Clun Green Man Festival 2019

The Clun Green Man Festival 2019 is on Sunday May 5th and Monday May 6th 2019.

Poster of Clun Green Man Festival 2019

The Clun Green Man Festival takes place in Clun in the beautiful Clun Valley.

The Green Man and the Frosty the Snow Queen  will do battle on the Clun Bridge over the coming of Spring. Who will win this year?

If the Frost Queen wins there will be no Summer in the Clun Valley. The battle will take place on Monday 6th 2019.

The Clun Green Man Festival has lots to keep the family entertained over the two days of merriment.

On Sunday events take place in the  Square in Clun from noon. There will be Morris Dancing, the Clun Mummers, Simon”Animal Man” Airey and lots more.

There are traditional arts and crafts, with demonstrations and workshops. There will be Maypole workshops, archery demonstrations, Horse and Pony rides and Circus skills to learn.

The May Frost Queen Procession is on Monday as she makes her way to Clun Bridge where the Battle will commence with the Clun Green Man. Will we see Summer again this year?

On Monday The Clun Green Man Festival has events in town and on the Clun Castle Field.

The Craft Fair on Clun Castle Field opens from 12.30 pm on Monday straight after the Battle on the Bridge.

Music over the weekend comes from The Endings, Whalebone, The Church Stretton Accordianists and many others .

MC for the weekend will be Jack the Jester, leading entertainment at the Clun Green Man Festival.

Prices on day are £8 for adults and £2 for children. In advance adults are £5  £1 for children book on line www.clungreenman.org.uk

The image at the top of this post is copyright Clun Green Man Festival.

Clun Castle Information

Within a previous blog post I described Clun Castle as one of the many castles built by the Normans along the Welsh Marches.

Even though Clun Castle is a Grade 1 listed building, the castle and grounds are free to enter under the management of English Heritage who have provided several information boards located at various points around and within the castle ruins.

These boards offer more detailed information as shown in the example below.

Clun Castle Information - A Border Fortress

Clun Castle Information – A Border Fortress

 

This board shows an artists impression of Clun Castle as it was thought to look in 1300.

The excerpt below from the information board offers a concise outline of the role of these castles:

After the Norman Conquest in 1066, the border between Wales and England remained an unsettled area. William the Conqueror granted lands here to his followers to defend the border. These men became powerful marcher lords, ruling their lands independently of royal control.

The image below is an aerial view of Clun Castle ruins and the surrounding area.

Aerial View of Clun Castle © Historic England Archive

Aerial View of Clun Castle © Historic England Archive

 

The image Aerial View of Clun Castle shown above is used with the kind permission of Historic England Archive whose copyright in the image is fully acknowledged. The image may not be used or reproduced without the permission of Historic England Archive who are the public body that looks after England’s historic environment. Historic England champion and protect historic places, helping people understand, value and care for them.

Clun Castle

Clun Castle is a ruined castle situated on the north bank of the River Clun and the western edge of the small town of Clun in South Shropshire close to the Welsh border. Clun is located 9 miles west of Craven Arms and 7 miles north of Knighton in the area known as both the Marches of Shropshire and the Welsh Marches.

Clun Castle

Clun Castle

Following the Norman invasion in 1066, William the Conqueror granted lands on the Welsh border to some favoured subjects who became Marcher Lords granted the rights to build castles and rule their feudal estates as if they were kings – provided they remained loyal to the English monarch.

Although ruined the remains of the rectangular keep and the two baileys do make the castle well worth visiting.

Clun Castle Keep

Clun Castle Keep

Many castles were constructed along the Welsh Marches including Clun Castle established by the Norman Lord Robert de Say.

Nowadays Clun Castle is a Grade 1 listed building and a Scheduled Monument owned by the Duke of Norfolk (who also holds the title of Baron of Clun) and is managed by English Heritage.

The castle ruins and grounds are open to the public and are free to enter.

Here are some links to more in depth information about Clun Castle:

a Wikipedia article about Clun Castle

the English Heritage Web page about Clun Castle

the Castles of Wales Web page for Clun Castle featuring lots of images

Clun Castle is well worth the visit and Clun itself also has a museum and places to eat and drink.