The Great Ledbury Celebration

Event Details

Food, drink, music, poetry and heritage

Our own annual Ledbury food and drink festival on the last day of the Ledbury Poetry Festival becomes part of the “Great Ledbury Celebration” this year and moves to Ledbury’s historic High Street market place to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the iconic Market House in a birthday treat of food, drink, music, poetry and heritage.

The event brings together organisations across Ledbury including Ledbury Town Council, Ledbury Poetry Festival, Ledbury Food Group, the Friends of the Master’s House, the Youth Council, the Ledbury Fringe, local businesses, traders and performers.

A street market in the High Street featuring the best of local food will fill the High Street with special treats to enjoy straightaway or take home, including stalls featuring our locally produced fruit juices served in interesting ways.

The following have confirmed that they will join us at this year’s festival:

  • Old Granary Pierogi
  • Wychbold Fudge
  • Imaginative Gourmet
  • Pixley Berries
  • Croome Cuisine
  • Crazy Creperie
  • Wykeham Gardens
  • Hanley Swan Bakery
  • Just Rachel Ice Cream
  • Canapes by Gill
  • The Handmade Scotch Egg Company
  • Myrtle’s Kitchen
  • Jus
  • Bentley’s Castle Fruit Farm
  • Pork & Two Veg
  • Monkland Cheese

A fabulous range of poets, musicians, bands and dancers will provide continuous and varied entertainment by the Market House – including the Community Brass Band, Dancefest, the Sequins, Samba Galêz, the Silurian Morris Men and a special and “very local” beat box performer.

In addition to the Market House itself, all Ledbury’s heritage buildings will be open emphasising our “joined up heritage”, and providing opportunities through the day to step back in time to meet characters from old Ledbury. Local craftsman will demonstrate the skills which made these buildings.

The Market House will host an art and photo exhibition of young people’s work with a Ledbury theme organised by the Youth Council and including entries in a “birthday card for the Market House” competition. It will host other exhibits showing the history of the building – and a special birthday cake will mark its 400th anniversary. A “Bake a Cake for the Market House” competition is also in the plans for the day.

The popular Clapper Box theatre will again be there to provide puppetry fascination for all ages.

Parking: Public Car Parks and overspill parking at local schools.

Free event and free parking.