Whitchurch will be hosting the Caldecott Arts Festival to honour artist and former resident, Randolph Caldecott.

The festival will take place on March 19. The organisers hope to inspire the next generation of artists.

Entry is open to all children and young people across the county aged 0-18, with prizes to be awarded across three age groups of 5 years and under, 6-11 years and 12-18 years old.

The organisers hope to raise the profile of Whitchurch and the surrounding areas as a hub a creativity and innovation and make Whitchurch a family friendly “go-to” place for these types of events.

The event has attracted visitors from across the UK, Europe and the US. US author, Leonard Marcus, the author of Caldecott’s biography, The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing, will be making an appearance.

Festival Chair Dr Norma Raynes said: “This isn’t a run of the mill drawing competition. Inspired by Randolph Caldecott, world-famous illustrator and the festival's namesake, who believed that the only limit is one's imagination, entries can take on any form. Whether that’s a piece of writing, a picture, sculpture, model, the list is endless.

“We are so excited to see what the incredibly creative young people of Shropshire can come up with.”