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Debbie Graham selects places and events in Herefordshire and beyond to make your <br/><br/>2010 staycation simply sensational

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100 GREAT DAYS OUT

Debbie Graham selects places and events in Herefordshire and beyond to make your 2010 staycation simply sensational


FAIRS AND FESTIVALS

Shropshire Show
When: 26-27 June
Where: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
What: A traditional county show, succesor to the West Mid Show, with farming, horses, cookery theatre and trade stands
Prices: 14 (adults), accompanied children are free
Opening times: 9am-7pm
Tel: 01743 289831
www.westmidshow.co.uk


Godiva Festival
When: 2-4 July
Where: Coventry, Warwickshire
What: It is all about rock, pop and comedy at Coventrys big festival. Look out for the human circus and carnival procession
Prices: Free
Opening times: 5pm-10.30pm (Friday), 12-10.30pm (Saturday); 12-7pm (Sunday)
Tel: 02476 225616
www.godivafestival.co.uk


Bromyard Gala
When: 3-4 July
Where: Bromyard, Herefordshire
What: Vintage vehicle, crafts, rare breeds, heavy horses, birds of prey, a and the Border Countries Food Fair
Prices: 10 (adults- children are free if accompanied by an adult)
Opening times: 9.30am-6pm
Tel: 01531 640325
www.bromyardgala.org.uk


Cornbury Music Festival
When: 3-4 July
Where: Near Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
What: The posh music festival with a line-up that includes David Gray, The Feeling and Imelda May
Prices: 55 per day (adults)
27.50 (13-16 year olds)
Opening times: 10am 11pm (music kicks off at noon)
Tel: 0207 229 2219
www.cornburyfestival.com


Wenlock Olympian Games
When: 9-12 July
Where: Much Wenlock, Shropshire
What: The town where the modern Games were born hosts its 124th games. Events include archery, tennis, clay pigeon shooting and, of course, athletics
Prices: Free
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Tel: 01952 277772
www.wenlockolympiansociety.org.uk


Evesham River Festival
When: 10 July
Where: Evesham, Worcestershire
What: With theatre, beer tent, and music this is much more than boats
Prices: Free


Welland Steam Rally
When: 23-25 July
Where: Between Upton-Upon-Severn and Malvern, Worcestershire
What: On show are an array of historic vehicles, including military vehicles Prices: 10 (adults) 5 (children)
Tel: 01531 890 762
www.wellandsteamrally.co.uk


CLA Game Fair
When: 23-25 July
Where: Ragley Hall,
near Alcester, Warwickshire
What: Country sports and pursuits. Look out for gamekeepers row, the fishing village and the Totally Food Show
Prices: Start from 21 (adult)
8 (children)
Opening times: 9.30am-6pm
Tel: 0845 6122 052
www.gamefair.co.uk


Shrewsbury Flower Show
When: 13-14 August
Where: Quarry Park,
Shrewsbury, Shropshire
What: Fabulous floral marquees, local produce, crafts. Special guests this year include The Hairy Bikers
Prices: 20 (accompanied children under 15 are free)
Opening times: 10am until the evening fireworks display
Tel: 01743 234050
www.shrewsburyflowershow.org.uk


Kington Show
When: 11 September
Where: Kington, Herefordshire
What: A traditional agricultural show complete with a rodeo bull and children rides
Prices: 10 (adults) 5 (children)
Opening times: 9am-6pm
Tel: 01432 850444 or 07786131159
www.kingtonshow.co.uk
Opening hours: Noon-11pm
Tel: 01386 422422
www.eveshamriverfestival.co.uk


FAMILY FUN DAYS

Shrewsbury International Street Theatre Festival
When: 3-5 September
Where: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
What: Three days of street entertainment from circus acts to magic shows, and more
Prices: Donations
Opening times: 11.30am-6pm
Tel: 0796 385 7594
www.shrewsburystreetfest.co.uk


Go Ape
Where: Wyre Forest, Kidderminster, Worcestershire
What: A tree top assault course with zip wires and rope bridges.
Are you brave enough for the
Tarzan swingwhere you drop 10 feet before swinging into a net?
Prices: 30 (adult) 20 (children).
Opening times: 8.30 am-6pm (summer)
Tel: 0845 643 92 15
www.goape.co.uk


