The traditional town of Bromyard sits pretty on a hilltop, with far-reaching views to the Black
Mountains, Malvern Hills and Clee Hill. Among its Tudor timber-framed buildings and Georgian
shopfronts you’ll find cosy cafes, bakeries and butchers, traditional ironmongers and greengrocers,
and several tempting pubs. Enjoy a bracing walks across the beloved Bromyard Downs or, a little farther east, the 500 pristine acres of Bringsty Common.
Love Your Bromyard Break
The Town of Festivals
The clue is in the name – Bromyard absolutely loves a shindig! Bromyard Folk Festival attracts an international line-up, while Bromyard Speed Festival brings envy-inducing cars to the streets. Bromyard Gala celebrates rural tradition, from heavy horses to steam engines – and there's even an annual scarecrow festival. At the other end of the spectrum, the boutique independent arts-and-music festival Nozstock: The Hidden Valley punches above its weight with a packed roster of big-name and upcoming acts.
Michelin Star & Local Makers
Food and drink fans flock to Pensons, the Michelin-starred, ingredient-focused restaurant on the Netherwood Estate. But the villages, hop fields and farmlands all around town are also studded with prestigious producers. Sample the wares of Wye Valley Brewery or Little Pomona Cidery on a guided tour or tasting, or nip to the vending machine at Instone Court Farm to pick up fresh fruit and veg plus local cordials and chutneys. Other homegrown brands include Frome Valley wines, Celtic Marches cider, Mannings Juice and Peter Cooks Bread. .
Rich in History
Above the door of Bromyard’s medieval parish church is etched a Saxon carving of St Peter holding the keys to heaven, while inside you’ll find a 13th-century stone effigy of a knight. Such historic details are abundant in Bromyard and its surrounding villages. From timber-framed houses to farmhouses, fields and stone-floored pubs of Bishops Frome, Bringsty, Pencombe and Cradley, you can feel the rich history of hop-growing and cider-making. At the Heritage Centre in Rowberry Street, maps, books and archive brings the past vividly to life through the stories of real local people and places.
National Trust Brockhampton
With its gatehouse, pretty moat and ruined Norman chapel, this medieval manor has all the makings of a fairytale. The huge estate is criss-crossed with nature trails winding through woodlands and parkland, and there are three permanent orienteering routes. The orchards are the largest cared for by the National Trust, making springtime and autumn visits particularly special.
Moors Meadow Garden
An inspirational seven-acre organic hillside garden, complete with resident blacksmith, encompasses countless spring bulbs, herbaceous borders, a grass garden, rhododendron glade, fernery, cottage-style garden, herb garden and highly productive kitchen garden. Numerous paths winding through the garden create a sense of surprise.