There’s plenty to look forward to in and around Ledbury in 2024.

Here are just a few of the upcoming events we’re excited about.

Ledbury Poetry Festival

The UK’s biggest poetry festival returns to Ledbury from June 28 to July 7 this year.

Expect the usual mix of big names and inspiring newcomers, live readings and conversations, workshops, music, exhibitions and films.

There will be something for all the family, including children’s writers and events especially for schools and colleges.

An open call, with an environment/nature theme, has been launched to find three poets to perform on the final Saturday of the festival. Details can be found on the festival website.


Ledbury Reporter: Lakefest at Eastnor Castle Deer ParkLakefest at Eastnor Castle Deer Park (Image: Lakefest)

There are many exciting events and festivals coming to Eastnor Castle Deer Park in 2024, but with a host of big names lined up, Lakefest always stands out.

Among the acts confirmed for this year’s festival are The Stranglers, Rudimental, The Libertines, Olly Murs, Jake Bugg, Phats and Small and Brandon Block.

Lakefest takes place from August 7 to 11 and early bird tickets are available now via the Lakefest website.

Ledbury Big Breakfast

This popular event returns from February 2 to 4 and sees shops, cafes, hotels and pubs in the town putting on special breakfast offers to brighten a winter’s day.

There’s always a good mix of breakfasts you can sit and enjoy in the town centre and others you can take home, as well as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options.

The Big Breakfast is organised by Ledbury Food Group, which promotes local food and drink. It will have more details about the event on its website soon.

Ledbury Community Day

Ledbury Reporter: Ledbury Repair Cafe at last year's Community DayLedbury Repair Cafe at last year's Community Day

This annual celebration of Ledbury’s volunteer and community groups - of which it has an impressive number - will take place on June 8.

The first Ledbury Community Day happened in 2013 as part of Ledbury’s Ox Roast celebration of the Diamong Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

Heritage Open Days

There are always plenty of local buildings taking part in this national heritage festival, which will next take place from September 6 to 15.

Among the places opening their doors last year were Eastnor Castle, New Street Chapel, The Burgage Hall, Ledbury Poetry House, St Katherine’s Hall, St Michael and All Angels Church, Butcher Row House Museum and the Market House.