Shrewsbury is brimming with culture and live shows this weekend. Don’t miss the opening of Darryl Walker’s exhibition, the RAF Shawbury Freedom Parade and the Shropshire Way Walking Festival.
On All Weekend
Pick up your pace with the Shropshire Way Walking Festival from September 16th – 24th. There are 24 walks to book on to, from an easy 2 miles to a more strenuous 20 miles. Find out more here.
Shrewsbury Heritage Open Days continue – some events are fully booked, some you can just turn up to, so check out our full guide HERE to stay up to date.
Bolan's Shoes explores childhood trauma and the life-affirming power of music
Old Market Hall is showing Bolan’s Shoes (15) on Friday and Saturday. It’s a joyful celebration of seventies culture but, like Marc Bolan's legacy, its retro glitter is dimmed by the tragic repercussions of that deadly road accident.
This weekend’s celebration of 100 years of Disney at Old Market Hall is The Jungle Book (U) showing on Saturday at 11am and Sunday at 12pm.
The immersive production of Macbeth from Daniel Taylor Productions is treading the boards at Theatre Severn until Saturday, and four local children from Shropshire Youth Theatre will be performing alongside a professional cast including Rich Dee, Lucy Litchfield and Kenneth McConnel.
Friday, September 15th
There's weekly term time fun for little ones at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
If you have a 1-5 year old in tow, join in the Mini Mammoths Friday sessions at the SM&AG every Friday during term time for exploring, crafting and playing.
Pupils from Shrewsbury School will be performing in a lunchtime concert at St Chad's Church, from 2.30pm. Admission free.
There’s a Whisky Tasting from Wrekin Whiskies in The Darwin Room of the Prince Rupert Hotel from 7:30pm. Hop around the Scottish isles sampling five different whiskies.
Brandon McPhee will be performing a mix of Scottish, Irish, country and folk music, alongside a 5 piece band and guest vocals from Manson Grant at the Walker Theatre.
Top Oasis tribute band, Noasis will be at the Buttermarket with some Britpop classic tunes.
Albert’s Shed welcomes TV Pins with keyboard grooves and a fusion of styles from busking reggae, Motown, funk, gypsy stomps and driving rhythms. Members of the band have played bass with Sting, whilst others have supported Blur. Plus there will be 90’s indie with a bluesy twist from Smokin’ Eskimo.
Saturday, September 16th
Fancy a foodie Saturday?
From 9am, there will be lots of fantastic food and drink businesses at the Shropshire Produce Market in the Square.
And then you can head to St Mary’s Church for Shrewsbury Savoury 2023 from Chantilly Grey for all things salty, cheesy and meaty, plus wines to try – 10am-4pm.
There’s free entry to the Shropshire WI Open Day at Shrewsbury Abbey. WI groups from all over the county will be contributing to displays and competitions. It’s a great opportunity to see what the WI offers.
Spark Young Writers Sessions are running at SM&AG and the library for juniors and teens. Or if cycling is more their thing, there’s a Go Ride Youth Session at Shrewsbury Sports Village Cycle Track 11am-12pm with expert advice from British Cycling trained coaches.
There’s a talk at Drapers Hall at 11am where you can learn about the history of the building dating from the sixteenth century.
The Shropshire Real Ale Trail kicks off at The Salopian at 11am. Although you start in town, you’ll actually be hopping on a bus to enjoy some of Shropshire’s best rural pubs from Upton Magna to Ironbridge. Find out more HERE.
Jill Impey’s The Weather Report is screening at 11:30am at Theatre Severn. This moving film features the voices of women from coastal, immigrant and creative communities in New Zealand and England as they reflect on weather, the sea, migration and colonisation. There will be a post-screening workshop with Lucida (Jill’s fictional historical character). To reserve a place email email@example.com.
Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin are putting on a fun evening with Carry On Canoeing. There will be prizes for the best decorated canoe and best dressed canoeist and they’ll be raising funds to support older people in the community.
Fans of Kate Bush will be Running Up That (metaphorical) Hill to buy tickets
Catch Sarah-Louise Young’s An Evening Without Kate Bush at the Walker Theatre. Following its sold-out, critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe runs, and two Soho Theatre seasons, this smash-hit, award-winning show, inspired by the music and fans of Kate Bush, is here in Shrewsbury. Howl with the Hounds of Love and dance on the moors with Wuthering Heights with this joyful show.
Chris Quinn is performing at The Hive with traditional and contemporary British folk songs, bluegrass flat picking, intricate finger style delta blues, swing jazz numbers and instrumental solo guitar pieces.
Or there are these gigs from local bands happening around town…
The Bird in Hand is hosting The Shire-ish Rovers with Josh on guitar and Rick on mandolin playing Irish and Americana foot stomping bangers.
Ruffnecks from Telford are playing rock covers at The Bull Inn on Butcher Row.
