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Rays Farm Country Matters

Bridgnorth Shropshire England
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Rays Farm is a family owned business, located in beautiful Shropshire countryside. Enjoy a perfect family day out, meeting animals and birds, and exploring Ancient Woodland Walks. 

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Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Craven Arms Shropshire England
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Covid-19 Update

The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is reopening on 4th July

The staff at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre are looking forward to welcoming visitors back from Saturday 4th July.
The Centre has new measures in place to keep all visitors and staff safe. All the staff have undertaken Covid-19 safety training to ensure they are well prepared in the best practices for opening safely.
The 30 acres of riverside meadows is a great place for social distance walks and children's trails.
The café will be serving a limited menu which will all be available to take away, with some indoor tables too.
The Centre has been awarded We're Good To Go by Visit England.

Centre Manager, Grant Wilson, says "We can't wait to welcome back our visitors, but it is very much safety first at the start. The centre will look a little different, with fewer tables and chairs and limited cafe offer. We have introduced extra cleaning protocols, signage and training and we ask our visitors to heed the safety advice provided so that they can be guaranteed a safe and enjoyable visit"


Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre has signed up to the Eat Out to Help Out Scheme. You can get 50% off your food and non-alcoholic drinks up to £10 per person. Available every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday until 31st August.

Whether it's a cup of tea to enjoy with your friend, an ice cream for the kids, a bacon butty or a meal the staff are ready to give you your discount.

Inside and outside seating is socially distanced so you can enjoy your café treats safely.

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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 the 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 the 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 the travelling post office, see the King George VI Royal Carriage and meet the engine that collided with a camel! Enjoy a bite to eat at the on-site restaurant and let the kids burn-off energy on the outdoor adventure playground.

Famous faces, daring-deeds and VE Day celebrations at the Severn Valley Railway 1940s Weekends
DSC 7433aThis year, the Severn Valley Railway's popular Step Back to the 1940s Weekends will mark two momentous landmarks - the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and the 75th anniversary of VE Day.
The entire railway will be transformed into a snapshot of wartime Britain on June 27th-28th and July 4th-5th, with lots to see and do all along the line including a Hellcat tank, thrilling battle re-enactment and wartime wedding, plus evening VE Day-themed Big Band shows on both Saturdays.
Each day, famous faces including Field Marshall Bernard 'Monty' Montgomery, Winston Churchill and King George VI will join a wealth of costumed re-enactors travelling alongside passengers on the intensive wartime service of evacuation trains along the 16-mile line from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth.
Kidderminster Station will host a thrilling fire-fighting re-enactment and vehicle displays thanks to the NFS & AFS Vehicles Group, as well as live entertainment throughout the day with singing trio the Bluebird Belles and the Kalamazoo Dance Band.
Also at Kidderminster, visitors can watch the evacuation of local school children from the town to the safety of the outstanding Severn Valley countryside, chat to the 40s shop keeper and relive a wartime car garage, house, air raid shelter, rest centre and more. The action will even take to the streets, with a Hellcat Tank performing runs down Comberton Hill twice a day.
Those heading to the evening Big Band Shows at Kidderminster on June 27th and July 4th can join in the Victory in Europe celebrations with an evening of song and dance filled with favourites of the period from Glenn Miller, The Andrews Sisters and forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn that is sure to get those feet tapping.
A warm-up from the wonderful Hattie Bee starts the evening at 7pm, with the main concert from 7.30pm as the upbeat, toe-tapping Kalamazoo Dance Band and special guests the Bluebird Belles lighten the wartime mood to celebrate VE Day. Amidst lots of patriotic flag-waving, Churchill will address the crowds accompanied by morale-boosting tunes before the celebrations are concluded with a dazzling victory firework display to ensure the night ends with a bang. Separate wristbands must be purchased to attend the evening event.
Guests can even travel to and from the VE Day Big Band Shows in style on board the Severn Valley Venturer Dining Train. Tickets must be booked separately.

