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The Ultimate Annual County Guide

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Issue 12 - 2014 Historic Houses | Festivals Gardens | Museums | Tourist Attractions

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Take a journey though time with our free audio tour and mix with past Royal Worcester Artists who regularly work in our galleries. Special ‘Behind the scenes visits’ and refreshments are available for groups. MUSEUM OF ROYAL WORCESTER Severn Street, Worcester WR1 2ND : 01905 21247 : 01905 617 807

OPEN MONDAY TO SATURDAY March to October: 10 am –  pm November to February: 10 am – 4 pm Occasionally closed for private functions, please telephone for details.

‘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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ContentS Historic buildings Gardens Festivals & Shows Museums

Go to you to dow r phone’s app nlo Count ad our new store y Sign , post a free pp ! Welcome to the 2014 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. We offer a taster of the visitor attractions and events within the County, for both locals and those who wish to visit from afar.

We are always interested to receive your comments and suggestions for future features - please contact the editor at the email address below.

Attractions For a free download please visit our new map-driven, online magazine website Published by: County Signpost Ltd Editor: Adam Davison Cover image Š Avoncroft Museum

All material in this magazine is, as far as we are aware, correct at the time of printing. County Signpost Ltd does not accept any responsibility for errors or inaccuracies which slipped through. Copyright County Signpost Ltd 2014. No part of this magazine may be used or reproduced without the written permission of the publisher.

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nationaL truSt 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.

Berrington Hall, near Leominster Berrington Hall is a feast for the senses as visitors discover and experience life both above and below stairs. The Georgian mansion set in acres of ‘Capability’ Brown parkland, contains beautiful interiors and exquisite painted ceilings by

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Biaggio Rebecca and French Regency furniture, fine tapestries and carpets. Barriers have been removed in some special rooms allowing visitors to fully explore the interiors and items on display. Upstairs the Corner Bedroom and Dressing Room is dressed for the celebration of 1891 when the then owners, Lord and Lady Rodney, returned from their honeymoon. Visitors can also take a step back in time to the First World War in the atmospheric Oval Sitting Room. The room focuses on former Berrington owners, the Cawley family and their tragic story. Beneath the house, in the servants’ quarters, the Butler’s Bedroom is open, complete with his personal possessions, a glowing fire and a cup of tea, as though he’s just stepped out of the room. Visitors can also stop off at the Victorian Laundry to see if there is any washing to be done. Other ‘below stairs’ areas of the mansion include the Butler’s Pantry, Georgian dairy and

Berrington Hall, © national trust

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Croft Castle, copyright the national trust

back stairs, which provide an insight into the lives of the servants. Outside there is plenty on offer, including a natural play area with den building and varied activities during the year, as well as the parkland to explore. For admission prices, event details or any further information please call 01568 615721. event highlights for 2014 Cadburys Easter Trails 18 - 21 April 2014 World War II Weekend 7 & 8 June 2014 Cider Festival 4 & 5 October 2014 Berrington Firework Display 26 October 2014 A Victorian Christmas at Berrington 6, 7 & 13 23 December 2014

Croft Castle & Parkland, near Leominster Just over five miles away, at Croft Castle and Parkland, visitors will get to uncover 1,000 years of history. This intimate family home has connections dating back to the Norman Conquest. Family portraits adorn the walls alongside superb Gothic decoration from the 18th century,

including exceptional ceilings, paintings and furniture. In the Salon, the scene is set for an evening in the 1920’s. Visitors can have a go at the Charleston, learn about the fashionable and fast life of Sir James Croft and how he bought the castle back into the family after 177 years. In the Ambassadors Room it is 1913 and visitors can learn about the room’s preparation for the Austrian Ambassador who never came. Visitors can find out it’s relevance to World War One and from August 2014, there will be stories of the Croft’s at war and life at the homefront. Visitors can relax in the working walled garden and see the ongoing restoration project of the 1913, J. Weeks and co glasshouse. There are miles of walks through the parkland to explore including a new orienteering course. Visitors can also venture further and discover the Iron Age hill fort, Croft Ambrey. Families can enjoy trails around the castle and park and children can get their hands on history in the family activity room, which includes dressing up. The Castle themed play area located near the tea-room is a huge attraction for little visitors and they can also enjoy the new natural play area, designed for children aged 7 years and older.

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Brockhampton, © the national trust

Visitors can experience a range of events with living history weekends, seasonal festivals, outdoor evening theatre and can book onto a walk or course to learn more about the work the National Trust undertakes at Croft Castle.

Brockhampton estate, near Bromyard

For further details on this, including the price, please call either of the properties or visit the website at:

This timeless estate captures the spirit of rural Herefordshire in 1,700-acres of open parkland, traditional orchards, working farmland and ancient woodland. Gifted to the National Trust in 1946 by Colonel John Talbot Lutley, 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.

event highlights for 2014 Cadburys Easter Egg Trails – 18 to 21 April Lace Wars – living history weekend 21 and 22 June Croft Beer Weekend - 2 and 3 August Medieval Weekend – 9 and 10 August Croft’s At War – WW1 weekend – 23 and 24 August Harvest Weekend – 27 and 28 September Halloween Spooktacular- 25 and 26 October Christmas crafts, carols and Father Christmas weekends – 6 and 7, 13 and 14, 20 and 21 December

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. Experience the Great Hall where feasts and celebrations have been held throughout the centuries. From mid-July 2014 onwards, explore the whole house and see previously unseen rooms open for the first time. Enjoy the peace and tranquility as you sit in the damson orchard or enjoy a stroll along the nature trail to discover a rich variety of wildlife.

For admission prices, event details or any further information please call 01568 780246.

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Families can experience a wide range of events and activities throughout the year from butterfly hunts and trails to medieval weekends and traditional crafts. Picnic areas, outdoor games and natural play with a zip wire at Lower Brockhampton also make for a great day out. The Granary Farm shop offers an excellent selection of local gifts and produce, including a range of award winning Brockhampton jams, chutneys and Pure Herefordshire Cold Pressed Rapeseed Oil. Light lunches and refreshments can be enjoyed in the courtyard by the manor house and delicious local produce can be tried in the Old Apple Store tea-room at the top of the estate, with homemade cakes and hot lunches available. Brockhampton Estate is open to visitors all year round. For admission prices or for further information visit: or call 01885 482077. event highlights for 2014 include: Ledbury Waytes, medieval music and dance Mon 21 Apr 11.30am - 3.30pm Come and meet our Medieval Minstrels. Listen to their music, talk with them about their costumes and try on some armour.

Medieval Festival Fri 23 - Mon 26 May, 11am - 4pm This special four day long bank holiday medieval festival will take place in the manor house and surrounding area at Lower Brockhampton. On select days there will be performances from the Elysium Theatre Company, Sylvester the Jester, Sir John Savile’s Household and the Ledbury Waytes. With opportunities to learn Sylvester’s tricks, dress-up and partake in medieval chain dancing – it’s going to be a fun filled affair! Normal admission charges apply. Full House opening, Lower Brockhampton Sat 19 July onwards, 11am - 4.30pm For the first time, visitors can explore the whole manor house at Lower Brockhampton as part of the Brockhampton Revealed project. From the pantry to the Great Hall, discover over 800 years of history through atmospheric and engaging interpretation. Normal admission charges apply. Normal admission charges apply. all things Damsons Sat 6 - Sun 21 Sep, 11am - 4pmIt’s damson season again in the orchards at Lower Brockhampton. Pick your own damsons, join orchard tours and try tastings at various times. Please call 01885 482077 in advance to check the crop before arriving for picking. PYO £2 per kg, pre-picked bags £2.50 per kg. Normal admission charges apply.

the Weir Garden, © national trust / Derek Wilbraham

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What Spooks You? Family trail Sat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov, 10am - 4.30pm Discover spooky secrets and ghostly goings-on as you explore Lower Brockhampton. Wear your scariest Halloween costume and complete the trail to claim a prize. Creepy crafts will also be available in the Granary. £2 per trail. Normal admission charges apply.

the Weir Garden, near Hereford Escape to this spectacular riverside garden and be absorbed by natural beauty. Bordered by the River Wye, The Weir sits within unspoilt Herefordshire countryside and has many historical secrets to uncover. In spring see carpets of bulbs littered between ancient trees, in summer enjoy a picnic amongst wildflowers and in autumn visit the walled garden bursting with seasonal produce. Don’t miss: • Tea and locally made cake in our tea tent • Discovering Roman history in the garden • Relaxing in summer on a riverside deckchair For admission prices or more information please call 01981 590509.

