THINGS TO DO AT THE COTTAGE

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SPA TREATMENTS

Why not spoil your partner with a surprise Spa Treatment - we have a choice of two

GLO PAMPER

Couples can indulge and share form as little as £67.50 per 60 minute treatment (based on a 4 hour package).

JODIE ARDEN – Local Beauty Therapist

Does everything you need for some home pampering…hands, feet, IBD Gel polish, skin care, waxing, eye treatments and make-up. Book in advance or last minute…Jodie lives locally so if she is free, can be with you at very short notice.

t: 07469 219155

Prices from £5 for File and Polish to £27 for finger and toe gel polish deal - price list on Facebook page.

WINE TASTING

Wine tasting at the cottage with our expert Nick McGrath. Hold your very own private wine tasting party at Clearviews. Wine Discovery is a wine tasting events specialist offering all types of wine tastings suitable for the complete beginner to true wine enthusiast. They bring everything they need with a key focus on having fun but also learning relevant facts and information about wine - so everyone is sure to have a great time. Plus you get to sample some truly fantastic wines from around the world you just won’t find in your local supermarket.

Contact: Nick McGrath

t: 01543547647, m: 07515933774, e:info@wine-discovery.co.uk, Prices from £20 per person

DANCING

Revel-in-Dance themed dance workshops in a range of dance styles for hen parties, birthdays or for pure group leisure. Indulge your passion for dance with ‘Revel‐In‐Dance’ who can provide you with 2 hour dance workshop. Choose from a variety of dance styles: “work it” like Beyoncé in ‘All the Single Ladies’; “do” the Charleston or “battle it out” Street Dance style! This fun filled package includes costume accessories, DVD of workshop (copy for everyone) and bubbly!

Contact: Sarah Davies, m: 07792 872830

Prices: from £300 (party of 1‐12 people) or £375 (party of 13‐25 people)

MAGIC SHOW

Church Stretton’s very talented local magician Sonny of Magical Sunshine can come to your property during your stay and entertain both young and old and ensure that everyone has a really enjoyable time.

Contact: Sonny Pennington, m: 07971286244

Prices: from: £80 per show (approx. 30-45 min long)

MURDER MYSTERY EVENING

Enjoy a personalised game at Clearviews. Provide Ingrid at Enigmatic with the number of guests and the date you want to play your game they’ll do all the work for you. They can even provide a ‘host’ or actors for the night if you want. This murder mystery game includes: invitations; certificates; an envelope for everyone which has their own running order, character name card, notes and name badge; “I am Dead” signs for anyone dying; composite clues and solution forms; pens & paper for notes. Actors are available to hire, please contact directly for prices.

t: 01952408785 m: 07979617442, e: enigmatic.mystery@blueyonder.co.uk

CRAFT WORKSHOPS

The Crafty Hen offer an alternative experience with fun craft workshops - creating the perfect opportunity to make something beautiful and unique. Workshops can take at Clearviews. A bespoke service is provided to select and tailor your session to your group. They show you how to make your own professionally finished textile corsages, garters and accessories, customised knickers, bunting, fascinators, textile bouquets, button holes and much more. Crafty or not, The Crafty Hen’s experienced and friendly tutors can show you how. They can also offer additional vintage options to most sessions where you can incorporate vintage fabrics and antique lace into your creations as well.

t: 01179395203, e: info@thecraftyhen.co.uk

Prices: From £28 per person

PAINTING

Painting My Way offers a four hour painting class with our very own local artist Diane Jennings where you will paint the most incredible picture you never thought possible! All paints and canvasses are included and you get to take your painting home!

Contact: Diane Jennings, t: 01584872013, m: 07800902488

Prices: From £35 per person

PHOTOGRAPHY

Gill's Images offers different packages. Prices start from only £75.00 for a 45 minute shoot in colour or £95.00 for up to an hour and a half including a selection of images in black and white.

t: 01691679928, m: 07813812511, e: gill@gills‐images.com

THINGS TO DO IN THE AREA

BICYCLE HIRE

The Shropshire Hills Mountain Bike and Outdoor Pursuit Centre has a selection of bikes for hire from as little as £25/half day. Why not try an electric bike - perfect in the hills for a more relaxed ascent!  They are a few miles out of Church Stretton in Marshbrook. Postcode: SY6 6QE.

t: 01694781515, e:info@outdoor-shropshire.co.uk, w:click here

OS MAPS

Download the ‘OS Maps’ app and take their free 7-day trial of the 1:25,000 map and search on Routes for lots of local walking and cycling recommendations. Also see the Eat & Drink section which has links to walks directly from Clearviews several local pubs/restaurants.

