National initiative to open as many historical places as possible to the public for free. Oswestry has a wide number of interesting activities including archaeological digs, St Oswald’s tower, market activities, the Town Museum and the Park Hall trenches etc. Go to www.oswestrytownmusuem.co.uk for further details.
Join us this autumn for an unmissable celebration of the West Midlands’ only UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Ironbridge Gorge.
The Festival of Imagination will showcase the amazing story of the Ironbridge Gorge, past, present and future as it’s never been seen before.
Presented by Ironbridge World Heritage Festival and partners, the programme will see the Gorge come alive with a fantastic fiesta of arts, crafts, culture, virtual reality, music, film, poetry, family-friendly events and food and drink.
This year, Shrewsbury will be celebrating all things Fab Four with the Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend. On September 20th, 21st and 22nd there will be a whole range of events in the town including live music, tours, special guest speakers and Beatles film screenings – once again proving that All You Need Is Love. On the 19th our preview event is a 2-hour boat cruise with live Beatles music by Tony Stanton.
The weekend will finish with a concert at Theatre Severn featuring – from Liverpool – the top Beatles tribute band, The Mersey Beatles.
The entire weekend is in aid of the Mayor of Shrewsbury’s charity 2019-20, the Samaritans of Shrewsbury.
There will be additional events across Shrewsbury including musicians presenting live renditions of Beatles songs in the cellars of The Buttermarket, a venue reminiscent of the legendary Cavern Club in Liverpool where the Fab Four first attracted attention.
Five great Beatles films will be screened at The Walker Theatre on Friday and Saturday – ‘Backbeat’, ‘Looking For Lennon’, ‘Good Ol’ Freda’, ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ and ‘The Beatles: Eight Days a Week’.
The Beatles played in Shrewsbury three times – once at The Granada, twice at The Music Hall – and they even wrote one of their biggest hits, ‘From Me to You’, while travelling from York to their next gig in Shrewsbury in February 1963.
In addition, it’s the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ classic album, Abbey Road, this September and The Mersey Beatles will be performing the album in its entirety as part of their act.
See the Beatles Weekend events and book tickets at www.facebook.com/shrewsburybeatles/events
Following the postponement of the Carnival in June due to flooding, the Carnival returns on Sunday 22nd September!
A procession will start at 12.30pm from Nock Deighton’s Livestock and Auction Centre into the High Street, where it shall stop to allow spectators to have a closer look at each entry.
Participants and guests can then make their way down to Castle Grounds, where a prize presentation will be made to our winners alongside light entertainment and refreshments for all the family.
The award winning Ginger and Spice Festival is making a welcome return this September 2019 for a four day celebration of all things spicy during British Food Fortnight. Set in and around the centre of the medieval Shropshire town, Market Drayton, the festival celebrates the town’s culinary heritage, links to the ancient spice routes and what is thought to be the oldest gingerbread in the country!
The fun packed festival includes many inspiring festival fringe events plus an abundance of speciality food and drink with plenty of produce featuring a ginger twist! Saturday 28th September only features the Spice Exchange Street Market where visitors can journey into an exotic and fascinating world of spice, secret recipes, ancient gingerbread guilds and delicious hot & spicy street food .
The Spice Exchange Street Market will include everything from ginger teas, spicy pies, enrobed chocolate gingers, spice-infused jams, aromatic gin, local real ale, cured gourmet meats as well as a host of ginger-themed delicacies! Visitors can also watch live cookery master classes from top, regional and local chefs all at the back of the Clive and Coffyne Pub. Plus there will be educational cookery and food related activities for the little ones with Fordhall Organic Farm, The Original Biscuit Bakers and Savuer Spices! Also join in our annual gingerbread baking contest as well as our best-read head competition!
Over two days there will be a heritage spice trail and competition dedicated to exploring the town’s culinary history, including tastings in shops, cafes, the brewery, Church, Museum, Festival Drayton, Covered market and more. This is free and there will be prizes for lucky winners!
Visitors can also enjoy many festival fringe events such as live music, comedy, pop-up restaurants; foraging walks, ginger inspired competitions, talks and more.
Whilst the Spice Exchange Street Market on Saturday 28th September 2019 is free, visitors should expect to pay for some events taking place in the evening and at private venues in the town. Booking ahead for these private events is essential.
For all festival fringe events, please visit the What’s On section of the website: www.gingerandspicefest.co.uk
A light hearted look at life in a small rural town in the 1940s. As you walk around the town, you will be captivated by Re-Enactors and Entertainers in period costume, vintage vehicle displays, trade stands, music and dancing; all with a 1940’s theme. There will also be special activities for children.
