For your convenience below, we have listed some attractions that are close by Haynall Villa. Where possible, we have provided both telephone numbers and web links to those attractions. If you wish to make arrangements with any attraction listed, please do so by contacting them directly. Haynall Villa are not affiliated to any attractions and each are responsible for there own terms and conditions.
Neo-classical mansion with fine interiors, set in landscape grounds
Created as the perfect house in the perfect setting, Berrington Hall has many secrets for visitors to uncover. In this, one of Henry Holland's first houses, visitors can explore the family rooms and see how the servants moved around the house unseen by the family and guests.
The interiors include Biaggio Rebecca ceilings, fine period furniture and there are some pieces on display from the Wade Collection (on loan from Snowshill Manor). The house is surrounded by Capability Brown's final landscape. Though it has a slightly austere exterior, the house has delicate interiors and a homely, welcoming
Creating Capability celebrates the 300th anniversary of the birth of Berrington's landscape designer, Capability Brown.
See items from Hereford Museum and Resource Centre and the Charles Paget Wade, Snowshill Collection. The costumes reflect the fashions of Capability Brown's era and will focus on the people who helped build and shape Berrington Hall. 'Creating Capability' will showcase smocks indigenous to Herefordshire to reflect aspects dress as worn by the farmers and labourers in the Berrington parkland 300 years ago. exibition open for over 250 dates in 2016
Gardening with silk - The Embroiderers' Guild
Sun 20 Mar 2016
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Berrington Hall together with the Embroiderers Guild will be collaborating to create a very special exhibition in 2016.
Delicarta -Bringing paper to life
Sat 26 Mar 2016
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Celebrate the 300th anniversary of landscape architect Capability Brown and see the characters of Berrington brought to life in paper, in and around the ground floor of the hall.
Berrington book fair
Sat 27 Feb 2016
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Come to Berrington's bi-annual book sale and grab a pre-loved bargain.
Castellated manor house set in stunning countryside with panoramic views
Home to the Croft family for nearly 1,000 years, Croft Castle is a place of power, politics and pleasure. It nestles in peaceful Herefordshire countryside at the heart of a 607-hectare (1,500-acre) estate of woodland, farm and parkland.
Stroll through the parkland up to the Iron Age hill fort and view 14 of the old counties or explore the miles of woodland trails and find over 300 veteran trees. In the castle see the fine Georgian interiors as well as the beautiful family portraits and learn more about the people who have made Croft so special.
This year come and experience the newly presented Saloon set in the 1920’s in celebration of the Croft family moving back to the castle. See the family photographs, sit and read through the auction catalogues or just have a play on the piano
Beatrix Potter trail
Beatrix Potter books and characters were well known to children on the home front during the First World War. Follow the family trail to see which characters can be found at Croft and collect a prize at the end.
16 July - 4th Sept
Ludlow Castle, the finest of medieval ruined castles, is set in glorious Shropshire countryside, at the heart of this superb, bustling black & white market town.
The Castle, firstly a Norman Fortress and extended over the centuries to become a fortified Royal Palace, has ensured Ludlow's place in English history - originally built to hold back unconquered Welsh, passing through generations of the de Lacy and Mortimer families to Richard Plantagenet, Duke of York. It became Crown property in 1461 and remained a royal castle for the next 350 years, during which time the Council of the Marches was formed with responsibility for the Government of Wales and the border counties. Abandoned in 1689 the castle quickly fell into ruin, described as 'the very perfection of decay' by Daniel Defoe
Tucked away in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the ancient Acton Scott estate. Visitors and holiday makers are encouraged to come and experience its timeless appeal and village character and in so doing help preserve it for future generations.
The location for BBC Victorian Farm and other productions. All the usual facilities and tea room.
Stokesay Castle is quite simply the finest and best preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. Set in peaceful countryside near the Welsh border, the castle, timber-framed gatehouse and parish church form an unforgettably picturesque group
Lawrence of Ludlow, a wealthy local wool-merchant wishing to set up as a country gentleman, bought the property in 1281, when the long Anglo-Welsh wars were ending. So it was safe to raise here one of the first fortified manor houses in England, 'builded like a castle' for effect but lit by large domestic-style windows. Extensive recent tree-ring dating confirms that Lawrence had completed virtually all of the still surviving house by 1291, using the same team of carpenters throughout: more remarkably, the dating also revealed that it has scarcely been altered since. English Heritage. OpenMarch to November
Visit the 4-acre gardens at Stockton Bury, near Leominster, Hereford and you’ll be greeted by impressive collections of plants, many rare and unusual that thrive on the heavy clay soil. The garden, set amongst medieval farm buildings, offers a working kitchen garden, pigeon house, tithe barn (which is now a restaurant) grotto, cider press, pools, mock ruined chapel and a rill.
Stockton Bury is a home and working farm and has been developed over the last 30 years into one of the UK’s best-loved gardens. This unique and well-crafted plantsman's garden not only boasts plenty of all year round interest and striking plant combinations but has views over the unspoilt surrounding countryside.
Lots of garden rooms a plantsmans garden developed by a relation of the Treasurers of Tenbury.
Welcome to our 15th Century Medieval Castle, Award Winning Gardens and Parkland with 1,000 acres of imagination where events take place all Season. check for availibility of guided tours.
