From live gigs, to dinosaurs at Theatre Severn, some wonderful exhibitions and poetry recitals, here's your definitive guide to What's On in Shrewsbury this weekend (January 27 - 29). Pictured: Judas Johnson will perform live in store at HMV on Saturday.
On All Weekend…
Until February 17th - A Charm of Goldfinches - this beautiful touring exhibition inspired by Fabritius’ famous goldfinch featuring local artists and poetry comes to The Gateway Gallery, Chester Street. Mon-Fri, 9am to 4.30pm. Free entry. Read our blog about the exhibition HERE
Until March 26th - Charles Darwin in Shrewsbury Exhibition - ‘The Making of a Marvellous Mind’, at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. Exploring Darwin’s childhood and upbringing in Shrewsbury. Free entry.
Jurassic Live roars into Theatre Severn’s main auditorium this weekend (Jan 28 & 29). Billed as the UK’s biggest and best, award-winning dinosaur show, it’s no surprise there’s only a few tickets left (multiple performances). £19.50 HERE
Until February 25 - Leave The Road, Take The Trails - a new exhibition at the Mrs Jones Gallery in Longden Coleham, Shrewsbury featuring nine talented local artists: Annie Tortora, Celia de Serra, Ian Walton, James Warman, Jane Beesley, Maxine Gregson, Neil Johnson, Robert Davies and Ruth Gibson.
Olivia Colman and Toby Jones star in Empire of Light (15) at The Old Market Hall (Jan 27 - Feb 2) - a drama about the power of human connection, set in a fictional Margate cinema.
Friday, January 27th
Last few tickets for Vampires Rock starring Steve Steinman at Theatre Severn this Friday, 7.30pm. Catch the ghost train to rock along with songs by Queen, Meatloaf, AC/DC, Guns n’ Roses and more. Tickets £32.50 HERE
There's a Poetry Recital for Holocaust Memorial Day - Shrewsbury Abbey, 12.30pm to 1.30pm (free entry) in remembrance of victims of genocides around the world. There will be a reading by Jean Boase-Beier of Holocaust poems translated from different languages.
Saturday, January 28th
Adam Booth’s talk about extreme adventuring ‘On Top of the World’ at Theatre Severn has now SOLD OUT.
There's a great lineup of live gigs to keep you out all night in town: Judas Johnson (pictured top) kicks off the live music today with a performance in HMV at 2pm introducing his new album 'The Comfort of Honest Thinking'. Watermelon Chronicles bring rock classics to the Old Post Office from 9pm. Band members boast an impressive 75-plus years of gigging experience.
The Motel 6 are live at The Vaults from 8pm and there’s a Revolution Grooves Party at Community at In Good Hands on Frankwell Roundabout from 8pm, with soul, funk, disco, house, reggae and world music galore. Or try Something 4 at The Bull in Butcher Row from 9pm, Steve Edwards live at Riverbank from 9pm, or Lotus Motion live at The Salopian Bar from 8pm and Black Heat Angels live at Alberts Shed at 9pm.
Sunday, January 29th
Only a few tickets remain for Martyn Joseph in the Walker Theatre, at Theatre Severn this Sunday (£20.50, 7.30pm) - he’s described as a ‘jaw-dropping guitar player’ - and a Welsh Springsteen! Book HERE
Petrol heads are gathering at Meole Brace Park & Ride on Sunday from 10am to 1pm with the DAS Society Motor Morning featuring modified cars, classic cars, motorbikes and more. Tickets £5 in advance or £7 on the day per vehicle.
Or join the First Social Ride of 2023 with Trek Bicycle along the river to Upton Magna and Withington with a coffee stop, of course - 20 miles easy trek meeting at the store on Wyle Cop at 10.15am.
Big Fish Little Fish - a family rave - will come to The Buttermarket from 2pm to 4pm. Expect bubbles, balloons, snow foam and a giant parachute dance and more in this family-friendly rave in a real nightclub! Suitable for all ages. Tickets HERE
Shrewsbury Songwriters - January session at Community at In Good Hands on Frankwell roundabout from 7pm. Bring your instruments and share your songs at this informal get together. Risky Galore will be live at The Wheatsheaf from 4pm.
NB the ‘Drive Yourself to Drink’ alcohol free beer tasting event at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on Sunday has SOLD OUT
The good news is that there’s another dry. Event planned for Thursday, February 23 (£15) at stop. Cafe bar in the museum. Tickets HERE
February in Shrewsbury always starts with the DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival - remembering our town’s connection with the great naturalist Charles Darwin. There are a host of exciting events planned throughout the month, guaranteed to inspire and amuse! Read more HERE
Coming up at Theatre Severn: We’re all excited about the grande dame of GBBO herself coming to Shrewsbury - Prue Leith will be at Theatre Severn on February 1. And there’s a dose of high culture too in The Crucible NTLive on screen on Feb 2. Looking ahead, don’t miss Wodehouse in Wonderland, as Robert Daws (aka Tuppy in Jeeves and Wooster) gives us his take on the genius humorist. Till (12A) comes to the OMH from next weekend telling a powerful story of one mother’s ability to change the world.
And the Shrewsbury Farmers Markets will be back from next week too (Friday, February 3) in The Square. Plus live music at St Chad’s on Friday lunchtimes (starting February 3, 12.30pm) and a new concert series at St Alkmund’s Church on Tuesdays at 1pm, from February 14. Lots to look forward to!