Hot Lists Friday, June 22nd

Weekend Essentials: Funk, festivals and Furlong Fury

Hot Lists Friday, June 22nd

Weekend Essentials: Funk, festivals and Furlong Fury

We’re trimming things down a little for this week’s Weekend Essentials. In clickbait terms, these are The Six Things You Absolutely, Definitely Can\'t Miss Out On This Weekend. 

1. Summer mud-(fun)running

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When: Sunday, from 11am.

Where: Hereford Leisure Centre, Holmer Rd.


Back for its second year, Furlong Fury is taking over the racecourse and kicking out the fillies in favour of families and fitness fans, who will clambour over 20+ obstacles in a 5k run/walk/crawl. It's a family-friendly course - there are specific 'waves' for younger runners and mixed-age groups, and you're not going to get some wannabe drill sergeant screaming at you as you pull your way through a muddy trench - but if you want to race, there will official timings and plenty of runners who 'probably could have passed SAS selection if I'd wanted to'. Either way, if BBC weather is right, it's going to be a belting day for working up a bit of a sweat.

Head to the website for more info, but you can enter on Sunday, and wear your medal to work on Monday morning with pride.

2. Sundogs 7s rugby/music/beer festival

Where: Luctonians Rugby Club, Kingsland

When: Fri - Sun


Also back for a second scoop is the weekend-long celebration of 7s and cider-swilling that is Sundogs. There's action all day Saturday with hundreds competing for some big-time beer money across the Mens, Womens, Social and hockey comps, with live music and livelier beer tents bringing the festival vibes to North Herefordshire. Camping's available Friday through to Sunday, whether you're playing or drinking or both.

Never been to a 7s festival? Here's a primer.


3. The Welsh Supergrass

Where: The Globe, Hay-on-Wye.

When: Saturday, 8pm


These West Walians have got the kind of infectious, jangly, toe-tapping sound that feels like the Libs, if the Pete Doherty wrote most of his songs in the Welsh language. Perfect for a summer Saturday. Check out their Soundcloud here to get a taste, and here to snag an earlybird ticket.


4. Have fun at the fair

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When: Saturday, from 10am

Where: Hereford's Castle Green


Good ol' wholesome family fun down by the river. If you're in town with the kids on Saturday, have a mooch around Castle Green's Summer Fair. There's a load of activities going on (including A. BOUNCY. CASTLE), local food and drink stands, as well as some historical displays and talks celebrating the role of women in Herefordshire's history.

Head to the FB page to find out more.


5. Get your kicks at a major Taekwon-Do tournie

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Where: The Point4, Hereford.

When: Monday, 10am - 5pm.


The British Champs come to Hereford, with some of the best Taekwon-Do fighters across all age groups competing under BTF rules for a national title. "Sweep the leg."

More here.


6. Get up, get down and get funky


Where: The Left Bank, Hereford

When: Saturday, from 8pm


There's a whole lot of music going down at the Left Bank on Saturday night, with Edinburgh Fringe-favourites and #woke party-starters The Undercover Hippy taking the stage alongside the infectious sass that cover band MammaFunk are known for. Upstairs on the rooftop Charles Bar ther's a trio of DJs keeping you moving with a blend of funk, soul and the funkiest of house music until the wee hours. One £10 ticket gets you in for the lot.

More on the Voodoo Lab DJs here.


There's a pair of other music/boozing festivals loaded up with local bands - Gillow Cider Festival and Little Dewchurch's Hiraeth - a 21-stop vintage motorcycle scavenger hunt setting off from Ross-on-Wye and one of Britain's best jazz trumpets covering Louis Armstrong in a Hay church.

There's also the small matter of England trying to make it out of the group stages of the World Cup - check out our guide to find the best place to watch the action on Sunday night.

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