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2020 Best Things To Do In Herefordshire

Best Things to do in Herefordshire

Whether you’re looking for a brief getaway or an extended holiday, the West Midlands county of Herefordshire is filled with history, adventures, and beauty. You’ll find family fun, plenty of things to do in Herefordshire for adults, and much more. Read on to learn about the best things to do in Herefordshire.

Go Glamping

What better way to experience the beauty of Herefordshire than by staying in the outdoors. Glamping offers the luxury of a hotel whilst giving guests the sense of adventure they are looking for. We may be biased, but after being named by the Sunday Times as a top UK glamping site, we have to say that our site is the best glamping in Herefordshire. Take a look at our website here.

orchard with tipis

Weston’s Cider Factory Tour

Enjoy a glass of cider (or two) as you learn about history while touring the UK’s largest cider collection of oak vats. Weston’s Cider Factory tour provides small, guided tours of their farmhouse and surrounding orchards. Tour the 400-year-old farmhouse, The Bounds, and wander among the rows of apple and perry pear trees.

Learn the entire cider-making process from planting to pouring. Along the way, the fun and knowledgeable guides weave in plenty of fascinating history about the surrounding area. Adults can try cider samples, kids can visit the Play Park (for free), and everyone will enjoy a delicious meal at either the Scrummy House Restaurant or Orchard Tea Rooms.

Combining both indoor and outdoor locations, it’s one of the best places to visit in Herefordshire regardless of the weather. You can drive in for a meal or spend the entire weekend exploring.

Canoeing on the River Wye

Flowing and tumbling through both the countryside and the woods, the River Wye is a beautiful Herefordshire landmark. As the fifth-longest river in the UK, it rises on the Welsh mountain of Plynlimon before passing into England.

Thousands of visitors enjoy visiting the River Wye every year, making it one of the most popular outdoor activities in Herefordshire. It’s primarily used by canoers and kayakers, although certain sections are swift enough for white water rafting in Herefordshire.

yat rock views

Don’t worry if you’re new to canoeing or don’t have the equipment. You’ll find plenty of canoe hire Herefordshire businesses where you can rent what you need. With many gentle sections, lots of people find that the River Wye is an ideal spot to learn how to canoe or kayak. Keep in mind that the weather is a major factor in availability, so try to make your plans as flexible as possible.

Here’s an interesting tidbit: In 1770, William Gilpin published Observations on the River Wye, which painted the location in such a flattering light that thousands of tourists began to arrive yearly. It’s considered the birthplace of modern tourism in Britain, and its popularity continues into today.

Eastnor Castle Deer Park

Built in the 19th century, Eastnor Castle is a beautiful venue available for weddings and other large-scale group activities. Across the road from the buildings, you’ll find the Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Herefordshire, a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Watch the herd of Red Deer graze and frolic in the lush woodlands. You’re welcome to stroll through the park whenever it’s open, making this an excellent option for nature-lovers of all ages.

Depending on weather and events, both the park can close at times, so be sure to check availability when planning your trip.

deer at eastnor castle

Hereford Cathedral

Visit Hereford Cathedral, a historic cathedral dating back to the 8th century. It’s listed as a Grade I historic site, and is home to the world-famous Mappa Mundi, a medieval map of the world created in the year 1300. The Cathedral opens its doors at 9:15 am, and all are welcome to attend.

The stunning interior of the church features Norman architecture and two 14th century tombs of unknown ecclesiastics in effigy. Exploring the Cathedral is one of the best indoor activities in Herefordshire, making this a great option on its own or as an alternate day of fun if weather cancels your outdoor plans.

Amateur photographers flock to the Cathedral throughout the year. As long as you’re taking photographs for personal use (not commercial), you’re free to shoot as much as you like. No permit is required.

History buffs will love to see the Magna Carta. The Cathedral is home to one of only four surviving Magna Carta from 1217. It’s displayed in the Cathedral’s chained library. Note that the Magna Carta isn’t displayed year-round, so you’ll want to call ahead if viewing it is a key reason for your trip.

Hampton Court Castle

Take a trip back in time and visit Hampton Court Castle, a Grade I listed building in the parish of Hope under Dinmore. Dating back to 1510, it’s a beautiful castle and surrounding grounds rich with history.

Visiting the castle’s 12-acre gardens is one of the most popular things to do in Herefordshire. The gardens are open to the public throughout summer, where you can view the kitchen garden, Dutch garden, a 150-year-old wisteria arch, and even a maze with a secret tunnel. Check their calendar to find special concerts and theatre productions.

Final Thoughts

With a combination of natural beauty and interesting history, Herefordshire is an excellent getaway for families, couples, groups, and individuals. You can find plenty of Herefordshire places to stay, often even if you’re booking at the last minute. Plus, there are lots of half term activities in Herefordshire, if you’re looking for fun with friends.

