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If it's raining or you just don't fancy heading outdoors, why not explore the history and culture that our area has to offer.

Hay Castle is right on our doorstep and tours of this beautiful ancient monument are organised regularly. Hay Castle Trust is a registered charity that was formed in 2011 to preserve this historic site and provide a future of cultural enrichment, educational opportunities and community enjoyment. Watch this space, changes are afoot as the Trust makes plans for the future of Hay Castle. For details of events or tours contact them at haycastletrust.org on 01497 820079

Hampton Court Castle, Parkland and Gardens is a spectacular castle and grounds open April til October. Great rainy day option too and if it eases pop outside the castle and walk the woodland trails or get lost in the maze.
contact them at hamptoncourt.org.uk or on 01568 797676

There are three main National Trust properties in the area; Croft Castle and Parkland, Berrington Hall and Brockhampton Estate.

The Blaenavon World Heritage Centre is an ideal starting point for your visit to the 33 square kilometres of heritage features and attractions at this cultural site. It provides an overview of how the stories of this Industrial Landscape are of global importance. 
Big Pit: National Coal Museum is the most popular attraction within the Blaenavon World Heritage Site. The museum is based around the former Big Pit Colliery, which was sunk in about 1860 and closed in 1980. The site reopened as a museum in 1983 and is now known around the world, especially after winning the Gulbenkian Prize for museum of the year in 2005. It’s also another good rainy day option.

Hereford Cathedral is home to the Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library. The Mappa Mundi is a record of how 13th century scholars interpreted the world and is thought to be the oldest map in the world. Hereford Cathedral is another great cultural destination and is also a good option for a rainy day.
The Chained Library is the largest surviving chained library in the world with about 1500 chained books some dating back to 800AD and from a time when books were so rare and valuable they had to be chained and read in situ.

The Waterworks Museum Hereford is an industrial heritage brought to life through massive working pumping engines telling the story of drinking water, in a picturesque setting by the River Wye.  The Museum has the oldest triple-expansion steam engine working in Britain plus historic beam, gas and diesel engines spanning the period from the Industrial Revolution to the present day.

The Cider Museum in Hereford is a great rainy day outing too. It aims to inspire and educate the public with regard to the past, present and future of the cider and perry industry by caring for and interpreting the culture and heritage of the industry.
You can visit the shop to stock up on local cider supplies for campfire consumption later on!

The Judges Lodging, Presteigne - Step into the 1870s at the award-winning Judge's Lodging and discover the world of a most unusual household. Explore the 'upstairs, downstairs' life of the Victorian Judges, their servants and felonious guests. Fascinating and well worth a visit whatever the weather.
judgeslodging.org.uk on 01544 260650

Eastnor Castle - A fun family day out, the castle is open to visitors from Easter to the end of September on selected days with a line-up of great value events. This historic house is filled with medieval armour and fine art and in the beautiful grounds you will find an arboretum, lake, knight’s maze and children’s adventure playground.
eastnorcastle.com on 01531 633160.

In Hay on Wye, trawl the bookshops, there were 25 at the last count, have a leisurely lunch in Booths followed by a sheeps milk ice cream at Shepherds

Check what’s on at the cinema at Booths Bookshop Cinema. A fabulously small, 50 seat venue and you can take in a glass of wine!
tickets.boothbooks.co.uk on 01497 820322

Pop into the Globe at Hay, during the school holidays they often have organised activities for children. If not grab yourself a coffee and a board game to while away an hour or two.
globeathay.org  on 01497 821762


Do get in touch if you have any questions about organising activities or would like information about anything not detailed above.

Contact us on 01497 851 603 or 07968 783 325 email [email protected]