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April Events at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

Whats on this March & April at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. Things to do include pond dipping, cookery courses, habitat helper and Easter Holiday activities.

Matt Jenneson
Matt’s work is influenced by the landscape around us and this work focuses mainly on the texture and colour of our surroundings to achieve a level of abstraction.

Kirsty Gibbs – Local landscapes and flora
Being local to the area has been the inspiration for Kirsty’s exhibition, as she has been focusing on local landmarks, flora and fauna. She uses a variety of mediums, from watercolour paint and acrylic paint through to simple pencil and hatching with pen. This exhibition comprises of a mixture of canvases and framed prints, of varying sizes, with each piece aiming to illustrate what this beautiful county has to offer.
10am – 5pm
Free entry. All pieces on display available to purchase

Easter Vegetarian Cookery Course
Thursday 2nd April
Say hello to Spring! With this fun cookery workshop in our friendly pop-up kitchen, guided and helped by Milly, you will create 4 delicious and versatile dishes and sweet treats; perfect for sharing with friends or family over the Easter holidays. Everything you make will be suitable for vegetarians but you don’t have to be vegetarian to enjoy them!As always, please bring storage containers and tubs so that you can take your goodies home. £35 per person, booking essential.

Become a Habitat Helper!
Sunday 5th April
Join the habitat helpers every first Sunday of the month to give the meadows a little TLC. All ages and abilities welcome, tools and refreshments provided.

Shropshire Way 80K Festival
Saturday 6th April
Returning for its third year, the festival is a fundraiser for Grow Cook Learn, the charity which operates the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. Runners and walkers from all over the UK and beyond descend on Shropshire to take part in a personal challenge through this fascinating and beautiful area. Our mission is to connect people to the food, history and landscape of the Shropshire Hills and so we provide a sumptuous choice of local food for everyone as they pass through our checkpoints. You can sample Shropshire Fidget Pies, a beef stew served in a barn high in the hills, local cheeses and sausages as well as our famous Bara Brith. After all, what better way could there be to explore what the area has to offer than to walk or run through its enchanting landscape whilst tasting the wonderful food heritage of the Shropshire Hills?

All the routes are hilly so don’t expect to smash your PB, but they will take you over some of the iconic Shropshire Hills summits and iron-age hillforts, along ancient drovers routes and through ancient forests and delightful market towns. For 2020, there will be three events: the flagship SW80K- 50 miles in 24 hours, the Mammothon- a full-distance trail marathon with a generous 12-hour time limit, the mini-Mammothon, a half marathon with a 6-hour limit.

Entry fees include great local food & drink, first aid services, a rescue vehicle, a certificate of achievement and a Sw80K Festival pin badge as a memento. All the events have fun and friendly atmosphere and are designed to support everyone from the hard-core ultra-runners to walkers just trying to complete within the time.

Entries are now open. To book your place, head to the website.


Easter Holidays Activities - Pond Dipping
Monday 6th – Friday 10th and Monday 13th – Friday 17th April

This Easter holidays, explore a fascinating underwater world as you dip the oxbow pond for mini beasts to identify. £4 per accompanied 3-11 year old. 1pm-2.30pm each day Monday 6th - Friday 10th and Monday 13th - Friday 17th April.

Frozen 2 – Flicks in the Sticks film
Monday 6th April 1pm-2.30pm

Elsa the Snow Queen has an extraordinary gift -- the power to create ice and snow. But no matter how happy she is to be surrounded by the people of Arendelle, Elsa finds herself strangely unsettled. After hearing a mysterious voice call out to her, Elsa travels to the enchanted forests and dark seas beyond her kingdom -- an adventure that soon turns into a journey of self-discovery. Refreshments, bar and crafts available from 4.30pm. Film starts at 5.30pm
£5 per adult, £3 per child and £15 per family. Booking advised.

Easter Holiday Activities – Easter Cooking
Friday 10th April 10am-11.30am
Make delicious Easter treats such as deviled chicks, cotton tail biscuits and hot cross buns. £7.50 per accompanied 3-11 year old, booking essential.

Discovery Tots – Nature Faces!
25th April – 10am-10.45am
Head off on a nature hunt and create self-portraits with all the goodies you collect. Club for Under 3s packed full of fun things to do encouraging children to get back to nature, enjoy the outdoors and get creative.
£2.50 per child, adults go free, just turn up. Please bring wellies and appropriate outdoor clothing.

Discovery Club – Gruffalo Habitats!
25th April – 11am-12pm
Come make homes for the characters in the Gruffalo. A club for 3+ years olds packed full of fun things to do encouraging children to get back to nature, enjoy the outdoors and get creative.
£2.50 per child, adults go free, just turn up. Please bring wellies and appropriate outdoor clothing.

For information please call 01588 676060