Welcome to the Left Bank Quarter of the county where bohemians roam in the secluded area part Parisian chic meets Dutch-inspired leisure. Overlooking the River Wye it gives you a glorious view of the River Wye and only a 2 minute walk from the high street.
It’s a cosy cafe with a quaint and rustic farmhouse feel inside plus open seating outside. The upstairs is dedicated to the art exhibition of the moment and Friday music nights where local musicians sing and attendees dance along to their music. Arms swaying, gypsy skirts flowing depending on the type of music played. On rare afternoons off locals are found sipping coffee, nibbling cakes or perhaps a Pieminster pie. Some with a book in their hands, others doodle in sketchpads. It’s family friendly and sometimes the pet dog tags along too. A wandering child walks up to the blackboard and notices the pretty handwritten white cursive…
On the blackboard you’ll find the weekly usual of yoga or meditation classes. If you’re lucky a poetry reading night may be on. The first poetry event held there was organised and performed by local poet Catherine Vaughan in March 2016. Nowadays a plethora of cultural activities take place from burlesque dances classes, life drawing as well as the Politics, Ethics & Environment nights and don’t forget the Pub Quiz! Most recently they’ve been one of the venues for the Herefordshire Cultural Partnership which discusses culture ventures in the county as well as Herefordshire’s forthcoming bid to be City of Culture in 2021.
On its footstep is The Left Bank which has it’s Speakeasy Nightclub, comedy nights and formal events. It’s also available for private hire.
So if you’re ever visiting our city pop along to De Koffie Pot cafe, located on Bridge street, hidden behind the Left Bank.
This month is about catering to our readers further afield in neighboring cities and beyond. Take an online glimpse into Herefordshire’s charms and attractions. The county typically appeals to creative people who want to escape from city life. We’re rural yet filled with cultural treasures from Hay Festival to the River Wye. Whether you’re in our neck of the woods to see family, explore historic buildings or en route to a summer festival or nearby City hot spots like Birmingham or Cardiff be sure to make a short and sweet stay in this English county.
It’s so encouraging that HerefordshireWriters.co.uk is building a small but growing readership overseas. Here are some websites about this county plus ideas and links for tourists.
It’s a New Year so why not add a New City on your Travel bucket list.
But first for our readers abroad… Let’s show you Herefordshire on the map. Notably Herefordshire is a county filled with the city of Hereford plus neighboring towns and villages like Ross-on-Wye, Hay-on-Wye, Leominsterand Ledbury(plus too many others to name!)
This site gives you an extensive outlook for attractions and events in the coming year 2017. A helpful tool for planning a future getaway to the county. Whether you’re a local or out-of-towner you will discover a new place to explore like Mortimer Country (in north of the county). Choose where you’ll stay from a Bed & Breakfast or Hotel or why not a cottage? Herefordshire is also a destination spot for Weddings too!
Pick a village or town to visit and find out the best places to visit and where to eat and shop!
Events Guide for Food, Culture, Nightlife and Beyond…
Your quintessential Herefordshire lifestyle guide that brings you a curated cultural highlight of Herefordshire’s Finest in food, art, sport, music and much more. Every Herefordian’s favourite site! It’s hip yet caters to all. Read it for the Hot List! Discover new blossoming talent plus the essential dates for your social diary.
Learn more about the county’s history . This site is a project run by the Herefordshire County Library Service, providing accessible archives for researchers and future generations as well as the curious at heart. There’s a beautiful visual archive online of photos from aerial views, a poignant collection of postcards and Christmas cards from the First World war. The Herefordshire Image Coollection allows you to view online photographs, prints and records of surrounding villages like Peterstow and Abbey Dore plus throwback photos of the Three Choirs and hidden spots. Most sentimental of all is the Herefordshire through a lenssocial history project. The photos are from the Derek Evans studio and will give you a warm nostalgic feel of Hereford through the decades. This four-year long project and oral history has its own website too: HerefordshireLifeThroughaLens.org.uk
The Hereford Cathedral is a cultural landmark that has within it’s ancient walls the Mappa Mundi, 1217 Magna Carta, King John’s Writ and the Chained Library. On top of that there are visiting choirs the most famous The Three Choirs Festival which occurs every three years at Hereford Cathedral.
There’s a wonderful Newsletter called “Out of the Cloisters” that you can view on their site here.
The Historyof the Cathedral.
Church service listings. Opening times of the Mappa Mundi and Chained Library exhibition.
There is also a new interactive website about the Mappa Mundi: TheMappaMundi.co.uk
This is your comprehensive A-Z online guide of all churches in Hereford and its county’s villages and towns. Rich in information with highlights of each church’s unique beauty and historical significance.
I have to confess I had not heard nor attended the Fair but it looks exciting and has peaked my curiosity… Alas you’ll have to wait until August but here’s a teaser… Camel racing in The Shire? Yes! Don’t believe me then visit HerefordshireCountryFair.co.uk. There’s terrier racing to pony cluband showjumping on in the afternoons.Alongside clay shooting and other country pursuits. Notably there will be aclassic carsdisplay and the Motor Village where you’ll see a selection of supercars like Aston Martins to Ferrari’s showcased!In between watching equestrian events go shopping in theMarquee where you can browse and purchase country textiles, jewellery, homeware and gifts. This Year’s Cookery Demonstration will be held by Isabel Partridge. Many local producers will be displaying their foodie treats! More listings of who will be on site nearer the time.
Held annually from late May to early June this festival is held in its namesake market town Hay-on-Wye located on the quaint Welsh borders. It is a festival celebrating literature and caters to all age groups so all book lovers are welcome. The annual selection of speakers at the events are eclectic, engaging and entertaining with a varied spectrum of writers, poets and authors from diverse fields such as science, history, literary fiction even lyricists! No matter what your interests from art, politics, fashion or sport you will find an event that compels you to attend. World-class contemporary talents perform every year at this festival, you will leave this bookish tent of delights with a renewed perspective on life and literature. As Bill Clinton a former speaker put it, Hay is “The Woodstock of the mind.”
No matter what the weather you’ll always find a spot to keep dry and get your head stuck in a book!
There’s always a welcoming and child-friendly atmosphere with lot’s of things to see and do in between events.
The festival is conveniently held in a tent like maze where you can eat, drink, browse artisan clothes stalls and art and of course buy the of books of most of the speakers in attendance.
Some events are also televised on the BBC with coverage also on BBC Radio 4.
Inside the Hay Festival bookshop is where the event speaker’s new and some backlist titles are kept in stock to purchase. Do remember to visit this tent bookshop if the speaker is doing a book-signing after the talk.
Some highlights of the phenomenal talents present at the festival: Award-winning Travel Photographer Steve McCurry interviewed by Sky Arts broadcaster and Art Historian Tim Marlow.
Also appearances by Teen horror author Darren Shan giving a book-signing here.
Above the delightful author of the charming “Breakfast at Sotheby’s” and board member of Sotheby’s, the Senior International Specialist of Impressionist & Modern Art Philip Hook.