The Festivals and Shows of Herefordshire

PUBLISHED: 15:06 26 November 2010 | UPDATED: 15:09 20 February 2013

Summer festivals

Summer festivals

A look ahead at some of the festivals and shows in our area this summer

A look ahead at some of the festivals and shows in our area this summer


Leominster Festival, 30 May to 8 June

Friday 30 May: coach trip to Berkeley Castle.
Saturday 31 May: Simon Hoggart: a selection of readings from this tireless observer of the political scene
Sunday 1 June: an Anglo-Polish concert: Szymanowski's Stabat Mater and Vaughan Williams' Sea Symphony
Monday 2 June: Tony Kirkham: Kew, Plant Collecting and Travels
3 June: Red Priest concert: Vivaldi, Purcell, Bach, Corelli and Le Strange.
4 June: Siyaya from Bulawayo: African traditional and modern dance
5 June: River Walk: 3 mile walk along the Arrow Valley conducted by Tony Norman of The Leen, Pembridge
5 June Dr Mark Baldwin: Behind Enemy Lines: the story of the SOE in action
6 June: The Anne Rutherford Memorial Exhibition
6 June Meet the creator of Inspector Morse, author Colin Dexter
7 June: Mike Piggott's Hot Club Trio
8 June: Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra: Dvorak, Smetana, Liadov, Shostakovich

Dore Abbey Music Festival, 27 - 29 June
Friday 27th: John Williams, classical guitarist
Saturday 28th: The Craswall Players: Beethoven's Seventh Symphony and Shumann Cello Concerto
Sunday 29th Festival Eucharist 11 am; School Prom, The Bishop of Hereford's Bluecoat School

Mansell Lacy soap box derby 8 June
Stretton Sugwas Flower Festival, 12-15 June

Three Counties Show, 13 to 15 June
The region's rural showcase, and still its biggest annual event, The Three Counties show is a celebration of the people and animals that make up British farming and rural life from Gloucestershire, Herefordshire and Worcestershire and bordering counties.
In its magnificent setting at the foot of the Malvern Hills, the Show offers: the cream of Britain's pedigree livestock, including rare breeds; the best locally produced food and drink; thrilling main arena displays; country pursuits and rural craft demonstrations; vintage tractors and farming machinery; tempting products and gifts to buy.

Herefordshire Walking Festival, 14-22 June,
Flower Festival at St Mary's Priory Church, Monmouth, 13 to 15 June
Shobdon Food and Garden Festival 28- 9 June


Ledbury Poetry Festival, 4-13 July

"The best in the country" according to Poet Laureate Andrew Motion.

One of Britain's best known poets, Jackie Kay will be the Festival Poet in Residence for 2008. She will judge the Poetry Competition.
Guests will include:
Gillian Allnutt, Michael Rosen presenting his 'A-Z of Poetry' with Francesca Beard and Jackie Kay, Vicki Feaver, Luke Kennard, Eleanor Rees, Sebastian Peake talking about his father, Mervyn Peake, American poets Martin Espada, Jon Anderson and Fred Voss, Luke Wright: 'Poet & Man', Jean Sprackland, Janet Sutherland, William Sieghart & Cressida Connolly on the state of the poetry nation, Aoife Mannix performing 'Growing Up an Alien', John Burnside talking about American poet Wallace Stevens, Leafcutter John, E.A.Markham, Jane Weir, Norman Buller & David Hart, Brenda Read-Brown, Maurice Riordan talking about American poet Hart Crane.

Tom Hodgkinson, the Editor of The Idler magazine talking about poetry and idleness, National Poetry Competition Judges, Penelope Shuttle and E.A.Markham, on whether there is a formula for winning poetry prizes, Pamela Woof and Frances Wilson on Dorothy Wordsworth.

Valerie Bloom, Ian Duhig, Alan Gillis, Blake Morrison, Roger Garfitt on the poet Frances Horovitz, David Whyte, Carol Ann Duffy, John Agard, Grace Nichols, Recipient of the Library of America 'Neglected Masters Award', Samuel Menashe appearing with Christopher Ricks, Mark Gwynne Jones and the Psychicbread, Polarbear and John Berkavitch, Ann Wroe on Shelley, Marcelijus Martinaitis, Gunnar Harding & Ilpo Tiihonen, Shedman - John Davies, Pia Tafdrup & Katrina Porteous, Roger Lloyd Pack and Jemma Redgrave Poetry Jukebox, Peter Hamilton Dyer performing Milton's Samson Agonistes.

Jehane Markham Jazz Trio, Extreme Workshop with Dave Reeves, Hugh Lupton performing The Odyssey, David Morley & Marina Warner, Poetry Breakfast with Peter Wyton & Emily Wills,
Anneliese Emmans Dean.

