BISHOP’S CASTLE TOWN HALL www.bishopscastletownhall.co.uk
This imposing 18th Century Grade II* listed building stands at the top of the main street with magnificent views across the town and countryside beyond. It re-opened in 2014 after a major renovation project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and other grants, turning this historic building into a thriving community hub. Bishop’s Castle Town Hall Trust now manages the building offering a diverse year round programme of events and entertainment, art and exhibitions, heritage and visitor information, crafts and local products, weddings, parties and dances, markets and specialist sales. Activities link to key festivals and events throughout the year.
For information on events and activities visit www.bishopscastletownhall.co.uk
THE THREE TUNS BREWERY Salop St., Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire SY9 5BW (01588) 638392 www.threetunsbrewery.co.uk The oldest brewery in the UK, part 17th century and part 19th century featuring a miniature Victorian tower brewhouse with a gravity process still in use producing fine, traditional beers. Tours by appointment – a maximum of 16 per tour and the brewery is unsuitable for people unable to cope with steep staircases. The brewery now has Brewery Taps at The Bridges, Ratlinghope, SY5 0ST and at The Sun Inn, Clun, SY7 8JB. (see “Where to Eat” and the “Where to Stay” sections)
THE HOUSE ON CRUTCHES MUSEUM Opposite Town Hall. Office at Bishop’s Castle Heritage Resource Centre Chapel Yard, High Street, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5DE (01588) 630556 (may be answer phone) www.hocmuseum.org.uk Delightful museum illustrating the life of the town. Much of the collection has been donated or loaned by local inhabitants and paints a lively picture of life in a border town which has had a market since 1128. There are four display rooms in this unique early 16th century building and the stewards are all volunteers who enjoy sharing their enthusiasm with local residents and visitors from far and wide. Because of the nature of the building there is very limited access for visitors with mobility difficulties. The two ground floor rooms have steps into and between them. The two upper rooms are accessed by a staircase.
Open: Easter to Michaelmas Fair in September –Sat, Sun & Bank Holiday Mondays from 2.00p.m. – 5.00p.m. or at any other times by arrangement. Additional morning openings over busy weekends, please visit www.hocmuseum.org.uk/news.asp for more information. Admission: free but donations welcome at this charity run museum. guided tours can be booked outside opening hours at the Town Hall 10.00 – 4.00 Mon – Sat (01588) 630023 email@example.com
BISHOPS CASTLE RAIL & TRANSPORT MUSEUM Alan Belcher (01588) 660708) or Peter Mills (01588) 640171 www.bchrc.co.uk *ground floor only. The museum, in School Lane off the High Street, shows the colourful history of the town’s railway which ran from Craven Arms and closed in 1935. It also shows examples of the local road transport during the same period. The museum is run by volunteer members of the Bishop’s Castle Railway Society. Open: Easter to end of October, Sat and Sun 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. and all bank holidays. Admission: free but donations welcome. WHAT TO SEE & DO
BISHOP’S CASTLE HERITAGE RESOURCE CENTRE, Chapel Yard, High Street, Bishop’s Castle SY9 5DE (01588) 630556 www.bchrc.co.uk
The museum, in School Lane off the High Street, shows the colourful history of the town’s railway which ran from Craven Arms and closed in 1935. It also shows examples of the local road transport during the same period. The museum is run by volunteer members of the Bishop’s Castle Railway Society. Open: Easter to end of September 17th, Sat and Sun 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. and all bank holidays. Admission: free but donations welcome.
THE CASTLE ARTISTS’ EXHIBITIONS Drusilla Cole (01588) 638458 www.castleartists.co.uk Around 20 local artists come together two or three times a year in the spacious Public Hall, Station St. SY9 5AQ to show “Affordable art”, which can include paintings, linocuts, watercolours, textiles, ceramics and cards.
EXHIBITION Saturday 25th to Sunday 26th November 2016 10am to 5pm Local artists’ Paintings, Photographs, Linocuts, Textiles & Cards
EXHIBITION at the Bishops Castle Arts Festival Friday 24th to Sunday 26th Feb 2017 10am to 5pm Local artists’ Paintings, Photographs, Linocuts, Textiles & Cards
Live music at times from acoustic duo McMurdo Sound – Val Marciandi and Cat Piggott. Donations to Festival Funds invited.
At both exhibitions you can also enjoy a lovely cup of tea and homemade cake made by the Mainstone WI at the Creative Café (café closes at 4pm)
Admission Free & Free parking and full disabled access
www.bishopscastleartsfestival.co.uk for more info
MUSIC AT THE VAULTS Mandy 07971 213728 or Wayne 07747 877011
Live bands perform every Thursday and Saturday evenings at The Crown & Anchor Vaults, High St., Bishop’s Castle with an open mic/jam session on the 1st Thursday hosted by a band. Amps, P.A. and drums are provided.
July 8th & 9th 2016 Bishop’s Castle Real Ale Trail, live music, real ale and cider bar;
July 21st – 24th 2016 The Gumbo Festival, a local and international blues and roots festival in the pub and the yard,
September 17th 2016 Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair, real ale and cider bar, live band at 9.00 p.m. Saturday night.
