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Issue 15 - 2017

Historic Buildings | Festivals

Gardens | Museums | Tourist Attractions
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Welcome to the 2017 edition of Shropshire

Signpost, your indispensable guide to the
Historic Buildings best tourist attractions and days out the
county has to offer.

We hope that you find our guide, a pleasure to

read, both interesting and informative, and that
Gardens & Outdoors you will take it away with you, to use again and

We offer a taster of the visitor attractions and

events within the County, for both locals and
those who wish to visit from afar.
Festivals & Shows
We are always interested to receive your
comments and suggestions for future
features - please contact the editor

Attractions & Museums For a free download please visit

our map-driven,
online magazine website
Please mention www.countysignpost.co.uk
Shropshire Signpost
when visiting any of
the attractions.

Cover image Hawkstone Park Follies

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nationaL truSt



attingham Park, national trust images/ John Millar

With fascinating history and breathtaking park and adventure playfield offer a fantastic day
countryside, National Trust properties in out for all the family. Open daily throughout the
Shropshire offer something for everyone. year, Attingham has a wide range of events and

seasonal highlights for all to enjoy.

As well as delighting in country house splendour
and beautiful scenery, visitors can enjoy a wide Owned by one family for more than 160 years,
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range of activities and events in 2017. Attingham has a history of rising and falling
fortunes. Designed by George Steuart, it was
For even more great value days out, ask the built in 1785 for the 1st Lord Berwick, with
reception teams about annual National Trust parkland landscaped by Humphry Repton in
membership which gives free entry and parking 1797. The mansion was completed and
at more than 300 historic houses and gardens. furnished by the 2nd Lord Berwick but the
extravagant tastes of the lord and his wife led to
attingham Park, near bankruptcy and almost the entire contents of
Shrewsbury the house being sold. The house was then leased
to the 3rd Lord Berwick, who turned
Attinghams fortunes around.
Attingham Park is one of Shropshires most
popular attractions and is a favourite with Attingham will celebrate 70 years of being cared
visitors of all ages. The striking Regency for by the National Trust in 2017. Throughout
mansion, tranquil walled kitchen garden, deer

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the year it will be highlighting the conservation costume days, with house guides and volunteers
work carried out in the mansion and across the dressed in period Regency costume.
estate during that time, as well as sharing how
the National Trust has become part of For admission prices, opening times and details
Attinghams story. of events throughout the year, call 01743
708162 or visit:
Visitors can relax on a stroll through the www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park
woodland, run wild on a family day out in the
Shoulder of Mutton playfield, discover the Benthall Hall, near Broseley
stunning showrooms in the mansion or celebrate Sited on a plateau overlooking the River Severn,
a special occasion with afternoon tea in Lady Benthall Hall was a family home for more than
Berwicks. 500 years. Built in 1535, this fine stone house
features mullioned and transomed windows and
The grounds at Attingham are open every day a stunning interior with its carved oak staircase
from 8am, except Christmas Day, and until 7pm and decorated ceilings.
in the summer. Dogs are welcome within the
grounds in designated on- and off-lead areas. Between 1710 and 1934 the Benthalls lost
The mansion is open daily from Saturday 4 ownership of the estate, and one of the new
March to Sunday 5 November, for visitors to custodians George Maw took full advantage of
explore at their own pace, opens in December the close proximity to Ironbridge. George Maw
for Christmas, and for winter tours in January & and his brother were able to develop their tile
February on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. business at Benthall because of the clay and coal
During the main opening period Wednesdays are

Benthall Hall national trust images / Matthew antrobus

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available in this area, and they even used the archaeology, the area has been shaped by human
house as part of their sales technique by laying activity for thousands of years and has been
tiled floors in the house. The tiled floor in the designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural
entrance hall has only recently been restored. Beauty and as a Site of Special Scientific
Interest. It contains a number of different
George Maw was also a distinguished botanist; habitats from heather, bilberry and gorse
he assembled a collection of rare plants from covering much of the hilltops to the streams and

around the world in the garden, including a large bogs of the sheltered valleys which are home to
collection of crocuses, which can still be seen a wide variety of wildlife.
today in the spring and autumn.
Dont miss the Restoration church within the In Carding Mill Valley you can play in the stream,
grounds of the estate; its open to visitors and watch birds from the hide, pond dip and relax

well worth a look around. with a picnic. There are excellent visitor facilities
including a car park, tea-room serving local food
For admission prices, opening times and a full including hot lunches and shop selling gifts,
list of events please call 01952 882159 or visit souvenirs and pond nets. The area is also

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/benthall designated as a Dark Skies site; meaning its a

great place for stargazing away from light
Carding Mill Valley and the
Long Mynd Alternatively, use the Valley as your base for the
day and head on up the hill for an adventure,

Comprising of almost 5,000 acres of heather- where youll find miles of paths for walking,
covered hills, Carding Mill Valley and the Long cycling and horse riding. You don't have to
Mynd offers breath-taking views across venture far out of the Valley to find your own

Shropshire, Cheshire and the Black Mountains. piece of solitude on the Long Mynd.
An important place for wildlife, geology and


Carding Mill Valley, national trust images/ John Millar

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the Dudmaston estate, national trust images / Chris Lacey

For information, call 01694 725000 or visit wider estate provides extensive walking routes
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cardingmill ranging from 1.5 to 5 miles.

For admission prices, opening times and a full

Dudmaston, near Bridgnorth list of events please call 01746 780866 or visit
Built in the 17th century, Dudmaston Hall has
been a thriving family home for over 875 years Sunnycroft, near Wellington
and offers enchanted wooded parkland,
sweeping gardens and a house with an Tucked away in Wellington, this rare suburban
unexpected surprise, its art collections. villa and mini-estate is an Edwardian time
capsule which provides a fascinating glimpse of
the past.
It is a true house of collections from the
intriguing modern art galleries assembled by Typical of houses that were built for prosperous
diplomat Sir George Labouchere, to the classical professionals on the fringes of Victorian towns
collections of botanical drawings and and cities, this red-brick villa is furnished with
watercolours put together by his wife Lady original wallpaper, Maws tiles and award
Rachel. winning fireplaces. Packed full of everyday items
Dont miss the new exhibition in Gallery 2 belonging to the families who lived here, you are
which unveils items from the collection that sure to feel at home, despite all the features of a
have a story to tell, bringing to life the characters grander house, such as the Billiard Room,
from the estates past, in a modern and Drawing Room and impressive Staircase Hall. In
innovative way. 1997 Sunnycroft was generously gifted to the
National Trust by its last owner and
There are nine acres of gardens to explore, internationally known embroiderer, Joan Lander.
which include the Rockery Bank and American Exactly twenty years on Sunnycroft will be
Garden, which are a glorious mass of colour in transporting you back to Joans early years,
spring and summer and take on the seasonal sharing the memories, evoking the period and
hues of autumn. The woodland playground experiences that Joan and her sister Rachael
and free trails are a great way for the children to diarised and recalled. As well as the family rooms
let off steam. For tranquillity and stunning this fascinating Edwardian suburban villa will
views, head to the Big Pool and Dingle, while the reveal how the domestic help lived in the newly

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Refreshments including light lunches, ice cream
and afternoon tea are available from the
Smoking Room tea-room.

For admission prices, opening times and a full

list of events please call 01952 242884 or visit

Wenlock edge
Located on the outskirts of Much Wenlock,
Wenlock Edge is a stunning and geologically

important 18-mile long escarpement that is

designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest
(SSSI) due to its array of woodland and flowered


Three National Trust car parks (at Much

Wenlock, Wilderhope and Presthope) mark the
start of miles of trails along this limestone ridge,
which is popular for hillwalking, cycling,
Sunnycroft, national trust images/ John Millar
mountain biking and horse riding.

opened servants wing that emulates the designs

Nearby, is the unspoilt Elizabethan limestone
and features of the grand country houses in
manor house, Wilderhope Manor which dates

miniature. There is more opportunity to visit in

back to 1586. Although unfurnished, the interior
2017 when we are opening even more days.
is of interest for its remarkable wooden spiral
Check the website for more details.
staircase and fine plaster ceilings. The gabled
property is now leased to the Youth Hostel
The 5 acres of garden reflect the early
Association (YHA).
Edwardian period, complete with a magnificent

avenue of Wellingtonia, glass houses, a

For more information please call the National
conservatory, kennels, pigsties and stables and is
Trust on 01694 725000 or visit
perfect for a wander, a game of croquet or a


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WHittington CaStLe
Historic Medieval Re-enactments, Living

History days as well as Plant and Craft Fairs to

Outdoor Theatre Productions visit the website
for a full list of events. Costumed Guides are
available (if pre-booked) for groups of 8 people
or more. The tours offer visitors the chance to
see into some of the locked rooms and hear

stories of the Castles fascinating history.

The castle is steeped in historical tales of bitter


warfare, treachery, death, myths, legends and of

course many ghosts and strange happenings. It is
said that The Holy Grail was once hidden here
as well as a cursed chest which is opened would
bring death. The Castle is also connected to
some very famous historic figures like Dick
Whittington once Lord Mayor of London and

Shropshires very own Robin Hood Fulk

FitzWarine 111. The FitzWarine family acquired

Whittington Castle and in the late 12th Century

Fulk FitzWarine 111 was outlawed by King John.

The Castle is available for Civil Ceremonies,

A fairy tale Castle, ivy clad ruined walls, medieval Knight and Princess Birthday Parties as well as
moat and a twin towered gatehouse entrance are Paranormal Investigations, Group tours and
School groups. The Castle has a Membership

the iconic features of Whittington Castle near

Oswestry in Shropshire. This Castle which was scheme and welcomes new members and those
the first community run Castle in the country, who wish to help at the Castle as volunteers. The
Castle is now completely self funded.
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was re launched in 2007 after a huge restoration

project and it has been drawing visitors from far
and wide since.
tel 01691 662500
The Castle makes the ideal group outing it has a info@whittingtoncastle.co.uk
tearoom serving sandwiches, cakes and www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk
refreshments and the speciality The Castle
Cream Tea. The Castle has a well-stocked Castle Grounds open All Year
second hand bookshop area and sells souvenirs Free Entrance
and gifts. A new bridge gives access to the inner 1 to park via Pay and Display machine
bailey area and tower and the moat has been Tearoom/gift shop and second hand book
extended and the pavilion replaced to give view shop open Wednesday to Sunday 10-4pm
of the landscape which was once a medieval summer & Thursday to Sunday 10-4pm winter
garden. Disabled toilets are available.
Throughout the year there are many events from

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events for 2017
napoleonic Living History Day - Huw Davies

March 24th - 26th Napoleonic Re-enactment and Living History Weekend.

April 14th Planthunters Fair

April 16th - 17th Easter Egg Trail

April 30th - May 1st Medieval Event. Interactive events for visitors to have a go at !

May 28th The Merry Wives of Windsor Festival Players. Outdoor Shakespeare.

