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What's On in Shrewsbury this Weekend? Nov 3 - 5
01 Nov 2023

It's Bonfire Night this weekend with options big and small across Shropshire - plus there's some great new exhibitions opening and Christmas fairs beginning.

Fireworks Displays

Saturday, November 4th

Shropshire Charity Firework and Bonfire Extravaganza - Hosted at West Mid Showground by The 90s Revival, with Rozalla and Robbie Jones on the main stage. Gates open at 4.30pm with sound sensitive fireworks, 6.15pm, followed by the main display at 7.45pm. Tickets £15 (online) or £6.50 child - westmidshowground.digitickets.co.uk

Hanwood Bonfire & Fireworks Night - A traditional bonfire night for all the family at Hanwood Village hall from 6pm to 10pm. Tickets £2.50 or £6 from eventbrite.co.uk

Bonfire Night at Love2Stay, Emstrey - Book a spot in the glamping or touring park for free access. NB this year there’s a smaller amount of off-park guests. Details from love2stay.co.uk

Alderford’s Bonfire and Firework Extravaganza - Alderford Lake, 5pm. Sound sensitive display 7pm, main fireworks, 8pm. Fairground rides, live music, food & drink. A ticket only event (from £10.95/£13.95 early bird via alderford.com)

Blists Hill Victorian Town Victorian Fireworks Extravaganza - Gates open from 6pm (fireworks 7.45pm). With a casting demonstration and steam engines in action around the town. Food and drinks available from the New Inn, or explore life in a Victorian town after dark! Tickets £12.50/£17.50 from ironbridge.org.uk

Blists Hill Fireworks display

Sunday, November 5 

Bomere Heath Cricket Club - 6pm (fireworks from 7pm). Tickets £5 adults, £2.50 children, or Under 5s free. No tickets on the gate. Club sponsors Battlefield 1403 are providing the hot dogs and chilli, plus there’s a mini waltzer, mini chairs and toy set rides and bungee trampolines. Tickets from thelittleboxoffice.com/bomereheathcc/event/view/184227

Monday, November 6 - Bayston Hill Fireworks - Gates open at Oakmeadow School (Beeches Gate), 5.30pm to 7pm. BBQ, bar, stalls, food, fairground rides and more. Tickets £4/£6 from jumblebee.co.uk/baystonhillfireworks2023

Exhibitions

Shrewsbury Drapers Textile Exhibition entry showing coral made of wool

Part 1 'Mother Nature' - Fiona Cowell's Silver Award winning entry (Shrewsbury Drapers Textile Competition)

Shrewsbury Drapers Company’s Textile Exhibition is at Shrewsbury Library (Nov 10 - 25).  See wonderful competition entries on the theme of ‘East meets West’ during library opening hours. 

‘Up the Garden Path’, an exhibition of local printmakers celebrates Shrewsbury's status as a town of flowers, at Mrs Jones Art Shop & Gallery, 118 Longden Coleham, 10am to 4pm (until Nov 25). The artists are: Elly Jones, Catherine Bowdler, Sam Marshall and Su Frances plus local Shropshire artists, Ellie Cliftland, Rachel Quilty and Karen Sillar. Read our blog about this beautiful new exhibition HERE

Lines of Thought, Luke Crump’s brilliant first solo exhibition is at The Hive on Belmont until December 5th (10am to 2pm). Read our interview with Luke HERE

A new Autumn Exhibition is on at Bear Steps Art Gallery (10am until 5pm) until Nov 11 with a clutch of local artists and makers featured: Sandra Lane (Painter), Rachael Johnson (Painter), Angela Slack (Painter), Jan Austin (Painter), Jane Taylor (Painter), Sam Waters (Painter), and Tony Hedley (Potter). 

Wonderful Wales landscape image of autumn colours

‘Wonderful Wales’ an exhibition of photography by Sam Davis is also at Bear Steps Art Gallery until Nov 11, with images available to purchase in colour and monochrome from the photographer’s extensive collection of landscapes. 

Ashes Under Uricon is a balcony exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery exploring works inspired by the Romany City at Wroxeter (until Dec 17). 

Exhibition on Screen: Klimt and The Kiss is at The Old Market Hall cinema (Nov 2 & 9) with multiple showtimes. Nov 2 has sold out but NB there are just a few seats left for Nov 9. 

On All Weekend

Killers of Flower Moon film poster

'Killers of the Flower Moon' is the film at OMH this week

NB The giant ‘Pumpkin Smash’ over at Arscott Farm due to take place this weekend has been cancelled, due to the poor weather forecast. NB Christmas tree sales start from Nov 25 at the farm (10am to 5.30pm daily). 

Take part in the Autumn ‘Stomp & Stamp Trail’ at Attingham Park - a welly walk with stamps to collect on the way round (Nov 1 - 5). 

