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Where to go and what to see in Herefordshire and beyond this summer

Hereford Times: A wheelie great day out in the forest at Pedalabikeaway

1:10pm Wednesday 17th July 2013

If you're looking for inspiration to keep the boredom at bay through the summer holidays, look no further. From action-packed days to hands-on science, animal magic and living museums, there's plenty of fun to be had locally.

More summer fun for August

Hereford Times: Jousting at Hampton Court Castle

12:55pm Wednesday 17th July 2013

August 1

Inspired ideas for summer fun in July

Hereford Times: Blowing (skilfully) in the wind at the Kite Festival

12:37pm Wednesday 17th July 2013

The summer holidays are here, and the annual challenge of keeping everyone amused is about to begin. Here, to get you started, is a selection of the summer’s events and activities, shows and places to go, some of them on the doorstep, others a little further afield.

Egg-citing ideas for Easter in Herefordshire

Hereford Times: Egg-citing ideas for Easter in Herefordshire

12:00am Friday 29th March 2013

The Easter holidays have arrived, meaning another couple of weeks with energetic children full of chocolate, raring to go and ready to get out in the great outdoors. We’ve found a selection of activities, including, of course, an Easter egg hunt or two.

Half term in Herefordshire

4:41pm Monday 18th February 2013

Whether you want to get back to nature and try your hand at bird box making, see a live show, or get active with an outdoor adventure activity, there’s plenty for everyone to do this half term in Herefordshire.

What to see and what to do in Herefordshire in August

Hereford Times: Spectacular stunt riding at Hampton Court on August 26 and 27

10:17am Tuesday 17th July 2012

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday throughout August Holiday Club for 7-12 year olds Oaker Wood Leisure near Leominster. Each day is different with a range of fantastic outdoor activities, rafting, climbing, target shooting, woodland games, fire building and much, much more. Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout August Adventure Days for older brothers and sisters – 12-16 year olds, who can enjoy quad bike trekking, rafting, paintball and high ropes, plus Oaker Wood’s new 100 metre zip wire. £17.50 a day if you book 4 days, or £22.50 for just one day. Adventure days, £30. 01547 530711

What to see and what to do in Herefordshire in July

Hereford Times: What to see and what to do in Herefordshire in July

9:16am Tuesday 17th July 2012

Saturday and Sunday, July 21-22

Summer holiday boredom busters - science

4:40pm Friday 15th July 2011

Techniquest, Cardiff Bay

Summer holiday boredom busters - activities

Hereford Times: Paddle a canoe down the Wye

4:40pm Friday 15th July 2011

Bowling at TGS and Grove Golf and Bowl

Summer holiday boredom busters - events

4:40pm Friday 15th July 2011

EVENTS Gloucester Quays Food Festival, July 22 to 24 Two of the UK’s favourite TV chefs Gino D’Acampo and James Martin will be cooking live on stage in the Aga Rangemaster Cookery Theatre on Saturday and Sunday respectively, and have promised to give visitors a culinary treat. The festival celebrates food and drink from around the UK, as well as showcasing home-grown Gloucester-shire and Cotswolds delicacies. Visit Gloucesterquays foodfestival.co.uk. South Wales Shire Horse Show The biggest and best Shire horse experience in Wales, with fairground, bouncy castle and crafts and including a miniature horse and pony show.

Keep summer holiday boredom at bay with our selection of some of the best days out in the region ... and beyond

1:50pm Friday 15th July 2011

FUN FOR UMBRELLA DAYS Manic Ceramics, Glazy Dayz Pottery Cafe, and Green Frog Pottery For great wet weather entertainment, head for one of the area’s pottery cafes and spend a couple of happy hours with a paintbrush in hand creating a unique piece of pottery – from piggy banks to plates and tiles to teapots.

Summer holiday boredom busters - summer schools and workshops

Hereford Times: Fly through the air with the greatest of ease on a zipwire at Malvern Outdoor Education Centre

3:39pm Thursday 14th July 2011

Workshops at The Courtyard Stage Combat Find out how the fights in action movies are done with the Stage Combat workshop. You’ll learn how to punch, slap, kick and sword fight safely through a scene. July 27. Ages 12-16, 10am-3pm, £15.

Summer holiday boredom busters - a step into the past

Hereford Times: Learn about the industrial significance of Blaenavon

3:23pm Thursday 14th July 2011

St Fagan’s National History Museum More than 40 original buildings from different historical periods, including houses, a farm, a school and a chapel, not to mention a stone pig-sty, have been rebuilt in 100 acres of parkland.

