Folly View Open again

We have had our first guests and all went well.

They had a lovely time. They did lots of cycling and particularly liked the Long Mynd.

My change over went well except I was very hot and bothered.

I wished I could have joined our departing guests on their stop off at the Millennium Green in Ludlow for a paddle in the River Teme.

We changed over the fridge freezer which had expired and I had finished the last dining room chair which is now in Folly View.

New guests arrived safely.

All the ironing is done, Sunday morning was cool, perfect for ironing duties.

We look forward to seeing our guests over the next few months at Folly View.

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Secret Gardens Of Ludlow 2019

The Secret Gardens of Ludlow 2019 will be open on Sunday 16th June 2019 from noon until 6pm. These are private gardens which are not normally open to the public. With some of the gardeners  being available so you can ask them their secrets.

Secret Gardens of Ludlow

The Secret Gardens Of Ludlow is a fundraising event for the Ludlow Assembley Rooms, Ludlow’s Arts And Entertainment Centre and is part of Ludlow Fringe Festival.

It is also a great way to explore areas of Ludlow you wouldn’t normally go to.

The Secret Gardens Of Ludlow has lots of different styles of gardens to inspire you, from formal, informal and some glorious herbaceous borders.

There will be gardens open in Broad Street, Corve Street, Mill Street, Upper Linney and Lower Mill Street so you will need your walking shoes on.

In some of the Secret Gardens of Ludlow there will be afternoon teas, homemade cakes, ice creams, plants and herbs available to purchase.

One of the Courtyard gardens in Broad Street also has a Champagne Bar.

Tickets are available from Ludlow Assembly Rooms from mid May

On the same day is Ludlow Conservation Day in Castle Square from 10a.m. until 4pm. There will be information stalls, interactive arts activities, environmentally friendly crafts. Well worth a look while visiting the Secret Gardens of Ludlow.

The image used in this blog post is courtesy of Ludlow Fringe Festival whose copyright is acknowledged.

Festivals of Ludlow 2019

There are a few festivals in Ludlow every year. We focus on one or two each year but I thought it might be worth reminding you of the others happening throughout this year 2019.

Ludlow Spring Festival is at Ludlow Castle. As well as local food and drink producers there is live music to entertain  you, 180 cars to drool over if that’s your thing. There is a Meet the Brewer event and the whole festival us described as “like a beer festival but better”.

Ludlow Fringe Festival is on from 15th June until 30th June 2019. There are events to suit everyone from talks, performing arts, dance, film screenings, Ludlow Arts Trail, music, Street Theatre. The Ludlow Secret Gardens is part of the fringe.

Ludlow Green Festival is on the 24th July 2019 from 10a.m. until 4pm on Castle Square. It celebrates all things ‘green’ and challenges us to do more to help our Planet.

Ludlow Dog Day is on 21st July 2019 from 10am until 5pm. Staged in the grounds of Stokesay Court there are dog displays, competitions and a wide variety of stalls and activities.

Ludlow Food Festival is on the 13th until 15th September 2019. It is throughout Ludlow but the main event is in Ludlow Castle. A feast of mouth watering events with over 140 food and drink producers.

Ludlow Medieval Fayre is on the 23rd and 24th November 2019. Said to be the best in Britain this Medieval Fayre has over a hundred stalls to buy your Christmas gifts from. With medieval jesters, jugglers and many others to keep you smiling.

I hope this quick whizz through the Festivals of Ludlow has peaked your interest and reminded you of plans you made at the beginning of the year. See you in Ludlow.

The Ludlow Fringe Festival logo is used with kind permission of the organisers whose copyright is acknowledged.

The Ludlow Green Festival logo is used with kind permission of the organisers whose copyright is acknowledged.

Ludlow National Hunt Horse Races 2019

Ludlow Racecourse has a busy National Hunt Horse Races fixture list for 2019.

A historic poster of Racing at Ludlow from 1962.

The Racecourse is two miles north of Ludlow Town Centre so you can explore Ludlow before the Race meeting starts.

The gates open two hours before the first race at Ludlow Races.

