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With the clocks going forward at the end of the month, the Town of Flowers is springing into life!


Banff Mountain Film Festival

1st March - Theatre Severn

The Banff Mountain Film Festival joins the world’s best adventure film-makers and explorers as they push themselves to the limits in the most remote and stunning corners of the globe. Witness epic human-powered feats, life-affirming challenges and mind-blowing cinematography – all on the big screen!

Shrewsbury Farmers Market

4th March - The Square

The Shrewsbury Farmers Market brings the fields of Shropshire to Shrewsbury Square - 1st Friday of every month. There is a plethora of delicious food & drink to tempt you to try some of the best locally produced food.


Giovanni Pernice

7th February - Theatre Severn

Strictly Come Dancing favourite, Giovanni Pernice, returns with his highly anticipated hit show THIS IS ME. The showman is once again set to light up the stage, along with his cast of professional dancers, for another fabulous year of touring. With the Italian’s natural charm, combined with beautiful choreography perfectly complemented by a fabulous soundtrack.


Rich Hall's Hoedown Deluxe

11th March - Theatre Severn

Rich’s acclaimed BBC4 documentaries (most recently Rich Hall’s Red Menace) and his Radio 4 series Election Breakdown have established a whole new legion of followers. He’s also a stalwart of QI and Have I Got News For You. But seeing the Hoedown is a whole different experience. Gut-busting, rib-tickling, toe-tapping, and shit-kicking, Rich Hall’s Hoedown Deluxe covers the full anatomical spectrum.


Back to the 80's

12th March - Sabrina Boat

Buy some hairspray and dig out the flashiest clothes you own to party back to the ’80s! Join us on board for a 3-hour cruise to dance to the songs you love. The boat will be decorated to reflect the theme of the party with a themed playlist running through our professional sound system as well as a dance floor, smoking area and a fully stocked bar!


Brandon Allen - The Stanley Turrentine Project

12th March - The Hive

Firmly established as one of the UK's most in demand saxophonists Brandon Allen returns to SJN at the Hive with his 'Stanley Turrentine Project. Soulful playing with a superb hard-swinging and funky rhythm section of Will Barry (keyboard), bassist Conor Chaplin and Dave Ingamels (drums). Drawn from Turrentines releases on the Bluenote and CTI labels together with some of his rock/pop hits of the 60s and 70s.


Made in Shropshire - Fair in the Square

12th March - The Square

Every 2nd Saturday of the month the Made in Shropshire 'Fair in The Square' is carefully curated to ensure the best selection and variety of Shropshire based artists, craftspeople and food producers are represented. Come and find an exciting selection of baked goods, jams and treats as well as expertly crafted artwork, glass, jewellery, clothing, ceramics and homeware.


Shrewsbury 10k

13th March

Welcome to the Mercedes Benz of Shrewsbury 10K, an exciting event on the road race calendar. 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.


Shropshire Produce Market - Spring Fair

19th March - The Square

The Shropshire Produce Market brings the fields of Shropshire to Shrewsbury Square. There is a plethora of delicious food and drink to tempt people to try some of the best locally produced food.




Comedy Club - Troy Hawke, MC Hammersmith & MC Dan Nightingale

24th March - Henry Tudor House

TROY HAWKE is an erudite homeschooled 1930s throwback… the Errol Flynn of the high street. Educated, sophisticated, but utterly clueless. He tackles modern issues head on in his uniquely untimely manner.MC HAMMERSMITH performs improvised hip hop comedy. He is a freestyle rapper – meaning he raps spontaneously, unscripted, with absolutely no preparation.Our resident host DAN NIGHTINGALE is widely regarded as one of the finest performers working on the comedy circuit today.


Mother's Day

27th March

Why not spoil Mum this weekend and whisk her away for a break in Shrewsbury, 'Town of Flowers'?

With self contained apartments sleeping from 4 - 6 people, or neighbouring properties accommodating up to 12, you could even make it a family getaway!





Stephen Venables

28th March - Theatre Severn

After climbing Everest alone and without oxygen, Stephen shares the fun, excitement, beauty – and the personal tragedies – that make his life a continuing adventure.




Nish Kumar - Your Power, Your Control

31st March - Theatre Severn

Your Power, Your Control is a new show from the host of the Mash Report and one of the Guardian’s Top Fifty Comedians of the 21st Century. As seen on Live at the Apollo, Taskmaster and more.


We are so excited to be the cover story for this month's Shropshire Living magazine!


"Our focus is the guest experience; we treat our guests as family"

"You can sit in the lovely bay window and watch the world go by"
"As soon as we walked into the space, I fell in love with it"



Original Shrewsbury have put on a number of events in the town to celebrate Charles Darwin. See below for some highlight or click here for the full schedule!


a-KIN Exhibition 7-13th Feb - FREE ADMISSION

The Unitarian Church, High St

A 'live' exhibition of sculpture, drawing, textile, & video, curated by Participate Contemporary Artspace, challenging the competitive aspect of Darwin's theories of natural selection. Our theme is ‘kinship’ within & among species - their interdependence & diversity, with a focus on often overlooked plant life. We celebrate their ingenuity in ensuring their survival and if we support them, ultimately that of our planet.