Summer holiday boredom busters - animal magic

Hereford Times: The beauty of flight at International Birds of Prey Centre

3:14pm Thursday 14th July 2011

West Midlands Safari Park Go on safari without leaving the country as you drive through 100 acres that are home to a host of dramatic wildlife, from giraffes and zebras to lions and tigers. The newly opened Walking with Lemurs is the largest lemur walk-through in the country, and 26 rides and attractions will provide more fun and excitement. A free return ticket is included in the entry price.

Look, look, look - from living museums to live stage shows

Hereford Times: Staff at the Black Country Living Museum dress in authentic costumes to add to the experience.

12:30pm Thursday 15th July 2010

Step into the past or discover something new about how things work at one of many museums, both indoors and out, that are within easy reach of Hereford.

Action-packed days out for summer

Hereford Times: All the British owls can be seen at The Small Breeds Farm Park and Owl Centre, Kington.

12:20pm Thursday 15th July 2010

For days when you'd rather be doing than looking, getting active rather than chilling out, here are some suggestions to keep you on the move.

Up close to the natural world

12:10pm Thursday 15th July 2010

The summer holidays are great for taking time out to get up close with nature - whether it's with the animals or just getting out in the great outdoors. Here are some suggestions of where you can find the best of the natural world ...

Great days out - hands-on fun

Hereford Times: Shoot Out media trainee Martha Kelly filming a scene for the latest Shoot Out film.

12:10pm Thursday 15th July 2010

We all dream of sun-drenched days lasting all summer long, but the reality is that the summer holidays can sometimes prove challenging and rain can occasionally stop play. We’ve compiled a guide to a huge range of places and activities - close to home and further afield - that don’t need suncream or wellies as well as a wide variety of ideas for days when the sun does have his hat on.

Great days out further afield

Hereford Times: The fairytale setting of Castell Coch, a few miles north of Cardiff.

10:00am Saturday 25th July 2009

■ St Fagan’s, Cardiff MORE than 40 original buildings from different historical periods have been rebuilt in 100 acres of parkland. Among them are houses, a farm, a school, a chapel and the splendid Workmen’s Institute, not to mention a stone pig-sty.

Great days out further afield

Hereford Times: Some of the colourful characters you might bump into at the Black Country Living Museum near Dudley.

2:50pm Thursday 23rd July 2009

WITH a staycation being this year’s holiday of choice for many credit-crunched families, we’re offering a selection of great places to go and things to do to make staying at home as much fun as going away.

Great days out on your doorstep

Hereford Times: Monkey around amont the tree-tops at Go Ape in the Forest of Dean and Wyre Forest.

2:44pm Friday 17th July 2009

Get up and go this summer!

Be inspired this half-term

1:30pm Friday 22nd May 2009

YOU don’t have to bust the budget to have a good time at half-term. Herefordshire has plenty to offer to keep the kids entertained without costing the earth.

Where to go and what to do in Shropshire and Herefordshire

3:15pm Friday 3rd April 2009

HISTORY.

Fun and games for Easter

1:41pm Friday 3rd April 2009

Herefordshire Council’s Museum Resource and Learning Centre in Friar Street is hosting a family fun day on Tuesday, April 7, featuring Chinese-themed activities ranging from martial arts to break dancing.

Get physical

Hereford Times: Monkey around at Go Ape! in the Forest of Dean

1:25pm Friday 3rd April 2009

Herefordshire and its neighbours offer plenty of exciting physical activities for great days out.

Arty, crafty days out

Hereford Times: Choose from a vast range of items to paint yourself at one of the region's pottery painting cafes

1:20pm Friday 3rd April 2009

Explore your creative side with a day out painting your own pottery. Try Glazydays Pottery Cafe (01531 636018) in Ledbury, where you can choose from the largest selection of pieces in the area – from piggy banks to plates, tiles to teapots.

The great outdoors

Hereford Times: Walk with the butterflies at Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo

1:07pm Friday 3rd April 2009

Put your walking boots on, pack a picnic and discover the local countryside. Click on ramblers.org.uk and follow the links to ‘your region’ and find out about all the walks in and around the country, or try a bit of the Herefordshire Trail, a large circuit devised by members of Herefordshire Ramblers which takes in all the market towns, villages, commons, woodlands, hills and farmlands. Or combine history with geography and walk one – or more – of the sections of the Three Castles Walk between Skenfrith, Grosmont and White castles.

A glimpse of life in times gone by

12:27pm Friday 3rd April 2009

WHILE school’s out for the Easter holidays, turn all those subjects from the classroom into inspiration for some great days out

Pack up a picnic and enjoy the great outdoors

1:20pm Thursday 21st August 2008

PACK a picnic, lace up your walking boots and put your best foot forward for a day that will cost you very little, but give you an unrivalled taste of the great outdoors and the beauty of the Herefordshire landscape.

