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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. 

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

Show of Hands.  Phil Beer, Steve Knightley, TICKETED

1 Show Of Hands

In April 2017 the award-winning folk band headed by Steve Knightley and Phil Beer celebrated their 25th anniversary at the Royal Albert Hall. Their fan base is huge, but their DIY ethic means success has mostly happened beneath the music industry's radar. The surprises keep coming with a tour of the nation's great churches. Perfect.

When: Oct 26, 8pm, doors 7pm
Where: The Churches Conservation Trust: Church Of St Mary The Virgin, St. Mary's Street, Shrewsbury. SY1 1DX
Contact: +44 (0)845 303 2760
More Details: www.showofhands.co.uk

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2 Two

Shrewsbury's first excursion into home-grown professional theatre in recent times was a huge success. If you missed it, the good news is that the Wightman has revived its acclaimed production of Little Voice-author Jim Cartwright's award-winning tale of a northern pub. Two actors play all 14 characters.

When: From Oct 10, Oct 10-14, 24, 26-31, 7.30pm, mats Oct 14, 26, Nov 2-4, 2.30pm, ends Nov 4
Where: The Wightman Theatre, 14a The Square, Shrewsbury. SY1 1LN
More Details: www.thewightman.co.uk/whatson/productions/?title=Two

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3 Shrewsbury Prison Scream Park

Do you have what it takes to survive a global apocalypse? What if a small group of refugees came together following the catastrophe determined to re-create a semblance of normality? Immersive Events, who glory in the accolade Best Zombie Experience Event 2016, have created a zombie situation specifically for Shrewsbury Prison.

When: Oct 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, 7pm-12midnight
Where: The Dana Prison, The Dana, Shrewsbury. SY1 2HR
Contact: 01743343100
More Details: www.imevents.global

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4 Bella Hardy

This folk musician, singer and songwriter grew up in and around the wonderfully named Hope Valley in Edale, Derbyshire. She is now touring in support of her ninth solo album, Hey Sammy, which has been informed by a stint in Nashville and travels in Yunnan Province, south west China, where she collaborated with local musicians.

When: Oct 28, 7.45pm
Where: The Hive, 5 Belmont, Shrewsbury. SY1 1TE
Contact: +44 (0)1743 234970
More Details: www.bellahardy.com

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5 Blair Dunlop

This young folk singer is a former child actor who worked with Johnny Depp. From his first release (2011's Bags Outside The Door EP) to last year's studio album Gilded, it's been plaudits all the way. And he won the prestigious Horizon Award at the 2013 BBC Folk Awards. With support from Brooke Sharkey.

When: Oct 29, 8pm, doors 7pm
Where: Henry Tudor House, Barracks Passage, Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury. SY1 1XA
Contact: 01743361666
More Details: www.blairdunlop.com

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6 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, Sep, Fri-Sun 10am-5pm, Oct 1-20, Sat & Sun 10am-5pm, Oct 21-31, Nov 1-3, Mon-Sun 10am-5pm, last adm 3pm
Where: Hawkestone Park Follies, Weston, Shrewsbury. SY4 5JY
More Details: www.hawkstoneparkfollies.co.uk

MORETON CORBET CASTLE General view. A medieval castle and remains of an Elizabethan mansion. FREE EVENT

7 English Heritage: Moreton Corbet Castle

In the 16th century, Sir Andrew Corbet was inspired to remodel his family's Welsh borders castle after the style of houses he had seen in Antwerp whilst he was English ambassador there. The resulting stately home was damaged in the Civil War and then fell into disrepair in the 18th century. The lovely ruins are still owned by the Corbet family.

When: Mon-Sun, Bank Hols dawn-dusk, ongoing
Where: English Heritage: Morton Corbet Castle, Moreton Corbet, Shawbury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY4 4DW
Contact: +44 (0)370 333 1181
More Details: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/#?Place=Moreton%20Corbet%20Castle

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

8 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: Oct 18-Nov 5, Mon-Sun 11am-5.30pm mansion, last adm 4.30pm, Nov 6-Dec 23, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm mansion, last adm 3pm, Jan 1-Feb 11, Fri-Sun 11am-3pm mansion tours only, Feb 17, 11am-4.30pm mansion, last adm 3.30pm, Oct 18-Nov 5, Mon-Sun 8am-6pm park, last adm 5pm, Nov 6-Dec 23, Dec 26-31, Jan 1-Feb 17, Mon-Sun 8am-5pm park, last adm 4pm, Dec 24, 8am-3pm park, last adm 2pm, closed Dec 25, ongoing
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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9 Shrewsbury Abbey

Famous for its literary association with the Cadfael mysteries written by Shropshire writer Ellis Peters, this historical landmark was founded in 1083, and remains a place of worship. Its stunning arches and impressive organ are a sight to behold, as well as the remaining monastic relic - the refectory pulpit. Free to visit but donations welcome.

When: Apr 1-Oct 31, Mon-Sun 10am-4pm, last adm 3.45pm, Nov 1-Mar 31, Mon-Sun 10.30am-3pm, last adm 2.45pm, closed Dec 25 & 26, worship only, please check opening times if travelling a distance
Where: Shrewsbury Abbey, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury. SY2 6BS
Contact: +44 (0)1743 232723
More Details: www.shrewsburyabbey.com

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10 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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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.