WALKING GUIDE ON THE SHROPSHIRE HILLS

If you would like a personal walking guide to take you out on the Shropshire Hills you will get more than just someone to show you the way. Having a guide gives you local knowledge about history, wildlife and more. Please let me know if you would like to speak with a walking guide and I can give you their number or join you to our Facebook Group where you can discuss your requirements.

Donations from £30 for half day to £50 for full day for volunteer guide. From £100 per day for a fully qualified trained guide.

NORDIC WALKING IN THE SHROPSHIRE HILLS

Our good friend Beverly is a fully trained Nordic Walking instructor and can take you out for one session or can put together a package for your stay.

Contact: Beverley Turner

m: 07980266964, e:beverleyaturner@hotmail.co.uk, w:click here

SHROPSHIRE HILLS SHUTTLE BUS

Step aboard the Long Mynd & Stiperstones Shuttle Bus and enjoy easy access into the hills for walking, sightseeing, pub lunches, picnics and more. Running every weekend from May-October a day ticket is just £7 and you can hop on and off as you wish! Here’s the route map:

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ANTIQUES MARKET

The Church Stretton Antiques Market has four floors and is a treasure-trove of antiques from over fifty dealers together with it’s own coffee shop. It’s well worth a few hours, particularly if the weather isn’t so great.

GOLF

There are over 15 golf courses within a 45 minute drive but Church Stretton Golf Club is one of the highest (and most scenic) in England so even if you golf is not that good it’s worth a round for the views! Please enquire as we can get you preferential prices for a round of golf at just £15 mid-week and £20 weekend.

t: 01694722281

TANDEM JUMP OR PARAGLIDING COURSES ON THE LONG MYND

Beyond Extreme Paragliding on the Long Mynd is less than a mile away.

Tandem Jump - Experience the thrill of a big flight off a mountain with an instructor! No prior experience or training is needed apart from a short pre-flight briefing, and once in the air your pilot can offer you the chance to take the controls of the glider and try flying it for yourself. It’s the closest thing to flying like a bird all for just £99.99. Paragliding - This is a one day introduction to paragliding for just £165, giving you a flavour of what paragliding is all about!

t: 01450476213, m: 07703979149, e: mark@beyondextreme.co.uk

CHURCH STRETTON LEISURE CENTRE

Just a 10-15 minute walk from Woodland Stays (walk to top of the town and turn right along Shrewsbury Road, just after the primary school turn right after approx. half a mile). Facilities include:

  • 20m Swimming Pool (children over 8 who can swim can swim without an adult)
  • 22 station Fitness Suite with Air Conditioning
  • 4 Badminton Court Sports Hall
  • Dance Studio
  • Meeting Room
  • Tennis Courts

Non-members can use all of the above and join exercise classes. Why not call and get a personal trainer to put you through your paces?

t: 01694 720051, www.teme-leisure.co.uk/church-stretton

THE EDGE ADVENTURE

For the more adventure, enjoy a huge range of activities including Segway, Adult and Junior Quad Biking / Trekking, Mountain Boarding, Grass Boarding, Sniper shooting, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, high ropes, Zip wire and Team Building Activities. The Edge Adventure Activities Centre is a leading activity centre near Much Wenlock just 13 miles from Woodland Stays. EARLY BOOKING ESSENTIAL as they get very busy.

t: 01952727491 / 07967565266, e: info@theedgeadventure.co.uk


THINGS TO DO WITH CHILDREN

WITHIN 2 MILES - MOSTLY WALKING DISTANCE

PLAY PARKS

There is small play area in All Stretton just a few mins walk - I have not been to look yet but think it is left out of Clearviews, then right onto Starr Lane then left after crossing the stream. See if you can find it an let me know!

5+ CHILDREN PLAY PARK

Turn right out of Clearviews, walk past the school and leisure centre on your left. Take next left onto Churchill Road and you will find the park on the right.

Under 5 and 5+ PLAY PARK

Keep walking along Churchill Road around the corner and then spot the pedestrian walkway on the left (see Google Maps link). Cross the railway line walk into the field and you will see the park ahead of you to the right (it’s adjacent to the A49.) Great park for really young kids and older one. There is pitch and put here too if you can find the groundsman to let you in!

MINERAL WATER

When the factory is open you can walk to the Princes Stretton Mineral Water Factory and fill your water bottles up with free mineral water out of the tap outside the factory! Turn right out of Clearviews and walk approx 0.25miles - the tap is on the same side of the road.

