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Issue 15 - 2017

Historic Buildings | Festivals Gardens | Museums | Tourist Attractions

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ContentS Historic Buildings Gardens & Outdoors Festivals & Shows Attractions & Museums Please mention Shropshire Signpost when visiting any of the attractions.

Ma n y of Sh Museu ropshire’s ms n e e VOLU NTEE d RS... Welcome to the 2017 edition of Shropshire Signpost, your indispensable guide to the 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 you will take it away with you, to use again and again.

We offer a taster of the visitor attractions and events within the County, for both locals and those who wish to visit from afar. We are always interested to receive your comments and suggestions for future features - please contact the editor

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With fascinating history and breathtaking countryside, National Trust properties in Shropshire offer something for everyone.

As well as delighting in country house splendour and beautiful scenery, visitors can enjoy a wide range of activities and events in 2017.

For even more great value days out, ask the reception teams about annual National Trust membership which gives free entry and parking at more than 300 historic houses and gardens.

attingham Park, near Shrewsbury

Attingham Park is one of Shropshire’s most popular attractions and is a favourite with visitors of all ages. The striking Regency mansion, tranquil walled kitchen garden, deer

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attingham Park, © national trust images/ John Millar

park and adventure playfield offer a fantastic day out for all the family. Open daily throughout the year, Attingham has a wide range of events and seasonal highlights for all to enjoy.

Owned by one family for more than 160 years, Attingham has a history of rising and falling fortunes. Designed by George Steuart, it was built in 1785 for the 1st Lord Berwick, with parkland landscaped by Humphry Repton in 1797. The mansion was completed and furnished by the 2nd Lord Berwick but the extravagant tastes of the lord and his wife led to bankruptcy and almost the entire contents of the house being sold. The house was then leased to the 3rd Lord Berwick, who turned Attingham’s fortunes around.

Attingham will celebrate 70 years of being cared for by the National Trust in 2017. Throughout


the year it will be highlighting the conservation work carried out in the mansion and across the estate during that time, as well as sharing how the National Trust has become part of Attingham’s story.

Visitors can relax on a stroll through the woodland, run wild on a family day out in the Shoulder of Mutton playfield, discover the stunning showrooms in the mansion or celebrate a special occasion with afternoon tea in Lady Berwick’s.

The grounds at Attingham are open every day from 8am, except Christmas Day, and until 7pm in the summer. Dogs are welcome within the grounds in designated on- and off-lead areas. The mansion is open daily from Saturday 4 March to Sunday 5 November, for visitors to explore at their own pace, opens in December for Christmas, and for winter tours in January & February on Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays. During the main opening period Wednesdays are

costume days, with house guides and volunteers dressed in period Regency costume.

For admission prices, opening times and details of events throughout the year, call 01743 708162 or visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park

Benthall Hall, near Broseley

Sited on a plateau overlooking the River Severn, Benthall Hall was a family home for more than 500 years. Built in 1535, this fine stone house features mullioned and transomed windows and a stunning interior with its carved oak staircase and decorated ceilings.

Between 1710 and 1934 the Benthalls lost ownership of the estate, and one of the new custodians George Maw took full advantage of the close proximity to Ironbridge. George Maw and his brother were able to develop their tile business at Benthall because of the clay and coal

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George Maw was also a distinguished botanist; he assembled a collection of rare plants from around the world in the garden, including a large collection of crocuses, which can still be seen today in the spring and autumn. Don’t miss the Restoration church within the grounds of the estate; it’s open to visitors and well worth a look around.

For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events please call 01952 882159 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/benthall

Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd

Comprising of almost 5,000 acres of heathercovered hills, Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd offers breath-taking views across Shropshire, Cheshire and the Black Mountains. An important place for wildlife, geology and

archaeology, the area has been shaped by human activity for thousands of years and has been designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. It contains a number of different habitats from heather, bilberry and gorse covering much of the hilltops to the streams and bogs of the sheltered valleys which are home to a wide variety of wildlife.

In Carding Mill Valley you can play in the stream, watch birds from the hide, pond dip and relax with a picnic. There are excellent visitor facilities including a car park, tea-room serving local food including hot lunches and shop selling gifts, souvenirs and pond nets. The area is also designated as a Dark Skies site; meaning it’s a great place for stargazing away from light pollution.

Alternatively, use the Valley as your base for the day and head on up the hill for an adventure, where you’ll find miles of paths for walking, cycling and horse riding. You don't have to venture far out of the Valley to find your own piece of solitude on the Long Mynd.

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available in this area, and they even used the house as part of their sales technique by laying tiled floors in the house. The tiled floor in the entrance hall has only recently been restored.

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 www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cardingmill

Dudmaston, near Bridgnorth Built in the 17th century, Dudmaston Hall has been a thriving family home for over 875 years and offers enchanted wooded parkland, sweeping gardens and a house with an unexpected surprise, its art collections. It is a true house of collections from the intriguing modern art galleries assembled by diplomat Sir George Labouchere, to the classical collections of botanical drawings and watercolours put together by his wife Lady Rachel. Don’t miss the new exhibition in Gallery 2 which unveils items from the collection that have a story to tell, bringing to life the characters from the estate’s past, in a modern and innovative way. There are nine acres of gardens to explore, which include the Rockery Bank and American Garden, which are a glorious mass of colour in spring and summer and take on the seasonal hues of autumn. The woodland playground and free trails are a great way for the children to let off steam. For tranquillity and stunning views, head to the Big Pool and Dingle, while the

wider estate provides extensive walking routes ranging from 1.5 to 5 miles.

For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events please call 01746 780866 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dudmaston

Sunnycroft, near Wellington

Tucked away in Wellington, this rare suburban villa and mini-estate is an Edwardian time capsule which provides a fascinating glimpse of the past.

Typical of houses that were built for prosperous professionals on the fringes of Victorian towns and cities, this red-brick villa is furnished with original wallpaper, Maw’s tiles and award winning fireplaces. Packed full of everyday items belonging to the families who lived here, you are sure to feel at home, despite all the features of a grander house, such as the Billiard Room, Drawing Room and impressive Staircase Hall. In 1997 Sunnycroft was generously gifted to the National Trust by its last owner and internationally known embroiderer, Joan Lander. Exactly twenty years on Sunnycroft will be transporting you back to Joan’s early years, sharing the memories, evoking the period and experiences that Joan and her sister Rachael diarised and recalled. As well as the family rooms this fascinating Edwardian suburban villa will 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.

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For admission prices, opening times and a full list of events please call 01952 242884 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sunnycroft

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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 grassland.

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opened servant’s wing that emulates the designs and features of the grand country houses in miniature. There is more opportunity to visit in 2017 when we are opening even more days. Check the website for more details.

The 5 acres of garden reflect the early Edwardian period, complete with a magnificent avenue of Wellingtonia, glass houses, a conservatory, kennels, pigsties and stables and is perfect for a wander, a game of croquet or a picnic.

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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, mountain biking and horse riding.

Nearby, is the unspoilt Elizabethan limestone manor house, Wilderhope Manor which dates back to 1586. Although unfurnished, the interior is of interest for its remarkable wooden spiral staircase and fine plaster ceilings. The gabled property is now leased to the Youth Hostel Association (YHA).

For more information please call the National Trust on 01694 725000 or visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cardingmill


WHittington CaStLe

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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 Castle’s fascinating history.

