: 1 March - 31 October, 10am - 5pm Tues - Sun (Open Bank Holiday Mondays) 1 - 30 November 10am - 4pm Wed - Sun, 1 - 22 December 10am - 4pm Sat - Sun The Judge's Lodging, Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2AD.

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Butcher row House Museum, Ledbury The museum, in Church Lane, is one of a row of 15 burgage houses and shops, many of them butchers which ran down the middle of what is now the High Street. They were bought out by public subscription in 1830 and one or two were re-erected; this one used to be in the back garden of 14 High Street before moving to its current home.

Church Lane, Ledbury, HR8 1DW Telephone: 01531 653069 e: chrisjohnson@bronwin.freeserve.co.uk w: www.ledburycivicsociety.org open: 1 April – 30 Sept, daily from 11am-5pm; Oct, daily 11am-3pm Admission: Free

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The Museum contains a wide variety of artifacts connected with the town as well as reproduction helmets and breastplates as worn in the Battle of Ledbury in 1645 and a small collection of musical instruments ranging from a 'hurdygurdy' to a Tibetan pipe fashioned from a thigh bone are among the varied items to be seen in the museum. On show are bygones of all kinds. There is a collection of costume and much historical information available, including copies of historic documents.

The museum attracts around 14,000 visitors a year. It is open daily from 11am to 5pm from 1 April to 30 September and from 11am to 3pm in October. Admission is free but donations are very much welcomed from those who wish to show their appreciation of this volunteer run museum.

This Grade2* Listed building dating to the 17th century is situated by the mill stream and the bridge over the River Arrow in picturesque Eardisland.

Renovated in 1999 you can view the nesting places and exhibitions including WW1 and the parish contribution and AA memorabilia to complement the AA box on the village car park. A community shop opened in the ground floor in 2009 focussing on local food and drink products and newspapers. opening times are: January to March Monday to Saturday 8am to 4pm Sunday & bank Holidays 10am to 2pm

April to December Monday to Saturday 8am to 5pm Sunday & Bank Holidays 10am to 2pm Telephone : 01544 388984

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Herefordshire Society of Model engineers

Broomy Hill is home to a remarkable, popular and thriving club. Hereford Society of Model Engineers, founded in 1962, now has 130 members. They share an interest in modelling engineering in miniature. They have their own pleasant riverside site of nearly 5 acres, with model boating lake and rail tracks.

New members are welcome to come along on a Tuesday 10am to 3pm, visit us on a Public Running Day or download an application form from www.hsme.co.uk.

The Museum and Research room is on the site of the old Court and Police Station, adjacent to the library. Opening Hours: April to September Monday 10am – 1pm & Thursday 2pm - 5pm Bank Holiday Mondays 10am - 1pm and 2pm - 5pm

The museum is also open at other reasonable times by arrangement. Contact G. Harley 01544 318278 or S. Hubbard 01981 590319 to discuss.

On 17 days a year, from Easter Sunday until the 29th October, the members operate the Broomy Hill Railway, with miniature train rides for children and adults from noon to 4.30.

From the Greyfriars Bridge (over the River Wye) in Hereford follow the brown signs for the Waterworks Museum. After one mile you will pass between the Waterworks Museum on your right and Hinton Football Club on your left. Continue another 50 metres and turn in the blue gate with ‘HSME’ on the top. Satnav postcode HR4 0LJ and on a bit!

Bromyard and District Local and Family History Centre

The Bromyard and District Local History Society is based in Bromyard and was founded in 1966. It is run entirely by volunteers and receives no regular financial support other than membership fees. The centre was opened for public use on 1 May 2003 and exists to foster interest, enjoyment, research and publication of Bromyard's local history.

5 Sherford Street, Bromyard, HR7 4DL Telephone 01885 488755 opening times All year Thurs & Fri 10am– 1pm & 2pm-4.30pm Saturday 10am-12.30pm. Admission: Free e: bromyardhistory@btconnect.com w: www.bromyardhistorysociety.org.uk

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Ledbury Heritage Centre

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Grange Court is a Grade II* Listed 17th Century market house built by John Abel in 1633 and is unique as the last surviving timber-framed market house of its kind in the UK. Grange Court opened to the public on July 1st 2013 after a project to transform the building into a community, heritage and enterprise hub. It is free to enter and enables the people of Leominster and visitors to work, learn and play. Grange Court is owned by the community through LARC Development Trust, which is a registered charity.

