Five Reasons To Visit Shropshire This Christmas
Christmas might not spring to mind as the most obvious time of year for a holiday, but Shropshire is truly a magical place to be over the festive period.
Here are five reasons why you should make a trip to Shropshire during the most wonderful time of the year.
A countryside county, Shropshire is home to rolling hills, weaving rivers, and panoramic views. An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the scenery truly comes alive when glittering with frost and snow.
Untouched by modern developments, the more rural parts of Shropshire will make you feel like you are part of your very own festive postcard. Just remember to pack your woolly socks, scarf, and gloves!
A 25-minute drive from our Ludlow Touring Park will take you right into the heart of the Shropshire Hills, but stunning views can be seen throughout the county.
Treats and Treasures
Get a headstart on Santa's elves with some Christmas shopping! The historical towns of Shropshire are home to some wonderful independent and quirky shops to ensure you find that perfect gift for a special someone.
We particularly love Christmas Perks, the all-year-round Christmas shop in Shrewsbury, and the Ludlow Farmshop, where you can find handcrafted and delicious food treats. Both of these are just a stone's throw away from our Oxon Hall and Ludlow Touring Parks, respectively.
And if you're looking for high street names and brands, the town of Telford has you covered and is less than 20 miles away from our Oxon Hall Touring Park.
With Christmas markets and craft fairs popping up, you never know what treasure you might find.
Visit Scrooge's Grave
A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens is a much-loved festive tale, retold annually and passed to each new generation.
Dickens was a fan of Shrewsbury, and the first-ever public reading of A Christmas Carol was held in the Music Hall in the historic town!
Fast forward to the 80's, and the historic streets of Shrewsbury became Victorian London for the filming of the 1984 movie adaption of the classic tale. You can still pay a visit to the grave of Ebenezer Scrooge in the graveyard of St Chad's Church, right in Shrewsbury town centre.
Why not take part in a guided tour of the film locations? Join an expert guide from Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery as they show you parts of Shrewsbury featured in A Christmas Carol. Tours will be available from the 10th to the 18th December.
Easy to get to via the Park & Ride service, which is within walking distance of our Oxon Hall Touring Park, this is a must-see for all Dickens fans.
Time For Turkey
You will be spoilt for choice with cosy pubs, charming cafes, and independent eateries across Shropshire, each one perfect for that festive treat after a busy day's shopping or sightseeing.
From traditional full roast dinners and melt-in-the-mouth mince pies and cream, to unique and artisan dishes, there are tasty treats around every corner in towns such as Bridgnorth, Ludlow and Shrewsbury - all within close proximity to our Shropshire parks.
Relax in the warmth of a pub whilst you settle in an armchair next to the fireplace with a local ale and feel the stress of everyday life melt away.
Sparkle and Shine
Shropshire really knows how to embrace the Christmas spirit, with events, lights and activities held from November to the big day itself.
Whether your little ones are excited to meet Santa in his Grotto, or you are looking for unique gifts in the Christmas markets, there is something for everyone.
Here are some 2022 Christmas light switch-on dates for your diary to kickstart the festivities:
When: Friday, 25th November
Close to: Stanmore Hall Touring Park
Despite Bridgnorth's Christmas Market being cancelled this year, the town will still be hosting their Christmas light switch-on, featuring live music, stilt walkers and a visit from Father Christmas.
When: Wednesday, 23rd November
Close to: Oxon Hall Touring Park
With festivities starting at 4:30 pm, Shrewsbury will be alive with music and activities before the big light switch-on planned for 6:30 pm.
When: Saturday, 26th November
Close to: Ludlow Touring Park
Part of the Ludlow Winter Festival taking place throughout the weekend, the light switch-on is scheduled for 5 pm, with the Festival of Light following in Ludlow Castle.
Whatever you have planned for the festive period, why not pay Shropshire a visit? With our award-winning parks conveniently located close to key towns in the county, you will be able to explore this hidden gem of a county with ease.
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