Major events are listed below – look also at the monthly listing that Enterprise House produces >>HERE<<
BISHOP’S CASTLE ARTS FESTIVAL Wednesday – Sunday February 21-25
Bishop’s Castle’s arts festival with music, literature and art, workshops, talks and exhibitions.at venues throughout the town. (01588) 630200 firstname.lastname@example.org
MOJO FESTIVAL 1st May Bank Holiday, Thursday – Sunday May 3 – 6
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, Sunday & Monday May 6 & 7
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.
BISHOP’S CASTLE MAY FAIR Friday & Saturday May 11 & 12
All the fun of the fair as the travelling funfair comes to town.
BISHOP’S CASTLE ROUND & ABOUT WALKS, Ramble, Scramble or Amble Saturday, May 12
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.
BISHOP’S CASTLE WALKING FESTIVAL Wednesday – Saturday May 16 – 20
Our 19th annual Walking Festival will be held over four 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
THE 16TH CLUN VALLEY CHALLENGE WALK May 19
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 27 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 email@example.com or Ruth Brassington 01588 660473 firstname.lastname@example.org
WALCOT HALL OPEN DAY Late May Bank Holiday, Sunday & Monday May 27 & 28
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
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
SHROPSHIRE HILLS ARTS WEEK, June 2 – 10
Showcasing the best art from the Shropshire Hills, open studios, joint shows and an art trail. 11.00 am to 5.00 pm daily.
07736 381287 www.shropshirehillsartsweek.co.uk
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 (01588) 638467 www.bcchallengewalk.co.uk.
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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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