Join us this autumn for an unmissable celebration of the West Midlands’ only UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Ironbridge Gorge.
The Festival of Imagination will showcase the amazing story of the Ironbridge Gorge, past, present and future as it’s never been seen before.
Presented by Ironbridge World Heritage Festival and partners, the programme will see the Gorge come alive with a fantastic fiesta of arts, crafts, culture, virtual reality, music, film, poetry, family-friendly events and food and drink.
Join Milly Rees to learn how to add greater depth to your cooking to make it more delicious and memorable. Turn up the flavours to make every dish the most delicious it can be. We will learn how to layer seasoning and add depth using simple techniques and ingredients. By doing a lot of tasting along the way we will discover how knowing when to add a pinch of this or a dash of that can make a huge difference to even the most humble supper. As usual, everything you make you can take home so bring a selection of spill-proof containers.£35 per person, booking essential.
The award winning Ginger and Spice Festival is making a welcome return this September 2019 for a four day celebration of all things spicy during British Food Fortnight. Set in and around the centre of the medieval Shropshire town, Market Drayton, the festival celebrates the town’s culinary heritage, links to the ancient spice routes and what is thought to be the oldest gingerbread in the country!
The fun packed festival includes many inspiring festival fringe events plus an abundance of speciality food and drink with plenty of produce featuring a ginger twist! Saturday 28th September only features the Spice Exchange Street Market where visitors can journey into an exotic and fascinating world of spice, secret recipes, ancient gingerbread guilds and delicious hot & spicy street food .
The Spice Exchange Street Market will include everything from ginger teas, spicy pies, enrobed chocolate gingers, spice-infused jams, aromatic gin, local real ale, cured gourmet meats as well as a host of ginger-themed delicacies! Visitors can also watch live cookery master classes from top, regional and local chefs all at the back of the Clive and Coffyne Pub. Plus there will be educational cookery and food related activities for the little ones with Fordhall Organic Farm, The Original Biscuit Bakers and Savuer Spices! Also join in our annual gingerbread baking contest as well as our best-read head competition!
Over two days there will be a heritage spice trail and competition dedicated to exploring the town’s culinary history, including tastings in shops, cafes, the brewery, Church, Museum, Festival Drayton, Covered market and more. This is free and there will be prizes for lucky winners!
Visitors can also enjoy many festival fringe events such as live music, comedy, pop-up restaurants; foraging walks, ginger inspired competitions, talks and more.
Whilst the Spice Exchange Street Market on Saturday 28th September 2019 is free, visitors should expect to pay for some events taking place in the evening and at private venues in the town. Booking ahead for these private events is essential.
For all festival fringe events, please visit the What’s On section of the website: www.gingerandspicefest.co.uk
Utilising rarely seen archive footage and a powerful score from the late Jóhann Jóhannsson, Bill Morrison’s collage film The Miners’ Hymns delivers a memorable tribute to coal mining in the north of England, touching on a wealth of topics – including workers’ rights and the 1984 strikes – to highlight an integral part of this sceptered isle’s industrial history.
Showing at the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron in Ironbridge – itself a hotbed of activity during the Industrial Revolution and one of the oldest mining areas in the country – the screening will be followed by a live performance from the Wellington Brass Band to highlight the similarly storied links between mining and the working-class tradition of colliery brass bands.
A light hearted look at life in a small rural town in the 1940s. As you walk around the town, you will be captivated by Re-Enactors and Entertainers in period costume, vintage vehicle displays, trade stands, music and dancing; all with a 1940’s theme. There will also be special activities for children.
Wipeout Arena is a huge set of indoor inflatables. For tots, toddlers, crazy-kids, teens & big kids too (yes, that’s you Mum & Dad!), and adult-only sessions. Hourly from 10am throughout the day (first session is under 4s only). Just £7.99. Find out more & book your tickets before they run out, click now > https://www.wipeoutarena.com/events/lilleshall-28th-29th-september/
10th Annual Wem Harvest Market
A popular Food, Drink, Craft, and Plant Market organised by Wem Combine Harvesters. Stalls in the Town Hall (SY4 5ER) and the Senior Club (SY4 5DG) with a wide range of high quality, locally-produced goods including apple juice, baked goods, beer, cheeses, chocolates, cider, gin, honey, meat, flowers, pot plants, preserves, vegetables, wine plus textile and wood crafts, homeware, jewellery, painting and photography. Both these sites are covered.
An open-air Green and Charity Market will also be on the Jubilee Square (near Wem Co-op).
On the morning of the market there will be a free Park & Ride bus service (North Salop Wheelers) between the Bowensfield Car Park (a free car park) and central Wem plus free parking in Edinburgh House car park.
