The Weir Garden is a beautiful National Trust property boasting a lovely riverside garden, mature trees and even some ancient Roman ruins. Being just outside Hereford this stunning venue is easy to reach from Weobley, Leominster, Hay-on-Wye, Bromyard, Kington and even Presteigne.
The course starts with a short introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes, where they relate to foragers.
Then we’ll set off on a roughly 2.5 hour walk around the gardens and along the River Wye, teaching you how to identify the different Spring shoots, plants, flowers and hopefully mushrooms that we find.
There will be a break along the way for some homemade refreshments such as our lovely hogweed and wild garlic soup.
After the walk we will end the day with a tasty wild food lunch based on what we have found. This will include some treats made from our recent finds, a wild salad that we will pick on the day and possibly even some wild garlic pesto.
After the course we will email you a list of everything we talk about on the day; to help you remember what you have learnt.
There are limited spaces available so please book your tickets online.
On Saturday 1st December is the launch of the Christmas festivities with a winter wonderland theme running through the hotel and an outdoor Christmas market of local gifts and produce, ice skating rink, Santa's grotto experience and seasonal refreshments. There will be something to keep everyone entertained and be sure to ignite your festive spirit!
See Hay-on-Wye transformed into a winter wonderland brimming with festive cheer. Carol singing, readings, comedians, day and evening entertainment through the weekend. Including a food festival, vintage fayre and performances from nationally acclaimed actors, comedians, writers and singers; doing justice to the internally famous literary festival's winter extravaganza.
Kington annual walking festival, with a range of events during the day and evening throughout the festival. A wide range of guided walks will be available. The Offa's Dyke Path National Trail, the Herefordshire Trail, Mortimer Trail from Ludlow, and the Wyche Way from Broadway all pass through (or start/finish) in the town.
Only 20 minutes away from the Old Vicarage Holiday Let. COme and stay and enjoy an amazing weekend of food and drink at the festival. Abergavenny Food Festival enjoys an exceptional reputation as a place for chefs, food businesses, journalists, farmers and food producers to come together. We are known for being an inclusive and welcoming event, delivering a delicious opportunity for people from all walks of life to explore and learn about food.
Through our outstanding programme of activities, including product tastings, kids’ activities, masterclasses, hands-on cookery lessons and topical debates, we provide the inside track on food issues, offer new ideas about the future of our food and showcase rising stars emerging from the industry.
Abergavenny Food Festival prides itself on transforming the way people think about food; challenging and promoting new ideas, pushing the boundaries of current thinking and encouraging people to look differently at where their food comes from.
Over the years, the festival has attracted top food heavyweights such as: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, Jamie Oliver, Monica Galetti, Jane Baxter, Jose Pizarro and Valentine Warner, to name but a few. By engaging with influential chefs, commentators and journalists both nationally and internationally, we have grown to become one the highest profile food events in Britain.
Do you love fireworks? Do you love outdoor summer events? If the answer is yes then on Saturday 8th September, come along to Eastnor Castle's Deer Park to be apart of 2018's Firework Champions! Here 3 of the UK's best firework companies compete against each other with a 10 minute fireworks display perfectly choreographed to music. It is then up to you the audience to choose the winner via standard rate text message voting whilst the event organisers MLE Pyrotechnics fire a larger closing display as the votes are counted. The entry gates open at 16:00 and close at 21:00. Please feel free to come along anytime in between to relax in the grounds and soak up the unique atmosphere. Food and drink is available to buy onsite or alternatively don't hesitate to bring along your own picnic. There will be a DJ interacting with the audience and playing music through the night and also a small fairground for younger children. Camping is available at this event if you would prefer to stay over and the price is an additional £10 per adult with children allowed to camp for free.
Bromyard Folk Festival started in 1968 and sold 150 tickets. Now it is attended by thousands every year. Bromyard Folk Festival’s goal has always been to promote folk traditions by making them as accessible as possible during one weekend of packed entertainment. Acts can be local, award winning national performers and international folk legends. There is a warm family feeling to Bromyard Folk Festival, with entertainment for all ages, plus food, drink and activities throughout the whole weekend.
Tom and his friends will be there, too, but you might know them best as The Midnight Gang. When everyone else is sweetly sleeping, they gather in the middle of the night in the name of magic, mischief, and memory making. Join Heartbreak and the gang on this crucial mission to overcome our greatest fears and uncover the magic ingredient to a fantastic friendship.
