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Published by: County Signpost Ltd
Editor: Adam Davison
Gardens
Festivals & Shows
Museums
Attractions
Historic buildings
Welcome to the 2013 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.
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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
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. Recent work to reconnect the water supply
Berrington Hall, © National Trust Signpost - page 2
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means that during busy times visitors can watch
as the laundry maids go about their duties. Other
‘below stairs’ areas of the mansion include the
Butler’s Pantry, Georgian dairy and 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 2013
Cadburys Easter trails. 29 March – 1 April 2013
World War II Weekend. 1 & 2 June 2013
Apple weekend. 5 & 6 October 2013
Berrington Firework Display. 27 October 2013
Christmas at Berrington. 30 November & 1
December 2013
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. The castellated country house has
family 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 Saloon, the scene is set for an
evening in the 1920’s. Visitors can have a go at
the Charleston learn about cocktails and listen to
how the Croft family bought the castle back
after it being out of the family for 177 years.
In the Ambassadors Room it is 1818 and visitors
learn of the sad news of the death of Sir
Richard Croft, whose family once lived at the
castle and gave their name to it.
There is a beautiful restored walled garden
complimented with a working vineyard and the
vegetable borders supply the tea-room. 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.
Croft Castle, copyright The National Trust / Derek Wilbraham
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.
For admission prices, event details or any further
information please call 01568 780246.
For further details on this, including the price,
please call either of the properties or visit the
website at:
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/westmidlands.
Event highlights for 2013
Lace Wars – living history weekend 22 and 23
June
Black Knight Historical – living history 14 July
Croft Beer Festival - 3 and 4 August
Medieval Weekend – 10 and 11 August
Harvest Festival – 19 to 22 September
Go Wild Week – October half term
Halloween Spooktacular- 25 to 27 October
Brockhampton Estate, near
Bromyard
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.
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, and now home to the
resident bats. Enjoy the peace and tranquillity as
you sit in the damson orchard or enjoy a stroll
along the nature trail to discover a rich variety of
wildlife.
Brockhampton, © The National Trust / Alison Minshall
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Families can experience a wide range of events
and activities from butterfly hunts and trails to
medieval weekends and traditional crafts. Picnic
areas, outdoor games and natural play at Lower
Brockhampton also make for a great day out.
The Granary shop and refreshment kiosk offers
an excellent selection of local gifts and produce,
including the Brockhampton range of jams,
preserves and honey as well as light lunches and
refreshments in the courtyard by the manor
house. In the estate delicious local produce can
be enjoyed in the Old Apple Store tea-room,
including homemade cakes and hot lunches.
Brockhampton Estate is open to visitors all
year round. For admission prices or for further
information visit :
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/brockhampton or call
01885 482077.
Event highlights for 2013 include
6 & 7 April, 11am – 4pm. Become a medieval
tiler and try your hand at brick making with
Master Tiler, Tony Mugridge.
25 May – 2 June, 11am – 4pm. Discover all
things wood at Tree-mendous Brockhampton
22 & 23 June, 12noon – 6pm. Beer and brewing
at Brockhampton
13 & 27 August, 11.30am – 4pm. Try your hand
at being a jester this summer with Sylvester the
Jester’s school of foolery. For kids and grown
ups!
7 – 15 September, 11am – 4pm. All things
damson celebrating damson season
26 Oct – 3 Nov, 11am – 4pm. Delve into the
superstitious world of Medieval and Tudor times
on the what spooks you trail. £2 per trail.
The Weir, near Hereford
The Weir is a charming 1920s informal garden
that reflects the style of planting of that unique
era.
Overlooking a bend of the River Wye, the
garden was lovingly designed by Roger Parr, a
retired stockbroker, who had purchased the
estate to enjoy the salmon fishing along the river.
It was passed to the National Trust in the 1950s.
There are changing colours throughout the
seasons and the garden is renowned for its wide
variety of spring bulbs, including snowdrops,
daffodils, chionodoxa, scilla and bluebells.
The Weir Garden, © National Trust / Derek Wilbraham
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The garden contains some interesting Roman
archaeology, including the largest standing piece
of Roman masonry in Herefordshire and
Worcestershire and an octagonal Roman well or
Nymphia.
Work has been undertaken to conserve the
Walled Garden. Inside the garden walls, visitors
will see a mix of both herbaceous borders and
vegetables including onions, beans, beetroot and
carrots; all of which supply the tea-room at
Croft Castle and Parkland, near Leominster. The
herbaceous border is brimming with Angelicas,
Loveage, Inula and Sweet Peas.
For admission prices or more information please
call 01981 590509.
Event highlights for 2013
Meet the gardener walks 21 March, 16 May, 20
June, 18 July
Meet the bats 14 September
Childrens trails run everyday throughout the
school holidays.
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.
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
01981 590509.
Cwmmau Farmhouse,
© National Trust
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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
plants, plus the new 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 in the stableyard.
For admission prices, opening times and more
information, call 01527 821214.
Event highlights for 2013 include:
Sun 24 Mar & Sun 7 Apr – Dawn Chorus Walks
Fri 29 Mar – Mon 1 Apr – Easter Weekend
Activities
Sun 16 Jun - Father’s Day Falconry
Sun 23 Jun & Sun 21 Jul – Teddy Bears’ Picnic
Sat 29 & Sun 30 Jun – Celebrating 60 Years with
National Trust
Thurs 4 Jul – As You Like It by The Lord
Chamberlain’s Men
Sat 20 Jul – Dracula by Heartbreak Productions
Thurs 5 Sept – Matthew Barley Cello Concert,
Around Britten,
Sat 21 Sept – Apple Day
Sat 28 & Sun 29 Sept –Victorian Country
Harvest Weekend
Sun 27, Weds 30 & Thurs 31 Oct – Ghost Walks
Croome, south of Worcester
The parkland has been transformed. Once a
garden hidden in the undergrowth, we have
mostly restored it to its 18th century hey-day.
The lake and river was once filled to the brim
with silt, follies were lost from view and statues
were broken and smashed. Discover what has
Hanbury Hall, © National Trust
been achieved since 1996 along the lakeside walk
where you can find something to delight around
every corner.
Croome Court escaped destruction and now lies
in wait for its revival. Home to a surprising mix
of people in the 20th century, you can freely
explore two unrestored floors, enjoying its light,
space, curiosities, stories and architecture.
Behind the scenes we’ve been working hard to
secure over £5 million from charitable trusts, the
Heritage Lottery Fund and donations from the
visitors for ‘Croome Redefined’. This will see
urgent repair work carried out to the house from
2014 as well as allowing us to share Croome
Court like never before in interesting and
innovative ways.
