Covid Time Food Shopping

A more mundane Covid Time blog, the weekly shop.

We try to share it. Lately I have been doing most of the weekly shopping with Lyndon doing his a share when he has a week off work. That means he is still here, working from home!

I shop once week at Tuffins. It is pretty good for most things. I have found a couple of places to get fresh eggs from while out walking. I don’t do so every week but feel I am supporting more local businesses by doing so.

Once a month I buy meat from one of the butchers and (real excitement) I go to Aldi in Ludlow. I may go to the bank and Holland and Barrett as well if I need to.

I spend a lot of time on these outings sanitizing my hands. On the way into shops, on the way out, in the car, when I get home and once all the shopping is put away.

It will be lovely to go to the market in Ludlow or Shrewsbury or to the Ludlow Food Centre to get some shopping but I am happy that I get most things I want from Tuffins in Craven Arms and Aldi Ludlow.

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.


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


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.

Shropshire Oktoberfest 2017

Shropshire OktoberFest Logo

There is a new edition to the festival calendar in Shropshire – Shropshire Oktoberfest 2017.

The festival is being held on the 6th – 8th October 2017 in Quarry Park, Shrewsbury.

Shropshire Oktoberfest 2017 Poster

The ingredients of this new festival include:

  • Ale – over 150 real ales from brewers across the SIBA Wales and West region
  • Lager – if you prefer lager to real ale then visit the Wye Valley Lager Bar which will be serving local lagers from across the region
  • Cider and Perry – a range of producers will be serving apple and pear juice, applesecco, cider and perry
  • Gin and Rum – a gin tent offering a Tasting Theatre and cocktails, and a Rum Shack
  • Comedy Club – featuring some international acts
  • Music – including Oompah bands and other Shropshire talent
  • Street Food – alongside a Farmer’s Market

Shropshire Oktoberfest 2017 Map

Tickets are on sale now!

The images used in this blog post are copyright and used with the kind permission of

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

Aerial view of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival site

Shrewsbury Folk Festival has established itself on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

Four days of live music, dancing, workshops, drinking, eating and catching up with old friends.

There is lots to do on site and in Shrewsbury Town as well with dance displays in the Town Square and music events in some of the local pubs.

Go and enjoy old favourites and discover new bands to dance to, sing along to or relax and chat. Chris Difford from Squeeze is performing, The Unthanks, the Oysterband, Seth Lakeman, Skippinnish and Steve Knightley is a small example of those there to entertain you.

There is plenty of entertainment and workshops for children and teenagers to do. And for the adults too.

Lots of bars and food stalls with an under cover eating area.

The village area has a craft area with stalls selling all sorts of gifts, books etc. There is a small stage where most of the display dances teams perform their stuff and there are bands as well.

There are lots of workshops for those who want to hone their skills on musical instruments. There are singing workshops and dancing workshops as well. And those dedicated exercisers there is an early morning yoga session (bit cold for me).

I may see you there.

The image at the top of this blog post is an aerial view of the Shrewsbury Folk Festival site and is used with the kind permission of the Festival Director, Shrewsbury Folk Festival.

Shrewsbury Flower Show

Shrewsbury Flower Show 2017 Logo

The Shrewsbury Flower Show is having it’s 130th birthday this year on the 11th and 12th August. In The Quarry as always.

There are marques with Floral Displays and interesting vegetables. Food halls with lots of tasty things to sample. Craft tents where you can part with your money.

There are outside trade stands selling plants, seeds and lots more beside.

You can enjoy the lecture marque where among others Joe Swift from Gardeners World will be there to talk about Designing a Chelsea Gold Medal Winning Garden. There will also be a Gardeners Question Time Panel.

John Torode will be on regularly in the Food Hall over the two days.

In the Arena there will be Show Jumping, Falconary Displays and Motor bike Display teams among others.

There is a children’s entertainment area with a scheduled programme

Friday evening the London Community Gospel Choir will be performing with the Overtones taking to the stage on Saturday night. Both evening are finished off with a Firework display at 9.45pm.
Advance tickets are £25 or you pay £28 on the day.