SWIMMING

There is a small swimming pool in Church Stretton which run family sessions most mornings and afternoons in the pool where there are floats and balls and fun things to play with in the pool. Children who can swim and are over 8 can swim without an adult present. Turn right out of Clearviews and walk approx 0.25 miles - the Leisure Centre is on the left just past the Secondary School and before the Primary School.

CARDINGMILL VALLEY (National Trust)

What is there not to love about Carding Mill Valley. See the website for their top 10 suggestions of things to do including pond dipping, grass sledging, paddling in the stream and more. Turn right out of Clearviews and walk approx 0.5 miles and turn right just past the school to the National Trust car park. Parking is free for members and a small fee for non-members.

GOGBATCH VALLEY

Arguably more beautiful than Carding Mill Valley (and certainly quieter) you can walk or drive here for a picnic and a paddle in the stream or take a short walk. Parking is free to everyone BUT it does not benefit from toilets or a shop. Turn left out of Clearviews, go all the through All Stretton then turn right signposted INWOOD - see Google Maps here. Its 1.5 miles.

WOODEN SCULPTURE WALK

The Sculpture Park walk up by the Long Mynd Hotel in Church Stretton - lots of wooden animals carved into the tree stumps along the walk. Turn right out of Clearviews, drive through Church Stretton over the mini roundabout (Co-op to left). Take your first right up Cunnery Road and park at the Long Mynd Hotel OR take a walk up through Rectory Woods to the Park.

A SHORT DRIVE

WORKING FARM (Acton Scott)

Historic Working Farm offers a fascinating insight into rural life at the turn of the 19th century, as farm life unfolds daily and the land around is worked by heavy horses. There are daily demonstrations of period skills and visits from the Wheelwright, Farrier and Blacksmith, providing a picture of life as it might have been on a Victorian country estate. It is quite expensive for what it is. Turn right out of Clearviews. Take third left through the town to A49. Turn right onto A49. Two adults and upto three children £25.

DISCOVERY CENTRE (Craven Arms)

Turn right out of Clearviews. Take third left through the town to A49. Turn right onto A49. You will reach Craven Arms. Keep going through the town and as you leave the town you will see the Discovery Centre on the left. Lots of pram friendly walks and things to see for the kids. Often run courses. Nice cafe for snacks and lunch. FISH & CHIPS in Craven Arms are great.

PLAY BARN (Craven Arms)

Mickey Millars in Craven Arms where ADULTS can go on too and there is a scary drop slide that you can dare the lads to go down. They do charge for adults as well as children (£4.50 I think) and you need to check they are open. You can also take the babies down the big wavy slide on your knee which is a great experience for them!

STOKESAY CASTLE (Craven Arms)

Step into the finest and best-preserved fortified medieval manor house in England. Discover the great hall, unchanged for over 700 years. Spot characters carved in the timbers of the 17th-century gatehouse and climb to the top of a fairy-tale tower for breathtaking views of the Shropshire Hills. Family of two adults and three children approx £20.

SOFT PLAY (Ludlow)

Monkey Mania in Ludlow.

Little farm at Tuffins in Churchstoke (approx 25 mins drive) and after you can go to the Vineyard http://www.kerryvalevineyard.co.uk/ and after than a few miles further on is Dairy Dreams http://www.dairydreams.co.uk/ - apparently the ice-cream is LUSH!

FURTHER AFIELD

IRONBRIDGE

World heritage Site and great destination for a day out approximately 35 minute drive. Explore 10 award-winning attractions. Annual Passport Tickets are the best value. You can buy them on the gate at any of the museums or online to save time and money! Approx £65 for a family.

Stop off at Much Wenlock on the way home - the butcher is great there (always a queue)...they do very reasonably priced cottage pies/lasagne and HUGE quiches to feed the whole house.

NATIONAL TRUST

Attingham Park (National Trust) in Atcham, Nr Shrewsbury is very kiddy orientated - lovely play park for them to run around. Other National Trust places in all directions. Look online.

HAUGHMOND HILL

Near Shrewsbury, this has a great walk around the forest and you can download a gruffalo app and go gruffalo hunting!

BRITISH IRON WORKS CENTRE

There is an iron museum on the A5 towards Oswestry which a few people said is very good.

PARK HALL FARM

Again near Oswestry. http://www.parkhallfarm.co.uk/

OWL CENTRE

Apparently very very good for kids http://www.owlcentre.com/ Had quite a few people saying that this was great place to go!

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