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Apley Estates Multi-Terrain Run, Sat 27 Sept 2014

Apley Estates Multi-Terrain Run, Sat 27 Sept  2014

It's the 3rd year running, raising funds for St Milburga’s Church in Beckbury & St Chad’s Church at Stockton, just opposite Apley Farm Shop. Organised by the Black Country Triathletes, in the past 2 years, the race has attracted over 300 runners & raised nearly £3000 for the churches.

Organiser Christopher Wood thanked the sponsors: "We're very grateful to all our sponsors who make this event possible & boost the fundraising. As before, the run routes include some spectacularly beautiful parts of Lord Hamilton’s private Apley Estate which will look stunning in Autumn colours."

Their sponsors this year include local & national companies, including Wenlock Spring, providing water for all the runners at the end of the races. Other include Badger Print & Design, TFM [Telford Farm Machinery], Turner Peachy [chartered accountants], Jelf – The Insurance Partnership [insurance brokers], High5 Sports Nutrition, Sutton Maddock Vehicle Rental, Savills [property professionals], Balfours [property professionals], FBC Manby Bowdler [solicitors], Samco [groundworks], EFG Harris Allday [stock brokers], Oakley’s [lawnmowers & garden machinery], Nick Tart [auctioneers, estate agents], MSF Fitness, Postural Health Ltd, Mudrunner Sports Photography, Bradeney House [Retirement Home at Worfield] & Richard Solari Farms (Beckbury), The Dartmouth Arms (Burnhill Green) & SW Sports Massage & Rehab.

The race distances are 21k, 10k & 5k, with details of entry fees & age requirements listed below. Online entries have now closed, but runners can register on the day only between 12-1.30pm, as all races start at 2pm.

All runners finishing the races will receive momentos. Prizes will be awarded by Lord Hamilton for categories & teams. Spectators are welcome, but strictly no dogs. There will be hot & cold refreshments, cakes, soft drinks, tea & coffee available as well as a marshalled bike stand for anyone wanting to cycle to and from the event and leave their bike securely racked. There will be loo facilities as well as access to the nearby village hall in Norton.

Matthew Orme, Director of Wenlock Spring, commented; "We will be hydrating runners at the Apley Estate Multi Terrain Run for the third year running. A truly worthy cause - running in aid of local churches, St Chad’s Stockton and St Milburga’s Beckbury with the Black Country Triathletes. The latest addition to our PET range – the 250ml sports cap bottle, will be used to hydrate and refresh runners. Hopefully our Shropshire spring water will provide them with that extra burst of energy they need to complete the course!”

Prices are as follows for club members / non-members / those signing up on the day:

5k – £6 / £7 / £10

10k – £10 / £12 / £15

21k – £15 / £17 / £20

Ages: Minimum age on race day: 21k – 17 yo / 10k – 17 yo / 5k – 11 yo

Location: Apley Estate, Cheswardine Lane, Norton, Shropshire, TF11 9EQ

For more details, see

www.ApleyFarmShop.co.uk

 

Shropshire is blooming lovely! (we knew it already but now it's official)

Shropshire is blooming lovely! (we knew it already but now it's official)

Shrewsbury Scoops Gold!

The results were announced at a ceremony at Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury on September 11th 2014. Shrewsbury, Shropshire's county town was awarded Gold and nominated category winner in the Small City Category for centres with a population of between 35,001 and 100,000.

Heart of England in Bloom chairman Roger Bache said Shrewsbury could now claim to be not just a town of flowers, but THE town of flowers.

He said the town's displays had built on the floral legacy created by Percy Thrower and showed great attention to detail.

Judges visited Shrewsbury on July 22 when hundreds of floral hanging baskets, planters and containers throughout the town were judged against exacting criteria.

According to Heart of England, its Gold award is given to 'exceptional achievers who have demonstrated a consistently high standard in all areas of the judging criteria.'

Horticultural bosses say they are now keeping their green-fingers crossed that Shrewsbury will be crowned Champion of Champions when the results of this year's Britain in Bloom competition are announced on October 16.

Jackie Brennand, Shrewsbury in Bloom Chairman said: "This is another great result for Shrewsbury and ever more fitting to receive the accolade on home turf. Bloom has been about everybody working together and I extend my congratulations to everyone involved."

Alan Mosley, Leader of the Town Council who was also present at the Ceremony congratulated everyone for their Team Shrewsbury approach to working together.

"This has been a great effort by Shrewsbury Town Council, Shropshire Council, residents, schools and businesses," he said.

"Our success in this competition just shows the level of pride we all have for Shrewsbury."

And it's not only Shrewsbury to be congratulated as towns, villages, pubs and hotels across the county also won awards the annual Heart of England Britain in Bloom awards...

Eight pubs in Ludlow won certificates of merit in the Hotel and Pub Grounds section with the awards ranging from gold to bronze and the town itself won gold in the small town category, as did Newport and Bridgnorth.

In the large town category, Oswestry was awarded gold – for the 10th year running. Miss Betty Gull chairman of the Oswestry in Bloom committee said “The award is true recognition of the enormously hard work that is put in by our volunteers and by the people of Oswestry,”

Town Crier Martin Wood opened the ceremony with a rousing shout of: "Welcome to Blooming Shrewsbury," and was followed by town mayor Councillor Beverley Baker who greeted all the entrants and members of the Heart of England Britain in Bloom committee.

Les Goodman, president of the committee, said: “Our region is one of the most successful in the campaign. It is the best organisation to bring together people from all walks of life.”

 

Experience the virtual skies at Cosford

Experience the virtual skies at Cosford

Taking place on Saturday 4 October 2014, aviation enthusiasts will enjoy a day packed with all the latest flight simulation software and the chance to test out their virtual flying skills.

10.00am to 5.00pm, Advance tickets £5 per person, On the gate tickets £10 per person.

Just Flight and Flight 1 Software, two of the UK's leading flight simulation software publishers, will be hosting this major gathering in association with PC Pilot magazine to show visitors the very best in desktop flying. Building on the success of last year's event, organisers are anticipating over 2,000 visitors will attend the one day show.

Visitors will be able to get hands on and fly the latest aircraft, check out the latest flight simulation hardware and chat with leading developers, publishers and other enthusiasts in addition to the many exhibitors at the show.

This show will take place in the Museum's Hangar 1 from 10am until 5pm, giving visitors plenty of time to enjoy the wide range of entertainment on offer. So whether you’re a veteran desktop pilot, flight simulation novice, or someone thinking of getting airborne in the virtual skies for the first time, there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

Visitors attending the Flight Sim 2014 event this autumn will experience the best of both, the virtual world and the real world of aviation, as they explore the world class collection of aircraft and exhibitions on display at the RAF Museum Cosford.

Advance tickets for Flight Sim 2014 are now on sale online for just £5 per person, with free admittance for under 16s accompanied by an adult. Tickets purchased on the day cost £10 per person. For further information on the event or to purchase your tickets in advance, please visit the show's website www.flightsimulatorshow.com .

To cope with the additional visitors, a free park and ride will run from the Cosford Train Station with regular pickups throughout the day. Entry to the Museum is free of charge and on-site parking is available (charges apply). Entry into Hangar 1 on Saturday 4 October will be for Flight Sim 2014 ticket holders only.

 

Heritage Open Days in Shropshire 11th - 14th September

Heritage Open Days in Shropshire 11th - 14th September

Shropshire is joining in the national Heritage Open Days this month with several free events and attractions. Many of the locations are normally closed to the public or make a charge to visit so find out what’s open near you.

Download the Oswestry and Beyond programme here [PDF]

The Oswestry programme is coordinated by the Oswestry Heritage Forum & partners with support from Shropshire’s Community Team.  Do take advantage of the many events on offer and please help to spread the word to other colleagues and to visitors & customers.

For events in other parts of Shropshire please refer to the Heritage Open Days website:

http://www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory/county/Shropshire

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre gets support for its Red Kite Experience

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre gets support for its Red Kite Experience

The application was approved at Shropshire Council’s planning committee this week and Centre Manager Valerie Meehan said "We are thrilled to get planning permission, it's a project that has taken over 2 years of planning, research and consultation. It was actually first suggested by a local ornithologist who felt the Discovery Centre with the Onny Meadows framed by the Iron Age hill fort of Norton Camp on Norton Hill would be a prime site for a Red Kite experience. There has been a lot of support for the project which initially is a pilot scheme with the primary aim of utilising it as an educational experience taking the form of a talk with question and answer sessions to be delivered by a member of our staff/trained volunteers at our hide. This form of interpretation will address the recovery, habits and future of the red kite and also present an opportunity to give a wider picture of wildlife conservation and to promote the interests of local groups."

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is now operated by Grow Cook Learn, a social enterprise connecting people to the food and the landscape of the Shropshire Hills, the centre continues to provide lifelong learning opportunities, the Red Kite experience will be launched in the autumn offering an immediate and interactive form of interpretation accessible to all visitors. For further regular updates visit the website: www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk

 

Mammoth Day of Animals at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Mammoth Day of Animals at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

It's a fun packed day at the Centre tomorrow with Simon Airey from Corner Exotics dropping in from 12 noon until 3pm to show visitors the array of exotic animals, the education team at the Centre will be offering pond dipping sessions and mini beast hunts in the 30 acre site of the meadows surrounding the Centre.

Visitors can also experience the Shropshire Mammoth with half price family tickets to see this magnificient beast; a replica of the skeleton of a mammoth found in Shropshire in the 1980's.

Laura Harvey, Learning and Development Officer at the Discovery Centre said "It will be a fun packed day for all the family who can experience animals face to face and learn about their behaviours and habitats. We are offering pond dipping and mini beast hunting in our meadows throughout the day, it is advisable to book as these activities are very popular with families and we are looking forward to a great day."

To book your place call the Discovery Centre on 01588 676060. For more information about Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre in Craven Arms visit www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk 

 

 

New Summer Menu at The Glutton Club

New Summer Menu at The Glutton Club

Chef Proprietor George Cavendish is a real advocate for fresh, seasonal produce, with everything prepared in-house, in no small part contributing to their overwhelming popularity on TripAdvisor. The Glutton Club has climbed to become one of the top rated restaurants in Shrewsbury since they opened less than two years ago.

New dishes include Crab Tian with tomato & watermelon gazpacho, with a twist on the dish that George learned whilst at the Pantechnicon in London, under the tutelage of Head Chef Leigh Hartnett.

Commenting on the dish George explained, "Leigh is an amazing chef who taught me a lot of what I know today. He had an Asian influence to his food which I love and try to subtly incorporate into our British menus here at The Glutton Club.

Another of the new dishes, Pork Cheek broth just came to me after a long time wanting to do something with a nice smoky, light broth. Again this has a subtle Asian influence as it is lightly spiced and marinated in chilli coriander, ginger and soy but to keep it British we use pork cheeks, broad beans, fresh peas and radishes.

We also have some new exciting dishes to come; we are always updating and revamping our menus. We don’t have loads of average dishes, we really concentrate on doing a few dishes exceptionally well, and we are so pleased that our TripAdvisor reviews bear this out."

New dishes to come at The Glutton Club include Gin & Tonic cured salmon, perfect for summer as it is light, served with pickled cucumber, crème fraiche and "a few other goodies" as George describes!

"Wild sea trout has just come into season and we will be using Ian from Barkworths Seafoods in Shrewsbury Market Hall. He always has sustainable fish (line caught, wild & organic) rather than farmed or mass caught. The trout will be lightly cured in cider and served with cockles cooked in a crab bisque, with wild sea vegetables and crab. Another great summer dish. What may appear as a simple dish that’s full of flavour takes us days to create. We’re passionate about getting it just right."

The Glutton Club restaurant, situated next to Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury, is open Tuesday – Saturday 5pm-12pm and Sundays for group bookings by prior arrangement. Call 07976 450 028 or visit www.gluttonclubrestaurant.com to reserve your table. You can also like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheGluttonClubShrewsbury and follow them on Twitter: @the_gluttonclub

 

Cosford kick starts the summer

Cosford kick starts the summer

Each week throughout August will have an exciting activity dedicated to it with the fun continuing into each weekend and even Bank Holiday Monday. With everything from building an Airfix model aeroplane to racing rocket cars on offer, there is something suitable for children of all ages.

Week 1 – Airfix Model Making

'Airfix Model Making' will kick start the August fun as families work together to build and paint an Airfix 1:72 scale Sopwith Pup, Albatros, Lightning or Hurricane model to take home. Running from 4th to 10th August between 11.00am and 3.00pm, this drop in make and take session will take place nestled in the heart of the Museum’s Hangar 1 next to the giant 1:1 Airfix Spitfire model built by TV presenter James May. Participation costs just £3.00 per person and all materials will be provided including the kit, glue and paint. (Not suitable for children under the age of 3, some children may require assistance. Models subject to availability).

Week 2 – Parachutes and Gliders

Feeling creative? Why not have a go at designing and making your very own ‘Parachute and Gliders’ during week two. Taking place from 11th to 17th August in Hangar 1, participants will have the chance to make paper gliders and test how well they fly. You can use the designs provided or try one of your own designs and see which flies best. Then get creative and have a go making a parachute and personalise its design. The morning session is from 11.00am - 12.30pm and the afternoon session between 1.00pm - 3.30pm and participation costs £1.00 per person.

