Spring eatings

If you like food, beer, live music and cars, then Ludlow is the place to be on the second weekend in May when the annual Ludlow Spring Festival takes place in and around the town’s castle. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the event brings together the region’s real ales, foot-tapping music, the Marches Transport Festival and more than 60 of the area’s food producers.

The weekend begins on Friday 11 May at 5pm and continues all day Saturday and Sunday. The Festival Pub is the very heart of the festival, offering more than 200 real ales from 50 independent breweries across the Wales and West region, along with live blues and rock music.

There are also free talks from local producers, all specialists in their field – from cheese to biltong, and coffee to biodynamic wines – as well as opportunities for children to try out their cookery skills. New this year, cocktail masterclasses from Phillip Jeffery of Bridgnorth’s Spirit Room will enable participants to make, taste and take away cocktails.

The Festival’s Hannah Mackley says, “We’re very much looking forward to this year’s Spring Festival – there’s a great buzz in the town and it’s a lovely mix of food, drink, music and classic vehicles – something for everyone!”

For more information go to ludlowspringfestival.co.uk.

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