Hot Lists Wednesday, March 23rd Words by: Mark Bowen

What’s on in Herefordshire this Easter: where to go on sunny days

Hot Lists Wednesday, March 23rd

What’s on in Herefordshire this Easter: where to go on sunny days

Springtime! Here's our pick of things to do in Herefordshire this Easter if the sun makes an appearance.

(And in case it doesn't, here's our rainy days guide)

Visit Hampton Court Castle

Hampton Court Castle and its extensive gardens, near Leominster, reopened to the public on Sunday so now is a good time to visit. You can enjoy a colourful display of tulips, the Magnolia walk, the Wisteria arch, the scent of the roses, and fruit trees. The gardens are open from 10.30am to 5pm every day until October 31. Guided tours of the castle are held on most days at 11.30am, 12.30pm, 2pm and 3pm. Visit here for more information.

From Good Friday (March 25) to Thursday, March 31 there'll be exotic bird and animal encounters with Trevor Hill at the castle, giving you and the little 'uns chance to get up close and personal with meerkats, skunks, spiders and lizards. Not to mention armadillos, baby owls and snakes.  

There'll also be an Easter trail around the gardens and a craft workshop in the Arkwright Courtyard for younger visitors.

Hampton Wisteria

Hunt for easter eggs

Not surprisingly there are several easter egg hunts going on around Herefordshire. 

Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury, is holding an Easter Treasure Hunt around the castle and grounds from from March 25 to March 28 with the chance to win an enormous easter egg. Starting at 11am each day, tickets costs £10.50 (adults), £7 children (3-15 yrs), and £28 for a family.

Dewsall Court is hosting a treasure hunt and chocolate market on Easter Sunday. Set in 15 acres of lush gardens with snowdrops leading the way, followed by crocuses and daffodils. To book call Dewsall on 01432 276 724 or email info@dewsall.com. The event, on March 27 from noon to 5pm, is £35 for adults, £18 per child and includes the treasure hunt and Sunday lunch.

There'll be a family fun day at the Oldfield Forge Academy on Monday, April 4 from 10am to3pm. It's a chance to have a go at being a blacksmith, then take part in an easter egg hunt in the Oldfield Woods. There'll also be arts and crafts with Sarah Dean, egg and spoon races, and face time with the Easter bunny. The academy is based at Old Field Farm on Garway Hill, between Hereford and Ross, and the event is being held in conjunction with the Ross Hedgehog Festival. Tickets cost £10 each or £12 on the day with all activities included.

Have a beer then go for a walk

The inaugural Kington and Radnor Cross Beer Festival runs on Good Friday (March 25) and Saturday, March 26 from noon to midnight. Four pubs in Kington are taking part: the Olde Tavern, Oxford Arms, the Swan On The Square and Royal Oak.

From Radnorshire, the Radnor Arms and Radnorshire Brewery Bar in New Radnor and the Fforest Inn at Llanfihangel-nant-Melan, Presteigne are on board too.

As well as the booze, there will be a guided walk on Saturday starting in New Radnor at 10.30am and heading to the Fforest Inn. It’s a hilly five-and-a-half mile walk, with the option of walking back to New Radnor, just over four miles, at about 2pm. Entry is £5 (£4 for Camra members). On Friday night, Over the Hillbillies will be playing live at the Swan in Kington.

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CountryTastic

CountryTastic at The Three Counties Showground, Malvern, is a hands-on family-friendly affair with food, farming and countryside at its core. Keep the kids entertained all day long with free activities, entertainment, and their favourite countryside creatures. The show has plenty of indoor and outdoor activities whatever the weather. Tickets cost £6 and under threes go free. Adam Henson (BBC Countryfile) is the show's special guest and he’ll be commentating some of the livestock parades. The event takes place on March 31 at The Three Counties Showground, Malvern. Visit here for more information.

CountryTastic

Get busy in the natural world

Join the Bromyard Downs Project work party on Thursday, March 31 and get your hands dirty. The day is about practical habitat management and you'll be installing new interpretation boards for visitors. Don't forget a packed lunch and suitable outdoor clothes. To book a place call Hannah Welsh, Bromyard Downs Project Officer, on 01432 356872. The Bromyard Downs Project is a collaboration between Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and the Bromyard Downs Common Association and the work party will meet at the main Downs car park at 10am. For more information, head over here.

On Easter Sunday (March 27) you could join the Pooling Together team as they restore the Downs' historic ponds. Meet at 9.30am at the main car park for this work party project, which is a collaboration between Herefordshire Wildlife Trust and Herefordshire Amphibian and Reptile Team. 

Pooling
 

Celebrate Capability Brown at Berrington Hall

This year is the 300th anniversary of landscape architect Capability Brown, and at Berrington Hall,near Leominster, this Easter, characters from that time will be brought to life. These mannequins, designed and created by Denise Watson of Delicarta, will be wearing exquisitely hand-crafted life size costumes.

Among them will be Thomas Harley, first owner of Berrington, Capability Brown, who designed Berrington in 1775, Henry Holland, who designed the hall, along with workers, women and children who lived in the house three centuries ago. This event is free, but normal admission charges apply. Head here for details.

Berrington

Head to a Herefordshire farm park

The Small Breed Centre in Kington is home to an array of rare breeds, from African pygmy goats and Ouessant sheep – the world’s smallest breed of sheep, to one of the finest collection of owls in Europe. From Easter to the end of July small clutches of chicks and ducklings are hatched each week. You may be lucky enough to see that very special moment when they break out from the confines of their shells. You can also see chipmunks, chinchillas, guinea pigs and rabbits. This year marks the farm park's 25th year. It is open from 10.30am to 5pm daily. 

Photo gallery: Springtime is here and so are the baby animals

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Take a stroll along the river

Save some money and improve your fitness by nipping down to the river for a walk. Ross-on-Wye is the perfect place to enjoy a picnic by the river which loops extravagantly in the town providing some spectacular views. Free and healthy. What could be better?

Spotlight on Ross-on-Wye

IMG 1220 2Get into the garden (not yours)

The National Gardens Scheme will open a host of Herefordshire gardens over the Easter break. You can forget the stresses of life and experience the calm of a relaxed two-acre country garden at The Old Corn Mill, Aston Crews, Ross-on-Wye (HR9 7LW). There'll be a children's trail and quirky garden sculptures when the garden is open on Easter Sunday (March 27). Admission is £3.50 with children free. Visit here for more information.  

Open gardens

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