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What's on in Shrewsbury this Weekend? October 6th – 8th
04 Oct 2023

Shropshire Oktoberfest’s vast beer tents have landed in The Quarry for two days of locally produced real ale and tipples, plus live music, oompah, and loads of lederhosen!

On All Weekend

Shropshire’s biggest beer festival will be serving up locally produced beers, ciders, wines and spirits on Friday and Saturday in the Quarry. NB the organisers, Shropshire Festivals, have warned Saturday’s tickets are likely to sell out.

The festival is all about championing and gathering up the region’s best drinks producers, along with local bands, oompah, a silent disco, carpool karaoke, comedy club and street food. Lederhosen and dirndl optional! Book tickets here.

Golda
Helen Mirren stars as Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir in Old Market Hall's weekend film

Old Market Hall is showing Golda (12A) all weekend. It’s a thriller sharing the dramatic events and controversial decisions that Meir – also known as the ‘Iron Lady of Israel’ – faced during the Yom Kippur War in 1973.    

Friday, October 6th  

Shrewsbury Farmers Market will be filling the square with artisan food and drink from 9am – 3:30pm.

St Chad’s free lunchtime concert welcomes students from Chetham’s School of Music. It’s a 12:30pm start, with a light lunch served afterwards.

Every Friday in October you can join a behind-the-scenes tour of the Music Hall to discover centuries of history in the home of the museum. 

There’s another chance to catch Ivo van Hove’s A Little Life in the Walker Theatre on Friday evening.

Trampolene
Catch Trampolene on their UK tour at Albert’s Shed
 Evening gigs round-up:
  • Taylor Swift The Era Party – 6pm at The Buttermarket – the ultimate tribute for Swifties
  • The Hot Jazz Biscuits – 7pm at Flaxmill Maltings with New Orleans jazz and swing (free)
  • Trampolene – 8pm at Albert’s Shed – having supported the likes of Liam Gallagher, The Libertines, Kasabian, Buzzcocks, Peter Doherty and much more – definitely a top pick. Support from Bohmen and Missing Fingers.
  • Steve Edwards - 8:30pm at The Salopian with some solo electro-acoustic guitar and vocals  

Saturday, October 7th    

From 10:30am – 11:30am Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery have an LGBTQ+ meet-up where LGBTQ+ families can come along for a play, chat, coffee and cake. No need to book, just turn up.  

There’s another Go Ride session for kids wanting to get into cycling at Shrewsbury Sports Village cycle track from 11am – 12pm. 

Street art workshops from Luke Crump

The Hive and Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings have teamed up to deliver free street art workshops for 18-25 year olds. This will be the first of five workshops at the Flaxmill with local artist, Luke Crump helping budding artists to figure out their street style and teach some new techniques. Watch out for Luke's solo exhibition coming soon to The Hive from October 13th. 

Shrewsbury Abbey’s noon concert welcomes David Thomas, former Director of Music of Winchester College, who will give a recital on the restored 1911 William Hill organ.

Shropshire Archives are delving into two centuries of local protesting with their People Power: Protest Past and Present event at 2pm. 

Kick off spooky season with a Halloween showing of Hocus Pocus or The Lost Boys from Outdoor Cinema on London Road.

Expect spiritual, progressive, perfectly crafted, mediative jazz sounds for the 21st century as Matthew Halsall and his band perform music from their forthcoming album An Ever Changing View together with gems from his back catalogue at the Walker Theatre.

Theatre Severn has The Greatest Hits of Motown busting out hits from legendary artists such as Lionel Richie, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Smokey Robinson, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson Five, The Isley Brothers, Edwin Starr and many more. Grab one of the last few tickets! 

Evening gigs round-up:
  • The Big 80s Live Party ft tribute Duran Duran Experience – 4pm at The Buttermarket
  • Ruffnecks – 9am at Albert’s Shed – rocking covers from Telford
  • Grant Pritchard Blues Band – 9pm at Albert & Co Frankville with some foot-stomping blues grooves
  • Watermelon Chronicles – 9pm at the Bull Inn with rock classics and mash-ups    

Sunday, October 8th 

Cheer on the Shrewsbury Half Marathon runners, who are setting off from the West Mid Showground at 8.30am. Let’s hope there aren’t many Oktoberfest hangovers among the competitors!

This week’s Disney film at Old Market Hall is The Princess And The Frog (U) at noon.

Shropshire Chamber Orchestra Autumn Concert is at Holy Trinity Church in Meole Brace at 3.15pm with baritone Peter Edge, who brings a world premiere by Paul Henley into life, and French horn player John James performing Strauss' glorious 1st Horn Concerto. Tickets £15 HERE If you can't make this concert, they're also performing it in Ellesmere at St Mary's Church on Saturday, October 7th at 7.30pm. Tickets also from ticketsource.co.uk

Egghead & TwinkieA film showing part of Old Market Hall Pride Month

Old Market Hall is continuing last weekend’s Pride celebrations, with a showing of Egghead & Twinkie (PG). After coming out to her parents, an Asian American teenage girl takes off on a road trip to meet her online crush with the help of her nerdy best friend. 

Close Incantors Quartet are performing Short, Back & Sides at Shrewsbury Cathedral with 22 pieces ranging from Palestrina to the Beach Boys. It’s free entry with a collection for Hope House Children’s Hospice. 2pm – 3:15pm.

Round off the weekend with some giggles at Carl Hutchinson’s brand new stand-up show Watch Till The End at the Walker Theatre.

Carl Hutchinson
Carl Hutchinson stops off in Shrewsbury this weekend as part of his tour 

Exhibitions 

The Autumn Exhibition at Mrs Jones opens on Saturday with original artwork from Jay Shuttleworth, Julie D Cooper, Liv Goode, Nina Archer, Sam Pooley-Stride and Trisha Crowther. Open until October 28th.

You can still catch…

  • SMTC Exhibition – 100 Years of Musical Theatre at SM&AG until November 10th.
  • Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery’s Imagination Playground until November 30th. Suitable for age 2+.
  • Ashes Under Uricon, an exhibition exploring works inspired by the Roman City at Wroxeter, is at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery until December 17th.
         

Coming Up…

Siobhan MillerSiobhan Miller is winner of 4 Scots Singer of the Year titles and a BBC Radio 2 Folk Award

On Monday 9th, one of Scotland's most celebrated folk singer-songwriters, Siobhan Miller is performing in the Walker Theatre with two of Scotland's finest musicians, Innes White on guitar and Charlie Stewart on fiddle. 

On Tuesday 10th, Oil has a Halloween showing of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) in their basement cinema. Reserve a spot here.

Shrewsbury’s award-winning travel agents, Peakes Travel Elite, have a travel showcase on October 15th at St Mary’s Church with a selection of holiday operators ready to give you all the travel inspiration you could ever need. Book your place for this free event by emailing sales@peakestravelelite.co.uk.  

Further Afield 

The Whitchurch Blackberry Fair is taking place on Saturday, with an appearance from Dreadzone at 'The Pooka's Polka' evening event in the town's market hall. The arts and street festival promotes sustainability and care for the environment - with stacks going on at multiple venues all across town throughout the day. Check out the what's on calendar HERE

Special OlympicsOver 70 athletes with intellectual disabilities will be competing this Saturday

The British Ironworks in Oswestry are hoping to break some records on Saturday with The Special Olympics. With six million athletes worldwide, the Special Olympics offers individuals with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to compete in Olympic-style sports around the globe. The opening ceremony starts at 10am.