Events

Major events are listed below – look also at the monthly listing that Enterprise House produces >>HERE<<

2018 

 WALCOT HALL OPERA, Friday & Saturday June 8 & 9
The annual opera performed by Opera a la Carte returns to the Ballroom for the 14th year running with a captivating performance of Rigoletto.
(01588) 680570 www.walcothall.com

BISHOP’S CASTLE OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND – June 8, 9 &  10.
11 am – 5.00 pm  each day.
A weekend of artists open studios and artisan shops in and around Bishop’s Castle.
Pre-view evening, Wednesday, June 6th 6 – 8 pm at Bank House,  High St.

CLUN GARDENS OPEN June 23 & 24
Many gardens, usually about 20, in the village and surrounding area open to the public.
Heather Morris (01588) 640217

BISHOP’S CASTLE MIDSUMMER REJOICING Sunday June 24
There will be a Rush Cart parade with Morris Teams on the Sunday morning followed by a service with dancing at St. John’s Parish Church and then Morris dancing outside the Church and later in the Three Tuns Yard.
(01588) 630324

 ARTS ALIVE CHARITY CYCLE CHALLENGE, THE TOUR D’ARTS ALIVE Sunday, June 24
On your bike to help Arts Alive on the road
Choose from a variety of routes to suit your cycling ambition. Friendly atmosphere, unique ‘edible medals’ for participants and great homemade cakes at feed stops in village halls en-route. Do yourself a favour and support the arts! www.artsalive.co.uk entries via British Cycling website. www.britishcycling.org.uk

BISHOP’S CASTLE TANDEM TRIATHLON Saturday,June 30
Teams of 2 with tandems swim cycle and run starting from The Community College and SpArC grounds Bishop’s Castle.
www.tandemtriathlon.org.uk

 BISHOP’S CASTLE CARNIVAL Sunday, July 1
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.
Amanda Houghton (01588) 630760  www.bishopscastlecarnival.wordpress.com

BISHOP’S CASTLE REAL ALE TRAIL Friday & Saturday July 6 & 7
Based in and around the town’s six historic pubs and two real ale breweries. A huge variety of Beers and ciders from Shropshire and the surrounding borders are represented as well as a great selection from the rest of the UK. Live music across the town on both the Friday and Saturday.  Contact any of the pubs for details.

 THE BRITISH STONE SKIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP  Sunday, July 8
At Walcot Hall, Lydbury North lakes from 12.00 noon to 5.00 p.m.  ( date to be confirmed asap see website) Take part in the various stone related events or just watch the fun. Bring a picnic.
www.stoneskimming.co.uk 

 BISHOP’S CASTLE PARTY IN THE PARK Saturday July 21
One day music event organised by local ‘About Music Project’ AMP committee. Continuous music from 12.00 noon until late, featuring a varied selection of local and guest bands.  This is a relaxed family event so bring a deck chair and enjoy the music.  Featuring bar, food and children’s activity. (01588) 630092 or (01588) 638664
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 CLUN CARNIVAL Saturday July 28 – Sunday August 5
Several events, starting with an Art & Craft Exhibition in the Hightown Community Room on July 28 (closes August 5). On Show Day, August 4, a procession including marchers, carnival floats and historic vehicles starts a tour the town at 1.00 p.m. followed by Crowning of the Carnival Queen in The Square. From 2 pm there will be a large horticultural and homecraft show on the Castle Meadow, together  with a tea tent, bar, stalls and entertainments including a bouncy castle and other attractions free to children.
(01588) 640629

BISHOP’S CASTLE CHALLENGE WALK Saturday August 4
A 24 mile walk with 4,000ft. of ascent through stunning landscape to the north and west of the town with a 11 & 13 mile options on parts of the route. £20 to enter including certificates and refreshments. The walk starts and finished at the Town Hall and is fund raiser for the hall.
Contact Jane Carroll jane.carrol@gmail.com (01588) 638467 www.bcchallengewalk.co.uk.

FARMER PHIL’S FESTIVAL, RATLINGHOPE Friday – Sunday August 10 – 12
Rock festival in the hills! Weekend tickets available. Camping from 7 – 13 August included in ticket price.
Contact Phil Harding (01588) 650459 www.farmerphilsfestival.com

 PURSLOW SHOW Bank Holiday Monday, August 27
A small country show at Purslow Farm just past the Hundred House Inn at Purslow in the Clun Valley with something for everyone from 1.30 p.m. to 5.30p.m., dog show, gymkhana, beer tent and entertainment.
Anne Sutton (01588) 660141  atsutton@btinternet.com

NEWCASTLE VILLAGE SHOW Saturday September 8
The show is held on the Millennium Green and in community centre in the village  from 12.30pm -5.00 p.m. and  includes Garden and Produce Show, Dog Show , children’s games, live music, bar and hot food, cream teas, local produce & cake stall  etc   gillbinks1@gmail.com

NATIONAL HERITAGE OPEN DAYS IN BISHOP’S CASTLE Thursday – Sunday September 6 – 9
Organised by Bishop’s Castle Heritage Resource Centre, the Town Hall Trust and other local heritage organisations.
At the Town Hall: a re-enactment of Bishop’s Castle in the 19th century as a Rotten Borough and its Members of Parliament: cast your vote! Open between 10.00 and 4.00 on Thursday & Friday. For further details email info@bishopscasteltownhall.co.uk
Look out for Heritage Open Day opportunities in early September 2018  at www.heritageopendays.org.uk

MICHAELMAS FAIR Saturday, September 22 12 noon -till Late
Bishops Castles Streets will be buzzing with entertainment including:  live music; dance; street performance; stalls; steam and vintage vehicle processions, stalls and an evening lantern procession – plus much more. There’s nothing like it!  There’s nothing like it!
www.michaelmasfair.co.uk

CLUN VALLEY BEER FESTIVAL Friday – Sunday, October 5 – 7
All the pubs along the beautiful Clun valley join in this event. Transport is provided between pubs.
info@cvbf.co.uk www.cvbf.co.uk

RUSSET RAMBLE Saturday October 13
12 mile sponsored walk around the local footpaths in aid of Bishop’s Castle Bowling Club.
Barry & Linda Jones jbarry54@Hotmail.com

BISHOP’S CASTLE CHRISTMAS CRACKER Saturday December 1
Music, late night shopping and parades along with Santa’s Grotto.
www.bcchristmaslights.co.uk 01588 638141

CRAFT SHOW AT ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, BISHOP’S CASTLE Saturday December 1
From 2.00 p.m. to 6.30 p.m.
In conjunction with the Christmas Light Festival the church opens its doors to crafts from the area.  (01588) 638269

CLUN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Sunday December 2
From 5.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
www.clungreenman.org.uk

2019

BISHOP’S CASTLE ARTS FESTIVAL February 20 -24
Bishop’s Castle’s Arts Festival with music, literature and art, workshops, talks and exhibitions at venues throughout the town. (01588) 630200 suewillmer@mac.com

For general contact details pick up a “What to Do and Where to Eat” booklet from the Bishop’s Castle Town Hall Visitor Information Office