Events

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

2020

BISHOP’S CASTLE ARTS FESTIVAL Wednesday – Sunday February 19-23
Bishop’s Castle’s arts festival with music, literature and art, workshops, talks and exhibitions.at venues throughout the town. (01588) 630200
www.bishopscastleartsfestival.com
suewillmer@mac.com

CASTLE ARTISTS SPRING EXHIBITION Friday 21, Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 February 10.00 – 5.00 at the Public Hall, Station Street, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5AQ.
Around 15 local artists come together to show ‘Affordable Art’, which can include paintings, linocuts, watercolours, sculpture, photographs, textiles, jewellery, ceramics and cards.
Refreshments by the Mainstone WI will be available most of eachday.
See http://www.castleartists.co.uk/
Free entry and parking, Disabled Access

MOJO FESTIVAL 1stMay Bank Holiday, Thursday – Sunday May 7 – 10
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

BISHOP’S CASTLE MAY FAIR Friday & Saturday May 8 & 9
All the fun of the fair as the travelling funfair comes to town. The fair takes place on the auction yard off Station St. and on the land opposite.

BISHOP’S CASTLE ROUND & ABOUT WALKS, Ramble, Scramble or Amble
Saturday, May 9
Ramble – 23 miles This beautiful circular 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, and enjoys views along the Cefns before dropping down to Clun, past its castle, for lunch and transport back to Bishops Castle.
Amble – 10 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 – Scramble & Amble follow the same route as Ramble which 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
Entry fee online £19 (£20 after April 1) to include written instructions, refreshments, lunch, transport as needed, and a certificate. All proceeds go to Bloodwise.
THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MONDAY MAY 4

*BISHOP’S CASTLE WALKING FESTIVAL
Thursday May 14  – Sunday May 17
Our 22nd 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. There will be tea and cakes in Church Barn after the walks on the firstthree days. We have various evening events planned including Three Tuns Brewery Tours.
www.bishopscastlewalkingfestival.co.uk

THE 18THCLUN VALLEY CHALLENGE WALK May 16
Walk of 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) 60898 info@clunvalleychallenge.com www.clunvalleychallenge.com

ARBOR DAY AT ASTON-ON-CLUN – Late May Bank Holiday Sunday, May 31 starting at 1.15 pm
The last Tree Dressing ceremony in this country.Procession of flags made by local school children and led by a fiddler & hurdy gurdy player from the village hall to the famous black poplar tree. Admission is free with donations towards entertainments.
Paul Slater  01384 897138 ppslater@outlook.com or Paul & Rose Sweetland 01588 660139 rosannesw03@icloud.com

WALCOT HALL OPEN DAY
Late May Bank Holiday, Sunday & Monday May 24 & 25
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 enquiries@walcothall.com www.walcothall.com

WALCOT HALL OPERA, Friday & Saturday June 12 & 13
The annual opera performed by Opera a la Carte returns to the Ballroom for the 15th year running with a captivating performance of La Traviata
(01588) 680570 enquiries@walcothall.com www.walcothall.com

BISHOP’S CASTLE OPEN STUDIOS Friday, Saturday & Sunday June 5 – 7. 10.00 am – 5.00 pm each day.
A long weekend of artist’s Open Studios and Artisan shops in and around the town.
Pre-view at Bank House, 4, High St. Bishop’s Castle SY9 5BQ on Wednesday, June 3 from 6.00pm – 8.00pm www.bcopenstudios.co.uk

CLUN GARDENS OPEN
June 20 & 21
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 21
The day begins with Morris Dancing at Coverage Care in Union St at 10am by our local teams, Shropshire Bedlams and Martha Rhoden’s Tuppeney Dish, plus a guest team. The Rushcart is decorated with posies and all process dancing and walking up to the top of town and down to Church for the 11am Festival Service for our patron saint, St John the Baptist. Further dancing takesplace during and after the service, before processing up to the Three Tuns Yard for much needed refreshment. (01588) 630324

BISHOP’S CASTLE TANDEM TRIATHLON Saturday, July 4
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 5 from 12 noon.
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.
Josh Dickin 07530 691106 bcbc97@outlook.com www.bishopscastlecarnival.wordpress.com

BISHOP’S CASTLE REAL ALE TRAIL Friday & Saturday July 10 & 11
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 12
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. Supporting the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Heather Ashton ashton386@btinternet.com
www.stoneskimming.co.uk

CLUN CARNIVAL Saturday July 25 – Sunday August 2
Several events, starting with an Art & Craft Exhibition in the Hightown Community Room on July 27 (closes August 2). On Show Day, August 1, a procession including marchers, carnival floats and historic vehicles starts a tour of the town at 1.00 pm 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 Friday – Sunday August 14- 16
Rock festival in the hills! A family friendly music festival complete with on-site camping, three stages featuring over 50 outstanding live acts, three bars, children’s entertainment, highest quality food vendors catering for all tastes, hot showers and clean toilets – all for an affordable entrance price (which includes FREE camping!).  We celebrated our 21st birthday in 2019 and work is already underway to make 2020 our best year yet!
Weekend tickets available. Camping from 10 – 17 August. Camping included in ticket price.
Near Gatten Farm, Ratlinghope, Shropshire SY5 0SN 07828 785219 (Jessica)
Contact: Phil Harding (01588) 650459
www.farmerphilsfestival.com

BISHOP’S CASTLE CHALLENGE WALK Saturday August 1
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 jane.carrol@gmail.com www.bcchallengewalk.co.uk.

PURSLOW SHOW Bank Holiday Monday, August 31
A small country show at Purslow Farm just past the Hundred House Inn at Purslow in the Clun Valley with something for everyone from 12.00 noon. to 5.30p.m., dog show, gymkhana, beer tent and entertainment.
Anne Sutton (01588) 660141  atsutton@btinternet.com

NEWCASTLE VILLAGE SHOW Saturday September 12
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
SaturdaySeptember 13
Look out for Heritage Open Day opportunities in early September 2020  at www.heritageopendays.org.uk

MICHAELMAS FAIR 
Saturday, September 19 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!
mail@michaelmasfair.co.uk
www.michaelmasfair.co.uk

CLUN VALLEY BEER FESTIVAL Friday – Sunday, September 25 – 27
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 10
A 13 mile way marked walk around the local footpaths in aid of Bishop’s Castle Bowling Club.
Barry & Linda Jones russetramble@gmail.com .

CASTLE ARTISTS CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION Saturday & Sunday December 5 & 6
Around 15 local artists come together to show ‘Affordable Art’, which can include paintings, linocuts, watercolours, sculpture,photographs, textiles, ceramics and cards.from 10.00 – 5.00 each day in the Public Hall, Station Street, Bishops Castle SY9 5AQ
Free entry and parking, Disabled Access.
See http://www.castleartists.co.uk/

BISHOP’S CASTLE CHRISTMAS CRACKER SaturdayDecember 5, lights switch on at 6.00 p.m
Street food, music, Santa’s Grottos, parade, fireworks and late night shopping.
www.bcchristmaslights.co.uk 01588 638141

CRAFT SHOW AT ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST
CHURCH, BISHOP’S CASTLE
Saturday December 5
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 6
From 5.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
clungreenmanfestival@gmail.com
www.clungreenman.org.uk

2021

BISHOP’S CASTLE ARTS FESTIVAL February 17 – 21
Bishop’s Castle’s Arts Festival with music, literature and art, workshops, talks and exhibitionsat venues throughout the town. (01588) 630200
 www.bishopscastleartsfestival.com
suewillmer@mac.com