Major events are listed below – look also at the monthly listing that Enterprise House produces >>HERE<<
Bishop’s Castle & Clun Festivals 2022
BISHOP’S CASTLE ARTS FESTIVAL February 17 – 21
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
CASTLE ARTISTS SPRING EXHIBITION
Friday 25, Saturday 26 & Sunday 27 February 2022 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 each day.
GREEN MAN DAY, CLUN 1st May Bank Holiday, Sunday & Monday May 1 & 2
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.
MOJO FESTIVAL 1st May Bank Holiday, Thursday – Sunday April 28 – May 2
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 7 & 7
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.
ROUND & ABOUT WALKS, Bishops Castle. May 17 – 30 May 2022
Come and walk in our beautiful rolling Shropshire hills and raise money for blood cancer research.
This circular Ramble (23 miles) runs between Bishops Castle and Clun, taking in Bury Ditches, the Walcot Estate and bits of the Shropshire Way and Offa’s Dyke.
It divides into a fairly gentle Amble (10 miles), more challenging Scramble (13 miles) and shorter distances if you choose. We mark the routes thoroughly with arrows, and send detailed maps with instructions in roughly 3-mile sections to your email address.
Enter by donating £10 per person to Blood Cancer UK via: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/jeanshirley and contacting firstname.lastname@example.org for your pack and further information.
Apply between March 1 and May 16. After that, you decide when to walk between May 17 – 30, on which route or routes and with whom.
You provide your own refreshments and, most importantly, are responsible for your own safety.
Our first aim is for you to enjoy the walking and the scenery. If you feel able to get sponsorship for Blood Cancer UK, that would achieve our second aim and make us very happy. Give your friends the justgiving link above.
BISHOP’S CASTLE WALKING FESTIVAL Thursday 5th May – Sunday 8th May 2022.
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 first three days. We have various evening events planned, including a presentation by Shropshire Photographer Ben Osborne on Friday 6th May and, on Saturday 7th May an evening meal followed by live music by Bishop’s Castle’s very own Irish/ Folk duo Bouzatina. www.bishopscastlewalkingfestival.co.uk
The Clun Valley Challenge Walk – May 14
The walk of 16 or 26 miles is organised by St. George’s Primary School Parent Teachers Association (registered charity-1046587) and was first started in 2003. During the past 19 years it has grown into a great challenge event raising thousands of pounds for our children.
WALCOT HALL OPEN DAY, Sunday & Monday May 29th & 30th
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 email@example.com www.walcothall.com
WALCOT HALL OPERA, Friday & Saturday June 10th & 11th
The annual opera performed by Opera a la Carte returns to the Ballroom for the 16th year running with a captivating performance of Carmen
(01588)680570 firstname.lastname@example.org www.walcothall.com
BISHOP’S CASTLE MIDSUMMER REJOICING Sunday June 26
The day usually 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 takes place during and after the service, before processing up to the Three Tuns Yard for much needed refreshment. email@example.com
BISHOP’S CASTLE CARNIVAL Sunday, July 3 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 Bishop’s Castle playing fields. Come and join us – FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY!!!
Josh Dickin 07530 691106
BISHOP’S CASTLE REAL ALE TRAIL Friday & Saturday July 8 & 9
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.
CLUN CARNIVAL Saturday July 30 – Sunday August 7
Several events, starting with an Art & Craft Exhibition in the Hightown Community Room on July 27 (closes August 7). On Show Day, August 6, 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 12- 14
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!).
Weekend tickets available. Camping included in ticket price.
Near Gatten Farm, Ratlinghope, Shropshire SY5 0SN 07828 785219
Contact: Phil Harding (01588) 650459 www.farmerphilsfestival.com
NEWCASTLE VILLAGE SHOW Saturday September 10 2022
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
MICHAELMAS FAIR Saturday, September 17 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!
BISHOP’S CASTLE CHRISTMAS CRACKER Saturday December 3 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 3 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
Events could change due to Coronavirus restrictions or infection rates. Please check before travelling.
For contact details go to www.bishopscastle.co.uk/tourism or pick up a “All you need to know about Bishop’s Castle” booklet from the Town Hall Visitor