THREE weeks of arts came to an end with a finale to the Fringe Festival.

People in the town enjoyed two for the price of one as the final day of the Fringe coincided with the Ludlow Green Festival.

As an added bonus for residents and visitors there was also the start of the flower festival in St Laurence Church making it one of the biggest weekends of the year for the town.

The Green Festival is an annual event that gives residents the chance to see how they can do their bit for the environment whilst at the same time having fun.

Ludlow arts Fringe has been one of the biggest and most ambitious since it took over from the old style Festival a decade ago.

This was the tenth Fringe Festival and it bounced back in style after two years of Covid-19 restrictions.

The biggest innovation this time was the return after 15 years of the Ludlow Carnival as people took to the streets to mark the start of the event.

It was an eco-themed carnival with people making their way on cycle or foot from Ludlow Brewery to Castle Square.

The theme of the Festival was Arts for All and this was reflected in the ticket pricing with some events free and others priced between £5 and £20.

One of the features was the return of Shakespeare at the Castle with a performance of The Tragedy of Macbeth performed in the Inner Bailey of Ludlow Castle, the first time there has been a performance there for several years.

The Green Festival was the 23rd. Originally taking place on the August Bank Holiday weekend, it was moved to July several years ago, because of the number of people out of town taking a late summer break.

It is very much a family day, involving lots of interactive activities for children, such as making bug hotels and bird boxes, getting involved in art workshops, taking part in quizzes, and going on exciting bush craft walks.

Ludlow 21, the organiser’s, promised that most of the area’s environmental groups would be present, either running stalls, leading workshops or giving talks, and there were lots of opportunities to find out how people can do their bit to rise to the challenge of climate change.

The next big weekend for Ludlow will be the September Food Festival.