Now that October has arrived, it is time to embrace one of the cosiest seasons, complete with a comforting cup of coffee. We have compiled our top picks and ideas for making the most of this wonderful month. Whether you are eager to catch up with friends over your favourite coffee shop, immerse yourself in nature, or taste local beer and cider, there is something here that is sure to grab your interest.
For those looking to have a rejuvenating walk to celebrate the beginning of Autumn…
As the leaves turn golden and the air becomes crisp, it’s the perfect time to embrace the beauty of autumn with a refreshing stroll through our picturesque countryside. Discover the tranquillity and charm that autumn brings to Bromyard by exploring these handpicked autumn walks:
- Herefordshire Trail: This 150-mile trail meanders through stunning countryside, connecting five market towns including Bromyard. While you don’t have to tackle the entire distance in one go, this autumn is an ideal time to start your exploration in the Bromyard area. Who knows, you might even be inspired to complete the entire trail.
- Brockhampton/Bringsty: A 7-mile walk may sound daunting, but it’s perfect for a day’s adventure. This route takes you through two commons, past a lively pub, two charming tea rooms, and two stately homes. With plenty to see and several opportunities for pit stops, it’s an excellent choice for an autumn day out.
- Bromyard Downs: Beginning just outside the Conquest Theatre, this five-mile walk traverses the beautiful Bromyard Downs. The route guides you through the historic town of Bromyard, past the intriguing Avenbury Church, and along the serene river Frome. If you’ve never explored Bromyard Downs in the autumn season, this is the perfect route to experience its natural beauty.
- Stoke Lacy If you’re looking for a walk with plenty of refreshment options, the Stoke Lacy route might be your top pick. Commencing at Stoke Lacy church, this five-and-a-half-mile walk takes you directly past two welcoming pubs and an award-winning brewery. While the walk may be a bit longer, there are ample opportunities to rest and refuel along the way.
Lace up your walking boots and immerse yourself in the enchanting autumn landscapes that Bromyard has to offer.
Attention, Coffee Lovers! It’s time for some delightful recommendations.
When it comes to finding the finest coffee spots, it’s about more than just the taste – though that’s vital, of course. Equally important is the ambience, those cosy vibes that wrap around you. Imagine entering a warm, welcoming coffee shop, filled with the charm of a small town and the comfort of familiar surroundings, all paired with exceptional coffee. Sounds perfect, doesn’t it? Well, your wish is our command.
- Brew (17 High Street): At Brew, it’s not just about coffee; it’s an experience. With freshly ground beans, specialty teas, and heavenly homemade cakes, it’s a coffee lover’s haven. They go the extra mile by offering a diverse range of tastes, including gluten-free and vegan options. What truly sets Brew apart is its warm and inviting atmosphere – it’s more than just a coffee shop; it’s a welcoming family.
- Emma’s Farmhouse (18 Market Square): Emma’s Farmhouse is the go-to spot for breakfast, brunch, and lunch in Bromyard. Their legendary cakes and brownies have a reputation that precedes them, making it a must-visit for dessert enthusiasts too.
- Oaklands (5 Broad Street): Oaklands isn’t just a coffee shop; it’s a testament to Bromyard’s rich coffee culture. It’s the ideal place to immerse yourself in a world of quality hot drinks and delightful treats, making it a standout destination for coffee lovers.
For the Spooky Season Enthusiasts, Here’s a Treat for You…
Experience a Hauntingly Delightful Halloween at Ralph Court Gardens. By day, meet charming characters like the singing pumpkin trio and shy ghosts, explore the graveyard filled with resting visitors, and venture into the haunted house, tailored for all ages.
As night falls, witness a mesmerizing ‘light show’ with graveyard lights and eerie smoke while the gothic house comes to life with Halloween tunes. Enjoy a free Halloween theatre production from Nov 1st to 4th (6:30pm-7:30pm) filled with spooky tales and interactive fun for the whole family.
Furthermore, on the 30th, the town will come alive with Halloweenfest, featuring a host of free activities from 10 am to 4 pm on The Town Green. These include pumpkin picking, carving, photo ops, face painting, circus tricks, balloon artistry, and spooky crafts.
Stop by the new ‘History on Broad Street’ shop to pick up your copy of ‘Haunted Bromyard’ featuring real life ghost stories to spook your socks off.
For the Brew Enthusiasts, Here’s a Toast to You…
For those seeking the ultimate beer and cider-tasting experience in Bromyard, we’ve curated a list of the finest destinations where you can savour the best of these brews.
- Little Pomona: rooted in Herefordshire’s cidermaking heritage, offers a range of delightful beverages. Known for innovation, their Cider House at Brook House Farm is a welcoming spot to explore their creations.
- Oliver’s Cider: If you are a cider enthusiast, Oliver’s Cider in Herefordshire is a must-visit. They excel at crafting balanced, flavourful ciders and perries with minimal intervention, honouring tradition and sustainability.
- Wye Valley Brewery Tours: From a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process to savouring award-winning ales, it’s a must-try experience with top-notch service throughout your visit.
And Finally, for Those Planning an Extended Weekend Getaway…
Looking to plan an extended weekend getaway that promises relaxation, adventure, and memorable experiences? Discover exceptional destinations that redefine the meaning of ‘escape’.
- The Rookery Woods: Disconnect and relax at The Rookery Woods, where three cosy treehouses beckon for a nature-filled weekend escape. Picture fireside relaxation and stargazing from a hot tub, all within reach of 350 acres of woodlands. And your furry companions are welcome too!
- Rowden Abbey: Experience history reborn at Rowden Abbey, where Arts and Crafts charm meets modern comfort. Set in 30 acres of secluded countryside, it’s the ideal base for large groups to explore Herefordshire.
What about a foodie getaway?
Join award winning Executive Head Chef at Crumplebury, Kevin Barron as he and his team cook up a Fire Pit Feast on Saturday 7th October. Stay in the warm and watch the theatre unfold on the Sunken Terrace as whole cuts of organic Crumplebury meat are roasted slowly over the coals. Book one of their deliciously spoiling Farms & Coppices bedrooms, After a sound night’s sleep, wake to birdsong, a hearty Herefordshire breakfast and miles of walks across our private estate.
Candles flickering, tables beautifully dressed with woodland treasures and autumnal blooms and five, deliciously seasonal courses… Welcome to Crumplebury’s October Chef’s Table. Set in the Grand Hall on Saturday, October 28 hear from Executive Chef Kevin Barron as he explains the provenance of each dish – every plate carefully curated to reflect what’s at its very best on the Crumplebury home farm and Whitbourne Estate. From organic meat to culinary treasures foraged from the woods and hedgerows, it’s a foodie experience like no other. Hunker down one of the beautiful rooms, complete with sumptuous linen and ginormous bathtubs.
And that’s a wrap for now!
We hope you have found something perfect for you and if you feel like sharing any of your October adventures, make sure to tag us on socials. We’d love to see what you’re up to and how much fun you’re having.