Shropshire’s top attractions give special access for new online show

Some of Shropshire’s best loved tourist attractions, including Attingham Park and Shrewsbury Castle, have come together to offer their support to the Shropshire Virtual Show on 22 August.

Eighteen popular attractions from across the county are inviting people behind-the-scenes to see their inner workings as part of an exciting line up for the show, which also includes music, comedy, stunt displays, gymnastics on horseback and cooking.   

The fundraising event is a celebration of the very best of Shropshire – bringing people together to help local good causes and have fun, plus support local trade and crafts people, local talent and, of course, local attractions.  

Proceeds from the show will be shared between five charities: The Cavalier Centre, League of Friends to RJAH, The Movement Centre, Dog A.I.D. and Shropshire Rural Communities Charity.

Most of Shropshire’s tourist destinations have been closed for months this year, and as they gradually start to reopen the ‘Through the Keyhole’ arena, which has been sponsored by Henshalls – one of Shropshire’s leading insurance brokers, offers a reminder of the rich cultural, architectural and natural landscape in this county.

The Nason family, from Pitchford Hall, Shrewsbury, have given a unique glimpse behind the scenes of their incredible home. Seven-year-old Edward Nason leads the guided tour of this heritage gem, with features such as their seventeenth century treehouse and a delightful description of his own ghostly encounter.

James Nason, who is looking forward to welcoming back guests to Pitchford’s holiday cottages and the hall itself, is excited too about their newly restored events space in the Orangery. He is “delighted to participate in and support the Shropshire Virtual Show, and what a wonderful opportunity it presents to showcase the very best of Shropshire, whilst also supporting some wonderful charities.”

Other highlights from ‘Through the Keyhole’ include the Soldiers of Shropshire museum in Shrewsbury Castle sharing 300 years of evolution of the British Army, Caroline Magnus at Stokesay Court showing where Keira Knightly leapt into the fountain in the film Atonement, and the property manager at  Broseley’s Benthall Hall sharing the secrets of its hidden priest hole.  

Selina Graham, of the Shropshire Virtual Show committee, said: “It is heart-warming that despite the hardship of the past few months, there is so much positivity around Shropshire’s tourist attractions.  With people venturing less far afield in the coming months and years, hopefully they will spend more time discovering and rediscovering the wonders on our doorstep.”

Dave Williams, Director at Henshalls, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the new Shropshire Virtual Show and the local charities that will benefit from the money being raised. ‘Through the Keyhole’ is a fantastic way of connecting much-loved attractions with the people who are currently unable to visit them, and we are very excited to see what special surprises and sneak peeks will be revealed on 22 August!”

‘Through the Keyhole’ is one of eight ‘arenas’ hosting over 70 other performances, films and workshops, between 10am and 9pm.

Other show experiences include cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs Marcus Bean, ‘Shropshire Lad’ Adam Purnell and MasterChef winner Saliha Mahmood-Ahmed, plus a magical tale about a dream that comes to life from equestrian theatre team Theatrick and an action-packed display from Upper Cut Fight Stunt Show.

For more information on the Shropshire Virtual Show, visit www.shropshirevirtualshow.com and follow @shropshirevirtualshow on Facebook and Instagram.

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