Grants for Shropshire Market Towns

Shropshire Market Towns have been awarded £167,000 of grants to encourage visitors after the flooding earlier this year and of course in the aftermath of Covid 19.

Smaller Market Towns have been granted £50,000 between them. They will each be able to receive a grant of up to £5000.

Craven Arms Town Council are going to spread their grant over several initiatives.

They want to improve access and provide a secure environment for both locals and visitors after Covid 19. Not sure how this works, sounds good.

There will be money towards Local Produce Markets this Autumn in October and November, I do miss our Craven Arms Farmers Markets.

Money will be granted to Festive Events and the Christmas Lights.

There will also be joint admission offers for visitors attractions. A Passport scheme for all three of our visitor attractions, The Land of Lost Content, Stokesay Castle and The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, would be good. It would be good to see this before the end of this visitor season.

 

Shropshire opening

I have ventured into Ludlow and Church Stretton to see what is happening and what is open.  I have not been out and about much so some of this is gathered from guest and friends. This is not comprehensive.

So here is an idea of some places I know are open in Shropshire.

Ludlow Market is open with a one way system. The Castle and it’s cafe are open again for business.

Most shops were open except a few charity shops and some businesses which have unfortunately been effected by  Covid 19 Lockdown and will not open again. I am very sorry to see some of my favourite shops and cafes closed.

The car parks are busy but not full.

In Church Stretton most places seemed to be open although you may notice some changes when you enter them.  There are one way systems hand sanitizer stations and some places have shut off parts that are tricky with social distancing.

Heather Brae to the north of Church Stretton is open for business.

In Craven Arms the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is open, the cafe has less tables and was running  a less diverse menu.

The Land of Lost Content is open with a booking system.

Stokesay Castle is open, I don’t think the cafe is.

Ludlow Food Centre is open, I hear they have a very good system in side. The Plant Centre is also open and the Cafe.

Blists Hill is open, our last guests spent all day there when they ventured there.

In Craven Arms only one of the pubs is open, The Stables, drink only.

The Stokesay Inn has been taken over by local folks but is not yet open.

The Kangaroo at Aston On Clun is open with a booking system.

We hope when your come to Folly View you will find plenty to do

The Apple Tree at Onibury is open as is the Station at Marshbrook.

The take always in Craven Arms are open for business.

Don’t forget Tuffins do a lovely range of ready meals called Cook if you are not inclined to eat out.

 

Flounders’ Folly – Opening Dates 2020

This post lists the Flounders’ Folly Opening Dates 2020.

Flounders Folly in the early morning sunlight

Flounders’ Folly

Flounders’ Folly – Opening Dates 2020

When the Folly is open a St George’s Flag is flown from the top of the Folly and the planned opening dates for 2020 are listed below:

Sunday 26th January 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 23rd February 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 29th March 11:00 – 16:00

Friday 10th April 11:00 – 16:00 Good Friday

Monday 13th April 11:00 – 16:00 Easter Monday

Sunday 26th April 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 4th May 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Sunday 25th May 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 31st May 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Sunday 28th June 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 26th July 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 30th August 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 31st August 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Saturday 19th September 11:00 – 16:00 – Heritage Open Day (TBC)

Sunday 20th September 11:00 – 16:00 – Heritage Open Day (TBC)

Sunday 27th September 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 25th October 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 29th November 11:00 – 15:00

The Folly is only open to visitors on certain days of the year and whilst there is no fixed entrance fee you are requested to make a small donation to The Flounders’ Folly Trust to support the maintenance of this landmark.

Shrewsbury Flower Show 2019

Shrewsbury Flower Show is on the 9th and 10th August 2019.

Shrewsbury Flower Show 2019 Logo

The Quarry becomes the bustling centre of Shrewsbury for these two days with the Shrewsbury Flower Show taking centre stage.

You do not need to be interested in flowers to find something to do at Shrewsbury Flower Show.

There is something for all the family.

There are cooking demonstrations, show jumping, live music, craft marquees, trade stands and lots of flowers.

Saturday evening Scouting for Girls will provide live music.

Both Friday and Saturday evening will finish with a fireworks display.

Tickets are £25 advance per adult or £28 on the gate, there are concessions.

The image used in this blog post is copyright Shrewsbury Flower Show.

