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Go to you to dow r phone’s app nlo Count ad our new store y Sign , post a free pp ! Welcome to the 2014 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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Click the QR code for local bus times. Cover image: The Music Hall, Shrewsbury Š Shropshire Council

Published by: County Signpost Ltd Editor: Adam Davison All material in this magazine is, as far as we are aware, correct at the time of printing. County Signpost Ltd does not accept any responsibility for errors or inaccuracies which slipped through. Copyright County Signpost Ltd 2014. No part of this magazine may be used or reproduced without the written permission of the publisher.

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naTionaL TRuST Shoulder of Mutton Playfield, discover the stunning showrooms in the mansion or celebrate a special occasion with a trip to Lady Berwick’s Afternoon Tea Room.

attingham Park, © national Trust

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 2014. 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, with acres of parkland, the striking Regency mansion and the tranquil Walled Garden offering a fantastic day out for visitors of all ages. Attingham is open daily throughout the year where you can enjoy seasonal highlights and a diverse events programme. Visitors can relax on a stroll through the woodland, run wild on a family day out in the

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Attingham Re-discovered is a major ongoing project to conserve and restore the Regency interiors, and in 2014 some of the most ambitious work will be at the heart of a visit to the mansion. Visitors can find out about the complex work to install a state-of-the-art secondary roof to protect the magnificent John Nash roof in the picture gallery, and follow the progress of conservation experts as the next stage of the project begins; the restoration of the intricate decoration damaged by the leaking roof. Attingham Hall has a history of rising and falling fortunes, and was built in 1785 for the 1st Lord Berwick to the design of George Steuart. The magnificent Regency interiors contain collections of ambassadorial silver, Italian furniture and Grand Tour paintings. Attingham was completed and furnished by the 2nd Lord Berwick, but the extravagant taste of the lord and his wife led to bankruptcy and in 1827 and 1829 there were sales of almost the entire contents. The house was then leased to the 3rd Lord Berwick, who had been a diplomat in Italy for 25 years, and who turned Attingham’s fortunes around. Spectacular parkland, landscaped by Humphry Repton in 1797, surrounds the house offering miles of walks ranging from a stroll through the rhododendrons on the Mile Walk to a wander in the open acres of the deer park. In 2014 the park will be open daily from 8am – 7pm from May til the end of September, giving visitors extra time to soak up the sunshine on a stroll with friends or run off some energy in the children’s playground.

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For admission prices, opening times and a full events list contact the property on 01743 708162 or visit the website at Attingham Park is open daily except Christmas Day. There is also an Attingham Park You Tube channel and the chance to follow the estate’s goings-on via Twitter and Facebook. event Highlights for 2014 Family Trails: Every day in the school holidays Trusty’s Tuesday Club: Family activities Tuesdays in the School Holidays (except Christmas Holidays) Food Fair: 6 and 7 September Attingham Christmas: 6 & 7 and 13 to 23 December

Sunnycroft, near Wellington One of Shropshire’s hidden gems is Sunnycroft, a Victorian Gentleman’s villa which provides visitors with a fascinating glimpse of the past. Sunnycroft is typical of houses that were built for prosperous professionals on the fringes of Victorian towns and cities. It is a remarkable survival of a vanished way of life – both inside and out. Sunnycroft, © national Trust

Its design reflects the patterns and concerns of small town life and key rooms include the imposing Staircase Hall, Dining Room and Billiard Room. Sunnycroft was given to the National Trust by Joan Lander in 1997. Miss Lander, who inherited the house from her father, was a highly accomplished embroiderer and examples of her talent for needlework are on display in the house. For 2014, there will be a new exhibition from March focusing on Joan Lander the business woman. This will offer displays of fragile textiles including Miss Lander’s kits, student’s work, business paperwork and some of her embroidered commissions. Sunnycroft will also mark the commemoration of the First World War at Sunnycroft. There will be also be a series of themed events from a Produce Festival to an Edwardian Christmas. The gardens reflect the early Edwardian period complete with a magnificent Wellingtonia Avenue - and the mini-estate recalls an era when self-sufficiency was part of the prosperous lifestyle. The paddock, stables, pigsties, chicken run and kitchen garden are all still intact and the stables will be open for visitors to see inside. For admission prices or any further information please call 01952 242884. event Highlights for 2014 18, 19, 20 & 21 April, 10.30am to 4pm Easter Egg Trails Normal Admission prices apply. £2.50 per trail. 16, 17, 18, 19 May, 10.30am to 5pm (last entry to the house 4 pm) Handicraft Weekend Normal admission charges apply. 28 & 29 June, 10.30am to 5pm (last entry to the house 4 pm) Summer Fete Normal admission prices apply 30 & 31 August, 10.30am to 5pm (last entry to

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the house 4pm) Produce Festival Normal admission prices apply

will be an exhibition concentrating on the experiences of Captain Geoffrey WolrycheWhitmore during his WW1 service.

10, 11, 12 & 13 October, 10.30am to 5pm (last entry to the house 4pm) Handbags and Gladrags Normal admission prices apply

The estate is perfect for walkers with waymarked routes of 1.5 miles leading you through Comer Wood and two routes of 5.5 and 4 miles beginning from the Hampton Loade car park, which is another 1.5 miles towards Kidderminster off the A442. Why not download a copy of the route maps from the property’s website

13 – 21 December inclusive, 10.30am – 4pm (last entry to the house 3 pm) Edwardian Christmas Normal admission prices apply

Dudmaston, near Bridgnorth Dudmaston is a fine example of a traditional working Shropshire estate with a mansion at its heart. Built in the 17th century, the classic setting of Dudmaston Hall provides a stunning contrast to its unique collection of modern and contemporary art. 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.

event Highlights for 2014 Children’s Activity Days every Monday and Wednesday during school holidays Spring Gardening Fair : Sat 24 – Mon 26 May 11am – 5pm A Walk through the War - Living History Event : Sun 24 – Mon 25 August 11am – 5pm Wood Fair : Sun 28 September 11am – 5pm Orchard Day : Sun 12 October 11.30am – 5pm

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 beautiful Big Pool provides a striking view from the garden and library, whilst the Dingle offers a wooded glen to explore. Dudmaston hosts a varied programme of events for its visitors, from guided walks to children’s craft activities and trails. New for 2014

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The Dudmaston estate, © national Trust

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Halloween Fun : Sun 26 October 11.30am – 5pm Christmas Fair : Sat 15 – Sun 16 November 11.00am – 4pm

Benthall Hall, near Broseley Benthall Hall is situated on a plateau above the gorge of the River Severn. It is a fine stone house with a stunning interior, a carved oak staircase, decorated plaster ceilings and oak paneling. The house and the Benthall family have been involved in many important historical events,

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 rediscovered, because an oak floor was constructed on top. 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. Also in the garden there’s the delightful kitchen garden growing, fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. The Rose Garden in summer is full of

Benthall Hall, © national Trust

from the Civil War to the Industrial Revolution. 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

the scent of roses and there is even an Elizabethan skittle alley. The Restoration church is also open to visitors and it is well worth going on a walk around the park and woods too. For more details, call 01952 882159.

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Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd offer breathtaking views across Shropshire, Cheshire and the Black Mountains. The Long Mynd is an area of historic upland heath, created when some of Britain’s oldest rocks were pushed to the surface along the Church Stretton fault. The ancient landscape has been shaped by human activity for thousands of years, and there are scattered archaeological remains from the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Medieval times. The area is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a Site of Special Scientific Interest as it contains a number of habitats supporting wildlife and plants. Heather, bilberry and gorse cover much of the hilltop and the streams and bogs of the sheltered valleys are home to birds of prey, plants and insects.

more rugged route to the Burway, there are breathtaking views of beautiful countryside. A busy programme of events and activities is held at Carding Mill Valley throughout the year. Walkers can enjoy exploring the heathland at Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd 365 days a year. For information, call 01694 725000. event Highlights for 2014 Event Highlights for 2014 Wildflower Course: 6 dates between April and September. 10am – 3pm Dragonfly Identification Course: 3 dates between May and August. 10am -2pm Cycling Festival: 14 June – 22 June Pond Dipping: Every Wed from 23 July – 27 Aug. 11am – 12.30pm & 2pm -3.30pm Raft Building: every Friday in August, 11am – 12.30pm & 2pm – 3.30pm Charges apply for all the events.