Darwin In Shrewsbury - The Making of a Marvellous Mind

7th Feb - 7-9pm

The Unitarian Church, High St

Was it nature or nurture that created a world-class scientist? This illustrated talk by the founder of the Darwin Festival reflects on Darwin's radical grandparents, his early upbringing and education, the dramatic landscape of Shropshire and the influence of the Unitarian movement. All of which combined to make the ideal candidate for Naturalist on the Voyage of the Beagle.


Darwins Life With Nigel Hinton

8th Feb - 12 -1.30pm

Shrewsbury Library

An engaging talk about the life and times of Charles Darwin (1809-1882).

Brought to you by Shrewsbury Library. Call 01743 255308 and book with a member of Library staff or email shrewsbury.library@shropshire.gov.uk.


Darwin Storytime

9th Feb 10.15-11.15am

Shrewsbury Library

A storytime session with stories featuring Charles Darwin, scientists, and tortoises!

Brought to you by Shrewsbury Library. Call 01743 255308 and book with a member of Library staff or email shrewsbury.library@shropshire.gov.uk.


Guided Visit to See Shrewsbury School's Charles Darwin Collection

9th Feb 10.30-1pm

The Ancient Library, Shrewsbury School

Discover Darwin's letters, school books and publications in a rare chance to step behind the scenes at Shrewsbury School.10.30am to 1pm - three 45 min slots

15 people per tour

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Darwin & HMS Beagle - An Adventure of a Lifetime

10th Feb 7-8.30pm

Bear Steps Hall, 2 St Alkmunds Square

In 1831, Darwin joined a voyage that he later referred to “as by far the most important event in my life". To celebrate his birthday in his home town of Shrewsbury Civic Society plan to host Bibbs Cameron giving a talk on how Darwin's Five Year Adventure on The Beagle changed the way we looked at life. Learn about life on board, his adventures, his scientific friends, including Henslow his Mentor.

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Darwin, Evolution & The West Midlands

11th Feb7.30-8.30pm

Shrewsbury School

Darwin’s theory of Evolution by Natural Selection is the most important tool used by modern Biologist, but despite its simplicity, it is often misunderstood. This talk presents a historical perspective to the development of Darwin’s ideas and highlights some of his local influences from around the West Midlands.

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Shrewsbury Library Tour

12th Feb 11-12pm

Shrewsbury Library

As part of the 2022 Darwin festival, join us on a fascinating tour of this Grade I listed building which dates back to the 15th century. Formerly Shrewsbury School, attended by Charles Darwin in 1818, and home to Shrewsbury’s Public Library for 135 years.

Brought to you by Shrewsbury Library.

Call 01743 255308 and book with a member of Library staff or email shrewsbury.library@shropshire.gov.uk.


Charles Darwins Birthday Party

12th Feb 2.30-4.30pm

Mount House, The Mount

The Darwin Birthplace Trust invites you to celebrate Charles Darwin's birthday at a Festive Tea Party in the home where he was born and grew up.

As the building is currently under renovation, you will have the opportunity to see first-hand the work being done to bring the Darwins’ family home back to life.

Afternoon tea will be served in the Drawing Room, where young Charles would have taken tea with his family.

A visual presentation of his early life in Shrewsbury will be on display, and you also will be able to view the upstairs room in which he was born.

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Darwins Bees Pottery Workshop

12th Feb 3-4.30pm

The Hive, Belmont

Darwin was fascinated by bees and how they engineered their honeycombs. Join us in this Pottery workshop, to engineer your own honeycomb tile accompanied by a glazed bee. We’ll let you know when your bee tile has been fired in the kiln and ready to collect from us at The Hive.

4 - 14 years.

£10 Child / £8 Sibling

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Guided Tours of Darwin's Childhood Garden

13th Feb 10-3.30pm

Meet at Frankwell Car Park

This fragment of the Darwin family garden was bought by Shropshire Wildlife Trust in 2013 and is the only remaining part of the formerly extensive grounds attached to The Mount, Charles Darwin's birthplace. Located above the River Severn the site includes the thinking path, which provided a daily route for walking and reflection. Join John Hughes for a tour of the site and the surrounding area to learn more about how the garden and Shrewsbury would have influenced young Charles Darwin. Please note that the site is extremely steep with uneven steps - therefore it is unsuitable for those with limited mobility.

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Darwin Memorial Lecture - Social Evolution in Darwin's World

13th Feb 2.30-4pm

Theatre Severn

Robin Dunbar is a Fellow of the British Academy and Emeritus Professor of Evolutionary Psychology at Oxford. He has been actively researching this field since the 1970s. Friends, his most recent book was published in 2021. The lecture will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Organised by Friends of Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, in partnership with University Centre Shrewsbury.

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