Raffle on the day of the market.
Come and meet Wem’s Miss Wales and John Bull who will act as guides to the traders available.
Aladdin is a lovable street urchin who meets Princess Jasmine, the beautiful daughter of the sultan of Agrabah. While visiting her exotic palace, Aladdin stumbles upon a magic oil lamp that unleashes a powerful, wisecracking, larger-than-life genie. As Aladdin and the genie start to become friends, they must soon embark on a dangerous mission to stop the evil sorcerer Jafar from overthrowing young Jasmine’s kingdom. £5 per adult, £3 per child, £15 per family, booking advised. Film starts at 5.30pm with refreshments, themed crafts and a licensed bar available from 4.30pm.
The 2019 Wenlock Olympian Society’s ‘Race on the Edge’ will take place on Sunday 29th September. It will be run over the same exciting yet challenging 9-mile course as the 2018 event – along trails and paths of the famous Wenlock Edge. This year a short distance Fun Run will also take place – for families and young people. Both events will start and finish at Edge Adventures – on the outskirts of Much Wenlock.
This is writer and broadcaster Chris Eldon Lee’s latest comic play – following speedily in the wake of ‘Atlantic Ladies’ – and it’s been 50 years in the making.
In the glorious summer of 1969, Shrewsbury was limbering up to challenge the rest of Europe in the biggest, most watched and most ridiculous TV game show of all time – ‘It’s A Knockout’ (‘Jeux Sans Frontieres’).
Over 100 million people tuned in to see our antics in the hotly contested final against the mighty Germans. It was a night shrouded in controversy and confusion. People still argue about the outcome!
It’s the (mostly) true story of silliness, skulduggery, scandal and sensational sploshes (with just a dash of danger) that made the whole of Shropshire proud…complete with a poignant love story to tug at the heart strings.
Shrewsbury’s Finest Hour’ comes from Love Lee Productions – whose previous shows include ‘Silhouette’, ‘Arthur’s Plough’, ‘Shakespeare’s Will’, ‘Ursula, Queen of the Jungle’ and ‘Atlantic Ladies’.
Theatre Severn – Wed 2nd to Sat 5th October at 7.30, with a Saturday matinee at 3pm.
Sponsored by Marches Care
Mix a Hitchcock masterpiece with a juicy spy novel, add a dash of Monty Python and you have The 39 Steps, a fast-paced whodunit for anyone who loves the magic of theatre! Packed with nonstop laughs, an onstage plane crash, handcuffs, missing fingers, and some good old-fashioned romance! In The 39 Steps, a man with a boring life meets a woman with a thick accent who says she’s a spy. When he takes her home, she is murdered. Soon, a mysterious organization called “The 39 Steps” is hot on the man’s trail in a nationwide manhunt that climaxes in a death-defying finale!
Shropshire Oktoberfest is taking place on 4th & 5th October 2019 at the Shrewsbury Quarry Park – Following the success of the past 2 Shropshire Oktoberfest we are back! Over 150 real ales, ciders, bubbles, gin, cocktails, rum and more served alongside amazing live music, street food, farmers market, and comedy club this promises to be another amazing event inside Shrewsbury Quarry Park!
The event runs;
5pm – 10pm Friday 4th October – £6 in advance (£8 on the door)
11am – 10pm Saturday 5th October – £12.50 entry in advance (£15 on the door)
VIP tickets – £30 in advance (Saturday only, £35 on the door)
For tickets and more information check out www.shropshireoktoberfest.co.uk
In 1985 the UK’s unemployment rate was at its highest for many years, and a group of young people in Telford decided to make their own documentary about life on the dole. Working with the support of Birmingham Film and Video Workshop, they travelled the country interviewing everyone from Jimmy Somerville to Ken Livingstone while also giving their own irreverent take on the political situation. The resulting film, broadcast in the early years of Channel 4, is this hugely enjoyable slice of punk TV which still resonates today.
The original crew behind the film, known collectively as the Dead Honest Soul Searchers or DHSS, will be reuniting for this special one-off event. They’ll be joined for a short Q&A after the screening by filmmakers Jonnie Turpie and Graham Peet.
Applefest is a celebration of the Mighty Apple with music, trade stands, performances from the children of our local primary schools.
