May is an exciting time for visitors to Shropshire and with plenty of bank holidays it’s perfect time to visit! With a range of activities, festivities, and events taking place, a holiday with us is just what you need. With Moonrise Lodges as your base, you can enjoy a blend of relaxation, adventure, and discovery amid stunning natural surroundings.
We love May, is a great time to enjoy the beautiful countryside that surrounds us and the farm is busy with the first harvest of the season. Guests can take a stroll in the sun-drenched countryside, go for a bike ride, or explore the rolling Shropshire Hills on horseback. There are also plenty of walking routes to explore, including the Shropshire Way, which offers stunning views of the local landscape. The nearby Long Mynd hills and Caer Caradoc offer challenging hikes, while the wildlife-rich Clun Forest boasts walks to suit all abilities.
Of course you don’t even need to get in the car with plenty of walks to discover from your door! Lots of towns have walking festivals during this month so it’s worth looking them up if you’d be keen to join other ramblers and learn some new routes with new friends!
May is also a great month for discovering the rich culture and heritage of Shropshire. Visitors can soak up the atmosphere of the Clun Green Man Festival, an ancient pagan celebration that takes place each May Day bank holiday weekend. Other popular cultural attractions include Ludlow Castle and The Castle Quest – A fun activity that involves exploring the castle, solving clues and learning about the castle’s history. The world-famous Ironbridge Gorge Museums has museums to suit all interests and the quaint market towns of Shrewsbury and Church Stretton are definitely worth a visit.
The Hay Festival runs from May 25th until the 4th June. It seeks to inspire, examine and entertain with sustainable events and projects around the world. Offering innovative platforms to discover new ideas, Hay Festival invites audiences to imagine the world as it is and as it might be. It is a catalyst for change and a community that is open and accessible to everyone.
Families with young children will love the range of activities on offer in south Shropshire. You could easily spend the days exploring the area close to the lodges. Check out the lake and do some pond dipping, make a den in the Beech trees, toast some marshmallows over a campfire, kayak on the lake.
But if you want to get out and about May is the perfect time for visiting Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom, a family-run zoo with a range of exciting animals to see. A day out at West Midlands Safari Park, where visitors can drive through the animal enclosures, is always a hit with kids. Other family-friendly attractions include Rays Farm Country Matters, the National Trust’s Attingham Park, and the fascinating Acton Scott Historic Working Farm.
When my girls were little they loved a day out in Shrewsbury, walk along the river to the Quarry park and then lunch out in one of the many lovely places to eat by the river. If you’re children are into water sports kayaking and paddle boards can also be hired by the park.
Food and drink lovers will find plenty to savor in south Shropshire. The glorious warmer weather brings with it an abundance of fresh produce, from asparagus and strawberries to raspberries and rhubarb. Visitors can sample some of the areas finest creations at the Ludlow Food and Drink Festival. There will be over 60 exhibitors selling the finest food to tempt your taste buds. Be prepared to stock up on your favourites’ and discover new ones too! Throughout the weekend there will be live music too with local bands and solo acts.
The annual Shropshire County Show ( 27th May), is the Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society’s main event – with a history dating back more than 125 years! A fun-filled day out for all the family as thousands of people from across town and country come together on the West Mid Showground in Shrewsbury.
Take a wander around the shopping court, sample the goodies in the Taste of the Shires area, relax with a cuppa as you listen to the Bandstand music in the Village Green or head to the food court for lunch. Children can hunt out the special offerings for them along our 2023 theme of Science and Nature using the showground map and the Youth Zone offers a range of entertainment for older children.
May marks the start of the summer farming season, and there is plenty going on. Guests can watch as the cows are let out onto the fields to graze, and see the hay and silage being stored in preparation for the winter months. The Beeches Lake at has been newly stocked with trout for the fishing season, and guests can try their hand at fly fishing or wild swimming. Farm tours can be arranged upon request, allowing guests to learn more about the day-to-day work on the farm.
May is the perfect time to visit us and discover the unique blend of nature, culture, and festivities that the area has to offer. Book your stay and enjoy everything that south Shropshire has to offer. Sign up on our website to receive the latest news and updates on all things Shropshire. Don’t miss out on this exciting time – come and discover Moonrise Lodges.