Important information for ticket holders regarding George’s Marvellous Medicine on Sunday 10th August.

As you may have heard in the news this week the weather on Sunday is predicted to be very wet.  To try and make the theatre performance as enjoyable as possible we have managed to hire in a marquee at very short notice which is large enough for everyone to shelter under and the performance to take place in. 

Due to the logistics of getting the marquee up in time, it will be situated on our overflow car park and the performance will take place there at 3.00pm as originally planned.  Parking for the performance will be in our additional overflow car park which is in the field next to that which the marquee will be in.  If you turn into our overflow car park from the road, the car park will be clearly signed from there.

We normally allow entry at 2.00pm for our theatre ticket holders so you can enjoy the grounds before the performance.  However, as the location of the performance is now outside the grounds, entry will be from 1.00pm so you have time in the grounds before making your way over to the performance tent.  You can of course leave your chairs and picnics in the car and collect these on the way back from the castle grounds.

The grounds may be wet in and around the marquee on Sunday and it won’t be as easy to spread out on rugs; therefore it is recommended that you bring low backed chairs rather than picnic blankets.

Please kindly note that due to logistics, we won’t be able to offer any refreshment provisions in the new area but there will be toilet facilities.

We hope you enjoy the performance and keep dry.



Family fun arrives this August Bank Holiday weekend with the Eastnor Knight’s Treasure Hunt !

Families will have to follow the magical clues in a bid to find the Knight’s Treasure. The famous Eastnor Knight’s will be on hand to help families solve the clues in order for them to be in with a chance of winning the fantastic prize of a ‘Knight’s Toy Chest’ containing swords, shields, helmets and knight’s toys. The prize winners will be decided each day in a King Arthur style contest, with the drawing of swords from a stone. The child who successfully draws the sword will be crowned the overall winner, but every participating child will receive a free gift of a model knight.

Adding to the medieval themed fun will be a Knight on horseback from the ‘ Knights of the Damned ‘.  Eastnor favourite Wizard Wonky will also be making an appearance along with a giant Stilt Walking Knight to keep children entertained throughout the day.

The Knight’s Treasure Hunt takes place on Sunday 28 th August and Bank Holiday Monday 29 th August between 11am and 5pm and is priced at £7 for Adults, £4 for children and £6 for senior citizens. Family tickets for 2 adults and 3 children are also available priced at £18. Prices include entry to the castle, grounds and the Knight’s Treasure Hunt.

Eastnor Castle holds the first private collection of Sikh artefacts to be included on the Sikh Heritage Trail. Harbinder Singh, ASHT’s Director said: “We are delighted to have established an association with Eastnor Castle and the Historic Houses Association. The inclusion of private collections on the Trail will shed further light on the history shared by our two communities”.

Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury, is the first privately-owned house to join the new Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail and on Sunday 24th September, they will be celebrating their participation as part of the Anglo Sikh Heritage Week with spectacular displays of ‘Gatka’ martial arts at 12pm and 2pm in the castle grounds.

Eastnor is now part of this heritage trail because of its collection of North Indian armour and weaponry bought back from the Sikh war of 1848. The collection has recently been restored and cleaned and is now on public display for the first time.

“Eastnor Castle’s participation in Anglo Sikh Heritage Week will bring to life the remarkable history which represents its connection with Britain and the Sikhs. Arms from the Anglo Sikh Wars have lain in the castle for over a century, and on Sunday the Gatka troupe from Amritsar will re enact the very skills and traditions which surround their provenance.

In a sense history will truly be repeating itself against the stunning backdrop of the Castle” Harbinder Singh, Director of the Anglo Sikh Heritage Trail. Follow these two links for more information: 
The Art of Gatka
 ~ Anglo Sikh Heritage news page

The castle and grounds will be open from 11.00am to 4.30pm on 24th September and admission costs are £7.00 for adults, £6.00 for senior citizens and £4.00 for children. A family ticket admitting 2 adults and 3 children is £18.00. Grounds only tickets are also available.

The first education programme based on Victorian Eastnor took place between 4 – 14 July 2005, a significant part of local schools took part from Birmingham, Hereford and Malvern.  The children were told entertaining stories which helped them to compare Victorian and contemporary life at Eastnor Castle, with the help of visual clues, an exhibition of Victorian artefacts and re-enactors in the Castle and grounds.

