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The Herefordshire city of Hereford hosts the annual Three Choirs Festival every third year. The festival dates back to the eighteenth century and is one of the oldest music festivals in the United Kingdom. Hereford hosts the festival with the cities of Gloucester and Worcester. The city has a number of small galleries and celebrates art with an annual exhibition held in September called Herefordshire Art Week which displays the work of local artists. During the exhibition many public places are closed including the Bishop's Palace and the Cathedral.
The city has a number of historic buildings including The Old House which is a black and white house in the centre of the city. It is now a museum about the Jacobean era of the 1600's. Located in the city is the Hereford Cider Museum which contains a shop and a fully interactive guide on how to produce cider. The city also hosts The International Cider Festival which began in the 1980's and is held in the spring/summer.
The city was also home to Hereford Racecourse, a traditional National Hunt course to the north of the city centre which hosted around twenty meetings a year. Unfortunately the company who leased the site decided in 2012 that the site was not viable. The last meeting was held on 16 December 2012.
Located in the county of Gloucestershire, the historic city of Gloucester lies on the River Severn and is close to the Welsh border. Gloucester is a friendly, relaxed and safe city. Recent developments have seen the city emerge as a key regional centre with a lifestyle and culture of its own. It is entirely possible to while away an entire afternoon and evening in one of the many coffee shops and pubs.
In the heart of the city in College Green is the Norman cathedral with its fan vaulted cloisters and great east window. The nearby pedestrianised shopping area can be reached by a walk down narrow cobbled streets, passing ancient buildings on the way. From the shopping area it is a short walk to the Victorian Docks with its impressive converted warehouses. In the dock you will see many different kinds of vessels from narrow boats to sea going ships. Pleasure boats also depart from here that will take you on a journey through the past when Gloucester was a thriving commercial port.
The wider Gloucester Quays area is a favourite for visitors, with a great mix of waterside museums, bars, cafes, restaurants and Designer Outlet shopping plus beautiful new communal squares, walkways and dramatic public art, all nestling comfortably alongside the docks’ maritime heritage.