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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 Shropshire’s 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.

A fairy tale Castle, ivy clad ruined walls, medieval moat and a twin towered gatehouse entrance are the iconic features of Whittington Castle near Oswestry in Shropshire. This Castle which was the first community run Castle in the country, was re launched in 2007 after a huge restoration project and it has been drawing visitors from far and wide since.

The Castle makes the ideal group outing it has a tearoom serving sandwiches, cakes and refreshments and the speciality The Castle Cream Tea. The Castle has a well-stocked second hand bookshop area and sells souvenirs and gifts. A new bridge gives access to the inner bailey area and tower and the moat has been extended and the pavilion replaced to give view of the landscape which was once a medieval garden. Disabled toilets are available. Throughout the year there are many events from

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The Castle is available for Civil Ceremonies, Knight and Princess Birthday Parties as well as Paranormal Investigations, Group tours and School groups. The Castle has a Membership scheme and welcomes new members and those who wish to help at the Castle as volunteers. The Castle is now completely self funded. tel 01691 662500 info@whittingtoncastle.co.uk www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk Castle Grounds open All Year Free Entrance £1 to park via Pay and Display machine Tearoom/gift shop and second hand book shop open Wednesday to Sunday 10-4pm summer & Thursday to Sunday 10-4pm winter


events for 2017

napoleonic Living History Day - © Huw Davies

March 24th - 26th

Napoleonic Re-enactment and Living History Weekend.

April 16th - 17th

Easter Egg Trail

April 14th

April 30th - May 1st May 28th

Planthunters Fair

Medieval Event. Interactive events for visitors to have a go at !

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.

September 29th - October 1st

Wrexham Art Group Exhibition

August 28th October 1st

Village Vintage Fete Green Fair

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CHiLLington HaLL

Chillington Hall is a hidden gem on the Staffordshire/Shropshire borders between the villages of Brewood and Codsall. The enchanting 18th century Georgian house, is a product of two differing Georgian styles. The South side built in 1724 by Francis Smith of Warwick, has rooms of an intimate size contrasted with those built on a far grander scale 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 bank.

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 Hall offers guided tours of this magnificent house and our knowledgeable guides will give you an in-depth history of this family home, its ancestors and contents.

2016 was the 300th anniversary of Capability Brown and there were some unique tours dedicated to the man himself and his work at


Chillington in the 1760’s. To mark the occasion a bust of Capability was erected overlooking his creation.

For 2017 more public events are being introduced at Chillington, building on the success of the 2016 events. New events will include: The Spring Food and Craft fair after the success of the Christmas Fair in 2016, guided Bluebell, Rhododendron & Azalea Walks.

events for 2017 12th March 2nd April

The Hall is also available for private hire and has been used for birthday celebrations, civil ceremonies, charity events and more recently as a filming location. Although Chillington Hall is a grand house it retains an intimate charm which makes it an ideal setting for entertaining. telephone 01902 850236 www.chillingtonhall.co.uk WV8 1re

Wedding Open Day

Spring Food & Craft Fair

16th - 19th April : 2 - 4 pm (last entry to the house 3.30pm)

Easter House & Grounds Open Days

6th May

Guided Bluebell Walk

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

May House & Grounds open days

4th June

Guided Rhododendron & Azalea Walk

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

August House & Grounds open days

15th October

Guided Autumn Walk

5th June - 7th June: 2 - 4 pm (last entry to the house 3.30pm)

1st October

22nd November

June House & grounds open days

Wedding Open Day

Christmas Craft & Food Fair

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oswestry award Winning Markets - open every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday Markets in Oswestry date back some 800 years and remain one of the town’s biggest attractions, drawing visitors from far and wide..

The Indoor Market is open each Wednesday, 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 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 Oswestry’s 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 poet’s childhood in Oswestry. To really get to know

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Oswestry, make the Towns Tourist Information Centre the first stop on your day out. You will find it in the Oswestry Visitor and Exhibition Centre through the churchyard.

Go to www.oswestry-welshborders.org.uk or contact 01691 662753 for further details on our lovely town.


WHittington CaStLe The Ideal family Day out - Nr Oswestry

Tel 01691 662500 E-Mail info@whittingtoncastle.co.uk www.whittingtoncastle.co.uk

Castle Grounds open All Year Free Entrance

Same great storytelling festival, new lakeside venue

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Join us on our 26th year of superb

storytelling and music Dearnford Lake, Tilstock Road, Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 3JQ

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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.

Shropshire’s award winning animal attraction is opening its gates for the 2017 season on the 25th March. It’s 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 events calendar.

Along with old favourites like the Sheep Grand National, Halloween at Hooooo, and Ascot at Hoo, Hoo Farm will be repeating the HooLympics and the Teddy Bears Picnic after receiving a fantastic response in 2016.

New events have also been added to the calendar, including a Gruffalo Day, a Harry Potter Anniversary Celebration Day, an educational experience to celebrate World Snake Day complete with new arrival, and many more. Step into Christmas is also being expanded into the full Christmas experience, with Breakfast with Santa, Carol Singing, Father Christmas

Story Telling, and much more. These events are only part of the programme on offer, so drop in and pick up a leaflet.

A super Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale is planned, so keep your eye on the website and Facebook pages!

Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom is best known as ‘the Home of Shropshire’s Big Cats’, including the Servals Duma and Zeus, and Shaka the Caracal – Will’s favourite animal. Hand-reared Shaka is affectionately described by the keepers as a “big softy who loves playing with us”, despite the caracal - the strongest of Africa’s cats - being dangerous in the wild. Visitors can learn 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 residents.”

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For a special occasion, a visit to Hoo Farm can be enhanced with one of their up close and personal ‘Hoo Farm Experiences’ (hoofarm.com/experience / 01952 677 917). Customers can choose from a selection of 8 encounters, ranging from £80 for the Lemur Experience for 2 and £300 for the Keeper for the Day for 2. 2017 promises to be a terrific year for Hoo Farm following a fantastic 2016, during which awards were won and Hoo Farm gave back to their loyal customers.

Hoo Farm shared its 25th birthday celebrations with a record breaking 2700 people.

enjoy.” She went on to say “It is very uplifting to see how much this family business has flourished and I would like to congratulate them once again for reaching a magnificent 25 years.” Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom, Telford is open daily from 10am, with admission prices starting from £7.50 for a child ticket (online). They can be found on : facebook.com/hoofarmanimalkingdom and twitter @hoofarmtelford www.hoofarm.com 01952 677917

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 begin!” 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

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a FaMiLy Day out

the Magnolia garden

One of the oldest and most spectacular arboreta in Britain is open to the public to enjoy Wednesday - Sunday (Plus bank holiday Mondays and extra days in the school holidays) throughout the year from February until December. The Arboretum was originally 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 children’s activities and events run throughout the year, especially during the school holidays.

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The number of pathways around the arboretum has been increased to add to the numbers of areas that can be reached by pushchairs and wheelchairs. Look out for the doves in the dove cote in the Italian garden and two blue and two white peacocks.


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.

Throughout the Summer, the whole Arboretum is alive with colour. The herbaceous borders make up one of the highlights to every visit and the Laburnum Arch which was extended in 2013 to make it the longest in Britain (65m) will be covered in bright yellow flowers in May/June. In Autumn, the arboretum is on fire with the rich colours of autumn leaves. Arley Arboretum boasts a fine collection of Acers which make beautiful focal points in the Autumn display.

