Posted 08 Dec 2023

Festive Shopping In Shrewsbury: Books & Entertainment

From independents, to specialists, to familiar high street chains, you'll find books, games & other entertainment options for to suit every taste in Shrewsbury.
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In the midst of the festive season, a time when we crave luxury and escapism and look forward to the year ahead, it's no surprise that the gifts of escapism and innovation are highly cherished. Indeed, books, entertainment, and tech rank in the top requested gift categories in the UK every Christmas.

Whether you're on the hunt for the latest literary masterpiece, board games for your Christmas parties, the latest high-tech gaming experience or the newest gadgets, Shrewsbury offers a range of bookshops, entertainment stores and tech retailers to satisfy everyone from the most devoted bookworms to the most up-to-date tech lovers.

Indie Bookshops in Shrewsbury

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The Raven Bookshop

The Raven Bookshop offers pre-loved books in all genres, from fiction to poetry to local history and children's books. Situated in the gallery of Shrewsbury’s Market Hall, you're sure to find something for all tastes – including some rare and collectible editions. Bibliophile in residence Laura is on hand to help point you in the right direction for your choice of book – and measure how 'book tall' you are using her handy measuring wall!

Expect thousands of books packed into a small shop with a big heart, curated by a genuine book-lover. If you're looking for something in particular, call Laura on 07939 665 583.

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Second Chapter Books

Second Chapter Books is a small antiquarian and second-hand bookshop situated in Shrewsbury's Parade Shopping Centre, and a paradise for serious book enthusiasts and collectors. A variety of books are on offer in this carefully curated shop, at prices ranging from 50p to £900!

Expect to see treasures you won't find on the high street, from sixties pulp science fiction, to local history, to rare first editions and other unusual finds. Looking for something in particular? Contact Neil on 01743 235 151.

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Buttercup Bookshop

Buttercup Bookshop, co-located with DVD Megastore in the Darwin Centre, specialises in preloved books for children, and supports independent and local authors by offering book signing opportunities and promotional space in-store. The shelves are regularly restocked and feature hundreds of children's books, at affordable prices, from some of the most-loved franchises.

Expect a team that genuinely loves the books they sell, and are passionate about encouraging your little readers with everything from kid-friendly history books to padded first books for babies!

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Illuminate Bookshop

Illuminate is Shropshire's largest Christian bookshop and stocks a wide selection of books for adults and children. It has been serving the churches and church-goers of Shrewsbury for more than fifty years.

Expect a wide selection of books on a Christian theme, from bibles to kid-friendly parables to comic books.

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Oxfam Bookshop

Oxfam is the UK's largest second hand bookseller. The popular Oxfam Bookshop in Shrewsbury offers a truly impressive selection of books, from modern fiction and leisure interest to more specialist subjects, classics, and rare or collectable books.

Expect to take your time browsing packed shelves filled with everything from classic fiction to the latest bestsellers, non-fiction books from academic texts to cookbooks.

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Entertainment (Films, Games, Music & More)

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DVD Megastore, co-located with Buttercup Books in the Darwin Centre, sells pre-loved DVDs, games, and more! With films and box sets in every genre, games for all types of consoles, pre-loved consoles, gifts and exclusive memorabilia – this unassuming little shop has something for everyone.

Expect to find everything you need for an entertaining Christmas holiday, from multiplayer video games to the latest blockbusters.

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Game is the UK's biggest high-street video game retailer, with over 300 stores nationwide. The shop on Shoplatch specialises in all major video game formats, selling consoles and games for PS5, PS4, Nintendo Switch, XBox Series X, XBox One, PC and more. You'll also find toys, board games, trading cards, and pre-owned tech in store.

Expect all things gaming in one easy location, staffed by a well-informed team ready to advise you on the perfect gift the gamer in your life.



C.E.X buys, sells and exchanges a range of entertainment and technology including mobile phones, video games, DVDs and Blu-rays, computers TVs and monitors and music. The company's Castle Street store is a treasure trove of games, films and technology, from the brand new to the retro.

Expect a shop that holds more treasures than its size lets on!



Run by Games Workshop, a game production and retailing company best known for developing and publishing the tabletop games Warhammer, Warhammer 40,000, and The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game, this little shop on Market Street has something special in store for the tabletop gamers in your life.

Expect to find a tabletop gamer's paradise in store, with everything from game sets to build and paint kits.

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Shrewsbury's HMV store offers the latest music, DVDs and Blu-rays, as well as a wide range of pop culture merchandise, gifts, collectables, vinyl records and more! You'll even find some global snacks in store, plus live music from performers showcased by the chain's weekly Live and Local gigs.

Expect to find the latest blockbuster releases alongside an array of pop culture merchandise sure to make the film buff in your life happy.



For something a little different, Nerdy board games café offers the gamers in your life the chance to meet other 'nerds' and play from a library of more than 1000 tabletop games, enjoy the video game wall, or get serious at the fully equipped wargaming tables. Play session vouchers are available, as well as gift memberships that could grant the gamer in your life free play any time, exclusive deals and offers, access to members-only events, and more.

Expect an open-minded community uniting Shrewsbury's 'nerds' under one roof!

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