Back this summer for its eighth edition, Ludlow Fringe Festival has announced its colourful programme for 2019. Bursting with some of the liveliest, most entertaining performances from local, national and international acts, there’s something special to appeal to culture vultures of all ages.
With more than 100 events, across 40 venues, over 16 days – you’re guaranteed to find an event that will blow your mind.
Highlights include Shakespeare in Ludlow Castle production of Henry V and our Comedy nights at Ludlow Brewery with great stand up comics including Mark Thomas, Nick Helm, Lou Sanders and Stephen Carlin.
Join our Forge Supper Club – ‘Forge Food Revival’
A great chance to sit join us at the table for food and a chance to meet new people, chat about food and learn something new about food.
Just 5.00 per person for your main course supper + just 2.50 if you fancy a dessert on the evening
Next supper night 25th June at Forge at The Wakes, Oakengates
At our last supper club we tried a range of popular street food and for me I took a tip away of getting flavour in TOFU.
We will be joined at each supper by a guest cook, food producer of food enthusiast who will share their knowledge of the food, why they chose the menu for the evening and of course take questions.
So come on your own, as a couple or with friends and join the table.
Licensed bar on site, vegan and free from food choices available.
Menus and guests will be shared in advance to reserve your place at the table go to
(this process just reserves a place at the table and you pay on arrival on the evening
All guests sit at shared social tables.
Next supper club is Tuesday 25th June 6-8.30pm
Our supper nights at Forge are part of our own food sustainability strategy, with help from Lidl and local food producers we are able to tackle the challenges of food wastage by offering great menus out of surplus food for people to enjoy together. So if you enjoy great food, keen to support food sustainability or just fancy a night free from cooking then book on our supper club.
Iscoyd Park, the private country house wedding and events venue, which touches the borders of North Wales, Shropshire and Cheshire, will be hosting its latest Supper Club with guest speaker, world-renowned interior designer Suzy Hoodless, on Thursday 27th June.
This Supper Club is a unique opportunity to get tips and advice from one of the country’s leading interior designers. Suzy will talk about her fascinating career from her early days as Editor of Wallpaper Magazine to the latest, awe-inspiring projects she is working on, including her work with The AllBright, Britain’s first women’s-only private members club, and Television Centre, formerly the main home of the BBC.
With drinks on arrival, Suzy’s talk will be followed by a two-course dinner from Iscoyd’s Michelin-trained head chef, David Cox, and his team. Suzy has always been a great supporter of Iscoyd Park and personally oversaw the design of the nine guest bedrooms at the 18th-century Grade II-listed Georgian house.
Director of Iscoyd Park, Phil Godsal, comments: “It is an absolute honour to welcome world-renowned interior designer Suzy Hoodless back to Iscoyd Park as our guest speaker. Suzy has had a fascinating career and has created stunning interiors for clients all over the world. Suzy’s talk, the food from our Michelin trained head chef and company will make for a truly great evening.”
The Supper Club with Suzy Hoodless will take place on Thursday 27th June from 19:00 – 23:00 and tickets are available to buy for £48.00 pp.
For more information on Iscoyd Park’s Supper Club with Suzy Hoodless or to book, visit: https://iscoydpark.com/2019/05/suzy-hoodless-britains-brightest-tastemaker/
Back for a 7th year with over 200 amazing food, drink and artisan craft stalls, 2 live music stages, cookery demo’s, hands on cookery clases, kids cookery, TONS for the kids to enjoy, animals, masterclasses and LOTS more!
We had the best year in 2018! We had more demo stages, more music, more kids activities and LOADS more food & drink than ever before!
We had 200 Food, drink and craft exhibitors as well as cookery demonstrations, a chef school, a free kids entertainment, a HUGE screen for the World Cup, a BBQ stage and tons more!
We turn the clocks back to the 1940s with this light-hearted journey back to wartime Britain – don’t forget to dress up!
With a fantastic selection of daytime attractions up and down the line, get dressed up and join in with the celebrations with costumed re-enactors on our stations and in our trains helping to tell the wartime story! The return of the Battle, Big Band Show and a whole host of other much-loved attractions will keep you entertained.
Your tickets permit ‘Freedom of the Line’ travel, so you can visit each station and their attractions and gain entry to The Engine House Visitor Centre on the day of your choice.
More information available soon.
