Shropshire: Events, fairs and festivals all year round

Whatever time of year you happen to be travelling around Shropshire, chances are you’ll bump into some sort of event, fair or festival in progress. It’s that sort of place.

In Aston-on-Clun, they’ve been tree-dressing to celebrate the Restoration of Charles II (and his occupancy of another local tree) every year since 1786.

Newer events include the Shrewsbury Flower Festival, at a mere 156 years old; the Tales From The Edge storytelling extravaganza in Whitchurch – now an international event.

There are country fairs, street carnivals, transport and heritage rallies, walking festivals, festivals of music and art, and plenty of opportunities to indulge in our local food and drink.

Events are everywhere, a real celebration of our Shropshire way of life – so why not join us? Here’s just a pointer to the sort of things you can get up to…

Bangers and Mash

If you like firework displays – big beautiful ones with lots of noise – you don’t have to wait until November – they can be found at the Shrewsbury Flower Show in August.

The Oswestry Show is one of Shropshire’s top annual events, drawing in thousands of visitors from across the UK

So where’s the mash? Well, at the Ludlow Food Festival of course, an international celebration of our local food – a gourmet’s delight. More local food can be tasted and purchased at Oswestry Food & Drink Festival in July.

And even more drink can be drunk at the beer festivals in Bishops Castle, Shrewsbury and even Clun (so, not always “the quietest under the sun”). There are also Farmers Markets throughout the year in nearly every town.

Fair Share of Festivals

The town of Bridgnorth hosts the English Haydn Music Festival in June. Then there is the Shrewsbury summer season which includes music, visual arts and a cartoon festival.

And even more art can be found at the Church Stretton Arts Festival in July and August. But we’re not stuffy in Shropshire, as the annual “V” Festival at Weston Park shows. It’s always popular so book early.

 

Flower Power, Horse Power, or Hobson’s Choice

Parade in action during Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas Fair

Shropshire is renowned for its floral bloomings; the Shrewsbury Flower Show will tickle the nostrils and stimulate the eyes of the most green-fingered among you. The National Gardens Scheme also flourishes in our fertile soil.

There’s heavy horse power at Acton Scott and steam power at the Severn Valley Railway, the Shrewsbury Steam Rally and at Ironbridge. And other vintage rallies also celebrate the transport of yesteryear.

But if you feel the need to be more active, we even have festivals of walking. How does the Church Stretton Walking Festival grab you?

There’s also one in Bishops Castle. And there are town trails, guided walks, ghost trails, murder and mayhem too. Shropshire on foot – marvellous.

Words: Shropshire Tourism (shropshiretourism.co.uk)