The Bishop’s Castle Arts Festival takes place annually in the village of Bishop’s Castle.
Although the town of Bishop’s Castle only has a population of around 2000, it is well known for having a vibrant and artistic community, which is well represented when the annual Arts Festival takes place each February.
About the Town
Less than two miles from the Welsh border, historically speaking this is a market town which has benefited from its proximity to larger settlements such as Ludlow and Shrewsbury. Nestled within a peaceful, rural part of the Shropshire, the town is named for the Castle that was once the focal point of the town. There are records suggesting that this once handsome building was eventually left to ruin before being demolished to make way for a bowling green.
There is some archaeological evidence to suggest that many of the buildings around the popular area of Market Square and Castle Street are built upon the foundations of this Medieval ruin, however those buildings themselves are now too old to be demolished to ascertain this. Today the town exists as an exciting place of alternative arts and practices, making it an oddly metropolitan hub marooned in rural splendour.
Each Arts festival takes place in February over the course of five days giving visitors an ample amount of time to get to know the town and it’s residents. A wide variety of events take place during Festival including Folk music performance, French film, Circus skills and Artisan Markets. Many of these events are free to enter, whilst a number of them do cost a few pounds with tickets often being made available online.
In addition to these performances, many creatives open up their doors to the general public offering punters the opportunity to explore their studios, ask questions about their methods and get an interesting look behind the scenes at how these local artists work on a day-to-day basis. There are also a number of workshops that take place each year giving both young and old a chance at creating some of their own work.
For more information on how to get involved in the Bishop’s Castle Arts Festival head to bishopscastleartsfestival.com