Shrewsbury Victorian Christmas Fayre 2017

An image logo of the Shrewsbury Victorian Christmas Fayre

The Parade Shopping Centre in Shrewsbury are hosting a “Victorian Christmas Fayre” over the weekend of:

  • Saturday 2nd December 2017 – 10:00 to 17:00
  • Sunday 3rd December 2017 – 10:00 to 1600

Promising a weekend full of fun for everyone the Fayre includes:

  • a Reindeer funfair ride
  • Mulled Wine and Roasted Chestnuts
  • local crafted gifts
  • Christmas games and a fun Christmas Competition
  • a “Chocolate Workshop” where children can decorate their own chocolate lollipop
  • Choir
An image of The Parade Shopping Centre at Christmas

The Parade Shopping Centre at Christmas


Former Royal Salop Infirmary

An image of the Parade Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury

The Parade Shopping Centre, Shrewsbury


The Parade Shopping Centre is located at St. Mary’s Place and is housed in a former hospital, the Royal Salop Infirmary, which was completed in 1830 and built in the “Greek Revival Style” of architecture.

This was once the main hospital for Shrewsbury and the surrounding county of Shropshire (aka Salop)

The first two images used in this blog post are copyright The Parade Shopping Centre.

The image of the former Royal Salop Infirmary is owned by Indigo Brown and is licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 license.

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.

Some Christmas 2016 Events in Shropshire

Cruelty Free Christmas Fair

Cruelty Free Christmas Fair

There are many Christmas events held throughout Shropshire – and here are just a few that might be of interest to you.

Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre

The annual Much Wenlock Christmas Fayre takes place this year on Saturday 3rd December from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm in the Church Green and High Street.

The Fayre features over 100 stalls along with Brass Bands, Choirs, Street Theatre & Entertainers, Santa Claus, Donkey Rides, Children’s Entertainment and Carols by Candlelight.

Carillon – Seasonal Songs

Saturday 3rd December also offers Carillon – Seasonal Songs with a Choir of Ladies’ Voices organised by St Michaels and All Angels Church, Onibury.

This event starts at 7:30 pm in the Great Hall at Stokesay Court, Onibury, Craven Arms, SY7 9BD and costs £12 including a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival and canapés and mince pies in the interval.

You can find more information here.

Shrewsbury Winter Festival

The annual Shrewsbury Winter Festival takes place on Saturday 10th December and Sunday 11th December 2016 at Quarry Park, Shrewsbury.

The festival offers festive fun and games, live music and carol singing and over 150 local artisan food, drink and craft exhibitors will inspire you with unique gift ideas.

Admission is £6 for adults and £1 for children.

Cruelty Free Christmas Fair

Shropshire Veggies and Vegans are holding their fourth annual Cruelty Free Christmas Fair on the 10th December from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.

A range of stalls offer Christmas gifts, food and book along with charity stalls and a cafe area. The event is held at the Wightman in Shrewsbury – 4 The Square, Shrewsbury, SY1 1LA.

Early attendees will receive a goody bag full of samples, recipes and money off vouchers and a magazine. In previous years the bags have contained a great selection of samples including chocolate, pasta, tea, seeds, snacks and plant milk.

You can find more information here.

Landranger 126 – Shrewsbury and Oswestry

OS Landranger 126 Shrewsbury and Oswestry

OS Landranger 126 Shrewsbury and Oswestry

One of the maps that we provide for you to borrow at Folly View Let is the Ordnance Survey OS Landranger 126 Shrewsbury and Oswestry.

This is a general purpose map with a scale of 1:50,000 which shows all footpaths and is ideal if you want to explore the local area and all that is has to offer.

If you want to purchase your own OS Maps then you can buy them from the online Ordnance Survey shop. Nowadays OS Maps also feature mobile downloads and you can find more information about this on the OS site here. Or if you wanted to “shop local” the gift shop at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre also sells these maps.

You can also find more information about the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in this Wikipedia article. The Shropshire Hills AONB Web site also offers more information about walking in this area.

You can also explore our various blog posts about walking in the local area.