See Shakespeare, slides and circus tents in Shrewsbury

Stuck for things to do this weekend? Panic over, Shrewsbury is packed with everything from drama and dance, giant slides and storytelling this weekend (23 and 24 April) as the town celebrates Shrewsbury Shakespeare Day and the arrival of the first Shropshire Kids Festival.

If you’ve ever wanted to perform your favourite piece of Shakespeare in Shrewsbury then visit the town centre on Saturday 23 April as Shrewsbury Heritage mark the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.

You’ll be able to hurl an insult, take part in a treasure hunt and see combat in the Square. In the Castle Grounds, there will be a programme of scenes from Shakespeare performed by Shropshire Schools. Well known characters, from Hamlet to Cleopatra, will be making appearances across town and to end the day there will be a Shakespeare master class in the Wightman Theatre.

Maggie Love, Artistic Director of Shrewsbury Heritage said: “Saturday in Shrewsbury will be packed with performances from the past and a real celebration of Shrewsbury’s links to Shakespeare. When King James took over the throne in 1603 and established his official group of theatre players, the ‘Kings Men’, one of the first places they chose to perform was Shrewsbury and it’s believed that Shakespeare was amongst them.”

Head to the Quarry Park on both Saturday and Sunday to find fun in the form of foam parties and inflatables, a 75m water slide, storytelling, creativity areas and cookery, tumble areas for toddlers and engineering robotics for older children.

Shropshire Kids Festival Director Beth Heath explains: “This new festival is all about helping kids discover new activities, things they have never seen or done before, individually and as part of a team. A visit to the huge circus tent will be a must for all ages, and we’re convinced that visitors will be going home with some great festival stories to tell.”

Entry to the Shropshire Kids Fest costs £6 per child to include all activities and £1 for adults if accompanied by a child. Gates open at 10am on Saturday (23 April)and close at 5pm on Sunday (24 April).

If you wish to plan your weekend in Shrewsbury visit www.originalshrewsbury.co.uk to find links and itineraries or find Original Shrewsbury on Facebook www.facebook.com/originalshrewsbury  and Twitter @OriginalShrews

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