Summer Ball is back for 2019 at our charity headquarters! Three course sit down meal with catering from the fabulous Get Gourmet Catering, wonderful music from live band The Beautiful Ways and John Davies Disco, bar and promise auction, in a beautiful setting near Wenlock Edge in our marquee. Ticket only event, £40 per ticket includes a welcome drink!
Following the outstanding success of 2018….the 2019 Oswestry Colour Run is back!
Sunday 30th June 2019
– Follow us on TWITTER @OsColourRun for the latest updates!!
– Like the British Ironwork Centre Facebook page too!
Get ready for the happiest 3K you’ll ever walk, dance or run. Can you help us make this years event even more of a success. Last year we raised over £14,500 to support Macmillan’s work in Shropshire.
The colour run is designed to be a happy, enjoyable day for all ages. It celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back to the community while experiencing the uniqueness of the British Ironwork Centre. The Colour Run is a three-kilometre, un-timed race in which participants are doused from head to toe in different colours from various paint stations around the course.
A great opportunity to visit the British Ironwork Centre with all the family with refreshments available on the day.
Burford House and its beautiful gardens have been open to the public since 1958.The countryside around the three counties is rich in edible plants and fungi.
The course begins at Burford House Cafe 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 gardens and along the River Teme, teaching you how to identify the different plants, fruits and mushrooms that we find.
There will be a break along the way for homemade refreshments such as a lovely wild food soup or elderflower champagne.
After the walk we will end the day with a tasty wild food lunch based on what we have found. This will include some treats made from our recent finds and a wild salad that we will pick on the day.
After the course we will email you a list of everything we talk about on the day; to help you remember what you have learnt.
There are limited spaces available so please book your tickets online.
Every summer since 1947 Llangollen has staged one of the world’s most inspirational cultural festivals. Each year around 4,000 performers and as many as 50,000 visitors converge on this beautiful small Welsh town and its International Pavilion; to sing and dance in a unique combination of competition, performance, and international peace and friendship.
Headliner: Steve “Big Bear” Dodd
This self-deprecating, undeniably intelligent, cuddly, beautiful, highly sexual, self-promo writing beast has been performing for over 8 years now and is hot off his Nexus Festival headline closing spot.
If you love one liners and the temperament of Jack Dee, you’ll love the Big Bear and the complete lack of enthusiasm he’ll bring to the room.
Bring a stapler as sides will be split.
Winner – Gregsons New Act 2018
Quarters – Amused Moose New Act 2018
Quarters – Leicester Square New Act 2018
“The audience loved Gemma. She is funny, relatable and engaging. She was far and away the deserved winner of the Gregsons New Act of the Year Competition…” – Gregsons Comedy Club
At only 22 years old, Ellie is already addressing relatable issues to all ages. She approaches topics with a smile on her face, cutting through even the darkest of subjects. Her highly relatable song, ‘Family Dinner’ is a classic earworm.
“She has a really energetic and likeable stage presence which charms the crowd” – The Stand
One third of the amazing three-time BBC Radio 2 Folk Award winning band The Young’uns and multiple award winning comedian, David is undoubtably one of the hottest new talents in the country.
I’m amazed we’ve managed to book him to be honest so catch him while you can.
Bath Comedy Festival New Comedian Of The Year 2019
Nottingham Comedy Festival New Comedian Of The Year 2018
And introducing… Lovell Smith
Lovell is a brand new but highly recommended comedian who is already breaking on to pro line-ups.
Let’s give him some love and maybe one day, you can tell your friends that you saw him in a converted chapel on the edge of the Shropshire boundaries.
Hawkstone Park is bringing back Follies Fest, for a wonderful weekend of family entertainment on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2019.
Set against the breath-taking woodland landscape of caves, crags and cliffs, the stage will be set for comedy and music.
Friday will host a night of comedy, with Birmingham-based compere, James Cook as MC for the night. James joins the festivities after recent tour dates with Gary Delaney (Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo) and Paul Sinha (The Chase).
Hawkstone are thrilled to have Mitch Benn headlining the line-up. He is one of the most sought-after acts on the comedy circuit, and widely acknowledged as one of the best writer/performers of comic songs in the country. Mitch is a regular writer and performer on The Now Show for BBC Radio 4, and It’s Been a Bad Week for BBC Radio 2. He also has the successful Radio 4 show Mitch Benn’s Crimes Against Music and presents The Mitch Benn Music Show on BBC Radio 7. As well as regularly appearing on television shows, including BBC1’s The One Show.
