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

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

Things to Do in Clun

Clun used to be a thriving commercial centre but is now a town of tranquillity. This does not mean nothing happens there. It has the Clun Green Man Festival and the Clun Valley Beer Festival. The Scamble, Ramble Amble stops in Clun for lunch and the Arts Alive Sportive starts from there.

Things to Do in Clun included walks along the River Clun. Going up the bank to the Church and turning left just before the Church will take you to Waterloo Ford.

Waterloo Ford in Clun

Waterloo Ford in Clun

Clun is divided in two by the River Clun. The older part is to the South of the river around the Church and up the bank. The more modern Norman part is to the north of the river around the Castle.

The Norman Castle ruin is built on the site of a motte and Bailey.

Clun Castle can be reached from the car park by the river as well as through the town. With lovely views down the Clun Valley towards Newcastle on Clun.

Clun Information Board

Clun Information Board

The Mill known as The Malevolent Mill is not open to the public but is somewhere interesting to stay. It is occasionally open on Heritage Days. It still has all its milling equipment.

St George’s Church at the top of Church Street is a Norman Church. There are some lovely views from here over the newer part of the town of Clun. Look for John Osbornes grave stone in the graveyard.

Clun Museum is in the old Town Hall. It holds local artefacts including details of a proposed railway from Craven Arms to Newcastle on Clun. Entrance fee is 50pence, this has got to be good value. Open Tuesday from 2pm and Saturdays from 11a.m., closed for lunch.

Packhorse Bridge dates from 1450. It is largely unchanged. This is the site of the annual battle between the Clun Green Man and the May Frost Queen.

Clun Packhorse Bridge

Clun Packhorse Bridge

Trinity Hospital and Almshouses provide accommodation for older members of the community. Built in 1614 round two quadrangles the grounds and gardens are open to the public.

Local beers can be sampled at the White Horse and the Sun Inn. The Sun Inn was built in the 15th Century of cruck construction and is grade two listed.

Clun is well worth an explore. Look at the information board in the river side car park for other things to do in Clun.

Ludlow Spring Festival 2019

The Ludlow Spring Festival is over the weekend of 11th and 12th May 2019.

Ludlow Spring Festival 2019

The Ludlow Spring Festival is staged in Ludlow Castle and there will be over 60 food producers and vendors to visit from Ludlow and the Welsh Marches.

On Sunday there will be another 40 producers and sellers at the Ludlow Spring Festival on the Sunday Market in the Ludlow town centre in the Market Place.

On Saturday the Ludlow Spring Festival is open from 10a.m. until 9pm and Sunday it is open from 10a.m. until 5pm.

The Ludlow Spring Festival give you a chance to hear lots of of free talks from food producers and I am sure lots of chances to sample local produce.

Ludlow Spring Festival has a Festival Pub which is in a large Marquee near the main entrance of Ludlow Castle. On Friday evening there is a Meet the Brewer event here when you can meet the Brewer of the beer voted the ‘best’. This is voted for in a closed event by SIBA, The Society Of Independant Brewers. There will be over 200 beers to try and live music. This event is from 5pm until 9pm and the entrance fee is £5.

There is a children’s activity area in the Castle grounds to keep little people happy throughout the day.

The 35th Marches Transport Festival will be on as well, with lots of vintage and classic vehicles to view.

Whether you enjoy wine, cheese, sweets, chocolates, meats or beers there will be plenty to explore sample and buy at Ludlow Spring Festival.

Ticket prices from £9 per adult Per booking.

The image at the top of this post is copyright Ludlow Spring Festival.

Things to Do in Ludlow

This post is about Things to Do in Ludlow, and in this series of blogs I hope I am giving you ideas of things to do which are going to cost you pennies but also some that are free.


Ludlow Castle. Did you know it used to be the capital of Wales? There is lots for you to explore and learn and a lovely tearoom. There is also a gift shop which can be visited without having to enter the Castle. You will have to pay to look round the Castle.

Ludlow Museum is only a pound to visit it is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 4pm. There are a variety of platforms where you can learn about Ludlows social history and architecture. There are views from the Museum, which on the upper floor of the Buttermarket, down Broad Street, this alone makes that £1 worth it.

Ludlow Brewing Company is open daily from 10am until 5pm. There are tours at 3pm Monday to Friday and at 2pm on Saturday. Enjoy sample of six beers and a pint of another for £7.

Laurences Church Tower is visible at the top of the town. Churches are always worth a visit as they have so much social history to tell you. It is open from 10 a.m. daily and closes its doors at 5pm.

Mortimer Forest on the outskirts of Ludlow has signed walks from the car parks at High Vinnalls or Black Pool(out at Richards Castle). There is an Easy Access walk for pushchair and wheel chairs. Great place for picnics, playing and exploring.

Whitcliffe Common is a small remnant of a much larger Common. It is opposite the Castle. There are superb views of Ludlow and plenty more walking and exploring to be done.

There are lots of walking opportunities in Ludlow. Go to Castle Street car park and look over Ludlow Town Walls, there is a viewing platform, with a Toposcope telling all the hills you are looking at.

The Broad Gate, Broad Street, Ludlow

The Broad Gate in Ludlow

Walk down Broad Street and go through the gate a little way then turn back and look at the Gatehouse.

Walk round Ludlow Castle past Dinham House down the Hill to Dinham Bridge and the Millennium Green.

Dinham House is the home of Clearview Stoves but is well worth visiting to look inside the house. There is also some display panels telling you a bit about the house as well.

