Woodland Classroom – Mondays 8 and 15 April, 1pm to 3pm
Campfire cooking in Wolf’s Den – Tuesdays 2, 9, 16 and 23 April, 11am to 3pm
Ancient and notable tree walks – Wednesdays 10 and 24 April, 11am to 2pm
Ranger Thursdays in Wolf’s Den – Thursdays 4, 11, 18 and 25 April 11am to 3pm
Jake Evans Storytelling – 5, 12, 17 and 26 April
Spot Easter chicks in the house – 30 March to 28 April
Ludlow Castle is holding an extra special event during the Easter break. A pesky dragon has visited the castle and laid some eggs in all sorts of nooks and crannies. The castle needs some talented egg hunters to follow the trail and find all the eggs, which have ended up in some novel and interesting places. The dragon egg hunt will be a fun way to explore the medieval ruins and stunning grounds, keeping youngsters enthralled and engaged. Budding egg hunters will be supplied with a trail map and pencil to keep track of their findings, and there will be small prizes up for grabs.
The trail will cost £1.50 in addition to the cost of admission to the castle.
Go along to Coalport China Museum, near Ironbridge during the Easter school holidays from 13 to 28 April and join floral-themed ceramic family activities.
Young artists can decorate a money box, fridge magnet or paper plate with spring flowers such as daffodils, tulips and bluebells using quick drying paint. The daily sessions take place from 11am – 1pm and again between from 1.30pm – 3.30pm. Afterwards explore the museum’s many galleries.
The ceramic painting activities carry a charge of between £1 and £4 per item plus entry while the paper activities are included in your admission fee. You can take your finished items home with you on the day.
One of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Coalport China Museum is open from 10am until 4pm. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing multiple visits into all 10 museums can be bought at the entrance or online in advance saving 5%; individual entry tickets are also available at each museum. Activities will vary from day-to-day and some additional costs will apply.
Who’s ready to experience the glorious magic of Easter, with a visit to the Easter Bunny!
Walk through the enchanted wood, hunting for golden eggs to exchange for chocolatey treats in the Easter bunnies burrow. Not only that, but the Easter bunny will have a special golden ticket for you to claim a fabulous stack of Easter pancakes to enjoy in the Café.
£6.50 per child.
The first date released is Wednesday 17th April. Once this date is booked up then the next date will become available for booking, and so on.
Wednesday 17th: 10am – 2pm
Thursday 18th: 10am – 2pm
Friday 19th: 10am – 2pm
Wednesday 24th: 10am – 2pm
Thursday 25th: 10am – 2pm
Friday 26th: 10am – 2pm
Book tickets here: https://www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk/easter-bunny-grotto-17th-april
(The first date available to book is Wednesday 17th April, once this is full, the next date will become available for booking)
Living History Encampments, French and Allies. Skirmish each day at 3ish, informal talks, drill displays.
The scene is set
“With the French advance into Portugal, and in turn the withdrawal of Crauford’s Light Division back across the Coa, the Siege of Almeida has now begun….
Standing opposite the two Spanish border fortresses of Ciudad Rodrigo & Fort Concepcion, Almeida was garrisoned by the Allies, and was intended to help slow the French advance into Portugal, and in turn allow Wellesley time to strengthen, re-organise, re-equip and improve the army at his disposal. A long siege at Almeida, before the winter months set in would certainly help to do just that.
Several days prior to the French advance, Viscount Wellington has ordered Brevet-Colonel Yuill and his provisional battalion to re-enforce the mainly Portuguese garrison at Almeida, accompanied by a battery of gunners from the Royal Artillery.
On arrival at Almeida, the garrison commander (Brig. General – of the Portuguese Army – William Cox) had ordered Brevet-Colonel Yuill and his Provisional battalion to defend the Santo Antonio Bastion on the west of the fortress, near the castle – where the main powder magazine is located.
With a large French force numbering some 16,000 men with 100 guns under the command of Marshal Ney now encircling the fortress, will the garrison of 5,000 Portuguese & British defeat their besiegers…..or surrender??”
This year, for the first time, Cancer Research UK is inviting everyone in the area – women, men and children – to join the Race for Life.