Cwmmau Farmhouse, © national trust

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event highlights for 2014 Garden Tai Chi (booking essential) Easter egg hunts Guided walks and talks (booking essential)

Cwmmau Farmhouse, Brilley, Whitney on Wye Cwmmau Farmhouse is a fine example of Herefordshire’s rural history. This 17th century black and white timber-framed farmhouse is open to the public twice a year for four days in June and four days in October. For the remainder of the year it is run as a popular National Trust holiday cottage. Cwmmau was built as a hunting lodge during the 1620s by Philip Holman, who went on to become High Sheriff of Herefordshire. In 1700 its role as a farm began to develop and continued for more than 200 years. The estate was left to the National Trust in 1964. The farmhouse shows the development of an estate from the 17th century to the present day. The rooms are little altered from the original construction and it retains all its character and charm, with many early features still in place, such as the double bread ovens and washing coppers in the kitchen.

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Many of the original farm buildings remain with stables and barns and other out buildings to explore. Visitors can walk around the gardens of the house to find fantastic views towards nearby Kington and the surrounding Herefordshire countryside. For entry prices or more information please call 01568 780246.

Hanbury Hall and Gardens, near Droitwich Spa Explore Hanbury Hall and Gardens, a stunning early 18th century house set in 20 acres of beautifully restored formal gardens and 393 acres of park designed by George London. Discover the home of the Vernon family and uncover the fascinating history of the key members of the family, a history which spans 250 years and includes love, bigamy, and scandal. Marvel at the magnificent early 18th century wall paintings by Sir James Thornhill and sit and relax in the 1920s Sitting Room while listening to the gramophone. Outside visitors can stroll through the 20-acre garden and enjoy the parterre, orchards, orangery, working walled garden, mushroom house and icehouse. During the summer months, visitors can try their hand at a game of bowls on the 18th century crown bowling green. Further afield, miles of footpaths can be explored, linking the estate to the nearby canals and Hanbury Church. A tasty range of local produce can be enjoyed in the servants’ hall tea-room, which serves hot meals and lunches, as well as lighter snacks in the stableyard outdoor cafe. Wherever possible, home grown ingredients from the working walled garden are used to create seasonal treats for visitors to enjoy. A wide range of gifts and local products can be purchased from the stableyard shop as well as Hanbury grown

Hanbury Hall, © national trust

plants, plus the second hand bookshop offers visitors the chance to pick up a good read at a bargain price. Hanbury is very popular with families and offers a busy programme of events including art exhibitions in the long gallery and family activity days every Tuesday and Thursday during the school holidays. Young visitors will also enjoy exploring the children’s play area and people of all ages can try their hand at croquet and outdoor games, weather permitting, in the stableyard. For admission prices, opening times and more information, call 01527 821214. event highlights for 2014 include: Sun 6 & Sun 13 Apr – Dawn Chorus Walks (Booking essential) Fri 18 – Mon 21 Apr – Easter Weekend Activities (sponsored by Cadburys) Sun 18 May – Spring Plant Fair Sun 15 Jun - Father’s Day Falconry Sun 29 Jun & Sun 20 Jul – Teddy Bears’ Picnic Sat 12 & Sun 13 July – Flower Feast & NGS Weekend Thurs 3 Jul – Romeo and Juliet performed by The Lord Chamberlain’s Men (Booking essential) Sun 27 Jul – Pride and Prejudice by Heartbreak Productions Sat 4 & Sun 5 Oct – Apple Weekend & Worcestershire Woodturners Thurs 30 & Fri 31 Oct – Ghost Walks (Booking essential) Sat 6, 13 & 20 and Sun 7, 14 and 21 Dec – Visit Father Christmas over our Traditional Christmas weekends. Fri 19 & Sat 20 Dec - Come to Hanbury's Christmas carol Concerts. Booking essential.

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collections. Miss Moore was a fine artist and needlewoman, and there are examples of her work on display. They lived in the house until their deaths in 1982 and 1985. Visitors can enjoy the peaceful walled garden, which provides a welcome retreat in the city centre. Throughout the year light refreshments are available either in the stunning garden or, during the winter, in the house. event Highlights for 2014 include: Fri 18, Sat 19 & Sun 20 April - Cadburys Easter Egg Hunt Sat 3 May - Celebrating Spring at Greyfriars Sat 14 June - Medieval Dancing Fri 15 Aug - Knight School Fri 29 Aug - 1950's Games

Greyfriars, © national trust

For admission prices, opening times and further information, call 01905 23571.

Croome, south of Worcester Greyfriars House and Garden, Worcester Located in the historic centre of Worcester, is Greyfriars, a 15th century timber-framed merchant’s house. The unique house in Friar Street has a captivating story and tells of the family who saved the historic street and of the affluent merchant family who lived there.

Expect the unexpected. Incredible innovation, devastating loss, remarkable survival and magnificent restoration. All in one place. Step into what remains of a secret wartime air base, now our Visitor Centre, where thousands of people lived and worked in the 1940s. Walk through a masterpiece in landscape design, which is 'Capability' Brown's very first. Over the last 17 years we have painstakingly restored what was once a lost and overgrown 18th century

Built around 1480, the house was mistakenly given the name The Greyfriars in the early 20th century when local historians confused its upper floor with the refectory of a Franciscan friary that was on an adjacent site. The house was lovingly restored by Matley Moore and his sister Elsie, who saved it from demolition in the 1940s. Refurbishment was carried out with the ‘make do and mend’ ethos of the time. Both were very interested in medieval art, which is reflected in the decoration of the house and its unusual

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Croome Park rotunda, © national trust / whitecubephotography

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parkland and we’re continuing this work today. Find Croome Court, the home of the Earls of Coventry, at the heart of the park, which has been patiently waiting for its revival. Its time has come in 2014 as Croome Redefined starts to pull this glorious yet faded house back from the brink. Explore un-restored spaces and the intricate repair works which will see the house change forever. Restored wartime buildings house the Visitor Centre, Restaurant and Shop and there is also a tea room in the house during the peak season. For admission prices, opening times and more information call 01905 371006 or visit event highlights for 2014 include: Saturday 12 April – Sunday 27 April – Croome’s Easter Eggventure Trail

Friday 18 April – Monday 21 April – Messy Easter Activities Sunday 11 May – Discover Geocaching Saturday 24 May – Sunday 1 June – “50 Things Challenge” half-term trail Saturday 5 July – Orienteering event Saturday 12 July – RAF Defford Day Summer Holidays – Trilogy of trails and Activity Days throughout Saturday 13 September – Sunday 14 September – Heritage Open Days and Hare Krishna Festival Saturday 25 October – Sunday 2 November – Spooktacular Croome trail Saturday 29 November – Tuesday 23 December Saturday 6 December – Sunday 7 December – Christmas Fayre

Every journey ends with a memory. A day on the Severn Valley Railway is a day to remember. Take the people you love and make some memories that will last forever. Severn Valley Railway Families




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BoDenHaM arBoretuM

The land that is now Bodenham Arboretum was purchased forty years ago by the late David Binnian and his wife Jennifer. What began as a hobby, planting a few trees each winter, has developed into an area of outstanding landscape beauty and interest. His vision was to create a modern landscape that encapsulated his love and passion for trees and the countryside. When Bodenham received conditional English Heritage status in 1995 they realized it was a major opportunity for the Arboretum to be enjoyed by the public and it to remain in the family. What the family have achieved, continued and diversified by their son James and now his grandsons, is a thriving working farm and Arboretum that gives enormous pleasure to the many thousands of visitors each year.

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Set in 168 acres there are some 3000 species of trees and shrubs and two chains of pools and lakes. The epicentre lies around the Big Pool where many rare and ornamental trees can be seen in flower or fruit at all times of the year, their autumn colours being a special beauty. Through a patchwork quilt of pools, plantations,

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dells and glades, habitats provide for flora and fauna, insect life and numerous species of resident and migrating birds.

the biblical story of the nativity, with life size wooden characters and Bodenham’s animals, including our own donkeys.

Several miles of paths lead through acres of daffodils in early spring, and later primroses, bluebells and foxgloves line many of the woodland walks. The brilliant colours of azaleas and rhododendrons begin in mid- spring and the Laburnum Tunnel is one of the highlights in May/June.

The Visitor Centre is an award winning environmentally sensitive building carved out of the hillside. We serve a variety of home cooked food and cakes, including our very popular carvery. The pork, Herefordshire beef and lamb is from the farm and the vegetables are fresh and local when possible.

