What an afternoon I had yesterday! Jesters, knights, mulled wine, arts and crafts…all set in a castle dating back almost 1,000 years old.
For those of you who don’t live in the UK, Ludlow is a fantastic historic town in Shropshire, close to the English-Welsh border. With timber-clad buildings, winding alleyways and a sense of yesteryear, it would be a fabulous destination for anyone coming to see our beautiful country.
On arriving in Ludlow mid afternoon, it seemed like the whole town had come together to show amazing community spirit with people sporting all manner of costumes. The park-and-ride bus dropped everyone in the middle of town so, to get to the castle, we walked along the cobblestone streets where the busy Saturday market was in full flow.
The Ludlow Medieval Christmas Fayre is celebrating its 21st anniversary and lasts the whole weekend. There’s a fabulous programme of entertainment to keep visitors of all ages interested, lots of craft fairs (I surprised myself by not buying anything!) and plenty of food and drink options. From roasted chestnuts, mulled wine and a hog roast but to name a few, you really couldn’t go hungry. And there were opportunities to get in on the action, such as archery (which was great fun), sing-songs, etc.
Coming over to this part of England is also another step to reaching another bucket list goal: to visit all of England’s 48 counties, having reset the counter at 0 back in August 2017. Staying overnight just a short drive from the mediaeval fayre meant that I have now also been to Worcestershire and Herefordshire which leaves just 4 more counties to visit: Cambridgeshire, Rutland, Lincolnshire and East Yorkshire. Mmm, I think I might just have another weekend away planned!
As for now, it’s time to head home, although I might just take a slight detour through Wales as you do. No, probably not as you do but it’s the kind of thing I’d build into my journey being so close the border 😂
Hope you have a great day, xx