Ludlow Spring Festival

Barrels of Fun, Feasting, Live Music and Motors


There are Park & Ride or Park & Walk options

For your convenience - and that of others - please use the normal town Park and Ride service on Saturday 11th May, follow signs on the A49 and the A4117 as you approach Ludlow.

Minsterley Motors run a town service - details can be found here.

In addition we are putting on a coach which will continue a Drop Off / Pick Up Service into the evening of Saturday 11th May from the town's normal Park & Ride car park.

First pick up from Park & Ride 9.30am; last pick up in Corve Street, by the Compasses is 9pm.

Drop Off in town, and Pick Up back to the Park & Ride is OUTSIDE THE COMPASSES PUB ON CORVE STREET

Adult fare £1.80, Child fare £1.30 - return - parking is free

PLEASE NOTE: the town's normal Park & Ride service will NOT be in operation on Sunday 12th May. We recommend that you use one of the Park & Walk options listed below.


There are numerous Park & Walk facilities open on the Saturday & Sunday. All will be independently signposted as you approach Ludlow from different directions. They are run by local charitable clubs and groups, separately from the Festival.

Please keep in mind that Park & Walk distances vary, check below for more information.

Ludlow Rugby Club will be open during the Festival for parking as well as camper vans and camping. 

PLEASE NOTE: the Castle is roughly an 8 minute walk from the Rugby Club, up a reasonably steep hill

  • The gates will be open from 8.30am on Friday and Saturday, and 9am Sunday
  • Location: Ludlow Rugby Club, SY8 1EE
  • Cost: £5 cash for parking
  • Facilities: Toilets, baby-changing, shower - for overnight campers, with breakfast available in the clubhouse on Saturday and Sunday from 8am until 10am.  Bar open on Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm.
  • All information can be found here: Ludlow Rugby Club, camping
  • The approach to the Rugby Club is narrow and winding, please take extra care

Ludlow Cricket Club will be open for parking over the Spring Festival.

The parking area at Ludlow Cricket Club has capacity for 400-500 vehicles with easy access, plus a very large space for overnight campers.

PLEASE NOTE: it is roughly a 15-20 minute walk through the town from here.

  • The gates are open from 8am
  • Location: Burway Lane, Ludlow, SY8 1DT
  • Cost: parking is £5 per day, cash
  • To make a camping booking please call: 07759 197194
  • Facilities: Toilet and rudimentary baby-changing facilities during car parking hours, also shower facilities for overnight campers. For full information please contact Ludlow Cricket Club.

Ludlow Cricket Club is a non-profit organisation with all monies being ploughed back into cricket facilities, especially to benefit junior cricket in the area.

blue badge parking

There will be Blue Badge parking facilities at Ludlow Rugby Club (SY8 1EE) over the Festival weekend, with a free shuttle minibus service taking Blue Badge holder visitors up to the Castle. Parking at the Rugby Club is £5 per car, cash only; the shuttle minibus is free. 

Parking for Blue Badge holders can also be found in the Castle Street Car Park off the Castle Square. There are also a number of on-street Blue Badge car parking spaces but these do have time limits on them.

A list of car parks and information can be found here - Car Parks

If you have special needs and require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to do what we can to help.



Ludlow and the surrounding area offer a wide range of great places to stay - hotels, inns, B&Bs, cottages and campsites. Comprehensive visitor and accommodation information can be found on the Ludlow web site - - or is available from Ludlow Visitor Information Centre Tel: 01584 875053.

Early booking is advisable.

(Please note the Festival is unable to advise or help you book accommodation.)


Camping in town will be available at both the Rugby Club and Cricket Club - please contact them directly for full information.

Ludlow Rugby Club

Ludlow Cricket Club



The A49 trunk road from Warrington (M6) in the north, through Shrewsbury and Hereford to Ross-on-Wye in the south gives good access to Ludlow.

From Birmingham, head west on the A456 through Kidderminster, or from the M5 leave at Junction 3 and join the A456 through Kidderminster. At Clows Top, the best route is to leave the A456, forking right on to the A4117, sign-posted Cleobury Mortimer.


There is a fast and frequent train service to Ludlow, which is on the Manchester-Crewe-Cardiff line. From London Paddington and SW England there are good connections at Newport (South Wales) or Hereford; at Crewe, Manchester or Shrewsbury there are connections to the north of England, North Wales, the Midlands and Scotland.

There are also direct through trains to Ludlow from Chester, Holyhead, and north Wales, and from south and west Wales.

On all Arriva Train services you will also be able to purchase Rail and Festival entrance tickets in the station and on the train thus saving time once you reach the castle, please visit Arriva Trains Wales website for further information.

For telephone enquiries and bookings phone Ludlow Station Travel on 01584 877090; National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 (or Welsh language 0845 60 40 500) or visit Traveline for information about times, routes, etc.


There are services to Ludlow from Birmingham, Shrewsbury, Kidderminster and Hereford, as well as from many smaller places in the immediate area. 


The nearest airport is Birmingham, approx 90 mins by car or by trains from Birmingham International station (via Shrewsbury), which is adjacent to the airport. Manchester, Liverpool, and Cardiff airports are also convenient, with good road and rail links.



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