The Area

Garden lovers should visit Sir Roy Strong’s The Laskett Garden, the finest formal garden to be laid out since the last war. Have lunch at the Butcher’s Arms Woolhope, which has an excellent reputation for food and real ale.

Walkers have May Hill and easy access to The Malverns, over 3,000 acres in which to walk and the charming and old fashioned Kettle Sings for lunch.

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The Three Counties Showground hosts an annual gardening weekend in the Spring and its Royal Three Counties Show in June is very popular. There are further shows and events throughout the year.

Theatre goers will enjoy the Malvern Theatre’s programme and the Everyman in Cheltenham. Hellens, a manor house in Much Marcle has some lovely classical events in magical surroundings.

Foodies should experience dinner at The Butcher’s Arms Eldersfield, a Michelin starred restaurant in a rustic setting only 15 minutes away.  Need to book in advance as it is so popular.

Visit Hereford Cathedral with its recently commissioned Thomas Traherne chapel. The nearby Castle Hotel has a pretty courtyard garden overlooking the River Wye.

The River Wye

The River Wye

Cheltenham is only half an hour away with a plethora of festivals from which to choose – jazz, literary, science and racing among them.

Eastnor Castle has a deer park and Goodrich Castle is a more windswept affair.

Symonds Yat provides day-long canoeing excursions and there are many pubs built along the banks of the River Wye.

Ledbury is a lively market town, full of friendly shopkeepers.  Once a year it holds a poetry festival in July.

Gloucester Cathedral is one of the finest medieval buildings in the country and the burial place of royalty.