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Shodbon Food and Flying Festival

   
Address : Shobdon Airfield
Town/City : Leominster
County : Herefordshire
Country : England
Post code : HR6 9NR
Web Site :  www.shobdonfoodandflyingfestival.co.uk

Set in beautiful north Herefordshire surroundings at an historic WW2 airfield, our unique event combines the best gastronomy our part of the world has to offer, a host of aviation attractions, arts and crafts, demonstrations, live music and lots more. It means a visit to us is time the whole family can enjoy.

 

 

The skies over Herefordshire Aero Club will be home to some of the most recognisable aircraft in history this summer as the Shobdon Food and Flying Festival helps mark the centenary of the RAF. Flypasts by iconic Second World War planes will form the centrepiece of this year's event after the team at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which is based at RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, agreed to pay a visit.

On Sunday the 1st of July 2018, crowds can expect a flypast by a Spitfire or Hurricane while the day before all eyes will be on one of only two Lancaster Bombers still flying in the world, and the only one in the UK.

Marcus Woof from Herefordshire Aero Club said: "We are thrilled that the BBMF has agreed to come and see us during what will be an incredibly busy summer for them. As Shobdon Airfield played a key role in the war as the home of a training school for glider pilots, we knew that we wanted to mark the RAF100 celebrations somehow and this is the perfect way. Let's hope the weather is kind to us!"

The 6th annual event, hosted by Herefordshire Aero Club at Shobdon Airfield and sponsored by Discover Bestparks, which operates Pearl Lake Country Holiday Park in the village, promises to be the biggest yet with several thousand visitors expected to descend on the small north Herefordshire village. As the event's reputation has spread, many visitors now fly in from all over the country to enjoy parachuting, trial flights and tours around static vintage aircraft.

In addition, almost a hundred of the region's top food, drink and artisan craftspeople have also been assembled with visitors able to sample everything from local meats, cheeses, ales and wines to flavours from Thailand, Japan, India, the Middle East, the Caribbean, the Mediterranean and more.

Event Sponsor, Glenn Jones from Discover Bestparks, said: "This is the fourteenth year we have held a Food Festival in Shobdon and it's always fantastic to see the whole village come together. As a business which has a base in Shobdon, we are thrilled to support an event that has the local community at its heart."

Sailboat rides on Discover Bestpark's Pearl Lake will be running on both days of the Festival. A packed line up of demonstrating chefs including Great British Bake Off favourite, Val Stones, live music, children's entertainment and a gala Rat Pack tribute evening starring ITV weather presenter Des Coleman complete the schedule of what promises to be a fantastic weekend.

For more information visit:
shobdonfoodandflyingfestival.co.uk

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Featured Attraction


Head for The Heights this year

Head for The Heights of Abraham, the award winning Hilltop Park situated in the spectacular Derwent Valley, just 9 miles from Chatsworth on the western edge of the Peak District National Park.

This "must see" Derbyshire jewel of an attraction is accessed by state of the art enclosed cable cars located on the banks of the River Derwent next to Matlock Bath railways station and the town's public car parks. Simply purchase your cable car ticket, and then sit back to enjoy Instagram-ready views of the geologically stunning valley as you climb to the summit.
TIP: You can save money by purchasing your tickets online in advance of your visit. Go to www.heightsofabraham.com for ticket prices and availability
Once you've purchased your cable car ticket, access to all the summit attractions is free, offering a great value-day-out whatever the weather. Head off to explore 60 acres of landscaped grounds, undercover interactive exhibitions, photography gallery, multi-media show caverns, adventure playgrounds, woodland walks and trails.

You can choose to dine in the Vista restaurant with its stunning views down the valley, or enjoy a snack in the café or out on the terrace with similar breath-taking views. Picnic areas can be found throughout the grounds, and during the school holidays you'll discover extra entertainment like the traditional Punch and Judy show (with a satisfying Heights of Abraham twist) for all the family to enjoy.
TIP: Dining times can be reserved in advance. This is recommended especially during the busiest times of the year. Phone 01629 582365 to make a reservation or pre-order the popular afternoon tea package.
Most visitors are surprised to learn that the Heights is in fact the Derbyshire's oldest tourist attraction. The cable car system has carried millions of visitors to the summit over the last thirty five years, yet it remains one of the latest chapters in the fascinating story of the Heights of Abraham. The Heights first opened as a Pleasure Ground in 1780 when visitors would make the climb from the valley floor on foot to witness some of the finest views across the surrounding area. Almost two and a half centuries later you are still able to wander around the estate with its zigzag paths and pleasant woodland trails. It is easy to understand why the area proved inspirational to the Romantic movement of the period.

As long ago as Roman times, Lead deposits may have been found in the area but it took another 1000 years before Lead mining was officially recorded on site. These impressive mines were active for over 400 years and left behind a legacy of passageways and awe-inspiring caverns. Today, thanks to all that hard work you can follow in the miners' footsteps down the passageways they created, going deep underground into the Heights' famous Show Caverns. From the glow of a single miner's candle to the whole cavern being awash with colour-changing lights, the Great Masson Cavern tour is one of the talking points of a visit to this Hilltop Park. Here, where the Equator was once situated millions of years ago, you can learn all about the rocks, minerals and underground formation of the Peak District. Equally, a visit to the Great Rutland Cavern is well worthwhile. First opened to the public over 200 years ago in 1810, you can experience a day in the life of the very miners who made your trip possible.

Those of an inquisitive mind should make sure they visit The Long View exhibition to see and hear the 230 year story about why the estate has been a favourite place to visit for many generations. On the upper floor the Fossil Factory brings to life fun and interesting facts about rocks, fossils and the formation of the Peak District. Tinker's Shaft SSSI is a spectacular location with a new viewing platform, high above the Derwent Valley and near the exit from the Great Masson Cavern. Interpretative panels provide information on the importance of the site, the natural history, the geology and the labyrinth of lead mines below Tinker's Shaft... directly beneath your feet!

The Heath and Heaven Gallery is a delightful pictorial journey through the Peak District from north to south and shot from the air on a single summer's day. Next to this you will find Through the Lens, a 12 minute film of the Great Masson guided tour, ideal for those who cannot, or do not wish to go underground during their visit.

If you're heading into Derbyshire or the Peak District, don't miss the opportunity to head for the Heights this year and tick this one off your bucket list. The cable car is just the start of a fascinating, relaxing and fun day out for everyone. Keep up to date with the news by visiting the official website for opening times, special offers and details of forthcoming events: www.heightsofabraham.com

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