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Planning Your Shropshire Holiday

Planning Your Shropshire Holiday

You’ve been planning your next holiday, and decided to come to Shropshire. Good choice. Now that decision’s been made, it’s time to plan what you’ll do when you get here…

What’s On In Shropshire?

Shropshire has a varied programme of annual events, and it’s worth seeing which ones coincide with your visit.

The summer has a great range of food and drink-based festivals, including our local Oswestry Food Festival which is held every July. Music lovers will appreciate the English Haydn Festival which is held each June in Bridgnorth, or the annual August Arts Festival in Church Stretton. Shrewsbury Flower Show is another popular diary date (every August).

There are also more obscure celebrations and fairs which include heavy horses, cartoons, and something to do with Charles II and a tree each May…

What Do We Need To Book In Advance?

A few weeks before you arrive in Shropshire, it’s worth booking your must-see activities and events in advance so you don’t miss out. Some of the performances, demonstrations and talks at the festivals need to be booked in advance, as indeed, do some of the events themselves. You’ll also need to book onto a tour at Church Stretton’s Walking Festival.

If you want to visit a National Gardens Scheme open garden, that will also need pre-arranging, as do some of the canal trips. Have a look at events at our local attractions: for example, you’ll need to book on a walking tour or to see an outdoor performance at Stokesay Castle.

For an evening out, try Oakengates Theatre in Telford or Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury. You can also book onto one of our tribute band or party night events at Lions Quay! During busier periods, we also recommend booking your table at our Waterside restaurant.

Can You Suggest Any Shropshire Itineraries?

There are so many things to do in Shropshire that cramming the main attractions into a short visit can take some planning.

We’re lucky to have a choice of historic market towns to visit, most of which can happily take up a whole day. For example, head to Ludlow, where you can visit the castle, be spoiled for choice for a place for lunch, then spend the afternoon meandering around its pretty streets. 

Look round the National Trust property and gardens at Dudmaston Estate near Bridgwater before taking the Severn Valley Railway to Kidderminster. Visit one of the town’s museums or simply have a potter, then head back under steam to Bridgwater.

Sometimes, a single destination can take up a whole day. Ironbridge Gorge, for example, is actually a collection of attractions on a large site, and you may even want to buy a passport ticket to do the whole place justice.

What To Bring To Shropshire?

Shropshire being a typically English county, we suggest that you pack for all weathers! Even if you’ve no plans to stride out along Offa’s Dyke, it’s worth bringing at least one pair of stout boots, as there are so many beautiful outdoor places to visit.

If you are planning to walk the Shropshire countryside, the Ordnance Survey has a guide to circular walks in the area, as well as its essential maps.

We’d also recommend you bring a really good book, or download your favourite music, then sit by the lovely Llangollen Canal – and relax…

If you’d like to find out more about a holiday in Shropshire, please get in touch with us at Lion Quays.

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