Herefordshire and surrounding areas boasts a thriving music scene and variety of festivals that cater to a wide range age groups and interests. There is something for everyone, including various festivals and live music venues. To get a taste of what the festival scene has to offer, make a reservation with us.
The Hidden Valley is based in the beautiful Herefordshire countryside on the outskirts of a small town called Bromyard. It’s rural, there are few pavements. Pack your wellies ready for inclement weather and welly-raving.
The Linton Festival is run by a team of local volunteers and is a non-profit organisation with a policy of supporting local charitable and other voluntary groups. Since 2001, the festival has raised in excess of £90,000, most of which has been distributed to the benefit of the local community.
Bromyard Folk Festival started in 1968 and sold 150 tickets. Now it is attended by thousands every year. Bromyard Folk Festival’s goal has always been to promote folk traditions by making them as accessible as possible during one weekend of packed entertainment. Acts can be local, award-winning national performers and international folk legends. There is a warm family feeling to Bromyard Folk Festival, with entertainment for all ages, plus food, drink, and activities throughout the whole weekend.
The Three Choirs Festival is a week-long program of choral and orchestral concerts, cathedral services, solo and chamber music recitals, masterclasses, talks, theatre, exhibitions, and walks, rotating each summer between the beautiful English cathedral cities of Hereford, Gloucester, and Worcester. It is the oldest non-competitive classical music festival in the world, which celebrated its 300th anniversary in 2015.
At the heart of the festival are the large-scale evening concerts featuring the Three Choirs Festival Chorus and the Philharmonia Orchestra, which has been a resident at the festival since 2012. The main festival’s packed schedule of daytime events is augmented by a community program that varies slightly in style in each city.
Hereford Indie Food festival looks set to return over the August bank holiday - two days of music, feasting and local flavours - taking over The Yard, The Bookshpo and The Burger Shop in Aubrey Street, Hereford, on August 27th and 28th. No more info is available yet.
Groove Armada and Craig Charles will headline El Dorado at Eastnor, near Ledbury, between June 30 and July 3. Expect funk, soul + an Earth, Wind and Fire experience.
Picnic in the Park Festival featuring open-air film screenings and live bands will be held at Hereford's Bishops Meadow from July 8th to 10th.
Manic Street Preachers and UB40 are heading to Lakefest, another summer shindig that calls Eastnor Castle's Deer Park home. The 2022 festival is on August 11th to 14th.
Hereford River Carnival is back for the first time since 2018. This year the community-led event takes place along the banks of the Wye in Hereford on August 26th and 27th.
Hay Festival brings the literati to the Herefordshire border town from May 26th to June 5th.
Keep track of dates and scroll through line-ups on The Shire's dedicated Herefordshire Festivals page.