There are miles of paths for walkers and a network of bridleways, which are ideal for both horse riders and cyclists. Whether you take a short stroll through Carding Mill Valley or a

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Carding Mill Valley © national Trust

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Wenlock edge Š national Trust

Wenlock edge Wenlock Edge is a stunning, geologically important wooded escarpment near the village of Much Wenlock. The limestone of Wenlock Edge is of international repute as an example of old coral reef deposits. It supports an array of flowered grassland and ancient woodland, making the area an important Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Three National Trust car parks at Much Wenlock, Wilderhope and Presthope, mark the start of miles of walks to enjoy offering dapple shaded paths and dramatic views across the Shropshire countryside.

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 general details about opening times and events please call the National Trust on 01743 708100 or visit event highlights 2014 Over the Edge Challenge, Sun 19 October 7.30am onwards (charges apply)

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WHiTTingTon CaSTLe opening Times

Open Wed to Sun 10am-4pm Summer Open Thurs to Sun 10am-4pm Winter

events 2014

3-5th May "Historia Normannis" - Norman Invasion of the Castle 31st May Outdoor Production "The Comedy of Errors" 3rd June SHACC Car Meeting 22nd June Planthunters Fair 5th July Outdoor Production “The Importance of Being Ernest” 26-27th July Multi Period Living History Event. Visit these strikingly picturesque and romantic ruins which are steeped in much history, tales of bitter border warfare, romance and legend. Tearoom serving snacks and cakes, gift shop and second hand bookshop. The Castle has a license for Civil Ceremonies, birthday parties, meetings, group tours; school visits, Paranormal Ghost Vigils can all be arranged. Visit our website for further details.

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This is just a sample of 2014 - please see the website for more details. Free entrance Car Park £1 via Pay & Display machine Whittington Castle, Castle Street Whittington Oswestry SY11 4DF Telephone 01691 662500 E-Mail Website


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THe PonTCySyLLTe aQueDuCT anD CanaL

Chirk aqueduct

The Stream in the Sky Spanning the borders of Shropshire and Wales is one of the UK’s most unusual and spectacular World Heritage Sites., the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal. This eleven mile stretch of the Llangollen Canal is officially recognised by UNESCO as one of the most outstanding heritage sites in the whole world. It encompasses not one but two amazing aqueducts which carry the canal high above the Ceiriog and Dee valleys. To walk across the 126 foot high aqueduct of Pontcysyllte or the only slightly lower Chirk aqueduct, four miles away, is to put your faith in the genius of Thomas Telford and the skill of eighteenth century engineers and workmen. At Pontcysyllte, crossing the stream in the sky is a unique experience as birds fly beneath you and boats glide beside you. At Chirk the canal and towpath cross high above the River Ceiriog and alongside the nineteenth century railway viaduct before plunging both walkers and boats into the 400 metre long tunnel, ‘The Darkie’.

It’s easy to visit the World Heritage Site from it’s Shropshire end at Chirk, from Trevor for the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct, and from Llangollen for the scenic Horseshoe Falls. Trains from Shrewsbury & Wrexham go to Chirk just minutes from the Chirk Aqueduct and there are bus services connecting all the main parts of the site. For more information visit : Contact Visitor Information at Oswestry Mile End Tel: 01691 662488 email : Or Visitor Information at The Heritage Centre, Oswestry Tel: 01691 662753 email

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SeVeRn VaLLey CounTRy PaRk

In the peaceful, scenic valley of the River Severn there awaits a delightful countryside experience. Green Flag award-winning Severn Valley Country Park offers 126 acres of beautiful countryside and wonderful views, spanning both sides of the longest river in the country. The woodlands, ponds and meadows in the park are full of many species of plants and animals, some of them quite rare. A fantastic day out for all the family. • Visitor Centre and shop selling maps, guidebooks, park souvenirs and locally made products • Teashop and picnic areas • Natural play area with a climbing frame and ‘miniature Severn Valley’! • Waymarked trails to help you discover the hidden corners of the park • Easy Access Trail and fully accessible bird hide • Permanent orienteering trail with 3 levels of difficulty • Route 45 (part of the Sustrans national cycle network) passes through the park • Request stop for the Severn Valley Railway • Toilets, including disabled facilities and a baby change unit • Car parking at Alveley and Highley

The park acts as a gateway to the excellent footpath network through the woodlands & meadows of the Severn Valley, between Bridgnorth and Bewdley. Bring a map, don your boots and discover an ancient sandstone cross, babbling brooks, historical ferries and a flash of azure blue as a kingfisher flies past.

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Visitor Centre and Teashop The park boasts a fantastic visitor centre with plenty of information about the history and wildlife of the area. There is also a kids corner with activities for younger people to enjoy while mum and dad relax with a well-earned cup of tea and a slice of delicious homemade cake. The Visitor Centre and Teashop opening times are: April- October Wednesday-Sunday - 11am-5pm November – March - Weekends Only - 11am4pm It is open Bank Holidays (except Christmas Day and Boxing Day) and 7 days a week during the school holidays. There is also a room that is used by visiting school parties who come along and enjoy ponddipping, minibeast hunts and a range of other activities to enrich their education. History of The Park Now an oasis of peace and tranquillity, this part of the Severn Valley used to be a centre of industry. Sandstone quarried from the area was used to build part of Worcester Cathedral and would have been loaded onto trows (flat-bottom barges) on the river.

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Coal mining started in Highley in 1878. Production was switched to Alveley in 1936. At its peak the mine employed 1,000 men and produced 300,000 tonnes of coal a year. It shut down in 1969. Following the closure of the mine, the spoil heaps and land lay derelict until 1986. Shropshire County Council and Bridgnorth District Council embarked on an ambitious project to reclaim the land, installing drainage ditches, re-grading the spoil heap and planting trees. Severn Valley Country Park opened in 1992 and is now managed by Shropshire Council. The River Severn

easy access nature Trail and Wetland This is a relatively flat trail that is suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. It leads round a beautiful pond with mallards, coots and moorhen bobbing amongst the lily pads. At the end of the trail is a bird hide that overlooks the wetland. The reeds are cut annually to create perfect conditions for wading birds such as water rail. A rare bittern (a small brown heron) has also visited the area! Discover Spring Pieces This is a quieter area of the park. It was not affected by the mining. The hay meadow here is a fantastic place to see wildflowers such as rare adder’s tongue fern, orchids and yellow rattle. Walk through the buttercups and see butterflies and bumblebees lazily flying around in the sunshine. Elfin Pool is a fantastic place to bring a net and go pond dipping. Look out for green woodpeckers flying around the meadows, feeding on yellow meadow ants.

The riverside meadows are great places to see invertebrates including the rare club-tailed dragonfly. Wander through the orchard in Autumn and sample some of the local provenance apples that grow here. The bridge over the river was rebuilt in 2006. It is an excellent place to see bats hunting as the sun sets over the valley. The original bridge was built to take coal and miners across the river and was the first concrete cantilever bridge of its kind in the world. The Sidings The paths here were part of the original tramway route taking coal to be washed, graded and loaded onto trains. The ground has been made up into embankments. The woodland is dominated by trees such as silver birch and willow that have seeded. It is a good place to see woodland birds such as nuthatch, tree creeper, blue tit and great tit.

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June 28th - 29th

Shrewsbury Food Festival 2013

More than 200 of Britain's best food producers will descend on the picturesque market town of Shrewsbury for its second annual food festival. The event launched in 2013 and proved such a great success that organisers have decided to double its size for June 2014.

Where, What and Why…

The festival takes place in The Quarry Park, in Shrewsbury on 28th and 29th June. Featuring demonstrations from the region's best chefs, there will also be free activities for thousands of locals and visitors to the town including; live music, talks, tastings, crafts - and events throughout Shrewsbury - plus a Restaurant Safari. Children will be able to enjoy a hands-on cookery school and a 'how to grow' vegetables

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area. Parents can benefit from a crèche for younger children. For all ages, there will be the chance to watch artisan skills in action such as butter making and iron working. Many highlights are still being planned - there will not be a shortage of foodie fun! Event Chief Executive Beth Heath commented; "The inaugural Shrewsbury Food Festival was fabulously well received and exceeded our expectations for year one. We showcased 130 producers, our top regional chefs and provided plenty of entertainment. This year we are back, twice the size and pleased to say that we are holding our prices for 2014.” As a predominantly rural county, Shropshire is bursting with quality producers that have contributed to the foodie revolution in the area.

