Shropshire Fun This Easter

Easter is fast approaching and if you haven’t already made plans for the family, then we can help. Shropshire being the beautiful and scenic and imaginative county that it is, it has an abundance of Easter activities for all the family to enjoy.

Tucked away in the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, is the wonderful Acton Scott Historic Working Farm, near Church Stretton, which demonstrates life on a Shropshire upland farm at the turn of the 19th century. It opens to the public this Friday. With practical demonstrations of historic farming methods, using traditional skills and period horse-drawn machines, it really is not to be missed.  Children adore feeding the chickens, milling the grain, collecting the eggs, visiting the school house and so much more. On Friday 30th and Saturday 31st there will be plenty of different Easter and Spring themed crafts for all to partake in. A family day ticket is £25 and, with a great onsite Café, you can easily spend the whole day enjoying this great destination. Visit the Acton Scott website to find out their opening times - www.actonscott.com

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Whilst exploring South Shropshire, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is also a tourism destination well worth a visit. The museum is just south of Craven Arms and offers exciting and hands on exhibitions about the Shropshire Hills, with information about the history, geography, and biology of the area. The exhibition includes a life-sized mammoth and Iron Age roundhouse. The Discovery Centre also hosts a gift shop and café and the outside space has plenty of walks. With six way-marked circular walks specially created for their visitors, it really allows you to explore some of the stunning countryside immediately around the Centre. There are 30 acres of meadows beside the River Onny at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre that, on a sunny Spring day, provides the perfect setting for a day out. Find out more about the walks here – www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk

Head further up the A49 to find the stunning Ludlow Castle.  Dating from 1086, Ludlow Castle has been privately owned by the Earls of Powis since 1811. Walk through the Castle grounds and be immersed in one of the most significant historical sites in the Marches.  The Castle has played a role in some of the key historical events in the past 800 years, including the incarceration of the ‘Princes in the Tower’ prior to their move to London, and the death of Henry VII’s eldest son and heir, Arthur.  Surrounded by the bustling and beautiful Black & White town of Ludlow, this is a must-see destination.  Visit www.ludlowcastle.com

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If North Shropshire is your destination of choice, then why not stop off at the unique and fascinating British Ironworks Centre, dedicated to, and passionate about, the preservation and creation of quality craft and metal work in all its many forms.   Set on the outskirts of Oswestry, the Ironworks Centre is the perfect destination for a family day out AND it is Shropshire’s only free, 5 star tourist destination. Here master ironsmiths have created a parkland of creatures that are pure joy to walk amongst. The Centre is the birthplace of the famous, ‘Spoon Gorilla’ and the awe-inspiring and towering,  ‘ Knife Angel’,  created from knives, many engraved with words from the survivors or the families of victims of knife crime;  There are workshops where you can see skilled craftspeople at work and an indoor and outdoor Emporium which are a treasure trove of decorative items and architectural items for the home and garden.  For Easter, they are also running the Riddler Rabbit activity. With only 60 minutes on the clock, children are tasked to find all the clues left by the mind-boggling, tongue-twisting, Riddler Rabbit!  Only after discovering one clue can you move on to the next one…. After unlocking each clue, you will eventually reach your prize. www.britishironworkcentre.co.uk

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And, without doubt, you MUST spend a day visiting the glorious town of Ironbridge with its iconic bridge spanning the River Severn.  The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust runs 10 fascinating venues reflecting and celebrating the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution – from the Victorian village of Blists Hill, to the Tar Tunnel, to the home of Coalport China to the exciting hands on, experimental wonderland that is Enginuity, and so much more.  www.ironbridge.org.uk

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Looking for somewhere different to dine out over the Easter weekend? Then how about visiting the new No11 Pop-up in Shrewsbury for the Docket No33 pop-up restaurant opening its doors on Monday 2nd April! Normally based in Whitchurch, this exciting restaurant will be setting up their kitchen in the No11 building for both lunch and dinner. Their menus are focused around British cuisine using local and seasonal produce. For the pop-up there will be a set tasting menu, with an option of matching wines. The prices are as follows;

4 Course Lunch Tasting Menu: £30       Wine Pairing Lunch: £17

6 Course Dinner Tasting Menu: £45      Wine Pairing Dinner: £27

Lunch will be served from 12pm and dinner from 7pm. to book your table now email info@docketrestaurant.com


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