A listing of annual events held in “Ledburyshire”
2023 sees the return of many local events in and around Ledbury, Herefordshire and the surrounding counties.
If you are planning a trip to Tinsmiths here are some of the great shows, festivals and events that happen annually within easy reach of Ledbury. For times, tickets and full information follow the links to the organiser’s website. To find some of the temporary exhibitions, one-off events, shows or to find holiday accommodation we suggest looking at eatsleepliveherefordshire.co.uk, visitherefordshire.co.uk or visitthemalverns.co.uk
Why not make a mini-holiday of your visit and explore the beautiful surrounding countryside?
Much Marcle Wassail – Traditionally held on the twelfth night after Christmas, the English tradition of wassailing is performed in orchards to ward off evil-spirits and awaken the apple trees from their Winter slumbers. The annual Westons Cider wassail is led by the Silurian Morris who bless the apple trees to ensure a good harvest for cider making in the year ahead. Details about other wassail events taking place within the county can be found on www.eatsleepliveherefordshire.co.uk. Wrap up warm and enjoy the spectacle.
Borderlines Film Festival – Held in mid-March, the festival offers over two weeks of amazing screenings from around the world, across Shropshire, Herefordshire and The Marches.
3rd-19th March 2023
14th-17th March 2023
Kempley Daffodil Weekends – In March and early April the fields, woods and verges between the villages of Newent, Kempley and Dymock become carpeted with the small, pale yellow bobbing heads of a myriad of wild daffodils. The area, known as the Golden Triangle, becomes the backdrop to a series of organised walks, afternoon teas and events relating to the Dymock Poets, who were famously inspired by the area, to celebrate this delightful natural wonder.
18th-19th March 2023
Malvern Flea and Collectors Fair – Easter Monday in the Malvern Hills is coloured by the arrival of a stream of traders heading towards the Three Counties Showground to set out their stalls. Be sure to have many hours allocated for this immense display of furniture, collectibles and bric-a-brac for sale.
Although Malvern Flea Fair runs once every month, Easter Monday brings together some of the finest traders from across the UK.
Easter Monday 10th April 2023
The Big Apple Association is a community run group, centred around the apple-growing area close to Ledbury. Much of the produce is used to make cider and perry. The Association runs a festival to mark blossom-time and harvest each year with lots of activities (including much tasting) for all ages.
30th April-1st May 2023
The RHS Spring Festival is held in early to middle May and is the first in the calendar of RHS Gardening Shows. Malvern Spring Festival brings inspiring show gardens, spectacular blooms and plenty of ideas to get green-fingered at home.
11th-14th May 2023
The Hay Literary Festival is one of the UK’s most established literary festivals and encompasses a huge range. Having a brilliant programme of talks, children’s events and live music.
25th May-4th June 2023
Malvern Walking Festival is nine days of themed walks in and around the Malvern Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
27th May-4th June 2023
Hellens Garden Festival is a summer celebration of all that is sustainable and eclectic, crafted and grown, and is held in the wonderful grounds and gardens of Hellens Manor. The theme for 2023 is transformation.
10th-11th June 2023
Royal Three Counties Show is real bounty of farming, food, rural, agricultural, gardening and equine demonstrations, competitions, talks and displays. With plenty to see and do for all ages, this makes for a great summer holiday weekend!
16th-18th June 2023
Ledbury Poetry Festival– the biggest international celebration of poetry and spoken word in the UK. The festival, which runs for ten days from early July, is an excellent excuse for Ledbury to become swathed in bunting as it plays host to a great range of events in and around the town.
30th June-9th July 2023
Welland Steam & Country Rally is a fantastic weekend filled with tractor-pulling, nostalgic fairgrounds, Steam engines, vintage vehicles, agricultural demonstrations and military displays.
28th-30th July 2023
The Royal Welsh Show is a celebration of rural life set in stunning scenery at Builth Wells. Held for four days, midweek, third week of July.
24th-27th July 2023
The Three Choirs Festival is a week-long programme of choral and orchestral concerts, cathedral services, solo and chamber music recitals, masterclasses, talks, theatre, exhibitions and walks, rotating each summer between the beautiful English cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester and Worcester.
For 2023, Three Choirs Festival will take place in Gloucester.
22nd-29th July 2023
Lakefest is a wonderful family festival set in the picturesque Deer Park at Eastnor, Herefordshire. A weekend where music, entertainment, performances, activities and rides come together to deliver an unmeasured festival that you’ll want to come back to every year! Book tickets here
10th-13th August 2023
The Hereford Indie Food Festival is held in the centre of Hereford over August Bank Holiday weekend and includes a programme of talks, suppers and live music. You will be surprised at the number of independent food producers working in Herefordshire.
26th-28th August 2023
The arrival of h.Art , Herefordshire’s annual arts trail, peppers the county in pink flags and signs in early September. The event is held at over 100 venues throughout Herefordshire and includes open studios, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations and offers the visitor access to the work of over 175 artists each year. It is also a great excuse to explore more of Herefordshire and discover new artists and makers.
2nd-10th September 2023
Heritage Open Days – every September some 40,000 volunteers across England organise 5,000 events to celebrate our fantastic history and culture. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences.
8th-17th September 2023
The Trumpet and District Agricultural Society have held ploughing matches in “Ledburyshire” since before the second world war, often hosting international competitions. As you’d expect the matches are held at the beginning of October and include the annual fruit show. Lots of fun, masses of skill and some horse teams too.
The Big Apple Association is a community run group, centred around the apple-growing area close to Ledbury. Much of the produce is used to make cider and perry. The Association runs a festival to mark blossom time and harvest each year with lots of activities (including much tasting) for all ages.
The Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival has a huge list of talks by writers, comedians, historians and celebrities on all sorts of topics and includes a programme for young adults. Held at the beginning to mid. October in the centre of the town.
Hay Festival Winter Weekend A programme of impressive literary talent packed into one weekend in the rural town of Hay-on-Wye.
Ledbury Christmas Shopping Event – Friday 1st December 2023 (5pm-8pm). Ledbury’s annual, late night shopping event for the festive season. Expect carols, bell ringing, mulled wine and generally a jolly, festive vibe around the town.