“At times it feels like you’ve wandered into a private party (although admittedly one for over 5000 smiles, happy people” The Independent.
“This really is a party that has it all; a festival at the very top of the game” E-festivals.
What more do we need to say. Just 30 mins from the Old Vicarage, Vowchurch!!
Now in its third year of providing Fringe events and activities, Ludlow Fringe is a genuine success and is forging links with other Fringe Festivals worldwide through the World Festival Network - linking with Brighton Fringe (the biggest Fringe Festival in England) and the Edinburgh Fringe (the biggest Fringe Festival in the world), 'sistering' with the Azores Fringe and San Diego Fringe Festival.
An Austen Romance by Heartbreak Performances in this incredible castle setting. Join Heartbreak, the Bennet sisters, and a host of charming, young bachelors (yes, Mr Dacy will be there. No, really, yes, that Mr Darcy), for an evening of comedy, romance, and more the one come-uppance, as we learn how to behave, ahem, properly.
For 11 days a year many thousands of people come from all over the UK, Europe, America and the rest of the world to join a carnival celebration of ideas and stories at the Hay Festival. The programme of six hundred events takes place in the tented festival village. Writers, politicians, poets, scientists, comedians, philosophers and musicians come together on the greenfield site to talk, eat, think, drink and be merry.
Set against the magnificent Malvern Hills, our spring festival is packed with flowers, food, crafts and family fun. The RHS Malvern Spring Festival’s Show Gardens are a real treat for any visitor. Created by top designers, including RHS Gold Medal Winners, the gardens entice, surprise and delight visitors year in and year out. In addition to the show gardens is a great pavillion of art and flowers, outstanding plant exhibits, green living spaces, celebrity spotting, retail therapy and more.
The 2018 Wye Valley River Festival takes place from May 5 to May 19, and celebrates all things wet and rivery about the stunning Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Running right across Herefordshire, the festival starts in Hereford, goes through Ross-on-Wye, passes through Monmouth and ends at Chepstow. It’s more than a fortnight of fabulous, free fun for all the family. Bringing internationally acclaimed art and masses of talent together in the Wye Valley, there's masses already happening and a chance to get involved!
Based at Ross Rowing Club, the event opens at midday on both the Saturday and Sunday of the May Bank Holiday weekend. Featuring locally brewed beers and ciders, favourites from previous years together with many new beers to suit all tastes. A BBQ and other food will be available. Worth popping down to sample some local beers and hospitality while enjoying a day out in the Wye Valley!
A great line up of fantastical steampunk performances and fancy dress at the Waterworks Museum, Hereford. Including Ichabod Steam and his Animatronic Band, Greg Chapman from The Last Airship, and from Berlin, the incredible Feline & Strange are the headline act for the Saturday Night Steampunk Cabaret Show.
Held in the stunning grounds of Newport House in Almeley, this private residence kindly opens its gardens to host what is the largest fundraiser for the British Red Cross in Herefordshire, which this year celebrates 22 years. Famed for the high quality plant and garden exhibitors, you’ll also find crafts, gifts, fashion, jewellery, and more there is a vast lunch and tea marquee alongside food purveyors and vendors.
Look forward to an action packed, hands-on event with food, farming and countryside at its core this Easter holiday with CountryTastic at The Three Counties Showground, Malvern.Keep the kids entertained all day long with free activities, entertainment, their favourite countryside creatures and much more.
Join a spring foraging talk, and walk identifying the different edible and poisonous Spring shoots, plants, flowers and mushrooms that we find. Finishing the day off with a tasty wild food lunch based on what we have found. Just 9 miles from the Old Vicarage, why not learn some new foraging skills to take home with you!
Nearly 1,000 performers are set to take to the stage over the six day 84th Herefordshire Performing Arts Festival. A week of instrumental and vocal performances running alongside speech and drama classes. The festival culminates in a Gala performance!
Only 40 mins drive from the Old Vicarage, joining in the guided walks of the Crickhowell Walking Festival is a great option to discover stunning hikes with friendly locals during your stay at the house. There is also a Photographic Competition during the festival, with your chance to win £100 voucher with local outdoor shop, Crickhowell Adventure.
“Off the Wagon” at Lemore Manor with Lemores first Bottomless Brunch of the year! ChIndulge in a large selection of delicious tasty healthy food options and unlimited Pink Bubbles, whilst listening to live music. Located 25 mins north of the the Old Vicarage. A fine way to occupy your Sunday in the countryside!