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What's On in Shrewsbury - August 5 - 7
01 Aug 2022

What's On in Shrewsbury this Weekend? From new exhibitions opening at Bear Steps to 'Where the Crawdads Sing' at OMH plus the Farmers' Market in The Square - there's lots of choice! Pictured: printmaker Karen Sillar will be exhibiting at 'Colour By Nature' at Bear Steps from Sunday, August 7. 

Friday, August 5th

Shrewsbury Farmers' Market

Shrewsbury Farmers Market - The Square, 9am - 3.30pm. 

A superb selection of locally produced food and drink - plus lots of delicious street food to eat on the go. This is a hugely popular market in Shrewsbury and creates a wonderful atmosphere in our historic town square, by the Old Market Hall. Bring shopping bags! 

Buzz Lightyear image
Lightyear (PG) - The Old Market Hall, The Square

This Disney/Pixar film presents the origin story of Buzz Lightyear, who embarks on an intergalactic adventure alongside a group of ambitious recruits. 

Various showtimes until Thursday, August 11.

Tickets HERE 

Where the Crawdads Sing film poster
Where the Crawdads Sing - The Old Market Hall, The Square

From the best-selling novel by Delia Owens comes the captivating story of Kya, an abandoned girl who raised herself to adulthood in the dangerous marshlands of North Carolina. You're bound to have read the book - now you can form an opinion about the film to take back to book club! 

Various showtimes until Thursday, August 11

Tickets HERE 

Open Air Cinema at London Road

Open Air Cinema - Shrewsbury College, London Road

Five films over five days, from August 5 - 7 - Outdoor Cinema Shrewsbury brings us Bohemian Rhapsody (Fri 5th), Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Sat 6th), Mamma Mia! (Sat 6th), The Lion King (Sun, 7th) and Pretty Woman (Sunday 7th). 

You'll need to bring a chair! There are hot food, soft drinks and bar facilities on site and BYO picnics welcome. Find more information & booking details HERE

Saturday, August 6

Jesse Window St Mary's

Shrewsbury Glass Festival

St Mary's Church, 10am - 4pm (FREE entry, no booking required)

A brilliant new exhibition is coming out of the archives for the first time, as part of The Shrewsbury Arts Trail. Don't miss this chance to see medieval glass up close - never been seen before by the public!

Meet a range of local glass artists, from stained glass, fused glass, blown glass and more, who will be showcasing their creations and displaying different stages of their creative process.  

The church is now the only complete medieval church in Shrewsbury. It dates from Saxon times and has beautiful additions from the 12th-century onwards. Inside, the atmosphere is peaceful with the soaring stone arches giving way to the church's great treasure - its stained glass. There are panels in glorious colour including the world-famous 14th-century 'Jesse window' filled with figures of Old Testament kings and prophets. No other church in the country has a collection to equal it. There's a wonderful cafe right inside the church too!

Westlife - Live at Wembley Stadium - on screen at the Old Market Hall in The Square (various showtimes, also on Sunday, August 7). The biggest-selling album group of the 21st century invite fans everywhere to come together in their local cinema and share in this unforgettable live experience, up close and personal.

Book HERE 

Hank Marvin Street Food - Love2Stay, Shrewsbury (Emstrey Bank), 12pm to 9pm. 

A diverse selection of food stalls, live music, DJs, cocktail bar & bottle bar, plus a chance to enjoy bookable events at Love2Stay (swimming, kayaking, zorbing, archery, bootcamps, cycling and more... which must be pre-booked through the Love2Stay website). 

There's still time to claim a final discounted ticket online for this popular foodie event HERE

Boots and Roots Family Festival - Battlefield 1403, Upper Battlefield, Shrewsbury SY4 3DB, 10am to 5pm

Enjoy a family day in the beautiful Shropshire Countryside located behind Battlefield 1403 site. The ideal ‘digital detox’ with activities including: forest school, bush craft, den-building, crafts, messy play, innovation and creation, gardening, cooking, sports and much more. Refreshments available in the festival and also at the Battlefield 1403 coffee shop and restaurant. Lots of FREE activities for ALL the family to enjoy together

Ruffnecks at Alberts Shed - 9pm to 11pm

Rock n' Roll mayhem from this rock covers and originals band from Telford, with Paul Traynor on bass guitar and lead vocals, Lee Tapper (lead guitar and backing vocals) and Vince Goodman on drums. 

