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Things to Do In Shropshire 2024



Discover the allure of Big Bear Lodge: Nestled amid captivating mountains, rivers, and countryside, our lodge offers an unparalleled retreat. Our accommodations are not just comfortable—they are highly acclaimed, providing a perfect blend of luxury and nature. For those who prefer the stars overhead, our campsite welcomes tents, promising a serene outdoor experience.

 

Elevate your mornings with our delectable 5-star Full English breakfast, served directly to your lodge or tent. Embrace the simple joys of life by renting one of our cosy fire pits, complete with marshmallow roasting packs, creating unforgettable moments under the night sky. Additionally, our modern and impeccably maintained shower block and toilets, featuring piping hot water, ensure your stay is as comfortable as it is memorable.

 

This year, Big Bear Lodge is your gateway to a series of spectacular weekend events in and around Shropshire. With the promise of spring and summer filled with shows, festivals, fairs, and carnivals, consider revisiting us to fully experience the vibrant local culture.


Great things to do in Shropshire 2024


The Ludlow Spring Festival (10th-12th May)

Highlight of the Season: The Ludlow Spring Festival (10th-12th May) - A cornerstone event, the Ludlow Spring Festival merges with the Marches Transport Festival, under the esteemed banner of the Ludlow Food Festival. As a dedicated 'Not For Profit Organisation,' the festival champions the local food and drink artisans of Ludlow and the Welsh Marches. Their mission to bolster the independent food scene contributes significantly to both the local and regional economies, fostering sustainability and inclusivity. With over 60 regional vendors, activities for children, and the 'Festival Pub' offering an array of over 100 real ales accompanied by live music throughout the weekend, it promises an enriching experience for all attendees.

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Shropshire County Show (25th May)

Immerse yourself in the heart of rural life at the Shropshire County Show. This vibrant celebration highlights the best of agriculture, food, and countryside traditions with livestock exhibitions, equestrian competitions, local produce stalls, and an assortment of machinery on display. It's a family-friendly event that caters to all interests, ensuring a day of fun and discovery.



RAF Cosford Air Show (9th June)

Prepare to be captivated by the RAF Cosford Air Show, a thrilling exhibition of aerial mastery featuring both military and civilian aircraft. This event promises a day filled with spectacular aerial displays that will leave you awe-struck. Beyond the skies, explore interactive exhibits, marvel at vintage vehicle displays, and enjoy the excitement of funfair rides. It's an adventure that guarantees to leave you exhilarated.

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Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival (13th & 14th July)

For enthusiasts of melodious harmony, the Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival is an unmissable event. Set against the scenic beauty of Ironbridge Gorge, this festival gathers brass bands from across the region for a soul-stirring musical journey. Held in the historical ambiance of Coalbrookdale, the weekend is filled with exceptional performances by some of the finest local brass bands. Revel in the vibrant atmosphere, indulge in delicious food and drinks, and lose yourself in live music throughout the day.

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Shrewsbury Flower Show (9th & 10th August)

Step into a world of floral wonder at the Shrewsbury Flower Show. This celebrated event showcases the pinnacle of horticulture with breath-taking floral displays, exquisite show gardens, and an array of plant nurseries.


Set in the heart of the historic market town of Shrewsbury, the festival also features live music and a collection of artisan stalls, offering a blend of beauty, creativity, and culture. Dive into the essence of summer in this enchanting celebration of flowers, music, and craftsmanship.

Staying with us for this weekend? Get a 15% booking fee discount WS9/8


The Ludlow Magnalonga (11th August)

Celebrating its nineteenth year, the Ludlow Magnalonga is inspired by a similarly successful event from Ludlow’s twin town, San Pietro in Cariano, nestled in the heart of Valpolicella, Italy. This delightful experience is not about speed but savoring the journey. As you meander through stunning landscapes, you'll pause at various points to enjoy dishes crafted from the finest local ingredients sourced from Ludlow and the Welsh Marches. Each culinary stop is paired with a choice of local real ales, traditional perry, cider, or other beverages with a regional twist. We also provide locally bottled water, encouraging eco-friendly refills throughout your journey.

Staying with us for this weekend? Get a 15% booking fee discount WS9/8


Shrewsbury Folk Festival (23rd - 26th August)

Step into the vibrant heart of Shrewsbury for one of the year’s most anticipated events—the Shrewsbury Folk Festival. This festival showcases an extraordinary lineup of folk music talents, from celebrated artists to emerging voices.



Immerse yourself in the joy of live music, dance the night away at lively ceilidhs, partake in engaging workshops, and indulge in an array of delicious food and drink options. The Shrewsbury Folk Festival is more than an event; it’s a celebration of music, culture, and community spirit—a truly wonderful gathering not to be missed.


Oswestry Balloon Carnival (18th-19th August)

Prepare to be mesmerized as Oswestry's skyline transforms into a vibrant display of colour with the Oswestry Balloon Carnival. Witness a breath-taking array of hot air balloons take to the skies, painting the horizon with myriad hues. As the balloons adorn the evening skies with their majestic presence, the carnival atmosphere is enriched with balloon rides, live music, an assortment of food stalls, and a variety of children's activities, creating a spectacle of joy and colour for all ages.

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kend? Get a 15% booking fee discount use code WS16/8



Ludlow Food Festival (13th-15th September):

For those passionate about culinary arts and local produce, the Ludlow Food Festival is a not-to-be-missed event. Celebrated globally, this festival offers an immersion into the world of gastronomy. Explore an exquisite selection of local produce, engage with cookery demonstrations, enjoy a plethora of food tastings, street food vendors, and bask in the ambiance of live entertainment. It's an epicurean adventure that celebrates the richness of local cuisine.

Staying with us this weekend? Get a 15% booking fee discount - use code WS13/9 at checkout


Glamping Shropshire

Beyond these highlighted events, the spring and summer months are bustling with engaging activities, including the historical Much Wenlock Olympian Games, the vibrant Ellesmere Carnival, and numerous events at Attingham Park and Erddig. Each event offers a unique glimpse into the cultural and recreational fabric of the region.

 

Choosing to stay at Big Bear Lodge not only positions you at the heart of these diverse and captivating events but also envelops you in the comfort and charm of our accommodations. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Shropshire and the warmth of our hospitality. To make your experience even more rewarding, utilize the promotion coupon provided at the end of each event description when booking your stay with us. Depending on the duration of your visit, enjoy 10% or 15% off your reservation. Big Bear Lodge is more than just a place to stay—it's your gateway to exploring the rich tapestry of events and the natural beauty of Shropshire, ensuring an unforgettable experience.

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