Week 3 – Keyrings and Uniforms

From Monday 18th to Sunday 24th August, children can design and make a keyring which are ideal as gifts or a fun accessory to decorate a school bag. With a choice of shapes to choose from and plenty of accessories to personalise your keyring, this activity is perfect for children of all ages. All materials will be supplied and each child will get to take their keyring home as a memento of their day. Throughout week three there will also be the opportunity for children to try on a selection of RAF uniforms, some of which date back to World War Two. Participation in this activity costs £1.00 per person and sessions are from 11.00am to 12.30pm and 1.00pm to 3.30pm.

Week 4 – Rocket Cars

Rocket cars will be zooming into Cosford from 25th to 31st August and will be rounding off the summer activities at the Museum. During this week long activity we are inviting our younger visitors to design and build a K-Nex rocket car creation. This new summer activity will get families working together and having fun, plus if your completed car travels the distance set, each participant will get a sticker. The rocket cars activity sessions are from 11.00am to 12.30pm and 1.00pm to 3.30pm and participation costs £1.00 per child.

These creative and fun workshops will run each day until 31st August and all materials for these hands-on sessions will be provided by the Museum. Timings and prices for each activity vary per week; please check the Museum website for details. Tickets for each session will be available from the Admissions Desk on arrival at the Museum.

For further information on August Activities please contact the Museum on 01902 376200 or visit www.rafmuseum.org. The Museum is open daily from 10am – 6pm. Entry to the Museum is FREE.

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Shropshire Tourism Launches New Real Ale Trail

Shropshire Tourism Launches New Real Ale Trail

Jodie Stephen from Shropshire Tourism said, “Research shows that visitors to Shropshire spend over £189m pa on food and drink, which is almost 35% of their entire visitor spend whilst in the county.

The aim of this new real ale trail leaflet is to help showcase pubs, inns and micro-breweries that not only have great real ales and beers, but who provide quality local home-made food too. This guide differs from other real ale publications by offering visitors a great all-round pub experience when they visit Shropshire. It is also supported by our dedicated food and drink website for the county, www.shropshirefoodanddrink.co.uk

We are very grateful to the pubs in Shropshire who have whole-heartedly got behind this new promotion. The leaflet includes a handy map to help visitors find pubs when they’re here.”

To request a copy of Shropshire Tourism’s new real ale trail leaflet, or download it online, visit www.shropshirefoodanddrink.co.uk or call Shropshire Tourism on 01743 261919.

 

New Chef Joins the team at The Glutton Club

New Chef Joins the team at The Glutton Club

Chef Luke Otterburn, together with David Yates from Shrewsbury, join George under his guidance to prepare everything for their menus in-house, from meats and sauces, to fresh bread and homemade pre-dinner liqueurs.

George Cavendish said, "Both Luke and David are great additions to the team as we prepare our new Summer dishes and start to make our own flavoured liqueurs, lemonades and even our own homemade Pimms. David has a phenomenal knowledge about drinks and makes amazing cocktails, his flavour combinations are second to none.

Our Thursday night steak deal, where diners can choose any two of our 35 day aged steaks and get a bottle of wine for £40.00, is also proving really popular. It's brilliant to have David and Luke on board to swell the team, who are both as passionate as I am about quality, seasonal produce."

The Glutton Club started as a 'pop-up' venture, intending to open for one month only in November 2012, but due to overwhelming popularity George decided to stay put – and he has never looked back. The Glutton Club is now firmly regarded as one of Shrewsbury’s, and indeed Shropshire's, established restaurants.

A recent TripAdvisor reviewer had the following to say: "As good as it gets; seriously. My wife and I have just eaten at The Glutton Club having moved to Shrewsbury from London a couple of weeks ago. Quite simply the food here is fabulous; it's as good as anywhere we've eaten in London. And I mean anywhere! One of the best things I can say about this restaurant is, why do 10 average main courses when you can do 4/5 superb ones. So many restaurants cram their menus with promise they don't deliver on. The Glutton Club has a limited menu of quality seasonal dishes which, in my opinion, is the way restaurants should always be."

The Glutton Club restaurant, situated next to Theatre Severn in Shrewsbury, is open Tuesday – Saturday 5pm-12pm and Sunday’s for group bookings by prior arrangement. Call 07976 450 028 or visit www.gluttonclubrestaurant.com to reserve your table. You can also like them on Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheGluttonClubShrewsbury and follow them on Twitter: @the_gluttonclub

 

Summer Holiday Events at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Summer Holiday Events at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre had a busy first week of the summer holidays with their family activities all booked up, children got the chance to make a house of sticks to see if it could stand the wolf’s huffing and puffing in the family activity aptly named ‘Three Little Pigs’. The children were then given a sweet treat toasting marshmallows on a campfire.

A different family activity will run each week, Tuesday – Friday, next week children between the ages of 3 and 11 will experience life two thousand years ago; light a fire to cook food, paint faces with woad and try out a slingshot.

Visitors to the Discovery Centre will also be able to have a go at shooting a few arrows next Wednesday 30th July 11am – 3pm, £2 a go. Bowman of Caradoc will bring all their archery kit inviting visitors to have a go at archery, they will also demonstrate how to shoot a longbow.

Booking for childrens activities is advisable (spaces are limited), just turn up for archery. Keep your eye on the website for further events in the coming weeks www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk or call 01588 676060

 

Three iconic First World War Aircraft arrive at RAF Museum Cosford

Three iconic First World War Aircraft arrive at RAF Museum Cosford

The Sopwith Pup is an original aircraft which was active during the First World War. The Pup, thought of by its pilots as the perfect flying machine, was used extensively by the Royal Naval Air Service and the Royal Flying Corps both at home and abroad. The Bristol M1c and Sopwith 1 ½ Strutter are full scale reproductions.

The aircraft were transported from the RAF Museum London, along the M1, M6 and M54 motorways by two low loader lorries. Delighted members of the public and Museum staff welcomed the aircraft arrivals late afternoon, before they were placed inside the Museum’s Conservation Centre. The Sopwith Pup will undergo some minor fabric repair work to the tail before going on public display later this year.

The three aircraft are to be exhibited as part of the Museum’s First World War Exhibition, opening in December 2014 which will allow museum audiences to discover and explore the unique and often overlooked role of air power during the First World War through the incredible stories of the men and women who took part. The exhibition ‘First World War In The Air’, was made possible with a grant of £898,558 from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

Alex Medurst, RAF Museum Cosford General Manager said:

"These three iconic aircraft will provide a dramatic focus for our upcoming First World War exhibition. The Museum at Cosford looks forward to sharing them with its visitors and marking the historic anniversary."

For more information or to request hi-res images please contact: michelle.morgans@rafmuseum.org

 

Flypasts and cooking workshops are top of the menu at Cosford

Flypasts and cooking workshops are top of the menu at Cosford

Packed with plenty of food and drink, brought to you by local suppliers from across the Midlands and heaps of entertainment for families to enjoy, the food festival is kick starting the summer holidays at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on 26th - 27th July 2014, 10am - 5pm.

Festival organisers are thrilled to be working with award winning health education company KidzKitchen at this year’s event. They will be running cooking workshops for children both days, teaching them everything they need to know about healthy eating and encouraging children to get hands on in the kitchen. Children can have a go at baking poppy seed bread or making some delicious treats including Rocky Road with an edible poppy decoration or a tasty lemon cheesecake with no added sugar…all guaranteed to keep your future little chef’s entertained.

The Cosford Food Festival is located in the heart of the Midlands and event organisers are keen to support new local businesses, as the area continues to develop and thrive as a focal point for excellent food and drink producers. As an area known for its excellent curries, organisers are delighted to welcome Masala Magic, based in Telford, as the first bursary placement at this year's festival.

Lajina Leal of Masala Magic says:

"I turned a hobby and passion of teaching people to cook into a business. I created an authentic Indian spice blend to make perfectly seasoned curries to assist my learners to get creative in the kitchen. I enjoy sharing the skills I have grown up with and believe it’s so much healthier to cook your own meals."

Visitors can sample some of Lajina’s Masala Magic in the tasters and tips tent both days. Plus, in addition to the fabulous food on offer, there are lots of added extras making a visit to the Festival perfect for everyone and not just food lovers. Crowds will be wowed by a flypast on both days courtesy of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight's Dakota, scheduled at 2:40pm on Saturday and 3:30pm on Sunday (weather permitting).

After enjoying a few hours perusing the stalls, visitors can sit back and enjoy the sweet sound of jazz as Hereford's finest Jazz trio, JCjazz along with female vocalist Rebecca Grace perform live. Visit the music area between 12pm and 1pm both days for an uplifting and fun filled hour of musical entertainment that will have you singing along and tapping your toes. In addition to this, the Cosford RAF Voluntary Band will be creating a real buzz as they play nestled in the heart of the festival and local musician Anthony Doyle will be entertaining the crowds both days with his acoustic performances of some well-known favourites.

Event Organiser, Abi Dakin says:

“With the festival just round the corner we're gearing up to welcome everyone to the Museum. We’re lucky enough to be working with a great range of people this year, from producers to performers, and we can't wait for everyone to join in the fun with us!”

The Cosford Food Festival will run from 10am to 5pm on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 July and admission is just £5 per adult which includes a free Cosford Food Festival programme. Family tickets for two adults and up to four children cost just £12. Senior Citizens are £4, children aged 5-16 are £2 with free entry to children under the age of 5. For more information, please call the Museum on 01902 376200 or visit www.rafmuseum.org/cosford.

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Join Live the Adventure for a day full of adventure!

Join Live the Adventure for a day full of adventure!

Taking place at their Ginny Hole site, in Stotteston, there will be plenty of FREE activities taking place all day.  These include rock climbing, canoe/kayaking, laser tagging, stand up paddle boarding and pony trekking, plus loads more!  You'll also be able to have a ride on Henry the mechanical horse and experience virtual life in the saddle at walk, trot or canter. Refreshments and a bar will be available all day. 

Please note that some activities won't be suitable for children under 8 years, and children under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult. Activities will be free, but a donation of £2 per person and £6 per family of four will be requested on the door.  Proceeds raised through donations will be given to the the charity Riding for the Disabled Association (www.rda.org.uk).

Whilst there, why not take the opportunity to find out more about their adventure training courses, international worldwide adventure travel and summer activities.

For more information about the event and Live the Adventure, please call 01746 718436 or visit their website www.livetheadventure.co.

Cosford to hold Centenary Charity Ball

Cosford to hold Centenary Charity Ball

In what will be the highlight in Shropshire's summer calendar, the evening will commence with a champagne reception under the wings of the mighty Vulcan bomber and other legendary aircraft within the Museum's National Cold War Exhibition. Guests will be treated to a poignant military sunset ceremony with buglers, an RAF Cosford honour guard, followed by a spectacular helicopter flying display. A piper will then escort guests into the hangar for dinner.

Attendees will have the rare and unique opportunity to fine dine within the Museum's War Planes Hangar and enjoy a four course dinner, set against a panoramic backdrop of some of the world’s most iconic and historic aircraft including a Hurricane and Spitfire.

There will be a variety of entertainment throughout the evening, including live music supplied by the RAF 'Shades of Blue' Swing Band, a surprise musical treat and a fabulous prize auction and grand raffle. Plus, a disco will ensure that guests are having a good time and dancing late into the evening as the party continues until 1.00am.

Graham Wynn OBE, Shropshire Businessman and member of the organising committee says:

"This promises to be a unique and most enjoyable occasion. It is one of the most outstanding black tie events of the year and will truly be a most memorable evening."

The dress code for this poignant event is black tie or mess kit and miniatures. The evening will raise money for the RAF Benevolent Fund who gives vital support to past and present servicemen and women and their families in need of financial support through injury or ill health. Money raised will also go towards maintaining the growing aircraft collection at the RAF Museum.

Karen Dixon, RAF Museum Corporate Events Manager says:

"Dining among Cosford’s legendary aircraft is a unique and special experience for guests and a must for anyone who enjoys high quality entertainment, supports the RAF, or has an interest in our aviation heritage. We look forward to welcoming visitors to the Gala Ball in August and we are confident it will be as popular as ever."

This is a unique corporate entertaining and networking opportunity with tables of 10 or individual seats available. To find out more information about this prestigious event, please visit the Museum’s website www.rafmuseum.org. To purchase tickets, please email cosfordgalaball@rafmuseum.org or contact the event organiser on 01902 376200.

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Flypast planned for Armed Forces Day guests

Flypast planned for Armed Forces Day guests

Saturday 28th June 2014, 11.00am – 2.30pm, Veterans and their guests must pre-register, Dakota flypast 1:25pm (weather permitting)

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will once again participate in this annual event by hosting veterans young and old from all three services. During this special reunion, hosted by Museum Staff, all Veterans will be treated to a full day’s programme. There will be free refreshments for guests, on arrival at 11.00am, followed by behind the scenes access to the Museum’s Conservation Centre and a talk from Darren Priday our Conservation Centre Manager about the Dornier Do17 Project. For lunch, veterans will have the rare opportunity of dining with other guests amongst the aircraft and artefacts on display in the Museum's Hangar 1.