All trees are special in some way, but at Arley Arboretum there are some particularly interesting residents. One of the most unusual and interesting trees in the Arboretum is a layered beech, which covers nearly one quarter

of an acre. The Arboretum boasts a number of magnificent Crimean Pines, one of which is among the tallest in the UK, being in excess of 140ft. in height.

The Garden Tea Room which is located within the walled gardens is a great place to relax and is free to enter for all visitors, not just those entering the arboretum and gardens. The Tea Room has had a makeover and we can now take advanced bookings for afternoon teas. You will find a great selection of freshly prepared hot and cold food. If you fancy something a little sweeter there is an array of cakes and scones to choose from.

The Arboretum is now licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies, and are in the top 10 places in Worcestershire to get married.

Follow Arley Arboretum on Facebook and Twitter to see what’s 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

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May 13th - 14th

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LuDLoW SPring 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 Festival. 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, don’t 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 don’t 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. You’ll be able to peruse pre war gems right through to modern days classics of the 70’s and 80’s.

This year’s Ludlow Spring Festival runs 13-14 May, however; there is a special preview evening on Friday 12 May when visitors can ‘Meet the Brewer’. It’s 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 festival’s 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

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 Leintwardine.

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 ingredients.

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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•Children’s entertainment •al fresco food and drinks. •Battle of the Bands competition


Saturday 29th april – noon – 11pm – local bands, al fresco food and drink. ticket price:  £5.00

Sunday 30th apr – noon – 10.30pm Battle of the Bands - a competition of local bands, al fresco food and drink.  ticket Price £2.50.

telephone 01547 540203 www.thelionleintwardine.co.uk

Darne of Cornish turbot

Pulled Pork Scotch egg

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May 13th–14th

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SHroPSHire KiDS FeStiVaL

This fun filled festival aimed specifically at children, attracted over 10,000 families to Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park in 2016 and is back for a second year. Beth Heath, The Director of Fun says “It’s 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.” www.shropshirekidsfestival.co.uk or follow the event on facebook or on twitter @shropkidsfest

The region’s biggest children event is chock-ablock 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 3rd–11th

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 home to an enormous number of artists, and some are showcased in this event.

The Shropshire Hills Art Week is now in its fourth year. Offering a mixture of open studios and joint exhibitions, it extends across the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Art forms range from painting and printmaking to ceramics and felting; jewellery and book-arts to sculpture and glassmaking. The artists are available to talk about their work, and it is an opportunity for visitors to ask about technique or inspiration, to buy direct, or to commission a special gift.

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Walk, cycle or drive from venue to venue, and when you get tired of marvelling, simply enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake surrounded by beautiful artwork!

A colour brochure, available from early May, introduces each artist and shows an example of their work, and the website provides fuller information to enable visitors to plan their route. The route is signed to make finding artists easy, and there are also links to local attractions, public transport information, the AONB site, and various walks.

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The event runs from 3–11 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 @ShropsHillsart Beetroot in a trug Kate Chitham

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SHreWSBury FooD FeStiVaL

From 13,000 visitors in its first year to more than 27,000 last year, the Shrewsbury Food Festival has gone from strength to strength. The fifth annual Festival will take place on June 24th & 25th in Shrewsbury’s Quarry Park.

The event has become a popular fixture on Shrewsbury’s 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 besides.

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Event chief executive Beth Heath said: “We started the festival because Shrewsbury is an incredible town with great producers, retailers and restaurants. We wanted to show people how much there is on offer.


“In our first year, we attracted 13,000 people and we doubled that in the space of three years. It’s been amazing to see how popular the festival has become in a few years.” The event is run with the help of 100 volunteers, who are called Team Orange, and new recruits are being invited to take part in this year’s festival.

Event chair, Andy Richardson, added: “We’re always on the lookout for new people and they will be welcomed into the fold. The food festival is a very sociable event and we’re happy to speak to those who’d like to become a part of it.”

The festival features the best local music on a large stage in The Quarry Park and new acts are lined up for 2017.

The event also donates money to good causes and has helped four local schools to build vegetable gardens as well as being at the forefront of a campaign to reduce food waste among residents in the town.

Mrs Heath added: “We love great food and we’re all about being responsible and sustainable. We’ve got some cracking ideas up our sleeve to make the fourth festival the best yet. We’ve even booked the sunshine.” Further details are available www.shrewsburyfoodfestival.co.uk

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With plenty of entertainment for the entire family taking place over the whole weekend, including cookery classes, circus skills and an under 5’s play bus, it is sure to be a great day out!

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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 Midland’s has to offer.

Held in the spacious grounds at the RAF Museum Cosford, a bustling food market will showcase some of the region’s finest artisan produce and locally brewed beverages. On top of popular favourites, there will be plenty of new producers joining the festival for the first time, making this year’s event the biggest and the best yet.

Organisers have also lined up delicious food for visitors to enjoy at the festival and will be serving up flavours from around the world to tempt foodies.

Visitors can learn from local chefs how to prepare the perfect dish during live cooking 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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admission Prices: Adult £5.00 Child (5-15 years) £2.00 Family (2 adults, up to 4 children) £14.00 Children under 5 - FREE www.rafmuseum.org/cosford telephone 01902 376200 Follow the event on Facebook: @CosfordFoodFestival


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international Storytelling Festival everyone loves a good tale….. Celebrating its 26th year, the oldest storytelling festival in England has relocated to the stunning setting of Dearnford Lake in Whitchurh surrounded by the beautiful countryside of North Shropshire.

Once again there is a feast of stories on offer from UK and international storytellers, plus music, dance, creative workshops, and CAMRA real ale - adding up to a packed and varied weekend programme.

This weekend event is unique in the festival calendar, bringing together the finest professional performers from Britain and the world over. There are stories for all tastes and

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

As well as large marquee venues the festival offers more intimate settings such as Story Rounds, where all are invited to share a tale or two over the weekend, or you might like to try one of our storytelling or music workshops.

There is also a dedicated and packed children’s programme that includes stories, craft activities, circus skills, and much, much more, entertaining younger festival goers all weekend.

Audiences will get the chance to hear some magical and moving stories from the best of British storytellers such as Ruth Kirkpatrick, Michael Harvey, Douglas Mackay, Xanthe Gresham and Nick Hennessey.


Another feast of live music this year includes, amongst others, The Coven, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Anna Shannon, Ninebarrow, The Jim Causley Trio and Tim Dalling.

With onsite camping, a variety of caterers and crafts traders Festival at the Edge provides a memorable weekend in spectacular surroundings where your imagination is guaranteed to soar…

“Not for a long time have I been made to think so deeply, been so entertained or just laughed so much” “Finally landed back in Devon after a splendiferous weekend in the land of stories, song, friendliness and fun. All well worth the long drive!” Web - www.festivalattheedge.org email - info@festivalattheedge.org telephone - 07544 044126

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July 29th - august 13th

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This year’s Festival starts with a programme including one of the ‘greats’ of the Chamber Music Repertoire – Schubert’s wonderful C major String Quintet played by the Martinu Quartet with Graham Walker (cello).