Eddy Brimson completes the line-up. He has featured in several TV and radio shows, along with penning seven books. He has taken to the stage internationally from Norway to China, and was one of the first ever comics to perform in Myanmar. He is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival and is one of the most in demand acts on the UK comedy circuit. Prepare to laugh the night away!
The Saturday show is a must for lovers of musicals, with three acts all boasting west end credentials, sure to transport you to the heart of theatre land.
‘A Night at the Musicals’ features four of the West End’s leading vocalists, recreating the magic of all your favourite musicals. They will be performing songs from Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and many more.
‘The Spinettes’ are a trio of starlets set to bring some vintage glamour to the occasion. They will be sprinkling some retro sparkle on the event with their toe-tapping talent.
‘The West End Jerseys’ will be bringing the sounds of the 50’s and 60’s to life. Slick routines, tight harmonies and the unmistakable falsetto sound of Frankie Valli will fill the Follies, with all members of the group bringing their West End talent to the fore.
Sunday will a special day of family fun at the follies with standard admission prices applying.
Tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening shows can be purchased at http://www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk/tickets/
Hawkstone Park is bringing back Follies Festival, for a wonderful weekend of family entertainment on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2019.Set against the breath-taking woodland landscape of caves, crags and cliffs, the stage will be set for comedy and music.
Friday will host a night of comedy, with Birmingham-based compere, James Cook as MC for the night. James joins the festivities after recent tour dates with Gary Delaney (Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo) and Paul Sinha (The Chase). Hawkstone are thrilled to have Mitch Benn headlining the line-up. He is one of the most sought-after acts on the comedy circuit, and widely acknowledged as one of the best writer/performers of comic songs in the country. Mitch is a regular writer and performer on The Now Show for BBC Radio 4, and It’s Been a Bad Week for BBC Radio 2. He also has the successful Radio 4 show Mitch Benn’s Crimes Against Music and presents The Mitch Benn Music Show on BBC Radio 7. As well as regularly appearing on television shows, including BBC1’s The One Show. Eddy Brimson completes the line-up. He has featured in several TV and radio shows, along with penning seven books. He has taken to the stage internationally from Norway to China, and was one of the first ever comics to perform in Myanmar. He is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival and is one of the most in demand acts on the UK comedy circuit. Prepare to laugh the night away!
The Saturday show is a must for lovers of musicals, with three acts all boasting west end credentials, sure to transport you to the heart of theatre land. ‘A Night at the Musicals’ features four of the West End’s leading vocalists, recreating the magic of all your favourite musicals. They will be performing songs from Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and many more. ‘The Spinettes’ are a trio of starlets set to bring some vintage glamour to the occasion. They will be sprinkling some retro sparkle on the event with their toe-tapping talent. ‘The West End Jerseys’ will be bringing the sounds of the 50’s and 60’s to life. Slick routines, tight harmonies and the unmistakable falsetto sound of Frankie Valli will fill the Follies, with all members of the group bringing their West End talent to the fore.
Sunday will a special day of family fun at the follies with standard admission prices applying. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening shows can be purchased from http://www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk/tickets/
See displays of vintage vehicles of every kind including cars, motor bikes, tractors, military vehicles, steam engines, stationary engines, Land Rovers, Commercials and many interesting static exhibits.
Come along to the Greenhous West Mid Showground on 6th and 7th July for this family vintage vehicle day out.
Each year features a special tractor and in 2019 it will be the ‘International’. There is something of interest for all the family including craft and trade stalls, autojumble, fairground rides, go karts, face painting, juggling, shire horses and the well frequented beer tent and refreshment stands.
The Auction sale of vintage items will take place on the Saturday at 10.30am. The event supports charities each year and in 2019 it will be supporting the R.A.B.I and Severn Hospice.
There’s also the fantastic spectator sport Tractor Pulling, a magician, music from the Wirrall Pipe Band and Plantonic All Stars Steel Band.
Tickets are £8 in advance, £10 on the gate and under 16s go FREE!
Register now for our Dragon Boat Festival 2019 – get your place secured and your dates in the diary ready for an event that promises to be the best yet!
Racing will take place between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July on the River Severn by the Shrewsbury School and Pengwern Boat Clubs.
