Events

2017

BISHOP’S CASTLE ARTS FESTIVAL February 22-26
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

 MOJO FESTIVAL 1st May Bank Holiday, April 30 – May 1
At the Crown & Anchor Vaults, Bishop’s Castle. A Blues & Rock music festival Thursday & Friday evenings, Sat & Sun from 2.00p.m. to close.. Local ales, traditional ciders and food on sale all weekend at the pub and within our covered yard.
Mandy 07971 213728 or Wayne 07747 877011

 GREEN MAN DAY, CLUN 1st May Bank Holiday, April 30 & May 1
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 5 & 6
All the fun of the fair as the travelling funfair comes to town.

BISHOP’S CASTLE ROUND & ABOUT WALKS, Ramble, Scramble or Amble May 6
Ramble – 22.5 miles This beautiful walk rambles over the rolling Shropshire hills from and back to Bishops Castle, via Offa’s Dyke, the Shropshire Way, the Walcot Estate and Bury Ditches, with a welcome hot vegetarian lunch provided at Clun.
Scramble – 13 miles This hill walk leaves Bishops Castle, to climb up to Offa’s Dyke from Mainstone, then enjoying views along the Cefns before dropping down past its castle to Clun, for lunch and transport back to Bishops Castle.
Amble – 9.5 miles Transport is provided to Clun for lunch, before an undulating stroll to Bury Ditches, then through the normally private Walcot Estate, and Oakley Mynd, to Bishops Castle.
The Route The route crosses quite remote countryside, some of which is not normally open to the public. It is, however, particularly safe in that it provides clear signage, written instructions and helpful marshals. www.bloodwise.org.uk/round-and-about

 BISHOP’S CASTLE WALKING FESTIVAL May 13 – 17
Our 18th annual Walking Festival will be held over five days in May, when the countryside is at its best. Our guided walks are led by experienced local volunteers and offer a great choice of walk length and terrain. A walker’s paradise, local footpaths lead over open hilltops, through winding valleys, tiny hamlets, country lanes and sometimes the remains of ancient hill forts. The views are pretty impressive too! Our walks are informal and friendly, often ending in a café or pub. We have five evening events planned. www.walkingfestival.co.uk

THE 15TH CLUN VALLEY CHALLENGE WALK May 13
16 or 26 miles starting from St. Georges School, Clun with 4,300 ft. of ascent. Entry £22 includes certificate, badge and gourmet refreshments. No dogs and no entries on the day
(01588) 640898  www.clunvalleychallenge.com

ARBOR DAY AT ASTON-ON-CLUN – Late May Bank Holiday Sunday, May 28 1.00 p.m. – 5.00 p.m. The last Tree Dressing ceremony in this country. Parade from the village hall. to the famous black poplar tree for Morris dancing & singing. Stalls, refreshments and fun on the green.  Sandra Spence  01588 660657  sandra_r_spence@yahoo.com or Ruth Brassington 01588 660473 r.brassington@hotmail.co.uk 

WALCOT HALL OPEN DAY Late May Bank Holiday, May 28&29
Walcot Hall, Lydbury North. The gardens and arboretum of this former home of Clive of India are open for charity under the National Garden Scheme from 1.30p.m. to 5.30 p.m. both days.(01588) 680570  www.walcothall.com

SHROPSHIRE HILLS ARTS WEEK,   June 3 – 11
Showcasing the best art from the Shropshire Hills, open studios, joint shows and an art trail.
07736 381287  www.shropshirehillsartsweek.co.uk

WALCOT HALL OPERA, June 9 & 10
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

 CLUN GARDENS OPEN June 24 & 25
Many gardens, usually about 20, in the village and surrounding area open to the public.
Heather Morris (01588) 640217

BISHOP’S CASTLE MIDSUMMER REJOICING June 24 & 25
A flower festival in the Church on Saturday   All groups in the town will be asked to take part and make an arrangement with theme of Midsummer Rejoicing. There will also be tombola and a raffle. 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 June 25
On your bike to help Arts Alive on the road
Chose from one of three routes (28, 45 and 68 miles) to suit your cycling ambition. Friendly atmosphere, handmade participant medals 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 July 1
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 July 2
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 bccarnival@btinternet.com

