Hot Lists Tuesday, February 2nd Words by: Lauren Rogers

10 things to do in Herefordshire this half term

Hot Lists Tuesday, February 2nd

10 things to do in Herefordshire this half term

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Look no further. Here are 10 family-friendly things to do in Herefordshire this half term.

Haugh Woods Butterfly Trail, near Woolhope 



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A stunning woodland walk with two easy trails. The trails, set up and managed by the Forestry Commission and Butterfly Conservation, mainly follow hard forest tracks and traverse gentle slopes, and are dotted with information boards describing some of the butterflies that can be spotted along the way. Directions and information on parking here.

The Tap Dancing Mermaid at The Courtyard, Hereford

At 11am on February 13, you could take the young ones to see Tessa Bide’s acclaimed live show The Tap Dancing Mermaid. Billed as a ‘magical, mystical story about a tippetty-top tap dancer’ for ages 3+, Bide has been touring this one-woman show since 2013 and a book based on the original story was published last year. As it's part of the Courtyard's newly launched Family Saturdays, there will be arts and crafts activities from 10.30am too. £6 per ticket.

Discover Castles

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The Welsh Borders are dotted with ancient castles and forts. “Bring a picnic and enjoy the magnificent views of the Black Mountains,” helpfully suggested English Heritage. Start at the ruins of Goodrich Castle, near Ross-on-Wye – one of the country’s best preserved medieval fortresses where you can climb battlements or refresh in the tearoom, before heading to Longtown Castle (dogs allowed on leads) or Arthur’s Stone (free) towards Hay-on-Wye.

Special Effects Stage Make-Up Workshop, Malvern Theatre

Just over the border at the Malvern Theatres, you can join Kate Griffiths, professional make-up artist with over 10 years’ experience for a two-hour workshop in Special Effects Stage make-up on February 16. You can learn basic skills and techniques used in the TV and film industry, through to ageing for character make-ups, period dramas, fantasy and sci-fi in the sessions designed for 7 to 12 year olds (10.30am – 12.30pm) and 13+ (2pm – 4pm). £16.50 per session.

Zarafa (PG), Hereford

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Being screened at the Courtyard in Hereford on February 20 is the film Zarafa (PG), which tells the story of Maki who, escaping from a slave trader, befriends Zarafa, an orphan giraffe. When Zarafa is given to the King of France Maki is determined to rescue his best friend so they set out on a journey from Africa to Paris. Again, there will be activities from 10.30am to get involved with. £6 per ticket (half price for CY Club Members)

The Flying Potter at Eastnor, near Ledbury

The much-loved Flying Potter (ceramic artist Jon Williams) hosts another half term workshops from Wednesday, February 17. The theme is Raining Cats and Dogs and you can find out more about the sessions, designed for children aged four to eight and nine to 12, at £15 per child.

WildPlay! Hereford

The Grow Your Own Community Garden at Villa Street, Hunderton, Hereford is holding a WildPlay session on Februray 15. There’ll be creative crafts as the garden gets ready for spring, from making stepping stones, to weaving and games to keep warm if the temperature drops. If you’re not in Hereford city, the site has a wealth of information on green space playgrounds across the county.

The Owl and the Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense, Ledbury 

At the Market Theatre in Ledbury on February 14, Soap Soup Theatre Company present this family show inspired by the works of Edward Lear. It’s a “feast for the eyes, ears and imagination”. £8 (child £5); Family £16 (1 adult & 2 children).

Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre, Forest of Dean

Head south from Ross-on-Wye for a day of cycling. The Pedalabikeaway Cycle Centre has a wide range of hire bikes available for all ages, and trails for all abilities including a 10 mile Family Trail to the challenging Verderers' and Freeminers cross-country trails. 

Go walking, anywhere!

Head for the hills. Or the park. Or the river. Whether it’s Queesnswood Country Park, the Bromyard Downs or Offa’s Dyke, you’re spoilt for choice when it comes to walking around Herefordshire. Here’s our favourite winter walks to get you started, including the highly recommended llama trek. If you’ve got very young children and dogs on leads in tow, Herefordshire Council promotes these 15 circular routes passing through villages and market towns.

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