Local Racing

By / 28th February, 2018 / General / No Comments

Based in the heart of Herefordshire, Hereford Racecourse entertained over 20000 racegoers last season with jump racing and beautiful views over the city.

The racecourse is owned by Herefordshire Council, leased and operated by Arena Racing Company. The first recorded race meeting was in 1771 and many horses have started their racing careers on this course. After a four year closure, the National Hunt Racing resumed in October 2016 with 5,000 racegoers attending.


Champion jockey Richard Johnson had his first winner at Hereford. The Rusty Bridge fine dining restaurant is named after that horse and offers the finest produce sought locally. The ground floor restaurant is at the heart of the course and has stunning views.

For a more informal day, Kidwells Grandstand and Paddock Bar overlooks the parade ring and also the finishing straight. Here you can enjoy your day with home cooked food and a drink.

A private box gives the racegoer an elevated view over the whole racecourse from the balcony. Packages are provided to suit individual needs – and you can even make your bets from your dining table!

Kidwells grandstand

Upcoming events

Ladies Day – Saturday 10th March. Gates open at 11.40

What a day is planned with prizes for the best-dressed couple and best-dressed lady. Live entertainment with a dance display team and comedy fitness instructors. The Rusty Bridge restaurant is providing various ticket options and if you want to take advantage of watching France v England 6 Nations game after racing you can get a pie and a pint ticket option for the Paddock Bar. Visit the website to book.

Irish Raceday – Tuesday 27th March

This is the last fixture of the season and to celebrate the end of the Hereford racing calendar, the organisers are putting on an inaugural Irish Raceday with live music from an Irish Band and other themed activities and entertainment. The race day package on offer for this event is the Pie and Guinness package. Visit the website to book.

North Ledbury Hunt Point to Point – Saturday 14th April

The last horses on the course of this season will be the Ledbury Hunt point to point. If you like horse racing, the point to point is always a good day out with friends and family.

Venue Hire

Apart from racing, the racecourse is used throughout the year on non-racedays for various events from weddings, birthday parties, conferences, fun fairs and festivals. It can cater for numbers from 5 – 300 indoors and for up to 10,000 for outdoor events. If you are looking for somewhere to hold your event it might be worth enquiring.

Whatever event you may be attending at the Racecourse, if you require accommodation why not contact us and see what we have to offer.



Networking over apple cake and cider

By / 8th February, 2018 / General / No Comments

We were delighted to be a part of the celebrations to launch The Hereford City Tourism Group’s new leaflet at the Cider Museum. The event was well supported with many familiar faces from local businesses attending.

Hereford has not had a tourism leaflet since 2015 but with a grant from Hereford City Council this has now been made possible. The new leaflet includes a map of Hereford pinpointing various tourist attractions and upcoming events.

hereford new tourist leafletHereford Tourist Information can be located in The Butter Market where Liz Hill can help you with any information you may need.

We have plenty of the new leaflets on reception for any of our guests to help themselves to.

The reopening of Hereford Tourism Information Hub

By / 30th October, 2017 / General / No Comments

The Rural Concierge spotted a niche business opportunity in Hereford’s current market so opened a new tourist information centre. This was officially opened by our mayor, Sharon Michael. Being located in the Butter Market gives it a perfect central location for all passing tourists looking for an adventure! Winning the ‘rural business awards-best rural tourism business 2016’, the future’s looking bright.

The team based in Herefordshire has extensive knowledge of the area including: The Wye Valley, Forest of Dean, the Marches, Shropshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire, Cotswolds, West Midlands and Wales. They organise day trips and holidays in these areas, showing the charm of these beautiful locations. They also promote exciting local tourism attractions, activities and the latest events so you can enjoy every day to its full potential.

Forget the stress of planning the event yourself. Just sit back and just relax! Rural Concierge will plan every detail, minor or major including transport such as coaches, local buses and train services, bicycle hires or even helicopters! They embrace the local culture by working closely in conjunction with local tourism businesses and organisations. You’re ensured to have the best time no matter your budget.

Liz is your Rural Concierge UK holiday co-ordinator and she specialises in researching quality sightseeing itineraries, tours, talks and holidays. You won’t need the internet or books when it comes to planning your trips or holidays because Liz is a pro at all the local knowledge and tourism. Happy and memorable are two words the Rural Concierge want you to associate with your travels.



