A compact market town, Bromyard has many of the things we all adore about rural England: There are lots of flat-fronted or timber-framed houses, particularly on the crescent-shaped Broad Street with its old inns or twee country shops selling a bit of everything.
The main draw in these parts is Ralph Court Gardens a dreamy patchwork of 12 international gardens in the grounds of a Gothic rectory.
There’s certainly a strong community spirit in Bromyard, as you’ll realise from the many festivals organised by volunteers in the summer.
There’s one for marmalade, town criers, jazz and even scarecrows.
But the largest is the folk festival in September, a three-day showcase for traditional English music.