Places to visit
There are many places to explore and activities to enjoy near Huntlands Farm.
We would be happy to discuss any of them with you prior to your visit and if necessary, make appropriate booking arrangements on your behalf.
The Teme Valley Market, our local farmer’s market, is one of the oldest farmers’ markets in the country and is situated right on our doorstep. It is held every second Sunday of each month during the year.
- Arrow Valley Country Park (32 miles) 400 hectare country park with visitor centre, cafe, and gift shop. Superb lakeside trails. Fishing, cycling, plus events/activities throughout the year.
- Astley Vineyards (13 miles) English Vineyard producing international award winning white wines; set in secluded wildlife haven. Free entrance, wine tasting and vineyard trail.
- Bringsty Vintage Living (on the doorstep) Antique and vintage furniture, mirrors, lighting and garden items to decorate your home. Cafe serving great homemade cakes and cream teas.
- Evesham Vale Light Railway (26 miles)Enjoy beautiful views as you travel through the old apple orchards on a miniature steam train at Evesham Country Park.
- Morgan Car Factory (14 miles) Enjoy a fully guided tour of the factory watching the craftsmen and women using traditional skills to make the Morgan Sports Cars.
- Museum of Royal Worcester (11 miles) See the world’s largest collection of Worcester Porcelain and learn about a fascinating workforce and history that spans over 250 years. Visit the shop to find an ever changing selection of vintage and antique Royal Worcester made on the factory site for sale.
- The Hop Pocket Craft Centre (10 miles) A large craft and gift centre, Farmhouse Fayre restaurant, a plant centre, and over 20 unique and independent shops.
- West Midland Safari & Leisure Park (26 miles) Go wild on a four-mile self-drive safari; visit the Discovery Trail; enjoy amusement rides.
- Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings (23 miles) Unique home for 27 historic buildings, rescued from demolition and rebuilt in a beautiful corner of Worcestershire’s rural countryside.
- Berrington Hall (National Trust) (20 miles) An elegant neo-classical house of the late 18th-century, designed by Henry Holland, set in a park landscaped by ‘Capability’ Brown.
- Bewdley Museum (16 miles)Housed in an historic Butchers Shambles. Fascinating displays, daily demonstrations, varied exhibitions, events and workshops. Lovely gardens and tea shop.
- Brockhampton Estate (National Trust) (on the doorstep) Still operates traditional farming methods and has extensive areas of woodland which make excellent walking. The Lower Brockhampton House is late 14th-century and has a moated manor house. This great YouTube video shows you around the house & gardens.
- Cider Museum & King Offa Distillery, Hereford(20 miles) Learn about the history of cider making, from the milling and pressing of the fruit to the production of the juice which is fermented to make cider. Set in a former cider factory, you can see every kind of cider-making equipment; explore the champagne cellars, a vat house and a cooper’s workshop.
- Croft Castle and Parkland (National Trust) (23 miles) A late 17th-century house with fine Georgian interiors, restored walled gardens, stunning views over the Welsh Marches and miles of marked walks.
- Eastnor Castle (24 miles) Eastnor Castle is a dramatic, fairytale castle situated in a 5,000 acre estate in the Malvern Hills within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty – it is the home of the Hervey-Bathurst family.
- Elgar Birthplace Museum (on the doorstep) Provides a fascinating insight into the life and music, family and friends, development and inspirations of Sir Edward Elgar. Also, you can visit the country cottage where he was born.
- Forge Mill Needle Museum (36 miles) Unique museum telling the history of needle making in the listed Victorian water mill. 12th-century Cistercian Abbey ruins and Visitor Centre.
- Goodrich Castle (35 miles) Stands majestically on a wooded hill commanding the passage of the River Wye into the picturesque valley of Symonds Yat.
- Hanbury Hall (National Trust) (20 miles) Set in 395 acres of parkland, with a beautifully restored 18th-century garden. The impressive interior, with its superb painted ceilings, holds a fine porcelain collection and an exhibition about the Hall’s past.
- Hartlebury Castle (21 miles) A 13th-century fortified Bishop’s Palace, the residence of the Bishop of Worcester since 1250.
- Harvington Hall (24 miles) An Elizabethan moated manor house with rare wall paintings and the largest series of priest hiding places in the country.
- Hawford Dovecote (National Trust) (14 miles) A curious, crooked-timbered dovecote dating from the 16th-century.
- Hereford Cathedral (19 miles) Hereford Cathedral is home to the Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library.