BISHOP’S CASTLE REAL ALE TRAIL Friday & Saturday July 7 & 8
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.
Mandy 07971 213728 or Wayne 07747 877011

 NGS CLUN GARDEN GROUP OPEN July 8& 9
A group of about 10 gardens in Clun open under the National Garden Scheme (Yellow Book) for the first time.
Heather Morris 01588) 640217

THE BRITISH STONE  SKIMMING CHAMPIONSHIP Sunday, July 9
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 ashton386@btinternet.com

THE GUMBO FESTIVAL – July 20 to 23
A weekend of top international blues & roots bands. At The Crown & Anchor Vaults.
Mandy 07971 213728 or Wayne 07747 877011

BISHOP’S CASTLE PARTY IN THE PARK Saturday 22nd July
One day music event organised by local ‘About Music Project’ AMP committee. Continuous music from 12.00 noon to 10pm, featuring a varied selection of local and guest bands.  This is a relaxed family event so bring a chair and enjoy the music.  Featuring bar, food and children’s activity. (01588) 630092 or (01588) 638664

 CLUN CARNIVAL July 29 – August 6
Several events, starting with an Art & Craft Exhibition in the Hightown Community Room on July 29 (closes August 6). On Show Day, August 5, 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

FARMER PHIL’S FESTIVAL, RATLINGHOPE August 11 – 13
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

BISHOP’S CASTLE CHALLENGE WALK – August 19
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 the hall.
Contact Jane Carroll (01588) 638467 www.bcchallengewalk.co.uk.

PURSLOW SHOW Bank Holiday Monday, August 28
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, beer tent and entertainment.
Anne Sutton (01588) 660141 . atsutton@btinternet.com

NATIONAL HERITAGE OPEN DAYS IN BISHOP’S CASTLE
Thursday & Friday September 7 & 8
Organised by Bishop’s Castle Heritage Resource Centre & Town Hall Trust.
Visit our 18th century Council Chamber at Bishop’s Castle Town Hall where you can see a typical C18th-early C19th courtroom, use any available costume garments (e.g. gowns, wigs) and handle maces, seals, quill pens, goblets, candle sticks etc. There will be a an opportunity to write with a quill pen like an C18th Magistrate.
In the market hall there will be heritage displays and leaflets/booklets and you can visit the basement dungeon.  www.heritageopendays.org.uk
Open between 10.00 and 4.00. For further details email info@bishopscasteltownhall.co.uk

NEWCASTLE VILLAGE SHOW September 9
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

 MICHAELMAS FAIR September 23   12 noon -till Late
Bishops Castles Streets will be buzzing with entertainment including  Live music, Dance, Street Entertainment, Steam and Vehicle processions, Stalls, , Evening lantern procession followed by the Samba Band and Fire Show! Plus much more…. There’s nothing like it!
www.michaelmasfair.co.uk

Bishop’s Castle History Day September 30 10.00 am – 4.00 pm The Friends of Shropshire Archives and BC & Area Heritage Forum are holding a history day to include short talks in the morning and optional afternoon tours in the Town, including the Town Hall.
Patricia Theobald & Evelyn Bowles mail@bchrc.co.uk

CLUN VALLEY BEER FESTIVAL Friday & Saturday October 6 & 7
All the pubs along the beautiful Clun valley join in this event. Transport is provided between pubs.  www.cvbf.co.uk

RUSSET RAMBLE October 7
12 mile sponsored walk around the local footpaths in aid of Bishop’s Castle Bowling Club.
Tony Graham ramble@gmail.com 

BISHOP’S CASTLE CHRISTMAS CRACKER December 2
Music, late night shopping and parades along with Santa’s Grotto.
info on Facebook 01588 638141

CRAFT SHOW AT ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, BISHOP’S CASTLE December 2
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 December 3 From 7.00 p.m. to 8.00 p.m.
www.clungreenman.org.uk

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