During the afternoon, guests will be treated to musical performances from The Jays, a 1940s Singing Quintet who love nothing more than resurrecting the wonderful hits of the Second World War made famous by The Andrews Sisters and The Glenn Miller Orchestra. Their toe tapping, memory jogging 1940s vocal harmonies will have Armed Forces Day Guests singing along to every song.

A highlight for Armed Forces Day guests and visitors to the Museum will be a spectacular flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota, scheduled for 1:25pm (weather permitting). All-in-all this promises to be an exciting day which will enable Veterans to meet up with old friends, reminisce over shared experiences, and enjoy themselves in the authentic atmosphere and setting of the Royal Air Force Museum. The day will conclude at 2.30pm where guests are free to wander round the Museum.

Event organiser, Louise Hammond says:

"It is an honour for the RAF Museum to be able to host so many Veterans and Serving Personnel for the annual Armed Forces Day. We have a fantastic day planned for guests and we look forward to welcoming new faces, as well as regular attendees to the event"

Attendance to the event is free of charge and by advance registration only. Any Veterans who would like to attend the event, are asked to book their place now by calling 01902 376 200 or for more information visit www.rafmuseum.org/cosford. Parking for Armed Forces Day guests is also free.

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Get hands on with the First World War

Get hands on with the First World War

18th June to 18th July 2014, 1pm to 2pm every Wednesday, Thursday & Friday

Items on display will include a First World War pilot flying coat and hat, a collection of maps used by pilots during the war, postcards sent from personnel on the frontline to their families back at home and First World War aircraft propellers that have since been turned into decorative pieces. Visitors will be able to compare and contrast the clothing and the maps used by pilots of the First World War compared with those used during World War Two.

During the centenary year, the British Red Cross are supporting events around the country by loaning out some of their items. The RAF Museum Cosford is delighted to be one of the venues chosen to display a variety of British Red Cross memorabilia from the First World War over the next month. Items within this collection include a 1914 First Aid Manual, replica First World War Voluntary Aid Detachment (VAD) nurses uniforms and recruitment posters, plus a variety of medical instruments and items used by the Red Cross 100 years ago.

Sessions will run every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday between 1pm and 2pm in the Museum's Visitor Centre. Any visitors interested in learning more about the First World War are encouraged to attend one of the sessions over the next month and speak with the staff on hand, as well as being able to handle rare items from the First World War. This is a drop in session and visitors do not need to book in advance.

Lisa Fawcett, Access and Learning Assistant said:

"This is a unique opportunity for our wider audience to access First World War artefacts from the Museum’s collection and that of the British Red Cross. The Museum is continuously striving to find new ways to engage with our visitors and we hope these hands on sessions will be an enjoyable and inspiring experience."

 For further information about the First World War handling collection, please call the Museum on 01902 376200 or visit the museum website at www.rafmuseum.org. Keep up to date with the latest news and event information by following us on Facebook – The Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford or on Twitter @RAFMUSEUM or on Instagram – rafmuseum.

 

Shropshire tops TripAdvisor poll for most affordable destination in UK

Shropshire tops TripAdvisor poll for most affordable destination in UK

The survey shows that Shropshire is the most-affordable destination for a one-week holiday rental from June to August 2014. 

Including two-bedroom holiday rental accommodation, one dining-out meal and basic groceries, a Shropshire self-catering trip cost £566.

The next best-value destination was Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland (£568) followed by Lincolnshire (£569), Derbyshire (£570) and North Yorkshire (£627).

Most-expensive destinations in the survey were Cornwall (£854), Dorset (£834) and Devon (£826).

Taking just the accommodation into account, Dumfries and Galloway is the least-expensive destination, at £450. In contrast, the accommodation part of a self-catering week in Cornwall would set a family back £745.

TripAdvisor said the three most-expensive locations were in south west England.

"Self-catering holidays are a great way to keep costs down without compromising on quality," said TripAdvisor spokesman James Kay.

Commenting on the survey, Simon McCloy Chief Executive at Shropshire Tourism said “We are delighted but not surprised with the results of the latest TripAdvisor survey. Shropshire has always offered real value for money to visitors and our self catering members should be proud of the excellent quality and service they provide, at extremely affordable rates.

Shropshire is a genuine alternative for holidaymakers and short-break takers looking for somewhere different to the busier and more expensive tourist areas and the important thing is they don’t have to compromise on quality; What we already know and visitors discover for themselves is Shropshire offers a truly great experience without breaking the bank.”

Busy month ahead at Cosford

Busy month ahead at Cosford

1st June - National Service (RAF) Association Parade

On Sunday 1st June the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota will be taking to the skies over Shropshire in honour of the thousands of National Service RAF veterans. This iconic aircraft will perform for visitors and guests at the National Service (RAF) Association Parade, taking place at the Museum starting at 11am. This event is expected to see hundreds of ex National Service men and women participate in the parade, led by The Band of the West Midlands Fire Service. Following a short 100m march the parade will form up next to the Museum’s Hangar 1 where Air Marshal Sir Stephen Dalton will be the reviewing officer. All veterans who served in the Armed Forces are welcome to participate, providing them with the opportunity to reunite with lost friends and colleagues.

8th June - RAF Cosford Air Show

RAF Cosford Air Show is one of the country's top aviation events attracting thousands of people of all ages to a day full of excitement and entertainment with flying displays throughout the day. On the ground there will be aircraft for visitors to sit inside, plus hundreds of exhibits, stalls, trade stands, military demonstrations and children's entertainment. Admission charges apply. (Free admission to the Museum is not available on this date) Advance tickets cost £20.00 for an adult with children under 16 free, when accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased via the Air Show website or during a visit to the Museum (cash or cheque only). Full details are available at www.cosfordairshow.co.uk. Air Show Office Enquiries – 01902 377922.

15th June - D-Day Afternoon Concert

The 6th June 2014 will mark 70 years since the invasion of Normandy in Operation Overlord, which began the final stages of the Second World War in Europe. The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be marking the 70th anniversary of this event with a D-Day themed Orchestra Concert. The highly decorated Glebe Symphonic Winds, one of the UK's leading wind orchestras will perform for visitors on Sunday 15th June at 3.00pm. Taking place in the Museum's National Cold War Exhibition auditorium with seating for 200 spectators, this intimate musical performance will include many well-known favourites and will last approximately one hour. Tickets cost £5 per person and are available to purchase via the Museum website.

15th June to 18th July - The Great War Commemorative Exhibition

The Great War Commemorative Exhibition consists of two bodies of work in which the artist’s hope to slow the clouding of memories of World War One and in this way, pay their respect to those who paid the price for our freedom. This collection of work is brought to you by the Cheshire Artist Network, an organisation of over fifty professional visual artists who live and work in Cheshire. The exhibition will travel the country during 2014 and will be on display at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford from Sunday 15th June to Friday 18th July 2014 in the Museum's temporary exhibition gallery in Hangar 1. Entry to the Museum and to view the exhibition is free of charge.

28th June - Armed Forces Day

On Saturday 28th June, events across the country will celebrate the contributions made by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. The annual Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to reflect and pay tribute to our heroes past and present, including current serving personnel, service families, veterans and cadets. This special day will commence in Hangar One at 11.00am with refreshments, followed by talks, entertainment and access to the Conservation Centre including an update on the Dornier Do 17, salvaged from the English Channel a year ago. There will also be a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota (time tbc & weather permitting) Attendance to the event is free of charge and by advance registration only for current or ex-serving members of the armed forces, you will need to pre-register and places are limited. Please telephone 01902 376 200 or email cosfordarmedforcesday@rafmuseum.org.

For further information on any of the events taking place at the RAF Museum Cosford throughout June, please call the Museum on 01902 376200 or visit the museum website at www.rafmuseum.org. Keep up to date with the latest news and event information by following us on Facebook – Royal Air Force Museum Cosford or on Twitter @RAFMUSEUM.

 

Does Your Family Have What it Takes to Survive?

Designed to inspire fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, the Bear Grylls Survival Academy offers a rare chance for a lucky few outdoor enthusiasts to learn Bear’s extreme survival techniques.

The 24 Hour Family Course will comprise of a combination of survival skills and adventure tasks designed to put the enrollees to the test. The course will run in Burwarton, Shropshire across varied woodland, heathland and water terrain. Undulating countryside surrounded by difficult ground with plenty of challenging water features to take on means this location, which is a stone's throw away from rugged open moorland and dense woodland, really lends itself to a totally wild adventure.

Techniques taught will include learning how to build and light a fire, how to navigate at night, best ways to use a knife for survival, foraging for grubs and rodents, building a shelter, extreme weather survival and river crossings. The Academy has been designed for parents and 10-17 year old children by Bear Grylls and will be run by his close team of highly trained experts. 

"As a father of three young boys I love sharing my survival techniques and going on family adventures together. It is not only exciting and fun but teaches them useful life and outdoor skills and what it really means to be able to look after yourself when the chips are down. So it is with great pride that we can now launch our 24 Hour Family Course in Shropshire as a great opportunity for parents to share these experiences with their children together." says Bear Grylls.

Bear Grylls has become known around the world as the most recognized face of survival and outdoor adventure, with experience gained during his seven seasons of Man vs. Wild/Born Survivor and the many skills learnt from his time with the British Reserve Special Forces.

About the courses:

• The Bear Grylls Survival Academy 24 Hour Family Course will run from midday –midday

• Course comprises an intensive survival skills course as outlined above with overnight stay in shelter

• On completion of the course enrollees will receive a Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and certificate

• All meals, selected kit & accommodation included during course

• Limited to 12 places

• Course is only open to 10-17 year olds who must be accompanied by an adult/adults

• Cost is £429 for two places child & adult, children must be aged between 10-17 years and both parties must be physically active

For any questions or to book contact 01483 424 438, visit www.beargryllssurvivalacademy.com or email: enquiries@beargryllssurvivalacademy.com

 

Exhibitors sign up for Cosford Food Festival

Exhibitors sign up for Cosford Food Festival

Taking place on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July, this food festival with a twist will take place outdoors with the giant Hercules aircraft acting as a backdrop for the bustling food market

Following on from the success of last year's event which saw over 6,500 people attend, local businesses, including many delicious award winning brands are already signed up to exhibit. Around 80 exhibitors from across Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands will be exhibiting a wide range of exquisite local, fresh and handmade produce not available from your average supermarket store. With everything from organic produce to handmade indulgences and thirst quenching beverages on offer, there is sure to be something to suit everyone’s taste buds.

Many popular exhibitors from last year’s event will be returning to this year’s festival, including; Moyden's Hand Made Cheese, who will be bringing along a selection of their award winning artisan cheeses made in Shropshire. Toot Sweets Confectionary's award winning Chocolatier Julia Wenlock from Shrewsbury will be showcasing some of her fabulous chocolate delights. The Friday Beer Company, based at the foot of the Malvern Hills will be supplying a great range of bottle conditioned premium ales. Plus, Shropshire based Jumokeh Limited will have an exciting range of jams on offer, all infused with chilli. Using fresh ingredients their jams are sure to give an enjoyable twist to many of your favourite dishes!

Brand new exhibitors to the 2014 Cosford Food Festival include; Bewdley’s Kimmy Loves Cake serving up freshly baked treats and beautiful bespoke cakes and cupcakes. PADIAN Far Eastern Cooking from Stafford who provides South East Asian cookery classes and demonstrations will be offering a wide range of exotic spices. Coventry based business I Love Crêpes will be freshly preparing mouth-watering crêpes for visitors with a vast array of sweet and savoury fillings.

Food Festival organisers have been thrilled with the support from the local community and businesses and in a first for 2014, they are offering two bursary spaces to businesses within 15 miles of the Museum. If you’re a foodie business who has set up in the last two years and would like to apply for a bursary place at the festival, please get in touch to find out more. There is still time for local businesses to get involved in this year’s event, but spaces are filling up fast. Any businesses interested in exhibiting at the Cosford Food Festival should contact the event organiser Abi Dakin by email: abigail@dakinevents.com.

In addition to the exhibitors on display, visitors to the popular West Midlands attraction will learn fascinating techniques and tips from the experts through live talks and cooking demonstrations courtesy of the Wot’s Cooking team. Plus, visitors can sit back and enjoy live music, sample some of the culinary delights available and take part in some of the children’s food and craft activities. With plenty of entertainment for the entire family taking place over the weekend, it is sure to be a great day out. Visitors to the food festival will also have access to the RAF Museum which is home to over 70 historic aircraft including the world’s oldest Spitfire and the mighty Vulcan bomber to name but a few.

The Cosford Food Festival will run from 10am to 5pm Saturday and Sunday. Admission is just £5 per adult which includes a free Cosford Food Festival programme containing everything you need to know about what's going on over the weekend and where to find everyone using the exhibitor map. Family tickets for two adults and up to four children cost just £12 for a full day of entertainment. Senior citizens are £4 and children aged 5-16 are £2 with free entry to children under the age of 5. Save time and beat the queues by booking your tickets online via the Museum website www.rafmuseum.org or for more information, please call the Museum on 01902 376200. Keep up to date with the latest Cosford Food Festival event information by following us on Facebook – Cosford Food Festival.