- Middle Littleton Tithe Barn (National Trust) (28 miles) One of the largest and finest 13th-century tithe barns in the country. It was built in blue lias stone, with Cotswold stone roof tiles, oak timber aisle posts and a crucked roof.
- Severn Valley Railway (17 miles)Steam-hauled passenger trains running along the beautiful Severn Valley, between Kidderminster in Worcestershire and Bridgnorth in Shropshire.
- The Commandery (10 miles) One of England’s oldest buildings, a glorious Grade I listed building dating back to the 12th-century, it has a long and varied history that is reflected in its range of architectural styles from medieval to Victorian.
- The Greyfriars (National Trust) (11 miles) A 15th-century timber-framed Merchant’s house in Worcester city centre.
- Waterworks Museum, Hereford (20 miles) Located in a pretty setting by the River Wye, it is well worth a visit. The county’s industrial heritage is brought vividly to life by the museum’s working engines, along with many exciting exhibits and interactive displays. They tell the story of drinking water from the very beginning, through the Industrial Revolution to the present day. There are impressive beam, gas and diesel engines and the oldest working triple expansion engine in Britain.
- Whitbourne Hall (on the doorstep) Designed by Elmslie and built in the Palladian manner for the Evans family in 1861, the Hall retains its principal reception rooms in their original style and reflects the grandeur of the period. The house itself and the grounds, including the elegant Italianate Parterre Garden, Victorian Walled Garden and Greenhouses, have been restored by the current owners.
- Wichenford Dovecote (National Trust) (7 miles) This 17th-century black and white half-timbered dovecote has an unusual chimney-like structure on the roof, which is in fact an entrance for the birds. Pigeons were kept in these buildings both for their eggs and meat. The practice was introduced by the Romans but only became commonplace after the Norman conquest and continued up until the end of the 18th-century.
- Witley Court & Gardens (8 miles) Spectacular ruins, stunning fountains, restored gardens and woodland walks make for a great day out. Read the tea shop’s daily adventures on Gill’s blog. Or visit The Witley Tea Rooms NEW website for more information.
- Worcester Cathedral (11 miles)Worcester Cathedral is one of England’s most magnificent and inspiring buildings, a place of prayer and worship for fourteen centuries. View the Cathedral on YouTube.
- Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum (11 miles) Visit the latest exhibition, learn about the past and enjoy fun family activities. Browse in the shop or just relax in the tranquil surroundings of the Balcony Cafe. FREE admission!
- Worcester Porcelain Museum (11 miles) Learn about the everyday lives of the talented workforce who produced the famous Worcester porcelain as you travel through the Georgian, Victorian, and 20th-century galleries.
- Worcestershire County Museum (11 miles) Explore the wonders of Worcestershire and experience life through the ages. Special events and fun family activities take place throughout the year.
Gardens & Nurseries
If you enjoy visiting gardens, nurseries, or garden centres you will be spoilt for choice.
Start by visiting our local, antique garden ornament and statuary stockist, Holloways Garden Antiques, where you will find courtyards full of garden ornaments, pots and planters, garden antiques, old farm artifacts and curiosities for your garden, as well as extensive home and garden furniture showrooms, plant nursery and, the award-winning Greenhouse Cafe and Gift Shop.
- Abbey Dore Court Garden (31 miles) A plant lover’s garden stretching over 8 acres and including a river walk, meadows and a good collection of helleborus, paeonia, astrantia, ferns and bamboos.
- Arley Arboretum (31 miles) One of the oldest privately owned arboretums in the country with a listed walled garden containing Italianate garden, herbaceous borders, tea room and plant sales.
- Bodenham Arboretum (25 miles) Award winning arboretum, beautifully landscaped, set within a working farm. 5 miles of paths lead around lakes and through valleys. Free entrance to restaurant, shop, and plant sales.
- Burford House and Gardens (26 miles) 7 acres sweep along the banks of the picturesque River Teme. The gardens contain a National Clematis Collection; 400 varieties flower from early spring through to early autumn.
- Croome Park(National Trust) (24 miles) The first complete landscape design by ‘Capability’ Brown. The gardens consist of winding shrubberies leading to ornate buildings, and an ornamental lake, nearly 2 miles long.
- Hergest Croft Gardens (33 miles) In the heart of the Welsh Marches with stunning views towards the Black Mountains – an old-fashioned Kitchen Garden, Azalea Garden, Maple Grove, and Park Wood, all to discover. Gift Shop and Tearooms.
