We're very lucky to be in a part of the country where there is always a festival or an exhibition either happening or just around the corner and there are plenty of local events to enjoy. Here's what's going on in the area in the coming months:

Saturday 27th January - CHAPEL LAWN FLICKS IN THE STICKS : VICTORIA & ABDUL - Chapel Lawn Village Hall, 19:30 start. Adults £4.50, Children £3.50, drinks and snacks available to buy.

Wednesday 21st to Sunday 25th February - BISHOP’S CASTLE ARTS FESTIVAL - Bishop’s Castle’s arts festival with music, literature and art, workshops, talks and exhibitions.at venues throughout the town. (01588) 630200.

Saturday 24th February - CHAPEL LAWN FLICKS IN THE STICKS : BLADE RUNNER - Chapel Lawn Village Hall, 19:30 start. Adults £4.50, Children £3.50, drinks and snacks available to buy.

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th March - SHROPSHIRE WAY 80K - A brand new mass participation challenge walk taking in some of the finest parts of the Shropshire hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Spaces must be booked on 01588 676060. http://www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk/page/102/shropshire-way-80k.htm.

Sunday 6th & Monday 7th May - CLUN GREEN MAN FESTIVAL - The Green Man and Frosty the Snow Queen battle over the coming of spring to Clun. With market stalls and entertainment in the Square and on the Castle Grounds. www.clungreenman.org.uk

Friday 11th & Saturday 12th May - BISHOP'S CASTLE MAY FAIR - All the fun of the fair as the travelling funfair comes to town.

Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th May - LUDLOW SPRING FESTIVAL - Beer, Bangers, Bread & Classic Cars. Like a Beer Festival but Better! http://www.ludlowspringfestival.co.uk/

Wednesday 16th to Saturday 20th May - BISHOP'S CASTLE WALKING FESTIVAL - A walker’s paradise, local footpaths lead over open hilltops, through winding valleys, tiny hamlets, country lanes and sometimes the remains of ancient hill forts. www.walkingfestival.co.uk.

Friday 8th & Saturday 9th June - WALCOT HALL OPERA - The annual opera performed by Opera a la Carte returns to the Ballroom for the 14th year running with a captivating performance of Rigoletto. (01588) 680570 www.walcothall.com

Thursday 21st to Sunday 24th June - CHURCH STRETTON WALKING FESTIVAL. Guided walks in the heart of the Shropshire Hills, led by local walks leaders. Includes the Mynd Drover Challenge Walk, a 26 mile sponsored walk on 24th June. http://www.churchstrettonwalkingfestival.co.uk/.

Friday 6th & Saturday 7th July - BISHOP'S CASTLE REAL ALE TRAIL - Based in and around the town’s six historic pubs and two real ale breweries. A huge variety of beers and ciders from Shropshire and the surrounding borders are represented as well as a great selection from the rest of the UK. Live music across the town on both the Friday and Saturday.

Sunday 12th August - LUDLOW MAGNALONGA - The Magnalonga is a food and drink walk of between 8 - 10 miles, starting at the Ludlow Food Centre. A journey where you combine a walk through unspoilt countryside with some of the best food and drink from Ludlow and the Welsh Marches. http://www.magnalonga.co.uk/

Friday 7th to Sunday 9th September - LUDLOW FOOD FESTIVAL - Painting the perfect picture... for lovers of quality food. http://www.ludlowfoodfestival.co.uk/