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.

 

Blists Hill Halloween

The Witches Cat

The Witches Cat

Blists Hill has an annual Halloween Fright Night, this year on Saturday 29th October starting at 6pm. Dress up in your scariest Halloween costume for the Victorian Towns Ghostly Gaslight Night and enter into the spirit of the occasion.

Blists Hill streets, shops and cottages will be transformed into an eerie, creepy Victorian Town with the help of lighting and pyrotechnics. Who will you bump into round the next corner or fleetingly see in in the window of the cottage across the street.

This years event is based on the theme of the 1980s cult film Ghostbusters. So watch out for characters from the films and if you are doing ghostly haunting be prepared to sucked up by a Proton Back Pack.

A fire work display will take place in the Brick and Tile Works.

There is plenty of parking available in the museum car parks or follow the signs for Ironbridge Park and Ride.

Ghostbusters Logo

Ghostbusters

Blists Hill Ghost Story Trail

Blists Hill Victorian Ghost Story Trail where you can learn about the customs and rituals of Halloween this year from the 22nd October until the 30th October.

Ghostly Apparitions

Ghostly Apparitions

Writer’s in the Victorian era wrote popular stories about ghosts and spirits. Charles Dickens gave us the Signal Man and MR James wrote too many ghost stories to list here. Some of these stories will be included on the Ghost Story Trail.

Explore Blists Hills many shops, cottages and work places and hear more about these games and traditions. See how ‘Trick or Treating’ has developed from children and adults dressing up and going door to door singing and offering prayers for “the souls of the givers and their friends”. Souls cakes would be given to the callers as ‘alms’. Soul Cakes, which are really biscuits will be for sale in the Bakery.

The history of Halloween goes back a lot further than the Victorian era but they were able to build on customs from previous generations with the advancement of technology bringing items into the more humble home.

Halloween was thought to be a night for prying into the future, conjuring up the super natural or ghostly apparitions. We do however still enjoy these parlour games on Halloween.

The Prince Albert Players will be performing each afternoon during the week. They will be including Shropshire Ghost Stories in their enactments along with scenes from Sweeney Todd.

Enjoy your Ghost Story Trail at Blists Hill and learning about a Victorian Halloween.

Blists Hill Victorian Town

The Iron Bridge at Ironbridge Gorge

The Iron Bridge at Ironbridge Gorge

 

Shropshire offers a vast array of wonderful places to visit and things to see and do. One of the most popular visitor locations in Shropshire is Ironbridge Gorge where the River Severn has cut a deep gorge. Originally called the Severn Gorge, the gorge now takes its name from the famous Iron Bridge – the first of its kind and an arch bridge made of cast iron. The bridge itself along with the small town of Ironbridge and the Ironbridge Gorge together form the UNESCO Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site.

Iron bridge is also home to the 10 museums spread along the Severn valley that make up the collection of The Ironbridge Gorge Museums.

One of these award-winning museums is the recreated Victorian town of Blists Hill Victorian Museum which enables you to experience life as it was over 100 years ago. The 52 acre museum comprises:

  • Blast Furnaces
  • a Bank where you exchange your money for pounds, shillings and pence to buy traditional fish and chips or use to visit the Victorian pub
  • a Victorian Pharmacy
  • an Iron Foundry
  • a Victorian cottage
  • an original Victorian Drapers
McClures Drapers at Blists Hill

McClures Drapers at Blists Hill

You can find more information about Blists Hill Victorian Town at their Web site here.

You can download the Blists Hill Victorian Town Map PDF here.

Iron bridge is 23 miles from Folly View Let and takes about 45 minutes by road.