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What's on in Shrewsbury this Weekend? September 22nd – 24th
20 Sep 2023

It’s tribute band fever in town this weekend – from Woodshrop ’23 at the West Mid Showground to the Ultimate Prince Experience at Theatre Severn! Plus there's another popular late night at Shrewsbury Market Hall on Saturday. 

On All Weekend

The Shropshire Way Walking Festival continues until Sunday, with various walking groups leading different routes. You can see which walks are happening this weekend here.

The juniors and teens from the local musical theatre group, Get Your Wigle On, have six performances of Annie Jr at the Walker Theatre across the weekend.

Woodshrop ’23 is rounding off the festival season with three days of top tribute bands at the West Mid Showground. Tributes for Oasis, Elvis, Abba, Queen, Guns N’ Roses, Dolly Parton and more will be bringing the Woodstock feel to Shrewsbury.

Sound of FreedomSound of Freedom is a 2023 action film directed and co-written by Alejandro Monteverde

Old Market Hall is showing Sound Of Freedom (15) all weekend. It’s the incredible true story of a former government agent turned vigilante who embarks on a dangerous mission to rescue hundreds of children from sex traffickers, starring Jim Caviezel.

Friday, September 22nd   

The Hive have a showing of Hit The Road (12), presented by Shrewsbury Film Society. It’s billed as a tender and quirky family drama that plays out on a road trip across the Iranian countryside, with some unexpected developments along the way.

Celebrating 10 years of a cappella adventures, The Sons of Pitches are performing their ‘Best Bits’ at Theatre Severn. The Birmingham-based group were winners of the BBC's The Naked Choir in 2015.

NirvanahSmells Like Teen Spirit is coming to The Buttermarket

Experience the sounds of Nirvana live with Nirvanah at The Buttermarket at 6pm. Followed by an 80s/90s rock after-party until late.

Fans of The Ramones, the New York forerunners of punk, should head to Albert’s Shed for a performance from The Ramonas, with support from The Skate Punx. Something 4 The Weekend are playing at the Coracle Inn at 9pm.

Saturday, September 23rd 

Late nights at the Market HallThe Market Hall's monthly late night openings feel effortlessly cool

Get down to Britain’s greatest market for a late night opening! Shrewsbury Market Hall provides a real buzz at these special late openers – with some stalls open until 7pm, eateries open until 9pm, and bars open until 10pm. The next one will be on October 28th.

Build up an appetite with Shrewsbury Choral's Come & Sing Workshop Day from 9.30am at St Alkmund’s Church. You’ll be singing along to music taken from Handel’s ‘Coronation Anthems’ and Philip Stopford’s Missa ‘Deus Nobiscum.’

At 11am, Old Market Hall is showing the 1991 version of Beauty and the Beast (U), in celebration of 100 years of Disney at OMH.

There’s a noon concert with Peter King at Shrewsbury Abbey, as part of the Saturdays at Noon Series. Peter is Organist Emeritus of Bath Abbey.

For live music, Albert & Co Frankville have an open mic event for live electronic music from 1pm – don’t forget your laptop or modular synth! Laid back local bar, Oil, have DJs Comic Marvel and Beatmouse spinning vinyl from 3pm – 11pm. And River Thai is bringing Caribbean vibes to Shrewsbury with a Reggae & Roots event on the river from 4pm-11pm. The June Collins Band are playing at the Salopian at 8:30pm, with music from the 50s to the modern day. Or you can catch The Ronaldos at the White Horse at 9pm. At Albert’s Shed, The Original Wanted are playing at 9pm. They are a rock and glam band from the Midlands. At over at The Buttermarket you can sing along to musical favourites from The Greatest Showman to the Sound of Music, with a live band for their Massaoke night.

Theatre Severn has a stand-up gig from Dan Nightingale, who is one half of the smash-hit podcast Have A Word. There were still a few seats left when we looked on Wednesday evening!