Les Miserables, School Edition, with Get Your Wigle On is at Theatre Severn (various showtimes, Nov 2-4, tickets £19.50 HERE

Killers of the Flower Moon (15) is the film at The Old Market Hall this week - an epic western crime saga starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone (Nov 3 - 9). 

‘Enchanted April’ by Matthew Barber is presented by Abbey Foregate Church Drama Group at St Nicholas’ Hall (by the English Bridge) from Nov 1 - 4 at 7.30pm each evening. Tickets £12/£6 (01743) 247450. 

Friday, November 3rd

There’s another Shrewsbury Farmers Market in The Square from 9am to 3.30pm. 

A lunchtime concert with music for viola, clarinet and piano is at St Chad’s Church, 12.30pm. Free admission. 

Enjoy another fabulous gig from Live in the House at Shrewsbury Abbey - ‘This Flight Tonight’ - The Songs of Joni Mitchell, an intimate tribute by Zervas & Pepper, 8pm. Tickets £20 HERE

‘Minari’, a film presented by Shrewsbury Film Society, is at The Hive on Belmont at 8pm. Tickets from £6. 

Hurry to get one of the few tickets left for ‘Fairytale of New York’, a feel-good Irish inspired Christmas show at Theatre Severn, 3pm & 7.30pm. Tickets £28.50 HERE

Live Music: 

  • Mobius Loop, album launch tour, Albert’s Shed, 8pm
  • Live music with Steve Edwards, Tap and Can, 8pm. 

Saturday, November 4th

Faulty Towers Dining Experience

The Faulty Towers Dining Experience at The Buttermarket is an experience not to be missed! 

Shrewsbury Cantata Choir presents Mozart’s Mass in C Minor & Haydn’s Little Organ Mass at St Chad’s Church, Shrewsbury, 7.30pm. 

Shrewsbury Winter Fair is at St Mary’s Church from 10am to 4pm - a great opportunity for early Christmas shopping with beautiful, artisanal gifts. 

Or there’s the Shropshire Quilters Christmas Craft Fayre at Radbrook Community Centre, 10am.

Experience the wild and wacky Faulty Towers Dining Experience (Nov 4 & 5) at The Buttermarket (various times).

And the South Wales Male Choir - Côr Meibion De Cymru - returns to Theatre Severn main auditorium with the ‘Sounds of Wales’, 7pm. Tickets £18 - £22 HERE

Live Music: 

  • Audio Thieves, Albert’s Shed, 9pm
  • The Modest, Charles Darwin, 8.30pm
  • Microbaby Live, The Old Post Office, 8pm
  • The Lemuns, Coracle Inn, 9pm

Sunday, November 5th

Paul Zerdin and his puppets

Ventriloquist Paul Zerdin brings a colourful cast of characters to Theatre Severn

There’s a Shropshire Antique Bottle & Collectors Fair at Bayston Hill Memorial Hall from 9am. 

Geordie comedian Carl Hutchinson brings his show ‘Watch til the End’ to Theatre Severn (extra date added) at 7pm. Tickets £17 HERE

And Paul Zerdin, the America’s Got Talent winner ventriloquist, is also back at Theatre Severn with a new comedy show and a cast of colourful characters, 7.30pm. Tickets £22 HERE

Live Music: 

  • Warbirds + Goat Man & The Moth, Albert’s Shed, 6pm
  • S4tw duo at The Salopian Bar, 6pm
  • ZZ Top Tribute, The Albion Bar, 5pm

Coming Soon

Onyx Brass the leading brass quintet

The UK's leading brass quintet Onyx Brass comes to Shrewsbury URC (Nov 10)

There are still just a few seats left for ROH Live’s ‘Don Quixote’ with The Royal Ballet on screen at The Old Market Hall (Nov 7). The Severn Tree Trust’s Autumn Talk by John Box is at UCS Frankwell (Nov 7, 7.30pm). 

‘Half the Seed of Europe’ - Remembrance in Poetry and Music, is at St Alkmund’s Church (Nov 7). The UK’s leading brass quintet Onyx Brass will be performing at The URC (Nov 10), pianist Kyle Hutchings is giving a lunchtime recital at St Alkmund’s (Nov 14). ‘Hiding’ - a thought-provoking exhibition of artwork by local emerging artist Grace Currie opens at The Gateway from Nov 10 - 21. And new exhibitions from Ffeisty Ffelters and Jordan Stokes come to Bear Steps (Nov 12 - 26).

Theatre Severn is down to the last few tickets for shows this week - That’ll Be the Day (Nov 8), Rave On (Nov 10), The Jam’D (Nov 11) and Severn Jesters Comedy Club (Nov 12). 

Next weekend, there’s a Remembrance Day match at Shrewsbury Town FC (Nov 11) and the annual Remembrance Day parade from the castle to The Quarry (Nov 12). And it’s the November Fair in The Square (Nov 11).