Church Stretton Arts Festival

Things To Do Category: Arts and Culture, Arts, Crafts & Learning, and Poetry and Literature

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  • Church Stretton Arts Festival is the highlight of the Arts scene in South Shropshire, and in 2019 will run from 3rd August to 18th August.

    You will 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.

    We have:

    • Classical music concerts
    • Contemporary music concerts
    • Drama
    • Free coffee concerts
    • Free organ recitals
    • Art Exhibition

    Full details for 2019 will be found on the Arts Festival Website strettonfestival.org.uk in January; there is currently a 2019 preview page to give you a taste!

    The Exhibition

    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.

    Guest Artists

    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.

    Workshops

    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.

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