The Pretty Muddy Weston Park route is a circular route around its beautiful grounds making it the perfect setting for an event like this. The course is a mixture of path, tracks and grass, it is mostly flat but there are some hills offering some scenic views over Shropshire and Staffordshire.
Pretty Muddy Kids starts at 9:45am, Pretty Muddy 5K starts at 10:30am and Pretty Muddy 10K starts later at 10:45am!
All of our Pretty Muddy Kids events are approximately 5km. At the majority of venues, there will be a shortcut available at approximately 2km or 3km, which will lead back to the finish line. This will signposted on the day. If the shortcut is taken, it may mean missing out some of the obstacles, but we will make sure all children get to take part in the muddy slide at the end. Adults accompanying children will run alongside the course but will not be allowed to take part on the obstacles.
Registration is £19.99 per adult and £10.00 per child!
Please note, all children taking part must be at least 1.2m tall on day of event.
All money raised will go into Cancer Research UK’s crucial work.
To sign up please visit https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/
We also need volunteers to help make the day a success. Anyone can volunteer, and can register to do so at https://raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org/about-our-events/volunteer
Ramble, amble or scramble around the beautiful Shropshire Hills and help us beat blood cancer
Round and About Walks offer adventurous types the chance to ramble, amble or scramble through the Shropshire countryside. Participants can choose from three distinct routes and distances, catering for a wide range of abilities and experience.
Ramble – 23 miles
This beautiful circular walk rambles over the rolling Shropshire hills from and back to Bishops Castle, via Offa’s Dyke, the Shropshire Way, the Walcot Estate and Bury Ditches, with a welcome hot vegetarian lunch provided at Clun.
Scramble – 13 miles
This hill walk leaves Bishops Castle, to climb up to Offa’s Dyke from Mainstone, and enjoys views along the Cefns before dropping down to Clun, past its castle, for lunch and transport back to Bishops Castle.
Amble – 10 miles
Transport is provided to Clun for lunch, before an undulating stroll to Bury Ditches, then through the normally private Walcot Estate, and Oakley Mynd, to Bishops Castle.
The Scramble and Amble follow the same route as the Ramble, which crosses quite remote countryside, some of which is not normally open to the public. It is, however, particularly safe in that we provide clear signage, written instructions and helpful marshals.
Written instructions, refreshments, lunch, transport as needed, and a certificate are all provided.
Please note that we are unable to allow dogs on this walk. This is mostly due to the walk being entirely on agricultural land.
Register online or via postal entry. After 1 April, all entry fees rise to £20.
By taking part in this event, you’ll help us fund our ground-breaking research which has made such a difference to blood cancer.
The Isle Estate will be hosting a Country House charity car boot sale in aid of the Cavalier Centre.
Christina Trevainion ,a BBC valuer on Bargain Hunt and Flog It, will be there doing valuations!
50+ stalls, a vintage clothes tent and refreshments.
For more infromation or to book a stall please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin and Paul will be kayaking 34 miles along the River Severn on Saturday 18th May 2019. This is in aid of PSC, Organ Donor Awareness, Donor Families Support Network & memory benches, following Kevins transplant in January this year.
The finish line is The Crown Inn, Coleham. Here we will be hosted a Family Fun Day to raise awareness and funds! Please pop down from 10am to enjoy a day of live entertainment, food, drinks and peruse the stalls.
It is a fabulous riverside venue and it is all set to be a fantastic event!
Our plant fairs at The British Ironwork Centre have raised thousands of pounds for Hope House Children’s Hospices, with the £1.00 entrance fee going to this very deserving cause. Please help us raise more in 2019! There will be a brilliant line-up of top specialist nurseries who will bring a great range of perennials, shrubs, trees, rare species and old heritage varieties. Come for a great day out, find some lovely plants for your garden, get expert advice from the enthusiastic nursery folk.
The British Ironworks Centre not only boasts a working smithy and a showroom featuring the biggest choice of quality British ironware for both indoors and garden use but also the Shropshire Sculpture Park featuring a safari in ironwork that has to be seen to be believed! The venue has lots to see and explore with something for all ages, plus the bonus of a great Plant Hunters’ Fair to enjoy!
Entry to the Plant Fair and all other attractions is £1.00 in aid of Hope House Hospices. Free parking. The plant fair runs from10am-4pm on Saturday 18th May. Refreshments available.
