Beardy Folk Festival 2019

Beardy Folk Festival at Hopton Court near Cleobury Mortimer, is on 21st until 23rd June 2019 over the Solstice weekend.

Beardy Folk Festival 2019 Logo

This festival has a great line up for its second year. Skerryvore, 3 Daft Monkeys, Urban Folk Quartet and Martin Joseph are among those performing.

A poster shwoing the Beardy Folk Festival line-up

There are two stages at the Beardy Folk Festival, the main stage and Accoustic.

New this year is the Beardy Arts Tent which will be hosting workshops. These including singing , Morris Dancing, melodian playing, poetry and the spoken word.

There is a Trade Village, food stands and a beer tent selling real ale. If gin is your tipple there will be a Gin Bar hidden in the Walled garden.

The Enchanted Wood has walks for you to explore. There are woodland activities and lots of children’s entertainment.

Best prices the earlier you book, £99 with £15 for camping. There are day tickets available too.

If you feel you need an energy charge there is yoga at 10am each morning.

Let’s hope this Festival goes from strength to strength.

The images used in this post are copyright Beardy Folk Festival and used with their kind permission.

Dark Skies Discovery Sites Church Stretton

A Dark Skies Discovery Site is a place where the Milky Way (not the chocolate bar) is visible in the night sky with the naked eye. There are four Dark Skies Discovery Sites across the Long Mynd, Church Stretton.

The Milky Way over the Swiss Alps

These locations need to be accessible to the public and have a good clear view of the sky to be accepted as a Dark Skies Discovery Site.

There are degrees of classification, Milky Way Class being the highest. The degree of darkness determines the classification.

The four sites at Church Stretton are at Carding Mill Valley, Cross Dyke Car Park at Boiling Well, Pole Cottage and Shooting Box Car Parks, and are shown on the map below.

An OpenStreetMap of Dark Skies Discovery Sites, Long Mynd, Church Stretton

OpenStreetMap of Dark Skies Discovery Sites

Star in Your Skies organises events on Long Mynd supported by Shropshire Astronomical Society.

Events are often arranged at short notice by local enthusiasts and of course weather-dependent.

Stars In Your Skies Walk 20th June 2019, starting at 10pm in Carding Mill Valley. It is a two hour stroll around Carding Mill Valley and the foothills of the Long Mynd. Lots of facts figures and stories to keep you entertained. £6 guided walk. www.churchstrettonwalkingfestival.co.uk

Solstice Sleepout organised by the National Trust , look at events for Carding Mill Valley, on the 20th and 21st June 2019. See Sunset and Sunrise under the stars. Booking is essential £20. Bring warm clothing and a small tent. Meeting at 10p.m. place to be arranged.

I am certainly thinking of doing the walk.

The image at the top of this post shows the night sky during the lunar eclipse over the Swiss Alps. Along with the eclipsed moon, visible in the photo are Mars below the moon, Saturn in the middle, and Jupiter to the right. The Milky Way arises above them all, shining through wispy high clouds. Numerous satellites and aircraft make it a happening Friday evening in the sky. The image is from Wikimedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

The Wikimedia article on Church Stretton notes that the town was once nicknamed “Little Switzerland”.

Secret Gardens Of Ludlow 2019

The Secret Gardens of Ludlow 2019 will be open on Sunday 16th June 2019 from noon until 6pm. These are private gardens which are not normally open to the public. With some of the gardeners  being available so you can ask them their secrets.

Secret Gardens of Ludlow

The Secret Gardens Of Ludlow is a fundraising event for the Ludlow Assembley Rooms, Ludlow’s Arts And Entertainment Centre and is part of Ludlow Fringe Festival.

It is also a great way to explore areas of Ludlow you wouldn’t normally go to.

The Secret Gardens Of Ludlow has lots of different styles of gardens to inspire you, from formal, informal and some glorious herbaceous borders.

There will be gardens open in Broad Street, Corve Street, Mill Street, Upper Linney and Lower Mill Street so you will need your walking shoes on.