Ledbury Heritage Centre, run by volunteers, in association with Ledbury Places, a local charitable trust, offers visitors a glimpse of Ledbury past through photographic displays housed in a magnificent early 16th century timber framed building known locally by many as The Grammar School reflecting its educational use for much of its life until the mid-19th century. The centre has permanent displays showing the construction and history of the building. Discover also famous residents, such as John Masefield and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, or read about the changes wrought in the town in the Victorian era when the canal and the railway arrived. See Ledbury in days gone by in the wonderful Tilley photographic collection, and soak up the atmosphere of this stunning black and white building.

Visit Grange Court to learn its fascinating history through lively and hands on displays, and an interactive tablet tour. Do try the café, selling teas, coffee, light lunches and delicious cakes.

Grange Court, Pinsley Road, Leominster HR6 8NL, 01568 737980, info@grangecourt.org, www.grangecourt.org, open Monday – Frday until Easter and thereafter Monday- Saturday. 10am-4pm, entry is free.

We have several hands-on fun activities for accompanied children. Church Lane Ledbury HR8 1DN Telephone 01531 635680

Opening hours: Daily 10.30–16.30 from April through October.

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OPEN EVERY TUESDAY 11am - 4pm (Except 19 and 26th Dec 2017) IN-STEAM DAYS Museum open 12.00 (noon) to 4.00 pm Engines working from 1.00 pm

PRE-ARRANGED VISITS Community and family groups and schools - welcome all year

Children Play’n’Learn Zone (Heritage Water Park) opens Easter to October

OPEN DAYS IN-STEAM Open midday / in-steam 1.00 pm - 4.00 pm

MUSEUM OPEN 11am -4pm

Next to the Museum is the Broomy Hill Model Railway (See www.hmse.co.uk for opening times for train rides)


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The Waterworks Museum – Hereford is a timecapsule of working machinery and social history which tells the fascinating story of drinking water supplies ancient and modern.

The range of engines and pumps on display is unique. Most of the machines are the last examples of their kind working anywhere in the world. Its historic buildings and grounds are set close by the beautiful River Wye, about 1km from the city centre. Follow the heritage signs from the A49.

The treasure of the collection is the oldest working triple-expansion steam engine in Britain. It stands two-floors high and is quite awesome in operation. The Museum prides itself on having its engines in operating condition and is run entirely by volunteers. It is a friendly museum where all the staff have time to talk to visitors. This is a children's paradise with an outdoor ‘Play’n’Learn’ area just for them. The Heritage Water Park is a safe area in which children can operate pumps of all sorts, carry water with a

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yoke, work an old-fashioned well and even take the part of a pony turning a capstan pump. Other activities for children include trails, timelines and a play-table and dressing-up box.

The Museum is open one day a week every Tuesday 11.00am - 4.00pm.

The Museum is also open” in-steam” from April to October on the second and last Sundays in the month, and on Bank Holiday Mondays. The museum opens at 12.00 and will be “in-steam” 1.00pm - 4.00pm. Further information and special events see the Museum website:

www.waterworksmuseum.org.uk The Museum welcomes pre-arranged group visits throughout the year. School visits are freeof-charge. Waterworks Museum - Hereford Broomy Hill, Hereford HR4 0LJ 01432 275 198


events at the Waterworks Museum in 2017 Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th April Sunday 28th May

Sunday 25th June Sunday 30 July Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th September Sunday 8th October

this Easter qualifying visitors and their carers will have free access to the Museum as part of the national campaign for Disabled Access Day. a first ‘Founders Day’ event, a day on which the Museum will celebrate the achievements of its Volunteers and provide an opportunity for anyone interested in becoming a Volunteer to come and see how the Museum operates (for everyone at the Museum is a Volunteer – there are no paid staff). the day the Museum has chosen to focus on the contribution of Hereford in World War I as we celebrate the centenary of a of key exhibit, a 1917 Allen Steam Engine.

2017 Gala Day will see the opening of a new outdoor exhibit, the Lineshaft from the former Massington Pumping Station, near Ledbury, which is currently being restored to working order. A fine vintage, veteran and classic vehicle cavalcade and music by the Hereford Town Band will entertain visitors and guest of honor, the Mayor Hereford. popular in many parts of the UK, but a first for Hereford, the Museum is very excited this year to host a ‘Steampunk Weekend’ with market and entertainment.

the Stirling bi-centenary in 2016 further enhanced the Museums renown as a ‘centre of excellence’ for the display and understanding of hot-air engines. This year, the Museum will again host a national Stirling Engine Rally and the interactive display opened at Easter 2016 will continue to be on show throughout 2017.