 

Sylvia Anderson headlines at sci-fi weekend

Sylvia Anderson headlines at sci-fi weekend

Special guest talks - advance tickets only

This May, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be transporting its visitors back to the 60's and 70's with a weekend devoted to classic British sci-fi. This nostalgic event, located in the Museum's National Cold War Exhibition, will display puppets and memorabilia from iconic science fiction shows created by Gerry and Sylvia Anderson; with visitors having the unique opportunity to view puppets of much loved characters including the Thunderbirds, Joe 90, Steve Zodiac, the heroic pilot of Fireball XL5, Captain Scarlet and his evil nemesis Captain Black, and the Terrahawks, to name but a few.

These characters inspired the dreams of a generation of children when the sci-fi series were broadcast into family homes during the 1960's and 70's.  Many of the well-known puppets on display are original studio puppets which will be shown exclusively for the very first time at this weekend event. Also on display are models, costumes, full sized vehicles and sets from the classic live action shows Space 1999 and UFO.  For anyone wishing to take home a piece of memorabilia, trade stands will also be present with associated merchandise from these legendary shows.

In addition to the free sci-fi exhibition, very special guest speakers will be holding talks and question & answer sessions for a limited number of visitors.  Star guest will be the renowned Sylvia Anderson, co-creator, producer and the voice of Lady Penelope.

Sylvia Anderson said:

"I am so looking forward to attending the event at the RAF Museum Cosford in May. I feel privileged to be able to share this with so many of our loyal supporters, alongside precious members of our team, who were all part of the magic at that special time, at the birth of our creations."


Taking place in the National Cold War Exhibition’s bunker style Lecture Theatre, visitors will be able to meet other guests including: Brian Johnson, Alan Shubrook, Tony Day, Mary Turner and Judith Shutt. Together these pioneering creators, model makers, producers, puppeteers and special effects designers bought to life many of the world’s most popular sci-fi shows. Guests will talk about their outstanding careers and give people an insight into what it was really like to make these iconic shows before answering questions from the audience.

Admission to the talks and Q&A sessions both days is strictly by advance ticket only and a limited number of spaces are available. One day Q&A session tickets cost £25.00, weekend tickets cost £40.00 and are now available to purchase from the Museum's website.  Ticket price includes entrance to the special guest talks and a free parking pass. (The talks are not suitable for children under 5 and timings are to be confirmed).  Viewing the sci-fi exhibition is free of charge and suitable for all ages.

The 'Cosford Flights of Fantasy' event will be open to the public on 17th and 18th May from 10:00am and admission is free of charge.  To purchase tickets to the special guest talks and Q&A sessions please visit: www.rafmuseum.org/cosford.  For further details about the ‘Cosford Flights of Fantasy’ exhibition please call 01902 376200. 

Keep up to date with the latest news and event information by following us on Facebook – The Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford or on Twitter @RAFMUSEUM.  The Museum is open daily from 10am and admission is FREE of charge.

 

Vote Martin Wood Your Tourism Superstar

Vote Martin Wood Your Tourism Superstar

From 1st - 21st March, videos of each of the ten shortlisted nominees competing for the prestigious VisitEngland award will be available to view at www.mirror.co.uk/tourismsuperstar where you can vote for your favourite to win (Martin, of course!).

The tourism accolade was launched 2 years ago as part of English Tourism Week (this year running 29 March – 6 April).  The award recognises the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry, and is awarded to an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors to England have a priceless experience. 

Simon McCloy, Chief Executive of Shropshire Tourism, who nominated Martin for the award said "Martin is a larger than life character is absolutely true - standing at a mere 7ft2in he is the world’s tallest town crier.  He has represented Shrewsbury for over 27 years and provides a unique and personal guided tour service to visitors from all over the world.

Everyone at Shropshire Tourism, Shrewsbury Town Council and Shrewsbury Tourism Association are delighted that Martin has been shortlisted for Tourism Superstar 2014 and we would encourage everyone in the county to really get behind him and show their support."

Commenting on the awards, Martin joked, "Please vote for me because I’m taller than you! But in all seriousness I would love to win this award and I really appreciate all the fantastic support I’ve had so far and would like to thank everyone who votes."

Shrewsbury Town Council has even prepared posters and a banner to go up in the town centre to encourage people to vote.

The winner will be announced on March 29, the first day of English Tourism Week and will be invited to attend VisitEngland's Awards for Excellence held in May this year where their Award will be presented to them in person.

 

Does Your Family Have What it Takes to Survive?

First family course to take place in Shropshire from March 2014

The Bear Grylls Survival Academy is proud to launch a new site in Shropshire for its popular 24 Hour Family Course. Designed to inspire fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, the Bear Grylls Survival Academy offers a rare chance for a lucky few outdoor enthusiasts from around the globe to learn Bear’s extreme survival techniques.

The 24 Hour Family Course will comprise of a combination of survival skills and adventure tasks designed to put the enrollees to the test. The course will run in Burwarton, Shropshire – located in the heart of the Midlands - across varied woodland, heathland and water terrain. Undulating countryside surrounded by difficult ground with plenty of challenging water features to take on means this location, which is a stone’s throw away from rugged open moorland and dense woodland, really lends itself to a totally wild adventure.

Techniques taught will include learning how to build and light a fire, how to navigate at night, best ways to use a knife for survival, foraging for grubs and rodents, building a shelter, extreme weather survival and river crossings. The Academy has been designed for parents and 10-17 year old children by Bear Grylls and will be run by his close team of highly trained experts. It is the perfect opportunity to bring family members together to share a truly memorable and fun experience.

“As a father of three young boys I love sharing my survival techniques and going on family adventures together. It is not only exciting and fun but teaches them useful life and outdoor skills and what it really means to be able to look after yourself when the chips are down. So it is with great pride that we can now launch our 24 Hour Family Course in Shropshire as a great opportunity for parents to share these experiences with their children together.”  says Bear Grylls.

Bear Grylls has become known around the world as the most recognized face of survival and outdoor adventure, with experience gained during his seven seasons of Man vs. Wild/Born Survivor and the many skills learnt from his time with the British Reserve Special Forces.
To help deliver the course, Bear has teamed up with Worldwide Experience, experts in delivering high quality experience-lead conservation and volunteering courses around the world. Paul Gardiner, Managing Director of Worldwide Experience explained;

“Nature, conservation and education are really important to us and we are so excited about this opportunity to work with Bear and his team to inspire people to reconnect with the natural world. The course will give people a really raw but fulfilling experience hopefully leaving people feeling challenged but with big smiles on their faces! The new 24 Hour Family Course is a great addition to existing 5 Day Course based in Scotland which is designed for 18 year olds and up.”

About Bear:
Bear’s passion for the outdoors was forged during his childhood in the UK on the Isle of Wight where his late father taught him to climb and sail. Trained from a young age in martial arts, Bear went on to spend three years as a soldier in the British Special Forces, serving with 21 SAS. It was here that he perfected many of the skills that his fans all over the world enjoy watching him pit against mother-nature. Despite a free-fall parachuting accident in Africa, where he broke his back in three places, and after enduring months in military rehabilitation, Bear went on to become one of the youngest ever climbers to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Today perhaps Bear is best known for his international TV series Man vs. Wild (known as Born Survivor in the UK) which has achieved a global audience of over 1.2 billion followers. Bear is also a huge philanthropist supporting many charities including Global Angels and the RNLI. He is also proud to serve as the youngest ever Chief Scout, a role which allows him to inspire many of the 28 million Scouts around the world to get out there, follow their dreams and build their own adventures.

About the courses:
• The Bear Grylls Survival Academy 24 Hour Family Course will run from midday –midday
• Course comprises an intensive survival skills course as outlined above with overnight stay in shelter
• On completion of the course enrollees will receive a Bear Grylls Survival Academy badge and certificate
• All meals, selected kit & accommodation included during course
• Limited to 12 places
• Course is only open to 10-17 year olds who must be accompanied by an adult/adults
• Cost is £429 for two places child & adult, children must be aged between 10-17 years and both parties must be physically active
• To book contact 01483 424 438 in the UK , toll-free  1-877-742-2925 in the USA, visit www.beargryllssurvivalacademy.com  or email: enquiries@beargryllssurvivalacademy.com
• Bear Grylls Survival Academy will be running courses in Scotland, USA and Africa in 2014

For media enquiries, please contact:
Lizzie Carr at Campbell-Bell Communications lizzie@campbell-bell.com or call 0207 731 1499


 

 


 

30% off the very best menus in the County

30% off the very best menus in the County

Looking for somewhere special to eat out? Want to treat yourself but still get a great deal? Shropshire County Hotels have teamed up with the Shropshire Star to offer readers a huge 30% off your meal during the next 3 weeks (18th Feb-10th March).

Take your pick from gourmet dishes to hearty pub food, lunch or dinner, North or South of the County. Try somewhere new, or re-visit an old favourite.

To validate the offer you must get your copy of the Shropshire Star today (18th Feb 2014), complete the voucher and take it with you on the day.

All of Shropshire County Hotels & Inns character restaurants and bars are open to non residents and each of the participating restaurants listed below are offering Shropshire Star readers 30% off their menus.

With the freshest produce to work with, in the hands of extremely talented chefs, this exclusive Shropshire Star reader offer is just the ticket to get a taste of the very best independent and individual restaurants in the county.

How to book

All reservations must be booked in advance by telephone quoting: Shropshire Star 30% off Reader Offer.

All dates are subject to availability and individual restaurant opening times (some indicated below). Please check with individual restaurants if in doubt. Voucher excludes drinks and may not cover all menus. 

Book early to avoid disappointment!

THE CASTLE
Market Square,
Bishop’s Castle, SY9 5BN
Tel: 01588 638403
www.thecastlehotelbishopscastle.co.uk
Shropshire Tourism **** Inn
Lunch & Dinner

THE CROWN COUNTRY INN
Munslow, near Craven Arms,
SY7 9ET
Tel: 01584 841205
www.crowncountryinn.co.uk
2 AA Rosettes
AA **** Inn
Lunch & Dinner Tues-Sat

FISHMORE HALL
Fishmore Road,
Ludlow, SY8 3DP
Tel: 01584 875148
www.fishmorehall.co.uk
AA *** Small Hotel
3 AA Rosettes
Lunch & Dinner

GOLDSTONE HALL
Market Drayton, TF9 2NA
Tel: 01630 661202
www.goldstonehall.com
AA *** Hotel
2 AA Rosettes
Lunch & Dinner Mon-Fri

HADLEY PARK HOUSE HOTEL
Hadley Park,
Telford, TF1 6QJ
Tel: 01952 677269
www.hadleypark.co.uk
AA *** Hotel
AA Rosette
Lunch & Dinner

THE HUNDRED HOUSE 
Bridgnorth Road
Norton, Nr Shifnal, TF11 9EE
Tel: 01952 580240
www.hundredhouse.co.uk
2 AA Rosettes
AA **** Inn
Lunch Mon-Sat & Evenings Mon-Thurs

THE RAVEN 
Barrow Street,
Much Wenlock, TF13 6EN
Tel: 01952 727251
www.ravenhotel.com
AA *** Hotel
2 AA Rosettes
Lunch & Dinner Mon-Fri

THE OLD RECTORY
Lowe Hill Road,
Wem, SY4 5UA
Tel: 01939 233233
www.oldrectorywem.co.uk
Visit Britain *** Hotel
Lunch & Dinner (Closed Monday)

PEN-Y-DYFFRYN 
Rhydycroesau
Nr. Oswestry, SY10 7JD
Tel: 01691 653700
www.peny.co.uk
AA *** Country House Hotel
2 AA Rosettes
Dinner only

 

Shrewsbury Town Crier Rings the Bell for Shrewsbury in London

Shrewsbury Town Crier Rings the Bell for Shrewsbury in London

VisitEngland has teamed up with national newspaper, The Daily Mirror to host an online public vote to crown the winner.  From 1 – 21 March, a short film of all nominees will be found on www.mirror.co.uk/tourismsuperstar where readers can vote for their favourite. 

Claire Owen from Shropshire Tourism, who accompanied Martin to London for filming, said, “Martin did a fantastic job and we can’t wait to see the finished video. We would encourage everyone to vote for him from 1st March.”

“Martin caused quite a stir in London, especially outside Buckingham Palace where tourists wanted their photograph taken with him. Naturally we took the opportunity to give them a Shrewsbury brochure and encourage them to visit Shropshire, as well as asking them to vote for Martin of course!”

The tourism accolade was launched 2 years ago as part of English Tourism Week (this year running 29 March – 6 April).  The award recognises the dedication and passion of those working in the tourism industry, and is awarded to an individual who goes above and beyond the call of duty to ensure visitors to England have a priceless experience. 

Simon McCloy, Chief Executive of Shropshire Tourism, who nominated Martin for the award said "To say Martin is a larger than life character is absolutely true – standing at a mere 7ft2in he is the world's tallest town crier.  He has represented Shrewsbury for over 27 years and provides a unique and personal guided tour service to visitors from all over the world. Everyone at Shropshire Tourism is delighted that Martin has been shortlisted for Tourism Superstar 2014 and we would encourage everyone in the county to really get behind him and show their support."

Shrewsbury Town Council is busy preparing a 'Vote Martin' banner and posters to put up around Shrewsbury when voting opens on 1st March. Commenting on being shortlisted, Martin said, "To say I'm chuffed is a bit of an understatement! How can a seven footer be short listed?! Thank you to everyone for all their support so far."