The farm is enjoyed by all ages. Lambs and calves abound in spring, along with chicks from the rare breeds of poultry. Every Christmas time the old farm buildings are transformed to tell

Sunday and Christmas lunches are catered for as well as public and private daytime/evening functions, weddings and funeral parties.

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Open all day and evening on Thursdays during May to September inc. January – February half term open weekends only arboretum Facilities and additional information: • Free car and coach parking • Disabled friendly in Visitor Centre, limited access in the Arboretum • Free entrance to restaurant and shop • Admission charged for Arboretum and Nativity • Groups by arrangement • Hard and grass paths – sensible footwear recommended • Dogs on leads allowed in grounds • Tree and plant sales • Guided walks available

opening times: February half term to Christmas open Wednesday to Sunday inclusive, 11am-5pm. Open every day in October, December (ex. 24th and 25th)

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to find Bodenham arboretum: Sat Nav: DY115TB Map ref: SO 8081 Brown signs from Wolverley Church island, along B4189 Telephone 01562852444

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Burwarton Show on the B4364 between Ludlow & Bridgnorth - Tel: 01746 787535





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• Trade Stands • Shopping Arcade • Food Hall • Handicrafts • Horticulture • WI • YFC Displays • Craft Demonstrations • Sheep Shearing • Inter-Hunt Relay • Cookery Demonstrations - Discounted Tickets available on-line: Adults £13, Child £4



A great day out for all the family

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LuDLoW SPrinG FooD FeStivaL

Spring Festival gives more, more, more

This year’s Ludlow Spring Festival promises to be a real corker bringing together the very best regional beer, food, music and 30 years of the Marches Transport Festival. This is a beer festival and so much more, with 190 glorious beers from more than 50 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. The talks and demonstrations area in the Inner Bailey has been a roaring success over the last couple of years and there will be a full programme throughout the weekend. Look out for Suree Coates from the multi-award winning King & Thai, world cheese awards founder Juliet Harbutt and TV chef and local cookery school owner Marcus Bean. Details for the masterclasses were being finalised as we went to press so please check the festival’s website

‘Meet the Brewer’. It’s a unique opportunity to talk to brewers about their beers and sample the wide selection. With prizes handed out early in the weekend, favourites sell out quickly so the Friday preview is an opportunity not to be missed. For further details, opening times and ticket prices see the festivals website at : Telephone 01584 87395

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 1011 May however; there is a special preview evening on Friday 9 May when visitors can

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LLanGoLLen internationaL MuSiCaL eiSteDDFoD July 8th - 12th eisteddfod set to rock all over the world with Bryn, Caro and Quo

There will also be a world premiere of a new work by top composer Karl Jenkins and an appearance by the chart-topping singing brothers, Richard and Adam Johnson, from Holywell, in Flintshire. What’s more the curtain will come down on this summer’s Eisteddfod with an appeaerance by legendary British rockers Status Quo who will perform on the Sunday night, July 13. In between Dutch jazz diva Caro Emerald will deliver a storming set on Thursday night while other top attractions this year include the Chinese State Circus and a new work by top composer Karl Jenkins which will be unveiled at the festival. The multi-award winning Dutch jazz singer Caro Emerald will be making her Llangollen debut on the Thursday evening. Earlier this year her second studio album, The Shocking Miss Emerald, went to No 1 in the UK album chart.

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Opera superstar Bryn Terfel and jazz sensation Caro Emerald are the headline acts at next year's Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. The acclaimed bass baritone will be playing the lead in a special production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street featuring an all-Welsh cast.

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The Eisteddfod is a complete international experience and that goes for the food too. Home-cooked Welsh produce is on the menu but so are the cuisines of Europe, China, India and the rest of the world and there’s excellent local Llangollen ale. There are gifts and clothes from South America, jewellery, wooden toys and Welsh-made products at more than 40 stalls, including exhibitions of festival supporters, Extreme Animals and Owl Rescue Display, charity groups and more including jugglers, escape artists and magic tricks. To book tickets and for more details on the 2014 festival go to the website at

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LionStoCk Music festival in the gardens of the Lion, Leintwardine - headlining top local bands:

• Fight the Bear • adam olds • the Chiefs • the Lone Wolves • the rhythm thieves

3rd May, 4pm-11pm

Al fresco dining and drinks by the River Teme. Ticket price £5 per person. Ticket proceeds to St Michaels Hospice and the LeintwardineYouth Group.

BattLe oF tHe BanDS A day of family fun and music on the banks of the River Teme in the gardens of the Lion, Leintwardine. Ticket price £2.50 (under 16s go free) . Ticket proceeds go to Leintwardine Youth Group.

Sunday 4th May 2pm till late

•Children’s entertainment •Al fresco food and drinks. •Battle of the bands competition •Entry free •£200 prize for the best band. Please apply to Last year’s event which was just the one day raised over £2000 for the Leintwardine Youth Group. over a thousand people attended to enjoy the bands and the sunny weekend.

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PreSteiGne FeStivaL

21st - 26th august 2014

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Taking place in a small, intimate town in the Welsh Marches, the Presteigne Festival has become a mecca for those seeking artistic nourishment and musical discovery. With a forward-looking commissioning policy, the organisation works closely with composers and artists to create and curate an inspiring programme of events for an ever-widening Festival community. Having greatly extended its artistic reach over the last four years, to be seen clearly in the development of both the performance programme and outreach activity, the Presteigne Festival continues to forge ahead with a wide range of exciting new ventures. l The 2014 Festival programme has a particularly strong Polish flavour; we not only celebrate the centenary of Anglo-Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik, but also include important music by Penderecki, Lutoslawski, Górecki and Bacewicz, and feature new and recent works by two of the younger generation of Polish composers – Pawel Lukaszewski and Maciej Zielinski. Other exciting ingredients include Stephen McNeff as composer-in-residence, a seventyfifth birthday tribute for composer John McCabe and the inclusion of music from Welsh composers in celebration of the Dylan Thomas centenary.

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Chamber opera returns to Presteigne – a doublebill from Nova Music Opera, who wowed Festival audiences with their performances of Britten’s Curlew River last year. Cecilia McDowall’s exciting new work Airborne (a Presteigne Festival co-commission), about the life and loves of a First World War Royal Flying Corps pilot is carefully balanced with Stephen McNeff ’s Prometheus Drowned – a darker piece exploring the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Percy Bysshe Shelley at Livorno in 1822. 2014 sees a very strong crop of commissions, with special prominence given to vocal and choral pieces – a Requiem for soloists, chorus and orchestra from Pawel Lukaszewski, an unaccompanied choral work, The Mariner’s Compass, from Lynne Plowman and a song cycle, Lie Still, by talented young composer Toby Young to words of Dylan Thomas. A string quartet, And the Snow did Lie from Hilary Tann, a work for clarinet and piano from Daniel Kidane Juliette Bausor

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(the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society/Presteigne Festival Alan Horne memorial commission) and an Oboe Concerto by Stephen McNeff. Under the auspices of the Festival’s outreach programme, clarinet and piano duo Kate Romano and Richard Uttley will undertake an autumn tour when new works performed at the Festival will also be heard at concerts in Birmingham, Bristol and Cheltenham.

Cavaleri Quartet

Leonore Piano trio

Artists appearing at the 2014 Presteigne Festival include: twitter: @PresteigneFest 01544 267800 P O Box 30, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2WF

Leonore Piano, trio nova Music, opera Cavaleri Quartet Benjamin nabarro, violin Gemma rosefield, cello richard uttley, piano kate romano, clarinet rachel nicholls, soprano Clare McCaldin, mezzo-soprano ilid Jones, oboe Christopher Foster, bass-baritone Juliette Bausor, flute Chris Hopkins, piano Sally Pryce, harp the Joyful Company of Singers Peter Broadbent, conductor Presteigne Festival orchestra George vass, conductor

Clare McCaldin

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LuDLoW MeDievaL CHriStMaS FaYre 29th - 30th november 2014

At Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre on the 29th & 30th November, in the stunning Medieval setting of Ludlow Castle, visitors will be treated to a full day and evening opening on Saturday from 10am – 9pm, joining Medieval knights, maidens, entertainers and stall holders as the sun sets across South Shropshire and the castle comes alive for an evening of fiery Medieval Revelry. On Sunday visitors will be able

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to enjoy a day filled with Medieval festivities from 10am – 4pm. On both days explore over 100 stalls selling seasonal wares, food and drink, crafts, historical goods and more; it’s the ideal chance to find the perfect, original gift or indulge in a unique treat. With a wide range of food and drink stalls to tickle your taste buds, grab a mulled wine, a spiced cider or head over to our local Beer Tent to whet your appetite for our full programme of entertainment. With the bone-crunching Plantagenet Society knights, medieval music and fire juggling, there’s entertainment throughout the castle all weekend. And keep an eye open for our 10’ giants! image © richard Shakespeare

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From St. Nicholas in his magical den to try-on armour, have-a-go archery and cross bow and birds of prey, there is something for all the family to enjoy. Head to the Inner Bailey across the flambeau-lit moat for hands-on-history, storytelling, demonstrations and activities, and enjoy beer, sausages and roast chestnuts.

