Major events are listed below – look also at the monthly listing that Enterprise House produces >>HERE<<
*BISHOP’S CASTLE ARTS FESTIVAL Wednesday – Sunday 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
Around 15 local artists come together to show ‘Affordable Art’, which can include paintings, linocuts, watercolours, sculpture, textiles, ceramics and cards. See www.castleartists.co.uk
Free entry and parking, Disabled Access
MOJO FESTIVAL 1stMay Bank Holiday, Thursday – Sunday May 2 – 5
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 1stMay Bank Holiday, Sunday & Monday May 5 & 6
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 & SaturdayMay 10 & 11
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 11
Ramble – 22.5 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 – 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 – 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.
Entry fee online £19 (£20 after April 1) to include instructions, refreshments, lunch, transport as needed, and a certificate. All proceeds go to Bloodwise.
THE CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS MONDAY MAY 6
*BISHOP’S CASTLE WALKING FESTIVAL Wednesday – SundayMay 15 – 19
Our 21st 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
THE 17THCLUN VALLEY CHALLENGE WALK May 18
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 26 afternoon
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,runner-up in the Woodland Trust Tree of the Year competition.Leominster & Full Moon Morris will be dancing. There will be a Circus Workshop with Balloon Art and the Man on Stilts.Admission is free with donations towards entertainments.
Sandra Spence 01588 660657 firstname.lastname@example.org Ruth Brassington 01588 660473 email@example.com
WALCOT HALL OPEN DAY Late May Bank Holiday, Sunday & Monday May 26 & 27
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
WALCOT HALL OPERA, Friday & Saturday June 7 & 8
The annual opera performed by Opera a la Carte returns to the Ballroom for the 15th year running with a captivating performance of Rigoletto.
(01588) 680570 email@example.com
BISHOP’SCASTLE OPEN STUDIOSFriday, Saturday & Sunday June 7 – 9. 10.00 am – 5.00 pm each day.
A weekend of artist’s open studios and artisan shops in and around the town.
Pre-view at Bank House, 4, High St. on Wednesday, June 5 from 6.00pm – 8.00pm www.bcopenstudios.co.uk
CLUN GARDENS OPEN June 22 & 23
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 23
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, July 7
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.ukentries via British Cycling website. www.britishcycling.org.uk
*BISHOP’S CASTLE TANDEM TRIATHLON Saturday, July 6
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 7 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.
Amanda Houghton (01588) 630760 www.bishopscastlecarnival.wordpress.com
BISHOP’S CASTLE REAL ALE TRAIL Friday & Saturday July 12 & 13
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 14
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.
Heather Ashton firstname.lastname@example.org
BISHOP’S CASTLE PARTY IN THE PARKSaturday July 20
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 27 – SundayAugust 4
Several events, starting with an Art & Craft Exhibition in the Hightown Community Room on July 27 (closes August 4). On Show Day, August 3, a procession including marchers, carnival floats and historic vehicles starts a tour of 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 9 – 11
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 3
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 email@example.com.
PURSLOW SHOWBank Holiday Monday, August 26
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 . firstname.lastname@example.org
*NEWCASTLE VILLAGE SHOWSaturday September 7
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 email@example.com
NATIONAL HERITAGE OPEN DAYS IN
BISHOP’S CASTLE SaturdaySeptember 5
Look out for Heritage Open Day opportunities in early September 2019 at www.heritageopendays.org.uk
*MICHAELMAS FAIR Saturday, September 21 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!
CLUN VALLEY BEER FESTIVAL Friday – Sunday, October 4 – 6
All the pubs along the beautiful Clun valley join in this event. Transport is provided between pubs.
*RUSSET RAMBLE Saturday October 12
A 13 mile way marked walk around the local footpaths in aid of Bishop’s Castle Bowling Club.
Barry & Linda Jones jbarry54@Hotmail.com
*BISHOP’S CASTLE CHRISTMAS
CRACKER SaturdayDecember 7, 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 7
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.
CLUN CHRISTMAS LIGHTS Sunday December 8
From 5.30 p.m. to 7.00 p.m.
*BISHOP’S CASTLE ARTS FESTIVAL February 19 -23
Bishop’s Castle’s Arts Festival with music, literature and art, workshops, talks and exhibitionsat venues throughout the town. (01588) 630200