Queenswood Country Park
Where: Between Hereford and Leominster, Herefordshire
What: More than 650 rare and exotic trees in a 170 acre country park. Look out for special events through the year
Prices: Free (events vary in cost).
Opening times: 9.30am-6pm
Tel: 01568 797842
www.herefordshire.gov.uk/
queenswood


Twycross Zoo
Where: Atherstone, Warwickshire
What: See more than 199 species of animal from domesticated rats to orang-utans, owls and parrots. Find out about the zoos conservation work too
Prices: 13 (adult) 9 (children)
Opening times: 10am-5.30pm
Tel: 01568 797842
www.twycrosszoo.org


Eastnor Castle
Where: Ledbury, Herefordshire
What: An impressive 19th century castle, complete with a maze, lakeside walks and stunning interiors. Dont miss the display of mediaeval armour in the Red Hall
Prices: 8.50 (adults) 5.50 (children)
Opening times:11am-4.30pm
Tel: 01531 633160
www.eastnorcastle.com


Wonderland
Where: Telford Town Park, Shropshire
What: One for the tinies who will enjoy seeing characters from their favourite nursery rhymes and fairy tales, come to life
Prices: 5.75 (adults)
6.75 (children)
Opening times: 10.30am-4pm
Tel: 01952 243359
www.wonderlandtelford.com


Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom
Where: Near Telford, Shropshire
What: Meerkat fans will love this but dont miss the other 50 types of animals, including wallabies. Look out for the sheep and goat grand nationals where you can cheer on your favourite
Prices: 6.95 (adults)
6.50 (children)
Opening times: 10am -6pm
Tel: 01952 677917
www.hoofarm.com


West Midlands Safari Park
Where: Bewdley, Worcestershire
What: A 100-acre safari park with lions, zebra, rhino and elephants. And when youve seen the animals take a ride in the fun park
Prices: 12.95 (adults)
11.50 (children)
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Tel: 01299 402114
www.wmsp.co.uk


Severn Valley Railway
Where: Bridgnorth (Shropshire) to Kidderminster (Worcestershire)
What: Old fashioned travel to beautiful places by steam train.
Look out for the theme days
Prices: Fares start at 8 (adults)
and 4 (children)
Opening times: Trains run from around10am-5pm
Tel: 01299 403 816
www.svr.co.uk

Drayton Manor Park
Where: Near Tamworth, Staffordshire
What: This ultimate theme park has thrill seeking rides, a 4D cinema, a zoo and Thomas Land for those Thomas the Tank Engine fans
Prices: 28 (adults) 24 (children)
Opening times: 9.30am-5pm
Tel: 0844 4721950
www.draytonmanor.co.uk



FOOD & DRINK

Beer on the Wye VI

When: 9-11 July
Where: Hereford Rowing Club, Hereford
What: Riverside festival hosts
125 beers and 70 ciders and perries
Prices: Tickets start from 1.
Opening times: 2pm-11pm (Friday) noon-11pm (Saturday ) noon-5pm (Sunday)
Tel: 01989 768046
www.herefordcamra.freeuk.com/
festival.htm


Oswestry Food and Drink Festival
When: 10-11 July
Where: Oswestry, Shropshire
What: Mouthwatering food including sausages and jams, beer and truffles, with celebrity chefs and live music
Prices: Free
Tel: 07805 231253
www.oswestryfoodfestival.co.uk


Taste of Birmingham
When: 16-18 July
Where: Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham
What: Food from the heart of England. Try dishes from 16 of the regions top restaurants and chefs
Prices: 15
Opening times: Varies each day
Tel: 0871 2301092
www.taste.visitbirmingham.com


Pershore Plum Festival
When: 7-30 August
Where: Pershore, Worcestershire
What: Its all about the plum thousands of them. Look out for the Plum Trail and the Farmers Market
Prices: Free
Opening times: Vary
Tel: 01386 565373
www.pershoreplumfestival.org.uk


