Home to makers
Start your day in Made in the Marches Gallery where you can pick up artwork from established and emerging artists and makers based in Herefordshire, Shropshire and Powys. This year’s ‘Magic & Merriment’ exhibition promises to be a bright and beautiful end of year extravaganza. Along the street, you’ll find Kat and Fiddle Gallery where the acclaimed artist Kathryn Moore makes and sells her brilliant mixed media landscapes. Head to 'The Old Shoe Shop' to discover the work of three makers, including handcrafted clothing and interiors at Raw Thread Design. In Kington, you can even order bespoke footwear from master clogmaker, Jeremy Atkinson.
For lovers of the great outdoors
A magnet for walkers, Kington is moments from the magnificent Hergest Ridge, with its favoured section of Offa’s Dyke Path, and is also the starting point for the Mortimer Trail. Head to The Walking Hub to find highly performing outdoor gear with excellent eco credentials such as Paramo, Freet and Keen. Pop in for well-researched guidance from owner Ali Allen as to the best buys for the adventurer in your life. For active sorts, Club Sport is always a great place to hunt for sporty stocking fillers.
Stock up on eco essentials for the body and home at Planet B and find culinary gifts at the Bee’s Knees Cook Shop. At Bopsums Emporium you are guaranteed to find quirky gifts and Forget-Me-Nots is the place for lovely cards, wrapping paper and presents.
The best artisan-made foods are a speciality at Number 25 Delicatessen which also stocks plenty of special festive goodies. Choose from Herefordshire treats such as Penrhos Gin, British Cassis, Hay Charcuterie, Monkland Dairy cheese and artisan chocolate.
The Fork and Chicken is also a recommended stop for stocking fillers such as BBQ sauces and rubs, as well as excellent meats, restaurant-quality ready meals and delectables cakes.
Dinner & stay overnight
- Learn how to make British Cassis: Discover the secrets behind the beautiful blackcurrant liqueur.
- Stride out in style: Take a tutored Nordic walking experience.
- Meet the animals: See the owls and small animals at Small Breeds Centre
- For a Winter Walk: Drink in the 360-degree views and see the wild ponies on this 5.5 mile circular walk around Hergest Ridge.
2023 Diary Dates
Kington Lights Switch On, 29 November, 5.30pm onwards at Place des Marines, with music, carol singing, hot food and drink as well as Santa’s Grotto and his post box.
Kington Winter Food & Drink Festival, 2 December, 9.30am - 3.30pm
Sample the best of what the borders has to offer. Tour five venues hosting 100 stalls, each hand picked to offer a wide range of producers from charcuterie and oils to patisserie and chocolate.