Local Activities / Pubs / Restaurants / Things to do

As a general overview of Herefordshire/Shropshire and its amenities and activities you may like to try www.visitherefordshire.co.uk. or www.visitshropshire.co.uk. Below is a selection of local activities,sports and suppliers that we would highly recommend.

Activities - Oaker Wood Leisure - Kingsland 01547530711 www.owlactivities.co.uk. wonderful woodland adventure land for kids and adults alike, including quadbiking, trekking, paintballing, teambuilding challenges, clay pigeon shooting, abseiling, rope climbing, rafting, borneo breakout, low ropes and high rope tree trekking in 175 acres of Herefordshire woodland.  Only 15 minutes away, this is a wonderful day, or half day's entertainment for Team Building, family groups or children’s birthday parties. Oaker Wood Leisure can also bring team building activities including Inflatable Its a Knock Out direct to you 

Activities - www.ultimate-activitycompany.co.uk will help you organise any activity including canoeing, gorge walking, quad biking, go karting, mountain touring, biking and can co-ordinate the whole itinerary to suit your party. Based in Hereford.

Art/Life Drawing Classes - particularly for all female groups, but how about honing your art skills with the chance to learn from the experts.  Male model included in this fun day or half day activity. ContactJo Booth at the Naked Hen.

Buff Butlers - fancy a buff butler for your henparty? www.buffnakedbulters.co.uk. They provide hunky buff butlers across the country, 0121 288 1688 or visit their website.

Canoeing – Wye Valley Canoe Centre, www.wyevalleycanoes.co.uk, Glasbury-on-Wye, Hereford Tel: 01497 847213 A must on a nice day with beautiful black mountain scenery all around. Costs variable and depending on how far you go. Lots of picnic spots along the way.

Flying Lessons – Shobdon Airfield 01568 708369. About 5 miles away - adventure for those who love the skies with helicopter, glider or aeroplane lessons.www.tigerhelicopters.co.uk

Midland Gliding Club www.longmynd.com Long Mynd Church Stretton

Golf – The Grove Leominster

Hen Party help - Organise A Hen is a website allowing you to do exactly that .With the help of useful tools, search facility, ideas and inspiration you should come up with a good solution for your hens at our property. www.organiseahen.co.uk

Hiking – Offas Dyke Path 01547 528753 Loads of fabulous walking all around us including Offas Dyke.www.offas-dyke.co.uk

Indoor – E S Promotions 01536 310520 delivered games including Scalextric, Casino and giant Agames.www.es-promotions.com

Karting – Border Kart Racing, Presteigne 01544 327006. Great fun on the go-karts around a well organised track. www.kinsham-raceway.co.uk

Lifechanging Actitivities - www.lifechangingactivities.com.  This remarkable outdoor company run by an ex army trainer can offer a variety of activites through other local providers - canyoning, abseiling, potholing, high ropes, gorge walking, corporate training, stag and hen parties, canoeing, raft building, life coaching, corporate training etc.  For further information please call Michael Downey on 01989 566672 or 07854 819142.

Mountain Biking – Clive Powell, Rhayader. 01597-811343 Guiding and rental in seriously steep and beautiful terrain www.clivepowell-mtb.co.uk Above The Bringewood Self catering is a Downhill Mountain back track see www.pearcecycles.co.uk

Mountain Biking and Bike Hire – Mountain biking: Wheely Wonderful Cycling, Elton. 01568- 770755. More local rental with guidance on routes - friendly folk.www.wheelywonderfulcycling.co.uk

Mountain Boarding – Tillington, 04132-760261 www.courtfarmleisure.co.uk Good fun for winter snowboarders, pros and beginners alike (take out insurance!).

