This February, we will celebrate Shrewsbury as “The Origin of Independent Thinking” and birthplace of Charles Darwin – the most independent thinker of them all.
From free guided tours to brainteasing lectures and dance performances – join in the host of interactive events being staged in and around the town.
This two and a half week programme is the first of its kind and cements Shrewsbury’s rightful position as not only the birthplace of Charles Darwin but the inspiration behind his independent thinking which went on to change the story of evolution around the world.
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Shrewsbury Steampunk Spectacular will take place on Saturday 23rd March 2019.
The Marvellous Market will be at the magnificent St Mary’s Church, and various Steampunk entertainment and activities will take place here and at other locations around the town centre.
Fancy having a go at Burlesque dance? Madam Zuri Arrosa Racing a Teapot? watching the amazing Belly Fusion Dance Collective join in with Ichabod Steam.? And much more besides! It really is going to be all rather splendid!
The evening Shindig will be at the Lion Hotel and will feature Professor Elemental, Victor and the Bully Damian Senior Violet Hugh and more!
After a year off, free music festival The Big Busk is returning to the streets of Shrewsbury to celebrate what would have been the 50th birthday of the man in whose memory the event is held.
The Big Busk will take place in and around Shrewsbury Town Centre on Saturday 6 April 2019, the day talented musician and poet Ben Bebbington would have turned 50.
The Busk was first held in 2013 in memory of Ben, who died after an unprovoked attack by two men in September 2012. The event raises money for, and awareness of, Shrewsbury Ark, a centre for vulnerable and homeless people in Shrewsbury which meant a lot to Ben.
In 2017 the Busk raised more than £8,500, but organisers took a break this year to manage some of the challenges which arise from the Big Busk getting bigger each year. The small core organising team also had many personal milestones, including a wedding, new babies, house moves and new jobs!
Planning is now underway for the 2019 event.
Karen Higgins, Ben’s sister and one of the founders of The Big Busk, said: “We said when we announced in 2017 that we were taking a break that it would only be for one year and we are very excited to be bringing The Big Busk back to Shrewsbury in 2019.
“It is especially poignant that the event should fall on the very day that Ben would have turned 50 and we will making sure that there is a real party atmosphere that Ben would have been very proud of.
“We are in the very early stages of planning, but our basic philosophy will remain the same – you will be able to experience many styles of music all day on 6 April and everything will be free – we only ask that people donate whatever they can afford to support the fantastic work that Shrewsbury Ark does for some of the most vulnerable people in our society.
“Everybody who makes this wonderful day possible – from the musicians to the volunteers in the lead up and on the day – gifts their time and talent to ensure all proceeds go to the Ark and I can’t thank them enough.”
Shrewsbury – Fake Festivals are back for 2019, bringing you SIX of our finest ‘Fake Bands’ from the UK Tour. Come party all day to pro-level live performances and an electric atmosphere provided by the best anthem chanting singing voices we’ve ever heard – yours! Days like this don’t come around very often, so don’t miss out, book now!
You want fun? We’ve got it. And then some. Shropshire Kids Festival is back, with more super-extra-massive bonkers fun.
Kids just wanna have fun – and we serve it up right across a fabulous weekend.
We’ve got a HUGE water slide, the foamiest foam parties, mega sports zone, massive inflatables, a have-a-go music tent, zorb balls, go karts, circus tent, craft activities and just about anything else any kid aged 0-14 could possibly want.
The annual Shropshire County Agricultural Show attracts thousands of people from across the country to the West Mid Showground in Shrewsbury for a celebration of the rural community and to highlight the role it plays in our daily lives.
The Shropshire County Show is a great opportunity to boast about the great things on offer in Shropshire and across the Midlands, from livestock to local businesses and of course the local produce.
Soapbox Derby Come and join thousands of spectators from across the West Midlands to cheer on our weird, wonderful and wacky soapbox downhill racers at Shrewsbury Wacky Races 2019, the first event of it’s kind to be held in the town.
Watch as our racers hurtle down our custom track in their carefully crafted carts at the Shrewsbury Quarry, tackling our 300m track and it’s chicanes and, hopefully, avoiding the icy waters of the River Severn at the end!
Our competitors will work their way through a knockout style competition with only the fastest 10 cars making it through to the final, where they will battle to take home the winners trophy!
The event will be free to attend, with pop up street food, bars and loads of fun activities for all the family.
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!
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
Today’s Flower Show features, T.V. personalities, celebrity Chefs, singers and spectacular arena acts entertain the crowds for 12 hours on each day of the show, ending with a magnificent firework display.
The show is one of the country’s Premier Flower Show events, attracting top exhibitors from all over the country. It has a small permanent staff and over 100 volunteers who manage and organise the whole event, from traffic flow, marquee and services contracts, publicity and marketing, public safety, catering , entertainment, engaging specialist judges for hundreds of competitive classes etc. and ensuring that our visitors have an extraordinary experience with value for money.
The 2019 Shrewsbury Folk Festival takes place from 23-28 August 2019 and will provide four days packed with fantastic music, dance, and entertainment all on a centrally located site in the heart of Shrewsbury.
There’s four music stages, a dance marquee with acclaimed ceilidh bands, dozens of workshops, a craft fair, well stocked real ale & cocktail bars, Pandemonium! – our children’s festival -and Refolkus for 12 to 25-year-olds – with on-site camping for weekend ticket holders.
See latest information at www.shrewsburyfolkfestival.co.uk