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What's on in Shrewsbury this Weekend? September 1st – 3rd
30 Aug 2023

The town is awash with live music gigs, plus late night openings at the SM&AG and Flaxmill Maltings, and a flurry of outdoor cinema events at Attingham Park.

On All Weekend

Time to put your feet up and watch a film?

There’s still time to catch the box office smash, Oppenheimer (15). The Old Market Hall has daily showings until September 14th.

Attingham Park has a full lineup of outdoor cinema events across the weekend from Adventure Cinema, focusing on family shows in the afternoon and classics for the grown-ups in the evenings. Bring a blanket or camping chairs, a picnic, and pray for dry weather!

On Friday they are showing The Gruffalo and Stick Man (U), followed by Baz Luhrmann's stunning new Elvis movie (12A), on Saturday there’s Sing (PG) and a Grease singalong (PG), and on Sunday they have Matilda the Musical (PG) and the weekend is finished off with the blockbuster Top Gun: Maverick (12).

Also on Friday, there's an extra parent and baby screening of Barbie (12A) at the Old Market Hall at 10.30am. The sound is lowered and lighting levels are raised, to create a more relaxed and sociable environment where babies are free to be babies and parents can still get to the cinema.

Elvis at Attingham ParkElvis has left the building and is heading for the outdoors at Attingham Park    

Friday, September 1st 

It’s the first Friday of the month so the town’s square will be welcoming the Shrewsbury Farmers Market from 9am. The county’s top producers and street food sellers will be rounded up to fill your bellies and cupboards with a hog roast, charcuterie, premium meat, cakes, chocolate, street food, cheeses, vegetarian and vegan products, gifts and more.

Museum Late

Andy McKeown's spectacular light shows will set the vibe for Museum 'Late' on Friday, September 1st

Tickets are selling fast for the next Museum Late at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. It's a last chance to see the Shrewsbury Arts Trail special exhibition and Salvador Dali sculptures, plus there will be immersive surrealist projections by Andy McKeown and tunes by 'Natural Selections' (vinyl based DJs exploring the deeper side of house music). You'll also have the chance to design and print your own surrealist artwork!

Nerdy Café, our beloved boardgames café on Mardol is back with a bang following a change of management. They have a Family Bingo Night in support of Headway Shropshire.

We're spoiled for choice for live gigs on Friday evening. The Buttermarket has AC/DC drummer Chris Slade and his 6-piece band celebrating 50 years in rock music by performing music from all eras of his career. Chris Slade’s career started when he was 16 years old when he joined Tom Jones as his drummer. Slade went on to play for a multitude of artists including of course the magnificent AC/DC!

Chris Slade eventThe ACDC legend comes to Shrewsbury this weekend

There’s another free Flaxmill Fridays event with the all-female rock band The Untamed Shrews. The Turned Wood Café will be open from 5pm serving food and drinks. Untamed Shrews will perform from 7pm to 9pm. You can also visit The Mill exhibition free of charge from 7pm.

Albert’s Shed have “psychedelic rock preachers” Goldwater, with support from Honey, I Shot the President. The Hive has Edinburgh-born Lewis McLaughlin, with support from local artist Barney Durham. Over at Tap and Can there’s free entry and live music from Jake Nelson from 8pm, or watch the James Brothers play at the Salopian from 9pm. Finally, local favourite, The Dirty Rockin Scoundrels, are playing at the White Horse from 9pm.

Saturday, September 2nd 

On the first Saturday of the month, there’s an LGBTQ+ meet up at SM&AG for the local LGBTQ+ community and their families. No need to book! It’s relaxed and informal, and a chance to make new friends.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem (PG) is showing at the Old Market Hall at 11am.

If you’re in town during the day, swing by Shrewsbury Abbey for one of their noon concerts. Thomas Allery of Temple Church in London will give a recital on the restored 1911 William Hill organ at Shrewsbury Abbey.

From 2pm until 3pm there’s a rare chance to go behind-the-scenes at Shropshire Archives. Delve into some of their favourite documents and discover some hidden gems in their collections, with a focus on images of Wroxeter to tie in with the museum's September exhibition. It’s expected to get booked up, so secure your free place now by emailing archives@shropshire.gov.uk.

Shropshire ArchivesDon't miss your chance to delve in to the archives

After the popularity of the first Jazz in the Church event, Shrewsbury Abbey is bringing it back (7pm). They’ve scooped award-winning jazz trumpet player and singer, Pete Horsfall, a regular guest on BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 3 and Jazz FM and a familiar face at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club and Paris' Les Duc Des Lombards. Tickets £22 HERE Bring your own drinks!

The Curtain Call Teens return to the Theatre Severn stage and this time, in drag. Everybody's Talking About Jamie - Teen Edition tells the story of Jamie New who is sixteen, lives on a council estate in Sheffield and doesn’t quite fit in. It's a wonderful, coming-of-age stage musical with music by Dan Gillespie Sells and book and lyrics by Tom McRae.