World Tourism Day 2017: Walk Hereford

By / 27th September, 2017 / General / No Comments

Hereford is a small town founded around 700 AD. With it’s serene countryside and strong, vibrant town, there’s something for everyone. It has strong historic roots which you can relive on a walk across Hereford.

Time to get your walking boots on.

With various walks to choose from, it’s no easy decision. However, there’s one that I’m sure will get everyone putting on their walking boots. Are you tired by the end of a walk, with no energy to go on? Well you won’t with this one, you’ll be full of excitement while running to the finish. At the end of this walk sits a 15th century building called the Lichfield Vaults, reported to have an underground link with the Cathedral. Yes, you guessed right! It’s a pub with a tasty baguette and a fresh local Bulmers cider calling your name.

The walk.

This circular-routed walk ventures across much of Hereford’s unique heritage and cultural links. In the quaint high town, the timber framed old black and white house, built in 1621, will catch anyone’s eye. It’s now open as a museum for a first-hand, eye-opening experience of life all those years ago.

St Peters Church is located opposite the outstanding pillared Shire Hall. Also, the war memorial and statue of Sir George Cornewall Lewis, local MP stands proud in the centre. Another historic building you’ll pass is St Ethelbert’s hospital dating back to the 13th century, before passing the pond which was once part of the original moat. Furthermore, the green lawn that once held an 11th century castle now holds a statue, bowling green and the Nelson Memorial of 1809.

The Victoria Bridge leads you to the Bishop’s Meadow and a delightful walk overlooking the river. A cedar tree and beautifully flourished gardens surround the outstanding Bishop’s palace. Overlooking the river is the famous dog statue that tells the tale of Dan the bulldog.

A bridge built in the Civil War takes you to the modernised Left Bank Village which winds through to the Cathedral. Founded in the 7th Century, it holds a collection of rare books in the Chained Library and the 13th Century Mappa Mundi.

Finally, what you’ve all been waiting for is the Lichfield pub! While you’re in the town, why not take a look at the Library, Museum and Art Gallery? Or you could explore the catholic church of St Francis Xavier or even the Butter Market.

Get ready to be surrounded by rich history!


National Fishing Month

By / 24th August, 2017 / General / No Comments

fishing month

I have just returned from a three day stay at Kidwells House for a fishing trip.

This picture was taken on my last day fishing the Wye on 22nd August. I had seven barbell up to 8 lb.

Thanks for an enjoyable stay hopefully see you in mid-October.


National Fishing Month offers unique opportunities for the protection and promotion of angling. It has the potential to:-

  • Increase the number of people getting involved in the sport.
  • Inform the general public about the economic, social and environmental benefits of angling.
  • Influence decisions about access, environmental policy and wildlife management so that they take the importance of angling into account.
  • Improve diversity amongst anglers to counter any perception that it is exclusively a male, white, able-bodied only pursuit.

National Fishing Month is a celebration of the sport of angling. All over the country qualified coaches give their time to welcome newcomers to this marvellous sport. Fees are waived and tackle is often made available free of charge too. Events are organised around the UK to show people who have never fished before how to do it.

What actually happens?

From 21st July to 3rd September, there are hundreds of locally organised angling events. These events offer non-anglers the opportunity to be taught how to fish, FREE OF CHARGE, by a qualified licensed Coach and within a controlled environment.

Organisers can be angling clubs, schools, tackle shops, fisheries – in fact, anyone with an interest in fishing. Many clubs and societies use National Fishing Month as a way of increasing membership.

Food and Drink Festivals around Herefordshire

By / 21st August, 2017 / General / No Comments

Hereford second Indie Food Festival
Weekend of 26th, 27th and 28th August

The Indie Food Festival is a community-driven project celebrating the independent food scene, chefs, producers, and makers in Herefordshire.

The three-day and two-night event will consist of street food, music, chefs suppers, food talks, producers market and more.

Food festivalFor the second year, on Saturday 26th through to Monday 28th August, Hereford Indie Food will take over and transform the car park behind Burger Shop and The Bookshop on Aubrey Street. The result will be a bank holiday weekend hangout, celebrating the very best of Herefordshire’s independent food and drink culture.

