A local, award-winning events business is urging Christmas shoppers to give the gift of experience to reduce the £42million worth of unwanted Christmas presents that end up in landfill every year.

Tickets are on sale on the Shropshire Festivals website for Shropshire Kids Festival, Shrewsbury Food Festival and Shropshire Oktoberfest – all taking place in 2022. The tickets can be purchased as a gift voucher for Christmas.

Beth Heath, Director of Fun at Shropshire Festivals, said, “We have had too many months not being able to travel, not being able to socialise with our loved ones and not being able to experience events in real life. So, we’re encouraging people to give the gift of experience with tickets to our 2022 events, to secure making memories next year!

“We’ve set our tickets live to allow people to give a gift that won’t end up in landfill or increase plastic waste. Replace plastic toys and boring socks with the gift of experience, with tickets to one of our brilliant events! 2022 is looking jam packed. We have Shropshire Kids Festival Telford in February, Shrewsbury Food Festival in June, and Shropshire Oktoberfest the first weekend of October, with lots more in the planning stages.

“There is something for everyone! And the good news is if you order tickets in advance, you save money.”

For those still looking to give physical gifts this Christmas, their sister business, Shropshire Hamper Company, may be able to help. Beth continues, “Our hampers bring together the finest independent food and drink businesses this region has to offer.  Goodies include Cheese Nibbles and Wood’s beers from the South Shropshire hills and Heather’s Harvest jams and Aroma Coffee from Shrewsbury, all lovingly packed by hand at our base in Ironbridge.

“We also offer bespoke, personalised hampers for large corporate orders, helping businesses create a thoughtful Christmas gift for their staff and clients. Get your orders in by the start of December to guarantee delivery.

“Food lovers, beer drinkers, party-goers, families – we have something for everyone with our festival gift vouchers and hampers. Each hamper and festival has the knock-on effect of supporting lots more independent businesses in our area, as well as our own, so be proud to buy local this Christmas!”

Visit shropshirefestivals.co.uk to purchase tickets to their events and shropshirehamper.co.uk to see the full range of hampers.