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Homend Poets

 

  The Homend Poets meet at Ice Bytes on Tuesday 30th May - their last session before the Ledbury Poetry Festival 2017.

 

  Reading their own or others poetry with musicians playing songs acousticly it is an eclectic and informal evening of tastes and talent.

 

  This month's topic is 'Night and Day'.

 

  Doors open at 6pm and the evening finishes at 8.30pm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dymock Festival

 

  This popular village festival at the Dymock Cricket Club returns Sunday 28th May with the legendary Blockheads headlining.

 

  The music festival is preceded by the Dymock Half Marathon.

 

  Tickets online

 

 

 

 

 

Wild at Art

 

 Back to the Wild invites you to take a walk in the wild woods and gardens of Hellens Manor at Much Marcle on Sunday 21st May.

 

  Led by artist Anna Mitchell and the B2W bushcraft team, help create and build a natural art installation for Hellens Garden Festival.

 

  The invitation is open to 5 to 16 year olds accompanied by parents or carers.

 

  Contact kieranandkat@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

Mark Stevenson

 

  Catch local folk singer, poet and musician Mark Stevenson at the Prince of Wales on Thursday 1st June at 8pm

 

  Free entry

 

 

 

 

 

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<Market House, Ledbury>

   Ledbury is a market town with a timeless, unhurried quality about it. Rich in history it existed as an early Saxon settlement before being described as Liedeberge (Leadon Hill) in the Domesday Book.

 

   It has excellent examples of Norman, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian architecture and a history that includes the Battle of Ledbury (1645) and the Turnpike Riot (1735).

<Eastnor Castle>
Ledbury has excellent accommodation with hotels filled with history, inns full of tradition and quality bed and breakfasts. There is also self catering accommodation, campsites and even 'glamping' in the heart of the countryside.
<Malvern Hills>

   Rising from the Vale of Leadon, Ledbury is nestled beneath the ancient Malvern Hills - a major local attraction.


   From the Malverns, Marcle Ridge and May Hill the three counties roll out before you with undulating hills, broadleaf and conifer woods, orchards of apples and pears, winding country lanes and picturesque black and white villages and hamlets.

   
Poetry is of great cultural and historical significance to Ledbury. Poet Laureate John Masefield (1878 - 1967) was born and raised in Ledbury and wrote about its life and traditions. Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806 - 1861) was one of the most prominent poets of the Victorian era and lived on the outskirts of Ledbury at Hope End.
 
<William Langland>

 It is thought medieval poet William Langland (pictured left at St. Mary the Virgin, in Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire) was born in Ledbury. He is famous for his C14th poem Piers Plowman - a veiled, subversive attack on clerical and political corruption, thought to have been an inspiration for the Peasant's Revolt of 1381.

 

William’s Vision of Piers Plowman

 

 

   Famously the Dymock Poets - Robert Frost, Lascelles Abercrombie, Rupert Brooke, Edward Thomas, Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, John Drinkwater and Eleanor Farjeon - lived in the Dymock area intermittently from 1911 to 1914 and were greatly inspired by local countryside.

 

   The Ledbury Poetry Festival (held every July) is England's premier poetry festival with national and internationally acclaimed poets alongside local poets, workshops, walks and exhibitions.