A loved-up couple from Leeds tied the knot live on air this morning (Friday 29th August) after winning GMTV’s ‘Battle of the Brides’ series!

Caroline Clark, 24, and Daniel Duggan, 25 beat hundreds of hopefuls to win a once-in-a-lifetime dream wedding at the fairytale Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire.

The pair won the viewers’ vote after competing against two other final couples in a series of wedding related challenges last week. Student nurse Caroline, who proposed to Danny on the 29th February of this year, was overwhelmed at winning, saying; “I can’t believe we’re going to get married next week. Everyone’s been rallying round at home – we appreciate it so, so much.” Qualified paramedic Danny was lost for words at the news; “I’m speechless – that’s incredible” he said.

On their wedding day, Caroline wore a bespoke hand-fitted gown by the celebrity designer Caroline Castigliano, and had her own entourage of celebrity stylists including hairdresser to the stars Richard Ward and celebrity make-up artist Jemma Kidd.  What’s more, Caroline and Danny will feature in a celebrity lifestyle magazine before being whisked off to Jamaica for a luxury 5 star two-week honeymoon.

This week GMTV have been catching up with the lucky couple as they prepared for their big day.

Eastnor Castle provided the venue and Westons Cider provided the transport for a ‘We love the Midlands’ summer roadshow broadcast on the 6 o’clock Central Tonight News programme on Thursday 21st August.

Bob Warman, who presented the programme, drew up outside the entrance to the Castle in style on Westons dray, drawn by their resident shire horses, Nobby and Senator. 

The programme went on to feature a number of local attractions and food and drink providers, including Eastnor Castle, Westons Cider, Newbridge Farm and the Landrover Experience, also based at Eastnor.

In addition, Matt Slocombe, owner of the Crown at Woolhope, appeared on the programme as a guest presenter.  Matt had recorded a food diary, highlighting a number of his favourite local food and drink suppliers.  He then delighted the news team by Barbequeing some Herefordshire beef burgers outside the castle, which they enjoyed accompanied by some Westons Vintage Cider.

Sarah Bullock, Marketing Co-ordinator for Eastnor Castle said “It was a real pleasure to welcome the Central News team to Eastnor.  The programme provided some excellent publicity for the local area as well as being a memorable day out for our visitors”.

The show ended with Charlie Neil presenting the weather forecast from the roof of the castle.

Top Herefordshire attraction, Eastnor Castle near Ledbury is holding an Arms and Armour and Medieval Re-enactment weekend called ‘Armouritis’ on Sunday 6th and Bank Holiday Monday 7th May between 11am and 4.30pm.  

Eastnor’s famous collection of over 50 suits of armour is the second largest privately-owned collection in Britain. Charles, 3rd Earl Somers of Eastnor, who collected the armour in the mid-nineteenth century was susceptible to what he jokingly called ‘armouritis’, a nasty and incurable disease that gave him an obsession for collecting armour!  

David Edge, one of the country’s leading experts on arms and armour, will be giving fascinating talks on the Eastnor collection throughout the day. In addition, there will be displays of fighting knights in a purpose built arena and armour making demonstrations. 

There will be a large living history camp in the grounds with soldiers, a knight on horseback, musicians, jugglers, falconry, medieval cookery and dancing.

Over 5500 people enjoyed a fantastic evening at our Jools Holland  concert in the Eastnor Deer Park on 4 July. 

The weather was typically  wet, but this didn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the loyal fans who  enjoyed a picnic supper before some serious boogying to the sounds of Jools and and his rhythm and blues band. 

Ruby Tuner and Marc Almond  joined Jools on stage for some favourite hits and the spectacular  firework finale ended a perfect musical evening. 

We are very much  hoping Jools will return to Eastnor in 2009 and if and when information becomes available, we will publish news on the Eastnor Castle website.

Eastnor Castle has been chosen to host a celebrity style wedding for GMTV’s wedding of the year ‘Battle of the Brides’.  The GMTV wedding is the highlight of the summer schedule on GMTV.  Millions of viewers tune in to watch one lucky couple have the wedding of their dreams.  Over the month of August the brides will be battling it out with physical and mental challenges to get their fairytale wedding. (For further information visit 

The wedding ceremony will be broadcast live from the Gothic Drawing room at Eastnor Castle on Friday 29th August at 8.00am.  The wedding is going to be oozing with glamour with a stunning designer gown for the bride, a classy suit for the groom and an entourage of celebrity stylists.  The winning couple will be joined by 20 close friends and family and will enjoy a champagne wedding breakfast in the State Dining Room of the castle.  

