How to Set Up an Innovative Tourism Network in your Town!


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.

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A Night at the Theatre in Ross

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.

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John Kyrle School film project

Man of Ross, John Kyrle’s, life has been brought to life by the children of local John Kyrle High School in collaboration with Mark Sanderson.

Click on the link to be taken back in film 380 years. John Kyrle was born in 1637 and moved to Ross in 1660. That was the same year the King Charles II came to the throne of England after the 11 years that the country spent without a monarch.


CrazyBird Back to Roost

Ross On Wye’s very own comedy club ‘CrazyBird Comedy’, was back at the Ross Sports Club for a third time last Friday (12th May), and the sellout audience enjoyed another hilarious night as regular jovial host, Geoff Whiting introduced a whole raft of accomplished comedians for their delectation and delight.

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A night out in the ‘Town Of Music’

As part of the build up to Herefordshire’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2021, Ross-on-Wye is rebranding itself as ‘Town Of Music’. We thought we’d put that claim to the test last Saturday night (01/04/17) by spending the evening in search of the lost chord.

Actually it turned out there was an lot on offer, so we were only able to sample a few. We could have chosen to see the Ross Choral Society singing Hayden’s ‘Seasons’ at St Mary’s Church, or caught ‘Ruddigore’ the Gilbert and Sullivan Opera, at the Phoenix Theatre. There was also the monthly Country and Western night (Yeehaw!) at The Larraperz Centre.

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Ross-on-Wye Tourist Information Sites, Mandy Moos Cafe

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.

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