There will be plenty of other events and activites taking place around the town and surrouding area both in the lead up to and over the weekend of the Festival itself.

This year we have teamed up with Ludlow Assembly Rooms to co-ordinate a full schedule of events and activites for everyone, including:

So if you need a break from the hussle and bussle of inside the Castle - head over to the Assembly Rooms. More details on their website.


The Ludlow Brewing Co Tours take place on Thursday 8th, Friday 9th, Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th September 2016 at the Ludlow Brewery, The Railway Shed, Station Drive, Ludlow SY8 2PQ.  Make sure you don't miss out and book your place on a tour here.


There will be an extra Isaac Smart’s showcase over the Ludlow Food and Drink Festival weekend of 9th – 11th September bringing together our ceramic artists and glass makers.  We will show pots by Jason Braham, Ralph Jandrell, Corinna Kenyon-Wade, Elspeth Soper, Mary Stephens, Jewels Williams-Peplow and Ruth Gibson and glasses made by Andrew Sanders and David Wallace.  All the exhibits will be kitchen or table ware.

Combining traditional techniques and inspired by historical artefacts, glassmakers Andrew Sanders and David Wallace produce a wide range of functional and decorative glass which is unmistakably contemporary.  Their designs include vases, bowls, bottles, paperweights and drinking glasses.  They comment, ‘Although we work in close collaboration we design separately ensuring a broad and diverse range.  Each piece is made individually and so some variation in form and colour is to be expected.’  Each piece is unique and signed by the maker.


Relax and enjoy the 5 course tasting menu being offered at the Cliffe at Dinham, on Friday and Saturday evening - click here for the full menu!

 The Cliffe at Dinaham



“The Rose and Crown” is one of England’s oldest pubs a hidden gem in the heart of Ludlow. They are on the Ale Trail with Shropshire brewery Joules “Blonde” ale. Over the weekend at the Rose & Crown there will be “BEER, BBQ BANGERS & BURGERS”. Try the Rose and Crown's unique Sausages made by local butchers Andrew Francis Butchers or one of the speciality burgers with one of six real ales.


The Cliffe at Dinham will be putting on LIVE Jazz Music on Sunday 11th September from 12.30pm - 3pm. Click here for more info!

The Outcasts will be apearing at Ye Olde Bull Ring Tavern on Saturday 10th September from 9pm.


Ludlow Local Produce Market is a large, twice-monthly farmers' market selling a wide range of everyday and specialist food and drink produced within 30 miles of Ludlow. This year the market falls on Thursday 8th September so we hope some our visitiors will be able to enjoy this market as part of their Food Festival expereince. For more details click here!


For one weekend ONLY - Ludlow's Chocolate Gourmet will be stocking the world famous Zotter Chocolate. As we have the UK representative hosting the adult chocolate tastings on Saturday at the Assembly Rooms as well as presenting the VERY exciting Factory Tour prize, we thought it would be a great oppurtunity for the Chocolate Gourmet to bring Zotter to your finger tips during the weekend! They will have the Gold, Silver & Broze winning bars from the Academy of Chocolate 2016 International Awards. This will be six different pure chocolate bars ranging from a milk 45% cocoa content right up to mega strong 100% - all very special!


Ludlow Independent shops have their very own Loyalty Card, launched in July, the card is accepted in over 45 shops and cafes in Ludlow Town Centre. Support your local independent shops and have a chance of winning a unique ‘Only in Ludlow’ gift hamper. Pick up a free loyalty card, fill in your personal details and present it every time you spend over £1 in a participating shop. Once you have obtained 20 stamps hand it in at your nearest participating shop to go into the hamper draw. There will be a three gift prize draw every quarter for a unique ‘Only in Ludlow’ hamper, the first draw will be after the Food Festival in September. 

Ludlow Chamber of Commerce is backing a local Loyalty Card which shops and cafes can sign up for free. The card is all about raising awareness of the enjoyment and economic importance of shopping, eating and drinking in local businesses. Ludlow supports over 70 independent shops alone and there are many cafes as well.

For a full list of participating shops and cafes go to: www.onlyinludlow.org.uk For information of where to go and shop and eat in Ludlow go to www.theludlowguide.co.uk.

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