Stokesay Court Guided Tours 2019

Stokesay Court Guided Tour 2019 dates are available for pre booking.

Stokesay Court

Stokesay Court

Sunday 28th April

Sunday 5th May

Tuesday 14th May

Sunday 26th May

Tuesday 4th June

Tuesday 18th June

Tuesday 2nd July

Tuesday 16th July

Sunday 28th July

Tuesday 30th July

Tuesday 13th August

Sunday 25th August

Tuesday 3rd September

Tuesday 17th September

Sunday 29th September

Tuesday 1st October

Sunday 13th October

All tours start at 2.30pm except for those in October which start at 2pm.

Stokesay Court is still a lived in privately owned house. It is a Grade 11 listed late Victorian house.

Stokesay Court featured in the film Atonement and was as a WW1 Hospital for which there are exhibitions to view on your tour. The guided tour of Stokesay Court includes afternoon tea with home made cakes.

A minimum of 20 people are on each tour which needs to be pre booked and costs £16.50.

The image in this blog post is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

Flounders’ Folly – Opening Dates 2019

This post lists the Flounders’ Folly Opening Dates 2019.

Flounders Folly in the early morning sunlight

Flounders’ Folly

Flounders’ Folly – Opening Dates 2019

When the Folly is open a St George’s Flag is flown from the top of the Folly and the planned opening dates for 2019 are listed below:

Sunday 27th January 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 24th February 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 31st March 11:00 – 16:00

Friday 19th April 11:00 – 16:00 Good Friday

Monday 22nd April 11:00 – 16:00 Easter Monday

Sunday 28th April 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 6th May 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Sunday 26th May 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 27th May 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Sunday 30th June 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 28th July 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 25th August 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 26th August 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Saturday 21st September 11:00 – 14:00 – Heritage Open Day

Sunday 29th September 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 27th October 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 24th November 11:00 – 15:00

The Folly is only open to visitors on certain days of the year and whilst there is no fixed entrance fee you are requested to make a small donation to The Flounders’ Folly Trust to support the maintenance of this landmark.

Things to Do in Ludlow

This post is about Things to Do in Ludlow, and in this series of blogs I hope I am giving you ideas of things to do which are going to cost you pennies but also some that are free.

Ludlow

Ludlow Castle. Did you know it used to be the capital of Wales? There is lots for you to explore and learn and a lovely tearoom. There is also a gift shop which can be visited without having to enter the Castle. You will have to pay to look round the Castle.

Ludlow Museum is only a pound to visit it is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10am until 4pm. There are a variety of platforms where you can learn about Ludlows social history and architecture. There are views from the Museum, which on the upper floor of the Buttermarket, down Broad Street, this alone makes that £1 worth it.

Ludlow Brewing Company is open daily from 10am until 5pm. There are tours at 3pm Monday to Friday and at 2pm on Saturday. Enjoy sample of six beers and a pint of another for £7.

Laurences Church Tower is visible at the top of the town. Churches are always worth a visit as they have so much social history to tell you. It is open from 10 a.m. daily and closes its doors at 5pm.

Mortimer Forest on the outskirts of Ludlow has signed walks from the car parks at High Vinnalls or Black Pool(out at Richards Castle). There is an Easy Access walk for pushchair and wheel chairs. Great place for picnics, playing and exploring.

Whitcliffe Common is a small remnant of a much larger Common. It is opposite the Castle. There are superb views of Ludlow and plenty more walking and exploring to be done.

There are lots of walking opportunities in Ludlow. Go to Castle Street car park and look over Ludlow Town Walls, there is a viewing platform, with a Toposcope telling all the hills you are looking at.

The Broad Gate, Broad Street, Ludlow

The Broad Gate in Ludlow

Walk down Broad Street and go through the gate a little way then turn back and look at the Gatehouse.

Walk round Ludlow Castle past Dinham House down the Hill to Dinham Bridge and the Millennium Green.

Dinham House is the home of Clearview Stoves but is well worth visiting to look inside the house. There is also some display panels telling you a bit about the house as well.

Explore all those back alleys and streets to get different perspectives of the town and find bits of old wall and views into courtyards and gardens.

Ludlow has lots of fabulous Markets throughout the year. There are the usual fruit and veg ones, Farmers Markets, craft markets, antique and flea and book markets.