We’re delighted to welcome back 4 Girls 4 Harps, and the Frith Piano Quartet who will play Mozart, Fauré and Dvorák. 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.

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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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success of last year’s tribute act, we’re pleased to be hosting Planet Abba for a great evening’s entertainment. Finally, to conclude these brilliant musical events we’re thrilled to announce a toetapping finale with ‘Swinging at the Cotton Club’! There will, as ever, be a Teatime Concert and 9 free concerts; details of these will be announced later.

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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.

There are two drama evenings – Chapterhouse will perform Pride and Prejudice, and Clair Whitefield will star in her one-woman show Chopping Chillies – a modern-day fairytale.

Our annual Exhibition goes from strength to strength, and, as usual, will provide an excellent showcase for local artists, craftspeople and photographers. This year’s guest artists will be David Harban and Paul Hipkiss.

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the Burwarton Shetland national – so exciting, you’ll end up a little hoarse!! The Burwarton Show on Thursday 3 August is a terrific day out for the family with a full hand of Main Ring attractions including the Shetland Grand National and Squibb Freestyle Stunt Team. Other activities throughout the day include sheep shearing, trade stands, a food hall, handicrafts, horticulture, conservation and more full-size horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, and goats than you’ve ever seen in one place.

Fresh from their award last year, having been given the prestigious Queen’s 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. It’s a bit like the Forth Bridge – as soon

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as one show is over, then, with a glance over the shoulder to see what needs adjusting and improving, it’s on with the 2017 Show.

There is something for everyone, a full day’s entertainment in the glorious south Shropshire countryside. The Shetland Grand National promises a mixture of thrills and a few spills as the riders urge their mounts round a course of jumps appropriate to their size. Rather noisier, but equally thrilling, the Jamie Squibb Stunt Team will have your hearts in your mouths as they throw themselves and their bikes around at speed and height.


All the usual attractions are present with heavy emphasis on traditional agricultural activities, local crafts and locally produced food. Competition is fierce with classes for heavy horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, horses and driving plus the ever popular mounted Fancy Dress class judged in the Main Ring in the afternoon as well as some dressage and show-jumping to amaze and delight.

The Show starts at 8.15 am with the first horse classes in the Main Ring and continues throughout the day with Livestock class judging

running from 9.30 a.m. whilst the horse competitions in the Pool field also commence at 8.15 a.m. and run all day. Following exhibitor demand, new classes have been included for the very eye-catching Highland cattle and badger face Welsh Mountain sheep breeds.

For the younger visitors, the Village Green hosts, amongst others, the ever popular Punch & Judy, Magic Russ and the Jill Fielding Duo whilst the Panic Family Circus (non-animal) with jugglers, clowns, fire eaters will entertain in the play area.

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The Showground is at Cleobury North WV16 6RP on the B4364 between Bridgnorth and 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 three children. Tickets are available at pre-show discounted prices from outlets throughout the county, on-line at www.burwartonshow.co.uk

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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 & workshops

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PreSteigne FeStiVaL

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The 2017 Presteigne Festival offers an exciting programme to suit the widest of tastes, whilst celebrating a number of important landmarks. We mark our 35th anniversary and also George Vass’ 60th birthday, who in turn celebrates twenty-five years in post as artistic director.

The concert programme features a rare insight into Danish music, special birthday celebrations for John Joubert and Hugh Wood and the chance to enjoy a number of successful commissions from previous Festivals.

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-inresidence Edward Gregson, an ‘a cappella’ choral work from Cecilia McDowall and a piece for cello and piano from Herefordshire-based composer Robert Peate.

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 Williams.

Celebrated for its fresh, stylish mix of contemporary music, balanced with 20th century classics and great works from the standard repertoire, the Festival’s 2017 music programme embraces a particularly wide range of important works from J S Bach, Beethoven, Berg, Lennox Berkeley, Brahms, Frank Bridge, Duruflé, De Falla, Haydn, Nielsen, Poulenc, Vaughan Williams and Walton.

A varied collection of supporting events include a centenary celebration of the work of founder Festival President Sidney Nolan, anthropologist Stephen Hugh-Jones talking about the music of the Amazonian Indians and Meurig Bowen’s delightfully witty salute to the music and writings

Taking Beethoven’s 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 FrancesHoad, Michael Zev Gordon, Gabriel Jackson, David Knotts and the 2016 Royal Philharmonic Society/Presteigne Festival Alan Horne Memorial commission winner, Jack Sheen.

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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 Godard’s hugely influential Breathless (1960), British crime drama Performance (1970) and Arthur Penn’s unforgettable action-crime caper Bonnie and Clyde (1967).

An extraordinary talented artist line-up includes many Festival favourites alongside a number of gifted Presteigne débuts: 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 Christopher Good, Greg Tassell tenor, Suzy Willison-Kawalec harp, Laura Snowden guitar, the Sine Nomine International Touring Choir under director Susan Hollingworth and the critically-acclaimed Presteigne Festival Orchestra.

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LODGING 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.

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The County of Salop Steam Engine Society’s 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 yesteryear, all to delight visitors to the popular annual family event.

In the main arena, spectators can also enjoy moving convoys of historic commercial vehicles, including buses and fire engines; vintage cycles; working horses; vintage tractors; pre-and post World War II cars; classic motorcycles; and perambulators... with all entrants invited to be in period costume. The Working Field will take a nostalgic look at the farming of 'days gone by' and demonstrate an exciting mix of impressive working machines and shire horses that capture the history and heritage of farming in the Victorian era. There's also Tractor Pulling to excite! Full Arena Programme on both days.

The Rally covers 45 acres of beautiful parkland, with 6 acres of Trade Stands. The Rally hosts a variety of preserved commercial vehicles, that includes lorries, buses, fire engines and a large display of military vehicles. The Olde Time Fair offers lots of fun, with steam-powered rides for

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all - accompanied by vintage fairground music. Finally there are some excellent miniature steam engines, and a Craft Marquee - which gets bigger each year!

The family-friendly event provides some enjoyable entertainment with a full Arena Programme on both days, including the highlypopular and majestic cavalcade of Showman’s engines, traction engines, steam rollers and steam cars. Spectators can enjoy the annual highly-popular interactive display of birds of prey. Full information from www.shrewsburysteamrally.co.uk and visitors can buy tickets online. Tickets: Adult:13, Pensioner: £12, Child: £1. Under 5's -Free. Enquiries: info@shrewsburysteamrally.co.uk (01938) 570874. Postal address: COSSES, PO Box 4706, Shrewsbury. SY5 0WT.

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3rd - 4th September Telfood Feastival is back at the QEII arena in Telford Town Park, voted the UK’s best park in 2016.

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New on the Shropshire Festival Calendar, bringing over 150 beers under one canvas 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.”

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Telfood Features an array of over 130 artisan food and craft exhibitors, a live music stage, talks and demonstrations all in the heart of Telford. With plenty of entertainment for kids, from cookery to climbing walls there is fun for the whole family! www.telfood.co.uk or follow the event on facebook or on twitter @telfood

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But it’s 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 and mixology will be on the menu, alongside the best of local street food and a farmer’s market! www.shropshirefestivals.co.uk or follow the event on facebook or on twitter @shropbeerfest


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a feast for all the senses ... The Ludlow Food Festival was first run in 1995 and was the result of a pub table conversation amongst likeminded friends looking to preserve and promote the independent shops and producers of the town and surrounding area. These principles still guide everything the festival continues to do today.

