Our bumper two-week guide should see you through half term & Hallowe’en - with some great ideas to keep the kids busy, and hopefully a lot of fun for you too!
Museums are Magic
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
October 29 & 30
10.30am to 4pm
£10 per child (U1s free)
Enjoy wand-making, spell-writing, potion-making, facepainting, story-telling with Jake Evans, screenings of Bedknobs and Broomsticks (U), fancy dress costumes (with prizes), tricks & treats all under one roof at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Oh, and enchanted owls from Shropshire Falconry!
To see the full lineup and booking details visit HERE
NB the popular Shrewsbury Ghost Tours are now all sold out - to see what you’re missing read our review HERE
Mia and Me: The Hero of Centopia (U)
Old Market Hall
October 22 - 29
Based upon the smash hit TV series Mia and Me, a new adventure is about to begin in the mystical land of Centopia!
W100 Tennis Ball Trail
Until October 30
You can’t miss the giant, colourful tennis ball characters across town - there are 12 of them to find before the first day of the World Tennis Tour on October 30, to win some great prizes.
Find out more HERE
Hocus Pocus (PG)
Outdoor Cinema at Attingham Park
With Adventure Cinema
October 21, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
If you go down to The Square this October 29 - 31, you’re in for a BIG surprise…
Take a selfie with the EIGHT-metre high inflatable pumpkin, with its gaggle of gruesome witches, for a chance to win a £50 voucher from Original Shrewsbury for a Shrewsbury centre business of your choice.
Just post your selfie on Instagram using #SpookyShrewsbury
Hallowe’en Pumpkin Trail at The Parade
October 22 - 29
Free for Children
Did you know The Parade was once Shrewsbury’s main hospital - The Royal Salop Infirmary? The historic shopping centre is bound to have a few spooky surprises in store for you, as you try to find the nine pumpkins dotted around the windows, to spell out a Hallowe’en phrase. Pick up a leaflet at the Parade entrance. And head downstairs to the River View Cafe to collect your prize!
Pumpkinfest at Park Hall Farm
From October 14 - Nov 2
Hallowe’en fun that won’t terrify the little ones! A free pumpkin for every paying child to take home - carve your own design, visit the giant scarecrow trail and little scary house, or brave pumpkin alley. Put on your spookiest outfits and join the fun, but watch out for those singing pumpkins!
Pumpkin Picking at Arscott Farm
Shrewsbury SY5 0XP
Open 9am to 5.50pm.
Choose from thousands of juicy pumpkins, enjoy a run round the maize maze, meet the animals and have a go at pumpkin carving - plus refreshments on site - every weekend and all through half term. Or a bit further afield, there’s Northwood Pumpkin patch between Wem and Whitchurch, or PYO at Lynclys Hall Farm Shop, near Oswestry.
Half Term Fun at the Flaxmill Maltings
October 22 - 30
11am to 4pm
Free family activities for 3-9 year-olds. Join the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings cats Flax and Barley for daily cat-tastic family activities this half term including stories and performances from the time-travelling cats, a family trail, arts and crafts and a skyscraper challenge!
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
October 24 - 27
10.30am to 3pm
Free, drop-in pre-history workshops during October half term.
Find out how Stone Age folks made art - learn to mix your own paint, make paintbrushes and be inspired by the sounds of nature to create your own cave painting.
The Cut Visitor Centre
Shropshire Wildlife Trust (Abbey Foregate)
October 24 - 28
10am to 4pm
There are templates and carving knives available to use, plus other spooky craft activities - and pumpkins for you to buy.
The Addams Family
October 28 & 29
Students from The Phoenix Academy of Film and Theatre Arts Shrewsbury present their debut musical performance 'The Addams Family - Young@Part’
Charity Pumpkin Hunt
October 30, 12pm to 4pm
Collect your map and giant pumpkin in The Square then hunt around Shrewsbury town centre businesses to find the pumpkins and collect the letters, meeting witches and wizards along the way! Unscramble the spooky phrase to collect your prize at Hickory’s Smokehouse. All proceeds to SaTH Charity Fund for Breast Cancer and Make 2nds Count.
November 3, 7.30pm
Prepare to be chilled to the bone by these two Ghost Stories by MR James performed by R M Lloyd Parry.
Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad is a tale of nocturnal horror on the Suffolk coast. The Ash Tree is a story of witchcraft and vengeance down the generations.
Bat Box Workshop
The Cut Visitors Centre, Shropshire Wildlife Trust
November 5, from 10.20am to 1pm.
Hawkstone Trails & Terrible Tales
October 22 - Oct 30
10am to 6pm
The wicked witch has frozen all the dragons at Hawkstone Park Follies and needs your help to unwind the spell. Explore the tunnels, trails and trees to find the missing letters. Trail is included in standard admission price.