- How Caple Court Gardens (29 miles) 11 acre gardens date from Edwardian times and are high above the River Wye with views toward the Forest of Dean and the Welsh Mountains. Formal terraces with yew hedges, pools, statues and a traditional rose garden contrasts with less formal plantings of mature trees and shrubs.
- Moors Meadow Garden & Nursery (9 miles) 7 acres of countless spring bulbs, brimming herbaceous borders, a grass garden, a rhododendron glade, a fernery, a cottage-style garden, a herb garden, and a highly productive kitchen garden. Assorted paths wind through the garden to add a sense of surprise and secrecy. Voted BBC Gardener’s World “Most Romantic” Garden in Central England
- Snowshill Manor & Garden (National Trust) (36 miles) A Cotswold manor that houses a fabulous collection of craftsmanship and design, set in an intimate Arts & Crafts inspired garden.
- Spetchley Park Gardens (14 miles) Explore and enjoy this 30 acre garden paradise which was voted one of the Country’s top gardens. It is the ideal place to relax and unwind. It boasts an enviable collection of plant treasures from every corner of the globe and offers fantastic light lunches and afternoon teas.
- The Bannut (on the doorstep) Manicured hedges divide the 3 acre garden into formal and informal rooms, each with its own character and interest. Lawns, shrubs, trees, herbaceous plants, colour-themed gardens, spring and summer flowering heather gardens and an unusual knot garden provide visitors with plenty to see throughout the whole season.
- The Cider House at Tarrington Court (18 miles) Heaven for Gardeners: talks, workshops, unusual gardening gifts, and accessories, advice, and innovation by the barrow load!
- The Weir (National Trust) (24 miles) An unusual 1920s garden created by Roger Parr.
- Webbs Garden Centre (21 miles) One of Britain’s best garden centres, including display gardens, restaurant, award-winning indoor and outdoor plants, and everything you could need for your garden and home.
- Whitbourne Hall (on the doorstep) 8 acres of gardens dating back to 1860. The House and grounds are open on Mondays in May and June. Featured on Channel 4 Country House Rescue.
- Whitlenge Gardens and Nursery (21 miles) For a perfect day out, visit the inspirational gardens: water features, camomile lawn, mysterious cave, labyrinths, and then enjoy the tea room!
- Witley Court & Gardens (8 miles) Spectacular ruins, stunning fountains, restored gardens and woodland walks make for a great day out. Read the tea shop’s daily adventures on Gill’s blog.
Local Annual Events & Festivals
We are always happy to book tickets or make reservations on your behalf.
- 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.
- Herefordshire Marmalade Festival (4 miles) is held in Bromyard every February and includes competitions and other marmalade-related events.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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…
- 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.
- 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 the first 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Tenbury Wells Mistletoe and Holly Auction (15 miles) The ‘mistletoe capital’ of Britain hosts the only remaining mistletoe auctions in the region.
We are now holding weekend beginner’s upholstery courses at the farm. This is a two-day course where we will look at both traditional and modern upholstery techniques and their uses. For more information and to book your course contact Lucy by email email@example.com or mobile 07828 286360; landline 01886 821955.
- Bringsty Arts Studio: Silversmithing and Jewellery Courses (on the doorstep) For all levels from complete beginners to advanced students.
- Bromyard Pottery (on the doorstep) Offering pottery workshops in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the Bromyard Downs.
- Creative Breaks (various local locations) Courses in all kinds of traditional and contemporary arts and crafts offered by experts who have plenty of experience in teaching and passing on their enthusiasm.
- Learn Woodworking with Jon Cooper (on the doorstep) Courses for everyone from complete beginner to the more experienced, covering principles of basic woodwork, cabinet making and carpentry.
- The Art Teacher (on the doorstep) Students of all ages are finding their way to the Art Teacher studios in Bromyard to enjoy the classes and workshops on offer.
- Whitbourne Ceramics (on the doorstep) Mary Ann makes hand made pottery, ceramics, individual designs, stoneware, earthenware and, art pottery. And currently offers evening classes in pottery.
- Willow Basketmaking (16 miles) A course where nobody is allowed to leave without a basket! Situated in the beautiful country setting of Canon Frome Court, near the market town of Ledbury the material used is mostly unstripped willow with its variety of textures and colours. On a weekend course you can expect to make two baskets, one possibly with a handle.
- Yoga (on the doorstep) Our good friends Emanuele Rossi and Bella Galt, both qualified Ashtanga yoga teachers are always happy to run week long or weekend yoga retreats. Minimum number of people is 4, maximum 6 people. If you wish to book a week or weekend specifically for a yoga retreat, please do ask for available dates & prices.
