Enjoy a morning of creativity and indulgence. Create a gorgeous crown using seasonal flowers with Rebecca Frost of Feather and Ferns Floral Design, then admire your creation over a cream tea of home made scones, jam and clotted cream.
Tickets are £35 per person and include 10% off any garden centre purchases made on the day.
Please note that payment is required in advance. To book your place, please call us on 01939 211900
Join us for a week of storybook fun and frolics at Chirk Castle.
Enjoy games and activities all week, then on the weekend of 1 and 2 June visit for storytelling, puppet shows, entertainment and enter our afternoon costume parade on Saturday and Sunday for a chance to win a prize for the best dressed knight or princess.
On 1 and 2 June all children in costume get in for free!
Come and see PADDINGTON at Llangollen Railway on the 25th May 2019. The cheeky little Bear will be appearing at intervals between 10:30am – 3.30pm … don’t’ forget your camera!
Take a train ride to Carrog to see the magic show.
Face painting available at intervals on Platform 1 at Llangollen Station.
The train goes all the way to Corwen and there is a magic show at Carrog, colouring sheets, miniature train ride.
The popular Attingham Camp is back for its fourth year – this time in May! Bring the family for a one night, fun filled camping spectacular. Booking closes at midnight Thursday 23 May. Adult £30, Child (2-16) £15, Child (under 2) £5.
Come and join us in the Field of Play overnight this May Bank Holiday Weekend. Enjoy Attingham at night at a different time of year, cosying up to a bonfire and sleeping under the stars. We’ll be hosting a range of evening family activities with qualified providers, including stories and marshmallows around the camp fire, twilight bush craft and star watching. Dinner and breakfast will be provided.
This is a one night event starting at 2pm on Saturday 25 May and running into the day on Sunday 26 May.
Places must be booked in advance. For further details follow the link to book tickets.
Soapbox Derby Come and join thousands of spectators from across the West Midlands to cheer on our weird, wonderful and wacky soapbox downhill racers at Shrewsbury Wacky Races 2019, the first event of it’s kind to be held in the town.
Watch as our racers hurtle down our custom track in their carefully crafted carts at the Shrewsbury Quarry, tackling our 300m track and it’s chicanes and, hopefully, avoiding the icy waters of the River Severn at the end!
Our competitors will work their way through a knockout style competition with only the fastest 10 cars making it through to the final, where they will battle to take home the winners trophy!
The event will be free to attend, with pop up street food, bars and loads of fun activities for all the family.
It’s almost half term and not only is our Erddig busy bee trail open throughout, but there are a number of daily activities available during the week too. Available from 11am – 3pm:
Monday – marshmallow toasting* and beekeeper engagement
Tuesday – beekeeper engagement
Wednesday – Bee crafts
Thursday – wild art in Wolf’s Den
Friday – Jake Evans storytelling
*additional cost of £1.50 for marshmallow toasting.
Animal lovers are in for a unique treat this May half term when Park Hall’s farmyard favourites will be joined by a whole host of exotic animal friends. Not only will you be able to take part in in lots of farm activities but from 27-31 May (at differing times) you will have the chance to get closer than ever before to some truly exotic creatures. Corner Exotics will be bringing different creatures each day ranging from mini beasts to scorpions and snakes.
This May Half Term, join us in our Pokémon Lab, staffed by Professor Spindle! Professor Spindle’s area of research is the habitats of the wild pokémon. Trainers who visit the lab will look at pokémon and similar animals; divide pokémon into the different types of plants and animals and document pokémon known only to the trainers to be entered into Professor Spindle’s Pokedex. Finishing by going around our meadows working out the habitats of different wild pokémon. 1pm-2.30pm £4 per accompanied 3-11 year old, booking advised.
May Half Term Film starts at 5.30pm with themed crafts, refreshments and a licensed bar available from 4.30pm.
Inspired by the imagination of P. T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation. £5 per adult, £3 per child, £15 per family, booking advised.
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
Built in 1728 Burford House and its beauiful gardens have been open to the public since 1958. At one point in the garden is the spot where the three counties of Worcestershire, Herefordshire and Shropshire meet. The countryside around theses three counties is both beautiful and rich in wild edible plants and fungi. On the outskirts of Tenbury Wells, it is within easy reach of Ludlow, Leominster, Bromyard, Kidderminster, Hereford, Worcester, Bridgnorth and Shrewbury.
We will meet outside the cafe at Burford House. The course starts there with a short introduction on what to look for and a brief of the general countryside codes, where they relate to foragers. Tea or coffee is available from the cafe.
Then we’ll set off on a roughly 2.5 hour walk around the grounds of Burford House park and along the River Teme, teaching you how to identify the different Spring shoots, plants, flowers and hopefully mushrooms that we find.
There will be a break along the way for some homemade refreshments such as our lovely hogweed and wild garlic soup.
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, a wild salad that we will pick on the day and possibly even some wild garlic pesto.
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.
Beginning in April, we will have monthly visitor days where we welcome everyone to come along and see what we’re all about. You will have the opportunity to meet the animals, take a tour of 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 will be open for visitors 2-5pm every first Saturday of the month, with our last opening of the year on Saturday 7th September. We hope to see you there!
Let’s be fabulous together and raise money for our charity Share Shrewsbury!
Please join us for our fantastic and FREE festival cosplay parade through town on Sunday June 2nd at 2pm. We are walking in support of Share Shrewsbury, who will be accepting public donations during the parade.
We will be presenting prizes to the best dressed adult, the best dressed child and the best dressed group.
