How to keep the kids busy this summer in Shrewsbury

With the summer holidays just around the corner, kids in Shrewsbury will be looking forward to the warm outdoor weather and the long break from school. For parents, this means having to find activities and days out to keep them busy. Thankfully our town offers plenty of distractions for kids over the holidays.

Battlefield Falconry

For kids and adults alike, a visit to the falconry centre is a must. With 202 ‘excellent’ reviews on Tripadvisor, the centre is easily one of our most popular attractions. Demand will be high come summertime, so try and get a session booked in as early as you can on their website. They also do children’s parties and other experiences.

The Adventure Rope Course

Located in the Albrighton Hall Hotel, the Adventure Rope Course is a great day out for kids and teenagers. Designed for groups, the course is ideal for birthdays and other celebrations. The company offers a range of outdoor activities like the giant swing, parachute jump, abseiling, archery and even bushcraft (think Bear Grylls!) Check out their website here.

Fun in The Quarry

The Quarry offers a delightful park right on the doorstep of our town. If you’ve never spent time with your children idling along and looking through The Dingle and playing in the park you’ve missed out. Taking an outdoor toy like an RC helicopter from Hawkins Bazaar in Pride Hill shopping centre could provide plenty of fun – as long as you avoid the river!

There’s also the Quarry swimming pool. One of the biggest in the country and with its own flume, it’s a great way for kids to have a refreshing dip in a safe environment.

Hawkstone Park Follies

While it’s not suitable for buggies, the Hawkstone Park Follies are great for taking kids on a proper adventure. A natural valley full of woodland, cliffs, crags, caves and monuments over 200 years old – the follies are a real treasure. The area does feature difficult terrain, so younger children may struggle but for energetic teens it’s a great day out. A visit will set you back £7.95 or £5.50 for children. Family prices are available. More info here.

Indoor ideas

When you’ve got young children and the rain starts coming down, you can end up with unhappy faces all round. Thankfully there are some great options for indoor entertainment. The Two Henrys pub in Battlefield has a three-level play area for kids while you relax with a drink.

The Old Market Hall is ranked top of the ‘Fun and Games’ attractions on Trip Advisor and offers a quaint little cinema experience for both you and the kids.

AMF Bowling offers a great family day out and is fun for both the kids and you. Located on Brixton way, Harlescott, the alley gets quite busy so it’s worth booking. As well as bowling, the alley features a 3-floor quasar arena that can be booked by groups. Ideal for parties.


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