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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 Wye, 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. 

Great events in Shrewsbury this week

Check out our top 10 events in and around Shrewsbury this week

Best things to do this week in Shrewsbury

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1 Macbeth

Celebrated RSC director Loveday Ingram directs Theatre Severn's first-ever in-house production - Shakespeare's bloody tale of Macbeth's rise to the crown by means of foul and treacherous deeds. This ground-breaking production is staged in-the-round, with a central performance space surrounded by seating on all sides.

When: Apr 25-29, 7.30pm, mat Apr 29, 2.30pm
Where: Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY1 9SA
Contact: +44 (0)1743 281281
More Details: www.theatresevern.co.uk/shows/drama/macbeth

Jenny Adin-Christie, 33, an embroiderer from Chessington, who worked on the Duchess of Cambridge's Wedding Dress, demonstrates the applique embroidery technique similar, but not the same as that used on the Wedding Dress, at the Royal School of Needlework in Hampton Court Palace, South West London. TICKETED

2 Embroideries Of The Corbet Bed: Workshop

The 16th-century Corbet bed, on loan from the V&A, has beautifully embroidered hangings created by members of the Corbet Bed Embroiderers' Trust. On this practical day course participants can learn about the embroidery patterns, fabrics and silks of the Tudor period, either mastering basic techniques or learning how to finish their work.

When: Apr 28, 10.30am-3.30pm
Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Music Hall, Market Street, Shrewsbury. SY1 1LG
Contact: +44 (0)1743 258885
More Details: www.shrewsburymuseum.org.uk/events/?c24event=EVENT566373

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3 Lynne Hanson & The Good Intentions

She's from Ottawa, Canada, but you'd never guess it from her sound because this gutsy singer-songwriter's output is saturated with dirty Texan blues. Hanson has supported Gretchen Peters on tour and her output has been compared in quality to that of Rosanne Cash. The latest album, Uneven Ground, explores her feelings of responsibility as an artist.

When: Apr 29, 7.45pm-10.30pm, doors 7.15pm
Where: The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury. SY1 1TE
Contact: +44 (0)1743 234970
More Details: www.lynnehanson.com

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4 Don't Dribble On The Dragon: The People's Theatre Company (Over 2s)

When young brothers Jack and Tom's friendship falls apart due to Tom's very wet dribbling problem, can a magical dragon help them put it back together again? This fun-filled musical adventure is based on the book by Steven Lee, and has magic designed by the legendary Paul Daniels.

When: Apr 30, 2.30pm
Where: Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY1 9SA
Contact: +44 (0)1743 281281
More Details: www.ptc.org.uk

One year old Indy Jennings from Bristol amongst the best ever display of Bluebells now on show at Westonbirt. TICKETED

5 Bluebell Watch

The liquid, shimmering beauty of a bluebell wood used to be a common sight in the English countryside during spring. Gloriously, during April and May the woodlands at Attingham are still home to masses of bluebells and you can follow a marked walk route to find the best displays.

When: From Apr 1, Mon-Sun 8am-5pm
Where: National Trust: Attingham Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY4 4TP
Contact: +44 (0)1743 708 123
More Details: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/events/15714972-7ec7-4804-9ec1-ad49a4af0d71/pages/details

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6 Rhyme Around The World

Seven Stories, The National Centre For Children's Books, presents an exhibition aimed at pre-schoolers featuring artwork by some of the most popular children's book illustrators. The theme is nursery rhymes - and as well as pictures there will be verses and multi-sensory experiences for the little ones to enjoy.

When: From Feb 18, Tue-Sat 10am-4.30pm, Sun 11am-4pm, ends May 7
Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Music Hall, Market Street, Shrewsbury. SY1 1LG
Contact: +44 (0)1743 258885
More Details: www.sevenstories.org.uk

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7 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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8 Walking Tour

A trained guide leads a circular tour of the historic town centre, which dates from medieval times and has no less than 660 listed buildings clustered in a maze of alleys known locally as shuts or passages. The street names - such as Dogpole, Mardol, Gullet Passage and Grope Lane - are some of the strangest in England.

When: Jan 1-Apr 30, Sat 2pm, May 1-Oct 31, Mon-Sat 2pm, Sun 11.30am
Where: Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Music Hall, Market Street, Shrewsbury. SY1 1LG
Contact: +44 (0)1743 258885
More Details: www.shropshire.gov.uk/guided-tours-of-shrewsbury/daily-walking-tours

A 'Medieval Knight', alias Dominic Sewell, 34, from Peterborough, riding Tequila and holding Willow, a female Saker falcon, against the St Georges flag at London's Hyde Park Corner on St Georges Day.   *....They were there to launch the opening of ticket sales for English Heritage's forthcoming History In Action festival to be held at Kirby Hall,  Northamptonshire on the 10th and 11th August FREE EVENT

9 Battlefield 1403

This fascinating little complex is more than just a farm shop - it's one of the best butcheries in the UK, a well stocked deli counter, a cafe, a shop full of local goodies and a museum commemorating the Battle Of Shrewsbury. This is the place where English longbows were used by both sides for the first time.

When: Mon-Sat 9.30am-5.30pm, Sun 10am-4pm, Apr 14, 17, 10am-4pm, closed Apr 16, ongoing
Where: Battlefield 1403, Battlefield Farm, Battlefield, Shrewsbury. SY4 3DB
More Details: www.battlefield1403.com

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10 The Quarry Park

The main recreational park in Shrewsbury was created in 1719 and spreads over 29 beautifully landscaped acres within a loop of the River Severn. One of its most famous features is the picturesque Dingle flower garden, which was designed by legendary TV gardener Percy Thrower and which has seasonal floral displays all year round.

When: Jan-Mar, Oct-Dec, 8am-4pm, Apr, 8am-6pm, May-Aug, 10.30am-6pm
Where: The Quarry Park, Shrewsbury. SY1 1RN
Contact: +44 (0)1743 239186
More Details: www.shrewsburytowncouncil.gov.uk/quarry-and-dingle

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