If you're looking to find out what's on in Shrewsbury this August Bank Holiday then we've got you covered with some major festivals and events, from Shrewsbury Folk Festival (pictured) to the Steam Rally at Onslow Park - plus cinema and outdoor theatre in town.
As You Like it at Shrewsbury Castle, 7pm
Tickets £20/£10 HERE
The Lord Chamberlain's Men invite you to join them for Shakespeare's sparkling comedy, As You Like It against the spectacular backdrop of Shrewsbury Castle. One of the UK's finest touring theatre companies present this great play as Shakespeare first saw it performed - in the open air, by an all male cast and with Elizabethan costumes, music and dance.
August 26 - Sept 3
DC League of Super-Pets (PG)
The Old Market Hall
(various show times)
A super-dog and Superman fighting crime side-by-side? What’s not to like?
Book tickets HERE
August 26 - 29
Shrewsbury Folk Festival at West Mid Showground
Take the whole family and camp at this fabulous, world-renowned festival right on our doorstep. This year, the festival welcomes singer-songwriting legend Judy Collins, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Skerryvore, The Breath, Thea Gilmore, Carlos Nunez and so many more, performing across four live music stages. And with fringe events set to take place in Shrewsbury town centre, it's bound to liven things up this weekend!
Read our full preview HERE
Or book your tickets HERE
August 27 & 28
Andre Rieu’s 2022 Maastricht Concert
On screen at The Old Market Hall
Various showtimes (Sat 7pm, Sun 3pm and 7pm)
A summer concert from Vrijthof square, featuring popular feel-good classics, show-tunes, and joyous waltzes. Together with the wonderful Johann Strauss Orchestra and very special guests, André is sharing his uplifting and romantic party on the big screen.
August 28 & 29
Shrewsbury Steam Rally
Onslow Park, near Bicton Heath - SY3 5EE
Marvel at the vintage and steam-powered vehicles of all shapes and sizes on display. Tickets £16 or £1 for children aged 5-16, U5s free. Read all about it HERE
Or book your tickets HERE
Until August 31
Shrewsbury’s Field of Dreams & ‘Treasure!’
Two films are showing at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery this summer - See a fascinating film about Shrewsbury’s Raven Meadows based on original archive material held in the museum’s collections.
Read our blog about ‘Field of Dreams’ HERE
You can also pop into the museum and enjoy Samantha Moore’s archaeologically inspired animation ‘Treasure!’ about the finding of The Shropshire Sun Pendant. And there are free family drop-in activities running on a prehistory theme too. Whilst you’re there, the kids might enjoy Maximo’s Art Trail too - search for hidden clues around the museum, or enjoy Maximo’s other trail at Shrewsbury Castle! Can you find all the shields that have gone missing?
The Shrewsbury Arts Trail
The Arts Trail has been delighting visitors and locals alike, with major exhibitions across Shrewsbury this summer, including the Andrew Logan sculpture trail, which sees Excalibur rising out of The Dingle and the giant Cosmic Egg at Shrewsbury Castle.
The Charlotte Durie exhibition comes to Bear Steps Art Gallery this weekend, and will be open every day until Sept 12 (10am to 4pm) including over the Bank Holiday weekend.
Exhibitions on this coming weekend include:
- August 22 - September 12 - NEW this week is the exhibition of work by Charlotte Durie at Bear Steps Art Gallery, open every day from 10am. Browse and buy original art - framed and unframed - reproductions, and merchandise in the form of cards, cushions, mugs, coasters, t-towels, clothing, table mats, clocks etc. Also visit photographer Jorden Stokes in the upstairs gallery.
- Until August 26 - Shrewsbury Colleges Student Show at The Hive.
- Until August 31 - Shropshire Art Society - Exhibition of members' work at St Mary's Church and in the Orchard Cafe at Shrewsbury Cathedral.
- Until August 31 - 'Be Inspired' exhibition of work at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery by artists that have inspired people worldwide over many years including pieces by Damien Hirst, Andy Warhol, George Morton-Clark, Andrew Logan, Banksy, Antony Gormley, KAWS, Audrey Skaling, JMW Turner, JPR Stitch, Halima Cassell, Tracey Emin, Jeff Koons, Endre Roder, Ian Rayer-Smith, David Shrigley, Hartland Miller, Jim Read and Doodle Boy.
- Until August 31 - Raven Studios Exhibition by mosaic artist Jackie Coyle.
- Until September 25 - 'Blooming Lovely' - an exhibition celebrating the beauty of plants, flowers, gardens and anything else you might describe as 'blooming lovely' at the Visual Art Network gallery.
There are a few exciting events on the horizon in early September: The Farmers’ Market is back on Sept 2 and it’s late night at Shrewsbury Market Hall on Sept 3. Don’t miss Shrewsbury Proms in the Park (Sept 10) at West Mid Showground
And Shrewsbury Cocktail Week, starts Sept 3 - 11, with 17 bars signed up so far and a raft of cocktail classes, special creations and events on offer. Pre-order your wristband to join in!
Major shows at Theatre Severn include the musical Calendar Girls (Spet 9-11), David Walliams’ Demon Dentist (Sept 15 - 18) and the National Theatre’s landmark production of An Inspector Calls (Sept 20-24).