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LuDLoW FooD FeStivaL

12th - 14th September

a feast for all the senses ... The Ludlow Food Festival was first run in 1994 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 the current 20,000 plus 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 12-14 September.

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This will be the 20th Ludlow Food Festival and there will be more than 180 of the very best local food and drink producers sharing their 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. Master classes have been incredibly popular the last two years and this area is expanding this year with more classes to try your hand at. Little ones won’t miss out either with a special kids cookery school.

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Of course the ever-popular sausage, ale and bread 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.

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Demonstrations and talks Childrens entertainment Over 180 local food and drink producers Hands on masterclasses Slow Food Taste Workshops Live music Top Chef Friday - the best of the best! Outside Food Vendors - a wide variety of quality hot and cold meals,

For more details about the festival please visit the website Telephone 01584 873957

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Hereford Museum and art Gallery Hereford Museum and Art Gallery is housed in a spectacular Victorian gothic building with displays of intriguing artefacts from the county's collections. It showcases an exciting and changing exhibition programme including contemporary fine art and photography. Explore Herefordshire's history through thematic displays. Wonder at the scale of our Kenchester mosaic or get close to the live bees and learn about their life cycle. Don’t miss the Brian Hatton collection on display, exploring the life and times of the young artist as a young man. 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 Wednesday - Saturday 11am - 4pm For further information, please contact the site on the days and times above on 01432 260692

Admission is free. Email: Web: Telephone 01432 260692. Broad Street, Hereford, HR4 9AU

the old House

Discover the Old House a magnificent Jacobean half-timbered building in the heart of Hereford City and now a wonderfully preserved dwelling furnished in period style. Built in 1621 and home in the past to butchers, ironmongers and bankers. Explore the bedrooms giving a glimpse of what daily life was like in the Old House in times past. See how big

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Museum resource and Learning Centre

The Museum Resource and Learning Centre is a state of the art storage facility that 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, all preserved in controlled conditions for current and future generations. You are invited to visit our experts on special identification days at MR&LC, bring along your own objects for identification - learn about them and how to care for them or why not arrange an independent research visit.

the beds were, how baby learnt to walk and how the family dog got from room to room. View the fabulous collection of pewter ware, oak furniture and rare wall paintings. Enjoy the hands-on activities for children and look out for special family events. opening times Tuesday 11am - 4pm Wednesday 11am - 4pm Thursday 11am - 4pm Saturday 11am - 4pm For further information, please contact the site on the days and times above on 01432 260694 Admission is free. Email: Web: Telephone 01432 260694. High Town, Hereford, HR1 2AA

We have a continuing programme of family activity days, tours for groups, lectures, workshops and events for all ages. Take the opportunity to tour the stores on an activity day or arrange to bring a group for a behind-thescenes experience and discover some of Herefordshire's rare treasures. 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 to see behind the scenes by appointment. For more information, please contact: 58 Friars Street, Hereford, HR4 0AS Telephone 01432 383383 Email: Web:

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MuSeuM GaLa DaY Waterworks Museum Sunday 27th July 1.00pm – 5.00pm annual Gala Day Waterworks Museum on Broomy Hill in Hereford will be holding their annual Gala Day on Sunday 27 July from 1pm – 5pm and celebrating their 40th Anniversary. Not only does the museum tell the story of water and how it reaches our homes, this is a great opportunity

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to see all the exhibits and pumps in full steam along with a fine vintage, veteran and classic vehicle cavalcade which will travel through the city and arrive on site for you to enjoy. The guest of honour for the day will be the Mayor of Hereford who will officially open a new display. Waterworks Museum Broomy Hill Hereford HR4 0LJ 01432 357236

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the Waterworks Museum The Waterworks Museum – Hereford is a 150year time-capsule of working machinery and social history which tells the story of water supplies in Wales and the Marches. The range of engines, pumps and equipment 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 the UK. 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.

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Children especially love to see the superbly restored horse-drawn fire engine. This dates from 1805 and was used on a private estate in Herefordshire (on loan from Herefordshire Museums Service.) There are lots more activities for children to do including trails and time-lines. The Museum is open every Tuesday (not in steam) 11.00am – 4.00pm (except 18 and 25 December). The Museum is open in steam from April to October on the second and last Sundays of the month, 1.00pm – 4.00pm, plus Easter and August bank holidays. Pre-arranged group and education visits all year Broomy Hill, Hereford, HR4 0LJ Telephone 01432 357236

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the Cider Museum

The original Champagne cellars reveal racks of bottles where the “Methode 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. A programme of activities and temporary exhibitions is arranged throughout the year including the Annual Cidermaking Festival which will take place in October 2014. There will be demonstrations of traditional cidermaking, coopering and blacksmithing along with beekeeping and morris dancing. A fun day out for all the family with games and activities for the children. opening times: April-October – Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm November-March – Monday-Saturday 11am-3pm Open Bank Holiday weekends

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.

Cider Museum Pomona Place, Hereford, HR4 0EF Telephone: 01432 354207

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 the 18th century onwards and 19th century watercolours of cider apples and perry pears.

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kington Museum

re-erected; this one used to be in the back garden of 14 High Street before moving to its current home. 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.

The museum was opened in June 1986, and is housed in what were the stables of the King’s Head Inn that was demolished in 1885. The collection is formed of items received from residents of the town and the immediate surrounding area, together with artefacts from further afield which have a link with Kington. This year there will an exhibition all about music and musicians associated with the town and surrounding such as Mike Oldfield and Ellie Goulding as well as exhibitions from local collectors of toy vehicles and clay pipes open : Tuesday to Saturday, April to September inclusive, 10.30am-4pm Tuesday-Friday 10.30am-1pm Saturday, also open on Bank Holidays Admission: Free, donations welcome e: w: Mill Street, Kington, HR5 3AL Telephone: 01544 231 748 or 01544 230182 out of hours

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

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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 Good Friday 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. Church Lane, Ledbury, HR8 1DW Telephone: 01531 653069 e: w: open: Good Friday – 30 Sept, daily from 11am-5pm; Oct, daily 11am-3pm Admission: Free

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Weobley Museum Weobley Museum is situated on the site of the old police station and courtroom. The museum displays artefacts and archives which put Weobley in context through its history.

Leominster Museum The Museum tells the story of Leominster and its people from pre Roman times to the present 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. From the opening in March until 3 June, there will be an exhibition of local Geology from Earth Heritage Trust to enjoy. Etnam Street, Leominster, HR6 8AL Telephone 01568 615186 opening times 29 March – October Monday – Friday 11am – 4pm Saturday 11am – 1.30pm w:

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Weobley is full of black and white houses and the museum shows many features of timberframing as well as aspects of everyday life. A signed walk is also available around this very pretty village Back Lane, Weobley, HR4 8SG Telephone 01544 318278 opening times April, May, June: Monday and Tuesday 10.00am -1.00pm July, August September: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 10.00am - 1.00pm Bank holiday Mondays from Easter to September 10.00am – 4.00pm Open at other times by request

This dates from about 1700 and stands in the mill stream. Renovated in 2000, you can view the nesting places and the internal structure, while the building also serves as an exhibition venue, tourist information site and shop for local produce. Eardisland, Herefordshire HR6 Telephone 01544 388026 opening times all year daily

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Church Lane, Ledbury, HR8 1DH Telephone 01531 632306

16th Century Painted room No. 1 Church Lane is one of the most interesting yet mysterious buildings in Ledbury. The spot where it stands, at the junction of the 'kings highway' and the East/West track, from Hereford Cathedral to Ledbury Parish Church, has undoubtedly been the site of continuous human activity for more than a thousand years. In Elizabethan times, Ledbury was a small town of some 600 to 650 people, and the market and religious centre for a further 880 rural parishioners; some 1500 in all. 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. According to Ledbury Parish Church Archives, we learn 'The Parish of Ledbury in the Reign of Queen Elizabeth l' by the late Miss S.F Robinson, there may have been built here a Booth Hall to replace the original early 15th century one sited where the Feathers Hotel is now. Such a use for this building , with its concern for the proper conduct of Ledbury's markets and fairs; market toll gathering; the Court of Piepowder and the control of vagrants and the distribution of poor law monies, might well account for the very particular choice of texts used in the Painted Room, with their emphasis on the good citizen, duty and love.

