Let’s be fabulous together and raise money for our charity Share Shrewsbury!
Please join us for our fantastic and FREE festival cosplay parade through town on Sunday June 2nd at 2pm. We are walking in support of Share Shrewsbury, who will be accepting public donations during the parade.
We will be presenting prizes to the best dressed adult, the best dressed child and the best dressed group.
Accompanied by a New Orleans style jazz band, led by the famous jaguator, we are delighted to be sponsored by our local events company, Vesper Monaco Lounge.
We warmly invite people of all ages to dress as your favourite fantasy figure and come along and join in the fun.
Starting at the Castle, we are parading up to the top of Pride Hill, down Dogpole and then along the High street to Shrewsbury town square.
Prizes will be presented by our special guest Nick Joseph, who is an actor from the original classic Star Wars movie.
He presented the medals to Princess Leia which she awarded to Luke Skywalker and Han Solo at the end of the movie.
Delivered by ArtShack artists Samuel Johnson Squire and Jack Roberts
On this workshop you will spend the morning working on your drawings and designs, we will teach you how to create your own unique design before we analysing your image and then selecting a printmaking method that suits your design. You will have the choice to take your drawing into either a lino print, a block print or a dry point etching.
Lino printing is a relief printmaking method where tools are used to carve into the surface to lino, block printing is another relief printmaking process but with this technique foam is used to build up the design onto wooden block. Drypoint is an intaglio process where a sharp point in used to scratch into a printing plate to create the image (traditionally copper plates were used but we will use acrylic which is a softer material to etch into)
Once you drawings have been successfully transferred to the printing block you will have the chance to practice printing your design on paper, and learn about the different techniques, experiment with colours and play with different types of pattern repeats. Once happy with a design, use our printing press, you will to transfer your design onto paper to create a fine art print, or onto fabric
This workshop is suitable for complete beginners or the more experienced, this workshop requires a minimum of 6 hours to achieve a good quality print. The cost of the workshop includes all tools and materials, tea/coffee and cake plus free parking.
Cost £60 – please bring your own lunch.
To book this event:
We also offer a series of 1 day & half-day creative workshops on a variety of subjects, see our website https://www.myartshack.co.uk for the latest list.
2019 Marath-own for Friends of Sick Children. The mission: complete as many cumulative ‘marath-owns’ across the world by the end of 2019, to raise awareness and financial support for FOSC, which supports the Children’s Hospitals in Malawi.
Shrewsbury Morris Dancers will be dancing their own Marath-own to support this charity on Sat. June 8th on the Lower Floor of the Darwin Centre, Come along and watch us in action!
Fifth annual vegan fair in Shrewsbury arranged by Shropshire Veggies and Vegans group. Over 50 stalls including hot and cold food, cakes, sweets, chocolate, clothing, assessories, jewellery, cosmetics, books and charity stalls.
Free entry with a goody bag of samples and money off vouchers for the first 100 people through the door.
Free kids activities, treatment area and talks and presentations.
More details on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/1226981117455894/
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A great free family day out with ALL the money raised on the day going to charity.
We will have lots food, trade and charity stalls, a Fun Fair, bouncy castles and slides, Whitfield Light Railway, Bumper Balls and much more.
Performing on our events stage and in the arena are: Footlights Dance School, Rock Project, Inspire Dance Company, Kelly Dance, Defence Lab Shropshire, KC Dance Centre, Matt & Gemima (Local Duo), Belvidere School Dancers, Pauline Quirke Academy, Kelly Dance and to end the day Effervescent (Local Band)
The highlight of the day, the main parade will leave the Quarry at 2pm and make its way around the town returning back into the Quarry at approximately 3pm.
If you would like a stall or to enter the parade visit our website and download the relevant form. www.shrewsburycarnival.co.uk or email getinvolved@shrewsburycarnival for more information.