July 29th - 30th Multi Period Event our largest event of the year. From Medieval to World
War 11 living history encampments plus demonstrations throughout the days.

August 28th Village Vintage Fete

September 29th - October 1st Wrexham Art Group Exhibition

October 1st Green Fair

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CHiLLington HaLL


Chillington Hall is a hidden gem on the Chillington Hall offers guided tours of this
Staffordshire/Shropshire borders between the magnificent house and our knowledgeable
villages of Brewood and Codsall. The guides will give you an in-depth history of this

enchanting 18th century Georgian house, is a family home, its ancestors and contents.
product of two differing Georgian styles. The
South side built in 1724 by Francis Smith of 2016 was the 300th anniversary of Capability
Warwick, has rooms of an intimate size Brown and there were some unique tours
contrasted with those built on a far grander scale dedicated to the man himself and his work at
by Sir John Soane some sixty years later. The

Saloon, typical of Soane design, features a

soaring ceiling topped by a great lantern with
beautiful plasterwork incorporating the family

coat of arms and motto.

The parkland, landscaped by Capability Brown,

incorporates the magnificent lake and its
architectural follies. It is accessed from a drive
which runs alongside a manmade canal designed
to give the impression of walking along a river

A short walk from the Hall, through the

arboretum, you will find the Chillington Model
Farm. Its octagonal dovecote forms the
centrepiece of an 18th century service courtyard
including stables, barns, pig sties and acorn
roasting house.

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Chillington in the 1760s. To mark the occasion The Hall is also available for private hire and has
a bust of Capability was erected overlooking his been used for birthday celebrations, civil
creation. ceremonies, charity events and more recently as
a filming location. Although Chillington Hall is a
For 2017 more public events are being grand house it retains an intimate charm which
introduced at Chillington, building on the makes it an ideal setting for entertaining.
success of the 2016 events. New events will
include: The Spring Food and Craft fair after the telephone 01902 850236
success of the Christmas Fair in 2016, guided www.chillingtonhall.co.uk
Bluebell, Rhododendron & Azalea Walks. WV8 1re

events for 2017

12th March Wedding Open Day

2nd April Spring Food & Craft Fair

16th - 19th April : 2 - 4 pm Easter House & Grounds Open Days

(last entry to the house 3.30pm)

30th April - 4th May, 28th May - 31st May May House & Grounds open days
2 - 4 pm (last entry to the house 3.30pm)

6th May Guided Bluebell Walk

4th June Guided Rhododendron & Azalea Walk

5th June - 7th June: 2 - 4 pm June House & grounds open days
(last entry to the house 3.30pm)

31st July - 3rd August, 7th August - 10th August House & Grounds open days
August & 14th - 17th August: 2 - 4 pm
(last entry to the house 3.30pm)

1st October Wedding Open Day

15th October Guided Autumn Walk

22nd November Christmas Craft & Food Fair

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oswestry award Winning Markets - open Oswestry, make the Towns Tourist Information

every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Centre the first stop on your day out. You will
find it in the Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition
Markets in Oswestry date back some 800 years Centre through the churchyard.

and remain one of the towns biggest attractions,

drawing visitors from far and wide.. Go to www.oswestry-welshborders.org.uk
or contact 01691 662753 for further details on
The Indoor Market is open each Wednesday, our lovely town.
Friday and Saturday and Outdoor Markets are
held every Wednesday and Saturday. The local

Artisan Market is also held on the last Friday of

each month. Oswestry Markets received a great
accolade in being awarded the Best Local
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Council Market for 2013 by the National

Association of British Market Authorities. This
acknowledged the huge investment that the
Council has made in the Indoor Market in terms
of facilities and promotion.

Go to www.oswestry-tc.gov.uk for further

details on Oswestrys markets. Whether you
come for the weekly markets or to browse the
interesting mix of small independent shops, a
warm welcome is sure to make your visit quite
special. Discover the industrial heritage with a
visit to the Cambrian Heritage Railway or own
Museums. Or follow the Wilfred Owen Trail to
find more about the famous war poets
childhood in Oswestry. To really get to know

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WHittington CaStLe
The Ideal family Day out - Nr Oswestry

Tel 01691 662500

E-Mail info@whittingtoncastle.co.uk
Castle Grounds
open All Year
Free Entrance

Same great storytelling festival, new lakeside venue

Join us on our 26th year of superb

festival storytelling and music

Dearnford Lake, Tilstock Road,

at the Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 3JQ

28-30 July 2017

More information and tickets:

email: info@festivalattheedge.org tel: 07544 044 126

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Hoo FarM aniMaL KingDoM
The 400+ animals at Hoo Farm Animal
Kingdom will be getting up close and personal
with visitors once again as the new zoo season

starts in March.

Shropshires award winning animal attraction is

opening its gates for the 2017 season on the 25th
March. Its a great time to visit as Spring has
sprung and lambing season is in full swing!

Following a storming 2016 during which Hoo

Farm celebrated its 25th anniversary, they are

opening with a bang in 2017, introducing a

selection of new animals and a brand-new Story Telling, and much more. These events are
events calendar. only part of the programme on offer, so drop in
and pick up a leaflet.
Along with old favourites like the Sheep Grand
National, Halloween at Hooooo, and Ascot at A super Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale is

Hoo, Hoo Farm will be repeating the Hoo- planned, so keep your eye on the website and
Lympics and the Teddy Bears Picnic after Facebook pages!
receiving a fantastic response in 2016.

Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom is best known as

New events have also been added to the the Home of Shropshires Big Cats, including
calendar, including a Gruffalo Day, a Harry the Servals Duma and Zeus, and Shaka the
Potter Anniversary Celebration Day, an Caracal Wills favourite animal. Hand-reared
educational experience to celebrate World Snake Shaka is affectionately described by the keepers
Day complete with new arrival, and many more. as a big softy who loves playing with us,
Step into Christmas is also being expanded into

despite the caracal - the strongest of Africas cats

the full Christmas experience, with Breakfast - being dangerous in the wild. Visitors can learn
with Santa, Carol Singing, Father Christmas about these wildcats during their visit, and have

the opportunity to book an encounter if they

want to get closer.

Will Dorrell said Here at Hoo Farm we focus on

education and conservation, and visitors can learn more
about our animals if they come on one of our many event
days, or Take a Walk on the Wild Side with us. He
went on to add We introduced the educational days
and walks so people of all ages could have a learning
experience. For those who really want a hands on
encounter, our experiences allow animal lovers to get up
close and personal with some of our most popular

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For a special occasion, a visit to Hoo Farm can enjoy. She went on to say It is very uplifting to see
be enhanced with one of their up close and how much this family business has flourished and I would
personal Hoo Farm Experiences like to congratulate them once again for reaching a
(hoofarm.com/experience / 01952 677 917). magnificent 25 years.
Customers can choose from a selection of 8
encounters, ranging from 80 for the Lemur Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom, Telford is open
Experience for 2 and 300 for the Keeper for daily from 10am, with admission prices starting
the Day for 2. from 7.50 for a child ticket (online). They can
be found on :
2017 promises to be a terrific year for Hoo Farm facebook.com/hoofarmanimalkingdom and
following a fantastic 2016, during which awards twitter @hoofarmtelford
were won and Hoo Farm gave back to their loyal
customers. www.hoofarm.com
01952 677917
Hoo Farm shared its 25th birthday celebrations
with a record breaking 2700 people.

The event, held in July 2016 opened its gates free

of charge as a thank you to local residents for
supporting them over the years. Queues had
started to form just after 8am, with excited
visitors eager for the 10am opening. The gates
opened early as Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom
partner Will Dorrell said, it was great to see people
arriving so early so we opened up and let the festivities

The day was officially opened by the Mayor,

Councillor Rae Evans who met with the
founders of Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom to
congratulate them on the occasion. Councillor
Evans said, I was honoured to attend the 25th
Anniversary event at Hoo Farm and join in with the
special celebrations taking place. It was fantastic to see
such a great attendance and very generous of the Dorrell
Family to offer a free open day for the general public to

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arLey arBoretuM
a FaMiLy Day out


the Magnolia garden


One of the oldest and most spectacular arboreta The number of pathways around the arboretum
in Britain is open to the public to enjoy has been increased to add to the numbers of
Wednesday - Sunday (Plus bank holiday areas that can be reached by pushchairs and
Mondays and extra days in the school holidays) wheelchairs. Look out for the doves in the dove
throughout the year from February until cote in the Italian garden and two blue and two
December. The Arboretum was originally white peacocks.

planned by Earl Mountnorris around 1800, and

it is thanks to his botanical knowledge,
discoveries and foresight, that the arboretum is

as it is today.

Go back in time and watch the Severn Valley

Railway trains steam across the hill from one of
the magnificent sign posted walks. There are
new joint tickets available through the Severn
Valley Railway for both individuals and school
trips. There is plenty to do for all ages including
the Italian Gardens with its spectacular 18ft
fountain, a range of child friendly trails, a
Hornbeam Maze and a new play area which is a
big favourite with younger visitors. Lots of
exciting childrens activities and events run
throughout the year, especially during the school

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The Arboretum is a perfect day out for the
family with a maze, playground and the Garden
Tea Room. Visitors are welcome to bring their
own picnics - as such Arley is a family friendly
venue, good value with no pressure to spend -
and dogs are welcome too !

Make a bee-line for Arley during the school

holidays when entry for all children (under 16s)
is free. Check out the childrens trails, the blue
and white peacocks and the twenty different
types of chickens - including the elvis chicken.
of an acre. The Arboretum boasts a number of
Throughout the Summer, the whole Arboretum magnificent Crimean Pines, one of which is
is alive with colour. The herbaceous borders among the tallest in the UK, being in excess of
make up one of the highlights to every visit and 140ft. in height.
the Laburnum Arch which was extended in 2013
to make it the longest in Britain (65m) will be The Garden Tea Room which is located within
covered in bright yellow flowers in May/June. the walled gardens is a great place to relax and is
free to enter for all visitors, not just those
In Autumn, the arboretum is on fire with the entering the arboretum and gardens. The Tea
rich colours of autumn leaves. Arley Arboretum Room has had a makeover and we can now take
boasts a fine collection of Acers which make advanced bookings for afternoon teas. You will
beautiful focal points in the Autumn display. find a great selection of freshly prepared hot
and cold food. If you fancy something a little
All trees are special in some way, but at Arley sweeter there is an array of cakes and scones to
Arboretum there are some particularly choose from.
interesting residents. One of the most unusual
and interesting trees in the Arboretum is a The Arboretum is now licensed to hold civil
layered beech, which covers nearly one quarter wedding ceremonies, and are in the top 10 places
in Worcestershire to get married.

Follow Arley Arboretum on Facebook and

Twitter to see whats happening today!

