Warden’s Blog

  • Swap TVs and Tablets for Tree Views and Den Building this Half Term

    By on May 15, 2019

    Children (and adults!) are invited to enjoy the great outdoors this May Half Term at Hawkstone Park Follies. The Follies, just north of Shrewsbury is a Grade I, 100 acre historical landscape that captures the imagination of both young and old. Full of stunning views, monuments, towers, bridges, gullies and clifftops, this magical hidden gem also includes an interactive Enchanted Trail, illustrated by local artist Emma Lawrence. Children completing the trail get a certificate at the end of their journey – if they have successfully crept past the dragon and avoided the trolls on route!
    During May Half Term, The Follies aptly named Wilderness Week will include additional opportunities for den building, bug hunting, outdoor crafts and wildlife spotting, all included in standard admission.
    As well as a week full of added value activities the British Ornothological Society will be in carrying out bird ringing demonstrations in the Grand Valley on Monday 17th May as part of an ongoing bird study, plus local Wild Craftist Ben will be onsite on Tuesday 28th May offering sessions where children can paint their own log animals. These drop in craft sessions will be in the Glasshouse Classroom and will be available for visitors and non-visitors alike with no admission to The Follies required.
    Park Manager, Caroline Talbot said: “Our Wilderness Week gives an opportunity to try out hands on activities as well as encouraging visitors to observe the beautiful wildlife all around them. The Follies is a truly magical place and it is wonderful to see children and adults so enthusiastic about exploring the great outdoors. If just one of two people come away with a new appreciation of the natural world, we have done our job. Fingers crossed it will be many more!”
    This year’s Wilderness Week will be running daily from 25th May to the 2nd June, with all activities, excluding log animals, included in standard admission price of £5.75/child, £8.25/adult and 3yrs and under free of charge.
    The Follies is open daily until 3rd November 2019. Gates open at 10am, last admission at 3pm, gates close at 5pm. For full information of events and visits see www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk.

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    By on May 15, 2019


    The undead have risen and have been spotted at Hawkstone Park Follies near Shrewsbury as well as appearing recently on BBC Shropshire Radio. Thankfully we are not on the verge of a zombie apocalypse, just a few practice zombies getting ready for the Annual West Midlands Horror Zombie Escape Race on the 18th May.

    With more jumps and scares than ever before, participants will have to survive the 5km route of forests, caves and ravines throughout Hawkstone Park Follies, with only 3 chances to stay alive.

    Participants are given 3 flags for their belts on arriving at base camp with the goal of protecting these flags throughout the course. Each flag represents a life which could be taken from them by the many zombies throughout the Park. Even if they lose all three lives, they can still finish the course as a runner, although they will have joined the team of the undead. A number of Safe Zones and water stations are located around the course as well as medics giving out extra lives.

    New for 2019 – The zombies have ventured further into the Caves for 2019, and as well as the much loved life eating zombies, there will be a number of scare actors on the course who’s soul jobs is to make people.

    Park Manager, Caroline Talbot said: “We are thrilled to be hosting the West Midland Horror Zombie Escape Race again this year, run by Bodytech Gym. This popular event is a great way to get people active and outdoors as the adrenaline from being chased by Zombies definitely helps get the feet moving around the 5km course. Although I am happy to say on this occasion I will personally be staying behind the start line away from the zombies.”

    This year’s run is taking place after the main Park closes so daily guests are able to visit The Follies without fear of coming across a Zombie on route.

    To purchase tickets, potential zombie fodder are encouraged to contact Bodytech Gym whilst spaces are still available. Bodytech Gym Shrewsbury: 01743 236165 www.bodytechhealthclubs.co.uk

    For standard Park visits, The Follies is open daily until 3rd November 2019. Gates open at 10am, last admission at 3pm, gates close at 5pm. For full information of events and visits see www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk.

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  • Essential Maintenance Mon 13th-Thurs 16th May

    By on May 12, 2019


    Due to essential maintenance work, a small section of path and steps will be closed this week Mon 13th – Thurs 16th May by The Urn. During these works, a transport service will be provided to take visitors from the Visitor Centre to the Monument/White Tower., or alternatively longer routes will be available. All routes thereafter will be open as normal.

