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Home / News & Opportunities / Blog / July 2016 / REBEKAH HARRIS – SUMMER IN THE TWO COUNTIES

Date: 28/07/2016

Summer is the time for many of us to enjoy a well earned holiday. Schools have broken up, and amazingly we even experienced a heat wave last week (so I’m told, I was enjoying the 30-40 degree heat in France at the time). Whether you’re taking time off to spend with the kids at home or looking for summer activities to fill your weekend, there is lots happening for children and adults in Herefordshire and Worcestershire.

The Worcester Foodie Festival returns to the city this weekend, with over 70 stalls showcasing local food and drink. The headline chef this year is Dean Edwards, a favourite on ITV’s Lorraine, and visitors can enjoy free cookery demonstrations, live music, and a range of children’s activities. Over in Herefordshire, residents can enjoy sampling local ciders at the Ross-on-Wye Cider Festival in September, featuring ten craft cider makers and live music.

Many of us enjoy sport in the summer and there is plenty going on at Worcestershire County Cricket Club and Worcester Racecourse, as well as events at Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb. 180 people have enjoyed the three Chamber Golf Society charity days so far, with another event planned at The Vale Golf & Country Club on Wednesday 21 September, kindly sponsored by CB, Chartered Accountants. The season is kicking off as well for Worcester City FC, with tickets available to purchase from Worcester Tourist Information Centre.

Families can enjoy extended hours at West Midlands Safari Park over the summer and children can experience some familiar venues in a new way with the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, who are providing the opportunity to explore some local wildlife at Spetchley Park, Croome Court, Ghuluvelt Park and Worcester Woods. Younger children will enjoy the Teddy Bear’s picnic at the Waterworks Museum in Hereford on Tuesday 23 August, whilst older children are bound to enjoy an adreneline rush at Battleendes Paintball in Herefordshire which is offering a special deal over the summer. Oakerwood Leisure in Hereford is offering families weeks‘ worth of activities with its Summer Holiday Club, in partnership with Luctonians Sports Club, where children can enjoy Tag Rugby, Quick Cricket, Rounders, Ultimate Frisbee, as well as rafting, zipwire and den making.

There are many events happening at Worcester’s historical attractions: the Commandery are holding a series of Summer Family Fun events and the Cathedral is offering visitors the opportunity to view a selection of period costumes from British Television and Film with the Dressed for Drama exhibition. Children have the opportunity to get creative in Hereford with the Big Art Tent in Hereford Highstreet, where they can enjoy workshops from professional artists involving print making, tile making, rice design and embroidery.

Hopefully this has provided some ideas to help you start the summer. For more information, visit or

Happy Holidays,

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Rebekah Harris

PR & Marketing Assistant

Rebekah graduated from the University of Exeter in 2014 with a 2.1 BA (Hons) in English. She joined the Chamber in June 2015 as a PR & Policy Intern, after working at Natural England in Worcester as a Support Advisor for nine months. After three months, Rebekah took on the role of PR & Marketing Assistant and now looks after the Chamber’s Business Direction magazine, the Chamber blog, press releases on behalf of the Chamber, Visit Herefordshire and Visit Worcestershire as well as supporting the Marketing department.

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