Whalebone’s Totally Plucked tour features high energy acoustic music alongside haunting atmospheric tunes, played on guitars, baritone guitars, bouzouki and mandolin by duo Steve Downs and Char Watson.
The show includes material from their latest album ‘Mirabilia’, inventive interpretations of traditional music, rock classics and original material from their award-winning albums along with tall tales, folklore and myths which inspired the music.
With artistic sensitivity always at the fore coupled with their charismatic rapport at live shows Whalebone promise a feast of 6 and 8 string fireworks!
‘Whalebone’s Totally Plucked set is live performance at its most scintillating. Their art is to craft a dynamic, rhythmic, melodic wall of sound and deliver their clever arrangements with virtuosity. Close your eyes and you could believe there are twice as many musicians on stage.’ Mick – concert organiser
ONE NIGHT OF ELVIS – LEE MEMPHIS KING
There are Elvis tributes….. and then there’s Lee Memphis King.
Lee Memphis King, Europe’s most successful Elvis Presley tribute artist, recreates the essence of the King with consummate ease and an almost unbelievable combination of stunningly accurate vocals and incredible passion in every performance.
Over the last 10 years as Lee has toured his ‘One Night of Elvis’ he has picked up numerous accolades and has headlined and sold out some of the most prestigious venues across the UK and beyond. In August 2016 he completed a sell out concert tour of Israel, performing to over 8000 fans.
In this latest production, Lee Memphis King portrays Elvis Presley at his peak celebrating the iconic ‘Vegas Years’ from 1969 – 1977. Resplendent in the most authentic costumes from Elvis’s performance and an orchestra backing this incredible performer prepare to be taken back in time to see Elvis in the way it was.
This brand new production is dedicated entirely to the ‘Vegas Years’ when Elvis would perform in Las Vegas and tour throughout the US and Canada – the definitive record of these performances are contained in the films ‘Elvis- That’s the Way It Is’, ‘Elvis On Tour’ and the ‘Aloha from Hawaii’ concert.
The show is enhanced by an orchestra of world class musicians and backing vocalists coupled with impressive video screen projection mapping out Elvis’s life and music.
Lee Memphis King recreates it all with stunning authenticity – the voice and equally important for Lee, the passion and energy that Elvis put into his songs. He leaves audiences in no doubt that they are witnessing the world’s No 1 Elvis Tribute Artist. Pure entertainment and Pure Presley.
Shrewsbury Golf Day – Sponsored by Nick Jones Wealth Planning
Date: 21st June
Time: 9am start
Location: Shrewsbury Golf Club, SY5 7BL
Cost: £50 per player, £200 per team of 4, £100 to sponsor a hole
Includes 18 holes of Texas Scramble Style golf, tea, coffee and bacon rolls on arrival and a two course meal at the end of the day + raffle and auction.
Back at Theatre Severn for third consecutive year. Mamma Mia! Here we go again.
Grab your platforms and flares for a journey back in time to when ABBA dominated the charts and ruled the airwaves! Thank ABBA For The Music is a two-hour theatre spectacular that captures all of the magic and excitement of one of pop history’s most successful and entertaining live bands.
Featuring all of ABBA’s greatest hits, including Dancing Queen, Waterloo, Mamma Mia, Take A Chance On Me, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! Knowing Me Knowing You, Fernando, Super Trouper and many more!
With stunning costumes, live band, interactive video projection, some tongue-in-cheek Swedish humour, and of course ABBA’s spectacular trademark harmonies – this is the ultimate feel-good party show!
ABBA and 70’s fancy dress is optional … but adds to the fun!
THE BIGGEST PARTY WITH THE UK’S BEST ABBA TRIBUTE • The Sands Centre, Carlisle
YOU WERE AMAZING! • The Sage Gateshead
Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury
Saturday 22nd June – 2019
He’s the man with the sunglasses and the black suit who delivered some of the world’s darkest and most emotional ballads, yet Texas-born Roy Orbison remains one of the most distinctive looking, and sounding performers in modern music, despite dying 30 years ago leaving others to bring his music to the concert stage.
