Come down to the woods, bring your favourite teddy bear, listen to “We’re going on a bear hunt” by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury & enjoy your delicious Apley packed picnic lunch. There will be lots of fun activities & games, followed by an hour’s play in Pigg’s Playbarn once we’ve finished our bear themed afternoon!
Prices for both children and adults having lunch is £7.50 each, but if adults don’t wish to eat, a non-food tickets costs just £1. All children must be supervised by a parent or guardian at all times. We also recommend suitable clothing & footwear as you will be walking down into the woods. It may also be bumpy for pushchairs but it’s easily accessed on foot.
Teddy Bears’ Picnics are running every Wednesday from 24th July to 28th August.
A professional photographer will be there to capture those perfect moments. Photos are charged separately by the photographer.
Please book by clicking here. https://apleyfarmshop.digitickets.co.uk/event-tickets/19912?catID=20315&
Meet with friends or family for a traditional Summer Afternoon Tea at Derwen College’s Garden Cafe from 12th to 28th August.
The college, near Oswestry, will be serving up an elegant selection of traditional afternoon tea treats at the Garden Café this summer.
Enjoy a delicate assortment of finger sandwiches. Then indulge in freshly-baked scones and cream with Derwen’s home-made jam, followed by home-made cakes and pastries and an unlimited supply of tea and coffee. All for just £8.95 per head.
Eat in the cosy café or make the most of the sun in the Garden Café’s outdoor space before enjoying time at the College’s Garden Centre and Shop and beautiful Walled Garden.
The 2019 Shrewsbury Folk Festival takes place from 23-28 August 2019 and will provide four days packed with fantastic music, dance, and entertainment all on a centrally located site in the heart of Shrewsbury.
There’s four music stages, a dance marquee with acclaimed ceilidh bands, dozens of workshops, a craft fair, well stocked real ale & cocktail bars, Pandemonium! – our children’s festival -and Refolkus for 12 to 25-year-olds – with on-site camping for weekend ticket holders.
See latest information at www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk
Matt Billing who makes Ascension Cider in Sussex is a keen hot air balloon pilot and is sponsoring the Oswestry Balloon Carnival flyers this year. We will be having a small cider festival in The Bailey Head with a range of his cider, perry an flavoured ciders during the festival. All ciders will be £3.60 a pint.
Welcome to the Sweeney’s Fourth Annual Gin-Fest – August 24th & 25th. Come and meet the exhibitors on the Saturday & Sunday, sample their wares and buy a bottle of your favourite (1-6pm). A plethora of Live Music both days. Street food and our wood fired pizza’s will be in full flow….. Various Gin Bars will be open around our grounds and in the Exhibitors room. For those that are not partial to Gin we have a fully stocked bar in the hotel. Don’t forget the fireworks to close the night on both Saturday and Sunday!
Tickets are priced according to date and include entry to the Sweeney, a Gin on arrival and all entertainment
All Gin and mixers are priced at £5.00. Cocktails will be individually priced.
Our Sponsor this year is our Locally made Gin Henstone!
A variety of bushcraft projects practicing knots and using wood. From learning a knot that will become a leash on a log pet or pushing out pith to make a puppet or necklace to splitting sticks and drilling holes to make an animal.
Monday 26th August – Friday 30th August 1pm-2.30pm. £4 per accompanied 3-11 year old. Booking advised.
A chance to gather and celebrate as a community.
Bring a picnic and blanket/chairs along and join us for an afternoon of chat and activities.
We will be joined by the amazing Jake Evans Storytelling who will share some of his adventure stories with us.
There will be informal music sessions so if you play an instrument bring it along.
Enjoy a visual art session with Jamila Walker Visual Artist or get some crochet/knitting advice from members of the yarn bombing crew.
Very informal, very friendly, please do come along and say hi.
This events is part of a programme of events celebrating local outdoor spaces in many creative ways, promoting Wellbeing and funded by The National Lottery Community Fund
A collaboration between Lovely Land and Jamila Thomas
Location – Castle Walk; close to the Castlewalk footbridge, Castlefields, Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
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School summer holidays are nearly here. If you are looking for an activity for your youngsters, look no further than Llanymynech Wharf Visitor Centre (SY22 6EA). We are offering FREE ½ hour boat trips along the Montgomery Canal for children on the five Fridays in August providing that they are accompanied by an appropriate adult (Adult tickets £4).