Sunday, August 7th

Importance of Being Earnest film poster

Importance of Being Earnest from Immersion Theatre - outdoors at Shrewsbury Castle, 1pm & 4pm.

Immersion Theatre invite you to enjoy an afternoon of open-air decadence and hilarity as they proudly present Oscar Wilde’s wittiest comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest.

Join foppish bachelors Jack and Algernon on their latest Bunburying exploits replete with mistaken identities, icy women, trivial banter and of course, muffins!

Tickets £12.50-£15 HERE 

Colour By Nature Exhibition - Bear Steps Art Gallery

Colour By Nature exhibition image by Karen Sillar

Open every day from 10am to 4pm from August 7 - 20, this beautifully colourful joint exhibition from Karen Sillar and Alison Stafford will celebrate the best of nature in printmaking, acrylics and oils. Karen will be exhibiting a collection of linocuts and monotypes alongside fellow artist Alison. 

There will be a ‘Studio Sale’ alongside the main exhibition – so plenty of work at reduced prices alongside greetings cards, mugs and other merchandise. Karen & Alison will be demonstrating their craft throughout the exhibition and delighted to welcome visitors to chat about their work and process.

You can read more about this lovely exhibition in our blog HERE

Nature and Art in The Rea Brook Nature Reserve

A Shropshire Love Nature Festival event in collaboration with Shropshire Wildlife Trust - at the Small Bend Field, Rea Brook Valley, 10.30am to 1pm. Expect a family fun morning with pond dipping and clay modelling of tiles and creatures of the river.  

It's a drop-in session, so you're welcome to just turn up - for location details visit HERE

Ongoing

Ian Pearsall artwork

Ian Pearsall ‘Journey’ Exhibition -  The Soden Collection

The Wyle Cop contemporary gallery presents a selection of recent works by artist Ian Pearsall - until August 13.

Read our blog about the exhibition HERE

Each week of the ‘Journey’ exhibition will highlight subjects reflecting different periods of Ian’s life:  ‘Africa’, ‘Birth of Industry’ and the ‘Countryside’. The exhibition will also contain music and sculpture which has inspired Pearsall’s work.

Shrewsbury Colleges Group Student Show

A student showcase of exciting art and design at The Hive, 5 Belmont - until August 26. 

Shrewsbury Arts Trail & Sculpture Trail

Follow this wonderful trail to various locations around the town, including exhibitions at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, Theatre Severn, The Parade and a big Andrew Logan sculpture trail (you can’t miss it!). 

Additional exhibitions are: Lovelyland in the window at Raven Studios, Paul Janczykowski at Bear Steps (until August 6), Jill Impey at The Hive, Shropshire Art Society at St Mary’s Church and in the Orchard Cafe at Shrewsbury Cathedral, an an exhibition of work by VAN members and local schoolchildren at the Visual Art Network Gallery in the Darwin Shopping Centre. 

For all details plus a map of the trail visit HERE

Beat the Street

There’s still time to join in with this fun, free, interactive game that has taken Shrewsbury by storm! Find out how to create your own team and start gathering points through healthy exercise as you journey across town. You can pick up a pack and get started from Shrewsbury Library, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and The Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre. 

Beat the Street finishes on August 10. 

Plus there are all kinds of events going on down at The Cut Visitor Centre with Shropshire Wildlife Trust, which is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year. See their events list HERE

And keep an eye on Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery too, which has guided tours and talks throughout the summer, plus workshops and exhibitions. 

Coming Up

Shrewsbury Flower Show image of floral mannequin

It’s Shrewsbury Flower Show next weekend (August 12 & 13) so make sure you’ve got your tickets booked in advance, for a fabulous weekend of entertainment in The Quarry. Pictured is a floral mannequin by international floral artists Fleur de Reves who will be exhibiting at the show this year.

Plus 'Much Ado About Nothing' comes to Shrewsbury Castle on Sunday, August 14 (3pm & 7pm) - a fast-paced, hilarious new production from The Pantaloons. Booking via Theatre Severn HERE