Top TV celebrity, Davina McCall, was married at Eastnor Castle in June 2000.  Many other celebrities and royalty have visited or stayed at the castle. 

The children’s adventure playground at Eastnor Castle has been upgraded for 2008. A smart new timber play fort has been built for our younger visitor that includes a slide and rope loft ladder. We have also replaced one of our old favourites, the tyre swing, which will give many more years of enjoyment. This new equipment complements the existing mini zip line, swings, static tractor & motorbike plus a slide for older children.

Top Herefordshire attraction, Eastnor Castle near Ledbury is bringing history to life with a Medieval Re-enactment event for the Bank Holiday weekend on Sunday 25th and Bank Holiday Monday 26th May between 11am and 4.30pm. 

The grounds will come alive with a living history camp in the grounds showing authentic life in medieval times.  There will also be an archery display, light hearted talks and displays of military equipment, medieval musicians and dancers around the grounds with plenty of opportunity for the public to ‘join in’.

The Kynges Ordynaunce, the most authentic artillery re-enactment group in Europe, will shake the Castle to it’s foundations when they fire their canons in a spectacular show on the Valley Lawn. 

In addition Eastnor’s usual attractions will also be available, including the Knight’s Maze, Adventure Playground and Assault Course, Nature and Tree Trails, Lakeside and Woodland Walks and a Pig Roast will be serving delicious pork rolls.

Earn yourself an “open air degree” in Herefordshire…and play tag rugby with Ieuan Evans…

Full details of the two-day outdoor-activity spectacular in Herefordshire have just been unveiled.

Taking place at Eastnor Castle over the May Bank Holiday weekend of Sunday, May 4, and Monday, May 5, The University of the Great Outdoors is being heralded as the only regional event focusing exclusively on outdoor activities, where visitors can pay a one-off entrance fee, which will then enable them to circulate within the grounds, and enjoy taster sessions in a choice of 29 different activities.

As such, it’s the opportunity in The Midlands this year for anyone to come and “have a go” at a new and exciting outdoor activity.  The action-packed sessions available include grass sledging, canoeing and kayaking, off-road driving with Land Rover, pony trekking, archery and zip-lining along the longest line in the UK over Eastnor lake.

The event also offers visitors to the county the opportunity to camp-out under the stars and learn the true art of bushcraft. And for anyone not feeling quite so energetic, there will be some more-leisurely activities available during the two days – including story telling, and golfing skills – or simply a chance to spectate.

Exhibitors and leisure equipment suppliers will also be on hand throughout the event to provide expert advice, and essential kit, to anyone interested in taking the taster sessions on to the next level.

Former Welsh rugby player Ieuan Evans will be the “face” of this year’s UGO event.  The record-breaking rugby player and current-day broadcaster will be at Eastnor Castle on both days, encouraging all-comers to try their hand at some different outdoor activities…especially the “Tag-rugby”!

The University of the Great Outdoors will be open to participants from 10am to 5pm on both Sunday and Monday.

Prices for one day are £8 (adult), £7 (concessions), £5 (child) and £21 (family – two adults, three children).  For two days, the prices are: £12, £10.50, £7.50 and £31.50.  “Spectators” entry fees, meanwhile, are just £4, £3, £2 and £10. All admission fees include entry into the Castle.

Full details are now featured on the website, as well as in a free University of the Great Outdoors Programme, which is available by telephoning 01432 260621.

Eastnor Castle has recently been used as a 1940s period location in a soon to be aired TV factual documentary regarding the Queen’s engagement to Prince Phillip.

The programme filmed by Mentorn Productions is called the ‘The Queen’s Wedding’ and is set to be aired on Channel 4 on Thursday 29th November 2007 at 9:00pm.

Over 400 charity supporters took on the challenge of running 10k for Cancer Research UK at Eastnor Castle in September.  2 months on, the sponsorship money is still flooding in, and over £16,000 has been raised so far.