But Barry Steele, who takes on the role in The Roy Orbison Story, comes with very great credentials and a genuine admiration for the Big “O”. Now he is set to put the rock back into ‘Roy Orbison’ as he takes to the stage to commemorate this legend in The Roy Orbison Story 30 Year Special.
Expect what is being billed as an upbeat and contemporary slant on Orbison’s legacy, as Barry Steele and Friends take audiences on a musical journey from the early Sun years right through to the late 1980s, when Orbison was experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity and worked with Bono, Bruce Springsteen and others including super group the Traveling Wilburys alongside former Beatle George Harrison, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne.
So get ready for a night of solid gold 60s hits and 80s contemporary as the Roy Orbison Story celebrate the musical legacy of The Big O. As well as the toe tapping sound of the music giant that is Roy Orbison, you’ll hear the fantastic Barry Steele perform songs written by Roy Orbison, but never performed by him!
The production also features chart busting hits originally made famous by the likes of Jerry Lee Lewis, Jeff Lynne & ELO, George Harrison, Del Shannon and The Spencer Davis Group; Come and see us as there’s plenty of rock with Roy! From Only the Lonely to The Traveling Wilburys, Barry Steele has been stunning audiences across the globe with his uncanny ability to recreate the vocal talents of the legendary Roy Orbison. This unmissable show will take you on a musical journey in time – don’t miss out!
Much-loved British rocker Steve Harley has been touring consistently for over 30 years, and shows no sign of slowing down. A prolific songwriter and renowned lyricist, Steve’s setlist is packed with all his big songs; ‘Judy Teen’, ‘Mr. Soft’, ‘Here Comes The Sun’, ‘Mr. Raffles (Man, It Was Mean)’, ‘Sebastian’, and of course the smash hit, ‘Make Me Smile (Come Up And See Me)’ which still guarantees a feel-good highlight at every show. With his first new studio album in 5 years being released in spring 2010, Steve’s captivating performances now encompass some brilliant new songs that are sure to be future classics.
Delivered by ArtShack artists Samuel Johnson Squire and Jack Roberts
In this workshop you will learn about how to develop a design or image into a piece of Batik.
Batik is both an art and a craft, which is becoming more popular and well known in the West as a wonderfully creative medium. The art of decorating cloth in this way, using wax and dye, has been practised for centuries. In Java, Indonesia, batik is part of an ancient tradition, and some of the finest batik cloth in the world is still made there. The word batik originates from the Javanese tik and means to dot.
To make a batik on this one day workshop, you will draw out a design of your choice onto plain fabric, and then block out areas of this by applying hot wax using a tjanting tool or brush. Then you will paint colours into the design using brightly coloured batik inks. Once completed you will then iron out the wax to complete the work.
The workshop will be led by experienced ArtShack textile artists Dr. Jack Roberts and Maggie Allmark.
Cost £55 to include all materials, tea coffee and cake.
To book this event:
Book online via https://www.myartshack.co.uk/event/introduction-to-batik/
We also offer a series of 1 day & half-day creative workshops on a variety of subjects, see our website https://www.myartshack.co.uk for the latest list.
Back for a 7th year with over 200 amazing food, drink and artisan craft stalls, 2 live music stages, cookery demo’s, hands on cookery clases, kids cookery, TONS for the kids to enjoy, animals, masterclasses and LOTS more!
We had the best year in 2018! We had more demo stages, more music, more kids activities and LOADS more food & drink than ever before!
We had 200 Food, drink and craft exhibitors as well as cookery demonstrations, a chef school, a free kids entertainment, a HUGE screen for the World Cup, a BBQ stage and tons more!
A relaxed and fun environment will be created for local people to come together and meet new friends. There will be entertainment for all ages encouraging social interactions. We will see the the return of the Bouncy castle, ride on tractors, real tractors! Licences bar, sausage sizzle and more. Come and join us come rain or shine
Join The Pantaloons on Thursday 4 July for a unique and hilarious take on Sense and Sensibility; watch this outdoor theatre production of the popular story come to life at Attingham.
