Hosted by The Shropshire Bedlams and Martha Rhoden’s Tuppenny Dish
Bishop's Castle, Shropshire
Saturday 30th September 2023

Bishop's Castle is a small market town nestling in the South Shropshire Hills (a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

Despite its small size, it supports the country's oldest working brewery and five pubs as well as a secondary school (where the ceilidh will take place). Maps of the town will be available so you can find your way around.

The town is proud of its dancers and you'll find them featured on a mirror in the top bar at the Three Tuns, on the etchings around the Town Hall and as a display in the Museum.

Friday Evening

For those who are making a weekend of it and arriving on the Friday, there will be a Come-All-Ye music and song session in the Top Room of the Three Tuns. SB & MRTD have had a long association with this pub and practice there.

Saturday Daytime

The tours on the Day of Dance will be split into two. Half the sides will remain in Bishop's Castle to sample the delights of the town and its hostelries, whilst the others will travel by coach to the comparative metropolis of Ludlow (dubbed by Sir John Betjeman as "probably the loveliest town in England").

All sides will have the opportunity to dance with a number of others at both venues before returning to the School in time for tea and cakes and the AGM.

Daytime tickets will be £10 per person.

Saturday Evening

Following the AGM, there will be a ceilidh with Kirkophany (John Kirkpatrick calling) and, for those who don’t want to dance the night away, a pop up folk club.

The venues are easily walkable from one to another, so you can wander between the two if you wish.

Evening tickets will cost £10 per person.

Sunday Morning

You will notice that the town sits on a hill! Every year at Midsummer SB & MRTD and their guests dance up the hill from the Church to the Three Tuns (no walking, no stopping).

We will be doing this again on the Sunday morning (11am), accompanied by the Mayor and welcome any teams still standing to join us processing up the hill and dancing at the Tuns 'til we get fed up!


As mentioned Bishop's Castle is a relatively small town and although there are a number of places to get food in town, it is proposed there will also be some catering vans at the school.


With the exception of some limited indoor camping, we're unable to provide accommodation. Those who wish to camp will need to book into one of the commercial campsites in the area.

We would urge you to book accommodation at your earliest opportunity as the town attracts a lot of tourists.

Details of the Indoor Camping option, local Campsites, Holiday Lets and B&B’s are available here.

Book Now!

Booking for the Day of Dance and the evening ceilidh/folk club is now open. Please complete this form as soon as possible, and at the latest by July 31st.

We hope we'll be able to fit everybody in who wants to come, but in the event that we have to limit numbers, priority will be given to those who booked early.

Contact Us

If you need any further information, please email fedagm@sbmrtd.org.uk.