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 STONE SKIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP June 29
(01588) 638818 www.stoneskimming.org.uk
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.

BISHOP’S CASTLE TANDEM TRIATHLON June 28 www.tandemtriathlon.org.uk
Teams of 2 with tandems swim, cycle and run starting from
The Community College and SpArC grounds Bishop’s Castle.

BISHOP’S CASTLE CARNIVAL July 6
Martin & Allison Walter http://bishopscastlecarnival.wordpress.com/
Traditional country town carnival with a parade of floats around the town followed by fun and games on the playing fields.

BISHOP’S CASTLE REAL ALE TRAIL July 11 & 12
Nev Richards (01588) 630144 nev@sixbellsbrewery.co.uk
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.

BISHOP’S CASTLE PARTY IN THE PARK July 19
(01588) 630092 or (01588) 638664
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.

The Gumbo Festival (July 25th – 27th) a celebration of Blues”n”Roots music.
The festival runs over a weekend . We are calling on some of our best local bands as well as international head line acts.  The festival site is a 5 minute walk from the centre of Bishop’s Castle with its interesting history and quirky shops.  The area is much loved for its unspoilt surroundings and friendly people.  Come and enjoy a weekend of music, food and fun.  The finest local ales, ciders and foods all available on site.
This is a camping weekend for all the family. http://gumbofestival.wordpress.com/

CLUN CARNIVAL July 26 – August 3
(01588) 640629
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. 

FARMER PHIL’S FESTIVAL, RATLINGHOPE August 8 - 10
Phil Harding of Near Gatten Farm (01588) 650459 www.farmerphilsfestival.co.uk
Rock festival in the hills! Weekend tickets available.

BISHOP’S CASTLE CHALLENGE WALK – August 16
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 this year will be a fund raiser for the hall.  More details and entry forms at www.bcchallengewalk.co.uk. Contact Jane Carroll 01588 638467 jane@oldtime.co.uk

PURSLOW SHOW Bank Holiday Monday, August 26
(01588) 660141
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.

NEWCASTLE VILLAGE SHOW September 6 gillian.binks2@btinternet.com
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!.

NATIONAL HERITAGE OPEN DAY IN BISHOP’S CASTLE September 13
Gaynor Pinches 01588 638806
Local venues open to the public by Bishop's Castle Civic Society for those interested in history and heritage. Sunday afternoon between 2p.m. and 5p.m. Tours of the Three Tuns Brewery and the Club House at the Castle Green Bowling site. More details to follow.

BISHOP’S CASTLE MICHAELMAS FAIR www.michaelmasfair.org.uk
Steam and vintage vehicles along with street theatre, entertainers and music throughout the town.
Unfortunately will not run in 2014. Check their site for news/dates of 2015 Fair.

CLUN VALLEY BEER FESTIVAL October 3 - 5
Jack Limond at The White Horse, Clun (01588) 640305 events@whi-clun.co.uk
All the pubs along the beautiful Clun valley join in this event. Transport is provided between pubs.

RUSSET RAMBLE October 11
(01588) 638818 walkbc@live.co.uk
12 mile sponsored walk around the local footpaths in aid of Bishop’s Castle Bowling Club.

BISHOP’S CASTLE REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY November 9
(01588) 620541
The Town Band leads the Royal British Legion, uniformed organisations and the Town Council from the Town Hall to the parish church for the 11 o’clock ceremony at the War Memorial in the churchyard followed by a church service.

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

CRAFT SHOW AT ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, BISHOP’S CASTLE December 6
(01588) 638269
In conjunction with the Christmas Light Festival the church opens its doors to crafts from the area.

CLUN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS December 7 events@whi-clun.co.uk
From 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.

Castle Artists' Christmas Exhibition 12, 13 & 14 December
At Bishop's Castle Public Hall 11.00 - 5.00 each day www.castleartists.co.uk

2015

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