Ben Bentley continues his month-long campaign to highlight the area’s top visitor attractions. Today it’s the turn of The Wrekin.
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Where is it? One mile off the A49, south of Church Stretton – Acton Scott, SY6 6QN.
What is it? The perfect outing in the Shropshire Hills where a day on a Victorian farm comes to life. Visitors can see traditional breeds of pigs, sheep, horses and poultry and meet the people who look after them.
Skilled craftsmen and women demonstrate traditional rural skills and encourage visitors to have a go too.
How much is it? £7 adults, £6.50 seniors, £4.50 children. Under 5s free. Family tickets £22.50.
What is there to do? It’s a different world at Acton Scott. Turn off your mobile phone and experience its timeless appeal and village character – and in so doing help preserve the farm for future generations.
Acton Scott has long provided the opportunity to become familiar with the country life of yesteryear. Its Historic Working Farm is a time-travelling attraction with daily activities and special events. You will see traditional 19th century farm life unfold, while the land around is worked by heavy horses.
Explore the farm, soak up the atmosphere and see different traditional skills demonstrated each day. On Tuesdays the blacksmith is at his forge, on Wednesdays and Fridays the wheelwright will be on the farm repairing the farm wagons, and on Thursdays the farrier is shoeing horses.
Throughout August buttermaking takes place in the dairy at weekends. Families get to follow a free activity trail and there’s a new children’s play area for the little ones to let off a bit of steam.
Take advantage of the shop and cafe, or bring your own lunch and use the covered picnic area. While away the afternoon with way-marked walks out in the surrounding countryside. The museum can be visited using the Shropshire Hills Shuttle Bus (www.shropshirehillsshuttles.co.uk)
Interesting fact: BBC2s Victorian Farm was filmed here.
Opening times: Tues-Fri 10am to 4.30pm. (Closed Mondays except bank holidays) Sat, Sun and Bank Hol 10.30am to 5pm
Verdict: A gem for a real taste of rural life gone by, not to be missed.
Information: Visit www.actonscottmuseum.com or contact 01694 781307. Unlike the Victorians, they are on Facebook and Twitter!