Forthcoming events

17th July 2012

Don’t forget to let your visitors know about events (and walks) in our area. If you have an event you want to publicise in this newsletter - just let us know. As you may be aware Mercia Fell Runners Club is preparing to host the UK Athletics British Hill & Fell Running Relay Championship on the 14th of October. They have also offered local businesses a free entry on their website

Leasowes Bank Festival, Ratlinghope – July 7 to 28
Held at Leasowes Bank Farm in a converted barn this annual music festival incorporates first class performances and new work commissioned.  Tel:  01743 790769 email:

The British Stone Skimming Championships – July 15
In The grounds of Walcot Hall, Lydbury North near Bishop’s Castle.  Take part in the various stone related events or just watch the fun.  Bring a picnic.  Tel:  01588 638818 email:

Bishop’s Castle Party in the Park – July 21
Party for and by the local ‘About Music Project’ with local well know and new bands.  This is a relaxed family event, bring a deck chair and enjoy the music. 12 noon to 10 p.m.  Tel:  01588 638173 or 01588 638664

Local to Ludlow  Open Days– 27 -29 July
Meet the producers – or join in one of the guided walks, bus tours &k cyclerides.  Click on for more details – here is more detail about the bike ride

29 July - The Food Chain
Get closer to the countryside and local produce by joining an organised bicycle ride taking in a number of the Open Days venues on the way. The first stop will be the Sun Inn, Leintwardine. Gary Seymour will give us an account of the history of this unique parlour pub. The route then goes onto nearby Marlow Farm, where Tammy Hall grows beautiful flowers, before reaching Hopesay Glebe Farm for a tour with owner Phil Moore of this organic smallholding.

The route will continue to Craven Arms and then join the National Cycle Route 44 back towards Ludlow via Onibury and Bromfield. The final entry to Ludlow will be through Oakly Park Estate.

The event is FREE. It will start at 10am on Sunday from Castle Square outside the main gates of Ludlow Castle. Pearce Cycles will provide a ‘Dr Bike’ bike check service should any minor adjustments need to be made before setting off. Bike hire is also available – please contact direct on 01584 879 288.

Expected time of return is 5pm. Although there are numerous occasions to purchase snack food and refreshments on the way you may want to bring a packed lunch. Under 16 year olds must be accompanied by an adult.

Places are free but limited. Please register place/s using the link below or ringing Ray Hughes at Shropshire Council on 01743 253063. Or book online

Clun Carnival – August 4
A procession of carnival floats tour the town at 1.30 p.m. followed by the crowing of the ‘carnival queen’ in the town square followed by an afternoon of stalls and local produce show in the Castle grounds.  Art and Craft Exhibition is held in the Town Hall from the previous Monday.  Tel:  01588 640629 or 660250.

UK Athletics British Hill & Fell Running Relay Championship on the 14th of October. 
Mercia Fell runners club, who are organising this event, have made efforts to ensure that the opportunity will benefit the visitor economy of the Town and area - working with Church Stretton Area Tourism Group and Shropshire Hills Buy Local to engage with their membership and associated enterprises.  They would like to  remind ‘visitor economy’ businesses of the opportunity to display an entry on the visitor pages of our event web site and inviting potential sponsors to get in touch.