Get active with the Shrewsbury Hockey Club, back to hockey play day at Meole Brace School, Longden Road, 11am to 3pm. The club has five men's teams, three women's teams and junior teams from under 8s to under 18s. Find out what it’s all about in this day of mini games, skills and a BBQ. Contact info@shrewsburyhockeyclub.co.uk

There’s an all-day reggae party at The Buttermarket celebrating two reggae powerhouses: Bob Marley and UB40. Expect One Love, plenty of Jamming and perhaps some Red, Red Wine!

Over at the Hive there’s multi-instrumentalist and composer Corrie Dick (on drums) and an ensemble full of talent and energy showcasing his 'Sun Swells' release of 2022, with jazz rock instrumentation, surging vocal melodies and mercurial horn playing.

Corrie Dick

Corrie Dick - presented by Shrewsbury Jazz Network

If you caught Fee Fee & The Sentiments at the Shrewsbury Food Festival, you’ll already be hooked on their vintage rock ‘n’ roll and pop performances. They’ll be at the Albert’s Shed from 9pm - £5 admission. Shrewsbury based 3-piece, Hot Rubber, are playing at The Old Post Office. And if the sun is shining, head to the lower balcony at the Hencote Hideout for summer vibes, locally produced wine, and DJ Reech.

Sunday, September 3rd

Who knew beer and running could be combined? Well, Shrewsbury’s indie craft beer bar, Tap and Can, has made it so. Sunday is Runday – a social 5K run, followed by a complimentary drink. Everyone’s welcome, no egos, just good vibes and great beer!

The Old Market Hall is celebrating 100 years of Disney at our historic cinema with a showing of Peter Pan (U) at 12pm.

Poodle owners are invited to join a Poodle and Poodle Mix walk on Saturday, meeting at the bandstand in the Quarry at 12pm!

There’s Mangiamo Supper Club (confusingly at 2pm) at Wyle Blue World’s secret garden this Sunday, with al fresco dining in the blueBAR, celebrating the wonders of Italian cuisine. Sounds delicious!

SYTri has sadly had to cancel the Shrewsbury Sprint Triathlon It will be back in 2024!

Theatre Severn is going to round off the weekend with a real treat. The world’s most popular big band, Glenn Miller Orchestra, directed by music legend Ray McVay, returns with the fabulous harmonies of the Moonlight Serenaders, the sublime vocals of Catherine Sykes and Mark Porter, and also featuring the jazz sounds of outstanding Dixieland group The Uptown Hall Gang. It is going to be dazzling! (10% off for My Shrewsbury In the Loop subscribers too!). 

Glenn Miller OrchestraFeaturing all the favourite numbers including a tribute to the Dambusters March    

Exhibitions

There's still time to catch the beautiful artwork dedicated to the natural world at Bear Steps Art Gallery in St Alkmonds Place - with exhibitions by Shropshire artists Vanessa Bentick and Steve White. Friday is the last day!

'Tide' by Vanessa Bentick

'Tide' by Vanessa Bentick

Shrewsbury’s only photography group dedicated solely to analogue film, Shrewsbury Film Photography Club, is holding its second annual exhibition at Shrewsbury Abbey. The exhibition will be the culmination of the member’s work from the preceding 12 months – who are a very talented bunch of local photographers. The event will run for the whole of September 2023 and is free to attend.

It’s the final few days to see the Nature Connections exhibition in the Dye House at Shrewsbury Flaxmill. The free exhibition has artworks produced from LovelyLand’s 2022/23 support programme, including the Castlefields Yarn Bombers project. The exhibition closes on Sunday.

The Hive is hosting the Feeling at Home exhibition on Friday and selected dates. There are works from 19 photographers with learning disabilities from across Brighton and London. The exhibition reflects on what helps them feel at home, and what gets in the way.

Coming Up…

Don’t miss the Coracle World Championships on September 8th. It’s great to keep the local history of the coracle alive whilst raising money for Macmillan Cancer Support in Shropshire.

Coracle ChampionshipsSign up now for the Coracle World Championships

Shrewsbury Heritage Open Days is on the horizon (September 8th - 17th) too, when historic and quirky buildings will be throwing open their doors for a fascinating behind-the-scenes insight. Read our full guide to events and openings HERE.

And there's a new festival coming up too - Shrewsbury Pride , from September 30th – October 1st. We’ll be celebrating Pride in the town like never before! 

Further Afield 

On September 2nd and 3rd you can visit the Whitchurch Canal Festival, organised by Whitchurch Waterway Trust. It’s a free event with narrowboat traders and stalls, canal heritage displays, a best-dressed boat competition, a dog show, live music, and more.

Also on September 2nd is a talk on The Glories and Wildness of North Wales, at Alberbury Church at 4.30pm, exploring the artworks and travels of Revd John Parker of Sweeney Hall. Contact (01743) 851323 for tickets. 

And it’s Wem Carnival on Saturday. There will be parades at 1.30pm and 7.45pm and the Gala Field opens all afternoon (next to Wem Swimming Pool) with over 50 stalls, family fun and entertainment throughout.

There’s a Victorian Farm Weekend at Boscobel House where you can meet the animals from their Victorian farmyard and hear tales of daily farm life and harvest at the site.

Boscobel HouseLearn about Victorian life at Boscobel House