Worcester CAMRA Beer, Cider and Perry festival
When: 12-14 August
Where: Worcester Racecourse, Worcester
What: One of the biggest beer festivals in the region and entertainment to match.
Prices: Tickets from 5
Opening times: 5pm-11pm Thursday, 11am-11pm Friday
and Saturday
Tel: 08452 69 68 59
www.oswestryfoodfestival.co.uk


Ludlow & The Marches Food and Drink Festival
When: 10-12 September
Where: Ludlow, Shropshire
What: The famous Ludlow Food Festival attracts over 130 producers from the border country, along with cookery demonstrations and a young chefs competition
Prices: 7 (adults) 1.50 (children)
Opening times: 10am - 5pm
Tel: 01584 873957
www.foodfestival.co.uk


Abergavenny Food Festival / Gwyl Fwd Y Fenni
When: 18-19 September
Where: Abergavenny, Gwent
What: From a fish market to cheese and wine show there is something
for all.Be inspired with masterclasses, tutored tastings and talks
Prices: Tickets from 6
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Tel: 01873 851643
www.abergavennyfoodfestival.com


Stratford Food Festival
When: 24-26 September
Where: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
What: Food, food, and more food in the home of the Bard. Surely he would have approved of this festival?
Prices: 5 (adults) children are free.
Opening times: From 5pm on the Friday to 6pm on the Sunday
Tel: 01789 262701
www.stratfordfoodfestival.co.uk


The Cider Route
Where: Herefordshire
What: A must-do road tour of the countys cider makers and the Hereford Cider museum for all cider lovers-. Beautiful countryside combined with refreshing cider, perfect, who could possibly want more?
Tel: 01432 260621
www.ciderroute.co.uk


Cadbury World
Where: Birmingham
What: A must for the chocoholics out there need we say more? Just make sure you savour every moment.
Prices: 13.90 (adults)
10.10 (children)
Opening times: Vary
Tel: 0844 8807667
www.cadbury.co.uk


HISTORY DAYS OUT

Charles Rolls Centenary Flower Festival
When: 10-11 July
Where: St. Cadocs, Llangattock Vibon Avel, Monmouthshire
What: A festival to commemorate the life of Charles Rolls, (the Rolls part of Royce) who died 100 years ago
Prices: 3 (adults) children free
Opening times: 2pm-6.30pm
Tel: 01600 714443


Midlands History Festival
When: 7-8 August
Where: Stratford Armouries, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
What: Learn about the regions history from Roman times to the Second World War as actors bring it all to life. Would you have cut it as a soldier?
Prices: 10 (adults) 5 (children)
Opening times: 10am -6pm
Tel: 01789 262468
www.midfest.co.uk


Wroxeter Roman City
Where: Near Shrewesbury, Shropshire
What: Find out about Roman times at one of Britains largest Roman cities. Look out for the second
century baths
Prices: 4.40 (adults)
2.20 (children)
Opening times: 10am 5pm
Tel: 01743 761330
www.english-heritage.org.uk


Cosford Air Museum
Where: Near Shifnal, Shropshire
What: Plane spotters will love the 70 aircraft here, including ones from the Cold War. Dont miss the Battle
of Britain Weekend on 11-12th September
Prices: Free
Opening times: 10am -6pm
Tel: 01902 376200
www.rafmuseum.org.uk


Herefordshire Cathedral
Where: Hereford
What: Dating back to Norman times the cathedral houses the world-famous Mappa Mundi, a 13th century map of the world, and the Chained Library
Prices: 4.50 (adults) 3.50 (children) for the Chained Library and the Mappa Mundi exhibition
Opening times: 9.15am until Evensong
Tel: 01432 374225
www.herefordcathedral.org


Violette Szabo Museum
Where: Wormelow, Herefordshire
What: Learn about the wartime heroine Violette Szabo, who worked behind enemy lines in France before being captured
Prices: Donations
Opening times: Wednesdays only (11am -1pm 2pm- 4pm
April-October)
Tel: 01981 540477
www.violetteszabomuseum.co.uk


