Some Christmas 2016 Events in Shropshire

Cruelty Free Christmas Fair

Cruelty Free Christmas Fair

There are many Christmas events held throughout Shropshire – and here are just a few that might be of interest to you.

Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre

The annual Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre takes place this year on Saturday 3rd December from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm in the Church Green and High Street.

The Fayre features over 100 stalls along with Brass Bands, Choirs, Street Theatre & Entertainers, Santa Claus, Donkey Rides, Children’s Entertainment and Carols by Candlelight.

Carillon – Seasonal Songs

Saturday 3rd December also offers Carillon – Seasonal Songs with a Choir of Ladies’ Voices organised by St Michaels and All Angels Church, Onibury.

This event starts at 7:30 pm in the Great Hall at Stokesay Court, Onibury, Craven Arms, SY7 9BD and costs £12 including a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival and canapés and mince pies in the interval.

You can find more information here.

Shrewsbury Winter Festival

The annual Shrewsbury Winter Festival takes place on Saturday 10th December and Sunday 11th December 2016 at Quarry Park, Shrewsbury.

The festival offers festive fun and games, live music and carol singing and over 150 local artisan food, drink and craft exhibitors will inspire you with unique gift ideas.

Admission is £6 for adults and £1 for children.

Cruelty Free Christmas Fair

Shropshire Veggies and Vegans are holding their fourth annual Cruelty Free Christmas Fair on the 10th December from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

A range of stalls offer Christmas gifts, food and book along with charity stalls and a cafe area. The event is held at the Wightman in Shrewsbury – 4 The Square, Shrewsbury, SY1 1LA.

Early attendees will receive a goody bag full of samples, recipes and money off vouchers and a magazine. In previous years the bags have contained a great selection of samples including chocolate, pasta, tea, seeds, snacks and plant milk.

You can find more information here.

Folk Down the Track December 2016

The Heart of Wales Line

The Heart of Wales Line

The December Folk Down the Track is on the 15th at the Castle Inn Knucklas.

The train times have changed. The train leaves Shrewsbury at 18:24 pm, it will arrive at Church Stretton at 18:42 pm.

It will leave Craven Arms at 18:54 pm arriving at Knucklas at 19:25 pm. Leaving to come home will be at 21:50 pm, some one kind will go round to let you know when to walk back up to the station.

Christmas hats are to be worn to make it a jolly trip down the Heart of Wales line.

Merry Christmas

Watching the Birds

I love watching the birds at this time of year, I like watching the birds anytime of year but they are more visible with the leaves having fallen. This morning the Fieldfares came to feed in our Holly tree, they were flying back and forth between there and the pine tree. They are always interesting to watch.

I was watching a Blue Tit this morning going along a branch of the greengage tree finding bits to eat. When I went out with Hettie (border terrier) we disturbed a small flock of Long-tailed Tits and their hangers on.

The flocks of Redwings and Fieldfares have been around for a while, they do seem to be a lot bigger than the last few years. I do love seeing them flying  round particularly in the early evening when they are off to roost.

Fieldfare

Fieldfare by Teresa Reynolds

I have seen a Jay eating the apples from next doors fruit trees. There are lots of Blackbirds around throwing leaves around and the Wrens are busy in the undergrowth.

There are plenty more birds to see but these are some of my favourites at this time of year.

Folly View has a bird book and binoculars for our visitors use.

The photograph of the Fieldfare above is by Teresa Reynolds and is taken from Wikimedia Commons.