Travelling around Atherstone
Sitting in the far north area of Warwickshire, the civil parish of Atherstone is a charming area with a rich history. It was once an important hatting town and has long-standing traditions that are still celebrated today. Take the time to wander the streets, which are filled with buildings that highlight the area’s interesting past.
Atherstone is well-connected by both rail and road, with Arriva bus services operating in the area. These allow quick and easy access in and out of the area, enabling you to get to nearby areas without any problems.
Atherstone has a long history and many of the town’s local traditions still take place today. The most notable is the Atherstone Ball Game. Taking place every year on Shrove Tuesday, this ‘Medieval Football’ game is played on the town’s main street and lasts for two hours. The first match was between Leicestershire and Warwickshire back in 1199, which was won by the latter.
BBC Radio first covered the match in 1934 and it was broadcast on television in 1958.