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
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome
Event highlights for 2013 include:
Friday 29 March – Sunday Mon 1 April –
Croome’s Easter Eggventure Trail
Friday 29 March – Monday 1 April – Messy
Easter Activities
Friday 19 April – Casino Evening hosted by the
Volunteer Fundraising Group
Monday 6 May – The Great Horse Painting Up
Close
Saturday 25 May – Sunday 2 June – Day in the
Life half-term trail
Saturday 15 June & Saturday 13 July – Evening
Bat Walks
Summer Holidays – Trails and Activity Days
throughout
Saturday 31 August – Sunday 1 September –
Hare Krishna Festival
September – Hidden Heritage Month
Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 September – Heritage
Open Days with Defford Airfield Heritage
Group
Saturday 26 October – Sunday 3 November –
Spooktacular Croome trail
Rosedene, Dodford
A few miles away from Hanbury Hall is a slice of
British social and economic history at Rosedene.
The cottage in Dodford was built as part of the
Chartist movement, which campaigned for
social and economic reform in the mid 1800s.
One of the initiatives of the Chartist movement
was to settle ordinary workers on smallholdings
so they could be self-sufficient and would be
entitled to vote.
Volunteer guides offer an insight into the
cottage’s history and how people used to live in
it. Visitors can see how each room was designed
for a specific use and can also explore the
traditional organic vegetable garden and
orchards which have been restored to reflect the
way the Chartists lived.
Rosedene is open on the first Sunday of every
month March - December and for the rest of
the time is available as a back to basics ‘camping
with walls’ National Trust holiday cottage – a
very unique experience.
Rosedene, ©National Trust
Croome Park Rotunda, © National Trust / whitecubephotography
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Admission to the Chartist cottage is by pre-
booked guided tours only. To book places or for
further details, please contact the property office
at Hanbury Hall on 01527 821214.
The Greyfriars House and
Garden, Worcester
Located in the centre of Worcester is Greyfriars,
a 15th century timber-framed merchant’s house.
The unique house in Friar Street has a
captivating story to tell of the family who saved
the historic street and of the affluent merchant
families who lived there.
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 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.
For admission prices, opening times and further
information, call 01905 23571.

Greyfriars, © National Trust
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Hellens, a Charitable Trust property, is a living
monument to much of England’s history. It
contains a wealth of period furnishings,
paintings and decorations. There are heirlooms
of Ann Boleyn, Mary Tudor, the Earl of Essex
( a favourite of Elizabeth I), Charles I, the Duke
of Wharton and of the house’s inhabitants over
the centuries.
When you come to Hellens don’t forget, if you
can, to go for a stroll around the gardens. You
will see an ancient enclosed garden by the
famous Dovecote, and another knot garden on
the East front whose design was inspired by the
Jacobean overmantle in the house. There is also
a labyrinth, but unlike a maze, you can’t get lost
in it!
Opening times
Hellens is open on Wednesday, Thursday,
Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday afternoons.
Entry is by guided tour and there are tours at
2pm, 3pm and 4pm. Admission: Adult £7,
Conc. £5.00 Child/Student £4, Family £15.
Tour times may be different during the Garden
Festival in June and the Big Apple event in
October, please see the website for details.
The Tea Room is open on tour days from 1pm -
5pm serving homemade cakes, teas, coffee and
juices.
HELLENS
Directions
Hellens is situated in the village of Much
Marcle, just off the A449, 7 miles from Ross
on Wye and 3 miles from Ledbury. Postcode
for Sat Nav is HR8 2LY.
Events 2013
Saturday March 16th – Virgil Boutellis
Concert in the Great Barn
Violin and piano recital at Hellens Manor
Friday May 3rd and Saturday May 4th –
Christian Blackshaw in Concert in The Great
Barn
Saturday June 8th and Sunday June 9th –
Annual Garden Festival in the Barns and
grounds
Sunday June 16th – Wye Valley Music
Concert in the Great Barn
Wednesday July 3rd and Thursday July
4th – Wonderful Textile Bazaar in both the
Haywain and the Great Barn
Friday July 5th to Sunday July 14th
Hellens will be hosting some of the Ledbury
Poetry Festival Events
Saturday September 7th – Mark Latimer
Concert in The Great Barn
Saturday October 12th and Sunday
October 13th – The Big Apple
Hellens plays host again to the celebration of
the Apple!
Telephone 01531 660504
www.hellensmanor.com
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Do you ever feel like just getting away for a few
hours to a more peaceful and tranquil
environment, to be surrounded by beautiful
countryside and fascinated by exotic and rare
plants? Just three miles east of the beautiful
cathedral city of Worcester lies one of Britain’s
best kept secrets.
Voted one of the Country’s finest gardens
Spetchley Park not only has one of the most
authentic 17th century landscapes in
Worcestershire but within the landscape is one
of the most beautiful and important 19th
century gardens in the Country and it’s right on
your doorstep. This paradise boasts an enviable
collection of plant treasures and veteran trees
from every corner of the globe including one of
the biggest private collections of peonies, at
their best in May.
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SPETCHLEY PARK
GARDENS
The Spetchley Revival
The Garden and Deer Park at Spetchley are a
charitable Trust. Like all gardens of its size it
requires constant maintenance to ensure the
wonderful heritage it holds is maintained for
future generations to enjoy. The Spetchley
Revival Project is aimed specifically at ensuring
that not only is this unique heritage preserved
but that it is used as an educational tool for the
future, allowing special and general interest
groups greater access to help learn and
understand about the integration of heritage to
landscape and garden design. The project has
several different arms. The first is to improve
access to Spetchley through the creation of a
new entrance and car park with a Welcome
Center, all designed to allow more visitors to
come to the garden but also to give better access
to the surrounding parkland. A planning
application has been submitted and an
application is being made for part funding of
the project. The second arm to the project is to
create funding to rejuvenate the Garden pool
and create a Heritage Interpretation and
Learning Center which will form the backdrop
for visitors to get a better understanding for the
heritage and Berkeley Family archive which can
be used as a research and learning tool for
schools and interest groups alike
A Garden of treats
Spetchley has so much to offer. From a
magnolia-fringed Horse Pool to sweeping lawns
and scented rose lawns to magnificent
herbaceous borders, a root house and elegant
fountain gardens. Spetchley is full of surprises
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The Specialist Plant Fair
It is a stunning place to relax and unwind, safe in
the knowledge that for a couple of hours you
can walk with only your own thoughts to bother
you. The garden contains all elements of
gardening and every corner conceals a hidden
vista. It is a romantic idyll that cannot be
surpassed and right on your doorstep.
Events for 2013
The Specialist Plant Fair (30 specialist nurseries)
– Sunday 21st April, 11am-5pm. Entrance £5
per adult
M5 Military re-enactment– Sat & Sun 17th &
18th August. Entrance £7.50 per adult £2.50 per
person.
Autumn Specialist Plant Fair – Sunday 15th
September 11am – 5pm
Telephone 01453 810303
www.spetchleygardens.co.uk
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Visit Webbs, Wychbold for shopping,
eating and relaxing…
Webbs, Wychbold is one of the biggest garden
centres in the UK and has been awarded Garden
Centre of the Year by the Garden Centre
Association three times.