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e: w: opening times : March 11.30am-3pm, April 1 to end Oct Mon-Sat 11am-4pm. Sundays mid July-mid Sept. & Bank Holidays 2pm-5pm Closed August Bank Holiday Admission: Free, donations welcome Booked tours at other times by request.

violette Szabo Museum This museum has been painstakingly created in memory of this undoubted heroine, in celebration of her bravery in missions with the Special Operations Executive before her untimely death at the age of 23 in 1945. Violette Szabo was immortalised in the film Carve Her Name With Pride starring Virginia McKenna. Telephone 01981 540477 / 540328 Cartref, Tump Lane, Wormelow, HR2 8HN opening times: Apr-Oct Wednesday 11am1pm and 2pm-4pm. Other times by appointment. Admission: Free w: Please confirm a visit before travelling

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5 Sherford Street, Bromyard, HR7 4DL Telephone 01885 488755 opening times All year Thurs & Fri 10am–1pm & 2pm-4.30pm Saturday 10am12.30pm. Admission: Free e: w:

Mayor’s Parlour Hereford Town Hall, opened in 1904, is a very fine building and the Mayor's Parlour Suite contains a selection of items relating to the history of the City of Hereford. Individuals and groups are welcome to visit the Mayor’s Parlour to learn about the City’s heritage, to see the historic items on display in the Parlour and to view the City Silver and the Charters, dating from 1189, held in the Vaults. Town Hall, St Owen’s Street, Hereford, HR1 2PJ opening times Contact the Mayor’s Secretary on 01432 260438 w:

Bromyard and District Local and Family History Centre

Hereford Light infantry Museum The Herefordshire Light Infantry Museum tells the story of the Herefordshire Light Infantry in campaigns such as Galipoli, Egypt and Palestine. It also describes their inception as the Herefordshire Rifle Volunteers raised in 1860 and, in more modern times, their involvement in the arrest of Admiral Doenitz at the end of WWII. The Museum contains a collection of objects from the Napoleonic period as well as uniforms and medals associated with the regiments raised in Herefordshire Harold Street, Hereford, HR1 2QX Telephone 01432 870420 / 850328 opening times by appointment only e:

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.

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Belmont abbey

e: w: 12 The Square, Bromyard, HR7 4BP Telephone 01885 488329 opening times: April to September inclusive, every Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun, 10.30am 4.30pm October to March inclusive, every Saturday and Sunday, 10.30am to 4.00pm. Parties and group bookings by appointment throughout the year Admission: Adult £8, Child £6, Concession £7, Family Ticket (2 adults and 2 childen) £25

Belmont Abbey is a community of about 45 Benedictine monks with buildings designed by E W Pugin and founded in 1859. The Abbey church is open to the public, houses fine stained glass and other interesting artefacts and has undergone extensive renovation. Tours of the Abbey gardens and some rooms at the abbey can also be arranged. The monks attend the Abbey church five times a day. The public are welcome to attend these services. Refreshments are available in the Abbey’s guest house, Hedley Lodge and CDs of the monks singing and music, guidebooks and related material can be obtained from the Bookshop and Information centre Hereford, HR2 9RZ 01432 374747 open: all year, free access

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 and collectabls, featuring many items from Dr Who and other science fiction series

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Hereford Cathedral - Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Hereford Cathedral is fortunate to care for two important historical treasures: The Mappa Mundi is a late thirteenth-century map of the world and is a pictorial encyclopaedia. It is adorned by strange beasts and other characters which tell stories from the bible and classical myth. With Jerusalem at the centre, it provides a unique insight into the medieval mind.

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Mappa Mundi is exhibited alongside the worldfamous Chained Library: The Cathedral’s book collection was chained to its shelves as a security measure over 400 years ago and there are fascinating medieval manuscripts and printed books which feature in temporary exhibitions in the Library. 5 College Cloisters, Cathedral Close, Hereford, HR1 2NG, Telephone 01432 374226

Group tours & slide shows by arrangement John Wallin, Museum Curator Telephone 07802 718094

Herefordshire Society of Model engineers

opening times: Winter opening until end March 2012. Longer summer hours from April 2012` Open Monday - Saturday: 10am 4pm (last admission 3.30pm) Closed Sundays Please check times before you visit

St John’s Medieval Museum & Coningsby Hospital The Coningsby site offers so much more than might be expected with the restored 13th Century Chapel of the Order of St John, the St John Medieval Museum, a replica hospital for Coningsby Servitors, the ruin of part of a Blackfriars Monastery plus an attractive rose garden and 14th Century Preaching Cross, all giving a fascinating insight into the history of the site, its inhabitants and associates through the buildings themselves and exhibits on show. opening times Apr- Oct, Monday, Wednesday and Saturday, 11am-3pm

The society was started in Hereford in 1962. In 2012 they celebrate their 50th anniversary with an exhibition in the club house, open to the public from 22 – 24 June. Train rides available April to October on the 2nd and last Sundays of the month from 12noon - 4.00pm. Light refreshments, ‘00’ gauge display, outside garden railway gauge ‘1’. Parties and new members welcome Adjacent to the Waterworks museum. Broomy Hill Railway, HR4 0LJ opening times The miniature railway runs on the 2nd and last Sundays of the month from March till October, noon-4.30pm. Special days are posted in the press or club website w:

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Market House visitor Centre, ross-on-Wye A unique 17th Century building in Ross-on-Wye, Market House creates a tangible connection between the past and present. Discover the history of Ross and the Wye valley. Situated in the heart of the town, the sandstone Market House has been at the centre of Rosson-Wye’s history for 360 years . Hands on displays and lots to explore, find out all about Ross, Hedgehogs and the Wye Tour. The centre hosts exhibitions by local craft producers, and offers family activities in school holidays. The centre is the one stop shop for all visitors to south Herefordshire. Find accommodation, book your travel and find out where to visit. Above all, Market House is a beautiful building to visit, not least for a great balcony which opens up fantastic views of the town and surroundings. The building still maintains many of its original features, providing a window into the past yet serving all the requirements of a modern, thriving town. opening times – Daily 10.30-4.30 except Tuesdays Email: Web: Market Place, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 5BZ Telephone 01432 260675

Ledbury Heritage Centre Visit Ledbury Heritage Centre to get a flavour of bygone years in this bustling market town. Housed in a beautiful 16th century building the centre has changing community exhibitions as well as a range of permanent displays exploring the town and the history of the building. Learn about famous residents such as John Masefield and Elizabeth Barrett Browning or find out about the changes wrought to the town in the Victorian era when the canal and the railways arrived. See Ledbury in days gone by in the wonderful Tilley photographic collection, and soak up the atmosphere of this stunning black and white town. Hands on activities for children and activity days in school holidays Church Lane Ledbury, HR8 1DN Telephone 01531 635680 Email: Web: opening times : Open daily 10.30 – 4.30pm from April to October Closed on Good Friday and Easter Sunday Every museum needs volunteers to help in day to day activities, please see the contact details at the end of each article. For all sites: follow Svetlana Sturgeon aka HerefordBigFish on twitter or why not follow us on facebook Herefordshire Museum Service to find out more about Herefordshire’s Museums.

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Grange Court 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. Visit Grange Court to learn its fascinating history through lively and hands on displays, and an interactive tablet tour. Grange Court, Pinsley Road, Leominster HR6 8NL, 01568 737980,,, open Monday – Saturday 10am-4pm, entry is free.

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tHe JuDGe’S LoDGinG ‘ O ne of t h e w o r l d’ s mo s t ap p ea l ing sm a ll m us eu ms’ Dr John Davies, historian. When the Judge’s Lodging closed its doors at the end of the 2013 season, it had no idea just how exciting the following few months would be…

Dr Lucy Worsley, filming for the BBC Food & Drink Special

The beautiful gas-lit kitchen in its Victorian judges’ accommodation became the star of BBC’s Food & Drink Christmas Special, with historian Lucy Worsley exploring the art of Victorian jelly-making, whilst the lavishly illustrated reprint of well-known author Bill Bryson’s book, A Short History of Private Lives, used a full page illustration of the room as the heading to his chapter on the history of kitchens.

