Flower fever is hitting Shrewsbury this weekend with the return of the town’s flagship event – Shrewsbury Flower Show on August 11th and 12th.
On All Weekend
Shrewsbury Flower Show, one of the UK’s premier flower show events, takes residence at the Quarry on Friday and Saturday. It’s recognised as the world’s longest-running horticultural show held in the same location – and we're pleased to see the fireworks are back this year on both nights too.
The Shropshire Horticultural Society draws in exhibitors from all over the country, plus celebrity presenters at the show, including TV gardening expert David Domoney, TV chef and author Clodagh McKenna, food and drink writer and broadcaster Andy Clarke and Adam Kirkland, host of the popular 'Tales from the Potting Bench' podcast. Read our top tips on how to get the best out of the show this year HERE.
The Shrewsbury Flower Show attracts top exhibitors from all over the country
In celebration of the Shrewsbury Flower Show, Gindifferent is hosting a Gin Therapy evening on Friday, 11th and Saturday, 12th at The Market Hall. Guests can try a selection of floral Gins from around the world and round off the evening with a rooftop view of the show’s fireworks. Tickets can be purchased here.
Darren is ready to share his gin expertise at the Gin Therapy evenings
Hire a Canoe boasts "the best seats in the house" for the flower show fireworks, taking guests on canoes up the River Severn to float beneath the amazing firework display.
Friday, August 11th
There's a lunchtime concert at St Chad's church, with piano duo Richard Walker and Gill Styles at 12.30pm. They'll be playing an arrangement of Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 4 and Pictures at an Exhibition, by Mussorgsky. Apologies, but there will be no free lunch on this occasion!
Highly Flammable Studios are hosting Making Our Mark - Mark Making Machines with Coral Brookes, a workshop aimed at kids aged 5-11. Artist and educator Coral Brookes will lead a session creating playful 3D sculptures for mark making, inspired by Shrewsbury’s landscape. Book tickets here.
Attingham Park has some outdoor theatre for all the family with Squirrel Walnutkins Saves the Planet. Squirrel and Felix the Fox will conquer their fears to make a better future. The show has lots of interactive elements and is designed specifically to engage SEN audiences and primary years. Find out more here.
Don't miss Squirrel Walnutkins latest adventure!
The Buttermarket is hosting another hectic bingo rave with Bongo’s Bingo – snap up one of the few remaining tickets here.
For a more low-key option, join Wrekin Whiskies at the Prince Rupert Hotel for a tasting evening, where you can sample new whisky distilleries from the Lowland region of Scotland.
Saturday, August 12th
English Bridge Flowers are holding a workshop where you can create your own dried flower letter at their base in the Market Hall. Get creative and pick from the dried flower bar to a colour scheme of your choosing. More info here.
From 9am-5pm make sure you visit the Made In Shropshire Artisan Fair in The Square filled with quality, independents - perfect for unique gifts and special treats. You'll find a great mix of art, craft and food suitable for many different budgets - all truly local. This event is free to visit and pedestrianised.
Cellist James Barralet will perform Bach’s Cello Suites at St Chad’s Church at 1pm (suites 1 & 2) and 6pm (suites 3 & 4) and also on Sunday at St Alkmund’s Church at 4pm (suites 5 & 6). Admission free, donations welcome. James was 'discovered' busking under a bridge in Shrewsbury and has a fascinating and sad story to tell. Read our interview with James HERE
Shropshire Cat Rescue is holding a Yoga with Cats session at their base near Bayston Hill. The outdoor session will overlook the Moggies Retirement Village and you’ll be joined by their freeranger cats.
Head to Albert’s Shed for a Hot2Trot performance of Motown, soul and funk. Expect tracks by Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Diana Ross, Chic, Lionel Ritchie, Chaka Khan & Earth Wind and Fire. Find out more here.
Sunday, August 13th
St Alkmund’s Church has a summer of events lined up. On Sunday, August 13th you can enjoy a free concert featuring Cellist James Barralet where he will complete the Bach cello suites 5-6 at 4pm.
There are a few remaining tickets for the Buttermarket’s afternoon Frozen Party, with singalongs and games with Elsa and Anna, where little ones can unleash their inner Disney princess.
Open air theatre season continues with a performance of Twelfth Night at Shrewsbury Castle. The multi award-nominated Immersion Theatre group have a reputation for producing fast-paced adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays and this one promises to be fun and interactive. Find out more here.
Keep soaking up the incredible Shrewsbury Arts Trail this summer and the inspiring sculpture trail featuring works by Salvador Dali and Jacob Chandler.
Shrewsbury Museum & Arts Gallery 'Inspirational Summer Show' and Forgotten Faces exhibition are free to visit until they close on September 1st. The summer show features internationally renowned artists alongside local talent, whilst Forgotten Faces shows portraits of local people from history whose identities and personalities have been lost to the public.
Mike Marriott 'A Retrospective' is at Bear Steps Art Gallery, August 6th to 19th
Mike Marriott, former lecturer at Glasgow School of Art is at Bear Steps Art Gallery showing around 25 works observed from life, using memory and studies (until August 19th). The gallery is open 10am to 4pm.
From Saturday until September 3rd, a Nature Connections exhibition opens at the Flaxmill Maltings. The free exhibition in the Dye House showcases artworks produced from LovelyLand’s 2022/23 support programme.
There will be displays of various techniques including crochet, mosaic, felting and yarn bombing, showing what a community can produce in an inclusive environment. There’s a free launch evening at 5pm on Friday, August 11th and we’re all invited! More info here.
One of the works from LovelyLand’s 2022/23 support programme
The Shrewsbury Stained Glass Festival continues at St Mary’s Church, with a mix of exhibitions and workshops – including stained glass painting and crafting with clay. Read our full feature HERE.
St Mary’s Church is hosting the Stained Glass Festival
The next instalment of open air theatre will be Quantum Theatre’s brand new adaptation of Kenneth Grahame’s family favourite - The Wind in the Willows. The grounds of Shrewsbury Castle will provide the backdrop for mad-cap adventures and a heart-warming tale of friendship, mishap and mayhem. Find out more.
Poise yourself for this year’s Shrewsbury Secret Artist Sale at the Soden Collection on Wyle Cop in aid of some amazing charities. The viewing day is Saturday, August 19th and the purchasing day is Sunday, August 20th. Form an orderly queue! More info.
Joe Lycett has spiced up the secret sale with his saucy artwork donation
On Monday 14th the SM&AG have a Fossil Printmaking Workshop for families with kids aged 5 and over.
Don’t forget Shropshire Petal Fields, aka selfie city, is still open daily until Sunday, August 13th. On the last day, dogs on leads are welcome and the Shropshire Ice Cream vintage caravan will be serving up doggy ice cream! Read our feature HERE.
Dogs on leads are welcome at Shropshire Petal Fields on Sunday, August 13th
The Church Stretton Arts Festival is on until August 12th. They have a huge variety of events planned. Our full write-up is HERE.