Ludlow Food Festival



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.

On the Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, King Street, High Street and Castle Street (in the centre of town) will be closed to vehicles, at the request of the police, in order to make these streets a safer and more pleasant environment for the peak time of the Festival.
Castle Street car park will not be available; therefore it is even more essential to use the other Park and Walk facilities around town.


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.



There are numerous park and walk facilities. All will be signposted as you approach Ludlow from different directions.

The Ludlow Cricket Club will be open for parking on the two days of the Festival.

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

  • The gates are open from: 8.45am to 8.30pm
  • Location: Burway Lane, Ludlow, SY8 1DT
  • Cost: £5 per day up to 1 pm, £3 thereafter. 
  • If staying overnight £12 per adult, per night and £6 per child (15 or under) per night
  • To make a booking please call: 07759 197194
  • Facilities: Toilet and rudimentary baby-changing facilities during car parking hours, also shower facilities for overnight campers, with breakfast available in the clubhouse

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.

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

The club is less than 10 minutes from Ludlow Castle and is very easy to find, you'll see why when you arrive!

  • The gates will be open from 8.30am on Friday until 1pm on Sunday.  There will be a member of staff on site 24 hours a day during the Festival.
  • Location: Ludlow Rugby Club, SY8 1EE
  • Cost: £5
  • 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.
  • To book camping please fill in the form that can be found here

Park & Ride

For your convenience - and that of others - please use the Park and Ride, follow signs on the A49 and the A4117 as you approach Ludlow - don't head for the town centre.

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 - last pick up in Upper Galdeford at 9pm.

Timetable for buses on the Ludlow Spring Festival weekend, Sunday 13th May, run by Mawley Oak

Service to operate on a 15 minute frequency from the Eco Park
First departure at 9.30am from Eco Park Car Park
Last departure at 17:00 from Ludlow town centre

Timetable for Sunday, 13th May 2018

Ludlow Eco Park - DEPART 9.30 9.45 10** 17.00
Ludlow Castle Street - ARRIVE 9.37 9.52 10.07 17.07
Ludlow Castle Street - DEPART 9.38 9.53 10.08 17.08
Ludlow Eco Park - ARRIVE 9.45 10.00 10.15 17.15

** and the arrive every 15 minutes from the Eco Park, last departure from Ludlow Town Centre at 17:08pm



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

Early booking is advisable.

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


Camping and small campervans at Ludlow Rugby Club, which lies at the base of Ludlow Castle just 200 yards away and only a 400-yard walk to the Spring Festival. Ludlow Rugby Club have decided to use the 10-acre site as a Caravan, Motorhome, and Campsite for both the Spring & Food Festival from 10am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

  • Toilets and showers open 24hours
  • Bar open from 6pm-11pm Friday and Saturday night.
  • Leave your vehicle parked by your tent all weekend
  • Some tarmac area if required (must be booked)
  • Rates:£12 Adults, £6 Children, per night per person, paid in advance by cheque or bank transfer.  No casual bookings!

TO BOOK go to the Ludlow Rugby Club website here:  Any questions please email:, or text Lynne Davies on 07980 290660.