The event has grown from an initial 500 visitors to around 20,000 and is renowned across the globe for with visitors from across the UK as well as the United States, Japan and Australia having attended.

Organisers of the Ludlow Food Festival are hard at work bringing together a host of new and favourite attractions for visitors from 8-10 September.

More than 160 of the very best local food and drink producers will be in the castle sharing their

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skills, enthusiasm and of course amazing products across the weekend.

The line up of chefs, food experts and enthusiasts across Ludlow’s two main stages, promises to be full of exceptional talent and variety with some new faces promised this year. In the past we have welcomed great chefs such as Tom Kerridge, Glynn Purnell and Claude Bosi as well as a number of Great British Menu, Masterchef and Great British Bake Off winners and contestants. Keep an eye on the festival’s website www.foodfestival.co.uk for details in the coming months.

Masterclasses, tasting sessions and specialist talks are always incredibly popular. Little ones won’t miss out either with a special kids cookery school.

Of course the ever-popular sausage and ale trails will also be taking place around Ludlow along with the pudding tasting and the Sunday producers market.


For those who want to learn more about particular ingredients or methods of cooking the Taste Workshops are a must. Led by expert producers or chefs, they will guide you through a tutored tasting. Previous talks have included ‘snout to tail’, sherry tasting and the art of fruit distillation.

For more details about the festival please visit the website www.foodfestival.co.uk

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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 counterbalancing 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 mines.

Bridgnorth Cliff Railway was founded by the famous Victorian hydraulic lift engineer Sir George Croydon Marks, who later became Lord Marks of Woolwich. George also engineered the cliff railway and became its first managing director until 1901. His brother Edward, another engineer, became its next managing director until 1924. The cliff railway is now owned by distant cousins who bought the original company in 2011.

Do visit England’s only remaining inland electric funicular railway! £1.60 return fare. Telephone: 01746-762052 (stations). www.bridgnorthcliffrailway.co.uk

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.

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You can lie on the beds, read the judge’s 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.

One of the w orld’s most appealin g small mu seums’ Dr John Davies, historian.

‘Truly inspirational’ is how HRH Prince of Wales described The Judge’s Lodging on a visit to this stunningly restored Victorian courthouse. Historic Royal Palaces Curator & historian, Lucy Worsley exclaimed ‘WHAT a stunning place!’ after filming for the BBC in the building and the Hudson's Heritage Awards hailed it as ‘Britain’s Best Hidden Gem’. You really do need to see for yourself what all the fuss is over this exceptional courthouse in the tiny Welsh border town of Presteigne.

The Judge’s 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 awardwinning historic judge’s accommodation and court offers a most unusual journey back in time. Wander through the judge’s private apartments and make yourself at home, for The Judge’s Lodging an historic house with a difference – you can touch!

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There’s a host of special events and exhibitions to add to your entertainment. Every school holiday will come with exciting trails and activities to entertain the young, along with their own guidebook, full of facts about toilets, pants and things odd. Look out for special events and news throughout the year on the website, or follow on facebook.com/theJudgesLodging Celebrating 20 years open as a public museum this year, the building will play host to the Installation of the High Sheriff of Powys (always an exciting event, as it features a real judge sitting in the courtroom!), feature as a


minimum charge of £25. All proceeds from the tours will be donated equally to The Judge’s 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 Judge’s 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 Judge’s 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 about an hour, taking in the 12th century castle 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

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2017 – a year oF CeLeBrationS

2017 is going to be a significant year of anniversaries for Shropshire’s 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.

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As part of the anniversary celebrations the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron will be reopening 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.

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the Darby Houses, Coalbrookdale


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Different zones will explain how the discoveries made in Coalbrookdale changed the world forever and celebrate the lives of the different characters, including the Darby dynasty of ironmasters and ‘Iron Mad’ Wilkinson. Visitors will discover more about the important role played by women in the management of the Coalbrookdale factory and the hard conditions that the workers faced to help make Ironbridge one of the most important industrial locations in the world.

Wonderful examples of the varied ironware made in Coalbrookdale will be on display including a giant whaling pot and an anchor from a Napoleonic Warship as well intricate and beautiful statues, furniture and everyday household goods such as door stops, cooking pots and flat irons. Children will be able to follow their own interactive trail around the museum and work out fun puzzles.

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The Trust will also be marking its 50th anniversary by holding a community art competition, with Shropshire residents invited to submit artwork that has been inspired by the museums. The piece can be created in any medium such as paint, wood, metal, ceramics textiles, photography, film, multi-media and more. Submissions are required by March and winning entries will be displayed from late spring. Other highlights will include new events such as animal inspired activities over the Easter holidays and summer events themed around Fire, Furnace and Steam while, later in the year, Halloween will take centre stage at the October half-term workshops. For further information, www.ironbridge.org.uk

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Ludlow’s historic Grade I listed Buttercross was built in 1743–46 on the site of the High Cross at the heart of the town.

From its central location, the museum enjoys fabulous views along the listed beautiful buildings of Broad Street and the countryside beyond.

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And the medieval artefacts from Ludlow Castle & St Laurence’s Church, both situated in the town centre and near neighbours of the Buttercross …

To maps depicting the development of the walled town and Ludlow’s architecture throughout the ages including the Market Hall, also the story of Ludlow’s professions and trades; and concluding with exhibits from Ludlow at war and peace. admission:

The museum’s collections tell the town’s history and explain how Victorian geologists unravelled the meaning of Ludlow's rocks, making them internationally famous.

The Museum at the Buttercross tells Ludlow’s history from the warm shallow tropical sea that covered the area 400 million years ago and formed the town’s unique geology and fossils …

Through the prehistory of Ludlow and Bromfield, and the treasures including the Bitterley Hoard, sword pommel, ring and other hoards …

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£1 adults

50p under 16yrs Free under 5yrs

Facilities:

Lift & Disabled Access Toilet

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Fri, Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays 10-4pm

Please contact Ludlow Town Council museum staff on: 01584 878 697 www.ludlow.gov.uk


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A picturesque working water mill with 38ft. cast iron waterwheel producing wholemeal flour traditionally. Family owned for 250 years. Personal guided tours for all visitors, by millers Alan & Peter George.

Daniels Mill is set in the idyllic Shropshire countryside, deep in a wooded valley crossed by a 19th Century viaduct carrying the Severn Valley Railway to Bridgnorth. Visitors are taken back in time when the mill wheel turns and a steam train crosses the viaduct at the same time. Heavy French Burr millstones turn locally grown wheat into flour in the traditional way used for centuries. There are conducted tours for all visitors to the mill. A small gift shop is open and 100% wholemeal flour is available for sale. The tea room offers scones made from our own flour.

Organised parties and schools are welcome by prior appointment throughout the year. Evening parties accepted throughout the year. Please

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allow up to 2 hours to visit. Reductions for parties numbering 20 and over. Light refreshments available by arrangment - see the website for more details. The Stables Tearoom, serving light bites and drinks.

Directions

Daniels Mill is brown sign posted from Bridgnorth. From the Severn Valley Railway in Bridgnorth (Holybush Road) turn onto B4363 Cleobury Mortimer road. After ¼ mile turn right on to the B455 towards Eardington. Daniels Mill is situated approx ¾ mile on right.