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The Cider Museum is housed in an original cidermaking factory and is designed to look at the whole cidermaking industry worldwide, from its earliest beginnings through to the mass production methods which exist today.

Learn about the history of cider making – how the apples were milled and pressed and how the resulting juice was fermented to produce cider.

Set in a former cider making factory, visitors can explore original cider cellars and view cidermaking equipment, a cooper’s work-shop and a vat house.

Listen to oral history recordings and watch vintage film. Admire a rare collection of English lead crystal cider glasses dating from 1740 onwards and 19th century watercolours of cider apples and perry pears.

The original Champagne cider cellars reveal racks of bottles where the “Methode

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Champagnoise” (a bottle fermentation process used in French Champagne production) was first applied to cider in 1905. The hydraulic presses, vat house and bottling machinery date from the late 19th century.


2017 key events Wed 10th May – International Cider and Perry Competition. This highly respected competition is open to cider and perry makers across the world. To celebrate, the Cider Museum will be putting on events during the week for the public to get involved. Walking Festival 20th June – a guided walk round the orchards of Breinton, beginning and ending at the Cider Museum. Ploughmans Lunch and museum visit included.

21st & 22nd october’s Cider Festival. A weekend celebration of cider making at the museum. Includes heritage craft displays, apple juice making, children’s activities and more.

For Spooky Halloween in the cellars, tutored cider tastings, talks and more, see our website for further details.

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Monday-Saturday, 10.30am - 4.30pm Open Bank Holiday weekends

www.cidermuseum.co.uk Pomona Place, Hereford, Hr4 0eF telephone: 01432 354207

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tHe JuDGe’S LoDGInG

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You can lie on the beds, read the judge’s books and even pump water in the kitchen. Below stairs there is the full range of servants’ rooms to explore, with kitchens, sleeping quarters and workrooms; a whole gaslit world to discover. The tour is finished by a trip to the vast echoing courtroom, where you are haunted by the echoes of trials long since concluded. You are guided through this Victorian world by an eavesdropping audiotour featuring the voice of actor Robert Hardy.

One of the w orld’s most appealin g small mu seums’ Dr John Davies, historian.

‘Truly inspirational’ is how HRH Prince of Wales described The Judge’s Lodging on a visit to this stunningly restored Victorian courthouse. Historic Royal Palaces Curator & historian, Lucy Worsley exclaimed ‘WHAT a stunning place!’ after filming for the BBC in the building and the Hudson's Heritage Awards hailed it as ‘Britain’s Best Hidden Gem’. You really do need to see for yourself what all the fuss is over this exceptional courthouse in the tiny Welsh border town of Presteigne.

The Judge’s Lodging has long had a reputation for liking the quirkier side of history, so a visit to the museum will treat you to all sorts of fascinating insights into Victorian living, from jelly-making and napkin folding to toilet habits and household maintenance hints. This awardwinning historic judge’s accommodation and court offers a most unusual journey back in time. Wander through the judge’s private apartments and make yourself at home, for The Judge’s Lodging an historic house with a difference – you can touch!

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There’s a host of special events and exhibitions to add to your entertainment. Every school holiday will come with exciting trails and activities to entertain the young, along with their own guidebook, full of facts about toilets, pants and things odd. Look out for special events and news throughout the year on the website, or follow on facebook.com/theJudgesLodging Celebrating 20 years open as a public museum this year, the building will play host to the Installation of the High Sheriff of Powys (always an exciting event, as it features a real judge sitting in the courtroom!), feature as a


minimum charge of £25. All proceeds from the tours will be donated equally to The Judge’s Lodging and the National Garden Scheme.

If you want more information on the castle walks, the museum and any of its activities, visit the website or just call the staff who are always happy to chat. location in the new Wuthering Heights film, and delve deeper into its legal heritage, with the display of a newly-gifted set of Judge’s robes and the manacles from a whipping tree, once in the churchyard in the nearby village of Norton. There will be new local history spaces to explore too, where you can find out more about the area, or just relax with a cup of coffee and even a game of chess.

