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Upcoming Events in Shrewsbury 2020

Starts: Fri, 7th February 2020

Ends: Sun, 16th February 2020

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This year’s festival offers a wide variety of events hosted by a number of venues all over town. One of the highlights will be the rare opportunity to view some of Darwin’s original letters and books through a private tour at Shrewsbury School. Among these important historic artefacts are two first-edition copies of the groundbreaking On the Origin of Species. 

Other highlights of the festival include free entry to Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery on February 14, 15 and 16, and a range of events to encourage curiosity and independent thinking. 

The programme includes a guided tour of Darwin’s childhood garden, Mythstories: The Origins of Ellesmere and guided tours of Darwin’s childhood in Shrewsbury. 

Starts: Sun, 15th March 2020

Ends: Sun, 15th March 2020

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This is a true town 10K with closed roads and a grand start & finish in the High Street of Shrewsbury. Suitable for all levels of ability with professional chip timing, bespoke medals and technical T-shirts for all competitors. UKA rules and regulations with a AUKCM measured course apply.

Starts: Sat, 21st March 2020

Ends: Sat, 21st March 2020

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The event will focus around a Steampunk Market at St Mary’s Church, but lots of exciting attractions will be available throughout the whole of the town.

There will be a chance to visit Coleham Pumping Station in all its Steam filled splendour. Charles Darwin will see visitors arrive to explore his former school and Steampunk dressed librarians will offer tours of Shrewsbury Library. A Burlesque workshop will be available at the Lion Hotel if anyone fancies joining the fabulous Madam Zurri Arrosa demonstrating the art of this exciting dance.

Other daytime entertainment will include performances from Charlie Draper, an accomplished Theremin musician. Dancing displays by Belly Fusion Dance Collective, Soluna and the League of Extreme Madness and Morris Side Ironmen and Severn Guilders. Ichabod Steam will be entertaining guests outside St Mary’s in his Steampunk musical submarine! Sheriff Ants Trenpeneur will be delighting us with music and song throughout the day, and guests can also take part in Teapot Racing and Parasol Duelling if they wish.

As dusk falls, a guided ghost tour is on offer and will start from the Square in Shrewsbury town centre.

On Saturday evening, The Adams Ball Room at the Lion Hotel will provide the perfect venue for a Steampunk Shindig! A fabulous line up of the best in Steampunk music and entertainment. Local acrobat Damian Senior will be performing, along with Lady Violet Hugh, Madam Zurri Arrosa, Victor and the Bully and Professor Elemental. The whole evening will be compared by the amazing Pip Bayley. 

Starts: Sat, 21st March 2020

Ends: Sun, 22nd March 2020

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Shrewsbury Flea sees between 100-140 traders selling a vast selection of Antiques, Collectables, Vintage, mid-century and Salvage. 

Starts: Sat, 28th March 2020

Ends: Sat, 28th March 2020

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The Lingen Davies Cancer Fund, a charity committed to Supporting Cancer Services for the people of Shropshire, Telford and Mid Wales, is organising the Shrewsbury Colour Run on 28th March 2020. Billed as a non-competitive 5k run it's aim is to raise money for the work of the Charity.

Starts: Sat, 4th April 2020

Ends: Sat, 4th April 2020

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The event will see artists from every music genre – as well as dancers and storytellers – perform all around Shrewsbury town centre from 10am. With more than 100 live acts performing. The Busk was first held in 2013 in memory of talented musician and artist Ben Bebbington, who died after an unprovoked attack by two men in September 2012

Starts: Fri, 24th April 2020

Ends: Sat, 25th April 2020

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The Cartoon Festival brings a small army of professional cartoonists from all over the UK and overseas to draw for the public.

The event draws a huge audience every year with live drawing of giant cartoons in Shrewsbury Town Square as its centrepiece, alongside live caricaturing by some of the UK’s top professionals. There are also cartoon workshops for aspiring cartoonists and exhibitions of themed cartoons. 

The Festival presents a unique opportunity for the public see cartoonists at work, meet them in person and learn some tricks of the trade. It’s a brilliant time for all!

Starts: Sat, 25th April 2020

Ends: Sat, 25th April 2020

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Shrewsbury Fake Festival is a tribute-based music event bringing 6 'fake bands' to Shrewsbury – professional 'touring-grade' tribute bands that put on a superb performance. They look, sound and move like the real rock-stars – you have to see them to believe it!

Starts: Sat, 9th May 2020

Ends: Sun, 10th May 2020

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The Regatta is one of the oldest events in the rowing calendar, having first been held in 1871. Races will take place on the River Severn in Shrewsbury between English Bridge and the boathouses opposite the Quarry. The organisers expect around 1500 competitors to take part from rowing clubs all over the country. Races will take place roughly every three minutes on both the Saturday and the Sunday and with supporters from the competing clubs cheering the crews on the atmosphere should be full of excitement.

