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What's on in Shrewsbury this Weekend? September 29th – October 1st
27 Sep 2023

There’s a fantastic and eclectic mix of events for the biggest celebration of Shrewsbury Pride to date! Plus, there are multiple beer events happening across town, including the Shrewsbury CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival at St Mary's Church.

Shrewsbury Pride

First things first, read our guide to the fabulous Shrewsbury Pride line-up! The community organisers have pulled together a full programme of events with the help of local venues and artists.

Drag Show After Party

View the full line-up here.

On All Weekend

Old Market Hall is showing A Haunting In Venice (12A) on Friday and Saturday. Kenneth Branagh returns as Agatha Christie's legendary detective Hercule Poirot. There’s also a parent and baby screening on Friday at 11am.

CAMRA Beer FestivalEnjoy locally brewed beer plus cider, perries and spirits at CAMRA's Beer Festival

The Shrewsbury CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival returns to St Mary's Church, with many interesting tipples to try among the 100 beers, 16 ciders and perries, 12 craft gins and 3 rums on offer. From September 27th - 30th. More HERE.

Oktoberfest vibes are definitely in the air – there are a few more beer events this weekend…

Tap and Can is hosting a free event all weekend with Oktoberfest biers from Munich and Oktoberfest inspired food specials provided by their little brother, Bird & Beer.

Cromwell’s Tap House is on the same wavelength with Shrop-ToberFest – featuring local and German beer and food.

House of Grain is flipping The Loft into a Bavarian style Bier Hall for Hogtoberfest throughout the weekend.

Friday, September 29th 

At 12.30pm there’s a Concert in the Round at St Chad’s Church. It’s free admission to see Ulrich Heinen on cello and John Humphreys on piano. There’s a light lunch in the hall afterwards.

Shropshire Archives has a talk from researcher Sara Downs entitled Visions of Viroconium at 2pm, with an overview of the documents and the interpretation of a Roman town over time.

The Story of Guitar Heroes

The Story of Guitar Heroes will feature epic guitar riffs from the last half century, with the sounds of Jimi Hendrix, Brian May, Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Van Halen and many more.

Evening gig round-up:
  • D Dope is on the decks – 7pm – 11pm at Oil with hip-hop, soul, funk, and afro sounds
  • Mad Dog McRea – 8pm at Albert’s Shed with a blend of folk rock, pop, gypsy jazz, and bluegrass music
  • Open Mic Night - 9pm at Albert & Co Frankville
  • A Pig Called Eggs – 9pm at Yorkshire House Pub

Saturday, September 30th

Celebrate 100 years of Disney at Old Market Hall with an 11am showing of Toy Story (U).

The Hive have An Evening Celebrating Ukrainian Culture through song, dance, poetry, art and food. This is a fundraising event organised by the Ukrainian volunteers ‘Ukraine front line support.’ All ticket proceeds will be sent to the Ukraine.

Rhys JamesRhys James' show was described as 'scintillating stand-up' by the Times

Stand up, Rhys James has just a few remaining tickets left for his show – Spilt Milk – which hopefully you’ll be laughing over, not crying. The Guardian describes him as the "Master of the lightning-paced, gag-dense, precision-delivered set." In the Walker Theatre at Theatre Severn. 

In celebration of it being 50 years since the release of The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd, Darkside are performing the iconic album in its entirety at Theatre Severn.

Evening gig round-up:

  • Dave Ruf – 7pm-11pm at Oil – the Manchester DJ will be spinning vinyl upstairs
  • Willow Station – 7pm at Cromwell’s Tap House for bustling bluegrass
  • Something 4 The Weekend – 8pm at The Wheatsheaf following the Drag Show After Party
  • Bongo’s Bingo Oktoberfest Special at The Buttermarket
  • Break The Record – 9pm at Albert’s Shed with high energy covers
  • Percy Veer Band – 9pm at The Bull with pop, rock and cabaret
  • Audio Thieves – 9pm at Albert & Co Frankville with melodic rock

Sunday, October 1st

Rebekah Okpoti ‘The Girly Organist’ has a recital at Shrewsbury Cathedral.

