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Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

      
Craven Arms Shropshire England
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The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is the perfect place to start your exploration of the Shropshire Hills.

 


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Severn Valley Railway

         
Birdgnorth Shropshire England
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Hear the whistle, feel the rumble of the steam engine under your feet and prepare to venture back in time for a journey of discovery.


 Climb into your cosy carriage and let our heritage steam locomotives take you on an exciting trip out along our 16-mile line, passing through the stunning scenery of the Severn Valley, from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth.

Hop on and off to explore any of our six, beautifully-restored stations or head to our Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley - packed with a wealth of interactive exhibits. Try your hand at engine driving on the footplate of a real steam locomotive, sort the mail in our travelling post office, see our King George VI Royal Carriage and meet the engine that collided with a camel! Enjoy a bite to eat at our on-site restaurant and let the kids burn-off energy on the outdoor adventure playground.

Our brand new refreshment room at Bridgnorth is due to open in summer too!

For a day out with a difference, head to any of our fantastic range of events.  On the Buses on September 2nd before the steam locomotives steal back the limelight at our Autumn Steam Gala, from September 20th -23rd.

Daring visitors can brave our Ghost Trains, running in late October, before our ever-popular Santa Steam Specials arrive with bells on during December.

Steam Trains run daily between May and October, and at weekends and in school holidays from February to December.

For more information about the SVR, its events and bookings, visit www.svr.co.uk, call 01562 757900 or see the Severn Valley Railway Official Site or Families pages on Facebook.

Get Christmas off to an unforgettable start at the SVR

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Take your seats and get ready to soak up the wonder of Christmas as your steam train whisks you off on an exciting, festive adventure at the Severn Valley Railway.

Tickets are already selling like hot mince pies for the SVR's much-anticipated wealth of Christmas services, including the much-loved Santa Steam Specials.


In fact, the premium Santa Sleigh Express, which this year steams in on December 24th, has already sold out in just over a fortnight since tickets were launched. The service will take passengers on an exciting festive journey from Kidderminster to Highley, packed with sweet treats, entertainment from some mischievous elves, a special gift for the Christmas tree, and the company of Father Christmas himself, who will be meeting families in their seats and handing out presents to children as well as posing for festive selfies.


Back by popular demand, the sell-out Santa Steam Specials return to kick-start the SVR's festive schedule – the busiest time of year for the Railway – running every weekend from December 1st – 23rd.


The SVR's fleet of steam locomotives will be buffed and polished, ready to take families on exciting return steam train journeys from Kidderminster, through the scenic Severn Valley, to meet Santa and his team of elves in his special grotto at Arley Station. After meeting the big man himself, each fare-paying child will receive a present.
Visitors can then soak up the festive atmosphere of Arley Station at their leisure, enjoying some seasonal music and indulging in some traditional treats including hot roasted chestnuts, before boarding the steam train of their choice for the return trip to Kidderminster, with the option of visiting the riverside market town of Bewdley. Always a sell-out, visitors are encouraged to book well in advance. Fares start from £15.00 per person.


For fans of a good seasonal sing-along, the SVR's Christmas Carol Trains, on December 1st, 8th, 14th, 15th, 21st and 22nd are ideal. Visitors can start the journey at Kidderminster, where the concourse will be filled with seasonal music, before boarding the diesel train for a jolly journey, complete with live music, to The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley for a rousing evening of carol singing, led by a local choir. Visitors can also warm their vocal chords with a warming glass of punch and a mince pie. Trains depart at 7.45pm.


Those looking for a truly indulgent experience can enjoy a sumptuous dining experience on board one of the SVR's Christmas Dining Trains, including Midweek Luncheon Trains, Evening Diner Trains, Murder Mystery Trains and Festive Season Luncheon Trains on selected dates in December – see www.svr.co.uk for more details.
Festive Afternoon Tea experience, including a sherry reception, on board a beautifully-restored 1930s teak dining car as their train steams along from Kidderminster to Highley. Service runs on December 4th, 5th, 6th, 11th, 12th and 13th.


