Inside Ludlow Castle with more than 180 local food and drink producers and suppliers: real food, ale, cider, perry, wine and more from the Marches, with samples and tastings.
WHERE CAN I PARK IN LUDLOW?
PARK & RIDE
Ludlow Racecourse will be organising a Park & Ride facility for 2018. Their postcode is SY8 2BT. Please follow signs to Ludlow Racecourse on your approach to Ludlow.
Cost is £5 per car, cash only. There are toilet facilities on-site.
Drop off & Pick Up point in Ludlow: Upper Galdeford, opposite Ludlow Fish bar fish & chip shop, SY8 1QD
FRIDAY: First Bus - 09:30, then every 30 minutes; Last Bus - 17:50
SATURDAY: First Bus - 09:30, then every 30 minutes; Last Bus - 18:50
SUNDAY: First Bus - 09:30, then every 30 minutes; Last Bus - 17:50
Please note: dogs are allowed on the Park & Ride buses, but only at the driver's discretion. No dogs on seats, and no muddy paws please!
BLUE BADGE PARKING
We are running Blue Badge parking facilities from Ludlow Rugby Club (SY8 1EE) on all 3 days of the Festival; with a free shuttle minibus service taking visitors up to the Castle. Parking at the Rugby Club is £5 per car, cash only; the shuttle minibus is free.
Parking for disabled badge holders can be found in the Castle Street Car Park off the Castle Square on the Friday only. There are also a number of on-street disabled car parking spaces but these do have time limits on them.
A list of car parks and information can be found here - Car Parks
PARK & WALK!
There are will be park and walk facilities, and these will be signposted as you approach Ludlow from different directions. Please keep in mind that Park & Walk distances vary, but most are roughly a 15 minute walk to the castle.
Ludlow Cricket Club
Ludlow Cricket Club will be open on the three days of the Festival, running a Park & Walk facility. This parking area has capacity for 400-500 vehicles with easy access, plus a very large space for overnight campers - see below for more information re camping.
PLEASE NOTE: IT IS A 15-20 MINUTE WALK TO THE CASTLE FROM HERE
The gates are open from: 8.45am onwards Location: Burway Lane, Ludlow, SY8 1DT
HOW DO I GET TO LUDLOW?
The A49 trunk road from Warrington (M6) in the north, through Shrewsbury and Hereford in the south gives good access to Ludlow.
From Birmingham, head west on the A456 through Kidderminster, or from the M5 leave at Junction 3 and join the A456 through Kidderminster. At Clows Top, the best route is to leave the A456, forking right on to the A4117, sign-posted Cleobury Mortimer.
ROADS CLOSED IN TOWN CENTRE DURING THE FESTIVAL
On the Saturday and Sunday of the Festival, King Street, High Street and Castle Street (in the centre of town) will be closed to vehicles, at the request of the police, in order to make these streets a safer and more pleasant environment for the peak time of the Festival.
Castle Street car park will not be available; therefore it is even more essential to use the other Park and Walk facilities around town.
There is a fast and frequent train service to Ludlow, which is on the Manchester-Crewe-Cardiff line. From London Paddington and SW England there are good connections at Newport (South Wales) or Hereford; at Crewe, Manchester or Shrewsbury there are connections to the north of England, North Wales, the Midlands and Scotland.
There are also direct through trains to Ludlow from Chester, Holyhead, and north Wales, and from south and west Wales.
On all Arriva Train services you will also be able to purchase Rail and Festival entrance tickets in the station and on the train thus saving time once you reach the castle, please visit Arriva Trains Wales website for further information.
For telephone enquiries and bookings phone Ludlow Station Travel on 01584 877090; National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50 (or Welsh language 0845 60 40 500) or visit Traveline for information about times, routes, etc.
There are services to Ludlow from Birmingham, Shrewsbury, Kidderminster and Hereford, as well as from many smaller places in the immediate area.
The nearest airport is Birmingham, approx 90 mins by car or by trains from Birmingham International station (via Shrewsbury), which is adjacent to the airport. Manchester, Liverpool, and Cardiff airports are also convenient, with good road and rail links.
MAKING A WEEKEND OF IT…
Ludlow and the surrounding area offer a wide range of great places to stay - hotels, inns, B&B’s, cottages and campsites. Comprehensive visitor and accommodation information can be found on the Ludlow web site - www.ludlow.org.uk - or is available from Ludlow Visitor Information Centre, Castle Square, Ludlow Tel: 01584 875053.
Early booking is advisable.
(Please note the Festival is unable to advise or help you book accommodation.)
Camping and small campervans at Ludlow Rugby Club...
Which lies at the base of Ludlow Castle just 200 yards away and only a 400-yard walk to the Food Festival. Ludlow Rugby Club have decided to use the 10-acre site as a Caravan, Motorhome, and Campsite for both the Food Festival from 10am on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.
- The gates will be open from 8.30am on Friday.
- Location: Ludlow RFC, The Linney, Ludlow SY8 1EE
- Facilities: Toilets, baby-changing, shower factilities for overnight campers, with breakfast available in the clubhouse on Saturday and Sunday from 8am until 10am. Bar open on Friday and Saturday nights from 6pm.
- To book camping please fill in the form that can be found here
TO BOOK go to the Ludlow Rugby Club website here www.pitchero.com/clubs/ludlowrfc. Any questions please email: email@example.com