Hot Lists Friday, May 11th

Weekend Essentials: the Peter Andre and Hereford Marathon edition

Hot Lists Friday, May 11th

Weekend Essentials: the Peter Andre and Hereford Marathon edition

After the inevitable excesses of sun-soaked Bank Holiday, this weekend’s lineup has more of a fresh feel to it. Consider it a social aftersun of sorts.

With Peter Andre.



There have been some interesting lineups in the history of music festivals. Jay-Z was a controversial headliner at Glasto in ’08 (and knocked it out of the park). This year’s Reading & Leeds festival – one of the last bastions of skinny-jean wearing indie fans – was rightly rinsed on Twitter after it announced a lineup that included the likes of Diplo and Post Malone.

And yet it seems surreal-er still to write the following sentence: Peter Andre is headlining a gig at Edgar Street that also features the Cheeky Girls, Five and Bob Geldof’s mate, Midge Ure.

And yet this is happening. Mysterious girls, assemble.

Back in 2018, there’s also music from heartbreakingly-beautiful singer-songwriter Hattie Briggs at the Globe on Friday night and a double-header at the Left Bank with garage rock from WISENHEIMER and a string band ‘with jazz and blues influences’.


Why not sweat out last weekend’s gin with a bit of sport, or at least watching others play sport.

On Sunday there’s the Hereford Marathon – going up on the site later today is a guide on the best places to watch the runners go through – and the opportunity to cheer on cousins and colleagues as they endure 26.2 miles of chafing for no financial reward. Bonus points if you can spot the exact time they regret their decision.

(If you want to have a go at a slightly-less imposing endeavour – and get a little tipsy at the same time – check out the 8km Ludlow Beer Run which includes eight hydration stations stocked with, yup you guessed it, beer.)

In the north of the county, Luctonians – who, playing in National 2, are the equivalent of three leagues higher than Hereford FC – have low-key been involved in one of the greatest Great Escapes in recent memory. Needing five wins from five to avoid relegation, they have won four.

On Saturday, they face the league winners in fight for survival. They need four tries and as much noise as possible. Kick off at 3pm.  

Also on Saturday is the Great British Tennis Weekend – with Whitecross Tennis Club holding an open day from 10am for all ages and abilities. Pop down if you’ve ever felt like picking up a racquet.

Elsewhere this weekend, at 6pm tonight Green Spider climbing at Rotherwas is holding its monthly bouldering competition. Across the site on Sunday there’s an eight-hour kettlebell course at Ady Watts’ gym which will teach you how to lift weights like a Russian warrior/warrior-ess, while at the same time Drover cycles host the Herefordshire Devil Sportive starting out from Leominster. There are three routes you can sign up for – 56miles, 83 miles and 133 miles.


The lineup is as yet unannounced for the Courtyard Comedy Club. Even though it’s on tonight. Rumours swirl as to whether it could be Gervais, or Chris Rock taking the headliner's slot. But you’ll have to turn up at 8pm to find out, or a bit earlier if you want a curry.


Gangsta Granny – the best-selling kids books from Little Britain’s David Walliams – has been adapted to become a wild and wacky stage show, to rave reviews. There are matinees and evening shows on both Friday and Saturday at the Courtyard.

There’s also some great kids films on this weekend, with the era-splitting Wonderstuck on at the Courtyard, the Oscar-winning Coco getting a kids showing on Saturday morning at the Odeon, garden-based animation Sherlock Gnomes’ opening weekend and Paddington 2 having a Flicks in the Sticks screening at Tarrington.


On Saturday the infuriatingly-talented artists, makers, photographers and blacksmiths take over the Speakeasy in Hereford to show you what they’ve got. There’s charity crafts, and live music from 6pm till 10pm. And it’s free.


Haroford is a weird and wonderful institution. Annually a group of local retro BMX enthusiasts host many more retro BMX enthusiasts for a group ride that crosses the town, taking in the skate park and the dirt track and various refreshment stops in between.

These throwback bikes are lovingly built as tribute to childhoods riding choppers and BMXs – join in if you want, all ages are welcome, or just keep an eye out for them tomorrow.

Food & Drink

Gin fans, take your pick. You could head to Black mountain Botanicals for a tasting, and a chance to find out how they make their beautifully-bottled, small-batch Hill Billy Gin. Or on Sunday enjoy a Bottomless Gin Brunch in the aristocratic surroundings of the gorgeous Lemore Manor.

For the wild at heart, check out this foraging course near Ledbury -  where the instructors at Wild Food will teach you what edible goodies nature is giving us for Spring/Summer.

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