With Brexit very much in the news our Great British History Weekend aims to celebrate British History. Take a lesson in our Victorian School Room , have a go at traditional weaving and learn about the lives of British soldiers in the trenches of World War One and as an added bonus children six and over can have a go at driving our replica off road Landrovers for free. All our usual fun activities will be running too!
We are happy to announce that here at the Centre on Mothering Sunday we have Elizabeth Edward Photography Ltd joining us with a pop-up photography studio, to capture those special Mother’s Day memories with pictures printed for you to take home! The photo sessions will be based within the artisan workshops between 10-4pm on Sunday 31st March Elizabeth Edward will be discounting pictures whilst here, take home a printed and mounted 6X8 photo for £5 or 3 pictures for £10. Availability is limited, booking is not required. Each session is limited to groups of no more than 4. If you would like further information, contact Elizabeth Edwards Photography direct on their Facebook page.
Be our guest this Mother’s Day! We are inviting mums to enjoy a day out on Mothering Sunday when accompanied by another full-paying visitor. This free entry offer includes Blists Hill Victorian Town, Coalport China Museum, Jackfield Tile Museum, Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Museum of The Gorge and Enginuity.
At Blists Hill, where life over 100 years ago is recreated by costumed characters, you can treat mum to a delicious Victorian High Tea in the Club Room. Tuck into assorted finger sandwiches and enjoy a selection of delicious cakes, including lemon drizzle, fruit loaf and ginger parkin, along with your choice from the selection of Twining’s teas or Fairtrade coffee. Pre-booking is essential at 01952 435948 and an additional charge applies.
Echoes from Auschwitz: Jewish child forced labourers and the Holocaust
During the Second World War, 1.5 million Jewish children were murdered in the Holocaust. Only a small minority survived as child forced labourers, in hiding or with partisan groups. Jewish children were forced to work in ghettoes, concentration and labour camps, in industry and agriculture; the Wehrmacht and SS deployed children in particular in construction work on fortifications, roads and airfields. The lecture will focus on a recently finished project in which hundreds of testimonies as well as contemporary and post-war documents have been researched. Some aspects of the children’s living and working experiences and their chances of survival will be analysed.
Don’t miss this participatory and wide-ranging discussion on women’s lives, reflecting on the changes in the UK since the right to a parliamentary vote was first granted to some women in 1918.
The session is lead by Helen Pankhurst and will be informed by findings from her book ‘Deeds Not Words: The Story of Women’s Rights, Then and Now.’
Helen Pankhurst CBE is an author, women’s rights activist and international development practitioner.
The great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst and granddaughter of Sylvia Pankhurst, leaders of the British suffragette movement, Helen carries on the legacy.
Since the home Ashes series in 2013, the Evenings with Aggers shows have been delighting audiences and selling out theatres all over England.
Jonathan Agnew learnt his craft under the tutelage of Brian Johnston, emerging from the notoriety of the gloriously funny ‘leg over’ incident (yes, you will hear that tonight!) to become BBC Radio’s voice of cricket.
In his unparalleled View From The Boundary sessions, he has interviewed folk from all walks of life, including rock stars, film legends, writers, comedians, two prime ministers and a boy wizard! His consummate skills on air have proved electric on stage as he has taken on his prickly commentating partner Geoffrey Boycott, spin legend Graeme Swann, Indian’s ‘Little Master’ Sunil Gavaskar, bad boy of English cricket Phil Tufnell and the gloriously eccentric David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd.
Join Aggers in his solo show as he takes us on a trip down memory lane, recounting tales from a wonderful and entertaining career on the field and in the box, with film footage, audio clips and photographs on our big screen.
Evenings With Aggers are always fun, fiery and full of surprises! They are fascinating, hilarious, no-holds-barred evenings for cricket fans and non-lovers of the game alike.
The event is being run in aid of the Professional Cricketers’ Association and we are raising money which will go to the organisation’s Professional Cricketers’ Trust.
