So many things to see and do and big decisions to make – maybe take a day in a single direction and explore all of one area or perhaps you are particularly keen to take on a special activity or dig deeper into the history of Oswestry and The Borderlands?
Looking for some fun with the whole family? For two animal experiences that couldn’t be more different, visit Park Hall Countryside Experience or the British Ironwork Centre. Both are great for children but have something more for every member of the family.
At Park Hall there is not only the farm attraction but also the Trenches Experience, Welsh Guards Museum and great outdoor activities too, bring a picnic or enjoy the delicious food in the Café.
Travel on to the British Ironwork Centre and the children will be amazed at the enormous iron sculptures and everyone is fascinated by the poignant Knife Angel and the quirky Spoon Gorilla.
Trainee knights or princesses in the family? How about a visit to a real castle with a moat or another with dungeons? Whittington and Chirk Castles often have special events for children – check out our events page.
Walkers are welcome here and there are walks to suit every enthusiast. Offa’s Dyke strides along the border between Powys and Shropshire and Rodney’s Pillar is a particular favourite. Whether you like to hike or stroll, amble or ramble, our border landscapes offer myriad opportunities to wonder at the Borderlands between Shropshire and Wales.
To delve into our history take a look at our iconic attractions – you’ll find castles and canals, lime works and lakes. Perhaps your interests lie in the industrial heritage and the people who created it? Wonder at Thomas Telford’s creations at Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and see the legacy that the railways left at the Cambrian Heritage Railway, Llangollen railway and the Welshpool and Llanfair railway.
There’s a lot of water in the Borderlands too! Take a day to stroll around Lake Vyrnwy or Ellesmere’s meres or along the canal towpaths and don’t miss the waterfall at Llanrhaeadr – higher than Niagara. The peaceful Horseshoe falls start the beginning of the canal at Llangollen and sitting snugly on the banks of the River Severn, the timber framed church at Melverley is juts stunning. A lovely way to spend a couple of hours is by horse drawn boat – slide along Llangollen Canal from Llangollen Wharf or glide along pulled by Cracker the horse on The Montgomery canal at Maesbury.
Oswestry is fest fabulous all year and many events showcase the best of our local artists, especially on Open Studio Weekends in June. There are music events scattered through the year so don’t miss The Whittington International Chamber Music Festival in May or the free concerts in Cae Glas Park in summer. It could be a brass band or reggae, so bring a picnic and sit and relax. If food is an art then you certainly mustn’t miss the Food Festival in July., still one of the few free foodie festivals, the streets are full of delicious local flavours for the whole weekend.
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