The Gardens at Hampton Court Herefordshire, recently completed, are one of the most ambitious garden creations of our time. Veg garden, grotto, Canal.Parkland.etc
Guided tours are now available. Castle opens on 20 March 2016
Open 10.30am to 5.00pm Daily until End of October
Original Victorian garden walls enclose stunning new flower gardens divided by canals, island pavilions and pleached avenues. The kitchen garden is an ornamental garden of fruit and vegetables. It is managed organically, supplying produce to the Orangery Restaurant for its seasonal menu.
There is a maze of a thousand yews with a gothic tower at its centre. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of the gardens or descend underground to a tunnel that leads to a waterfall in the sunken garden. Beautiful herbaceous borders stretch out from a one hundred and fifty year old wisteria tunnel that leads to vast lawns and ancient trees beside the castle. Beyond the lawns are riverside and woodland walks.
Adjoining the castle, in the grand conservatory designed by Joseph Paxton in 1846, is the Orangery Café. Here delicious lunches and teas can be enjoyed
A great garden
Hergest Croft Gardens extend over 28 ha (70 acres) with more than 5000 rare trees and shrubs described as ‘one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in Britain’. The six distint areas are Hergest Croft Garden, the Azalea Garden and the Maple Grove, the Kitchen Garden and the Park and Park Wood.
Hergest Croft is surrounded by a wide range of plants including many tender specimens. The Croquet Lawn is enclosed by large yew hedge contains vases of sweetly scented lilies in summer. In the recently renovated Conservatory grows many tender plants. The large Rockery is being renovated and there is a new Slate Garden edged with 6 species of box.
The Azalea Garden is dominated by a massive avenue of blue cedars planted in 1900. Spectacular azaleas combine with a huge range of exotic trees. The Maple Grove started in 1985 contains many new plants introduced by recent collectors from the Far East and elsewhere.
The Kitchen Garden contains a traditional vegetable and fruit garden containing many rare varieties. The Spring Border lies under a avenue of ancient apple trees next to a 36.5m (120 foot) double herbaceous border. There are iris borders and a collection of English and old fashioned roses.
Park Wood lies some half mile from Hergest Croft passing through the Park which is full of specimen trees. Park Wood has a secluded valley hidden deep with an ancient oak wood containing over 12ha (30 acres) of giant rhododendrons and exotic trees that create a Himalayan scene that will surprise and amaze you.
The Garden is at its best when the Rododendrons and azalia's are in flower May/ June
The three and a half acre garden is laid out around a tangle of streams and ponds behind an 18th-century corn mill and has splendid views to hills and open country in all directions. It is bursting with the colours and textures of exuberant waterside planting while the spinneys and drier areas provide a variety of plant interest. There are lots of paths and hidden corners to explore and plenty of benches to relax on. In addition to buildings and features which punctuate the planting there are several follies made to amuse you – and in the tradition of garden follies, they may even play a few gentle tricks on you!
Both the garden and its follies have won a lot of attention from the national press, the gardening 'glossies', and in the book Follies of Europe. See Local Info and Press.
Open April - end Sept 11.00 am - 5.00pm
We have been welcome visitors for our 25th Anniversery year to share with us our very special place and our wonderful collection of miniature, rare and friendly creatures.
During winter months and in very wet weather our animals are displayed undercover which makes it more comfortable for them and for you. There is wheelchair access to all areas of the farm, with free mobility scooter loan on site.
Whatever the weather, whatever the season, come rain or shine ... WE ARE OPEN ...
Every Day from 10:30am - 5:30pm
In the Winter Months 10:30am - 4:00pm
At Kington Herefordshire. Good Attraction for all ages
Visit Hereford’s famous Cider Museum and learn about the history of cider making
How the apples were milled and pressed and how the resulting juice was fermented to produce cider.
Set in a former cider making factory, visitors can explore original cider champagne cellars and view cidermaking equipment, a cooper’s workshop and a vat house.
Listen to oral history recordings and view 19th century watercolours of cider apples and perry pears and appreciate the delicately engraved collection of English lead crystal cider glasses. dating from the 18th century onwards.
10.00 am to 5.00pm Mon - Sat.
Traditionally farmed estate and medieval manor house
At the heart of this 687-hectare (1,700-acre) farmed estate lies Lower Brockhampton, a romantic timber-framed manor house dating back to the late 14th century.
The house is surrounded by a moat and is entered via a charming timber-framed gatehouse, built 1530-40.
There are miles of walks through the park and woodland, featuring ancient trees, the picturesque Lawn Pool, and various sculptures depicting parts of the history of Brockhampton and the local area.
