Things to do

Craven Arms

Craven Arms is a delightful South Shropshire town just 10 minutes from our base at Oak Heath, perfectly located for exploring Shropshire and Mid Wales.

As expected in country towns it is full of quaint cafes, country pubs and quirky little shops for visitors to explore.


Shewsbury is the main county town in Shropshire, and whilst a 50-minute drive from Oak Heath it is well worth a visit if you have the time.

With the castle overlooking the bustling town, the abbey and a wealth of shops (independents and national) there is plenty to explore during the day.

If you are in town for the evening, why not plan a trip to Theatre Severn overlooking the river, and sample some of the dining and drinking delights from the local bars and restaurants.


A scenic 20-minute drive from our base, Ludlow is one of larger towns in South Shropshire with a bustling high-street full of independent shops and a enviable selection of food producers, cafes and restaurants including Michelin star winners.

With a busy social calendar, focusing around the historic castle, town square (holding weekly markets) and racecourse, you will always be entertained in Ludlow.


A 15-minute drive from Oak Heath, Clun is the nearest town to our site with local amenities including pubs, takeaways and super market.

Home to the Clun Green Man Festival, this little town provides plenty of entertainment in the evenings if you want to relax after a day in the workshop.

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

An award winning attraction, the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is a great day out for all ages where you can roam through their 30 acre meadow, take a virtual balloon ride or even meet their mammoth – part of Shropshire’s Iron Age history.

Just down the road from Craven Arms, if you happen to spend the day in the area, this is a must visit location for the beautiful scenery alone, but also for the rather unique building itself with a grass roof.

Hopton Castle

Hopton Castle, a picturesque location based near Craven Arms, was once the place of notorious battle in the English Civil War, making it the ruin it is today.

Restored through Lottery funds and local supporters, the castle ruins and the surrounding areas have been opened to visitors who can visit this impressive historical site, as well as taking in some of the stunning views in this Area of Natural Beauty (AONB).

Long Mynd

If you are looking to fit in some walking experiences around your course, then the Long Mynd and the Stiperstones are a must see with their distinct landscapes and wealth of wildlife in the area.

If you want to make a little more of your visit to the Long Mynd, drop in to the Bog Visitor Centre, Snailbeach Mine and make sure you visit some of the many country pubs across the county with their excellent local hospitality.