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Welcome to this site for the Halfway House on the Wrekin. We update our pages regularly and we are currently (July/August 2019) refurbishing the Pavilion for your enjoyment (see our blog posts). We anticipate this opening as our indoor seating area in the near future.

Over the next few months we look forward to welcoming many of you to take a break with us during your walk to the summit.

For Summer 2019 we will always try to open the kiosk on Saturdays (10am-4pm) and Sundays (9am-4pm) and daily throughout school holidays as much as we can. For any changes to this and any additional opening hours see the separate page on this website.

The opening days and times are also displayed on our Facebook Page on a weekly basis.

We accept cash or card/Contactless, Android and Apple Pay at our kiosk.

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Events

The Wrekin has been a local and tourist location for many decades and offers fabulous views, walks and exercise.

If you are planning an event on the Wrekin and would like to use the Halfway House as a base or you know there will be a large number of people wanting to stop to get refreshments or to sit down can you please contact us.

2019 Upcoming Events

Saturday 19th October – Halloween broomstick Willow Workshop 

Led by Richard Thomason – we will be making mini witches besom brooms

There will be 3 x 1.5 hour sessions starting at 10am, midday and 2pm with 10 spaces in each session and a charge of £5 per space (payable in advance either online or at the kiosk at weekends)

To book your space please contact info@halfwayhouseonthewrekin.com

 

Tuesday 29th October – Children’s Woodland Art Session hosted by The Art Lady

The Wrekin is a great place for looking at all sorts of trees, which provide great inspiration for art. The autumn is a great time to focus on the leaves on the ground.

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12:30- 2pm  Drop-in session.  Cost £1.50. Suitable for age 3-12
30 minute activity where children can participate in leaf rubbing
and make a wreath to take away with them.
 
 
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Supported through the AONB Conservation Fund, by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust
 
 
 
Thursday 31st October – Halloween Activity Day led by the Halfway House team
 
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Drop in session runs from 11am – 3pm
 
 
 
 

Saturday 7th December – Christmas Willow Workshop

Come and make some Christmas decorations with Richard Thomason

We will have one 2 hour session at 10am aimed at adults, then two later 90 minute sessions aimed at children and families. Price: £5 per person (payable in advance either at the HWH kiosk or online)

To book your space please contact info@halfwayhouseonthewrekin.com

 

2019 Past Events

July 6th – A willow craft session making flowers, fish and snails was led by Richard Thomason from Small Woods. As this craft session was very popular we plan to hold two more of these workshops with Richard later this year. These will be in October and in early December. The dates will be announced shortly.

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Supported through the AONB Conservation Fund, by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust

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July 14th – the Moth breakfast at the Halfway house followed by a walk to identify butterflies and moths on the Wrekin was led by Mike Williams from the West Midlands Branch of Butterfly Conservation. If you are interested in helping with any future moth trapping sessions at the Halfway House please let Jenny know. jenny@halfwayhouseonthewrekin.com

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Supported through the AONB Conservation Fund, by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust

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6th August – A drop in learning about pollinators session took place in the garden of the Halfway House with David Green together with a craft activity for children led by Amy Joy. During this event many pollinating insects were recorded in the garden including 14 hoverflies, 7 bees, 8 butterflies and 3 moths. A species list of what has been planted in the new part of the garden behind the information board is now available at the kiosk.

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Supported through the AONB Conservation Fund, by the Shropshire Hills AONB Trust

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On Sunday 17 February the Halfway House ran an information session on Shropshire Wildlife Trust’s ‘Feed the Birds’ project. This is a ground-breaking approach to helping people who are lonely and/or socially isolated to get closer to nature by feeding the birds in their garden with the help of a volunteer. This session was led by one of the project’s long term volunteers, Jenny Petch, who provided general advice about feeding birds and how you can become involved with this project in the Telford area.

CJ Wildlife has been sponsoring bird feeders at the Halfway House for the past 12 months. These can be seen at the back of the house and are proving to be very popular with local birds.

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2018 Events on the Wrekin

Wrekin Relay Challenge

  Photos courtesy of the Wrekin Relay Challenge Team

 

Halloween Activities at the Halfway House

 

Christmas willow workshop at the Halfway House 

Participants were able to weave their own willow Christmas trees, reindeer, stars and wreaths at this workshop  led by willow crafter Richard Thomason.

About

The property has been a favourite resting place for generations of walkers visiting one of Shropshire’s most famous landmarks. Located roughly halfway up the steep trek to the summit of The Wrekin, over the years, this former Hunting Lodge has been a popular stopping off point for Wrekin ramblers with a café selling hot and cold drinks and snacks for those looking for a refuel and a stop to enjoy the views and re-energise.

The Georgian property sits on a two-acre plot that includes a former dance and dining Pavillion, an outdoor seating area and extensive grounds Over the years many walkers have called in for cups of tea and a former operator made the place famous for a delicious plate of ham & eggs. The Halfway House has also been the perfect place to get a bacon butty with ice cream for the children.

The plans are now for this iconic House to have catering facilities fully reopened to the public during 2019.

Over the past few years the renovation has been a real passion project for owner Sean Saward who used to love stopping off at the house when he lived in Trench more than 40 years ago. During this time Sean has met many visitors who are really fond of the House and really keen that it reopens with a new wider remit. Now he can finally see the first phase of his project almost complete. The shop/kiosk at the back of the 300-year-old house will be manned for longer more regular hours with a wider variety of food and drink on offer. The main photo of the Halfway House on this site was taken by John Hammond while he was staying with a relative in the area. Thank you to John for allowing us to use his photo.

We have recently obtained planning permission to turn the old pavilion back into an indoor seating area. The photo below shows the pavilion in its heyday.  We hope this restoration work will be completed by the end of July 2019 (see the progress on the blog posts).

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The Pavilion before work starts

Kiosk Opening Hours

The opening hours for the kiosk at the Halfway House over the next few days are as follows:

Saturday  19th October: 10am – 4pm

Sunday 20th October:  9am – 4pm

Monday 21st October: 10am – 2pm

 

 

 

Contact

If you have any question, suggestions or need more information please Email Jenny.

We will shortly be providing you with other  contact details and links to great local information sites to support your experience.