Join writer and journalist Kate Spicer as she talks about her life-affirming tragicomic memoir Lost Dog, a tender true story of one woman and her dog, both lost and rescued by love.
Kate Spicer is a middle-aged woman trying to steer some order into a life that is going off the rails. When she adopts a lurcher called Wolfy, the shabby rescue dog saves her from herself. But when the dog disappears, it is up to Kate to hit the streets of London and find him. Will she save him, as he has saved her – or will she lose everything? Trying to find her dog tests her relationship, and her sanity, to its limits – and gets her thinking about her life, and why things have turned out as they have for her.
Lost Dog is a book like no other about both the myth of modern womanhood, and the enduring mystery of the relationship between human and canine. Come and hear Kate and Wolfie’s heartwarming story and meet Wolfie too!
Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Lost Dog). Includes a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).
Join Erin Kelly, the bestselling author of He Said She Said, as she returns to Booka to talk about her gripping new suspense novel Stone Mothers.
You can’t keep the secret.
You can’t tell the truth.
You can’t escape the past…
Marianne grew up in the shadow of the old asylum, a place that still haunts her dreams. She was seventeen when she fled the town, her family, her boyfriend Jesse and the body they buried.
Now, forced to return, she can feel the past closing around her. And Jesse, who never forgave her for leaving, is finally threatening to expose the truth.
Marianne will do anything to protect the life she’s built; the husband and daughter who must never know.
Even if it means turning to her worst enemy…
But Marianne may not know the whole story – and she isn’t the only one with secrets they’d kill to keep.
In Stone Mothers, Erin Kelly has written another cleverly crafted and thrillingly addictive novel full of unexpected twists and turns. Following the success of He Said She Said we’re delighted to welcome her back to Oswestry!
Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Stone Mothers). Includes a glass of wine or soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop or purchase online (with booking fee).
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.
Chantilly Grey will be hosting three Model Railway Shows this year.
Our first show in October last year was very eagerly anticipated by local enthusiasts and those who were new to the hobby, wanting to pop along and hopefully catch the model railway bug! It was very much a family orientated show with lots of families attending.
It was a busy, and very enjoyable day for all who came, and we very much hope to repeat the experience for returning and new visitors.
Admissions will be £5 for adults, £2 for children and under 5’s free! We will be offering guests the chance to win tickets leading up to the events, so please check our Facebook Page for details. Early bird tickets are also available via Eventbrite.
We have secured a variety of layouts in various gauges and we have been overwhelmed with enquires from Exhibitors who want to take part!
Complimenting the layouts, we have a number of excellent traders offering a wide choice of stock.
There will also be on refreshments available and a great selection of breakfast and lunchtime faire.
It will be a fabulous day out for all, a number of activities will be available for the young model train fans to entertain and our show guide programme will full of interesting articles and will make for a great read following the event.
Guests will also get chance to enter our prize raffle and take part in voting for the ‘best in show’ layout.
Become a Romano-Britain living in the vicinity of the fourth largest city. Make a groma and see if you can set out a straight Roman road. Try a snack and try eating it lying on a ‘couch’. Plan a banquet and do your maths homework with roman numeral on a tablet. Test your knowledge of what foods were introduced here by the Romans. See if you are worthy of being a citizen – can you properly fold a toga?
Monday 15th – Friday 19th and Monday 22nd – Friday 26th 1pm-2.30pm
£4 per accompanied 4-11 year old, booking advised.
Join us for an evening in the company of Costa award winning author Jess Kidd as she talks about her enchanting Victorian detective novel Things in Jars.
London, 1863. Bridie Devine, the finest female detective of her age, is taking on her toughest case yet. Reeling from her last job and with her reputation in tatters, a remarkable puzzle has come her way. Christabel Berwick has been kidnapped. But Christabel is no ordinary child. She is not supposed to exist. As Bridie fights to recover the stolen child she enters a world of fanatical anatomists, crooked surgeons and mercenary showmen. Anomalies are in fashion, curiosities are the thing, and fortunes are won and lost in the name of entertainment. The public love a spectacle and Christabel may well prove the most remarkable spectacle London has ever seen.
