Statement from Powis Estates on the Medieval Fayre and Ludlow Castle

Statement from Powis Estates on the Medieval Fayre and Ludlow Castle

Following the announcement that the Medieval Fayre is no longer viable after the impact of the pandemic and Storm Arwen, the castle trustees have issued a statement.  

“Powis Estates, who proudly own and maintain Ludlow Castle, are incredibly disappointed that the Medieval Fayre will not be returning to the Castle this year. However in light of Storm Arwen’s devastation, along with Covid-19, the decision is entirely understandable bearing in mind the huge financial losses and the risks involved in putting on future events.

“The Castle is owned by Trustees. They remain committed to a five-year £1m rolling programme of maintenance and remedial work to the ruin, in light of its nationally important grade 1 listed status. All profits are reinvested into the ruin to ensure its long-term future.

“It is worth pointing out, the ruined castle was originally acquired from the Town Council by Powis Estates some two centuries ago to prevent it from being demolished altogether and the site used for housing! More recently, Castle House was also acquired in a similar fashion and several million pounds spent on its renovation, winning a RICS renovation project of the year accolade in the process, to save it and reunite it with the castle.

“Maintaining the castle in private ownership is incredibly difficult. Of utmost importance is keeping it open and available to the general public. The Trustees make every endeavour reasonably possible to support the local community and economy whilst creating a long term sustainable future for the castle and keeping it as something Ludlow can be proud of.”

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