Each year we have a wide variety of teams taking part from work colleagues to family members, we’ve even had the odd hen do! Everyone is welcome to join us, we just ask that each team has a minimum of 11 people and no more than 20, which includes three reserves.
The one day of the year our wildlife rescue centre opens its doors to the public, come along and see all the birds and animals in our care. There is a fun dog show with lots of classes to enter, BBQ, craft and charity stalls, fire engine, bouncy castle, activities and more! £2 per person, under 16s enter for free. Always a popular event!
Parenthood is a crafty beast. The second you master something it changes the game so you’re rubbish at it again.
Stand-up comedian, viral blogger and bestselling author Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) started his award-winning blog when his twin boys were born. A million nappies, Peppa Pig episodes and a head-full of hair loss later, he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of his experiences of first-time parenthood.
Sam’s honest, messy account of wrestling with sleep deprivation and breast pumps – right through to his botched attempts at discipline and pathetic bids to stifle various toddler tantrums that definitely registered on the Richter scale – will have you testing your pelvic floor with laughter.
‘Quick wit and painfully funny’ METRO
‘A gifted storyteller’ THE LIST
LET’S ROCK SHREWSBURY, THE UK’S BIGGEST AND FAVOURITE RETRO FESTIVAL
Let’s Rock Shrewsbury was added to the widely successful and incredibly popular series of retro festivals in 2017 and the second year did not disappoint, celebrating all things pop and 80s. What a day it was with a sell-out crowd! An Amazing day was had by all and we cannot wait to be back for 2019.
Let’s Rock Shrewsbury returns on Saturday 13th July 2019.
With a fabulous line-up of artists bringing you the very best of the 80’s and an action-packed day of retro madness, there is plenty to do for everyone at this family friendly festival.
VIP was a complete sell out in 2018 after we launched our upgraded CLUB TROPICANA and TIKI enclosure, which went down a treat. Tickets include fast track entry, luxury loos, meal and welcome drink, PLUS exclusive celebrity DJ sets. Sit back and relax in this exclusive area with comfy seating and chairs and a full bar serving quality brands and 80’s cocktails. Table service is also available if required and we would strongly advise booking in advance if there are more than four of you.
Let’s Rock Shrewsbury is aimed at the whole family, with entertainment for everyone. Children can enjoy complimentary activities within the Kids’ Kingdom area with an interactive circus, face painting, inflatables and more. Children aged 12 and under also have FREE ENTRY. There will also be multiple bars, plus of course the all-important posh luxury loos, essential at any festival!
Let’s Rock has been leading the way for quality, action packed, family – friendly 80s music festivals since 2009. For further details and to book tickets, visit www.letsrockshrewsbury.com
Cheese and Wine Train
Enjoy a glass of wine and some locally sourced cheese with some tasty crackers while traveling behind a steam train through the beautiful Dee Valley. There will be an on board bar
Reserved seating will be provided for parties of eight or more.
It is not advised that children attend this event.
tickets – £30 per person
Tickets include return train travel to Carrog, a glass of wine and a serving of cheese and crackers
The annual Ludlow Green Festival, the biggest event of its type in the region is taking place on Sunday July 14th. This year’s theme ‘21 Years and counting’, inspired by the 21 years that Ludlow 21,the organising body has been in operation. The Green Festival has invited schools and youth groups to get involved with their idea of what the world will look like in 21 years from now. Other activities on the day include a mega swap of clothes and toys, craft activities, cookery demos and ‘bee bomb’ making workshops and an environmentally-conscious market, along with hot food, live music and local beer. Plus also don’t forget the highly inspiring Wrigley Field Allotments being open to members of the public from 11 until 4pm, just a short walk away.
A full day’s schedule of track and field events for boys and girls, men and women from under-11 to senior. The track events take place on William Brookes School’s tartan track. Wenlock Olympian Society gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded in all events.
For full details of the 2019 Wenlock Olympian Games see http://www.wenlock-olympian-society.org.uk/
OSWESTRY’S CLASSIC AND VINTAGE TRANSPORT RALLY IS BACK!
With last year’s transport rally being a roaring success, we are excited to host the event again for 2019.
We had over 500 vehicles in attendance last year, and a huge crowd of enthralled spectators, all of whom made it a fantastic day..
So this year, we are putting the pedal to the metal, and are busy organising lots of exciting things, including live music, the famous midday cavalcade, and exciting activities for the children!
