We have a range of events running during the festival, both during the day and in the evenings. See below for more details. We look forward to seeing you at the opening evening Goulash supper and hopefully at many of the other events too.
Sponsor: Made in the Marches
Jim Rann and Annie Gamble opened a new art gallery at the beginning of April in the old bookshop at No. 12 Church Street, Kington. The gallery showcases and sells art and crafts made by established and emerging makers living and creating in the Marches of Herefordshire, Shropshire and Powys. There will be a special exhibition in September in line with both h.Art and the Kington Walking Festival.
To mark this occasion, they are kindly offering a 10% discount to walkers. So do go along, with proof of your tickets for the festival to benefit from this offer.
There will be a walk in open garden and studio at Polly Miller's Gallery in Bridge Street with paintings, prints and plants. Sculpture in the garden by Rachel Ricketts.
Tea and cake available
Learn the specific technique of Nordic Walking with Zoe Hooper, a British Nordic Walking qualified instructor. Enjoy getting exercise in the great outdoors. Suitable for all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Specialist poles will be provided.
The session will last 1 hour.
Did you know that Kington has a great deal of free food, hidden in plain view, not only down the lanes and in the hedgerows, but in the town itself? Join author and forager Adele Nozedar in a gentle stroll to find out what and where. Dinner time may never be the same again!
Since we are observing nature at close quarters, this is not an energetic walk, and neither will we cover any great physical distance. It will last for about an hour and a half.
We are opening this year's festival once more with another of Trish MacCurrach's excellent goulash evenings. There will be a dessert too, a vegetarian option and a bar with local beer. It’s a great opportunity to meet other walkers, walk leaders and organisers. Book your tickets soon, as it sold out last year !
Goulash cooked by Trish of The Outdoor Kitchen
Learn to correctly interpret what you see on a map.
We welcome Kevin Walker back to the Festival. This indoor workshop introduces the art of map interpretation which enables you to get an incredibly detailed picture of the ground using simple techniques. Once you have been introduced to this simple yet effective skill, you will never look at a map in the same way again.
Kevin will also have copies of his books available for sale, so bring some cash!
In the run up to the First World War Radnorshire was host to some unexpected landings of aircraft and a French balloon all intending to make it further to the west. These were quickly followed by planned arrivals as part of series of air displays at summer shows and events, though not all went smoothly. These displays helped encourage several Radnorshire lads to join the Royal Flying Corps during the war and the aerial joie de vie continued in the 1920s and 30s, when an airport was briefly established at Llandrindod Wells offering air taxi services to places such as Hereford. During the second World War, Radnorshire was the site of several crash-landings from aircraft on training flights, including two in one afternoon. Crashes continued after the war as Radnorshire was part of a low fly training area for the RAF.
Tales of these and of Radnorshire pilots and aircrew will be told by Phillip Jones & Amanda Willis who have been researching the subject for many years.
Little Rumba, a much loved Presteigne based band will be playing the final gig at the Burton Hotel, Kington. The band writes all their own music and has developed a house style which owes debts to East Europe and South America as well as jazz and blues. It is impossible to sit down while they are playing - it's music to get you up and dancing all evening - however far you have walked!
It promises to be a truly memorable final evening.
Kington Walks is a charity registered in England and Wales (1172022)