What a great start it has been for 2017 here at The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. Now run by the charity, Grow Cook Learn, Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre relies on grant funding as well as income from visitors and the help of volunteers to keep the centre and adjoining meadows open for all to enjoy. Visitors to the centre are up by 8% compared to last year, which is fantastic and we also have some very exciting news to share with you all.

The centre’s application for LEADER funding to refresh the exhibition has been successful. The LEADER Programme, is a funding stream introduced at the start of 2016, which will bring a €2.54 million investment into Southern Shropshire, with the overall purpose of improving the economic wellbeing of the area through sustainable development, drawing on the area’s environmental and cultural assets and qualities. For more information on the LEADER Programme, please go to https://www.shropshire.gov.uk/southern-shropshire-leader-programme/

LEADER is part of the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) and is funded by the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) and this funding will make a significant improvement to our exhibition here at the centre. Alongside the mammoth (who will remain in his rightful home) we will be able to refresh the exhibition, bringing it up to date with new interactive exhibits and give us the flexibility to use the huge area currently taken up with the balloon film for other events as well as housing our new panoramic film. The changes to the Exhibition will happen in stages, over the next few months with some interactivities installed for the start of the Summer school holidays.

Upcoming activities at the centre are:

Pirates of the Onny Meadows: Monday 29th May – Friday 2nd June. 1pm-2:30pm £4 per accompanied child.

For fun on the seven seas, join us to swab the deck, hoist the mainsail and uncover hidden treasure with riddles.

Eat Like a Pirate: Tuesday 30th May 10am-11:30am £7.50 per accompanied child.

Design your own pizza treasure map and cook dead man’s fingers whilst drinking lemonade to keep away the scurvy.

Cooking with Herbs and Spices: Saturday 3rd June 10am-2pm £30 per person.

Join Sabrina Zeif for a culinary tour of herbs and spices from different regions of the world.

It’s free entry to the Discovery Centre and Onny Meadows but there is a charge for visitors to enjoy our Secret Hills exhibition and visit our mammoth. The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre offers an extensive programme of family events, adult courses and a variety of activities for the whole family. The unique grass roofed building houses a replica of the famous mammoth skeleton found in Shropshire. The café serves delicious home-cooked food. Browse our extensive shop selling a range of quirky gifts. Every half term and school holiday we provide hands-on family activities. For further details call 01588 676060 or visit the website: www.shropshirehillsdiscoverycentre.co.uk