Arboretum opens on 18th Feb 2017

20th-24th Feb, half term fun

8th 23rd April Easter fun
11th June Plant Hunters Fair
1st & 2nd July Viking weekend
22nd July summer holidays start,
16th & 17th September Saxon w/end

01299 861368
Dy12 1SQ

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LuDLoW SPring
May 13th - 14th FeStiVaL



Spring Festival gives

more, more, more

The 2017 Ludlow Spring Festival promises to be

a real corker bringing together the very best
regional beer, food, music, plus gorgeous classic
cars in the form of the Marches Transport

This is a beer festival and so much more, with

180 plus glorious beers from more than 60 local
brewers available to taste over the weekend. For
those not so keen on beer, dont worry there will
also be ciders, perry, fruit flavoured liqueurs and
local wines.

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There will also be plenty of artisan producers
too, so dont wait till the September Festival to
stock up on your favourite products.

As always the beer and food are accompanied by

a wealth of great music from jazz and blues to
Latin and folk, as well as The Marches Transport
Festival. Youll be able to peruse pre war gems
right through to modern days classics of the 70s
and 80s.

This years Ludlow Spring Festival runs 13-14

May, however; there is a special preview evening
on Friday 12 May when visitors can Meet the
Brewer. Its a unique opportunity to talk to
brewers about their beers and sample the full
selection. With prizes handed out early in the
weekend, favourites sell out quickly so the Friday
preview is an opportunity not to be missed.
great music all weekend

More attractions can be found on the festivals

website where you can also buy advance tickets,
visit www.ludlowspringfestival.co.uk

2017 oPening tiMeS:

Friday 12th May - Meet the Brewer Preview
night - 5.00 pm to 9.00 pm
Saturday 13th May - 10.00 am to 9.00 pm
Sunday 14th May - 10.00 am to 5.00 pm

Classic gems

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Music festival in the gardens of the Lion, Leintwardine

april 29th & 30th

Childrens entertainment
al fresco food and drinks.
Battle of the Bands competition


Head down to the Lion Hotel in Leintwardine,

near Ludlow and Craven Arms, for their annual

Lionstock music festival in May.

Lionstock is held over the May Bank Holiday

weekend in the stunning riverside grounds of
the Lion Hotel in the picturesque village of

The festival is a a couple of days of family fun

and music on the banks of the River Teme in the

gardens of the Lion.


Lionstock is a charity fund raising events and

over the last couple of years Lionstock has
raised 1000s for local charities

Whilst visiting Lionstock be sure to have a look

around the Lion Hotel and its restaurant - the
Chef and his team have spent a lot of time and
effort sourcing local producers of quality, fresh

You can enjoy a meal in the stylish lounge bar or

dine more formally in the restaurant or private
dining room all year round and in the summer
dine in the gardens where the lawn gently slopes
down to the river, with picturesque views of the
Welsh Marches beyond.

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Saturday 29th april noon 11pm Sunday 30th apr noon 10.30pm
local bands, al fresco food and Battle of the Bands - a competition
drink. ticket price: 5.00 of local bands, al fresco food and
drink. ticket Price 2.50.

telephone 01547 540203


Darne of Cornish turbot Pulled Pork Scotch egg

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May 13th14th


This fun filled festival aimed specifically at

children, attracted over 10,000 families to
Shrewsburys Quarry Park in 2016 and is back

for a second year. Beth Heath, The Director of

Fun says Its all about getting hands on and trying a
new activity, discovering a new talent and creating
learning in exciting ways. We want to make memories
and develop new passions

Event Organiser Rachel Davy says This event is

something unique and special, and there is something for
every child from babies to early teens.

or follow the event on facebook or on twitter

The regions biggest children event is chock-a-

block with all types of entertainment. With a
giant 75m charity waterslide, inflatables, huge
foam party and over 100 free activity workshops
ranging from music cookery, dance, bushcraft
and outdoor sports to keep children engaged
and active for the whole day!

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SHroPSHire HiLLS art WeeK
June 3rd11th

open Studios
Great art is often associated with beautiful (or
challenging!) surroundings, and many artists are
inspired and nourished by their local
environment. We read of artists walking the
moors, or staring out of their windows waiting
for inspiration to strike! The glorious and
infinitely varied landscape of the Shropshire
Hills, with its peaks, rivers, moors and pools are gordon yapp Magpies and blossom
home to an enormous number of artists, and
some are showcased in this event. Walk, cycle or drive from venue to venue, and
when you get tired of marvelling, simply enjoy a
The Shropshire Hills Art Week is now in its cup of tea and a piece of cake surrounded by
fourth year. Offering a mixture of open studios beautiful artwork!
and joint exhibitions, it extends across the Area
of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Art forms range A colour brochure, available from early May,
from painting and printmaking to ceramics and introduces each artist and shows an example of
felting; jewellery and book-arts to sculpture and their work, and the website provides fuller
glassmaking. The artists are available to talk information to enable visitors to plan their route.
about their work, and it is an opportunity for The route is signed to make finding artists easy,
visitors to ask about technique or inspiration, to and there are also links to local attractions,
buy direct, or to commission a special gift. public transport information, the AONB site,
and various walks.

robert Wood glass

The event runs from 311 June 2017, and
venues are open from 11am to 5pm daily.

w w w. S h r o p s h i r e H i l l s a r t We e k . c o . u k

Beetroot in a trug Kate Chitham

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FooD FeStiVaL
June 24th - 25th



From 13,000 visitors in its first year to more Event chief executive Beth Heath said: We
than 27,000 last year, the Shrewsbury Food started the festival because Shrewsbury is an incredible
Festival has gone from strength to strength. town with great producers, retailers and restaurants. We

The fifth annual Festival will take place on June wanted to show people how much there is on offer.
24th & 25th in Shrewsburys Quarry Park.

The event has become a popular fixture on

Shrewsburys annual events calendar and visitors
from across the region are expected. They will
be able to sample the best artisanal foods from
Shropshire, Herefordshire, Staffordshire and
surrounding counties.

There will also be celebrity chef demonstrations,

a huge marquee offering free entertainment for
children, farmyard animals and much more

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In our first year, we attracted 13,000 people and we The festival features the best local music on a
doubled that in the space of three years. Its been amazing large stage in The Quarry Park and new acts are
to see how popular the festival has become in a few years. lined up for 2017.

The event is run with the help of 100 volunteers, The event also donates money to good causes
who are called Team Orange, and new recruits and has helped four local schools to build
are being invited to take part in this years vegetable gardens as well as being at the
festival. forefront of a campaign to reduce food waste
among residents in the town.
Event chair, Andy Richardson, added: Were
always on the lookout for new people and they will be Mrs Heath added: We love great food and were all
welcomed into the fold. The food festival is a very sociable about being responsible and sustainable. Weve got some
event and were happy to speak to those whod like to cracking ideas up our sleeve to make the fourth festival
become a part of it. the best yet. Weve even booked the sunshine.

Further details are available at


Exhibitors, volunteers and members of the

public can find out more at
www.shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk or follow
@shrewsfoodfest on Twitter

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CoSForD FooD FeStiVaL
July 22nd - 23rd
With plenty of entertainment for the entire
family taking place over the whole weekend,
including cookery classes, circus skills and an

under 5s play bus, it is sure to be a great day out!


Fine food and flying machines!

A tasty line-up of over 90 local producers will be
heading to the Cosford Food Festival, taking
place on Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 July, which

promises to serve up the very best food and

drink the Midlands has to offer.

Held in the spacious grounds at the RAF

Museum Cosford, a bustling food market will
showcase some of the regions finest artisan
produce and locally brewed beverages. On top
of popular favourites, there will be plenty of admission Prices:
new producers joining the festival for the first Adult 5.00

time, making this years event the biggest and the Child (5-15 years) 2.00
best yet. Family (2 adults, up to 4 children) 14.00
Children under 5 - FREE

Organisers have also lined up delicious food for

visitors to enjoy at the festival and will be serving www.rafmuseum.org/cosford
up flavours from around the world to tempt
foodies. telephone 01902 376200

Visitors can learn from local chefs how to Follow the event on Facebook:
prepare the perfect dish during live cooking @CosfordFoodFestival
demonstrations both days, including a chef from
the RAF. Plus, festival goers can sit back and
enjoy live music including performances from
Cosford and Shawbury Military Wives Choir and
the 1940s vintage vocal harmony trio The
Bluebird Bells.

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Visit Eastnor /EastnorCastle

2017 Visitor Opening

Open for visitors on selected days between
Easter and September. A family event
included in the entrance price every day we
are open, see our website for details.

Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom

Preston-on-the-Weald Moors, Telford, Shrops TF6 6DJ
Sat nav ref: Humber Lane
Tel: 01952 677917 www.hoofarm.com

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FeStiVaL at tHe eDge
July 28th - 30th



international Storytelling ages; whether you are into epic tales, ghost
Festival stories, local legends, or tales of wit and wisdom
from around the world.

everyone loves a good tale.. As well as large marquee venues the festival
Celebrating its 26th year, the oldest storytelling offers more intimate settings such as Story

festival in England has relocated to the stunning Rounds, where all are invited to share a tale or
setting of Dearnford Lake in Whitchurh two over the weekend, or you might like to try
surrounded by the beautiful countryside of one of our storytelling or music workshops.
North Shropshire.
There is also a dedicated and packed childrens
Once again there is a feast of stories on offer programme that includes stories, craft activities,
from UK and international storytellers, plus circus skills, and much, much more, entertaining
music, dance, creative workshops, and CAMRA younger festival goers all weekend.
real ale - adding up to a packed and varied
weekend programme. Audiences will get the chance to hear some
magical and moving stories from the best of
This weekend event is unique in the festival British storytellers such as Ruth Kirkpatrick,
calendar, bringing together the finest Michael Harvey, Douglas Mackay, Xanthe
professional performers from Britain and the Gresham and Nick Hennessey.
world over. There are stories for all tastes and

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Another feast of live music this year includes, Not for a long time have I been made to think so deeply,
amongst others, The Coven, Vicki Swan & been so entertained or just laughed so much
Jonny Dyer, Anna Shannon, Ninebarrow, The
Jim Causley Trio and Tim Dalling. Finally landed back in Devon after a splendiferous
weekend in the land of stories, song, friendliness and fun.
With onsite camping, a variety of caterers and All well worth the long drive!
crafts traders Festival at the Edge provides a
memorable weekend in spectacular surroundings Web - www.festivalattheedge.org
where your imagination is guaranteed to soar email - info@festivalattheedge.org
telephone - 07544 044126

images Christopher Dale of

Face interactive Limited

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CHurCH Stretton
artS FeStiVaL
July 29th - august 13th This years Festival starts with a programme
including one of the greats of the Chamber

Martinu Quartet Music Repertoire Schuberts wonderful C

major String Quintet played by the Martinu
Quartet with Graham Walker (cello).

Were delighted to welcome back 4 Girls 4

Harps, and the Frith Piano Quartet who will play

Mozart, Faur and Dvork. The Katona Twins,
a duo of virtuoso guitarists, will also be making
a return visit, and we were thrilled to be able to

book once more the ever-popular Huw Wiggin

as part of the Ferio Saxophone Quartet. Some
regular visitors will remember that Timothy End
stepped in at the last minute to accompany Huw
in a stunning display of piano playing, and he
will be giving a solo recital this year.