Pottery - Eastnor Pottery & The Flying Potter offers hands-on pottery workshops for groups and individuals. Adults, children and family sessions available all year round. Fully mobile, potter’s wheel, ‘we come to you’ or why not visit the studio on the idyllic Eastnor Castle Estate. Sessions can be arranged by contacting Jon Williams admin@eastnorpottery.co.uk  Tel: 01531 633886 www.eastnorpottery.co.uk

Rally School – Phil Price Rally School, Knighton 01547-550300 Excellent off-road rally training www.philprice.co.uk

Riding – North Farm Riding School, Whitcliffe Ludlow

Shooting – Griffin-Lloyd Shooting Ground, Knighton 01547-550634 Clay pigeon ground www.griffinlloyd.co.uk - I have just enjoyed a fantastic introduction to shooting myself, with the brilliant coach Andy Herridge.  Wonderfully imaginative stands creating simulated pheasants, pigeons, rabbits, teal, snipe up a beautiful narrow wooded valley.  Great fun for the hens, or stags!

The Burton Hotel in Kington which has a indoor pool, hot-tub, sauna, sunbeds, steam room and a huge gym.  £15 for a day's entry.. The hotel itself is in need of an uplift, but the brand new leisure centre is very well appointed. www.hotelherefordshire.co.uk/leisurecentre.html.

Tennis – Leominster Leisure Centre, Bridge Street, Leominster 01568 612540 Indoor and outdoor tennis courts www.herefordshire.gov.uk

Hot tub hire - Worcestshire Hot Tub hire offer perfect service 

Walking in the local area

 Mortimer County

www.walkingbritain.co.uk/walks/walks/walk_b/3221/

www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/EnglandHerefordshireTheMarchesMortimerForestHighVinnallsCarPark

You can walk to the High Vinnals from the Bringewood on the footpath

Another trail www.herefordshiretrail.com  which passes through the farm the Bringewood is situated in.

Shropshire events

Herefordshire events

Pubs and Restaurants 

Ludlow is known as the “slow food” capital and local businesses pride themselves on using local produce where available.  Here is a list of favourite places to eat and drink we hope you get a chance to enjoy them as much as we do.

Bistro 7 (Ludlow) We are particularly attached to this restaurant as our old chef is the owner/head chef here.  James provides light lunch options and a dinner menu full of flavoursome local ingredients.we suggest ringing ahead and booking a table. Contact Number: 01584 877412

The Lion (Leintwardine) The Lion is a local pub/ restaurant which serves good quality local food all year round and in the summer has a nice patio area overlooking the river Teme. Contact Number: 01547 540203

Mortimers (Ludlow) A fine dining restaurant in Ludlow. Using the best local produce and meats Contact Number: 01584 872325 www.mortimersludlow.co.uk

The Stagg (Titley) This is a great restaurant which always has a fresh menu based on local ingredients. Contact Number: 01544 230221

The Oak (Wigmore) A modern village pub serving outstanding food with a good choice of local beers and ciders. Contact number: 01568770424 www.theoakwigmore.com

Fiddlers Elbow fish and chip shop (Leintwardine) www.fiddlerselbowfishbar.co.uk

The Bell Inn Yarpole 01568 780359. www.thebellinn.co.uk

The Clive  Ludlow 01584 856665.

Riverside Inn  Aymestry 01568-708440 Lovely restaurant on the banks of the River Lugg. Good food – we think.  Near Wheely Wonderful Cycling if you wanted to combine activitiy and lunching.

The Queens ( Ludlow)A favourite pub in Ludlow serving good quality food www.thequeensludlow.com Tel:01584 879177

Ludlow Food Centre This is a great farmers market with many of the produce being sourced locally.  They also produce baked goods on premises which you can purchase to bring home or you can sample some on them in the onsite café. Contact Number: 01584 856000

The Clive (Ludlow) Situated next door to the Ludlow Food Centre, the Clive provides both pub grub and restaurant quality food.  It does a particularly good Sunday roast. Contact Number: 01584856565

The Sun (Leintwardine) The Sun is one of the only parlour bars left in the UK.  Originally the landlady served ale and local ciders in her living room.  The ambience of these original rooms has been maintained but a large extension on the back and accompanying beer garden provides ample space regardless of the weather.  Although the sun does not provide food you can order fish and chips from the takeaway next door and they will bring it to you in The Sun when it is ready.

