Yes, we know, the festive season is already creeping up fast. That statement might give you a tingle of excitement or mild dread. But for anyone who prefers a more traditional season of good will, Herefordshire has some refreshingly different events and celebrations to enjoy. Whether you are looking to find that special gift, enjoy Christmas dinner with a difference, or just soak up a little seasonal cheer as it should be, here are some of the events and highlights we’re looking forward to…
Christmas Shopping in Ledbury
With cobbled streets and dozens of wonderfully original, independent shops to browse, Ledbury is a great place to shop at any time of year. But in the build up to Christmas, it is especially magical. It’s particularly rich for arts, crafts, antiques and homewares, with a wealth of items you won’t find anywhere else in the UK.
Late night shopping in Ledbury commences throughout December, with most stores opening till 8pm every Thursday. Mince pies, mulled wine and traditional carols always warm the heart too! Or, if you are around on a Friday there is the Ledbury Country Market at Burgage Hall from 8:30 to 1pm, ideal for some Christmas food shopping.
Last but not least, you’ll also find some special events around the town. This year at The Feathers we are hosting a special Christmas Fayre on November 16th, where Chaaboo will be selling their range of handmade tea soaps. Do stop by for a browse and a glass of something warming.
Hereford Christmas Market 2017 (7th, 8th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st & 22nd December)
Of course, if you find yourself in Herefordshire in December, there are also some cracking Christmas markets to get the gift shopping sorted. Perhaps the centrepiece is the 2017 Hereford Christmas Market, which features over 40 stalls selling everything from gourmet food to clothing, crafts and stocking fillers over seven different dates. Sure, you could shop online; but you can't touch, taste and smell goods, let alone meet the traders in person by looking at a screen! If you can only attend on one day, Weds 20th December offers late opening until 8pm.
Handmade Gifts at the Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen’s Christmas Show 2017
We all love to receive something unique for Christmas, whether it’s handmade jewellery or a personalised work of art. Hence those with a taste for all things original will love the Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen’s Christmas Show.
Spanning two whole weeks from Saturday 2nd to the 17th December at Ledbury’s Market House (HR8 1DU), visitors will find twenty of the finest local crafters and makers showing off their expertly-produced wares. From stained glass decorations to beautifully rendered items in leather, wood or ceramics, there is sure to be plenty to admire.
For a taste of the quality on show, have a peek at the Herefordshire Guild of Craftsmen Facebook Page.
2017 Christmas Lunches, Dinners and Parties in Ledbury
For anyone looking to celebrate or dine in style this festive period, we also have a great little selection of events for December 2017 at The Feathers. The fun begins with our selection of Christmas Parties, which bring not only good cheer to Ledbury but some of the best seasonal food in the region.
These special events bring a real dash of colour and amazing food to the heart of Ledbury, with two main options. For those who might enjoy some extra spice to the usual food and proceedings, our Ali Baba Christmas Party (8th, 15th & 16th December 2017), is packed with fun and exciting food. Or for a taste of classic Christmas, our Traditional Christmas Parties (9th, 22nd & 23rd December) bring you all the festive favourites, along with some delicious surprises, from winter game to vegetarian specials. See our Christmas Party Nights page for menus and further details: http://www.feathers-ledbury.co.uk/christmas-new-years-eve-ledbury/christmas-party-nights
Last but not least, we should also point that we are open for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day lunches in Ledbury. Why not treat yourself to an amazing meal created by our chefs on the big day? Just imagine: a gourmet Christmas feast along with those magic words…. no washing up! Availability is limited, however, so do book as early as possible because we hate to disappoint. More details of our pre-Christmas and Christmas Day Dinners HERE.