Tap and Can are holding another Sunday Runday. Meet at 11am for a sociable 5K run followed by a free drink.

It’s the Pet Rescue Day & Dog Show at the West Mid Showground from 11am – 4pm. There will be animal charities, stalls, demos and refreshments in aid of Grinshill Animal Rescue. 

A Little LifeThis record-breaking production was filmed during its West End run

There’s a 1pm showing of A Little Life (18) at Old Market Hall which was filmed live at the Savoy Theatre. James Norton (Happy Valley, Grantchester) stars in this theatrical event of 2023 from visionary director Ivo van Hove. 

Metal lovers, head to Albert’s Shed from 5pm. They have the Mad Spanner Sisyphus Happy Album Release Party with special guests Vulgore, Thrashatouille and Skull Fox, for a “hyperactive mosh frenzy for all!”

Comedian and novelist, Jenny Éclair, has hit 60 and is confronting a new decade of decrepitude and is inviting you along for the ride at Theatre Severn. The last few tickets are available from here.

Over in the Walker Theatre, there’s a musical comedy adventure from Lamphouse Theatre. War of Worlds (on a budget) features one actor, a loop pedal, lots of cardboard, many hats and at least two tripod puppets, all paying homage to HG Wells' story with a few extra silly additions.

Exhibitions 

Jeremy SchreckerJeremy Schrecker will be unveiling 25 modernist pieces created especially for this opening

There’s a rare chance to meet fine art sculptor Jeremy Schrecker and selected artists at an open exhibition in memory of Shrewsbury artist Roderick Shaw who died recently. A fascinating collection of works will be on show at Franks Barn on Saturday and Sunday. 

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery have opened their Imagination Playground until November 30th. Their Special Exhibitions Gallery will be filled with giant blue blocks, for your child to play, build, explore and use their imagination to create a world of their own. Suitable for age 2+.

You can still catch…

  • Darryl Walker’s exhibition of original paintings and Katherine Souta’s Painting the Tales exhibition at Bear Steps Art Gallery until Saturday. Find out more here.
  • Jane Beesley's solo contemporary show A Powerful Force is still at Mrs Jones Gallery in Longden Coleham until Saturday.
  • SMTC Exhibition – 100 Years of Musical Theatre at SM&AG until November 10th

Coming Up…

The Big Paddle OutBring your boards and boats or hire one from The Paddle Bros

On Monday, October 2nd, The Paddle Bros and Oil are rounding off their summer of Banff screenings with The Big Paddle Out. The event is free, and they’re meeting in Frankwell at 4.30pm. 

The Ocean Film Festival (12A) comes to Theatre Severn on October 3rd. Now in its 10th year, the festival features a collection of ocean films bringing seafaring adventure, mind-blowing marine life and ocean conservation to the big screen.

Fully embrace spooky season by booking on to a Shrewsbury Ghost Tour. The museum is running the tours from October 5th until November 2nd. Read our review of last year's tours HERE

There’s one week to go until Shropshire Oktoberfest! Saturday’s VIP tickets have sold out, and general tickets are expected to sell out on the day. Check out the music, comedy and brewer lineup here.

The town’s award-winning travel agents, Peakes Travel Elite, have a travel showcase on October 15th with a selection of holiday operators providing just about every bit of travel inspiration you could think of. Book your place for this free event by emailing sales@peakestravelelite.co.uk.

Further Afield 

On Friday and Saturday, there’s the Clun Valley Beer Festival and the Coalbrookdale Beer Festival.

On Saturday there’s an Apple Fun Day 11am-3pm at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre. Bring your apples along to press, plus there will be an apple jelly-making demo, making apple suncatchers and bird feeders, and tours of orchards.

The Ginger & Spice Festival is taking place on Saturday in Market Drayton.

Historic Rally Festival

Weston Park is hosting the Historic Rally Festival on Saturday and Sunday. The rally will feature up to 60 specially selected cars with a festival atmosphere for all the family.