Hot Lists Sunday, May 21st

Bumper Bank Holiday Hotlist: Late May Edition

Hot Lists Sunday, May 21st

Bumper Bank Holiday Hotlist: Late May Edition

Bank Holidays are just a three-day weekend. That's it. A bonus twenty-four hours of Not Work.

And yet they can be anything you want them to be. Want to race a raft down the river? You can do that. Want to party twice as hard and spent one-and-a-half times as long recovering? DJ Yoda and Reggae Pie are going back-to-back. Fancy a bit of movie magic with the family? There's a triple-bill of Disney classics at the Left Bank on Monday.

Here's a hand-picked Top of the Pops of long weekend action from around Herefordshire. 

Want even more choice? Head to our What's On pages for full listings.

Sound of the Baskervilles: DJ Yoda/Norman Jay @ Hay-on-Wye

Friday, May 26 (Norman Jay) and Sunday, May 28 (DJ Yoda) | 10pm | Baskerville Hall Hotel (Clyro Court), just outside Hay, HR3 5LE | tickets £15.30


Two London legends with a repuation for party-starting are taking over an old stately home outside Hay-on-Wye this bank holiday weekend.

First up on Friday night is DJ Yoda, a true turntablist whose cut 'n' paste style has long-marked him out as a creative force in the pool of hip-hop DJs, and earned him a reputation for bringing something different to a party. Any party. Tickets on sale here.

Norman Jay has gone from 80s warehouse parties to London pirate radio to presenting BBC Radio's 2's Funk Factory. A house DJ by definition his shows are just dripping with soul, funk and a healthy helping of Golden Era hip-hop. Tickets on sale here.


Kaleido's opena air takeover @ Gilbies, Hereford

Sunday, May 28 | Gilbies, Hereford, HR1 2DL | 3pm - 10pm | Free entry

A (hopefully) sun-kissed Sunday Session, this bank holiday special sees two Hereford DJ's spinning laidback house music back-to-back through the afternoon and in to the evening.

Josh Smalley and Jordan Prew promise a soundtrack of "groovy, warm" beats in the courtyard garden.

More info here.


Reggae Pie: Bring in the summer

Saturday May 27 | The Firefly, King Street, Hereford, HR4 9BX | 9pm - late | Free entry

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The prognosticators at BBC Weather reckon it's going to be 26-and-sunny on the Saturday.

That means heading to Hereford's Firefly pub (great beer garden/impressive selection of beers and ciders/new streetfood-inspired menu) for island vibes, courtesy of a musical takeover by our favourite Regage Pie DJs, is arguably the only appropriate response.  

Dr Nico Demus Puffalot and Owen Culture will be bringing the sound of Jamica to Hereford city.

More info here.


Dick Vs Dom @ Hay Festival 2017

Saturday, May 27 | Hay Festival site, Hay-on-Wye | 11.30am | £9.30


Back in Hay with their new interactive show kids TV faves, Dick and Dom will be splitting the audience in half and getting the crowd to play games against each other. 

It’s either that or everyone will just sit in silence and have 45 mins quiet reading time together.

Ant and Who? Tickets on sale here.


Bank Holiday Triple Bill aka Disney Classics back to back (to back)

Monday, May 29 | The Left Bank, Hereford, HR4 9DG | 10am to 6pm | Tickets from £7


Better than Baloo buffering on Netflix, this pop up cinematic experience includes screenings of Cars, Beauty & The Beast and The Jungle Book. There's free popcorn, games, prizes for the best dress up and three of the best kids movies ever made. And a licensed bar.

Full disclosure, we're hosting this event to raise money for Hereford-based Little Princess Trust. Read more about them here, and grab your film tickets at


Peppa Pig: My First Cinema Experience

Saturday, May 27 | The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford, HR4 9YJ | 11am | £6 all tickets, free pre-activity from 10.30am

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For the little little ones. Every three-year-old's favourite pig is coming to the big screen in Hereford this bank holiday Saturday. The film is tailored for first-time cinema goers.