April 28th – May 1st 2017 (Bank Holiday) The Mojo Festival with many R & B bands and real ale and cider bar in the yard;
SPARC THEATRE, Bishop’s Castle www.sparctheatre.co.uk. A vibrant and varied programme, including National Theatre Live and other live screenings, theatre, music, films and exhibitions. SpArC Theatre has 142 seat auditorium and is fully accessible with on-site parking available. Book at tickets at SpArC or Enterprise House box offices (01588 630321 /638038) or online at www.sparctheatre.co.uk. To join the theatre mailing list or for any other enquiries via email, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. (see “What to Do” section for the SpArC Leisure Centre)
BISHOP’S CASTLE FILM SOCIETY Jeff Hill 01588 630778
The society shows selected films fortnightly on Wednesday evenings at The Three Tuns Inn from late September to mid April. Drinks and meals are available at the inn prior to the show. Visitors are welcome. Admission: Wednesday evenings at 8.00 p.m. Admission: guests £5.00 students £2.50. Programmes available from Bishop’s Castle Visitor Information Centre at the Town Hall.
THE COMMUNITY COLLEGE, Bishop’s Castle (01588) 638257
www.communitycollegebc.org.uk The Community College has become a vibrant and successful 11-16 school which consistently puts high quality teaching and learning at the heart of what it does. A strong Parent Teacher Association with various activities and events throughout the year. Close links to SpArC with its educational, cultural and sporting activities and links with the local community. An Eco-Building for use by both students and the community.
BISHOP’S CASTLE LIBRARY (01588) 638215 The library has premises at Enterprise House in Station Street. It has a good local reference section with books and maps, and visitors’ tickets are also available for fiction and non-fiction books. DVDs and audiobooks are also offered. The Library is open on Mondays 10.00 a.m. – 2.00 p.m., Tuesdays and Fridays 10.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m. 2.00 p.m – 7.00 p.m. and Saturdays 9.30 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. A mobile library serves the villages.
.WALCOT HALL & ARBORETUM Lydbury North, Shropshire SY7 8AZ www.walcothall.com The Hall is the historic home of Lord Clive of India. It is only open to the public on Sun and Mon May 29th & 30th (late May Bank Holiday) when teas are served in the ballroom. The gardens and arboretum are also open under the National Gardens Scheme. The Arboretum is open from April to October – 12 noon – 4.00 p.m. every day but Saturday.
KERRY VALE VINEYARD ground floor only Pentrehyling, nr. Churchstoke, Shropshire SY15 6HU – only 6 miles from Bishop’s Castle. June & Geoff Ferguson (01588) 620627 www.kerryvalevineyard.co.uk
Vineyard tours and wine tasting, hot & cold beverages, light lunches, homemade cakes for sale in our cellar door wine café. Delicious afternoon teas with sparkling wine also available (pre booking essential). Groups welcome. Bespoke packages available. Vouchers on sale for gifts. Our award winning wine for sale. Open Tuesdays – Sundays. Credit cards accepted. Disabled access to ground floor only, disabled toilet available and disabled parking.
THE BOG VISITOR CENTRE, Stiperstones (01743) 792747 www.bogcentre.co.uk
A gas-lit former Victorian village school serving the local mining community, the centre and the neighbouring Bog mine are 1300ft. up at the foot of the Stiperstones National Nature Reserve and at the heart of the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is the ideal starting point for many walks.
It is open as a visitor centre with information, toilets, home-made refreshments, locally made crafts for sale, disabled access, facilities and parking. Dogs welcome (on a lead). Visitors welcome to eat their packed lunches on the premises. The centre is a Shuttle Bus stop and is run by an independent volunteer group who have extensive local knowledge. They have received a Certificate of Excellence from Trip Advisor and are ranked 15 out of 81 for the best places to visit around Shrewsbury.
Open every day from March 23rd to Sunday, November 6th 10.00a.m. to 5.00 p.m. every day except Monday when we open at 12.00 noon.
If groups of 12+ are visiting and will require refreshments, please advise us.
Re-opens for the Bog Centre Christmas Craft Fair 11th – 13th Nov.
SNAILBEACH LEAD MINE Mike Moore (01952) 405105 to book site and/or underground tours. Andy Wood (01588) 630090 for general information.
www.shropshiremines.org.uk for the Shropshire Mines Trust
Always check the Shropshire Mines Trust Facebook page or Twitter @shropshiremines prior to visiting to confirm that the site is staffed.
Amongst the wooded slopes and moorland above the Snailbeach valley are the relics of a once thriving lead mining industry. The South West Shropshire orefields were originally worked in Roman times and became the most productive in Europe. Mining finally ceased in the 1950s and the site is now a scheduled ancient monument with 20 fine buildings, the best set of preserved lead mine buildings in the UK.
It is staffed by volunteers on Easter Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday, the late May Bank Holiday Sunday, then Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays from June to October. When open, the Visitor Centre, entry free, has an audio visual presentation of the mine’s history. You can walk round the site with a self-led trail leaflet and see the Locomotive Shed and the Blacksmith’s Shop. With an experienced guide, visitors can go underground into Day Level, charges £2 adult and £1 child. Helmets and lights are provided and warm clothes and suitable footwear recommended.
The village of Snailbeach is 2 miles south of Minsterley off the A488 road from Shrewsbury to Bishops Castle. Park at the Village Hall car park where there are public toilets. The Shropshire Hills Shuttle Buses (Stiperstones Route) stop at Snailbeach village and it is a short stroll up to the mine site.
Guided tours of the site and/or underground workings may be booked in advance any time between Easter and October.
The village of Snailbeach is 2 miles south of Minsterley off the A488 road from Shrewsbury to Bishops Castle. Park at the Village Hall car park where there are
public toilets. The Shropshire Hills Shuttle Buses (Stiperstones Route) stop at Snailbeach village and it is a short stroll up to the mine site.