The winner will be announced on March 29, the first day of English Tourism Week and will be invited to attend VisitEngland’s Awards for Excellence held in May this year where their Award will be presented to them in person.

The shortlist includes nine other representatives from across England: Dickon Allen, Montacute House National Trust in Somerset; Buzby Allen, Potters Resort in Norfolk; Ade Andrews, The Robin Hood Town Tour in Nottingham; John Consterdine, Manchester Taxi Tour in Manchester; Rob Dean, Where the Wall in Bristol; Sandy Griffiths, VisitBlackpool Tourism Information Centre; Fraser Hicks, Captain of the Sea King, Isles of Scilly; John and Helen Hogg, Stratford Town Walk in Stratford-upon-Avon; and Walter Stewart-Brown, Crowne Plaza Heythrop Park in The Oxfordshire Cotswolds.

Photo: Martin rings bell outside Big Ben in London

Unique Mustang model now on display

Unique Mustang model now on display

The model is the work of retired journalist and avid modeller David Glen and was built in tribute to the US pilots and crews who gave their lives in support of their European allies over two World Wars. At over 6ft in length with a wing span of over 7ft the model bears the markings of VF-B 413317, the aircraft flown by Captain Donald R. Emerson, 336 Squadron, 4th Fighter Group who was killed on Christmas Day 1944 during the Battle of the Bulge.

During the planning stages, scale measurements and other data were taken from a variety of sources, among them the Smithsonian archive in Washington DC. David's references include all the P-51D handbooks and manuals and the entire set of North American production drawings, from which all the detail parts were built. The model went through several processes during the building stage and was constructed from plywood profiles and sections, in-filled with solid balsa providing a rigid and stable wooden core, over which the litho skin was formed and glued. Every rivet was placed individually into holes drilled through the skin and all the visible screws, bolts and nuts were replicated using real brass or steel fastenings.

Building such an intricate model from scratch came with its own difficulties. Working with rivets of 1/6 inch in size using tweezers and a tiny dab of glue was a tricky and time consuming process. Manufacturing numerous resin parts including tiny instrument bezels, airscrew blades and wingtips each had their own individual challenges, but none as challenging as building the cockpit canopy. This complex model is an engineering marvel and the attention to detail even includes data plates, complete with all the original logos and lettering, many of the plates are smaller than a £1 coin.

This is the second model David Glen has donated to the RAF Museum. His first donation of a similarly scaled Spitfire Mk.1 is on display at the RAF Museum London, where the real North American P-51D Mustang can be seen on display.

David Glen, Modeller said:

"As far as I can make it, the model is complete and accurate in every visible detail, right down to the electrical wiring. It occupied my spare time for the better part of a decade, so I am especially proud to see it join my Spitfire on public display at the Royal Air Force Museum. I cannot conceive of a better home, and I hope that both models might stand as my own small tribute to the allied pilots and crews who gave their lives over two World Wars."

Anyone wishing to take a look at this unique model, the P-51D Mustang is now on permanent display, located in the Museums' Visitor Centre. The Museum is open daily from 10am and admission is free of charge. For more information on the 1:5 scale Mustang Model please visit David Glen’s website www.spitfireinmyworkshop.net

For more information on the Museum, visit www.rafmuseum.org or call 01902 376200. Keep up to date with the latest news and event information by following us on Facebook – Royal Air Force Museum Cosford or on Twitter @RAFMUSEUM.

(Photo Credit: David Glen)

 

Britain's Best Food Hall adds to Ludlow's delights

Britain's Best Food Hall adds to Ludlow's delights

Apart from staging hugely popular spring and autumn food festivals and having a range of award-winning restaurants, the town and surrounding area produce fantastic food and drink products.

To prove the point, Ludlow has won a prestigious national award. Ludlow Food Centre, located on the outskirts of town, has been named Britain’s Best Food Hall in The Farm Shop & Deli Awards, held for the first time this year.

The Food Centre is very popular with caravanners and motorhome owners who stay on five star Ludlow Touring Park, which is located nearby. The Food Centre actually runs exclusive discount offers for caravanners staying on the park, the latest of which is being devised for the 2014 tourist season.

Adding the 2014 award to the Farm Retail Association’s Farm Shop of The Year in 2013, the Food Centre opened seven years ago and brought an entirely new concept to the world of farm shops and food halls.

Surrounding its 4,000 square foot food hall are eight production kitchens, which employ local people to hand-make everything from cheese to bread and jam to pies. The kitchens boast Britain’s Best Blue Cheese called Remembered Hills, which is made by dairy team Dudley Martin and Paul Bedford using milk from the centre’s own cows. 

Butchery Manager, John Brereton, has won national awards for his butchery skills with lamb and pork and also with products such as Beetroot Bacon, a favourite of celebrity chef Simon Rimmer on Channel 4s Sunday Brunch.

Located on the Earl of Plymouth Estate, the Food Centre employs more than 100 local people and is one of a group of businesses that include the Clive Hotel, cafe/restaurant Ludlow Kitchen and The Plant Centre.

With demand for pitches on Ludlow Touring Park always high for the town’s main festivals, the winter and early spring is a great time of the year to explore the town and surrounding Welsh Marches.

The 135-pitch park, a prestigious affiliated site of The Caravan Club, is located on a 20-acre site alongside the River Teme and A49 near Richards Castle. http://www.morris-leisure.co.uk/caravan-parks/ludlow/overview.htm

The main foodie events on Ludlow’s calendar are Ludlow Spring Food Festival, with beer, bangers and bread as its theme, from May 9-11, September 12-14 and Ludlow Food Festival from September 12-14. Other events to watch out for are Ludlow Shakespeare Festival from June 14-22, Ludlow Arts Festival from June 28-July 6 and Ludlow Mediaeval Christmas Fair from November 29-30.

Picture caption: Staff at Ludlow Food Centre celebrate their latest award.

Take Part in the Outdoor Recreation Survey 2014

For your opportunity to have your say on countryside matters in Shropshire please click here to take part in the survey.

As a result of last year's survey, several major route improvements have taken place, including creating new paths, establishing safe routes, opening up new areas for access, surfacing the Shropshire Way in Bishop's Castle, creating 12 new walks in North Shropshire, creating new bridleways and increasing the number of dog waste bins.

For more information please contact the Outdoor Recreation team at Shropshire Council: outdoor.recreation@shropshire.gov.uk; 0345 678 9000.

Shropshire County Hotels Competition Winner Praises Fishmore Hall Hotel in Ludlow

Shropshire County Hotels Competition Winner Praises Fishmore Hall Hotel in Ludlow

Mr & Mrs Lloyd said, "Our weekend was just perfect and started with Rosanne the Receptionist telling us they had upgraded our room from a standard to a superior. We had room 21 which had wonderful views looking out onto fields and hills & was very comfortable.  Tea/Coffee making facilities with homemade biscuits, mini bar, TV and a walk-in shower & bath with lots of Molten Brown toiletries.

Everyone at Fishmore made us welcome and nothing was too much trouble. There is a beautiful conservatory area where you can eat your breakfast or evening meal. The food is superb and melts in the mouth - we enjoyed eggs Benedict and a traditional full English breakfast as well a meal in the bar area after cocktails one night.

All the staff are very efficient and obviously work very hard to maintain a high standard of customer service.  Little touches such as the 'turn-down' service with the next day’s weather forecast & little jar of sweets were appreciated & just made us feel special.

At the end of our visit we felt very spoilt and relaxed & will definitely recommend Fishmore Hall to our friends and family. Thank you so much for the opportunity to stay in such a lovely hotel."

For more information about Fishmore Hall Hotel in Ludlow visit www.fishmorehall.co.uk

Shropshire County Hotels is a select group of nine independent and individual quality hotels and inns in Shropshire. As well as Fishmore Hall Hotel in Ludlow, the Shropshire County Hotels and Inns collection is proud to include The Castle Hotel in Bishop's Castle, The Hundred House Hotel in Norton near Ironbridge, The Crown Country Inn in Craven Arms, Goldstone Hall Hotel in Market Drayton, Hadley Park House Hotel in Telford, The Old Rectory Hotel in Wem, Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel near Oswestry, and The Raven Hotel in Much Wenlock.

For your opportunity to find out more about Shropshire County Hotels and enter future competitions, please visit www.visitshropshirehotels.com and sign up to their e-newsletter.

Get Into Gear For Bike4Life 2014!

Get Into Gear For Bike4Life 2014!

Now in its fourth year, the Bike4Life Ride Out is the biking event to kick start the motorcycle season. In 2013, over 1,500 bikers took part in the 23 mile Ride Out from Meole Brace in Shrewsbury and headed to the Bike4Life Festival at RAF Museum Cosford. Thanks to the confirmed support from radio station, Planet Rock, the organisers expect 2014's event to be the best year yet.

Jason Levy, fundraising and marketing director for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and chair of the organising committee, states: "Our new website really reflects the Bike4Life event, and I’d encourage bikers of all standards to log on and find out more about the Ride Out and the Festival, which is set to be a fantastic day out whether you’re a fan of two wheels or not." 

In addition to the Ride Out, the Festival attracts bikers, the local community and families alike and in 2014 will include arena displays, stalls, exhibitions, live music courtesy of Planet Rock, tutorials promoting biker safety, refreshments and more.

Entrance to the fun-filled Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival is free, but as the event also aims to raise money for the vital life saving work of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and the upkeep of the exhibits at the RAF Museum Cosford, general donations on the day will be greatly received.

Interested parties can find out more via the brand new website www.bike4lifefest.com or call the Bike4Life Festival team on 01902 376 252. Find us on Facebook by searching for Bike4Life Fest and follow us on Twitter via @Bike4LifeFest.

Bikers can find out more information on the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity by visiting www.midlandsairambulance.com or for more information on the RAF Museum Cosford visit www.rafmuseum.org. Further details about the Safer Roads Partnership can be found at www.srpwestmercia.org.uk

Shropshire in 'Off The Beaten Track' on ITV, 6th December 8pm - make sure you tune in!

Shropshire in 'Off The Beaten Track' on ITV, 6th December 8pm  - make sure you tune in!

For more information about the programme and where she will be visiting in Shropshire click here

 

Winners at Shropshire Star Tourism & Leisure Awards

Winners at Shropshire Star Tourism & Leisure Awards

More than 10,000 readers cast their votes in the Shropshire Star’s inaugural Tourism & Leisure Awards – and on Tuesday 18th November their favourites were revealed as the competition reached its climax at a prize-giving celebration.

James Berresford, chief executive of the national tourism body VisitEngland, was guest of honour at the awards lunch, held at Enginuity in the Ironbridge Gorge.

The Shropshire Star launched the awards earlier this year as a platform to showcase best practise across the tourism and leisure sectors.

The first six awards handed out were based on votes cast by Shropshire Star readers.

Best Day Out went to Carding Mill Valley and Long Mynd, near Church Stretton, beating fellow finalists the Burwarton Show, Severn Valley Railway, and Stokesay Castle.

The award for Best Night Out went to The Buttermarket in Shrewsbury which took the prize ahead of two other Shrewsbury venues – The Hive and the Old Market Hall – plus Oakengates Theatre in Telford.

Readers chose Arthur’s at Fordhall Farm as the Best Cafe or Tearoom, whilst The Best Posh Nosh award, for restaurants and top-end bistro pubs, was won by The Hundred House at Norton, near Shifnal, which topped the readers’ poll ahead of the Michelin-starred Mr Underhill’s in Ludlow, and Sebastians of Oswestry.

Winner of Best Pub Grub was The Huntsman at Little Wenlock who beat other finalists from the outskirts of Newport, The Aston and The Fox.

In the final readers’ choice category, The Mytton Arms at Habberley was named Pub of the Year ahead of The Old Fighting Cocks in Oakengates and The George And Dragon in Much Wenlock.

Nine further awards were decided by a panel of judges from the tourism sector. The first was Small Hotel of the Year, which went to The Castle in Bishop’s Castle, run by Henry Hunter and his family for the past three years. Runner-up was The Lion & Pheasant in Shrewsbury, a boutique hotel with 22 rooms, with The Lion of Leintwardine in third place.

In the Large Hotel of the Year section, the new Premier Inn in Shrewsbury town centre was the winner. The runner-up was Park Inn by Radisson in Telford, with the Ramada Telford Ironbridge – formerly Gray’s Hotel – in third place.

The award for Best Bed and Breakfast accommodation was won by The Limes in Wellington. Grove Farm House in Condover was runner-up, with Hopton House at Hopton Heath in third.

Coalport Station Holidays won Best Self Catering ahead of other finalists in this category; The Shooting Folly near Cheswardine, Plaish Park Farm near Church Stretton, and Ashford Farm Cottages near Ludlow.

In the Business Tourism category, the judges said there was one clear winner – the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford.

The winner of the Taste of Shropshire section, for businesses which produce or prepare quality food with a local flavour, was Hobson’s Brewery near Cleobury Mortimer. Runner-up was Ludlow Food Centre, with Fordhall Organic Farm near Market Drayton in third.

There were also two awards for popular visitor attractions – one for smaller events with fewer than 50,000 visitors a year, and one for larger sites. The prize for the Small Visitor Attraction went to Hawkstone Park Follies, near Wem. The Land of Lost Content Museum in Craven Arms was runner-up.

