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Shrewsbury Castle being reinvented as outdoor activity space

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Shrewsbury’s historic castle has been transformed – with local businesses topping the bill.

Pizzas, craft beers, cocktails and a chilled-out vibe are on offer in the castle grounds, after popular bar Oil secured a series of weekend takeovers.

The bar is opening at the site for five consecutive weekends – and it is hoped more businesses will be able to make use of the space throughout the summer.

Picture taken by Birgitta Zoutman

Shropshire Council is allowing Shrewsbury Castle grounds to be the perfect setting for safe gatherings as restrictions from the third Lockdown are eased – meaning tasty snacks, delicious drinks and good tunes are available to more people – safely.

In great news for the county’s economy, arrangements have been made to ensure the space at the castle is available for the whole summer and can be used by a range of businesses or for other activities, so get in touch if you think Shrewsbury Castle can boost your firm.

The initial events, Oil to the Fort, will be held every weekend until Saturday 15 May 2021 – so make sure you visit here to book sooner than later.

It is open on Fridays from 5pm to 11pm, and on Saturdays from 12pm midday to 11pm.

Hayley Owen, Shropshire Council’s growth programme manager, said:

“Oil to the Fort has managed to bring outdoor hospitality to the most stunning setting, and if the first two weekends are anything to go by then this will be seriously popular.

“It is great to see a Shropshire business adapting and bringing a fabulous vibe to the town as we aim to bounce back as soon and as successfully as possible.

“This really is one not to miss.”

Picture taken by Birgitta Zoutman

Seb Slater, executive director of Shrewsbury BID, said:

“We are really pleased that Shropshire Council has enabled the castle grounds to be used in this way as part of the town’s recovery.

“The castle is a wonderful heritage asset for the town where people can enjoy spending time with family and friends safely, and we look forward to more local businesses making use of the space throughout the summer and beyond.”

All pictures taken by Birgitta Zoutman. You can check her out @birgittazoutmanphotography on Instagram or  at www.birgittazoutmanphoto.com