Shakespeare Houses
Where: Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
What: Five houses linked to Stratfords famous playwright. From his birthplace and childhood home to his maternal grandparents farm and Anne Hathaways cottage, there is plenty to see. Watch out for special events too
Prices: 19 (adults) 12 (children)
Opening times: 9am-5pm
(6pm high season)
Tel: 01789 204016
www.houses.shakespeare.org.uk


Bewdley Museum
Where: Near Kidderminster, Worcestershire
What: Delightful museum of Bewdleys past trades including ropes and pewter
Prices: Free
Opening times: 10am-4.30pm
Tel: 01299 403573
www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk


Elgar Birthplace Trust
Where: Near Worcester, Worcestershire
What: Edward Elgars home is almost as he left it with his family photographs and personal mementos
Prices: 7 (adults) 3 (children)
Opening times: 11am-5pm
Tel: 01905 333224
www.elgarfoundation.org


Warwick Castle
Where: Warwick, Warwickshire
What: Dungeons, state rooms, a great hall and jousting knights at the castle thats stood for a thousand years
Prices: 19.95 (adult)
11.95 (children)
Opening times: 10am-6pm
Tel: 0871 2652000
www.warwick-castle.co.uk



MUSEUMS

Ironbridge Museums
Where: Ironbridge, Shropshire
What: Ten fascinating and very different museums tell the story of how one small Shropshire town became the centre of the industrial world. Many special evenbts throughout the year
Opening times: 10am-4pm
Prices: 21.95 (adults) 14.25 (children)
Tel: 01952 884391
www.ironbridge.org.uk


Avoncroft Museum
Where: Near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
What: A fascinating collection of British buildings including a working windmill and 16th century merchants house
Opening times: 10.30am-5pm
Prices: 6.60 (adults) 3 (children)
Tel: 01527 831363
www.avoncroft.org.uk


Hereford Museum and Art Gallery
Where: Broad Street, Hereford
HR4 9AU
What: Spectacular Gothic building filled with fine and decorative art. The museum is full of interesting local history with hands-on elements for all the family and exhibitions which change regularly
Opening times: 10am-5pm
(Sundays and Bank Holiday
Mondays 10am- 4pm)
Prices: Free
Tel: 01432 260692
www.herefordshire.gov.uk/museums


Land of Lost Content
Where: Craven Arms, Shropshire What: An eclectic and nostalgic collection of everyday items from the past including, tins of food, costumes and radios.
Opening times: 11am-5pm (closed Wednesdays)
Prices: 5 (adults) 2.50 (children)
Tel: 01588 676176
www.lolc.org.uk


Worcestershire County Museum
Where: Hartlebury Castle, near Kidderminster, Worcestershire
What: More than a thousand years of
county history with displays that include gypsy caravans, costumes, transport and toys
Opening times: 10am-5pm
(Tuesday -Friday) 11am -5pm (weekends and Bank Holidays)
Prices: 4.50 (adults)
2.25 (children)
Tel: 01299 250416
www.worcestershire.gov.uk


The Herbert Art Gallery and Museum
Where: Coventry, Warwickshire
What: Everything from Old Masters to the story of the 20th century popular cult of Two Tone music and fashion this is a museum all about Coventry
Opening times: 10am-4pm
Prices: Free
Tel: 02476 832386


Warwick Museums
Where: Warwick, Warwickshire
What: The story of a county told through its archaeology, geology and social history
Opening times: 10 am-5pm
(Tuesday to Saturday).
Prices: free
Tel: 01926 412500
www.warwickshire.gov.uk
Herefordshire Light
Infantry Museum
Where: Harold Street, Hereford
HR1 2QX
What: A collection of military artefacts from the regiments raised in Herefordshire regiments,
dating from the Napoleonic era to modern times
Opening times: 9.30am-4pm (Monday-Friday) by
appointment only
Prices: Free
Tel: 01432 359917
www.armymuseums.org.uk/
museums/0000000041HerefordshireLightInfantryMuseum.htm


Shrewsbury Museum
Where: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
What: 16th century timber-framed former warehouse now filled
with relics depicting the history
and art of the historic county
town of Shrewsbury
Opening times: 10am-5pm
(10am -4pm Sundays)
Prices: Free
Tel: 01743 281205
www.shrewsburymuseums.com/shrews_museum