Wipeout Arena is a huge set of indoor inflatables. For tots, toddlers, crazy-kids, teens & big kids too (yes, that’s you Mum & Dad!), and adult-only sessions. Hourly from 10am throughout the day (first session is under 4s only). Just £7.99. Find out more & book your tickets before they run out, click now > https://www.wipeoutarena.com/events/lilleshall-28th-29th-september/
The 2019 Wenlock Olympian Society’s ‘Race on the Edge’ will take place on Sunday 29th September. It will be run over the same exciting yet challenging 9-mile course as the 2018 event – along trails and paths of the famous Wenlock Edge. This year a short distance Fun Run will also take place – for families and young people. Both events will start and finish at Edge Adventures – on the outskirts of Much Wenlock.
Shropshire Oktoberfest is taking place on 4th & 5th October 2019 at the Shrewsbury Quarry Park – Following the success of the past 2 Shropshire Oktoberfest we are back! Over 150 real ales, ciders, bubbles, gin, cocktails, rum and more served alongside amazing live music, street food, farmers market, and comedy club this promises to be another amazing event inside Shrewsbury Quarry Park!
The event runs;
5pm – 10pm Friday 4th October – £6 in advance (£8 on the door)
11am – 10pm Saturday 5th October – £12.50 entry in advance (£15 on the door)
VIP tickets – £30 in advance (Saturday only, £35 on the door)
For tickets and more information check out www.shropshireoktoberfest.co.uk
Applefest is a celebration of the Mighty Apple with music, trade stands, performances from the children of our local primary schools.
Apple Identification from the Marcher Apple Network, an ever growing display of apples (250+ each year) from Frank P Matthews, Apple pressing by Appleteme , demonstrations , Classic Cars, Alpaca mini trekking, Trevor Hills Animal Encounters, Dudley Zoo Outreach, Bromyard Town Crier, Leominster Morris Dancers, a Magician, Blue Moon and the Tenbury Teme Valley Band
The Pearl Lake Ukelele Group (PLUG) will also be joining us this year
Catering and licensed bar with off sales from our cider producers
Whitchurch Blackberry Fair celebrates 12 years of Positive Energy this Autumn. “Let’s All Love Green” – Calling all Vintage ,Homespun, Thrifty, Steampunk, Fairtrade sellers, Upcyclers Recyclers, Unicyclists, Artists and Folk who simply love the Planet. Stick on yer’ Festival hats and mosey over to the Quirkiest Free Autumn Street Fair North Shropshire has to offer this October. Jive to Wonderbrass and The SwanVestaSocialClub, pedal power a stage, save carbon with ‘Flamin simple’, make magic in the Fae Market and Dance the day out at the all ‘New Pookas Polka’ Night Party starring Light Artist Andy Mckeown and Manchester’s greatest Ska export ‘Baked A La Ska’. It’s mad,fab,funky family fun that “Dares to be Different”
A madcap night of magical jollity as Whitchurch’s Blackberry Fair Fae Market casts her Festival spell to spin up a treat. Don your wings and colourful coats for a party like no other. Live acts, Dancing , Street Food, Rustic Ales and all in the presence of Mr Light Artist himself Andy Mckeown Headlined by Manchesters very own 11 piece Ska Outfit “Baked A La Ska” – ‘ Utterly Bonkers but Irresistible’ Manchester Evening News. Limited Tickets £10.00 with Concessions £6.00 A great family Night Out!
Roll on 11th – 12th October 2019. The Priorslee & St Georges Beer Festival is a fantastic local festival featuring 16 real ales, craft cider, prosecco, live music. We’re back for our second year running and planning to be bigger and better – with more local ales, a gin bar, a BBQ on Sat afternoon (12-4pm), and garden games for all the family. All proceeds will be split between local charities – the scout group and the Georgia Williams trust.
Market Drayton Winter Fair is our very popular annual festive event, showcasing a fabulous range of gifts, home wear, crafts, food and more.
We will have over 40 stalls on offer for you to peruse. A fantastic award winning coffee shop for you to enjoy too. Entry is free and we will be open from 10am until 4pm. We hope you can join us again.
16th – 17th November 2019, St Mary’s Church, Shrewsbury Town Centre
Join us for our 6th Festival in the wonderful St Mary’s Church. We will be joined by a wonderful array of award winning chocolate makers, bean to bar producers, and chocolatiers .
Our demo stage will have a range of talks, tastings and demos and our children’s lolly pop workshop will be running over the 2 days.
A Shropshire Christmas fayre not to be missed!
Over 100 eclectic Christmas stalls line the streets and Church Green of the quintessential market town of Much Wenlock in beautiful Shropshire.
Enjoy the Brass Bands, Choirs, Street Theatre & Entertainers, Santa Claus, Donkey Rides, Children’s Entertainment, Carols by Candlelight in The Square and much, much more!
Disabled Parking and Park & Ride facilities are available.
Rich in seasonal atmosphere.
Delightful Christmassy setting with light snow on order!