In the Large Visitor Attraction category, top prize went to Attingham Park, the National Trust stately home near Shrewsbury. Ironbridge Gorge Museums were named runner-up, with Park Hall Countryside Experience in Oswestry in third.

The final tourism award of the afternoon was for Tourism Event of the Year, and it was won by the RAF Cosford Air Show.

Winners in full:

  • Pub of the Year: The Mytton Arms, Habberley
  • Pub Grub: The Huntsman, Little Wenlock
  • Posh Nosh: The Hundred House Hotel, Norton
  • Best Day Out: The Long Mynd/Carding Mill Valley
  • Best Night Out: The Buttermarket, Shrewsbury
  • Cafe/tearoom: Arthurs At Fordhall, Market Drayton
  • Large Hotel: Premier Inn, Shrewsbury Town Centre
  • Small Hotel: The Castle, Bishop’s Castle
  • Bed & Breakfast: The Limes, Wellington
  • Self Catering: Coalport Station Holidays
  • Business Tourism: RAF Museum, Cosford
  • Taste of Shropshire: Hobsons Brewery, Cleobury Mortimer
  • Small Visitor Attraction: Hawkstone Park Follies
  • Large Visitor Attraction: Attingham Park
  • Tourism Event: RAF Cosford Air Show
  • Outstanding Contribution: Katie Foster

 

Experimental Aircraft Programme now on display at Cosford

Experimental Aircraft Programme now on display at Cosford

The EAP, built by BAE Systems predecessor company British Aerospace (BAe), was the most advanced fighter design ever built solely by a UK manufacturer; its purpose being to bring together technologies applicable to future advanced agile aircraft.  This twin engine, single seat aircraft of canard delta configuration was designed for close air combat/air superiority and battlefield close air support.  EAP incorporated a fly-by-wire control system and featured good supersonic manoeuvrability and a short take-off performance, making it an aircraft way ahead of its time.

During the 1970’s BAe and its predecessors had started studies into a combat aircraft that could replace a number of existing RAF aircraft including the Harrier and the Jaguar.  The new aircraft was to be used in a ground attack role but with self defence capability.  Originally planned as a partnership between Britain and neighbouring European countries including Germany and Italy, a lack of funding caused them to withdraw from the project and it became entirely funded by the UK Ministry of Defence and the British aviation industry.

EAP was rolled-out at BAe Warton in April 1986 and made its maiden flight in August the same year flown by Test Pilot David (Dave) Eagles, BAe’s Executive Director of Flight Operations. During this initial sortie EAP reached Mach 1.1, faster than the speed of sound. After months of testing the aircraft had attained a maximum speed of Mach 2.0 and investigated or proved some 36 technological developments before going on to perform for crowds at airshows.  Four more years of trialling the latest technologies followed before the aircraft conducted its last flight in May 1991, having flown 259 sorties totalling 195.21 flying hours. EAP was capable of attaining speeds in excess of Mach 2 and could fly at angles of attack of over 35 degrees in controlled flight, exceptional even by today’s standards. 

The aircraft then spent almost 16 years on display at Loughborough University in the Department of Aeronautical and Automotive Engineering, being used for undergraduate student design appreciation exercises.

After being transported by road to the RAF Museum Cosford in March 2012, EAP remained in storage until late Summer 2013 when it was moved in the Museum’s award winning Michael Beetham Conservation Centre.  Following a small amount of conservation work the aircraft has now been placed on display for Museum visitors to enjoy.

Nick Sturgess, Alex Henshaw Curator at RAF Museum Cosford said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled to have the EAP joining our Research and Development Aircraft Collection.  Only one EAP was ever built and its importance in aviation cannot be understated. During its flying career as a proof of concept demonstrator (circa 1986-1991) it contributed much to computer controls, advanced aerodynamics and new methods of construction. Many of the concepts that were pioneered and proved by EAP are now in frontline use in the form of the Eurofighter Typhoon, an aircraft that bares more than a passing resemblance to EAP.”

 

Chris Boardman, Managing Director at BAE Systems said:

“I am delighted that BAE Systems has been able to donate the Experimental Aircraft Programme aircraft to the RAF Museum at Cosford. The EAP was fundamental in developing many of the ground breaking design characteristics and capabilities that we now see in today’s Eurofighter Typhoon. It is only fitting that it should now reside alongside other historic aircraft including Tornado P.02, the Jaguar ACT Demonstrator and TSR2 that have all helped keep Britain at the forefront of military aviation.”

The Museum is open daily from 10am and admission is free of charge.  For more information on the Museum, visit www.rafmuseum.org or call 01902 376200. Keep up to date with the latest news and event information by following us on Facebook – Royal Air Force Museum Cosford or on Twitter @RAFMUSEUM. 

 

Shropshire Tourism members win at the Shropshire Star Tourism & Leisure Awards

Shropshire Tourism member businesses won in the following categories:

Best Day Out - Carding Mill Valley and the Long Mynd

Best Cafe or Tearoom - Arthur's at Fordhall Organic Farm, near Market Drayton

The Best Posh Nosh - The Hundred House Hotel, near Shifnal

Best Pub Grub - The Huntsman at Little Wenlock

Small Hotel of the Year - The Castle Hotel, Bishop's Castle

Large Hotel of the Year - Premier Inn, Shrewsbury

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation - The Limes, Wellington

Best Self Catering Provider - Coalport Station Holidays

Business Tourism - RAF Museum Cosford

Taste of Shropshire - Hobson's Brewery, Cleobury Mortimer

Small Visitor Attraction - Hawkstone Park & Follies

Other winners on the day included The Buttermarket in Shrewsbury, The Mytton Arms at Habberley, Attingham Park, the RAF Cosford Air Show and an outstanding contribution award to Katie Foster.

Exclusive Dining Offer at Shropshire County Hotels in Today's Edition of the Shropshire Star

Exclusive Dining Offer at Shropshire County Hotels in Today's Edition of the Shropshire Star

 

With the freshest produce to work with, in the hands of extremely talented chefs, this exclusive Shropshire Star reader offer is just the ticket to get a taste of the very best independent and individual hotels and inns in the county.

You can redeem your voucher at each of the participating restaurants listed below:

The Crown Country Inn – Closed Monday
Munslow,
Craven Arms, SY7 9ET
Tel: 01584 841205
www.crowncountryinn.co.uk
2 AA Rosettes
AA 4 Star Inn

The Castle Hotel
Market Square,
Bishop’s Castle, SY9 5BN
Tel: 01588 638403
www.thecastlehotelbishopscastle.co.uk
Shropshire Tourism 4 Star Inn

Fishmore Hall – Lunch Only
Fishmore Road,
Ludlow, SY8 3DP
Tel: 01584 875148
www.fishmorehall.co.uk
3 AA Rosettes
AA 3 Star Small Hotel

Hadley Park House Hotel
Hadley Park,
Telford, TF1 6QJ
Tel: 01952 677269
www.hadleypark.co.uk
AA Rosette
AA 3 Star Hotel

The Hundred House Hotel
Bridgnorth Road
Norton, Nr Shifnal, TF11 9EE
Tel: 01952 580240
www.hundredhouse.co.uk
2 AA Rosettes
AA 4 Star Inn

The Old Rectory - Closed Monday
Lowe Hill Road,
Wem, SY4 5UA
Tel: 01939 233233
www.oldrectorywem.co.uk

Visit Britain 3 Star Hotel

The Raven Hotel – Sunday Lunch Only
Barrow Street,
Much Wenlock, TF13 6EN
Tel: 01952 727251
www.ravenhotel.com
2 AA Rosettes
AA 3 Star Hotel

The offer is valid until November 26th, 2013.

How to book

Get your voucher from the Shropshire Star newspaper today (5th November 2013) and reserve your table in advance by telephone quoting: Shropshire Star lunch or dinner for £13.95.

All dates are subject to availability. Please note this offer excludes Saturdays and may only be available for lunch or Sunday lunch. Some hotels are closed on Mondays; this is indicated above. To validate the offer you must complete the Shropshire Star voucher and take it with you on the day. Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

To find out more about Shropshire County Hotels visit: www.visitshropshirehotels.com

 

 

Get Crafty this Halloween at RAF Cosford

These spookily creative workshops will run from 28th October to 1st November between 11.00am and 3.00pm with all materials provided by the Museum. 

28th October to 1st November 2013

11.00am-3.00pm

£2.00 per person

With two frightfully fiendish activities available, your little devils can decide which scarily good experience they would like to master:

Spooky Treat Pots and Magnets – Perfect for trick or treating, our treat pots are a hideously fun way to collect your Halloween sweets and candies. Available in a gross Frankenstein or frightening pumpkin design, these screamingly good pots are made from pre-cut foam pieces, pipe cleaners and come complete with instructions on how to assemble it.  Once done your little monsters may also create a scary personalised fridge magnet by simply scratching a design onto the specially coated surface using a scratch tool to reveal the lurid colours hidden underneath.  With six diabolical designs to choose from including a bat, witch, haunted house, ghost, pumpkin and spider, mini-monsters will have everything that they need to make a creepy decoration for All Hallows Eve.

Scary Bean Bags and Bookmarks - Learn to sew like Dr Frankenstein and create your own spooky spiders using two design kits that include pre-cut felt shapes with pre-punched holes, self-adhesive felt pieces, yarn, safe plastic needle, bean bag and instructions.  Once you have completed your spider bean bag, why not try your hand at making one of our funky foam Halloween bookmarks.  There are four repulsively simple designs available including a ghastly pumpkin, maniacal witch, black cat and a spider, each kit contains a foam template, self-adhesive foam decorations, wiggle-eyes and instructions.

To participate in the events taking place this October Half Term, please purchase your ticket from the Admissions Desk on arrival. Participation is just £2.00 per person and for each of the activities, participants will get to take their creations home as a memento of the day.  For further information about the Museum, please visit the Museum website www.rafmuseum.org or call 01902 376200.  The Museum is open daily from 10am and entry to the Museum is FREE of charge.

Shrewsbury Brochure Competition Winner Praises the Town

Shrewsbury Brochure Competition Winner Praises the Town

Mr Fance from Cheshire said, “I am absolutely delighted to win the competition. My family love to visit Shropshire. Shrewsbury is a modern, vibrant town but has not lost its olde worlde charm.”

Claire Owen, Senior Marketing Officer at Shropshire Tourism said, “The competition was run by Shropshire Tourism on behalf of Shrewsbury Tourism Association as part of the 2013 Visit Shrewsbury brochure; also produced by Shropshire Tourism on behalf of Shrewsbury Tourism Association. The brochure was the first issue to feature the new distinctive black and white ‘Original One-Off’ branding.

To complement this, entrants to the competition answered questions about some of Shrewsbury’s original one-offs, from the name of the house Charles Darwin was born (Mount House) to the height of our original ‘one-off’ town crier Martin Wood (7ft 2in - in case you’re wondering!).”

Jim Littler, manager of The Lion & Pheasant said, “We were delighted to offer the prize and be part of the Shrewsbury brochure.”

Michael Connor, Chairman of Shrewsbury Tourism Association thanked The Lion & Pheasant for their support and said, “The official brochure is a key element of our visitor promotion, with compelling editorial, excellent images and effective, targeted distribution to reach our main visitor markets and showcase the best of what Shrewsbury has to offer. The new branding transforms the look of these guides and puts the spotlight on Shrewsbury as a town of original ‘one-offs’.”

To find out more about The Lion & Pheasant Hotel visit www.lionandpheasant.co.uk. To find out more about places to stay and things to do in Shrewsbury visit the official website www.visitshrewsbury.co.uk.

Businesses wishing to be part of the 2014 Visit Shrewsbury brochure should contact Claire Owen at Shropshire Tourism on 01743 261919 as soon as possible. 

Exclusive Dining Offer at Shropshire County Hotels in Today's Edition of the Shropshire Star

Exclusive Dining Offer at Shropshire County Hotels in Today's Edition of the Shropshire Star

With the freshest produce to work with, in the hands of extremely talented chefs, this exclusive Shropshire Star reader offer is just the ticket to get a taste of the very best independent and individual hotels and inns in the county.

You can redeem your voucher at each of the participating restaurants listed below:

The Crown Country Inn – Closed Monday
Munslow,
Craven Arms, SY7 9ET
Tel: 01584 841205
www.crowncountryinn.co.uk
2 AA Rosettes
AA 4 Star Inn

The Castle Hotel
Market Square,
Bishop’s Castle, SY9 5BN
Tel: 01588 638403
www.thecastlehotelbishopscastle.co.uk
Shropshire Tourism 4 Star Inn

Fishmore Hall – Lunch Only
Fishmore Road,
Ludlow, SY8 3DP
Tel: 01584 875148
www.fishmorehall.co.uk
3 AA Rosettes
AA 3 Star Small Hotel

Hadley Park House Hotel
Hadley Park,
Telford, TF1 6QJ
Tel: 01952 677269
www.hadleypark.co.uk
AA Rosette
AA 3 Star Hotel

The Hundred House Hotel
Bridgnorth Road
Norton, Nr Shifnal, TF11 9EE
Tel: 01952 580240
www.hundredhouse.co.uk
2 AA Rosettes
AA 4 Star Inn

The Old Rectory - Closed Monday
Lowe Hill Road,
Wem, SY4 5UA
Tel: 01939 233233
www.oldrectorywem.co.uk
Visit Britain 3 Star Hotel

The Raven Hotel – Sunday Lunch Only
Barrow Street,
Much Wenlock, TF13 6EN
Tel: 01952 727251
www.ravenhotel.com
2 AA Rosettes
AA 3 Star Hotel

The offer is valid until November 26th, 2013.

