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Herefordshire

HEREFORDSHIRE

If you’re looking to take a break in a county that offers incredible countryside, historic attractions, family days out and superb food, then put Herefordshire firmly on your list. Bordered by Shropshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire and Wales, it is the site of numerous cultural festivals and the Malvern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Ancient Maps and Hidden Rooms

Hereford is the main city and its cathedral shows some of the finest examples of Norman architecture to be found in the UK. You’ll also find it home to the Mappa Mundi – a 13th Century map of the world that might be a little below the standard of accuracy of an Ordnance Survey map, but is a fascinating insight into how our ancestors viewed the world that they knew.

A visit to Ledbury will bring you into contact with one of Herefordshire’s best-kept secrets: the Painted Room. This was uncovered in the late 1980s when Ledbury Town Offices were being refurbished. What was found was one of the UK’s best examples of Elizabethan wall paintings.

On Safari in Herefordshire

Families with children will find a variety of educational, engaging and interesting things to do and see. The West Midlands Safari Park offers four miles of self-drive safari in which you can encounter the UK’s biggest pride of white lions, while Eastnor Castle combines outdoor fun with a fascinating visit to a beautiful Georgian castle.

Eating Out in the County

Being surrounded by fertile farmland, it’s no surprise to find that there are an increasing number of exceptional restaurants to be found in the county. The Stagg Inn and Restaurant in Titley was the first pub in the UK to be given a Michelin star. For a sumptuous, romantic meal, it’s worth booking a table at the Malvern Restaurant which is, unsurprisingly, in Malvern, where you can also take advantage of their spa services.

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May
Ludlow Spring Festival and Marches Transport Festival
Ludlow Spring Festival and Marches Transport Festival

Over 180 real ales, 60+ local food producers, 180 classic cars and live music all inside Ludlow Castle. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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RHS Malvern Spring Festival
RHS Malvern Spring Festival

More than just gardens. Visitors have the chance to get fabulous retail therapy, with crafts, home accessories and unusual plants on offer. There was the complete taste experience with food and drink to suit everyone.

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June
Ludlow Fringe Festival
Ludlow Fringe Festival

Over 150 music, comedy and visual & performing arts events taking place in venues across Ludlow. (photo ©VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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Royal Three Counties Show
Royal Three Counties Show

A great British day out at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern. The region’s largest Agricultural Show. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Shrewsbury Food Festival
Shrewsbury Food Festival

A festival of food and drink, with local craft, unsigned bands and family entertainment. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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July
Ludlow Dog day
Ludlow Dog day

A family fun day centered around dogs in the beautiful grounds of Stokesay Court. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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Three Choirs Festival
Three Choirs Festival

The Three Choirs Festival, held annually since the early eighteenth century and rotating between the three great cathedral cities of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford, is one of the world’s oldest classical music festivals. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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August
Magnalonga
Magnalonga

The Magnalonga is a food and drink walk of about eight miles. It starts and finishes in Ludlow: a journey where you combine a walk through unspoilt countryside with some of the best food and drink from the Marches. (photo - VisitEngland/Diana Jarvis)

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Shrewsbury Flower Show
Shrewsbury Flower Show

The Flower Show features, T.V. personalities, celebrity Chefs, Folk Bands, singers and spectacular arena acts entertain the crowds for 12 hours on each day of the show, ending with a magnificent firework display.

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September
Ludlow Food & Drink Festival
Ludlow Food & Drink Festival

Over 180 local food and drink producers, talks and demos, trails, children’s entertainment and much more. Park & Ride advised. Inside Ludlow Castle and around the town. (photo - VisitEngland)
 

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November
Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre
Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre

Start the Christmas season in medieval style in the stunning setting of Ludlow castle.

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