What's On in Shrewsbury this Weekend (July 7 - 9)?
04 Jul 2023

What’s on in Shrewsbury this weekend (July 7th - 9th, 2023)? About a million decibels of live music with LOOPFEST taking over the town and castle on Saturday, plus a luxury of exhibitions, open gardens and more. 


The Shrewsbury Arts Trail is up and running, with a host of exhibitions across town. You can read our blog about this remarkable showcase of local, national and international talent HERE. We’ve given you a flavour below, but for the full list visit the Arts Trail website 

Don’t miss the ‘Inspirational’ summer show at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery featuring stellar national and international artists, as well as a separate show of talent from local creators, all honouring the Shrewsbury Arts Trail theme of Movement. Featured artists include Salvador Dali, Halima Cassell, Charlie Adlard, Mike Perkins, LS Lowry, Andrew Logan, Sherree Valentine Daines, Banksy, Damien Hirst and many more (FREE entry, until August 31). Further exhibitions of work by local artists and schoolchildren will be held throughout July and August in Theatre Severn and The Parade Shops and at the museum. 

Follow the Sculpture Trail to The Dingle, outside Shrewsbury Castle and in the courtyard at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery to see stunning works by Salvador Dali and Jacob Chandler. Read our interview with the Midlands-based artists HERE

Visit the Shropshire Art Society 75th Anniversary Summer Exhibition at St Mary’s Church (FREE entry, until July 15) and an exhibition of work by Gill Stokes at Bear Steps Gallery (until July 8).

There's an exhibition of RIBA photographs from 1967 depicting The Shirehall: Civic Pride in Architecture - at Bear Steps Gallery, Shrewsbury (July 9 - 22). Admission FREE. Further exhibitions include:

‘Kinesis’ - artwork by George Sfougaras and ceramics by Stefan Chabluk at the Gateway Gallery (until Aug 31); exhibition of photographs of ballet dancers by Birmingham Royal Ballet soloist Lachlan Managhan at Theatre Severn (until Aug 31); Mrs Jones Art Shop & Gallery in Coleham open exhibition (Jul 8 - Aug 5); Tricia Crowther landscapes at Raven Studios (until Aug 31), an exhibition at Visual Art Network Gallery incorporating work by refugees (until Aug 12); photographer James Warman and landscape artist Jane Beesley have a collaborative exhibition 'A Meeting Place' at Glouglou on Castle Gates; WOMEN: NOW is a contemporary exhibition at The Hive celebrating the talent of established and emerging women artists (until Aug 28 with a launch night July 7 from 6.30pm) and many more to come…

On All Weekend…

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Greatest Days (12A)

Old Market Hall, The Square - July 7 - 13

Featuring the hit songs of Take That and adapted from the smash hit stage show, Greatest Days follows five best friends who have the night of their lives seeing their favourite boy band in concert. Tickets HERE

The Full Monty

Theatre Severn Auditorium  - July 5 - 8 (multiple show times)

Get Your Wigle On return with their most revealing show ever based on the famous story about a group of unemployed steelworkers from Buffalo who come up with a novel way to make some quick cash. Tickets £19.50 - £24 HERE

Friday, July 7th

Lunchtime Concert at St Chad’s, with Shaun Turnbull (organ) from 12.30pm. Admission free. 

Shrewsbury Farmers’ Market, The Square, 9am to 3.30pm. 

Saturday, July 8th

Loopfest revellers

Loopfest bands will be out in action on Saturday, July 8th with over 100 gigs across town. Credit KR Creative 

LOOPFEST - enjoy a whole day of live music at around 20 venues across town, with over 100 gigs planned from 12pm to 9pm and a new LOOPEST mini festival at the castle, with a great lineup plus stalls and merch. Read our interview with LOOPFEST creator Jamie Smith to find out more HERE

Saturdays at Noon Concert - Dr Michal Szostak (organ) at Shrewsbury Abbey, 3pm - 4pm. Part of the Saturdays at Noon series. 

Bitterley Court Garden Open Day - 11am to 5pm, SY8 3HL for Shropshire Historic Churches Trust. Read our blog about this stunning garden HERE

Shrewsbury Abbey Summer Fair - 10am to 2pm in the Abbey Grounds. Food stalls, crafts, games, bouncy castle, treasure hunt and more. 

Family Fun Day at Grange Primary School - with inflatables, food stalls, animals and much more. Free entry, 11am to 3pm. 

The Very Best of Tommy Cooper - Daniel Taylor recaptures one of the UK’s most loved comedians at the Walker Theatre, 3pm & 7.30pm. Tickets £22 HERE

Made in Shropshire Artisan Fair, The Square, Shrewsbury, 9am to 5pm. 

Sunday, July 9th

Shrewsbury Classic Car Festival - from 10am at Longden Village Hall SY5 8EX. Car entrance is £5 donation, or £2 on foot (adults), £1 children. Raising money for The Severn Hospice. 

Greek Souvlaki Barbecue - Greek Barbecue at the Greek Orthodox Church, Dove Close from 12.30pm to 3.30pm. Delicious Souvlaki fresh from the coals with kids' entertainment too and all funds in aid of the church. Bring a chair!

Open Gardens at Sambrook Manor - in aid of Shropshire Historic Churches Trust, from 12pm. Entry £6. TF10 8AL. 

Castle Concert 2022

Coming Up 

The county’s premier string quartet The Jarualda Quartet is giving a free lunchtime concert at St Alkmund’s (July 11). There’s a film music-themed outdoor concert at Shrewsbury Castle with Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra (July 12), wine tasting with Glou Glou on board Sabrina (July 13), the launch of the Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival (July 13 - 16), Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny (12A) comes to OMH (July 14 - 20) and it’s Let’s Rock retro festival in The Quarry (July 15).