There is a regular program of annual events that takes place in Church Stretton throughout the year. Depending on when you visit there are any number of rural activities, film events, as well as, live theater. Local establishments put on special events for most notable days throughout the year including Mother’s Day, Easter Monday and Sunday and bank holidays.
These include the Duck Race in May, an event that raises funds for Stretton Climate Care, and the Church Stretton Arts festival, a 2-week summer showcase of craft, music, and drama. There are historical talks hosted by the area’s local history clubs and there is a full calendar of church and parish events that comprise of guided walks, as well as, village fetes.
Music is very important in Church Stretton and apart from regular open mic events and live music in local pubs, in May there is the annual Music Fest, a one-day event that highlights local musical talent at venues across the area. Churches in the area also regularly host classical music and jazz concerts.
Visitors can also sample food from local suppliers in the plentiful food festivals that take place throughout the year. There is a Church Stretton Walking Festival held yearly in June that has a number of themed walks and requires advanced booking.
The Long Mynd Hike, usually held in September, is a 24-hour amble around the peaks of the South Shropshire Hills. In November, the Church Stretton School hosts a 25-year-old craft ‘fayre,’ one of the biggest of its kind in the county.
The year comes to an end with Carols in the Square, traditional Christmas Carols that are sung around a tree accompanied by mulled wine and barbecue.
With easy access from Church Stretton to surrounding areas by bus and shuttle services, it is also possible to enjoy annual events hosted in other Shropshire county areas like Ludlow, that hosts food and arts festivals between May and September.