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.

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

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.

 

Clun Valley Beer Festival 2018

The Clun Valley Beer Festival 2018 takes place on Friday 5th October and Saturday 6th October 2018 when all the pubs in the Clun Valley join in.

Clun Valley Beer Festival 2018 now in it's 18th year.

Clun Valley Beer Festival 2018

This festival is now in it’s 18th year and the Clun Valley pubs that are participating include:

The Kangaroo Inn, Aston on Clun
The Crown Inn, Clunton
The Hundred House Inn, Purslow
The Sun Inn, Clun
White Horse Inn, Clun
The Crown Inn, Newcastle

Some pubs lay on food and entertainment for the festival and transport is provided between the pubs.

You can find more information at the relevant Facebook page.

Map of the Clun Valley

Map of the Clun Valley

Map image of the Clun Valley taken from OpenStreetMap www.openstreetmap.org.

Ludlow Food Festival 2018

The annual Ludlow Food Festival 2018 is held this year on Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September.

Ludlow Food Festival 2018 Flyer

The oldest UK Food Festival, the Ludlow Food Festival started in 1995 and champions local produce and local producers from across Shropshire and the Welsh Marches. Visitors will be able to choose from over 180 top quality food and drink producers. You can enjoy samples and tastings as well as meeting the producers.

This year the festival features both regular events and some new event – including:

  • free cookery sessions for kids
  • slow food workshops
  • coffee masterclasses
  • the famous Sausage and Ale Trails
  • Pudding Tastings at the Methodist Church
  • tours of Ludlow Brewery
  • live music
  • literary talks

and over 100 hours of free talks and demos from some of the leading names in food.

Ludlow Food Festival 2018 Opening Times

Friday 7th September: 10:00 – 17:00

Saturday 8th September: 10:00 – 18:30

Sunday 9th September: 10:00 – 17:00

Tickets can be booked in advance to save money compared to the gate price by visiting the Ludlow Food Festival Web site.

Cider and Sausage Festival 2018

Sausages and Cider
Shropshire Festivals are launching their new Cider and Sausage Festival on 28th July 2018 at The Buttermarket in Shrewsbury.

Recognising that Shropshire features some superb producers of fine pork and the best sausages, and several cider producers – this festival combines and celebrates sausages and cider.

The festival features:

  • Shropshire cider producers
  • Shropshire sausage makers
  • beers from local brewers
  • a gin bar and prosecco
  • live music from Geoff Rogers
  • street food

and also a chance to try sausage linking.

Cider and Sausages

You can find more information at the Cider and Sausage Festival Web site.

The images in this blog post are used with the kind permission of Shropshire Festivals whose copyright is acknowledged.

Shropshire Cider and Sausage Festival Logo

Field to Fork Festival 2018

Field to Fork Logo

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.

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.

Entertainment

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

Charity

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.

Clun Valley Beer Festival 2017

The Clun Valley Beer Festival 2017 takes place on Friday 6th October and Saturday 7th October 2017 when all the pubs in the Clun Valley join in. Transport is provided between the pubs.

Clun Valley Beer Festival 2017

The Clun Valley pubs that are participating include:

Some pubs lay on food and entertainment for the festival. This year the Kangaroo Inn features live music from the Riverman Blues Band.

There is a Web address for the beer festival:

http://www.cvbf.co.uk/

but please note that this redirects to a Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/clunvalleybf

Map of the Clun Valley

Map of the Clun Valley

 

Map image of the Clun Valley taken from OpenStreetMap www.openstreetmap.org.

Ludlow Food Festival 2017

The Ludlow Food Festival is the UK’s first ever Food Festival and celebrates it’s 23rd year in 2017 starting on Friday 8th September and lasting through Sunday 10th September.

Ludlow Food Festival

Ludlow Food Festival

The festival features real food, ale, cider, perry, wine and more from the Marches. Many of the more than 180 local food and drink suppliers offer samples and tastings at the main festival venue Ludlow Castle.

The Festival objective is to celebrate the quality and diversity of the superb independent food and drink producers and suppliers across Shropshire, Ludlow and the Marches.

There are also many food-related events including:

  • the famous Ludlow Sausage trail
  • the Ale trail
  • the Gorilla trail

You can find more information about these trails at the Ludlow Food Festival Web site here.

The Festival also features a series of hands-on Masterclasses where you can try your hand at:

  • making your own sushi
  • preparing a Thai Green Curry
  • Pork Pie making

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

Telfood Feastival

Telfood Logo

Telfood Feastival is on the 2nd and 3rd September from 10am until 5pm. In the QE11 Arena Southwaterway Telford.

A new addition to the food festival calender. Everyone I spoke to who went last year really enjoyed their day out.

Telfood Strawberry and Tart

Telfood Feastival Strawberry Tart

With over 130 stalls to explore, lots of food and drink to sample and enjoy and demonstrations to watch and taste as well.

There is a huge childrens area with lots going on throughout the day,
a music stage and a Tasting Theatre

You can’t go wrong with tickets being only £6 each.

Telfood Cookies

Telfood Feastival Cookies

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