Coventry Transport Museum
Where: Coventry, Warwickshire
What: This museum celebrates Coventrys world-famous place as the
centre of motor production in the country. There are more than 300 cycles, 120 motorcycles and 250 cars
on show, dating from the early 1800s to the present day
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Prices: Free
Tel: 02476 234270
www.transport-museum.com



MUSIC AND THE ARTS

Ledbury Poetry Festival
When: 2-11 July
Where: Ledbury, Herefordshire
What: Poems, poems and more poems with a stellar guest list that befits Britains biggest poem-fest
Prices: Depends on the event, but some are free
Opening times: From 6pm on the
2nd to 9pm on the 11th.
Tel: 0845 4581743
www.poetry-festival.com


Warwickshire Arts Week
When: 3-18 July
Where: All over Warwickshire
What: More than 200 artists are taking part in exhibitions and workshops Details from your local library
www.warwickshireartsweek.co.uk


Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival
When:10-11 July
Where: Ironbridge, Shropshire
What: Seven different bands play throughout the day. Dont miss the Last Night of the Proms concert on Saturday evening in aid of the The Severn Hospice Appeal
Prices: Free (apart from Last Night at the Proms which is 8.50)
Opening times: 11am-5.30pm (Sat) 12 noon-6pm (Sun)
Tel: 07980 475335
www.ironbridgebandfestival.co.uk


The Big Chill
When: 5-8 August
Where: Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury, Herefordshire
What: Family-friendly music festival in the spectacular setting of the Malverns
Prices: 155 (weekend ticket)
Opening times: From 6pm on the
2nd to 9pm on the 11th
Tel: 02070 093001
www.bigchill.net


Kidderminster Arts Festival
When: 14-28 August
Where: Kidderminster, Worcestershire
What: Art, music, plays, workshops, street performers bring Kidderminster alive
Prices: Free but some activities
may carry a charge
Opening times: 10am-4pm
Tel: 01562 732928
www.wyreforestdc.gov.uk/summer


Worcester Festival
When: 14-30 August
Where: Worcester, Worcestershire
What: A festival that celebrates life, look out for lots of live music, theatre, and art
Prices: Free but some events carry a charge
Opening times: 9.30am-10pm
Tel: 01905 611427
www.worcesterfestival.co.uk


V Festival
When: 21-22 August
Where: Weston Park, Shifnal, Shropshire
What: Kings of Leon, Kasabian, Cheryl Cole, The Prodigy, Scouting for Girls...
Prices: Sold out
Opening times: Noon-11pm
Tel: 01905 611427
www.vfestival.com


Herefordshire Art Week
When: 11-19 September
Where: Hereford, Herefordshire
What: More than 200 artists will showcase their work at different
venues across the city
Visitors will also have access to around 100 private studios and workshops where they can see the artists at work
Tel: 01568 797842
www.h-art.org.uk


Jinney Ring Craft Centre
Where: Near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire
What: Watch the craftsmen at work making everything from pottery to felt and textiles, chocolate, and glass
Prices: Free
Opening times: 10am-5pm
(11am-5pm Sundays)
Tel: 01527 821272
www.jinneyringcraft.co.uk


Compton Verney
Where: Near Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
What: An award-winning art gallery
in a Grade I listed mansion remodelled by Robert Adams. There are six permanent exhibitions along with other temporary displays and events
Prices: 8 (adult) 2 (children)
Opening times: 11am-5pm
Tel: 01926 645500
www.comptonverney.org.uk



SCIENCE DAYS OUT


Tyseley Locomotive Works Open Day
When: 26-27 June
Where: Birmingham
What: See where their beautiful, traditional steam engines are being restored and maintained
Prices: To be confirmed
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Tel: 0121 7084960
www.tyseleylocoworks.co.uk


Time Machine Museum
Where: Bromyard, Herefordshire
What: Take a trip down memory lane
with props and characters from all your favourite science fiction films and TV programmes including Dr Who,
Star Wars and the puppets of Gerry Anderson
Prices: 6 (adults) 4 (children)
Opening times: 10.30am-5pm
Tel: 01885 488329
www.timemachineuk.com