Wonderfully situated in the centre of England,
just off the M5 junction 5, Webbs, Wychbold
has a huge range of items for the dedicated and
occasional gardener alike, as well as being a great
place to visit for non gardeners.
There is everything a gardener could need and
Webbs is also the ideal place to visit if you are
looking for something special for your home and
garden or for gifts.
There is a 400-seat, fully licensed and air-
conditioned restaurant which now has a lovely
outdoor eating area. In the Food Hall visitors
can buy a range of food and drinks from local
suppliers, including a wonderful cheese counter,
meats, pies and fruit juices.
It’s definitely worth making time to visit the free,
inspirational Riverside Gardens at Webbs. The
display gardens are open free to everyone.
Designed by Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal
Winner Marigold Webb, the series of themed
gardens beside the River Salwarpe incorporate
thousands of plants, striking features and
creative landscaping and are designed for
enjoyment, relaxation and inspiration.
Also at Webbs, Wychbold are Hobbycraft;
Cotswold Outdoor; The Garden Buildings
Centre (GBC ) and Jacuzzi Hot Tub Centre.
Webbs, Worcester Road,
Wychbold, Droitwich Spa,
Worcs WR9 0DG.
Telephone 01527 860000
www.webbsdirect.co.uk
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WEBBS, WYCHBOLD
Webbs, Wychbold hold a wide range of events
including plant potting for children.
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Spring Festival bursting with
flavour
Preparations for the Ludlow Spring Festival are
well underway with the best beers, artisan foods
and culinary experts lining up for the weekend
of 11-12th May 2013, plus on the evening of
Friday 10th May there will be a special 'Meet the
Brewer' preview.
More than 160+ glorious beers, from more than
50 local brewers are anticipated within the castle
walls. For those not so keen on beer, don’t
worry there will also be ciders, perries, fruit
flavoured liqueurs, local wines and a selection of
soft drinks too.
And you won’t go hungry with an abundance of
food stalls and vendors, each manned by
producers passionate about their products.
The talks and demonstrations area is always a
draw so keep your eyes on the website for details
of the 2013 line-up www.foodfestival.co.uk
while the soundtrack to your weekend will come
courtesy of a wealth of great local music from
rock, jazz and blues to Latin and folk.
Visitors can also get up close to some gorgeous
bodywork too with The Marches Transport
Festival, classic cars and vintage vehicles from
pre-war rarities to 1980’s gems.
For further details, opening times and ticket
prices see the festivals new website at
Telephone 01584 873957
www.ludlowspringfestival.co.uk
LUDLOW SPRING
FOOD FESTIVAL
May 11th - 12th
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KIDDERMINSTER • BEWDLEY • BRIDGNORTH
A wonderful way to spend a day!
The Railway Station, Bewdley, Worcs DY12 1BG
Take an atmospheric steam
train journey along the
beautiful Severn Valley.
Please check our website for operating dates and times.
Advance tickets, usually at
reduced prices, available at:
www.svr.co.uk
or call: 01299 403816
Mon-Fri 9.30am - 4.30pm


21–27 August 2013
21–27 Awst 2013
Musical discovery, artistic innovation
and outstanding performances in
the beauty of the Welsh Marches
Badke Quartet, Nova Music Opera
Clare Hammond, Sara Trickey
Sarah-Jane Bradley, Tim Lowe
Helen-Jane Howells, Andrew Tortise
Catriona Scott, Festival Soloists
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Pavarotti inspires new
generation of singers at
Llangollen festival
The success of opera superstar Luciano
Pavarotti is inspiring a new generation of choirs
at an international music festival that was his
springboard to global fame.
Nearly six years after he died, 34 choirs from 15
countries will sing their hearts out for the
coveted Choir of the World competition which
commemorates the great Italian tenor at
Llangollen this summer.
The Pavarotti Trophy was first awarded in 2005,
50 years after the Italian maestro’s first
appearance at Llangolen and this year the titanic
struggle for the coveted prize will climax at the
International Musical Eisteddfod on the evening
of Saturday, July 13, when the top choirs sing-
off.
And the standing of the festival has been
endorsed by the Pavarotti Foundation, set up in
honour of the incomparable Pavarotti, who died
aged 71 in 2007.
Luciano Pavarotti first sang outside his native
Italy when he competed at Llangollen in 1955
aged 19 as part of the Chorus Rossini, from
Modena, alongside his father, Fernando.
A spokesperson for the Pavarotti Foundation,
based in his hometown of Modena, said:
“Winning at Llangollen was the most important musical
experience of Pavarotti’s life and inspired him to become
a professional singer.”
The spokesperson added that the Maestro
always referred back to it as the most important
experience in his life and what inspired him to
turn professional.
Pavarotti said if he could win the first prize with
a small choir from Modena then he could do
anything.
Eisteddfod Musical Director Eilir Owen
Griffiths said: “To have the Pavarotti name on the
trophy puts it right up there as one of the top choral
competitions in the world and where better to hold it than
in Wales in the place where it all began for Pavarotti
July 9th - 14th
LLANGOLLEN INTERNATIONAL
MUSICAL EISTEDDFOD
Luciano Pavarotti at Llangollen in 1995
himself. I’m delighted with the entries. To
have 34 choirs across five categories and
from five different continents makes me
very happy. My big thing as Musical
Director is that we have a proper
international spread and just to look at
the mixed choir competition in particular,
we have eight choirs from seven different
countries. It’s a similar story right across
the Eisteddfod this year, not just in the
Choir of the World but in the other
competitions as well.”
The prestigious choir competition
won’t be the only big prize up for
grabs on Saturday night as for the
first time it shares top billing with a new dance
event.
The winners of the two major dance
competitions, choreographed and traditional,
will go head to head in front of the packed Royal
International Pavilion for the Dance Champions
International Trophy and £1,000.
Eilir Griffiths said: “The Choir of the World
competition is internationally recognised and we want to
elevate dance to the same level by giving it a place on the
stage on the big night. Dance plays a really important
part in the Eisteddfod and brings huge colour, spectacle
and atmosphere to the event with dancers from all over the
world in their different costumes. We want it to really
light up the weekend and have a real impact not just on
the Saturday night but throughout the week and
especially the weekend.”
As well as the new dance event there will also be
a new Children’s Choir of the World
competition; with the winning choirs from the
Junior Children’s, Senior Children’s and
Children’s Folk Choir competitions competing
against each other,
There will also be a Conductors Prize for the
most inspiring conductor from these
competitions as well as a Music Directors Award
given by the festival’s Music Director himself,
Eilir Owen Griffiths.
Another first, aimed at solo performers, will be
the Voice of the Future competition, open to
under-35s and with a whopping £2,000 prize.
A stunning lineup of top acts for the week’s
concerts will be announced shortly and Eilir
Griffiths added: “I think I can guarantee a very
impressive lineup from across the music and
dance sprectrums
For more information or to book tickets for
the concerts, visit the bilingual website,
www.international-eisteddfod.co.uk or
www.facebook.com/llangollen or
contact the Box Office on 01978
862001.
