This month sees us getting all bookish at we look forward to the Hay Festival from 24th May- 3rd June. Each year the Whittern estate is buzzing with event-goers and this year is sure to be no different. We are just a short car journey away from the book capital and so it's really convenient to pop back and forward across the week to make the most of the jam-packed events list.
Hay Festival Fever is here!
A visit from two Baronesses!
I was delighted last month to welcome businesswomen from across Hereford to a new and exciting business forum at our event venue- The Colloquy.
Women across Herefordshire and beyond enjoyed an inspiring business masterclass from Baronesses Michelle Mone and Karren Brady as part of a new women-only business masterclass. The event is the brainchild of local businesswoman and international speaker, Vikki Thomas.
Summer Holiday Planning
White Heron is a great base for families wanting to explore Herefordshire and get away from city life. Time to get the kids off their devices and make memories! We often get asked by guests to suggest places to visit over the school holidays and so I've put together some of our top suggestions of things to do in Herefordshire this year!
The Easter break is the perfect time to experience Herefordshire. The lushness of the fields and the first signs of Spring are undeniably beautiful and satisfying for the soul.
Herefordshire and the Wye valley is beautiful rolling hills and dreamy countryside, if you haven't visited before we are positive you will not be disappointed. That's why we would choose a staycation in the UK over going abroad any day. We might be slightly biased but we genuinely love what our county has to offer. Herefordshire is a great destination to experience tranquility, history, food and much more.
Places to visit: Ludlow
We are always being asked by our guests what they can do during their stay with us and a visit to Ludlow is always at the top of our list. It's just a 30 minute drive from the estate and the perfect place to spend a day. Here are just a few of our favourite things!
Coffee and cake at our favourite cafes
It is not secret that are a number of great cafes in Ludlow; something to suit everyone, they are the perfect pit-stop after a day exploring. It is hard to pick but two of our top spots are listed below:
New year preparations
Once the madness of Christmas has left us the New Year can be a great time to get away from it all, reflect on the old year and plan for the New one ahead. Sometimes a change of scene is all that is needed to clear your mind and let the creative juices flow! So it's not surprising that January sees many new visitors to the estate; taking full advantage of the peace and tranquility that North Herefordshire has to offer. The estate is close enough to civilisation to allow you to spend time in a cosy pub or cafe but remote enough to have a rich tapestry of countryside at your feet.
Festive Markets in Herefordshire and beyond
Whether you are looking to purchase some unique handmade gifts or sample delicious, local produce, Herefordshire and the surrounding counties are not short of winter events this year.
There are so many to choose from, so we've compiled our favourite top 5 for you to visit whilst staying at White Heron Properties during the festive season:
Our Top 5 Local Eateries
Even though the estate is located in a rural area, there is an abundance of cafes serving up delicious, local food. Whether it is a tea break or tasty lunch, we've put together our favourite for you to try out during your stay:
Autumn Events in Herefordshire and beyond
As we enter the cooler months, we believe everything is beginning to wind down in preparation for the winter months. In Herefordshire and the surrounding counties, this is definitely not the case.
Autumn is the perfect time for a rural getaway; catching the last of the sunshine at the end of August and heading into September we see the leaves change their colours. In addition to this, this beautiful part of the country is home to some of the most well known and established food festivals.
Things to do in Herefordshire in June
June is a particularly lovely time of year to visit Herefordshire, where our meandering valleys and woodlands will be bursting with colour and rustling with wildlife. For those of you who are visiting the county this month, we also have a number of local events to keep you entertained. Have a read below for a few of our favourites.