And because it's the Courtyard, you can get lunch/a strong coffee to prepare you for the 'experience'.

Tickets on sale here.


Crocodile 8 Multi-Terrain Tace

Sunday, May 28 | from noon | Burghill Academy, near Hereford, HR4 7RP | race entry from £2 (mini run) to £18 (adults, on the day)


The mud runner before Mud Runners. This Croc8 is an almost-9-mile multi-terrain course at Burghill open to everyone, with courses to teens and little 'uns as well. 

From the organisers: "The main race begins at 3pm on Sunday May 28. You should be 16 or over to run this race. Early bird entry fees are £15 or £12 (affiliated members) when paying online. Runners are welcome to enter on the day between 12-2pm for £18 or £15. (affiliated members). 

"The Junior Race (11-16) takes place at 3pm, at the rear of the main race and will follow the same course until Court Farm. The race distance is 2.57 miles. Entries are £5 and are paid on the raceday between 12 and 2.30pm. The mini fun run starts at 1.30pm before the main race has begun. Entries, taken from 12 to 1.15pm, are £2 and paid on the raceday."

More info and entry forms over here.


The 70-mile Wye River Challenge

Saturday, May 27 to Monday, May 29 | starts at Bredwardine Bridge, finishes at Huntsham Bridge, near Ross-on-Wye | race entry £30 per person, free to watch


Spread across three consecutive days, this annual charity race is designed to test both mental and physical stamina.

Once a 100-mile behemoth, the new Committee for Herefordshire Amateur Rafters (CHAR) course is a slightly abbreviated 70 miles - but no less gruelling for those rafting. 

Winding it's way down the River Wye there are loads of bridges to watch the racing from and when they paddling stops, the partying starts at the various official campsites and beer tents.

More info here. Check out the route here.


Malvern Walking Festival 2017

Saturday, May 27 to Monday, May 29 (and beyond, to June 4) | Malvern Hills | £various

The first weekend of a nine-day festival coincides nicely with the late May bank holiday. Rambling guides are ready to take you up, down and admittedly across the Worcestershire border in search of some of the most spectacular views in the country.

More than 30 walks to chose from including Down Shakespeare's Avon from Twyning Green to Tewkesbury; Scenic Suckley Hills; Eastnor Deer Park; Dr Wilson's 150th Anniversary Water Cure Walk.

More info here and a full run down on individual walks at


Hay Festival 2017

Friday, May 26 to Monday, May 29 (and beyond) | Hay Festival site, Hay-on-Wye | £various, including free but ticketed talks

Eddie Izzard (Thurs) Bridget Jones creator Helen Fielding (Fri), Jeremy Paxman, Graham Norton (Sat), Tracey Emin, Shappi Khorsandi (Sun) - basically it's a gimme when you're tasked with digging out the best cultural events around Herefordshire on the same weekend as The Biggest Cultural Festival In The Country. Safe to say, there is loads going on. 

A late addition to the bill is Brazil's deposed female president Dilma Rousseff, talking at Hay on Friday night.

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Romantic Strings from the English String Orchestra

Sunday, May 28 | The Shirehall, Hereford, HR1 2HX | 3.30pm to 5.30pm | Tickets from £5.90


The latest Shirehall Sunday lineup falls on bank holiday Sunday (noice) and features conductor Kenneth Woods and a star cellist heading up the ESO. 

On the programme:

Grieg - Holberg Suite
Hans Gál - Concertino for Cello and Strings
Tchaikovsky - Serenade for Strings


Pop-Up Street Food Market @ Hay on Wye

Sunday, May 28 | Castle Street, Hay-on-Wye | 3.30pm to 5.30pm | Free


Taking over Hay Castle's walled garden for the festival is a street food stalls catering to your every desire (especially if your desires include food stuffs preceeded by the word "artisanal").

Reading is hungry work, refuel with some falafel, fresh pasta and posh kebabs.

More info here

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