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The Shrewsbury Food Festival is a celebration of all the diverse tastes and products on offer and aims to include the town’s many restaurants, cafés, bistros and pubs in the activity - so that local businesses benefit from the influx of food festival visitors. Local producer, Brian Crowther of Merangz explains; “We travel to food festivals all over the country and it’s been a fantastic addition to the calendar to have an event of such high calibre in Shrewsbury - so close to where we make our mouth-watering Merangz. It’s important that all our incredible local producers are showcased in this way and that people have an increased awareness about the provenance of the food they eat. We are very much looking forward to being part of the Food Festival in 2014.” Visit Shropshire’s county town for a weekend of foodie fun for all the family this summer. Taste the food, meet the producers, visit the restaurants and soak up the Shropshire food scene in Shrewsbury.

Exhibitors, volunteers and members of the public can find out more at or follow @shrewsfoodfest on Twitter for regular updates.

Every journey ends with a memory. A day on the Severn Valley Railway is a day to remember. Take the people you love and make some memories that will last forever. Severn Valley Railway Families



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Spring Festival gives more, more, more

This year’s Ludlow Spring Festival promises to be a real corker bringing together the very best regional beer, food, music and 30 years of the Marches Transport Festival. This is a beer festival and so much more, with 190 glorious beers from more than 50 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. The talks and demonstrations area in the Inner Bailey has been a roaring success over the last couple of years and there will be a full programme throughout the weekend. Look out for Suree Coates from the multi-award winning King & Thai, world cheese awards founder Juliet Harbutt and TV chef and local cookery school owner Marcus Bean. Details for the masterclasses were being finalised as we went to press so please check the festival’s website

visitors can ‘Meet the Brewer’. It’s a unique opportunity to talk to brewers about their beers and sample the wide selection. With prizes handed out early in the weekend, favourites sell out quickly so the Friday preview is an opportunity not to be missed. For further details, opening times and ticket prices see the festivals website at : Telephone 01584 873957

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 10-11 May however; there is a special preview evening on Friday 9 May when

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LLangoLLen inTeRnaTionaL MuSiCaL eiSTeDDFoD July 8th - 12th eisteddfod set to rock all over the world with Bryn, Caro and Quo

appearance by the chart-topping singing brothers, Richard and Adam Johnson, from Holywell, in Flintshire. What’s more the curtain will come down on this summer’s Eisteddfod with an appeaerance by legendary British rockers Status Quo who will perform on the Sunday night, July 13. In between Dutch jazz diva Caro Emerald will deliver a storming set on Thursday night while other top attractions this year include the Chinese State Circus and a new work by top composer Karl Jenkins which will be unveiled at the festival. The lavish production of Sweeney Todd on Monday, July 7, will be the curtain raiser for the 2014 festival which gets underway the following day.

Bryn Terfel

Opera superstar Bryn Terfel and jazz sensation Caro Emerald are the headline acts at next year's Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod. The acclaimed bass baritone will be playing the lead in a special production of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street featuring an all-Welsh cast. There will also be a world premiere of a new work by top composer Karl Jenkins and an

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The following night will see the return of Karl Jenkins, the highest selling classical composer alive today, with the world premiere of his latest masterpiece, Adiemus Colores. The multi-award winning Dutch jazz singer Caro Emerald will be making her Llangollen debut on the Thursday evening. Earlier this year her second studio album, The Shocking Miss Emerald, went to No 1 in the UK album chart. The Choir of the World competition on the Saturday night is the blue riband event of the week-long festival and remains one of the foremost choral competitions in the international choral calendar, according to Eisteddfod Musical Director Eilir Owen Griffiths.

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There will also be a competition to find the dance champions of 2014 and to top the evening off Richard and Adam, who shot to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, will appear as special guests. It will be the first time Bryn Terfel has performed on the International Eisteddfod stage since he opened the 2006 festival and that was his first appearance at Llangollen in a decade. He said: “I’m absolutely thrilled I’m able to appear at the 2014 International Eisteddfod. I’m a proud Welshman and the International Eisteddfod is unique, the atmosphere, the colour, the audience, even the flowers, it really is a very, very special event." The lead role as the mean, brooding, murderous barber particularly excites Bryn who added: “I’m really looking forward to returning to sing the role of the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. “I had the honour of meeting Sondheim when I sang Sweeney for the first time for a production at the Lyric Opera of Chicago in 2002 and was privileged to be a soloist for the BBC Proms Concert honouring Sondheim’s 80th Birthday in 2010. “I hadn’t sung the role since 2007 so I was grateful for the opportunity to reprise the role in New York. “This will hold me in good stead for when I return to Llangollen. And to be part of an all Welsh cast what a coup! What other nation would be able to do this!” Musical Director Eilir Owen Griffiths said: "I am really excited about the line-up for this year which I am sure will prove a big hit with our audiences. “We’re also thrilled to have Caro Emerald here. She is a stunning talent who has made a sensational and deserved rise to international stardom. “We want a rich diversity of music to be featured at Llangollen and our only proviso is that it must be world class and Caro Emerald certainly fits into that category.”

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It’s a lineup Caro Emerald is thrilled to be part of and she said: “I have looked at who has been on the bill in the past and there are some really iconic names. I’m really proud and humbled to have been asked to perform and I look forward to finally performing in Wales for the first time. “I don’t want to give too much away about what will be included in my set list for the concert but what I will say is that the audience, my band and, of course, me are sure to have a good time!” The Eisteddfod is a complete international experience and that goes for the food too. Home-cooked Welsh produce is on the menu but so are the cuisines of Europe, China, India and the rest of the world and there’s excellent local Llangollen ale. There are gifts and clothes from South America, jewellery, wooden toys and Welsh-made products at more than 40 stalls, including exhibitions of festival supporters, Extreme Animals and Owl Rescue Display, charity groups and more including jugglers, escape artists and magic tricks. To book tickets and for more details on the 2014 festival go to the website at

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PReSTeigne FeSTiVaL

21st - 26th august 2014

Richard uttley

Taking place in a small, intimate town in the Welsh Marches, the Presteigne Festival has become a mecca for those seeking artistic nourishment and musical discovery. With a forward-looking commissioning policy, the organisation works closely with composers and artists to create and curate an inspiring programme of events for an ever-widening Festival community. Having greatly extended its artistic reach over the last four years, to be seen clearly in the development of both the performance programme and outreach activity, the Presteigne Festival continues to forge ahead with a wide range of exciting new ventures. l The 2014 Festival programme has a particularly strong Polish flavour; we not only celebrate the centenary of Anglo-Polish composer Andrzej Panufnik, but also include important music by Penderecki, Lutoslawski, Górecki and Bacewicz, and feature new and recent works by two of the younger generation of Polish composers – Pawel Lukaszewski and Maciej Zielinski. Other exciting ingredients include Stephen McNeff as composer-in-residence, a seventyfifth birthday tribute for composer John McCabe and the inclusion of music from Welsh composers in celebration of the Dylan Thomas centenary.

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Chamber opera returns to Presteigne – a doublebill from Nova Music Opera, who wowed Festival audiences with their performances of Britten’s Curlew River last year. Cecilia McDowall’s exciting new work Airborne (a Presteigne Festival co-commission), about the life and loves of a First World War Royal Flying Corps pilot is carefully balanced with Stephen McNeff ’s Prometheus Drowned – a darker piece exploring the strange circumstances surrounding the death of Percy Bysshe Shelley at Livorno in 1822. 2014 sees a very strong crop of commissions, with special prominence given to vocal and choral pieces – a Requiem for soloists, chorus and orchestra from Pawel Lukaszewski, an unaccompanied choral work, The Mariner’s Compass, from Lynne Plowman and a song cycle, Lie Still, by talented young composer Toby Young to words of Dylan Thomas. A string quartet, And the Snow did Lie from Hilary Tann, a work for clarinet and piano from Daniel Kidane Juliette Bausor

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(the 2013 Royal Philharmonic Society/Presteigne Festival Alan Horne memorial commission) and an Oboe Concerto by Stephen McNeff. Under the auspices of the Festival’s outreach programme, clarinet and piano duo Kate Romano and Richard Uttley will undertake an autumn tour when new works performed at the Festival will also be heard at concerts in Birmingham, Bristol and Cheltenham.

