Ludlow Spring FestivalLudlow Spring Festival

Useful Information

Accommodation Baby Changing & Feeding Facilities Cash Points
Children Coach Parties & Groups Credit Cards
Dates for 2015 Disabled Visitors Dogs
Drinking Responsibly Exhibitors First Aid & Medical Facilities
Opening Times Parking Profits
Quality of Products Security Tickets/Prices
Toilets Transport & Travel Vegetarians
Volunteering    

ACCOMMODATION

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.)

Ludlow town football club is delighted to support Ludlow food festival 2014 by making our facilities available for campers, the football club is situated on a picturesque site on the northern edge of Ludlow with views towards the Mortimer forest just off the a49. The following facilities will be available : Grass tent pitches, Shower and toilet block (24 hours), Bars open in the evening one with TV from 18.00, Full English breakfast from 7.30am - 11am at £5.00 a head under 5's £3.00
Rate £15.00 tent per night, 2 nights for £23.00, 3 nights for £30.00

Please note the following restrictions: Strictly no dogs due to health and safety on football pitches, No barbecues, No camper vans or caravans 

For BOOKING FORMS and prices please download 

Should you require any further information please feel free to contact me on 01584876000 or07817845940

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. Available from 10am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

  • Toilets and showers open 24hours
  • Bar open from 6.00pm Friday and Saturday night.
  • Leave your vehicle parked by your tent all weekend
  • Some tarmac area if required(must be booked)
  • Rates   £10 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 www.pitchero.com/clubs/ludlowrfc Or download the form here or any questions ring Lynn on 07528314405

BABY CHANGING & FEEDING FACILITIES

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.

CASH POINTS

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.

CHILDREN

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.

COACH PARTIES & GROUPS

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.

CREDIT CARDS

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.)

DATES FOR 2015

The Ludlow Spring Festival will be held on:

Friday 8th (evening only), Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th May

DISABLED VISITORS

Accessibility

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.

DOGS

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.

DRINKING RESPONSIBLY

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.

EXHIBITORS

How do I get a stand in the Food and Drink Festival?
Please see this page, or contact us for more information.

FIRST AID & MEDICAL FACILITIES

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.

OPENING TIMES


The castle is open to the public as follows:


Friday 8th May: 5.00 pm to 9.00pm

Saturday 9th May: 10.00 am to 9.00 pm

Sunday 10th 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.

PARKING

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)

PROFITS

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.

QUALITY OF PRODUCTS

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.

SECURITY

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.

TICKETS/PRICES - 2014

Friday (evening only) Adult £2.00

Saturday & Sunday

  • Adult £6.00
  • Child £1.50
  • Family £15.00 (2 adults and up to 4 children aged between 5-13 years)

2-Day Adult £9.00

2-Day Child £3.00

2-Day Family £21.00

Tickets are available here or you can purchase them by contacting us

TOILETS

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)

TRANSPORT & TRAVEL

Travel to Ludlow

MAPS:
Regional approaches
Ludlow (access roads)
Ludlow street map UK

BY ROAD

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.

Timetable for buses over the Ludlow Spring Festival weekend 10 & 11th May run by Mawley Oak buses

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 Saturday & Sunday 10th & 11th May 2014

Ludlow Eco Park – DEPART

9.30

9.45

10** see below

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 then every 15 minutes from Eco Park, last departure from Ludlow Town Centre at 17.08pm

 

BY RAIL

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).

BY BUS

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.

BY AIR

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.

VEGETARIANS

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.

VOLUNTEERING

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 either download a Volunteers Registration Form / Student Volunteer Registration Form or contact us, we would be pleased to welcome you to our team of volunteers.

 

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