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What's on in Shrewsbury this Weekend? December 8th – 10th
06 Dec 2023

There are lots of Christmas concerts, fairs and gigs with festive fever hitting Shrewsbury. Don’t miss the last Made in Shropshire fair of the year and a Christmas Market at Shrewsbury Prison!

On All Weekend

Shrewsbury Prison Christmas Market is taking place on December 9th & 10th, 10am – 5pm. In the exercise yard you will find a range of street food vendors and drink providers, serving delicious foods, cakes, mince pies and a lovely cup of mulled wine to warm you on a chilly winter’s day.

Napoleon

Old Market Hall is showing Napoleon (15). Set against a backdrop of large-scale filmmaking, follow French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte's relentless journey to power through the prism of his volatile relationship with his one true love, Josephine. Showcasing his visionary military and political tactics against some of the most dynamic practical battle sequences ever filmed.

Friday, December 8th

Top Bananas

The Flaxmill Maltings has a free event with a printmaking workshop from Zoe Needle 6pm – 8pm and music from Top Bananas from 7pm – 9pm.

Trials of Cato

The award winning Trials of Cato make a welcome return to Shrewsbury as part of a new tour showcasing their latest album. Trials by Cato - supported by Annie Dressner - are live at Shrewsbury Abbey on Friday at 8pm - tickets £20.

The Buttermarket has the Male Revue Show Live from 6pm - 10pm followed by their Big Christmas 90s & 00s Party Night until 2am.

More Gigs:
  • DJ Freshwest, Oil, 7:30pm
  • Something 4 The Weekend, The Wheatsheaf, 8pm
  • Funeralcare & Idle Noise, Albert’s Shed at 9pm
  • Steve Edwards, Lion + Pheasant, 9pm
  • Open Mic Night, Albert & Co Frankville, 9pm

    

Saturday, December 9th

Made in Shropshire Fair

The last Made in Shropshire Fair of the year will be in the Square with over 45 local makers from 9am to 5pm. As this event is outdoors (under gazebos) it may be cancelled if there’s adverse weather.

Shrewsbury Abbey has a Christmas Fayre from 10am with bouncy castle, books, bottles, bric-a-brac, crafts, decorations, games, and mulled wine.

Drop in for Christmas Crafts at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery from 10:30am – 12:30pm. Suitable for children age 3+. £3 payable on arrival. 

Puss in Boots

Old Market Hall is showing Puss in Boots: The Last Wish (PG) in Ukrainian at 11am. This is the first in a series of films presented in the language of different international communities that now call Shropshire their home. Come along to watch this family favourite film in Ukrainian. Tickets are just £3 per person which includes a soft / hot drink or an ice cream.

Lingen Davies Cancer Fund has a Christmas Concert at Shrewsbury Abbey with music from The Hot Jazz Biscuits, Shawbury Military Wives Choir and Shrewsbury Brass Band. Mulled wine and mince pies will complete this fabulously festive evening. Tickets are £15 adults or £8 children aged 5-12 (Under 5s free). Tickets also available on the door.

There’s a Christmas Charity Concert at St Chad’s at 7pm featuring the world-famous Desford Colliery Band, who are four times champions of Great Britain, and the Choirs of Wrekin College. It’ll be a festive and sparkly evening! All profits will go to Cancer Research UK and the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

National Theatre Live’s Skylight is being shown on screen at the Walker Theatre at 7pm. 

The Buttermarket has a Queen-themed Bongo’s Bingo night from 5pm, followed by another Big Christmas 90s & 00s Party.

More Gigs:
  • Valley Uprising, Albert’s Shed 9pm
  • Hot Rubber Live, Old Post Office, 9pm
  • Evil Badger, Oil, 10pm

    

Sunday, December 10th

A Christmas Carol

Old Market Hall is showing the 1984 classic A Christmas Carol from December 10th – 24th if you fancy some Shrewsbury spotting! 

And there’s more Dickensian-themed fun with a performance of A Christmas Carol with Robin Case as Charles Dickens in the dining room overlooking the gardens at Darwin House on Sunday, 3pm – 6pm.

Dungeons and Drag Kings are bringing their festive drag show to Nerdy. Join Krampus for an evening of singalongs, comedy, lip syncing, and good fun (18+). It features Mother Campanelli, Jenn Deere, Tess Tease, and Miss Electric of Dungeons and Drag Kings, with Count D. Ranged returning as fan favourite Krampus. Tickets from £8.50.

Old Market Hall is showing Passages (18) at 7pm. Three lovers spin in a vortex of pent-up desire and resentment in Ira Sachs’ fresh, honest, and acerbically funny take on messy, modern relationships.

    

Exhibitions

Artwork at Bear Steps Gallery

Exhibiting on the balcony gallery at Bear Steps Art Gallery is Frances Carr with an eclectic collection of striking artworks on display until Saturday.

You can still catch…
  • The Winter Exhibition at the Soden Collection, open Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-5pm throughout December.
  • The Turning of The Sun at Mrs Jones Gallery from artist Linda Edwards until December 24th.
  • Ashes Under Uricon, a balcony exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery exploring works inspired by the Romany City at Wroxeter until December 17th.
  • Hiding, an exhibition by Grace Currie is open until December 21st at the Gateway Gallery.

   

Coming Up… 

On Tuesday 12th Shunta Morimoto, an 18-year-old Japanese piano maestro, returns to St Alkmund’s Church for a free lunchtime recital at 1pm, with music by Mozart, Schumann and Scriabin.

Carols in the Square

Join the Mayor of Shrewsbury for Carols in the Square on Wednesday, 13th, 5.30pm – 8pm. It will be broadcast live on BBC Radio Shropshire and on large TV screens inside the Market Hall – where there’ll be a Winter Warmer night taking place – it’s open late for festive shopping, food and drink.

There will be music from Shrewsbury Brass Band and Shrewsbury Male Voice Choir who will lead the crowds with renditions of classic Christmas carols.

There’s a preview evening on Wednesday 13th for James Wade’s new Shrewsbury Streetscapes Exhibition at The Darwin Gallery (open December 13th - 19th ). At the preview, you can meet the local artist and architect, and enjoy a complimentary festive drink as you get a first look at his streetscape works from the last 5 years. 5:30pm to 8pm at The Darwin Gallery, SY4 3DR. Read our interview with James HERE

Greenfield’s Christmas Festival is on Wednesday, 20th December. It’s a 3pm start at Greenfield’s Methodist Church with a free lantern-making workshop, followed by a Mini Nativity Service from 3:30pm – 4pm. Then there’s a lantern procession to the Bowling Club where there will be Christmas Fayre and Carols in the Park. Everyone welcome!

   

Further Afield 

Blists Hill Christmas Weekend

A choir and a brass band will bring festive spirit to Blists Hill Victorian Town’s Christmas Weekend.

As well as enjoying all of the town’s usual exhibits decorated for the season, kids will be able to enjoy Punch and Judy shows, and meet Father Christmas in one of the grottos. There will be the chance to do candle dipping and make Victorian Christmas cards. Last-minute shoppers can take advantage of the Christmas Emporium for some unique gifts. Reindeer and snow will add to the wintery feel. 

Shrewsbury Choral, with an orchestra led by Anne Tupling under the baton of Martin Cook, travel to Whitchurch to perform Handel’s magnum opus Messiah in the neoclassical glory of St Alkmund’s Church in Whitchurch. Saturday, 9th December, 7:30pm.