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.


Ludlow Spring Festival 2019

The Ludlow Spring Festival is over the weekend of 11th and 12th May 2019.

Ludlow Spring Festival 2019

The Ludlow Spring Festival is staged in Ludlow Castle and there will be over 60 food producers and vendors to visit from Ludlow and the Welsh Marches.

On Sunday there will be another 40 producers and sellers at the Ludlow Spring Festival on the Sunday Market in the Ludlow town centre in the Market Place.

On Saturday the Ludlow Spring Festival is open from 10a.m. until 9pm and Sunday it is open from 10a.m. until 5pm.

The Ludlow Spring Festival give you a chance to hear lots of of free talks from food producers and I am sure lots of chances to sample local produce.

Ludlow Spring Festival has a Festival Pub which is in a large Marquee near the main entrance of Ludlow Castle. On Friday evening there is a Meet the Brewer event here when you can meet the Brewer of the beer voted the ‘best’. This is voted for in a closed event by SIBA, The Society Of Independant Brewers. There will be over 200 beers to try and live music. This event is from 5pm until 9pm and the entrance fee is £5.

There is a children’s activity area in the Castle grounds to keep little people happy throughout the day.

The 35th Marches Transport Festival will be on as well, with lots of vintage and classic vehicles to view.

Whether you enjoy wine, cheese, sweets, chocolates, meats or beers there will be plenty to explore sample and buy at Ludlow Spring Festival.

Ticket prices from £9 per adult Per booking.

The image at the top of this post is copyright Ludlow Spring Festival.

Inaugural Shropshire Food Fair

The logo of the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

The inaugural Shropshire Food Fair is being launched on Saturday 4th August 2018 at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre here in Craven Arms.

The Shropshire Food Fair will provide a a showcase for local food and drink producers.

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and the 30 acre Onny Meadows are within easy walking distance of Folly View Let and you can follow a route by road or footpath along the Shropshire Way.

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms is the home of local charity Grow Cook Learn who have run the Discovery Centre since 2014.

The mission of Grow Cook Learn is:

  • to make the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre an education and training centre for food-related skills
  • a visitor attraction linking food, history and landscape in the Shropshire Hills
  • a leisure resource for visitors and local residents

With over 100,000 visitors a year the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre provides a hub for the local community and also for holiday makers that are interested in the local landscape and the range of locally produced food and drink.

The logo of the registered charity Grow Cook Learn


The 2018 Ludlow Magnalonga Sunday 12th August 2018
Magnalonga will be on the 12th August 2018 starting and finishing at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

Starting times are from 10am till 11.50 am, for which you can express a preference.

Finish time is between 4pm and 6pm.

It is a walk where you also get to sample local food and drink.

The walk is 8 to 10 miles long and is done at a leisurely pace, it is not a race.

The walk will include some stiles, steep gradients and rough ground, so please make sure you are suitably dressed.

Children are welcome but the walk is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Dogs are welcome but must be kept on the lead.

Parking will be in a nearby field.

Anyone can accompany the walk but you cannot sample the food and drink unless you have paid.

What a great way to spend your day, walking through the beautiful Shropshire countryside, eating lovely locally produced food and drink.

Tickets for this event will be available at the end of June 2018.

For more information look at

The image at the top of this blog post is copyright Magnalonga.

Wild Garlic Day

Blooming Wild Garlic

Wild Garlic Day at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms will be on the 7th April 2018.

The day will start with a walk up to Sallow Coppice where wild garlic can be seen growing in its natural habitat of dappled shaded woodland. According to my Flower Key it is an ancient woodland indicator.

I could tell you lots of other things about it but hopefully you will be learning all about Wild Garlic on the day.

There will be lunch in the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Cafe.

In the afternoon the Wild Garlic you have picked will be turned into a pesto.

Sounds great for just £10.

Ring 01588 676060 to book a place.

The image of Wild Garlic at the top of this blog post is taken from Wikimedia Commons and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.