We were big fans of Jess Kidd’s debut novel ‘Himself’ and her follow up ‘The Hoarder’. Now we can’t wait to welcome Jess to Booka and introduce us to the fearless Bridie Devine!
Tickets: £5 (redeemable against a signed copy of Things in Jars). Includes a glass of wine / soft drink on arrival. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).
This talk is based on Michael Leach’s best-selling book of the same name. This talk reveals resident British owls in folklore and fact; it looks at barn owls and tawny owls, little owls and cat owls, and the specialised techniques that help them hunt. It dispels misleading myths and reveals the realities of an owl’s life. The talk is illustrated with dramatic high-speed photographs of owls in flight.
Michael sets aside part of each year for presentations, to date he has given talks in 11 countries. Michael has been described as ‘a unique wildlife humourist’ and has spoken at Arts Festivals, Theatres, Schools, Universities, Rotary Clubs, After Dinner events, Science Festivals and Lecture Societies. His talks are lively, informative and thought-provoking.
He has spoken at RSPB and National Trust events. In 1996 Michael gave his 1,500th lecture, since then there have been simply too many to keep close count. The talks are illustrated with original images taken during his expeditions.
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)
Meet us in the meadow in Comer Woods for our egg hunts supported by Cadbury over the Easter weekend. Follow the trail around the woodland and solve the clues to claim your Cadbury chocolate treat.
Car parking is free for National Trust members, just scan your membership card in the machine to receive your free ticket. Parking charges are £3 all day or £1.50 for 90 minutes. Each hunt map costs £2.50. For more information https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dudmaston/whats-on
Spend Good Friday with the team at the Discovery Centre trying your hand at fun, seasonal crafts; from 3-D eggs to sheep with fluffy paint, yellow fork painted chicks to paper rabbits disappearing down their hole, and various flowers galore as we enjoy the Spring. Just £4 per child aged 3 and above.
Egg hunts are supported by Cadbury over the Easter weekend. Follow the trail around the woodland and solve the clues to claim your Cadbury chocolate treat. Dogs on leads are welcome. Booking not required.
On Good Friday and Saturday Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts will take place in Comer Woods. On Sunday and Monday, the same trail will be run from our main visitor site at Dudmaston Hall. Our visitor reception and facilities at Dudmaston Hall will be closed on Good Friday and Saturday.
The Easter Bunny will be visiting the railway on the 20th to 22nd April. Watch for Easter eggs along the line and check them off the list. All travelling children receive a handsome chocolate egg on arrival at Llanfair Caereinion.
Our yellow timetable operates during this event.
Normal fares apply for this event.
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.
Egg hunts are supported by Cadbury over the Easter weekend. Follow the trail around the orchard courtyards and solve the clues to claim your Cadbury chocolate treat. Dogs on leads are welcome. Booking not required.
Please note that on Good Friday and Saturday Cadbury Easter Egg Hunts will take place in Comer Woods and our visitor reception, shop and tea-room at Dudmaston Hall will be closed. On Sunday and Monday, the same trail will be run from our main visitor site at Dudmaston Hall.
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
Indoor carboot/ table top sale.
Wanting to clear your house of unwanted items or just make your self some extra money then book a stall at my indoor table top sale on Saturday 27th April 2019 10-12 @eastern Oswestry community centre. Tables are £8 each. I only have a limited amount of tables available so You MUST PREBOOK. tables are provided so no need to bring your own.
If your only wanting to browse or purchase please remember:
💰it’s FREE entry for everyone
🧁refreshments will be available.
🚘 car parking available
Feel free to message me for any information
📆 date: Saturday 27th April 2019
🕰 time: 10-12
🌎 venue: Eastern Oswestry community centre,cabin lane,Oswestry,sy11 2lq
Come and celebrate the Spring Season at Fordhall Organic Farm!
Come and visit the lambs, enjoy the falconry display and perhaps enter your own four-legged friend into the Fordhall Dog Show! Meet exotic animals and enjoy a tractor and trailer ride, take in the scenery and enjoy a fun day at the farm!
