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Hereford

discover the top things to see and do in Hereford 

Best known for its outstanding natural beauty, Hereford is an idyllic cathedral city nestled in the countryside between the Wye valleys and remote Malvern Hills. Stroll along the River Wye, walk through the lush landscape, and discover everything from castle ruins to Tudor mansions. See the treasured cathedral, visit one of the many museums, or eat out at first-class restaurants. Whatever takes your fancy, Hereford is the ideal place to relax and unwind.

Best things to do this week in Hereford

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1 Ladyboys Of Bangkok: Who Runs The World Tour 2017

No, it's not more politics. This fabulous celebration of feminine allure is always the best party in town and features 450 hand-sewn costumes with feathers and sparkles galore. The dancers are 16 of Thailand's most stunning Lady Boys - glamorous showgirls who just happen to be men defining their own gender identity. Not suitable for under 18s.

When: Jun 26, 7.30pm
Where: The Courtyard Herefordshire's Centre For The Arts, Edgar Street, Hereford, Herefordshire. HR4 9JR
Contact: +44 (0)1432 340555
More Details: www.ladyboysofbangkok.co.uk

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2 An Evening With Tim Oakley

The British adventurer recently retraced Norwegian explorer Roald Amundsen's 1905 dogsled journey, travelling 1,100 kilometres from Hershel Island off the coast of the Yukon to Eagle, Alaska. Enjoy a two-course dinner and coffee whilst learning at first hand how his three-man, 22-dog team endured six weeks of extreme terrain and low temperatures.

When: Jun 29, 7pm
Where: Castle House Hotel, Castle Street, Hereford. HR1 2NW
More Details: www.facebook.com/events/1734123733280000

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3 Ballet Cymru: A Midsummer Night's Dream

Shakespeare's magical tale of mischief and mayhem on a midsummer's night is just right for ballet. This stunning classical production features Mendelssohn's music interpreted by artistic director Darius James and his boundary-pushing young company. The costumes, by Yvonne Greenleaf, are especially wonderful.

When: Jun 29, 7.30pm
Where: The Courtyard Herefordshire's Centre For The Arts, Edgar Street, Hereford, Herefordshire. HR4 9JR
Contact: +44 (0)1432 340555
More Details: www.welshballet.co.uk

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4 Room On The Broom: Tall Stories

Tall Stories brings to life on stage their fun-filled, Olivier Award nominated musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Spooky songs and tales will delight and entertain all the family alike as you follow the tale of the witch, her cat and some hitch hikers along for the ride.

When: Jun 30, 1.30pm, Jul 1, 11.00am, 4pm
Where: The Courtyard Herefordshire's Centre For The Arts, Edgar Street, Hereford, Herefordshire. HR4 9JR
Contact: +44 (0)1432 340555
More Details: www.tallstories.org.uk/room-on-the-broom

A joint of Lamb being prepared in a York Butchers showing the UK and EEC Stamp of approval after the latest meat scare announcement involving Lamb on the Bone the question of approval hangs in the balance. TICKETED

5 Hereford Food Festival

Attractions include a host of stalls and displays, plus a cookery demonstration from top chef Jean-Christophe Novelli, meat-carving advice from master butcher Adrian Walker, a cocktail class using British cassis and live cooking from Masterchef winner Jane Devonshire. Children are catered for with the Kids Village and there is live music a-plenty.

When: Festival Jul 1, 10am-7pm, Jul 2, 10am-6pm, Farmers' Market and Kids' Zone Jul 1 & 2, 10am-5pm
Where: Hereford Racecourse, Roman Road, Holmer, Hereford. HR4 9QU
Contact: +44 (0)1432 273560
More Details: www.theherefordfoodfestival.co.uk

Grayson Perry during the filming of the Graham Norton Show at The London Studios, south London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. TICKETED

6 Grayson Perry: Map Of Nowhere

Displayed opposite the Mappa Mundi is a work by an artist better known for his ceramic pots. The Map Of Nowhere is an etching inspired by both Hereford's medieval map and one at Ebstorf which was destroyed during the War. Perry's work is part of an exhibition involving five established artists and 14 degree students from Hereford College Of Arts.

When: From Apr 10, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, last adm 4.30pm, ends Jul 15
Where: Hereford Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Hereford, Worcestershire. HR1 2NG
Contact: +44 (0)1432 374200
More Details: www.herefordcathedral.org/Event/mapping-inspirations

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7 The Mappa Mundi And Chained Library Exhibition

Hereford's greatest treasure is a unique map constructed on a single sheet of calf skin vellum. It depicts the history, geography and destiny of humanity as it was understood in Christian Europe in the late 13th and early 14th centuries. The 17th-century Chained Library is also very special and includes the eighth-century Hereford Gospels.

When: From Jan 23, Jan 23-Mar 26, Mon-Sat 10am-4pm, last adm 3.30pm, Mar 28-Oct 29, Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, last adm 4.30pm, closed Apr 14, ends Oct 29
Where: Hereford Cathedral, Cathedral Close, Hereford, Worcestershire. HR1 2NG
Contact: +44 (0)1432 374200
More Details: www.themappamundi.co.uk

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8 The Left Bank Village

This stunning building, set on the banks of the River Wye, is far more than just a wedding and event venue. The De Koffie Pot Coffee House overlooking the Riverside Courtyard offers live music, gallery space and a range of classes and clubs, whilst the Hot Tin Roof Bar and the Speakeasy nightclub offer DJ and comedy nights, and pop up restaurants.

When: De Koffie Pot Mon-Thu, Sun 9am-11pm, Fri & Sat 9am-1am, Hot Tin Roof Bar Fri & Sat 9am-1am, Speakeasy Fri & Sat 8pm-3am, ongoing
Where: Hereford Left Bank, Bridge Street, Hereford. HR4 9DG
More Details: www.herefordleftbank.com

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9 Kenchester Water Gardens

A disabled-friendly specialist centre which holds the National Collection of Hardy Water Lilies. The six-acre gardens consist of landscaped pools containing tropical and cold-water fish whilst indoors there is an aquarium holding brightly coloured fish, plus turtles, frogs, toads, newts, crabs, giant African land snails and other exotics.

When: Mon-Sun 9am-6pm inc shop, shop Sun 10.30am-4.30pm, tea room Mon-Sat 9.30am-4pm, Sun 10.30am-4.30pm, ongoing
Where: Kentchester Water Gardens, Church Road, Lyde, Hereford. HR1 3AB
Contact: +44 (0)1432 270981
More Details: www.kenchesterwatergardens.co.uk

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10 The Black And White House Museum

The stunningly well-preserved Jacobean house is a remarkably grand example of a 17th century timber-framed building, and now plays host to a museum documenting life in Jacobean times. The collection of English oak furniture is internationally important. Hands-on activities for younger visitors include puzzles and replica clothing.

When: Tue-Sat 10am-4pm, Sun 11.30am-2.30pm, Bank Hol Mons 11am-3pm, ongoing
Where: The Black And White House Museum, High Town, Hereford. HR1 2AA
Contact: +44 (0)1432 260694
More Details: www.herefordshire.gov.uk/info/200172/museums/648/hereford_museums_and_art_gallery

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