There’s a lot to look forward to this year in and around Ross. From May to September there are a series of amazing events to entertain you. Loads of live music, some drinking, a bit of art, a spot of sport and lots of fun to be had and this is just a taste as other events will be slotted in as the summer goes on. Be sure to keep an eye on http://www.playross.com for up to date information on what is going on in this lively town. We can’t wait to welcome you to our party. To find out more read on…….
Photo credit Ross-on-Wye Town Carnival
For gardening enthusiasts there are a wide variety of lovingly tended gardens open to the public near Ross this summer. Set in the beautiful landscapes of Herefordshire they are a real treat and visiting them helps raise money for charity. Relax and enjoy looking at the hard work of others, take inspiration from their efforts and, in most instances, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of cake. The information for this blog comes from the National Garden Scheme, Herefordshire Open Gardens for Charity booklet, which is widely available from tourism information sites. For more information go to http://www.ngs.org.uk Numbers in brackets correspond to the number of the garden in the NGS booklet. Some gardens are open by prior appointment only.
In 2013, Herefordshire County Council (HCC) closed Ross-on-Wye’s Tourist Information Centre (TIC) so, whilst the local Town Council was in negotiations with asset transfers, a local resident with a handful of Ross shops took it into their own hands to share visitor information and stock leaflets to those visiting the town.
However, over the next two years, local traders were becoming frustrated with tourists asking for visitor information and visitors were complaining that they didn’t know where to go to find out what was going on in Ross-on-Wye
What did we do?
Behind the scenes, an accomplice and I were galvanised into action after witnessing more than 15 shops close in November- December 2015. During a late night conversation, we talked about the resources and the options available.
If you haven’t booked tickets yet for “All Things Considered” I suggest you do, as you wouldn’t want to miss this highly entertaining production of Ben Brown’s tragic-comedy.
I have to admit it is a while since I last saw a play at The Phoenix Theatre in Ross and I definitely won’t leave it so long before I go again. For a small provincial and amateur company the bar is set high and the audience is never left squirming in its seats as a result of poor performance or production values.
Mandy Moo’s has been open for over three years and, thanks to locals and visitors alike, this small laid back and (well behaved) dog-friendly Café has gone from strength to strength. With a 5 Star Food Hygiene rating and a 5 star TripAdvisor rating it seems to have found a winning formula by buying quality local and premium ingredients whilst achieving great value for money and excellent customer service. Owner Amanda Price commented “it’s hard work but I enjoy running the café enormously and find it great fun.”
Situated on Cantilupe Road, close to where it meets Gloucester Road, Mandy Moo’s started out as a take away salad, sandwich bar but soon changed into a café specialising in homemade cakes, scones, vegetarian soups, quiches and homemade meals and, of course, the AMAZING Salad Bar. You can call in for your breakfast (available all day and voted one of the best in town*) knowing it will be freshly cooked with nothing fried, or sample the veggie savoury or have a scrumptious cream tea. Once a month the Sunday Lunch Club is held. It is extremely popular and usually booked well in advance. If you would like to join please ring to add your name to the reserved list.
Amanda outside Mandy Moo’s
Mandy Moo’s has been open for over three years and, thanks to locals and visitors alike, this small laid back and (well behaved) dog-friendly Café has gone from strength to strength. With a 5-Star Food Hygiene rating and a 5-Star TripAdvisor rating it seems to have found a winning formula by buying quality local and premium ingredients whilst achieving great value for money and excellent customer service. Owner Amanda Price commented “It’s hard work but I enjoy running the café enormously and find it great fun.”
On a cold but sunny morning I set out with husband and dog for a leisurely walk down by the River Wye. A walk I hadn’t done for some time and was greatly looking forward to. We started from Cleeve Lane in Archenfield Road, walking past the entrance to Cleeve Farm, where the metalled road ends and becomes a track. Continuing down the lane, in the dappled sunlight, we past by an ancient orchard before going through a metal gate. At this point the path goes through a gap in the red sandstone cliff that the town of Ross-on-Wye sits upon.
Soon we were out in the open fields of the Wilton Sports Ground, avoiding the pitches, and heading straight for the river bank in front of us. When we reached the river we turned right and walked along the bank until we came to Wilton Bridge. On the opposite side of the river at this point you can see The White Lion PH and Wilton Court Restaurant with Rooms. Both offer a warm welcome and good food. To reach them you would have to take the steps up to the road and cross the ancient stone bridge.
This Sunday, 20th November, sees the annual Ross-on-Wye Christmas Fayre and light switch-on in the town centre. The main event takes place between 11am and 5pm. Christmas lights will be switched-on at 4pm. Part of the High Street will be closed to accommodate stalls selling a variety of art and craft items plus food. Many of the towns shops will be opening and there is free parking in all of the County Council owned car parks for the day. Continue reading
This year in Ross you can create Christmas Wishlists by filling in postcards and handing them to loved ones who might like some help choosing Christmas presents for you. This great idea was developed by Sally, of Madame Butterfly in Broad St, who had the cards printed and has distributed them around town centre businesses. So when you are in town and see something that would make your day on 25th December remember to pick-up a card and fill it in. The cards are currently available from:
Field Fayre – The Organic Storee
Little Chic Children’s Clothes and Toys Boutique
Escape to the Great Outdoors
Eveamberlay Surefire Stoves Rosss
Pots and Pieces
Look out for these cards in Ross shops.
This is the first piece in a series to introduce you to the Tourist Information Sites in Ross. We begin at The Market House.
A wide range of craft items are available. The selection is constantly being updated.
Made in Ross is proud to run the Ross Tourist Information Site in the Market House in the Centre of Ross-on-Wye
“Made in Ross” is a collective of artists and craft workers based in the historic Market House in the centre of Ross-on-Wye. In 2015 the ownership of this wonderful 17th Century building was transferred from Herefordshire County Council to the newly formed Ross Parish Council who entered into a contract with The Courtyard in Hereford to run this venue in support of the arts. “Made in Ross” is delighted to be working with The Courtyard and Ross-on-Wye Town Council in this iconic building in the very heart of Ross, which provides a fascinating venue for contemporary arts and crafts.
Made in Ross is open Daily 10-4. Contact 01989 769398 www.madeinross.co.uk
There are currently 14 members of the “Made in Ross” collective who showcases a wide variety of work in the gallery including acrylics, batik silks, blacksmithing, candles, ceramics, Chinese brush painting, felting, glass, mosaics, sculptures made from recycled materials, silver jewellery, textiles, watercolours, wood carving and much more besides, all at affordable prices.