Olympic Home Much Wenlock: Less than 10 miles from Much Wenlock: home of the modern Olympic Games & close to Wenlock Edge for walking.
The Olympian Connection. William Penny Brookes was born in Much Wenlock in 1809 where his father was one of the local doctors. The family house is in Wilmore Street opposite the Parish Church. In 1831, William Penny Brookes returned to Much Wenlock to take over his father's GP practice. In 1850 Brookes formed the Wenlock Olympian Class. The first Games, held in October 1850, were a mixture of athletics and also traditional country sports such as quoits, football and cricket. These early Games sometimes included a ' fun' event; once a wheelbarrow race, another year an old woman's race for a pound of tea, these events were not usually a part of the general programme. The Wenlock Olympian Society Annual Games are still held, every July, at the Windmill Field though this area is now designated the Gaskell Recreation Ground. From the beginning some events were open to all-comers.
Severn Leisure Centre: Severn Centre at Bridgnorth Road, Highley, Shropshire. WV16 6JS, Tel: 01746 860000.
Gerry Hitchens Fitness Suite
Their fully air conditioned fitness suite offers the latest in cardiovascular and resistance equipment combined with a state of the art audio and visual entertainment system. Circuit classes take place weekly
Heated Outdoor Swimming Pool
The large 25 x 10m heated open air swimming pool provides the holiday atmosphere. With picnic area, sweet kiosk and baby pools, there is something for everyone. Open May to October (weather permitting, please call to confirm), sessions include adult only, kid's splash and swimming lessons.
Indoor Sports Hall
Suitable for Badminton, Volleyball, Trampolining, Indoor Cricket, Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Basketball, Martial Arts & much more.
Multi-Use Games Area
The all weather surface is ideal for Tennis (3 courts), Netball, 5 aside Football and Hockey. Flood Lights mean games can be played throughout the evening all year round.
Severn Valley Railway: The Severn Valley Railway operates steam-hauled passenger trains between Bridgnorth, Bewdley and Kidderminster. Trains run every weekend and daily May to September plus local school holidays. Bookings available directly 01299 403816 open 09:30 to 18:00. Full Day rates available on request with child and senior citizen and family rates. Multi-journey available. Discount Rates available.
You can do all this whilst staying at Bentley Lodge in Astbury Falls. Bentley Lodge is the ONLY Visit Britain 4star accommodation available at Astbury Falls
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