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2 Day Family Escape in the Black & White Villages

Magical moments in a picture-perfect setting

For Harry Potter fans, our tiny, Black and White villages will conjure up Godric’s Hollow vibes. And they are definitely home to many magical moments, no wands required!

Paddle in the river, picnic on a pebble ‘beach’, discover beamed and wonky Tudor buildings, run around castle remains, enjoy a bike ride and tuck into tasty food in country pubs and tearooms.  Visit in the springtime to see clouds of apple blossom in the surrounding orchards.


Day 1: Weobley

Start in Weobley, one of the larger villages which has a traditional medieval layout, by the Magnus the Magpie sculpture  on the green. Nearby, you’ll spy the start of the Heritage Trail. Follow the numbered panels to loop the village and discover the most interesting buildings along with their stories. Learn the origins of the phrase ‘hitting the sack’, find out what an ‘underdog’ really is and gain an insight into life at the time (no windows, only shutters for keeping out the cold and rain!). There's also a striking pink and black house worth looking out for. 

Afterwards, refuel in the Green Bean Cafe with a delicious cake and the requisite caffeine fix for the grown-ups. Pick up provisions in the deli next door and then head for the motte and bailey. Today, only the earthworks and moat remain but it’s a super place for a run around and spot of imaginative play. It’s also the starting point for a gentle 3.2 mile country walkThen, walk to Gadbridge Road, behind the village hall, to find the skatepark and play area.

If more adrenaline is required, then Herefordshire Raceway is a brilliant outdoor go-karting track for ages 8+. Later, treat yourselves to dinner under the beams at Ye Olde Salutation Inn.

Motorbike riding through Weobley
Broad Street, Weobley
The Old Grammar School
The Old Grammar School, Weobley
Snowdrops in Weobley
Spring in Weobley
Person walking
Walking by Weobley Castle, Weobley

Day 2: Pembridge

Start the morning is Pembridge with a wander up and down the streets to find your favourites, seeking out the house names (such as The Forge, The Old Wheelwrights and the Almshouses) to uncover their original purpose.

Call in at The Old Chapel Gallery to check out contemporary art and pop into Ye Olde Steppes, a  lovely village shop. Carry on up the steps into the churchyard. The detached belltower is huge and recalls the shape of a pagoda. If it’s open, go inside to see the impressive octagonal structure which is held up by enormous oak posts. Take a look at the church's Pembridge Tapestries which bring to life the history of the village from the Domesday Book onwards. Exit the churchyard on the left to find the unusual sixteenth century Market Hall where merchants have traded for centuries.

Walk up to Bridge Street to find the three-arched stone bridge. There's a lovely pebble beach here, making it an idyllic location for a paddle and a picnic lunch. Alternatively, eat at the beautifully black and white New Inn.

Pembridge black adn white shop
Ye Olde Steppes, Pembridge
Child paddling in the river
Paddling in the River Arrow, Pembridge
The village centre
West Street, Pembridge
The village centre
East Street, Pembridge

Day 3

Next, cycle or drive 2.5 miles to Eardisland. It's another black and white beauty, also home to pretty thatched cottages. Stand on the bridge over the River Arrow to see The Old School House (and its whipping post!). Visit the community shop which is housed in a 17th century dovecote and walk along the river to find a brilliant place for stone-skimming and paddling.

Afterwards, Rita's Tearoom is a great place to pause over a hot chocolate and snack. Alternatively try The Cross Inn or The White Swan.

Black and white and brick building
The Manor House, Eardisland
Hollyhocks, Eardisland
Father and daughter by river in Eardisland
By the River Arrow, Eardisland
Eardisland Bridge with black and white house in the background
The bridge at Eardisland