Join today and help support your Country Parks, Heritage Sites and local Rights of Way!

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Become a member of Shropshire’s Great Outdoors today!

Shropshire’s Great Outdoors manage some of the county’s most beautiful parks and sites and offer some the top places to visit Shropshire.

If you love being outdoors, imagine if you could join a membership scheme that gave you free parking at all our sites and much more… would be pretty good wouldn’t it…? Well, there is one…

Perfect for dog-walkers, those who ride horses, cycle or if you just enjoy getting out and about in Shropshire’s Great Outdoors, the membership scheme offers perks including free parking at the Severn Valley Country Park and The Mere at Ellesmere, discounts for businesses and events.

From just £3 a month, you will be supporting some of Shropshire’s most iconic, accessible and interesting countryside sites and helping people enjoy our Great Outdoors. Funding will help   improve habitat management, encourage wildlife to flourish and look after historic monuments.

Membership categories

Individual – £36/ year + one vehicle

Joint – £46/ year incl. two people at the same address + cards for two vehicles

Family – £50/year incl. two adults plus up to 3 children under 16 years of age + cards for two vehicles.

To join, or to renew your current membership, click here, or if you’d prefer, you can call us on 01743 255957 or email outdoor.recreation@shropshire.gov.uk and we’ll help you set up your membership.

Member benefits

Not only will you be helping to protect the future of Shropshire’s beautiful countryside, but you will also receive some amazing member benefits, including:

  • Theatre Severn and The Old Market Hall – 10% off many of the theatre performances and cinema showings. This is the same discount as their Friends groups.  Friends discounts are indicated by a blue symbol in their brochure and by ‘FRIENDS 10% OFF’ on each event page online. Discount is applicable to max. 2 persons. Excludes Venue Hire events, discounts at the Café Bar or events where Friends discount is not indicated
  • Severn Valley Country Park, nr Bridgnorth – 10% discount in the café and discounts on events
  • The Mere and Severn Valley Country Park – Free car parking
  • Wardens Bungalow at The Mere – Get a discount on booking the Community Room at The Wardens Bungalow overlooking The Mere at Ellesmere. Members rate £12/ hour compared to £14/ hour normally
  • The Boathouse in Ellesmere – 10% discount on great quality food and drink, available from Monday – Friday only
  • Dave Mellor Cycles – 10% discount to all members. This excludes sale products and labour and cannot to be used in conjunction with other offers like Cycle to Work
  • The Long Mountain Centre – Located between Welshpool and Shrewsbury, members get 10% discount on all pony trekking adventures
  • Serenity: Sports and Holistic Massage Therapies – SGO members can receive 10% discount on any treatment booked. The perfect treat for weary feet.

Please contact the businesses directly and make sure you take your membership card along with you.

Please read our Terms and Conditions before signing up to join the scheme. Doing so will be taken as agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

More talks and events at Severn Valley Country Park will be added when confirmed.

More about our Membership Scheme

The wonderful outdoor spaces managed by Shropshire Council are important for health and wellbeing, the local economy, wildlife and heritage. The Shropshire’s Great Outdoors Membership Scheme is an entirely voluntary opportunity for those who are passionate about the Country Parks and Heritage Sites to help safeguard them for the future.

Your contributions will help us continue to manage these sites beyond the minimum level required for health and safety and ensure they are accessible to as many people as possible.

The statutory responsibility for maintaining Rights of Way remains with the Council and will continue to be funded. The scheme may, however, help with those improvements that are beyond the statutory minimum, such as development of promoted routes like the Shropshire Way, and replacing stiles with gates or resurfacing to a higher standard to improve access for those who are less mobile.

The priorities for the management of Rights of Way and access to our outdoor spaces are shown in the Countryside Access Strategy, which is due to be rewritten next year, when we will be consulting local people on the priorities for the next 10 years. The delivery of this strategy is guided by Shropshire’s Great Outdoor Strategy Board, which advises the Council. Contributions to this scheme will help meet those priorities.

More details about the work of the Outdoor Partnerships Team can be found in our annual reports.