The great news is that there’s more money to come!  Cancer Research UK is now encouraging all those who took part to dig out their sponsor forms and send them back in to the charity.

90% of the UK population live within 30 miles of Cancer Research UK funded research.  The 10k run at Eastnor Castle hopes to raise over £23,000 to support this work –such as the study into advanced bowel cancer currently being carried out in Worcester.

Hereford Hospital NHS Trust hosted a fabulous ball in the Great Hall at the end of September. 

“Eastnor Castle made a wonderful setting for what was a very lovely evening and so many of our guests commented on the beautiful and historic surroundings”.

Lisa Robinson – Consultant Haematologist and Lead Cancer Clinician

The trust was successful in raising in excess of £12,000.00 towards the Macmiliian Renton Appeal which is a great achievement.

150 years on – 6th October 2007 – 27th January 2008 – Manchester Art Gallery  – Free admission

Art Treasures in Manchester is a major exhibition that marks the 150th anniversary of the largest art show ever seen in Britain, Art Treasures of the United Kingdom. The original Art Treasures show, held in 1857 in Manchester, was an incredible achievement for the city and an extraordinary artistic event. 

The new show brings to life the experience of the Victorian exhibition for the 21st century visitor. Contemporary material such as newspaper reports, guidebooks and individual accounts will help to ‘set the scene’ and explain the social, political and economic climate of the day. Following thorough research by Manchester City Galleries, the new exhibition also brings back to Manchester some of the outstanding artworks on show in 1857.  

Manchester Art Gallery will showcase around 160 outstanding works of art from the original show, including work by British artists such as Hogarth, Gainsborough, Turner and Constable, as well as the Pre-Raphaelites and Old Masters. 

Decorative artworks also on display will include early Wedgwood ceramics, European porcelain, Venetian glass, Limoges enamels, Renaissance metalwork and European armour, all of exceptional quality.

Eastnor Castle is proud to have contributed part of it’s well known armour collection and will be on display for the duration of the show.

A wide range of events will also be running at the gallery including talks, tours, family workshops and music performances. A catalogue will be available to accompany the exhibition.

Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street, Manchester M2 3JL 
Tel: 0161 235 8888 – Fax: 0161 235 8899 – Textphone: 0161 235 8893

Open Tuesday – Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays 10am – 5pm

Closed Monday, except Bank Holidays.

Another successful year for the Summer Fun Days. We benefited (as did all of the visitors) from the absolutely glorious sunshine that shone on us for the whole three days. 

As you will see from the photograph gallery lots of fun was had by all with the theme of the Wizard of Oz culminating in the Children’s Theatre Performance on the Thursday evening. 

This event will be running again next year and we look forward to welcoming all our visitors back once again.

Are you aged between 11 and 16 years old? Do you need to fend off the boredom these Summer Holidays?

Are you adventurous and up for a challenge? If your answer is ‘Yes’ to all the above then this is for you…

3 days of non-stop activities including Abseiling, 270m zip wire, Survival skills, Building camp, Navigation, High ropes, Rafting, Bows and arrows.

For 2-10 year olds, our Summer Fun Days event also runs on these dates(weather provisions have been made with 75% of all activities under cover) and 9th August hosts The Wizard of Oz – a Children’s Theatre Performed by The Heartbreak Theatre Company.

Mud Runner 2010 firmly placed itself on the running calendar today with another awesome event at Eastnor Castle.  The sun was shining but it didn’t affect the seriously muddy conditions on the tracks.  The 10km off road run across the estate uses many of the driving tracks that Land Rover use to test their vehicles on, all of which provides a tough and challenging run as well as a ridiculous amount of thick deep mud and large troughs of muddy water! 

The atmosphere of the race was, as always, high spirited, sociable and fun!  There was double the number of entries this year with over 1000 runners as the event grows in popularity due to its distinctly challenging and slightly crazy terrain!  

The organisers, D3 Active, this year also built a giant steam bath (full of bubbles!) for the racers to de-mud themselves and warm up.  Greatly appreciated by many and adding the camaraderie and uniqueness of the event.

All three male winners and the female winner are local runners from Gloucester, Hereford, Oswestry and Bredon with the winning team yet again being the Ledbury Mud Monkeys.

