Shows and Festivals! August and September is festival season along the English/Welsh border. In Shrewsbury , Ludlow and Abergavenny, annual events attract exhibitors and visitors from across the country (and further afield). Flowers or food? The choice is yours.
Shrewsbury Flower Show
14th and 15th August 2015
The Shrewsbury Flower Show is in The Guinness Book of World Records, as the longest running horticultural event held in the same location.
The show has been held for 127
years at Quarry Park,on the banks of the River Severn. The park is centrally located and is in easy reach of the town centre and the railway station.
The show, one of the country’s Premier Flower Show events, attracts top exhibitors from all over the country.
As well as the flower displays, T.V. personalities, celebrity Chefs, singers and spectacular arena acts entertain the crowds for 12 hours on each day of the show, ending with a magnificent firework display.
Ludlow Food Festival
11th to 13th September 2015
The medieval town of Ludlow is worth visiting any time of year for its Tudor streets and stunning castle, but for one weekend in September there is an added attraction.The 2015 Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival takes place on 11th, 12th and 13th September.
From humble beginnings in 1995, Britain’s first successful food and drink festival now attracts large numbers of visitors from across the UK an overseas.
From Friday to Sunday, over 180 top quality small independent food and drink producers will be inside Ludlow Castle.
As well as the food producers, across Ludlow’s historic town centre there are a number of other of food-related events. Follow the famous Ludlow Sausage trail, Ale trail or the Festival Loaf trail, watch cooking demonstrations, sample pudding tastings, explore markets and much more.
Abergavenny Food Festival
18th to 20th September 2015
The Guardian said “Abergavenny is to food as Cannes is to film – an annual festival for spotting rising stars in Britain’s artisan food firmament”
The festival was founded in 1999, has attracted too many celebrity chefs and critics to name here.
The weekend-long festival of food and drink and has an excellent reputation, with beautifully stocked stalls, demos, talks and fascinating activities such as guided wild food walks.
This year’s programme is full and varied including talks by celebrity chefs Raymond Blanc and Tom Kerridge (though the latter is sold out). On the Friday, limited numbers can tour the Abergavenny Creamery or Chase Distillery, near Hereford. Advance booking for both tours is essential.
Like most shows and festivals, all three events are very popular and attract large crowds. So why not take the train to avoid the traffic?
The Arriva Trains of Wales service from Manchester to Cardiff runs hourly and stops at Shrewsbury, Ludlow and Abergavenny. Shrewsbury is also a major railway junction with direct services to Chester, Aberystwyth, Birmingham and Wolverhampton.
National Rail provides up to date details of train times and fares.