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What's On in Shrewsbury this Weekend? February 3rd - 5th 2023
01 Feb 2023

The DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival begins this weekend (February 3rd - 5th) celebrating the life and works of our town’s most famous son, with a host of events throughout February. Plus there's some great live music on offer and a lively line-up at Theatre Severn, OMH, The Hive and The Buttermarket and an immersive Alice in Wonderland town-wide event from CluedUpp games (pictured). 

On All Weekend…

The DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival begins this weekend and there’s a free exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery ‘The Making of a Marvellous Mind’, with a free talk on Saturday at 12pm ('Roman Wroxeter and Wiggling Worms' - on how Darwin thought worms may be responsible for burying the ancient city!). Visit the free drop-in ‘Darwin & The Mount’ exhibition at Shropshire Archives on Saturday from 2pm to 4pm to see documents relating to the famous naturalist and his family home on The Mount. 

The tour of Charles Darwin’s Shrewsbury on Saturday has SOLD OUT, as has Ted Maidment’s talk on Sunday about Charles Darwin’s family and the connection to Vaughan Williams at The Mount House organised by the Darwin Birthplace Trust. 

For the full list of DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival events visit HERE

Darwin festival poster

A Charm of Goldfinches is a beautiful exhibition currently on at The Gateway Gallery, Chester Street, until February 27th from 9am to 4.30pm - Free entry. Read our blog HERE

Friday, February 3rd

It’s Shrewsbury’s Farmer’s Market in The Square this Friday from 9am to 3.30pm with a chance to stock up the cupboard with the finest produce from local producers. 

Catch a film at The Hive (5 Belmont Street, 8pm) - ‘You Will Die at Twenty’ sees a young Sudanese teen living in the shadow of a holy man’s prediction that he’ll die aged 20. 

The Farmers Market is back in the square

Saturday, February 4th

Don’t be shocked if you see folks dressed in costumes from Alice in Wonderland roaming the town - there’s a town-wide immersive event on from Clued Upp games (SOLD OUT) 

There’s a run on 80s garb as Martin Kemp comes to The Buttermarket this Saturday night with his ‘Back to the 80s’ show, from 7pm. Final release tickets are still available at £22.50 HERE

Martin Kemp

A different kind of dress is required at social group the Meryton Mob Ball at St Mary’s Church on Saturday, from 7pm with music and calling in Regency style! Tickets £25 from merytonmobball@gmail.com

The Quarry park will be full of poodles on Saturday with a dedicated Poodle & Poodle Mix walk at 12pm from the bandstand. Or join the MRC Shrewsbury Saturday Run from the House of Grain at 1pm (5km and 10km), or Parkrun first thing from the bandstand at 9am! 

Sunday, February 5th

There’s a public open day a bit further afield at Soulton Long Barrow from 10am to 1pm - a modern day, community burial mound. 

At Theatre Severn

‘Looking for me Friend’ is a funny and touching tribute to national treasure Victoria Wood - find it at Theatre Severn’s Walker Theatre on Friday, February 3rd at 7.30pm. It’s written and performed by Paulus, the star of BBC1’s ‘All Together Now’ and ‘King of Cabaret’. Tickets HERE

Maisie Adam brings her comedy show ‘Buzzed’ to Theatre Severn on Saturday, February 4th at 8pm - fresh from Live at The Apollo, A League of Their Own, Mock The Week and The Last Leg. SOLD OUT (try the wait list 01743 281281).

The Classic Rock Show is back paying tribute to legendary folk heroes at Theatre Severn in the main auditorium all weekend (February 4th & 5th, 7.30pm both nights). There are very few seats available on Saturday (a few more on the Sunday) but you might get lucky! Book HERE

The Classic Rock poster

At the Old Market Hall

Till is based on the true story of Mamie Till-Bradley, an activist and educator who sought justice after the murder of her 14-year-old son Emmett in 1955. (February 3rd - 9th, Multiple showtimes) 

Tickets are still available for Roald Dahl’s Matilda - The Musical Sing-a-Long (PG) this weekend (February 4th & 5th, Saturday 11am, Sunday 12pm). Book HERE

Live Music

live music in Shrewsbury

Find award-winning UK folk duo ‘Good Habits’ at the Shrewsbury Coffeehouse on Friday, from 7.30pm. An evening of groove-based jazz from Nonunonu comes to bar OIL on Castle Street on Saturday from 7pm (Jaxx, Hip-Hop, Prog and Funk), whilst Percy Veer Band is at The Bull Inn on Butcher Row from 9pm. And Solar Mohicans are live at Albert’s Loft Bar from 9pm on Saturday. 

Chords Crush Cancer is a popular and longstanding music fundraising event organised by Mark Fielden at The Inn on the Green in aid of Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, on Saturday at 7pm. And Longden Calling are at The Bricklayers Arms from 9pm. 

S4tw-duo are at The Salopian on Sunday from 6pm and Andy Cutting brings his melodeon skills to The Hive on Sunday, from 7.45pm. He’s a former BBC Radio 2 Folk Award Winner Best Musician 2008, 2011 and 2016). Or find Upbeat Duo at The Old Post Office from 9pm on Sunday.

Coming UP…

Darwin festival image

George Richmond: Portrait of Charles Darwin from the Darwin Museum, Down House collection (1840)

There are plenty more Darwin-linked events on the horizon as the DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival gets underway including a free ‘Young Darwin’ Exhibition which opens at Bear Steps this week (February 6-12, 10am to 4pm), plus open days at the Unitarian Church on the High Street, where Darwin worshipped with his mother and a series of fascinating talks and lectures. See the full list of DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival events HERE

All guided tours of Darwin’s Childhood Garden on February 8th and 11th are now SOLD OUT.

It’s Wodehouse in Wonderland at Theatre Severn this week with Jeeves & Wooster actor Robert Daws (February 6-8) and Shrewsbury High School’s ‘Winter Dance’ showcase (February 6th & 7th). The big film coming up at OMH is Tár (15) about a composer on the edge, starring Cate Blanchett.