Catherine Burdett and Stuart Bass who are from Malvern and both decided to run to raise money for MacMillan after Catherine’s Godparents both died of cancer earlier this year.

Catherine said “I had never taken part in any race before and absolutely hated parts of it.  The thick mud and waist deep ditches were exhausting.  I was delighted to have finished it and raise over £1,000 for Macmillan.” 

The winners this year were:
Men’s Open
Garry Hughes  00:52:13
Matt James    00:55:16
Peter Butler   00:56:30

Women’s Open
Chloe Felton  01:09:06
Elsa Knoertzer  01:17:06
Katie Phillips  01:17:47

Further results are available on the Mud Runner website. 
The next two Mud Runner events in the series are:
Icebreaker – Winter Duathlon – February 6th 2011
Mud Runner Oblivion – May 8th 2011

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Matt James from Hereford said “The organisation of Mud Runner is what sets it apart and the atmosphere is brilliant.  It feels like you’re getting a three course meal not the normal two courses!”

Mud Runner, the 10km cross country run held at Eastnor Castle, is happening on Sunday 17th October and organisers are delighted by the increase in numbers (more than double last year’s with just under 1,000 runners) especially as so many are from the local running clubs.

It is a great race for all abilities to enjoy and uses the same tracks that Land Rovers have been tested and developed on.  Mudrunner is over a variety of terrain and conditions from rolling grassland (well a little bit anyway) to mud, wet mud and sticky mud.

The organisers guarantee at least two things that you’ll get very muddy and have a lot of fun.  The camaraderie and atmosphere makes it a great family day out and very spectator friendly.

There are still place available and details can be found on the website

Sophie Blandford, who lives on the Eastnor Estate and has just joined Malvern Joggers is taking part.  “I ran Mud Runner OBLIVION in May, which was my first ever cross country, I absolutely loved it.  I am hoping to run with Malvern Joggers at a number of cross country’s this winter and this will be my first outing of the season”.

Steve Rooke, Clifford Berry and Barry Thompson from Ledbury Harriers are going for a triple win this year, having won Team Award at the last two Mud Runner races.  They say “we are hoping to get the triple and win the team prize again, however, with a field of nearly 1,000 we expect the competition to be much stronger and so we will have to work hard for it”.

Exciting outdoor challenges are being set up at Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury for families to enjoy on the Bank Holiday weekend – Sunday 30th and Monday 31st May.  This new event called ‘The BIG Eastnor Challenge’will be offering a variety of challenges from Mountain Boarding, Orienteering, Horse Riding and Mountain Biking.  One of the main challenges is the castle ZIP wire which is one of the longest in the country travelling from the top turret across the lake (an extra charge applies).  Eastnor Castle has donated the first zip wire slots of the day to Noah’s Ark Trust Worcester and Hereford, helping them to raise funds for their charity.

There will also be an opportunity to scale the specially constructed Castle Siege Ladders from the Lower Terrace to the Upper Terrace and try out Bush craft and Archery.  There will be family prizes awarded on each day for the family who complete the orienteering challenge in the fastest time and certificates will be awarded to each child who takes part.

David Littlewood Assistant General Manager says “This will be a great family day out for the Bank Holiday weekend with lots of exciting new activities for everyone to try – let’s hope the sun shines!

Animal lovers will be heading to Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury for the Bank Holiday Weekend on Sunday 2nd and Monday 3rd May.  This brand new event called ‘Animal Encounters’ will be showcasing a number of local attractions, such as Newbridge Farm Park, and bringing a selection of animals including donkeys, goats, chickens and miniature ponies.

KC Horse rescue from Hereford will be offering pony rides and there will be arena displays of gun dogs, ferret racing, sheep dog trials and duck herding on the Valley Lawn.  Back by popular demand will be the happy train offering rides around the grounds and face painters creating animal faces for the children.  Tropical Inc will also be bringing their hugely popular exotic animal show of snakes, skunks and creepy crawlies!

 The International Centre for Birds of Prey, Newent, will be putting on various spectacular flying displays throughout the day from the Lower Terrace overlooking the lake with a selection of their falcons and hawks.

Wayne and Julie Gardner from Newbridge Farm Park say “We have had a long association with Eastnor Castle and we are delighted to be bringing back a selection of our animals for the Bank Holiday Weekend event ‘Animal Encounters’ – we are looking forward to it”.

