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What's on in Shrewsbury this Weekend? February 2nd – 4th
31 Jan 2024

As we welcome in February, Darwin fever is taking over the town for a month-long celebration of Shrewsbury’s most famous son. Read on to find out more about this weekend’s DarwIN Festival events, along with all the news on gigs, meet-ups, exhibitions, and theatre in the town.

Pictured: The Corbet Household medieval reenactment group who will be at Shrewsbury museum on Saturday. 

On All Weekend

Poster for The Boys in the Boat

Old Market Hall is showing The Boys in the Boat (12A) all weekend. This uplifting sports drama tells the true story of the University of Washington rowing team’s bid to compete at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, the underdogs are thrust into the spotlight and take on elite rivals from around the world. 

A stage adaptation of Rod Campbell’s much-loved lift-the-flap children’s book, Dear Zoo, comes to the Walker Theatre from Friday to Sunday.  

Friday, February 2nd

Shrewsbury Farmers Market is held monthly in the town square on the first Friday of the month between 9am and 3.30pm.  Come along and come hungry to discover the best produce Shropshire has to offer.

St Chad’s Concerts in the Round are back. Friday’s 12.30pm concert welcomes Anthony Pinel on the organ. Refreshments are served in the hall afterwards.

On writing this, there are just two tickets left to see Ross Noble at Theatre Severn on Friday evening with his Jibber Jabber Jamboree stand-up show.

Promo image for Young Elton

The Buttermarket has a tribute to Elton John. Young Elton will perform all the hits from Rocket Man to Are You Ready For Love. Doors open at 6pm and Young Elton is on stage from 8pm.

More Gigs:
  • DJ: Lauren T at Oil from 8pm-11pm with chilled, deep and jazz house
  • Acoustic covers from Ollie Jones at Tap and Can from 8pm
  • Shropshire three-piece rock and covers band, Revolution, are playing at Albert’s Shed from 9pm
  • The Indigo Machine are at The Bull Inn on Butcher Row from 9pm      

Saturday, February 3rd

Shrewsbury’s Park Runners will be embracing festivities with another Darwin-themed Park Run. Join in or come along to cheer them on. 9am – 10am in the Quarry.

The Corbet Household - Medieval Reenactment Group are back at Shrewsbury Museum from 10am – 4pm. They will be exploring the 13th century, including clothing with their expert seamstress and how the Baron’s War split the family loyalties in Shropshire. Free entry. The museum also has an LGBTQ+ meet-up from 10.30am – 11.30am. Meet up with LGBTQ+ families to make friends, explore the museum, and enjoy some refreshments together.

Shrewsbury Abbey welcomes Callum Alger of St Peter’s, Wolverhampton, to give a recital on the Abbey’s 1911 Hill organ at noon.

Chasing Mallory are performing an intimate gig at HMV Shrewsbury in the Darwin Centre at 2pm. They’ll be playing their new single ‘End of the World.’

Albert & Co Frankville have a free alternative event with Gabba Gabba Hey from 5pm until late featuring Meth Club 7, Black Tape, and Women.

West End lead, Mario Kombou, comes to Theatre Severn as Elvis. With a cast of West End talent, Mario and the band deliver over 50 golden greats in The Elvis Years. There are just a few tickets left. 

Sam Avery with a chainsaw and cuddly toy

Over in the Walker Theatre, comic Sam Avery tackles parenthood topics with How Not To Be A Terrible Parent.

Martin Kemp is taking The Buttermarket back to the 80s with his DJ set.

More Gigs:
  • Katie Brisbourne is performing live upstairs at Oil from 8pm-10pm. Featuring Katie Williams on the guitar, this acoustic duo brings soulful vocals, old school R&B, soul and motown classics.
  • Fresh from their BBC Introducing session, Jonathan Markwood’s Hoo-Hah Conspiracy is at In Good Hands Music Café from 8.30pm.
  • Rock Solid are playing an energetic set at Albert’s Shed from 9pm.
     

Sunday, February 4th

Sunday is Runday at Tap and Can. You can join their social run at 11am which is rounded off with a free beer.

George Harrison Story promo image

Something About George – The George Harrison Story is a musical biopic tribute to the so-called “quiet” Beatle. It’s back at Theatre Severn following a hugely successful 2023 tour which celebrated what would have been George’s 80th birthday.

From 6pm-9pm, Nakatomi Plaza are playing at Albert’s Shed. They are a two-piece acoustic act that cover indie/alternative tunes. A jam night follows from 9pm.

Oil has a communal vinyl spin with Comicmarvel and Beatmouse on hand to give guidance. Come along with your favourite records, book your 20 minute slot and spin. 6pm-10pm.

There’s a Lewis Capaldi(sh) Tribute Show at The Buttermarket with the voice, look and humour of the “Scottish Beyonce.” Doors open at 5pm and the gig starts at 6.30pm.

The Old Post Office is hosting Laughter Lines Comedy from 7pm. The lineup includes Peter Brush, Doug Carter, Sam Harland, and Peter McCole.

Exhibitions        

Shropshire Archives is holding a small exhibition - Darwin and The Mount on Saturday. You can view documents held at Shropshire Archives relating to Charles Darwin and his family home at The Mount. It’s free entry but they will ask you to leave coats and bags in a locker (£1 deposit). Just drop in between 2pm and 4pm.

An exhibition by Head to Art Artists Collective opens at Bear Steps Gallery from February 5th – 17th. Darwin’s earthworms, ravens and apes are among the artworks in a mix of media presented by 11 established artists.

You can still catch…
  • The Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2023) exhibition at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery until February 18th. 
  • Simple Truths at Mrs Jones Art Shop & Gallery in Coleham until March 2nd.
  • See Me at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery by Ming de Nasty. Until April 14th.  

      

Coming Up… 

Dandelion

Shrewsbury Library has an upcoming series of Nature Writing Workshops on February 1st, 8th, 15th, 29th and March 7th, 14th, 21st. The two-hour workshops in the Darwin Room will blend botanical knowledge with writers’ methods to develop skills in crafting, feedback and reflection. No experience is necessary. 10am-12pm - free.

          

Further Afield 

CultureKind Chinese Community

Throughout February, the Rose Paterson Art Gallery at Weston Park will be home to a free exhibition reflecting contemporary Chinese creativity, curated by CultureKind Chinese Community.