If that wasn’t enough excitement, 2014 has kicked off with the museum being visited by HRH Prince of Wales, who found it a an atmospheric and ‘truly inspirational’ place. This was swiftly followed by it winning Britain’s Best Hidden Gem in the Hudson’s Heritage Awards 2014 at a ceremony at Goldsmith’s Hall, London, where it was presented by celebrity hosts Lloyd Grossman and Lucinda Lambton.

HrH the Prince of Wales at the Judge's Lodging 31 Jan 14

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Stapleton Castle

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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 award-winning 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! 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.

This year, a very special treat has been arranged for visitors. Stapleton Castle occupies a commanding position on the hill overlooking Presteigne. It has no public access but The Judge’s Lodging has teamed up with the owner to offer guided walks. 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. 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 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. Telephone 01544 260650

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WorCeSterSHire’S MuSeuMS

Worcestershire has a long and fascinating history that the museums and heritage attractions of this "most english of counties" are proud to share with you.

Droitwich Heritage Centre

the almonry This 14th Century building was once home to the Almoner of the Benedictine Abbey that was founded at Evesham in the 8th Century. See the history of Evesham in displays of Anglo-Saxon treasure through to 18th Century costume. The Almonry will be undergoing developments during 2014, so ensure you check the website before visits. On the site of the former Brine Baths, the present 1930s black and white building houses a fascinating local history museum alongside the friendly and welcoming Tourist Information Centre. Droitwich is famed for its involvement with early radio broadcasting involvement and Brine is so salty, that the Dead Sea is the only other to equal its strength. See displays on local salt-making and BBC radio Broadcasting. St. Richard's House, Victoria Square, Droitwich Spa, Worcs, WR9 8DS 01905 774312

George Marshall Medical Museum WR11 4BG Abbey Gate, Evesham, WR11 4BG 01386 446944

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The museum houses a collection of objects illustrating the way that medicine has developed in Worcestershire over the past 250 years. View a Victorian apothecary shop, new exhibits and the death masks of hanged criminals.

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Malvern Museum of Local History Malvern Museum is housed in the mediaeval Malvern Priory Gatehouse. The Museum comprises of a number of themed rooms :

Charles Hastings Education Centre, Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Worcester, WR5 1DD 01905 760738

* The Malvern Hills Room houses geological displays. * The Mediaeval Room shows the development of the Priory church and the Guesten Hall. * The Water Cure Room features water cure doctors and their famous clients. * The Victorian Room shows Malvern as a popular health spa resort. * The Gallery shows the importance of science and technology with radar and satellite communication developed in Malvern. * The Modern Room features Santler and Morgan cars.

Worcester royal infirmary Following a significant grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the George Marshall Medical Museum and the University of Worcester have teamed up to create a brand new, permanent exhibition of medical history in the former Worcester Royal Infirmary, now the University’s City Campus. This is an interactive exhibition, combining history, science, art and technology to explore the medical stories of one of England’s oldest infirmaries. The Infirmary, The University of Worcester, Castle Street, Worcester, WR1 3AS 01905 542373

The museum is open from 25th March until the end of October. Priory Gatehouse, Abbey Road, Malvern 01684 567811

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Goff's School, Church Street, Tenbury Wells, WR15 8E4, for further information telephone the honorary curator Liz Finlay 01584 810945

tudor House the Museum of Carpet This newly opened museum houses a collection of designs, textiles, machinery and archives from Kidderminster's internationally famed carpet industry. This new museum offers loom demonstrations, exhibitions and educational resources in the heart of Kidderminster. Stour Vale Mill Green Street Kidderminster Worcestershire DY10 1AZ 01562 69028

tenbury Museum This museum, housed in a 19th century school room, tells the story of Tenbury Wells and the surrounding area, particularly in the 19th and 20th centuries. Open from Good Friday until October 30th at these times: Tuesday – Saturday 10.30 am – 1.00 pm and Sunday 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm .

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Follow the house's fascinating history, from its origins as weavers' cottages to the Cross Keys Tavern, Cadbury's Coffee House, a school clinic and World War II ARP billet. Friar Street, Worcester, WR1 2NA Telephone 01905 612308 (during opening hours Wednesday and Saturday, 10-4)

the transport Museum, Wythall Volunteer-run treasure! Three halls accommodate 100 buses, battery-electric vehicles and fire engines from the Midlands and beyond. Classic buses and miniature steam railway operate on major days. Cafeteria (light refreshments), shop and picnic area.

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Chapel Lane, Wythall, Worcestershire, B47 6JX 01564 826471

Worcestershire Museum of Freemasonry

Forge Mill needle Museum Forge Mill Needle Museum, which houses original water powered machinery, tells the fascinating and sometimes gruesome story of Victorian needle making. Just a short walk from the mill are the ruins of a Cistercian abbey and visitor centre. Please see the website for varying opening times during the year.

The Museum is dedicated to the collection and display of Masonic memorabilia from the UK and the rest of the world. Includes antique glass and ceramics, medals, historic regalia and a library of more than 5,000 books Masonic Hall, Rainbow Hill, Worcester, WR3 8LX

Bewdley Museum Needle Mill Lane, Riverside, Worcestershire, B98 8HY 01527 62509



Set in the historic Butcher's Shambles, Town Jails and Brass Foundry this unique museum offers discovery, excitement and relaxation for the whole family. Get involved in making a rope or clay pipe and enjoy the delightful gardens and cafe. Load Street, Bewdley, DY12 1AT 01299 403573

The Stourport Canal Basins are home to a selection of Heritage Rooms which are home to the local history of this once thriving place for the golden age of canals. The Heritage Rooms include “Discover Stourport� and Information Point, the Old Ticket Office and The Tontine Stable. 01299 822827 stourport_basins_heritage_rooms.html

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Gordon russell Design Museum

Plan Chests c.1927

Museum on the Move Museum on the Move delivers a high quality learning and museum experience for Worcestershire to diverse and isolated audiences, from travellers on sites to older people in retirement homes. Many of these audiences are challenged by the cost of coach travel and the logistics of undertaking a museum visit. The whole exhibition is fun, enjoyable, colourful and memorable - we want visitors to come away from MOM with a greater appreciation and understanding of museums and heritage. To make a booking, or to find out more about the current and future exhibitions, please visit

Set in the beautiful Cotswold village of Broadway, the Gordon Russell Design Museum displays the design, processes and stories of Gordon Russell and his company's furniture. The museum is set in the original Gordon Russell workshop, allowing you to experience the 60 years it was here in Worcestershire. Gordon Russell Design Museum 15 Russell Square, Broadway Worcestershire WR12 7AP 01386 854695

kidderminster railway Museum Adjacent to the Severn Valley Railway, and the modern railway station use in the town, the Kidderminster Railway Museum displays an exciting collection of various railway artifacts. From signaling equipment to photographs, this is an excellent display of items from around the British Isles. Station Approach, Comberton Hill, Kidderminster, Worcs. DY10 1QX 01562 825316

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the Commandery Har tlebury Hartlebury Explore Expl oree the w or wonders onders of Worcestershire W or o cestershire through through ffascinating as a cina cinating ting objec objects, ts, eexhibitions xhibitions and eevents vents The Commandery Commandery back PPeel eel ba ck the llayers ayers and discover Commandery’ dis cover the C ommandery’s history ffascinating as a cina cinating ting hist ory This fascinating site offers displays about the history of the building as well as a major exhibition on the English Civil War. With a full programme of activities and events throughout the year, and with its own gardens and nearby Fort Royal Park, the site makes for an ideal family visit. Sidbury, Worcester, WR1 2HU w w w. w h u b . o r g. u k / c m s / m u s e u m s worcestershire/commandery.aspx Tel: 01905 361821

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regimental Museum Based within the Worcester City Art Gallery and Museum, this museum displays artefacts from the Worcestershire Regiment. The Worcestershire Soldier Exhibition tells the story of the soldiers of our county Regiments. They lived and sometimes died in the defence of the country and its Empire overseas. Using archive film, memories and the unique collections of The Worcestershire Regiment and Worcestershire Yeomanry this display brings 300 years of military history to life. Foregate Street, Worcester, WR1 1DT Tel: 01905 721982


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It’s a It’s an n enchanting enchanting adventure, adve an nostalgic ostalgic journey journey and and a great day d ay o out ut ffor or tthe he w whole hole family fam Seven galleries Seven galleries • Over Over 50 vehicles vehicles Original Or iginal enamel sig signs ns Motoring M otoring curiosities curiosities TTV’s V ’s super superhero hero car, car, Brum TToy oy collec collection tion • Gift Gift shop

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CotSWoLD MotorinG MuSeuM

In the beautiful setting of Bourton-on-theWater you’ll find the hidden gem that is the Cotswold Motoring Museum & Toy Collection. A popular tourist destination, Bourton is a great place to visit for a day trip, with plenty to see and do in and around the village.