This is home to a rich variety of wildlife, along with historic farming breeds such as Hereford cattle and Ryeland sheep
National Trust. House is small but well worth a visit. As you leave Brockhampton towards Bromyard there is a very good tearoom at a farm on your right up a long drive
The official Black and White Village trail covers 40-miles round Herefordshire villages, with lots of examples of timber-framed buildings and churches in their village settings. The circular trail is marked with brown and white tourist signs to guide you. Pick up a trail leaflet [or pamphlet with CD] at the tourist information centre where the trail begins at Leominster [1 Corn Square, Tel. 01568 616460]. From there it goes to Weobley, Pembridge, Eardisley, Dilwyn, Kinnersley, Sarnesfield, Lyonshall, Kingsland, Kington, Eardisland, and then back to LeominMost of the houses on the Black & White Trail are timber-framed - the framework of the house is made from green, unseasoned, oak, and the panels between are filled with woven wood lathes which were then covered with plaster, or sometimes with brick. The panels were painted with limewash which was tinted with locally sourced natural pigments such as the local earth or ox blood. Painting the beams black and the panels white is a relatively recent idea. Many of the houses date from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, and timbers were often left unpainted to weather naturally, sometimes both beams and panels were limewashed. In the eighteenth century stucco and stone were considered more fashionable than the previous vernacular style, and some timber-framed houses were plastered, with the beams covered up.
Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, many houses were restored and their timbers exposed. The beams were often painted black and the panels white to draw attention to the patterns of the timber framing. Now, some houses have had the paint removed from the beams to reveal the natural colour of the weathered wood again, and the panels have been limewashed in soft earth tones; pink, beige and yellow. These are relatively few, however, and most are still the iconic black and white.
Leominster (pronounced "lemster") is nestled in the heart of Herefordshire ,a busy market town with a population of 11.000. Herefordshire stretches from the beautiful Wye Valley with its dramatic cliff scenery to the remote hills along the Welsh Marches.Taking in the rivers Lugg and Kenwater, small villages and stunning countryside on the way.
Leominster is an old wool town famous for its trading in the Ryelands sheep and many of the medieval buildings and features remain today. With its narrowing streets and abundance of black and white timber framed buildings now housing an array of shops it is well worth a visit. There are plenty of cafes/restaurants providing local food for that well earned rest. And maybe a glass of Herefordshire Cider!
Leominster, Herefordshire is twinned with Saverne in France and also Tengeru in Tanzania.
Central to Leominster is the magnificent Priory, one of the oldest in Britain dating back to 660AD. Steeped in history,you can see the last ducking stool to be used in England in 1809 Going back to Saxon times Leominster was given its name by Earl Leofric husband of Lady Godiva.
Also Look out for the Museum in Etnam Street and the Black and house The Grange This carved black and white timber building was formerly a Market House built in 1633 by the King’s carpenter, John Abel. It once stood at the junction of Broad Street until an Act of Parliament around 1852 decreed it a traffic obstruction. It was sold to Mr Arkwright, of the Spinning Jenny family as a private residence and moved to its present location in 1855. When it came up for auction in 1939, the council bought it for Council Offices to prevent its sale and export to an American buyer. It is now in the final stages of refurbishment and will be open to the public soon.
Great Whitley Court, Gardens And Church
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Dont miss the fountain or Baroque Church
The vast remains of this palatial 19th century mansion, surrounded by magnificent landscaped gardens & containing huge stone fountains, provide a great day out in Worcestershire. The largest fountain, representing Perseus and Andromeda and now restored - was described in its day as making the 'noise of an express train' when fired.
Before 1846, when William Humble Ward (later first Earl of Dudley) inherited Witley Court, the land surrounding the house was laid out in the 18th century English landscape style. William Andrews Nesfield was called in to transform the estate, creating the South Parterre with its great fountain, elegantly designed planting and clipped evergreens and shrubs.
Following the disastrous fire in 1937 the Witley Estate fell into long decline. English Heritage has restored the south garden and in addition, Wolfson Foundation funding has assisted with major restoration works in the East Parterre garden. This funding has also enabled us to plan development of the formal gardens based on the original Nesfield designs. The Woodland Walks in the North Park pass many different species of tree and shrub from all over the world.
Attached to Witley Court is Great Witley Church, with its amazing Italianate Baroque interior (not managed by English Heritage). The church has a tearoom, and Witley Court has a superb gift shop.
The restored Perseus and Andromeda fountain, with its original high cascades operating, will be firing between April and October on weekdays at 11am, 12pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm and at weekends on the hour every hour from 11am to 4pm.
A plantsman's paradise
Just three miles east of the beautiful cathedral city of Worcester and surrounded by glorious countryside lies one of Britain’s best kept secrets.
Virtually hidden from the road, and largely unaltered in the last century, this lovely 30 acre Victorian paradise, belonging to Mr. and Mrs. John Berkeley, has been lovingly created by successive generations of the Berkeley family, and boasts an enviable collection of plant treasures from every corner of the globe.
Clumps of wild Primrose push up randomly through sapphire carpets of Crocus and swathes of sunny Daffodils in Spring, with billowing borders of blowsy perennials and tender exotics in Summer, and a palette of burnt orange, ochre and fiery red in Autumn.
A garden of surprises
From the first tantalizing glimpse of the garden across the Magnolia-fringed Horse Pool, back round to the entrance through the Melon Yard with its Olives and delicious pineapple-scented flowers, Spetchley is full of surprises.
It’s a garden of contrasts, where formal clipped hedges, rose beds and sweeping lawns meet tumbling herbaceous borders and walls festooned with rampant climbers, and where winding paths lead you from the quintessentially English to the unmistakably Mediterranean.
