This year’s Historical Hereford Day was a great success, thanks in part to the fact that it was sunny with not a drop of rain! While the theme still remained “historical” and was a diverse offer from early medieval through to the 1940’s, there was a strong Georgian theme to celebrate the bicentenary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice. So we had a collection of 19th century finery including Mr D’arcy and Elizabeth Bennett! The Pirates of the River Wye appeared throughout the event and visitors enjoying the Victorian and Edwardian experience on the Cathedral Close may well have been lucky to meet Queen Victoria herself! Castle Green was again the place for children to run around and enjoy the WW2 assault course, have a go on the bouncy castle, take part in lots of craft activities, enjoy the storytelling or watch the falconry displays and Sealed Knot. The medieval encampment on the adjacent Redcliffe Gardens, gave everyone the chance to look at life through a different lens and there was court-dancing from the Tudors plus arming the knight from the Hospitallers. Vintage teas, part of the vintage Fayre, gave visitors the chance to sit in the shade and enjoy a cup of fine tea, while the Scouts, with some very old Scouting costumes, helped children cook over camp fires and make kites. There was singing and teas at the Coningsby Museum, celebrating 900 years of the Order of St John, and a range of free fun in High Town, including more crafts and an arena featuring dance, music and other historical entertainment.
Now of course the challenge for the HHD team is to make next year’s event even better and as it is the centenary of the start of WW1, they will be working hard to ensure some of the event will be specifically created to commemorate this important year. The date for the diary is Saturday, 12 July, but it is hoped that again there will be a weekend of historical activities with an open-air theatre performance on Castle Green, Friday 11 July and some special activities across other sites on the Sunday.
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Saturday 13th July 2013
Saturday 13th July is Historical Hereford Day and remains the focus of the weekend, but this day of free* family fun is complimented on Friday 12th July with an open air performance of Romeo & Juliet at 7.30pm on the Redcliffe Gardens, and on Sunday 14th July with two special events. At 11am, a special two-hour guided archaeological walk, Warriors, Priests and Smiths: Saxon Hereford, will leave from the West end of the Cathedral, looking for clues to the city before the Norman Conquest, while between 1pm – 4pm, Hereford’s Waterworks Museum promises to have as many of its engines as possible, in-steam, at a celebratory Midsummer Day’s Steam event.
Historical Hereford Day itself will be bigger than ever with some new attractions including a Vintage Fayre on Castle Green, while welcoming back its most popular performers including Devilstick Pete and Ben Long Falconry. The event will take place across three venues: High Town, Castle Green and the Cathedral Close, which is adopting a Victorian theme for this special day.
The event starts at 10.30am with a Procession from the Cathedral to High Town and continues with entertainment and children’s activities throughout the day and across the city, closing with the Knights’ Combat on Castle Green, at 3.30pm.
Finally, to reassure our devotees that we do manage to keep a step in the present as well as in the past, Historical Hereford Day was brought into the 21st century and opened a Facebook page! Please visit the site www.facebook.com/historical.hereford and become a friend of this fantastic event as we need your help to spread the word about this great, free, family day out in Hereford City. The Facebook is a sure way to be kept up to date with all our plans for this event.
Have a look at the gallery of pictures from Historical Hereford Day 2012: