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Shrewsbury

discover the top things to see and do in Shrewsbury

Set amongst glorious countryside on the banks of the River Severn, Shrewsbury is one of England's finest medieval market towns. Packed with timber-framed buildings and quaint streets, this pretty town is home to the famous Shrewsbury Abbey and has over 600 listed buildings. It’s also known for amazing shopping, top restaurants, and a great nightlife. Head here for a relaxing weekend away in idyllic surroundings. 

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Awful Auntie by David Walliams at Birmingham Stage Company

CAST

Stella - Georgina Leonidas

Aunt Alberta - Timothy Speyer

Soot - Ashley Cousins

Gibbon - Richard James

Wagner - Roberta Bellekom

Understudy - Alice Harvey

Understudy - Harry Sutherland


CREATIVE TEAM

Adapter and Director – Neal Foster

Ste and Costume Designer – Jackie Trousdale

Lighting Designer – Jason Taylor

Composer – Jak Poore

Sound Designer – Nick Sagar

Special Effects Designer – Scott Penrose

Puppetry Director - Roman Stefanski

Video Designer – Simon Wainwright

Fight Directors - Ruth Cooper-Brown and Rachel Bown-Williams of Rc Annie Ltd

Costume Supervisor - Amy Compton

Casting – Kay Magson

Production Manager – Adrian Littlejohns

Company Stage Manager - Olly Clarke-Bibb

Deputy Stage Managers - Judith Barrow and John Blunden

LX Tech - Victoria Skinner

Technical ASM - Jayde Chamberlain

Wardrobe Mistress - Nicole Hicks

Sound Operator - Adrian Gummer TICKETED

1 Awful Auntie: Birmingham Stage Company

David Walliams has long since moved beyond Roald Dahl comparisons - he is a children's author with his own voice. Neal Foster directs and adapts the stage version of the ex-Little Britain actor's tall tale in which a girl called Stella heads to London to visit her parents and becomes embroiled in a fight for her life.

When: Oct 18, 1.30pm, 7pm, Oct 19, 10am, 1.30pm, Oct 20, 10am, 7pm, Oct 21, 2.30pm, 7pm
Where: Theatre Severn, Frankwell, Shrewsbury. SY3 8FT
Contact: +44 (0)1743 281281
More Details: www.birminghamstage.com

Choreographer Arlene Phillips.
Photo: Ian West.
Copyright: PA Wire/PA Images. TICKETED

2 Arlene! The Glitz. The Glamour. The Gossip.

Choreographer Arlene Phillips came to prominence as the creator of sexy dance troupe Hot Gossip and then as a judge on Strictly Come Dancing. She is the brains behind the moves for productions ranging from Broadway musicals to Duran Duran videos. Now she shares showbusiness anecdotes and fascinating tales with Jacquie Storey.

When: Oct 22, 7.30pm
Where: Theatre Severn, Frankwell, Shrewsbury. SY3 8FT
Contact: +44 (0)1743 281281
More Details: www.arlenephillips.com

TICKETED

3 Waste Paper Opera: The Coffee Opera

Composer James Oldham, librettist: Michael Wood, designer Klara Kofen and musical director Daniel Galbreath are on a mission to reinvigorate opera. Join them, their trio of singers and their five-piece live ensemble, for a freshly brewed production of Bach's mini-opera which turns the space into a coffee shop.

When: Oct 22, 3pm, doors 2.30pm
Where: The Wightman Theatre, 14a The Square, Shrewsbury. SY1 1LN
More Details: www.wastepaperopera.com/the-coffee-opera.html

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4 Day Trips

Sabrina is a triple deck, modern passenger boat capable of carrying 60 passengers in comfort. This popular 45-minute cruise - just the thing for tired feet - departs from Victoria Quay near the Welsh Bridge, gently sails to the English Bridge and then returns. The captain provides an interesting commentary about the sights along the river.

When: From Mar 1, Mar 1-Sep 30, Mon-Sun 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm, Oct 1-31, Mon-Sun 11am, 12noon, 1pm, 2pm, ends Oct 31
Where: Sabrina Boat, Victoria Quay, Shrewsbury. SY3 8LH
More Details: www.sabrinaboat.co.uk

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5 Hawkstone Park Follies

With stunning views of the Shrewsbury countryside, the historic landscape park offers the perfect location for a leisurely stroll or family picnic. As depicted in J W Salmon's poem The Beauties Of Hawkstone Park, the picturesque vista can be viewed in its entirety during a 2.5-hour hiking tour for enthusiasts with a reasonable fitness level.

When: Jul & Aug, Mon-Sun 10am-5pm, last adm 3pm, Sep, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm, last adm 3pm, Oct, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm, and half-term
Where: Hawkestone Park Follies, Weston, Shrewsbury. SY4 5JY
More Details: www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk

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6 Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre

Housed in renovated office and stables, the state-of-the-art visitor centre tells the story of the mill's leading role in the Industrial Revolution and the pioneers who made it happen. A short animation and informative exhibits give a sense of the area's history, along with oral history recollections of people who worked or were barracked there.

When: Fri-Sun 10am-4pm
Where: Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, Spring Gardens, Shrewsbury. SY1 2SZ
More Details: www.flaxmill-maltings.co.uk

Cattle in the park with the house in the background at Attingham Park, Shropshire. TICKETED

7 National Trust: Attingham Park

This stunning 18th century mansion, built for the first Lord Berwick in 1785, offers an insight into the rise and fall of his family's fortunes as well as a fascinating story of love and neglect. Enjoy a tranquil tour of the organic walled gardens, explore the vast grounds, and learn about the building's history through informative exhibitions.

When: Mar 4-Nov 5, Mon-Sun 11am-5.30pm mansion, last adm 4.30pm, Mar 4-May 26, Mon-Sun 8am-6pm park, last adm 5pm, May 27-Sep 3, Mon-Sun 8am-7pm park, last adm 6pm, Feb 28-Mar 3, Nov 6-Dec 31, Mon-Sun 8am-5pm park, last adm 4pm, closed Dec 25, ends Dec 31
Where: National Trust: Attingham Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY4 4TP
Contact: +44 (0)1743 708 123
More Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/attingham-park

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8 English Heritage: Acton Burnell Castle

The impressive remains of this 13th century, red-sandstone castle is tucked away in the picturesque Shropshire countryside. Built between 1284 and 1293 by Bishop Burnell, the building fell to ruin during the 15th century - what's left of it remains a remarkable example of a medieval fortified manor house.

When: Mon-Sun dawn-dusk, ongoing
Where: English Heritage: Acton Burnell Castle, Acton Burnell, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY5 7PF
Contact: +44 (0)370 333 1181
More Details: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/acton-burnell-castle/

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9 OperaUpClose: The Magic Flute

This company pioneered accessible (and affordable!) chamber opera with their residency at London's King's Head pub theatre. Their bold take on Mozart's classic goes behind the velvet VIP ropes in the era of Trump and recessions. It incorporates Glyn Maxwell's poetry, Alex Beetschen's orchestration and Valentina Ceschi's theatrical creativity.

When: Oct 23, 7.30pm
Where: Theatre Severn, Frankwell, Shrewsbury. SY3 8FT
Contact: +44 (0)1743 281281
More Details: www.operaupclose.com

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Set amongst glorious countryside on the banks of the River Severn, Shrewsbury is one of England's finest medieval market towns. Packed with timber-framed buildings and quaint streets, this pretty town is home to the famous Shrewsbury Abbey and has over 600 listed buildings. It’s also known for amazing shopping, top restaurants, and a great nightlife. Head here for a relaxing weekend away in idyllic surroundings.