Sunday, September 24th   

Up Sewage CreekLet's rally for our river this Sunday on World Rivers Day

The River Severn is being celebrated on World Rivers Day with the movement ‘Up Sewage Creek’ highlighting the river’s sewage pollution problem. Despite the serious theme, there’s lots of family-friendly fun in store with a parade setting off from Benbow Quay at 11am, complete with a Samba band. Or join the rally in The Quarry from 12pm to 1pm. The event will be followed with a screening at The Hive of 'Invisible Hand' at 3pm. 

It’s the last Sunday of the month, which means Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery has a Quiet Hour from 11am until 12pm, there’s also a dedicated quiet room.

Some of the World’s top wrestling stars will be taking part in action-packed matches at the Buttermarket for Megaslam!

Women Against the BombThe stories from 'Women Against the Bomb' mark the dawn of a global ecofeminist movement

At 3pm there’s a showing of Women Against the Bomb (PG) at Old Market Hall. The film tells the inspirational story of the first all-female peace camp of Greenham Common, told by the women who were there.

Take a deep dive into the economics of Tudor and Stuart times in Shrewsbury from 1485-1774 with part 2 of Shrewsbury Historica’s History Club series from 4:30pm-6pm.

Solo electro-acoustic guitarist and vocalist, Steve Edwards, is playing at the Coach & Horses at 6:30pm.

Party like it’s 1999 with the Ultimate Prince Experience at Theatre Severn. Featuring performances from multi-instrumentalist Dale Ray on vocals, guitar and piano and accompanied by an 8-piece band. There will be renditions of all of Prince’s most iconic hits.

Exhibitions 

There will be a Local Canals Exhibition at the Abbey Station (opposite Shrewsbury Abbey) sharing the story of our inland waterways and heritage. Find out more HERE

Darryl Walker - Shrewsbury School boathouseShrewsbury School boathouse, with the Main School Building above, by Darryl Walker

Darryl Walker’s exhibition of original paintings at Bear Steps Art Gallery continues until September 30th. Read more HERE.

Also at Bear Steps Art Gallery, you can catch an exhibition of illustrations entitled Painting the Tales from Katherine Soutar until September 30th.

Still open until the end of the month, the Shrewsbury Film Photography Club exhibition at Shrewsbury Abbey. Plus you can still catch Jane Beesley's new solo contemporary show A Powerful Force at Mrs Jones Gallery in Longden Coleham, featuring a new body of work that has not previously been released to the public. And Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery’s 100 Years of Musical Theatre exhibition is open until November 10th.

Coming Up…

101 years on from Alfred Hitchcock’s first feature, Old Market Hall is showing My Name Is Alfred Hitchcock (15) on Monday, September 25th.  Mark Cousins’ documentary looks at the auteur with a new and radical approach. 

There are just a few tickets left for Mark Steel’s gig on Wednesday, September 27th at Theatre Severn. The comic has starred on BBC’s Have I Got News For You, QI, and BBCR4’s News Quiz.

One of the UK’s finest ensembles, The Dante Quartet, is playing at St Alkmund's Church on September 28th, in the first Shropshire Music Trust concert of the season. The Quartet has been honoured with the Royal Philharmonic Society Award for Chamber Music.

The biggest-ever celebration of Pride in Shrewsbury is happening on September 30th and the community organisers have lined up 4 hours of entertainment in the Square from 1pm. All the acts are being revealed on their Facebook page here

Shropshire OktoberfestLederhosen laden festival goers at last year's Shropshire Oktoberfest pictured above

If you’re partial to a pint, there are two festivals coming up you’re not going to want to miss. CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) is hosting Shrewsbury Beer Festival at St Mary’s Church September 27th – 30th. And if you like your beer with live music, lederhosen and a silent disco, look out for Shropshire Oktoberfest landing in the Quarry on October 6th and 7th.

Further Afield 

Fashion Through the AgesBe transported back in time to explore fashion through the ages in Coalbrookdale

On September 22nd and 23rd the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Costume Project is holding an event exploring the fascinating history of fashion from 1750-1970, through displays and a fashion show. Fashion Through the Ages is being held in Engine Shop at Coalbrookdale.