Starts: Sat, 16th May 2020

Ends: Sat, 16th May 2020

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A festival held in the heart of Shropshire and celebrating all things free-from! Gluten-free, dairy-free, meat-free, sugar-free - and even a tech-free children's area. Speakers, cooking demonstrations, health and wellbeing workshops and more. From clean-eating to Vegan wine, real chocolate, Keto and Paleo we welcome a wide range of speakers and our chefs cook up a free-from storm as they give their best tips!

Starts: Sat, 23rd May 2020

Ends: Sat, 23rd May 2020

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The Shropshire County Agricultural Show was created in the late nineteenth century when it was launched as part of the co-operative venture - The Shropshire and West Midlands Agricultural Society.

Since 1875 agriculture has seen massive changes in farming techniques, engine-powered machinery and technology, but despite this, the Greenhous West Mid Showground has always kept abreast of every new trend and continues to showcase the latest initiatives.

Starts: Sun, 24th May 2020

Ends: Sun, 24th May 2020

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Spectators can watch as racers hurtle down the 300m track in their carefully crafted carts, hopefully avoiding the icy waters of the River Severn at the end of their journey!

Competitors will work their way through a knockout-style competition, with only the fastest 10 cars making it through to the final, where they’ll battle it out to take home the winner’s trophy.

The event is free to attend, with pop-up street food stalls, bars and loads of family-fun activities all featuring.

Starts: Sun, 7th July 2020

Ends: Sun, 7th July 2020

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 The Festival will feature various races and demonstrations on the river, canoeing, coracles, local independent craft stalls, children's fancy dress and other competitions, as well as live entertainment.

Starts: Sat, 20th July 2020

Ends: Sat, 20th July 2020

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Shrewsbury Carnival and Show is one of the largest free one-day events held in Shrewsbury, bringing together the local community and helping to promote local charities and organisations.

Starts: Sat, 27th July 2020

Ends: Sun, 28th July 2020

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More than 20,000 people will descend on Shrewsbury's Quarry Park for the town's annual food festival!

There will be celebrity chef demonstrations, free activities for children, a showcase of the best local music, a hot food court, artisan bars and more.

The food festival was founded in 2012 and proved an instant success. It is run with the help of a team of 100 volunteers, called #TeamOrange. The event has helped Shrewsbury to build a reputation as being a centre of gastronomic excellence.

The event is on course to sell out and there will be more than 200 exhibitors on site.

Starts: Tue, 30th July 2020

Ends: Tue, 30th July 2020

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Explore a wealth of opportunities to bring balance to busy lives. A range of seminars, workshops and discussion panels will tackle key issues relating to physical and mental wellbeing.

Leading experts and locally recognised specialists bring you a day of inspiration and enlightenment covering subjects from sleep, anxiety and depression to sports, adventure and activity.

Yoga, Meditation, Mindfulness,  Self Care, Sports Therapy.

Starts: Sat, 4th July 2020

Ends: Sun, 5th July 2020

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It is a fantastic day out for both participants and spectators as teams of 11 to 20 take to the River Severn in 40ft long Viking Dragon Boats. Teams can take part on either the Saturday or Sunday by registering at severnhospice.org.uk

The festival sets up on Beck's Field between Shrewsbury School and the Pengwern Boat Club. Spectators can enjoy the view for free from Shrewsbury Quarry whilst cheering on their favourite team!

Starts: Sat, 11th July 2020

Ends: Sat, 11th July 2020

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Let's Rock! is an 80s family-friendly festival in eight locations across the UK.

In association with Absolute Radio, the series showcases a lineup of our favourite 80s artists, and have recently included the likes of Sister Sledge, Billy Ocean and The Human League.

The 2019 line-up includes Sister Sledge, Belinda Carlisle, Chesney Hawkes, Roland Gift, Kim Appleby, Betty Boo, Musical Youth and Captain Sensible.

Starts: Fri, 28th August 2020

Ends: Mon, 31st August 2020

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Shrewsbury's annual folk festival is one of the top events of its kind in the country.

Offering four days of folk and world music and dance over the August Bank Holiday in a glorious riverside location within walking distance of town centre, it is no surprise it is a firm favourite with music fans and local people alike.

The joy of the event, whether you're a die-hard folk fan or just looking to relax and experience new things, is the knowledge that you'll not only see the cream of the UK and international folk musicians but also discover someone or something new.

The festival has five music stages and venues, a dance tent, more than 100 workshops, its popular children's festival Pandemonium, and a dedicated youth programme Refolkus which has a packed programme for young people aged 11 to 20.

Add to that superb on-site camping facilities site, a craft fair plus a food village, and real ale and prosecco bars and you'll never want to leave!

Starts: Fri, 14th August 2020

Ends: Sat, 15th August 2020

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A quarry packed with three million blooms, mouth-watering food and a thrilling fireworks finale.

Shrewsbury is proud to be home to the world's oldest flower show and this year's line-up is sure to be show-stopping.

