Major Events in and around Bishop's Castle

NOTE: (The information on this site should be used for guidance only - opening times, prices and other detail MUST be verified with the individual providers) Other events are listed in the monthly Spotlight which can be downloaded >>HERE<<

2014

BISHOP’S CASTLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FESTIVAL December 6
Music, late night shopping and parades along with the lights switching on ceremony.
(01588) 638467 www.bcchristmaslights.co.uk

CRAFT SHOW AT ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, BISHOP’S CASTLE December 6
In conjunction with the Christmas Light Festival the church opens its doors to crafts from the area.

CLUN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS December 6
From 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m. 
clungreenmanfestival@gmail.com http://www.clungreenman.org.uk/

2015

BISHOP’S CASTLE ARTS FESTIVAL February 18 - 22
Bishop’s Castle’s arts festival with music, literature and art at venues throughout the town. Workshops, talks and exhibitions. (01588) 630200 suewillmer@mac.com

BISHOP’S CASTLE TOWN HALL WALKING FESTIVAL       May 1 – 24
Three weeks of walking in the Shropshire Hills with 3 guided walks each day of various lengths and encompassing the Round & About Walk and the Clun Valley Challenge Walk (see entries below).  All walks will start and finish at the Town Hall. A variety of entertainment on offer during the festival including the MOJO Festival, Bishop’s Castle Music Day for Amnesty and the Clun Green man Festival.
www.bishopscastletownhall.co.uk

MOJO FESTIVAL 1st May Bank Holiday (April 30 – May 3)
At the Crown & Anchor Vaults, Bishop’s Castle. Bands Thursday & Friday evenings, Sat & Sun from 12.00 noon. Local real ales, trad ciders, cocktails and shots on sale all weekend at the pub and covered yard.
Mandy 07971 213728 or Wayne 07747 877011

BISHOP’S CASTLE MUSIC DAY FOR AMNESTY 1st May Bank Holiday (May 1-2)
24 hours of music in the town centre from 4.00 p.m. on Friday to early evening on Saturday by a great variety of band & musicians organised by the town orchestra and Amnesty Group. Music will be played in at least 12 venues both business and community premises, by about 30 various groups of musicians. There will also be market stalls.  All venues are free but donations to Amnesty welcome.

GREEN MAN DAY, CLUN 1st May Bank Holiday (May 2 – 4)
The Green Man and Frosty the Snow Queen battle over the coming of spring to Clun. With market stalls and entertainment in the Square and on the Castle Grounds www.clungreenman.org.uk

BISHOP’S CASTLE MAY FAIR May 9 & 10
All the fun of the fair as the travelling funfair comes to town.

BISHOP’S CASTLE ROUND & ABOUT WALK May 9
A 22 mile circular charity walk through beautiful countryside starting from Bishop’s Castle using mainly public footpaths.  There are shorter options of 13 and 9 miles. It is raising money to help beat blood cancer.  
http://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/event/local-eventswalking/round-and-about-walk-2014

THE 12TH CLUN VALLEY CHALLENGE WALK May 16
16 or 26 miles starting from Clun Memorial Hall with 4,300 ft. of ascent. Entry £20 includes certificate, badge and gourmet refreshments. No dogs and no entries on the day
(01588) 640190 www.clunvalleychallenge.co.uk

ARBOR DAY & CEILIDH AT ASTON-ON-CLUN 2nd May Bank Holiday (May 24)
Parade from the village hall at 1.15p.m. to the famous black poplar tree for the 2.00 p.m. ceremony, Morris Dancing, singing and readings, followed by children’s entertainment on the green. An evening ceilidh will be led by Mostly John.
Norman Brassington  n.brassington@btinternet.com

WALCOT HALL OPEN DAY 2nd May Bank Holiday (May 24 & 25)
Walcot Hall, Lydbury North. The gardens and arboretum of this former home of Clive of India are open for charity under the Yellow Book scheme from 1.30p.m. to 5.30 p.m. both days.
(01588) 680570 maria@walcothall.com www.walcothall.com

WALCOT HALL OPERA, June 4 & 5
The annual professional opera staged at the hall.
(01588) 680570 www.walcothall.com

SIN-EATER FESTIVAL June 20 - 22
At The Bridges, Ratlinghope. Folk, music, art, craft, film and ale. 20 plus live acts, workshops and craft stalls. Weekend tickets £25, under 12’s free.
The Bridges (01588) 650260 www.sineater.co.uk

BISHOP’S CASTLE MIDSUMMER REJOICING June 20 & 21
Fete on the Saturday and Rush Cart parade with Morris Teams on the Sunday morning followed by service at St. John’s Parish Church and then Morris dancing in the Three Tuns Yard.
 (01588) 630324

