Events in and around Malvern

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This page should help you find key, regular events listed by area. Our Events Calendar is more conventionally organised by date and categoryEvent updates and additions from around the area are always welcome.

Malvern

Malvern Walking Festival dates etc. are on Walking Malvern area page.

Lunchbox at Great Malvern Priory runs October to April on alternate Thursday lunchtimes, 12.30 pm to 1.30 pm, with music or talk starting at 1 pm.

Malvern French Film Centre – see current programme for the year, with March weekend special.

Autumn in Malvern Festival, mainly October, some of September – 2018 22nd Sep to 28th Oct. Music, talks, exhibitions and more.

The springs/well dressing takes place over the May Day weekend. See Spa info on Malvern Hills page for more background.

WestFest West Malvern’s annual all-dayer, first Saturday of July. Arts and crafts, food and drink, kids workshops, street theatre, loads of music.

Immediate area

Spring Garden ShowThree Counties Showground Just south of Malvern. Specific gardening, dogs, ponies, antiques, cars and such shows, plus the usual countryside types. RHS Malvern Spring Festival, in May (2018: 10th to 13th) is the first in the RHS calendar (previously ‘Spring Gardening Show’). Malvern Autumn Show (Gardening and Food, 2018: 29th/30th Sept) rounds off the season. Also CountryTastic, indoor event day for kids up to 14, 2018: 5th April.

Flea fairs and antique fairs put on at the showground by B2B Events.

There are some leaflets (2009) on walks and cycle rides from Three Counties Showground. Please ask the Showground for these, to encourage them to do more on ‘sustainable tourism’. The showground also contains the National Collection of Perry Pear Trees.



Three Choirs Festival July/August classical music bash, orchestral as well as choral, with maybe a bit of jazz. The oldest musical festival in Europe (noted as a ‘yearly Musical Assembly’ in 1719). Rotates between Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester. 2018: Hereford, 28th July to 2nd August. Email: info@3choirs.org

Colwall Ale House Festival A village event with further activities during the week. Music and other entertainment, food and drink, arts and crafts. 2018: 30th June.

Welland Steam and Country Rally, Woodside Farm, Welland. 2018: 27th to 29th July. Phone 01531 890417 or 890762. Organised by Ross-on-Wye Steam Engine Society.

Worcestershire Literary Festival Events mainly in Worcester but some scattered across the county. 2018: 10th to 16th June.

West

Gregg's PitBig Apple Weekend. 2018: 13th/14th October. Celebrating the apple harvest and all things apple. Loads of events, around Much Marcle area and wider. There’s usually a bike ride on the Sunday along the Ledbury Cider Trail route .

Blossom time with The Big Apple, Usually first weekend in May (2018: Sunday/Monday 6th/7th May). Cider tasting at Putley Village Hall, cider and perry trials same weekend.

Daffodil Weekend at Kempley (web link daffs.org.uk doesn’t always work) – guided walks, teas etc. 2018: 17th, 18th March. Also see walks info on Kempley Tardis.

Daffodil Weekend at Dymock. 2018: 31st March/1st April. (Note that web info can be difficult to find.) Refreshments at Dymock parish hall 10 to 5pm (bacon baps to 2pm).

Oxenhall Daffodil Teas, south of Kempley. The weekend before or after Kempley. Put on by local Wildlife Trust?

There are various other events during the year at Eastnor Castle.

Dymock Poets

Dymock Music Festival 2017: 29th May.

Ledbury Poetry Festival June/July. 2018: 29th June to 8th July.

NestFest at The Nest, Little Verzons Farm, Hereford Road, Ledbury HR8 2PZ (cafe and local produce). An opportunity to meet local food and drink producers and sample their wares, plus entertainment. 2018: 18th August.

Much Marcle Steam Rally Rye Meadows, Much Marcle. Includes steam ploughing. 2018: 21st/22nd July, with local crafts and produce.

Yarkhill Field to Fork Festival. 2017: Saturday 10th June. Celebrating local asparagus, cider and strawberry.

Hellens Manor is an interesting very old manor house, worth a visit by itself – historic but still a family home, in Much Marcle:

Hellens Music Festival Beginning of May, 2018: 16th to 20th.

The Garden Festival “passion for plants and the planet”. 2018: 9th/10th June.

North

Bromyard Folk Festival September. 2018: 6th to 9th.

Bromyard International Town Criers Festival 2018: 5th May.

Bromyard Gala 2018: 30th June – 1st July. Should have some steam attractions.

Bromyard Hop Festival ran in 2017 (27th August) but website disappeared spring 2018. A Hop Play, horse-drawn vehicle parade, fun fair and other events.

Nozstock Rowden Paddocks, Bromyard, HR7 4LS. 2018: 20th to 22nd July. A range of music, from bluegrass to electronica and beyond. “A festival built from a curious amalgamation of performance, art, electronic supersounds and good old-fashioned guitar-strumming and drum-bashing.”

Tenbury Wells Holly and Mistletoe Auctions, Tuesdays before Christmas. Phone 01584 810555. See Tenbury Mistletoe Festival site. Main date is usually first Saturday in December, National Mistletoe Day.

