Whether you’re looking for creative family fun. a great night out with no kids (it’s a long half-term!) or just interested in community events, there’s plenty to find and do in Ludlow and beyond in the next few months.
At the movies
If the weather’s not on your side, the wonderful Flicks and Sticks are bringing the entertainment indoors at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre with Toy Story 4 on Monday, 28 October and The Lion King on Saturday, 30th November. Activities for children, refreshments, themed crafts and a licensed bar are all available. If you feel like braving the outdoors, how about Hocus Pocus at Hereford Racecourse on Sunday, 27 October and be sure to bring camping chairs, warm clothing, torches and your own food & drink.
Spooktacular half-term fun
There’s lots going on for your little ghouls and gals this half-term from Autumn crafts at the Boyne Arms on Wednesday, 30th October to spooky cellars at Hampton Court Castle and wand making at Croft National Trust from Saturday, 26th October. Closer to home, there’s a selection of free children's activities at Ludlow Museum at the Buttercross between Friday, 25th October and Sunday, 3rd November.
Looking for something a little more educational? Why not visit Museum of the Moon at Enginuity, Coalbrookdale from Monday, 21 October? Measuring seven metres in diameter, the moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer, Dan Jones.
Christmas Fair countdown
Get ahead of the pack and complete all your Christmas shopping at our best local fairs. The biggest is of course, Ludlow’s Medieval Christmas Fayre, from Saturday, 23rd to Sunday, 24th November, this year celebrating 21 years with over 100 stalls selling seasonal wares, food and drink, crafts, historical goods and all set in Ludlow’s stunning medieval castle.
Also set in a castle but on a smaller scale is Hampton Court’s 11th annual fair on Tuesday, 29th October or you can browse through 55 stalls at Ludlow’s very popular Christmas Fair at the Racecourse on Tuesday, 12 November.
Feasting and Drinking
As the temperature drops, there’s nothing like a good meal and a great dance to lift the spirits. Rock the night away this weekend at Ludlow’s Live at the Brewery on Saturday, 12th October featuring two special guest acts. Walcot Hall’s Gin and Swing is back on Saturday, 2nd November, expect a raucous band, delicious cocktails and stone-baked pizzas. What’s not to love? And for foodies, we have Fish Night at The Cliffe at Dinham on Friday 8th November, Csons at Hobson’s Brewery on Thursday, 14 November and Bill Sewell’s Celebration Pop-up at Ludlow Castle on Friday, 15th November.
Let there be light
The Christmas countdown begins in earnest in November here in the Marches. We love the big Christmas light switch-on in Ludlow and if one is never enough, there’s plenty going on in our neighbouring towns and cities. Hereford is first to light up on Sunday, 17th November followed by Shrewsbury on Wednesday, 20th November and Bridgnorth on Friday, 22nd November. Last but not least Ludlow gets festive on Saturday, 23 November with entertainment from Sunshine radio, local choirs, Ludlow Town Band, and some special guests, Ho! ho! Ho!
Lest we forget
November is of course, the month of Remembrance. This year Ludlow’s Parade steps off from Ludlow Castle at approx 10.50am on Sunday, 10th November. There will be a service at the Peace Memorial beginning with the minutes silence at 11am. The service will include wreath laying, a sermon and the National Anthem. The parade will then continue around Castle Square, processing past the saluting base, to St Laurence’s Church for the full Remembrance service.