There are unexpected vistas framed by borrowed landscape, far-reaching views of the Malvern Hills, and a surprise around every corner, be it the rare and quirky Root House, the delightful statues of Adam and Eve watching over the Bath Stone Alcove or the mighty Lucombe Oak tree on the Cork Lawn.
.... and a place to unwind
Charming and unspoilt and naturally beautiful, Spetchley is a welcoming oasis of calm and the perfect place to relax and unwind away from the distractions of modern-day life. It’s a garden for quiet contemplation or a leisurely stroll, for a family picnic or an afternoon tea with friends.
About 1 hour drive from Haynall Villa, But could combine with a visit to Great Whitley or Worcester
THe Severn Valley Railway runs from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth along the picturesk Severn Valley, Stopping at all the little stations on the way. There are lots of Events, or you could treat yourself to dinner. Many of the trains are steam powered.
For nearly five decades, the Severn Valley Railway has graduated from relative obscurity to a prominent position in British railway preservation. Nowadays, the initials SVR are not solely part of the specialist jargon of keen railway enthusiasts, although the line is still happily invaded during the popular enthusiast weekends.
Increasingly, the general public has visited the line, thanks partly to extensive TV coverage, which has ensured that very few weeks pass without Severn Valley steam trains appearing on TV screens across the nation
Do look at the web sight
Are you ready to SAFARI and come face to face with some of the fastest, tallest, largest and cutest animals around?...
Then welcome to West Midland Safari Park, voted 'Most popular tourist attraction in the West Midlands' by children and parents from the region. Drive aroud the larger animals and walk around the smaller one's
A large Amusement Please note: The Amusement Area is open during the Summer Season only (February to November).
Not just all the fun of the fair, with 28 rides and attractions there is something here to suit the whole family. Plummet 30m back to earth on Venom Tower Drop, get truly soaked on the £1m Wild River Rafting or Zambezi Water Splash or take it easy aboard the galloping zebras on the Congo Carousel ride. For your own little cubs, visit our Cubs Kingdom with a selection of rides and attractions designed just for them!
The Worcester Porcelain Museum houses the world's largest collection of Worcester Porcelain. The ceramic collections, archives and records of factory production, form the primary resource for the study of Worcester porcelain and its history.
A glorious Grade 1 listed site dating back to the 12th century, The Commandery has had a long and varied history that is reflected in its range of architectural styles from medieval to Victorian.
The Commandery has exciting stories to tell you about power, greed, war, wealth, romance, death, society and industry. Step back in time to catch a glimpse of the lively characters that have inhabited this ancient building during the past seven centuries.
Using state of the art audio interpretation, The Commandery’s long-hidden history comes vividly to life allowing you to explore six chosen periods, enjoying the characters and the atmosphere of the building’s colourful past.
Visit Worcestershire County Museum at Hartlebury Castle and discover over 1000 years of history!
From costume to caravans, travel to toys there really is something for everyone at Worcestershire County Museum. Learn more about this fascinating county, explore the past through room sets and real historical objects and discover just what life was like for our ancestors. A nature reserve, fabulous cafe and well stocked gift shop all add up to a great day out.
things to do, Events, Exibitions, collections.
About 1 hour from Haynall Villa
Come and Escape in Mortimer Forest! Straddling the Shropshire and Herefordshire border this forest is a perfect place for some breathing space.
There are three car parks around the edge of the forest offering you a different experience each time you visit.
Vinnalls would suit families with its natural play spaces and buggy friendly easy access trail.
Black Pool is close to some of the forest's archaeological features and has a deboxing area for horses (key required).
Whitcliffe lets you explore the Lower Evens part of the Forest and views along Mary Knoll Valley.
Forestry Commission. If you are lucky you may see the deer a breed only found in the Mortimer Forest. THe mortimer trail a long distance foot path goes through the forest.
There are Pony trecking stables here too.
Tenbury had the ‘Wells’ added to its name in the mid 19th century to help promote the mineral water wells that had been found in the town from 1840 onwards. The mineral waters brought about the building in 1862 of the now restored Tenbury Spa, or Pump Rooms as it is generally known. No regular opening times but you are welcome to visit if someone is working there.
The round market is another building worth a look
The Butter Market is usually referred to as the Round Market even though it is oval in shape. Built in 1858 and originally an open plan structure on six pillars, the Butter Market replaced an earlier building of 1811.The present structure was built by James Cranston of Birmingham to enable farmers' wives to sell their butter and poultry inside, with walls to keep out the bad weather.
The Museum in Cross Street, is housed in the old Goff’s Charity School. The museum houses many interesting items from Tenbury’s past. Parents and grandparents are always fascinated by artefacts they remember from their childhood. Open. Good Friday to October 30th, Tuesdays, Thursdays Fridays and Saturdays 11.00am to 1.30pm Sundays and Bank Holidays 2.00pm to 4.00pm. Admission free (donations box) Please contact Liz Finlay for further details: Telephone:01584 819045 It is moving to the old fire station
The Ironbridge Gorge Museums
There are ten award-winning Museums spread along the valley beside the wild River Severn. See the products that set industry on its path and the machines that made them. Watch and talk to the Museums’ craftsmen and costumed demonstrators.