The boat trips will be at 1.45, 2.30 and 3.15 pm. (dogs welcome)
Booking is recommended from Liz 01691 828165
To make the most of your visit you can also explore the Llanymynech Limeworks Heritage Area. There are walks among woodland, meadows and a footpath up to Llanymynech Rocks. See the remains of a once-thriving lime industry (including the iconic Hoffmann Kiln, one of only 3 left in the country and the only one to still have its chimney). A great place for a picnic and for walking the dog!
High Ercall Village Hall, in partnership with Morgan’s Country Butchers, will be bringing some of Shropshire’s finest local food and drink producers together for a day of great food and family fun. Families can enjoy a bouncy castle, face painting, and a variety of outdoor games. Browse a range of food stalls, enjoy food tastings, a BBQ and real ales, a variety of gins, wine and prosecco at the bar. Free admission.
Prepare to laugh the night away at our comedy and curry night – this promises to be a hugely popular and entertaining evening with a line-up of hilarious comedians.
Ian Stone is a British stand-up comedian, broadcaster and writer notable for appearing as a guest on shows like Mock the Week and is also a regular guest on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Fighting Talk. He currently presents the weekday breakfast show on London-based digital and AM sports radio station Love Sport Radio.
Kate Lucas is an award-winning musical comedian known for her razor sharp and deliciously dark songs. She combines catchy melodies with original lyrics to showcase her playfully bitter musings on life. Audiences have come to expect what not to say and how not to behave from this gloriously talented young comic.
Jonathan Elston is a fresh, punchy, gag-driven comic who combines sharp joke writing and quirky observations with a youthful likability that charms his audience and endears him to any room.
A cash bar will be available throughout the night serving soft and alcoholic drinks AND curry! For just £8.95 you can treat yourself to a curry, rice and naan (veggie curry available).
Parking is at the Museum of Iron and Enginuity. Doors open at 7pm. Recommended age for this event is 16+.
Our monthly visitor days are the ideal opportunity to come along and see what we’re all about. You will get the chance to meet the animals, explore our beautiful site, and get to know the team.
Bring your friends, family, and all of your curiosity for the perfect day out with our delightful residents. We’ll be here to welcome you between 2pm and 5pm on the first Saturday of each month, so come along and don’t forget to save room for some tasty vegan cakes.
Our last opening of the year will be on Saturday 7th September. Dogs welcome on leads.
The UK’s first-ever food festival celebrates its Silver Jubilee. To mark this momentous milestone, Ludlow Food Festival is hosting a spectacular line up of demonstrations, talks, workshops and tastings – as well as showcasing 180 top-quality local food and drink producers from across the Marches.
Held in the stunning historic surroundings of the town’s medieval Castle, the Festival features 4 live cooking demonstration stages. Attracting some of the most eminent names on the food scene – from Michelin starred chefs to respected food writers.
Spend the day with friends visiting 9 pubs dotted around the Shropshire countryside, without worrying who’s driving! Hop on and off buses that arrive every 30-45 minutes at each pub between 11am and 10pm. Start and finish at any pub on route. Sample locally brewed ales, tasty food and soak up the atmosphere.
Bring your teddy bear along for free advice on identification, age or ‘clinical’ needs with the UKs leading restores as seen on The Repair Shop BBC. Some treatments such as eye replacements and claw stitching may be available for a small charge on the day. Other more complex repairs and restorations can be taken back to the studio workshop to be carried out.
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.
£5.00 Entry unless you have a valid train ticket for the 14th or 15th of September
Live Oompha Band
German Beers, Lager and Wines and lots of lovely food
Come and listen to the band have a dance and enjoy the atmosphere
This event is not suitable for under 18’s
There is no travel included in this event it is an on station event only
An annual family day in the beautiful Shropshire Countryside with full and exclusive access to Hawkstone Park Follies, Caves, Bridges, Gullies and Towers.
