Farmer Phil’s Festival 2019

Farmer Phil’s Festival is over the weekend 9th and 11th August 2019. In the heart of the Shropshire Hills at Ratlinghope.

Some of the audience at Farmer Phil's Music Festival

If you love music there will be something for you at Farmer Phil’s Festival. Whether it be folk, blues, dance or rock, there will be something to get your foot tapping.

Lindesfarne, Slim Chance and 3Daft Monkeys are among fifty artists confirmed for this year’s event.

This family run festival is in its 21st year. They want to maintain a family atmosphere and keep it small, welcoming around 2000 music lovers each year.

There is children’s entertainment meaning you relax while someone else keeps them busy and tires them out, bliss.

There are two stages, one of which rotates cutting down on set up times between acts. There are three bars, food stalls selling food for all tastes.

There is an on site shop run by Wentnor Stores, which is apparently very good.

Farmer Phil’s Festival is set on a farm over looking a fishing lake and woodland. Sounds lovely.

If you would like to camp for the week camping is available from August 5th until August 12th with a weekend festival ticket. Toilets and showers are available during this time.

Fires and barbeques are allowed but must be off the ground.

Weekend tickets are from £90 per adult.

Day tickets are £55.

Parking is £10 for the week or £5 for the weekend.

Farmer Phil's Festival Singer

Farmer Phil’s Music Festival Singer

The images in this blog post are used with kind permission of the festival organisers and were taken by Chris Rollason.

Folk at the Farm

Folk at the Farm is at Acton Scott Historic Working Farm Museum on July 20th 2019 from 10am until 7pm.

Folk at the Farm Logo

Folk at the Farm is a Shropshire Folklore Story and Music Festival. There will be a Folklore Trail celebrating Shropshire words.

There will be be music in the meadows, beer in the barn and activities that all the family can get involved with around at Folk at the Farm.

There will be traditional crafters demonstrating their skills and selling their wares. Their will be have ago sessions as well.

Whalebone with Jean Atkins will be performing Understories, a fusion of music and poetry.

Men from Off, Janie Mitchell and Free Born Rising will provide more music and some performers will be wandering  round and providing entertainment.

Storytellers will telling stories for young and old, these include Cath Edwards, Andy Harrop and Sal Tonge.

There will be dancing from Ledbury Morris and poetry from Kate Innes and Carol Forester.

Folk at the Farm is a great chance to celebrate our diverse, music, poetry, storytelling and much more.

Advance bookings for adults are £15 and a Family ticket is £30. Information and tickets available at www.folk.co.uk or www.tickettailor.com/events/folk1

The logo used in this blog post is copyright Folk at the Farm.

Eaton Manor Dark Skies

On  Saturday 6th July 2019 the Shropshire Astronomical Society are organising an Eaton Manor Dark Skies event. The event starts at 3pm and there is an entry fee of £2.

Eaton Manor Dark Skies will have Space related activities including Meteor, Solar and Stellar observing. There will be a Telescope clinic, so don’t forget to bring along your telescope, Planetarium tours of the night sky and presentations and talks.

Eaton Manor has some of the Darkest Skies in South Shropshire so is perfect for this event. It is at Eaton under Heywood along the northern edge Wenlock Edge not far from Church Stretton.

This Eaton Manor Dark Skies event is open to all who have enquiring minds, young and older. There are facilities for the disabled.

For more information contact: john@eatonmanor.co.uk and www.eatonmanor.co.uk/location/ for direction.

 

Solarsphere 2019

Ever heard of Solarsphere?

No. If you already like star gazing or want to start star gazing, then this is the event for you. Solarsphere has talks and workshops on all aspects of the Cosmos.

The Solarsphere 2019 event logo

Solarsphere 2019

Solarsphere is on the 9th to the 12th August 2019 near Builth Wells, in beautiful Welsh countryside.

Solarsphere will educate the curious and the beginner and tweak the knowledge of the more experienced amateur while relaxing by your tent.

Solarsphere has lots of workshops, Night Sky Observing , Solar Observing, Binocular Workshop and many more.

The speakers at Solarsphere over the weekend include Stuart Atkinson who will be talking about the Mars Rovers and there are more subjects that I don’t understand.

Friday Night is Sci Fi Party Night, fancy dress costumes are optional with small prizes for the best adult and child. Live music from the Fireside Family, Alien Stash Tin, Citizen Zen and many more over the weekend.

There is camping with loos and showers available. There is a bar, with real ales, and food concessions on site.

Solarsphere is £50 for the weekend, wow!

Solarsphere is a small independently run, non profit making Star Camp.

Did you know that there are Dark Sky Discovery Sites at Church Stretton on Long Mynd?

The image in this blog post is copyright Solarsphere and is used with their kind permission.

Shrewsbury Flower Show 2019

Shrewsbury Flower Show is on the 9th and 10th August 2019.

Shrewsbury Flower Show 2019 Logo

The Quarry becomes the bustling centre of Shrewsbury for these two days with the Shrewsbury Flower Show taking centre stage.

