It’s November… and it’s an exciting time to be in Oswestry – whether you are visiting for a day or longer, the borderlands make a great place for a relaxing staycation. As our beautiful surrounding countryside changes colours for autumn, our local markets and shops show off freshly harvested local produce and hand crafted goods – ideal for unique gifts. Outdoorsy types will love the many walking routes and trails that lead to beautiful views of our unique borderland landscape – make it as relaxing or as exhilarating as you’d like!
Are you ready to visit Oswestry? This is what you could be experiencing this week…
We have plenty of fantastic seasonal events taking place throughout the year, and November is no exception! From craft fairs, literary evenings, and afternoon tea on a canal barge we have something for everyone!
- Get a head start on your Christmas shopping – Oswestry has so many artists and craftspeople it is the ideal place to come and pick up unique handmade gifts. Visit The Willow Gallery for their latest exhibition of Winter Arts and Crafts and Cheshire Artists. Qube have their annual Festive Arts and Crafts Exhibition on too – why not visit both to discover incredible handmade items by local artists?
- Want to try your luck hunting for a priceless antique? The Antiques and Collectors Fair at Oswestry Showground this weekend is the place to go – and you might even find the perfect Christmas present whilst there.
- We have a mini Literary Festival this week in Oswestry with 3 fantastic author events with Booka! On Monday experience a dark comedy with Sarah Moss talking about her novel The Fell. On Tuesday enjoy an evening with rugby star James Haskell who will be sharing funny anecdotes and moving moments from his career. Finish off on Thursday with an evening with presenter, farmer, and nature lover Kate Humble who will be discussing her new book.
- Enjoy a cosy cruise along the Llangollen Canal and over Pontcysyllte with some scrumptious afternoon tea this Sunday with Llangollen Wharf.
Our historic town centre and surrounding beautiful countryside make the perfect place for an autumn day out or holiday. Whether you are looking to discover your next outdoor adventure, or stay cosy in a pub or cafe, we have you covered here in Oswestry.
- Our quirky cafes are the place to be for a warming drink and tasty cake. Get cosy in the charming historic interior of The Old School House, enjoy your first hot chocolate of the season at Fat Rabbit, and relax in the cafe at our award winning bookshop Booka.
- Our traditional pubs are waiting to greet you – try the incredible selection of craft ales available at The Bailey Head, enjoy a freshly cooked meal at The Griffin Inn, and watch some sport at The King’s Head.
- Looking for the best places to see the autumnal colours from? We have plenty of stunning viewpoints to see the changing landscape from. Visit Old Oswestry Racecourse to follow historic Offa’s Dyke Path or discover the beautiful racecourse woods. Climb up the Cliffe at Nescliffe for a stellar view, and to find the caves where a highwayman was reputed to live. If you’re looking for beautiful waterside walks than look no further than Ellesmere and Lake Vyrnwy, which look beautiful year round.
- There is plenty of fun for the whole family in Oswestry and the Borderlands this autumn – explore our magnificent castles Whittington Castle and Chirk Castle, head down to Park Hall Countryside Experience to meet the whole farm, and book an escape room or laser tag session at Black Hawk Laser Games for a one of a kind family experience you won’t forget!
Whether you stay in our eclectic and charming town centre, or in the peaceful countryside, we have the perfect accommodation choices for you. Imagine waking up to incredible views across the borderland countryside, or to our buzzing town centre on a market day?
There is still plenty of time to book for a relaxing autumn staycation, so we hope we’ll see you soon!