The victoran Village is well known and much visited, but there is lots more: The Iron Bridge, The Coleport china museum, museum of Iron, Tar tunnel and inclines plain, Jackfield Tiles, Enginuity, Brosley pipe works, Museum of the River etc
Open all Year, A world heritage sight. under 1 hr drive from Haynall villa. an enjoyable counrtyside drive through Shropshire farm land.
Step into the 1870s at the award-winning Judge's Lodging and discover the world of a most unusual household.
Explore the 'upstairs, downstairs' life of the Victorian Judges, their servants and felonious guests.
Once called ‘the most commodious and elegant apartments for a judge in all England and Wales' (Lord Chief Justice Campbell, 1855), decay beckoned Radnorshire's disused Shire Hall into obscurity. Now, aided by an interior hardly touched by time and original furnishings discarded in attics, extensive research and restoration has re-awakened this ‘Victorian fossil'.
From the stunningly restored judge's apartments to the dingy servants' quarters below you can explore their gaslit world. Damp cells remind you of the building's true purpose, along with the vast courtroom where your imagination in captured by the echoing trial of William Morgan, local duck thief.
Visitors to the building are accompanied by an eavesdropping audiotour of voices from the past; you will hear their tale, from Mary the hardworking maid, to Reverend Richard Lister Venables, Chairman of the Magistrates and employer of the famous diarist Francis Kilvert, portrayed by actor Robert Hardy.
Broadfield Court is a unique venue nestled in a tranquil and scenic spot of North Herefordshire countryside in the west of England. The Estate is mentioned in the Domesday Book and is still a private farming estate of just over 1000 acres. Broadfield Court is also the home of Bodenham English Wines which are available for tasting and sale in our shop or by mail order. Broadfield has been critically acclaimed as a producer of fine English wine and has an enviable reputation for excellent, freshly prepared, home-cooked meals in our award winning Café , using only local products from local producers. The 16th Century Winery welcomes all visitors to browse at leisure and try the tasty foods and taste the delicious wines from Broadfield’s vineyards.
Hereford Cathedral & Mappa Mundi & Magna Carta
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A Cathedral dedicated to the martyred King Ethelbert has stood on this site since Saxon times and is home to a community which has worshipped and worked together here continuously for well over 1200 years. It is a place where the mission of the church to proclaim Christ’s love is central and visitors and pilgrims are especially welcome.
Today’s building contains some of the finest examples of architectural excellence from Norman times up to the present day including the Romanesque Nave, the beautifully restored Shrine of St Thomas of Hereford in the North Transept, the ancient South Transept and the
award-winning twentieth-century New Library Building. New commissions also include the gilded and painted shrine of St Ethelbert and four stunning stained glass windows dedicated to the life and writings of 17th century cleric and poet Thomas Traherne.
The award-winning Mappa Mundi & Chained Library Exhibition is open all year round and is famous for housing both the spectacular medieval map of the world and the cathedral's unique Chained Library. Here the stories of these national treasures are told through models, original artefacts and special exhibitions.
MAGNA CARTA EXHIBITION
Hereford Cathedral hold a copy of Magna Carta dating from 1217. THe finest surviving from 1217 the most significant revision of the orignal 1215 document and issued by John's son Henry3rd, Also on show is the sole surviving copy of John's Writ which was a "covering letter" sent from the signings at Runnymede to Royal officials across England, instructing receipients to ensure the terms of the charter were known publicly throughout the land.
The year long exibition commeration the 800year Anniversary of the signing of the Magna Carter in the cathedral. Do go and see the exibition which includes Illuminted manuscripts from the cathedrals chained Library illustrate the law and justic of the time,and are displayed alongside other documents from the reign of king John and his son Henry 3rd. Discover the Roles played by Hereford Bishops Giles de Braose and Thomas Cantilupe (St Thomas of Hereford). All year there will be events thoughout the year including some durring the 300th aniniversery "Three Choirs Festival" Held at Hereford 2015.
has been described as possibly the most interesting of all England’s cathedrals, especially architecturally. It was founded it in 680. Saint Oswald then built another cathedral in 983, and established a monastery attached to it. Saint Wulfstan, who rebuilt the cathedral in 1084, began the present building. During Anglo-Saxon times, Worcester was one of the most important monastic cathedrals in the country. It was a centre of great learning, which continued into the later middle ages, when Worcester’s Benedictine monks went to university to study a variety of subjects, such as theology, medicine, law, history, mathematics, physics, and astronomy. Some of these medieval university textbooks still survive in the cathedral library today.
The monastery continued until 1540 when Henry VIII dissolved it, and some of the last monks became the first Dean and Chapter. The cathedral was badly damaged in the civil wars, and as a consequence a major programme of rebuilding was required after the Restoration of Charles II. From the late seventeenth until the nineteenth centuries there were several campaigns to restore parts of the cathedral, but the Victorians from 1864-75 carried out the largest of these.
The International Centre for Birds of Prey is the oldest dedicated birds of prey centre in the world, but unless you are interested in birds of prey – why visit?
Well I can almost guarantee that you will enjoy it. We humans are surrounded by birds in our daily lives, but so often don’t notice them, a visit here gives you the opportunity to see one group of birds up close, with in many cases no wire, and watch them fly amazingly close to you.
This Centre is at Newant Glos, well worth visiting, if you think it is too far from Haynall villa probably a good hour drive, maybe you could visit on your journey here or home.
