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A new £3 million park for touring caravans and motorhomes in Ludlow is expecting an influx of visitors during the town’s drama, film and music festival, which opens tomorrow (Saturday) and runs until July 8.
Ludlow Touring Park, which occupies a 20-acre site alongside the River Teme on the edge of the famous Shropshire market town, has seen bookings increase in the run up to Ludlow Festival - http://www.ludlowfestival.co.uk - which is packed with a host of star names.
The festival’s unmissable theatre includes director Charlie Walker-Wise's bespoke production of Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing in Ludlow Castle and BAFTA award-winning actress Miriam Margolyes celebrating the bi-centenary of Charles Dickens in her one woman show Dickens' Women.
Ludlow’s first ever film programme celebrates British film icons including Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean and Powell and Pressburger, with screenings and illustrated talks from authors and broadcasters Matthew Sweet and Mavis Nicholson.
The varied music programme includes the acclaimed Orchestra of the Swan, The Glenn Miller Orchestra, rising jazz star Liam Dunachie, folk singer Niamh Parsons and the hits of ABBA with Björn Again.
In addition, Ludlow Festival’s official Fringe programme, Extra, aims to offer a range of arts, entertainments and events to complement the main festival and keep the whole town buzzing throughout the fortnight.
Ludlow Touring Park, which was opened by May 9 by owners Morris Leisure of Shrewsbury, has revealed booking are pouring in for Ludlow Food Festival from September 7-9, with only limited space available over that weekend.
Karen Price, manager of the 135-pitch park, which has been developed to five star standards, said she was delighted with bookings to date, revealing that the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee weekend and school half term week had been particularly busy.
“The fact that it’s a new park is attracting a lot of caravanners and we are also welcoming many existing customers of Morris Leisure who have stayed at the company’s three other touring parks,” said Mrs Price, who manages the park with her husband, David.