Exhibitors to arrive between 7:30am and 9:00am
Open to the public from 10:00am
BOOK YOUR PLACE VIA OUR WEBSITE HERE: https://www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk/show-areas/whats-on/the-transport-rally
10th Annual Party in the Park
Saturday 20th July
Bishops Castle, Shropshire SY9 5DD
Gates Open 12 noon
Music starts 12.30 – 10.30
Come and celebrate the 10th year of ‘Party in the Park’ on 20th July 2019.
Organised by AMP (about music project) which aims to give opportunities to young musicians in Bishops Castle and the surrounding areas.
Party in the Park is AMP’s big annual summer showcase with many local bands performing along-side invited artists from further afield.
There will be continuous music from some very talented bands and musicians varying both in age and experience, but all with a link to the AMP ethos.
This year’s line-up includes: –
Local favourites: Fight the Bear, BC All Skas, Nuclear Weasels, Without Warning and Adrenaline Rush.
From Mid Wales: Smoke Like a Fish.
Shrewsbury: The Beth Prior Collective
West Midlands: Cantaloop
Oxford/London: The People Versus (previously known as Five Fathoms Deep)
Church Stretton/Bridgnorth: Bohmen
You can follow AMP on the links below and keep an eye out for some surprise guests!!
Party In the Park: https://www.facebook.com/events/281266679489982/
This is a truly fun day out with plenty for all the family including food stalls, Vintage tea tent, children’s activity workshops and so much more.
Bring a rug, a picnic, your dog and enjoy life the ‘Bishops Castle Way’
£8 Tickets – in advance from ticketsource.co.uk/about-music-project
£10 Tickets – on the day at the gate
(under 11’s go free)
If you love street food accompanied by a gin or a cocktail or two…..this festival is the one for you!
This year’s line up is looking epic with some of the best street food in town serving up flavours from around the world to tempt foodies. Plus, four huge marquees packed full of local food and drink for you to sample and buy!
Held at the RAF Museum Cosford against a backdrop of aircraft and handily next to Cosford train station with trains running from Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton and Birmingham….allowing you to make the most of the day.
We’re also bringing you some of the regions top chefs to cook a range of dishes live on the demo stage. Plus, festival goers can sit back and enjoy bands playing throughout the day on the music stage.
If you have little ones, bring them with you….there will be plenty of entertainment including kids cookery classes, circus skills, face painting and a tent packed full of activities.
Child (5-15 years) £2.00
Family (2 adults, up to 4 children) £14.00
Children under 5 – FREE
Make sure you come hungry!
Tickets on sale now!
A festival in a day! Celebrate Folklore, stories & music at the wonderful Acton Scott Historic Farm (Famed Victorian Farm BBC TV) nestled within the Shropshire hills landscape. Tranquillity, farm animals, storytelling, folklore, folk music, folk art exhibition, stalls, food, bar, family activity paddock, pop up entertainment spots, Chill & get in touch with nature area. This is a low impact, mostly acoustic, traditional festival celebrating Shropshire and its neighbouring borders.
Advance Adult £15
Advance Under 16 £5
Advance OAP £9
Advance Family Admission (2 adults & up to 3 children) £30
Ticket online booking: tickettailor.com
Come and help us celebrate our 10th Party In the Park.
AMP’s major fund-raiser Party in the park is set in the community park, in the heart of Bishop’s Castle, Party In The Park is a relaxed music festival, running from 12 noon until 10.30pm, Music starts at 12.30 pm with everyone dancing or sitting on the grass (some bring their deckchairs and picnics!) listening to a selection of established and local bands.
It has become an established event in the local calendar. Last year we saw more than 1500 people through the gates, coming from a 50-60 mile radius – from Newtown, Welshpool, Shrewsbury, Hereford, Bishops Castle, Craven Arms, Ludlow, Clun and beyond. Bands from these areas also bring their fans for support. It is not your ‘traditional’ festival crowd, more a community family event for people of all ages.
One main stage
BBQ & Hand Made wood fire Pizza, Vegetarian stands and vendors
Fully Licensed Bar
Vintage Tea and Cake stand
Children’s activity workshops
Face Painting and Caricaturist
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.
Join us at our Multi Period Living History Weekend. Travel through time from Anglo-Saxon Mercians to World War 2. Discover how people lived, what they ate and how they fought. Each encampment will have demonstrations throughout both days and their will be an Arena Programme of activities throughout both days.