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.

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

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.

Our Act of Sheer Folly

Here at Folly View Let we like to provide you with a Welcome Pack containing some local food and produce including some locally brewed beer.

Wood's Sheer Folly

Wood’s Sheer Folly

Earlier this year we included a very special beer produced by our nearest brewery – Wood’s Brewery – at Wistanstow, called Sheer Folly.

Our holiday let is called Folly View Let because of the view of Flounders’ Folly which is located 4 km away as the crow flies.

Wood’s Brewery in common with many other breweries produce special beers and one-off brews like Sheer Folly from time to time, and often in support of a good cause.

Another beer from them that we have included in our Welcome Pack is called Beautiful Shropshire Hills – reflecting the fact that we are surrounded by the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Some proceeds from the sales of Sheer Folly were donated by Wood’s Brewery to the Flounders’ Folly Trust.

The photograph below shows Wood’s Brewery Managing Director Mr Edward Wood presenting a cheque for £500 to Flounders’ Folly Trustee Mr Richard Cundall.

Edward Wood and Richard Cundall

Edward Wood and Richard Cundall

Mr Cundall said:

“It was very thoughtful of the brewery to choose us as for a donation 10 years after we completed the folly restoration. Wood’s are a tremendous local business and Sheer Folly itself was an excellent beer. Visitor donations remain vitally important to help us keep the folly in good condition, but this is a tremendous boost to the fund.”

Photograph and quote shown above are copyright ©Flounders’ Folly Trust and reproduced by kind permission of the Trustees – The Flounders’ Folly Trust.