DSC 3266a rThroughout all four days Bewdley will host a range of vintage vehicles, clothes & memorabilia stalls, displays from the Women's Timber Corps - often known as the Lumber Jills, and a bombed-out shopkeeper who won't let the bombings stop him from earning a living.
Those visiting Arley station are invited to a wartime wedding on the platform each day and can see an advanced field hospital and weapons display, vintage vehicles, Anderson Shelter and entertainment from 40s crooner Kevin Mack. A thrilling bomb disposal display will take place on the first weekend.
Highley will once again be home to the much-anticipated, explosive Battle re-enactment, re-creating a nail-biting attack on a German Troop Train by allied paratroopers and the French Resistance. Wartime dance lessons and a vintage marketplace full of stalls selling wartime clothing will fill The Engine House while military vehicle displays will take over the car park. Visitors won't want to miss the RAF Operations Room that has set up in the Engine House to coordinate the battle in the skies – and should keep an eye on the sky as there might be a flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (subject to confirmation).
The South Staffordshire Home Guard will take over Hampton Loade Station, protecting this countryside station with drill practice, mock firing-range and target practice. The Home Guard will be preparing for the visit of the some very special guests, led by King George VI who will be greeting evacuees arriving safely in the countryside.
This year, Bridgnorth Station will have a visit from the famous comedy duo Laurel and Hardy who will greet people in the morning. It will also host a number of vintage vehicles and a VE Day-themed evacuee street party with wartime games. Visitors can enjoy live entertainment from The Trixie Bells, Joe Thomas, Roxetes and Brandyn Shaw while sampling local ales from the CAMRA award-winning pub right on the platform.
David Brattan, Chairman of the 1940s organising committee said: ''This year's event will of course celebrate the 75th anniversary of VE day, but will also pay homage to the other big anniversary this year - the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
"This event takes a small army of people to organise and put on every year and we would love as many people as possible to enjoy this light-hearted look back into the Homefront during the second world war and remember the achievements and sacrifices faced by people all over Europe during this period of history.''
Event tickets, dining tickets and VE Day Big Band Show wristbands are available on the special events page at www.svr.co.uk 'Pre-book and save' One-day Rover fares start at £26.30 for adults, £24.60 for seniors and £17.40 for children or £62.90 for a family of two adults and up to four children. Two-day Rover tickets are also available. Wristbands for the Big Band concerts cost £12 each and pre-booking is highly recommended for this extremely popular event.

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

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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.

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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Covid-19 Update - Open Friday Saturday and Sunday. Online tickets only, but please check the website for latest updates 


Pumpkin Detectives Needed at Hawkstone Park Follies

Hawkstone Park Follies are asking kids to join them this half term and Halloween to help their resident trolls find a lost pumpkin.


Young explorers will need to follow the Halloween trail to find the letters which when spelt out will reveal the missing pumpkin's location. If successful, children will be awarded a Pumpkin Detective Certificate!


Follies Park Manager, Howard, said, "Our cheeky trolls have really captured the imagination of our young visitors who love trying to find them. Unfortunately, this mischievous bunch have lost a pumpkin, so we need some help finding it!


"This fun trail through our 100 acres of parkland and Grade I listed landscape of caves, bridges, tree lined walks, sandstone hills and towers, is the perfect way to get children enjoying some fresh autumn air and exercise in the great outdoors – with none of the scariness that often goes with Halloween events. We hope families will join us this half term."


The Halloween trail will run from the 24th October until the 1st November. Tickets for the Follies Park are now sold per car - £21 for a car with up to 3 people and £27 for a car with up to 7 people. Under 3's go free. Arrival is from 10am and the last entry will be at 2pm. Tickets can only be purchased in advance online at www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk



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Days Out at Hawkstone Park 

Hawkstone Park may have been the original "theme park" as it was laid out amongst the natural features of the North Shropshire landscape in the 18th Century by eminent members of the Hill family for the enjoyment of visitors to their family estate but eventually due to a lack of funds it fell into disrepair. In the 1980's its historic importance was recognised and it was lovingly restored and opened to the public once again some ten years later.

These days Hawkstone Park is one of Shropshire's premier outdoor attractions and it offers an exciting day out for families which is a little bit different. The beautiful woodland Follies Adventure Park has hidden pathways, caves, secret tunnels, and a grotto, and from the top of the Monument it is said you can see twelve counties!

The walk which is about 3km can be quite strenuous but there are shorter routes for you to enjoy. Due to the terrain not all areas are accessible for those with mobility issues but if would still like to enjoy the Park and see the views, then a Warden Safari is available for only a small extra cost. A season pass is available for local visitors which has an array of benefits such as free coffee and cake in the Café on certain dates. For more information on these or any of the services we offer within the Park, please call us direct on 01948 841777.

We invite you to come and enjoy a day's exploration followed by a hot meal or afternoon tea, locally sourced, in our newly refurbished Caspian's Café in the Visitor Centre which has plenty of indoor and outdoor seating.

If you are planning a full day out and live further way, the Hawkstone Park Hotel offers every comfort and all the facilities you would expect.

Of course Hawkstone Park also offers you the opportunity to play two of the finest Golf Courses in the West Midlands, and in addition we have the Short Course where you can play golf in an hour if you are a little short of time or want to bring the family. The driving range is open to visitors too.

Please contact us or check our website for further information on exciting Days Out at Hawkstone Park.

For prices and opening dates and times please see the website

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