Explore Oswestry north and east and travel into North Shropshire, you could be having a cuddle with a guinea pig or rabbit, searching for a famous cat or getting a glimpse of a fantasy land of caves and grottos. We don’t think you will feel the cold in the pretty town of Ellesmere even though these meres or lakes have been here since the ice age.
Park Hall Countryside Experience – This award winning farm attraction lets you get close enough to give a rabbit a cuddle and also has activities to keep every member of the family occupied. Getting lost each summer in Maisie’s Maize Maze could keep Nanna and Grandad busy while the rest of the family could be watching the pig races or milking a cow. While here don’t miss the wartime Trenches Experience and Welsh Guards Museum, especially significant in the centenary year of the end of World War I.
Oswestry Show Ground – Oswestry Show Ground is nearby too, there are events all year – transport displays, antique fairs and even the occasional dog show. The main event is Oswestry Show – it is a one day spectacular of all things rural. Think animals, show jumping, fruit and veg, antique vehicles and a packed programme of events all day.
Whittington Castle – Head towards Ellesmere next and on the way you will come to the quintessential English village of Whittington with its castle and moat. Remember the legend of Dick Whittington and his cat? No sign of them now but the castle is still owned by the village community. The grounds buzz with historic re-enactments throughout the summer and be there in October for the spookiest ghost tours. Don’t miss the Whittington International Chamber Music Festival in spring either.
Ellesmere – The Ice Age saw the formation of the meres and mosses that are all around the North Shropshire town of Ellesmere. Hopefully you won’t be shivering when you stroll around some of these picturesque lakes. Feeling energetic? Take a rowing boat out onto the mere but if you would like a more relaxed way to see the birds and wildlife there is a little cruiser that tootles around the lake through the summer.
Wem – Hawkstone Follies – A fragrant town could be your next stop – visit Wem in July to be immersed in the gorgeous fragrance of sweet peas at the Eckford Sweet Pea Society’s summer show. Not too much further to Hawkstone Follies now – it’s an extravagant woodland fantasy with caves, woods and monuments.