Our newcomers for 2017 are the Rose Trio,

three sisters who play oboe, clarinet and

bassoon, Passamezzo with early music, songs,

dance music and readings for summer, and
Kabantu, a quintet of versatile musicians with
folk/fusion/world music. And following the


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Pride &

success of last years tribute act, were pleased to available free for all events; telephone (01694)
be hosting Planet Abba for a great evenings 720025. Art Exhibition information from
entertainment. Finally, to conclude these brilliant Catherine Macartney 01694 723072.
musical events were thrilled to announce a toe-
tapping finale with Swinging at the Cotton www.strettonfestival.org.uk
Club! twitter - @StrettonFest

There will, as ever, be a Teatime Concert and 9

free concerts; details of these will be announced

Our afternoon talk this year will be by historian

Philip Hume entitled On the Trail of the
Mortimers; Philip has recently published a book
on this subject, and his talk will be both
enjoyable and informative.

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will perform Pride and Prejudice, and Clair
Whitefield will star in her one-woman show
Chopping Chillies a modern-day fairytale. 0D\6HSWHPEHU

Our annual Exhibition goes from strength to


strength, and, as usual, will provide an excellent

showcase for local artists, craftspeople and
photographers. This years guest artists will be

David Harban and Paul Hipkiss.

Church Stretton Visitor Information Centre.
Tickets available online & from Gloria Carter, 49
Ludlow Road, Church Stretton SY6 7AD
(01694) 724106, John R Thomas (florist) 3
Sandford Avenue. Ring and Ride Transport

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BurWarton SHoW
tHe BeSt in itS FieLD !
3rd august



the Burwarton Shetland as one show is over, then, with a glance over the
shoulder to see what needs adjusting and
national so exciting, youll improving, its on with the 2017 Show.
end up a little hoarse!!

There is something for everyone, a full days

The Burwarton Show on Thursday 3 August is a entertainment in the glorious south Shropshire

terrific day out for the family with a full hand of countryside. The Shetland Grand National
Main Ring attractions including the Shetland promises a mixture of thrills and a few spills as
Grand National and Squibb Freestyle Stunt the riders urge their mounts round a course of
Team. Other activities throughout the day jumps appropriate to their size. Rather noisier,
include sheep shearing, trade stands, a food hall, but equally thrilling, the Jamie Squibb Stunt
handicrafts, horticulture, conservation and more Team will have your hearts in your mouths as
full-size horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats they throw themselves and their bikes around at
than youve ever seen in one place. speed and height.

Fresh from their award last year, having been

given the prestigious Queens Award for
Voluntary Service the equivalent of the OBE
for voluntary groups there is no time for the
organising team and stewards to rest on their
laurels. Its a bit like the Forth Bridge as soon

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All the usual attractions are present with heavy running from 9.30 a.m. whilst the horse
emphasis on traditional agricultural activities, competitions in the Pool field also commence at
local crafts and locally produced food. 8.15 a.m. and run all day. Following exhibitor
Competition is fierce with classes for heavy demand, new classes have been included for the
horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, horses and driving very eye-catching Highland cattle and badger
plus the ever popular mounted Fancy Dress class face Welsh Mountain sheep breeds.
judged in the Main Ring in the afternoon as well
as some dressage and show-jumping to amaze For the younger visitors, the Village Green
and delight. hosts, amongst others, the ever popular Punch &
Judy, Magic Russ and the Jill Fielding Duo whilst
The Show starts at 8.15 am with the first horse the Panic Family Circus (non-animal) with
classes in the Main Ring and continues jugglers, clowns, fire eaters will entertain in the
throughout the day with Livestock class judging play area.

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The Showground is at Cleobury North WV16 or direct from the Show Office on 01746
6RP on the B4364 between Bridgnorth and 787535. Follow on twitter@burwarton-show

Ludlow and parking is free. Admission is 17

adults, 16 concessions, children 5-16 years 5,
or Family Tickets 40 for two adults and up to Look forward to

three children. Tickets are available at pre-show seeing you there!!

discounted prices from outlets throughout the
county, on-line at www.burwartonshow.co.uk


images Mike ashton &

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Opening Times 2017
2 - 4 pm (last entry to the house 3.30pm)
30th April - 4th May, 28th May - 31st May
5th June - 7th June
31st July - 3rd August,
7th August - 10th August & 14th - 17th August
6th May - Guided Bluebell Walk
4th June - Guided Rhododendron & Azalea Walk

Open Studios

Meet the Shropshire Mammoth!

Local lunches, frothy coffees
& Shropshire cream teas
Gallery & Exhibition
Family Friendly Events
& Activities
Explore the 30 acre Meadow
beside the River Onny
Training courses &

School Road, Craven Arms, Shropshire, SY7 9RS Tel: 01588 676060
@SH_DiscoveryCen Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

311 June www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk

the home of Grow Cook Learn
www.shropshirehillsartweek.co.uk Registered Charity Number: 1158795

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PreSteigne FeStiVaL
24th - 29th august
Finally, the beautiful English folk-song Lovely
Joan provides the theme for a celebratory set of

eight string orchestra variations from composers

Sally Beamish, Michael Berkeley, Christopher
Gunning, Thomas Hyde, David Matthews,
Matthew Taylor, Huw Watkins and Adrian

Celebrated for its fresh, stylish mix of

contemporary music, balanced with 20th century

nightingale String Quartet classics and great works from the standard
The 2017 Presteigne Festival offers an exciting repertoire, the Festivals 2017 music programme
programme to suit the widest of tastes, whilst embraces a particularly wide range of important
celebrating a number of important landmarks. works from J S Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Lennox
We mark our 35th anniversary and also George Berkeley, Brahms, Frank Bridge, Durufl, De
Vass 60th birthday, who in turn celebrates Falla, Haydn, Nielsen, Poulenc, Vaughan
Williams and Walton.

twenty-five years in post as artistic director.

The concert programme features a rare insight A varied collection of supporting events include
a centenary celebration of the work of founder

into Danish music, special birthday celebrations

for John Joubert and Hugh Wood and the Festival President Sidney Nolan, anthropologist
chance to enjoy a number of successful Stephen Hugh-Jones talking about the music of
commissions from previous Festivals. the Amazonian Indians and Meurig Bowens
delightfully witty salute to the music and writings
One of the UK's major supporters of new
music for many years, the Festival has

commissioned several new works for its 2017

season: a string quartet from composer-in-
residence Edward Gregson, an a cappella

choral work from Cecilia McDowall and a piece

for cello and piano from Herefordshire-based
composer Robert Peate.

Taking Beethovens late Bagatelles, Op 126 as a

starting point, the Festival has also asked six
composers to write a new set of Bagatelles for
solo piano Martin Butler, Cheryl Frances-
Hoad, Michael Zev Gordon, Gabriel Jackson,
David Knotts and the 2016 Royal Philharmonic
Society/Presteigne Festival Alan Horne
Memorial commission winner, Jack Sheen.

Berkeley ensemble

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of Erik Satie, Memoirs of a Pear-Shaped Life.
Ian Marchant talks about his new book A Hero
for High Times which traces British
counterculture from 1956 to 1994 and,
complementing this, the Festival will screen
three movies Jean-Luc Godards hugely
influential Breathless (1960), British crime
drama Performance (1970) and Arthur Penns
unforgettable action-crime caper Bonnie and
Clyde (1967).

An extraordinary talented artist line-up includes

many Festival favourites alongside a number of
gifted Presteigne dbuts: Nightingale Quartet,
Leonore Trio, Berkeley Ensemble, pianists Tim
Horton, Anne Lovett and Timothy End,
Benjamin Nabarro violin, Rachel Roberts viola,
Gemma Rosefield cello, Rebecca Afonwy-Jones
mezzo-soprano, Katherine Baker flute, actor anne Lovett
Christopher Good, Greg Tassell tenor, Suzy
Brochures will be available at the end of April
Willison-Kawalec harp, Laura Snowden guitar,
2017 from:
the Sine Nomine International Touring Choir
Presteigne Festival, PO Box 30, Presteigne,
under director Susan Hollingworth and the
Powys LD8 2WF
critically-acclaimed Presteigne Festival
01544 267800 www.presteignefestival.com

A Victorian Revelation

Explore the fascinating world of the Victorian judges at this award-winning historic house.
Stunningly restored and totally hands on. Damp cells and vast courtroom included!
Open: 1 March - 31 October, 10am - 5pm Tues - Sun (Open Bank Holiday Mondays)
1 - 30 November 10am - 4pm Wed - Sun, 1 - 22 December 10am - 4pm Sat - Sun
The Judge's Lodging, Broad Street, Presteigne, Powys, LD8 2AD.

01544 260650
www.judgeslodging.org. uk
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SteaM raLLy

27th - 28th august



The County of Salop Steam Engine Societys

2016 Rally, taking place at Onslow Park,

Shrewsbury on the August Bank Holiday, -

Sunday 27th August and Monday 28th August
will be celebrating 2017 with some exciting arena

displays by the Portsmouth action Field gun

Display team. Field Gun is a unique,
spectacular and exciting event, pushing
competitors to the limit and beyond. Two
Field Gun crews consisting of 18 men apiece
compete to be the first to haul a field gun and
limber over walls and ramps and across a chasm.
It is rightly regarded as the toughest competitive
team event in the world

Shrewsbury Steam Rally will showcase over 1000

exciting exhibits and the highly-entertaining
range of attractions will include the wonderful
spectacle of working steam engines, and

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beautifully preserved classic vehicles from all - accompanied by vintage fairground music.
yesteryear, all to delight visitors to the popular Finally there are some excellent miniature steam
annual family event. engines, and a Craft Marquee - which gets bigger
each year!
In the main arena, spectators can also enjoy
moving convoys of historic commercial vehicles, The family-friendly event provides some
including buses and fire engines; vintage cycles; enjoyable entertainment with a full Arena
working horses; vintage tractors; pre-and post Programme on both days, including the highly-
World War II cars; classic motorcycles; and popular and majestic cavalcade of Showmans
perambulators... with all entrants invited to be in engines, traction engines, steam rollers and
period costume. The Working Field will take a steam cars. Spectators can enjoy the annual
nostalgic look at the farming of 'days gone by' highly-popular interactive display of birds of
and demonstrate an exciting mix of impressive prey.
working machines and shire horses that capture Full information from
the history and heritage of farming in the www.shrewsburysteamrally.co.uk and
Victorian era. There's also Tractor Pulling to visitors can buy tickets online.
excite! Full Arena Programme on both days. Tickets: Adult:13, Pensioner: 12, Child: 1.
Under 5's -Free.
The Rally covers 45 acres of beautiful parkland,
with 6 acres of Trade Stands. The Rally hosts a Enquiries: info@shrewsburysteamrally.co.uk
variety of preserved commercial vehicles, that (01938) 570874.
includes lorries, buses, fire engines and a large Postal address: COSSES, PO Box 4706,
display of military vehicles. The Olde Time Fair Shrewsbury. SY5 0WT.
offers lots of fun, with steam-powered rides for

Photographs Philip Davies

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teLFooD FeStiVaL SHroPSHire Beer
3rd - 4th September 6th - 8th october

Telfood Feastival is back at the QEII arena in New on the Shropshire Festival Calendar,
Telford Town Park, voted the UKs best park in bringing over 150 beers under one canvas
2016. alongside cider, perry and a big live music stage!