Elinor Dashwood has a lot of good Sense. Her sister Marianne Dashwood has an excess of Sensibility. Together they make a snappy title for Jane Austen’s classic novel of scandals, scoundrels and severely sprained ankles.
This funny, fast-paced and faithful new adaptation from the critically-acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company features live music, audience interaction, romance and heartbreak.
Tickets cost £15 per adult and £10 per child, and booking in advance is strongly advised. The performance will begin at 7pm.
Hawkstone Park is bringing back Follies Fest, for a wonderful weekend of family entertainment on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July 2019.
Set against the breath-taking woodland landscape of caves, crags and cliffs, the stage will be set for comedy and music.
Friday will host a night of comedy, with Birmingham-based compere, James Cook as MC for the night. James joins the festivities after recent tour dates with Gary Delaney (Mock the Week, Live at the Apollo) and Paul Sinha (The Chase).
Hawkstone are thrilled to have Mitch Benn headlining the line-up. He is one of the most sought-after acts on the comedy circuit, and widely acknowledged as one of the best writer/performers of comic songs in the country. Mitch is a regular writer and performer on The Now Show for BBC Radio 4, and It’s Been a Bad Week for BBC Radio 2. He also has the successful Radio 4 show Mitch Benn’s Crimes Against Music and presents The Mitch Benn Music Show on BBC Radio 7. As well as regularly appearing on television shows, including BBC1’s The One Show.
Eddy Brimson completes the line-up. He has featured in several TV and radio shows, along with penning seven books. He has taken to the stage internationally from Norway to China, and was one of the first ever comics to perform in Myanmar. He is a regular at the Edinburgh Festival and is one of the most in demand acts on the UK comedy circuit. Prepare to laugh the night away!
The Saturday show is a must for lovers of musicals, with three acts all boasting west end credentials, sure to transport you to the heart of theatre land.
‘A Night at the Musicals’ features four of the West End’s leading vocalists, recreating the magic of all your favourite musicals. They will be performing songs from Les Misérables, Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, and many more.
‘The Spinettes’ are a trio of starlets set to bring some vintage glamour to the occasion. They will be sprinkling some retro sparkle on the event with their toe-tapping talent.
‘The West End Jerseys’ will be bringing the sounds of the 50’s and 60’s to life. Slick routines, tight harmonies and the unmistakable falsetto sound of Frankie Valli will fill the Follies, with all members of the group bringing their West End talent to the fore.
Sunday will a special day of family fun at the follies with standard admission prices applying.
Tickets for the Friday and Saturday evening shows can be purchased at http://www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk/tickets/
See displays of vintage vehicles of every kind including cars, motor bikes, tractors, military vehicles, steam engines, stationary engines, Land Rovers, Commercials and many interesting static exhibits.
Come along to the Greenhous West Mid Showground on 6th and 7th July for this family vintage vehicle day out.
Each year features a special tractor and in 2019 it will be the ‘International’. There is something of interest for all the family including craft and trade stalls, autojumble, fairground rides, go karts, face painting, juggling, shire horses and the well frequented beer tent and refreshment stands.
The Auction sale of vintage items will take place on the Saturday at 10.30am. The event supports charities each year and in 2019 it will be supporting the R.A.B.I and Severn Hospice.
There’s also the fantastic spectator sport Tractor Pulling, a magician, music from the Wirrall Pipe Band and Plantonic All Stars Steel Band.
Tickets are £8 in advance, £10 on the gate and under 16s go FREE!
Register now for our Dragon Boat Festival 2019 – get your place secured and your dates in the diary ready for an event that promises to be the best yet!
Racing will take place between 10am and 3pm on Saturday 6 and Sunday 7 July on the River Severn by the Shrewsbury School and Pengwern Boat Clubs.
