Let's do...7 things in November

Hampton Court Castle Firework Spectacular

Hampton Court Castle Firework Spectacular

1. We LOVE firework displays! You’re never too old to ooh and aah at rockets and Catherine Wheels or spell your name out with a sparkler. What’s better than cocooning yourself in scarves, hat and gloves, warming up with a mug of mulled wine and keeping toasty next to a roaring bonfire? Thankfully, organisers in the Marches agree with us and although many displays took place at the end of October, there’s still a good choice of events you can attend this month from a laser display at Hampton Court Castle on 2nd November, to fairground rides at Bayston Hill on 5th November, a HUGE bonfire night at West Mid Showground on 3rd November and Round Table 40th anniversary celebrations at both Tenbury and Hereford on 3rd November. For more information on these events, check out our Events page for follow us on Facebook.

The Remembrance bench on Whitcliffe Common Photo credit: LGL

The Remembrance bench on Whitcliffe Common Photo credit: LGL

2. We’ve had a stunning display of ceramic poppies at St. Laurence’s, a reflective bench on Whitcliffe, dedications in this year’s Ludlow in Bloom and even hand-sewn linen napkins detailing the names of Ludlow’s fallen. As we celebrate the centenary of WW1, join the congregation at Ludlow’s Remembrance Sunday Service on Sunday 11 November beginning at the Peace Memorial by Ludlow Market. At 10:30am the Civic and Church processions will arrive at the Peace Memorial on the Market Square, followed by the arrival of the Parade, which will set off from Ludlow Castle. The Act of Remembrance and wreath laying will take place at the outdoor Peace Memorial service. At 6.50pm a beacon will be lit on Ludlow’s Gallows Bank and Ludlow’s Town Bugler will join with buglers nation-wide at more than 1,000 locations to sound the Last Post from Gallows Bank.  At 7.00 pm, Dave Davies, the Chair of the Gallows Bank Trust, will light the beacon, thus joining up with the chain of beacons being lit across the nation and then at 7.05 pm the bells of St Laurence’s Church will ring for 25 minutes, joining over 1,000 other churches and cathedrals ‘Ringing Out for Peace’.  Refreshments will be served at Rockspring Community Centre from 7.30 pm.

3. It’s the last Ludlow WiRE Network Group meeting of the year on Thursday 15 November - so come on, all you fabulous working women, join a very friendly group of like-minded, local lasses. This is an informal, evening event at Ludlow Brewery where you can chat about your business, share your start-up ideas, pick brains or just catch up over a lovely pint of Ludlow Blonde. You don’t have to be a business owner or a professional, in fact you don’t even have to be a member! Everyone is welcome and entrance is £4 and if you need to find out more, why not join the Ludlow WiRE Network Chat Group on Facebook?

Ho Ho Happy shopping! Photo credit: Ludlow Xmas Fair

Ho Ho Happy shopping! Photo credit: Ludlow Xmas Fair

4. Get organised and get your Christmas presents all under one roof at the annual Ludlow Christmas Fair on Tuesday 13 November from 10am to 4pm. It’s held at Ludlow Racecourse with easy parking, lots of new stalls alongside old favourites and delicious homemade refreshments. The event is held In aid of the League of Friends of The Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital Oswestry.

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5. It’s the season for nights by the fire with a good book and a glass of wine. But why do it alone?! We have decided to give it a go and invite you to join us at our first LGL Book Club at the Blood Bay, 15 November at 7 p.m. Just bring your favourite book along to introduce yourself and, of course, meet others and that’s it. Register for the event on our Facebook page or email admin@letsgosocialmedia.com.

Let there be Christmas light! Photo Credit: Sunshine Radio

Let there be Christmas light! Photo Credit: Sunshine Radio

6. The Ludlow Christmas Lights Switch On takes place on Saturday 24 November from 2pm to 6pm. But this is no ordinary flick of a switch: expect to see Father Christmas arriving with his reindeer, festive tunes from Sunshine Radio, the Ludlow Town Band, the Ludlow Male Voice Choir, Rockspring Community Choir and this year the Bella Acapella. It’s a great community event and a big tradition in our town so get into the festive spirit and come along.

Pretty Beautiful at Ludlow’s Medieval Fayre Photo Credit: Ludlow Medieval

Pretty Beautiful at Ludlow’s Medieval Fayre Photo Credit: Ludlow Medieval

7. Ludlow’s hugely popular Medieval Christmas Fayre returns to the town’s stunning Castle for a very special 20th anniversary year. On Saturday 24 November and Sunday 25 November, Ludlow Castle and its grounds are transformed into a family friendly Medieval Fayre with a packed programme of entertainment, delicious food and drink and over 100 stallholders selling seasonal wares. New this year: the first ever pop-up hot cocktail bar (Saturday night only) plus acclaimed puppet show company Hand to Mouth Theatre. And there’s brand new show from Discover History and for the very first time, the acclaimed Flying Buttresses are arriving with their walkabout duo, HodmanDodmanott and his wife Sally Forth, and a brand new jester, Tom Fool!