As the sun sets on summer, we enter one of the most enjoyable times of all to enjoy Ledbury and the wider area. Aside from fantastic food and drink events, it’s also a great time for culture and entertainment. Don’t say it too loud, but September and October are also among the best months to stay, dine and explore for less spending power! Whether it’s a long weekend or just an afternoon, here’s a quick guide to what to see in Ledbury and where to visit in the coming weeks…
Autumn Flavours & Herefordshire Food Events 2017
With so many of us guided by our taste buds on travels these days, autumn is certainly the time to visit Herefordshire for its amazing food! This is an excellent time for local game, not to mention our famous Herefordshire apples. The spoils of the latter, from fine cider to delicious pies and preserves, can be sampled at the fantastic Big Apple Harvestime (14-15 Oct) and Weston’s Cider Harvest Celebration & Tour (20th Oct), both within easy reach of Ledbury.
Meanwhile, the local area is also packed with great markets and food events of every kind. Find superb authentic produce at Ledbury Country Market virtually every Friday, just one of various local events that takes place regularly. Don’t forget, we always have a taste of something seasonal on the menu at the Feathers Hotel too, while our previous blog on Herefordshire Foodie Experiences and Places to Visit is a must read too.
Live Music and Drama in Ledbury
Ledbury has long punched above its weight when it comes to the local arts and music scene. September is looking refreshingly varied this year too. For classical music fans, The Last Night of the Proms (Sept 23rd) at The Market Theatre is packed with stirring anthems from Ledbury’s own Community Brass Band.
For fans of comedy and costume drama,Mr Darcy Loses the Plot also comes recommended on October 7th, from award-winning comedy pair Lip Service. Or take your pick from live Royal Shakespeare Company screenings, music and drama performances galore: http://themarkettheatre.com/whats-on/
For other cultural attractions and all-year things to see in Ledbury, our Top Ten Guide to Ledbury blog post has plenty of further ideas for your next visit.
Access all Areas tours at Capability Brown’s Croome Court (Various dates, Sept to Nov)
There are various National Trust sites and pretty gardens that show their best colours in the autum. Sites like Croft Castle and the Weir Garden are splendid this time of year. But perhaps the real gem this year is a little further east of the Malverns, half an hour’s drive from Ledbury, at Croome Court. Effectively his location is several sites for the price of one with stacks to explore. The follies, castles and lodges are wonders of period architecture and style, courtesy of a then fledgling landscape designer call Capability Brown.
Better still though, there are regular tours to offer a window on seldom-glances aspects of life at the court. Whether it’s a journey to the basement or even a “romp” through the bedrooms, passionate volunteer guides ensure a lively, revealing experience. See https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croome
Short Craft Courses and One Day Workshops in Ledbury and Herefordshire
Another great alibi to head for Herefordshire at just about any time of year is to pick up a new skill. There are all kinds of classic and unexpected courses throughout the year. You could learn the art of Autumn Foraging (14th Oct, Wellington Heath), for example, or head to Trumpet Corner Gallery to make your own special creature creation with a Needle Felting Course (Various dates Sept- Nov).
Take a short drive to Hereford, Leominster and other local towns and the options increase further, from Half Day Leatherworking Taster Workshops to photography and painting, with various dates and options available.
Autumn Hotel Offers and Special Breaks
Can we tempt you with excellent food and drink, or perhaps a full blown autumn escape in Ledbury this autumn? Once summer is done and dusted, you'll find the town as cute as ever but minus the holiday crowds. For the best value short breaks, our Special Offers section is always worth a look for last minute deals and some cracking discounts. Our current Lazy Sunday special, for example, is the perfect way to enjoy an extended weekend minibreak.