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Summer Festival Fun

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24th May, 2024

Dive into our fantastic line up of festivals and events this summer! The culturally curious will love the UK's largest poetry festival which takes place in Ledbury as well as small but perfectly formed music festivals featuring indie faves Feeder through to international South African superstar, PJ Powers. 

There's also a large helping of events celebrating our wonderful food, folk culture and the River Wye as well as farming and cider.

Steam engine at  Golden valley vintage and country fair
couple sat on deckchairs reading a book at Ledbury Poetry festival

Golden Valley Vintage and Country Fair, 8 June

A day packed with entertainment in the gorgeous Golden Valley. Visit the home of Gwatkin Cider to see hundreds of classic cars, motorbikes and tractors; the Welsh Axemen; a medieval reenactment display and live music. There will also be clay pigeon shooting, rides, archery, farm animals, gun dog demonstration, tug of war, dog trick training, morris dancing and a range of country stalls selling products and crafts, with lots of fantastic food and drink to enjoy too.  In the evening, stay for live music in the barn with Fired up and The BBC Band.Camping is available for the whole weekend. Adults £8 OAPs £6, Children £4, Under 5 Free, Weekend Camping Pass £20, After Show Live Music Event £10. Read more.

Leominster Festival, 8 - 15 June

The market town of Leominster in Herefordshire may be land-locked but its annual festival is taking a nautical theme this year. Sail along a week of   ‘Leominster by the Sea’ events featuring a Colour Run, an outdoor cinema, a performance by the Birmingham Philharmonic Orchestra, a big street quiz, and a family fun day.

crowd at Leominster Festival
Shobdon Airfest - light aircraft

Shobdon Airfest 2024, 22 June

Aviation all the way!  Visit this historic World War II airfield to see fixed wing aircraft, gliders, helicopters, microlights, gyrocopters, vintage aircraft and classic cars. The family fun day features an aircraft fly in, large model aircraft display, birds of prey, trial flights and hangar tours. Plus street food, face painting, circus skills and a bouncy castle.  family ticket £39, adults £14.50, children over 5 years £6. Read more.

Ledbury Poetry Festival, 28 June to 7 July

Ledbury Poetry Festival is an inspirational celebration of poetry and the spoken word. Surrounded by orchards and hills, poets from all over the world gather to read, debate and share their work with curious audiences. Prize- winning poets, discussion and debate, international voices, workshops and poetry slams, all feature in this year’s eclectic programme. Live and online, everyone is welcome to create and celebrate. Explore the programme 

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Linton Festival musicians on stage

Out of Africa Festival at Drovers Rest, 29 June

The Out of Africa Festival, hosted at organic farm Drovers Rest by its South African owners will be a chance to sample a fantastic line up of artists, delicious African street food and craft stalls. 

Linton Festival, Ross-on-Wye, 5 - 7 July

Enjoy high quality bands and beers over three days at the Alma Inn which handily offers on-site camping. Run by volunteers, all the profits from the festival are distributed to local charities and each year the event attracts a stellar line up of performers. A selection of 40 real ales and ciders from artisan brewers in the region will also be ready to sample.

Lakefest main stage at night
River carnival

Lakefest at Eastnor Castle, 7 - 11 August

Lakefest returns to the epic Eastnor Castle Deer Park this year with an incredible line up. Headliners include Olly Murs, Rudimental, The Libertines and The Stranglers. Plus a whole host of family activities including BMX and wrestling shows, a wellbeing area, a kids’ activity tent and some fabulous stalls.  Explore Lakefest

Hereford River Carnival, 23 - 24 August

A fantastic feelgood, community event – and  entirely free! Join 20,000 people to sing, dance, make masks and carnival costumes, eat great local food and have fun messing about on the banks of the Wye. 

yfest stage at night
Hereford indie food

Yfest in Ross-on-Wye, 23-25 August

Music lovers will love the diverse line up of artists from rock and pop to hip-hop and electronic dance. It's a fantastic way to discover new acts in an unforgettable setting. Adult weekend tickets cost £25. Day tickets cost from £10 and £5 for kids. 

Hereford Indie Food Festival, 27 & 28 August

In the heart of Hereford city, Indie Food is a four day celebration of food, culture and music. For the August Bank Holiday weekend there will be street food, delicious cocktails and local ciders, chilled music by day and world class DJs by night and banks including rock legends Feeder. Add in stalls with local crafts people (from knife makers to ceramicists) and producers (including cheese, bread & coffee) in a cool corner of the city and you have all the ingredients for a great weekend. Tickets cost from £5

Cider on table at CiderFest
Family with prize winning bull

Ross Cider Festival at Broome Farm, 30 August – 1 September

This annual celebration of cider is a highlight on the Herefordshire events calendar. The famous Ross Cider bar will be in full swing as festival goers enjoy live music, high quality food, a charity dog show, a craft fair and so much more. Tickets cost £50 Friday to Sunday, and for those keen to camp it’s just £15 per person and pitches can be set up on the Thursday and taken down on the Monday.  Find out more.

Bromyard Folk Festival, 5 – 8 September

Running for over 50 years the Bromyard Folk Festival offers a varied line-up including brilliant local, national and international folk performers. Concerts, ceilidhs, dance displays, storytelling and workshops all feature on the programme which attracts folk lovers from across the country to the beautiful rolling green fields of Herefordshire. 

Kington Show, 14 September

Experience Herefordshire's largest one-day agricultural show! it blends the traditional feel of horse, livestock and horticultural competitions with lively entertainment for the whole family. The shearing and dog competitions are always highlights and this year there will be a wonderful display of vintage vehicles, plus over 100 stands and a food and craft marquee.