Luciano Pavarotti with the Pavarotti Trophy for
the Choir of the World competition at the
Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
Luciano Pavarotti, aged 19, circled with the Chorus
Rossini from Modena at Llangollen in 1955
PRESTEIGNE FESTIVAL
Situated in a small, intimate town on the
Herefordshire/Powys border, the Presteigne
Festival has become a mecca for those seeking
artistic nourishment and musical discovery in
idyllic surroundings. With a truly forward
looking commissioning policy, the organisation
works closely with composers and artists to
create and curate inspiring programmes and
events for an ever-widening Festival community.
Having greatly extended the artistic reach of the
Festival over the last three years, to be seen
clearly in the development of both our
performance programme and outreach activity,
the 2013 Presteigne Festival will continue to
forge ahead with a wide range of exciting new
ventures.
To celebrate the centenary of the birth of
Benjamin Britten, and thanks to a new
partnership with Nova Music Opera, the 2013
Festival programme includes opera for the first
time. There are to be double-bill performances
of Britten’s church opera masterpiece Curlew
River, and a new chamber opera Hagar in the
Wilderness, based on the biblical tale of Hagar
and Abraham, specially commissioned from
Scottish-based composer and librettist team
Sally Beamish and Clara Glynn.
Britten forms the centre-pin around which much
of next year’s programme is based – not just a
celebration of his music, but exploring Britten’s
musical influences, the music of those British
composers who were influenced by him and
those whom he
considered his musical
friends.
Gabriel Jackson, a long-
time favourite at the
Presteigne Festival, will
be composer-in-
residence; he will be
represented by a
number of chamber
and choral works, a new
string orchestra piece
and a repeat of his
hugely successful Piano
C o n c e r t o
commissioned by the
Garbiel Jackson
21st - 27th August 2013
Badke Quartet
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Festival in 2009. We’ll also celebrate the
seventieth birthday of David Matthews, with his
Double Concerto for violin, viola and string
orchestra, commissioned in association with the
Cheltenham Music Festival and Amsterdam
Sinfonietta.
Other premieres include a new work for soprano
and ensemble from Thomas Hyde and a group
of songs for tenor and piano from David
Matthews. The Festival is particularly pleased to
announce a new association with the Royal
Philharmonic Society; the first result of this
initiative is a solo piano piece from Robert Peate,
one of the winners of the 2012 RPS
Composition Prize.
The 2013 Festival takes place over a seven-day
period, with twenty-seven events of which
seventeen are concerts or opera performances.
The musical fare is wide and exciting from
Purcell, Handel and J S Bach; via Mozart,
Beethoven and Schubert; Shostakovich, Sibelius
and Stravinsky; Berkeley, Britten and Tippett; to
the composers of today – an amazing and all-
embracing journey through music.
Our artist list for 2013 includes several young
performers and a number of popular artists who
once again return to Presteigne by popular
request:
The Badke Quartet, Nova Music Opera, Sara
Trickey (violin), Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola), Clare
Hammond (piano), Helen-Jane Howells
(soprano), Andrew Tortise (tenor), Tim Lowe
(cello), Sophie Yates (harpsichord), Catriona
Scott (clarinet), Presteigne Festival Soloists,
Chris Hopkins (piano/conductor), Sine Nomine
International Touring Choir under Susan
Hollingworth (director) and the Presteigne
Festival Orchestra under George Vass, who this
year celebrates twenty-one years as Artistic
Director of the Festival.
Free brochures available at the end of April 2013
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Tim Lowe
Sarah-Jane Bradley
Sara Trickey
This year’s Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre on
the 23rd and 24th November will bring the
sights and sounds of a traditional Christmas to
life in the stunning Medieval setting of Ludlow
Castle. Visitors will be treated to full day and
evening opening on Saturday and will join
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. Why not join in traditional
carols led by Stanchester Quire to round off the
evening? On Sunday visitors will be able to
enjoy a day filled with Medieval festivities from
10am to 4pm.
LUDLOW MEDIEVAL
CHRISTMAS FAYRE
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23rd - 24 November 2013
On both days there will be stalls selling food and
drink, crafts and historical goods, and 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, and its own entertainment-
filled, local beer tent, visitors can enjoy music,
carols, puppet shows and a whole range of
Medieval performers, whilst nursing a mulled
wine or locally-brewed mulled cider.
From St. Nicholas in his magical den to knights
in combat, from have-a-go archery to 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, beer
and sausages and roast chestnuts. Don't miss
our walkabout jesters and giants, and on
Saturday only see if you can spot Bishop’s
Castle’s Men From Off wassail group singing in
odd corners of the Castle!
Tickets will be available from our website
www.ludlowmedievalchristmas.co.uk from
September, or follow us on Facebook for
updates throughout the year.
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Pictures © Abigail Dakin
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The unforgettable festival - it’s
like no other...
The UK's longest running food festival will be
tempting your taste buds again in 2013 with
amazing local food and drink producers, top
chefs, FREE talks and demonstrations and
much more. www.foodfestival.co.uk
The Ludlow Food Festival is renowned for the
calibre of its exhibitors and 2013 will be no
exception with more than 160 handpicked local
artisans selling their products and sharing their
skills and enthusiasm.
Across the weekend the finest chefs and experts
will be taking to the two stages to delight
audiences with a range of talks and
demonstrations; some of them interactive so
that visitors can get involved. A full line up of
talks and demonstrations will be released closer
to the event so make sure you keep checking the
food festival’s website www.foodfestival.co.uk
Friday at the Ludlow Food Festival sees the
cream of the restaurant profession descend on
the castle to share their talent and passion with
visitors. Chefs at previous festivals have
included Alan Murchison, Will Holland, Tom
Kerridge and Richard Bainbridge and this year
promises to include just as many well-known
faces from the culinary world.
In the Castle
LUDLOW FOOD
FESTIVAL
13th - 15th September
Demonstrations and talks •
Outside Food Vendors - a wide variety of •
quality hot and cold meals,
Childrens entertainment •
Over 150 local food and drink producers •
Hands on demonstrations •
Knife Skills with Eckington Manor, •
Slow Food Taste Workshops •
Live music •
'Pop Up' Restaurant featuring top chefs, •
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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
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.
There will be lots more going on besides the
details listed; last year included wine tasting, a
food photography exhibition and book festival.
2013 promises to be just as exciting with
activities for all the family. For tickets and more
details about the festival please visit the website
at www.foodfestival.co.uk
Telephone 01584 873957
HEREFORDSHIRE
MUSEUM SERVICE
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Hereford Museum and Art
Gallery
Hereford Museum and Art Gallery is housed in
a spectacular Victorian gothic building and
displays intriguing artefacts from the county's
collections and also showcases an exciting and
changing exhibition programme including
contemporary fine art and photography.
Explore Herefordshire's history through our
thematic displays. Wonder at the scale of our
Kenchester mosaic or get close to the bees and
learn about their life cycle. Not to be missed the
Brian Hatton exhibition; Exploring the life and
times of a young artist.
