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What's on in Shrewsbury this Weekend? September 8th – 10th
06 Sep 2023

Shrewsbury Heritage Open Days are filling up the calendar this weekend, plus it’s the Coracle World Championships down at Pengwern Boat Club on Friday. Go and watch the teams as they attempt to stay afloat in tiny little circular boats! 

On All Weekend

Venture behind the scenes at some of the town’s most well-known buildings courtesy of the Shrewsbury Heritage Open Day series. Buildings will be opening their doors for fascinating insights behind the curtain, plus talks and tours. Read our full guide to all the events and openings HERE.

And The Comes The Nightjars Multiple showings of 'And Then Come The Nightjars' at Old Market Hall this weekend

Old Market Hall has added extra screenings of the epic thriller, Oppenheimer (15), showing daily at 11am until September 14th. They’re also showing And Then Come The Nightjars (15) across the weekend. Bea Roberts' multi-award-winning stage play has been adapted for the screen. The film centres around Michael’s farm as the 2001 Foot and Mouth disease epidemic rips through the English countryside.

In the Night Garden Live comes to Theatre Severn on Saturday and Sunday – which has now been seen by over 1 million people! 

Friday, September 8th   

The Hive are kicking off the new term with Buzzy Beats at 10:30am. Voices, bodies and percussion instruments will be used to make music for babes in arms, crawlers, walkers, under 5s and their carers. 

Coracle racing on the SevernTeams of 4 will be competing for the World title at the Pengwern Boat Club

The Coracle World Championships are back in Shrewsbury! It’s a fantastic fundraising event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support in Shropshire. 150 competitors are expected to battle it out in the relay race across the river, to be crowned world champions. Last year's competition raised more than £35,000 for Macmillan. It’s a great event for the whole family – and a whole lot trickier than it looks!

Arctic Monkeys tribute act, The Subarctic Monkeys, will be playing at the Buttermarket. Telford band, The Endings and British guitarist and singer/songwriter, Thomas Atlas, are playing at Albert’s Shed.     

Saturday, September 9th  

Make an early start on the Christmas shopping at the Made In Shropshire Artisan Fair. High quality and independent local art, craft and food producers will be gathered in the town’s square from 9am until 5pm.

Bethany Halbreich from Paint the WorldBethany Halbreich reflects on humanity by exploring symbolism in art

Bethany Halbreich, founder and executive director of Paint the World, has flown over from New York to give a talk on Using Symbolism in Art to Reveal the Collective Unconscious. Paint the World is an organisation that facilitates creative expression in under-served communities.

She will be exploring if we can nurture a deeper understanding of humanity through the symbols that appear in plain sight. She’ll also look at AI’s influence on how we solve problems creatively and how we can increase our capacity for meaningful creation. The talk is part of Heritage Open Days.

St Mary’s Church is hosting Shrewsbury Preloved Vintage Kilo, where you can seek out a kilo of vintage clothing, for a sustainable shopping trip.

Kit Byron linocutKit Byron's beautiful linocut artworks will be on display in Belle Vue this weekend

Lino Cut Printmaker, Kit Byron, is holding an open studio in Belle Vue, together with her son Fergus who is a ceramicist specialising in wild clay. You might recognise Kit’s style from her hand-printed cards on sale in Shrewsbury. That’s 11:30am to 4pm at 17 Oak Street, SY3 7RQ. 

Hazel Findlay, a rockstar in the climbing world, has a new show at Theatre Severn’s Walker Theatre in the evening. She'll walk you through stories from her most difficult ascents and wild expeditions, such as her recent climbing trip to Greenland with Alex Honnold, to talk about the psychological 'walls within' that we all face, such as imposter syndrome, fear of failure, distraction and motivation.

Shrewsbury Abbey has an evening concert performance of Matthew Coleridge's inspirational Requiem, together with other pieces with 150 singers from around Shropshire. The concert begins at 7pm and tickets are £10 in advance or on the door. (The workshop during the day has sold out). 

Step back in time with The 90’s Revival, who will be playing the biggest pop, RnB and dance hits of the 90’s at the Buttermarket from 4pm-9pm.

Four piece rock band, Something 4 The Weekend, are playing The Bull In on Butcher Row at 9pm, and Microbaby (think The Killers and Kaiser Chiefs) and Beautiful Ways (with covers from the 60s to today) will play Albert’s Shed.      

Sunday, September 10th   

Severn Bridges 10km this SundayRunners at Severn Bridges 10km will have to handle the heat this Sunday

It’s the annual Severn Bridges 10km at 10am. It takes a route along footpaths that hug the River Severn and cross six of Shrewsbury’s river bridges. Runners are encouraged to bring their own water as the forecast is hot!

