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Hitch a steam-train ride at Broomy Hill or Dean Forest. Ride the tractors at Newbridge Farm Park and make furry friends at Wynnes of Dinmore. Watch movies on squishy sofas at The Loft. Stay on site for archery and clay pizza. Go off-site for bowling, golf, canoes, and cheese and gin tours.

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Country kids

Museums abound. Get them out to Hereford Cider Museum and show them the process, if not the product. Meanwhile, the Waterworks Museum in Hereford engages kids with the story of drinking water from the earliest days. Or get hands-on at the Black and White Museum, with replica clothing and puzzles.

Hitch a ride on the Broomy Hill Miniature Railway in Hereford, featuring every gauge of locomotive and both a raised and ground-level track. Or ride the Dean Forest Railway through 4.5 miles of beautiful woodland and countryside and enjoy the relaxing pace of a typical country branch line. Head to The Grove Golf & Bowl in Leominster for a fun packed afternoon of ten-pin bowling, arcades and pizza.

Experience the outdoors at the Queenswood Park’s Gruffalo trail. At Newbridge Farm Park, they’ll love the fast and bumpy tractor ride, hands-on time with the lambs and the llamas, and paninis and potatoes in the café. Meet more animals at the Small Breeds Farm and Animal Park in Kington and at Wynnes of Dinmore, home of pygmy goats, miniature pigs, alpacas and poultry.

Climb the walls at Green Spider in Hereford, paint your own pots at Manic Ceramics, hire bikes or swim at Halo Leisure, or watch movies on squishy sofas at The Loft Cinema. Come in March and immerse yourself in culture at the Borderlines Film Festival, or learn aerial and contortion skills at Wye Circus open days.

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For the grown ups

Stay on site for organised archery, team-building or olde-worlde fayre games. Try your hand at flower-crown and wreath-making or dip into the tasty world of clay-oven pizza-making. Get fit and flexible with a yoga workshop or get made up or pampered with our resident pros. For all the book-worms, visit the world recognised Hay on Wye literature festival.

Test your aim while harming only clay pigeons at Oaker Wood Leisure, and stay there for quad bikes, paintball, raft-making, assault courses, high ropes and even It’s a Knockout. Walk the beautiful country at Queenswood Country Park, Credenhill Woods, the Dymock Daffodil Walk and the Malvern Hills or one of several National Trust sites in the local area. Or why not head to Cheltenham for a day of thrilling horse racing.

Get active and have a go at foot golf, Battlelands Paintball or Hereford Canoe Hire, which all do what they say on the tin. Taste gin made from vodka at Chase Distillery or the result of five generations of cider-making at Weston’s Cider Mill. Keep the tour theme going with wine-tasting at Three Choirs or cheese-nibbling at Monkland Dairy.

Rev your way through 66 miles of well-managed trails on an Eastnor Castle Land Rover Experience day. Spice things up at the Eastnor Chilli Festival, have a flutter at Hereford races, or get your golf clubs down to The Grove or Brockington. Pop into Hereford Cathedral to marvel at the Mappa Mundi, the world’s largest medieval map, or explore the antique shops Ludlow.

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