Ludlow National Hunt Horse Races Fixture List 2019

Date                                             First Race

  • Wednesday 6th February.                  1.40pm
  • Wednesday 20th February.                2.50pm
  • Thursday 28th February.                    2.05pm
  • Thursday 21st March.                        2.30pm
  • Monday 1st April .                              2.15pm
  • Tuesday 23rd April.                            2.00pm
  • Sunday 12th May.                              2.00pm


  • Wednesday 9th October.                   2.10pm
  • Thursday 24th October.                     2.10pm
  • Thursday 14th November.                 1.05 pm
  • Monday 25th November.                   1.10pm
  • Wednesday 4th December.               12.30pm
  • Wednesday 28th December.             12.40pm

There are between 6 and 7 races per fixture. Entrances fees start at £10.

Radio Five refer to the Race Course as Lovely Ludlow with its beautiful views I would agree.

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

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.

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.

Ludlow Food Centre

Ludlow Food Centre

Ludlow Food Centre was set up and built by Plymouth Estates in 2007.

It has become a great place to shop, not every day but for treats it is great.

Ludlow food centre is open 9am until 5.30 pm everyday except Sunday when they open at 10am and close at 5pm.

There are fresh fruits and vegetables, along with biscuits, sauces, sweets and ready meals.

80% of their produce comes from Shropshire or the surrounding counties.

There are eight kitchens on either side of the main shopping area where you can watch produce such as bread and preserves being made..

Upstairs there is a retail area where you can pick up great gifts to take home.

They have expanded and developed and now have other retail outlets on site as well.

Ludlow Kitchen is great for lunch or for just coffee and cake.

The Ludlow Plant Centre is lovely. There are plenty of plants to choose from as well as gifts and a lovely selection of cards. Well worth visiting.

Islabikes sell bikes and lots of others things to do with bikes I don’t understand.

Find out more about Ludlow Food Centre at their Web site.

An information board at the Ludlow Food Centre

An information board at the Ludlow Food Centre

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre 2017

The Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre is set in Ludlow Castle and is held on Saturday 25th and 26th November 2017. Opening hours are:

  • Saturday 25th 10 am – 9 pm
  • Sunday 26th 10 am – 4 pm

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Musicians

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Musicians

Described as:

The Best Medieval Show in the land!

the Medieval Christmas Fayre features:

  • Stalls – over 100 stalls selling historical goods, gifts, and food and drink
  • Entertainment – swordplay, juggling jesters, interactive theatre, music, wassailing and dancing, storytelling, carolling and jestering, giants, falconry and puppetry
  • Drink – mulled wine, spiced cider, and Local Beer tent

This year the Fayre offers:

more music, more minstrels, more merriment and more mirth than ever before!

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Minstrels

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Minstrels

As well as the entertainment above, some members of the public are inspired to dress up for the occasion as shown below.

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Members of the Public

Members of the Public at Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre

Armour is optional!

You can find more information about the event and also buy tickets at the Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre Web site, and also on Facebook and Twitter:

The images in this blog post are copyright Dakin Events and used with their kind permission.

Ludlow Tweed Ride

Tweed Run Woman

The Tweed Cycling Club was set up by Jack Thurston and in the 1990s in the North Of England several vintage attired clubs emerged and held rides.

From these, Tweed Runs/Rides evolved and the first Tweed Run was held in 2009 in London. These are held annually now.

Tweed Runs appear to be annual bike rides while Tweed Rides are usually monthly.

The Idea is that you wear vintage clothing, ideally tweeds that would have been part of the vintage cyclists attire, and a vintage bike. Then you go on a bike ride.

I presume there are no bike computers, no steamy whatever they are gears and definitely no lycra. Well not on view!

“Tweed Rides are minimum-exertion, maximum-elegance…..” I found this quote on and thought it summed it all up.

You don’t need to have a vintage bike or a wardrobe full of vintage clothes or tweeds.

It is appreciated if you make an effort and wear old cycling type clothing and vintage bikes are encouraged but attitude, a nod to vintage clothing and a willingness to have fun are what it is about.

Ludlow Tweed Ride happens once a month. They meet in the Castle Square at 2pm and then go for a bike ride of about 8miles. I am sure tea and cake are involved somewhere.

Next ride:-
August 5th 2017
September 2nd 2017
October 7th 2017
No ride in November
December 25th starting at 10am, there will be mince pie when you finish.

For more information about the Ludlow Tweed Ride contact them on

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