Shrewsbury Victorian Christmas Fayre 2017

An image logo of the Shrewsbury Victorian Christmas Fayre

The Parade Shopping Centre in Shrewsbury are hosting a “Victorian Christmas Fayre” over the weekend of:

  • Saturday 2nd December 2017 – 10:00 to 17:00
  • Sunday 3rd December 2017 – 10:00 to 1600

Promising a weekend full of fun for everyone the Fayre includes:

  • a Reindeer funfair ride
  • Mulled Wine and Roasted Chestnuts
  • local crafted gifts
  • Christmas games and a fun Christmas Competition
  • a “Chocolate Workshop” where children can decorate their own chocolate lollipop
  • Choir
An image of The Parade Shopping Centre at Christmas

The Parade Shopping Centre at Christmas


Former Royal Salop Infirmary

An image of the Parade Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury

The Parade Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury


The Parade Shopping Centre is located at St. Mary’s Place and is housed in a former hospital, the Royal Salop Infirmary, which was completed in 1830 and built in the “Greek Revival Style” of architecture.

This was once the main hospital for Shrewsbury and the surrounding county of Shropshire (aka Salop)

The first two images used in this blog post are copyright The Parade Shopping Centre.

The image of the former Royal Salop Infirmary is owned by Indigo Brown and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Shrewsbury Winter Festival 2017

An image of two cups of Christmas coffee.

Shrewsbury Winter Festival 2017

The annual Shrewsbury Winter Festival 2017 will be held at Shrewsbury Quarry Park on:

  • Saturday 9th December 2017 – 10:00 to 18:00
  • Sunday 10th December 2017 – 10:00 to 17:00

and promises two days of festive fun for all the family.

An image of assorted Christmas decorations

The Shrewsbury Winter Festival is an annual celebration of local food and drink, and local crafts with a festive theme combined with family entertainment that was enjoyed by more than 12,000 people in 2016.

Festive Food and Seasonal Gifts

Over 170 local producers will be offering a massive selection of artisan foods and drinks to enjoy including:

  • mince pies
  • free range meats
  • steaming hot chocolate
  • mulled wine
  • beer

An image of some festive gingerbread.


The Winter Festival offers a range of attractions and activities including:

  • circus skills
  • singalongs
  • animals – lambs, donkeys and alpacas
  • gingerbread decorating
  • Santa

An image of a Santa Hat on a fork

Festive Ale Trail

A new attraction for this years’ Winter Festival is the Hobson’s Festive Ale Trail where over-18s can visit some real ale stands around the Winter Festival and sample beers from some of the best local brewers in the region.

Giant Snowglobe

If you’ve ever wanted to walk in your own Winter Wonderland then the Winter Festival offers you the chance to wander into this giant snowglobe and help a local charity at the same time.

An image of a giant snowglobe

Location – Quarry Park

The Winter Festival is held in Quarry Park in Shrewsbury and for those new to Shrewsbury this is highlighted in the map below:

A map of Shrewsbury showing the location of the Shrewsbury Winter Festival in Quarry Park.

Shrewsbury Winter Festival Map Showing Quarry Park


Christmas is a time of giving and the Winter Festival supports the less fortunate through their work alongside two charities:

You can find more detailed information and book tickets at the Winter Festival Web site where you can also download a detailed PDF brochure.

All images used in this blog post are copyright Shropshire Festivals and are used with their kind permission.

The Inaugural Shropshire 80K

Here at Folly View Let we cater for guests who visit to enjoy the wide variety of walking available in South Shropshire.

Shropshire Way Main Route Sign

We are very lucky to have the Shropshire Way pass within 500 m of Folly View Let. There are also many local walks that start and finish at the nearby Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

The Shropshire Way 80K

So it is very exciting that the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre have organised a new long-distance walking challenge:

Shropshire Way 80K

They describe the Shropshire Way 80K as:

a brand new mass participation challenge walk

The inaugural Shropshire Way 80K, or SW80K for short, will take place over the weekend of 17th and 18th March 2018 when the aim is to complete the 80km (or 50 miles) walk through some of the most beautiful parts of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walkers are expected to complete the challenge in 24 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and the majority of the route will follow the main or subsidiary paths of the Shropshire Way.

Hosted by Grow Cook Learn (the charity based at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre) there will be various checkpoints along the route where walkers will have the opportunity to “eat the view” by sampling some of the local produce from the area which Grow Cook Learn aims to promote.

You can find more details using the following links:

And of course if you need a base before the event and somewhere to recover afterwards then you can always stay here at Folly View Let.

Folly View Front Door Map

Folly View Front Door Map


The image at the top of this blog post of a Shropshire Way sign on The Wrekin was taken by The joy of all things and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre 2017

The Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre is set in Ludlow Castle and is held on Saturday 25th and 26th November 2017. Opening hours are:

  • Saturday 25th 10 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday 26th 10 am – 4 pm

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Musicians

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Musicians

Described as:

The Best Medieval Show in the land!

the Medieval Christmas Fayre features:

  • Stalls – over 100 stalls selling historical goods, gifts, and food and drink
  • Entertainment – swordplay, juggling jesters, interactive theatre, music, wassailing and dancing, storytelling, carolling and jestering, giants, falconry and puppetry
  • Drink – mulled wine, spiced cider, and Local Beer tent

This year the Fayre offers:

more music, more minstrels, more merriment and more mirth than ever before!

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Minstrels

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Minstrels

As well as the entertainment above, some members of the public are inspired to dress up for the occasion as shown below.

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Members of the Public

Members of the Public at Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre

Armour is optional!

You can find more information about the event and also buy tickets at the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Web site, and also on Facebook and Twitter:

The images in this blog post are copyright Dakin Events and used with their kind permission.