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DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival

Celebrating Shrewsbury's curiosity and independent thinking

Join us to celebrate our special links with Charles Darwin during the 2020 DarwIN Shrewsbury Festival, 7th to 16th February.

Events range from guided tours of Darwin’s old haunts to brain-teasing lectures, and inspirational workshops for children.

 

Main Festival Events

The events program cements Shrewsbury’s rightful position not only as the birthplace of Charles Darwin but as the inspiration behind his curiosity and independent thinking, which went on to change society.

Young Darwin and Shrewsbury Exhibition

Friday, 7th to Saturday, 29th February 2020 -
11:00am - 3:00pm
Bear Steps Gallery
St Alkmund’s Place
SY1 1UH

Shropshire Young Thinkers' Competition

Friday, 7th February 2020 -
5:30pm
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery,
The Square
SY1 1HL Shrewsbury

The Last Cuckoo

Saturday, 8th February 2020 -
8:00pm
The Unitarian Church
37-38 High Street
SY1 1LR

Mythstories: The Origins of Ellesmere

Sunday, 9th February 2020 -
4:00pm
University Centre Shrewsbury,
Guildhall Frankwell Quay
SY3 8HQ Shrewsbury

Guided tour of Darwins Childhood Garden

Sunday, 9th to Saturday, 15th February 2020 -
10:00am
2:00pm
University Centre Shrewsbury,
Guildhall Frankwell Quay
SY3 8HQ Shrewsbury

Café Scientifique: Can't we all just get along? Evolution and human cooperation

Monday, 10th February 2020 -
7:00pm
The ALB,
14 Smithfield Road
SY1 1PB Shrewsbury

Mythstories: 21 and changing

Tuesday, 11th February 2020 -
6:00pm
6:30pm
7:00pm
University Centre Shrewsbury,
Guildhall Frankwell Quay
SY3 8HQ Shrewsbury

Darwin's Birthday Toast and Free Guided Tour

Wednesday, 12th February 2020 -
12:00pm
Meet at The Bellestone, opposite the Market Hall
Barker Street

Shrewsbury School Darwin Collection Tours

Wednesday, 12th February 2020 -
10:00am - 12:15pm
Shrewsbury School
Ashton Road
SY3 7BA

Young Darwin's Birthday Party and Exhibition Launch

Wednesday, 12th February 2020 -
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Bear Steps Hall
St Alkmond Place
SY1 1UJ

Workforce of the Future - evolution of work

Thursday, 13th February 2020 -
5:00pm - 7:30pm
University Centre Shrewsbury,
Guildhall Frankwell Quay
SY3 8HQ Shrewsbury

The Darwins of Shrewsbury a talk by Author Andrew Patterson

Thursday, 13th February 2020 -
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Bear Steps Hall
2 St Alkmond Place
SY1 1UJ

Free entry to Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery

Tuesday, 28th July to Wednesday, 4th November 2020
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery,
The Square
SY1 1HL Shrewsbury

Guided tours of Darwin’s childhood in Shrewsbury

Friday, 14th to Saturday, 15th February 2020 -
11:00am
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery,
The Square
SY1 1HL Shrewsbury

Darwin themed Big Draw drop-in art workshops

Friday, 14th to Sunday, 16th February 2020 -
11:00am - 3:00pm
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery,
The Square
SY1 1HL Shrewsbury

Kissing Linen Beaks

Friday, 14th February 2020 -
11:00am - 4:00pm
Flaxmill Maltings Visitor Centre,
Flaxivity Spring Gardens, Ditherington
SY1 2SZ Shrewsbury

For Love of Darwin Concert

Friday, 14th February 2020 -
7:30pm
St Alkmund's Church,
St Alkmunds Square
SY1 1UH Shrewsbury

Patterns in Nature, Genes or Geometry?

Saturday, 15th February 2020 -
3:00pm
Unitarian Church
37-38 High Street
SY1 1LR

Darwin's Worms

Saturday, 15th February 2020 -
3:00pm - 4:45pm
University Centre Shrewsbury,
Guildhall Frankwell Quay
SY3 8HQ Shrewsbury

Darwin’s Beetle Tiles Pottery Workshop

Saturday, 15th February 2020 -
2:00pm - 3:30pm
The Hive,
5 Belmont
SY1 1TE Shrewsbury

Darwin Memorial Lecture - Social Darwin: Hope, Fear and Modernity

Sunday, 16th February 2020 -
2:30pm
Theatre Severn,
Frankwell Quay
SY3 8FT Shrewsbury

Creation (2009)

Sunday, 16th February 2020 -
7:00pm
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery,
The Square
SY1 1HL Shrewsbury

Fringe activities

Buzzy Beats – Darwin's Creatures

Friday, 7th February 2020 -
10:30am - 11:30am
The Hive,
5 Belmont
SY1 1TE Shrewsbury

Annual Darwin Parkrun

Saturday, 8th February 2020 -
9:00am
The Quarry Park,
The Quarry Park
SY1 1JL Shrewsbury

‘Patterns in Nature’ visual art workshop

Saturday, 15th February 2020 -
10:30am - 12:30pm
Shrewsbury Unitarian Church
37-38 High Street
SY1 1LR

Tour of Shrewsbury Library

Saturday, 15th February 2020 -
11:00am
Shrewsbury Library,
Castle Gates
SY1 2AQ Shrewsbury

Jake Evans' Voyage of Discovery with Darwin

Saturday, 15th February 2020 -
11:00am - 12:00pm

Discover Darwin - Kids outdoor fun for 0 - 11's

Wednesday, 19th February 2020 -
10:30am - 12:00pm
The Cut Visitor Centre, Shropshire Wildlife Trust,

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