Walking & Cycling
Huntlands Farm is surrounded by beautiful countryside including acres of open common land known as Bromyard Downs (over 260 acres) and Bringsty Common. We also have two public footpaths running through our farmland.
With hundreds of walks throughout both counties, John Harris’s Walking in England website provides FREE walks to download, as well as details of all the books, maps and walking groups in the counties.
- Herefordshire walks
- Worcestershire walks
- Of particular note is The Malvern Trail – an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), famed for its dramatic hills and for the pure spring water that flows from them. The Malvern Hills are a great walkers paradise and a dream for amateur photographers.
We are also ideally situated if you are walking the following routes:
- Three Choirs Way - A route between Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester through countryside of hop-yards, vineyards and orchard with a theme linking the walk to the ancient music festivals still celebrated annually in the three Cathedrals. The rivers Severn, Wye, Teme and Lugg are crossed as are the Marcle and Malvern Ridges and the Suckley Hills. The Way connects with the Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Wysis and Severn Ways and the Wye Valley Walk.
- Worcestershire Way – Starting along the River Severn in the Georgian town of Bewdley, it crosses rolling farmland to reach the Abberley Hills. It continues over the hills of Penny and Ankerdine to cross the River Teme. The Suckley Hills are also traversed and from Cowleigh it crosses the northern main Malvern Hills to the Victorian spa town of Great Malvern beneath. The route was revised in 2004.
Organised walks include
- Malvern Walking Festival in May, 9 days of themed walks in Elgar country.
- The Ghost Walk of Worcester Chilling tales of history and mystery from the city where Oliver Cromwell sold his soul to the devil! Tours not for the faint hearted!
- The Mid Worcestershire Ring allows boats, cyclists and walkers to make a 21-mile circular journey through some of Britain’s most beautiful and historic countryside.
- Worcester Walks Guided walking tours of historic Worcester, by qualified Green & Blue Badge Guides. Also – Elgar’s Homes & Haunts, Tudor Times, Inns & Taverns, Civil War, Industrial Heritage, Riverside Walk, Churches & Chapels, etc.
Alternatively, take yourself on a self-guided walk & treasure hunt with the help of Treasure Trails:
We have many walking books and maps that you can borrow during your stay with us.
If you wish to bring your own bikes with you, we can provide a secure building to keep them in overnight. We also have facilities for drying any wet weather gear or muddy boots.
There is a range of local sports for everyone to enjoy.
- Cheltenham Racecourse (35 miles) the jewel in Jump racing’s crown, plays host to the best jumping action in the world from 350 spectacular acres in the lee of the beautiful Cotswold hills.
- Clifton On Teme Hunt (on the doorstep) meet on Tuesdays and Saturdays from September until March. New members, both on foot and mounted, are welcome.
- Go Ape (17 miles) Experience the thrill of spending 2-3 hours in the tree tops – flying through the air on epic zip wires, climbing tree-top ladders, crossing wooden bridges, tackling obstacles and leaping into giant Tarzan swings. After monkeying around, explore the beautiful forest surroundings and enjoy lunch at the GoApe Forest Cafe whilst taking in the stunning views.
- Out to Grass Mountain Board Centre (8 miles)Europe’s longest running mountain board centre. Hire & Ride includes free instruction for beginners. Various tracks for experienced boarders and hikers.
- Sapey Golf Club (on the doorstep) 27 holes of challenging golf, set in the rolling hills of the Herefordshire & Worcestershire border.
- Tipton Hall Riding Stables & Livery (on the doorstep) offers riding for adults and children, from the complete beginner to the more experienced rider.
- Worcester Cricket Ground (10 miles) Home of Worcestershire Royals. Quintessentially English with views of the majestic Worcester Cathedral it is the perfect setting for cricket.
- Worcester Racecourse (10 miles) 20 exciting summer jumping race days, from April until October, set in the heart of Worcester on the banks of the River Severn.
Huntlands Farm is ideally situated close to the River Teme where The Haven Fishery comprises of nearly a mile of the northern bank of the beautiful River Teme, set amidst the picturesque Worcestershire countryside and within view of the Malvern Hills.
The Haven is a longstanding mecca for barbel anglers around the country and sees many anglers returning year after year. Their Knightwick fishery is another well renowned fishery holding some superb Teme specimens.
Should you wish to stay closer to home, you are more than welcome to bring your rod and try some coarse fishing in one of our four ponds on the farm.