A delicious festive treat is on offer thanks to the Christmas Carvery at The Engine House, on December 4th, 5th and 6th, including return steam train travel from Kidderminster to The Engine House Visitor Centre, where visitors can enjoy the many exhibits on offer before enjoying a leisurely three-course carvery lunch.
And when all the excesses of Christmas are over, those looking for a way to relax can enjoy the SVR's Festive Season Services, running from Boxing Day until January 6th, complete with the SVR's special Twelve Days of Christmas ideas for making the most of your trip, which can be found at www.svr.co.uk
Lewis Maddox, the SVR's events co-ordinator, said: "We've got so many fantastic opportunities for visitors to make sure this Christmas really is one to remember.
"There's always such a wonderful atmosphere at the Railway at Christmas and we're especially looking forward to this year's extra-special Christmas Eve Santa Sleigh Express services, which are a lovely way to make this exciting day an even more memorable one."


Tickets for the Railway's festive services are now available to book at www.svr.co.uk or by calling the relevant number below:
Santa Sleigh Express/Santa Steam Specials/Christmas Carol Trains/dining trains – 01562 757900
Christmas carvery at the Engine House – 01746 862387

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Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom

         
Telford Shropshire England
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shrops hoo1The 400+ animals at Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom will be getting up close and personal with visitors once again as the new zoo season starts in March.

Following a storming 2016 during which Hoo Farm celebrated its 25th anniversary, they are opening with a bang in 2017, introducing a selection of new animals and a brand-new events calendar.

New events have also been added to the calendar, including a Gruffalo Day, a Harry Potter Anniversary Celebration Day, an educational experience to celebrate World Snake Day complete with new arrival, and many more. Step into Christmas is also being expanded into the full Christmas experience, with Breakfast with Santa, Carol Singing, Father Christmas Story Telling, and much more. These events are only part of the programme on offer, so drop in and pick up a leaflet.

A super Black Friday / Cyber Monday sale is planned, so keep your eye on the website and Facebook pages!

Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom is best known as 'the Home of Shropshire's Big Cats', including the Servals Duma and Zeus, and Shaka the Caracal - Will's favourite animal. Hand-reared Shaka is affectionately described by the keepers as a "big softy who loves playing with us", despite the caracal - the strongest of Africa's cats - being dangerous in the wild. Visitors can learn about these wildcats during their visit, and have the opportunity to book an encounter if they want to get closer.

Will Dorrell said "Here at Hoo Farm we focus on education and conservation, and visitors can learn more about our animals if they come on one of our many event days, or 'Take a Walk on the Wild Side' with us." He went on to add "We introduced the educational days and walks so people of all ages could have a learning experience. For those who really want a hands on encounter, our experiences allow animal lovers to get up close and personal with some of our most popular residents."

For a special occasion, a visit to Hoo Farm can be enhanced with one of their up close and personal 'Hoo Farm Experiences' (hoofarm.com/experience / 01952 677 917). Customers can choose from a selection of 8 encounters, ranging from £80 for the Lemur Experience for 2 and £300 for the Keeper for the Day for 2.

shrops hoo3Hoo Farm shared its 25th birthday celebrations with a record breaking 2700 people.

The event, held in July 2016 opened its gates free of charge as a thank you to local residents for supporting them over the years. Queues had started to form just after 8am, with excited visitors eager for the 10am opening. The gates opened early as Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom partner Will Dorrell said, "it was great to see people arriving so early so we opened up and let the festivities begin!"

The day was officially opened by the Mayor, Councillor Rae Evans who met with the founders of Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom to congratulate them on the occasion. Councillor Evans said, "I was honoured to attend the 25th Anniversary event at Hoo Farm and join in with the special celebrations taking place. It was fantastic to see such a great attendance and very generous of the Dorrell Family to offer a free open day for the general public to enjoy." She went on to say "It is very uplifting to see how much this family business has flourished and I would like to congratulate them once again for reaching a magnificent 25 years."

Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom, Telford is open daily from 10am, with admission prices starting from £7.50 for a child ticket (online). They can be found on : facebook.com/hoofarmanimalkingdom and twitter @hoofarmtelford

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Hawkstone Park Follies

      
Shrewsbury Shropshire England
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Days Out at Hawkstone Park 


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Ludlow Brewing Company

         
Ludlow Shropshire England
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Located in a specially converted railway shed, just over 50 metres north of Ludlow railway station.

 


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