Bromyard Gala, 5-6 July
41st Country Show and Steam Rally

Colwall Festival, 10-20 July

The English Choral Experience, Dore Abbey, 20 - 26 July

Royal Welsh Show, Builth Wells, 21 to 24 July
The Royal Welsh Show is one of the most prestigious events of its type in Europe, and brings together the farming industry and rural community in a celebration of the best of British agriculture with a unique and very special 'Welsh' flavour.
Attractions this year will include:
Cossacks from Ukraine
Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motorcycle Display Team
The Tigers - PWRR Freefall Display Team
John Parker Carriage Driving
Regimental Band of the Royal Welsh
Royal Welsh Mounted Games - Invitation European Championships
Inter Hunt Team Relay
Parade of Hounds
Pony Club Mounted Games
Vintage Machinery


Llanthony Valley and District Show, Saturday 2 August

The Llanthony Show was originally founded following a critical BBC documentary about the Llanthony Valley in 1959 called "The Dying Valley". Local people banded together to prove that the valley was anything but dying. Its continuing success over the last four decades has proved how wrong that original judgment was.
The show has one of the best sites of all, deep in the Llanthony Valley near Llanthony Abbey, surrounded by the Black Mountains of Monmouthshire. It sits at the heart of a thriving farming community, and its longstanding popularity is driven by the full support of local people. It is completely organized by volunteers, with no major corporate sponsorship.

Three Choirs Festival, 2 to 9 August, Worcester

The Philharmonia Orchestra will again be orchestra in residence. Celebrations of the work of Elgar, in this 150th anniversary year, continue with performances of The Apostles and Pomp and Circumstance.

A Baroque spectacular, featuring works by Handel, Garth and Purcell, will be one of the highlights of the programme at Worcester Cathedral, featuring the Philharmonia Orchestra and the Festival Chorus. Bach's Christmas Oratorio is performed by the Academy of Ancient Music, under the direction of Richard Egarr. And there will be a world premire of Andrew Gant's A British Symphony.

Among this year's performers will be Armonico Consort, Gothic Voices, Yossif Ivanov, Bobby Chen and Red Priest, at the forefront of the next generation of inspirational classical music artists. Shakespeare's Globe Theatre will present its unique interpretation of A Winter's Tale, to be performed on College Green at Worcester Cathedral.

There are also educational events, to encourage young people to experience new genres of music in a fun environment.

The Festival takes place in venues that are architectural gems in their own right, including Huntingdon Hall, Hartlebury Castle, Pershore Abbey, Great Witley Church and Tewkesbury Abbey.

The 2008 programme culminates with a concert of iconic scores from British and international cinema.

Longtown Show, 16 August

Brecon Jazz Festival, 25th anniversary, 6-8 August

Monmouthshire Show, Thursday August 28 The biggest one-day show in Wales
celebrates the best in farming, rural interests and country living in Monmouthshire and the border counties.

In 2007 the Monmouthshire Show Society not only celebrated its 150th anniversary but also moved to its new home on the Redbrook Road, Monmouth, in a spectacular Wye valley setting.

Bromyard Folk Festival, 12-14 September
The best folk cultural event in the Welsh Border area - cramming over 170 hours of entertainment into just one weekend of traditional music, song and dance. Some of the most outstanding folk musicians of the British Isles performing in concert.
The live musical and dance performances in the British folk tradition will include:
Show of Hands, Cherish the Ladies, Spiers & Boden, Tarras, Nancy Kerr & James Fagan, The Omega 3, Faustus, Bob Fox, Mike & Ali Vass, Kerfuffle, Park Bench Social Club, Sarah McQuaid, Wheeler Street, Jack McNeill & Charlie Heys, Whapweasel, The QP, Steamchicken, Brian Peters, Malthouse Passage, Ceridwen Davies, Maz O'Connor, Dr Sunshine, Tunewrights, Martyn Harvey, Johnny Collins, John Waltham, Jim Mageean, Mary Humphreys & Anahata, Jan's Blackboard Van and many more.

Kington Show: Saturday 13 September
Following the exceptional successes of Kington Show last year, with the largest entries recorded of pedigree Hereford cattle and visitors attending, Kington Show will be held again at the picturesque site of The Ovals Farm, Kington.
This is a traditional agricultural show with horse, cattle, sheep, dog and horticultural classes together with Young Farmers competitions, shearing and farrier competitions.
The poultry show will continue after a very successful first year in 2007, thanks mainly to the support of The Herefordshire Poultry Society.

Newent Onion Fayre, Saturday 13 September
A unique annual celebration of the onion by residents and neighbours of this small Gloucestershire town, first established in the 13th century.

At Newent Onion Fayre people talk onions, show onions, eat onions (there's even a raw onion eating competition) and buy onions. And with the main street closed to traffic for the day, they can admire the winning shop window display, browse the crafts, enjoy the street entertainers, take a chance at a fairground stall or hold their breath on the Ferris wheel.

With cafes, pubs, a real ale festival at The George Hotel, teas at the church and the Memorial Hall, and plenty of cake stalls to raise funds for charities, there's no chance of going hungry or thirsty.
Abergavenny Food Festival, 20 - 21 September
Located at the 'Gateway to Wales' the Abergavenny Food Festival has enjoyed nine years of success and has established itself as one of Britain's premier food events.
Its basic principles are to celebrate:
? craft in food-making - be it on the farm, in the factory or in the kitchen.
? the diversity of foods and traditions, both here in Wales and those of other places.
? the conviviality and sociability that surrounds eating and drinking, whether with friends or strangers.

This year the Festival will be launching its first Fringe programme, to highlight the diversity and quality of what Abergavenny and the surrounding area have to offer to both visitors and residents.

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