Cavaleri Quartet

Leonore Piano Trio

Artists appearing at the 2014 Presteigne Festival include: twitter: @PresteigneFest 01544 267800 P O Box 30, Presteigne, Powys LD8 2WF

Leonore Piano, Trio nova Music, opera Cavaleri Quartet Benjamin nabarro, violin gemma Rosefield, cello Richard uttley, piano kate Romano, clarinet Rachel nicholls, soprano Clare McCaldin, mezzo-soprano ilid Jones, oboe Christopher Foster, bass-baritone Juliette Bausor, flute Chris Hopkins, piano Sally Pryce, harp The Joyful Company of Singers Peter Broadbent, conductor Presteigne Festival orchestra george Vass, conductor

Clare McCaldin

Rachel nicholls

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CHuRCH STReTTon aRTS FeSTiVaL July 26th - august 9th Tuesday July 29 St Laurence’s Church, Church Stretton el nuevo Mundo – presented by Bones apart Music for trombone quartet with a Spanish flavour Wednesday July 30 Portable Theatre Two short plays Thursday July 31 Pipers 3 Music for oboe trio Friday August 1, 7.30pm Church Stretton School an audience with Jenni Murray

Chris Barber © Luc Lodder

The Church Stretton Arts Festival celebrates 48 years with a kaleidoscope of events. The Festival, a key part of Shropshire’s artistic calendar, includes concerts by professionals and local amateurs. Evening events are at 7.30pm and at Church Stretton School unless otherwise indicated

Saturday August 2 The Lost World of Bletchley Park With Sinclair Mackay Monday August 4 Cellophony Music for cello quartet

Season Highlights include:

Saturday July 26 Concord College, Acton Burnell The Bingham Quartet A world-famous quartet to open the 48th Festival! They are resident in Shrewsbury for this weekend, giving master classes and will play a mix of popular classical quartets together with Steve Reich’s iconic Different Trains

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Pipers 3

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Tuesday August 5 St Laurence’s Church, Church Stretton Piano recital by Mark Bebbington Wednesday August 6 Music with narrator – details tbc Thursday August 7, 3.00pm Church Stretton Methodist Church Teatime concert presented by Manus noble – classical guitarist Thursday August 7 School’s out The culmination of 4 days of drama workshops Friday August 8 Tim kliphuis Trio Stefan Grapelli-style jazz to begin our Jazz Weekend Saturday August 9 Concord College, Acton Burnell The Big Chris Barber Band Another world-famous group to close the Festival!

Also: art and Crafts exhibition opening Monday July 28, 7.30pm at Church Stretton School, and open daily 11.00am – 6.00pm during the Festival Free Coffee Concerts 10.15am at St Laurence’s Church, Church Stretton Monday – Saturday July 28 – August 2 Free organ Recitals at noon at Little Stretton Church on Monday and Friday August 4 and 8, and at St Laurence’s Church, Church Stretton, Wednesday August 6


Church Stretton Visitor Information Centre. Tickets available from Gloria Carter, 49 Ludlow Road, Church Stretton SY6 7AD (01694) 724106, John R Thomas (florist) 3 Sandford Avenue and Church Stretton VIC. Ring and Ride Transport available free for all events; telephone (01694) 720025. Art Exhibition information from Joan Arnfield 01694 724170. twitter - @StrettonFest

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CHuRCH STReTTon MeDieVaL FaiR June 20th-22nd Church Stretton will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of street markets in the town as ordered by King John on the 26th June 1214. No doubt this would have been a time for celebrations in the town and surrounding villages so we aim to reproduce that atmosphere and lifestyle of the period. On Friday 20th June 2014 a medieval banquet will be held in Silvester Horne Institute - doors opening at 7:30pm and tickets will be £25. There will live music and entertainment and all those attending will be asked to dress as appropriate to the period. Costumes can be made quite cheaply and we have a number of ladies who have formed a workshop to produce clothing and will happily provide help and guidance to those wishing to make their own outfits. Saturday 21st June 2014 start the day with a procession through the town with people dressed in medieval costume. We hope to encourage as many people as possible to join the procession together with some of the traders and performers to be seen later at the medieval village. The re-created medieval village will be in Rectory Field just off Church Stretton High Street and this will be the weekend home for traders, re-enactment groups and entertainers. The lifestyle of the period will be seen as it was in 1214 as many of those participating will be professional traders anxious to reproduce an authentic image. The market stalls will include a variety of rural crafts, some of which will be demonstrating skills and will include Leather Workers, Pottery Making, Weaving, Hurdle Making, Coracle Making, Blacksmith plus many more.

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On Saturday the re-enactment groups will be seen training for the battle later in the day and the outcome will prove to be inconclusive. Battle will recommence on Sunday in order to finally settle the dispute. We have an ongoing programme with local schools who will be playing a significant part in the celebrations. Apart from maypole dancing they will be playing games with a medieval slant on modern day games. Other attractions will include a Childrens Circus Workshop where they can be taught how to perform a variety of juggling tricks – great entertainment for children of all ages and beyond. On Saturday & Sunday there will be two flying displays together with a static display where you will be able to see the birds up close. Pitch fee for traders will be £45 for the weekend and tickets for entry to the fair will be £5 for adults and £3 for children – weekend tickets will also be available £8 for adults and £4.50 for children. For further information please visit the website or contact Derek Smith email or phone 01694 723189.

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LionSToCk Music festival in the gardens of the Lion, Leintwardine - headlining top local bands:

• Fight the Bear • adam olds • The Chiefs • The Lone Wolves • The Rhythm Thieves

3rd May, 4pm-11pm

Al fresco dining and drinks by the River Teme. Ticket price £5 per person. Ticket proceeds to St Michaels Hospice and the LeintwardineYouth Group.

BaTTLe oF THe BanDS A day of family fun and music on the banks of the River Teme in the gardens of the Lion, Leintwardine. Ticket price £2.50 (under 16s go free) . Ticket proceeds go to Leintwardine Youth Group.

Sunday 4th May 2pm till late

•Children’s entertainment •Al fresco food and drinks. •Battle of the bands competition •Entry free •£200 prize for the best band. Please apply to Last year’s event which was just the one day raised over £2000 for the Leintwardine youth group. over a thousand people attended to enjoy the bands and the sunny weekend.

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12th - 14th September

a feast for all the senses ... The Ludlow Food Festival was first run in 1994 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 the current 20,000 plus 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 12-14 September.

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This will be the 20th Ludlow Food Festival and there will be more than 180 of the very best local food and drink producers sharing their 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. Master classes have been incredibly popular the last two years and this area is expanding this year with more classes to try your hand at. Little ones won’t miss out either with a special kids cookery school.

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Of course the ever-popular sausage, ale and bread 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.

in the Castle • • • • • • • •

Demonstrations and talks Childrens entertainment Over 180 local food and drink producers Hands on masterclasses Slow Food Taste Workshops Live music Top Chef Friday - the best of the best! Outside Food Vendors - a wide variety of quality hot and cold meals,

For more details about the festival please visit the website Telephone 01584 873957

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LuDLoW MeDieVaL CHRiSTMaS FayRe 29th - 30th november 2014

At Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre on the 29th & 30th November, in the stunning Medieval setting of Ludlow Castle, visitors will be treated to a full day and evening opening on Saturday from 10am – 9pm, joining Medieval knights, maidens, entertainers and stall holders as the sun sets across South Shropshire and the castle comes alive for an evening of fiery Medieval Revelry. On Sunday visitors will be able

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to enjoy a day filled with Medieval festivities from 10am – 4pm. On both days explore over 100 stalls selling seasonal wares, food and drink, crafts, historical goods and more; it’s the ideal chance to find the perfect, original gift or indulge in a unique treat. With a wide range of food and drink stalls to tickle your taste buds, grab a mulled wine, a spiced cider or head over to our local Beer Tent to whet your appetite for our full programme of entertainment. With the bone-crunching Plantagenet Society knights, medieval music and fire juggling, there’s entertainment throughout the castle all weekend. And keep an eye open for our 10’ giants! image © Richard Shakespeare

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From St. Nicholas in his magical den to try-on armour, have-a-go archery and cross bow and birds of prey, there is something for all the family to enjoy. Head to the Inner Bailey across the flambeau-lit moat for hands-on-history, storytelling, demonstrations and activities, and enjoy beer, sausages and roast chestnuts.

For the latest information and updates, head over to or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Pictures Š abigail Dakin

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BuRWaRTon SHoW 7th august 2014

First Thursday in august – a date for your diary Fetch your Diary and mark in Thursday 7 August Burwarton Show – the best day out in the Shropshire Countryside that you will ever enjoy. Some twenty thousand people do this every year and many of our visitors have become regular patrons. This year we look forward to headline entertainment in the Main Ring by Gerard Naprous with The Devil’s Horsemen – a Cossack Trick Riding Display and also with a Wild West Spectacular. This is supplemented by the Hawkeye Falconry Display showing off the

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handling of birds of prey with an explanatory commentary. As a truly agricultural show, the basis of the show is the competitive classes for cattle, sheep, heavy horses, goats and pigs. The standard of exhibits is very high and competition is fierce. Judging takes place in the special judging rings where the public are welcome to watch and see the expert judges at work with a commentary as to the finer points of each breed that they are looking for. Not to be outdone, the horse classes are almost a show in themselves with leading rein, ridden, showjumping and dressage classes as well as a Private Driving class and Concours d’elegance.