You do not need to be interested in flowers to find something to do at Shrewsbury Flower Show.

There is something for all the family.

There are cooking demonstrations, show jumping, live music, craft marquees, trade stands and lots of flowers.

Saturday evening Scouting for Girls will provide live music.

Both Friday and Saturday evening will finish with a fireworks display.

Tickets are £25 advance per adult or £28 on the gate, there are concessions.

The image used in this blog post is copyright Shrewsbury Flower Show.

Walking Festivals and Challenges 2019

Shropshire is a great area for walking in and for those of you who enjoy organised events I have put together a list of some of our local walking festivals. I will give a quick summary and let you research further.

A photograph of the Kemp Valley, near Bishop's Castle, South Shropshire

Kemp Valley, near Bishop’s Castle, South Shropshire

Bishops Castle Ramble, Scramble, Amble, May 11th 2019. Three walks from Bishops Castle or to bishop castle for the amble. Raising money for Bloodwise.

Bishops Castle Walking Festival 15th May until 19th May 2019 . This is the 21st Walking Festival in Bishops Castle.

The 17th Clun Valley Challenge is on 18th May 2019. There is a 26 mile or 16mile walk with a 4300 ft ascent. Entry is £22.

Church Stretton Walking Festival is from the 20th June until June 23rd 2019. Lots if different walks including a Stars in Your Skies Walk, a Photography Walk and a Nordic Walking event. The Mynd Drover is the long walk.

Bishops Castle Challenge Walk is in Saturday 3rd August 2019. This is a 24 mile walk with a 4000 ft ascent. There are 13 mile and 11mile options available. £20 entry fee which includes refreshments and certificate.

The Tusker Colour Run at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms is on the 17th August 2019. Book via the Centres Website www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk. There is a 3.5km route which you can jog, run or walk along which are paint stations from where the participants get covered  in paint. Entrances fees are from £15 per adult.

Cardio Carlos 5km Fun Run is on Bank Holiday Monday 26th August 2019.  The race starts at 9.30am from the Aston on Clun Village Hall where there is also parking and is organised by the Kangeroo Inn. Entry fee is £15 pre 15th August, £20 after. All proceeds will go to CRY (Cardio Risk in the Young). Visit their Facebook page (Cardio Carlos 5k).

Tour des Marches formally the Wistanstow Challenge is on 14th September 2019. It is 26miles long with a mass start at 8.30am. Fee from £10 which include a light breakfast from 7.15, hit food at the finish and Beer.

Much Wenlock Walking Weekend is on August 30th until September 2nd 2019. There are walks for different abilities. Keep checking their Web site.

I hope there is something to inspire you. I like the look of a couple of the Church Stretton walks, so I may see you out there.

The image used in this blog post is with kind permission of Bishop’s Castle Walking Festival.

Bishops Castle Festivals 2019

Here are some interesting festivals and events happening in Bishops Castle through the coming year. They love to organise a procession.

The Bishop's Castle Walking Festival Logo

Bishops Castle Walking Festival is on from 15th until 19th May 2019. This is the 21st annual Walking Festival.

Bishops Castle Summer Rejoicing is on 23rd June 2019. Starts with a service at St John’s Parish Church followed by a Rush Cart Parade with Morris Teams and Dancing, ending up at the Three Tuns Yard.

Bishops Castle Carnival is in 7th July 2019 from noon. There will be a parade of steam engines, vintage cars and floats around town, followed by fun, games and music on Bishops Castle Playing Fields.

Bishops Castle Party in the Park on Saturday 20th July 2019 starting at noon until late. One day music event, show casing local talent in a relaxed atmosphere with food beer and other entertainment.

Michaelmas Fair is on 21st September 2019 from noon. There is a procession of of steam engines and vintage vehicles and lantern parade in the evening. There will street performances, stalls, work shops and live music.

Bishops Castle Christmas Cracker is on Saturday 7th December 2019. There will be late night shopping, more processions, music, a Santa’s Grotto and fireworks.

I have to say Bishops Castle is Buzzing.

You can find more information at the Bishops Castle Events site.

The image used within this blog post is copyright Bishops Castle Walking Festival and used with their kind permission.

Local Cycling events 2019

Here are some local cycling events with a quick summary of each. You will need to research further for more details.

Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon Logo

Bishops Castle Tandem Triathlon Saturday July 6th 2019. A fun inclusive event, dressing up is encouraged, as is partaking of local hoteliers.

Arts Alive Charity Cycle Challenge starts at Clun on the 7th July 2019. The Tour D’Arts Alive has a variety of routes and you receive an edible medal at the finish. Arts Alive organise lots of local events including supporting Flicks in the Sticks.

Ludlow Cycling Festival is on the 22nd September 2019. It includes the South Shropshire Tors 30/60/100. There is a Family Ride of 11km and an Intermediate Led Group Ride of 30km. Lots more going on at Ludlow  Rugby Club. This event raises money for Macmillam Cancer Support.

Some more fun events for all our cycling friends.

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”.