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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

Playwright Harold Pinter. TICKETED

1 Afterplay & The Dumb Waiter

The Wightman Theatre's resident company, the first professional troupe based in Shrewsbury for 56 years, presents a double bill of classic dramas. Brian Friel's Afterplay brings together Andrey from Chekhov's Three Sisters and Sonya from Uncle Vanya. The Dumb Waiter is Harold Pinter's claustrophobic depiction of two petty criminals.

When: Mon-Sat 7.30pm, mats Sat 2.30pm
Where: The Wightman Theatre, 14a The Square, Shrewsbury. SY1 1LN
More Details: www.thewightman.co.uk

FREE EVENT

2 Evolution Explored

This outdoor exhibition explores the theme of evolution through Magnum Photos' historic archive. Inspired by Shrewsbury's links to Charles Darwin, the 10-week display consists of 40 powerful, historic and contemporary photographs which raise questions about Darwin's legacy in modern society.

When: From Feb 9, Mon-Sun dawn-dusk, ends Feb 23
Where: St Mary's Square, St. Marys Street, Shrewsbury. SY1 1EQ
More Details: www.magnumphotos.com/events/event/evolution-explored/

TICKETED

3 Dave Mason

The rock legend reprises material from his career as a founder member of Traffic, as well as performing songs that launched his solo career over five decades ago. The concert features hits and deep cuts from iconic Traffic albums, stories from Dave, plus new material and a selection of classic Mason music.

When: Feb 23, 7.30pm
Where: Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY1 9SA
Contact: +44 (0)1743 281281
More Details: www.davemasonmusic.com

TICKETED

4 Whalebone: Mirabilia Tour

This award-winning trio from Shropshire consists of Steve Downs, Charlotte Watson and Sarah Ibberson. They're all skilled musicians but never lose sight of the importance of having fun during their charismatic live shows. They play classic rock with a Celtic filter - well, it's folk really - and their current album is called Mirabilia.

When: Feb 25, 8pm
Where: Shropshire Wildlife Trust, 193 Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury. SY2 6AH
Contact: +44 (0)1743 284280
More Details: www.whalebone-music.com

TICKETED

5 Jailhouse Tours

Take a self-guided historical tour of Shrewsbury Prison - also known as The Dana - which was constructed by Thomas Telford in 1793 and closed in 2013. Learn more about its gritty and sometime grim history and if you're feeling brave, visit the prison as night time falls for Dana In The Dark - An Officer's Journey.

When: Mon-Sun 10am-5pm, last adm 4pm, except school hols Dec 17-Jan 3, Feb 18-26, Apr 8-23, May 27-31, Jun 1-4, Jul 26-31, Aug 1-31, Sep 1-3, Mon-Sun 10am-6pm, last adm 5pm, closed Dec 25
Where: The Dana Prison, Shrewsbury. SY1 2HJ
More Details: www.jailhousetours.com

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6 English Heritage: Wroxeter Roman City

The site of the fourth largest city in Roman Britain invites you to step into the past and imagine how it must have been to live 2000 years ago. A reconstructed town house and the remains of the bathhouse are available to explore, and you can learn more about the history through audio tours and displays.

When: Nov 1-Mar 31, Sat & Sun 10am-4pm, last adm 3.30pm, ongoing
Where: English Heritage: Wroxeter Roman City, Wroxeter, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY5 6PH
Contact: +44 (0)1743 761330
More Details: www.english-heritage.org.uk

FREE EVENT

7 English Heritage: Moreton Corbet Castle

With over 500 years of building and development history, Moreton invites you to view centuries of architectural changes within one building. First built around 1100 by a Saxon family, the impressive ruins still boast Elizabethan features, as well as stunning views across the countryside.

When: Jan 1-Dec 31, Mon-Sun, Bank Hols dawn-dusk
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

FREE EVENT

8 Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre

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

When: Apr 1-Oct 30, Fri-Sun 10am-4pm, Nov 5-Mar 25 2017, Sat 10am-4pm, closed Dec 25, Jan 2
Where: Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings, Spring Gardens, Shrewsbury. SY1 2SZ
More Details: www.flaxmill-maltings.co.uk

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9 Shrewsbury Abbey

Most 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.

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, 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

TICKETED

10 I Am Beast

After the death of her mother, Ellie escapes to a fantasy world. Sparkle And Dark's award-winning exploration of grief has been based on research with a psychologist, neuroscientists, therapists and a group of six teenage girls. UV landscapes, original live music and life-sized puppetry invoke what happens when the darkness spins out of control.

When: Mar 1, 7.30pm
Where: Theatre Severn, Frankwell Quay, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. SY1 9SA
Contact: +44 (0)1743 281281
More Details: www.sparkleanddark.com

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