What's on in Shrewsbury this Weekend? November 17th – 19th
15 Nov 2023
Don’t miss DRAWN Christmas at the Flaxmill this weekend. There are some fabulous concerts taking place plus new exhibitions at The Soden Collection, the Gateway Gallery, and Bear Steps Gallery.

On All Weekend

DRAWN at Christmas returns to Shrewsbury Flaxmill this weekend. This free artsy event brings local artists, makers and creatives all under one roof. There’ll be 45 stalls of locally produced gifts, art, illustration, jewellery, fashion, ceramics and homewares plus some bookable workshops.  Read more HERE.

Killers of the Flower MoonKillers of the Flower Moon is showing at Old Market Hall

Old Market Hall is showing Killers of the Flower Moon (15) on Friday and Saturday at 10:30am. This epic western crime saga directed by Martin Scorsese stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro, and Lily Gladstone.

They also have showings of The Lesson (15) throughout the weekend. The 2023 British thriller stars Richard E. Grant, Julie Delpy and Daryl McCormack.

Shrewsbury School is hosting two evening musical recitals performed by the school’s talented pupils and community choir with the return of the annual St Cecilia Concerts this November 17th and 18th. On Friday the audience will be treated to the School’s Symphony Orchestra performing Shostakovich Jazz Suite No.2, Dvorak Symphony No. 9 ‘New World’ i. Adagio – Allegro molto, conducted by the Director of Music, Maria McKenzie. There will also be performances from the school’s Wind Orchestra, Concert Band and String Orchestra. 

Saturday’s programme will feature a performance of Materna Requiem by Rebecca Dale, alongside the Shrewsbury School Community Choir & Chamber Orchestra conducted by Richard Robbins, the school’s Head of Choral Music. Tickets for both performances are free and can be booked here.

Shrewsbury Musical Theatre Company are performing ‘School of Rock’ at Theatre Severn from November 16th – 18th. Tickets at Theatre Severn

Friday, November 17th   

Sarathy KorwarSarathy Korwar, one of the most original and compelling voices in the UK jazz scene, comes to the Walker Theatre. His latest work celebrates South Asian music and literature, and resonates with spirituality and community. Tickets from Theatre Severn

The UK’s premier 9-piece tribute band The Specials Ltd are back by demand at The Buttermarket from 6pm. Tickets from The Buttermarket.

More Gigs:
  • Freshwest in the basement at Oil, 7:30pm

  • The Ronaldos in the Cellars at The Buttermarket, 8pm. Buy one get one free on tickets here.

  • Man the Lifeboats, Albert’s Shed, 8pm

Saturday, November 18th 

Bring empty bellies and bags to stock up at the Shrewsbury Farmers Market in the Square from 9am – 3:30pm.

You can visit printmaker, Kit Byron’s Winter Open Studio event at 17 Oak Street from 10:30am – 6pm. There will be a wide range of cards, including Christmas designs, plus a selection of mounted and framed pictures.

Bird & Beer have a Festive Bottomless Brunch at 1pm. You have 90 minutes to enjoy unlimited chicken and fries, booze and good vibes.

There’s a guided Walking Tour of Shrewsbury kicking off at 2pm from the museum. Tickets are £9 for adults from SM&AG.

Phoenix Singers of Shrewsbury

The Phoenix Singers of Shrewsbury are joined by David Thomas, Anthony Pinel and Una Pavlovic-Alldridge to perform an evening concert at St Chad’s - In Paradisium. 

Over at Shrewsbury Abbey there’s a concert from multi-award winning tenor Russell Watson accompanied by world-renowned pianist/arranger/writer Mike Moran, plus special guest – Nancy May.

Chris Difford

There are just a few remaining tickets for Chris Difford’s gig at the Walker Theatre. He is a founding member of Squeeze, formed 50 years ago. His new show charts his journey and celebrates with songs from the Squeeze catalogue and from solo albums recorded during those years. Tickets from Theatre Severn.

More Gigs:
  • Microbaby at Albert’s Shed, 9pm
  • Lauren T + Friends in the basement at Oil, 7:30pm


Sunday, November 19th

Shrewsbury School Quod are hosting a Joy of Christmas Fair from 11am – 4pm. There will be independent stalls, live music, and the £5 ticket includes a mince pie and mulled wine.

The Buttermarket welcomes the legendary drummer of The Jam, Rick Buckler, for The Jam 1982, an evening of music and visuals. Tickets at The Buttermarket.

Wayward Mystic are performing the music of St Hildegard von Bingen at 3:30pm at St Alkmund’s Church with Tony Bianco on drums and Faith Brackenbury on violin, viola and vocals.

More Gigs:


'Hiding' an exhibition by Grace Currie runs from November 10th until December 21st at the Gateway Gallery. The gallery is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm. Read more HERE

Doodle Boy's new doodle trailThe Doodle Boy’s Solo Exhibition ‘Shadow Doodles’ opens at The Soden Collection on Wyle Cop from November 18th -25th. This is a brand new collection of highly anticipated original pieces by Shrewsbury’s very own Joe Whale aka The Doodle Boy. Read more about this and the doodle trail HERE.

The Bear Steps Gallery currently has a photography exhibition from Jordan Stokes in both upstairs galleries. Picturesque runs until November 25th. In the main hall you’ll find the annual autumn exhibition from the Ffeisty Ffelters

You can still catch…
  • Shrewsbury Drapers Company’s Textile Exhibition at Shrewsbury Library until November 25th

  • Up the Garden Path’, an exhibition of local printmakers at Mrs Jones Art Shop & Gallery until November 25th

  • Lines of Thought, Luke Crump’s brilliant first solo exhibition is at The Hive on Belmont until December 5th

  • Ashes Under Uricon - a balcony exhibition at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery exploring works inspired by the Romany City at Wroxeter until December 17th


Coming Up…

St Alkmund’s Church has a concert on Tuesday at 12pm from soprano, Gabrielle Leung, with Pam Kijoran on piano.

Christmas Lights switch on in the square

Don’t miss the Christmas Lights Switch On happening on Wednesday (22nd). Activities kick off in town from 4:30pm, with the lights being switched on in the Square at 6:30pm. 

The History Club is back at Bear Steps Hall on Wednesday, November 22nd. This one is all about The Stuarts, and how the Civil War affected Shrewsbury. 

Have you signed up for techtimeout tuesday on November 28th? The awareness day that started right here in Shropshire is back and over 600,000 people have signed up so far. All you need to do is pledge some time off tech – even if it’s just 10 minutes - to give your mental health a boost. Find out more HERE.     

It’s nearly panto time at Theatre Severn! (Oh yes it is!) Tickets for Jack and the Beanstalk are available now, with dates from November 29th until January 7th. Tickets from Theatre Severn.

Further Afield 

There are still tickets available to watch Kevin Bridges' stand-up show on the big screen at Wem Town Hall on Friday evening. 

Apley Farm Shop Christmas Market

Apley Farm Shop is holding a Christmas market over the weekend – free entry.

Oswestry Antique & Collectors Fair is also taking place over the weekend. £3.50 entry and you might spot Bargain Hunt being filmed!