Price: £3.00 Entry, Under 4’s free!
Book your ticket now
Proceeds from this event go to Fordhall’s Education Programme.
Calling all cheese lovers! Join us for an evening of tastings and an insight into the craft of artisan cheesemaking with Morgan McGlynn as we celebrate the publication of her new book The Modern Cheesemaker.
Morgan McGlynn is one of the youngest women in the business; she runs Muswell Hill Cheeses in London and is Channel 4’s Sunday Brunch resident cheese expert as well as the cheese adviser for Harrods, Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason and an expert judge at the World Cheese Awards.
The Modern Cheesemaker shows you how to make 18 cheeses, from the rich and gooey, to the wonderfully stinky, and all the cheeseboard favourites – including simple, fresh cheeses such as mozzarella and ricotta, working up to salty and versatile halloumi, feta and paneer, perfect, melting Swiss cheese, through to aged Cheddar and Brie. Starting from the very basics of the making process, with a guide to milk types and the seasonal nature of cheese, The Modern Cheesemaker will deepen your understanding of this essential ingredient and its production. Morgan will give us a peak at the cheesemaking process and pass on her expert tips – from making, storing and ageing to tasting, slicing and hunting out new cheeses.
We’re delighted to be partnering with Appleby’s, Cheesemakers from Hawkstone Abbey Farm, Marchamley, Shrewsbury for this event. Sarah Appleby will also be on hand to showcase their cheeses which you’ll have a chance to taste and savour with a glass of wine.
What better way to spend an evening!
Tickets: £10 (£5 redeemable against a signed copy of The Modern Cheesemaker). Includes cheese tasting & a glass of wine/soft drink. Tickets available from the bookshop, or purchase online (with booking fee).
Film starts at 7.30pm with refreshments and a licensed bar available from 6.30pm.
Laurel and Hardy — the world’s greatest comedy team — face an uncertain future as their golden era of Hollywood films remain long behind them. Diminished by age, the duo set out to reconnect with their adoring fans by touring variety halls in Britain in 1953. The shows become an instant hit, but Stan and Ollie can’t quite shake the past as long-buried tension and Hardy’s failing health start to threaten their precious partnership. £5 per adult, £3 per child, £15 per family, booking advised.
3 Day Event at Whittington Castle. The cost will be £5 per adult and £1 per child entrance donation.
The Woodvilles are a living history and battle re-enactment group covering the “Wars of the Roses” period.
Founded in the early nineties the group draws members from all over the United Kingdom. The group has gone from strength to strength in recent years, becoming increasingly more ‘authentic’ and gaining many more members.
They try to not only present “living history” and combat displays but also to have an abundance of background information, so they may explain to the public what it was really like living in the fifteenth century.
They are supported at this event by members of several other Households of the Wars of the Roses Federation
More information on us may be found on:-
They hope you enjoy theirs and the other displays
Clun’s Green Man will again be attempting to win the age-old battle against winter and darkness, and bring in the summer! Sunday is the Ice Queen’s last stand, with her Fair in the Square. Monday is the main event, with lots of family-friendly fun. Dancing, street theatre, circus skills, lots of festival food, battles, bowmen and, of course, beer!
Tickets on sale on the day.
Find us on Facebook at Clun Green Man or via http://www.clungreenman.org.uk/
Join Simon the Storybodger at the barn in Comer Woods. Settle down for 45 minutes of tall tales inspired by the surrounding woodland. The Shepherd’s Hut will be serving hot drinks and light refreshments.
For information https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dudmaston/whats-on
You want fun? We’ve got it. And then some. Shropshire Kids Festival is back, with more super-extra-massive bonkers fun.
Kids just wanna have fun – and we serve it up right across a fabulous weekend.
We’ve got a HUGE water slide, the foamiest foam parties, mega sports zone, massive inflatables, a have-a-go music tent, zorb balls, go karts, circus tent, craft activities and just about anything else any kid aged 0-14 could possibly want.
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!