This week sees the opening of the newly restored Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings (pictured above), with visitors welcome from September 10 - plus it's Heritage Open Days across town, with lots of quirky and historic venues putting on special events, and the inaugural Proms in the Park.
UPDATE: - Following the death of Queen Elizabeth II on September 8, the UK is now in a period of national mourning. However, many events in Shrewsbury are going ahead. We have tried to give the full picture here, but please check event websites or social media before you go. You can now sign books of condolence across Shrewsbury, or leave floral tributes at Shrewsbury Castle and The Abbey. Churches across town are holding Requiem masses and are open for prayer, meditation and reflection, and there is a Proclamation Ceremony in The Quarry at 1pm on Sunday, September 11th to formally mark the start of King Charles III's reign. Read how you can pay tribute to HM The Queen HERE
On All Weekend
September 3 - 11 - Shrewsbury Cocktail Week
The finest bars and bartenders come together across town to celebrate the return of Shrewsbury Cocktail Week. From classic cocktails and new creations to delicious mocktails. Seventeen venues have signed up so far - look out for exclusive cocktail classes, tasting menus and cocktail parties (details to follow). Order your wristband in advance - for just £8 (or £5 for NHS/NUS card holders) and get ready to party.
There are events galore from a Pirate Cruise with Jack Sparrow, plus a Bartenders’ Olympics, which promises hilarious spectator sport!
Find all the events and info on how to pick up those wristbands HERE
September 7 - 10 - Shrewsbury CAMRA Beer, Cider and Perry Festival
The festival is going ahead at St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury (11am to 10.30pm Weds to Friday and 11am to 9pm on Saturday. Enjoy browsing 111 beers, plus ciders, perries, country wines and craft gins. Entry is £2.50 all day every day (CAMRA members free) & you can pick up a glass for £2.50. It’s the 30th Shrewsbury Beer Festival!
September 9 - 15 - It Snows in Benidorm (15)
The Old Market Hall (various showtimes) - a bank worker searches for his lost brother in Benidorm - on screen at the Old Market Hall (pictured above).
The Coleham Pumping Station open days have something for all the family - and big kids too!
September 9 - 18 - Shrewsbury Heritage Open Days
There's a whole host of venues opening their doors this week, with many running special events, including the brilliant open days at Coleham Pumping Station (pictured here) with its miniature railway and tea garden. Find a list of all venues and details HERE
Cronkhill Villa is only open a few days a year, including this weekend
September 9 & 11 - Cronkhill Villa Open Day
This beautiful italianate villa is only open on select days through the year, including September 9th from 11am to 4pm and September 11th from 11am to 4pm (and again on October 14 & 16). Hidden in the Shropshire countryside, Cronkhill is an unexpected vision of Italy. Take a look around this little gem on one of only six open days a year. All visits must be pre booked HERE and National Trust members must produce their cards on arrival.
September 9 - 11 - Calendar Girls
Theatre Severn (various showtimes)
Get Your Wigle On presents this story of a group of ordinary women in a small Yorkshire Women's Institute who create an artistic nude calendar for charity following the death of one of their husbands. It's a true story! Tickets HERE
Saturday, September 10
September 10 - Made in Shropshire Artisan Fair
The Square, Shrewsbury, 9am to 5pm
- The Fair will be going ahead as usual, after consultation with relevant authorities.
Find a dazzling array of artisans and producers from across our fine county - come hungry, come ready to browse and bring a sturdy bag to carry off your purchases!
From September 10 - Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings Opening
- The Shrewsbury Flaxmill opening will be going ahead but the opening celebrations and activities have been cancelled.
Finally, it’s your chance to have a peak inside this newly restored industrial mill and former maltings after its mult-million pound restoration. There’s a new visitor experience, cafe, shop, offices and venue space. Tickets cost £7.50 for adults, or £5 for chidlren aged 5 -17 HERE
September 10 - Shrewsbury in 50 Buildings
There are over 600 listed buildings in Shrewsbury - author Dorothy Nicolle was asked to write a book choosing just 50 to include. Did she get it right? Come along and see if you agree with her! A town tour and book signing with tour guide Dorothy Nicolle - from Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, 1.30pm. Tour tickets £9 or £20 for the tour and a signed copy of Dorothy's book HERE
September 10 - Shropshire Ride & Stride
Collect sponsorship for the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust visiting churches at your own pace, 10am to 6pm - www.shropshirehct.org.uk
September 10 - Shrewsbury Proms in the Park 2022
- Organisers have confirmed that this event will go ahead at West Mid Showground, from 6pm
Join professional soprano Holly Teague and a 40-piece Midlands Proms Orchestra for a last blast of the summer, listening to music from the Last Night of the Proms in the open air. Tickets £17.50-£37.50 from theatresevern.co.uk
September 11 - The Cut Garden Harvest
The Cut Visitor Centre, Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Abbey Foregate, 10.30am to 12.30pm.
Meet the garden team, explore the grounds and buy fresh produce from the SWT garden.
September 11 - Severn Jesters
Theatre Severn, 8pm
This popular comedy club returns to Theatre Severn with a chance to see the stars of standup and the best from the fringe.
September 11 - Open Garden at Preen Manor, SY6 7LQ
A new addition for the Shropshire Historic Churches Trust open gardens scheme, this lovely, established, plantsman's garden has been developed over 40 years on the slope of the hillside with fine views to Wenlock Edge. Visit garden rooms on several levels including pottage, chess garden and fernery. There's a stream leading to a water garden and woodland walks. The church will be open and boasts what might well be Europe’s oldest yew in the graveyard.
Open from 2-5pm, £6 admission. Teas, plants for sale, parts suitable for wheelchairs. Dogs not allowed.
Coming Up Soon...
There's another popular Drink and Draw night at Glouglou on September 14 (7pm), Shropshire Gin Lunch, with Shropshire Distillery at The Haughmond on September 15, Demon Dentist comes to Theatre Severn from September 15 - 18, plus there's Michaelmas Fair at Bishop's Castle on September 17 and the World Championship Coracle Race returns to the river (outside Pengwern Boat Club) on September 16. The Jennings Fun Fair is due to come to The Quarry from Sept 16 - 25, and then we're all looking forward to 'Loopfest' when 70 live acts will be performing across Shrewsbury, in a single day on September 17. Also next weekend is Shropshire Real Ale Trail and the opening of the Shropshire Way Festival of Walks.