Inaugural Shropshire Food Fair

The logo of the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

The inaugural Shropshire Food Fair is being launched on Saturday 4th August 2018 at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre here in Craven Arms.

The Shropshire Food Fair will provide a a showcase for local food and drink producers.

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and the 30 acre Onny Meadows are within easy walking distance of Folly View Let and you can follow a route by road or footpath along the Shropshire Way.

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms is the home of local charity Grow Cook Learn who have run the Discovery Centre since 2014.

The mission of Grow Cook Learn is:

  • to make the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre an education and training centre for food-related skills
  • a visitor attraction linking food, history and landscape in the Shropshire Hills
  • a leisure resource for visitors and local residents

With over 100,000 visitors a year the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre provides a hub for the local community and also for holiday makers that are interested in the local landscape and the range of locally produced food and drink.

The logo of the registered charity Grow Cook Learn

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.

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Entrance to the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

The Secret Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms was opened in 2002 and run by the County Council.

It was set up to encourage tourism to the area.

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre changed its name in more recent times and is now run by a charitable organisation, Grow Cook Learn.

There is an interactive exhibition which has a replica mammoth skeleton on display. Much of the exhibition refers to the Iron Age.

At the entrance is a small furry mammoth, called Tusker, to welcome children to the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

The cafe provides lunches using local produce. On Sundays there is a roast dinner, booking recommended. You may just want to pop in for coffee and cake.

There are benches outside where in good weather you can sit and enjoy your food and drink.

There is a shop which has maps and walking books about the local area or where you can pick up a special gift.

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre runs courses for adults and children. During the school holidays it is always worth checking if there is something going on that might interest you or your children.

Entrance to the Discovery Centre is free but there is a charge for the Exhibition. Car parking is free or you can give a small donation.

Don’t forget there are the 35 acres of the Onny Meadows to explore as well.