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)

2014

MOJO FESTIVAL May 1 - 4
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.
Contact: Mandy 07971 213728 or Wayne 07747 877011

BISHOP’S CASTLE MUSIC DAY FOR AMNESTY May 2 & 3
John Phillips (01588) 680528
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 May 3 - 5
www.clungreenman.org.uk
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 onthe Castle Grounds.

BISHOP’S CASTLE MAY FAIR May 10 & 11
Carol Wynne 07860 858062
All the fun of the fair as the travelling funfair comes to town.

BISHOP’S CASTLE ROUND & ABOUT WALK May 10
http://leukaemialymphomaresearch.org.uk/event/local-events-walking/round-and-about-walk-2014
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.  

THE 12TH CLUN VALLEY CHALLENGE WALK May 18
(01588) 640190 www.clunvalleychallenge.co.uk
16 or 26 miles starting from Clun Memorial Hall with 4,300 ft. of ascent. Entry £14 includes certificate, badge and gourmet refreshments. No dogs and no entries on the day

SPRING CONCERT by KINGTON CHORAL SOCIETY May 21
Text 07968 044 853 or email ts_gardener@yahoo.co.uk
At St John the Baptist, Bishops Castle. Handel, Brahms and Vaughan Williams. Early bird tickets £10 from The Poppy House and The Six Bells.

ARBOR DAY & CEILIDH AT ASTON-ON-CLUN May 25
(01588) 660473 www.arbortreeday.co.uk
After last year’s unavoidable cancellation, a new group has been formed to carry on the tradition which will now include afternoon and evening events for all to enjoy.  Parade from the village hall at 1.15p.m. to the 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.

WALCOT HALL OPEN DAY May 25 & 26
(01588) 680570 www.walcothall.com
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.

WALCOT HALL OPERA, ‘MADAM BUTTERFLY’ June 7 & 7
01588 680570 www.walcothall.com
The annual professional opera staged at the hall.

BISHOP’S CASTLE MAYOR’S PARADE June 1
(01588) 638141 www.bishopscastle.co.uk/towncouncil
A celebratory parade for the newly elected Mayor of Bishop’s Castle. The Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Town Clerk in full regalia with pike and mace bearers parade from The Town Hall to the Parish Church.

BISHOP’S CASTLE WALKING FESTIVAL June 10 - 12
Eight guided walks a day to suit all abilities from 3 miles to 16 miles with evening fringe events.
(01588) 638854 www.walkingfestival.co.uk

SIN-EATER FESTIVAL June 21 – 23
The Bridges (01588) 650260 www.sineater.co.uk
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.

BISHOP’S CASTLE MIDSUMMER REJOICING June 21 & 22
(01588) 630324
Fete on the Saturday and Rush Cart parade with Morris Teams on the Sunday morning.

CLUN GARDENS OPEN June 22 & 23
Heather Morris (01588) 640217
Many gardens in the village and surrounding area open to the public.

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.

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 7
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.

BISHOP’S CASTLE MICHAELMAS FAIR September 20 www.michaelmasfair.org.uk
Steam and vintage vehicles along with street theatre, entertainers and music throughout the town.

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.

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.