Artefacts, archaeology, gas and goo. Make it an action packed Half Term in Shrewsbury

If you’re looking for skeletons, ancient artefacts, town trails and live performances this February half term then look no further than Shrewsbury - there’s an action packed schedule to keep you and your kids entertained.

Discover Darwin

Inspire your curiosity at the Shrewsbury Darwin Festival and immerse yourself in activities, trails and workshops across town. Start the week with a guided print making workshop for young people, using the natural forms and patterns found around the Unitarian Church on High Street, which is the church Darwin attended as a small boy. On Wednesday discover Gas! Big bangs, bad smells and goo and get hooked on science. On Thursday it’s all about archaeology at the Wild about Dinosaurs event.

Booking is recommended for all events, visit or call 01743 284280.

Zap, Crackle and Pop

Marty Jopson, science guru from The One Show, will be teaching children and adults about science at The Hive in Shrewsbury as part of Shrewsbury Darwin Festival. The ‘Zap, Crackle and Pop’ workshop on 13th February will be a must-see event packed with seriously wacky experiments! For more information or to book tickets go to

Anyone for Tennis?

If you’re a tennis fan you can see the ‘World Cup of Tennis’ University Centre Shrewsbury’s learning and research base on 19th February. The Davis Cup, which was lifted by the Great Britain team in November, will be on show for photographs and there will be talks from the President of the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), Cathie Sabin, and UCS’s tennis-playing Professor of Applied Exercise Science, John Buckley, during the free event.  The Cup’s exclusive visit to the town will also include it being on show until lunchtime on 20th February at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery.

From 13th till 20th February some of the world’s Top 100 tennis players play as part of the Aegon Mens $15k Pro Series Tennis Tournament at The Shrewsbury Club on Sundorne Road. The free event is set to be one of the biggest sporting events in the region. To book places for the event go to or call 01743 297185.

Football Fever

Shrewsbury Town will meet Manchester United in the fifth round of the Emirates FA Cup on 22nd February (19:45pm kick-off). It’s the first time the clubs have ever met and promises to be a big night at Greenhous Meadow.

‘Valhalla’ – Life and Death in Viking Britain

From excavations in York to unearthed Viking-age skeletons, there’s plenty to uncover at the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. Discover ancient artefacts and findings from over 1,000 years ago and experience a special hands-on children’s area featuring puppetry and play. For more information or to book tickets go to

Theatre Severn

If you’re looking to let your hair down, make your way to Theatre Severn where Rapunzel will be showcasing on 13th February. On 15th February you can see the children’s TV classic Count Duckula live on stage for the first time. For more information or to book tickets go to

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