Valentines Ale Massacre 2019

The Valentines Ale Massacre 2019 at the Ludlow Brewing Company is on the 8th, 9th and 10th February 2019.

Ludlow Brewing Company Valentines Ale Massacre 2019 Poster.

It is the 8th annual Beer Festival at Ludlow Brewing Company and there will be over 20 beers and ciders to sample. There will be plenty of Shropshire beers to try from other local brewing companies.

There is free entry during the day to the Valentines Ale Massacre which is open from 10a.m until 6pm on Friday and Saturday. Sunday, beer will be served from 11a.m. until 4pm.

Valentines Ale Massacre Comedy Night

As part of the Valentines Ale Massacre on Friday 8th they are raising funding for the Fringe by having a Comedy Evening starting at 7pm and finishing at 11pm. There is a charge of £10

On Saturday evening there will be live music from Saint Loe and support. There is a charge of £10

Booking for both evening events is advised.

The Valentines Ale Massacre gives a great opportunity for sampling lots of different beers you wouldn’t normally try. Soft drinks and coffee available for drivers.

The images used in this post are copyright Ludlow Brewing Company and Ludlow Fringe.

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 www.openstreetmap.org.

Ludlow Food Festival 2018

The annual Ludlow Food Festival 2018 is held this year on Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th September.

Ludlow Food Festival 2018 Flyer

The oldest UK Food Festival, the Ludlow Food Festival started in 1995 and champions local produce and local producers from across Shropshire and the Welsh Marches. Visitors will be able to choose from over 180 top quality food and drink producers. You can enjoy samples and tastings as well as meeting the producers.

This year the festival features both regular events and some new event – including:

  • free cookery sessions for kids
  • slow food workshops
  • coffee masterclasses
  • the famous Sausage and Ale Trails
  • Pudding Tastings at the Methodist Church
  • tours of Ludlow Brewery
  • live music
  • literary talks

and over 100 hours of free talks and demos from some of the leading names in food.

Ludlow Food Festival 2018 Opening Times

Friday 7th September: 10:00 – 17:00

Saturday 8th September: 10:00 – 18:30

Sunday 9th September: 10:00 – 17:00

Tickets can be booked in advance to save money compared to the gate price by visiting the Ludlow Food Festival Web site.

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre 2017

The Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre is set in Ludlow Castle and is held on Saturday 25th and 26th November 2017. Opening hours are:

  • Saturday 25th 10 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday 26th 10 am – 4 pm

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Musicians

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Musicians


Described as:

The Best Medieval Show in the land!

the Medieval Christmas Fayre features:

  • Stalls – over 100 stalls selling historical goods, gifts, and food and drink
  • Entertainment – swordplay, juggling jesters, interactive theatre, music, wassailing and dancing, storytelling, carolling and jestering, giants, falconry and puppetry
  • Drink – mulled wine, spiced cider, and Local Beer tent

This year the Fayre offers:

more music, more minstrels, more merriment and more mirth than ever before!

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Minstrels

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Minstrels

 
As well as the entertainment above, some members of the public are inspired to dress up for the occasion as shown below.

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Members of the Public

Members of the Public at Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre

 
Armour is optional!

You can find more information about the event and also buy tickets at the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Web site, and also on Facebook and Twitter:

The images in this blog post are copyright Dakin Events and used with their kind permission.

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 shropshirefestivals.co.uk.

Clun Valley Beer Festival 2017

The Clun Valley Beer Festival 2017 takes place on Friday 6th October and Saturday 7th October 2017 when all the pubs in the Clun Valley join in. Transport is provided between the pubs.

Clun Valley Beer Festival 2017

The Clun Valley pubs that are participating include:

Some pubs lay on food and entertainment for the festival. This year the Kangaroo Inn features live music from the Riverman Blues Band.

There is a Web address for the beer festival:

http://www.cvbf.co.uk/

but please note that this redirects to a Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/clunvalleybf

Map of the Clun Valley

Map of the Clun Valley

 

Map image of the Clun Valley taken from OpenStreetMap www.openstreetmap.org.

Valentines Ale Massacre

Ludlow Brewing Valentines Ale Massacre Leaflet

Ludlow Brewing Valentines Ale Massacre Leaflet

 
Ludlow Brewing Company this year has its Beer Festival on the 17th, 18th and 19th February.

It is usually the nearest weekend to to Valentines Day, hence being called the Valentines Ale Massacre.

There are lots of beers to try, all of which will be on tap.

There will be live music on Friday and Saturday with an entrance charge of £7 on Friday night.
Saturday and Sunday there is free entry but you do have to pay for the beer.

People come from far and wide and if you want to drink but not drive the train station is right next door.

Shropshire Hills – Shropshire’s Beauty

Back in September here at Folly View Let we blogged about Sheer Folly from Wood’s Brewery that we have included in our Welcome Pack for guests.

Now that Sheer Folly is no longer available we are including another beer from our closest local brewery, Wood’s Brewery at Wistanstow, a beer called Shropshire Hills Beauty.

Wood's Brewery Shropshire Hills Beauty

Wood’s Brewery Shropshire Hills Beauty

On the back label Wood’s provide some useful tasting notes for this 4.2% abv beer:

Shropshire Hills Beauty pours with a pleasing, mild amber colour and a well-rounded, malty flavour. This wonderful mouthful is backed by a pleasantly bitter aftertaste, achieved through a fusion of fruity hops.

There is also some helpful information explaining the rationale behind the beer:

The Wood Brewery sits on the edge of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and we first brewed Beauty in 2012 to mark 30 years of the AONB.

We’re really lucky to live and work in this part of Britain with Folly View Let situated just a few miles from the southern edge of the special place that is the  Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

You can use Folly View Let as a base to explore the region and the wealth of natural attractions that it offers including:

The Long Mynd

The Stiperstones

Titterstone Clee Hill

all of which lie within the Shropshire Hills AONB.

Ludlow Food Festival Ale Trail Winners

The Ale Trail was was held once again at the 2016 Ludlow Food Festival and the winners in the 2 categories were as follows:

Ale Trail Professional’s Choice

1st: Blonde 4%, Ludlow Brewery, served at Ludlow Brewery

2nd: Stairway 5%, Ludlow Brewery served at the Nelson Inn

3rd: Blonde 3.8%, Joules Brewery served at the Rose and Crown

Ale Trail People’s Choice

1st: Butty Bach, Wye Valley Brewery served at Ye Olde Bull Ring Travel

2nd: Blonde, Ludlow Brewery served at Ludlow Brewery

3rd: Boiling Well, Ludlow Brewery served at the Feathers Hotel

You can find more information on these local breweries at the following links:

Ludlow Brewing Company

Joule’s Brewery

Wye Valley Brewery

If you enjoy locally brewed Shropshire beers then you may want to visit the Clun Valley Beer Festival.

The Clun Valley Beer Festival

Map of the Clun Valley

Map of the Clun Valley

The famous Shropshire poet A. E Houseman said of the Clun Valley in his collection of poems “A Shropshire Lad”:

“Clunton and Clunbury, Clungunford and Clun are the quietest places under the sun”

but perhaps not always when the Clun Valley Beer Festival occurs.

The Clun Valley Beer Festival 2016 takes place on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October when all the pubs in the Clun Valley join in.

Transport is provided between the pubs.

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.

There is a Web address for the beer festival:

http://www.cvbf.co.uk/

but please note that this redirects to a Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/clunvalleybf

where you can find details about the 2016 festival bus timetable and lists of the beers for this year.

Map image of the Clun Valley taken from OpenStreetMap www.openstreetmap.org.