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Things to do all year round in Newport

Newport town hosts many events throughout the year, but six main events bring people to Newport, Are, Newport Show, hosted yearly at Chetwynd Deer Park, and is the major annual event in the town, first held in Victoria Park in 1890, now attracting 13,000 visitors each year.

The show is now held at Chetwynd Deer Park
 Newport Show has become one of the main agricultural shows in the county and West Midlands region due to its position near the town and size of the show ground, which also hosts British Falconry and Raptor Fair.


In the centre of town itself the main events are the Newport carnival, which has been staged in Newport for over 50 years and the Newport old time market which happen yearly usually on either side of Newport show in July, towards the end of the summer the newest event is the Newport Music festival which is hosted by various venues in the town.

The biggest event in the town is the biennial Newport Nocturne Bike Race, which brings the biggest crowds to Newport and is well covered by national press and media outlets.

Also to note is 'The Pheztival' which is organised by local bands) and the pheasant inn the August bank holiday weekend. The event attracts acts from around the country to raise money for MacMillan Cancer. In 2011, £1500 was raised by the event.

Newport has a wide range of different activities throughout the year and is fast becoming a Cultural centre in the area, due to the large amount of venues and areas that can support activities, this is also helped by the beauty of the town and surrounding Shropshire country side.


The most used Venues in the town are scattered mainly along the High street, starting in the lower bar by the Shrewsbury Canal is the Newport Cosy Hall which is used for the Newport music festival[22] along with The Royal Victoria Hotel in St Mary's Street which was named after Princess Victoria in 1832 after she stayed at the hotel.

The Guildhall is a medieval timber-framed building that is the home to Newport Town Council and is used for official purposes as well as smaller events. Newport Market Hall built in 1860 and is considered one of the towns grandest buildings and is the location of the towns dance hall, though not used in recent times.

After the fire of Newport in 1665 the old Norman buildings were replaced with grander Georgian architecture, which hid the work yards behind;
the shops are still there but the work yards have now been developed into housing or the Boughey Gardens tennis courts, next to the literary institute.


being close to larger retail centres such as Telford, Shrewsbury and Stafford, Newport has retained a large number of shops that line the High Street, Stafford Street and St Mary's Street, with St Mary's Street keeping its charm by still using Cobblestones and the majority of shops being small boutiques.


St Mary's is also the site of various markets and fairs such as the Olde Time Market, with over 50 stalls, and various farmers markets; these tie in with Newport's indoor market.


The town also has well known companies such as Subway, The Co-operative Food, Greggs, Coral, Costa Coffee, two Euronics centres and Mackay's, Bet365, Barclays, Lloyds TSB, HSBC, Boots, Halifax (United Kingdom bank), National Westminster Bank.
There is a Waitrose superstore with a coffee shop and home delivery service on the edge of the town centre adjoining the Stafford Street car park.
The towns Woolworths store was developed into a B&M Bargains and a Jaspers bakers store opened in an empty store nearby.
Mere Park Garden Centre

On the Newport by-pass near to the Aqualate Mere the A518 road an out-of-town shopping centre has grown up around the Mere Park Garden centre.
The building work is still being extended and hotels and small shops being built; this ties in with the various other industrial estates that lie around the Newport by-pass and Springfield estate, this would also be the site of the new train station if Stafford Council and Telford and Wrekin councils agree terms to connecting train service between the Telford, Newport and Stafford and the where the park and ride service is set to go from in a triangle of the three main shopping centres of the town.

Mere park, Audley avenue business park and the High street.
Other areas

The oldest man-made landmark in the town is the Puleston Cross which is a butter cross positioned near to the Church of St Nicholas.
this is an early 14th century cross denoting a market place and named after Sir John Puleston who lost his life during the reign of King Edward 1st in campaign against Wales.

Towards the top end of the town is the Combat stress centre, built in 1908 as the infirmary for the Newport Workhouse, it was subsequently developed as accommodation for elderly ladies until its closure in 1995. The home was purchased in 1996 and totally refurbished to provide 31 bedrooms, two of which can provide carer facilities. Set in three acres on the edge of Newport, it has easy access to all local facilities.

The town sits near the Aqualate Mere, which is the largest natural lake in the English Midlands.

Great places to eat in Newport

Newport has a wide range of restaurants, mostly on the High Street and branch streets.
These range from family run cafés to international companies.
Pub food
 The Barley · The Swan at Forton · The Fox · The Lion · The Lamb · The Aston
Tea Rooms
    The Lutine Bell · Smallwood lodge · Waitrose  · Craft Cafe & Pop Up Shop
Take Away   
 Jones chip shop · Zach's Plaice · Spice Island · The Wan loi Chinese · China Palace · Newport Kebab House · Star Pizza & Kebab · Raja's · Combinations · Masala
Restaurants    
The Royal Victoria Hotel · Mischa's Restaurant & Brasserie · Norwood House · Shimla Licensed Tandoori · Taste Of Paradise · The Munchbox · The Three fishes · Subway · Shanghai City · Christy’s Ristorante Italiano
St. Mary's Street
The Craft Cafe and Pop Up Shop on the corner of Wellington Road. Newport Visitor Information Centre is also located here.
    The Royal Victoria Hotel
 a historical building dating back to 1830, first opened by the Princess Victoria and now operating as a hotel, bar and restaurant, now running rock and indie nights.
   Smallwood Lodge
 A half timbered chocolate box building where Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife once stayed
    The Lutine Bell
 a popular and long standing restaurant down an alley off the high street
Public Houses Wine Bar
    Ozzys Wine bar - (formerly owned by Ozzy Osbourne)
Student Bar, Harper Adams Student union
The Railway Tavern  · The Pheasant  · The Shakespeare Inn
The Kings Head  · The Bridge  · The Swan
Hotels   
 
The Royal Victoria Hotel  · Adams House Hotel  · The Newport Arms Hotel, The Weatsheaf  · The New Inn  · The Last Inn
The Lion  · The Lamb  · Norwood House  · The Fox  · The Swan at Forton  · The Honeysuckle, The Red House
Nightclubs   
 Central Square  · The Barley-  Newport Bowling club  · British Legion  · The Audco  · Newport Rugby Club  · Newport Cricket Club  · Newport Naval Club

    The town has two cheeses named after it:
 Newport and Newport 1665, both are made near the town along with Wrekin Blue and Wrekin White.
    In addition to cheeses, Newport and the surrounding area has a number of artisan food producers ranging from jam, relish and chutney to bakery products, all available from the Pop Up Shop in Wellington Road.