Hot Lists Tuesday, August 22nd

8 great ways to spend your August Bank Holiday in Herefordshire (plus a load more)

Hot Lists Tuesday, August 22nd

8 great ways to spend your August Bank Holiday in Herefordshire (plus a load more)

Forget Christmas and New Year, the late August Bank Holiday weekend has lately and somewhat improbably been WHERE IT’S AT in Hereford. For two straight years we’ve found that our What’s On listings page runneth over with ways to eek out the last of the Great British Summer.

So much so that we’re once again picking out the best of them in this Bumper Bank Holiday hotlist. 

Hereford Indie Food 


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When: Fri - Mon

What: Hereford’s coolest backyard hangout - with posh kebabs and Edwin from Foals.

Where: Behind the Burger Shop on Aubrey St, Hereford.

Last year’s equivalent of the cool, new kid at school, Hereford Indie Food leant itself against a repurposed city centre car-park wall, all street food and indie DJ sets, a metaphorical cig hanging out the side of its mouth. It didn’t disappoint. Stylish in a Bristolian, lo-fi kind of way, it packed its substance into one stomach after another as hundreds spent their days eating their way around a pop-up street food fest, before dancing in to the early hours with live bands and tunes from Alt J alumni.

This year promises to go one better with HIF teaming up with Hay Festival for a series of TED-style talks on all things foodie. They’ve also doubled-down on the musical lineup from last year, and food-wise, if you don’t try their kebabs, then frankly you’re doing 2017 wrong.

More here. 

The Barrels Beer Festival 

When: Fri - Mon

What: The Barrels Beer Fest turns 30.

Where: St Owen's St, Hereford.

At the risk of sounding my age, there is something undeniably nostalgic about seeing a group of people in the ‘pre-gaming era’, standing outside a sold-out Hereford venue trying to scalp tickets – as you almost always see at the almost always sold-out Barrels beer festival.

The pub is an institution, and the festival is that same institution on the top of its game for four days. The courtyard’s taken over by bands, and the back bar by literal barrels of real ale and cider. Call in ASAP to grab your tickets. I mean, why not? It’s just a good excuse to call in for quick one down the Barrels.

Music from 8pm (Boondogz!!) on Fri, all afternoon/evening Saturday (The DT Shakes headlining) and Big Band music on Monday, and more bands until 7pm on Monday.

More here. 

UK Mountainboard Championships 2017

When: Saturday – Monday

What: The best racers in the UK hurling themselves down hills and over jumps for your viewing pleasure.

Where: Hereford Board and Bike Park.

Snowboarding is one of the world’s indisputably coolest sports. Unfortunately we don’t have a lot of snow in Hereford. What we do have is hills. A few years ago a dedicated team carved Hereford Board and Bike Park out of one them, with a whole series of runs, kickers and jumps to hurl themselves off using mountainboards – which to the uninitiated are basically snowboards with all-terrain mini-tyres on the bottom.

This year the UK Champs is coming here – with BordeX, Downhill and Freestyle comps running all weekend. 

More here. 

Open Air Cinema: The Lion King

When: Friday 7pm

What: Simba, on a super-sized screen

Where: Colcombe House, Hampton Bishop

If you were making a list of the Top 5 Disney films of all time, The Lion King’s got to be on there, right? Circle of Life, Hakuna Matata, those hyenas – it’s a classic. I will go full-on Scar with anyone who says otherwise.

You can get nostalgic this weekend as the gorgeous Colcombe House hosts an open air screening. Family tickets and picnic blankets available.

More here. 

Kaleido Free Open Air Daytime Party

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When: Sunday 3pm – Sat 10pm.

What: Island beats, Jamaican eats.

Where: The Firefly, King St, Hereford.

By August 27, you’re going to have two, maybe three, sunny Sundays left. And none of them will be followed by a free Monday off work. Make the most of the daylight and check out Kaleido’s takeover in Gilbie’s courtyard where From Berlin With Love duo Worse 4 Wear and Kaleido’s Josh Smalley and Jordan Prew go back-to-back from the daytime ‘till dusk (or 3pm – 10pm to be specific).

