If you are booking into Brinsop in May or June you are in for a treat! Several very different festivals await to delight and entertain you!

hay festival herefordshireThe Hay Literary Book Festival starts 23rd May and finishes on 2nd June and the highlights include Quentin Blake, Melvyn Bragg, Noah and The Whale and Will Self. The programme is incredibly extensive and there really is something for everyone. According to Peter Florence, founder of the Hay Festival, it “gathers people together to think about the world as it is and to imagine how it might be. It’s a big conversation about discovery and intellectual adventure. They share stories and ideas with international writers and thinkers, film-makers, historians and novelists, philosophers, environmentalists, poets and scientists; and at night they like to party with the greatest comedians and musicians. It’s a bunch of friends hanging out in a field with time to think, finding the inspiration to re-imagine the world”. Living locally, we’ve of course been lots of times and it always makes a great day out for the entire family.

Just north of Brinsop is the market town of Leominster which holds its very own festival from 1st to 9th June. The leaflet promises a mix of art, literature, music, film and family events with a special focus this year on the Ryeland sheep and the part it has played in the town’s history. There is a fabulous spinning shop in Leominster and they will be coming into their own that week!

If you are in the county from 15th – 23rd June, 2013 then you can take part in the Herefordshire Walking Festival – nine days – more than fifty walks and one beautiful county to explore! The publicity suggests that you can try the Trumpet Trail to meet a furniture maker and a potter, ending with apple juice, cider & perry tasting; explore your creative response to landscape with an exclusive writers’ workshop; discover Byron’s country retreats in this bicentenary year, the 1,000 year old oak at Moccas in an ancient deer park; walk with a geologist, an archaeologist, the ornithological club; delve into the historical market towns and shiver at tales of haunting & horrors in Hereford. And, you learn new skills including Nordic Walking and navigation for walkers using GPS or a smart phone or just walk through the beautiful countryside. The choice is yours. Walks need to be booked in advance and it can be easily done through Visit Herefordshire’s e-shop!

And last but definitely not least, the Shobden Food and Flying Festival. This is Herefordshire after all and as a primarily farming county, there is usually a food festival somewhere at some time! Travel almost due north from Brinsop for around 15 miles and you reach Shobden. The festival is a two day event (29th and 30th June) and there is a full programme of demonstrations (food and flying) as well as cookery lessons on the only licensed airfield in Herefordshire.

We have limited availability in May and June but if you are quick, you can book yourself and your party into one of our houses and head out to enjoy the quirkiness of Herefordshire’s local entertainment!

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