How to book

Get your voucher from the Shropshire Star newspaper today (15th October 2013) and reserve your table in advance by telephone quoting: Shropshire Star lunch or dinner for £13.95.

All dates are subject to availability. Please note this offer excludes Saturdays and may only be available for lunch or Sunday lunch. Some hotels are closed on Mondays; this is indicated above. To validate the offer you must complete the Shropshire Star voucher and take it with you on the day. Voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

To find out more about Shropshire County Hotels visit: www.visitshropshirehotels.com

Behind-the-scenes access for aviation fans

Behind-the-scenes access for aviation fans

As it is a working environment, the Sir Michael Beetham Conservation Centre is not normally open to the public.  For one week only, visitors will have the rare opportunity to speak with the skilled Technicians and Apprentices about the conservation work they carry out on the hundreds of aircraft within the Museum’s collection.

The Conservation Centre will be open from 10:15am to 1:00pm from Sunday 10th November until Saturday 16th. Visitors will be able to view the Handley Page Hampden, Vickers Wellington and other aircraft and artefacts in various stages of restoration during the annual Open Week.  A main highlight for aviation fans will be the chance to see developments being made on the world’s last surviving Dornier Do 17 recently salvaged from the bottom of the English Channel in June of this year.

This ground breaking project has sparked interest from across the globe and amongst visitors of all ages who have been fascinated and intrigued to know how the project will progress. Since its arrival on 15th June 2013 treatment on some of the aircraft’s smaller components has progressed swiftly. Several of these artefacts are now on display at the Museum, in remarkable condition.  Members of the public will be able to see the Dornier’s fuselage and wings in their purpose built hydration tunnels, whilst the Museum’s Apprentices and Volunteers will be working on components from the Dornier Do 17, including an engine valve with carbon deposits and a cog where the bearings still rotate, giving visitors first hand access to the intricate work taking place to conserve this aircraft.

Darren Priday, RAF Museum Deputy Conservation Centre Manager says:

“The MBCC Open-Week is a very popular event in the Museum calendar attracting around 4,000 visitors; many of the visitors return year after year to witness progress on the various projects.  If you have visited the Museum before but not the Conservation Centre come along and see the work we are carrying out, I believe you will be impressed.  To allow for people who work Monday to Friday we are also open on a Saturday and Sunday.”

Other projects on display include the on-going refurbishments of the Museum’s Hawker Siddeley Kestrel and Range Safety Launch.  Thanks to the support of WarGaming.net the Museum’s brand new Dornier 17 Interpretation Zone opening on 16th October will also add to the visitor’s experience.

Admission to the Conservation Centre Open Week is FREE and from 10.15am to 1.00pm each day.  Cosford’s main Museum will open daily from 10am.  For further information, please contact the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on 01902 376200 or visit www.rafmuseum.org.

 

MereFest13 - Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership Scheme

On Saturday 21st September, the Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership Scheme is inviting the public to a festival to celebrate the heritage and natural wonders of the Meres and Mosses of South Cheshire and North Shropshire.

Taking place at Cholmondeley Castle, the event will host a range of attractions for all the family, including: minibeast hunts, live music, guided nature walks, pond dipping, carousels, trampolining, canoeing, craft demonstrations and stalls with  scrumptious local produce.

Entrance is FREE and no booking is required, so why not come along? The festival is taking place from 11am-4pm beside the beautiful Deer Park Mere.

Download the MereFest13 leaflet for more information or visit www.themeresandmosses.co.uk

Join us on Twitter at @MeresandMosses and help us promote the event with #merefest13

Gold Award Winning Shropshire

Gold Award Winning Shropshire

The Awards are not easy to achieve, with just under 10,000 entries this year and around 33% attaining an Award. Great Taste is the ultimate consumer test, with 405 judges tasting food over 50 separate days. The process is rigorous and the results are highly valued by producers and consumers. There is a level of expectation when a product carries the gold star three, two or one star logo - it helps consumers to decide what to place in their shopping basket. The description of a food or drink winning three gold stars in the Great Taste Awards is Exquisite. Wow!  Taste That, the two stars are given to products that are Outstanding and the one star indicates a Virtually Faultless Food.

A pick of the best
Shropshire winners include Maynard's Farm, Marou chocolate, Ludlow Food Centre, Battlefield1403, Great Ness Oil, Brock Hall Farm, The Jammy Cow, Smoke and Pickle, Belton Cheese, Appleby's and more... Brock Hall Farm from Chelmarsh, near Bridgnorth was the only Shropshire business to win a coveted three star gold for their Dutch Mistress rind-washed goats cheese, made with milk from their own goats. Only 125 gold three stars were awarded out of the nearly 10,000 entries. Two stars were awarded to Brock Hall Farm again for another of their cheeses, Ludlow Food Centre for marmalade and also Gloucester Old Spot Pork and Apple Casserole. Other two star winners were Marou chocolate for two different bars, The Jammy Cow for Evil Chilli Chutney and Curetons Fine Food for a Luxury Game Pie.

Clare Downes from Monkhouse Food and Drink commented; "I was fortunate to be asked to judge at the Great Taste Awards this year and so have seen for myself just how detailed the process is. It really is not easy to win an award - the products have to be outstanding and in the case of three stars completely 'out of this world'. After the success of Shrewsbury Food Festival, the county seems to keep putting itself on the map for its excellent food and drink. We encourage food and drink businesses that we work with regarding their PR and Marketing to enter the Great Taste Awards. We feel that the awards are now a symbol quite simply of 'great taste' and this helps consumers to choose what to buy and retailers and chefs to also select the best products to use. So many successes from our county of Shropshire is fabulous - well done!"

Vote for Church Stretton & Stokesay Castle in 2013 Countryfile Magazine Awards

Vote for Church Stretton & Stokesay Castle in 2013 Countryfile Magazine Awards

Church Stretton has been nominated in the ‘Britain’s Favourite Market Town’ category by the travel writer Brigid Benson and is up against competition from nine other nominees including Totnes in Devon, St Ives in Cornwall and Narberth in Pembrokeshire, so every vote will count. 

The second Shropshire nominee is English Heritage's Stokesay Castle, near Craven Arms, which has been shortlisted in ‘Britain’s Favourite Heritage Site’ category. Selected by Countryfile presenter John Craven, Stokesay has been described as “One of England’s first and finest medieval fortified manor houses.”

Julie Hall, Site Manager at Stokesay Castle for over 20 years, said "It's very exciting for us, we are very proud to be nominated as we're a small site compared to some of the other nominees such as Blenheim Palace, the Lost Gardens of Heligan and Hadrian’s Wall. It’s brilliant that our castle in Shropshire is amongst the great and the good. I was at Stokesay when John Craven visited with his wife on a private holiday earlier this year and he was obviously very taken with it; he especially mentioned how much he loved the teashop."

Commenting on both nominations Claire Owen, Senior Marketing Officer at Shropshire Tourism, said “It’s fantastic news for Shropshire to have not one but two nominations in the 2013 Countryfile Magazine Awards and we would encourage everyone to vote. Last year Ludlow took second place in the ‘Britain’s Favourite Market Town’ category so it would be wonderful if Church Stretton or Stokesay Castle could do as well, or even go one better this year!”

To cast your vote for Church Stretton and Stokesay Castle and be in with a chance of winning a two-night break in Devon, visit the Countryfile Magazine website at www.countryfile.com/awardsvote, email awards@countryfile.com or fill in the form on page 38 of the August issue of Countryfile magazine. Voting for the third annual Countryfile Magazine Awards closes on 30th September 2013.

Busy End of Summer in Store for Bridgnorth Caravan Park

Busy End of Summer in Store for Bridgnorth Caravan Park

Stanmore Hall Touring Park - http://www.morris-leisure.co.uk/ - which is owned by Shrewsbury-based Morris Leisure, is encouraging caravanners and motorhome owners to book early to avoid disappointment as pitches are filling up fast for both months.

Major local events include V Festival - http://www.vfestival.com/  - at Weston Park with a stellar line up, including Beyonce and Kings of Leon, on August 17 and 18, the same weekend as Bridgnorth Country Fair -http://www.bridgnorthpromotions.co.uk/country-fair/. Bridgnorth Food Fair is being held on August 25 followed by Bridgnorth Beer Festival from September 5-7.

The Midland Game and Country Fair - http://www.countrymanfairs.co.uk/midland-game-fair - at Weston Park and Battle of Britain Wartime Weekend at the Royal Air Force Museum, Cosford - http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/cosford/ - are both being held on the same weekend, September 14 and 15 and Severn Valley Railway’s Autumn Steam Gala - http://www.svr.co.uk  - takes place from September 20-22.

Stanmore Hall has also arranged a great deal with the famous Ironbridge Gorge Museums - http://www.ironbridge.org.uk/ - which gives caravanners staying at the park a 25 per cent discount on annual passport tickets. The voucher is redeemed at Blists Hill Victorian Town, where visitors can see Victorians in their shops, cottages and workplaces.

Other easily accessible tourist attractions include Cadbury's World and the West Midland Safari Park.

The park, which has 131 touring pitches and is a prestigious affiliated site of The Caravan Club, is set within 12.5 acres of wooded parkland on the edge of Bridgnorth, where caravanners enjoy attractive lake views.

For more information about Stanmore Hall Touring Park visit www.morris-leisure.co.uk or contact the park on Tel: 01746 761761.

Ironbridge in Top 100 nominations for VirtualTourist's 8th Wonder of the World

Ironbridge in Top 100 nominations for VirtualTourist's 8th Wonder of the World

Shropshire Tourism announced last month that it had nominated Ironbridge for the "8th Wonder of the World", run by VirtualTourist.com, a leading travel research website and community that is part of TripAdvisor Media Group.

With numerous Tourism Boards, Chambers of Commerce and Visitor Bureaus sending in a nomination, the public is asked to vote for their favorite out of the almost 300 submissions from around the World.  Voters can visit www.virtualtourist.com to vote for Ironbridge and have until September 30 to do so. 

You can visit the website every 24 hours and vote again and again!

There is also a link to the voting page from Shropshire Tourism's website, www.shropshiretourism.co.uk. The wonder with the most votes will be crowned the winner.  The winner will be featured in a national broadcast TV segment on a popular syndicated program as well as receive a massive media relations campaign push from VirtualTourist.

"It's wonderful to have a nomination from every corner of the world so we are thrilled to receive Ironbridge as a nomination from Shropshire Tourism," said Giampiero Ambrosi, General Manager of VirtualTourist.com.  "As one of the best travel guide resources on the web, members and visitors to our site have been to almost every country in the world.  We are eager to see which landmark they will choose to be crowned the 8th Wonder of the World."  To vote for Ironbridge for 8th Wonder of the World, just visit www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder.

Shropshire Tourism Nominates Ironbridge for VirtualTourist's 8th Wonder of the World

Shropshire Tourism Nominates Ironbridge for VirtualTourist's 8th Wonder of the World

(June 10, 2013) - Shropshire Tourism announced today that it has entered Ironbridge into VirtualTourist.com's quest to crown the "8th Wonder of the World". Public voting is now open at VirtualTourist.com, a leading travel research website and community that is part of TripAdvisor Media Group.

Claire Owen from Shropshire Tourism said, "As a World Heritage Site and birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, we feel that Ironbridge is certainly a worthy nomination and would like to encourage everyone to vote."

With numerous Tourism Boards, Chambers of Commerce and Visitor Bureaus sending in a nomination, the public is asked to vote for their favorite out of the almost 300 submissions from around the World.  Voters can visit www.virtualtourist.com to vote for Ironbridge and have until September 30 to do so.  There is also a link to the voting page from Shropshire Tourism's website, www.shropshiretourism.co.uk. The wonder with the most votes will be crowned the winner.  The winner will be featured in a national broadcast TV segment on a popular syndicated program as well as receive a massive media relations campaign push from VirtualTourist.

"It's wonderful to have a nomination from every corner of the world so we are thrilled to receive Ironbridge as a nomination from Shropshire Tourism," said Giampiero Ambrosi, General Manager of VirtualTourist.com.  "As one of the best travel guide resources on the web, members and visitors to our site have been to almost every country in the world.  We are eager to see which landmark they will choose to be crowned the 8th Wonder of the World."  To vote for Ironbridge for 8th Wonder of the World, just visit www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder.

For more information, visit www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder

Shropshire County Hotels Unveil New Website

Shropshire County Hotels Unveil New Website

Rob Hill, spokesperson for the group said, "Member hotels reflect the quality and diversity of Shropshire itself: Delightfully different Country House Hotels, Country Inns and Restaurants with Rooms, each unique and each remarkable in their own way. All take pride in offering outstanding hospitality and superb food which provides a showcase for the abundance of fantastic ingredients produced in Shropshire.

Coming together to promote ourselves more effectively as a group we hope to raise awareness about the quality services we have to offer and encourage both local people and those from further afield to pay us a visit, whether it's dining out in one of our restaurants or coming to stay with us."