A visit with lots of hands on activities for all the
family, whatever your age or interests you will be
guaranteed to learn something new.
The building is fully accessible via the lift,
located at the back of the Library on the ground
floor.
Opening times all year Tuesday - Friday 10am –
5pm and Saturday 10am – 4pm. From April –
September also open on Sundays and Bank
Holiday Mondays from 10am – 4pm
Admission is free.
Email: herefordmuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk
Web: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/museums
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
the beds were, how baby learnt to walk and how
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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 all year Tuesday - Saturday 10am
– 5pm. From April – September we are also
open on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays
from 10am – 4pm
Admission is free.
Email: herefordmuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk
Web: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/museums
Telephone 01432 260694.
High Town, Hereford, HR1 2AA
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 Ross-
on-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: herefordmuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk
Web: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/museums
Market Place, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 5BZ
Telephone 01432 260675
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.
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
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or arrange to bring a group for a behind-the-
scenes experience and discover some of
Herefordshire's rare treasures.
Opening times: Access to collections by
appointment or on 2nd Thursday and 3rd
Tuesday of each month 10am – 1pm
There are regular events such as activity days,
workshops, lectures or ID days and you can also
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: herefordmuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk
Web: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/museums
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: herefordmuseums@herefordshire.gov.uk
Web: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/museums
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.
Every museum needs volunteers to help in
day to day activities, please see the contact
details at the end of each article.
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The Waterworks Museum
The Waterworks Museum – Hereford is a 150-
year 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.
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
www.waterworksmuseum.org.uk
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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.
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.
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 on the 19th & 20th
October 2013. 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
Cider Museum
Pomona Place, Hereford, HR4 0EF
Telephone: 01432 354207
www.cidermuseum.co.uk
The Cider Museum
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Kington 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 that have a link with Kington.
This year there will be a jubilee exhibition and
also one covering maritime disasters associated
with the town.
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: info@kingtonmuseum.co.uk
w: www.kingtonmuseum.co.uk
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, that 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
re-erected; this one used to be in the back garden
of 14 High Street.
The Museum contains a wide variety of artifacts
connected with the town: reproduction helmets
and breastplates as worn in the Battle of
Ledbury in 1645 and a small collection of
musical instruments ranging from a 'hurdy-
gurdy' to a Tibetan pipe fashioned from a thigh
bone are among the varied items to be seen in
the museum.
On show are bygones of all kinds. These include
a small selection that is displayed on an aptly
named Puzzle Shelf as most visitors are baffled
by at least some of the objects, as well as the
collection of musical instruments, there is a
collection of costume.
Much historical information is 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 welcome from those wo wish to
show their appreciation of this volunteer run
museum.
Church Lane, Ledbury, HR8 1DW
Telephone: 01531 653069
e: Robert.bradbury1@btinternet.com
w: www.ledburycivicsociety.org
Open: Good Friday – 30 Sept, daily from 11am-
5pm; Oct , daily 11am-3pm
Admission: Free
Signpost - page 34
Leominster Museum
The Museum tells the story of Leominster and
its people from pre Roman times to the present
day.
The collection comprises artefacts, pictures,
photographs, postcards and documents,
including an important collection of paintings
and drawings by famous Leominster Victorian
artist John Scarlett Davis.
Etnam Street, Leominster, HR6 8AL
Telephone 01568 615186
Opening times Easter – October
Monday – Friday 11am – 4pm
Saturday 11am – 1.30pm
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.
Weobley is full of black and white houses and
the museum shows many features of timber-
framing as well as aspects of everyday life.
A walk leaflet taking you around the village is
available from the museum and local shops
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
The Thomas Shop
The name comes from the family run shop
which dates back to 1805. The Thomas Shop
Museum is a restoration of the original shop,
and its unique collection grows continually,
thanks to the generous donations of the Friends
of the Thomas Shop. Other attractions at the
Thomas Shop include: Tea Shop, Galleries, and
sales of wool and fibre items, traditional craft,
and a range of unusual gifts including a newly
introduced, well researched and produced Welsh
doll.
Penybont, Llandrindod Wells, Powys, OD1 5UA
Telephone 01597 851951
Opening times: 10am - 5pm on Fridays,
Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays From
3 February 2012 till the end of the season
www.thomas-shop.com
Signpost - page 35
Signpost - page 36
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 it's 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; 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.
Church Lane, Ledbury, HR8 1DH
Telephone 01531 632306
e: admin@ledburytowncouncil.gov.uk
w: www.ledburytowncouncil.gov.uk
Opening times : March 11.30am-3pm, April 1
to end Oct Mon-Fri 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.
Telephone 01981 540477 / 540328
Cartref, Tump Lane, Wormelow, HR2 8HN
Opening times: Apr-Oct Wednesday 11am-
1pm and 2pm-4pm. Other times by
appointment.
Admission: Free
w: www.violette-szabo-museum.co.uk
Please confirm a visit before travelling
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: www.herefordcitycouncil.gov.uk
Eardisland Dovecote
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
Bromyard and District Local
and Family History Centre
The Bromyard and District Local and Family
History Society is based in Bromyard,
Herefordshire, England, and was founded in
1966. It is run entirely by volunteers and receives
no regular local authority financial support. The
centre was opened for public use on May 1st
2003. It exists to foster interest, enjoyment,
research and publication of Bromyard's local
history.
5 Sherford Street, Bromyard, HR7 4DL
Telephone 01885 488755
Opening times All year Thurs & Fri
10am–1pm & 2pm-4.30pm Saturday 10am-
12.30pm. Admission: Free
e: bromyardhistory@btconnect.com
w: www.bromyardhistorysociety.org.uk
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.
Signpost - page 37
Belmont Abbey
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 other 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
www.belmontabbbey.org.uk
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 collectable toys of yesteryear,
featuring Dr Who and including Thunderbirds,
Stingray, Captain Scarlet, Supercar, Star Wars,
dolls, pedal cars, railways, Disney and so much
more!
e: info@timemachineuk.com
w: www.timemachineuk.com
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
Hereford Cathedral - Mappa
Mundi & Chained Library
Hereford Cathedral is fortunate to care for two
important historical treasures. 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 that tell stories from
the bible and classical myth. With Jerusalem at
the centre, it provides a unique insight into the
medieval mind.
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
unifroms and medals associated with the
regiments raised in Herefordshire
james@sufton.co.uk
sunsetmilitaria@btinternet.com
Harold Street, Hereford, HR1 2QX
Telephone 01432 870420 / 850328
Opening times by appointment only
Signpost - page 38
Mappa Mundi is exhibited alongside the world-
famous 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
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
www.herefordcathedral.org
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, a ruin of part of the
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
Group tours & slide shows by arrangement
John Wallin, Museum Curator
Telephone 07802 718094
Herefordshire Society of
Model Engineers
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. All
enquiries 01432 270143
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: www.hsme.co.uk
Signpost - page 39
Every museum Every museum
needs volunteers ! needs volunteers !
