Shrewsbury is twinkling with Christmas lights, thanks to trees supplied by Shrewsbury BID and Shrewsbury Town Council and purchased by businesses (pictured). This weekend, the panto opens at Theatre Severn, plus there are wonderful Christmas concerts in town and a festive late night in the market hall.
On All Weekend
Beauty and The Beast
Until January 8 (multiple show times)
The panto returns to Theatre Severn, starring Dame Brad Fitt, Tommy J Rollason (of Britain’s Got Talent), Samantha Dorrance, Jos Osmond and Kane Oliver Parry.
Expect hilarious comedy, lavish sets, fantastic music, beautiful costumes, magic and mayhem! It's never too early to book your favourite seats!
Tickets £16 - £27.50. Book HERE
‘The Nutcracker and The Fairy’ - A Christmas Adventure
West Mid Showground.
December 2 - 23
Multiple booking slots.
Meet storybook characters on the way to see Santa and make tree ornaments with Mrs Claus in the ice dome. Enjoy mince pies and sweets with Mrs Wigglebottom, meet Nutty and Twinkle Toes, visit Candy Land, Nutcracker Land and the North Pole and visit Santa in his workshop. Adventure lasts 1 hour. Tickets £12.50 adults, £17.50 children aged 1-16 HERE
Cezanne: Portraits of a Life
December 3 & 12
On screen at the Old Market Hall, 12pm. Tickets from £12.
A film dedicated to the life and work of Paul Cézanne, from Exhibition on Screen.
Filmed at the National Portrait Gallery in London, with interviews from experts and curators from MoMA in New York, National Gallery of Art in Washington DC, and Musée d’Orsay in Paris, and correspondence from the artist himself, the film sheds light on an artist who is perhaps one of the least known and yet most important of all the Impressionists.
LIFE - An Exhibition by Charlie Adlard
Until December 9
The Hive, Tues - Fri (10am - 4.30pm)
An exhibition of life drawings from comic book artist Charlie Adlard. It’s a change of tack for the illustrator, who is best known for drawing The Walking Dead.
Friday, December 2nd
Ex Cathedra: Christmas Music by Candlelight
St Chad’s Church, 7.30pm
One of the highlights of the Christmas season - conducted by one of the UK’s leading choral directors Jeffrey Skidmore, Ex Cathedra return to St Chad’s for this popular Shropshire Music Trust concert. It promises to be an exquisite sequence of seasonal favourites, including some little-known gems and inspiring new music. Including readings to make you smile and reflect, all performed by candlelight, creating a magical atmosphere.
Tickets £11 - £25 HERE
Jill Crossland (piano)
Lunchtime concert at St Chad’s, 12.30pm
Jill pursues an active concert and recording career and has featured in the Classic FM Hall of Fame. She will be playing Scarlatti, Bach and Schubert in this excellent free lunchtime concert with a retiring collection to support the music programme at St Chad’s. Refreshments will be served in the hall after the concert.
Shrewsbury Coffee House, 5pm to 9pm
On the first Friday of every month, with The Hungry Guy
Expect big flavours, a relaxed atmosphere and great music.
Saturday, December 3rd
Festive Late Night at Shrewsbury Market Hall
Open until 10pm: Street food, cafes, bars, cocktails, a selection of retail stalls open late for festive shopping. (Bars open until 10pm, cafes open up to 9pm and a selection of retailers until 8pm).
& Music for Advent - with The Phoenix Singers
St Chad’s Church, 7.30pm
Accompanied by the Phoenix Orchestra, led by Clare Horgan and featuring soloists soprano Hannah Fraser-Mackenzie, contralto Lara Rebekah Harvey, tenor Philip O’Connor and bass Andrew Randall. It will be the final concert conducted by Richard Walker after 12 successful seasons. Tickets £15 adults, U18s free, from The Hive (01743) 234970, on the door or HERE
Lingen Davies Carol Concert
Shrewsbury Abbey, 6pm to 9pm
With Royal harpist Alis Huws accompanied by flautist Carys Gittins, the Shrewsbury Light Orchestra, Key Change Choir and compere Michael Jenkins. Mulled wine and mince pies will complete a fabulously festive evening.
Tickets £8 (aged 5-12), or £15 adults (U5s free) HERE
Shrewsbury Morris Dancers Christmas Ceilidh
Meole Brace School, 7.30-11pm.
An evening of fun, music and dancing on an Hawaiian theme! With specially arranged Christmas music from the Shrewsbury Morris big band, Pump Action. For tickets contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Advance tickets £10, on the door £12. Under 16s £1.
Shrewsbury Abbey Christmas Fayre
With stalls and music, from 10am to 1pm - and you'll be able to visit Father Christmas too! It's £2 per visit to Santa with a small gift.
Massaoke Christmas Live
The Buttermarket, from 6pm. On stage 8pm.
The ultimate Christmas sing-a-long with the Rockstar Weekend Band, including Christmas hits by Mariah, Wham!, The Pogues, Slade, Abba, Whitney, Madonna and more! Tickets £18/£20 HERE
Shropshire Handmade and Creative Fair
Saturday, December 3 AND Sunday, December 4
Sixty five local traders will be offering handmade, home designed and artisan products and food, with the outdoor market at Love Plants.
The event will run alongside the Salop Christmas Adventure activities, including Santa’s grotto. Tea with Santa and a twinkling Twilight Trail, all bookable through the Love2Stay website.
Free tickets must be booked in advance via pinkpebbleevents.co.uk for both days in set time slots (with a £1 admin fee).
Small Business Saturday
#ShopShrewsbury and show your support for small businesses in Shrewsbury. This grassroots, non-commercial campaign aims to encourage us all to shop local.
Sunday, December 4th
Condover Christmas Fair
Condover Hall, from 10.30am.
Coming Up This Week
It’s another Winter Warmer late night Wednesday at Shrewsbury Market Hall (Dec 7) and Faulty Towers The Dining Experience opens at The Buttermarket (Dec 8-11) - it’s very nearly sold out, but there are extra tickets added for lunch on December 9, so hurry! The Piccadilly Sinfonia will be performing at Shrewsbury Abbey (Dec 6) and The Nutcracker comes to Theatre Severn (Dec 8), then it’s the opening of the St Chad’s Christmas Tree Festival (Dec 9).
Visit Father Christmas at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
Book a time slot to take a step back into the traditional Christmas past - and meet Father Christmas and his elves in his museum workshop to receive an early gift. Follow the flagstones, through the tree-lined shut, and enchanted stone archway and begin your climb up the original sweeping staircase. Tickets £15 children, £5 adults, Children under 1 free. Book HERE
Shrewsbury Charity Christmas Card Shop
Until December 12
St Mary’s Church, Dogpole, daily from 10.15am until 4pm
The shop is in its 52nd year and is staffed by volunteers and 40 charities participate. There are large national groups as well as smaller local charities. Find cards, calendars, diaries and wrapping paper, and support good causes!