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What's On in Shrewsbury this May Half Term
24 May 2023

There are lots of family-oriented activities to choose from this May half term (May 26th - June 4th), including a motorcycle display from the Bolddog Lings at Shropshire County Show (pictured). Take your pick of fun outdoor activities for the kids in this packed half term guide. Or, we have rainy days covered with a selection of indoor options. And plenty of events are free of charge!

Outdoors 

A crowd of people at the Shropshire County Agricultural Show at the West Mid Showground

Shropshire County Agricultural Show

May 27th, West Mid Showground

To kick off the Half term we have the Shropshire County Agricultural show returning to the West Mid Showground on May 27th. Featuring live music, livestock showcases, youth activities and Britain’s Got Talent stars the Bolddog Lings motorcycle display team who form the big attraction in the main ring. Book Tickets Here

A child reaching out to pet a large model of a dinosaur

Jurassic Week

All week, Park Hall Farm, nr Oswestry

The farm experience at Park Hall Farm and countryside experience near Oswestry will have a prehistoric twist with its Jurassic week for half term. For this week only there will be dinosaur themed activities including fossil digging and daily dinosaur races. Book Here

Life Beneath Your Feet

June 1st, The Cut Visitor Centre, 10.30am - 3.30pm

Feel the ‘Life Beneath Your Feet' at The Cut Visitor Centre (Shropshire Wildlife Trust) opposite Shrewsbury Abbey in Abbey Foregate. Kids will love learning about the fascinating world under their feet - what lives in the soil and the impact it has on our lives. FREE activity (suggested donation £2). 

Indoors 

A screenshot of the Super Mario Bros. Movie, which shows Mario, Princess Peach, and Toad standing in a line at sunset.

Super Mario Movie

The Old Market Hall, May 27th - June 1st.  

For the first time, the iconic global entertainment brands Illumination and Nintendo join to create The Super Mario Bros. Movie! With help from Princess Peach, Mario gets ready to square off against the powerful Bowser to stop his plans from conquering the world. Book tickets here! 

An ink print on paper, next to cyan text that says

Family Printmaking Workshop

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, June 1st

Explore your creative side through relief printmaking, and take inspiration from a spotlight talk on their fantastic Caughley collection. Print your designs on a T-shirt, tote bag or tea towel. Book Here

Gabby’s Dollhouse 

Paws Cafe, Mardol, June 2nd

Join Gabby and Floyd for a dollhouse-themed morning with a parent and toddler session in the company of their resident cats. With a little magic and a new surprise every day, Gabby's Dollhouse is filled with mini-worlds, irresistible kitty characters, and super fun adventures! Book Here

Lego Night at The Museum

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, June 2nd. 

Build your own Lego ‘Night at the Museum’ scene and you'll get to explore the museum and discover ancient artefacts too! Workshops are led by qualified teachers and suitable for children aged 5+ Tickets are £10. Book here

Shrewsbury Prison

All week, Shrewsbury Prison (May 27th - June 4th)

A visit Shrewsbury Prison's Escape the Ordinary immersive escape room might prove a hit with teens this half term. Expect a fun-filled, adrenaline-charged challenge behind bars. Or there's Icombat laser games, axe throwing and self-guided tours. 

Free of Charge

Open Day at The Hive

Friday, June 2nd, 10am to 2pm

A family-friendly activity day at The Hive on Belmont with fun, creative activities including: printmaking, Taiko drumming, face painting, Djembe drumming, sun printing, a podcasting workshop and a chill out zone. Activities will be delivered by Hive alumni or one of the Hive's creative artists. The day aims to celebrate the charity's value and positive impact on the community. 

Shrewsbury Duck Hunt

All week from May 27th

Join the Shrewsbury duck hunt! Twenty branded ducks will be hidden throughout Shrewsbury town centre with the hunt beginning at 9.30am Saturday, May 27th and finishing on Saturday, June 3rd at 4.30pm. How many will you find? This is the third annual event of its kind. Find an entry form HERE

Pictured clues are being shared on Facebook and Instagram to help you in your search! See #shrewsburyduckhunt

All entries will be entered into a prize draw to win a selection of prizes from the retailers involved in the trail. Hint - duck number one is at the bottom of Wyle Cop!

Treasure Hunters

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, May 30th, 11am - 2pm

Free drop-in family activities with a pre-history theme. Work like an archaeologist, hunt for treasure using metal detectors, handle ancient artefacts and explore pattern-making using printing techniques. Great family fun for all and no need to book!

Flaxmill Maltings renovated

Kids go free in the Flaxmill Exhibition

All week at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, Spring Gardens, SY1 2SZ

Kids can go free into The Mill Exhibition at the Flaxmill Maltings this half term and enjoy free activities on the site. There are activity trails from May 27th to June 4th every day from 10am to 5pm, to learn more about this historic site and the awesome iron-framed structure of the Flaxmill. 

Then there's 'Brilliant Buildings' (May 29th - June 2nd, 11am to 3pm) - workshops where kids can make their own mini buildings using recycled materials, inspired by their favourite building on the Flaxmill site (ages 5-11, free family drop in). 

And Jake Evans storytelling on May 30th at 3pm - a free storytelling session with this popular professional storyteller. Learn about the Dragon on the Hill, the old nickname for the main mill. (ages 6-12), admission free and no booking required. 

Find out more

Shrewsbury Splash Park

Quarry Splash Park open for Summer

All week in The Quarry, Shrewsbury's town centre park - SY1 1JA

Now that the sun has finally decided to show itself, you might want to head to the Quarry Splash Park, which has recently reopened for this summer, seven days a week until mid-September! Opening times are 10.30am to 6pm. 

Family shows at Theatre Severn 

My Son Pinocchio Jr

May 29th & 30th at Theatre Severn, 7pm

Get Your Wigle On’s Junior performers return with the classic tale of an aging toymaker and his beloved wooden puppet. This new musical, which retells the classic Disney story from Geppetto’s perspective - Book here  

The main cast of the DreamWorks film Madagascar around text that says

Madagascar A Musical Adventure

June 2nd - 4th at Theatre Severn (multiple showtimes, including matinees)

Following on from their sell out run of Shrek in 2020, Get Your Wigle On adult company return with another musical stage adaptation perfect for all the family. Join Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the hip hip Hippo and, of course, those hilarious, plotting penguins as they bound onto your stage in the musical adventure of a lifetime Book Here