You can find numerous free places to visit in Herefordshire, too. On nice days out in Herefordshire, you can canoe on the River Wye, hike through the Eastnor Castle Deer Park, or explore the gardens of Hampton Court. If you’re looking for indoor fun, tour Weston’s Cider Factory or the Hereford Cathedral.

As one of England’s most rural and sparsely populated areas, visiting Herefordshire can feel like stepping back to a simpler time. It’s a place to go when you need to recharge, relax, and leave the stresses of your daily life behind. For nature and history lovers alike, there’s certainly no shortage of things to do in Herefordshire.

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Visiting At Our Glamping Site

Tips For Visiting White House Glamping

In this blog post we hope to outline a few important bits of information that you will need to know if you come to stay with us at White House Glamping.

Check-In

We aim to offer you a peaceful and relaxing stay. We’ll email you the week before your arrival with the name of the tipi that you’re staying in and you won’t feel hassled by arriving ‘on time’. When you arrive you’ll need to bring along the name of your tipi with you so you can find where you’re staying. Simply, head into the orchard when you arrive and find your tipi. We’re always on-hand in case you do need anything. As a reminder, check-in is from 3 pm and check-out is 11 am.

Check-out is much the same. Just leave your tipi, make sure the door is closed and be on your way.

pippin tipi

Directions

Let’s be honest, we’re not going to be able to beat Google Maps at directions. So here’s the postcode that you can plug in:

White House Farm
How Caple
Herefordshire
HR1 4SR

When you arrive, you’ll have a hill going down into a valley and you’ll see an entrance to a farm called ‘White House Farm’. That’s us! Turn into the drive and keep going for ~20 metres where you’ll see the entrance to an orchard and a sign for ‘Glamping’. By now you’ll have spotted the tipis, so as per the check-in instructions please head in and go to the name of the tipi that you’ve booked. You can park next to your tipi.

Things You’ll Need To Bring

We’d recommend you bring:
– Wellies (we are in the UK after all & walks on the farm may encounter cow pats!)
– Cash: We have a trust shop where you can buy charcoal or wood if you’d like a BBQ or light the fire pit.
– Food and drink
– A USB or laptop with HDMI cable if you don’t want to watch our questionable choice of films
– Smiles

Here’s what we’ll provide:
– Camping stove
– Fire Pit & BBQ
– Pots n pans
– Cutlery, utensils, plates
– Communal fridge
– Towels
– Bedding and blankets
– Projector & Movies
– A good time

inside the tipi

Things To Do During Your Holiday

We have Ross-on-Wye, Hereford, Ledbury, The Forest Of Dean and Monmouth all a short drive from our site giving you plenty to explore.

Places To Eat:

  • The Crown Inn.
  • The Green Man.
  • Lough Pool.
  • Beefy Boys.
  • The Bookshop.

Things To Do:

  • Canoeing. Hiring a canoe for an afternoon or the day is one of my favourite ways to see the beautiful area. We recommend using Hereford Canoe Hire, who will not only rent the canoes but also take you back to the starting location so you can collect your car.
  • Westons Cider Tour. Hereford is the largest producer of cider in the UK and you’ll be staying down the road from Westons Cider factory. We recommend all cider lovers taking their tour.
  • Paint-Your-Own-Pottery Studio. Glazy Days in Ledbury is perfect for a rainy day or those with a creative flare. Paint your own mug or pottery.
  • The Forest Of Dean. The Forest of Dean is a 30 minute drive and we love hiring bikes to ride around from Pedal Away or swinging from the trees at GoApe.​

Things To Do Onsite:

  • Fishing. There’s over a mile of river on the farm which gives plenty of spots for fishing. Our beat is managed by the Wye and Usk Foundation. You can find more information on our Glamping and Fishing page.
  • Explore The River. If you’re not fishing, we recommend you take a walk down to the river to skim some stones or just take in the beauty.
  • Local Walks. Take a look at our website here for 2 of our favourite local walks leaving from the glamping site.
  • Watch A Movie. Each tipi will come with its own projector and USB with films. You can tuck up in the tipi our take it outside for the open-air experience.

We can’t wait to welcome you!

Otis house from sex education wye valley Wye Valley

Sex Education Locations Filmed In The Wye Valley –…

Sex Education Locations Filmed In The Wye Valley – Maps Included!

I’m not sure if you’ve heard is ever mention this but Sex Education was filmed in the Wye Valley and we’re very excited by it. Not only is this right on our doorstep but it is also one of our favourite Netflix shows.

The TV show is basically a giant advert for the Wye Valley as that’s where it is filmed. The shots have got many people captivated and asking where it is – we’re proud that the series showed off our wonderful part of the world. In fact the river that is featured in the show is the River Wye which runs through our glamping site.

