Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair 2018

Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair 2018 is on Saturday 22nd September 2018.

Bishops Castle Michaelmas Fair

Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair

All the fun starts at midday on Bishop’s Castle High Street and goes on well into the evening.

Tickets are available for the Michaelmas Fair online priced at £5.50 or £6 cash on the High Street.

There is lots to see and do at the Michaelmas Fair and most of the entertainment is provided by local acts.

You will find musical entertainment throughout the day from Marasmius, Men From Off and Fight the Bear amongst others.

Appalachian dancing from Raise the Dust.

There is Circus Rajasthan and Chinese Dragon and Lion Dancers Hung Gar Kung Fu.

There are craft and food stalls, workshops, demonstrations and much, much more to keep you occupied.

There are several processions  at the Michaelmas Fair throughout the day and evening, beginning at 12.30pm with vintage vehicles and steam engines. These parades included a Lantern and Dragon processions at the end of the day.

Fuzz Townshend from Car SOS will be doing commentary again on the Michaelmas Fair processions.

Fuzz Townshend at Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair

Fuzz Townshend at Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair


The images in this blog post are used with the kind permission of John Lucas Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair.

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

The White House, Aston Munslow

The White House, Aston Munslow is open next weekend as part of the Heritage Open Days.

White House Aston Munslow

The White House, Aston Munslow

The White House is run by the Landmark Trust but is open on the 15th and 16h September 2018 from 10a.m. until 4pm.

There is a distinct medieval part of the house and very definite Georgian part.

There is a museum room with lots of artefacts to look at and there will be leaflets available telling you about the house.

On Saturday there will be an artist in residence for the day.

The Heritage Open Days give us the opportunity to visit places which are not usually open to the general public, or to visit places a reduced rate or free of charge.

There are lots of places open under the scheme including The Flax Mill in Shrewsbury, well worth the time to look round.

I haven’t been myself to the White House, Aston Munslow but I am told it is worth a visit.

The photograph of the White House, Aston Munslow is taken from Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Ludlow Races Autumn 2018

A historic poster of Racing at Ludlow from 1962.

Ludlow has a National Hunt Race Course just to the north on the A49. There are beautiful views of Titterstone Clee and up to Wenlock Edge.

I have listed the dates here you may be lucky and find a date the coincides with your stay at Folly View.

Ludlow Races New Autumn Season 2018

Date.                                                              Time of first race

Wednesday 10th October 2018 .               2.10pm

Thursday 25th October 2018.                    2.10pm

Thursday 15th November 2018.                1.05pm

Monday 26th November 2018.                  1.10pm

Wednesday 5th November 2018.              12.30pm

Wednesday 19th November 2019.            12.40pm

The gates open two hours before the first race. There are six or seven races at each event.

Prices range from £22 to £10 and accompanied children under 18 years can attend free of charge.

Ludlow Race Course has other events throughout the year such as Model Railway days and Auctions.

Ludlow Race Course can be contacted on 01584 856221 or look what is happening and further details at

Butterflies at Folly View

Butterfly On Buddleia

I have been distracted by the butterflies at Folly View in the garden. As we come to the end of Summer and morph into Autumn I enjoy watching the butterfly fluttering by.

I have been cleaning Folly View ready for the next guests and the butterflies are just right in front of me.

They have been all over the dark purple buddleia the garden.

Comma Butterfly

Comma Butterfly

There are Comma’s which have cut away wings and are lovely orange colours with black spots. The Red Admiral’s are mainly red and black and I usually see them on our fallen apple’s and the Comma’s have penchant for over ripe fruit too.

The Large Whites do what they say on the box and the Tortoiseshell have orange, cream, black, Brown and blue colours on their wings. The Tortoiseshells love Buddleias.

Speckled Wood Butterfly

Speckled Wood Butterfly

We also have Speckled Woods flying around although not landing on the Buddleia. They are a beautiful dark brown with creamy yellow spots. I think they are my favourite butterfly.

We do have other Butterflies visiting Folly View’s garden but the butterflies mentioned above are those I have seen this week. I hope you enjoy watching Butterflies as well.

The image at the top of this blog post is from and is used under the Creative Commons CCO license.

The image of the Comma butterfly is from Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

The image of the Speckled Wood butterfly is from Wikipedia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Things to Do

I am putting together a series of blogs of Things to Do…, while staying here at Folly View Let in South Shropshire.

I am starting by doing the local towns and I will be including things you have to pay to do and things that are free.

There will not be lots of information about them, just snippets. Some of these, Things to Do, I have already done longer, more detailed blogs about and I may do the same in the future for some of the other Things to Do mentioned.

So look out for your favourite place to visit and I hope you find something interesting to do.

Here are the posts so far:

These lists are not comprehensive. I am sure you will find other Things to Do I haven’t mentioned.