Ludlow Castle plans Special Bicentenary Event
Ludlow Castle is holding a free open day on Wednesday 18th May to celebrate the 200th anniversary of its purchase from the Crown by the then Lord Powis in 1811.
There will be various entertainments on throughout the day including ‘Have a Go Archery’, Living History re-enactments and craft making, together with the Castle’s popular costumed guided tours (taking place at 11am, 1pm and 4pm) and birds of prey flying displays (weather permitting) taking place at 12 noon and 3pm.
Taking centre stage will be the premier performances of ‘Castle Connexions’; a Heritage Lottery funded project led by Appletree Theatre & Film CIC, (based on the Shropshire/Herefordshire border).
Helen Duce at Ludlow Castle said, “I am especially pleased to announce ‘Castle Connexions’ part in the special bicentenary open day. The project seeks to connect local young people with the history and heritage of Ludlow Castle through drama and film. Working with 5 teams of youngsters who each take responsibility for research, writing, performing, marketing & exhibition work and filming, the aim is to produce a promenade performance in the Castle along with an exhibition that can then be taken to community groups and schools in the area.”
“The Castle Tea Room will also be open all day, and as well as our popular seasonal menu, visitors can celebrate with a special champagne afternoon tea or simply purchase a picnic bag to enjoy in the Castle grounds so they don’t miss a minute of the entertainment.”
Tom Till from Powis Castle Estate said “Fortunately for the Castle and for Ludlow, Lord Powis’ predecessor was able to purchase the Castle in May 1811 at a time when the Government of the day had plans to pull it down and sell the stone and timber.
It is therefore with some pride that we wish to mark this landmark year by throwing open the gates for everyone to enjoy the Castle and the activities within it. We hope everyone who can, will pay us a visit on Wednesday 18th May.”
For further information please visit www.ludlowcastle.com or call 01584 874465.
Date Posted: 20th April 2011