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Countryside Conservation area. The Village Green provides entertainment for the younger visitor throughout the day and the competitive classes in the Womens Institute and Horticulture Marquees are well worth a visit. You can find the Showground at Cleobury North on the B4364 between Bridgnorth and Ludlow and parking is free. Tickets are Adult £15, Concessions £14, Children 5-16 years £4 or a Family Ticket for two adults and two children under 16 £35. Pre Show tickets are available throughout the area at discounted rates or on-line at or direct from the Show Office on 01746 787535 or e-mail

All this comes together in the Main Ring in the Grand Parade of prize winning animals and a presentation of challenge cups to the winners. But that is only part of it! The show boasts trade stands of all kinds with a premier display of agricultural machinery and country crafts plus a

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BRiDgnoRTH CLiFF RaiLWay Next to the Top Station are The Winding House Tearooms viewing panels through to the Engine Room, and a Terrace area with wonderful views across the River Severn. Directly above the Bottom Station, the Stoneway Guest house offers a unique B&B experience. Do visit England’s only remaining inland electric funicular railway !

For over a century Bridgnorth Cliff Railway has been transporting the people of Bridgnorth up and down the 111 ft sandstone cliffs that separate High Town from Low Town and the River Severn. It is first and foremost a working railway; its importance to both the townspeople of Bridgnorth and to visitors to the town is undiminished by age. The railway operates two carriages on parallel tracks. Connected by steel cables, the carriages serve to counterbalance each other - as one rises to the top station, the other runs to the bottom station. The cars are now powered by an electric winding engine, but were originally driven by a system of water balance, each carriage carrying water ballast in a tank beneath the passenger compartment.

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ÂŁ1.20 return fare Telephone 01746 762052

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21–26 August 2014 21–26 Awst 2014

Musical discovery and artistic innovation in the beauty of the Welsh Marches ‘the consistently ambitious Presteigne Festival’ THE TIMES

Leonore Leonore T Trio, rio, Nova Nova Music Opera Opera Cavaleri C avaleri Quartet, Quar tet, Benjamin Benjamin Nabarro Nabarro Gemma G emma Rosefield, Rosefield, Kate Kate Romano Romano R achel N icholls, C lare M cCaldin Rachel Nicholls, Clare McCaldin Joyful Jo yful Company Company of Singers Singers Festival F estival Orchestra Orchestra and so much mor more e ffor or free free brochure brochure and full pr programme ogramme call or view w 01544 267800 267800 | w

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THe JuDge’S LoDging ‘ On e o f t h e w o rl d ’ s m o st a p pe al i n g sm al l m use um s’ Dr John Davies, historian. When the Judge’s Lodging closed its doors at the end of the 2013 season, it had no idea just how exciting the following few months would be…

Dr Lucy Worsley, filming for the BBC Food & Drink Special

The beautiful gas-lit kitchen in its Victorian judges’ accommodation became the star of BBC’s Food & Drink Christmas Special, with historian Lucy Worsley exploring the art of Victorian jelly-making, whilst the lavishly illustrated reprint of well-known author Bill Bryson’s book, A Short History of Private Lives, used a full page illustration of the room as the heading to his chapter on the history of kitchens.

If that wasn’t enough excitement, 2014 has kicked off with the museum being visited by HRH Prince of Wales, who found it a an atmospheric and ‘truly inspirational’ place. This was swiftly followed by it winning Britain’s Best Hidden Gem in the Hudson’s Heritage Awards 2014 at a ceremony at Goldsmith’s Hall, London, where it was presented by celebrity hosts Lloyd Grossman and Lucinda Lambton.

HRH the Prince of Wales at The Judge's Lodging 31 Jan 14

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Stapleton Castle

Photographs © alex Ramsay

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 award-winning 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! 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.

This year, a very special treat has been arranged for visitors. Stapleton Castle occupies a commanding position on the hill overlooking Presteigne. It has no public access but The Judge’s Lodging has teamed up with the owner to offer guided walks. 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. 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 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. Telephone 01544 260650

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iRonBRiDge goRge MuSeuMS

Major new tile collection to be displayed by ironbridge gorge Museum A world class collection of over 1,000 tiles and 300 tile panels of outstanding quality and international significance will go on display in a new purpose designed gallery at Jackfield Tile Museum from July. Donated by private collector John Scott to the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, it includes

Jackfield Tile Museum John Scott collection arts and Crafts Deer panel by William de Morgan c1870

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examples by the most prestigious designers and manufacturers from the 1850s through to the 1960s including Pugin, Dresser, Morris, De Morgan and Bawden. The quantity, rarity and diversity of the tiles and panels will ensure their place amongst the world’s foremost collections of British decorative tiles. Possibly the star of the collection is a magnificent tile panel by William De Morgan featuring a stylised deer from Battersea Old House. Made up of 42 tiles and over a metre in height, this design is evocative of all that is associated of the Aesthetic Movement of the

Jackfield Tile Museum John Scott collection Four Seasons silk-screen printed tile panel by John Piper, 1983

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Jackfield Tile Museum old & new Buildings

workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the museum admission fee. Individual museum entry tickets are also available. For further information telephone 01952 433 424 or visit; the Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).

new Display for The Spry at Blists Hill Victorian Town New for 2014 at Blists Hill Victorian will be a new under-cover home for The Spry, the last remaining Lower Severn Trow. Once it’s completed in the summer, this important river boat will be viewed from a whole new perspective.

1870s. The collection also contains many other De Morgan designs including his signature galleons, animals and mythical beasts. Twentieth century designers are well represented with examples by Edward Bawden showing his characteristic dynamic style. One panel that stands out by way of its striking modernism, is John Piper’s Four Seasons; an unusual foray by the artist into the world of tile design.

The Spry in sail 1908 image by permission of gloucester Folk Museum

A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing entry into all ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums, valid for twelve months and unlimited return visits, costs £27.50 per adult, £21 for the 60 plus, £16.50 for students and children and £68 for a family of two adults and all their children aged up to 18 years in full time education (terms and conditions apply); under 5s free. Activities and

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LLanyMyneCH LiMeWoRkS

Heritage area Follow the path taken by the limestone quarried from Llanymynech Rocks down the inclined planes to the lime kilns and thence to the canal or railway. Visit one of only 3 remaining Hoffman Kilns in the country (the only one complete with chimney) and explore it both inside and out! You can also wander and picnic in the woodland and meadows. The site is always open. There is car parking adjacent to the canal or behind the Dolphin pub in the village. Visit the website to download a map and other information.

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Telephone 01691 839147, or email Location: on the A483 next to the canal in Llanymynech. Grid Ref: SJ266211. Post Code SY22 6EA Wharf Visitor Centre Open 1.30 - 4.30 Sundays and Bank Holidays from Easter to end of September Boat Trips, Exhibition, Gifts and Light Refreshments

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Tanat Valley Light Railway Company, Nant Mawr Visitor Centre, Nant Mawr, Near Oswestry, Shropshire, SY11 9DW Telephone 01948 - 781079 website e-mail Just off the A495 at Porthywaen near Oswestry opening times from Easter to September open 10 - 5 every day, other times open most Tuesdays and Weekends, group visits or tours by prior arrangement, phone for details Facilities include Toilet, woodland walks, nature trail, picnic area, car parking, small museum, wildlife pond, all free to visit (donations very welcome).

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SnaiLBeaCH Mine Set in the beautiful Shropshire hills Snailbeach mine has one of the best collection of original lead mine buildings and artefacts in the country. Snailbeach was the biggest lead mine in Shropshire and it is reputed to have yielded the greatest volume of lead per acre of any mine in Europe. Underground mining ceased here in 1955 but it is reputed to date from Roman times and the surface buildings are the most complete set in the district and probably the country. Although the miners mainly extracted lead ore (galena), smaller quantities of Barite, Calcite, Fluorspar, Silver and Zinc were also obtained. The Shropshire County Council, using government grants, did extensive work in the early 1990s to make some of the shallow workings safe for the villagers. At the same time, they acquired many of the surface buildings and preserved these. The Shropshire Mines Trust now manages the site for the Council. You can visit at any time and walk around following many paths. The free visitor centre will be open on Sundays during the summer. Here can see a short video which explains the mine and it’s place in local history. You can also see displays which explain the mining history and social conditions and talk to our guides. There is a short underground trip into a tunnel next to the visitor centre. (£2-00) On some planned weekends there is a more extensive trip into larger workings where you can see two areas which were mined. (£5-00)

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More information & dates on the website which has links to their Facebook & Twitter pages. Visits for schools and groups available, surface & underground, please contact : index.htm Snailbeach Lead Mine Snailbeach, Nr Minsterley Shropshire. SY5 0NS All parking at the Village Hall please and The Shropshire Hills Shuttle bus stops in the village.

