Thursday 28 April 2016


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Saturday 14 February 2015

British Ironwork Centre - Oswestry

From humble beginings in 2008 as a theatre company for amateur performers and singers this fund raising arts centre has raised money for charity and diversified into other areas resulting in a huge collection of ironworks and creative artefacts.

As you approach the main buildings you drive through a large field resplendent with large full scale models of animals from all parts of the globe. Even before you get inside you know you are visiting something special.

With resident crafts people, a warehouse full to the brim with interesting and exciting ironworks this is definately worth a visit. For details on opening times please visit their website.

Whitehall, Aston, Oswestry, SY11 4JH 
(opposite the Oswestry Golf Course on the A5)

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Oswestry is a market town in Shropshire which is very close to the Welsh border. The town has many Welsh street names since the town changed hands between the English and Welsh a number of times.

Oswestry gets its name from Oswald's Tree. There are several historic buildings in the town which still has a market held each Wednesday. A statue of a shepherd and his sheep in Market Square reminds us that prior to the late 1960's and an outbreak of foot and mouth disease the livetock market was held within the town.

The town has a number of good independent shops, pubs and cafe's and is a popular destination for visitors especially at weekends. 

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Saturday 7 February 2015


Nuneaton is the largest town in Warwickshire and famous for its association with the 19th century author George Eliot whose statue stands proudly in the main street. The town is situated just 9 miles from Coventry and only 20 miles from Birmingham.

The River Anker runs through the town which gets its name from a 12th century Benedictine Nunnery of which parts of the building still survive. With close proximity to Coventry and Birmingham the town was bombed heavily during the Second World War due to having munitions factories nearby.

Nuneaton used be famous for its textile and manufacturing industries. Today the town services its larger neighbours but efforts have been made to introduce trade through the multi million pound Ropewalk Shopping Centre and improvements to the town centre which has a busy street market every Wednesday and Saturday.

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Monday 25 August 2014


Atherstone in Warwickshire dates back to Roman times. It is recorded in the Domesday Book of 1086 as being held by Countess Godiva. This pretty little market town is famous for its felt hats. Today the town is home to several large companies who use its excellent road links for distribution purposes.

Sunday 17 August 2014


Situated on the River Avon there has been a settlement here since the early Iron Age. Known as Tripontium in Roman times it is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 as Rocheberie but what really puts Rugby on the world map is that it is known as the birthplace of Rugby football.

Essentially a small market town until recent times the centre still has a mix of old and new buildings and you can see how rapid expansion in recent years has changed the town considerably. Most of the older buildings in the town are Victorian. With a population of 70,000 this is the second largest town in the county of Warwickshire.

The Rugby Cement works on the outskirts of the town is now part of the Cemex Company and is one of the largest cement works of its type in Europe. Residents near the large complex are used to waking up in the morning to find their cars covered in a fine layer of cement dust. Some would argue that this blights the landscape on what would otherwise have been a pleasant location to live.

Once in the town though you have wide pedestrian walkways and an abundance of places to eat from small cafes to all manner of world cuisine. There are also a fair number of good pubs in the vicinity. Tourism plays an ever important role in the economy of the town and a good deal of time and effort has been spent making the centre of town more appealing to visitors.

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Sunday 4 May 2014

Evesham Country Park

Evesham Country Park features a large garden centre and a courtyard of Trade Outlets. There is a light railway which passes through the beautiful countryside and also a farm shop.

With good parking facilities there are is also a restaurant, cafe and snack facilities. 

Evesham Country Park • Evesham • Worcestershire • WR11 4TP