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|Children||Coach Parties & Groups||Credit Cards|
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|Drinking Responsibly||Exhibitors||First Aid & Medical Facilities|
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|Toilets||Transport & Travel||Vegetarians|
Ludlow and the surrounding area offers a wide range of great places to stay - hotels, inns, b&bs, cottages and camp sites. Comprehensive visitor and accommodation information can be found on the Ludlow web site - www.ludlow.org.uk - or is available from Ludlow Visitor Information Centre, Castle Square, Ludlow Tel: 01584 875053.
Early booking is advisable.
(Please note the Spring Festival is unable to advise or help you book accommodation.)
Holiday Cottages - Sykes Cottages have an excellent selection of great value self catering holiday cottages in and around the Ludlow area that make the perfect place to stay when visiting the Ludlow Food Festival. Visit the Sykes Cottages website for a full list of cottages in the Ludlow area. http://www.sykescottages.co.uk/ludlow-cottages.html.
Or just outside Ludlow in the stunning Corvedale (about 20mins drive) you can find the lovely www.corvebarnfarm.co.uk
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 Food Festival. Ludlow Rugby Club have decided to use the 10 acre site as a Caravan, Motorhome, and Camp site for both the Spring & Food Festival.
There are baby changing and feeding facilities available within the festival; these are based within small marquees and contain a table and chairs for your use. There is also a small amount of disposable changing mats and wipes available for your use, if needed, along with sanitizing gel.
Is there a cash machine in the castle?
No, but there are cash machines at all the major banks, within 5 minutes walk: Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds TSB, NatWest and Nationwide. There are also cash machines outside the Post Office (One Stop Shop, Upper Galdeford) and outside Tesco (the car park side).
Is there a bureau de change?
Apart from Sunday the Post Office (at the One Stop Shop, Upper Galdeford, next door to Co Op), and the four major banks (Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds TSB, NatWest) all have foreign exchange facilities (converting to pounds). These are all within 5 minutes walk of the castle.
Is there anything for children to do?
Most things in the Festival will be suitable for, and of interest to, all the family, apart from alcoholic beverages.
Specific talks and demonstrations will be focused on children's involvement so please check the programme for your intended day of visit to see which events will be occurring.
Can I bring a coach party or other group?
Yes, coach parties - and other groups - are welcome, but please help us to help you by contacting us in advance. Discounted prices for groups available (for 15 people or more) please either contact us or download the Group Booking Form.
Do you take credit cards?
Many individual vendors do take credit cards. But it is always useful to have cash with you! At the entrance to the Castle, payments for admission can be made with cash, a personal cheque, debit or credit card. Online ticket sales are available until the Sunday before the Festival for payment by credit or debit card. We suggest that you buy your tickets online in advance in order to avoid queues at the busiest times. (A £1 order fee is applied to each total online sales order to cover postage and card costs.)
The Ludlow Spring Festival will be held on:
Friday 9th (evening only), Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th May
Access in Ludlow (South Shropshire Access Group)
Wheelchair access - All events in Ludlow Castle and most other venues are suitable for wheelchair access. The entrance to the Castle itself has a rough cobbled surface and a wheelchair user may require assistance - readily available on the spot - for this short section. Some shops have entrance steps but again assistance is readily available.
Disabled toilets can be found at the car park off Castle Square, and in the Castle during the Food and Drink Festival.
Disabled car park spaces (for disabled badge holders) can be found in the car park off Castle Square.
One of the Park & Ride buses has a low floor access. Further information on this will be available from the stewards at the car park.
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.
Can I bring my dog?
Well-behaved dogs, on a lead, are allowed in the castle grounds, but NOT in any marquee or anywhere where food preparation is taking place (except guide dogs). Festival venues other than the castle each have their own policy regarding dogs, but of course food shops do not normally permit dogs to enter.
We have a large amount of alcohol on site throughout the weekend and we ask all visitors to take a responsible attitude towards the amount that is consumed. Where possible please use the public transport for responsible travel or allocate a designated non drinking driver, if cars are being used to travel to Ludlow. For more information on this subject please click here.
There are trained personnel on site throughout the weekend and an ambulance on site to cope with any incidents that may occur. Ludlow Hospital has a minor incidents unit which does have limited opening hours so if an incident happens within the castle we urge you to use the first aid tent located adjacent to the entrance.
The castle is open to the public as follows:
Friday 10th May: 5.00 pm to 9.00pm
Saturday 11th May: 10.00 am to 9.00 pm
Sunday 12th May: 10.00 am to 5.00 pm
Last admission 30 minutes before closing time
Events outside the castle have their own times which are shown throughout the website.
