Enjoying living history in Oswestry and The Borderlands is an increasingly popular attraction for visitors. The people and places around Oswestry have not only created a fascinating mix of places to visit and things to do but also this area’s past a chance to come to life again.
You could be walking in the (very high) footsteps of the Engineer Thomas Telford who was Engineer of The Ellesmere canal company in 1793 and who began his ‘stream in the sky’ in 1795. Just spending time at Pontcysyllte and Chirk aqueducts will make you aware of how enormous the engineering feats were for their time.
The railways played a huge part in Oswestry and The Borderlands and their legacy can be experienced in different ways if you take a trip on each of the railways along this border between Shropshire and Wales. The Cambrian Heritage Railway in Oswestry Town and Llynclys has been defunct since the 1960s but local enthusiast are gradually bringing the line back to life and you can book an experience to be a train driver for an afternoon.
Llangollen Railway celebrates steam and can take you through the beautiful Dee Valley. Their 1940s events are popular and you could even meet that most famous engine Thomas the Tank Engine on a summer weekend.
The Welshpool and Llanfair Railway tootles up the stunning Welsh countryside from Welshpool to the village of Llanfair Caereinon. Their gala in September is a feast of steam and all things mechanical.
Take a trip to either Chirk or Whittington Castles during the summer and you could be bumping in to medieval soldiers, their servants or even the camp cook. The events organised in both these castles give a fascinating glimpse of living in the past. Trainee knights and princesses are welcome too.
To begin to understand the life style of soldiers living in the trenches during World War I, do visit The Trenches Experience at Park Hall Countryside Experience. As you wander through the narrow alley ways can you imagine living like this day, day out in all weathers?
The Ironbridge Gorge Museums, especially Blists Hill Museum, will take you back to when sweets were always sold in 1/4 pounds and the farrier and blacksmith were always some where in the village or on the high street. Spend a day there and meet the colourful characters who lived and worked in these times. To be sure of enjoying the many living history events in and around Oswestry, be sure to look at our events calendar.