The new website www.visitshropshirehotels.com been designed and developed by the in-house IT team at Shropshire Tourism, the county's leading tourism marketing organisation.

Kay Corbett, Senior Web Development Officer at Shropshire Tourism said, "It was a pleasure to work with Shropshire County Hotels on their new website. In addition to a new modern design, additional features have been added including an interactive map, news and event feeds."

UK Debut for White Salvia at Welshampton Fair

The Salvia 'Wollerton White' plant - a seedling off Salvia microphylla 'Cerro Potosi' - has been donated to Welshampton Fair, to be held in Welshampton Parish Hall from noon to 3pm, by Mr and Mrs John Jenkins from Wollerton Old Hall Garden, Wollerton, Market Drayton.

"It's the first white form of Salvia microphylla and its arrival has caused quite a stir in the plant world," explained event co-ordinator Gillian Eleftheriou. "Head gardener Andrew Humphris put in a batch of the normal pink salvia and out of it came these two white seedlings.

"This is going to be no ordinary plant sale. The special plants auction at 1.30pm will be really special because plantsmen have been so helpful and generous."

Also included in the auction is Hosta 'Unduly Graced', named because of its origins - the garden of Elvis' Presley's Graceland mansion, where its parent resided beside his swimming pool - which has been donated by Tim Saville, who lives at Penycae, near Wrexham.

Proceeds from the event will be divided between Shropshire Macmillan Cancer Support and St Michael and All Angels Church in Welshampton.

Fine art auctioneer Andrew Beeston from Halls, Shrewsbury will conduct the 1.30pm special plants auction of 30 lots, which have been donated by private national collection holders, specialist nurseries and leading plant specialists across North Shropshire and the Welsh and Cheshire borders.

Visitors to the fair will also have a rare chance to pick up tips from Shropshire's gardening guru Margaret Thrower, who will be joining award winning garden designer Richard Lucas to answer visitors' questions on this year's 'Ask the Experts' panel.

Quiz prizes on offer include tickets to Shrewsbury Flower Show, family passes to great venues and every visitor will also be able to enter a draw to win B&B in a top Lake District hotel.

"The fair provides a unique opportunity to buy specimen plants, from personal national collections and private gardens, that are not generally available to the public," explained Mrs Eleftheriou.

"The fair tends to attract local people, visitors and plantaholics because it offers such an unusual selection of plants. In the grand plant sale alone, we will have well in excess of 1,000 plants on offer, all grown by a dedicated team of six people. We are planning even more space in the grand marquee for plants and people this year."

The event, which has donated more than £25,000 to charities over the past seven years, will also feature quality cake, preserves and craft stalls. Entry and car parking are free.

 

Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership Scheme Launch New Interactive Website

Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership Scheme Launch New Interactive Website

The new website, www.themeresandmosses.co.uk is part of an ambitious programme of activity funded by The Government and the Heritage Lottery Fund to raise awareness about the Meres and Mosses which are home to some of the rarest wildlife in the UK.

 

Nearly £2m is available over the next 5 years to engage communities, raise awareness, conserve and restore habitat and work with landowners to improve the area through the Nature Improvement Area and Meres and Mosses Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Programme Manager Peter Moss said, "This ambitious programme is vitally important for the future of the Meres and Mosses area.  Everyone living and working here has their part to play in its protection and enhancement so please spread the word and do something to help today."

To find out all about this and get involved please visit www.themeresandmosses.co.uk. Here you will find up to date information on specific projects, events, details on farm and community grants as well as an interactive map and a resource library where the public can submit their favourite images of the area.

The website, which went live on 23rd April 2013, was designed and developed by the in-house IT team at Shropshire Tourism. Melanie Smith, Meres and Mosses Administrator said, "It has been great working with Shropshire Tourism.  They are extremely approachable, helpful and creative.  We are delighted with our new website."

TRIPADVISOR REVEALS UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES MOST RECOMMENDED BY TRAVELLERS

TRIPADVISOR REVEALS UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES MOST RECOMMENDED BY TRAVELLERS

TripAdvisor®, the world's largest travel site, today reveals the most highly recommended UNESCO World Heritage Sites according to the TripAdvisor traveller community. Of the top 10 in the world, Ironbridge Gorge in Shropshire, known throughout the world as the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution, comes in at second place. The famous site also takes the number one spot in the UK.

The results are based on more than 1.1 million traveller feedback forms, collected in partnership with UNESCO, making this the largest study of its kind ever conducted.

The Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa in China is recognised as the most highly recommended site in the world, according to TripAdvisor travellers.

Simon McCloy Chief Executive at Shropshire Tourism said, "We are really delighted with this news - we have long promoted Ironbridge as a brilliant place to visit in Shropshire, and it is really encouraging to hear that the TripAdvisor traveller community agrees. To be revealed as the most highly recommended UNESCO World Heritage Site in the UK is a huge coup for Shropshire, but to be rated second in the World exceeds even our expectations. It is true testament to the hard work that everyone at The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust do to make Ironbridge such a first rate visitor experience."

World's Most Recommended Sites

  1. 1. Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa  - China
  2. 2. Ironbridge Gorge - UK
  3. 3. Palace and Park of Fontainebleau - France
  4. 4. Historic Centre of Guimaraes - Portugal
  5. 5. Masada - Israel
  6. 6. Byblos - Lebanon
  7. 7. Persepolis - Iran
  8. 8. Hwaseong Fortress - Republic of Korea
  9. 9. Cilento and Vallo di Diano National Park with the Archeological Sites of Paestum and Velia, and the Certosa di Padula - Italy
  10. 10. Meidan Emam, Esfahan - Iran

 

UK's Most Recommended Sites

These UK World Heritage sites are those most recommended, according to TripAdvisor travellers:

  1. 1. Ironbridge Gorge - Shropshire
  2. 2. Heart of Neolithic Orkney - Orkney Islands, Scotland
  3. 3. Studley Royal Park including the Ruins of Fountains Abbey - North Yorkshire
  4. 4. Castles and Town Walls of King Edward in Gwynedd - Gwynedd, Wales
  5. 5. City of Bath - Bath
  6. 6. Durham Castle and Cathedral - Durham
  7. 7. Old and New Towns of Edinburgh – Edinburgh, Scotland
  8. 8. Canterbury Cathedral, St Augustine’s Abbey, and St Martin’s Church - Canterbury
  9. 9. Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal - North East Wales
  10. 10. Westminster Palace, Westminster Abbey and St Martin’s Church - London

 

"Every one of the 962 designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites is of enormous cultural or natural significance," commented Emma Shaw, TripAdvisor spokesperson. "These lists identify the sites that are valued most highly by the millions of TripAdvisor travellers who visit them and therefore, Ironbridge Gorge should be incredibly proud of its position at second place in the world and number one in the UK."

The partnership between TripAdvisor and UNESCO's World Heritage Centre launched in October 2009 to raise awareness of and gain travellers' support to preserve natural and cultural sites inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage list. 

Within the partnership, TripAdvisor is also providing support to the World Heritage Centre to help monitor the conservation of the world’s most important cultural and natural heritage sites. TripAdvisor shares the feedback to the World Heritage Centre so that it may better support UNESCO member states in protection and presentation of the properties.   

 

Shropshire Holiday Cottages feature in new ITV1 show

Wyndham & Bronwen Williams of Tugford Farm Holiday Cottages & Livery (www.tugford.com) have been filmed for ITV1’s brand new show, Holiday Home Sweet Home, presented by Lisa Faulkner. The programme also featuyres their self catering cottage Churchwarden Cottage in Ludlow (www.churchwardencottage.com)
 
Tugford Farm Holiday Cottages & Livery offer self-catering, B&B and equine B&B for guests who wish to bring their horse on holiday with them on their working farm in unspoilt rural South Shropshire. Churchwarden Cottage offers guests the alternative option of staying self-catering in the centre of the historic market town of Ludlow. We have been providing holidays and equine B&B for 7 years having successfully diversified into tourism turning redundant farm buildings into quality barn conversions and now have a strong clientele of returning guests.
 
In this new daytime series, Lisa Faulkner presents her guide to holiday homes around the UK. The series looks at a broad range of homes from aspirational beach front villas to idyllic rural cottages. Along the way, Lisa also visits some more quirky properties from historic forts to gypsy caravans and glamorous camping to stately manor houses. Whatever your budget or taste, Lisa finds a holiday home to suit everyone.
 
It’s not just the properties but the people who are at the heart of this show. The 20 x 60’ series will introduce people who run, and own these holiday homes, uncovering a unique insight into the work that goes into running a holiday let; and of course the holidaymakers, as they enjoy their summer break. Lisa’s journey will also take in some of beautiful Britain and will offer top tips on what to see and do in different areas of the country.
 
Tune into Holiday Home Sweet Home on Saturday, 27th October at 1.15pm on ITV1 to discover what goes into the perfect British holiday package.

Ironbridge Park and Ride - FREE Service Extended to 27th October 2012

Ironbridge Park and Ride - FREE Service Extended to 27th October 2012

Ironbridge Park & Ride: Fast, frequent and hassle free

If you are  planning your visit to Ironbridge Gorge there is now a fast, convenient and hassle free way in which to get there. The new 250 space Ironbridge Park and Ride, operating weekends, bank holidays and local school holidays offers buses every 12 minutes and with excellent links to the national road network is really easy to reach. Once in Ironbridge connections to all of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums including; Blists Hill Victorian Town, Coalport China Museum and Jackfield Title Museum can be made via the Gorge Connect bus service

Key information

  • Free to park
  • Buses every 12 minutes
  • 250 parking spaces
  • Direct service into Ironbridge
  • Easy access: From M54 Junction 6 follow A5223 south to Jiggers roundabout. Sign posted from the A road network
  • SAT NAV postcode TF4 3QE 
  • Operating weekends, bank holidays and local school holidays
  • The first bus leaves the Park and Ride site at 9am 
  • The last bus returns to the Park and Ride site at 5.48pm 
  • April – October

For more information including timetables and connecting services click here or call Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre on 01952 433424.

The service will return in April 2013.

Ludlow takes second place in prestigious Countryfile Magazine Awards

Ludlow takes second place in prestigious Countryfile Magazine Awards

Now in its second year, the Countryfile Magazine Awards are a celebration of the countryside and its people. The 2012 awards were launched in the April issue of Countryfile Magazine, and featured 12 categories, from conservation projects and best heritage attraction to country writers and our finest nature reserves.  

In each of the 12 categories, a panel of experts drew up a shortlist of candidates. The awards were then voted for by readers of the magazine and members of the public via post, email and on the Countryfile Magazine website, www.countryfile.com.  

Louth in Lincolnshire took first place, while Richmond in Yorkshire was voted into third place in the favourite market town category.

Claire Owen from Shropshire Tourism said, “This is fantastic news for Ludlow and for Shropshire. Shropshire Tourism has been encouraging people to vote since April when it was announced that Ludlow had been nominated and we are delighted with the announcement today [24th August 2012] from Countryfile Magazine. Thank you to everyone who voted.”

Ludlow was nominated in the ‘Britain’s Favourite Market Town’ category by the countryside writer, Nicholas Crane, who last year championed the town’s listed buildings, Norman castle and weekly food market in his BBC2 series ‘Town’.  

Fergus Collins, Editor of Countryfile Magazine, commented: “The Countryfile Magazine Awards are a great way for the magazine and its readers to celebrate the best of the British countryside. Essentially, we're saying a heartfelt thanks to all those who work so hard to protect our landscapes, heritage and wildlife – and having a bit of fun along the way."

Shropshire on Countryfile

Shropshire on Countryfile

Matt Baker and Julia Bradbury journey to Shropshire to find out how the landscape has inspired people for generations to get out into the countryside to live a healthier life.

Matt is in Much Wenlock to learn more about William Penny Brookes, a far-sighted Victorian who thought more people should get out and about to get fit. It was an idea that was to give rise to the biggest show on Earth - the Olympics. A century or more later, Matt meets a local girl aiming for gold in archery at the Olympics in 2020.

Julia learns you do not have to be an athlete to get something out of this landscape; children's author Malcolm Saville also saw the merit in exploring rural Shropshire. His books encouraged children to seek adventure in its wild places. Julia meets Saville's daughter, who spent her formative years as an evacuee in the county. It was whilst here that she received the chapters that were to form her father's celebrated Lone Pine series about a bunch of children going wild in Shropshire.

Also on the programme: Down on the farm, Adam's Highland bull Eric has a much-needed pedicure, and Adam visits a Lancashire farm where the dairy cows milk themselves.

New look for the Shropshire Tourism Brochure

New look for the Shropshire Tourism Brochure

Commenting on the new brochure, Claire Owen from Shropshire Tourism said, “We felt it was important to ensure the brochure for 2011 had a fresh, modern re-design. As the official tourist guide promoting the whole of Shropshire, the magazine style brochure continues to include places to stay, things to see and do, as well as showing the very best of what Shropshire has to offer potential visitors.”

“We have received over 350 requests for the brochure within the first day of it being released, and with our targeted distribution and advertising campaign going live in January, we are very hopeful that 2011 will be another bumper year for tourism as the ‘staycation’ trend continues.”

To request a local guide of things to see and do in the county call Shropshire Tourism on 01743 261919 or visit www.shropshiretourism.co.uk