Darwins Town Trail
Where: Shrewsbury, Shropshire
What: Walk in Charles Darwins footsteps as you discover where he was born, went to school, worshipped and the Bellstone, which was Darwins first introduction to geology
Tel: 01743 281200
www.discoverdarwin.co.uk


The Greenwood Centre
Where: Coalbrookdale,
near Telford, Shropshire
What: See sustainable technology in action in this centre for woodland management and crafts. Visitors can watch craftsmen in action, buy goods and enjoy refreshments in the caf
Prices: Free
Opening times: 10am-4pm
(caf 11am-4pm )
Tel: 01952 432769
www.greenwoodcentre.org.uk


Waterworks Museum
Where: Hereford
What: Find out how drinking water came to be on tap and see the UKs oldest working triple-expansion steam engine. Special events are held throughout the year
Prices: Starts from 3 (adults)
1 (children)
Opening times: Every Tuesday (for other days see website or telephone) Tel: 01600 890009/01432 357236
www.waterworksmuseum.org


Red House Cone
Where: Stourbridge, Worcestershire
What: One of the last remaining traditional 18th century glass-making cones. Learn about how glass is made and its history in Stourbridge
Prices: Free (guided tours are available at 3.25 per person but must be pre-booked)
Opening times: 10am-4pm
Tel: 01384 812750
www.dudley.gov.uk/museums


National Space Centre
Where: Leicester, Leicestershire
What: Six interactive galleries and a planetarium at Britains biggest space museum. Perfect for budding astronauts
Prices: 13 (adult) 11 (children)
Opening times: 10am- 4pm
(10am-5pm school holidays)
Tel: 0845 6052001
www.spacecentre.co.uk


Enginuity
Where: Ironbridge, Shropshire
What: Science and our lives. Generating electricity from water, robotic arms, earthquake proof towers, and much more
Prices: 7.65 (adults)
6.55 (children)
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Tel: 01952 884391
www.ironbridge.org.uk/
our_attractions/enginuity


Black Country Living Museum
Where: Near Dudley, Worcestershire
What: An open air museum that captures the working life of the Black Country through the centuries within historic buildings, typical of the area
Prices: 13.20 (adults) 7 (children)
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Tel: 0121 557 9643
www.bclm.co.uk


ThinkTank
Where: Birmingham
What: Birminghams science museum has an insight into very branch of science, from how your intestines work to what the future holds and beyond
Prices: 11.75 (adults)
7.95 (children)
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Tel: 0121 2022222
www.thinktank.ac



STATELY HOMES AND GARDENS


Coughton Court

Where: Alcester, Warwickshire
What: Beautiful gardens and a historic house whose family was involved in the Gunpowder Plot
Prices: 8.35 (adult)
4.15 (children)
Opening times: 11am-5pm
Tel: 01789 762435
www.coughtoncourt.co.uk


Attingham Park
Where: Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire
What: An 18th century palatial home that was built for the 1st Lord Berwick. Look out for the opulent dining room set for a Regency banquet
Prices: 8.50 (adults)
5.15 (children)
Opening times: 11am-5.30pm
Tel: 01743 708123
www.nationaltrust.org.uk


Goodrich Castle
Where: Near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
What: A dramatic castle dating back to the 11th century that has a fine collection of medieval domestic buildings
Prices: 5.50 (adults)
2.80 (children)
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Tel: 01600 890538
www.english-heritage.org.uk


Witley Court
Where: Worcester, Worcstershire
What: A stunning ruin set in spectacular gardens. Highlights include the restored Perseus and Andromeda fountain
Prices: 6 (adults) 3 (children)
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Tel: 0870 3331181
www.english-heritage.org.uk


Stokesay Castle
Where: Near Ludlow, Shropshire
What: A well-preserved medieval castle that has hardly been altered since its creation in 1291. Dont miss the original medieval tiled floor in the North Tower
Prices: 5.50 (adults)
2.80 (children)
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Tel: 01588 672544
www.english-heritage.org.uk