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the Museum You’ll discover over 50 vehicles including cars, motorcycles, pedal cars and caravans displayed in seven galleries covering more than 7,500 sq. ft.! The Museum is a truly fascinating journey through the 20th Century, overflowing with vintage vehicles, hundreds of original enamel

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signs and an intriguing collection of motoring curiosities. It’s also home to TV’s superhero car Brum, whose adventures start and end at the museum, and can now be found there every day. The wonderful toy collection also represents the Museum’s passion for travel. From old favourites from year’s gone past to more modern items, you will be enchanted by the great display of toys and games. After your visit, don’t miss the gift shop which is jam packed with pocket money treats and collectables including Brum memorabilia and souvenirs.

new exhibition - Glad all over: remembering 1964 The Museum is owned by CSMA Club, who have been proudly supporting civil service employees since 1923. This year’s very special exhibition will be taking a nostalgic look back to 1964. On display will be our 1964 Zephyr and two 1964 Royal Enfield motorcycles, as well as photographs, posters and songs from the iconic year. Why not re-live life in the 1960s, or see what all the fuss was about for yourself ? The Cotswold Motoring Museum is open from 10am to 6pm seven days a week, from 14 February to 7 December 2014. Motoring Museum|Toy Collection| Gift Shop|Home of TV’s Brum| Children’s Play Area Telephone 01451 821255

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WorCeSterSHire CountY MuSeuM

Whether you are looking for a fun family day out, a chance to learn something new, a peaceful stroll through nature or just a nice cup of tea and a cake Worcestershire County Museum has it all. The County Museum, housed in historic Hartlebury Castle, home to the Bishops of Worcester for over 1000 years, is a fascinating place to explore. The museum collections include toys, domestic items, costume and transport and our displays look at the wonders of Worcestershire, the

history of the county's farming and agriculture and the importance of water to the region. There is also a large collection of horse drawn vehicles including a superb display of beautiful Gypsy caravans. Visitors can also explore room sets such as the Schoolroom, Nursery, Victorian and Civil War rooms. Our latest gallery Hoards, Handbags & Highwaymen explores how people made, saved, moved, used and lost their money over the last 2000 years and contains a display of beautiful handbags and purses, mysterious buried treasure and the recently discovered Bredon Hill Coin Hoard. From April 1 – Sept 30 museum visitors will also be able to see the Castle's State Rooms, the magnificent Great Hall and Saloon, included in the normal entry price. The Castle Kitchen cafÊ serves a variety of homemade dishes, light lunches and tempting cakes in the atmospheric Castle Kitchen, or visitors may prefer to take their lunch outside in the Orchard picnic area. The Museum also has a lovely gift shop which sells a fantastic range of cards and gifts as well as contemporary craft items from the Worcestershire Guild of Designer Craftsman.

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The museum offers a varied events programme providing fun and informative days out for all the family, including a Harvest Fair, a Festival of Transport, Murder Mystery nights and Christmas weekends. There are also fun children's craft activities in school holiday weeks and throughout August and on Bank Holiday Mondays we hold fun family events on themes such as Animals, Dinosaurs and our very popular Pirate School.

'Terrific value for money' – (visitor comment, 2012) 'So much to see and do!' – (visitor comment, 2012) 'The best museum we have been to' – (visitor comment, 2011)

A visit to the County Museum at Hartlebury Castle really is a great day out, as our visitors will tell you – 'A wonderful surprise discovery' - (visitor comment, 2013) DY11 7XZ for SatNav

For further details : Telephone 01299 250416. Email

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WorCeSter CitY art GaLLerY & MuSeuM Sensational Clay from 16th June until 1st November. Designed by Hereford based potter Jon Williams, this exhibition has something for all of the family to enjoy, with fun ceramics inspired by the five senses and each with a secret to discover.

Something for everyone In 2014, Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum is inviting the public to visit the coasts of St Ives, stimulate the senses with ceramics and join the county as it commemorates the centenary of the First World War in its newly released programme of upcoming exhibitions. The exhibitions cover a variety of topics and interests, meaning that there is something for everyone this year. From 8th February until 26th April, visitors can discover beautiful scenes in Song of the Sea: The St Ives Schools of Landscape and Marine Painting. Works by artists such as Adrian Stokes, John Arnesby Brown and Julius Olsson are brought together, linked through their stunning imagery of Cornish seascapes and landscapes. The museum will also encourage its visitors to explore their senses in the hands-on exhibition

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On 25th October, as part of the events being held across Worcestershire, Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum will open its exhibition World War One: In the Words of Worcestershire People to mark the centenary of the First World War. Through diaries, letters and poems written during the war, visitors can understand the lives and feelings of Worcestershire people. Their words are further enhanced through personal objects and mementos on display. Angie Bishop, Worcester City Art Gallery & We ' ve g ot a w o nd er f ul Museum manager said "W p r o gr a mm e f o r 2 0 1 4 wit h a wid e va r ie t y of e xhib itio ns . W ith f am il y f un a nd tho ug htp r o vo ki ng m om en t s, t h e r e' s s om et h in g f o r al l to e xpl o r e." A variety of events and children's workshops will be run alongside the exhibitions programme. These will be announced during the year.

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events Highlights 8 FeBruarY – 26 aPriL Song of the Sea: the St ives Schools of Landscape and Marine Painting Artists from across the world were drawn to St Ives to capture the beauty of the British coastline. The exhibition brings together stunning landscapes and seascapes by Adrian Stokes, John Arnesby Brown and Julius Olsson. Kindly supported by Friends of Museums Worcestershire. 3 MaY – 5 JuLY Skylight Landscape by Paul nash & David Prentice The landscape of the Malvern Hills has long been a source of inspiration for artists. In Skylight Landscape, Malvern-based artist David Prentice brings together his own vibrant paintings with those of Paul Nash, the most evocative landscape painter of the twentieth century. 16 June – 1 noveMBer Sensational Clay This fun exhibition has something for all the family to enjoy. Sensational Clay is an exhibition of ceramics to stimulate the senses by Herefordbased potter Jon Williams. The works have all been inspired by the five senses, and have a secret to discover, from tiny hand-held itemsto huge one-metre wide pots! 12 JuLY – 13 SePteMBer

Fancy Pants: a Celebration of Style 1920-1945

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Showcasing the fabulous Museums Worcestershire costume collection, Fancy Pants includes glamorous gowns, party pieces and fashion on a ration, with a grand array of activities and events for all the family. To follow the exploration of the costume collection visit Entry is FREE to Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum, which is open Monday – Saturday 10.30am – 4.30pm.

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avonCroFt MuSeuM

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings is an award-winning open-air museum spanning over 700 years of life in the Midlands in a stunning rural setting. It is also home to the National Telephone Kiosk Collection, a miniature railway and traditional cider and perry orchards. Avoncroft is England’s first open-air museum and is home to over 30 exhibits including domestic, industrial, ecclesiastical and agricultural buildings which have been rescued, restored and reconstructed on our site. Our collection includes a windmill, a Tudor townhouse, a 1940s prefab, a traditional ice house, a 200 year old perry mill and an earth closet. There is a play area for younger visitors, a gift shop and an Edwardian Tea Room serving a delicious selection of cakes and light meals using local produce wherever possible, including produce from the Museum’s own period gardens.

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There is a lively and varied programme of events including historical re-enactments, traditional celebrations, activity days and cultural events. There are regular windmill demonstrations and you can also see the blacksmith and chain-maker in action on key event days. Tel: 01527 831363

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tHe eLGar BirtHPLaCe MuSeuM & viSitor Centre End your visit by browsing in the shop or relaxing in the new café bar area where you can enjoy Elgar’s wonderful music over morning coffee or afternoon tea. Museum entry also includes a free audio guide with an introduction to the museum by world renowned mezzosoprano Dame Janet Baker and an introductory video.

This popular Museum, dedicated to the life and times of England’s great composer, is situated 3 miles west of the cathedral city of Worcester. In the newly designed Visitor Centre you can now explore Elgar’s life and musical development through new interactive exhibitions featuring old film and photographs which transport visitors back to Elgar’s Victorian and Edwardian past and breathe life into the fascinating objects on display. The picturesque Birthplace Cottage, where Elgar was born in 1857, still retains its unique charm and remains the highlight of any visit to the museum. Here you can capture the atmosphere of Elgar’s “study” and see objects including his desk which he would have used daily throughout his composing life. In other rooms you can discover Elgar’s family, his varied hobbies and his extensive travels abroad. New for 2013 is our Jubilee Family Garden. The garden created to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee includes outdoor musical instruments and can be enjoyed by the whole family as well as introducing children to music. In the delightful cottage garden you can sit with Elgar as he takes in the view towards the Malvern Hills.