Starts: Sun, 30th August 2020

Ends: Mon, 31st August 2020

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The Shrewsbury Steam Rally showcases over 1000 exhibits at its annual steam engine and vintage vehicle rally, taking place at Onslow Park.

There’s a full programme in the Main Arena each day; vintage tractors on the move, convoys of historic commercial vehicles, vintage cycles and perambulators, pre and post World War 2 cars, veteran cars, classic motorcycles and steam cars. The highlight is the unmissable Grand Parade - Steam Engines with nostalgic music and poetry.

The popular heavy horses also take their turn in the arena, as well as the of Birds of Prey demonstration by Hawksdrift Falconry (as seen on TVs Dragons Den).

When they’re not in the Main Arena, most of the exhibits are on static display for closer inspection, but many are working displays too. There are oil engines, miniature steam engines, military vehicles... and many more!

The exhibitors breathe new life into the past, and the golden age of Victorian farming is captured on the Working Field with shire horses and superb historic tractors. Demonstrations from harvesting with reaper binders, to chaff cutting and hammer milling, with many early tractors, rare implements and machinery. The Challenger tractor pulling team are also on-site for an exciting tractor pulling demonstration.

Visitors can take a journey back in time, as we turn the clock back on Victorian farming in the beautiful landscape of Onslow Park.

There’s an olde time fairground and organs, a crafts & hobbies marquee and of course a bar and plenty of catering stands. And if you’ve still got time to spare, there are acres of trade stands to go looking for a bargain.

Starts: Sat, 5th September 2020

Ends: Sun, 6th September 2020

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Shropshire Kids Festival promises to be the biggest, most creative, fun-filled weekend for kids of all ages.

With dozens of amazing activities to try from the massive 75m water slide to zorbing, a helter-skelter and a go-kart track, it’s going to be difficult to decide which activity to have a go at first. 

Festival zones will include outdoor sports where kids can partake in tennis, rugby and bubble football and indoor sports which will include jujitsu, karate and yoga.  Competitive types will love the inflatable obstacle course and the ‘wacky races’, which will include a laughter-inducing water balloon race and a highly anticipated space hopper race.  While the races are free, there will be a chance to do good while having fun, by making a donation to the Harry Johnson Trust.

Serious skills will be on show throughout the weekend, as dance acts, singers and musicians share their talent on the festival’s main stage. And there are more creative activities with art and craft sessions being run by local company Compost Kids.

If they still have the energy after all that, there’s also a circus skills tent, storytelling, kids cookery, and to top it all, a not to be missed foam party!

Even the youngest children have been catered for with baby sensory sessions, baby yoga, baby singing and toddlers tumble play area.

Starts: Sun, 6th September 2020

Ends: Sun, 6th September 2020

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Now in its 10th year, it has adapted to your needs and will be hoping to include family events as well. SYTri (Shrewsbury Triathlon Club) stage the event which provides a unique 500M (downstream-wetsuit required) river swim, followed by a fast 23K undulating bike course on country roads. Finishing with a 5K flat & fast traffic-free run inside the showground (your supporters are never far away) on mixed surface paths. Excellent race for both beginners and experienced athletes looking for a PB

The Quadrathlon includes a total 4.5km downstream and back paddle, following the swim and before the cycle leg.

Starts: Fri, 11th September 2020

Ends: Fri, 11th September 2020

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The River Severn in Shrewsbury will be filled with the thrills and spills of world championship coracle racing later this year as a major charity event makes a welcome return.

The event will see teams of four paddle a traditional coracle boat in a relay race across the river, with the winners being crowned world champions. It raised about £45,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support last year, and organisers are hoping to beat that total this September.

Starts: Sun, 13th September 2020

Ends: Tues, 22nd September 2020

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Heritage Open Days is England's largest festival of history and culture, bringing together over 2,500 organisations, 5,000 events and 40,000 volunteers.

Every September places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history. It’s your chance to see hidden places and try out new experiences – and it’s all FREE.

Multiple locations across Shrewsbury will be holding special events and opening their doors for this annual event - check back for more information.

Starts: Sat, 2nd October 2020

Ends: Sun, 3rd October 2020

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Real ales, comedy, live music and amazing food...

More than 150 real ales, legendary huge lager, cider and perry, prosecco parlours and a gin den, to name just a few. The best local food and a fantastic Sunday Funday just to make sure every box is well and truly ticked.

Starts: Sun, 11th October 2020

Ends: Sun, 11th October 2020

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The race starts and finishes at the Shropshire County Show Ground, an impressive 53-acre venue where the race village is also located, plus plenty of activities and entertainment for runners and spectators.

The UKA-accredited course follows the river in the Quarry and continues through the historic town centre, past hundreds of listed buildings and down steep narrow streets, before heading over the English bridge to run a loop of the Kingsland estate. Runners then ‘conquer the Wyle cop’, the UK’s longest row of uninterrupted independent shops, and head out to run the second half of the race in the rolling Shropshire countryside.


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