The Judge’s Lodging has also teamed up with the owner of Stapleton Castle, whose ruins occupy a commanding position over the town, to offer guided walks throughout the year. Tours last about an hour, taking in the 12th century castle site, ruins of the later house, the mill site and a stroll through the gardens. There is no general public access to the site and tours are only by prior arrangement, but bookings can easily be made by calling the owner on 01544 267327, preferably giving 24 hours notice. They will endeavour to suit your requirements. Your personal tours are £5 per person, with a

telephone 01544 260650 www.judgeslodging.org.uk

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The Museum of Royal Worcester houses a world-famous collection of porcelain and fine bone china, with its collections dating from 1751, when manufacture began in Worcester, to the factories’ closure in 2008. In the early days porcelain was only owned by the very wealthy and, if you consider eighteenth century working conditions, it is truly remarkable that such intricate and complex shapes were designed, made, decorated and survive today.

The factory soon gained a name for quality and one of the main reasons for its popularity was that Worcester was the first to make teapots that could withstand boiling water without cracking! These pots became prized possessions and today using your ‘best’ china celebrates life events and brings back memories of Christmas, Wedding Days and special occasions.

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However, the Museum is about much more than pots on shelves; it houses an archive of hand painted pattern books, design material, film and living memories told in the ‘Workers’ own words and voices. These stories bring the factory to life and include tales of rivalry between departments, the Second World War, women at work and cricket in the decorating studio!

Past artists and conservators frequently work in the galleries and the Museum has a vibrant programme of events that include Patron and BBC Antiques Road Show expert, Henry Sandon MBE, Identification and Valuation Days, talks, demonstrations and afternoon teas.

In 2016 the Museum received a confirmed grant of £1,282.700 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the project ‘Celebrating 250 Years of


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Innovation, Industry and Craftsmanship’. These funds together with a public fundraising campaign result in a £1.5M refurbishment that will transform the existing displays and include information about manufacturing techniques, the workforce, their remarkable skills and, for the first time, will include family friendly exhibits and activities. This project will bring the story of Worcester Porcelain alive, by focusing on social history, the sense of community that the factory inspired and the extent of its worldwide distribution. The Museum Shop sells vintage and antique Royal Worcester where special gifts for people of all ages and all occasions can be found.

Henry Sandon MBe, Museum Patron, said: “The museum possess a great archive of the lives and work of the thousands of craftsmen and it will be wonderful to display this in a modern way so that it can be brought to life and the public can appreciate the human person behind the superb work We are delighted The Heritage Lottery Fund has given us this support and we are looking forward to welcoming new audiences to our doors.” telephone: 01905 21247 Website www.museumofroyalworcester.org email info@museumofroyalworcster.org ‘Royal Worcester’ and the C51 crown device are registered by and used under kind permission from Portmeirion Group UK Ltd to whom all rights are reserved.

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Worcestershire County Museum, housed in historic Hartlebury Castle, home to the Bishops of Worcester for over 1000 years, is a fascinating place to explore. Whether you are looking for a fun family day out, a chance to learn something new, or a trip down memory lane, Worcestershire County Museum has it all.

The museum fascinating collections include toys, domestic items, costume and transport. Our displays focus on the wonders of Worcestershire, including the history of the

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county's farming and agriculture and the importance of water to the region. In our Travel & Transport building visitors can discover our large collection of horse drawn vehicles including a superb display of beautiful Gypsy caravans. Visitors will also enjoy stepping back into the past in our evocative room sets which include the Schoolroom, Nursery, Laundry, Scullery, Victorian and Civil War rooms.

Our newest exhibition, 'A Happy Convalescence' uses original artefacts and patient's drawings and poems to explore the years when Hartlebury Castle served as a hospital for recovering soldiers during the First World War.


Throughout the year the museum holds exciting event days for all the family including fun children's craft activities during school holiday weeks, behind-the-scenes tours, big Bank Holidays events, re-enactments and much more.

There is also a lovely gift shop selling a wide range of cards, gifts and souvenirs including a large display of unique, handmade craft items from the Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsmen.

The Museum's partners, the Hartlebury Castle Preservation Trust, are working towards opening up more areas of the Castle and estate so that visitors can learn more about the story of Hartlebury, with generous funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Keep up with their progress at www.hartleburycastletrust.org

The Museum is open Tues-Sun from 7 January to 23 December, plus Bank Holidays Mondays. Telephone 01299 250416. Email mueum@worcestershire.gov.uk www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk DY11 7XZ for SatNav

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there is more to a needle museum than meets the eye…

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ForGe MILL neeDLe MuSeuM anD BorDeSLey aBBey vISItor Centre The museum has an exciting temporary exhibitions programme and regularly hosts textile exhibitions. Please see website for this year’s programme of events and exhibitions.

new for 2017 Discover the stories behind the stones and experience the Bordesley Abbey site brought back to life.

