Farmer Phil’s Festival 2019

Farmer Phil’s Festival is over the weekend 9th and 11th August 2019. In the heart of the Shropshire Hills at Ratlinghope.

Some of the audience at Farmer Phil's Music Festival

If you love music there will be something for you at Farmer Phil’s Festival. Whether it be folk, blues, dance or rock, there will be something to get your foot tapping.

Lindesfarne, Slim Chance and 3Daft Monkeys are among fifty artists confirmed for this year’s event.

This family run festival is in its 21st year. They want to maintain a family atmosphere and keep it small, welcoming around 2000 music lovers each year.

There is children’s entertainment meaning you relax while someone else keeps them busy and tires them out, bliss.

There are two stages, one of which rotates cutting down on set up times between acts. There are three bars, food stalls selling food for all tastes.

There is an on site shop run by Wentnor Stores, which is apparently very good.

Farmer Phil’s Festival is set on a farm over looking a fishing lake and woodland. Sounds lovely.

If you would like to camp for the week camping is available from August 5th until August 12th with a weekend festival ticket. Toilets and showers are available during this time.

Fires and barbeques are allowed but must be off the ground.

Weekend tickets are from £90 per adult.

Day tickets are £55.

Parking is £10 for the week or £5 for the weekend.

Farmer Phil's Festival Singer

Farmer Phil’s Music Festival Singer

The images in this blog post are used with kind permission of the festival organisers and were taken by Chris Rollason.

The Shropshire Way 80k

On Saturday 17th March the first Shropshire Way 80k walk will be starting from the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms.

The circular walk will take you through some of the most stunning countryside in South Shropshire.

I love the views from Hopesay Hill towards the Burrow and the views from Bury Ditches.

The aim is to complete the 80k walk in 24hours. This brand new long distance walk will take you along the Shropshire Way main route and some of it’s shorter walks.

The check points will provide the opportunity to sample local produce and when you finish back at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre there will be a breakfast provided for participants.

The Walk will be raising funds for Grow Cook Learn who run the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and Onny Meadows.

There is a £40 entrance fee and there are still places available. Contact the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre on 01588 676060 to book your place.

It would be great to see this Walking Festival become an annual event supported by the whole

Farmer Phil’s Festival

Some of the audience at Farmer Phil's Music Festival
Farmer Phil’s is an established Music Festival which is in it’s nineteenth year.

The Festival starts on the 11th August and finishes on the 13th August 2017. If you would like, you can camp from the 7th August until the 14th August 2017 at no extra cost. Giving you an opportunity to explore the beautiful Shropshire Hills.

Tickets include camping and at £80 per person are great value.

Farmer Phils Festival Flyer

Farmer Phils Festival Flyer

There are over fifty bands to enjoy, with music from lots of different genres including the Quire Boys and Dr and the Medics.

There is plenty to keep the children busy with arts and crafts, farm animals and children entertainments.

Farmer Phils Music Festival Audience

Farmer Phils Music Festival Audience

Best of all for me, when camping, is clean toilets and hot showers.

There are three bars from which to purchase your drinks and there will be gluten free beer available and plenty of food vendors.

Farmer Phil’s will be supporting and raising money for local causes. The Shrewsbury Ark and Telford Crisis Support have benefited in the last year.

Parking is charged at £10 and £5.

Farmer Phil's Festival Singer

Farmer Phil’s Music Festival Singer

The images in this blog post are used with kind permission of the festival organisers and were taken by Chris Rollason.

Kerry Ridgeway Walk and Cycle Route

The Kerry Ridgeway Walk and Cycle Route is a 15 mile walk from the Cider House south of Kerry, Newtown, Powys to Bishop’s Castle. It is great for walking or cycling and is considered one of the most dramatic Drovers Routes in the country with views that on a clear day can see up to seventy miles. The Ridgeway does not drop below a 1000 feet and takes you through heather moors, woodlands and bilberry rich heaths with stunning views of the Welsh mountains and Shropshire Hills.

Drover’s roads were used to get livestock to markets and they date back to Neolithic stone axe traders. The earliest routes are found on natural ridges which had clear views and connect one area of lowland with another. The Kerry Ridgeway is one of those that has been in use since 4000 B.C. It is older than the Iron Age and Bronze Age Earthworks along its length.

The Six Bells Pub lies at the end of Kerry Lane in Bishop’s Castle, a place to enjoy a well earned pint. Originally a farm house built in 1670 it became a hostelry in the 1750 offering the increasing numbers of drovers arriving in Bishop’s Castle paddocks for their livestock and accommodation over night.

There is parking just north of Cider House Farm and plenty of parking if you are starting from Bishop’s Castle.

You can find a link to a PDF with a more detailed description of the route here.

The route of the Kerry Ridgeway is illustrated in the map shown below.

Map of the Kerry Ridgeway

Map of the Kerry Ridgeway