The top 7 events in Ludlow this spring

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Written byLucy Cook

It feels great to be telling you about the line-up of events and festivals coming to the Ludlow area over the next four months. Indoor, outdoor, in person, it’s been a long time coming and there’s something for every age and interest.

Borderlines Film Festival

Date: 4th – 20th March 2022 (in Ludlow from 10th March 2022)
Location: Ludlow Assembly Rooms
To book: Visit the Borderlines Film Festival 2022 website

The 2022 programme consists of 70 independent features from around the world, 60 screening at our partner venues: The Courtyard Hereford, Malvern Theatres, Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Flicks in the Sticks, Richard Booths Bookshop Cinema and independent market town and village venues. 10 titles will stream online for UK wide audiences. In Ludlow the Festival kicks off with the film, Independent Miss Craigie on Thursday 10 March 2022, a fascinating documentary about Jill Craigie, one of the first women to direct films in Britain.

Bill’s Kitchen will be offering tables for their Borderlines Sunday lunch on 13th March, click here to book your reservation.


Leaflet Swap

Date: 17th April 2022 10.30am – 1.30pm.
Location: Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, Craven Arms
To book a stall: contact the Centre’s front desk on 01588 676060.

Professional networking event for local tourism businesses co-run by Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre and Visit Shropshire Hills. The programme of the event is as follows:

10.30 am start (set up from 9.30-10.15)
11am Welcome from Visit Shropshire Hills
11.30am Tour of the centre and talk by Centre Manager, Grant
12pm Review of Shropshire Welcomes Campaign
12.30pm Workshop
Finish at 1.30pm

The Centre’s award winning café will be open, offering a range of delicious refreshments and will serve their usual lunch menu for anyone that wishes to stick around after the event.

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Ludlow English Song Weekend

Date: 8th – 10th April 2022
Location: St Laurence’s Church, Ludlow Assembly Rooms and The Blue Boar
Booking: Visit the English Song Weekend website

LIVE festival featuring numerous events headlined by Martin Bussey’s A Brother Abroad, with a text by Anthony Pinching, and a starring role for Marcus Farnsworth. There’ll be a wider array of instrumental forces than ever before, from the striking combination of flute, horn and percussion in Martin’s piece, to Rosie Ventris’s viola and Liz Kenny’s lute. Late night lute songs is a new feature this year, with tenor Robert Murray transporting the audience back several centuries. The final concert will take place in the splendour of Ludlow’s newly refurbished Assembly Rooms, home to the Festival’s masterclass and indispensable discussions, chaired by the equally indispensable Katy Hamilton.

church singers stage

Ludlow Castle Easter Dragon Hunt

Date: Sat 9th – Sun 24th April
Location: Ludlow Castle
Booking: For more information visit the Ludlow Castle website

In years of yore, a pesky dragon had visited the castle and laid some eggs in all sorts of nooks and crannies. The castle needed some talented egg hunters to follow the trail and find all the eggs, which had ended up in some novel and interesting places. Eagle-eyed hunters had to find them all before they hatch and cause dragon chaos in Ludlow! Visitors will need to pay the general admission price and a small additional fee which includes a small prize.

Ludlow Spring Festival

Date: Friday 13th May (evening only) and Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th May
Ludlow Castle
Booking: VIsit the Ludlow Spring Festival website

Held in Ludlow Castle, more than 200 real ales, 150 classic vehicles and live music all weekend. That’s not forgetting over 60 food and drink producers to discover! Cars, beer, music and picnics all set within the castle walls, this is one of LGL’s favourite festivals with a chilled family vibe during the day and a serious party vibe at night.

The 36th Marches Transport Festival will take place over the weekend 14th & 15th May 2022 alongside the 12th Ludlow Spring Festival — both events are held in the beautiful surrounds of Ludlow Castle.

festival outdoor people tents

May Fair

Date: Mayfair rides open at 4pm on Thursday 28th April. Full opening and closing times are 4pm-11pm on Thursday; 12noon-11:00pm on Friday; 10am-11:00pm on Saturday; Mayfair Service on Sunday11:30am, and rides from 1pm-9pm on Sunday & 10am–8pm on Monday.
Location: Ludlow Market Square and Town Centre
Booking: free entry

As well as the fun of the fair, there is the joyful and celebratory Mayfair Dodgem Service at 11.30am on Sunday 1st May 2022. In Ludlow’s unique tradition, the congregation will be seated in the dodgem cars during the service led by Rev Kelvin Price, and the Choir of St Laurence’s Church sing joyful hymns.

Town centre road closures are in place from 5:00pm Wed 27th April until 10am Tuesday 3rd May 2002. The roads closed are High St, Mill St, Castle Sq., Dinham between Castle Square & Camp Lane; traffic is prohibited from travelling north on Broad St between Bell Lane and High St; and the one way traffic order for Bell Lane is suspended.

girl fair candy floss

Queen’s Jubilee

Date: 2nd – 5th June 2022
Location: Ludlow Market Square and town centre
Booking: more details to follow after 7th March

Although there’s no official celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee in Ludlow, there will be bunting and independent events organised all around town. Ludlow Castle has been chosen as the location of the beacon lighting with crowds expected to gather in the Outer Bailey for the 9pm ceremony on 02 June 2022. The castle offers easy disabled access and the beacon would be visible to all when sited at the top of the Tower. A beacon will also be lit on the top of the Titterstone Clee Hill.

Ludlow market will join in with nation-wide Love Your Local Market activities with a picnic alongside the regular market, creating a celebratory atmosphere with bunting and flags.

street party jubilee bunting

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