Hot Lists Monday, March 27th

10 things do to in Herefordshire this Easter holiday

Hot Lists Monday, March 27th

10 things do to in Herefordshire this Easter holiday

Chocolate eggs won't keep them entertained for an entire fortnight. So with that in mind, here are 10 family-friendly things to do in Herefordshire over the Easter school holiday.

April 8 to 23: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe Trail @ Croft Castle, Leominster

Open 10am - 4pm daily | £2 | Croft Castle, Yarpole, Leominster, HR6 9PW


The National Trust run Croft Castle and Parkland - a 1,000 year old seat of power, politics and family history - is inviting you to "climb through the wardrobe and into a magical, mystical outdoor trail". No need to book, just ask for a trail map when you arrive and head towards Mr Tumnus. 

Dogs on leads welcome.

While you're there: seek out spring bluebells. Every spring carpets of British bluebells appear in the Croft Castle parkland. For the best views, head to the wood pasture where thousands of bluebells grow under the Candelabra Oak every April and May.

01568 780246 |


April 8: Grand Opening Day + Climbing Competition @ The Send, Hereford

10am - 8pm | The Send, Ramsden Road, Hereford, HR2 6LR


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Hereford's new indoor climbing and bouldering centre, The Send, is cracking the metaphorical champagne on its climbing walls with this Grand Opening party. Ideal for active families, there'll be a one-day bouldering and roped climbing competition, pro masterclasses, street food stalls plus live music into the evening.

They said: "Even if you're not a climber, why not pop into the centre to see what climbing is all about."

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April 8: Gruffalo's Spring Picnic @ Queenswood Country Park

10am - 3pm | £3 parking charge | Queenswood Country Park, near Leominster, Herefordshire, HR6 0PY

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Queenwood is Herefordshire's only official county park and last summer it opened a Gruffalo Trail, where the much-loved characters created by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, that come to life. This Easter break, Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and Herefordshire New Leaf will host spring picnic centred around the trail; a wholeheartedly community affair complete with a bake-off competition, egg hunt and den bulding workshops.

The Gruff will be making an appearance too.

If you want to avoid the parking charge, there's a park and ride service running from Wellington Garden Centre (HR4 8BB).


April 10 onwards: Easter School with 2Faced Dance @ Hereford Academy of Dance, Hereford

9.30am - 3pm daily | £25 a day | Hereford Academy of Dance, Faraday Road, Hereford, HR4 9NZ

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The renowned 2Faced Dance Company will run this Easter School as part of their ongoing community dance sessions. The classes will be taught by leading teachers and professional dancers from the all-male contemporary dance scene. Motivational, inspiring stuff.

Ideal for children aged four to 16.

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April 11 - 20: Rollerskating Camp @ The Core, Hereford

10am - 3pm | £20 per day | The Core, Foley Trading Estate, Hereford, HR1 2SF

The Core

Home of alternative sports (and the city's Roller Derby team), The Core is Hereford's skating ring and this Easter will host rollerskating club for mini adults in need of homework relief.

Running for two weeks (dip in and out as you please), no skating experience is needed and skates are provided. Minimum age 7.

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April 13: Countrytastic @ Three Counties Showground, Malvern

10am - 5pm | adults £8, under 16s £5, under 4s free | Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW


CountryTastic at the Three Counties Showground is just that: country-tastic; a celebration of rural living and farm life.

Meet the animals, talk to farmers, hop on a tractor, learn how to make apple feeders for garden birds... it's designed to be a hands-on day of discovery for young ones.

Tickets won't be available on the day, so book in advance. No dogs allowed on site.

01684 584 924 |


April 15: Found Objects and Nonsense Poetry @ The Globe at Hay, Hay-on-Wye

From 10.30am | Globe at Hay, Newport Street, Hay on Wye, Hereford, HR3 5BG

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We'll let the guys at The Globe take this one: "We're making sure your little ones enjoy their holidays. Explore making artwork with found objects from the natural world. If you have any goodies that you have collected and squirrelled away, bring them with you. We'll also be wrapping our brains around some nonsense found word poetry, if that tickles your fancy."

For 5-11 year-olds, parents welcome. 

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April 14 - 17: Treasure Hunt @ Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury

11am - 5pm (castle open 11.30am to 4.30pm) | admission £11 adult, £7 3-15 years | Eastnor Castle, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1RL

A treasure hunt with the chance to win an enormous Easter egg. Amirite?

Gorgeous Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury, is open from April 14 to April 20 this spring. This is the perfect excuse to visit.

While you're there: grab your tickets for Eastnor Chilli Festival 2017, a food fest with more than a flash of heat. This year's festival takes place on Sunday, April 30 and Monday, May 1. 


April 15: Easter Fun Day @ Wynnes of Dinmore, near Leominster

11am to 3pm | free entry | Wynnes of Dinmore, Upper Buskwood Farm, Hope under Dinmore, HR6 0PX


Wynnes of Dinmore's Family Fun Day will feature All The Cute Animals (we recommend the micro pigs), face painting and stalls, plus a traditional Easter egg hunt.

The family run shop and farm, four miles south of Leominster, is holding more and more open day events and any excuse to hang out with lambs, llamas and pygmy goats is fine by us.

01568 797314 |


April 22: Annual Fritillary Day @ Lower House Farm, Hereford

10am - 2pm | £5, under 14s free | Lower House Farm, Ledbury Road, Tupsley, Hereford HR1 1UT


The words 'Annual Fritillary Day' might not smack of street cred but, year in year out, this is a celebration of what makes Herefordshire Wildlife Trust so vital to the 'shire.


One of the only places to find the incredibly rare snake's head fritillary is on the Lugg Meadow, just outside Hereford city. With TLC from the trust, the flower is thriving in Herefordshire. On April 22, you and the fam can head to one of the county's best nature reserves to see for yourself.

You'll help count this year's crop, go pond dipping and generally learn to learn the planet. No booking needed but warm clothes and sturdy shoes are advised.

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