Did you know Redditch was famous for producing ninety percent of the world’s needles during Victorian times?

8 April – 14 May: Retro Kids TV exhibition and associated events 21 July – 3 September: Pirates Summer Exhibition and associated events

A visit to Forge Mill brings to life the fascinating story of how the humble needle was made and you will experience the largely unchanged atmosphere of a Victorian scouring mill with the machinery and water wheel operational on Tuesday afternoons and weekends. (Please see website for details.) Come and see the only water powered needle scouring mill left in the world!

Explore the largest public collection of needles on display in the country including a fantastic range of Victorian sewing needles as well as needles that have been used for everything from sewing panels on space shuttles to micro surgery.

Just a short walk from the mill are the medieval ruins of Bordesley Abbey, once a thriving Cistercian abbey which has now been extensively excavated. Many of the archaeological finds can be seen in the Visitor Centre located in the museum grounds. The picturesque grounds also include a gift shop, extensive children’s play area and sand pit, a temporary exhibition gallery, seasonal coffee bar, toilets and access to historic meadows for walks.

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open February to March Tuesday-Friday, 11am–4pm, w/e 1pm–4pm April 14 to September Monday–Friday, 11am–4.30pm, w/e 11am-4pm October to November 26 Tuesday–Friday, 11am–4pm, w/e 1pm – 4pm

B98 8Hy www.forgemill.org.uk telephone: 01527 62509


the time Machine Museum

Visit this amazing place where you step into the Tardis and you are transported to an extensive and exciting display of TV, film, science fiction and rare collectables, featuring many items from Dr Who and other science fiction series. e: info@timemachineuk.com w: www.timemachineuk.com

Coningsby Hospital and Museum In 1614 Sir Thomas Coningsby founded almshouses for eleven ex-servicemen and their chaplain on three sides of a courtyard with the ancient Chapel of the Knights Hospitallers of St. John of Jerusalem completing the quadrangle. The Chapel building also now houses the St. John Medieval Museum holding a collection of armour, models, diorama and objects connected with the Order of St. John including the St.John Ambulance and tells the story of Coningsby Hospital.

12 The Square, Bromyard, HR7 4BP Telephone 01885 488329

opening times: Opening times: April to September inclusive open every day, 10.30am to 4.00pm October to March inclusive open every Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am to 4.00pm PARTIES by appointment throughout the year admission: Adult £8, Child £6, Concession £7, Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 childen) £25

opening times: April to October Wednesday and Saturday 11am to 3pm Group visits by private arrangement. Telephone: 01432 264824 Widemarsh Street, Hereford

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tHe aLMonry

the almonry in evesham is a magnificent stone and timber frame building in the heart of town.

Built around the fourteenth century, the Almonry was home to the Almoner, a Benedictine monk from Evesham Abbey. Medieval monastic houses were obliged to help the poor and from the eleventh century, Evesham Abbey allocated the role to one of its brothers. The Almoner collected left over food, fabric and medicine from the Abbey and distributed it to the poor and needy of the town.

The Almonry has had a varied life; it has been an ale house, offices, tea rooms, a private home and solicitor’s office. In 1929 the then Evesham Borough Council bought the Almonry from the Rudge family.

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In 1957 the Almonry opened as a museum occupying just 2 rooms. Today the Almonry houses 12 rooms of collections spanning prehistory to the 20th century. Here you can learn more about the history of the town and its market gardening heritage, the Abbey and the Battle of Evesham in 1265. The Almonry hosts a range of event s throughout the year including family days and evening talks.

You can visit the Almonry Mon- Sat 10am-5pm, Sundays 2-5pm (closed Weds and Sunday Nov-Mar) Group visits and Schools welcome. Adults £5 Concessions £2 Children under 11 FREE! Each ticket is valid for a whole year

www.almonryevesham.org tic@almonry.ndo.co.uk 01386 446944


tuDor HouSe, WorCeSter

For the visitor, Tudor House provides an exploration through time and into the forgotten stories of Worcester. You can learn about our connection to the Cadbury family, the once famous broadcloth trade, lost industries, the building’s role in World War II, Tudor life and the 17th Century Cross Keys Tavern.

