About Ledbury

Church Lane by Harry Rook 2013

Church Lane by Harry Rook

Ledbury Poetry Festival 3 – 12 July 2020.

Ledbury is a lively and picturesque market town, close to the Malvern Hills.  It is well-known for its black and white architecture, its wealth of individual shops and its pubs, restaurants and cafes serving delicious local produce.

Ledbury is an ancient borough, dating back to the Domesday Book, where it was recorded as Liedeberge, and returned members to Parliament in the reign of Edward I. Ledbury probably takes its name from the River Leadon, on which it stands. The Old English berg (hill) has been added to the river name.


Ledbury Poetry Festival list accommodation here without making any particular recommendation and take no responsibility for guaranteeing the quality or otherwise of the accommodation offered.

Barton Court, Colwall, WR13 6HN.  Contact Linda Camp Tel: 01242 248177 www.bartoncourtonline.co.uk  email: linda@bartoncourtonline.co.uk  Barton Court is a small period country estate with a Georgian House available to rent for holidays, meetings, celebrations and events. The supporting outbuildings are a mixture of interesting, beautiful accommodation, workshop and other event space.  We have a variety of accommodation which is able to sleep a single person up to a group of 40 people. Coming soon, a celebration of local food and talent.

The Coach House at Homme House, Much Marcle, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 2NJ. Contact Charlie Finnigan Tel: 07764 346 725 www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/5634993 email: charlie@hommehouse.co.uk. Characterful 4 double or twin bedroom en suite C18th coach house on the private Homme House Estate.

The Dell House, 2 Green Lane, Malvern Wells, WR14 4HU. Contact Kevin and Elizabeth Rolph 01684 564448 www.thedellhouse.co.uk email stay@thedellhouse.co.uk  Regency period house with 4 star B&B and three self-catering apartments.  Perfect for walks in the Malvern Hills. Peaceful two-acre wooded gardens with carvings. Parking and wifi. Vegetarian breakfast options. 15 mins drive from Ledbury.

Harlequin – Ledbury, 4 Harlequin Close, Ledbury, HR8 2GL, 07920 174466, 01531 636864, email hello@harlequin-ledbury.co.uk.  We have two beautifully appointed guest double bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, and all brand new luxury beds, soft furnishings and bath linen. Each room has a fridge, and tea and coffee making facilities with free view TV and free WiFi. http://www.harlequin-ledbury.co.uk/

The Larches Ledbury Bed and Breakfast, Bosbury, Ledbury, Herefordshire HR8 1QL. Contact Inge Paulini 01531 640980 www.thelarchesledbury.co.uk, email welcome@thelarchesledbury.co.uk. Just north of Ledbury, The Larches bed and Breakfast (4 star silver), a secluded and comfortable country house set in 8 acres. Three comfortable bedrooms with bathrooms, guest lounge and ample secure parking. Delicious cooked breakfast using local products and homemade preserves.

The Old Surgery, Bed and Breakfast, 16 The Southend, Ledbury, HR8 2EY. A discreet, charming, home-from-home in the centre of Ledbury. Two beautiful twin/superking rooms from £90 p/n.Tel:  01531 631705  M:  07786846019 email:  theoldsurgeryledbury@gmail.com

Orchard House Bed and Breakfast, The Orchard, South Parade, Ledbury, HR8 2HA,  Tel 01531 632294 Email: enquiries@orchardhouseledbury.co.uk,  www.orchardhouseledbury.co.uk Orchard House offers luxury B&B accommodation, a few minutes walk from the centre of Ledbury. Walled garden, heated swimming pool.

Redmarley Bed and Breakfast, Orchard House, Drury Lane, Redmarley D’Abitot, Gloucestershire, GL19 3JX.  Tel 01531 650000, Mob 07973 273603,                                                                                                     Email: redmarleybnb@mail.com,   www.redmarleybnb.co.uk. Redmarley Bed and Breakfast is an attractive wisteria covered Georgian family home, set in four acres of rolling lawns and peaceful gardens, just a ten minute drive from Ledbury. With comfortable well-apportioned rooms, each with its own en-suite bathroom, a guest sitting-room and plenty of space all round, Redmarley Bed and Breakfast provides a wonderful rural escape from the stress and rigours of every-day life.

White House Cottages, Aylton, Ledbury, HR8 2RQ. Contact Serena Thirlwell Tel: 01531 670349 www.whitehousecottages.co.uk email: bookings@whitehousecottages.co.uk Five characterful, listed self-catering cottages nestled in the tranquil hamlet of Aylton, just 5 miles from Ledbury.  The perfect location to enjoy the Festival whilst making the most of the stunning Herefordshire countryside, the Malvern Hills and Herefordshire’s other historic market towns.  Ideal for relaxing, walking and touring. Free parking and WiFi. Dog friendly.