Ludlow has lots of lovely shopping opportunities as well. The charity shops are always worth a visit. There are specialist food shops, there are still independent gift, artisan, and clothing shops.

There are lots of old pubs and cafes and restaurants to satisfy your thirst or hunger.

Enjoy exploring and finding Things to Do in Ludlow.

The image of Ludlow the top of this blog post which shows Ludlow Castle and St Laurence church is from Wikipedia and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

The photograph of The Broad Gate taken by Pauline Eccles is from Wikipedia and is used under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.

 

Things to Do in Craven Arms

I am sure there are people who think there is nothing to do in Craven Arms but there are probably more Things to Do in Craven Arms than you would think.

Stokesay Castle Gatehouse

Stokesay Castle Gatehouse

Stokesay Castle is open daily until the end of September at a cost of £8.30 per adult. It is a fortified hall that is well worth a visit. There are new tearooms and you can also walk round Stokesay Church and Churchyard and see Old Bill the First World War Memorial.

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre has a tearoom with artworks hanging on the walls, an exhibition which tells you about the Mammoth found near Shrewsbury and about Iron Age Hill forts. The exhibition has a £5 entrance fee but you can access the rest of the Centre without paying. It is open from 10am until 5pm everyday.

The Onny Meadows at the back of the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is free to explore at any time. There is lots of play equipment for children to be adventurous on. The ponds and river Onny are great for pond dipping. There is a small butterfly garden by the picnic benches, see what you can spot. Or simply have a relaxing walk via the benches.

The Land of Lost Content is a museum of Popular British Culture has tons to see. There are exhibits about the Wars, Sweets, The Postal Service and lots, lots more. It is well worth the £7.50 entrance fee per adult.

For those who like to walk there is lots to aim for. There is an Iron Age Hill Fort to the south east called Norton Camp. To the north east is Flounders Folly, you can drive most of the way if you don’t want a long muddy walk. There are lots of other walks, some along the River Onny or Shropshire Way or those you could explore for your self.

Craven Arms is not a Shopping Centre but Tuffins Supermarket is well worth a visit. You are bound to find something interesting to eat, drink or use.

Well I think there is much more here to do than you thought. So with all these Things to Do in Craven Arms, Craven Arms here you come.

The Land of Lost Content Museum

The Land of Lost Content

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

Flounders’ Folly – Opening Dates 2018

Flounders’ Folly

Flounders’ Folly opens to the public on certain days of the year allowing you to climb the 78 stone steps to the viewing platform where on a clear day you can expect wonderful views of the Malvern Hills, the Black Mountains, Cader Idris, and the Long Mynd as shown below.

View of Long Mynd From Flounders Folly

Flounders’ Folly – Opening Dates 2018

When the Folly is open a St George’s Flag is flown from the top of the Folly and the planned opening dates for 2018 are:

Sunday 28th January 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 25th February 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 25th March 11:00 – 16:00

Friday 30th March 11:00 – 16:00 Good Friday

Monday 2nd April 11:00 – 16:00 Easter Monday

Sunday 29th April 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 7th May 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Sunday 27th May 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 28th May 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Sunday 24th June 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 29th July 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 26th August 11:00 – 16:00

Monday 27th August 11:00 – 16:00 Bank Holiday Monday

Saturday 8th September 11:00 – 14:00 – Heritage Open Day

Saturday 9th September 11:00 – 14:00 – Heritage Open Day

Saturday 13th September 11:00 – 14:00 – Heritage Open Day

Saturday 15th September 11:00 – 14:00 – Heritage Open Day

Sunday 30th September 11:00 – 16:00

Sunday 28th October 11:00 – 15:00

Sunday 25th November 11:00 – 15:00

The folly is only open to visitors on certain days of the year and whilst there is no fixed entrance fee you are requested to make a small donation to The Flounders’ Folly Trust to support the maintenance of this landmark.

A series of interpretation boards that run round the viewing platform provide illustrations that help you to identify the landmarks you can see in the 360 degree panorama of the whole area around Craven Arms and Church Stretton including the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Flounders' Folly Interpretation Board

Flounders’ Folly Interpretation Board

You can learn more about Flounders’ Folly in an earlier blog post.