There will be street food dining areas, craft beer and cocktail bars, sun-drenched hangouts, DJ’s and Live Music all day and night. Food talks with knockout food full of interesting bits from Hereford’s finest.

Bromyard Hop Festival
27th August 2017

The day-long Bromyard Hop Festival on Sunday the 27th August 2017 will celebrate the market town’s long-standing link to hop-growing, dating back to 1577.  In the hop growing hey-day of the late 20th century, hundreds of people from the industrial South Wales, the Midlands and the Black Country would travel to Bromyard to work on the hop harvest. Times have changed but, with the rise of craft brewing, Herefordshire remains the largest hop producing area in the UK with new Hopyards being planted close to Bromyard in recent years.

The exciting all-day programme of events  includes a children’s Scooter Race, a Vintage Vehicle parade through the streets, an arts and craft market at The Falcon Hotel, rural crafts demonstrations in the courtyard at the Falcon Hotel, a sale of decorative (and highly aromatic!) hop-bine products in The Mews at the Falcon Hotel  and live bands in a ‘mini music festival’ in the town’s Market Square.  And of course, it’s all free of charge to come along and watch!

The Hop Pocket Festival includes the famous World Championship Hop Pocket Race, the only one of its kind in the world, specially invented when the Hop Festival began in 2011.  In the past, the Race has attracted crowds estimated at around 5000 to the town’s Broad St and High St.  Teams of four run through the town carrying a full hop pockets (sacks) weighing up to 70kg (1.5cwt).  The main Race is open to all classes, and there are also Ladies, Youths and Junior races with lighter sacks.  This year for the first time there’s a Fancy Dress race which will also have a much lighter sack. The winners of the overall World Championship race, and the Ladies World Championship race will win considerable cash prizes, cases of beer, specially produced mugs and trophies. All people entering the races will receive a Hop Festival medal, and winners will receive various prizes presented by Toni Mcdonald from the BBC.

The Leominster Food Fayre
Saturday 2nd September

The Leominster Food Fayre is a not-for-profit event aimed at showcasing local food and drink producers in the “Leominster Country” and surrounding area. It also aims to put on a great community event for those who live in and around Leominster and visitors to the town. At present, there are 27 exhibitors to the Fayre which will take place in Leominster Town Centre in Corn Square and ‘The Secret Garden’. Food demonstrations and lids activities will take place within the Town Hall, 11 Corn Square.


Ludlow Food Festival
8th – 10th September 2017

Voted last month as the ‘Best Food Festival in the Midlands’

Ludlow is certainly one of the prettiest settings for a food festival. With the event taking place inside the ruined castle.

food festivalSituated on the River Teme in the outstanding countryside of the Welsh Marches, its medieval street pattern survives almost intact. This along with many ancient properties including the magnificent ruined castle and one of the largest parish churches in England.

There are over 180 exhibitors, predominantly from Ludlow and the Welsh Marches. It is a perfect time to discover your favourite foods and try something new.

The Festival’s famed Sausage Trail became a magnet for 2000 lovers of the British banger. To that has been added competitions for the Pork Pie of the Marches, Cake Competition, the Ludlow Sandwich the Best New Product and more! There is also the Ale Trail, which attracts over 1000 real ale drinkers exploring the pubs around the area.

There is so much planned for this festival. Activities include childrens’ activities, taste workshops, talks, demonstrations, tasting, music and a masterclass that it is worth going to the website to find out the vast array of activities on offer.

All events in Ludlow Castle and most other venues are suitable for wheelchair and mobility scooters access.



Trumpet Corner Tea Room

By / 26th July, 2017 / General / No Comments

trumpet galleryI was lucky enough to be able to visit the Trumpet Corner Tea Room, gallery and art workshop last week. This hive of activity is located at Trumpet crossroads only 11 miles from Hereford and four miles from the market town of Ledbury.  The Tea Room offers freshly made tea and coffee and local cakes and you can browse around the art galleries and purchase high quality, locally produced artworks. There is also a collection of workshops where a number of resident artists create their masterpieces.

I was offered a traditional cream tea with a beautiful pot of fresh tea. The tea room offers a breakfast menu, light lunches and afternoon tea. I was given a tour around the garden and all the craft workshops and was able to watch the embroidery class that was underway.

