Ludlow Arts Festival

Every year in June Ludlow holds an Arts Festival over two weeks when poets, players, comedians, singers and musicians invade our small English town. Most of the entertainment is held in the Castle grounds and an entrance fee is naturally expected. However, there are often fringe events happening around the town which may be free and there is nothing like walking up to the market square to buy some veg for dinner and hearing 10CC or the Hollies rehearsing for their show or potting up your pelargoniums to the sound of the English National Philharmonic Orchestra

The town is full of visitors, swarming around the square and wandering down to the River Teme, cameras at the ready. At 5:30ish on a Saturday and Sunday you will find them lugging picnic chairs, blankets, food hampers and bottles of fizz to picnic in the castle grounds before the open-air concerts begin in the Castle’s Outer Bailey.

It might not be Glastonbury, but it brings a happy vibe to the town.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

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