The Regal Cinema opened on Thursday July 29th 1937 but the building to which alterations were made in 1936 to construct the foyer, offices and projection room, had stood on the site for many years
This wonderful example of an art deco cinema has recently been fully restored and fitted out with all the very latest Digital Projection equiment and now benefits from modern heating, onsite catering facilities, box office and front of house staff and in house technicians.
for a full list of Films and Performances please use the web link
This beautiful historic house in Much Marcle, Herefordshire, is a living monument to much of England’s history. It remains a home and not a museum although it contains a wealth of period furnishings, paintings and decorations.
This beautiful historic house in Much Marcle, Herefordshire, is a living monument to much of England’s history. It remains a home and not a museum although it contains a wealth of period furnishings, paintings and decorations. This beautiful historic house in Much Marcle, Herefordshire, is a living monument to much of England’s history. It remains a home and not a museum although it contains a wealth of period furnishings, paintings and decorations. In 1096 the Manor was granted to the de Balun family who witnessed the signing of the Magna Carta by King John. Thereafter by marriage,deed or gift it passed through the powerful Mortimer family to the Lords Audleys by 1301, who were created Earls of Gloucester in 1337. A nephew, James, one of the Black Prince’s 12 boon companions,rented the Manor yearly from his uncle the Earl for a pair of silver spurs. He eventually leased it to Walter de Helyon whose family gave their name in time to the house. Their descendants still live here, and Walter’s effigy can be seen in St Bartholomew’s Church. (see www.muchmarcle.net).
Among Hellens’ attractions are the haunted rooms prepared for Bloody Mary Tudor and her tutor Fetherstone; the Stone Hall and its great fireplace bearing the Black Prince’s crest and the Minstrel Gallery.
In 1096 the Manor was granted to the de Balun family who witnessed the signing of the Magna Carta by King John. Thereafter by marriage,deed or gift it passed through the powerful Mortimer family to the Lords Audleys by 1301, who were created Earls of Gloucester in 1337. A nephew, James, one of the Black Prince’s 12 boon companions,rented the Manor yearly from his uncle the Earl for a pair of silver spurs. He eventually leased it to Walter de Helyon whose family gave their name in time to the house. Their descendants still live here, and Walter’s effigy can be seen in St Bartholomew’s Church. (see www.muchmarcle.net).
Hellens is open on Wednesday, Thursday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday afternoons. Entry is by guided tour and there are tours at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. April to Sept incl.
Ludlow Assembly Rooms opened its doors in May 1993 in the restored and updated buildings of the former Assembly Rooms, dating from 1840. The opening was the result of five years of tireless campaigning by a group of people who believed that our rural community deserved its own place of entertainment.
At first only a limited line-up of entertainment was possible, but the venue proved so popular that over the years the programme has expanded beyond all expectations, and there is now a film or live event almost every night of the year. The building is very popular and well used, with an estimated footfall of 200,000 per year. The venue also brings substantial benefits to the local economy - an independent survey conducted by Sheffield University in 2005 found that we support the local economy to the tune of £3,000,000 a year.
A wide program of entertainment id held:
Films, Music, Dance, Theatre Poetry talks, Comedy, Visual Arts, Workshops and Activities. For a full program of events please use the web link.
Ludlow is a thriving market town - an architectural gem with a lively community feel, Ludlow bustles with events and festivals throughout the year. Perched on a cliff above the River Teme, Ludlow is surrounded by the unspoilt and beautiful hilly countryside of south Shropshire and the Welsh border country, known as the Welsh Marches. Excellent walking and cycling opportunities are right on our doorstep.
In recent years, Ludlow and the surrounding area has acquired an excellent reputation for the quality of its food and drink. Excellent restaurants can be found here, encouraged by the areas abundance of quality food and drink producers. Every September, the showcase for this is the Ludlow Food and Drink Festival, when the town is filled with food lovers from all over the UK, and beyond.
Ludlow town centre's layout and architecture is evidence of the 900 year old Norman planned town's history. The town came to existence when Ludlow Castle was started in 1086 and the medieval town walls were built shortly after. Ludlow has over 450 listed buildings, with over 650 in South Shropshire. Grade I listed buildings in Ludlow include Ludlow Castle, St. Laurence's Church and The Feathers Hotel. For more information about the buildings of Ludlow
Relax at "the Liney" with crazy golf or hire a rowing boat or visit The Asembly Room for Entertainment. Leisure Centre and Swimming pool
Church Stretton is an historic Market Town situated in the heart of the South Shropshire hills on the English/Welsh border known as The Marches. It is the only town in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the first Walkers are Welcome town in the Midlands and a Fairtrade town. The area is renowned worldwide for its geology, with some of the oldest rock formations in existence.
The National Trust covers much of the Long Mynd and Carding Mill Valley. Link through to their website for more information on the topics of geology, geography, history, flora and fauna of this wonderful upland paradise.
The Stiperstones, managed by Natural England, with its rocky quartzite tops visible for miles around. This area again produces breath taking walks. At Stiperstones there is an all purpose, wide, flat, smooth track, approximately one mile in length for the abled, less-abled and wheelchair user to experience the wonders of the Stipperstones.