The Big Chill which is held at Eastnor Castle Deer Park every August has been sold to Festival Republic.  Festival Republic is responsible for a number of well known festivals including Glastonbury, Leeds and Reading Festival.

Chillfest, the company that owned The Big Chill have gone into administration and Katrina Larkin the co-founder of the festival has said “the festival had become so big and meant so much to a lot of people that we didn’t want it to go under, as many have, we felt the responsible thing to do was not to sell tickets but to look for a buyer to guarantee its future.”

Eastnor Castle is looking forward to working with Festival Republic and believes the festival will continue to go from strength to strength.

The Big Chill will take place at Eastnor Castle Deer Park from Thursday 5 to Sunday 8 August 2010.

Chapterhouse Theatre Company return to Eastnor Castle on Sunday 16th August with another wonderful open air children’s production ‘Cinderella’.

The story follows Louisa, Milky-White the cow, and all their friends who decide to act out their favourite fairytale ‘Cinderella’, one summer afternoon.  Full of magical pumpkins, perfect princes and the thrill of the ball, the children lose themselves in this sparkling tale of friendship, fun and fairy godmothers.  Come in fancy dress and join the characters for the excitement of the fairytale parade…

The lower terrace will provide the perfect setting overlooking the lake and is an excellent opportunity for a picnic with friends and family for this afternoon performance.

Fancy Dress parade during the interval – Performance 1hr 45mins.

Tickets are available on 01531 633160 – Adults £11.00, Children £7.00, Family (2+2) £30.00

Performance starts at 3.00pm (gates open at 2pm)

Eastnor will be bringing history to life with a Medieval Re-enactment event for the Bank Holiday weekend called ‘Armouritis’ on Sunday 24th and Bank Holiday Monday 25th Maybetween 11.00am – 4.30pm.

Eastnor’s famous collection of over 50 suits of armour is the second largest privately-owned collection in Britain.  Charles, 3rd Earl Somers of Eastnor, who collected the armour in the mid-nineteenth century was susceptible to what he jokingly called ‘armouritis’, an incurable disease that gave him an obsession for collecting armour! 

There will be an arms and armour display by ‘The Armoury’ during the weekend along with armour making demonstrations and a chance for people to wear it.  The grounds will come alive with a living history camp showing authentic life in medieval times.  The ‘Kynges Ordynaunce’, the most authentic artillery re-enactment group in Europe, will be giving a spectacular display on the valley lawn along with ‘The Hartley Household’ with military and firing canon displays.  There will be medieval music by ‘The Bubonic Wind Band’, cookery, pewter casting, light hearted talks and dancing around the grounds with plenty of opportunity for the public to ‘join in’.

Eastnor Castle will be represented by Andrea Fowkes Associates’ ‘Unique Stately Homes and Castles’ on Stand B763 at this year’s International CONFEX. 
An exciting new centre of adventure called ‘Outside’ will be launched at Eastnor Castle, Herefordshire in Spring 2007.  Organised by adventure training specialists D3 Management, Outside will offer local businesses exciting activities for individuals and teams to immerse themselves in the spirit of adventure.

From underground action to tree-top activities, lake based challenges to castle turret feats.  Outside’s adventure programmes can range from half day to two-day events.  They aim to provide businesses with the opportunity to develop critical work place skills using innovative and unconventional techniques.

Simon Foster, General Manager of Eastnor Castle commented: “Eastnor Castle is the perfect location for any adventure programme and will prove to be a special and memorable experience.  Our partners at D3- creators of the Land Rover G4 Challenge – have developed a fantastic package that should appeal to everyone with a sense of adventure.”

Simon Day of D3 commented:
“The beautiful and varied landscape of Eastnor Castle is ideal for Outside where we can offer activities that include the ultimate ‘zip line’ experience and high level rope courses.  The programmes will challenge individuals and teams both physically and mentally.  Come and play!”

Local’s needed for 150ft charity abseil at Eastnor Castle

An exhilarating abseil, sponsored by financial services organisation Foresters, will take place down the north-west tower of Eastnor Castle on Sunday 20th May to help raise funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Participants will descend 150ft from the top of the tower, taking in the wonderful Herefordshire and Worcestershire views on their way to the beautiful gardens below.