We tried to visit some of the top spots that we know were filmed near us in the Wye Valley. We’re going to share with you the locations of the top filming spots, including maps and our journey to find them.

Where Is Sex Education Located?

The Netflix series Sex Education is location in the Wye Valley which spans across both England and Wales. Top locations include Tintern, Symonds Yat and Monmouthshire. We’ll run through the top spots where key scenes are filmed.

Sex Education House Location (Otis’ House)

Otis house from sex education wye valley

The location of the Sex Education house that Otis lives in is in Symonds Yat. The cute red house sits above the valley with fantastic views. In real life it is actually a B&B so you could go and stay there (but obviously you’d rather come glamping in our tipis 😉 ).

This was our first stop, we arrived in Symonds Yat East and parked at the bottom of the hill. Although the map below makes it look like there is a road that goes right up to the house, it is a private road. In order to get next to the house, you have to take the public footpath down from either Yat Rock or from the path that starts from the road about 30 metres up from the Happy Cow Cottage and is opposite some lime kilns.

Here it is on the map. Take a look at the reviews, there are many funny ones talking about ‘Dr. Milburn’ – god I love the internet.

 

yat rock views

 

While you are there, make sure not to miss Yat Rock. It’s a short walk from Otis’ house and it has some stunning views.

 

The Woods

The stunning shots of Otis and Eric cycling to school through the woods are filmed in Bargain Woods, Whitestone. There are also many shots in the hills around LLandogo. We’re big fans of these shots, they really capture the beauty of the countryside around this area. Here is the map:

 

The woods where many scenes were shot is Fedw Wood near Devauden, Monmouthshire.

The Moordale School Location

The high school scenes are shot in the disused University of Wales campus in Caerleon. Although the school often seems American it is in our very own Wales. We didn’t get to visit this location so we’re unsure how accessible it is. 

The location for Moordale High School is here:

The Bridge

Tintern bridge in sex education

 

There are many bridges featured in the series.

Wireworks Bridge at Tintern is where this scene is filmed between Otis and Maeve: 

There are many other scenes filmed here too. We went along to Tintern (which is worth a trip in itself – visit the Abbey and walk around the town) and you’ll find the bridge just along the river from the Tintern Abbey. It is very easy to find so we recommend taking a trip here:

 

 

 

Redbrook Bridge is in a scene between Jackson and Viv in series 2. On one side of the bridge is England and the other side is Wales. The bridge Cross the River Wye of course.

Brockweir Bridge also makes an appearance in the TV show.

 

The Shop Where Adam And Ola Work

browns store llandogo

 

The shop where Adam and Ola work (and Remi lives) in season 2, is in LLandogo. It is very easy to find. We actually happened to stumble across it just driving through. If you’re a fan of the show then you won’t miss it! 

Apparently they used the same sign for filming as it is in real life – I bet that’s good for business.

It’s great to stop for some crips or drinks for your picnic. 

 

 

 

 

Maeve’s Caravan

This one was pretty tricky to find. There is no information online about it (until now!) but we recognised the area and had a gut feeling of where it might be. That gut feeling turned out to be correct – we couldn’t believe it. The caravan site is on a private farm and is normally used to house fruit pickers who work on the farm. We don’t recommend going here as you won’t be able to access the site and doing so without permission would be trespassing. It is located near Walford in Ross-on-Wye.

Other Locations

There are some other locations that we didn’t get to visit on this trip such as:

Amie’s House

Amie’s home is Bigsweir House in Gloucester. It is a private property and it is most notably the location for the party in series one.

Other Locations

Other locations that were featured in the show include:

  • Dean Forest Railway is a location that is visited in series 2
  • St Briavels Castle is where Jackson and his mum have a heart to heart whilst overlooking the River Wye

Where is it filmed?

Is Sex Eduction filmed in Wales?

Many people think that this is all filmed in Wales, and while they are almost correct, it is not completely true. Otis’ house is in Symonds Yat which is firmly in England as are other locations like Maeve’s caravan (Ross-on-Wye) and Amie’s House (Gloucester. There are many places filmed in Wales in Monmouthshire.

Sex Education Filming Locations In Symonds Yat

There are many Sex Education scenes that are filmed in Symonds Yat. Otis’ red house is filmed on the banks of the valley that runs through symonds yat. Eric and Rahim visit an arcade in season two which is a leisure park that is in Symonds Yat West.

Ross-on-Wye Sex Education Location

The filming location for Sex Education in Ross-on-Wye is a private caravan park and it is where Maeve lives in the series. We haven’t been able to track down the exact location where this is but we’re pretty sure it is near Walford and is a Caravan site for fruit pickers.

 

at yat rock

 

There you have it! All of the top filming locations from the hit Netflix show Sex Education. Now, who’s ready for a road trip to try and find them?