A hand-picked guide to what's on in Herefordshire this month, mixing creative events, cultural activities and hidden gems.
Hello live music, we've missed you.
Barbar Cafe in Union Street, Hereford, is hosting a socially distanced gig in the garden on Thursday August 6. And there's curry. They say: "Please book for your bubble groups of 1, 2 , 3 and 4. If have have difficulty finding the format you want, please get in touch and we will try to accommodate you."
Doors open at 5pm, and the band strike up at 8pm.
Barbar is also hosting outdoor book club meetings. Head to their Facebook to find out more.
Hosted and curated by the Young Creatives Board, Hereford First Friday is about getting together to enjoy creative work.
The YCB, whose members are all young creatives based in the county, took the event online after the IRL multi-venue exhibition was postponed because of lockdown.
At 8pm on August 7, their live broadcast on YouTube will feature new work by the Ledbury Poetry Festival's young Writer's Collective alongside an interview and performance by Hereford musician Josh Lamdin.
It's tough for the Shire's heritage sites right now, so it's great to see these National Trust gardens and estates back open for pre-booked visits.
Right now you can head to Croft Castle & Parkland, Brockhamption and Berrington Hall.
They say: "We're starting to reopen some National Trust gardens and parks, as well as car parks, in line with government guidance. You will need to book your visit in advance. We'll be opening new places when we can, so check back each week."
Angela Jones has been wild swimming in the Wye for 30+ years.
On Sunday August 16 she's hosting a guided 3.5k walk and 3.5k swim - socially distanced and following Gov guidelines - along the river Wye from Ross.
She says: "This session will take in the glorious surroundings of the river Wye and explore the beauty of the riverbanks before swimming downstream. You will learn about reading the river and Angela will share swimming and safety techniques to help you enjoy swimming wild."
Booking is essential.