In some of the Secret Gardens of Ludlow there will be afternoon teas, homemade cakes, ice creams, plants and herbs available to purchase.

One of the Courtyard gardens in Broad Street also has a Champagne Bar.

Tickets are available from Ludlow Assembly Rooms from mid May

On the same day is Ludlow Conservation Day in Castle Square from 10a.m. until 4pm. There will be information stalls, interactive arts activities, environmentally friendly crafts. Well worth a look while visiting the Secret Gardens of Ludlow.

The image used in this blog post is courtesy of Ludlow Fringe Festival whose copyright is acknowledged.

Festivals of Ludlow 2019

There are a few festivals in Ludlow every year. We focus on one or two each year but I thought it might be worth reminding you of the others happening throughout this year 2019.

Ludlow Spring Festival is at Ludlow Castle. As well as local food and drink producers there is live music to entertain  you, 180 cars to drool over if that’s your thing. There is a Meet the Brewer event and the whole festival us described as “like a beer festival but better”.

Ludlow Fringe Festival is on from 15th June until 30th June 2019. There are events to suit everyone from talks, performing arts, dance, film screenings, Ludlow Arts Trail, music, Street Theatre. The Ludlow Secret Gardens is part of the fringe.

Ludlow Green Festival is on the 24th July 2019 from 10a.m. until 4pm on Castle Square. It celebrates all things ‘green’ and challenges us to do more to help our Planet.

Ludlow Dog Day is on 21st July 2019 from 10am until 5pm. Staged in the grounds of Stokesay Court there are dog displays, competitions and a wide variety of stalls and activities.

Ludlow Food Festival is on the 13th until 15th September 2019. It is throughout Ludlow but the main event is in Ludlow Castle. A feast of mouth watering events with over 140 food and drink producers.

Ludlow Medieval Fayre is on the 23rd and 24th November 2019. Said to be the best in Britain this Medieval Fayre has over a hundred stalls to buy your Christmas gifts from. With medieval jesters, jugglers and many others to keep you smiling.

I hope this quick whizz through the Festivals of Ludlow has peaked your interest and reminded you of plans you made at the beginning of the year. See you in Ludlow.

The Ludlow Fringe Festival logo is used with kind permission of the organisers whose copyright is acknowledged.

The Ludlow Green Festival logo is used with kind permission of the organisers whose copyright is acknowledged.

Clun Green Man Festival 2019

The Clun Green Man Festival 2019 is on Sunday May 5th and Monday May 6th 2019.

Poster of Clun Green Man Festival 2019

The Clun Green Man Festival takes place in Clun in the beautiful Clun Valley.

The Green Man and the Frosty the Snow Queen  will do battle on the Clun Bridge over the coming of Spring. Who will win this year?

If the Frost Queen wins there will be no Summer in the Clun Valley. The battle will take place on Monday 6th 2019.

The Clun Green Man Festival has lots to keep the family entertained over the two days of merriment.

On Sunday events take place in the  Square in Clun from noon. There will be Morris Dancing, the Clun Mummers, Simon”Animal Man” Airey and lots more.

There are traditional arts and crafts, with demonstrations and workshops. There will be Maypole workshops, archery demonstrations, Horse and Pony rides and Circus skills to learn.

The May Frost Queen Procession is on Monday as she makes her way to Clun Bridge where the Battle will commence with the Clun Green Man. Will we see Summer again this year?

On Monday The Clun Green Man Festival has events in town and on the Clun Castle Field.

The Craft Fair on Clun Castle Field opens from 12.30 pm on Monday straight after the Battle on the Bridge.

Music over the weekend comes from The Endings, Whalebone, The Church Stretton Accordianists and many others .

MC for the weekend will be Jack the Jester, leading entertainment at the Clun Green Man Festival.

Prices on day are £8 for adults and £2 for children. In advance adults are £5  £1 for children book on line www.clungreenman.org.uk

The image at the top of this post is copyright Clun Green Man Festival.