Stipperstones is Lead mining area, with many reminders of an industrial past and a different culture.
Higgledy-piggledy streets with names you want to say out loud - Bear Steps, Wyle Cop and Grope Lane. A river that scoops up the town in a loop. Burger and fries in a medieval cellar. Two bridges, each with a different nationality. Wonky buildings left, right and centre. A cappuccino and a bike to go. Bread, still warm, made with flour from a water mill a few miles away. Mick Jagger and Margaret Thatcher watching from a 1500's building. A blockbuster in a Tudor cinema. The world's tallest town crier. 921 years of wine buffs. Three million blooms in a quarry.
Lots to see and do: castle, abbey, bear steps , Libary (charles Darwin) Old Market Hall, Quarry Gardens, River. Theatre Severn. Rowleys House, Music Hall
Lots of Famous people:Charles Darwin, Wilfred Owen, Robert Clive, Lord Hill, Martin Wood, Percy Thrower.
Bridgnorth, in reality, is two towns: the High Town (good views down) and the Low Town (good views up). Now connected by the steepest inland funicular railway in Britain.
The Low Town was once a thriving port along the banks of the River Severn, while the High Town held the castle, the churches, and many fine 16th and 17th century mansions. Charles I, lost his head here completely, declaring the view to be - "the finest in all my kingdom."
The more energetic amongst you can amble up one of the seven sets of steps, or the steep old Cartway, where goods were once hauled to the market above. The carts are gone, but the markets remain. Antiques and local produce are particular specialities.
By the time you reach the top, you'll probably need a sit down - and where better than the Castle Gardens? What's left of the Castle leans at an alarming angle, even greater than the Tower of Pisa. The building was blown up in the Civil War by the parliamentarians - who botched it, as parliamentarians are wont to do.
Nearby an iron footbridge takes you to the Severn Valley Railway Station. If you want to explore the beautiful Severn Gorge to the south, you should definitely let the steam train take the strain. And you can enjoy wonderful 1940's and 1960's steam nostalgia weekends. (Hurry, before they reach the 1970's
Welcome to Much Wenlock in Shropshire, the home of the modern Olympics.
In 1850 local surgeon William Penny Brookes (1809 - 1895), who was one of the people credited with introducing physical education into British schools, inspired the fore-runner of the modern Olympic Games for the "promotion of moral, physical and intellectual improvement" and although the Game's venue is now decided by international committee rather than by by the parish council, we still hold our own Olympian games here every July - the other Olympian games are also doing quite well too!
The historic town of Much Wenlock lies at the eastern end of the famous Wenlock Edge. It is situated within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The author Mary Webb once described Much Wenlock as "Somewhere in the Middle Ages it had fallen asleep".
Wenlock Proiry, Museum and Olympic Trail
Welcome to Bewdley - described as the most perfect small Georgian town in Worcestershire. Located on the River Severn, its name says it all - from the French words Beau Lieu - beautiful place.
Bewdley is a popular town with both visitors and its residents. Within the town there is a lot to see including its river walks, museum, churches, beautiful gardens, not to mention well over 20 pubs, take aways and restaurants.
Bewdley has major events running throughout the year, ranging from Spring and Harvest Fairs through to its regattas and annual Bewdley Festival. But there is a lot more than the town to see. Bewdley is the ideal location to stay and visit:
•The Severn Valley Railway (Bewdley station)
•West Midlands Safari Park (1.5 miles from the town centre)
•The Wyre Forest (only a very short distance away)
Hereford and the Wye Valley as seen on "Countryfile" BBC 1 Sunday 4th August 2013. The Wye Valley is an area of outstanding natural beauty. Good to explore either on the way here or on the journey home, we are approx. half an hour to Hereford and another half hour on to Ross on Wye, so it is easy to plan a trip to the Valley while staying at Haynall Villa.
A historic center of international importance, the magnificent Hereford Cathedral hosts Europe's oldest Music Festival every three years- The Three Choirs Festival
Hereford is a city of great antiquity. Its medieval bridge across the River Wye and the Cathedral Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St Ethelbert towering above it, stand as monuments to its distinguished past. The City dates from the 7th century and the Cathedral from 1079 AD, making it one of the oldest in England. Its true origins may by earlier, its strategic position being based on geography as much as politics. Hereford is situated amid extensive rural landscape close to the Welsh border in the United Kingdom. The area is devoted primarily to arable and livestock farming in equal measure together with extensive woodland cultivation, forestry, plant husbandry, apple and soft fruit growing. Hereford is the home of the largest cider maker in the world and was the birthplace of the famous Hereford breed of cattle. The city is a gateway to Mid and SW Wales and lies on the the important road and rail links between South Wales and the NW of England.
Museums : The old house, Cider museum, Waterworks Museum
Famous People: there are many from Henry V to John Challis, Nell Gwyn and Monty Don
Designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in 1971, the beauty of the area has been attracting visitors for centuries,The Wye Valley with the most breathtaking natural scenery in Britain combines a unique blend of Welsh and English influences and offers a warm welcome to visitors to the UK world wide.
Symonds Yat rock, Tintern Abbey, Goodrich Castle, Wilton Castle, Ross Market House, The Gazebo Tower. Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo and Maize
Kington is an historic market town on the English/Welsh border, and though on the western side of Offa's Dyke, it has been an English town for a thousand years.