Situated on Friar Street, the oldest and prettiest street in Worcester, the building dates from the mid 1500s and is a stunning example of Tudor architecture, little changed since those times, with original features still on show.

Visitors can discover the hidden histories of Worcester by visiting, chatting to our friendly room guides, taking part in a trail or attending one of our lively and varied events. We have a welcoming café with a range of teas, coffee and cakes.

Tudor House is an independent, free to enter museum, run almost entirely by volunteers. Donations welcome!

new for 2017: a return of the Friar Street Beer Festival in May. An exclusive exhibition about Worcester’s conscientious objector trials in the summer. Plus, help shape the future of Tudor House with the launch of our new Lost Stories project. For more details, please visit the website where you can sign up for a regular e-newsletter. You can also follow on Facebook (/TudorHouseWorcester), Twitter (@TudorHouseWorcs) and Instagram (@tudorhouseworcs). Wr1 2na www.tudorhouse.org.uk telephone 01905 612309

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tranSPort MuSeuM WytHaLL

The Transport Museum Wythall is situated near M42 junction 3, just to the south of Birmingham. It’s staffed entirely by volunteers and offers a friendly welcome to all visitors.

The museum is open 11am-4.30pm from March 24th to October 29th every Saturday and Sunday, plus Wednesdays during school holidays (event days open at 10.30). There are three large vehicle halls with over 90 buses from around the Midlands to see, plus a unique collection of electric milk floats and bread vans.

The kids can enjoy themselves in the 'Kids Kabin' activity and soft play area while mom and dad relax in the cafe and shop. There’s also a picnic area and free parking. A circular tour on a classic bus operates at 1pm and 2.30pm on Saturdays and Wednesdays during school holiday periods.

The Transport Museum is a hive of activity on main event days with visiting buses, sales stands and frequent bus rides plus a ride on miniature train for the kids.

Main event days in 2017: Easter Sunday/Monday 16/17 April May Day Sunday/Monday 30 April/1 May Spring Bank Holiday 28/29 May Father’s Day Out Sunday 18 June August Bank Holiday 27/28 August Autumn Running Day Sunday 8 October

The museum closes with Twilight Running Day on Saturday 28th October, the season finale and part of the nationwide “Museums at Night” festival, staying open until early evening so that visitors can enjoy the atmosphere of twilight bus rides. Chapel Lane , Wythall B47 6JX See www.wythall.org.uk for more details.

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CHaMBerLaIn & Co.

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BrItISH LuXury CeraMICS

DID you knoW tHe art oF PreMIuM BrItISH CeraMICS IS on your DoorSteP, Here In WorCeSterSHIre? Producing ceramic art of the very highest quality in the heart of Worcestershire, is Chamberlain & Co, a new luxury fine bone china brand, with statement pieces designed to enhance and embellish luxury homes, hotels, and galleries.

First impressions are important and the scale of the Racehorse Sculpture at over half a metre long is impressive.“In a world where much is mass produced, we believe there is an appreciation of, and demand for, handmade British products of the highest quality. Our artists are handpicked and we believe to be the most talented in England” says David Leader, Operations Manager.

Showcasing at the Bronte studio in Malvern, are both the Bronte giftware ranges, featuring homewares, ceramic wall art and collectables and the Chamberlain & Co collection which can only be described as “a celebration of British ceramic skills”.

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Chamberlain’s heritage designs, reimagined for modern luxury interiors, are as relevant today as they were in the 19th Century. The George III collection is a celebration of Chamberlain’s proud Georgian heritage; the Imperial Imari, a nod to the company’s namesake Robert Chamberlain who was one of the first British ceramic artists to recreate oriental designs, Heritage Garden features weaving floral sprays and Chamberlain Black, is an innovative range decorated to deliver impact. Simply Spectacular.

The handmade nature of both brands make each product an individual work of art, consequently designs can be customised to suit particular tastes emphasises David, “the company is perfectly positioned to undertake bespoke commissions too, as in reality each piece is bespoke.” telephone 01684 310888 www.bronte-porcelain.com www.chamberlainco.co.uk Malvern, Wr13 6nP


Simply Stunning the Chamberlain Black Collection

For some things words are quite unnecessary; they speak eloquently for themselves. The Chamberlain Black collection of luxury handcrafted ceramics is just such a thing.

The glimmering jet black surface is adorned by graceful hummingbirds descending upon tantalising passionflowers - so lifelike.

Highlights of 23 Karat gold bring additional lustre to this work of art. Timeless. Beautiful.

