20 exciting experiences to celebrate Spring - Part 1

From blossom chasing and black & white villages to river swimming and wild flower spotting

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Blossom
23rd March, 2022

Spring has sprung at last, and with the prospect of longer days and better weather to enjoy, now’s the time to start planning some fun days out. Herefordshire offers a wide range of brilliant activities to suit all tastes, young and old, from blossom chasing and wild foraging, to close encounters with llamas and birds of prey; from swimming in the River Wye, to becoming a Viking or a blacksmith for the day.  Listed below are 20 fun events and  experiences, with more options over the next three months or so to discover on our What’s On page.

1. Chase the apple blossom

Herefordshire’s apple trees bloom for six weeks from late March, creating clouds of pink blossom in the many orchards. Drive, walk or cycle around, stopping off at cider mills or eating in a picnic in the spring sunshine.

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Hedgerow Medicine Workshop
Rowan McOnegal

2. Make your own herbal remedies

Discover the healing powers of plants on a course with expert Rowan McOnegal in Putley. Events include The Natural Health Chest, April 16, £119pp. Learn how to make a tisane, infused oil, an ointment and a cream to take home.

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llamas

3. Try trekking with a friendly llama

Enjoy a gentle two-and-a-half-hour stroll from a farm in Ewyas Harold in the foothills of the Herefordshire Black Mountains, with a friendly llama to keep you company. You can even groom your companion, too; £50 adults, £30 children.

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Eastnor Castle
Eastnor Castle

4. Admire steam engines and vintage cars

Eastnor Castle is the venue for a Steam & Vintage event, May 28-29, featuring steam engines and vintage cars, not to mention a maze, obstacle course, adventure playground, rope swings and walks; adults £13, children £8.

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Falcon experience
Wye Valley Falconry

5. Make some feathered friends

Watch awesome birds of prey flying and hold a long-eared owl, peregrine, merlin and, if you’re lucky, Andreas the magnificent African hawk eagle, with Luke Mammatt of Wye Valley Falconry. One-hour experience from £55pp.

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Black & White Eardisley

6. Tour the Black-and-White Villages

For the prettiest spring day out or weekend getaway, take a look at the Black & White Villages Trail. We've recently relaunched it with a brand new route for cyclists, a magical family itinerary, circular walks and public transport options. 

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Oldfield forge blacksmithing experience

7. Be a blacksmith for the day

Do something different – watch demonstrations by skilled blacksmiths, then make your own toasting fork for a spring barbecue! Oldfield Forge Experience Days, Garway Hill, include options for children and teenagers, from around £70.

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Wild Swimming

8. Swim the River Wye

Join experienced wild swimmer Angela Jones for a refreshing dip in the River Wye. Swim Wild Wye offers introduction to wild swimming courses throughout spring for people of all ages, stages and abilities

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Emilyraw91 Lugg Meadows
Emilyraw91 Lugg Meadows

9. Spot a snake’s head fritillary

Enjoy a lovely Herefordshire Wildlife Trust guided walk on Lugg Meadows, Tupsley, while keeping your eyes open for gorgeous little snake’s head fritillaries in flower, April 12, 11.30am - 3:30pm, £10pp.

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Coddington Vineyard

10. Sip some local wines

Take a 40-minute guided tour of family-run Coddington Vineyard near Ledbury, conducted by viticulturist Ryan Wyness, then savour 15ml tastings of three delicious wines, £15pp. The tours run on Saturdays from April.

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