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Eastnor Castle

      
Ledbury Herefordshire England
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Eastnor Castle was built in the early 19th century in the style of a medieval Welsh-Border fortress, by John, First Earl Somers and is a good example of the great Norman and Gothic revival in architecture of that time. It is dramatically situated in a 5000 acre estate in the Malvern Hills and remains the family home of the Hervey-Bathursts, his direct descendants.

 


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Hereford Cathedral

      
Hereford Herefordshire England
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heref cath 1Hereford Cathedral is a wonderfully ancient foundation, believed to date back to 676 AD. The present building includes examples of architecture from all periods, from the stately 12th-century nave, the graceful 13th-century Lady Chapel, the solid 14th-century central tower and the 15th-century Stanbury Chapel with its intricate fan-vaulted ceiling to the 20th-century Cathedral Library and a wealth of beautiful stained glass. It is a building which is constantly changing, but continues to stand proudly at the centre of the city, thanks to the devotion of many generations. Above all, Hereford Cathedral is on a human scale - it doesn't overwhelm with its size or grandeur. People remark on its homeliness and feeling of welcome.

The treasures housed in the Cathedral Library include the unique Mappa Mundi, an outstanding representation of the world by medieval scholars. The cathedral also owns a 1217 revision by Henry III of Magna Carta, which will be on display this summer in a special exhibition. Only four copies of this version of the charter on which British democracy is based exist. Hereford Cathedral is also home to what is believed to be the largest Chained Library in Europe.
All are welcome to worship in the cathedral. Music at Sunday services and daily services of Choral Evensong in term-time is led by the professional choir of men and boys. There are also frequent concerts and special events, including summer performances of jazz and drama in the Chapter House Garden.

Armchair Listening

Did you know that you can experience the ethereal sound of Hereford Cathedral's choral services from the comfort of your own home or office?

Through the magic of technology - you can!

There has been a choir at Hereford Cathedral since at least the 13th century, producing beautiful music in the building's unrivalled acoustic and glorious surroundings. Today, the professional choir of 18 boy choristers aged 7-13, together with the lay clerks and choral scholars (the gentlemen of the choir, who sing the alto, tenor and bass parts), continues this tradition into the 21st century, providing music at the cathedral's daily services and many special occasions throughout the year. They also reach a wider audience by singing in concerts, broadcasts on television, and radio, recordings and international tours.

The installation of a new sound system in 2015 made it possible for events in the cathedral to be recorded in-house; initially the recordings were made available to listeners on an occasional basis via the choir's Soundcloud page, but now they are regularly uploaded as webcasts to the cathedral's website, and can be enjoyed by anyone, wherever they are in the world.

The cathedral choir sings Choral Evensong every day except Wednesday in term-time, and most of the webcasts tend to be of this beautiful service of worship, which lasts around 45 minutes and includes psalms sung in the distinctive Anglican chant style; a wide range of music from many centuries; and passages of spoken text dating from the sixteenth century.

Find out more about Choral Evensong at www.choralevensong.org

Sunday morning services, individual sermons or talks and organ recitals are also sometimes produced by the cathedral as webcasts. You can also sign up to be notified by email when a new webcast service is added to the archive.

You can find them at www.herefordcathedral.org/webcasts

The cathedral is open every day, usually from 9.15 am until after the short service of Evensong, which takes place at 5.30 pm on weekdays and 3.30 pm on Sundays.

LIFE & LEARNING AT HEREFORD CATHEDRAL

life and learningHereford Cathedral have recently announced their latest Life & Learning programme which features a range of talks, lectures and discussions.

Life & Learning is the adult education arm of Hereford Cathedral which works to broaden understanding and debate in theology, social issues and the arts. It offers a wide range of opportunities for study and learning, and for experiencing the Christian faith in many aspects. Open to everyone, regardless of religious affiliation, it aims to be a forum for honesty and engagement.

In 2019, the tenth year of the Life & Learning programme, there is a diverse range of subject matter ranging from church records to children's reactions to sacred spaces. Other highlights include two illustrated talks on twelfth-century French Religious Art led by Peter White (Thursday 21 & 28 February). These talks will look at both the sculpture and stained glass windows of the Romanesque cathedral of Chartres which was destroyed in a devastating fire in 1194.

The following month (Thursday 28 March), a celebration of Hereford Diocese's link with the Lutheran Kirchenkreis of Nuremberg will take place in College Hall. The evening will feature speakers from the Nuremberg Committee who will discuss the many different links between the two cities, alongside German beer and sausages.

This year's annual Ethelbert lecture, which takes place on Tuesday 21 May, is given by Professor Nicholas Vincent and explores the legacy of Cardinal Guala Bicchieri, the papal legate to England in 1216. Vincent is Professor of Medieval History at the University of East Anglia and an authority on the Plantagenet kings and the context of Magna Carta.

One of the final events of the programme will take place on Tuesday 18 June and will focus on the hidden history of the Cathedral Cloisters. Recent research completed as part of the Eastern Cloisters Project (funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund) unearthed many discoveries of the people who have inhabited the residential area of the cathedral. Sarah Hollingdale, Eastern Cloisters Project Officer, will lead this talk sharing the stories of some of the more eccentric characters who have lived within the Cloisters.

The Life & Learning catalogue is available to pick up in the cathedral or download from the cathedral website at www.herefordcathedral.org/life-and-learning. Ticket prices vary and more information can be provided by the Cathedral Library on 01432 374225 or library@herefordcathedral.org

 

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Black and White House Museum

      
Hereford Herefordshire England
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Berrington Hall

         
Leominster Herefordshire England

Croft Castle

         
nr Leominster Herefordshire England
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Featured Attraction


Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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