What's on - a listing of annual events held in "Ledburyshire"

If you are planning a trip to Tinsmiths here are some of the great shows, festivals and events that happen every year within easy reach of Ledbury. For times, tickets and full information follow the website 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 herefordshirelive.co.uk  eatsleepliveherefordshire.co.uk and visitthemalverns.co.uk Why not make a mini-holiday of your visit and explore the beautiful surrounding countryside? 

February

Borderlines Film Festival

Held in from the last week of February, the festival offers three weeks of amazing screenings from around the world across Shropshire, Herefordshire and The Marches. For details go to: Borderlines Film Festival

March

Cheltenham Gold Cup Horse Race

Held each year in the middle of March The Cheltenham Gold Cup Week is the climax of the entire jump racing season and an event with tremendous atmosphere.

April

Malvern Flea Market

 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 of furniture, collectibles, bric-a-brac. Be sure to have many hours allocated for the immense Malvern Flea and Collectors Fair.

May

The Big Apple

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 blossomtime and harvest each year with lots of activities (including much tasting) for all ages.

RHS Spring Garden Show

One of the earliest gardening shows for the RHS, the Malvern Showground is blazing in spring colour and ideas for the growing season. The RHS Spring Festival is held around the middle of May.

Hay Literary Festival

One of the UK's most established literary festivals, The Hay Literary Festival encompasses a huge range and has a brilliant programme of talks, children's events and live music. Usually end of May to first week June.

Malvern Walking Festival

Malvern Walking Festival: nine days of themed walks in and around the Malvern Hills.

June

Ledbury Poetry Festival

Ledbury Poetry Festival runs from the end of June for ten days and offers a great range of events in and around Ledbury. 

July

The Royal Welsh Show

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.

Three Choirs Festival

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.

August

Hereford Indie Food Festival

You will be surprised at the number of independent food producers working in Herefordshire. The festival is held in the centre of Hereford over August Bank Holiday weekend and includes a programme of talks, suppers and live music.

September

Heritage Open Days

For 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.

Hereford Art Week

Held at over 100 venues throughout Herefordshire h.Art includes open studios, exhibitions, workshops and demonstrations and offers the visitor access to the work of over 175 artists each year. The "week" is actually nine days, starting on the second weekend of September.

October

Ploughing Matches

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

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 blossomtime and harvest each year with lots of activities (including much tasting) for all ages.

Cheltenham Literature Festival

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 yound adults. Held at the beginning to mid. October in the centre of the town.