Producers area full of delicious food

Live Music
Hop experience Area
Street Food

Cider Pressing

Masterclasses and tastings will also be on the

menu and and with entry just 6 make sure the
date is in your diary !

Gemma Cossie, part of the Event Team says

Telford and Shropshire have amazing food producers

and this festival is all about celebrating that.

But its not just for those with a love of all things

hoppy this festival is also about bubbles with

prosecco and champagne alongside gin and
spirits and everything in between! Masterclasses
Telfood Features an array of over 130 artisan and mixology will be on the menu, alongside the
food and craft exhibitors, a live music stage, talks best of local street food and a farmers market!
and demonstrations all in the heart of Telford.
With plenty of entertainment for kids, from www.shropshirefestivals.co.uk
cookery to climbing walls there is fun for the or follow the event on facebook
whole family! or on twitter @shropbeerfest

or follow the event on facebook
or on twitter @telfood

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Education 13th & 14th
Fun May 2017


24th - 25th June 2017


2nd & 3rd September 2017

telfood.co.uk Family, fun & food.

Local Brewers
bringing over
150 beers

9th & 10th Dec 2017

LuDLoW FooD FeStiVaL
8th - 10th September



a feast for all the senses ... skills, enthusiasm and of course amazing
products across the weekend.
The Ludlow Food Festival was first run in 1995
and was the result of a pub table conversation The line up of chefs, food experts and
amongst likeminded friends looking to preserve enthusiasts across Ludlows two main stages,
and promote the independent shops and promises to be full of exceptional talent and

producers of the town and surrounding area. variety with some new faces promised this year.
These principles still guide everything the In the past we have welcomed great chefs such
festival continues to do today. as Tom Kerridge, Glynn Purnell and Claude

Bosi as well as a number of Great British Menu,

The event has grown from an initial 500 visitors Masterchef and Great British Bake Off winners
to around 20,000 and is renowned across the and contestants. Keep an eye on the festivals
globe for with visitors from across the UK as website www.foodfestival.co.uk for details in
well as the United States, Japan and Australia the coming months.
having attended.
Masterclasses, tasting sessions and specialist
Organisers of the Ludlow Food Festival are hard talks are always incredibly popular. Little ones
at work bringing together a host of new and wont miss out either with a special kids cookery
favourite attractions for visitors from 8-10 school.
Of course the ever-popular sausage and ale trails
More than 160 of the very best local food and will also be taking place around Ludlow along
drink producers will be in the castle sharing their with the pudding tasting and the Sunday
producers market.

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For those who want to learn more about For more details about the festival please visit
particular ingredients or methods of cooking the the website www.foodfestival.co.uk
Taste Workshops are a must. Led by expert
producers or chefs, they will guide you through www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzfrupZrJ9o
a tutored tasting. Previous talks have included
snout to tail, sherry tasting and the art of fruit Telephone
distillation. 01584 873957

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Celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2017,
Bridgnorth Cliff Railway transports passengers

up and down the 111 ft red sandstone cliffs

which separate High Town from Low Town
and the picturesque River Severn.
Being first and foremost a working funicular,
its importance to Bridgnorth townspeople and

visitors alike is undiminished by age.

The cliff railway operates by two counter-

balancing carriages travelling in opposite

directions on parallel tracks. Originally, the cars

were powered by a water-balance system with
water for the ballast tanks pumped back to the
top station using gas engines. After the second
of these was taken out of service, the system
was converted to one of electrically powered

winding drums. These are of a type used in


Bridgnorth Cliff Railway was founded by the

famous Victorian hydraulic lift engineer Sir Do visit Englands only remaining inland
George Croydon Marks, who later became Lord electric funicular railway!
Marks of Woolwich. George also engineered the 1.60 return fare.
cliff railway and became its first managing Telephone: 01746-762052 (stations).
director until 1901. His brother Edward, another www.bridgnorthcliffrailway.co.uk

engineer, became its next managing director

until 1924. The cliff railway is now owned by
distant cousins who bought the original

company in 2011.

The famous Winding House, situate next to the

Top Station serves twenty types of tea. From
here one can view the winding gear through a
viewing window or sit out on the terrace from
where one can take in the wonderful views
across the River Severn. Directly above the
Bottom Station, the Stoneway Guest House
offers a unique B & B experience.

Pictures Bridgnorth Cliff Railway

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tHe JuDgeS LoDging
You can lie on the beds, read the judges books
and even pump water in the kitchen. Below stairs
there is the full range of servants rooms to

explore, with kitchens, sleeping quarters and

workrooms; a whole gaslit world to discover.
The tour is finished by a trip to the vast echoing
courtroom, where you are haunted by the echoes
of trials long since concluded. You are guided
through this Victorian world by an

eavesdropping audiotour featuring the voice of

actor Robert Hardy.

Theres a host of special events and exhibitions

One of the w orlds most appealin g small to add to your entertainment. Every school
mu seums holiday will come with exciting trails and
Dr John Davies, historian. activities to entertain the young, along with their
own guidebook, full of facts about toilets, pants
Truly inspirational is how HRH Prince of and things odd. Look out for special events and

Wales described The Judges Lodging on a visit news throughout the year on the website, or
to this stunningly restored Victorian courthouse. follow on facebook.com/theJudgesLodging
Historic Royal Palaces Curator & historian, Lucy Celebrating 20 years open as a public museum

Worsley exclaimed WHAT a stunning place! this year, the building will play host to the
after filming for the BBC in the building and the Installation of the High Sheriff of Powys
Hudson's Heritage Awards hailed it as Britains (always an exciting event, as it features a real
Best Hidden Gem. You really do need to see for judge sitting in the courtroom!), feature as a
yourself what all the fuss is over this exceptional
courthouse in the tiny Welsh border town of


The Judges Lodging has long had a reputation


for liking the quirkier side of history, so a visit to

the museum will treat you to all sorts of
fascinating insights into Victorian living, from
jelly-making and napkin folding to toilet habits
and household maintenance hints. This award-
winning historic judges accommodation and
court offers a most unusual journey back in time.
Wander through the judges private apartments
and make yourself at home, for The Judges
Lodging an historic house with a difference
you can touch!

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minimum charge of 25. All proceeds from the
tours will be donated equally to The Judges
Lodging and the National Garden Scheme.

If you want more information on the castle

walks, the museum and any of its activities, visit
the website or just call the staff who are always
happy to chat.

location in the new Wuthering Heights film, and

delve deeper into its legal heritage, with the
display of a newly-gifted set of Judges robes
and the manacles from a whipping tree, once in
the churchyard in the nearby village of Norton.
There will be new local history spaces to explore
too, where you can find out more about the area,
or just relax with a cup of coffee and even a
game of chess.

The Judges Lodging has also teamed up with the

owner of Stapleton Castle, whose ruins occupy
a commanding position over the town, to offer
guided walks throughout the year. Tours last telephone 01544 260650
about an hour, taking in the 12th century castle www.judgeslodging.org.uk
site, ruins of the later house, the mill site and a
stroll through the gardens. There is no general
public access to the site and tours are only by
prior arrangement, but bookings can easily be
made by calling the owner on 01544 267327,
preferably giving 24 hours notice. They will
endeavour to suit your requirements. Your
personal tours are 5 per person, with a

Lucy Worsley

Stapleton Castle alex ramsay

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ironBriDge gorge MuSeuMS
2017 a year oF CeLeBrationS



the Boy and Swan Fountain and

Coalbrookdale Museum of iron

2017 is going to be a significant year of

anniversaries for Shropshires Ironbridge Gorge
Museums as its not only 50 years since the

founding of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum

Trust in 1967, but also 300 years since the death
of Abraham Darby I, widely recognised as the
man who started the Industrial Revolution.

As part of the anniversary celebrations the

Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron will be re-
opening in time for Easter following a massive
refurbishment. The all new museum will tell the
complete history of the iron industry, from
explaining how the geology of the Gorge
provided all the raw materials needed for iron to
be made there from medieval times, through to
the modern steel industry.

the Darby Houses, Coalbrookdale

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Coalport China Museum animal inspired activities the old Furnace at Coalbrookdale
over the easter holidays
Different zones will explain how the discoveries The Trust will also be marking its 50th
made in Coalbrookdale changed the world anniversary by holding a community art
forever and celebrate the lives of the different competition, with Shropshire residents invited
characters, including the Darby dynasty of to submit artwork that has been inspired by the
ironmasters and Iron Mad Wilkinson. Visitors museums. The piece can be created in any
will discover more about the important role medium such as paint, wood, metal, ceramics
played by women in the management of the textiles, photography, film, multi-media and
Coalbrookdale factory and the hard conditions more. Submissions are required by March and
that the workers faced to help make Ironbridge winning entries will be displayed from late
one of the most important industrial locations in spring.
the world.
Other highlights will include new events such as
Wonderful examples of the varied ironware animal inspired activities over the Easter
made in Coalbrookdale will be on display holidays and summer events themed around
including a giant whaling pot and an anchor Fire, Furnace and Steam while, later in the year,
from a Napoleonic Warship as well intricate and Halloween will take centre stage at the October
beautiful statues, furniture and everyday half-term workshops.
household goods such as door stops, cooking
pots and flat irons. Children will be able to For further information,
follow their own interactive trail around the www.ironbridge.org.uk
museum and work out fun puzzles.

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Ludlows historic Grade I listed Buttercross was

built in 174346 on the site of the High Cross at And the medieval
the heart of the town. artefacts from
Ludlow Castle & St Laurences
From its central location, the museum enjoys Church, both situated in the
fabulous views along the listed beautiful town centre and near

buildings of Broad Street and the countryside neighbours of the Buttercross


To maps depicting the

development of the walled
town and Ludlows architecture
throughout the ages including the Market Hall,
also the story of Ludlows professions and
trades; and concluding with exhibits from
Ludlow at war and peace.

admission: Facilities:

The museums collections tell the towns history 1 adults Lift & Disabled
and explain how Victorian geologists unravelled Access Toilet
the meaning of Ludlow's rocks, making them 50p under 16yrs opening times:
internationally famous.
Free under 5yrs Fri, Sat, Sun & Bank
The Museum at the Buttercross tells Ludlows Holidays 10-4pm
history from the warm shallow tropical sea that
covered the area 400 million years ago and
formed the towns unique geology and fossils Please contact Ludlow Town Council
museum staff on:
Through the prehistory of Ludlow and 01584 878 697
Bromfield, and the treasures including the www.ludlow.gov.uk
Bitterley Hoard, sword pommel, ring and other

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DanieLS MiLL



A picturesque working water mill with 38ft. cast allow up to 2 hours to visit. Reductions for
iron waterwheel producing wholemeal flour parties numbering 20 and over. Light
traditionally. Family owned for 250 years. refreshments available by arrangment - see the
Personal guided tours for all visitors, by millers website for more details. The Stables Tearoom,
Alan & Peter George. serving light bites and drinks.

