Shropshire opening

I have ventured into Ludlow and Church Stretton to see what is happening and what is open.  I have not been out and about much so some of this is gathered from guest and friends. This is not comprehensive.

So here is an idea of some places I know are open in Shropshire.

Ludlow Market is open with a one way system. The Castle and it’s cafe are open again for business.

Most shops were open except a few charity shops and some businesses which have unfortunately been effected by  Covid 19 Lockdown and will not open again. I am very sorry to see some of my favourite shops and cafes closed.

The car parks are busy but not full.

In Church Stretton most places seemed to be open although you may notice some changes when you enter them.  There are one way systems hand sanitizer stations and some places have shut off parts that are tricky with social distancing.

Heather Brae to the north of Church Stretton is open for business.

In Craven Arms the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is open, the cafe has less tables and was running  a less diverse menu.

The Land of Lost Content is open with a booking system.

Stokesay Castle is open, I don’t think the cafe is.

Ludlow Food Centre is open, I hear they have a very good system in side. The Plant Centre is also open and the Cafe.

Blists Hill is open, our last guests spent all day there when they ventured there.

In Craven Arms only one of the pubs is open, The Stables, drink only.

The Stokesay Inn has been taken over by local folks but is not yet open.

The Kangaroo at Aston On Clun is open with a booking system.

We hope when your come to Folly View you will find plenty to do

The Apple Tree at Onibury is open as is the Station at Marshbrook.

The take always in Craven Arms are open for business.

Don’t forget Tuffins do a lovely range of ready meals called Cook if you are not inclined to eat out.

 

Folly View Open again

We have had our first guests and all went well.

They had a lovely time. They did lots of cycling and particularly liked the Long Mynd.

My change over went well except I was very hot and bothered.

I wished I could have joined our departing guests on their stop off at the Millennium Green in Ludlow for a paddle in the River Teme.

We changed over the fridge freezer which had expired and I had finished the last dining room chair which is now in Folly View.

New guests arrived safely.

All the ironing is done, Sunday morning was cool, perfect for ironing duties.

We look forward to seeing our guests over the next few months at Folly View.

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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.

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.

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 National Hunt Horse Races 2019

Ludlow Racecourse has a busy National Hunt Horse Races fixture list for 2019.

A historic poster of Racing at Ludlow from 1962.

The Racecourse is two miles north of Ludlow Town Centre so you can explore Ludlow before the Race meeting starts.

The gates open two hours before the first race at Ludlow Races.

Ludlow National Hunt Horse Races Fixture List 2019

Date                                             First Race

  • Wednesday 6th February.                  1.40pm
  • Wednesday 20th February.                2.50pm
  • Thursday 28th February.                    2.05pm
  • Thursday 21st March.                        2.30pm
  • Monday 1st April .                              2.15pm
  • Tuesday 23rd April.                            2.00pm
  • Sunday 12th May.                              2.00pm

Autumn

  • Wednesday 9th October.                   2.10pm
  • Thursday 24th October.                     2.10pm
  • Thursday 14th November.                 1.05 pm
  • Monday 25th November.                   1.10pm
  • Wednesday 4th December.               12.30pm
  • Wednesday 28th December.             12.40pm

There are between 6 and 7 races per fixture. Entrances fees start at £10.

Radio Five refer to the Race Course as Lovely Ludlow with its beautiful views I would agree.

Valentines Ale Massacre 2019

The Valentines Ale Massacre 2019 at the Ludlow Brewing Company is on the 8th, 9th and 10th February 2019.

Ludlow Brewing Company Valentines Ale Massacre 2019 Poster.

It is the 8th annual Beer Festival at Ludlow Brewing Company and there will be over 20 beers and ciders to sample. There will be plenty of Shropshire beers to try from other local brewing companies.

There is free entry during the day to the Valentines Ale Massacre which is open from 10a.m until 6pm on Friday and Saturday. Sunday, beer will be served from 11a.m. until 4pm.

Valentines Ale Massacre Comedy Night

As part of the Valentines Ale Massacre on Friday 8th they are raising funding for the Fringe by having a Comedy Evening starting at 7pm and finishing at 11pm. There is a charge of £10

On Saturday evening there will be live music from Saint Loe and support. There is a charge of £10

Booking for both evening events is advised.

The Valentines Ale Massacre gives a great opportunity for sampling lots of different beers you wouldn’t normally try. Soft drinks and coffee available for drivers.

The images used in this post are copyright Ludlow Brewing Company and Ludlow Fringe.

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.

 

Ludlow Races Autumn 2018

A historic poster of Racing at Ludlow from 1962.

Ludlow has a National Hunt Race Course just to the north on the A49. There are beautiful views of Titterstone Clee and up to Wenlock Edge.

I have listed the dates here you may be lucky and find a date the coincides with your stay at Folly View.

Ludlow Races New Autumn Season 2018

Date.                                                              Time of first race

Wednesday 10th October 2018 .               2.10pm

Thursday 25th October 2018.                    2.10pm

Thursday 15th November 2018.                1.05pm

Monday 26th November 2018.                  1.10pm

Wednesday 5th November 2018.              12.30pm

Wednesday 19th November 2019.            12.40pm

The gates open two hours before the first race. There are six or seven races at each event.

Prices range from £22 to £10 and accompanied children under 18 years can attend free of charge.

Ludlow Race Course has other events throughout the year such as Model Railway days and Auctions.

Ludlow Race Course can be contacted on 01584 856221 or look what is happening and further details at ludlowracecourse.co.uk.