Woodside Lodges Country Park, Falcon Lane, Ledbury HR8 2JN. Tel 01531 670269 www.woodsidelodges.co.uk email: info@woodsidelodges.co.uk  Self-catering accommodation including bunk house/studio rooms, camping pods, touring site, fully equipped lodges.



Whether you want to lunch, do some shopping or just look around we can recommend these places to visit. The independent shops in Ledbury are one of the things that make this market town so special.

The Apothecary Shop  31 The Homend, Ledbury, HR8  1BN Tel: 01531 633448 www.theapothecaryshop.co.uk Mon – Sat  9.30am – 5pm. Organic and natural products to promote health and well-being, natural remedies, supplements, loose herbs, skin, hair, dental and personal care plus in-store therapists.

Butler & Sweatman, 64 & 155 The Homend, Ledbury, HR8 1BS Tel: 01531 631333  www.butlerandsweatman.co.uk info@butlerandsweatman.co.uk 10am – 5pm Follow us on  Twitter @Butler_Sweatman  Festival supporters since 1999, our two shops offer designer name collections. Visit us and live the magazine lifestyle! @Butler_Sweatman

Caffè No. 21, 1st Floor, Ceci Paolo, 21 High Street, Hereford, HR8 1DS. Tel: 01531632400, Open Mon – Sat 9.00am – 4pm.  Email: caffèno.21@gmail.com  https://m.facebook.com/Caffè-No21-298909490283838/?ref=bookmarks  Serving breakfast, lunch afternoon tea. Licensed Caffè, barista coffee, homemade food using quality local and seasonal produce.

Ceci Paolo Ltd, 21 High Street, Ledbury, HR8 1DS. Tel: 01531 632976 www.cecipaolo.com, email: order@cecipaolo.com Mon – Sat 9am – 5.30pm A culinary and lifestyle emporium with Mediterranean and Oriental flavours.  This store is dedicated to celebrating the enjoyment of food, wine, fashion and stylish living.

Chez Pascal, 8 New Street, Ledbury, HR8 2DX. Friendly French cafe serving light meals, specials and delicious home-made patisserie by Pascal. Lovely courtyard garden. Opening times: Monday to Saturday 9am – 5pm, Sunday 7th July 10am – 4pm.

Connections Dress Agency, 5 Homend Walk, Ledbury, HR8 1BX, Tel 01531 635316, www.connectionsledbury.co.uk, Email melconnect@hotmail.com Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 4.30pm.  Connections sells quality clothes on behalf of private clients.  It’s a fun place to browse and shop and pick up bargains from an amazing array of labels including Armani, Basler, Mulberry and Oska.

Debby and Jilly’s Lingerie, The Homend Mews, The Homend, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1BN, Tel 01531 635182, Email: hello@debbyandjilly.co.uk

Eastnor Castle, Eastnor, Nr Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1RL 01531 633160.  A fascinating tourist attraction including castle, lake, arboretum, children’s play area and tea room. Open on selected days between Easter and September. See www.eastnorcastle.com email: enquiries@eastnorcastle.com.

Ethos, 17 High Street, Ledbury, HR8 1DS Tel: 01531 634636 email: shop@ethostrading.co.uk Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm. Fair trade, organic, sustainable shop specialising in a wide range of gifts, clothing and bamboo socks

Handley Organics  5 High Street, Ledbury, HR8 1DS , Tel: 01531 631136 handleyorganics@btinternet.com Mon – Sat  9am – 5pm. Organic fresh fruit and veg plus our own baked produce and dried goods to suit most diets.

John Nash Interiors 18 High Street, Ledbury HR8 1DS Tel: 01531 635714 www.johnnash.co.uk email: enquiries@johnnash.co.uk. Mon – Sat 9am – 5pm. Interior design studio specialising in contemporary furniture and accessories paired with period antiques.  Also within; a large showroom library offering the leading brand of fabrics, lighting, flooring, wallpapers and paints. All works undertaken from design to completion.

The Kitchen Cupboard  21 High Street, Ledbury, HR8 1DS  Tel: 01531 635603. Mon – Sat  9am – 5.30pm. A specialist cookshop selling everything from induction compatible saucepans and frying pans to aprons, peppermills, knives bakeware and numerous gadgets

Ledbury Area Cycle Forum.  www.comecyclingledbury.com  LACF promotes leisure and utility cycling. It campaigns for improved cycling infrastructure, organises community cycling events and publishes cycling maps. The website sells maps and promotes independent tourism providers, accommodation, pubs, bike hire, and places of interest.

Ledbury and District Civic Society, www.ledburycivicsociety.org The Civic Society aims to raise interest in Ledbury and its surroundings.  We run Butcher Row House Museum and the Burgage Hall which is available for hire to Community Groups.  Butcher Row House Museum opening times: 10am – 4pm, April – October.