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£5.00 Adults, £4.00 Concessions

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Easter - end of October, 11am-4pm

Telephone 07812 733223 www.danielsmill.co.uk


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to you to make arrangements. A small charge is made for such tours (£5 – £10) depending on numbers.

Over the Easter weekend, 25th to 28th March inclusive the museum will open from 2pm - 5pm on Good Friday, Saturday, Sunday & Monday

After Easter the museum will open from 30th April until 17th September, from 2pm - 5pm every Saturday and Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday admission Free

Note there are steps and stairs throughout this ancient building

If you can’t make our set opening hours we offer guided tours at a time to suit you – just contact the staff at the nearby Town Hall – email info@bishopscastletownhall.co.uk or telephone 01588 630 023, Monday - Saturday. Leave your contact and request details and we will get back

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 early 20th centuries, alongside displays about the distinctive economic and political history of this unique border town. The museum trust is planning to add a special new artefact this year. We hope you’ll have time to seek it out.....

At Bishop's Castle Heritage Resource Centre (BCHRC) in Chapel Yard we hold a regular Local History Centre open session on Saturday mornings from 10.30am - 1pm, when volunteers are on hand to help with family, local history and research enquiries. As at the museum, admission is free though donations are vital to these independent and volunteer run facilities.

To contact us direct use our email address mail@bchrc.co.uk or ring 01588 630 556

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2016 opening Hours Tuesday 11.00 - 16.00 Thursday 11.00 - 16.00 Friday 11.00 - 16.00 Groups by arrangement

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WHitCHurCH Heritage Centre Free entry Whitchurch is renowned for being the only town in Shropshire to have been continually inhabited on the same site since being built in Roman Times.

The Heritage Centre is home to Whitchurch Museum and Archives and contains displays and exhibits that reflect the town’s historic roots. It forms part of the town’s Local History Centre where the public can carry out research.

Permanent displays include ● Sir Edward German - Whitchurch-born composer and musician ● Randolph Caldecott - Artist and illustrator who worked in Whitchurch ● History of Joyce’s Clocks - a Whitchurchbased company famous for its tower clocks ● Themed interactive displays geared towards 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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Museum is wheelchair accessible Disabled parking adjacent to Heritage Centre Gift shop selling souvenirs and local history publications

Contact Details 12 St Mary’s Street Whitchurch, Shropshire, SY13 1QY Tel 01948 664577

Collection & research enquiries info@whitchurch-heritage.co.uk

Websites www.whitchurch-heritage.co.uk www.thegreatwar.whitchurch-shropshire.co.uk www.allourstories.whitchurch-shropshire.co.uk

Social Media www.facebook.com/whitchurch-heritagecentre twitter.com/WHSHC


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Visitor & exhibition Centre The Centre is set within Oswestry Parish Churchyard formerly called Holbache House it was the second oldest grammar school founded in 1407. It now houses Oswestry Tourist Information centre, a coffee shop and art exhibitions which change monthly.

Opening times; Every day except Sunday 10am4pm. Longer opening in summer. Entry is free

Postcode SY11 2TE Telephone 01691 662753 www.oswestry-welshborders.org.uk escape@oswestry-welshborders.org.uk

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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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have announced that the Museum will include a Timeline stretching from the formation of the rocks that Oswestry sits on right up to the present day and with space to update it in the future on an annual basis. Mark Hignett for the group said “We have to remember that what happens this year is next years history” adding “in particular visitors to the town next year could be interested in what happened the previous year as being part of the history of the town.” For more information: www.oswestrymuseum.org.uk E-Mail: info@oswestrymuseum.org.uk Telephone : Mark on 01948 781079

Open on market days Wednesday 10 – 4 Friday 10 – 4 Saturday 10 – 3.30

Other times and group visits by prior arrangement.


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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.

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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.

In November 2015 the Friends opened the doors to their new state-of-the-art Visitor Centre for the first time. Housed in the renovated Office and Stables thanks to grants from Historic England and the ERDF the facility brings together for the first time interpretations of the mill’s role in the industrial revolution and the pioneers who made it happen, including:

• details on how flax was processed, from the field to the end product, which include a myriad of items from ship sails to playing cards. • the impact of the building’s revolutionary iron frame on the world of architecture • details of the mill’s machinery and technology • working conditions at the mill, including child labour • 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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entry is free and opening times are: November-March, Saturdays only, 10am - 4 pm April-October, Fri, Sat, Sun 10am -4 pm

Bookable Guided tours will be available at weekends in the Summer - please refer to www.flaxmill-maltings .co.uk for details. Group tours are possible at other times by arrangement as are illustrated tours off-site – please email.

The Friends are also recruiting volunteers to help with the manning of the Visitor Centre. They are asking for people who are able to commit to at least a half day each month. If you’re interested in helping please contact them on info@flaxmill-maltings.co.uk .


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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 diversity of Trades in this once self contained market town - the centre of a large Farming community; Smithy, Wheelwright, Clog maker, Saddler, Tailor, Baker,· Brewer, to name but a few. It also houses a nationally recognized collection of Flints which were traded along the Clun/Clee Ridgeway.

First Floor Here the main theme is local memorabilia of both the First (1914 –1918) and Second (1939 –1945) World Wars, including uniforms of all three Armed Forces, Nursing and Women’s Land Army, together with our photographic collection and a Digital Photo frame.

Schools, Historical Societies and Clubs are very welcome and special opening times can be arranged with the curator..

access for all A portable wheelchair ramp is available at the Entrance and a stairlift is installed for easy access to first floor. Our visually impaired visitors are catered for by Audio, Braille, large print guides and pictures together with an illuminated tactile map of Clun Town. We also have a scale tactile model of Clun Castle as it was circa 1300.

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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 Curator:

Email: clunmuseum@gmail.com Websites: www.clunmuseum.org.uk www.shropshirehistory.org.uk Clun Castle - aerial view

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Much Wenlock seems an unlikely place to look for the origins of the Modern Olympic Games but it was here in 1850 that local doctor and philanthropist William Penny Brookes staged the first Wenlock Olympian Games. This annual event was inspired by the ideals of the ancient Greek games and is still held every year.

However, the museum’s displays tell many other important stories about the town and surrounding area. You can discover how the town developed around the fine medieval priory to serve visiting pilgrims, much as it welcomes visitors today. You can also explore the rich geology of Wenlock Edge and study its rocks and fossils as the early geologists did around 150 years ago.

This child friendly museum has a range of activities for all ages from stamping your own Roman coin to researching your family history in our Local History Centre.

Described by Mark Rowe of the Independent newspaper as "...one of the world's great little museums." 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.

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Ludlow is home to Shropshire Museums’ Resource Centre which runs a full and varied programme of temporary exhibitions and bookahead 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 Resource-Centre 01743 250505

Coleham Pumping Station

Coleham Pumping Station was built in 1900 to house two steam-driven beam engines as part of a major upgrading of Shrewsbury's sewerage system. Two massive steam-driven beam engines were built by Renshaw's of Stoke-on-Trent during 1897-1898; and a brick building, resembling a Victorian chapel in style, was constructed in 1900 to house them. The pumping station was opened by the mayoress of Shrewsbury in 1901. The Shrewsbury Steam Trust was founded in 1992 with the aim of restoring the steam engines and the two coal-fired Cornish boilers that provided the steam. enquiries@colehampumpingstation.co.uk www.colehampumpingstation.co.uk

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MarKet Drayton’S oWn MuSeuM the story of Drayton It’s called “The Story of Drayton”, because that’s exactly what it is.