Ludlow is a charming medieval town, but has limited town centre parking, which at the time of an event like the Spring Festival is even more limited!
Please do not try to park in the town centre during the two days of the Festival - you will find it very difficult to locate a legal parking space and your attempts will simply add to the congestion. There is the 'town service' Park and Ride located at the Eco Park, operated by Shropshire Council, which will be running a normal service throughout the weekend. Buses run every 30 minutes and drop off just a couple of minutes walk from the centre of the town and the castle. If you are using Sat Nav then the nearest postcode is SY8 1ES
The three principal public car parks in the centre of Ludlow are at Upper Galdeford/Station Drive, Lower Galdeford, and Castle Street. They operate on a pay-and-display basis.
PARK & WALK!
There will be a park and walk operating from the Cricket Club, Ludlow Cricket Ground, Burway Lane, Ludlow, SY8 1DT which is a ten minute walk from the festival
Disabled car park spaces (for disabled badge holders) can be found in the car park off Castle Square.
Access Ludlow(South Shropshire Access Group)
What happens to the profits?
Ludlow Marches Food and Drink Festival is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. Any surpluses can only be used for financing the next year's festival, or for otherwise furthering the aims of the festival, which are to promote and assist independent, quality food and drink producers and suppliers in Ludlow and the Marches. Surpluses cannot be paid as dividends to the members. Most of the work of the Festival is done by volunteers. We have two permanent employees (one part time and one full time) and a small number of the workers at the Festival weekend are also paid, for particular reasons.
What about the quality of the food and drink at the Festival?
This is the most important question of all! We try hard to ensure that all food and drink supplied at, and associated with the Festival, is of the highest taste quality and of the highest standard of production. Except for products and ingredients that clearly have to be brought in from elsewhere - such as coffee, for example - almost all of it is produced by small independent producers from the Welsh Marches area. As well as taste quality which is paramount (it has to taste good, and will almost always taste better than the equivalent from industrialised, globalised large-scale production, and be better for your health), we try to ensure that products are produced with respect to the environment - this doesn't have to mean organic (though organic is good) but it does mean that sustainable production with a minimum of artificial intervention is required. We select the exhibitors at the festival, and the suppliers of take-away food, very carefully, but we cannot examine or analyse every product by every supplier. But any supplier that is found to be supplying food or drink at the festival that does not meet our standards and requirements will be asked to stop doing so - and is very unlikely to be asked to return next year.
Although we have never experienced any incidents of theft we do advise all visitors to take care of their personal belongings and never leave bags unattended. We have registered SIA (Security Industry Authority) staff located throughout the festival all weekend for everyone's protection and security.
Friday (evening only) Adult £2.00
Saturday & Sunday
2-Day Adult £9.00
2-Day Child £3.00
2-Day Family £21.00
Toilets + Disabled toilet facilities can be found at the car park off Castle Square, and in the Castle during the Spring Festival
Access in Ludlow(South Shropshire Access Group)
Travel to Ludlow
Ludlow (access roads)
Ludlow street map UK
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, signposted Cleobury Mortimer.
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.
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.
For detailed timings and fares and online bookings visit Arriva Trains Wales website. For telephone enquiries and bookings phone Ludlow Station Travel on 01584 877090 or National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 (or Welsh language 0845 60 40 500).
There are services to Ludlow from Birmingham, Shrewsbury, Kidderminster and Hereford, as well as from many smaller places in the immediate area. Telephone Traveline on 0870 608 2608 for information about times, routes, etc, or visit the Transport Direct website to plan your bus and coach journey.
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.
Do we cater for vegetarians?
There is a wide range of vegetable products and vegetarian food for you to sample.
For more information about access in Ludlow generally, please contact the Visitor Information Centre on 01584 875053.
The Spring Festival is based on volunteers and some of our volunteers have been with us since the start, but every year we need lots of new people to help with the festival. So if you feel you have the time to get involved we would really appreciate it. Please download a Volunteers Registration Form, or contact us, we would be pleased to welcome you to our team of volunteers.
Like a beer festival.... but better! With over 180 real ales, 60 local food and drink producers, live music and around 180 classic cars, do festivals come better than this?
With over 180 classic and vintage cars displayed inside the castle throughout the weekend there is a vehicle for everyone!
With over 180 Real Ales from over 50 brewers from across the SIBA Wales and West region this is beer lovers paradise.
With toe tapping music on the live stage located within the Festival Pub playing all weekend you can enjoy a fantastic pint while listening to some of the regions top tunes!
With the pate trail on the Saturday and the pudding trail on the Sunday this is a tasty opportunity to explore Ludlow.