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Event Information

Here you will find details about the event including background on the event, travel details & driving instructions, dietary & accessibility requirements & information about the site for camping & accommodation

The MRFFC is being presented by the Shropshire Good Food Partnership.

 

The Shropshire Good Food Partnership (SGFP) is a CIC established to create a local food system which is good for people, place and planet. We bring people together from across the County representing all aspects of the food system, from growers to retailers, those involved with food banks and food festivals, community organisations, academic institutions, and local Councils.

SGFP is part of the national Sustainable Food Places movement which brings together pioneering food partnerships from across the UK. These initiatives are driving innovation and best practice on all aspects of healthy and sustainable food.

The inspiration behind the creation of the MRFFC is the long-running Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC), now entering its 15th year as 'a movement dedicated to transforming food and farming systems for good'.

The MRFFC is all about our region and how we can create a regenerative and resilient food future here in the Marches, in the face of a wide range of challenging conditions. The aim of this conference is to cross borders and bring together producers from all backgrounds with an interest in future-proofing their farming.

We look forward to welcoming you to the Marches Real Food & Farming Conference, September 15 & 16 at Partridge Farm, Linley Estate. 

 

To help you plan your trip, you will find all the details you need about the event, how to get to Partridge Farm, camping details on-site, local places to stay, and information for the Press about MRFFC.

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Driving: 

Guest arrival at Partridge Farm on the Linley Estate will be via the Norbury Road.  The 'What three words' code for this location is: deeper.outdone.gradually
Arrivals for set up / exhibitors etc should be via the farm entrance: dogs.stone.theory

 

The farm address is:

Partridge Farm

Linley Estate

Bishops Castle

Shropshire

SY9 5HL


The Avenue laneway will be closed to everyone, except for emergencies.

Nearest Rail Stations are: 

Church Stretton (20 mins to MRFFC)

Craven Arms (20 mins)

Newtown, Powys (35 mins)

Ludlow (35 mins)

Shrewsbury (45 mins)

We would recommend that any taxis needed should be pre-booked with local companies.

 

Accommodation:

Bishop's Castle and surrounding area has a number of options to suit different budgets:

The Castle Hotel, Bishop's Castle

Foxholes Campsite, Bishop's Castle

The Poppy House, Bishop's Castle

Middle Woodbatch Farm Glamping & Camping

Various Air B&B options

 

​Please note that this is the same weekend as the local Michaelmas Fair and accommodation in Bishop’s Castle may be booked. 

Camping will be available on site for the additional cost of £10/night on the Thursday & Friday nights. This can be included as an 'add on' when purchasing tickets through Eventbrite. 

 

Please note that you will need to bring your own camping gear and any additional provisions that you would like beyond what is provided for purchase on site by catering. Tap water will be available. Portable toilets will be located on site. Campers/Vans are welcome.

As the conference begins at 930, we would recommend allowing yourself additional time to park and collect your programme at the registration desk. If you are camping on the Thursday night before the conference and require time to set up or park vans/campers, please aim to arrive between the hours of 4pm and 8pm.

 

Food Requirements

There will be food available for purchase on-site during the conference. 

All vendors at the conference are in line with our core Partnership values of Good Food and use locally sourced food wherever possible.

 

Our Food & Drinks during the conference will be provided by:

  • Mean Bean Coffee

  • Marlon’s (cakes)

  • Blossom and Bee Kitchen

  • Mr. T’s Pies

  • Wild Kitchen

  • The Bridge’s Pub

  • Nanny Janny’s Jersey Ice Cream

 

To help us cater with minimal waste and to inform us of any special dietary requirements, please indicate on this form what meals you will require.

Should you require any special access requirements please get in contact with us directly before the conference, leaving time for accommodation to be arranged.

Health and Safety

Whilst we will take every measure to make the site as safe as possible, attendees will need to accept a level of responsibility for themselves. MRFFC is taking place on a working farm, participants and visitors have a responsibility to take reasonable care for their actions, making sure not to put themselves or others at risk. 

Please wear appropriate footwear.

 

Conference Support Team

If you need any assistance throughout the duration of the Conference, please contact the people below.

  • Contact for Speakers Jenny Rouquette - 07453 810 696

  • Contact for AV Emma Cantillion - 07814 100 330

  • Contact for General Enquiries Daphne Du Cros - 07769 510 364 

  • Contact for Press and Communications Ruth Martin - 0791 7787 804

 

 

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