Chamberlain & Co Chamberlain Black collection will take your breath away. Merebrook Business Park, Hanley road, Malvern, Worcestershire Wr13 6nP telephone: 01684 311704 email: enquiries@chamberlainco.co.uk www.chamberlainco.co.uk


The British Ironwork Centre is a family company passionate about the preservation and creation of quality metal work, in all its forms.

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Among the stunning and varied collection of metal work you will find beautifully decorative items large and small for the home and garden.


Some of the items are faithful reproductions of beautiful ironwork, no longer seen today, whilst many are new improved items for the home, as glamourous and individual as their originals, but with contemporary twists.

As well as this the Centre is home to a splendid collection of magnificent animal sculptures which feature within our iron safari. The indoor showrooms offer an abundance of irresistible home essentials, ornaments and decorations. Within the shop you can also explore the painstakingly sourced range of gifts, from locally crafted jewellery, to candles, artwork and truly unqiue designs made by artisans from across the country and beyond. telephone 0800 6888386 www.BritishIronWorkCentre.co.uk

2017 events

3rd - 4th april Famous Easter Egg hunt

30th april Oswestry half-marathon and Family Fun Day

7th May Midlands Breakfast Club - a wonderful gathering of car enthusiasts from all over.

27th May Weaver Wander car Rally - a charity car run each Spring for classic cars departing from Nantwich on routes that are normally around a total of 100 to 120 miles.

18th June Penny Farthing Race Spectacular

15th July Annual Transport Rally - in 2016 over 500 vehicles in attendance and a huge crowd as well.

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Severn vaLLey raILWay

Stunning scenery, exceptional steam heritage and outstanding facilities - the Severn valley railway offers a wealth of opportunities for visitors. Having recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary, the SVR now welcomes more than 250,000 visitors each year.

The Railway’s lovingly-restored collection of heritage steam locomotives take visitors for a journey back in time, through the stunning scenery of the Severn Valley. The 16-mile line runs from Kidderminster in Worcestershire to Bridgnorth in Shropshire, and features six beautifully-restored, historic stations for passengers to explore en-route.

The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley is the perfect place for passengers to break their journey. Packed with a range of interactive exhibits, including King George VI Royal Carriage, Peter’s Railway Young Engineers Centre as well as a host of informative exhibitions, the Engine House is also home to the Railway’s reserve collection of full-size locomotives. While there, visitors can enjoy a bite to eat at the Flag & Whistle Food Stop, with its panoramic views over the Severn Valley.

Anyone looking for a day out with a difference can head to any of the SVR’s fantastic range of events.

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Fans of diesel locomotives will be in their element at the Spring Diesel Festival, featuring a star line-up of visiting and resident engines, from May 18th-20th.

The SVR will be embracing the wartime spirit with its hugely-popular Step Back to the 1940s Weekends, on June 24th-25th and July 1st – 2nd, and will be inviting people to take a rare look at the inner workings of the Railway during its Peep Behind the Scenes event on July 15th.

Road-going transport is the star of the show at both Classic Vehicle Day on July 30th and On the Buses on September 10th before the steam locomotives steal back the limelight at the Autumn Steam Gala, from September 21st-24th.

Daring visitors can brave the Ghost Trains, running in late October, before the ever-popular Santa Steam Specials arrive with bells on during December.

Steam Trains run daily between May and October, and at weekends and in school holidays from February to December.

For more information about the SVR, its events and bookings, visit www.svr.co.uk, call 01562 757900 or see the Severn Valley Railway Official Site or Families pages on Facebook.

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JInney rInG CraFt Centre

Plenty to see and do A visit to the Jinney Ring Craft Centre in Hanbury is a retreat to the wonderful Worcestershire countryside and the home of twelve working crafts studios. The centre was founded over 35 years ago and creates a step back in time as you experience the sights, scents and sounds of real life crafts including glassblowing, woodcarving, jewellery making, and more.

One of the centre’s main attractions is the flock of resident ducks which many so visitors enjoy meeting – and feeding! There are stunning views to the Malvern Hills from the landscaped gardens and ducks ponds in this idyllic setting.

The centre makes for a wonderful shopping trip as the artisans welcome you into their workshops. The centre’s large shop is full of original gifts including homeware and jewellery, and also a gallery featuring diverse collection of local artists’ work.