Visitor Centre 2013
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).
Over thirty products are on offer, each with a
unique taste sensation: cloudy or clear, sweet or
dry, still or sparkling, strong, low alcohol, or
organic. The choice is yours!!
Complete the experience with a visit to the cider
and gift shops, where you can purchase your
favourite cider or a gift for a family member or
friend, stroll through the award winning Henry
Weston Courtyard Garden and into the Bottle
Museum Tearoom. Here you can admire over
1,000 different cider bottles whilst enjoying a
light snack or delicious cream tea. Alternatively
you may opt for a meal in the Scrumpy House
Restaurant-café, which serves delicious food
allday and uses the finest local produce.
WESTONS CIDER
Signpost - page 40
Events & Diary Dates 2013
Westons Farm Park reopens - 29th March
Open Farm Sunday - 9th June
Family Fun Day - 28th July
Cider & Jazz Evening - 31st August
Big Apple Weekend - 12th October
Harvest Celebration - Supper and tour 18th &
25th October
Christmas Bazaar - 1st December
The Bounds, Much Marcle,
Ledbury, Herefordshire,
HR8 2NQ
Telephone 01531 660108
www.westons-cider.co.uk
Signpost - page 41
Signpost - page 42
‘ One of t he worl d’ s most appe al i ng smal l
muse ums’
Dr John Davies, historian.
What do smoky
bewigged Stuarts, nuns with
pickaxes, musical POWs, hippies and motorcycle
heroes all have in common? They are all part of
the amazing history of the tiny Welsh border
town of Presteigne, which is explored in a
fabulous new local history gallery opening late
Spring at The Judge’s Lodging.
With its huge cartoon timeline, interactives,
photos and objects from life in the town, this is
a whole new experience for visitors to this
Victorian courthouse. There will be heaps of
fascinating info to get stuck into, with games and
books to keep all ages occupied. Or if you just
fancy relaxing with a coffee, simply chatting or
playing a quiet game of chess, you can do that
too!
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.
A visit to 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.
‘These days it’s common enough to find well-preserved
period buildings tagged with such clichés as ‘frozen in
time’ or ‘a real time capsule’. These places may please the
eye but too often they don’t convince. The Judge’s Lodging
is different for one simple reason: it smells right. One step
through the baize-covered entrance door, and the odour of
THE JUDGE’S LODGING
World Superbike rider, Chaz Davies and his mechanics
explore 2012’s Sporting Life exhibition
Signpost - page 43
paraffin lamps fills your nostrils. The power of scent
evokes domestic life in the 19th century more vividly than
any stage-setting could.’
Alex Ramsay, World of Interiors, 2012.
There is also a temporary exhibition gallery
which will house a series of displays throughout
the year. In the Spring you can discover The
Newells of Presteigne – Ironmongers
Extraordinaire, to be followed by a lovely
exhibition of the children of the town’s feelings
for their home. The big summer exhibition will
see a focus on farming, whilst the fading year
will turn into panto season with a celebration of
that favourite seasonal theatrical event.
If you have a group looking for a really different
visit, there are all sorts of pre-bookable tours
available, including the yummy ‘Ice-Cream &
Jelly for Grown Ups’ and festive Victorian
Christmas experience. Just call to book.
For information on the museum and any of its
activities, visit the website or just call the staff
who are always happy to chat.
Images © Alex Ramsay
Telephone 01544 260650
www.judgeslodging.org.uk
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.
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 2013, so ensure you check the website
before visits.
WR11 4BG
Abbey Gate, Evesham, WR11 4BG
01386 446944
tic@almonry.ndo.co.uk
www.almonryevesham.org
Droitwich Heritage Centre
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
heritage@droitwichspa.gov.uk
www.droitwichspa.gov.uk
George Marshall Medical
Museum
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.
WORCESTERSHIRE’S
MUSEUMS
Signpost - page 44
Charles Hastings Education Centre,
Worcestershire Royal Hospital, Worcester, WR5
1DD
01905 760738
louise.price@worcsacute.nhs.uk
www.medicalmuseum.org.uk
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
www.facebook.com/TheInfirmaryWorcester
01905 542373
c.smellie@worc.ac.uk
Malvern Museum of Local
History
Malvern Museum is housed in the mediaeval
Malvern Priory Gatehouse. The Museum
comprises of a number of themed rooms :
* 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.
The museum is open from 25th March until the
end of October.
Priory Gatehouse, Abbey Road, Malvern
01684 567811
cora@malvernspa.com
www.malvernmuseum.co.uk
Signpost - page 45
The Carpet Museum
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
info@museumofcarpet.co.uk
www.carpetmuseum.co.uk
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 .
Goff's School, Church Street, Tenbury Wells,
WR15 8E4
www.tenburymuseum.org.uk, for further
information telephone the honorary curator Liz
Finlay 01584 810945
Tudor House
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)
manager@tudorhouse.org.uk
www.tudorhouse.org.uk
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.
Signpost - page 46
Chapel Lane, Wythall, Worcestershire, B47 6JX
01564 826471
enquiries@wythall.org.uk
www.whythall.org.uk
Worcestershire Museum of
Freemasonry
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
info@WorcesterMasonicMuseum.co.uk
www.worcestermasonicmuseum.co.uk
Bewdley Museum
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
bewdley.museum@wyreforestdc.gov.uk
www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/museum
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.
Needle Mill Lane, Riverside, Redditch,
Worcestershire, B98 8HY
01527 62509
info@forgemill.org.uk
www.forgemill.org.uk
Stourport
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
stourportforward@btconnect.com
www.stourporttown.co.uk/
stourport_basins_heritage_rooms.html
Signpost - page 47
Gordon Russell Design
Museum
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 info@gordonrussellmuseum.org
www.gordonrussellmuseum.org
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
krm@krm.org.uk
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
www.whub.org.uk/cms/museums-
worcestershire/hartlebury-
museum/learning/museum-on-the-move.aspx
Or contact Sue Pope
spope@worcestershire.gov.uk
Signpost - page 48
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Signpost - page 49
www.judgcs!odging.org.uk
Open: 1 March - 31 October, 10am - 5pm Tues-Sun (Open Bank HoIiday Mondays)
1-30 November 10am-4pm Wed-Sun, 1-22 December 10am-4pm Sat-Sun
The Judge's Lodging, Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2AD.
01544 260650
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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 newest galleries 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.
The Castle Kitchen café serves a variety of
homemade dishes, light lunches and tempting
cakes in the atmospheric Castle Kitchen.
Visitors can also choose to eat in the Orchard
picnic area or let off steam in Old Moat Coppice
WORCESTERSHIRE
COUNTY MUSEUM
Signpost - page 50
nature reserve. 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.
The 2012 temporary exhibition 'Wigs,
Waistcoats & Wild Behaviour' looking at the
elegances and excesses of the Georgians will be
extended until 24 Feb 2013. From 9 March the
new 2013 exhibition will be Hoards,
Handbags & Highwaymen where you can
find out how people made, saved, moved, used
and lost their money over the last 2000 years.
