Like a Beer Festival – But Better!

Question:

What combines 200 real ales, 60 passionate local food and drink producers with a mix of toe tapping live music and over 180 spectacular classic cars?

Answer:

The Ludlow Spring Festival

The Ludlow Spring Festival 2017 is a combination of the 8th Ludlow Spring Festival and the 32nd Marches Transport Festival and takes place in the beautiful surrounds of Ludlow Castle and at various Ludlow streets and the market square..

The event typically also features:

  • Taste Workshops
  • Festival Sausage Trail
  • Festival Loaf Trail
  • Real Ale Trail
  • Pudding Tasting
  • Sunday Specialist Food Market

Over 150 small independent food and drink producers from the Marches will be present and offering samples and sales of hot and cold food along with demonstrations, talks and hands-on workshops.

There is also a “Festival Pub” where you can enjoy “Meet the Brewer” sessions where brewers from some of the regions brewers – Hobsons Brewery, Corvedale Brewery, Brecon Brewing, Wye Valley Brewery, Ludlow Brewing Company – will answer your questions and guide you through beer tastings.

You can find more information at the Ludlow Spring Festival Web site.

South Shropshire 2017 – An Eventful Year

There is always plenty going on in South Shropshire and some of our guests plan their stays at Folly View Let to coincide with events in the local area. So here we have provided you with a list of just a few of the many superb events in the local area coming up in 2017.

Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival – Saturday 29th April through Sunday May 7th 2017

The 12th annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival offers 57 walks over 9 days exploring the UNESCO Wold Heritage Site of the Ironbridge Gorge. All the walks are free and are led by experienced volunteers. There are walks for all abilities.

Ludlow Spring Festival – Saturday 13th May and Sunday 14th May 2017 (link to blog post to be added…)

Ludlow Spring Festival 2017

Ludlow Spring Festival 2017

 

Marches Transport Festival – Saturday 13th May and Sunday 14th May 2017

Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival – Saturday 13th May through Wednesday 17th May

The 18th annual Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival benefits from local experienced volunteers who guide you on a range of walks that vary from 3.5 to 14 miles, cover a variety of terrain and are classified as leisurely, moderate, energetic and strenuous.

Aston-On-Clun Arbor Day – Sunday 28th May 2017

The Arbor Day festivities include a variety of events in a carnival atmosphere – concerts, displays, Morris Dancing, stalls, an 18th Century procession – and the Aston-On-Clun Arbor Day has been featured on the BBC.

Church Stretton Walking Festival – Thursday 22nd June through Sunday 25th June 2017

Local volunteers will guide you on a range of walks varying in cost (some are free), duration and location.

Shrewsbury Food Festival – Saturday 24th June and Sunday 25th June 2017

The Shrewsbury Food Festival takes place in Quarry Park and throughout the town. As well as exhibits from 200 of the best local artisan producers the festival features Shropshire Unsigned – local unsigned musical acts. There are also cookery demonstrations, chef school, free kids and entertainment. The weekend is the focus but there is also the massive fringe festival that continues throughout the month at local restaurants and eateries.

Shrewsbury Food Festival Logo

Shrewsbury Food Festival

 

Ludlow Fringe Festival – Saturday 17th June through Sunday 2nd July 2017

Ludlow comes alive during the Ludlow Fringe which is an independent Arts, Community and Culture festival initiated in 2013 as annual inclusive, vibrant and diverse Arts Festival. Many of the events are free and there is a maximum £15 for paid events which include a range of performances along with the Art Trail and Galleries.

Ludlow Fringe Festival Logo

Ludlow Fringe Festival

 

Ludlow Green Festival – Sunday 9 July 2017

The Ludlow Green Festival is an annual attraction celebrating all things ‘green’. In 2017 it is moving forward from the August Bank Holiday to July.

Shrewsbury Folk Festival – Friday 25th August through Monday 28th August 2017

Shrewsbury Folk Festival is about more than just music – it promises a warm welcome from volunteer stewards and a relaxed atmosphere with time for you to explore the festival site with its four sound stages, dance tent and specialist venues for our children’s and youth festivals. There are shops, caterers, bars, a craft fair, free buses into Shrewsbury town centre plus a great campsite.

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2017

 

Kington Walking Festival – Thursday 21st September through Sunday 24th September 2017

Snowdrops at Stanton Lacy

Back in February I wrote about Snowdrops and listed three locations in Shropshire where you could see some spectacular displays of Snowdrops.

The churchyard of St Peter’s church in Stanton Lacy features a carpet of Snowdrops that is well worth a visit.

Snowdrop Carpet at Stanton Lacy Churchyard

Snowdrop Carpet at Stanton Lacy Churchyard

Much of the vegetation in the churchyard is cut only twice a year in order to protect wildlife and plant species. This has allowed the spread of the snowdrops to become the carpet that now covers the churchyard. Later in the year the nettles that grow unchecked are important to caterpillars and therefore butterflies. The rough undergrowth also provides habitat and safe cover for hedgehogs.

Stanton Lacy is a small and pretty village located just 8 miles from Folly View let. The village has early Anglo-Saxon origins which can be traced back to before the Norman Conquest of 1066 and the subsequent granting of the manor to Roger de Lacy. The manor features in the Domesday Book of 1086.

The Church of St Peter Stanton Lacy is Saxon and dates to about 1050 although it is believed that there was probably a church in this site for 300 years before the 11th century.

The Spring sunlight offers the opportunity to capture some lovely light and shade on the Snowdrops.

Snowdrop Carpet - Light and Shade

Snowdrop Carpet – Light and Shade