Encouraging families to engage together in natural, fun and messy outdoor play.
Intended as a ‘digital detox’ day out where families can get involved in activities together including forest school, bush craft, den-building, crafts, messy play, innovation and creation, gardening, cooking, sports and much more in the great outdoors whilst stepping away from screens and computers for the day.
Lots of FREE activities for ALL the family to enjoy together.
Join us for an 8 mile sponsored walk along the Welshpool canal for the children and families of Hope House!
The walk is free to enter, open to all and a fabulous day out for the whole family. There is no minimum sponsorship, but we do ask all our wonderful walkers to raise as much as you can to help us continue to be here for the children in our care.
We will start at 10am outside the Hope House shop in Welshpool (at the top end of the Tesco car park) and walk to the halfway point of The Horseshoes Inn at Berriew where you will be able to buy bacon butties to fuel your way back to the finish line and your hard-earned medal. Registration opens at 9.30am.
The incredible Teresa Thomas, one of our Hope House mums, organised our first ever Welshpool Canal Walk in 2016. After she sadly passed away in 2017, we have continued her wonderful legacy by walking in her memory ever since. We invite anyone who is up to the challenge to step out with us in memory of Tease, as she was affectionately known, and walk in her footsteps. You are also very welcome to join us to walk in memory or celebration of your own loved ones or simply for the children of Hope House.
Following the postponement of the Carnival in June due to flooding, the Carnival returns on Sunday 22nd September!
A procession will start at 12.30pm from Nock Deighton’s Livestock and Auction Centre into the High Street, where it shall stop to allow spectators to have a closer look at each entry.
Participants and guests can then make their way down to Castle Grounds, where a prize presentation will be made to our winners alongside light entertainment and refreshments for all the family.
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
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.
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
Following the success of last years October show, we are doing it all again!! On Saturday 19th October 2019 at Shrewsbury URC from 10am you will be able to experience a fabulous family day out.
We will have some amazing detailed and lovingly made Layouts for you to see in various gauges, Trade stands for you to top up your model railway collection, or get you inspired to start one.
All our Exhibitors and Traders are extremely knowledgeable and passionate about model railways and will only be more than happy to offer advice and any questions you may have.
The Whistle Stop Cafe will be open for the duration of the event, serving scrumptious homemade cakes, a selection of hot and cold food and drinks.
We very much hope you can join us!
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.
Peep! Peep! Thomas the Tank Engine is back at Llangollen Railway Station for a Day Out With Thomas.
A Day Out With Thomas event now travel to CORWEN.
This fun-filled event offers children and their families the opportunity to take a ride with Thomas, meet The Fat Controller and enjoy trips on Thomas up and down Llangollen Station, you can ride in Rickety and Clarabelle as many times as you like. Take the Big steam Engine to Corwen and then go to Carrog to the puppet show
See Rusty and Dusty… and have some fun
The event, which has been held at Llangollen Railway for many years, is an excellent day out for all Thomas fans and there’s plenty for the whole family to enjoy.
A Fantastically FUN Family Event!
Day Out With Thomas™ is an all day event and gates open at 10am.
To ensure all activities on offer can be enjoyed we recommend visitors arrive before 2pm.
Family (1 Adult + 1 Child) £27.50
Family (1 Adult + 2 Children) £38.00
Family (2 adults + 1 Child) £41.00
Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) £55.00
Children aged under 2 FREE
Your all day ticket includes:
Brake Van Rides with Thomas & Clarabel at Llangollen Station
Unlimited travel on the Steam trains and Thomas
Access to our Activity room which includes;
Thomas DVD screening
Colouring & Craft Workshop
Day Out With Thomas Certificate
Live Story Re-enactments
A Day Out With Thomas is an all day event, no matter what time you show up, there will always be something to entertain the children. However, we do recommend that you arrive at the station before 2pm to make use of the whole day.
Our Day Out With Thomas event is NOT an event that sells out so we will have tickets no matter what time you arrive at the station. To get the most out of your day please arrive early as the ticket price is the same all day