It’s 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. That’s to say you will be given a potted history in five quick chapters, from earliest times to the present. There’s also the odd diversion and digression.

Don’t miss the house behind, where a home is on display.... with the trophies on the mantelpiece, china in the dresser, books in the bookcase, medicine in the bathroom, and so on in kitchen, yard and outhouse. Here, as you can imagine, the past often rubs shoulders with the present.

The things you can see range from a prehistoric plant stem to a hand-pulled hearse, a bottle collection, panoramic school photographs, a horse-drawn seed drill, lamps, money boxes, and mangles. And you’ll find stories ranging from Clive of India’s pies to gingerbread secrets, the WC War, and death at the theatre, not to mention Arthur Phillips’ vertical take-off aircraft of 1908.

It is open (with free entry) from May to October 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.

Entry is free, but as the Museum is totally run by volunteers without help from 'the rates', we would appreciate a donation.

You are assured of a warm welcome, at the same time helping you share the past (and present) of this the largest and most important market town in the area.

53 Shropshire St Market Drayton,Shropshire, TF9 3DA telephone 01630 654300 e-mail ipictonr@talktalk.net

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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 world’s oldest Spitfire, the unique TSR2 and the mighty Vulcan bomber to name but a few. Plus, visitors can now see the museum’s 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 museum’s collection of warplanes, three iconic First World War aircraft; the Sopwith Pup, Sopwith 1 ½ Strutter and the Bristol M.1c form the centre piece of the ‘First World War in the Air’ Exhibition. Displayed alongside the aircraft are the personal items of Second Lieutenant Kevin Robert Furniss of the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), who lived only a few miles from Cosford in Wolverhampton.

Learn if you have what it takes to be a pilot in Fun ‘n’ Flight which is packed with hands on excitement. Whether you’re learning how to fly a Spitfire, investigating air flow with ‘The Blower’ or guiding a Hercules to a drop zone you will be learning and having fun.

Let your imagination take flight on board the Museum’s 4D Experience which combines cutting-edge 3D computer animation with the added fourth dimension of special environmental effects. Experience the thrill of flying in formation with the world famous aerobatic display team the Red Arrows in the new 4D ride.

After wondering in the hangars, visitors can relax and enjoy a coffee in the licensed Refuel Restaurant which has a great selection of hot and cold food available and views overlooking the airfield. Or, if it’s light refreshments you are after, head to the classic Citroen H Van in the National Cold War Exhibition and enjoy a snack against a backdrop of aircraft.

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open Cockpits evening 19-20 May / 15-16 September Large Model aircraft rally 15-16 July Cosford Food Festival 22-23 July Summer of Spies 1-31 August Spitfire 10K 3 September Conservation Centre open Week 13-18 November

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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.

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To find out more visit the museum’s website www.rafmuseum.org/cosford. Keep up to date with the latest news and event information by following them on social media. Shifnal Shropshire tF11 8uP t: 01902 376200 e: cosford@rafmuseum.org W: www.rafmuseum.org/cosford

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The Regimental Museum was established in Shrewsbury’s medieval Castle in 1985 combining regimental collections from various locations in the county. It now forms one of The Rifles heritage museums and houses the collections of armour, trophies, uniforms, medals, weapons and much more associated with Shropshire Regiments such as King’s Shropshire Light Infantry, The Shropshire Yeomanry and others.

There are also displays on the county Lord Lieutenancy, the Modern British Army and the history of the castle which dates back to the 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.

The Castle and Regimental Museum are open from mid-February to late December but closed on Thursdays and off-peak Sundays. See website for exact times or call. Admission charge to Regimental Museum. Free access to Castle grounds. Note: Children aged four and under and regimental veterans are admitted free of charge. Castle Street, Shrewsbury SY1 2AT Telephone: 01743-358516 www.shropshireregimentalmuseum.co.uk

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Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is located in the Victorian Music Hall and 13th century Vaughan’s Mansion on The Square in the town centre.

It uses a ‘variety show’ of different ways to inspire you to think about Shrewsbury and Shropshire’s 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 Shropshire’s collections will suggest many opportunities to get out and explore the county’s heritage in places such as Wroxeter Roman City and Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.

Check the website for details of our temporary exhibitions.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is home to the town’s 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. Café Bar and visit the shop on the ground floor.

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery opens throughout the year – please phone or check the website for exact times.

www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH Telephone: 01743 258885

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The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is the perfect place to start your exploration of the Shropshire Hills.

The award winning visitor attraction, voted as 'Best Family Day Out (small venue)' by the general public; also Going Places Midlands Family attraction of the year 2016/2017.

2016 was the 30th anniversary of the discovery of the Shropshire Mammoth reported by Mrs Eve Roberts in September 1986 near a sand gravel pit in Condover, near Shrewsbury. The Shropshire County Museum service were called, along with the curator of Ludlow Museum and Dr Russell Coope from Birmingham University - and it was confirmed that this was a major find: a mammoth from over 14,000 years ago. It was soon realised that this was the most complete and best preserved mammoth ever found in Britain.

The ‘grow Cook Learn’ organisation recently took over as tenants of the Discovery Centre and their aim is to connect people to the landscape, history and the food of the Shropshire Hills.

If you are looking for a Shropshire day out with a difference, there is something to do inside or out. Take a stroll in the meadows, relax in thecafe with lovely views over a delicious homecooked meal, a frothy coffee or a Shropshire cream tea. Get up close and personal to Shropshire’s mammoth and step back into the Iron Age.

Discover a unique range of gifts, cards, books, home ware, local artisan crafts and local food products in the shop much of it made in Shropshire and reflecting the beauty of the natural landscape. There is also a wide range of 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 guaranteed to take home a little bit of Shropshire. Just outside there’s 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 throughout the school holidays to keep children and adults enlightened and entertained. Geocaching (hi-tech treasure hunts) available all year round.

The Discovery Club is for children to explore the outdoors, have fun and get back to nature. It is held on the last Saturday of every month 11am - midday for children aged 3-7 years old, accompanied by an adult (you'll have just as much fun!). There are different activities centred on exploring nature and the outdoors, get crafty and creative. , bring your wellies just in case the weather isn't kind. On the second Saturday of the month there is the explorer’s Club for children aged 7-11 years old, accompanied by an adult. Have you ever seen a water-nymph, built a house of sticks, gone in search of hidden bears, or been on a virtual dinosaur dig? If not, now is your chance! Perfect for the young and the young at heart. Explore nature and get creative.

Saturday 17th June Family Fun Day 10 – 5pm Bring the whole family for a day of fun, games and activities that will get you outside and enjoying everything that the great outdoors has to offer (in case of summer showers, plenty of indoor alternatives will be on offer too).

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th november Christmas Craft Fair - 10am-4pm Christmas Craft Fair A wide selection of handmade crafts and Christmas gifts from talented Shropshire crafts people will help you choose those special gifts for your family and friends.

There are a variety of courses on offer for adults too all year round, from cooking to outdoor skills, it’s worth checking the website for up to date courses and events.