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Shropshire Museums runs seven museums across the county. The museums offer a fascinating glimpse into Shropshire’s rich heritage and are the perfect place to start your exploration of the surrounding area. Staff are happy to help you with your enquiries about local attractions, events, days out and places to stay. For further visitor information please visit:

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is open weekends and school holidays from April 7th to the 2nd November. To find out about our opening times and events call us on (01694) 781306, visit or follow on Facebook. For stop press news from all Shropshire Museums’ venues follow us on twitter at

acton Scott Historic Working Farm Museum

Acton Scott Historic Working Farm is one of the country's leading working farm museums. We specialise 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.

open 2014: Open daily 10am - 4.30pm Weekends and Shropshire School holidays for general admission, & Shropshire Schools term time weekdays for pre-booked schools, coaches and groups only. nr Church Stretton, SY6 6QN Telephone 01694 781 306

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Much Wenlock Museum 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 " 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. Much Wenlock Museum is open throughout the year (reduced opening hours over the winter). To find out about our opening times and events call us on (01952) 727679,

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visit or follow us on Facebook. For stop press news from all Shropshire Museums’ venues follow us on twitter at

Ludlow Museum and Resource Centre

Ludlow Museum is one of the oldest in the UK and 2014 will see it move to the Buttercross at the heart of Ludlow. 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. Ludlow is also home to the Museum Resource Centre which runs a full and varied programme of exhibitions and courses. For details of opening times please see or telephone on 01584 813665

Shrewsbury Museums

Shrewsbury Museum & art gallery at The Music Hall The new Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is located in the 19th Century Music Hall and 13th Century Vaughan’s Mansion on The Square in the town centre.

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Coleham Pumping Station

It uses a ‘variety show’ of different ways to inspire you to think about Shrewsbury and Shropshire’s heritage. Throughout the four main galleries – Pre-history and Roman, Medieval and Tudor, Stuart and the Shropshire Gallery we have included fine art from our 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. The special exhibition programme begins with a selection of contemporary art from the collection of Frank Cohen until 30th June. Check the website for details of our temporary exhibitions. Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery is home to the town’s Visitor Information Centre, which will help you to plan your days out in Shropshire. Enjoy a coffee and snack in our Café Bar and visit the shop on the ground floor. Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery opens in March 2014 – check the website for date. It will be open daily from 10am to 5pm until the end of October and closed on Mondays from November to Easter. Winter opening hours are on the website. The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH Tel: 01743 258885 Visitor Information Centre Tel: 01743 258888 Email:

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. Both steam engines may be seen running together on the several Open Days that are held at the museum each year. In 2014, the dates will be Sunday 13th April Sunday 18th May Sunday 15th June Saturday 13th September Sunday 14th September Sunday 26th October

The Regimental Museum The Regimental Museum was established in Shrewsbury’s mediaeval 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: •The 53rd (Shropshire) Regiment 1755 – 1881 •The 85th (King’s) Light Infantry 1759 – 1881 •The King’s Shropshire Light Infantry 1881 1968 •The Militia, Volunteers and Territorials of Shropshire •The Shropshire Yeomanry 1795 – 1970

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•The Shropshire Artillery Volunteers 1860 -1908 •The Shropshire Royal Horse Artillery 1908 1967 There are also displays on the county Lord Lieutenancy, the Modern British Army and the history of the castle. With over 30,000 artefacts and a 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. Admission: £3.00 for adults; £2.00 concessions. £1.00 child 5-17

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SPRing oPening HouRS Monday 17th February 2014 to Friday 23rd May 2014 Mon, Tue Weds, Fri, Sat: 10.30am to 4pm NOTE: open Easter Sunday 20th April 2014 SuMMeR oPening HouRS Saturday 24th May 2014 to Sunday 14th September 2014 Mon, Tue Weds, Fri, Sat: 10.30am to 5pm Sunday 10.30am to 4pm auTuMn oPening HouRS Monday 15th September 2014 to Saturday 20th December 2014 Mon, Tue Weds, Fri, Sat: 10.30am to 4pm WinTeR CLoSuRe Monday 22nd December 2014 to Sunday 15th February 2015 Note: Four and under, students and regimental veterans are admitted free of charge. Postcode: SY1 2AT Telephone : 01743-358516

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SHRoPSHiRe HiLLS DiSCoVeRy CenTRe The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is the perfect place to start your exploration of the Shropshire Hills. There is loads going on at the centre. You are welcome to just pop in for a coffee or stay for the day visiting the Secret Hills exhibition, exploring Onny Meadows, taking part in an activity... you'll find a summary of what's at the centre on this page, and can follow the links to find out more.

The Secret Hills exhibition Tells some of the stories of the Shropshire Hills. You can meet our mammoth and look inside an Iron Age roundhouse. The panoramic hot air balloon film lets you look at this stunning area from a unique perspective. Admission charges apply to this part of the centre only.

The gallery A programme of exhibitions by local artists and craftspeople throughout the year.

opening Hours

Tuesday to Sunday: 10am to 4pm The last entry to the Secret Hills exhibition is 3.30pm and the cafĂŠ closes at 4pm. Telephone 01588-676000 Craven Arms Pond dipping at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

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DanieLS MiLL

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.

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. Newly re-opened for 2012 the Stables Tearoom, serving light bites and drinks.


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.


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.

£5.00 Adults, £4.00 Concessions

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

Telephone 01746 762753

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open Times

Easter - end of October, 11am-4pm

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BRiDgnoRTH’S noRTHgaTe MuSeuM

The Museum has a varied collection of objects to show the history of Bridgnorth from the stone and bronze ages through the civil war period to it's industry influence on many other industries. The Town was a very busy market town with it's cattle market and supporting shops, printers, theater and public houses and one time race course. The displays have a number of clay pipes and coins and information on the first high pressure steam engine in the form of a model of Trevethic engine that pulled the first fare paying passengers, before Stevensons' Rocket. The Museum was created by the Historic Society in 1951 for the Festival of Britain and is housed in the old Burghes room over the Northgate, hence the name and was part of the Norman Castle, and Moat Street is near by. It's website is which shows the collection and opening times during the period from Easter to the end of October each year. The website also shows the winter lectures

each month until April and new members are always welcome either by attending one of the lectures or contacting the membership secretary on 01746 762206 or the Curator on 01746 711486 The Museum now has Accreditation by the Arts Council, England which means it is nationally recognised as one that has well displayed and protected artefacts to the national standard and leading to TV companies contacting and loaning an item to be televised. Opening times: from Easter to October Saturdays 1.30 pm to 4 pm Sundays 11.00 am to 4 pm In school holidays during this opening period: Monday-Friday 11.00 am - 4.00 pm Saturday 1:30 pm - 4.00 pm Sunday 11 am - 4.00 pm Postcode : WV16 5AE

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WHiTCHuRCH HeRiTage CenTRe 2014 opening Hours: Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

Whitchurch is Shropshire's only town to be continually inhabited on the same site since being built in Roman times. The current displays, exhibits, and activities in the Heritage Centre reflect the town's historic roots. Many of the exhibits are geared towards children and are very much hands-on with a Roman Archaeology sand pit where coins and a skull can be uncovered. There are three brass Caldecott rubbing plaques from which budding artists can create their own masterpieces to take home. There is also a giant puzzle depicting a typical nursery rhyme theme created from an illustration by the famous Victorian Illustrator Randolph Caldecott. The Caldecott Gallery houses a fine collection of artwork, books, photographs & memorabilia relating to the composer Edward German and artist Randolph Caldecott.

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FREE ENTRY All areas wheelchair accessible Disabled parking adjacent to Heritage Centre, Visitor Information, Customer Service Point, and a selection of gift items for sale. Contact Details : 12 St Mary's Street Whitchurch Shropshire SY13 1QY Telephone 01948 664577 Tourist information Queries Heritage & Collection Queries

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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

oswestry Town Museum 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: E-Mail: 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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conservation and redevelopment. This will transform the heritage site into a visitor attraction as well as a place for learning, workspaces and community use. The Flax Mill Maltings is a unique and internationally important site, containing seven listed buildings including the world’s first iron framed building. Despite it’s extraordinary historic importance that changed the way we live and work today, the buildings have stood derelict for over thirty years. That is all about to change as due to a unique public partnership, of Shropshire Council, English Heritage and the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings. In July 2013 the Flax Mill Maltings Partnership received a confirmed grant of £12.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to support the first phase of its

Shropshire archives Do want to trace the history of your house or local area? Are you interested in family history? ·Do you have a local history project for school? ·Do you need to research historic documents for a legal enquiry? This is the archives and local studies service for the historic county of Shropshire, which includes the Borough of Telford and Wrekin. The Archives preserve and make accessible documents, books, maps, photographs, plans and drawings relating to Shropshire past and present.