Ludlow Brewery (Ludlow) The Ludlow Brewery produces a number of different types of ales in a variety of strengths.  If you are not sure which one to choose why not get a tasting board which should help you decide your favourite.  The brewery also runs tours which you can call to book. Contact Number: 01584 873291

 

 LOCAL THINGS TO DO

Black and White Village Tour – A wonderful tour of all our local black and white timbered and unspoilt villages, including Lyonshall, Pembridge, Eardisland, Weobley etc. Eardisland - Award-winning "Prettiest Village"; Weobley – an extraordinary variety of medieval buildings; Pembridge - don't miss the Market Square and detached Church bell tower; Eardisley – with its giant oak tree; Dilwyn – with its village green surrounded by cottages. Add Kinnersley and Sarnesfield, Lyonshall and Kingsland – and, of course, the two market towns of Kington and Leominster – and you have the key elements of the now famous Black and White Village Trail www.lyonshall-village.fsnet.co.uk/home.htm will give you some historic information about our own little village

Croft Castle – Mortimers Cross 01568 780246 Beautiful National Trust 17th Century Stone manor house with lovely gardens Open Wednesday to Sunday April to September and Saturday Sunday otherwise.www.castleuk.net/castle_lists_midlands/137/croftcastle.htm

Eastnor Castle Ledbury 01531-633160 Medieval Castle with lots to do! www.eastnorcastle.com

Hampton Court – Hope under Dinmore 01568-797777 www.hamptoncourt.org.uk A castle on the meadows of the river Lugg, backed by a steep wooded escarpment and surrounded by woodland and grounds of 1,000 acres. Founded by King Henry in the early 15th century the castle has been completely restored and the Van Kampen gardens now gaining national acclaim

Lingen Nursery and Garden, Bucknell 01544 267720 www.lingennursery.co.uk

The Amazing Hedge Puzzle- Symonds Yat 01600 890360 www.mazes.co.uk Ever since it was planted 25 years ago by brothers Lindsay and Edward Heyes, the fun of the aMazing Hedge Puzzle has made it Herefordshires most popular private tourist attraction.

Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo, Symonds Yat 01600 890360 www.butterflyzoo.co.uk Experience the delight of nature's most serene and beautiful wildlife. At the Bufferfly Zoo you can walk with free flying exotic butterflies and see them supping nectar, finding their mates and laying eggs.

Courtyard Theatre Hereford 01432-359252 www.courtyard.org.uk/ Films, plays and pantomimes

Judges Lodgings, Presteigne 01544 260650 www.judgeslodging.org.uk Fabulously restored Victorian lodgings

Hay-on-Wye 01497 820144 www.hay-on-wye.co.uk Lovely Border market town at the foot of the Black Mountains with a plethora of book and antique shops and a famour literary festival in May.

Herefordshire Tourism, What's On Throughout the county 01432 268430 www.herefordshire.gov.uk or www.visitorlinks.com

Kington Tourism, What's On in and Around Kington 01544 230778 www.kingtontourist.info or www.kc3.co.uk Charming local market town 

Ludlow Castle 01584 873355 http://www.ludlowcastle.com

Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Hereford Cathedral 01432-374202 www.herefordcathedral.co.uk One of the oldest maps in the country and the historic chained library.

Small Breeds Farm Kington 01544-231109 www.owlcentre.com Your kids will love this farm wildlife park full of everything from llamas, owls, goats, to guinea pigs, ducks, mice and rats!

Wigmore Castle Wigmore www.castlewales.com/wigmore.html Recently renovated by English Heritage,

Stokesay Court – Manor house and Atonement film set www.stokesaycourt.com

Ludlow Castle- Medieval events and food festivals www.ludlowcastle.com

Ludlow Church-Head to the top of the tower for a view of Ludlow www.stlaurences.org.uk

Croft Castle- different activites to see at weekends www.nationaltrust.org.uk/croft-castle-parkland

Stokesay Castle- English heritage building www.english-heritage.org.uk

Berrington Hall- National trust interesting day out www.nationaltrust.org.uk/berrington-hall

Small Breeds Centre- Wonderful day out with a variety of animals www.owlcentre.com

 

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