Field to Fork Festival 2018

Field to Fork Logo

Field to Fork Festival 2018

Field to Fork is a new festival in 2018 and celebrates and explores the story of our food today and in the future. Field to Fork will be held at Harper Adams University just outside Newport, Shropshire on Saturday 28th April.

This free festival will give the whole family the opportunity for hands-on learning about everything relating to food, agriculture and the great outdoors. Field to Fork also features:

  • live music
  • animals
  • engineering
  • tractors
  • a Kid’s Zone
  • the Hands Free Hectare demonstrating the automated farming of the future
  • a Farmers Market featuring more than 80 producers of food and drink

You can find more information at the Field to Fork Web site.

Field to Fork April 28th 2018

The images in this blog post are copyright Shropshire Festivals and used with their kind permission.

Shrewsbury Winter Festival 2017

An image of two cups of Christmas coffee.

Shrewsbury Winter Festival 2017

The annual Shrewsbury Winter Festival 2017 will be held at Shrewsbury Quarry Park on:

  • Saturday 9th December 2017 – 10:00 to 18:00
  • Sunday 10th December 2017 – 10:00 to 17:00

and promises two days of festive fun for all the family.

An image of assorted Christmas decorations

The Shrewsbury Winter Festival is an annual celebration of local food and drink, and local crafts with a festive theme combined with family entertainment that was enjoyed by more than 12,000 people in 2016.

Festive Food and Seasonal Gifts

Over 170 local producers will be offering a massive selection of artisan foods and drinks to enjoy including:

  • mince pies
  • free range meats
  • steaming hot chocolate
  • mulled wine
  • beer

An image of some festive gingerbread.


The Winter Festival offers a range of attractions and activities including:

  • circus skills
  • singalongs
  • animals – lambs, donkeys and alpacas
  • gingerbread decorating
  • Santa

An image of a Santa Hat on a fork

Festive Ale Trail

A new attraction for this years’ Winter Festival is the Hobson’s Festive Ale Trail where over-18s can visit some real ale stands around the Winter Festival and sample beers from some of the best local brewers in the region.

Giant Snowglobe

If you’ve ever wanted to walk in your own Winter Wonderland then the Winter Festival offers you the chance to wander into this giant snowglobe and help a local charity at the same time.

An image of a giant snowglobe

Location – Quarry Park

The Winter Festival is held in Quarry Park in Shrewsbury and for those new to Shrewsbury this is highlighted in the map below:

A map of Shrewsbury showing the location of the Shrewsbury Winter Festival in Quarry Park.

Shrewsbury Winter Festival Map Showing Quarry Park


Christmas is a time of giving and the Winter Festival supports the less fortunate through their work alongside two charities:

You can find more detailed information and book tickets at the Winter Festival Web site where you can also download a detailed PDF brochure.

All images used in this blog post are copyright Shropshire Festivals and are used with their kind permission.

Stokesay Castle Tea Rooms

Stokesay Castle Tea Rooms

Stokesay Castle is one of the best-preserved fortified medieval manor houses in England. English Heritage who have restored Stokesay Castle, and who manage the property, have recently completed the conversion of nearby Stokesay Cottage – which stands beside the public entrance to the castle grounds – into a tea-room – the Stokesay Castle Tea Rooms.

Stokesay Castle Tea Rooms Tables

Stokesay Castle Tea Rooms Tables

An outside seating area is just visible in the photograph above – and offers visitors picturesque views across rolling fields to Long Mynd and the Shropshire Hills.

As well as the outdoor spaces the Tea Rooms feature a log burner to provide winter warmth for the anticipated visits from walkers and cyclists. The menu relies on locally-sourced ingredients and fresh foods including local specialities like Shropshire Fidget Pie, Shrewsbury Biscuits and Shropshire Blue. The focus on local food includes rosewater distilled from the roses in the castle courtyard used in the lavendar shortbread.

Serving Counter Stokesay Tea Rooms

Serving Counter in Stokesay Castle Tea Rooms