Stoneleigh Abbey
Where: Near Kenilworth, Warwickshire
What: A stunning stately home dating back to 1154, with beautiful gardens and a beautiful early 19th century riding school and stable yard
Prices: 7 (adults) 3 (children)
Opening times: 10am to 5pm
Tel: 01926 858535
www.stoneleighabbey.org


Berrington Hall
Where: Near Leominster, Herefordshire
What: The house, designed by Henry Holland, has fine Biaggio Rebecca ceilings and period furniture, including some pieces on loan from the Wade Collection
Prices: 6.80 (adults)
3.40 (children)
Opening times: 11am-4pm
Tel: 01568 615721
www.nationaltrust.org.uk


Brockhampton Estate
Where: Near Bromyard on the Herefordshire/Worcestershire border
What: A quintessential timber framed mediaeval manor house, complete with moat, crooked gate and ruined Norman chapel
Prices: 5.25 (adult) 2.55 (children)
Opening times: 11am-5pm
Tel: 01885 488099
www.nationaltrust.org.uk


Spetchley Park Gardens
Where: Near Worcester
What: A beautiful 30 acre Victorian garden that has been developed by generations of the Berkeley family. Highlights include the Melon Yard with its original Victorian beds, but sadly there are no melons
Prices: 6 (adults) and children free
Opening times: 11am-6pm
Tel: 01453 810303
www.spetchleygardens.co.uk


Kenilworth Castle
Where: Kenilworth, near Coventry, Warwickshire
What: A spectacular castle ruin, which inspired Sir Walter Scott,
with beautiful Elizabethan gardens
Prices: 7.60 (adults)
3.80 (children)
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Tel: 0870 3331181
www.english-heritage.org.uk



WALKS AND COUNTRYSIDE


Tenbury Countryside Show

When: 7 August
Where: Tenbury, Worcestershire
What: Shire horses, pony club games, parade of classic cars, gun dogs display, and ferret racing. Dont miss the Bolddog Lings Freestyle Team
showing off their mororcycle skills
Prices: 8 (adults) 3 (children)
Opening times: 2pm-6.30pm
Tel: 01584 810818
www.tenburycountrysideshow.co.uk


Black and White Village Trail
Where: Leominster to Kington, Herefordshire
What: A 40-mile trail taking in some of Herefordshires most picturesque villages famous for their medieval timber-framed houses, including Pembridge, Eardisland and Kington
Tel: 01568 616460
www.visitherefordshire.co.uk/thingstodo


Midland Game and Country Sports Fair
When: 18-19 September
Where: Shifnal, Shropshire
What: A showcase of country sports, from working gun dogs to clay pigeon shooting competitions and terrier and lurcher classes. Alongside are an array of countryside exhibitors, trade stands and traditional crafts
Prices: 13.60 (adult) 4 (children)
Opening times: 8am-6pm
Tel: 01889 563232
www.countrymanfairs.co.uk/
midland-game-fair
Edgehill to Edgcote
Battlefields Trail
Where: Warwickshire to Northamptonshire via Oxfordshire
What: A 20 mile trail that takes in three of Englands most famous and historic battlefields, including two English civil war sites, Edgehill and Cropedy Bridge
Tel: 01727 831413
www.battlefieldstrust.com


Walking the Shropshire Way
Where: Shropshire
What: A stunning trail all around Shropshire, including the Shropshire Hills (an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty). There is even the opportunity to take up the 21st century pursuit of Geocaching where, using a GPS system, you hunt for caches of treasure if you have children
Tel: 01743 281200
www.shropshirewalking.co.uk


The Shakespeare Way
Where: Stratford-upon-Avon to London
What: Walk in Shakespeares shadow s this route follows a journey he may have undertaken, from his home in Stratford-upon-Avon to his theatre, Shakespeares Globe, 146 miles away in London
Tel: 02476 545858
www.shakespearesway.org


Offas Dyke path
Where: From Sedbury Cliffs, near Chepstow to Prestatyn, North Wales
What: A 177 mile National Trail that takes in Chepstow Castle,
Pont-Cysyllte Aqueduct, Black mountains, Hay-on-Wye and the Severn Estuary
Tel: 01597 827580
www.nationaltrail.co.uk/offasdyke


