Programme

The full 2017 programme is available by clicking here  (be patient as it takes a minute or so to load
For a quick look at the day’s timings click here
Free Entry to:

10:00am to 4:00pm
A Craft Fair with stallholders selling a variety of crafts, preserves and art will be held in The Falcon Hotel ballroom. Rural Crafts demonstrations will take place in the Falcon Hotel Courtyard with those demonstrating also selling their goods from market stands. In the Falcon Mews there will be a display of Hop Products for sale including Hop pillows and Bines or Garlands for your kitchen, together with displays relating to Bromyard’s very close connection with the Hop Industry from Bromyard’s Local History Society.
Catcher Media will also be in the Mews – this three-year film and oral history project about the social history of Herefordshire  is inspired by the extensive and newly accessible photographic archive from the Derek Evans Studio. Catcher Media are very interested in hearing your memories of hop growing and picking, and will be filming the event.

There is free entry to these attractions which will be clearly signposted on the day but The Falcon is very easy to find in the centre of Bromyard Town.

11:00am to 4:00pm in Market Square
Free ‘Rock Music’ mini festival in Market Square, Bromyard including the artists The Fidgets, Martin Whittaker and Friends and Neil Ivison. The kids will love to come along to get their faces painted by our expert make-up artist (and probably a few adults as well!) alongside a children’s tombola stall. Come along and spend the afternoon listening to some of the best local music, with  hot food , drinks and seating available. Free entry!

12:00pm to 1:30
Bromyard Hop Festival Vintage vehicle parade
This year we are holding a parade of vintage cars, tractors and bikes and will also be including ‘interesting’ vehicles. Our plan is to start the parade on Porthouse industrial estate, run the vehicles down the Tenbury Road into town for a couple of laps of the town centre before parking the vehicles park for an hour in Broad Street to allow the drivers to have a cup of tea and the visitors to have a close look at the vehicles.

If you wish to enter your vehicle please download the form here and return the completed form to jamie@bromyardhopfestival.co.uk or drop it into Top Garage, Hereford Road, Bromyard HR7 4QU. Your vehicle will need to be road legal as the parade will be using roads open to the public

Racing!

2:00pm
New for this year Children’s scooter races in Broad Street from The Square to The Falcon and back. Prizes available! For an entry form please e-mail jamie@bromyardhopfestival.co.uk

3:00pm
New for 2017 will be teams of 4 people racing in the Novelty/Fancy Dress Hop Pocket races carrying a ‘lightweight’ Hop Pocket. The races are open to all to enter, and there will be small prizes for the best times of the day and the best fancy dress. For an entry form please see: www.bromyardhopfestival.co.uk/programme/2017-regulations.html

4:00pm
Racing takes place with the teams of 4 starting in the Market Square then running up the main street in Bromyard carrying a ‘Hop Pocket’, which is a large sack traditionally used for storing dried Hops. The teams negotiate a ‘jump’ outside The Falcon Hotel (always a good spectacle), turn around an obstacle at the top of High Street and then race all the way back to Market Square negotiating the jump once again. In total the course is 600 meters long.

There are a variety of classes including:
Under 12 Children’s Hop Pocket races with the Children carrying a specially made lightweight Hop Pocket
Youths aged 13 to 17 Hop Pocket races
Women’s World Championship Hop Pocket Races with teams of 4 carrying a 50kg Hop Pocket
Bromyard World Championship Hop Pocket Race – open to all with teams of 4 carrying a 75 KG Hop pocket. The same size used up until today to store dried Hops prior to being used for brewing.

To enter a team please see the entry form at: www.bromyardhopfestival.co.uk/programme/2017-regulations.html

Approx. 5:30pm  Prize giving in The Square hosted by BBC’s Toni McDonald

Toni McDonald

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