Full details of the nurseries attending at www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk
Shrewsbury Town in the Community have teamed up with local businesses; Dyke Yaxley, Salop Leisure and Trek Bikes Shrewsbury to create the STITC Shropshire 3 Peaks Challenge.
The STITC Shropshire Three Peaks event will be great for both beginners and experienced athletes looking for a new challenge in the Shropshire countryside on 19th May combining cycling and walking in one event.
Starting at The Montgomery Waters Meadow stadium the course will cover a 45 mile cycling route, plus the hike up the 3 peaks of Pontesford Hill, The Lawley & The Wrekin before finishing with dinner and drinks at Salop Leisure’s exclusive ‘Love2Stay’ venue. For those wishing to just complete the walk up the peaks limited transport will be provided to take you to the base of each peak. For cyclists we will have marshals safeguarding your bikes as you climb each summit.
Entry fee £25 per person & a minimum fundraising target of £30 per person, with the event taking place for teams of between 3-6 people (for safety reasons).
Join us for our first ever Forget Me Not Walk to remember loved ones lost.
This 5km sponsored walk is a chance for you to raise money for us and to remember those closest to you who are no longer with us.
This poignant walk is fully accessible and family-friendly and all the money you raise means we can provide comforting care and emotional support to families that need our help.
Ticket prices for the event on 19 May, starting at 11am are:
Child (under 15): £5
Family (2 adult & 2 child tickets): £35
Child (under 5): FREE
Our event has grown rapidly over the past few years, from humble beginnings based in a local pub to an event which attracted around 11,000 visitors for the 2018 weekend.
Set in the stunning backdrop of the Ironbridge Gorge, we recreate the experience of life during WW2 on both the home front and in occupied Europe with civilian, Allied and Axis re-enactors.
This is a non-profit making, charity fundraising event in which we raise funds for Pilgrim Bandits. So far last year’s event raised over £10,000, with donations still to be collected.
Join Derwen College for the annual Summer Fete which features games, entertainment, shopping, food, and something for all the family. This popular community event brings together students, staff and visitors galore to enjoy a traditional day of summer fun.
Shop at the wide selection of stalls where you can buy produce made by students at Derwen, plants from the Garden Centre and a variety of cards and gifts designed and created by Derwen students. Then take part in a coconut shy or tombola and children’s activities including badge making and face painting.
The food court area includes delicious home-made fare, barbecue and a selection of drinks.
The fete takes place in the college’s commercial outlets offering home-made breads, jams, and chutneys to buy from the Garden Centre shop. Food, including a children’s menu, will be served in the college’s Orangery Restaurant and Garden Café from 11.30am-4pm. Main meals £5.95, children’s portions £4.95.
Other highlights include a performance of ‘Be SmART’ by Creative Arts students, an art exhibition and a grand raffle with a host of fabulous prizes. From 12pm-4pm. For more information go to www.visitderwen.co.uk
Take to the skies and make breakthroughs possible! We’ve teamed up with Skydive Tilstock to bring you this once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Ever wondered what free falling at 10,000 feet feels like? Well now’s your chance! Tick this off your bucket list and raise vital funds to help Alzheimer’s Research UK make breakthroughs in dementia research. Join us at one of our skydive days running on 8th June and 21st September 2019.
To find out more and for details on how to book your place go to https://www.alzheimersresearchuk.org/support-us/fundraise/skydive/tilstock-skydive-day/
The OSWESTRY ROUND CHALLENGE is a 33-mile sponsored walking event based on the guide book of the same name. Combining Offa’s Dyke Path and the Montgomery & Llangollen canals, the route forms a circular walk around the border town of Oswestry starting and finishing at the Lion Quays Resort.
The Challenge was devised by Dave Andrews and is described in the guide book he has authored.
Shrewsbury Golf Day – Sponsored by Nick Jones Wealth Planning
Date: 21st June
Time: 9am start
Location: Shrewsbury Golf Club, SY5 7BL
Cost: £50 per player, £200 per team of 4, £100 to sponsor a hole
Includes 18 holes of Texas Scramble Style golf, tea, coffee and bacon rolls on arrival and a two course meal at the end of the day + raffle and auction.
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
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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.
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!
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!