    Please bear with us if there is a short wait for your lift. As soon as the path is reopened, access will be as normal via the Grand Valley.

    If you are planning on visiting with a large group please let us know in advance so we can keep delays to a minimum.

    Thank you for your patience.

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  • Special Spring School Offer

    By on May 7, 2019

    Hawkstone Park Follies is the perfect outdoor visit venue for schools and groups.

    We offer guided walks and curriculum linked classroom talks linked to the topic of your choice as well as self-guided tours of the Park.

    If you book your school trip for 2019 or 2020 in with us before 31st May 2019 your class will get a FREE guided walk or classroom talk of your choice.

    Guided walks are suitable for up to 20 pupils and classroom talks for up to 35. For larger groups additional talks and walks can be booked at our standard rates.

    Call us now on 01948 841777 or email follies@hawkstone.co.uk to find out more.

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  • Now open daily 10am-5pm

    By on February 15, 2019

    After a busy winter we are pleased to now be open again 10am-5pm (last admission 3pm) every day until November 3rd 2019.

    With beautiful Spring weather we have a new look Glass House Tearoom, a range of exciting new items in our Orangery Gift Shop and our ever popular Enchanted Trail is now included in standard child admission. So come along this Spring and have an outdoor adventure with us!

    Don’t forget to follow us on facebook, twitter or instagram for the latest events and offers.

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  • Happy New Year!

    By on January 7, 2019

    It was a pleasure for us to see so many visitors to our popular Santa Safari throughout December, and are already making plans for 2019. If you would like to be one of the first to know about ticket sales later in the year, let us know by emailing caroline.talbot@hawkstone.co.uk and we will add you to our email database for news and offers.

    Now we are into the New Year and our staff have had a well deserved rest, the team are back and working hard to clear, tidy, repair and improve the Park’s network of caves, gullies and walk ways. During this time we are closed to the public, but we look forward to welcoming guests again from 16th February onwards.

    During February Half Term (16th-24th February) we will have some extra special offers available for our Friends of the Follies Week, to say thank you to our old and new customers alike.

    We look forward to seeing some of you soon!

    Hawkstone Park
  • Farewell for 2018

    By on November 4, 2018

    A huge thank you to all our guests old and new that have visited this year.

    We are now closed for the winter season busily preparing for Santa Safari. Tickets are selling fast so get yours now!

    The Follies will reopen on Saturday 16th February 2019.

    To keep up to date with our projects, upcoming events and activities follow us on social media: 

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  • Halloween Fun for everyone…

    By on October 28, 2018

    A fantastic first weekend for our Halloween event ‘Hawkstone Trails and Terrible Tales’. Thank you to everyone who has visited us so far including the scary ghost, zombie bride and ladybird, not to mention the pumpkin puppy!

    We are open daily from 10am-5pm until Sunday 4th November, so come along and join in some Autumnal fun.

    Have you followed the trail already? If so, share your pictures on social media for us to see 🙂


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  • Only 2 days to go…

    By on October 25, 2018

    Eek! Only 2 days until our Hawkstone Trails & Terrible Tales – October Half Term!! 

    Hawkstone Trails and Terrible Tales is the perfect family halloween day out – running daily from 27th October to 4th November 2018. Venture through the follies, follow the trail and meet the characters along your journey. Once you reach the end enjoy a story in the caves with our professional storyteller who will make your magical journey come to life!

    Come to the Hawkstone Park Follies, Shropshire this half term and experience some amazing family time with a halloween edge!

    All activities included in standard admission price.

    Book your tickets now or purchase on the door.

    £8.25/adult     £5.75/child    Family tickets available


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  • The sun is shining down on Caspian’s Cafe

    By on April 24, 2018

    Make the most of these beautiful sunny days whilst enjoying lunch in our refurbished Caspian’s Café

    Sit back, relax & take in the beautiful surroundings

    We have a range of dishes available, made freshly to order

    Open 10am – 5pm daily until the end of season

    Open to all to enjoy

    We look forward to welcoming you

    Hawkstone Park