Shrewsbury Castle set to reopen to the public on 25 July 2020

The opening will enable visitors to explore the stunning castle grounds which have been maintained by Shrewsbury Town Council throughout the closure.

When visiting the Castle grounds, visitors will be able to have picnics as long as they adhere to social distancing rules at all times.

Laura’s Tower will remain closed as there is only one path which doesn’t enable social distancing.

The Castle grounds will be open during museum opening hours only.

Along with the gardens, the Soldiers of Shropshire Museum which is housed inside the Castle itself will also be open from Saturday 25 July 2020.

Shropshire Museum is pleased to have received Visit England’s “We’re Good To Go” kitemark which ensures they have followed all the guidance and legislation.

A one way system will be in place through the Museum and will be clearly marked for visitors to follow so they can safely experience the stunning collections on display.

Ticket prices are: £4.50 adults, £3.50 concessions, £2.00 children and Under 5s free.

As always, serving members of HM Forces can get in for free when they present their ID card, as can former members of the Shropshire Regiments.

Normal summer museum opening hours will operate:

Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10.30am to 5pm.
Sunday 10.30am to 4pm.
Closed Thursdays.

Shrewsbury Park & Ride

FREE park and ride – from Saturday 29 February to Saturday 14 March 2020

To show support for businesses in Shrewsbury town centre affected by February’s floods,  and to encourage people to visit the town, Shropshire Council have announced that Shrewsbury’s park and ride service will be FREE to use for two weeks – from all three park and ride sites – Meole Brace, Harleslcott and Oxon. 

Open Garden Day – The Vineyard, Weston

The Vineyard, Weston-under-Redcastle,
Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 5JY

by kind invitation of Peter and Susan Norbury

Sunday 31st May 2015 11am-5pm
Tickets £10 in advance, £12 on the door
includes light refreshments.

Don’t miss this opportunity to visit a beautiful country house in ancient parkland,
with spectacular views, wonderful gardens and woodland.

Sensible footwear and walking poles advisable for woodland walks.
No dogs permitted.

Tickets available from Kate Jones, R.A.B.I. Regional Manager
Tel: 07876 492839 or email

On behalf of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution – Supporting Farming Families
(Registered charity no. 208858)

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or here for a pdf one.

Shropshire Hand Made and Vintage Christmas Craft Fair

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th November 10.00 a.m – 3.00 p.m at Hodnet Hall Gardens.

30+ stalls selling homemade homewares and vintage accessories.

Access to  60 acres of renowned landscape gardens.

Hot food, childrens craft tent, live music, childrens trail.

Reduced admission, adults £3.00 children under 16’s free.

For further information about the gardens including directions and contact details, go to the gardens own website

Have you ever seen a glow worm?

Hodnet’s glow worms are locally famous, but have you ever seen them?
If not, and assuming you’d like to, would you know what you are looking for, or where?
Perhaps the simplest way to see them is to join a late evening trip being organised by members of the Hodnet Footpath Group, as per their notice below:

The number of glow worms spotted so far this year in both our
own and other areas has been unusually low, maybe due to the
cool start to the summer. However, some have now been sighted
and even though it's a bit later in the season than normal,
Hodnet Footpath Group members decided it was worth having a go.
We therefore plan to walk along the old railway track between
Hodnet and Wollerton on the evening of Friday 16th August,
meeting by the ex council yard (old auction yard) in Station
Road, Hodnet ready for a 9.30pm start.
We very much hope that you will be able to come along and join
us and that our efforts will be rewarded!
Just two precautions:
1. Please note - if it is raining, the event will be cancelled
without further notification.
2. Please read the safety notes below:
Hodnet Footpath Group can not accept any liability for loss of
or damage to property [inc clothing and personal effects]
Looking forward to seeing you on 16th,
Yours sincerely,
Mary Hardy
(Hodnet FPG Secretary)


Hawkstone Scenic Fun Ride

Funride with your horse or pony in the beautiful Shropshire countryside
Approximately 12 miles with opptional jumps
First rider leaves at 10am and slots available until 2.30pm
Sunday 8th September 2013
Parking at The Citadel, Weston under Redcastle, nr Hodnet
Use postcode SY4 5JY for SAT.NAVs
Adult riders £15. Junior riders £12
Organised by Hodnet 2000 Educational Trust charity

Permissive Path Opening

Over 20 people gathered on the evening of 11th June (2013) at the top end of Shropshire’s first permissive footpath which completes the pedestrian access route from Hodnet to Marchamley to hear the story of how the path came to be, and to see Councillor Karen Calder cut the ribbon and declare the path officially open.

Richard Underwood (Hodnet Parish Councillor and Hodnet Footpath Group member) opened proceedings by thanking everyone for coming along. He recalled the days after the opening of the bypass when the Parish Council wanted to build new roadside pavements to fill gaps in the existing provision so as to create safe pedestrian routes between Hodnet and its outlying settlements of Marchamley and Wollerton. The prohibitive costs of construction and land acquisition prevented further progress on this option, so the Council then considered another alternative – paths created behind the roadside hedges with the permission of the landowner.

No further progress was made on this until an opportunity arose to formally seek residents’ views on improving walking links between the main parish villages. The replies to the 2008 Parish Plan questionnaires showed clear support for such links, and when the Hodnet Footpath Group was formed shortly afterwards, it was asked to look into the matter further. An agreement in principle was soon reached with the landowner, John Powell, and the matter was then referred to Shropshire Council Outdoor Recreation team for legal advice and practical help. Next a questionnaire was issued by the Footpath Group to all households in Hodnet and Marchamley in order to gauge their support and expected use. 91% of responses were favourable, on both recreational and safety grounds.
In 2012 it was decided in principle to proceed with a proposal that Shropshire Council would build and maintain the path, Hodnet Parish Council would pay an annual rental for the land and Hodnet Footpath Group would help promote the use of the path. Matters were finalised early this year, the path was built this spring and already appears to be being well used.

Richard Underwood expressed thanks to local residents for completing questionnaires, to Richard Knight and Shropshire Council’s Outdoor Recreation Team for their support and practical help and finally he thanked John Powell for his kind co-operation in first agreeing to discuss the matter and then permitting the path to be built; “Without it we would not be standing here tonight.” Richard also promoted the Footpath Group’s walks leaflets, specifically Walk 3 which incorporates use of the new path.

Richard himself commented: “I’m very pleased to see this project come to fruition. It’s the culmination of many years’ work by many people – much of it behind the scenes, and essentially means that walking between the villages is now much safer. Taking a wider view, it means that Hodnet Parish Council have fulfilled another of the commitments made in the Parish Plan and it has also helped to establish the Hodnet Footpath Group. I am very grateful to all who have helped in bringing this path into being and hope that it will be well used, and perhaps provide a role model for other similar projects. If anyone wishes to join the Footpath Group, they’d be very welcome. See for more details.”

Declaring the path open, Councillor Karen Calder said, “Congratulations should go to a very successful group which came out of the Parish Plan, that is the Pathways Group. They eventually succeeded in doing something which was thought aspirational but not really doable, but they have proven that it was doable just by thinking about it in a different way.”

Speaking afterwards, John Bourne (Hodnet Footpath Group Chairman) thought it was “gratifying to have been involved in something which achieved a result,” and Angie Lunt from Market Drayton Ramblers’ group said, “The path is good news for us. We walk round the area a lot and do evening walks in this vicinity. We are highly delighted that we can now make use of this footpath.”