Sophie James, Acorns Community Fundraiser, said: “I think we can offer the best views around at the Eastnor Abseil!” Individual and team entries are welcomed. There’s a minimum age of 12, and all under 18’s must be accompanied by an adult. Sophie continued: “It will be a lovely day out for family and friends of the abseil entrants. 

They can take advantage of reduced castle entry rates, some great walks, a lovely picnic area in the castle grounds and also enjoy a well-deserved cuppa in the Castle Tea rooms.” 

The Wyre Forest and Queenswood branches of Foresters are volunteering to help on the day and will host a big tombola stall. Foresters support almost 100 charities across the UK and are regular supporters of Acorns, helping to fund the valuable care services that Acorns gives free of charge to hundreds of life-limited children and their families across the county at its hospice in Worcester.

Robin and Joy Clarke from the Wyre Forest Branch of the Foresters added: “The Foresters are committed to helping local charities, and as Acorns is very close to our hearts we have been supporting the fantastic work they do for many years – in fact, since the first hospice was opened. We therefore jumped at the chance of being involved with the abseil! We’re thrilled to be able to support this event and urge members of the community and local businesses to sign up to the challenge. Let’s make this a wonderful day for Acorns!”

To register for the event, that will be managed by Midlands outdoor activity specialists The Ackers, contact Sophie James on tel: 01386 554848 or email: Places are limited and closing date for entries is Friday 27th April.

Abseil for Acorns takes place at Eastnor Castle by kind permission of James Hervey-Bathurst and family (Castle owners).

Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Services (H&WFRS) will be joining colleagues from other local emergency services this weekend at Eastnor Castle.

The event will take place between 11am and 4.30pm on Sunday 5th June.  Representatives from West Mercia Police, the Army, St Johns Ambulance, County Air Ambulance, Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS) and Severn Area Rescue Association will also be attending, setting up a series of displays for visitors to enjoy and learn more about the work the various agencies are called to respond to.

For its part, H&WFRS is planning a series of activities throughout the day including a rescue demonstration on the lake by the water rescue team and a display of the equipment and vehicles used by the Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) team, who are also hoping to bring along their rescue dog.

The Aerial Ladder Platform will also be displayed along with some of the 4×4 vehicles used by H&WFRS, including the new Defender 130 off-road firefighting vehicle.  The Community Fire Safety team will be taking along the smoke tent and will be on hand to offer general fire safety advice.

Watch Commander Nick Browning from H&WFRS said: “With the range of vehicles and equipment on display from both the Fire Service and the other emergency services, this promises to be a fun-filled family day and we hope lots of people will come along to the event to enjoy the activities on offer.”

Mud Runner Classic, the 10km off road run at Eastnor Castle, took place on Sunday 16th October and even in the current dry conditions the muddy swamps were numerous and very thick!

There was also a Junior race of 5 km for children aged 5-15 years which was a tough but fun course filled with challenging mud troughs and obstacles. 200 children took part this year and appeared to love every minute of it! 

The main race had a record number of entries and the atmosphere was fantastic with a large number of spectators to cheer the runners around the course. 

What inspired many of the runners was the amazing achievement of the first wheelchair competitor for Mud Runner.Rick Rodger’s, from South East London, is a disabled athlete who showed how a team of determined people and an off road wheelchair (The Mountain Trike) can overcome just about any obstacle!  

Rick described the day as a blur of adrenalin fuelled madness! Accompanied by the wheelchair designer Ed Elias and a team of his friends they put the Mountain Trike through its toughest test to date and it survived! Rick said that the highlight of the day was coming down the river bed with everyone cheering on the banks as the finish line came into view (finish time was 3:39:46). Ed is also looking for more people willing to compete in future Mud Runner events on the Mountain Trike. 

Men’s Results     Female Results

James Bingham – 55:46   Roz Viner        – 1:06:59
John Pullen      –  55:49   Niki Morgan   –  1:08:20 
Colin Brearly   –  57:54   Holly Blount    –  1:09:17

Junior Boys Results    Junior Girls Results
James Southall      – 19:43   Sophie Beckingham  – 23:12
Joshua Matthews –  20:07   Hattie Barnett          –  24:44
Jacob Payne         –  21:44   Briony Bishop           –  25:38

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