Grants for Shropshire Market Towns

Shropshire Market Towns have been awarded £167,000 of grants to encourage visitors after the flooding earlier this year and of course in the aftermath of Covid 19.

Smaller Market Towns have been granted £50,000 between them. They will each be able to receive a grant of up to £5000.

Craven Arms Town Council are going to spread their grant over several initiatives.

They want to improve access and provide a secure environment for both locals and visitors after Covid 19. Not sure how this works, sounds good.

There will be money towards Local Produce Markets this Autumn in October and November, I do miss our Craven Arms Farmers Markets.

Money will be granted to Festive Events and the Christmas Lights.

There will also be joint admission offers for visitors attractions. A Passport scheme for all three of our visitor attractions, The Land of Lost Content, Stokesay Castle and The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, would be good. It would be good to see this before the end of this visitor season.

 

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.

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.

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.

Inaugural Shropshire Food Fair

The logo of the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

The inaugural Shropshire Food Fair is being launched on Saturday 4th August 2018 at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre here in Craven Arms.

The Shropshire Food Fair will provide a a showcase for local food and drink producers.

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and the 30 acre Onny Meadows are within easy walking distance of Folly View Let and you can follow a route by road or footpath along the Shropshire Way.

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms is the home of local charity Grow Cook Learn who have run the Discovery Centre since 2014.

The mission of Grow Cook Learn is:

  • to make the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre an education and training centre for food-related skills
  • a visitor attraction linking food, history and landscape in the Shropshire Hills
  • a leisure resource for visitors and local residents

With over 100,000 visitors a year the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre provides a hub for the local community and also for holiday makers that are interested in the local landscape and the range of locally produced food and drink.

The logo of the registered charity Grow Cook Learn

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

Magnalonga

The 2018 Ludlow Magnalonga Sunday 12th August 2018
Magnalonga will be on the 12th August 2018 starting and finishing at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

Starting times are from 10am till 11.50 am, for which you can express a preference.

Finish time is between 4pm and 6pm.

It is a walk where you also get to sample local food and drink.

The walk is 8 to 10 miles long and is done at a leisurely pace, it is not a race.

The walk will include some stiles, steep gradients and rough ground, so please make sure you are suitably dressed.

Children are welcome but the walk is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on the lead.

Parking will be in a nearby field.

Anyone can accompany the walk but you cannot sample the food and drink unless you have paid.

What a great way to spend your day, walking through the beautiful Shropshire countryside, eating lovely locally produced food and drink.

Tickets for this event will be available at the end of June 2018.

For more information look at www.magnalonga.co.uk

The image at the top of this blog post is copyright Magnalonga.

Ludlow Festivals 2018

Ludlow was famously described by John Betjeman as:

the loveliest town in England

Some people say that Ludlow is the foodiest town in England, and one of Ludlow’s claim to fame is that the first food festival in the UK was held here in 1996 and has been held annually since.

Nowadays Ludlow is home to a range of festivals and this post provides some dates in 2018 for your diary.

 

Ludlow Spring Festival 2018

Billed as Like a Beer Festival but Better, this event is held in and around Ludlow Castle. and at various Ludlow streets and the market square. You can find more information at the dedicated Ludlow Spring Festival Web site.

 

Ludlow MagnaLonga 2018

The Magnalonga is a food and drink walk of between 8 – 10 miles which starts and finishes just outside Ludlow.

You can find more information at the dedicated Ludlow Magnalonga Web site.

 

Ludlow Food Festival 2018

The Ludlow Food Festival will celebrate it’s 24th year in 2018. The festival typically 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.

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

Image copyright Ludlow Food Festival.

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.