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Glass blower Stuart Fletcher at work

The restaurant is in an authentic timbered barn building, full of charm and character with rustic beams and real log fire. The chefs serve wholesome homemade lunches as well as an irresistible selection of puddings and cakes. At the weekend you can also enjoy breakfast, cream teas and a fantastic Sunday carvery.

The restaurant is also a superb venue for family occasions such as birthdays, anniversaries, and of course weddings, for which the chefs create all sorts of bespoke menus, ranging from barbeque buffets to fine dining.

EVENTS HIGHLIGHTS 2017 Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th April

Memory tree © Jinney ring

Jinneyring Ducks © rae Prince Photography

telephone 01527 821272 www.jinneyring.co.uk Bromsgrove B60 4Bu

Children’s Book festival – come meet the authors

Sunday 23rd April

Dogs Unite – 3 local walks for Guide Dogs for the Blind

Sunday 16th July

Animals R Magic – Family charity day for Cinnamon trust

Friday 25th August to Saturday 30th September

Sculpture Trail

Friday 23rd - Saturday 24th June Friday 4th - Saturday 5th August

Sunday 1st October

Folk Festival

Blues Festival

Come Fly A Kite – Family charity day supporting Primrose Hospice

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WeStonS CIDer

Deep in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside Westons Cider is situated in the village of Much Marcle. It was established in 1880 and is still a family owned firm, renowned for both traditional and premium ciders, such as Stowford Press, Old Rosie and Henry Westons Vintage. Along with its world famous products, we have our award winning herd of Hereford Cattle and much loved resident shire horses Ben and Prince, who are great ambassadors for Westons heritage, offering anything from dray rides to a one-of-a-kind wedding transportation.

apple orchard

Stop by the Visitor Centre shop for great offers and cider tasting, open 7 days a week. The Daily guided mill tours give you the opportunity to gain a unique insight into the business, its heritage and traditions (11.00am, 12.30pm, 2.00pm and 3.30pm, booking recommended, private tours also available).

The Scrumpy House restaurant is located within the grounds of Westons Cider Mill in Much Marcle. With rustic charm ambience and traditional country menus, we offer a warm welcome to customers old and new. The restaurant can cater for large group bookings or perhaps a personalised small gathering with friends and family. Special dietary requirements are catered for. To reserve a table or make an enquiry please call 01531 660626

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The Orchard Tearoom is open throughout the summer months serving a selection of homemade cakes, freshly baked pastries and jacket potatoes.

Tour packages are available please visit the website for more details. The Bounds, Much Marcle, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2NQ telephone 01531 660108 www.westons-cider.co.uk

www.facebook.com/WestonsCiderVisitorsCentre

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Scrumpy House restaurant


Westons Cider events 2017:

Free Play Park – re-opens Good Friday 14th April to Tuesday 31st October Picnic Area

open Farm Sunday Event at Nuttal Farm/Westons Cider on 11th June. Our tractor and trailer ride leaves Westons Visitor Centre for our farm, to see many farming activities and our award winning herd of Hereford cattle, returning to Westons on a tractor and trailer, a relaxed and informative family day out.

Big apple Weekend in Much Marcle 14th and 15th October 10am – 4pm. Take part in a seasonal celebration of English apples and cider in the Herefordshire parishes of Marcle Ridge. Join us for breakfast or lunch at the Scrumpy House. Leominster Morris Men will be joining us during the course of the day. Cider Mill tour and tastings will be available during the day.

Morris Men on Big apple Weekend

Harvest Celebration – Supper and tour £23.00 per head. Friday 20th and Friday 27th October (Starting at 7.00pm). Join with family and friends to celebrate the end of a good harvest. Enjoy an evening tour of the Cider Mill to see the apples being milled and then sit down to a 2 course hot supper. Please book early to avoid disappointment, limited tickets available. To book your tickets call 01531 660108

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8th-10th Sept 2017

13th-14th May 2017 www.foodfestival.co.uk


Be transported back to the start of manufacturing in 1751 and lean about the workers, famous customers and a world class industry. Skilled craftsmen regularly work in the galleries and we host a vibrant programme of activities for collectors, families and groups. The Museum Shop sells vintage, antique and the largest range of Royal Worcester in the City. Open Monday to Saturday November to February: 10 am – 4 pm March to October: 10 am – 5 pm

www.museumofroyalworcester.org

‘Royal Worcester’ and the C51 crown device are registered by and used under kind permission from Portmeirion Group UK Ltd to whom all rights are reserved.

Severn Street Worcester WR1 2ND T: 01905 21247


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