Accompanied by a New Orleans style jazz band, led by the famous jaguator, we are delighted to be sponsored by our local events company, Vesper Monaco Lounge.
We warmly invite people of all ages to dress as your favourite fantasy figure and come along and join in the fun.
Starting at the Castle, we are parading up to the top of Pride Hill, down Dogpole and then along the High street to Shrewsbury town square.
Prizes will be presented by our special guest Nick Joseph, who is an actor from the original classic Star Wars movie.
He presented the medals to Princess Leia which she awarded to Luke Skywalker and Han Solo at the end of the movie.
The aircraft on display are the undoubted stars of the show, but there’s a lot more to the RAF Cosford Air Show than that! Whether you’re looking to inspire and entertain the whole family or you’re an avid aviation enthusiast, you’ve got a non-stop day of excitement ahead of you.
With a six-hour flying display, a unique static exhibition, hangars full of interactive exhibitions and much more, there is something for all the family to enjoy!
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.
Clwyd Veteran and Vintage Machinery Society Ltd are pleased to announce that THE ANNUAL VINTAGE VEHICLE AND MACHINERY RALLY AND CRAFT SHOW will once again take place on SATURDAY 15th and SUNDAY 16th JUNE 2019 at the Oswestry Showground, Oswestry, Shropshire SY11 4TB.
Sections including Steam Engines; Vintage Commercial Vehicles, Fire Engines, Buses and Campervans; Stationary Engines; Horses; Vintage Tractors and Horticultural machinery; Vintage Caravans; Outdoor Displays and Collections; Organs; Classic, Vintage and Veteran Cars; Vintage Pedal Cycles, Vintage Motor Cycles. Spectators will be able to see many of these vehicles in motion in the Ring. There is also a Model Hall, Craft Hall, Trade and Auto Jumble Stands.
Any father accompanied by his child travels at the child price. Multiple generations welcome!
The Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway is joining in the celebrations for Fathers’ Day on Sunday 16th June by offering dads the chance to ride the line at child rate.
On that day fathers who travel on the popular mid-Wales steam railway with one or more of their children will pay only £5.50 return for each ticket, the standard fare for children aged 3-15 (as always, children under three travel free). This compares to the standard adult return fare of £14.50.
The offer applies to multiple generations – grandfather, father and child riding together will need only three £5.00 tickets. And if there is a great-grandfather in the party, he travels for free! He really deserves it.
Any dads that come along for the Fathers’ Day trip will also be offered a tour of the workshop. Unfortunately we can’t take children into the workshop, but perhaps mum could help out here?
The 16th June timetable features two return trips from Welshpool Raven Square, at 11.15 and 14.05, and three from Llanfair Caereinion at 10.00, 13.00 and 15.30. We expect the day to be busy, so dads wanting to take advantage of the offer are advised to guarantee their space by booking online on this website (select 16th June on the timetable page and follow the instructions), where the child’s ticket is only £4.50. Dads should just book themselves a child’s ticket along with the tickets for the children.
Come and enjoy a Pie and a pint with your Dad on Fathers day while travelling through the beautiful Dee Valley to Corwen.
Why not treat Dad to something different this year, come for a trip on a Steam Train and enjoy a Pork Pie, Scotch Egg and a bottle of Real Ale while travelling through the Dee Valley.
A return trip to Corwen with a 15 minute stop at Carrog
There is a soft drink alternative for children and the option of Wine instead of Real Ale
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.
A Flower Festival with a musical theme set in our beautiful 13th Century Church. A real English country village event. There will be music, the village schoolchildren will sing and musicians will play. There will be a plant sale and cream teas to enjoy. Most of all there will be a warm welcome for everyone.
Join us for a free family fun day at Meeting Point House supporting the Mayors Community weekend. Activities will include face painting, magician, balloon modelling, craft activities, live music and giant games on the lawn, candyfloss, tombola, hook a duck with more activities to be confirmed nearer the time!
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!
Some of the UK’s top cyclo-cross riders will ride modern bikes through Blists Hill Victorian Town as part of a challenging cycling event. The exciting Queen Victoria Cyclo-Cross will attract in excess of 300 of the UK’s top riders.
The Museum has once again teamed up with the organisers of Newport’s famous Nocturne cycle race and will host this unique urban cyclo-cross event on the evening of Saturday 29 June.
Visitors to the event will be able to see some of the best cyclists from around the country taking part in some unusual and formidable challenges across the recreated Victorian town. In between races you’ll be able to wander around the Town and explore the industrial monuments and landmarks of the 52-acre site.
Previous editions have been very successful, and the event was described in Cycling Weekly magazine as “Britain’s Craziest Bike Race”! This year the unique course has been improved whilst retaining the fearsome Hay Inclined Plane.
The gates open at 5.15pm and the first race will start at 6pm; spectators are welcome for a small charge, payable at the gate; children under 16 will be free of charge and must be accompanied by an adult.
Admission tickets are £4 per spectator. Museum Passports are not valid for this evening and dogs are allowed, but only on a lead.
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.
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/
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!
We are very proud to bring this race to its 29th edition which makes it one of the longest running races in the country. The event has always been one for all abilities: first-timers up to very experienced athletes alike. The swim leg takes place in William Brookes School swimming pool while the bike and run legs are on the roads and lanes around Much Wenlock
Join in our Pedal for Parkinson’s event in Shropshire in July 2019 and help keep the wheels turning for Parkinson’s research and support.
Starting in Shrewsbury, all 3 routes (33, 59 and 100 miles) travel through Shropshire into Wales and back with the 100 mile route including a lunch stop on the shores of Lake Vyrnwy.