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The Friends have made these important historic buildings accessible so that organisations, groups and individuals can explore, learn, participate in and enjoy the unique and varied heritage. Community access in the form of guided tours and open weekends in May and September will continue during the construction phase coordinated by the Friends. To find out how you can visit or get more involved with the project visit or call 01743 360213.

To find out more check the


opening Times Monday: Closed Tuesday: Closed Wednesday: 10am-5pm Thursday: 10am-8pm (advance orders for original items after 5.30pm) Friday: 10am-5pm Saturday: 10am-4pm (advance orders for original items) Sunday: Closed You can also discover the heritage of Shropshire by visiting a Library Local History Centre. It may be the starting point for inspiration and encouragement for you to go further with your own learning and research. There are Local History Centres in libraries at Bridgnorth, Church Stretton, Craven Arms, Ludlow and Oswestry.

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CLun MuSeuM Based on a private collection of a local shopkeeper, Mr. Tom Hamar, which in 1932, due to its popularity, was re- housed in part of the ground floor of the Town Hall, built in 1780 by the Earl of Powys. Since those days, under the auspices of the Clun Town Trust (Registered Charity 208408) the Museum has grown to fill both floors of the Town Hall and houses a multitude of local historical and agricultural artefacts from the Clun Forest area. ground Floor The items on display reflect the 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. We are active members of the Shropshire Heritage Forum and validated providers for The Shropshire Children’s University. access for all We have audio, Braille and two large print guides together with an illuminated tactile map of Clun and pictures for the use of visually impaired visitors. A stairlift is installed for easy access and a portable ramp available at Main Entrance.

opening Times

Easter - 31st October TueSDayS: 2.00pm - 5.00pm SaTuRDayS & Bank HoLiDayS: (Mondays & Tuesdays) 11.00am- 1.00pm 2.00pm - 5.00pm For special openings at other times Contact Curator: Email: Websites:

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BiSHoP'S CaSTLe HeRiTage ReSouRCe CenTRe documents held at Shropshire Archives. These are too bulky and precious to leave Shrewsbury and have therefore been digitally photographed, and can now be viewed on-screen at BCHRC, and selected pages printed. This means that researchers can view an image of the original document, with no risk of transcription errors, and of a much higher quality than existing microfiche images.

Bishop's Castle's geographical remoteness has served to protect its heritage, and the town has kept much of its historic character. Bishop's Castle Heritage Resource Centre is a volunteerrun activity centre which opened in 2004 to celebrate local history and keep it within the community for people to use and share. It is owned and run by the House on Crutches Museum Collection Trust, which also manages the House on Crutches Museum. BCHRC has a secure museum standard store, in which the Museum's reserve collection is kept in safety, as well as other artefacts, documents and ephemera. You can view some of the collection online at Individuals and organisations can deposit their archives in the store for a small fee. More information on depositing can be found on the website.

An index of these resources is available at BCHRC or to download from the website BHRC is open to visitors from 10.30am to 1.00pm on Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays or at other times by arrangement. Please phone 01588 630556 (answerphone) or email BCHRC is at 5 Chapel yard, just off Bishop's Castle's High Street. Other facilities and services are offered, from photocopying and laminating to specialised services such as the production of displays and digitisation of documents. The small meeting room is ideal for meetings and workshops up to a maximum of 12 people, and there is a small range of equipment for hire, such as display boards. There is a small charge for these.

In 2009 BCHRC secured a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to develop as a Local History Centre, and the volunteers worked closely with staff from Shropshire Archives to identify materials and resources relating to the Bishop’s Castle area that would enable them to help visitors with their family history or social history query. These resources include parish registers, tithe maps, electoral rolls, census returns and other

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Working at BCHRC

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THe HouSe on CRuTCHeS MuSeuM also replica items of period costume, and you can try some of them on! This is also the home for changing temporary displays or exhibits and items for sale exclusive to and representative of the House on Crutches and Bishop's Castle and district. Upstairs, the Town Room displays the history of local businesses. Here you will find displays on the clog and shoe making industries, the story of drovers, also local breweries, chemists, tailors and other trades in the town. The House on Crutches Museum in Bishop’s Castle is situated in a remarkable timber framed building dating back to Elizabethan times. It houses an extensive social history collection covering many aspects of community life and agriculture in Bishop's Castle and South West Shropshire. It is tucked away up a cobbled street adjacent to the Town Hall at the top of the High Street. The story of this unique small town is told through displays of local artefacts and memorabilia, mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Rural life and farming were very important in this area on the remote borders between England and Wales, but the town supported thriving industries such as brewing, shoemaking and tanning. It also provides a glimpse into domestic life at a time when industrial innovations began to find their way into rural homes across the country. The first room you enter is the kitchen. Here you will find a replica cooking range and accessories and a display devoted to wash days. There are

The Agriculture room is devoted to farming and countryside pursuits in Bishop's Castle’s surrounding rural area. Here is the museum’s collection of tools used in and around the home and farm. The Parlour houses the museum's collection of children’s toys and domestic pastimes from the 19th century. The doll’s house dates from the 1920s and was made locally by an elder brother for his young sister. Much of the furniture inside is original. Visiting children enjoy playing with the toys in the Parlour. The museum is managed and staffed by volunteers, and opening times are generally weekend afternoons between Easter and Michaelmas. Groups and those requiring tailored educational visits are welcome at any time during the museum's opening season by prior arrangement. Please contact the museum on 01588 630556 (answerphone) or by email via the website to discuss your requirements.

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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.

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opening dates from 29th April to 25th October at the following times: Tuesday: 10.30am - 1.00pm Wednesday: 10.30am - 1.00pm Friday: 10.30am - 1.00pm Saturday: 10.30am - 1.00pm 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

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Shifnal Local History exhibition

Shifnal Museum and Archive Centre opened in December 2009 in the former Fire Station in Shrewsbury Road . The exhibition comprises a collection of over 1900 photographs, local artefacts and sources of information for local and family history research. The museum holds lots of useful information on the people in the town’s past, such as births deaths and marriages, and census information right back to 1841. The Museum is open on Friday afternoons from 2.00 to 4.00, and on Saturday mornings from 10.00 to 12.00. There are also special events throughout the year. Old Fire Station, Shrewsbury Road, Shifnal TF11 8AQ Admission is FREE and members of the Shifnal Local History Group are always on hand to provide a welcome and answer questions

Ditton Priors Local History Centre The Centre holds an extensive archive, much of it on a database, on the history of the village. There is a recently researched story of Ditton's wartime Admiralty Armaments Depot, and the next project is on evacuees in the village. The Centre is adjacent to the Oak Farm shop and Tearooms, which are open Wednesday to Saturday throughout the year. Opening hours are Saturdays 12 -4pm from Easter to end October. Or by appointment Ditton Priors Local History Centre By Oak Farm Tearoom Station Road Ditton Priors WV16 6SS

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SeVeRn VaLLey RaiLWay

Victoria Bridge © Bob Sweet

go on a magical day out abord the Severn Valley Railway. There is a wealth of fun on offer at the Severn Valley Railway, one of the West Midlands’ most exciting family days out. Why not create your own itinerary along the line, hopping on and off at the SVR’s six unique stations. The SVR’s Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley boasts an array of exhibitions, an impressive collection of reserve locomotives and majestic Royal Carriage, gift shop, restaurant and children’s outdoor railway themed play area.


The Railway also plays host to a number of special events throughout the year, including the ever-popular Family Fun Days with appearances from children’s favourites Peppa Pig and George, and our Steam and Whistle Activity Club, which run throughout the summer holidays. There are also a number of popular annual events to see you through the year, including the sell-out Halloween Ghost Trains and the festive Santa Steam Specials which run throughout December.

Enjoy a free visit to the Kidderminster Railway Museum, let off steam in more than 120 acres of the Severn Valley Country Park, or enjoy at picnic on the beautiful country station at Arley. The Coalyard Miniature Railway also operates at Kidderminster station on most days in August.

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up close at The engine House

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For more information on timetables and upcoming events, visit, search for Severn Valley Railway Families on Facebook or call 01299 403816.

