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Welcome to this site for the Halfway House on the Wrekin. We update our pages regularly and our refurbished Pavilion is now available for use (see our blog posts). This means we now have somewhere warm for you to sit whatever the weather.

Our KIOSK Opening Hours are updated weekly and can be found here.

Our Pavilion and House can now be hired.  Please see our agreements and enquiry forms 

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.

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. We are currently trialling opening on a Monday from 10am to 2pm so please come and visit us if you can.

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

 

On Friday 6th December the Ironbridge Towers are coming down.

We are open for a ‘Towers Breakfast’ and for lunch. See our Facebook Page.

 

Saturday 7th December – Christmas Willow Workshop

Come and make some Christmas decorations with Richard Thomason

We have a few spaces in the 2 hour session at 10am aimed at adults, and some spaces in the  90 minute 12.30 –  2pm session 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

On Sunday 1st December we held a Christmas lights switch on event – special food and drink were available and a number of the people were present who have helped to make the Halfway House what it is now. The Wellington Mayor Anthony Lowe  officiated and we had our very own Father Christmas present for the first time. Photos to follow shortly.

On Saturday 30th November – Children’s bird activity drop in session was run by the Halfway House team

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Children had a chance to come and make their own bird feeder to hang in their garden, complete a bird focused treasure hunt and identify some of the birds we regularly see in our garden.

Thursday 31st October – A Children’s Halloween activity session was run by the Halfway house Team. This was very successful and we plan to run more similar events in the future (see above).

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Tuesday 29th October – Children’s Woodland Art Session was 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. The session was a great success and we are hoping to run similar events with the Art Lady in the future

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Saturday 19th October – Halloween broomstick Willow Workshop was led by Richard Thomason  where participants enjoyed making mini witches besom brooms. We aim to repeat this next year.

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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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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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July 6th – A willow craft session making flowers, fish and snails was led by Richard Thomason from Small Woods and enjoyed by all.

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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.

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 obtained planning permission to turn the old pavilion back into an indoor seating area. The photo below shows the pavilion in its heyday.  This restoration work is now completed and we have now opened it up to the public (see the refurbished room below) so our visitors have somewhere warm to sit whatever the weather. We also have a simple food menu from 11am-3pm.

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The Pavilion before work starts

Kiosk Opening Hours

Our opening hours for the next four days are as follows:

Friday 6th December: 9.30am – 10.30am then 11.30-2pm for special Towers Breakfast then open for lunch (see our Facebook Group)

Saturday 7th  December: 10am – 3.30pm (with Willow Workshop)

Sunday 8th December: 11am – 3.30pm (Father Christmas present from 11am-3pm)

Monday 9th December: 10am-2pm

Food normally available between the hours of 11am-3pm whenever we are open over this time period.

 

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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.