A Mile of Smiles takes Shrewsbury by storm!
26 Jul 2021
by Katy Rink

A Mile of Smiles took the town by storm over the weekend, spreading joy and laughter as it went! 

This wonderful, free event from Shropshire Festivals was supported by the Culture Recovery Fund and Shrewsbury BID, as part of the drive to help towns across the UK bounce back from Covid-19. 

More than 50 groups, solo performers and musicians entertained the town across five different locations, including Shrewsbury Castle, St Alkmund's, The Square, Darwin's Gate, finishing with a grand music stage in The Quarry. 

There was something for everyone, from circus workshops, Morris dancing and brass bands to bubbles, live music and poetry! 

Organiser Beth Heath said: "We were bowled over to see how much people in Shrewsbury enjoyed this event. We had over 300 performers, thousands of visitors on the day and, best of all, lots of smiles! It was the perfect celebration of freedom and a brilliant way to bring culture back out of the shadows after the year we have all had.”

"For our team here at Shropshire Festivals, it was just great to get back to doing what we love best, giving people a great day out and making smiles and memories. We can't wait to welcome people back on September 4 & 5 for the Shrewsbury Food Festival and October 1 & 2 for Shropshire Oktoberfest for even more smiles!"

Our young roving reporter George Rink has made a wonderful video that perfectly captures the joy that A Mile of Smiles brought to Shrewsbury.

A young girl stands next to a comically large deckchair with a Shropshire Festivals logo on it
Drummers in the Town Square