Our guide to the weekend ahead in our happening town (April 21 - 23. 2023). Pictured above: ‘Rewilding’ by Bob Knowles (cropped) - part of the CLOSURE exhibition on at The Gateway gallery in Shrewsbury until April 28.
On All Weekend
Extra tickets have been released for the Faulty Towers Dining Experience (Sunday at 2.30pm) at The Buttermarket until April 23. London’s West End Show sees our favourite TV sitcom star lookalikes serving up mayhem, and flies in the soup in Shrewsbury!
A Man Called Otto (15) is the film on screen at OMH this weekend (April 21 - 24) with Tom Hanks playing the grump who moves in next to a lively young family. Also showing at OMH is God’s Creatures (15) (April 21 - 25); Emily Watson plays a mother torn between protecting her beloved son and her own sense of right and wrong.
A stunning owl by fumage artist Caroline North, currently exhibition at Bear Steps Art Gallery
Fumage artist Caroline North is in the main hall at Bear Steps Art Gallery until 4pm on April 22. (go see how she uses candles & smoke to create her awesome pictures!), together with ceramics from Philip Thomas and the glasswork of Anthony Finnegan - read our blog about the glass artist from Castlefields HERE
‘CLOSURE’ is a fascinating exhibition at The Gateway Gallery on Chester Street until April 28 featuring a vast collection of photos of HM Shrewsbury Prison ‘The Dana’ which closed 10 years ago. You can read our interview with the photographer Dr David Martin HERE
Or pop over to St Peter’s Church in Cound to enjoy an Art Exhibition all weekend, with afternoon teas available.
Friday, April 21st
Our 'Shrewsbury girl' Carol Decker returns to Theatre Severn this weekend - lucky are the folks with tickets!
There’s a free lunchtime concert at St Chad’s at 12.30pm, with arrangements and original compositions for four flutes. Carol Decker returns to her former stomping ground in Shrewsbury with 1980s hit group T’pau at Theatre Severn - sadly now sold out for anyone hoping to get tickets, but you could try for returns. And NTLive - Good with David Tenant on screen at Theatre Severn has now also sold out.
Karl Phillips & The Rejects are at Albert’s Shed from 9pm, and Garage Rock duo Currls is at The Shrewsbury Coffee House from 7.20pm (featured on BBC Introducing, and a Glasto22 Emerging Talent nominee).
Saturday, April 22nd
The Shropshire Real Ale Trail lets the bus take the strain out of a pub crawl round the villages
Shropshire Real Ale Trail - Catch the bus from Shrewsbury and visit a raft of real ale pubs out in the sticks (buses run 11am to 10pm). Tickets £25.
There’s another Shrewsbury Preloved Vintage Kilo sale at St Mary’s Church from 10am - 5pm. Hurry if you're keen to see Gardeners’ World presenter Adam Frost at Theatre Severn, 7.30pm. Only a few tickets left - £32. And Shrewsbury Cantata Choir performs ‘Two Requiems’ at Shrewsbury URC at 7.30pm (Durufle and Faure) featuring Gemma King (soprano) and soloists on harp, organ and cello. Tickets £15 or free for U18
Enjoy the Urban Folk Quartet at Theatre Severn’s Walker Theatre from 8pm. Tickets £18.50. Or there’s Jazz in the Church at Shrewsbury Abbey from 7pm with internationally acclaimed jazz clarinettist/saxophonist and vocalist Adrian Cox - bring your own drinks! Tickets £22. And Dominic Ingham (violin) brings his Ingham Quartet to The Hive from 8pm - a blend of jazz, folk & classical music.
Sunday, April 23rd
Join the 6km Walk Against Waste with Shrewsbury Food Hub (pictured), treading a route between our town’s six bridges, to help raise awareness about how reducing food waste has a positive impact on our environment. Start at Shrewsbury College, English Bridge campus, any time between 9am and 4pm (£6 a map) and walk at your own pace (approx 1.5 hours). All funds to go to the Shrewsbury Food Hub.
Or, a bit further afield is the Shropshire Tasty Trail - a 7.5 mile ramble across the Oteley Estate near Ellesmere, with stops to take in three courses, live music and drinks along the way. You'll have to hurry, as there were only a few early morning slots left.
The Shrewsbury Secret Suppers are always a popular event (April 26th) in aid of Self Help Africa
There’s a lunchtime concert at St Alkmund’s this Tuesday April 25th with Alison Loram (violin) and Yuki Kagajo (piano). It’s the Shrewsbury Secret Supper in aid of Self Help Africa on April 26th, Dean Friedman is Live in the House at St Mary’s (April 26th), there are a few tickets left for Rumours of Fleetwood Mac at Theatre Severn (April 28 & 29) plus the big art fair DRAWN is at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings on April 29th. And the Phoenix Singers are to perform The Messiah at St Chad’s Church (April 29th).
NB showings of Vermeer: The Blockbuster Exhibition have now sold out at OMH (April 20 - 27). Films coming up at OMH include The Banshees of Inisherin (April 25-26) and Living (April 25-27).