The exhibition contains a display of beautiful
handbags and purses, mysterious buried treasure,
Roman coin hoards and other interesting objects
related to theme of money, money, money!
Also, for 2013 Museum visitors will be able to
see the Castle's State Rooms, the magnificent
Great Hall and Saloon (included in the normal
entry price, open from 1 April - 30 September).
The museum also offers a varied events
programme providing fun and informative days
out for all the family, including Animaltastic,
Pirate School, A Country Fair, Alice in
Wonderland, a Festival of Transport, Murder
Mystery nights, Christmas weekends and many
more. There are also fun children's craft
activities in school holiday weeks and all of
August.
And don’t miss the programme of walks and
talks about a range of fascinating subjects linked
to Worcestershire.  
For further details :
Telephone 01299 250416.
Email mueum@worcestershire.gov.uk
www.museumsworcestershire.org.uk
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Avoncroft Museum is a unique home for historic
buildings which have been rescued from
demolition and rebuilt in a beautiful corner of
Worcestershire’s rural countryside.
This open-air museum has a range of fascinating
buildings, such as a windmill, a prison cell block,
a Tudor House, a 1940s prefab and an earth
closet to name a few.
What else is there to do?
Visitors can also see the biggest collection of
historic telephone boxes in the country and have
fun calling each other from different phone
boxes. There is a play area, a gift shop and
interesting exhibition, an orchard and a pond
plus you can even feed the resident chickens.
Most days when the Museum is open there are
windmill demonstrations and on certain
occasions you can see blacksmithing and chain-
making demonstrations too. The Bromsgrove
Society of Model Engineers is based at the
Museum and their miniature railway is available
for rides on most key event days. The train
AVONCROFT MUSEUM
timetable is on the Museum website. After all of
this activity why not treat yourself to a piece of
cake in the Edwardian Tea Room. There is a
variety of great tasting food available (including
vegetarian and gluten free) which is locally
sourced where possible.
Events throughout the year
There is a varied events programme throughout
the year and there are always activities on bank
holiday weekends and during the school
holidays. Some of these events include:
30 Mar – 14 Apr Easter Holiday trail
31 Mar - 1 April Easter Family Fun Day
5 -6 May Food and Garden market
18-19 May Tudor Jousting
Tournament
26-27 May Monstrous Monarch
28-30 May Marvellous Monsters
Activity Days
8-9 June 1960s weekend
14 July A Comedy of Errors –
outdoor performance
30 July – 29 Aug Summer holiday activities
every Tues, Weds & Thurs
26 - 31 Oct Halloween Activities
(except 28th)
5 Nov No Bangs Bonfire Night
16 Nov Dr Who Day
7 Dec Candlelit Christmas
Evening
14, 15, 21, 22 Dec Search for Santa
For more details about the museum and events
programme please visit : www.avoncroft.org.uk
The Museum is 2 miles south of Bromsgrove
off the A38 and signposted from J4 & J5 off the
M5 and J1 off the M42.
Opening times:
Open Bank Holidays
Dogs are welcome on leads.
See website for Admission Prices
Free Parking – Shop – Picnic Area – Tea Room
– Play Area
Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove,
Worcestershire B60 4JR.
Tel: 01527 831363.
www.avoncroft.org.uk
Registered charity no. 241644
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Sat & Sun
Tues to Sun
Daily
Tues to Sun
10.30am-4pm
10.30am-5pm
10.30am-5pm
10.30am-5pm
Nov-March
April-June
July-August
Sept-October
2012 saw the re-launch of one of Worcester’s
most loved and respected landmarks – the
museum on Severn Street that houses the worlds
most complete and finest collection of
Worcester porcelain.
The museum was originally named after its
generous benefactor, Dyson Perrins, who
founded this independent, stand-alone
institution, and in recent years to aid
communication with our visitors we became the
Museum of Worcester Porcelain. Now as a part
of a total re-presentation we have taken the final
step of aligning the museum’s name with the
most famous brand in the history of porcelain
manufacture in the city – Royal Worcester.
MUSEUM OF
ROYAL WORCESTER
Early Worcester teapot in Oriental style c1770
George Owen
Signpost - page 54
Royal Worcester’s history spans two and a half
centuries and the Company’s magnificent legacy
is reflected in the stunning displays on show at
the museum. From the moment you enter 18th
Century gallery you are transported back in time
to learn how the importation of tea and the 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.
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
had 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 and
entertaining.
In contrast the 20th Century documented
economic and cultural changes, 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 still continued
mass production became the mainstay of the
business.
Signpost - page 55
Early Worcester chocolate
cup, cover and stand c1770
Queen Victoria Diamond
Jubilee saucer
April, from the series of 'Months of
the Year' by Freda Doughty, 1946
The museum collections are as much about
people as about porcelain and in addition to
having over 8,000 items of porcelain on display,
collections within the archive store include hand
painted pattern books, employee’s records,
photographs, copper plates and film. The
Museum’s acclaimed audio tour and ‘The
Doctor Ordered Clay’, a 1951 archive film
showing manufacturing techniques, are free with
entry.
A trip to Worcester is only complete when you
have visited the Museum Shop where you will
find an abundance of Vintage and Antique
Royal Worcester china and porcelain that was
made here on the factory site. Whether you are
looking for cake stands, figurines, gifts to
treasure, pieces to match your dinner service or
specialist books, the highly skilled staff are on
hand to help.
The museum occasionally closes for private
events and has a variety of offers for private and
specialist groups. The Museum also hosts two
Antique Ceramic Fairs in February and
September, and have several free open days each
year. Please see website
www.museumofroyalworcester.org for details.
Telephone: 01905 21247
Website www.museumofroyalworcester.org
Email info@museumofroyalworcste.org
‘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.
Signpost - page 56
Royal Worcester Cake Stand
Cheetah from the 'Jewels of Cleopatra' series
2000, from a limited edition
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Westons Visitor Centre
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Herefordshire village of Much Marcle, since 1880.
Join a mill tour and go behind the scenes to discover
how your favourite cider is produced. Sample cider
and perry in the shop or enjoy homemade food in the
Scrumpy House Restaurant.
Westons Cider, The Bounds, Much Marcle,
Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2NQ
T: 01531 660108
E: enquiries@westons-cider.co.uk
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♦ Famlly events
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♦ Natlonal Telepbone Klosk Collectlon
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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.
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 mezzo-
soprano Dame Janet Baker and an
introductory video.
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.
Museum Facilities:
Free car and coach parking
Disabled parking
Disabled toilet facilities
Picnic area
Accessibility: The Visitor Centre is fully
accessible as is the ground floor of the
Birthplace
THE ELGAR BIRTHPLACE
MUSEUM & VISITOR CENTRE
Signpost - page 58
Cottage. Unfortunately steep narrow stairs to
the Cottage’s upper floor restrict access for
wheel chair users and less agile visitors. Visitors
should also be aware that there are gravel paths
in the cottage garden. Guide and hearing dogs
are welcome.