The Herefordshire Trail
Where: Herefordshire
What: From the Black Mountains in the west to Malvern Hills in the east, this 150 mile trail takes you around Herefordshires landscapes linking the market towns of Leominster, Bromyard, Ledbury,
Ross-on-Wye and Kington
Tel: 01432 260623
www.herefordshiretrail.com


The GeoPark Way
Where: Bridgnorth, Shropshire to Gloucester via Worcestershire.
What: A must-do walk for
geology lovers, this 109 mile trail discovers 700 million years of geological history, among the stunning scenery and the quintessential English villages of three beautiful counties
Tel: 01905 855184
www.earthheritagetrust.org


Wyre Forest
Where: Worcestershire.
What: A beautiful remnant of the ancient forest that once covered the whole of middle-England. Perfect for walking, cycling and horse riding it will provide a great day out for the children and give you with a moment of peace away from it all
www.forestry.gov.uk



WATER WONDERS

Ellesmere Regatta

When: 4 July
Where: The Mere, Ellesmere, Shropshire
What: Enjoy a feast of racing as teams battle it out in their twin-hulled bell boats (two canoes joined together)to lift either the junior or senior trophies. Lets hope the weathe is hot as some teams are bound to end up in the water
Prices: Free
Opening times: noon - 5pm
www.visitellesmere.co.uk


Arrow Valley Park
Where: Redditch, Worcestershire
What: A 500 acre park with 29 acres of lake for watersports and fishing. Perfect for whether you seek peace or excitement
Opening times: 10am-5pm
Tel: 01527 464000


The River Severn
Where: Gloucestershire
to Worcestershire
What: Surf the Severn Bore, take a narrow boat holiday or just enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Britains longest river. Dont miss Bewdley Rowing Clubs annual regatta taking place this month on the 24th and 25th July
Tel: 01452 318000
www.waterscape.com/canals-and-rivers/river-severn


National Sealife Centre
Where: Birmingham
What: Marine life in the centre of England? Look out for hammerhead sharks, turtles and jellyfish. Dont forget either to say hello to the two giant sea turtles called Molokai and Gulliver
Prices: Tickets from 12.50 (adults) 9 (children)
Opening times: 10am-4pm
Tel: 0871 4232110
www.sealifeeurope.com


The River Wye
Where: Herefordshire
What: Famous for its canoe trips
from Ross and Hay the river is a haven for those who want to get away from it all. But for those seeking a little more excitement check out the regatta in August
Tel: 01432 260621
www.visitherefordshire.co.uk


Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal
Where: Between Gloucester
and Hereford
What: This beautiful canal is being restored so that everyone can enjoy it from boaters to cyclist and nature lovers. Events and opportunities to help are run throughout the year and volunteers are always welcome
www.h-g-canal.org.uk


Draycote Reservoir
Where: Near Rugby, Warwickshire.
What: Learn to sail or windsurf on the reservoir or simply walk and enjoy some tranquility. Look out for the sailing races the club also organise, but unless a competent sailor stay safe and watch the action from the lakes banks
Opening times: Vary, depending on the time of year
Tel: 01788 811153 (Draycote Water Sailing Club )or 01788 811107
(The Visitor Centre)
www.draycotewater.co.uk


Aztec Watersports
Where: Pershore, Worcestershire
What: The perfect place in which to learn to canoe, windsurf or sail.Or if that all sounds a bit to energetic why not hire a pedal boat and bike?
Opening times: 9am-6pm
Tel: 01386 860013
www.aztecwatersports.com


Wyedean Canoe and Adventure centre
Where: Symonds Yat East,
near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire
What: Learn to canoe or kayak on the stunning River Wye under the supervision of qualified staff. Eskimo rolls here you go
Opening times: 9am-5pm
Tel: 01594 833238
www.wyedean.co.uk


Droitwich Canal
Where: 21 mile ring of canals
around Worcestershire
What: From cruising the restored three mile stretch to helping restore the other 19 miles, this canal provides plenty of opportunities for great days out in the beautiful countryside.
Tel: 077786 85764
www.worcs.com/dct/newfront.htm

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