Each year we have a wide variety of teams taking part from work colleagues to family members, we’ve even had the odd hen do! Everyone is welcome to join us, we just ask that each team has a minimum of 11 people and no more than 20, which includes three reserves.
The Wurzels are returning to Moor Farm by popular demand on the 6th July! Tickets are still available at £20 per person and camping is available free of charge. There will be food available to purchase and a cash and card bar open until 1am and Anthony Doyle will also be playing. Open to all the family, to book tickets call us on 01939 262 632 or pop in and see us!
Parenthood is a crafty beast. The second you master something it changes the game so you’re rubbish at it again.
Stand-up comedian, viral blogger and bestselling author Sam Avery (aka the Learner Parent) started his award-winning blog when his twin boys were born. A million nappies, Peppa Pig episodes and a head-full of hair loss later, he shares all the lows, highs and hilarious in-betweens of his experiences of first-time parenthood.
Sam’s honest, messy account of wrestling with sleep deprivation and breast pumps – right through to his botched attempts at discipline and pathetic bids to stifle various toddler tantrums that definitely registered on the Richter scale – will have you testing your pelvic floor with laughter.
‘Quick wit and painfully funny’ METRO
‘A gifted storyteller’ THE LIST
Lexicographer – Best Selling Author – Queen of Dictionary Corner
Take a journey into the curious, unexpected, and downright surreal origins of the words we use every day. Susie will retell the adventures that lie hidden within such words as lasagne (involving a chamber pot) and bugbear (a terrorising monster), and explain such oddities as the silent h in ghost and the mysterious disappearance of kempt, gormful, and ruly (and yes, you really can be gruntled). She will look to the lexicon of the past to fill some of today’s linguistic gaps – such as the frenzied fit of tidying we all do just as guests are about to descend (that’s a scurryfunge).
Alongside such forgotten stories you will hear Susie’s selection of the funniest moments from her 25 years on Countdown and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, as well as some startling results from eavesdropping on a group of waiters.
Each evening will include some of Susie’s favourite words from the towns and regions she visits, and she’ll be asking the audience for theirs. In fact, she’ll be welcoming any questions about word origins, usage irritations, the dreaded impact of Americanization, and the very future of our language in her very own ‘word surgery’.
Funny, fact-filled and delightful. – Jonathan Ross
Wonderfully clever and funny . . . a national treasury from a national treasure. – Richard Osman
Susie Dent is a one-off. She breathes life and fun into words. – Pam Ayres
“A compelling take with genuine drama. Convincingly illustrates how biking restored a sense of national pride and a feeling of purpose.” – Time Out New York
I am organising this evening to raise funds towards my September Cycle Challenge in Zambia. I am cycling 500km from Lusaka to Victoria Falls to support the work of Build It International and build brighter futures for young people. The ticket price of £15 includes a drink (beer/wine/soft) and snacks. This film is well worth seeing whether or not you are into cycling!
Join in our Pedal for Parkinson’s event in Shropshire in July 2019 and help keep the wheels turning for Parkinson’s research and support.
Starting in Shrewsbury, all 3 routes (33, 59 and 100 miles) travel through Shropshire into Wales and back with the 100 mile route including a lunch stop on the shores of Lake Vyrnwy.
Shropshire Handmade and Creative are having a change of venue* this summer and are hosting their annual Summer Fair at St Marys Church in the centre of the beautiful and historical market town of Shrewsbury.
Find over 30 local crafters, makers, designers and producers bringing you unique and bespoke products such as gifts, clothing, interiors, homewares, artwork, jewellery, food, stationary and much more. Entertainment and workshops will be available as well as some free crafts for the children.
An onsite tearoom will be available for locally produced food and refreshments and admission is FREE.
*Usually at Salop Leisure, Shrewsbury but due to the showroom being committed we are hosting at St Marys as an alternative venue. Please note that we will still be hosting our Christmas Fair at Salop Leisure – check it out in our events section!