Explore all those back alleys and streets to get different perspectives of the town and find bits of old wall and views into courtyards and gardens.

Ludlow has lots of fabulous Markets throughout the year. There are the usual fruit and veg ones, Farmers Markets, craft markets, antique and flea and book markets.

Ludlow has lots of lovely shopping opportunities as well. The charity shops are always worth a visit. There are specialist food shops, there are still independent gift, artisan, and clothing shops.

There are lots of old pubs and cafes and restaurants to satisfy your thirst or hunger.

Enjoy exploring and finding Things to Do in Ludlow.

The image of Ludlow the top of this blog post which shows Ludlow Castle and St Laurence church is from Wikipedia and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

The photograph of The Broad Gate taken by Pauline Eccles is from Wikipedia and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.


Stokesay Castle in Photographs

Stokesay Castle

Stokesay Castle

This post shows Stokesay Castle in photographs. Stokesay Castle is a fortifyed medieval house and is considered the best preserved example in England. I’ve blogged about it before and this post provides some photographs that give more of a flavour of this unique building. The image of Stokesay Castle above was taken by Penny Mayes and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Stokesay Castle is just one mile from Folly View Let and can be reached by footpaths from Folly View Let or by following the Shropshire Way from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

Stokesay Castle Gatehouse

Stokesay Castle Gatehouse

English Heritage manage Stokesay Castle and the current adult entrance fee is £7.60. Many of our visitors have commented how worthwhile and interesting it is to visit.

The Gatehouse at Stokesay Castle

The Gatehouse at Stokesay Castle

The Gatehouse is 17th century and is distinctively built in the Shropshire style.

Stokesay Castle Roof

Stokesay Castle Roof

The hall is 54.5 feet (16.6 m) long and 31 feet (9.4 m) wide and features three large, wooden 13th-century arches supporting the roof.

These photographs just provide a flavour of Stokesay Castle and many of our visitors to Folly View Let tell us that it is well worth a visit.

Stokesay Castle

Stokesay Castle

Stokesay Castle

Stokesay Castle is a fortifyed medieval house and is considered the best preserved example in England.

It forms a ‘comparatively complete ensemble’ of medieval buildings. The fact they remain largely unchanged is very unusual.

Previous owners have tried to repair what existed rather than rebuild and reconstruct.

It is Grade one listed and a scheduled Monument. It was largely build in the latter part of the 13th century by Laurence of Ludlow who was a wealthy wool merchant.

In the early part of the thirteenth century the land was owned by the de Say family who sold it to Laurence. The Stoke part of Stokesay is thought to have come from ‘stoches’ meaning cattle farm.

The Gatehouse is 17th century and is distinctively built in the Shropshire style.

The castle has been open to the public since 1908. It was left to English Heritage in 1992 by Jewell Magnus Allcroft.

There are events on through out the year, usually during school holidays, some of are Civil War Re-enactments.

It is open throughout the year but it is best to check opening hours and times. It is well worth visiting.

The image of Stokesay Castle above was taken by Penny Mayes and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

Stokesay Castle Gatehouse

Stokesay Castle Gatehouse

Clun Castle Information

Within a previous blog post I described Clun Castle as one of the many castles built by the Normans along the Welsh Marches.

Even though Clun Castle is a Grade 1 listed building, the castle and grounds are free to enter under the management of English Heritage who have provided several information boards located at various points around and within the castle ruins.

These boards offer more detailed information as shown in the example below.

Clun Castle Information - A Border Fortress

Clun Castle Information – A Border Fortress


This board shows an artists impression of Clun Castle as it was thought to look in 1300.

The excerpt below from the information board offers a concise outline of the role of these castles:

After the Norman Conquest in 1066, the border between Wales and England remained an unsettled area. William the Conqueror granted lands here to his followers to defend the border. These men became powerful marcher lords, ruling their lands independently of royal control.

The image below is an aerial view of Clun Castle ruins and the surrounding area.

Aerial View of Clun Castle © Historic England Archive

Aerial View of Clun Castle © Historic England Archive


The image Aerial View of Clun Castle shown above is used with the kind permission of Historic England Archive whose copyright in the image is fully acknowledged. The image may not be used or reproduced without the permission of Historic England Archive who are the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. Historic England champion and protect historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.

Clun Castle

Clun Castle is a ruined castle situated on the north bank of the River Clun and the western edge of the small town of Clun in South Shropshire close to the Welsh border. Clun is located 9 miles west of Craven Arms and 7 miles north of Knighton in the area known as both the Marches of Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.

Clun Castle

Clun Castle

Following the Norman invasion in 1066, William the Conqueror granted lands on the Welsh border to some favoured subjects who became Marcher Lords granted the rights to build castles and rule their feudal estates as if they were kings – provided they remained loyal to the English monarch.

Although ruined the remains of the rectangular keep and the two baileys do make the castle well worth visiting.

Clun Castle Keep

Clun Castle Keep

Many castles were constructed along the Welsh Marches including Clun Castle established by the Norman Lord Robert de Say.

Nowadays Clun Castle is a Grade 1 listed building and a Scheduled Monument owned by the Duke of Norfolk (who also holds the title of Baron of Clun) and is managed by English Heritage.

The castle ruins and grounds are open to the public and are free to enter.

Here are some links to more in depth information about Clun Castle:

a Wikipedia article about Clun Castle

the English Heritage Web page about Clun Castle

the Castles of Wales Web page for Clun Castle featuring lots of images

Clun Castle is well worth the visit and Clun itself also has a museum and places to eat and drink.