Half Term Fun in Herefordshire
We may be under lockdown for February half-term, but anyone can still enjoy plenty of attractions and experiences of Herefordshire, whether actually out and about exercising if you’re local. Or if you aren’t there’s plenty to try virtually or even delivered to your door. Throw a pot, tuck into the perfect burger, grow something green - the choice is yours…
Eastnor Pottery will broadcast LIVE tutorials on its Instagram and Facebook channels at 11am over February half-term. Just order some clay and the kids can make a coil pot mini-monster on Monday 15th February, or how about a hollow clay fish to round up the week on Friday 19th February. There are more pottery-making lessons on its YouTube channel, too, including a cute little owl.
Youth organisation Back to the Wild is offering free online afternoon activities via Zoom for 11-14-year-olds during half-term. You must book as places are limited. The programme includes a goody bag and a post-lockdown stay at the basecamp in Hall Woods/Hellens Manor.
Watch the Birdies
Herefordshire Wildlife Trust has free information on some great activities for kids on its website, from how to create a pine cone bird feeder plus what birds can you spot, to making mud pies and how to decorate them. There’s a booklet full of activities to do and wildlife watching tips you can download, too.
Go for Grow
Have you ever fancied cultivating ginger or growing mushrooms? RHS judge, writer, podcaster and expert gardener Tamsin Westhorpe of Stockton Bury Gardens in Herefordshire, is offering free, entertaining mini horticultural classes on Instagram. They are easy to follow for the less green fingered and she teams up with her son to present this series which she is calling #kitchensinkgardening
Beefy Boys scrumptious burgers are perfect for ravenous kids. Order the DIY Box, £39.99 plus delivery nationwide from £4.50, by Wednesday for Saturday delivery by courier. It includes six patties plus buns, bacon, cheese, sauces etc. There’s a How to Cook video online. (LOCALS’ BONUS Locals can order Beefy Boys’ takeaways from Hereford for collection and delivery within five miles.)
Buy a Treasure Trail map and pack a rucksack and some snacks for a family walk finding clues along the route to unlock incredible stories from the past and solve the mystery at the end. The 17 options for the county include intriguing Hereford Spy Mission.
Yat Pottery and art studio, based in Symonds Yat West, is offering an array of virtual classes via Zoom, including using a potter’s wheel if you have one and painting and drawing lessons. There will be a free ‘clay club’ running for kids at 11am on Friday 19th February – just buy some clay and email to apply for the Zoom link and off you go.
Full of Fizz
Home-schooling? You definitely deserve a British Royale Set from British Cassis, which grows succulent Herefordshire blackcurrants. This treat, £39, comprises 200ml of British Cassis and a bottle of British Fizz, or Fitz, to make marvellous Kir Royales. You get some British chocolates, too or there are other cocktail kits to try.
If gin and vodka are more to your taste, book The Chase Social: Virtual Private Parties & Social Gatherings, £30 per person, over 18s only. Your pack includes two full-size G&Ts, a tutored tasting of the company’s spirits collection – the Seville Marmalade Gin is amazing – and a virtual tour of the distillery near Hereford, you don’t even leave the house – but you can still dress up.