LET’S ROCK SHREWSBURY, THE UK’S BIGGEST AND FAVOURITE RETRO FESTIVAL
Let’s Rock Shrewsbury was added to the widely successful and incredibly popular series of retro festivals in 2017 and the second year did not disappoint, celebrating all things pop and 80s. What a day it was with a sell-out crowd! An Amazing day was had by all and we cannot wait to be back for 2019.
Let’s Rock Shrewsbury returns on Saturday 13th July 2019.
With a fabulous line-up of artists bringing you the very best of the 80’s and an action-packed day of retro madness, there is plenty to do for everyone at this family friendly festival.
VIP was a complete sell out in 2018 after we launched our upgraded CLUB TROPICANA and TIKI enclosure, which went down a treat. Tickets include fast track entry, luxury loos, meal and welcome drink, PLUS exclusive celebrity DJ sets. Sit back and relax in this exclusive area with comfy seating and chairs and a full bar serving quality brands and 80’s cocktails. Table service is also available if required and we would strongly advise booking in advance if there are more than four of you.
Let’s Rock Shrewsbury is aimed at the whole family, with entertainment for everyone. Children can enjoy complimentary activities within the Kids’ Kingdom area with an interactive circus, face painting, inflatables and more. Children aged 12 and under also have FREE ENTRY. There will also be multiple bars, plus of course the all-important posh luxury loos, essential at any festival!
Let’s Rock has been leading the way for quality, action packed, family – friendly 80s music festivals since 2009. For further details and to book tickets, visit www.letsrockshrewsbury.com
Join SAVE Britain’s Heritage on a two part tour of Shrewsbury beginning with a visit to Ditherington Flaxmill Maltings, the first iron-framed building in the world, with Harriet Devlin, Trustee of SAVE. This is an incredible opportunity to see and hear about a remarkable example of industrial architecture and its restoration journey which is being undertaken by Historic England and supported by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings.
We will then travel to Pitchford Estate, where we will have a special tour of Pitchford Hall, one of the loveliest timber frame houses in Britain and a building that had spent a number of years on the Historic England Buildings At Risk register. It was recently repurchased by the family of the original owner, Rowena Colthurst and her husband, who have rescued the property from galloping decay with much support and encouragement from SAVE since the early 90s. The afternoon will offer an insight into the history and renovation of this stunning Grade I listed Elizabethan building. The afternoon will finish with drinks on the lawn of Pitchford Estate.
Start: Meet at 1:45pm for a 2pm start, at Shrewsbury Train Station
2:10pm: Tour of Ditherington Flax Mill (Postcode: SY1 2SX)
3:00pm: Collection by minibus to drive to Pitchford Estate (Postcode: SY5 7DN)
3:30pm: Tour of Pitchford Estate
Finish: 5:30pm with return minibus to Shrewsbury Train Station
Have you ever wanted to learn how to bellydance but didn’t know where to start? Or maybe you are already dancing but would like to revisit the basic moves to improve your technique?
Fun and friendly way to learn to shimmy, camel and do snake arms amongst many other moves, whilst learning a choreographed dance or two! With JWAAD instructor Sue Lloyd.
£10 including free parking and refreshments!
Small groups, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Contact 07751 362171 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Monaco Boys Choir, “Les Petits Chanteurs de Monaco”, is one of the world’s leading youth choirs and is celebrated internationally for its repertoire of classical and traditional works. The choir will be performing at All Saints’ Church in Baschurch for one night only, as part of the choir’s tour of England and Scotland. Tickets in advance or on the door.
A light hearted look at people, things and events of the 1960s with Mike Watkins from Talks in the Sticks. With audience participation encouraged, it’s an hour of laughter and fun. Remember the 60s, of course you do!
Doors open at 7pm, talk starts at 7.30pm. Bar open and hot drinks and cake available.
Tickets available on the door or from the Village Hall bar (open on Friday nights)