News & Events 28 June – 4 July

Ditch the car for a week, indulge in open-air Shakespeare at Ludlow Castle and sample some cheek-reddening cider.

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News
 
Sustrans campaign for fewer car journeys
 
There’s still a week to go to make a difference with the Sustrans’ Change Your World campaign which is calling for everyone to walk, cycle, or use public transport to get from A to B, and pledge their car-less miles on their website to find out how many times they can circle the globe. Sustrans claim that if everyone sacrificed one car journey every week, we’d save 7 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year. The campaign ends July 4, but let’s try and keep it going!
 
 
Public Inquiry into expansion plans for London Ashford Airport
 
Natural England is backing a Public Inquiry that may put halt to runway extension plans at London Ashford Airport in Lydd, Kent. This is due to concerns over possible damaging impacts on nearby nature conservation sites, and on protected species, like the great crested newt. Alan Law, London and South East Director of Natural England, says that they will do all they can to support development that takes the natural environment into consideration.
 
 
Events
 
See open-air Shakespeare in Ludlow Castle
Ludlow, Shropshire, 26 June to 11 July
 
This deservedly popular festival in the pretty Salopian town of Ludlow is a highlight of the cultural calendar. It offers the chance to see Shakespeare’s ‘Othello’ performed in the grounds of Ludlow Castle, to hear Carol Ann Duffy’s words of poetic wisdom and to follow one of their history tours in the surrounding countryside. Their grand finale concert and firework display is sure to be a spectacular event.  
 
Celebrate summer by the sea
Mevagissey, St Austell, Cornwall, 27 June to 4 July
 
Dating back to 1754, this weeklong celebration of the ‘Feast of St Peter’ has all sorts of seaside events for the whole family to enjoy, such as raft races, sand castle and crab catching contests and a carnival. There’ll be plenty of scrumptious fish dishes to feast upon too.
 
While away a lazy sunday with local cider and folk music
Cromford Meadows, Peak District, 4 July
 
For those who don’t mind mixing their traditional cider with a bit of folk music, this is the perfect day out. As well as ciders, a range of real ales and soft drinks will be on sale to quench thirsts, and Lincolnshire sausages will be sizzling on the BBQ. Tickets are £5, £2.50 for under-18s.
 
Storytelling Festival
St Donats Castle, Glamorgan, 2 July to 4 July
 
Immerse yourself in a tradition as old as time and listen to storytellers from all over the world and the UK orate within the atmospheric setting of St Donats castle. There will also be performances of Celtic songs, puppetry and dancing over this enchanting weekend. Cliff-top camping is available for overnight stays. Weekend tickets are £80, day tickets are £20.
 
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