Summer in Shrewsbury has a Festival Feel

Shrewsbury is set for a showdown of fantastic events this summer highlighting what makes the town a vibrant and original place to visit.

The nationally renowned Shrewsbury Flower Show (8 and 9 August) is set to stun visitors with fantastic floral displays, ‘proper lush’ food and a thrilling fireworks finale.  The popular Tom Kerridge takes the headline spot with cookery demonstrations on both days. Kerridge is a two Michelin star chef who shared his culinary passion on the BBC2 series Proper Pub Food. Visitors can also enjoy the specialist knowledge of Pippa Greenwood of Gardener’s Question Time fame, take in exciting arena displays and relax to live music. A period dress competition will help mark the centenary of the 1914 ‘Show That Never Was’, which was cancelled because of the start of The Great War.

Returning to the heart of Shrewsbury is the Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival (12, 13 and 14 September). The family friendly event is the county’s largest multi arena festival and boasts an eclectic mix of music and comedy with provision to camp for the weekend. Headline acts include chart topping Tinie Temper, who has won 12 major awards and indie rock favourites The Cribs headline the Saturday night.

It follows on from the four-day Shrewsbury Folk Festival (22-25 August) which is already sold-out. This year the line-up includes Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, Bellowhead and Seth Lakeman. The family centred festival has five stages, children’s festival, workshops and a dance tent. You can catch a dance procession through the streets of Shrewsbury on the Saturday (23 August).

For a different view of Shrewsbury visitors can sail down the Severn this summer on the Sabrina, from the Welsh to the English Bridge, relaxing on the modern passenger boat that loops the town taking in the stunning Quarry Park. Be brave after dark and hop on one of the weekly ghost cruises to learn more about one of the most haunted towns in the UK, alternatively, relive the 60’s by getting on the dance floor for the Motown Groove cruise where fancy dress is encouraged.

Kirsten Henly, Shrewsbury BID (Business Improvement District) Manager said: “Shrewsbury has so much to offer all-year round but it really comes into its own in the summer with special events and activities. With our variety of independent shops, creative businesses, great food and hospitality visitors can be assured of plenty to see and do, and a warm and friendly welcome.”


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