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: and for direction.


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.

Stokesay Court Guided Tours 2019

Stokesay Court Guided Tour 2019 dates are available for pre booking.

Stokesay Court

Stokesay Court

Sunday 28th April

Sunday 5th May

Tuesday 14th May

Sunday 26th May

Tuesday 4th June

Tuesday 18th June

Tuesday 2nd July

Tuesday 16th July

Sunday 28th July

Tuesday 30th July

Tuesday 13th August

Sunday 25th August

Tuesday 3rd September

Tuesday 17th September

Sunday 29th September

Tuesday 1st October

Sunday 13th October

All tours start at 2.30pm except for those in October which start at 2pm.

Stokesay Court is still a lived in privately owned house. It is a Grade 11 listed late Victorian house.

Stokesay Court featured in the film Atonement and was as a WW1 Hospital for which there are exhibitions to view on your tour. The guided tour of Stokesay Court includes afternoon tea with home made cakes.

A minimum of 20 people are on each tour which needs to be pre booked and costs £16.50.

The image in this blog post is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair 2018

Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair 2018 is on Saturday 22nd September 2018.

Bishops Castle Michaelmas Fair

Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair

All the fun starts at midday on Bishop’s Castle High Street and goes on well into the evening.

Tickets are available for the Michaelmas Fair online priced at £5.50 or £6 cash on the High Street.

There is lots to see and do at the Michaelmas Fair and most of the entertainment is provided by local acts.

You will find musical entertainment throughout the day from Marasmius, Men From Off and Fight the Bear amongst others.

Appalachian dancing from Raise the Dust.

There is Circus Rajasthan and Chinese Dragon and Lion Dancers Hung Gar Kung Fu.

There are craft and food stalls, workshops, demonstrations and much, much more to keep you occupied.

There are several processions  at the Michaelmas Fair throughout the day and evening, beginning at 12.30pm with vintage vehicles and steam engines. These parades included a Lantern and Dragon processions at the end of the day.

Fuzz Townshend from Car SOS will be doing commentary again on the Michaelmas Fair processions.

Fuzz Townshend at Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair

Fuzz Townshend at Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair


The images in this blog post are used with the kind permission of John Lucas Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair.

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

The White House, Aston Munslow

The White House, Aston Munslow is open next weekend as part of the Heritage Open Days.

White House Aston Munslow

The White House, Aston Munslow

The White House is run by the Landmark Trust but is open on the 15th and 16h September 2018 from 10a.m. until 4pm.

There is a distinct medieval part of the house and very definite Georgian part.

There is a museum room with lots of artefacts to look at and there will be leaflets available telling you about the house.

On Saturday there will be an artist in residence for the day.

The Heritage Open Days give us the opportunity to visit places which are not usually open to the general public, or to visit places a reduced rate or free of charge.

There are lots of places open under the scheme including The Flax Mill in Shrewsbury, well worth the time to look round.

I haven’t been myself to the White House, Aston Munslow but I am told it is worth a visit.

The photograph of the White House, Aston Munslow is taken from Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Things to Do

I am putting together a series of blogs of Things to Do…, while staying here at Folly View Let in South Shropshire.

I am starting by doing the local towns and I will be including things you have to pay to do and things that are free.

There will not be lots of information about them, just snippets. Some of these, Things to Do, I have already done longer, more detailed blogs about and I may do the same in the future for some of the other Things to Do mentioned.

So look out for your favourite place to visit and I hope you find something interesting to do.

Here are the posts so far:

These lists are not comprehensive. I am sure you will find other Things to Do I haven’t mentioned.

Bishop’s Castle Tandem Triathlon

Two men riding a tandem bicycle
On Saturday 30th June 2018 the Bishop’s Castle Tandem Triathlon will be taking place.

There is the usual swim, bike ride and run but there are two bike rides and you share the work with a team member.

This event is open to all abilities and those who are competitive and those who want a leisurely day out or a bit of fun. Teams can dress up in fancy dress and there are prizes for best fancy dress, most pubs visited (maybe my husband and his friends could enter?).

The Triathlon starts with one team member doing a 1km swim at Bishops Castle Leisure Centre pool, then both team members share a 30km bike ride. The second team member then has to complete a 10 km woodland run with both finishing the event on a 5 km Sprint, I assume for the nearest pub.

There is fierce competition for the top places but this event is about inclusivity and if you want to handle round the the pubs and cafes and take in South Shropshire beautiful countryside then you can.

There is an age restriction of over 16 years, and 18 years for the run.

Entrance fee of £60 or £30 each.

Contact details


or text or phone

07876570725 or 01588 680449

The image at the top of this blog post is a public domain image from the Bibliothèque nationale de France.

The Shropshire Way 80k

On Saturday 17th March the first Shropshire Way 80k walk will be starting from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms.

The circular walk will take you through some of the most stunning countryside in South Shropshire.

I love the views from Hopesay Hill towards the Burrow and the views from Bury Ditches.

The aim is to complete the 80k walk in 24hours. This brand new long distance walk will take you along the Shropshire Way main route and some of it’s shorter walks.

The check points will provide the opportunity to sample local produce and when you finish back at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre there will be a breakfast provided for participants.

The Walk will be raising funds for Grow Cook Learn who run the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and Onny Meadows.

There is a £40 entrance fee and there are still places available. Contact the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre on 01588 676060 to book your place.

It would be great to see this Walking Festival become an annual event supported by the whole

The Inaugural Shropshire 80K

Here at Folly View Let we cater for guests who visit to enjoy the wide variety of walking available in South Shropshire.

Shropshire Way Main Route Sign

We are very lucky to have the Shropshire Way pass within 500 m of Folly View Let. There are also many local walks that start and finish at the nearby Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

The Shropshire Way 80K

So it is very exciting that the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre have organised a new long-distance walking challenge:

Shropshire Way 80K

They describe the Shropshire Way 80K as:

a brand new mass participation challenge walk

The inaugural Shropshire Way 80K, or SW80K for short, will take place over the weekend of 17th and 18th March 2018 when the aim is to complete the 80km (or 50 miles) walk through some of the most beautiful parts of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Walkers are expected to complete the challenge in 24 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and the majority of the route will follow the main or subsidiary paths of the Shropshire Way.

Hosted by Grow Cook Learn (the charity based at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre) there will be various checkpoints along the route where walkers will have the opportunity to “eat the view” by sampling some of the local produce from the area which Grow Cook Learn aims to promote.

You can find more details using the following links:

And of course if you need a base before the event and somewhere to recover afterwards then you can always stay here at Folly View Let.

Folly View Front Door Map

Folly View Front Door Map


The image at the top of this blog post of a Shropshire Way sign on The Wrekin was taken by The joy of all things and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.