Special events 2014 • Spring Steam Gala - 21-23 March • Members & Shareholders Weekend 12-13 april • Family Fun Weekend - 10-11 May • Step back to the 1940s - 28-29 June

arley Station

& 5-6 July

• Diesel Enthusiasts Gala - 2-4 october

• Food Festival - 12-13 July

• Remembrance Day Service - 9 november

• Peep behind the scenes - 19 July • Ladies Day - 28 July • Classic Vehicle Day - 27 July • On the Buses - 7 September • Autumn Steam Gala - 18-21 September

Telephone 01299-403816 for the SVR: or 01746-862387 for The Engine House: Visit

© Lewis Maddox

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STeP BaCk To THe 1940S WiTH THe SeVeRn VaLLey RaiLWay • • • • • •

New! Replica full size Spitfire (1st weekend only). 1940's replica house at Kidderminster. Historic vehicle display. 1940's wedding. New! Conscientious objectors display. Flypast by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight on June 29th (subject to weather conditions).

. . . and even a battle! © Lewis Maddox

© Jed Bennett

We turn the clocks back to the 1940's with this lighthearted journey back to wartime Britain. This is one of our most popular events of the year. Advance booking is strongly advised. Attractions include: • • • • • •

Intensive service of steam hauled trains. Costumed re-enactors and performers along the line. New! Themed 1940s show by the students of Shrewsbury College. New! 1940s barber. New! Land Army camp. New! Montgomerys camp.

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Every journey ends with a memory. A day on the Severn Valley Railway is a day to remember. Take the people you love and make some memories that will last forever. Severn Valley Railway Families



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Come and take a proper ‘afternoon tea’ enjoy a wide range of fresh leaf tea and genuine home baking. Light lunches available & local chutneys, pickles and honeys to buy. All in a 400 year old charming tearoom set amidst beautiful gardens. open 10 - 5 Wednesdays - Sundays including Bank Holdays

Telephone 01588 660631

Abcott, Clungunford, Craven Arms SY7 0PX

call 01451 821255 visit

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PaRk HaLL, oSWeSTRy The Countryside experience Discover the delights of Park Hall Countryside Experience, the national award winning farm attraction near Oswestry. This amazing family farm park is like no other. There’s a day packed with action, fun and adventure waiting for all the family, and with a generous helping of cuddly and friendly animals for everyone to enjoy, there’s not a minute to waste.

Outside the action continues at the Crazy Farm Adventure Course and at the fantastic climbing areas in the woodland. There are also play houses for younger visitors and great walks for all the family. Get up close to your farmyard favourites with a regular schedule of interactive events. groom the miniature Shetland pony, or be enchanted by the sheer magnificence of Charm and Rio the heavy horses. Don’t miss your opportunity to hand milk a real cow or cuddle up to the adorable bunnies and guinea pigs in the small animal centre. Just jump on the cart ride to see more animals around the farm. Action packed fun can be found in two massive indoor play barns. The main arena has a large toy tractor circuit and bouncy castles while the Warren Playbarn has the traditional nets, slides and ropes.

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Details at Telephone 01691671123 or email Park Hall Countryside Experience, Burma Road, Oswestry, Shropshire. SY11 9AS. The iron age Roundhouse

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Burwarton Show on the B4364 between Ludlow & Bridgnorth - Tel: 01746 787535





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• Trade Stands • Shopping Arcade • Food Hall • Handicrafts • Horticulture • WI • YFC Displays • Craft Demonstrations • Sheep Shearing • Inter-Hunt Relay • Cookery Demonstrations - Discounted Tickets available on-line: Adults £13, Child £4



A great day out for all the family

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RoyaL aiR FoRCe MuSeuM, CoSFoRD The Visitor Centre is home to the Refuel Restaurant serving hot and cold meals and snacks. The Checkpoint Charlie Café serving light snacks and drinks and the well stocked Museum Shop are both located within The National Cold War Exhibition.

nimrod at RaF Museum Cosford

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford houses one of the largest aviation collections in the United Kingdom. 70 historic aircraft are displayed in three wartime hangars and within the National Cold War Exhibition. This landmark building contains 18 aircraft, military transport, missiles, memorabilia, interactive kiosks and hotspots of information. This unique exhibition reflects the social, cultural and political history of the Cold War era circa 1947 – 1989, in a fun and innovative way. A major feature of this unique exhibition is Britain’s three post-war V-Bombers the Vulcan, Victor and Valiant. A Number of these aircraft are suspended in flying attitudes including a Dakota, Canberra, Meteor, Lightning and Javelin. Visitors are able to view them from an elevated viewing gallery. RAF Museum Cosford is one day that everyone from small children upwards will enjoy whatever the weather. Children and adults alike will be fascinated by fun ‘n’ flight. Packed with hands on excitement, it’s the easy way to answer all those questions about how aircraft stay up in the air. The advanced flight simulator is also a great way to get an instant flying experience.

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Access around the Museum is easy with wide aisles for pushchairs and wheelchairs. Wheelchairs and electronic scooters are available free on arrival at the admissions desk, on a first come first served basis. opening Times Open daily 10am – 6pm (last admission 5pm) including Bank Holidays. Closed 24-26 December and 1, 5-9 January 2015. admission is FRee of charge. Parking £2.50 up to 3 hours, £3.50 for all day.

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Directions By Road From Junction 3 of the M54 take the A41 south towards Wolverhampton. Follow brown tourist signs to Royal Air Force Museum. By Rail Cosford Train Station is located on the Central Trains Birmingham to Shrewsbury line (via Wolverhampton) then ? mile walk. Please check timetable before visiting. By Bus The 891 / 892 bus services from Wolverhampton to Wellington runs along the A41. The nearest stop is the Cosford Garage, approximately a 1 mile walk to the Museum gates. By Cycle The Museum is conveniently located along National Cycle Route 81 which runs from Wellington to Albrighton. Free cycle racks are situated next to the Museum Visitor Centre. Royal Air Force Museum Cosford Shifnal Shropshire TF11 8UP

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HaWkSTone PaRk FoLLieS

Of t h a d I h e ar d o f Ha wk st o ne P ar k , I t ’ s “O m uc h f r equ en ted gr o un d, Bu t al l de sc r ip tio n w a s b u t d a r k , C o m p a r ’ d w i t h w h a t I f o u n d ”. From a poem entitled “The Beauties of Hawkstone Park” by J W Salmon, published around 1800 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. Historic Hawkstone Park, with its hidden pathways, concealed grottos, secret tunnels and remarkable collection of follies, is perhaps the most magical and wondrous tourist attraction Shropshire has to offer. Created in the 18th Century by Sir Rowland Hill, the woodland fantasy of caves and cliffs has been described as a lost world deep in the heart of Shropshire and is one of the greatest naturalist landscape creations in Britain.

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The monument to Sir Rowland Hill bears the inscription “The righteous shall be held in everlasting remembrance” and was restored thanks to the Barclay Borthers in 1992. The view you are afforded after climbing the 153 steps is truly breathtaking; on a clear day you can see thirteen (of the old) counties of England & Wales ! This first class tourist attraction benefits from a Three Star Country House Hotel, the Hawkstone Park Hotel, located within its grounds. The hotel has sixty en-suite bedrooms. The site also has a picturesque tearoom serving refreshments and snacks throughout the day, a picnic pack service, gift and book shop and free parking. A packed lunch is advisable as you may be some distance from the tearoom when hunger strikes - this also makes Hawkstone Park Follies a very good value day out. Telephone 01948 841777 / 841700

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events at Hawkstone Park Follies in 2014 18-21 April

Easter Egg Hunt

Traditional Easter Egg Hunt

10-11 May

Medieval Weekend

Hawkstone goes back the 12th Century

31 May - 1 June

Den Building Weekend

Come and build your own dens by the Monument

7-8 June

Archery Weekend

Have a go Archery

15 June

Fathers Day Helitrips

See the Follies from above in a special helicopter ride

29 June

Hawk Day

Feather Perfect are bringing their Hawks

24-30 July

Story Telling Week

Childrens fairytales being told all around the park

16 August

Chaninsaw sculpting

Chaninsaw talent display in the park

23-24 August

Robin Hood at Hawkstone

Wolfshead Bowmen bring the past to life

31 August

Hawk Day

Feather Perfect are bringing their Hawks

20 September

Mud Run

Come and watch people run the Follies covered in mud !





A Powerful and Timeless Landscape



Shropshire Signpost 2014  

2014 edition of the Shropshire Signpost - full of colourful features and ideas of places to visit in Shropshire.