Solo electro-acoustic guitarist Steve Edwards is back in town, this time playing at the Riverbank Bar + Kitchen at 9pm.
And there will be high energy from female-fronted The Indigo Machine at Albert’s Shed.
For an extra dose of chaos, head to the Buttermarket for an Oktoberfest special from Bongo’s Bingo.
Sunday, September 17th
A highlight for Sunday will be the RAF Shawbury Freedom Parade through town. Once permission to exercise their freedom rights has been sought from the Mayor of Shrewsbury at the Castle Gates at 10:15am, there will be a parade from the castle along Castle Street, Pride Hill, Shoplatch, St John’s Hill and then onto St Chad’s Terrace where His Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Shropshire will take the Salute. From there, the Parade moves on to The Quarry for a wreath-laying ceremony and service of commemoration.
Lutenist Philip Turner and Shropshire soprano Holly Teague are giving a concert at Shrewsbury Cathedral at 2pm – free admission. Expect sublime songs including Morley's 'It Was a Lover and His Lass' plus songs by Dowland and Alessandro Grandi. This is the beginning of the cathedral's Sunday Recital Series 2023. Find the full schedule on their Facebook page.
For family fun, you can head to the Walker Theatre in the afternoon for I Spy With My Little Eye with singalongs and games. Dress for a party.
Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake is going to be screened in the Old Market Hall at 3pm. This audacious and witty production is best known for replacing the female corps-de-ballet with a menacing male ensemble, which shattered convention, turned tradition upside down and took the dance world by storm.
Great Expectations - Performed by Robin Case
Something a little extra special is happening at Darwin House on The Mount. There’s a performance of Great Expectations with Robin Case as Charles Dickens, in the newly renovated dining room overlooking the gardens. Tickets includes wine and canapes in the interval.
Liverpool-born tribute, The Mersey Beatles, bring the 'mop top' hits of Beatlemania to Theatre Severn.
Fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe, Cal Halbert returns to his hometown for an outing of his 2023 Fringe Show Calcoholic - How Alcohol Ruined My Life at the Old Post Office. ‘Heartwarming, Inspiring, and very funny, *****' - EdFringeComedy
Pictured is Darryl's painting 'Shrewsbury Bird's Eye View'
From September 17th – 30th, there’s an exhibition of original paintings by Darryl Walker at Bear Steps Art Gallery. The former Shrewsbury School and Shrewsbury College of Art student who has won the David Murray prize for landscapes at the Royal Academy, will be exhibiting Shrewsbury and Shropshire landscapes, rock’n’roll paintings, plus works reflecting his travels in the Himalayas.
Symbols of Collective Creativity is still open daily at Bear Steps Hall until September 16th, exploring the depths of humanity's creative undercurrent. Visitors can experience a journey through symbolism in art, ponder a proposed blueprint for using art to understand society and express their creativity on a collaborative canvas.
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery’s 100 Years of Musical Theatre exhibition is open until November 10th.
There’s still time to catch Jane Beesley's new solo contemporary show A Powerful Force at Mrs Jones Gallery in Longden Coleham until September 30th. Don’t miss the chance to see Jane’s homegrown amazing talents. Read our interview HERE.
If you’re planning to visit the Mill Exhibition at the Flaxmill as part of the Heritage Open Days on Saturday or Sunday – pre-booking tickets is strongly recommended by the venue. As well as free entry to The Mill exhibition, Beggars' Oak Clog Dancers will be performing between 11am and 3pm on Sunday.
The Shrewsbury Film Photography Club exhibition continues at Shrewsbury Abbey until the end of the month. The exhibition is a culmination of the member’s work from the preceding 12 months and is free to attend.
Woodshrop ’23 ends the festival season at the West Mid Showground on September 22nd with tribute bands playing the 20th century hits.
The next late-night opening of our award-winning Market Hall will be on Saturday, September 23rd.
Shrewsbury Beer Festival comes to St Mary’s Church September 27th – 30th, hosted by CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale).
The region’s best beers will also be celebrated at Shropshire Oktoberfest
One of the best string groups in the UK, The Dante Quartet is at St Alkmund's Church on September 28th, in the first Shropshire Music Trust concert of the season. And Shropshire Oktoberfest is on the horizon – October 6th and 7th. This year there are beer tasting workshops with award-winning beer writer, Laura Hadland on the Friday evening. Book a place here.
At a History Weekend in the Marches there will be two days of history-themed talks in the beautiful settings of two Historic Shropshire gems, Pitchford Hall and Stokesay Court. Stroll and picnic in the gardens before soaking up a variety of speakers over two days.
Train enthusiasts - it’s the Autumn Steam Gala from Severn Valley Railway, and they’ll be welcoming guest locomotives with three days of intensive timetabling from Friday to Sunday.