Daniels Mill is set in the idyllic Shropshire Directions

countryside, deep in a wooded valley crossed by Daniels Mill is brown sign posted from
a 19th Century viaduct carrying the Severn

Bridgnorth. From the Severn Valley Railway in

Valley Railway to Bridgnorth. Visitors are taken Bridgnorth (Holybush Road) turn onto B4363
back in time when the mill wheel turns and a Cleobury Mortimer road. After mile turn
steam train crosses the viaduct at the same time. right on to the B455 towards Eardington.
Heavy French Burr millstones turn locally Daniels Mill is situated approx mile on right.
grown wheat into flour in the traditional way
used for centuries.
There are conducted tours for all visitors to the 5.00 Adults, 4.00 Concessions
mill. A small gift shop is open and 100%
wholemeal flour is available for sale. The tea open times
room offers scones made from our own flour. Easter - end of October, 11am-4pm

Organised parties and schools are welcome by Telephone 07812 733223

prior appointment throughout the year. Evening www.danielsmill.co.uk
parties accepted throughout the year. Please

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tHe HouSe on CrutCHeS

to you to make arrangements. A small

charge is made for such tours (5 10)
depending on numbers.

Find out about many aspects of

community life and agriculture in Bishop's
Castle and South West Shropshire,
through displays of local artefacts and
memorabilia mostly from the 19th and
Over the Easter weekend, 25th to 28th March early 20th centuries, alongside displays
inclusive the museum will open from 2pm about the distinctive economic and political
- 5pm on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday & history of this unique border town. The
Monday museum trust is planning to add a special new
artefact this year. We hope youll have time to
After Easter the museum will open from 30th seek it out.....
April until 17th September, from 2pm - 5pm
every Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holiday At Bishop's Castle Heritage Resource Centre
Monday (BCHRC) in Chapel Yard we hold a regular
Local History Centre open session on Saturday
admission Free mornings from 10.30am - 1pm, when volunteers
are on hand to help with family, local history and
Note there are steps and stairs throughout this research enquiries. As at the museum, admission
ancient building is free though donations are vital to these
independent and volunteer run facilities.
If you cant make our set opening hours we offer
guided tours at a time to suit you just contact To contact us direct use our email
the staff at the nearby Town Hall email address mail@bchrc.co.uk or
info@bishopscastletownhall.co.uk or telephone ring 01588 630 556
01588 630 023, Monday - Saturday. Leave your
contact and request details and we will get back

Signpost - page 53
Heritage Centre

2016 opening Hours

Tuesday 11.00 - 16.00
Thursday 11.00 - 16.00
Friday 11.00 - 16.00

Groups by arrangement

Free entry

Museum is wheelchair accessible

Disabled parking adjacent to Heritage Centre
Whitchurch is renowned for being the only town Gift shop selling souvenirs and local history
in Shropshire to have been continually inhabited publications
on the same site since being built in Roman

Contact Details
12 St Marys Street
The Heritage Centre is home to Whitchurch Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 1QY
Museum and Archives and contains displays and

Tel 01948 664577

exhibits that reflect the towns historic roots. It
forms part of the towns Local History Centre Collection & research enquiries
where the public can carry out research. info@whitchurch-heritage.co.uk

Permanent displays include Websites

Sir Edward German - Whitchurch-born www.whitchurch-heritage.co.uk

composer and musician www.thegreatwar.whitchurch-shropshire.co.uk

Randolph Caldecott - Artist and illustrator www.allourstories.whitchurch-shropshire.co.uk
who worked in Whitchurch
County SignPost

History of Joyces Clocks - a Whitchurch- Social Media

based company famous for its tower clocks www.facebook.com/whitchurch-heritagecentre
Themed interactive displays geared towards twitter.com/WHSHC
younger children

There are also numerous temporary displays

which tell stories connected to Whitchurch and
the local area.

The Gallery contains a selection of original

works, in both oil and watercolour, by Randolph
Caldecott and other local artists.

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Visitor & exhibition Centre have announced that the Museum will include a
Timeline stretching from the formation of the
rocks that Oswestry sits on right up to the
The Centre is set within Oswestry Parish present day and with space to update it in the
Churchyard formerly called Holbache House it future on an annual basis. Mark Hignett for the
was the second oldest grammar school founded group said We have to remember that what happens
in 1407. It now houses Oswestry Tourist this year is next years history adding in particular
Information centre, a coffee shop and art visitors to the town next year could be interested in what
exhibitions which change monthly. happened the previous year as being part of the history
of the town.
Opening times; Every day except Sunday 10am-
4pm. Longer opening in summer. For more information:
Entry is free E-Mail: info@oswestrymuseum.org.uk
Telephone : Mark on 01948 781079
Postcode SY11 2TE
Telephone 01691 662753 Open on market days
www.oswestry-welshborders.org.uk Wednesday 10 4
escape@oswestry-welshborders.org.uk Friday 10 4
Saturday 10 3.30
oswestry town Museum
Other times and group visits by
prior arrangement.
Housed on the 3rd floor of the Guildhall, Lift
Access available, in the former Oswestry
Magistrates Court rooms.

As part of their plans to make Oswestry Town

Museum a true reflection of the History of the
Town of Oswestry the group behind the project

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FrienDS oF tHe FLaxMiLL MaLtingS
ViSitor Centre - SHreWSBury
Apart from the displays and
interpretation there is also a

meeting/learning room, with

projector and interactive white board,
and a study and research space.

In addition the funding has provided

for the demolition of the South Silo

and the creation of valuable public
open space for use by the Friends

along with landscaping and much

improved parking facilities.

entry is free and opening times are:

In November 2015 the Friends opened the November-March, Saturdays only, 10am - 4 pm
doors to their new state-of-the-art Visitor Centre April-October, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am -4 pm
for the first time. Housed in the renovated

Office and Stables thanks to grants from Bookable Guided tours will be available at
Historic England and the ERDF the facility weekends in the Summer - please refer to
brings together for the first time interpretations www.flaxmill-maltings .co.uk for details. Group

of the mills role in the industrial revolution and tours are possible at other times by arrangement
the pioneers who made it happen, including: as are illustrated tours off-site please email.

details on how flax was processed, from the The Friends are also recruiting volunteers to
field to the end product, which include a myriad help with the manning of the Visitor Centre.
of items from ship sails to playing cards. They are asking for people who are able to

the impact of the buildings revolutionary iron commit to at least a half day each month. If
frame on the world of architecture youre interested in helping please contact them
details of the mills machinery and technology on info@flaxmill-maltings.co.uk

working conditions at the mill, including child .

the change of use from flax mill to Maltings
details of the malting process
the other long gone flax mill in Castlefields
the role of the old canal and the importance of
Shropshire pioneers in the industrial revolution

There is also a short animated film that visitors

can watch which charts the history of the
building and its people, as well as well as oral
history recollections of people who worked at
the Maltings and who were barracked there
during the last war.

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CLun MuSeuM
Based on a private collection of a local
shopkeeper, Mr. Tom Hamar, which in 1932,
due to its popularity, was re- housed in part of
the ground floor of the Town Hall, built in 1780
by the Earl of Powys.

Since those days, under the auspices of the Clun

Town Trust (Registered Charity 208408) the
Museum has grown to fill both floors of the
Town Hall and houses a multitude of local
historical and agricultural artefacts from the
Clun Forest area.

ground Floor The items on display reflect the Schools, Historical Societies and Clubs are
diversity of Trades in this once self contained very welcome and special opening times can be
market town - the centre of a large Farming arranged with the curator..
community; Smithy, Wheelwright, Clog maker,
Saddler, Tailor, Baker, Brewer, to name but a access for all A portable wheelchair ramp is
few. It also houses a nationally recognized available at the Entrance and a stairlift is
collection of Flints which were traded along the installed for easy access to first floor. Our
Clun/Clee Ridgeway. visually impaired visitors are catered for by
Audio, Braille, large print guides and pictures
First Floor Here the main theme is local together with an illuminated tactile map of Clun
memorabilia of both the First (1914 1918) and Town. We also have a scale tactile model of
Second (1939 1945) World Wars, including Clun Castle as it was circa 1300.
uniforms of all three Armed Forces, Nursing
and Womens Land Army, together with our
photographic collection and a Digital Photo
opening times
Easter - 31st October
tueSDayS: 2.00pm - 5.00pm
SaturDayS & BanK HoLiDayS:
(Mondays & tuesdays)
11.00am- 1.00pm
2.00pm - 5.00pm

For special openings at other times Contact


Email: clunmuseum@gmail.com
Websites: www.clunmuseum.org.uk

Clun Castle - aerial view

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SHroPSHire MuSeuMS
Much Wenlock Museum find out about our opening times and events call
us on (01952) 727679,
visit www.shropshire.gov.uk/museums


Museum resource Centre

Ludlow is home to Shropshire Museums
Resource Centre which runs a full and varied

programme of temporary exhibitions and book-

ahead courses. For details of opening times
please see www.shropshire.gov.uk/museums or

w w w. f a c e b o o k . c o m / L u d l o w - M u s e u m -
Much Wenlock seems an unlikely place to look Resource-Centre 01743 250505
for the origins of the Modern Olympic Games
but it was here in 1850 that local doctor and phi- Coleham Pumping Station
lanthropist William Penny Brookes staged the
first Wenlock Olympian Games. This annual Coleham Pumping Station was built in 1900 to
event was inspired by the ideals of the ancient

house two steam-driven beam engines as part of

Greek games and is still held every year. a major upgrading of Shrewsbury's sewerage
system. Two massive steam-driven beam engines
However, the museums displays tell many other

were built by Renshaw's of Stoke-on-Trent dur-

important stories about the town and surround- ing 1897-1898; and a brick building, resembling
ing area. You can discover how the town devel- a Victorian chapel in style, was constructed in
oped around the fine medieval priory to serve 1900 to house them. The pumping station was
visiting pilgrims, much as it welcomes visitors opened by the mayoress of Shrewsbury in 1901.
today. You can also explore the rich geology of The Shrewsbury Steam Trust was founded in
Wenlock Edge and study its rocks and fossils as 1992 with the aim of restoring the steam engines

the early geologists did around 150 years ago. and the two coal-fired Cornish boilers that pro-
vided the steam.
This child friendly museum has a range of activ-

ities for all ages from stamping your own Roman enquiries@colehampumpingstation.co.uk
coin to researching your family history in our www.colehampumpingstation.co.uk
Local History Centre.
Coleham Pumping Station
Described by Mark Rowe of the Independent
newspaper as "...one of the world's great little muse-
ums." Much Wenlock Museum and Visitor
Information Centre is the perfect place to start
your exploration the town and the surrounding
countryside. The staff are happy to help you
with your enquiries about attractions and events,
days out and places to stay.