Tenbury Wells Applefest. 2018: 6th October. With street entertainment, crafts.

Worcester Beer, Cider & Perry Festival August. 2018: 9th to 11th.

Worcester Festival, August. 2018: 11th to 27th.

Worcester Music Festival September. 2018: 14th to 16th. Focus is on promoting local music, but with wider contributions too.

East

Upton-upon-Severn Folk Festival May Bank Holiday, 2018: 4th to 7th May.

Upton-upon-Severn Jazz Festival late June, 2018: 21st to 24th. Email: info@uptonjazz.co.uk

Upton Blues Festival July, 2018: 20th to 22nd. In and around various pubs and streets, free!

Upton Sunshine Music Festival (website requires Flash). August bank holiday. 2018: 24th to 26th. Mainly old rock and pop music?

Pershore Plum Festival Main event August Bank Holiday Monday, plus Farmers Market, Town Centre, 10am to 3pm. Also events throughout August. Contact 01386 565373.

Fladbury Walkabout (between Pershore and Evesham). Flower festival, refreshments, boat trips, music and more. 2018: 7th/8th July.

Asparagus Festival Events mainly at The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, east of Evesham, but also elsewhere, late May/early June. Taking a break in 2018 but there will still be asparagus tours etc.

Tewkesbury Medieval Festival 2018: 14th/15th July. Alternative web link.

South

Newent Onion Fayre takes over the centre of town for the day. The biggest single-day festival in Gloucestershire apparently – there’s music, exhibitions, entertainment, food and drink as well as onion related competitions and displays, etc. 2018: 8th September. Tourist info: 01531 822468.

Linton Music Festival A village in between Newent and Ross has a music festival on the weekend nearest to midsummer day, in the grounds of the Alma Inn. 2018: 6th to 8th July.

Ross-on-Wye Cider Festival at Broome Farm. August/September. 2019: 30th Aug to 1st September. Due to popularity, book in advance, and/or check website for other possible summer weekend events at Broome Farm.

Ross-on-Wye Beer and Cider Festival . 2018: 5th/6th May.

Around Hereford and county

Borderlines Film Festival brings the best of international cinema to Herefordshire. 2018: 23rd Feb to 11th March. At The Courtyard and venues in Ledbury, Ross, Gorsley and elsewhere in the county. Phone 01432 344039.

Herefordshire Festival of Walking – if problems with that link, try Visit Herefordshire. 2018: 16th to 24th June

Beer on the Wye, a Hereford Camra event, featuring local cider and perry too. 2018: 6th to 8th July. Riverside Marquee at Hereford Rowing Club, Hereford, HR4 0BE, with camping available ‘next door’.
 
Down on the Farm Music Festival  Run by Gwatkin Cider, at Abbeydore, in August. 
 
Wye Valley River Festival, first ran in 2014, Hereford to Chepstow. “A river carnival with a theatrical twist”. Alternate years? 2018: 5th to 19th May (AONB page) or Facebook page.
 
Wye Valley Chamber Music runs some events in Hereford, St Briavels (near Forest of Dean), Much Marcle (Hellens) in September. The connected January Chamber Music Festival (2018: 13th to 21st January) has been going since 2000. Wye Valley (St Briavels) Music Society calendar may be worth checking out, too.
 

Herefordshire Art Week, September. 2018: 8th to 16th. Likely to include various galleries/displays in Ledbury; Blue Ginger gallery near Cradley; others with jewellery, furniture, ceramics. (For galleries in Malvern, see our Creative Malvern page.)

Leominster Apple Fair 2017: 21st October. The Priory, Church Road, Leominster. See Marcher Apple Network.

Leominster Festival 2018: 7th to 10th June. See Facebook page.

Further afield

Bewdley Festival October. 2018: 12th to 20th.

Cheltenham Festivals Jazz (April/May), Science (June), Classical music (July), Literature (October). Folk festival (February).

Wychwood Festival World, Roots and Contemporary music with camping at Cheltenham racecourse, 2018: 1st to 3rd June.

Church Stretton and South Shropshire Arts Festival Late July.

Festival at the Edge Storytelling festival, plus music near Much Wenlock, Shropshire. 2018: 20th to 22nd July.

Clun Green Man Festival, start of May. 2017: 30th April/1st May.

Gloucester Rhythm & Blues Festival. Late July.

Hay-on-Wye Festival of Literature 2018: 24th May to 3rd June.

Wyastone Summer Series (June/July). The home of Nimbus Records, the concert hall hosts classical and other music. We understand that it is a fantastic setting near the Wye. Near Monmouth.

Ludlow

Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival, 2018: 7th to 9th September. There’s a connected foodie walk – Magnalonga in August (2018: 12th) – an 8 mile walk through the countryside surrounding Ludlow with a course of food at each stop (vegetarian option on request).

Ludlow Spring Festival, 2018: 12th/13th May.

Ludlow Green Festival 2018: 8th July.

Ludlow Castle Medieval Christmas Fayre 2018: 24th and 25th November).

Ludlow Assembly Rooms arts and community centre.

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