CLUN GARDENS OPEN June 21 & 22
Many gardens in the village and surrounding area open to the public.
01588) 640217

BISHOP’S CASTLE TANDEM TRIATHLON June/July
Teams of 2 with tandems swim, cycle and run starting from The Community College and SpArC grounds Bishop’s Castle.
www.tandemtriathlon.co.uk

BISHOP’S CASTLE STONE SKIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP June 28
At Walcot Hall, Lydbury North lakes from 12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m.
Take part in the various stone related events or just watch the fun. Bring a picnic.
Heather Ashton walkbc@live.co.uk

BISHOP’S CASTLE CARNIVAL July 5
One of the oldest and possibly the best traditional town carnival with a parade of steam engines, vintage cars and floats around the town followed by fun, games and music on Bishops Castles playing fields.
Martin Walter bccarnival@btinternet.com

BISHOP’S CASTLE REAL ALE TRAIL July 10 & 11
Based in and around the town’s six pubs, most of the breweries in
Shropshire and the borders are represented as well as a great selection from the rest of the UK. There are usually more than 60 ales and ciders on offer at any one time.
Mandy 07971 213728 or Wayne 07747 877011

BISHOP’S CASTLE PARTY IN THE PARK July 18
Music event organised  by the local ‘About Music Project’ committee. Continuous music on two stages from 12.00 noon to 10.00 p.m. featuring a variety of local and guest bands. This is a relaxed family event, bring a deck chair and enjoy the music.
(01588) 630092 or (01588) 638664

THE GUMBO FESTIVAL – July 23 to 26 (Ticket Only)
A weekend of top international blues & roots bands. Camping, bars, cafes, stalls and more.
Mandy 07971 213728 or Wayne 07747 877011

CLUN CARNIVAL July 25 – August 2
Several events, starting with an Art & Craft Exhibition in the Hightown Community Room on 26 July (closes 3 August). On Show Day, 2 August, a procession of carnival floats tour the town at 1.00 p.m. followed by Queen in The Square. From 2 pm there will be a large horticultural and homecraft show on the Castle Meadow, together a tea tent, bar, stalls and entertainments.  (01588) 640629

FARMER PHIL’S FESTIVAL, RATLINGHOPE August 7- 9
Rock festival in the hills! Weekend tickets available.
Contact Phil Harding (01588) 650459 www.farmerphilsfestival.co.uk

BISHOP’S CASTLE CHALLENGE WALK – August 15
A 24 mile walk with 4,000ft. of ascent through stunning landscape to the north of the town with a 11 & 13 mile options on parts of the route.  The walk starts and finished at the Town Hall and is  fund raiser for local charities. 
Contact Jane Carroll (01588) 638467 www.bcchallengewalk.co.uk.

PURSLOW SHOW Bank Holiday Monday, August 25
A small country show at Purslow Farm just past the Hundred House with something for everyone from 1.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. A horticultural marquee with flowers and vegetables, a gymkhana, do show, beer tent and entertainment.
Anne Sutton (01588) 660141 annie@theoldwheelwrights.co.uk

NEWCASTLE VILLAGE SHOW September 5
The show is held on the Millennium Green and in community centre in the village  from 12.30pm -5.00 p.m. and  includes a traditional garden and produce show, craft and produce stalls, children's activities, tug of war, bar, hot food, live band, cream teas and family fun dog show!.
gillianbinks2@btinternet.com

NATIONAL HERITAGE OPEN DAY IN BISHOP’S CASTLE September 12
Local venues open to the public by Bishop's Castle Civic Society & Heritage Resource Centre for those interested in history and heritage. Saturday afternoon between 2p.m. and 5p.m. www.heritageopendays.org.uk

CLUN VALLEY BEER FESTIVAL October 2 - 4
All the pubs along the beautiful Clun valley join in this event. Transport is provided between pubs.
www.cvbf.co.uk

RUSSET RAMBLE October 10
12 mile sponsored walk around the local footpaths in aid of Bishop’s Castle Bowling Club.
Heather Ashton walkbc@live.co.uk

BISHOP’S CASTLE CHRISTMAS LIGHTS FESTIVAL December 5
Music, late night shopping and parades along with the lights switching on ceremony.
Mandy Green 07971 213728 www.bcchristmaslights.co.uk

CRAFT SHOW AT ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, BISHOP’S CASTLE December 5
In conjunction with the Christmas Light Festival the church opens its doors to crafts from the area.
(01588) 638269

CLUN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS December 5
From 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
www.clungreenman.org.uk

 

For contact details go to www.bishopscastle.co.uk/tourism  or pick up a “What to Do and Where to Eat” booklet from the Town hall Visitor
Information Office