Church Stretton Arts Festival is the highlight of the Arts scene in South Shropshire.
In 2021, because of Covid, we organised a reduced festival, from 26th July to 6th August, comprising three outdoor events (in Church Stretton’s Rectory Field) and a series of free indoor concerts.
Full details of what we offered can be found on the Arts Festival Website strettonfestival.org.uk.
In a normal year, you would find a range of performance arts to suit all tastes, and also the Art, Crafts & Photography Exhibition , which continues to grow, and attracts well over a hundred exhibiting local artists. An overview of a normal year follows…
- Classical music concerts
- Contemporary music concerts
- Free coffee concerts
- Free organ recitals
- Exhibition 2019
The Exhibition is a non-competitive showcase for amateur and professional artists, craft workers and photographers living within 30 miles of Church Stretton. You will find hundreds of paintings, collage, photography and various forms of craftwork on display. Most of the work in the exhibition is for sale.
Each year different guest artists are invited to exhibit in the Exhibition. This gives you a great chance to see (and purchase) a whole range of work from one artist, and get an insight into how they work.
We host workshops led by locals artists in different media. This gives you a chance to try new skills in a small group, which previous attendees have found most enjoyable.
Around and about
Church Stretton has a good selection of independent shops, cafés, bars and restaurants. Close by is the well-known Carding Mill Valley, managed by the National Trust, from where you can start numerous walks on the Long Mynd which afford superb views over the surrounding countryside. There’s a tea-room and shop there too.
While here for the Festival, why not go a little further afield to these other excellent destinations:
- Ludlow is a short drive down the A49, or accessed easily by train, and is well known for its shops and food outlets.
- Shrewsbury, a similar distance northbound, and also easily reached by train, has a multitude of old buildings, whilst also providing a good range of shops and eateries.
- Ironbridge is a not-too-distant 45min drive away and if you’ve got time is an absolute must, as it is the birthplace of the industrial revolution.