Events & Festivals

Events & Festivals

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Horse Racing

January
  • New Year’s Day at Cheltenham Racecourse (35 miles) A day that is firmly established as a family favourite at Cheltenham, with large and enthusiastic crowds determined to enjoy some festive fresh air and welcome in the New Year in style.
  • Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham Racecourse (35 miles) Probably the best one day Jump racing meeting anywhere, with seven races of huge quality that also provide some final clues to the destination of the big prizes at The Festival. This meeting includes The Argento Chase, a valuable trial for the totesport Cheltenham Gold Cup. Many of the horses that run on Festival Trials Day are having their final start before The Festival and it is rare that this meeting doesn’t feature at least one subsequent Festival winner.
February
March
  • The 2013 Malvern Contemporary Arts Festival (15 miles) A brand new festival bringing the very latest in modern drama, music, dance, comedy and film to Great Malvern.
  • The Cheltenham Horseracing Festival (35 miles) The shining jewel in Jump racing’s crown. It is four days of magic, madness and magnificence, played out on a stage framed by the breathtaking vista of the Cotswold Hills. It features a cast of the best horses, jockeys and trainers playing to an audience of 220,000, all of whom are determined to have the time of their lives.
April
  • The British Asparagus Festival (27 miles) Asparamania hits the Vale of Evesham.
  • The Spring Blossom Trail (27 miles) Taking you through the historic towns of Evesham and Pershore and the delightful Cotswold village of Broadway – this signposted route also includes some of the most delightful scenery and countryside the area has to offer. And, weather permitting – Vale Blossom at its best!
May
  • Hay Festival of Literature & Arts (40 miles) Every year, around 80,000 visitors flock to Hay-on-Wye for the town’s annual literary festival. Attracts some of the world’s top writers; past visitors include Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Desmond Tutu and Cherie Booth/Blair, Jeremy Clarkson and Terry Jones to name but a few.
  • Ludlow Spring Festival (27 miles) Like a Beer Festival but better…with over 180 real ales, live music, 60+ local food and drink producers, 180 classic cars and a whole host of talks and demonstrations, entertainment, trails and much more.
  • Malvern Walking Festival (15 miles) 9 days of themed walks in Elgar country.
  • The Big Apple at Blossomtime Festival (19 miles) A unique blend of activities in and around orchards, which should be in full blossom, combined with traditional cider and perry tasting.
  • The British Asparagus Festival (27 miles) An asparagus Experience throughout the Vale of Evesham.
  • The Malvern Spring Gardening Show (15 miles) Now ranked 4th in a list of Britain’s top 10 horticultural events.  Stunning show gardens, spectacular floral marquee with over 100 nurseries, Chris Beardshaw mentoring scholarship, talks and demonstrations from gardening experts, and superb shopping.  Lovely location at the foot of the magnificent Malvern Hills in Worcestershire.
  • Upton on Severn Folk Festival (19 miles) A great weekend ‘Down by the Riverside’ – good music, good company and a lovely atmosphere throughout.
June
  • Herefordshire Walking Festival (19 miles) 9 days, more than 50 walks to explore the beautiful county.
  • The British Asparagus Festival (27 miles) An asparagus Experience throughout the Vale of Evesham.
  • The Garden Festival (23 miles) is hosted in the splendid grounds of Hellens Manor.  The redevelopment of the gardens along Tudor and Jacobean lines will incorporate a rare 17th century octagonal dovecote, a walled knot garden, a yew labyrinth, and and a short woodland walk.
  • Three Counties Agricultural Show (15 miles) Livestock, equine classes, farming Village with Agricultural machinery, Entertainment Village, Main Arena Programme – packed with thrilling shows PLUS the wonderful Grand Parade of Livestock, Regional Food and Drink – samples, cookery demonstrations and more…
July
  • Bromyard Gala: County Show & Steam Rally (4 miles) A good old time country show -spectacular arena events, country crafts, children’s entertainments, Punch and Judy, competitive handicrafts show, rabbit & cavy show, rare breeds, heavy horses, bands, market stalls, local trade marquee, Border Countries Food Fair, archery, birds of prey, country pursuits, and much, much more…….
  • Hereford Three Choirs Festival 2012 (20 miles) An international classical music festival presented each year by rotation in the cathedral cities of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester.
  • Ledbury Poetry Festival (17 miles) The biggest and best poetry festival in the UK. The programme is filled with an eclectic and exciting array of events, featuring poets and performers from all over the world.
  • Nozstock Festival (7 miles) Offers a variety of music to include rock, indie, classical, folk and blues. Two dance arenas are also available hosting hip-hop drum ‘n’ bass and trance through to the early hours.
  • The Worcester International Festival for Young Singers (10 miles) Workshops, concerts, colourful street singing and a final night Gala Concert in Worcester Cathedral with most performances free of charge.
  • Upton Blues Festival (19 miles) A weekend of FREE LIVE MUSIC throughout the streets, pubs and clubs.
August
  • Bromyard Hop Festival (4 miles) A day of nostalgia, entertainment and fun for all the family – don’t miss it or you will miss the crowning of thefirst ever Hop Pocket World Champion!
  • Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb (7 miles) Shelsley Walsh – the oldest operational motorsport venue in the world.  The course is in the heart of the Teme Valley and well worth a visit.  Experience the hill climb on YouTube.
  • Tenbury Countryside Show (26 miles) A traditional, agricultural show held annually in South Shropshire.  Great day out for the whole family.
  • Worcester Festival (10 miles) A fun-packed festival of events and activities for all to enjoy, covering everything from the arts and literature to music and more in between.
  • Worcester Music Festival (10 miles) All free, all live, all original – experience three whole days of live, original music from hundreds of up and coming bands and artists from the Midlands and across the UK, and it’s all for free!
September
  • Bromyard Folk Festival (4 miles) Some of the most outstanding local, national and international traditional folk musicians performing in concert, ceilidhs and displays.
  • Herefordshire Art Week (19 miles) Herefordshire’s Open Studios event, giving you exclusive access to artists’ studios, workshops and special exhibitions.
  • Kington Horse Show & Agricultural Society (29 miles) Possibly the last remaining one-day livestock show in Herefordshire. A traditional agricultural show with Horse, Cattle, Sheep, Dog and Horticultural classes together with Young Farmers competitions, Shearing competitions and Farrier demonstrations.
  • The Malvern Autumn Show (15 miles) For food and gardening lovers alike, the Show brings together everything we know and love about nature at its finest. It is time to start enjoying the good life.
October
  • Flavours of Herefordshire Food Festival (19 miles) The Food Pavilion showcases over 70 independent food and drink producers who rear, grow or make food with taste. The Farmers’ Market pile their tables high with the best of local fruit and vegetables, jams and pickles. There are cookery presentations and lots of fun for children.
  • Hereford Cider-making Festival (19 miles) Demonstrations of traditional cider making, coopering and blacksmithing, and tutored cider tasting.
  • The Big Apple in Harvestime (19 miles) A special opportunity to enjoy the Autumn countryside in the Herefordshire parishes on the Marcle Ridge. The local orchards are famous for their cider fruit and their excellent eating apples.
November
  • Hereford Contemporary Craft Fair (19 miles) 58 selected makers of contemporary craft are exhibiting – stunning range of Jewellery, Textiles, Furniture, Wooden Home wares, Ceramics and Porcelain, Glass, Stone Carving, Basketry, Leather Bags, Fashion Accessories, Metalwork and Sculpture.
December