It’s free, open air, and ‘melodically groovy’, according to the poster.

More here.  

Desert Island Picks: Withnail & I/Rum Diary director Bruce Robinson

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When: Friday 8pm

What: Tunes and tales from one of the country’s top directors.

Where: The Globe, Hay-on-Wye

A live version of the Radio 4 classic Desert Island Disks – it’s Withnail & I writer, director and notable Johnny Depp-friend Bruce Robinson picking the music that tells you a bit about his life, and then telling you a bit about his life.

Also, it’s free.

More here.

Ministry of Sound – 25 years

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When: Fri - Sun

What: Ministry DJs getting naughty like it’s the 90s.

Where: Left Bank, Bridge Street, Hereford.

Another night back for its sophomore year (MoS held an event at the riverside venue lasts year too), this ambitious Ministry of Sound takeover is just that, taking over the cavernous, multi-storey venue that is the Left Bank with different DJs in different rooms.

Seth Troxler is unlikely to put in an appearance on the 1s and 2s, but if you want a throwback to the days in the not too distant past when top DJs rocked the ‘Rooms just a few doors down, then this is where you’re going to want to be.

More here. 

Reggae Pie all-dayer

When: Sat 3pm – Sun 1am

What: Island beats, Jamaican eats.

Where: The Firefly, King St, Hereford.

Kiss goodbye to a summer that never really showed up with a load of music that will at least make you feel like you’ve got the sun on your face, all sliced up and served at a Reggae Pie takeover at the ‘fly.

Their DJs will be taking to the decks inside, while guest musicians play outside – and Mad Snacks nice up your plates with a load Jamaican food and rum cocktails.

More here. 

Wait, there’s more….

Family Fun times

Lord of the Rings trail @ Croft Castle – Brave adventurers are needed to scour the grounds for clues and characters to save Croft Castle. Runs from 10am each day.

August Bank Holiday Shenanigans @ Out To Grass – Just over the border, Malvern glamping spot Out To Grass is hosting a weekend full of scavenger hunts, fire mazes and kids’ activities. Plus music and massage for the grown-ups.

Ledbury Bank Holiday carnival – This year’s theme is ‘It’s a novel idea’. Expect floats, a fun fair, and fancy dress, as well as marching bands and regular bands on the high street on Monday (11am – 6pm).

Ollie Fest (Ross-on-Wye) – Funfair, food and inflatables – and a bar for the adults. Live music Fri – Sun at Ross Rugby Club.

Outdoorsy/Sporty Stuff

Stargazing, Dark Sky Wales – Has the eclipse left you star struck? Well, head up to the Dark Sky Reserve just over the border on Saturday to learn more about the heavens, with a three-hour stargazing experience lead by an astronomer.

Bromyard Hop Festival World Championship hop pocket races – The now-world famous hop pocket races see teams of four sprint through the town hauling a 70kg sack of hops for the honour of being named World Champion. As well as the racing on Sun there will be vintage cars, crafts exhibitions and stalls and BBQ.

Eddie Hall @ CN Sport – The Beast himself is doing a meet and greet at CN Sport in Hereford’s Butter Market on Friday afternoon. It may be a tight squeeze – the current World’s Strongest Man takes up a fair bit of square-meterage – but how often to you get to chat to a man who can deadlift a speedboat?


Will Killeen plays jazz in the Cathedral grounds,  Cosy Club hosts a cocktail shindig,  Reloaded return to rock the Plough in Ross, while The Double Barrel Band do the same to the Plough at Little Dewchurch, the Temple Bar Inn at Ewyas Harold has a birthday beer festival, The Medlars play at Hay’s Globe and Steady Edd & the Boogiemen get things swinging at the Golden Cross Inn at Sutton St Nicholas.

Happy bank hols all.

Tile artwork by Adam Knight, using icons from The Noun Project (inc Blake Thompson, Vishwas Shetty, Alejandro Capellan, Aleksandr Vector, Hopkins, Satisfactory, and Curve).

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