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Shropshire & Herefordshire

HEREFORDSHIRE & SHROPSHIRE

The poet A.E. Housman was entranced by south SHROPSHIRE’S “blue remembered hills”, but this wonderfully rural county has wider appeal. The market town of Ludlow is a gastronomic capital with specialist food shops and many restaurants. The medieval streets of Shrewsbury are rich in small, independent shops and the county is home to two World Heritage Sites:  the Ironbridge Gorge Museums near Telford - 10 museums marking the birthplace of the industrial revolution - and the tongue-twisting Pontcysyllte Aqueductspanning the Welsh/Shropshire border, linking into the north Shropshire canals.

There are fairytale castles at Clun, Ludlow and Stokesay. Burford House is an example of stunning gardens found in many parts, and small market towns such as Bishop’s Castle, with its micro-brewery, and Ellesmere with its exquisite system of lakes or Meres add distinctive tone.

HEREFORDSHIRE shares the natural beauty of its neighbour, especially in the Golden Valley, in the lee of the Black Mountains, and the heights of Symonds Yat which form a stunning viewpoint over the River Wye near the Forest of Dean.

As a cider county, Herefordshire is fragrant with orchards, best seen on driving and cycle routes around Pembridge, Ledbury and Bromyard where it’s possible to visit farms. Pretty, half-timbered black and white villages form an attractive 40-mile drive through centres such as Eardisland, Dilwyn and the market towns of Kington and Leominster, where local food including Hereford beef can be sampled. Hereford’s Cathedral is home to the extraordinary ancient map, the Mappa Mundi.

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July

Ludlow Dog day
Ludlow Dog day

A family fun day centered around dogs in the beautiful grounds of Stokesay Court. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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Three Choirs Festival
Three Choirs Festival

The Three Choirs Festival, held annually since the early eighteenth century and rotating between the three great cathedral cities of Gloucester, Worcester and Hereford, is one of the world’s oldest classical music festivals. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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August

Magnalonga
Magnalonga

The Magnalonga is a food and drink walk of about eight miles. It starts and finishes in Ludlow: a journey where you combine a walk through unspoilt countryside with some of the best food and drink from the Marches. (photo - VisitEngland/Diana Jarvis)

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Shrewsbury Flower Show
Shrewsbury Flower Show

The Flower Show features, T.V. personalities, celebrity Chefs, Folk Bands, singers and spectacular arena acts entertain the crowds for 12 hours on each day of the show, ending with a magnificent firework display.

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September

Ludlow Food & Drink Festival
Ludlow Food & Drink Festival

Over 180 local food and drink producers, talks and demos, trails, children’s entertainment and much more. Park & Ride advised. Inside Ludlow Castle and around the town. (photo - VisitEngland)
 

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November

Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre
Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre

Start the Christmas season in medieval style in the stunning setting of Ludlow castle.

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May

Ludlow Spring Festival and Marches Transport Festival
Ludlow Spring Festival and Marches Transport Festival

Over 180 real ales, 60+ local food producers, 180 classic cars and live music all inside Ludlow Castle. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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RHS Malvern Spring Festival
RHS Malvern Spring Festival

More than just gardens. Visitors have the chance to get fabulous retail therapy, with crafts, home accessories and unusual plants on offer. There was the complete taste experience with food and drink to suit everyone.

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June

Ludlow Fringe Festival
Ludlow Fringe Festival

Over 150 music, comedy and visual & performing arts events taking place in venues across Ludlow. (photo ©VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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Royal Three Counties Show
Royal Three Counties Show

A great British day out at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern. The region’s largest Agricultural Show. (photo ©VisitEngland/Marketing Gloucester)

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Shrewsbury Food Festival
Shrewsbury Food Festival

A festival of food and drink, with local craft, unsigned bands and family entertainment. (photo - VisitEngland/Isle of Wight Festival Isle of Wight Festival)

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