Posted 23 May 2024

Six things to do in Shrewsbury this May half term

There's so much going on in Shrewsbury this half-term, we couldn't choose just five events! Discover six family-friendly occasions to enjoy in Shrewsbury this May half-term.
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The World of Peter Rabbit - Story Time Trail

Immerse yourself and your little ones in the world of Peter Rabbit at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery's new Story Time Trail exhibition. 'Little bunnies' will be able to crawl under the garden gate, hide in a watering can and see their reflection in a mirror pool, just like Peter Rabbit! With photo opportunities and activities to take part in along the way.

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The Hive Street Festival '24

Join The Hive on bank holiday Monday for their 6th annual Street Festival - a day filled with family-friendly fun and activities to suit all ages, including live music, arts and crafts, light installations, stalls, face painting, games, circus skills, drumming, and family-friendly fun. This one's free to attend, too!

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Shropshire County Agricultural Show

There's no better way to celebrate the start of summer than attending your local county show, and nobody does county shows better than Shropshire. While little ones enjoy fun, games and livestock to marvel at around the showground, adults can browse the shopping court, sample the goodies in the Taste of the Shires area, relax with a cuppa to the sounds of Bandstand music on the Village Green, or head to the food court for lunch.

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Mighty Knights - Castle Half Term Trail

A group of Mighty Knights has hidden itself around Shrewsbury Castle Grounds! Visit this half term to see if you can track them all down. Purchase your trail cards from the Castle shop when you arrive and have fun spotting the different knights' poses as you find them! Enjoy the activity on the back of the card and when you've found all of the knights, pop back into the Castle shop to claim your reward.

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Wednesday Wildlings

Aimed at 18 months - 5 year olds, Shropshire Wildlife Trust's popular Wildlings sessions offer children the chance to become a wild child, engaging their senses and encouraging a love of wildlife within a safe environment. Building dens, jumping in puddles, hunting for mini-beasts and making mud pies is what Wildlings is all about!

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A Film for the Family

From the 25th of May to the 1st of June, the Old Market Hall cinema will be showing Kung Fu Panda 4. Combine a beautiful town centre location and well-stocked cafe bar with the latest animated martial arts fun, and you've got the ideal way to pass an hour and a half over the holiday.

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More family-friendly half-term happenings

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Is it looking a bit soggy outside? Never mind – there are plenty of indoor activities to keep the whole family entertained in Shrewsbury, from axe throwing to archery and board games.

Rainy day activities in Shrewsbury

Some more family-friendly go-tos

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Shrewsbury Castle

Shrewsbury Castle stands at the top of a hill and was built as a defensive fortification for Shrewsbury, which the River Severn otherwise…

Open Today 10:30AM - 4:00PM

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The Quarry Park

The Quarry is Shrewsbury's beautiful, 29-acre parkland, encircled by the majestic loop of the river Severn. The Quarry has been Shrewsbury's most…

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The Cut Visitor Centre, Shropshire Wildlife Trust

The Shropshire Wildlife Trust Visitor Centre and Shop, or The Cut, is a beautiful arrangement of buildings and garden situated near Shrewsbury…

Open Today 10:00AM - 4:00PM

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Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

Situated just outside Shrewsbury town centre, the internationally important Flaxmill Maltings site reflects a time when Shropshire led the way in…

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Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery

Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (SM&AG) sits proudly in the town square and is the county’s flagship museum and art gallery. Visitors will…

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Shrewsbury Prison

The current prison buildings are Victorian, built in 1868 but there has been a prison on that site since 1793. The prison was decommissioned by the…

Open Today 10:00AM - 5:00PM

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Shrewsbury Library

Shrewsbury Library is a busy lending library situated in a Grade I listed building in Castle Gates. The library offers a fantastic range of fiction…

Open Today 9:30AM - 5:00PM

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The Sabrina Boat: River Tours of Shrewsbury

Join the Sabrina Boat and take in the beauty of Shrewsbury as you take a daytime cruise past the stunning Quarry Park and the town’s historic…

Open Today 10:00AM - 5:00PM

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Paws Cafe

Step into Shropshire's first cat cafe! We have 11 resident cats; Nala, Simba, Elsa, Snowy, Marmalade, Binx, Lady Grey, Mocha, Cappucino, Darwin, and…

Eat & Drink


Nerdy is a board game café and events venue in Shrewsbury town centre. An alcohol-free, family-friendly, fully inclusive environment that offers an…

Open Today 9:00AM - 11:00PM

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Darwin's Den

Darwin's Den is a free-to-use soft play area for children aged eight and under, located on the Middle Level of The Darwin Centre next to M&S. We…

Open Today 9:00AM - 5:30PM

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