Kington possesses a most attractive riverside recreation ground which houses the town's cricket club and is the venue for many local outdoor events. Kington Golf Club's 18-hole course on Bradnor Hill is said to be the highest in England, over 390 metres above sea level. It is a "Border Town" in the Marches in an area where it rightly claims to be a centre for walking. The local countryside can also offer quiet country lanes for those visitors who prefer to cycle.
The town is in the shadow of Hergest Ridge, and on the River Arrow, where it is crossed by the A44 road. It is 21 miles north-west from Hereford, around a 30 minute car journey.
The west end of Kington is dominated by the tall clock tower commemorating Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887. Adjacent to this is Kington's Museum. Standing high on a hill overlooking Kington is St. Mary's Church.
On the edge of Kington can be found Hergest Croft Gardens where you can enjoy naturally landscaped gardens with two national collections of trees. You can also visit The Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre at Kingswood, Kington.
Welcome to Oaker Wood Leisure!
Situated on the Herefordshire/Shropshire and Worcestershire border, our world of adventurous outdoor activities is set in 175 acres of mature woodland, complete with two scenic lakes. Each activity is based in its own exclusive area ensuring you can experience the great outdoors away from the crowds.
Low Rope Challenge
Climbing & Abseiling
Only about 10 miles from Haynall Villa
The place to start to discover the Shropshire Hills, just off the A49 at Craven Arms. Housed in an extraordinary grass roofed building with the secret hills exhibition, gallery, cafe and gift shop. Explore the Onny Meadows or try the Hi-tech treasure hunt through the Shropshire Hills, following one of the centre's Geocaching trails
Vintage, Retro, Nostalgia, unlimited
This museum has it all- 3.5 floors of exhibition space full to the rafters with eye popping memorabilia collected over 40 years and collected and displayed in a unique style by social history expert Stella Mitchel. cafe
Summer Foraging and wild food courses.
Learn to harvest wild food, often served in restaurnts at high prices. So enjoy a foraging course and eat for free. some of the foraging course's are available in our village.
A Series of events in November and early Dec to celebrate Mistletoe Season. The main Evant is on Nov 30th The days includes a ceremony with the Mistletoe Queen and Holly Prince with dancing, storytelling and music.
There will be e ntertainment throughout the day including the Winter Market.
10am – 5pmTenbury town FREE Event
And in the evening...
There are 3 auctions of Holly and mistletoe and other christmas items and lots of other events
From Italy to Africa the gardens transport you around the world and beyond into a fantasy world. Whether you are an adult or child you will be mesmerised with the features and be suprised around every corner of the 3 acre garden. Large garden. Tea room. open tue - sun 10.00am - 5.00pm
Edwyn Ralph, Bromyard, Herefordshire. 1hr7 4LU
This is a space to watch! Work is in progress to bring the Wars of the Roses battle to life. The Battle durring Feb of 1461 changed history for ever, Every british monarch since Henry 8th is related to the rival leaders Edward Earl of March and Owen Tudor. Work is in progress to get funding the project, when this is achieved there will be web site, archiological dig (to be sure of the actual battle site) and information, walks etc This was a very important battle but there is little information available.
The best cycling in Shropshire, Herefordshire and Wales. Petchfield Farm is situated in the beautiful Teme valley - just 5 miles west of Ludlow. You can cycle on idyllic flat lanes ... right into Wales if you want!. There are plenty of teashops, pubs, castles and best of all ... hardly any cars.
8 acre terraced garden surrounding an imposing turreted Victorian house. The gardens are set against a sculptured backdrop of mature trees on an exquisitly beautiful section of the River Wye.A Meadow leads down to the stone bridge over the river, the first bridge over the river. A garden for all seasons. open all year 7 days a week 10.00am to 5.00pm
Enjoy a day foraging for free food around Little Hereford with experienced guide. Eric and Marlow hold several day courses durring the season (spring, summer, autumn). with a lecture, walk around the village and along the river bank, then they cook the food found at the local pub Temeside.
At the Brewery you will find a visitor centre, telling you all about the Brewery, also a bar and some food (they sell locally made raised pies etc).
Join in a tour of the Brewery smell the hops and see the beer in the making followed by a tasting session with 6 beers like Black Night, The boiling well, and Gold. I went recently and really enjoyed myself, I even ejoyed the tasting, I am not a beer drinker! And I came home with a bottle.
The Tours are at 3.00pm on Week days and 2.00pm on Saturadays. Aduts ?6.00
to be sure of a place on the tour book ahead.
The Brewery is in a converted railway shed near to Ludlow Station (and ALDI).
Stokesay Court is a magnificent Grade II* late-Victorian mansion set in extensive landscaped grounds. Still a lived-in, private home, Stokesay is open exclusively for pre-booked guided tours on selected dates or by appointment (for groups) to view the magnificent architecture, crafted detailing and behind-the-scenes insight to the filming of ?Atonement?. Additional displays tell the story of Stokesay?s role as a WW1 Hospital. Tickets ?16, include guided house tour, tea with home baked cakes and gardens. GROUP BOOKINGS can be arranged up to 2 weeks in advance. Details on website or 01584 856238