Adventures on offer at Weston Park

1:19pm Thursday 21st August 2008

IN Staffordshire, there’s more low-cost fun to be had as Weston Park has extended its Kids Go Free voucher for the whole of August. Children can gain free entry to the park and gardens by downloading a voucher direct from the website at weston-park.com When accompanied by a paying adult, each voucher entitles free entry for one child to the 1,000-acre estate which includes an adventure playground, giant outdoor games in the courtyard, a medieval deer park and Pendrell’s Cave.

Step back in time

1:18pm Thursday 21st August 2008

JUST six miles beyond Abergavenny lies the World Heritage site of Blaenavon, offering a fascinating day packed with activities.

Be brought to book at Cathedral

Hereford Times: The Chained Library

1:17pm Thursday 21st August 2008

WHEN it comes to thinking about things to do during the summer holidays it’s very easy to forget about the attractions to be found close to home.

Hop to it and save a frog

Hereford Times: Hop to it and save a frog

9:12pm Friday 15th August 2008

THIS year is the Year of the Frog and at Bristol Zoo you can not only adopt a frog and help the global effort to save 2000 endangered species of amphibians, you can also play some frog-friendly games, including 'newts and crosses'.

Gardens go on show

1:55pm Thursday 7th August 2008

MOORS Meadow Garden and Nursery Moors Meadow is an intriguing and eclectic garden, full of appeal to the true plantsman.

Back to nature

1:50pm Thursday 7th August 2008

GET up close with nature with the WildPlay Nature Rangers who are running events for children (aged up to 13 years) and families to experience the outdoors and have some fun.

Step back to Tudor times

1:50pm Thursday 7th August 2008

ON Wednesday, August 13, Hereford Cathedral takes a step back into the time of the Tudors for a Tudor Holyday, with a concert of period instruments and music workshops.

Building on history

1:49pm Thursday 7th August 2008

SOME of the best days out are the ones which combine indoors and outdoors – and there are plenty of places within reach of Hereford that hit that particular spot.

On target for a good day out

1:48pm Thursday 7th August 2008

A WIDE range of outdoor activities is on offer at Top Barn Activity Centre near Worcester.

Swing into summer fun

Hereford Times: Treetop fun at Go Ape

1:48pm Thursday 7th August 2008

GET back to nature and challenge yourself and your kids with a visit to Go Ape in the Forest of Dean.

Travels with a Tardis

1:20pm Thursday 31st July 2008

GIVE the family a day to remember with a trip to Cardiff Bay, where you’ll find plenty of entertainment.

Monster mayhem at local museums

1:19pm Thursday 31st July 2008

CHECK out museums – there’s plenty to look at and think about.

Letting off steam

1:18pm Thursday 31st July 2008

ONE thing that’s never in short supply during the summer holidays is energy.

Creative thinking

1:18pm Thursday 31st July 2008

PREPARE to be creative at The Courtyard’s Summer School, where participants will get involved in a wide array of art and drama activities and star in a production for family and friends on the last day of ‘school’.

Be a good sport and join Team Read

1:17pm Thursday 31st July 2008

APPROPRIATELY in Olympics year, the theme for this year’s summer reading challenge in libraries around the country is sport.

Great entertainment on stage and screen

Hereford Times: Wall.E, hero of this summer's must-see movie

1:16pm Thursday 31st July 2008

THE summer brings several great family shows – some inside and some in the great outdoors.

Don’t be bored - get on board

Hereford Times: Don’t be bored - get on board

9:21am Friday 25th July 2008

EXHILARATION comes as standard when you take to the hills for a taste of the UK’s fastest growing board sport – mountain boarding.

A wheely good way to have fun

9:20am Friday 25th July 2008

EVEN the very youngest member of the family can enjoy a day cycling in the Forest of Dean when you hire a trailer at Pedalabikeaway to transport babies and children up to four years old.

Chill out for the summer

9:19am Friday 25th July 2008

TURN the seasons upside down for a day and swap your flip-flops for skating boots at Planet Ice in Cardiff or a pair of skis at Gloucester’s Ski and Snowboarding Centre.

The need for speed

9:19am Friday 25th July 2008

WHEN you take children of any age to Herefordshire Raceway it won’t be long before they’re demonstrating an insatiable need for speed and a wide competitive streak.

On track for adventure

9:18am Friday 25th July 2008

TRAIN rides are always popular, especially with children more used to travelling by car, and there are plenty of opportunities to let the train take the strain within easy reach of Hereford.



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