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What's on in Shrewsbury this Weekend? January 19th – 21st
17 Jan 2024

We’ve got the full low-down on Shrewsbury’s events, gigs, exhibitions and meet ups. Pictured: Jesca Hoop who is set to perform at Shrewsbury Abbey next week (January 24th) as part of the fab 'Live in the House' series

On All Weekend

One Life

This weekend’s Old Market Hall film is One Life (PG). It’s based on the story of Sir Nicholas 'Nicky' Winton, a London broker who rescued 669 children from the Nazis in the months leading up to World War II.   

Friday, January 19th   

Tickets to see Rhod Gilbert at Theatre Severn are sold out – but you can add your name to the waiting list.

Elo Again

The Buttermarket presents Electric Light Orchestra’s greatest hits with tribute band ELO Again playing hits like Mr Blue Sky and Livin’ Thing. They’ll finish the night with a free 70s and 80s after party.    

More Gigs:
  • DJ: Comicmarvel, 8-11pm at Oil
  • Hannah and Brian, 8pm, The Wheatsheaf
  • Upfront Rock, 9pm, Albert’s Shed   

Saturday, January 20th

Shrewsbury Urban Sketchers are meeting at The Market Café at 10.30am to sketch and drink coffee (no tuition). Beginners welcome – just bring your own equipment.

The Corbet Household medieval reenactment group outside the museum 

The Corbet Household medieval reenactment group will be talking about the life and times of the Corbets in the 15th century at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery from 10am – 4pm. You can enjoy the period costume, arms and armour, their resident barber surgeon, or hear about their antics in the Arundel Misrule of Shropshire and exploits in The War of the Roses. Free Entry - just pop in. 

Feel The Music orchestra 

Feel the Music at Theatre Severn this Saturday. Making their first visit to Shrewsbury since 2016, The film Orchestra, under the baton of TfO Principal Conductor David Curtis, will perform a concert of film and TV music in support of Hope House Children’s Hospices. The 70-piece orchestra will play some of their favourite scores from recent years, including music from Star Wars, James Bond, Pirates of the Caribbean and E.T. 

Get ready to twist and shout the night away with The Upbeat Beatles, a tribute to the Fab Four as they perform 30+ hits at The Buttermarket, followed by a 60s and 70s party.

Mighty Vipers 

Catch Mighty Vipers at Albert’s Shed. They are an eight-piece party machine from the north of England, spanning from Barnsley to Shrewsbury. A composite of brass band culture mixed with the protest activism of punk rock, driven forward with a reggae-inspired groove. Support comes from Packet Racket.    

More Gigs:
  • Little Wing, 10pm-late at Oil


Sunday, January 21st 

Don't miss Rosie Cottell’s Clothes Swap at The Morris Hall, Shrewsbury SY1 1JB, 12 midday to 4pm. ‘SWAP’ - The Clothes Swap Experiment invites us to bring clothes for people of all genders and ages and exchange them for tokens on the door so you can leave with a brand new wardrobe! Entry is £5.

Give Samba a go in the Quarry! XR Salop Samba will be by the bandstand or the play park with spare instruments if you fancy having a go.

St Alkmund’s Church welcomes Yuxuan Zhao at 3pm. This fabulous young pianist will play a Haydn Sonata, two pieces by Chopin including the Grande Valse Brillante and Ravel’s “La Valse”. Admission is free but donations are invited.

Cirque comes to Theatre Severn at 4pm. West End and Broadway hits combine with breath-taking aerialists, contortionists, fire jugglers and feats of agility and flair.

The Lost Boys

Old Market Hall has an evening showing of The Lost Boys (12A), which centres around the passionate romance that develops between two young offenders at a juvenile reform centre in Belgium. 

Albert’s Shed has Softboys and Paperboy from 6pm – 9pm, followed by a jam night where all skill levels are welcome to get involved.  

Exhibitions        

 You can still catch…
  • James St Clair Wade Exhibition: The Shrewsbury Streetscape Project in the Darwin Gallery at Halls’ Battlefield HQ, until January 19th
  • Canal Boat Lives in the Shut at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery until January 31st.   
  • The Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2023) exhibition at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery until February 18th. 
  • See Me at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery by Ming de Nasty. Until April 14th.  
Coming Up… 

Shrewsbury School is hosting an evening of psychiatry hosted by author and broadcaster Professor Femi Oyebode, at 7.30pm on the 24th in the school’s Barnes Theatre. 

Jesca Hoop is performing at Shrewsbury Abbey on Wednesday, January 24th. California-born but now based in Manchester, Jesca has 6 studio albums under her belt, with acoustic led pieces rooted in folk tradition. Jesca will be supported by Shropshire singer/songwriter Meg Chandler.

And there's another brilliant concert on the horizon from Shropshire Music Trust on January 28th - with Simon Callaghan and The Carducci Quartet at The Maidment Auditorium. 

Further Afield 

Duo b!z'art

Newport Music Club is hosting a piano concert by Duo b!z'art on Saturday at 7pm, showcasing Belgian pianists, André Roe and Geoffrey Baptiste, who play with four hands on one piano. Their influences range from romanticism to 20th century music, combining well-known masterpieces with unjustly forgotten works. £15 adult / £5 child.

Kilts at the ready for the Quatt Burns Night Supper at Quatt Village Hall on Saturday evening. The night will include poetry, celebration, a traditional Haggis meal, a live piper and a wee dram of whiskey to toast the night.