Nutcracker Trail Takes Off in Shrewsbury

Ten giant nutcracker kings have arrived on the streets of Shrewsbury and visitors are being encouraged to join the Nutcracker Trail from today.

The magical nutcrackers are individually named and visitors are invited to find them all and list their names in the trail booklet. Once all ten have been found return the booklet to the official Christmas post box in the Darwin Centre on Pride Hill for the chance to win the star prize, an iPad mini.

Shrewsbury Business Improvement District (BID) has organised the trail to encourage people to discover all the town has to offer by tracking down the brightly coloured Nutcracker Kings.

“Each Nutcracker King is more than 6ft tall so they are fairly easy to spot but you will need to use the map in the trail booklet and take time to explore the town centre to find them. It will be a great way to keep family and friends entertained over the festive period. Don’t forget to share your photos when you find a Nutcracker and tweet to @originalshrews using the hashtag #NutcrackerTrail,”explained Emma Molyneux, Projects Assistant at Shrewsbury BID.

Trail booklets will be available to pick up from the Tourist Information Centre in the Museum and Art Gallery in Shrewsbury and from Darwin Shopping Centre’s Santa’s Grotto. They can also be downloaded from

Mike Dalton owner of stop.Cafe and Shrewsbury BID Board director added: “There is a great atmosphere in town this Christmas and the nutcrackers are sure to add to the magic. We are looking forward to welcoming people of all ages to have a go and enjoy everything Shrewsbury has to offer at Christmas time.”

Entries must be posted in the official post box marked on the trail map by 28th December 2016. The answers will go into a draw with the lucky winner announced on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

Opening hours of the businesses caring for the nutcrackers vary, so not all nutcrackers will be available to view after hours or on Sundays and bank holidays.

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