Shrewsbury Festival Dates 2018

Shrewsbury offers a range of fantastic festivals to locals and visitors alike, including the Shrewsbury Food Festival, the Shropshire Folk Festival and Shropshire Oktoberfest.

This post provides you with advance notice of the dates of these Shrewsbury Festivals in 2018.

Shrewsbury Food Festival 2018

Shrewsbury Food Festival 2018 Logo

The Shrewsbury Food Festival is considered to be one of the best events of its kind in the UK and returns for its sixth year on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June 2018.

The festival features:

  • more than 200 food, drink and craft exhibitors
  • two live music stages
  • a huge kids activity area
  • talks and demonstrations from the country’s best chefs
  • a hands-on cookery school
  • kids cookery

You can find more information at the Shrewsbury Food Festival Web site.

Shrewsbury Folk Festival 2018

Aerial view of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival site

The annual Shrewsbury Folk Festival returns to the West Midlands Showground in Shrewsbury over the August Bank Holiday weekend commencing Friday 24th August 2018.

The festival prides itself on the eclectic line-up of performers from across the UK and features:

  • four main music stages
  • a dance tent with ceilidhs, workshops and dance shows
  • a craft fair
  • a food village
  • real ale, prosecco and cocktail bars

At the time of writing the line-up was still being developed, but some highlights already announced include:

  • Steeleye Span
  • Peter Knight’s Gigspanner Big Band
  • BBC Folk Award winner Daoirí Farrell
  • Scottish folk rockers Skerryvore
  • Irish super group Usher’s Island
  • The Remnant Kings
  • American singer songwriter Gretchen Peter

The festival has become one of the leading folk events in the UK with an attendance of over 7,000 many of whom return year after year.

You can find more information at the Shrewsbury Folk Festival Web site.

Shropshire Oktoberfest 2018

Shropshire Oktoberfest 2018 Logo

Following the huge success of the first Shropshire Oktoberfest in 2017, this festival returns on Friday 5th October, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th October 2018.

The Shropshire Oktoberfest features:

  • the region’s top brewers
  • the best beers
  • the best music in the best venue
  • a gin den
  • a prosecco parlour
  • a lager bar
  • and a comedy club

You can find more information at the Shropshire Oktoberfest Shropshire Oktoberfest Web site.

The images used in this blog post are copyright of the respective festival organisers and used with their kind permission.

Feathers and Flight

A red kite in flight

Here at Folly View Let we are keen birdwatchers and I’ve blogged several times before about the birds we’ve seen in our gardens including:

We are also lucky to be able to see a wide variety of birds on the nearby Onny Meadows at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

Feathers and Flight

To coincide with the RSPB Big Garden Birdwatch the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre are holding a Feathers and Flight event on Sunday 28th January 2018 from 11:00 to 15:00.

This event offer the opportunity to soar above the beautiful Shropshire Hills in a hot air balloon for 90 minutes (depending on the weather).

If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground there is the chance to get up close and personal with a variety of birds pf prey. Chris Neal’s Falconry Birds of Prey will be providing flight displays and the chance to photograph these truly wonderful birds.

Red Kites

In this part of South Shropshire we are often treated to the sight of Red Kites.

The photograph of a Red Kite (Milvus milvus) at the top of this blog post was taken by Tim Felce at Gigrin Farm in Wales and is used under under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license.

Field to Fork Festival 2018

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Field to Fork Festival 2018

Field to Fork is a new festival in 2018 and celebrates and explores the story of our food today and in the future. Field to Fork will be held at Harper Adams University just outside Newport, Shropshire on Saturday 28th April.

This free festival will give the whole family the opportunity for hands-on learning about everything relating to food, agriculture and the great outdoors. Field to Fork also features:

  • live music
  • animals
  • engineering
  • tractors
  • a Kid’s Zone
  • the Hands Free Hectare demonstrating the automated farming of the future
  • a Farmers Market featuring more than 80 producers of food and drink

You can find more information at the Field to Fork Web site.

Field to Fork April 28th 2018

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