The doors to Laura’s Tower at Shrewsbury Castle will be unlocked this Sunday. It’ll be a rare chance to get a glimpse of the original late 18th century decoration built by Thomas Telford to the designs of Robert Adams. Within the Castle grounds, there will be regency music and dancing by the Gracechurch Historical Dancers, with free admission into Shrewsbury Castle. Entry is from 11am until 3pm at the tower.

Celebrate 100 years of Disney at Old Market Hall with a family viewing of the original 101 Dalmations (U) film, made in 1961.

There’s a sausage dog social at 11am, meeting in the Quarry.

Bayston Hill Memorial Hall is hosting an Outer Space themed messy play at 2:30pm, suitable for 6 months to 5 year olds. It will be loud, fun and definitely messy!

Severn Jesters Comedy Club at Theatre Severn has sold out. The box office says you can still ask to join a waiting list to be in with a chance of seeing the new stars of the stand-up scene – fingers crossed!

Or you can finish off the weekend soaking in the sounds of solo electro-acoustic guitarist and vocalist Steve Edwards at The Loopy Shrew from 5pm.

Exhibitions 

Symbols of Collective Creativity at Bear Steps HallExplore the archetypes that represent symbols in our consciousness 

Connected with the above mentioned talk from Paint the World, check out Symbols of Collective Creativity at Bear Steps Hall daily from September 8th – 16th. This exhibition explores 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 has a new exhibition opening on Friday – 100 Years of Musical Theatre from Shrewsbury Musical Theatre Company (previously known as Shrewsbury Amateur Operatic Society). Features include a display of memorabilia dating back to 1923. There will be immersive audio-visual displays with interviews that share spoken memories from both past and current members of the group. Open until November 10th.

As part of Heritage Open Days, Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is offering a free chance to visit its Mill exhibition on Saturday and Sunday (and also on September 16th and 17th).  In the interactive exhibition, you can learn all about Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, the lives of the people who worked there, and the regeneration of the site.

Visit Shrewsbury Unitarian Church 10:30am-3:30pm to see where Darwin visited with his mother and Coleridge preached a trial sermon. As part of the Heritage Open Days there will be a display of church artifacts.

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.

Jane Beesley

And if you treat yourself to one exhibition only this weekend, visit the opening of contemporary painter Jane Beesley's new solo show 'A Powerful Force' at Mrs Jones Gallery in Longden Coleham (Sept 9 - 30), opening Saturday at 10:30am. Jane won the first ever Belle Vue Arts Festival art competition and her work is indeed a powerful force. 

Coming Up…

MacbethDon't miss Macbeth at Theatre Severn

Macbeth comes to Theatre Severn from September 12th to 16th. This immersive production of Macbeth by the award-winning Daniel Taylor Productions has been widely acclaimed. It’s set in the aftermath of a ruinous civil war in Scotland, and explores the damaging psychological effects of war and betrayal.

Another Heritage Open Day event for your diaries - Cameron Sinclair will talk about Architectural Responses to Humanitarian Crises at Bear Steps Hall on September 14th.      

Further Afield 

On Saturday, Bomere Heath has a fete and fun day from 1pm until 5pm at the village hall. There will be a dog show, Bake Off Challenge, youth games, Bomere Clubs & Scouts, pickleball, pizza box, football shootout, fire engine, police car, village hall coffee shop, stalls and games, inflatables, music from the Shrewsbury Rock Choir and finishing with a disco in the village hall and beers in the Red Lion.

Alderford Lake has an open-water swimming competition on Saturday. There are three options for the Alderford Swim, from one lap of the lake (0.6 miles) up to 4 laps (2.4 miles).

The Sausage and Cider Festival will be arriving in Telford at the QEII Arena for the first time with an outdoor festival. There will be over 50m of bars with a range of craft cider from around the UK, plus cocktails, beers and food vendors.

Proms Spectacular at Weston ParkLondon’s Orion Orchestra will perform at the Proms Spectacular

Weston Park is hosting the Proms Spectacular. Acclaimed swing singer Sam Griffiths will kick off the show, plus there will be a Spitfire flyby. The main concert will feature London’s Orion Orchestra, before the event concludes with a spectacular firework display by Meteor Fireworks, fully synchronised to the orchestral score. Bring a picnic!

On Sunday, there’s a Home Grown Show at Ruyton XI Towns Village Hall with locals showing off their produce, crafts, photography, and floral art.

Or there’s a Shropshire Historic Churches Trust Garden Trail at Preen Manor Gardens in Church Stretton. Preen Manor sits high above the Ape Dale with views over Wenlock Edge to Shropshire’s highest point, the Brown Clee.