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Battlefield 1403

Address : Upper Battlefield
Town/City : Shrewsbury
County : Shropshire
Country : England
Post code : SY4 3DB
Phone : 01939 210905
Web Site :  www.battlefield1403.com

Come and join us at Battlefield 1403 and discover more about the Battle of Shrewsbury at the Exhibition Centre. You can also buy locally sourced produce at the farm shop and butchery, taste the delights in Sparrow's Cafe or simply enjoy the fresh air along the Battlefield walk to the historic St Mary Magdalene Church.



shrops-140322Battle of Shrewsbury Exhibition - Telling the story of the Battle of Shrewsbury

The exhibition explains the facts as we know them and introduces additional fun facts for children. Exhibits on display include a full armoured "Sir Nicholas", various weaponry, a longbow archer and other medieval artefacts.


Sparrows Cafe
Call us directly on 01939 210905, option 3

Why Sparrow?

The name while no longer the family surname, remains an important link to the past generations who worked hard to create Albrighton. The café is therefore named in their memory.

Meals, snacks and cakes are freshly prepared to order in our kitchen using ingredients from the shop and other local sources. Morning, lunch and afternoon menus give a variety of choice. There is also a children's menu, again made in our kitchen using local ingredients.

Sparrow's Cafe introduces a new menu at different times of the year to utilise seasonal produce but the firm favourites such as Battlefield Beef and Shropshire Ale Pie, are always available! These changes in menu are also reflected in the range of ready meals prepared for sale in the shop.

Most of our seating area is easily accessible by wheelchair but we suggest you call us to book a table should you require one on the ground floor. Otherwise there is no need to book unless your party is of more than ten people.

We are also able to cater for special events during the day and will always try to meet your requirements.

Hot food from the menu is available until 4.30 pm each day (3.30 pm on Sundays) but drinks and snacks are available until 5.30 pm (4.00pm on Sundays).


shrops-140323Farm Shop
An outlet for a range of delicious, locally sourced foods.....

Our shop provides an outlet for a range of excellent foods which are sourced locally. They have low food miles, full traceability and great taste. Seasonality, freshness and high standards of production are important to us.

In the Battlefield 1403 Kitchen, we produce an extensive range of ready meals, soups, desserts, cakes and traybakes. We use our own beef and lamb, produced on the estate and prepared by our butchers, in many of our meals in both the shop and the cafe.

We have tried to create a welcoming and comfortable retail environment which provides a relaxing and enjoyable shopping experience. We offer a good range of our own and local produce together with carefully selected books on cookery, livestock, gardening and the battlefield and other local heritage.

As we also have the 1403 Exhibition on site, we offer a small range of related souvenir gifts including children's bows and arrows, key rings and Knights of England and Mediaeval Princess playsuits. Our own postcards featuring aspects of the farm are also available.


To speak to a butcher directly please call 01939 210905 - option 2.

Our team of experienced butchers provide a courteous, friendly service. They can cut any meat to order and are happy to offer advice on any of your butchery requirements. The daily displays of trimmed, portioned, stuffed and prepared cuts are very impressive.

The beef and lamb is reared here on the farm, and when there is a gap in supply it is sourced from local farmers who rear meat that is as similar as possible to our own.

The butchery provides the meat used for the daily menu in Sparrow's Cafe as well as all the roasts on Sundays.

Deep freeze orders welcome, cut and packed to your requirements.


Listed in the Independent newspapers' top 50 Best Delicatessens supplement (26/02/11), the Battlefield Deli was launched September 2010 and has since built a strong reputation for selling both locally produced cheeses and charcuterie, and others from further afield. A range of food made in the Battlefield Kitchen is also available as well as products from the Battlefield butchery.

Our Deli manager will be happy to discuss any requirements you have for functions where you may need a cheese course or simply as an addition to a wine tasting.

We have also recently started to specialise in cheese wedding cakes and can offer a tasting service to enable you to choose cheeses to suit your wedding guests.


Open Farm Sunday - 8th June 2014

Come along to Battlefield 1403 to see 

• a range of tradtional animals, from the Rare Breeds Survival Trust

• a variety of vintage machinery, from the Mid Shropshire Vintage Club

• Tractor Ted bouncy ccastle - one of only two in the country !

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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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