Much Wenlock Museum is open throughout the

year (reduced opening hours over the winter). To

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MarKet DraytonS oWn MuSeuM
the story of Drayton
Its called The Story of Drayton,
because thats exactly what it is.

Its all about the Town. Everything

in the Collection was donated by
the people of Market Drayton,
used by them, and often
manufactured by them. So the
families, lifestyle, events, and
stories emerge from all these bits
and pieces.... more than 10,000 of
them, collected over the course of
nearly thirty years..

In the Shop they sell the Town.

Thats to say you will be given a
potted history in five quick chapters, from Entry is free, but as the Museum is totally run by
earliest times to the present. Theres also the volunteers without help from 'the rates', we
odd diversion and digression. would appreciate a donation.

Dont miss the house behind, where a home is You are assured of a warm welcome, at the same
on display.... with the trophies on the time helping you share the past (and present) of
mantelpiece, china in the dresser, books in the this the largest and most important market town
bookcase, medicine in the bathroom, and so on in the area.
in kitchen, yard and outhouse. Here, as you can
imagine, the past often rubs shoulders with the 53 Shropshire St
present. Market Drayton,Shropshire, TF9 3DA
telephone 01630 654300
The things you can see range from a prehistoric e-mail ipictonr@talktalk.net
plant stem to a hand-pulled hearse, a bottle
collection, panoramic school photographs, a

horse-drawn seed drill, lamps, money boxes, and
h i
mangles. And youll find stories ranging from

h ro e e d
Clive of Indias pies to gingerbread secrets, the
of sn ...
WC War, and death at the theatre, not to
mention Arthur Phillips vertical take-off
a ny eum ERS
M s
aircraft of 1908.
It is open (with free entry) from May to October VO
on the mornings of Tuesdays, Wednesdays,
Fridays and Saturdays. Other times can be
arranged by contacting the phone number
above, recommended for those wishing to
undertake research.

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royaL air ForCe MuSeuM



The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is home

to over 75 historic aircraft and offers a fun,
entertaining day out for the entire family.

Aircraft on display include the worlds oldest

Spitfire, the unique TSR2 and the mighty Vulcan
bomber to name but a few. Plus, visitors can now

see the museums latest acquisitions; a collection

of Second World War aircraft including the
Wolverhampton built Boulton Paul Defiant, the
Bf109, Tiger Moth, Gladiator and Ju88.

Discover a world class collection of aircraft

displayed inside three wartime hangars and
within the award winning National Cold War
Exhibition. This landmark building truly has the
wow factor with its eye-catching architecture
and design. Visitors will discover Cold War
stories in immersive Hotspots; explore thrilling
displays of aircraft, iconic cars, models, tanks
and even life-sized Russian dolls.

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Set amongst the museums collection of Let your imagination take flight on board the
warplanes, three iconic First World War aircraft; Museums 4D Experience which combines
the Sopwith Pup, Sopwith 1 Strutter and the cutting-edge 3D computer animation with the
Bristol M.1c form the centre piece of the First added fourth dimension of special
World War in the Air Exhibition. Displayed environmental effects. Experience the thrill of
alongside the aircraft are the personal items of flying in formation with the world famous
Second Lieutenant Kevin Robert Furniss of the aerobatic display team the Red Arrows in the
Royal Flying Corps (RFC), who lived only a few new 4D ride.
miles from Cosford in Wolverhampton.
After wondering in the hangars, visitors can
Learn if you have what it takes to be a pilot in relax and enjoy a coffee in the licensed Refuel
Fun n Flight which is packed with hands on Restaurant which has a great selection of hot
excitement. Whether youre learning how to fly and cold food available and views overlooking
a Spitfire, investigating air flow with The the airfield. Or, if its light refreshments you are
Blower or guiding a Hercules to a drop zone after, head to the classic Citroen H Van in the
you will be learning and having fun. National Cold War Exhibition and enjoy a snack
against a backdrop of aircraft.

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RAF Museum Cosford is one day out that
everyone will enjoy, whatever the weather and
with a wide range of exciting events taking place
throughout the year, there is something to suit
all ages.

event highlights in 2017 :


open Cockpits evening

19-20 May / 15-16 September
Large Model aircraft rally
15-16 July

Cosford Food Festival Spitfire

22-23 July
Summer of Spies To find out more visit the museums website
1-31 August www.rafmuseum.org/cosford. Keep up to date

Spitfire 10K with the latest news and event information by

3 September following them on social media.
Conservation Centre open Week
13-18 November Shifnal
tF11 8uP

t: 01902 376200
e: cosford@rafmuseum.org
Fun n Flight -
the Blower - W: www.rafmuseum.org/cosford

raF Museum Cosford

aDMiSSion Free


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SHreWSBury CaStLe anD
SHroPSHire regiMentaL MuSeuM

The Regimental Museum was established in The Castle and Regimental Museum are open
Shrewsburys medieval Castle in 1985 combining from mid-February to late December but closed
regimental collections from various locations in on Thursdays and off-peak Sundays. See website
the county. It now forms one of The Rifles for exact times or call.
heritage museums and houses the collections of
armour, trophies, uniforms, medals, weapons Admission charge to Regimental Museum.
and much more associated with Shropshire Free access to Castle grounds.
Regiments such as Kings Shropshire Light Note: Children aged four and under and
Infantry, The Shropshire Yeomanry and others. regimental veterans are admitted free of charge.

There are also displays on the county Lord Castle Street, Shrewsbury SY1 2AT
Lieutenancy, the Modern British Army and the Telephone: 01743-358516
history of the castle which dates back to the www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk
early Norman era. With over 30,000 artefacts
and related archival material, it covers the service
of the county regiments over 250 years. With
much of its material being donated by local
families, it perpetuates the service of the men of
Shropshire since 1755. It has comprehensive
collections of uniforms, decorations and
medals, silverware, china and many other
colourful and interesting items of local and even
national importance such as the VC of Harold
Whitfield and the baton of Grand Admiral
Doenitz, the last leader of the Third Reich.

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SHreWSBury MuSeuM & art
gaLLery at tHe MuSiC HaLL



Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is located in

the Victorian Music Hall and 13th century
Vaughans Mansion on The Square in the town

It uses a variety show of different ways to

inspire you to think about Shrewsbury and

Shropshires heritage. Throughout the five main
galleries (Pre-history and Roman, Medieval,

Tudor, Stuart and the Shropshire Gallery), the

museum has included fine art from their
collections that reflect the periods and themes
explored. The hundreds of museum artefacts
and pictures from Shropshires collections will
suggest many opportunities to get out and
explore the countys heritage in places such as
Wroxeter Roman City and Shrewsbury Flaxmill

Check the website for details of our temporary


Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is home to

the towns Visitor Information Centre, which

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will help you to plan your days out in
Shropshire. Enjoy a coffee and snack in the
Stop. Caf Bar and visit the shop on the ground

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery opens

throughout the year please phone or check the
website for exact times.

The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH
Telephone: 01743 258885

Visitor information Centre

Tel: 01743 258888Email:
DiSCoVery Centre


The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is the The grow Cook Learn organisation recently
perfect place to start your exploration of the took over as tenants of the Discovery Centre
Shropshire Hills. and their aim is to connect people to the land-
scape, history and the food of the Shropshire
The award winning visitor attraction, voted as Hills.

'Best Family Day Out (small venue)' by the

general public; also Going Places Midlands If you are looking for a Shropshire day out with
Family attraction of the year 2016/2017. a difference, there is something to do inside or

out. Take a stroll in the meadows, relax in the-

2016 was the 30th anniversary of the discovery cafe with lovely views over a delicious home-
of the Shropshire Mammoth reported by Mrs cooked meal, a frothy coffee or a Shropshire
Eve Roberts in September 1986 near a sand cream tea. Get up close and personal to
gravel pit in Condover, near Shrewsbury. The Shropshires mammoth and step back into the
Shropshire County Museum service were called, Iron Age.

along with the curator of Ludlow Museum and

Dr Russell Coope from Birmingham University Discover a unique range of gifts, cards, books,
- and it was confirmed that this was a major find: home ware, local artisan crafts and local food

a mammoth from over 14,000 years ago. It was products in the shop much of it made in
soon realised that this was the most complete Shropshire and reflecting the beauty of the nat-
and best preserved mammoth ever found in ural landscape. There is also a wide range of
Britain. locally made cards, postcards and calendars.
Every 4-6 weeks the gallery changes amazing
works of art by local artists and craft people
inspired by the Shropshire Hills. You are guaran-
teed to take home a little bit of Shropshire.

Just outside theres the 30 acre Onny Meadows,

well signposted for gentle strolls along riverside
paths, through wild flowers and woodland. Well
behaved dogs are welcome so everyone can
stretch their legs.

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There are regular family events and workshops Saturday 17th June
throughout the school holidays to keep children Family Fun Day 10 5pm
and adults enlightened and entertained. Geo- Bring the whole family for a day of fun, games
caching (hi-tech treasure hunts) available all year and activities that will get you outside and enjoy-
round. ing everything that the great outdoors has to
offer (in case of summer showers, plenty of
The Discovery Club is for children to explore indoor alternatives will be on offer too).
the outdoors, have fun and get back to nature. It
is held on the last Saturday of every month Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th november
11am - midday for children aged 3-7 years old, Christmas Craft Fair - 10am-4pm
accompanied by an adult (you'll have just as Christmas Craft Fair A wide selection of hand-
much fun!). There are different activities centred made crafts and Christmas gifts from talented
on exploring nature and the outdoors, get crafty Shropshire crafts people will help you choose
and creative. , bring your wellies just in case the those special gifts for your family and friends.
weather isn't kind.
There are a variety of courses on offer for adults
On the second Saturday of the month there is too all year round, from cooking to outdoor
the explorers Club for children aged 7-11 skills, its worth checking the website for up to
years old, accompanied by an adult. Have you date courses and events.
ever seen a water-nymph, built a house of sticks,
gone in search of hidden bears, or been on a vir- opening Hours
tual dinosaur dig? If not, now is your chance! Open 7 days a week 10am 5pm
Perfect for the young and the young at heart. The last entry to the exhibition is 4.30pm.
Explore nature and get creative. Telephone 01588 676060
Craven Arms

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aCton SCott
Historic Working Farm, near Church Stretton

demonstrations vary from butter making to

bodging and whittling to blacksmithing as well

seeing our magnificent heavy horses working.
We have an excellent shop with Shropshire
products in addition to the Victorian School
Room Caf.

