One can hardly think of a better way to enjoy the final days of autumn and herald the arrival of winter than in the enchanting surroundings of the Wye Valley. As we approach the week of November 27th to December 3rd, 2023, a host of thrilling events in Herefordshire, one of the most beautiful parts of the UK, are already set to warm the hearts of residents and visitors alike.
Monday, November 27th – “Wye Wonders: Natural Photography Exhibit”
Kickstarting the week is the unmissable “Wye Wonders: Natural Photography Exhibit”, hosted at Hereford Museum and Art Gallery. The Gallery lends itself to the natural beauty of the Wye Valley, showcasing works of local photographers who have captured the raw beauty of the Wye’s flora and fauna throughout the year. The exhibit is open from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and entry is free!
Tuesday, November 28th – “Ross-on-Wye Farmers’ Market”
Foodies should make sure not to miss the “the Ross-on-Wye Farmers’ Market,” which takes place every fourth Sunday in the Market House. Best known for its array of freshly grown fruits, vegetables and homemade products, this traditional market brings together local farmers and artisans beginning at 9:00 am until around 3:00 pm.
Wednesday, November 29th – “Guided Bird Watching Walks”
On Wednesday, the Herefordshire Birdwatching Society offers guided walks starting at 9:30 am. This is a wonderful opportunity not only to see and learn about the diverse avian life in the region, but also to soak in the atmospheric beauty of the Wye Valley wetlands. Booking in advance is recommended, as the group size is limited.
Thursday, November 30th – “Wye Valley Forest Craft Workshop”
Delve deeper into the natural beauty of Herefordshire with the “Wye Valley Forest Craft Workshop” at Dean Forest. Offering both morning and afternoon sessions, these workshops will teach you how to make traditional crafts using materials sourced from the forest.
Friday, December 1st – “Winter Wonderland in Hereford”
Friday sees the beginning of Hereford’s Winter Wonderland, a magical event for all ages which runs through December. Witness the city’s transformation into a winter wonderland, complete with a sparkling ice rink, enchanting Christmas market, and various live entertainment.
Saturday, December 2nd – “Sinterklaas Celebrations at Hay Castle”
The weekend kicks off with traditional Sinterklaas celebrations at Hay Castle. Get a taste of Dutch Christmas traditions, engage in fun activities, and meet Sinterklaas and his Pieten in person. Festivities start at 10:00 am and continue until 4:00 pm.
Sunday, December 3rd – “Hereford Christmas Art and Craft Market”
The week wraps up in style with the Hereford Christmas Art and Craft Market. It’s the perfect destination to find unique, handcrafted gifts for family and friends. Market stalls feature original arts, handcrafted goods and seasonal produce from across Herefordshire. Opening hours are from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
In conclusion, those planning to spend some time in the Wye Valley during this week will find plenty of activities to entertain, educate and amaze. Book your tickets and make your stay a memorable one by partaking in a range of events that truly celebrate the essence of Wye Valley’s local culture, rich heritage and captivating natural beauty.