There are events and courses running throughout the year and coming up is the Craf-Tea Garden Fair on 29th July. For a suggested £4 donation you can watch craft demonstrations and workshops, enjoy a homemade scone with jam and cream, Trumpet ‘House Blend’ tea and a raffle entry.

trumpet classThe Trumper Corner Tea Room is well worth a visit – you can even get there by bus!

Diane Rogers

National Parks Week 24th – 30th July

By / 24th July, 2017 / General / No Comments

National Parks Week has come round again and it is an annual celebration of everything that is unique and wonderful about Britain’s breathing spaces. It runs from Monday 25 to Sunday 31 July 2016.

With diverse landscapes, activities, and events there’s an adventure waiting at whatever scale suits you! And aren’t we lucky to have the wonderful Brecon Beacons National Park on our doorstep?

The Brecon Beacons National Park is the youngest of the three national parks in Wales. Established in 1957  it covers 520 square miles and offers a host of events and activities for you and your family to partake in and enjoy, with an added bonus of beautiful views and scenery. The name refers to the range of Old Red Sandstone peaks which lie to the south of Brecon which include South Wales’ highest mountain, Pen y Fan. The range forms the central section of the National Park and to the east lie the Black Mountains.

Here are  just a couple of facts below of many from the park:

  • Prince Charles has his Welsh residence at the western edge of the park near Myddfai
  • There really are sheep everywhere-with around 1250 farms within the park
  • Britain’s largest breeding population of lesser horseshoe bats can be found in the Usk Valley.

We have included a list of what’s on offer below which you may find useful:

For more information on what to see and do got to Brecon Beacons – our National Park

On the last day of National Parks Week, 30th July,  Brecon Becaons is celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the Park Authority. These celebrations are taking place at two venues: The National Park Visitor Centre near Brecon and Craig-y-nos County Park, Pen-y-Cae. Pick a venue, take a picnic and go along and celebrate. Activities are all free but must be booked in advance at the information desk.




Big Tea Event in support of St Michael’s Hospice

By / 11th July, 2017 / General / No Comments

On a sunny afternoon last week, we were very pleased to help support St Michael’s Hospice by hosting our third big tea raising funds for our local Hospice.

Big Tea for Hospice 1We were lucky enough to be inundated with bunting and spent the whole morning decorating the house and gardens. A variety of local businesses offered their assistance with our event, which helped make it so successful. Apart from tea and home-made cake, our visitors enjoyed freshly picked local strawberries and cream, Prosecco and locally brewed beer and cider.

The new mayor of Hereford, Sharon Michael, joined us in support of the Hospice and it gave her the opportunity to meet representatives of local businesses.

Big Tea for Hospice 2To add to the funds raised, we held a raffle with prizes ranging from a Denby dinner set, various bottles of alcohol to a cuddly Teletubbie!

At the time of writing, donations are still coming in and we hope that the amount raised will be over £200.00.

St Michael’s Hospice is an independent charity, and all their services are free of charge. It costs over £13,000 per day to provide patients with all the care they need and 90% of that amount is raised by the local Herefordshire community.

Thank you to everyone who donated:

  • S & A Produce
  • Tescos Belmont
  • College Estate and Holme Lacy Rd Co-op
  • Westons Cider
  • Swan Brewery
  • Hampton Hire
  • Tina Bendle Cakes
  • Nat West and Lloyds Banks

Learning in work week

By / 19th May, 2017 / General / No Comments

learning at workEvery day I am learning more and more as I go along. I am learning through working and also through dealing with customers and enquiries.

Learning whilst I work suits me better as I find it interesting. I feel that my confidence has really come along whilst being employed and trained at the guest house. Through the training, I am beginning to be a lot more independent and therefore am able to work on my own. I have to think for myself which is good as it tests my knowledge.

If there is something I don’t do quite as well as I could have, I get told how I could improve on it for next time. This is good as I am constantly getting feedback. which can only help me improve my performance and make sure guests are always satisfied. The next time I do a task, I remember the feedback I have had and use that to ensure I don’t make the same mistake twice.

I would recommend to anyone to pursue further education whether it be in college, university or in the workplace.

Olivia Wright