There are special events on many weekends

often following the Farming seasons. Please
check the website for opening times,

programme and prices at:


Follow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest

news. To find out more about our opening

Located in a peaceful setting in The Shropshire times and events please call on (01694) 781306.
Hills AONB Acton Scott Historic Working Satnav Sy6 6Qn
Farm is one of Britains leading working farm

museums. It specialises in bringing nineteenth

century farming to life through practical
demonstrations using traditional skills and
period horse-drawn machines. See farm life
unfold before you on the land, around the farm
and in the cottage and savour the peace of our

glorious parkland.

Acton Scott was the setting for BBC TVs


Victorian Farm series and is now familiar to

television viewers round the World. You can
discover some of the locations which were used
in the series as you tour the Working Farm. In
fact the Farm is often a backdrop to TV shows
introduced by people like Monty Don, Kate
Humble, Ellie Harrison, Alastair McGowan and
Tiger Drew-Honey. In 2017 the Farmyard will
be a film set for a new version of Wuthering

Step back in time and enjoy a relaxing family day

out exploring our 23 acres of glorious fields,
animals and historic buildings. Acton Scott is
worth a visit on more than one day as

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Sept 2017

May 2017
SeVern VaLLey raiLWay


Stunning scenery, exceptional steam The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley is

heritage and outstanding facilities - the the perfect place for passengers to break their
Severn Valley railway offers a wealth of journey. Packed with a range of interactive
opportunities for visitors. exhibits, including King George VI Royal

Carriage, Peters Railway Young Engineers

Having recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary, Centre as well as a host of informative
the SVR now welcomes more than 250,000 exhibitions, the Engine House is also home to
visitors each year. the Railways reserve collection of full-size
locomotives. While there, visitors can enjoy a
The Railways lovingly-restored collection of bite to eat at the Flag & Whistle Food Stop, with

heritage steam locomotives take visitors for a its panoramic views over the Severn Valley.
journey back in time, through the stunning
scenery of the Severn Valley. The 16-mile line

runs from Kidderminster in Worcestershire to

Bridgnorth in Shropshire, and features six
beautifully-restored, historic stations for
passengers to explore en-route.

Anyone looking for a day out with a difference

can head to any of the SVRs fantastic range of

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Fans of diesel locomotives will be in their
element at the Spring Diesel Festival, featuring a
star line-up of visiting and resident engines,
from May 18th-20th.

The SVR will be embracing the wartime spirit

with its hugely-popular Step Back to the 1940s
Weekends, on June 24th-25th and July 1st 2nd,
and will be inviting people to take a rare look at
the inner workings of the Railway during its
Peep Behind the Scenes event on July 15th.

Road-going transport is the star of the show at

both Classic Vehicle Day on July 30th and On
the Buses on September 10th before the steam
locomotives steal back the limelight at the
Autumn Steam Gala, from September 21st-24th.

Daring visitors can brave the Ghost Trains,

running in late October, before the ever-popular
Santa Steam Specials arrive with bells on during
For more information about the SVR, its events
Steam Trains run daily between May and
and bookings, visit www.svr.co.uk, call 01562
October, and at weekends and in school holidays
757900 or see the Severn Valley Railway Official
from February to December.
Site or Families pages on Facebook.

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BritiSH ironWorK Centre



The British Ironwork Centre is a family Among the stunning and varied collection of
company passionate about the preservation and metal work you will find beautifully decorative
creation of quality metal work, in all its forms. items large and small for the home and garden.


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Some of the items are faithful reproductions of 2017 events
beautiful ironwork, no longer seen today, whilst
3rd - 4th april
many are new improved items for the home, as
Famous Easter Egg hunt
glamourous and individual as their originals, but
with contemporary twists.
30th april
Oswestry half-marathon and Family Fun Day
As well as this the Centre is home to a splendid
collection of magnificent animal sculptures
7th May
which feature within our iron safari. The indoor
Midlands Breakfast Club - a wonderful gathering
showrooms offer an abundance of irresistible
of car enthusiasts from all over.
home essentials, ornaments and decorations.
Within the shop you can also explore the
27th May
painstakingly sourced range of gifts, from locally
Weaver Wander car Rally - a charity car run each
crafted jewellery, to candles, artwork and truly
Spring for classic cars departing from Nantwich
unqiue designs made by artisans from across the
on routes that are normally around a total of 100
country and beyond.
to 120 miles.
telephone 0800 6888386
18th June
Penny Farthing Race Spectacular

15th July
Annual Transport Rally - in 2016 over 500
vehicles in attendance and a huge crowd as well.

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HaWKStone ParK


one of Shropshires premier The Follies is an historic woodland fantasy with

cliffs, crags, caves, deep woods and a series of
outdoor attractions - extraordinary monuments built over 200 years
big changes are afoot ! ago, after years of neglect the magical landscape

was lovingly restored and reopened in 1993.

With a change of ownership in 2016, there are Parts of the park and the main walking routes
big plans for the Follies, with lots of new events contains several flights of steps, some natural

(see the listings at the end of this article); ones carved into rock and some man made
including a Mountain Bike event, Mud run, wooden ones these can be slippery when wet.
Dog Show and a Fairy/Pirate themed event ! Constructed around dramatic sandstone cliffs
rising abruptly from the Shropshire Plain and
Do remember that Hawkstone Park Follies with so many attractions to see, it is little wonder
is a dog friendly venue - and a great place to that Hawkstone was once one of the most

get fit ! you can also book the Park for visited landscapes in Britain.
private events/weddings. the Follies can
also be booked for childrens parties/fun

treasure hunts throughout the year.

For those less mobile who would still like to

enjoy the Park, then a WARDEN SAFARI pick
up/drop off is available for the less able walker,
who still wants to see the views. Only 15 plus
admission fee gets a 4x4 trip to 2 key areas of
the park, plus a driver who can give a little more
information about the park.

Hawkstone, with its mediaeval Red Castle, set

amongst dramatic sandstone cliffs, and its
Arthurian legend history is a beautiful and
evocative place to visit.

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It may seem curious to say so, but to describe the
scenery of Hawkstone Park as beautiful does
it less than justice. It is much more than this. It
has remarkable capacity to surprise, amaze and
grip the imagination and having caught your
imagination it leads it on. For example, one
moment your eye luxuriates at close quarters

over the rocks and wild vegetation, then you see

a building, the red Castle for instance, which
rouses your curiosity and calls for its story to be
told. Then the full drama of the landscape
breaks upon you. An extensive plain stretches

beguilingly into the distance but at the same time

it seems to lap, like a still sea, at the foot of
Prices - held for 2017:
Hawkstones abrupt and rocky cliffs. The

picturesque details and romantic scenes are now Adult 8.25

replaced by a sense of wonder and awe at the Concession 7.50
grandeur of the scenery. The high pitch of Child (5-15 years of age) 5.75
emotional excitement that is generated by this Family 4 (x2 adults x2 kids) 26.00
last state of mind would in the past have been Family 5 (x2 adults x3 kids) 29.50
described as sublime. It is certainly a Family 6 (2 adults x4 kids) 33.00
landscape in which a sense of the sublime Love the Follies - buy a season ticket, which

predominates. gives unlimited entrance, tea room loyalty card

and fast pass access.
In 1986 the Park was designated by English Family 4 Season 71.00

Heritage as a Grade 1 Listed Landscape in the Adult Season 30.00

recently introduced Register of Historic Chiled Season 9.50
Gardens and Parks.

There are still treasures waiting to be discovered, opening times 2017:

hidden away in the undergrowth. In 2009, whilst (walk is approximately 3 hrs/6km)

rebuilding the Hermitage following a severe fire,

hidden steps in the rock were discovered which February - Sat 18 - Sun 26
had been buried beneath a mound of soil. This March Fridays, Saturday & Sundays

lends credence to the old tales about the tour april august Open every day
guides who used to lead people around the front September Fri/Sat/Sundays however park
path of the Hermitage, then disappear and also open Monday 4th. Park closed 2nd for
miraculously re-appear as the hermit to colour run and half day closed Sat 30th for
entertain the crowds. Adventure Run.
october Sat/Sundays, and the week 23-29th
Since the period of restoration, successive november Closed
owners have diligently cared for the Park and its December Closed except for pre booked
attractions to safeguard its future and to enable Santa Safaris
generations to come to appreciate this
extraordinary place. Recent work undertaken Further information is available by calling
has included restoring the interior of the White 01948 841777 or visiting :
Tower and cosmetic work on the monument and www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk

Signpost - page 76
events at Hawkstone Park Follies in 2017

26th March Mothers Day Afternoon tea - pre-booked tickets

14th - 17th April Easter Egg Hunt Find the Easter Bunny

20th May - 18th June Rhododendron Cream Tea Pre-booking required

See website Petting Zoo Plus face painting

10th - 11th June Historical Battle Battle re-enactment In the Grand Valley

TBC - see website Mountain Bike Event

Have your picture taken with the unicorn

TBC - see website Unicorn event
after the completion of a treasure hunt

18th June Fathers Day Special events in the Grand Valley

8th - 9th July Fur and Feather Come and find as many species of
birds and animals as you can

18th July Gingerbread History Walk Walk - ginger bread props and
biscuits/lemonade with guides-
pre-booking essential

July Fairy & Pirate theme Themed treasure hunt around park for
month of July

5th - 6th August Family Fun Day

13th August Donkey Rides In the Grand Valley

26th - 28th August Wolfshead Bowmen And the search for the silver arrow
treasure hunt

2nd September Colour/Bubble Run PARK CLOSED

30th September Shropshire Adventure Run Includes a kids race of approx 4-5km
before the main race
Park closed AM & re-opens at 1pm

1st October Follies Dog Show

24th - 31st October Special caves trail Halloween based fun -

zombie workshop pre-booking

MOST MONTHS Childrens Treasure Hunt Prizes, riddles, hidden items and
puzzles to solve

ALL YEAR ASH 4X4 OFF ROAD Follies driving experience - pre-booking
DRIVING essential
2 4 29 AUGUST
2 4 29 AWST

Worcestershires Hidden
An outstanding array of talent, both creative and
Gem all year round... interpretative, sets the Presteigne Festival apart
from all other annual musical events.
Enjoy formal Italian gardens, Magnolia Musical Opinion Quarterly
gardens, many specialist trees, the longest
Laburnum arch in Britain. Then finish the day
with a cuppa in our Tea Room!
Open Wednesday - Sunday 11am-5pm*

Discounts & Tours 7Avdaysaila abweekle!

Nightingale Quartet Leonore Trio Berkeley Ensemble
Gemma Rosefield Rachel Roberts Benjamin Nabarro
Tim Horton Rebecca Afonwy-Jones Katherine Baker

For groups of 20 or more... Laura Snowden Suzy Willison-Kawalec Festival Orchestra

Sine Nomine International Touring Choir and much more...

www.arleyarb oretum.co.uk No. 1154467

Free brochure available April
Turner Charitable Trust. Reg.
R.D. 01544 267800 | www.presteignefestival.com
*Closed 20th Dec - 14th Feb.

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Enquiries: 01746 787535 info@burwartonshow.co.uk


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