Apple Identification from the Marcher Apple Network, an ever growing display of apples (250+ each year) from Frank P Matthews, Apple pressing by Appleteme , demonstrations , Classic Cars, Alpaca mini trekking, Trevor Hills Animal Encounters, Dudley Zoo Outreach, Bromyard Town Crier, Leominster Morris Dancers, a Magician, Blue Moon and the Tenbury Teme Valley Band
The Pearl Lake Ukelele Group (PLUG) will also be joining us this year
Catering and licensed bar with off sales from our cider producers
Whitchurch Blackberry Fair celebrates 12 years of Positive Energy this Autumn. “Let’s All Love Green” – Calling all Vintage ,Homespun, Thrifty, Steampunk, Fairtrade sellers, Upcyclers Recyclers, Unicyclists, Artists and Folk who simply love the Planet. Stick on yer’ Festival hats and mosey over to the Quirkiest Free Autumn Street Fair North Shropshire has to offer this October. Jive to Wonderbrass and The SwanVestaSocialClub, pedal power a stage, save carbon with ‘Flamin simple’, make magic in the Fae Market and Dance the day out at the all ‘New Pookas Polka’ Night Party starring Light Artist Andy Mckeown and Manchester’s greatest Ska export ‘Baked A La Ska’. It’s mad,fab,funky family fun that “Dares to be Different”
A madcap night of magical jollity as Whitchurch’s Blackberry Fair Fae Market casts her Festival spell to spin up a treat. Don your wings and colourful coats for a party like no other. Live acts, Dancing , Street Food, Rustic Ales and all in the presence of Mr Light Artist himself Andy Mckeown Headlined by Manchesters very own 11 piece Ska Outfit “Baked A La Ska” – ‘ Utterly Bonkers but Irresistible’ Manchester Evening News. Limited Tickets £10.00 with Concessions £6.00 A great family Night Out!
Designed to get your twinkle toes (or two left feet) tapping, two very different forms of dance are celebrated in this unique pair of screenings at The Edge Arts Centre.
The first screening, Force Of Nature Natalia (12.30pm), is a documentary giving backstage access to the life of ballerina superstar Natalia Osipova as she prepares for her Royal Ballet season. Preceded by a talk from a local ballet school.
The second screening is raucous salsa rom-com Cuban Fury (3.30pm), starring Nick Frost as a former salsa prodigy who returns to the world of dance in order to woo his new boss. Preceded by a talk from a local salsa club.
Mortimer Forest covers 1000 hectares of diverse mini habitats, with ancient oak, conifer woodland, beech, birch and plenty of bilberries. This wide variety of trees gives us a very diverse selection of tasty edible mushrooms throughout late summer and autumn.
We’ll meet at the Black Pool car park where the course starts with a short introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes.
Then we’ll set off on a roughly 2.5 hour walk around the forest, teaching you how to identify the different edible and poisonous plants and mushrooms we find, stoping along the way for some seasonal homemade refreshments such as our lovely wild mushroom soup.
We’ll round the day off with a wild food lunch based on homemade treats and what we have found during the course.
After the course, we will email you a list of everything we talk about on the day to help you to remember what you have learnt.
Adults £50, under 16’s £25, under 12’s free.
Please see our website page for full details of times and further course dates at this venue.
Roll on 11th – 12th October 2019. The Priorslee & St Georges Beer Festival is a fantastic local festival featuring 16 real ales, craft cider, prosecco, live music. We’re back for our second year running and planning to be bigger and better – with more local ales, a gin bar, a BBQ on Sat afternoon (12-4pm), and garden games for all the family. All proceeds will be split between local charities – the scout group and the Georgia Williams trust.
Although largely UK produced, it’s regarded as “world cinema” because of its setting and non-English speakers.
The spellbinding documentary follows Aisholpan, a 13-year-old nomadic Mongolian girl who is fighting to become the first female eagle hunter in twelve generations of her Kazakh family.
Through breathtaking aerial cinematography and intimate verite footage, the film captures her personal journey while also addressing universal themes like female empowerment, the natural world, coming of age and the onset of modernity.
Cabaret layout – 4.5 metre screen – excellent bar – full of friendliness
“A Garden Well Placed. A designer’s Harmony Between House and Garden”
Iscoyd Park, the Shropshire-based private country house wedding and events venue looks forward to welcoming highly acclaimed British Garden Designer, Xa Tollemache, to talk at their latest Supper Club on Thursday 17th October.
Hosted within the luxurious settings of the 18th-century Grade II*-listed Georgian house, guests will be welcomed with a selection of drinks and canapés in the Drawing Room followed by a fascinating talk from Xa, who is the brains and flair behind Iscoyd Park’s beautifully extensive gardens. Xa will touch upon her career designing gardens all over the world, her triumph at Chelsea Flower Show and some of her top designing tips.
