Oswestry and beyond celebrated its history over the weekend by taking part in the national Heritage Open Days.

Oswestry Library hosted a hillfort activity day with various craft stations.

Dzintra Bernsaida, who was teaching people how to weave, said: “I like to recycle items to use in my weaving, it makes it more affordable and more fun. I do lots of crafts, I love it.

“It’s great to be creative.”

Local artist Diana Baur was helping youngsters to colour in butterflies to highlight the species that can be found on the hillfort – some of which are endangered, while cartoonist John Swogger was working with youngsters to colour in images depicting the hillfort at various times in its history - from the Ice Age to the present day.

He added: “It’s a nice way of getting youngsters into the history of the hillfort. It makes you stop and think and makes you more familiar with the history.”

Over at the Guildhall there was plenty going on in, including the Wall of People Power, plus a jigsawathon which will continue over this week and next weekend and once completed reveal one of the oldest exhibits on display at the town museum.

The specially created 1,000 piece puzzle has come all the way from Lithuania.

And on Sunday, there was special day celebrating the hillfort as JOLT Designs in Mind hosted a pop-up workshop at Gatacre Pavillion, which also doubled as a cafe for people taking part in hillfort tours and mindfulness walks.

One of those was Stella Patience, who was visiting the region from Mount Martha near Melbourne.

She said: "This is brilliant and the views from the hillfort were great."

And there was also a chance to catch a rare glimpse inside the Freemasons Lodge.

Martin Wildman, from Cae Glas Lodge, explained: "Years ago the Freemasons were quite mythological but we are trying to break that down. Events like this wouldn't have happened a few years ago, but in Shropshire we're quite progressive and want to teach people about what we do."

There will be more events taking place over the next week to mark the Open Days. For a full timetable visit Oswestry Museum or www.heritageopendays.org.uk