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Forthcoming events in South Shropshire
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. Ludlow Food Open days are back 19-21 July after the success of last years events. And a new Festival of Small Gardens is being launched in Ludlow over the August Bank holiday.

Shropshire National Gardens events – now is the time to visit Shropshire's wonderful gardens.  See PDF for dates & venues

Tour de Ludlow is on Saturday 22nd June, during national Bike Week.
Family friendly bike ride around Oakly park with picnic at the Ludlow Food Centre.  Cyclists are encouraged to join in the bee theme! See PDF for more details.

The British Stone-skimming Championships 30 June are being held at Walcot Hall Lake, Lydbury North, near Bishop’s Castle.  This amazing event has more stone and water related competitions than you thought possible.  Enter or just come as a spectator - fun for all the family.

The Bishop’s Castle Real Ale Festival takes place on 12 and 13 July with all the towns six pubs and two breweries taking part.  The 20 July sees the best of South West Shropshire’s young musicians taking to stage in the day long bash that is The Party in the Park in Bishop’s Castle – bring a rug, bring a picnic and bring the family.

Ludlow Food Open Days  19-21 July
Food and drink producers around Ludlow will be opening their doors to visitors on the weekend of 19 to 21 July. This will be a repeat of the successful Open Days event organised last year by the Local to Ludlow group.  Visitors can plan their own 'food journey' through the lovely countryside using the 'Open Days' map, or join a minibus tour, organised bike ride or group walk. There will also be an evening celebration at the Ludlow Brewery on Friday 19 offering a chance to taste some of the featured produce.

For more information please go to or ring Tish Dockerty 01584 872043

The event is also supported by the Ludlow Marches Slow Food Group.

Ludlow’s Festival of Small Gardens Sunday 25 and Monday 26 August
There are up to 30 lovely gardens to visit, with a free minibus link throughout both days. But that's not all - there's a sculpture trail and art exhibitions to enjoy, and you can listen to music from Ludlow Jazz Quartet and Bang On samba band.  And there will be Street entertainers including fire jugglers, stilt walkers, hula dancers, magicians and musicians.

Gardens are open 12 noon to 6pm.  Refreshment available include light lunches, wine, afternoon tea and ice creams. 

Ticket/Map £6 (for one day), or £10 (two days), available from late June from Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Myriad Organics, The Broad Bean, Carvell’s ‘Art of Tea’ Rooms, Bodenham’s, and from the gardens on the day

The Magical Bicycle Tour -  Saturday 31 August. The Sun Inn ,Leintwardine is hosting a leg of this cycle tour with a difference.  Dino Christodoulou is a jazz musician from Bristol and is organising the Magical Bicycle Tour – a tour from Bristol with a difference involving three bands! The group cycle from Bristol gigging each night and carrying their own equipment by bicycle including a double bass and drum kit. 

Saturday 21 September is the date for the return of the extravaganza that is Bishop’s Castle’s Michaelmas Fair – for one day only this year, so don't miss it.  More details of all these events including times and admission prices can be found at

Pentabus Theatre Company are running a guided trail around The Bog Visitor Centre on Sundays in September featuring extracts from interviews with local women who work on the land.  It will take 1-1.5 hours and there will be a requirement to book to ensure you get a headset with the performance. More details later

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