Bromyard Hop Festival goes 'Down Under'

Bromyard Hop Festival goes 'Down Under'

A parade of vintage farm machinery through Bromyard. Photo: Eye Contact Media.

Woodturning with Turnham Green Wood's Lewis Goldwater. Photo: Eye Contact Media.

Aline McCall with her Hop Garland just bought. Photo: Eye Contact Media.

Leslie Andrews from Bosbury, selling hop garlands at the festival. Photo: Eye Contact Media.

Chairman of the Bromyard Hop Festival, Ian Raven, with one of the T.1KG Hop pockets used in the senior hop pocket race. Photo: Eye Contact Media.

Chris Owston from the Engage Circus juggling. Photo: Eye Contact Media.

First published in News
Last updated

SATURDAY'S Bromyard Hop Festival was the biggest in the event's four-year history – attracting attention from the other side of the world.

People from as far away as Australia were able to join the fun as, for the first time, the event's World Championship Hop Pocket Race, was streamed live online.

The race sees teams of four carry a full size hop pocket around a road course and an obstacle in Bromyard town centre against the clock .

"The Hop Festival has always been a free event, designed to attract visitors and publicise Bromyard," said committee chairman, Ian Raven.

"So we're delighted to know that our festival has reached so far this year."

One woman was able to cheer on her daughter in the race from Brisbane, Australia.

This year's event, followed by one mum in Brisbane, Australia, watching her daughter race, also saw the first performance of a new Hop Play which took visitors into the 50s, when the mechanisation of hop-picking was beginning.

Also a first this year was a children's team in the Hop Pocket Race as well as street entertainers and a circus workshop.

"In terms of visitor numbers, this is the biggest event of the year in Bromyard town centre," said Mr Raven. "We estimate that more than 3,500 people massed in Broad Street and High Street to watch the Hop Pocket Race.

"Many of the town's traders made a special effort to cater for the crowds, and public comments on the day tell us that many visitors had come to the town for the first time. We're sure they'll be back now they've "discovered" Bromyard."

The race's winning team, Bromyard Rugby Club, set a new record of two minutes, 22 seconds while the winning women's team – the Queen's Jugglers from the town's Queen's Arms – finished in three minutes, 35 seconds.

The international field included teams of Romanian and Polish fruit-pickers, and other teams came from regional breweries and hop-merchants.

Prizes were presented by Toni McDonald of BBC Hereford and Worcester.


Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree