Hot Lists Thursday, February 22nd , pictures by: Tile image by Herefordshire Live/TuffLondon

Your weekend essentials: blues, Borderlines + 6 Nations in breweries

Hot Lists Thursday, February 22nd

Your weekend essentials: blues, Borderlines + 6 Nations in breweries

In lieu of our fully-loaded What’s On section – still enjoying a brief hiatus, as it suns itself on some Caribbean beach, soon to return – here’s another essential guide of what’s happening this week/weekend in Herefordshire.

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It’s the half-way point in the Six Nations – and the rugby gods have bestowed upon us a Friday night game (even if it is France v Italy). There’s micro-breweries across the county putting up big screens, as well as pubs putting on bands for after the action.

Check out our guide here.



It’s the opening weekend of Borderlines film festival, which means village halls and aircraft hangers across the country suddenly become pop-up cinemas and screen some of the top films of the last few months, as well as some exclusives that won’t hit the Odeon for a few weeks.

Tonight’s the Gala opener (we’re not really sure what a gala is, but it sounds fancy) at the Courtyard, showing the insane-looking The Square, tickets still available. There’s loads of films on, but if you can try and check out include the latest Churchill biopic The Darkest Hour (on Friday and Saturday at the Courtyard) or A Fantastic Woman  on at 7.30pm tonight.

Check out Empire news editor’s festival picks here.

Also, the Odeon has a Sunday screening specifically for autistic children. More here.


Food & Drink

Ding dong, it’s dumpling time. Monday (not technically part of the weekend, but we make exceptions for the bao) sees the return of the Secret Dumpling Club to the Bookshop on Aubrey St, Hereford. Or, if you fancy some posh drinking food, try some tres Francais grilled cheese sandwiches at Hereford wine bar Noble and Wild.



It’s round two of Play’s new Scenic Fridays, where they hand the reigns over to (real) DJs for the night. First up was Discotek’s house takeover, and now it’s heavy-hitting DnB courtesy of Radio 1 favourites Ulterior Motive. Normal admission price, and it stays open until 4am. Across town, it’s funk night at the Firefly, while Graham and Neapsy drop some sun-kissed balearic beats at the rooftop Charles’ Bar in the Left Bank. Whoever Graham and/or Neapsy are.



Head West for some Balkan party music, as Mr Tea and The Minions bring their gypsy ska to the Globe (with support from the incredibly-talented local guy-with-a-guitar Jakey Boy Hughes). Sunday has some soothing symphony at the Shirehall in Hereford (featuring the incredible violin composition of Philip Sawyers paired with Alexander Sitkovetsky) or an intimate session with former Damned guitarist and current bluesman extraordinaire Kris Dollimore at the Prince Of Wales in Ledbury, which starts at 4ish. More about him here.


On Sunday in Bromyard, there’s a screening of the first ever fully-painted feature film, a crazy love-letter to Vincent Van Gogh that took 115 artists 65,000 oil paintings to make. On Saturday the art collective Rockfield Arts are hosting a pop-up exhibition at their HQ just off Aylestone Hill.



Looking for something to do with the little ones? With Spring on the way and veggies starting to pop out of the ground, why not take them on this fun family trail at the National Trust estate at Brockhampton where they can learn what people did for food during the war.

It costs £2.50 to do the On The Ration trail, and you can do it Saturday and Sunday. More here.

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