Having redesigned and worked tirelessly on her own spectacular gardens at Helmingham Hall in Suffolk, Xa gained much of the experience and knowledge that has earned her the reputation she has today. Her first appearance at The Chelsea Flower Show in 1997 won her a Gold Medal for her garden, which had been commissioned by the Evening Standard since which she has completed many outstanding projects both in the UK and abroad.
Her style is both classic and contemporary. “I don’t think of myself as having a particular style” she says. “But I use the influence of the house, landscape and the lives of the people living there as a start button for the design that will follow.”
Xa has been instrumental in helping Phil and Susie Godsal, owners of Iscoyd Park, develop their gardens, virtually from scratch, since they took over the house ten years ago.
Xa’s talk at Iscoyd Park will be followed by a garden themed dinner in Iscoyd’s recently renovated Coach House, prepared by their fantastic in-house team – lead by Michelin trained Head Chef, David Cox and their newly appointed Development Chef, Gareth Jones, previously Head Chef of Chester Grosvenor Brasserie, in Chester.
From goat’s curd and olive flower pots with pickled carrot to slow roasted duck breast and hay toasted panna cotta, guests can expect to feast on a number of delicious garden themed dishes throughout the evening.
Director of Iscoyd Park Phil Godsal, comments: “We are so looking forward to welcoming Xa back to Iscoyd. Xa has had a fascinating career and created beautiful gardens all over the world. We have always been so grateful to her for the wonderful gardens she has designed at Iscoyd and we are very happy that she is coming to share her expertise at one of our supper clubs. It promises to be a wonderful evening – educational, fascinating and delicious!”
The Supper Club with Xa Tollemache will take place on Thursday 17th October from 19:00 – 23:00 and tickets are available to purchase for £48.00 per adult. Dinner, Bed & Breakfast packages are also available with prices starting from £198.
Real Ale Train
6.30pm departure from Llangollen Station
Step on board and soak up the atmosphere whilst enjoying the Real Ales on offer at our well stocked bar.
Double return journey – arrive back approximately 9.30pm.
£18 Advanced ticket price includes a free Llangollen Railway pint glass.
REAL ALE – £3 per pint, Wines and Soft Drink also available
Food will be available to purchase from The Station Cafe + Bar on the evening, along with a BBQ on the platform.
Reserved seating will be provided for parties of eight or more.
It is not advised that children attend this event.
Advanced tickets – £18 per person with a FREE Llangollen Railway Pint Glass
Tickets purchased on the evening – £20 per person
Due to the terms of our premise licence – Passengers are NOT permitted to bring their own alcohol on board the Real Ale Train. Any alcohol brought will be removed from the customer for the duration of the event, the railway reserves the right to refuse admittance if the request is not complied with. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
Come along to celebrate the apple on National Apple Day!
Enjoy the local cider on offer at our stand and check out our cookery demos, making apple jelly and toffee apples.
Get crafty with apples in our family activity.
Take a break in our licensed cafe, grab a cider or apple juice and sample apple delights made by our award winning team.
Broseley’s amateur dramatics group brings us another hysterically funny comedy from the Farndale Avenue suite, penned by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr
BroADS presented us with the ladies’ version of Macbeth a year or two back.
This one orbits around the efforts of the Townswomen’s Guild’s efforts to mount a sci-fi thriller: in their usual hopeless and hilariously funny fashion of course.
“They came from Mars and landed outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall in time for the Townswomen’s Guild’s coffee morning”
The comedy itself is not a long one, but what a title!
Laugh yourselves silly at Broseley’s Birchmeadow. Tickets available from October 1st at Downes’s in Broseley High Street or via our website.
We can hardly wait until the BroADS crew heads out to the launch pad and the Red Planet. The countdown’s begun, and the excitement’s building.
Broseley’s amateur dramatics group, Directed by Kate Harris, brings us a hysterical Farndale Avenue comedy … another ACE by David McGillivray and Walter Zerlin Jnr.
“They came from Mars and landed outside the Farndale Avenue Church Hall in time for the Townswomen’s Guild’s coffee morning” is the title … nearly as long as the first act !
One wonders just how the Guild is going to make out this time – hilariously incompetently, no doubt.
Market Drayton Winter Fair is our very popular annual festive event, showcasing a fabulous range of gifts, home wear, crafts, food and more.
We will have over 40 stalls on offer for you to peruse. A fantastic award winning coffee shop for you to enjoy too. Entry is free and we will be open from 10am until 4pm. We hope you can join us again.
16th – 17th November 2019, St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury Town Centre
Join us for our 6th Festival in the wonderful St Mary’s Church. We will be joined by a wonderful array of award winning chocolate makers, bean to bar producers, and chocolatiers .
Our demo stage will have a range of talks, tastings and demos and our children’s lolly pop workshop will be running over the 2 days.