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Open 7 days a week 10am – 5pm The last entry to the exhibition is 4.30pm. Telephone 01588 676060 Craven Arms www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk

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Historic Working Farm, near Church Stretton

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There are special events on many weekends often following the Farming seasons. Please check the website for opening times, programme and prices at: www.actonscottmuseum.com

Located in a peaceful setting in The Shropshire Hills AONB Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is one of Britain’s 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 TV’s ‘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 Heights”. 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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Follow on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news. To find out more about our opening times and events please call on (01694) 781306. Satnav Sy6 6Qn


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13th-14th May 2017 www.foodfestival.co.uk


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Stunning scenery, exceptional steam heritage and outstanding facilities - the Severn Valley railway offers a wealth of opportunities for visitors. Having recently celebrated its 50th Anniversary, the SVR now welcomes more than 250,000 visitors each year.

The Railway’s lovingly-restored collection of heritage steam locomotives take visitors for a 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.

The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley is the perfect place for passengers to break their journey. Packed with a range of interactive exhibits, including King George VI Royal Carriage, Peter’s Railway Young Engineers Centre as well as a host of informative exhibitions, the Engine House is also home to the Railway’s reserve collection of full-size locomotives. While there, visitors can enjoy a bite to eat at the Flag & Whistle Food Stop, with its panoramic views over the Severn Valley.

Anyone looking for a day out with a difference can head to any of the SVR’s fantastic range of events.

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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 December.

Steam Trains run daily between May and October, and at weekends and in school holidays from February to December.

For more information about the SVR, its events and bookings, visit www.svr.co.uk, call 01562 757900 or see the Severn Valley Railway Official Site or Families pages on Facebook.

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The British Ironwork Centre is a family company passionate about the preservation and creation of quality metal work, in all its forms.

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Among the stunning and varied collection of metal work you will find beautifully decorative items large and small for the home and garden.


Some of the items are faithful reproductions of beautiful ironwork, no longer seen today, whilst many are new improved items for the home, as glamourous and individual as their originals, but with contemporary twists.

As well as this the Centre is home to a splendid collection of magnificent animal sculptures which feature within our iron safari. The indoor showrooms offer an abundance of irresistible home essentials, ornaments and decorations. Within the shop you can also explore the painstakingly sourced range of gifts, from locally crafted jewellery, to candles, artwork and truly unqiue designs made by artisans from across the country and beyond. telephone 0800 6888386 www.BritishironWorkCentre.co.uk

2017 events

3rd - 4th april Famous Easter Egg hunt

30th april Oswestry half-marathon and Family Fun Day

7th May Midlands Breakfast Club - a wonderful gathering of car enthusiasts from all over.

27th May Weaver Wander car Rally - a charity car run each Spring for classic cars departing from Nantwich on routes that are normally around a total of 100 to 120 miles.

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 FoLLieS

one of Shropshire’s premier outdoor attractions big changes are afoot !

With a change of ownership in 2016, there are big plans for the Follies, with lots of new events (see the listings at the end of this article); including a Mountain Bike event, Mud run, Dog Show and a Fairy/Pirate themed event !

Do remember that Hawkstone Park Follies is a dog friendly venue - and a great place to get fit ! you can also book the Park for 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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The Follies is an historic woodland fantasy with cliffs, crags, caves, deep woods and a series of extraordinary monuments built over 200 years ago, after years of neglect the magical landscape was lovingly restored and reopened in 1993. Parts of the park and the main walking routes contains several flights of steps, some natural ones carved into rock and some man made wooden ones – these can be slippery when wet. Constructed around dramatic sandstone cliffs rising abruptly from the Shropshire Plain and with so many attractions to see, it is little wonder that Hawkstone was once one of the most visited landscapes in Britain.


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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 Hawkstone’s abrupt and rocky cliffs. The picturesque details and romantic scenes are now replaced by a sense of wonder and awe at the grandeur of the scenery. The high pitch of emotional excitement that is generated by this last state of mind would in the past have been described as “sublime”. It is certainly a landscape in which a sense of the “sublime” predominates.

In 1986 the Park was designated by English Heritage as a Grade 1 Listed Landscape in the recently introduced Register of Historic Gardens and Parks.

There are still treasures waiting to be discovered, hidden away in the undergrowth. In 2009, whilst rebuilding the Hermitage following a severe fire, hidden steps in the rock were discovered which had been buried beneath a mound of soil. This lends credence to the old tales about the tour guides who used to lead people around the front path of the Hermitage, then disappear and miraculously re-appear as “the hermit” to entertain the crowds.

Since the period of restoration, successive owners have diligently cared for the Park and its attractions to safeguard its future and to enable generations to come to appreciate this extraordinary place. Recent work undertaken has included restoring the interior of the White Tower and cosmetic work on the monument and greenhouse.

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Prices - held for 2017: Adult £8.25 Concession £7.50 Child (5-15 years of age) £5.75 Family 4 (x2 adults x2 kids) £26.00 Family 5 (x2 adults x3 kids) £29.50 Family 6 (2 adults x4 kids) £33.00 Love the Follies - buy a season ticket, which gives unlimited entrance, tea room loyalty card and fast pass access. Family 4 Season £71.00 Adult Season £30.00 Chiled Season £9.50

opening times 2017: (walk is approximately 3 hrs/6km)

February - Sat 18 - Sun 26 March – Fridays, Saturday & Sundays april – august – Open every day September – Fri/Sat/Sundays however park also open Monday 4th. Park closed 2nd for colour run and half day closed Sat 30th for Adventure Run. october – Sat/Sundays, and the week 23-29th november – Closed December – Closed except for pre booked Santa Safaris Further information is available by calling 01948 841777 or visiting : www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk


events at Hawkstone Park Follies in 2017 26th March

Mother’s Day

Afternoon tea - pre-booked tickets

14th - 17th April

Easter Egg Hunt

Find the Easter Bunny

Petting Zoo

Plus face painting

20th May - 18th June

Rhododendron Cream Tea

10th - 11th June

Historical Battle

Battle re-enactment In the Grand Valley

Unicorn event

Have your picture taken with the unicorn after the completion of a treasure hunt

See website

TBC - see website

Mountain Bike Event

18th June

Father’s Day

TBC - see website

Pre-booking required

Special events in the Grand Valley

8th - 9th July

Fur and Feather

18th July

Gingerbread History Walk

July

Fairy & Pirate theme

5th - 6th August

Family Fun Day Donkey Rides

In the Grand Valley

26th - 28th August

Wolfshead Bowmen

2nd September

Colour/Bubble Run

And the search for the silver arrow treasure hunt

30th September

Shropshire Adventure Run

1st October

Follies Dog Show

13th August

24th - 31st October

Special caves trail

MOST MONTHS

Children’s Treasure Hunt

ALL YEAR

ASH 4X4 OFF ROAD DRIVING

Come and find as many species of birds and animals as you can Walk - ginger bread props and biscuits/lemonade with guidespre-booking essential

Themed treasure hunt around park for month of July

PARK CLOSED

Includes a kids race of approx 4-5km before the main race Park closed AM & re-opens at 1pm Halloween based fun zombie workshop pre-booking

Prizes, riddles, hidden items and puzzles to solve

Follies driving experience - pre-booking essential


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