Ledbury Books and Maps 20 High Street, Ledbury, HR8 1DS  Tel: 01531 633226 www.ledburybooksandmaps.co.uk  email: info@ledburybooksandmaps.co.uk. Mon – Sat  9am – 6pm,  Sundays during Festival  10am – 4pm. Independent bookshop offering a wide range of new titles across all genres. In addition, we will be the event bookseller for Ledbury Poetry Festival 2019.

Ledbury News 3 High Street, Ledbury, HR8 1DS  Tel: 01531 632 507. Live till 5 Mon – Fri, through the door ‘till 4 Saturday, Heaven ‘till 11 Sundays. Traditional newsagents, confectioner and tobacconist

Ledbury Park Veterinary Centre The Southend, Ledbury HR8 2HD Tel: 01531 633141 www.ledburyparkvetcentre.co.uk email: info@leburyparkvetcentre.co.uk. Mon – Fri 8.30am – 6pm, Sat 8.30am – 1pm. Consultations by appointment. A small friendly veterinary practice committed to providing excellent standards of care for domestic pets and horses.

Market House Café 1 The Homend, Ledbury, HR8 1BN Tel: 01531 634250 www.markethousecafe.co.uk email: info@markethousecafe.co.uk. Mon – Fri  9am-4pm,  Sat 9am – 4.30pm. Breakfasts, lunches, daily specials, afternoon tea.  All homemade using locally sourced produce.  Deli sells  breads, cheeses, homemade preserves

The Muse Café, Homend Mews, Ledbury, HR8 1BN Tel: 01531 633764 www.musecafeledbury email: musecafe.ledbury@hotmail.co.uk Mon – Sat 8.30am – 6pm, Sun 10.30am – 4.30pm Check Facebook for extended hours during the Festival. Licensed with seating inside and out, serving all day breakfasts, homemade light lunches, cakes and bakes. watch out for daily specials.

Orme and Slade Natwest Chambers, The Homend, Ledbury HR8 1AB Tel: 01531 632226 email: enquiries@ormeandslade.co.uk. Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm. Family and Business Solicitors dealing with Conveyancing, Wills, Probate, Commercial Leases, Family Law, Powers of Attorney, Employment, Company and Commercial Law.

Renaissance, 1 Tudor Mews, The Homend, Ledbury, HR8 1BT Tel: 01531 635371 email: susie.mcckechnie@btinternet.com Mon – Fr 10am – 6pm, Sat 10am – 5 pm An individual menswear shop with a wide range of styles, both smart and casual for all occasions.

Starlight Craft Gallery, Skipp Alley, The Homend, Ledbury, HR8 1BN, 01531 631840 www.starlightcraftgallery.co.uk email: katemackenzie@live.co.uk, Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm.  A treasure trove of affordable British art and craft.  Find us in a gorgeous Tudor building in Skipp Alley, between the Homend and the short stay car park.

ThinK Travel 1 Church Street, Ledbury, Herefordshire, HR8 1DH Tel: 01531 631114 www.thinktravelledbury.co.uk email: tk@thinktravelagents.co.uk. We are an independent travel agent located in Church Street by Ledbury Market House. Please contact us for your travel requirements.  We will be happy to plan and tailor your holiday to specific requests for you to look forward to creating those special memories.

Three Counties Bookshop 6 High Street, Ledbury, HR8 1DS  Tel: 01531 635699. We sell books after many Festival events at the back of the venue, where the poets also sign their books.  The bookshop itself is just around the corner from the Burgage Hall.

Tinsmiths  8 A High Street, Ledbury, HR8 1DS. Tel: 01531 632083 www.tinsmiths.co.uk email: info@tinsmiths.co.uk Tues – Sat 10am – 5pm Fabrics off the roll, lighting and homewares. Regular exhibitions held in the architecturally acclaimed “Miracle of Ledbury” tucked away down Tinsmiths Alley

The Uncommon Touch Diane Fullerton MTI, Professionally Qualified Massage Therapist offering personally tailored massage treatments.  First Floor, Bethesda Physio Clinic, Lodge Cottage, The Homend, Ledbury HR8 1AR Tel: 01531 636507 / 07879 286544 www.theuncommontouch.co.uk email: diane@theuncommontouch.co.uk  Appointments available Mon-Fri 10am-7pm & weekends by arrangement.

Your Name On It Ltd Unit 3B Ashvale Business Centre, Cradley, Malvern, Worcestershire WR13 5LU Tel: 01886 881081 www.yournameonit.co.uk email: info@yournameonit.co.uk Embroidered and printed clothing for work and play. We brand garments for schools, football clubs, universities, corporations, tradesmen and maybe you!


Car Parking

Most free on-street parking in the town centre is limited to 1 hour and there are frequent patrols by enforcement officers.

There are pay and display car parks off Bye Street (2), Lawnside Road and Bridge Street.  Full details on Herefordshire Council Website.
Public electric vehicle charging points are in St Katherine’s Car Park off Bye Street and at Tesco supermarket towards the railway station from the town centre.