The Museum has a varied events programme which ranges from regular talks, concerts and exhibitions. Events for the family include quizzes, trails and workshops. These events take place in the Carice Elgar Room, a multifunction room which is also available for private hire. Groups are always welcome and special benefits are in place to make these visits unique. There are Joint Visits with other local tourist attractions in the area and bespoke visits based around the Museum and Elgar. A “Behind the Scenes” visit especially designed for groups concentrates on the work of the archivist and how we look after our collection. For groups of 25 or more evening visits can be arranged.

Telephone 01905 333224

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MuSeuM oF roYaL WorCeSter

Royal Worcester’s history spans two and a half centuries and the Company’s magnificent legacy is reflected in the stunning displays on show in the museum. From the moment you enter the 18th Century gallery you are transported back in time to learn how the importation of tea and the Lady burnishers, circa 1910

need to have teapots and bowls able to withstand boiling water started a phenomenal demand for porcelain. In the first instance decoration of the pieces was inspired by images from the Far East and then a few years later more familiar European scenes, reflecting the travels of those who had taken the Grand Tour, began to appear.


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tureen and cover, 1753

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Paul Sandy painting circa 1760

In 1788 King George III and Queen Charlotte visited the factory after attending the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester, His Majesty ordered a breakfast service for the Queen and in the subsequent year awarded the first Royal Warrant to the Company. The Victorian era brought new customers who made their fortune during the Industrial Revolution and their commissions saw an explosion of decorative expression, colour and form. This gallery is in total contrast to the Georgian period as here deep red walls and sumptuous displays form a back drop to an area that can be hired for special occasions.

In contrast the 20th Century gallery documents economic and cultural change, two World Wars had a major effect on the workforce and large numbers of women took up skilled roles on the factory floor. The advent of freezers, dishwashers and microwaves also had an impact on tableware, function and design and whilst private commissions and orders continued mass production became the mainstay of the business.

the angel of the annunciation, 1871 victorian imari pattern

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For more information


Telephone: 01905 21247 Website Email

Hunting Mug, 1815

Today our work focuses on the people who made these magnificent objects, the skills they had and the environment in which they worked. Their stories enrich Royal Worcester’s history, bring the objects to life and tell us so much about the manufacturing processes and our social history. The museum will also be displaying some of the hidden treasures from within its archives, photographs of past workers and the 1951 film ‘The Doctor Orders Clay’.

‘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.

art Deco teapot

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HoLSt BirtHPLaCe MuSeuM movement of the Suite. Each will be in a location associated with Holst. In addition there is a major exhibition June 28th - October 12th The Planets with items borrowed from The Bodleian Library, The British Library, the Royal College of Music and the Britten-Pears Foundation. This includes the original manuscripts of The Planets.

victorian Bedroom where Holst was born

The museum is in the Regency terrace house where Gustav Holst, composer of The Planets was born in 1874. The story of the man and his music is told alongside a fascinating display of personal belongings including his piano. The museum is also a fine period house showing the upstairs downstairs way of life in times past, including a working Victorian kitchen and laundry, elegant Regency drawing room and charming Edwardian nursery There is a range of events happening this year as the museum celebrates 100 years of The Planets which Holst began in 1914. There will be seven listening posts across Cheltenham each playing a

Staff in costume as Holst’s Mother, Holst as a toddler and his nursemaid

Baking in the victorian kitchen

Telephone 01242 524846 images Š William Bagshaw reproduced with Permission the Holst Birthplace Museum.

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Severn vaLLeY raiLWaY

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Go on a magical day out abord the Severn valley railway. There is a wealth of fun on offer at the Severn Valley Railway, one of the West Midlands’ most exciting family days out. Why not create your own itinerary along the line, hopping on and off at the SVR’s six unique stations. The SVR’s Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley boasts an array of exhibitions, an impressive collection of reserve locomotives and majestic Royal Carriage, gift shop, restaurant and children’s outdoor railway themed play area.

The Railway also plays host to a number of special events throughout the year, including the ever-popular Family Fun Days with appearances from children’s favourites Peppa Pig and George, and our Steam and Whistle Activity Club, which run throughout the summer holidays. There are also a number of popular annual events to see you through the year, including the sell-out Halloween Ghost Trains and the festive Santa Steam Specials which run throughout December.

Enjoy a free visit to the Kidderminster Railway Museum, let off steam in more than 120 acres of the Severn Valley Country Park, or enjoy at picnic on the beautiful country station at Arley. The Coalyard Miniature Railway also operates at Kidderminster station on most days in August.

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up close at the engine House

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For more information on timetables and upcoming events, visit, search for Severn Valley Railway Families on Facebook or call 01299 403816.

Special events 2014 • Spring Steam Gala - 21-23 March • Members & Shareholders Weekend 12-13 april • Family Fun Weekend - 10-11 May • Step back to the 1940s - 28-29 June

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& 5-6 July

• Diesel Enthusiasts Gala - 2-4 october

• Food Festival - 12-13 July

• Remembrance Day Service - 9 november

• Peep behind the scenes - 19 July • Ladies Day - 28 July • Classic Vehicle Day - 27 July • On the Buses - 7 September • Autumn Steam Gala - 18-21 September

Telephone 01299-403816 for the SVR: or 01746-862387 for The Engine House: Visit

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WeStonS CiDer visitor Centre 2014 Deep in the heart of the Herefordshire countryside Westons Cider is situated in the village of Much Marcle. Nestling on a gentle hillside amongst apple and perry pear orchards “The Bounds”, with its 400 year old farmhouse, is the centre piece to a unique day out that has something to offer everybody. Join a tour around the cider mill and be treated to a thorough history lesson. Hear how cider is produced, from the planting of the orchards to the moment the cider is poured into a glass. Step back in time as you experience the tranquil and fragrant vat sheds housing historic oak vats, some nearly 200 years old and all still used. All tours end with a FREE tasting (adults only).

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You can buy cider, perry and Westons merchandise from the shop on site. If the weather is fine you can stroll through the Henry Weston Courtyard Garden and up into the Bottle Museum Tea Room. Here you can enjoy a cup of tea and a light snack or delicious cream tea. Alternatively, you may decide you would prefer a meal in the Scrumpy House Restaurant. Please phone to book if you would like lunch (Sundays included). You can also have dinner – Thursday – Saturday evenings. Phone 01531 660626 to book.

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events & Diary Dates 2014 Westons Play Park reopens - 4th April - 2nd November open Farm Sunday - 8th June, 10am - 4pm The tractor and trailer rides leave Westons Visitor Centre for the Westons farm to see many farming activities and the award winning herd of Hereford Cattle. Return to Westons by tractor and trailer or enjoy a farm walk back through the orchards. A day for all the family. Held at Nuttal Farm, Much Marcle, HR8 2PG FREE EVENT all things Cider - 25th August BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 10AM - 4PM Come to enjoy a celebration of all things cider, including tastings of Herefordshire apple and pear products from other cider makers. Sample and savour some of Westons finest cider for FREE.

Big apple Weekend - 11th & 12th October Take part in a seasonal celebration of English apples and cider in the Herefordshire parishes of the Marcle Ridge. Join us for breakfast or lunch at the Scrumpy House (booking required - ring 01531 660626). Leominster Morris Men will be joining us during the course of the day. Visit our orchards by tractor and trailer or take a Cider Mill tour with Free sampling afterwards (booking may be necessary - ring 01531 660108). Christmas Bazaar – 12pm - 5pm Sunday 30th November Get in the Christmas Spirit at Westons. Come and meet the reindeers, stroll around the produce and gift stalls and enjoy Christmas carols around the tree whilst sipping hot mulled cider and enjoying a complimentary mince pie. The Bounds, Much Marcle, Herefordshire, HR8 2NQ Telephone 01531 660108


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Get a taste of Georgian glamour with our year long costume exhibition, 'A Thousand Fancies'. Costumes on display include R`SaaSa T`][ bVS & ŸZ[ BVS 2cQVSaa and the classic, 'Pride and Prejudice'. Visit our website for more details.

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Herefordshire & Worcestershire Signpost 2014  

2014 edition of the popular annual tourist guide for Herefordshire & Worcestershire...full of pictorial features of things to do and places...

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