Opening Times 2013: The Museum is open
daily 11am to 5pm (last admission 4.15pm).
Closed 24th December 2013 to 31st January
2014 inclusive.
Telephone 01905 333224
www.elgarmuseum.org
birthplace@elgarmuseum.org
www.twitter.com/elgarbirthplace
www.facebook.com/elgarbirthplace
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Go on a magical day out abord
the Severn Valley Railway.
Enjoy the journey from Bridgnorth to
Kidderminster Station, stop off at any of the
stations en route:
Hampton Loade a great place to picnic, and
cross the river on the current powered passenger
foot ferry
Highley for the Engine House, see below
Arley - take the footbridge over the river to the
village and Arley Arboretum
Bewdley, visit this lovely Georgian town which
is just a ten minute walk from the station
and then finally arriving at Kidderminster -
which boasts a lovely period style concourse,
with booking office, gift shop and more.
It’s a great day out for young and old. Check the
Severn Valley website for details of special
events, and take your time and enjoy the journey
through the Severn Valley !
The Engine House
It’s amazing how quickly a new attraction can
seem as though it has been there for years. This
is clearly the case with The Engine House, the
Visitor & Education Centre at Highley on the
Severn Valley Railway. Although it actually only
Victoria Bridge © Bob Sweet
Up close at The Engine House
SEVERN VALLEY RAILWAY
opened at Easter 2008, it has
already become an essential part of
a visit to the Railway.
The building can house up to 10
locomotives which are displayed
long with special sound effects and
dry ice. You can explore the engines
- there is even wheelchair access to
one of them - and both from the
gallery above, and from ground
level (which is actually below the
normal platform height) you can
really appreciate the size and power
of these engines.
Other exhibits inside include an
illustration of the restoration work,
an explanation of how a steam locomotives
works and a re-creation of the founding meeting
of the SVR in the Coopers Arms pub in
Kidderminster.
It is a very accessible visitor centre with
something for the whole family; there are baby-
changing facilities, an outdoor play area and a
very spacious outdoor picnic table area. Don’t
forget to visit Buffers Cafe Restaurant and watch
the trains go by as you eat at a table on the
spacious outdoor balcony, which has lovely
views of the valley, the river and the railway!
Make sure you break your journey there and
spend some time at The Engine House at
Highley – when it is combined with a relaxing
journey along the whole Severn Valley Railway, it
makes for a great day out on the line !
© Lewis Maddox
Signpost - page 61
Arley Station
2013 marks many anniversaries and
achievements in railway history:
•1863 - 150th anniversary of the opening of the
first section of the London Underground
•1923 - 90 years since the grouping of the
railway companies into the ‘big four.’
•1938 - 75th Anniversary A4 Pacific Mallard set
new steam locomtive speed record of 126mph
•1963 - 50th Anniversary of both the Great train
Robbery and the Beeching Report
and the SVR will be marking these occassions
with events and activities throughout the year.
Special Events 2013
• Spring Steam Gala - 22-24 March
• Members & Shareholders Weekend -
20-21 April
• Mechanical Horse Weekend - 17-19 May
• Step back to the 1940s - 29-30 June & 6-7 July
• Peep behind the scenes - 20 July
• Ladies Day - 28 July
• Vintage Train & Toy Fair - 17-18 August
• On the Buses - 8 September
• Autumn Steam Gala - 20-22 September
• Classic Vehicle Day - 13 October
• Diesel Enthusiasts Gala - 3-5 October
• Remembrance Day Service - 10 November
Telephone 01299-403816 for the SVR:
or 01746-862387 for The Engine House:
Visit www.svr.co.uk
Signpost - page 62
© Lewis Maddox
© Jed Bennett
Bus Ser vi c e : 125 - BRIDGNORTH - KIDDERMIN-
STER 436 - BRIDGNORTH - SHREWSBURY
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Medieval Magnificence in a
Magical Setting
The Castle
Extending for over 1000 acres across prime
Herefordshire Countryside, Hampton Court
Castle is framed by its vast estate that shares over
600 years of history and English heritage.
This exceptional historic building is Grade 1 Star
Listed, putting it in the top 2% of historical
houses in the UK.
“You c an’t he l p but f ee l pri vi l eged” The
Independent on Sunday
Once a best kept secret, the staterooms and
some of the palatial bedrooms are now available
for you to enjoy when taking one of our castle
tours, but can you find the secret doors?
With so much to discover and learn about our
rich and fascinating history “this is a day out not
to be missed”.
Award-Winning Gardens
World-renowned landscape designer Simon
Dorrell has lovingly revived the castle grounds.
Today, the award-wining gardens feature
seasonal splashes of vibrant colour from the
breathtaking displays of flower beds, ornamental
walkways, waterways, fountains and cascades,
island pavilions, canals and 150-year old wisteria
tunnel leading to expanses of sweeping lawns.
Parkland
The River Lugg runs through the Estate and
with the surrounding parkland, makes for a
fantastic walk or the perfect place for a family
picnic.
Explore all of the estate by taking one of our
river walks, join a nature trail or get wet in the
river by attending one of our special event days.
The Orangery Café
Visit the Orangery Café, a conservatory
designed in 1846 by Jospeh Paxton, who six
years later went on to design the Crystal Palace.
Wherever possible we serve homemade, organic
produce that comes from the kitchen garden or
local produces.
The Gift Shop
Selling the most unusual array of gifts, many
species of plants that grow in the castle’s
gardens, home made produce from the castle’s
kitchens, local crafts, gifts, decorative home ware
and artwork.
Special events 2013
May 4th – 6th Medieval Tented Village
June 9th Porsche Auto Show
June 22nd-23rd Love History? Live History
with Sealed Knot
23rd June Morgan Classic Car Show
July 6th & 7th Design for Living Show
July 28th Hereford Big Band Olympic Sound
August 4th Herefordshire Country Fair
August 25th-26th Tournament of Champions
The action packed Mediaeval Jousting stunt
show!
September 14th-15th The Battle of Mortimer’s
Cross (1461)
www.hamptoncourt.org.uk
Telephone 01568 797777
HAMPTON COURT CASTLE,
GARDENS & PARKLAND
Escape to the Country
Discover countryside family fun. Meet
farmyard friends, walk through fairytale
forest and join in special events.
Billingsley, Bridgnorth, Shropshire WV16 6PF
T: 01299 841255 E: info@raysfarm.com
www.raysfarm.com
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Valid for one free child only on presentation of this advert.
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KIDDERMINSTER • BEWDLEY • BRIDGNORTH
A wonderful way to spend a day!
The Railway Station, Bewdley, Worcs DY12 1BG
Take an atmospheric steam
train journey along the
beautiful Severn Valley.
Please check our website for operating dates and times.
Advance tickets, usually at reduced prices, available at:
www.svr.co.uk
or call: 01299 403816
Mon-Fri 9.30am - 4.30pm