Jules Hudson

Meet our President

Jules Hudson is known to millions as the leading face of the BBC’s hit rural property show Escape to the Country, and is a regular on the BBC’s Countryfile and the new Countryfile Diaries.  Having trained and worked as a field archeologist, Jules took his passion for the past into TV twenty years ago, working behind the scenes on many landmark history series, including Time Team, Horizon and numerous military history shows. His love of military history, archeology and presenting combined in DIG 1940 for BBC1, Dive WW2 and How we won the War both for BBC2, and more recently in Airfields: Defenders of the Sky for The History Channel. Jules fascination for the social history of antiques came to the fore during a stint on the former Cash in the Attic, and he often appears as a panelist on the topical chat show The Wright Stuff for Channel 5.

A keen countryman all his life, Jules spent over twenty years in the Cambrian Mountains of Mid Wales before moving to the Borders four years ago. As President of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, CPRW, he’s a keen champion of rural issues and the wider rural community as a whole, not just in Wales but across the British Isles.

This year Jules marks his final year as President of the Herefordshire Country Fair, which he describes as a fantastic showcase for the best of Herefordshire country life. Ever approachable, Jules will be on hand to cheer on all those competing and enjoying what once again promises to be a fabulous day out for all who want to celebrate our regions rural roots.


Kate Bliss

Meet our Vice President

After reading English Literature at Brasenose College, Oxford, Kate studied Fine Art to become a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Gaining over seven years experience on the rostrum as auctioneer and valuer at Brightwells Fine Art Saleroom in Herefordshire, Kate went on to found her own valuation business and became a fellow of the Gemmological Association of Great Britain, specialising in silver and jewellery.

As a regular antiques expert on BBC’s Bargain Hunt and Flog It! for over ten years, Kate has also appeared as presenter on both BBC’s Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is and The Antiques Road Trip and ITV’s Secret Dealers. Her most recent programmes include the new quiz show for BBC1, For What It’s Worth with Fern Britton. Kate’s projects are diverse ranging from presenting short corporate marketing films to public speaking, hosting charity auctions and lecturing. Kate is also a consultant for Hansons Auctioneers in Derbyshire and patron of two charities founded in Herefordshire, St Michael’s Hospice and the Little Princess Trust.

Kate lives with her family in Herefordshire with four chickens and a black labrador.