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6 Original events in Shrewsbury this August

If you're stuck for something to do in Shrewsbury, then make sure to check out our guide of the best events happening this August


Eat to the Beat

Flaxivity at Shrewsbury Flaxmill, August 9

The Chairhouse Presents and Shropshire Lad are serving up a fun night of music and food in aid of local charity Shrewsbury Food Hub.

With live music from Hazah and DJ Buzzword, a spectacular light installation from local artist Andy McKeown and food from two of Shropshire's most exciting and innovative chefs, Chris Burt and Adam Purnell (The Shropshire Lad), this is a night not to be missed!

Shrewsbury Flower Show

The Quarry Park, August 9-10

Back for its 132nd year, Shrewsbury Flower Show is one of the biggest events in the town's calendar.

Attracting top exhibitors from all over the country, TV personalities, celebrity chefs and spectacular entertainment, it's no wonder Shrewsbury Flower Show is considered one of the country's premier flower show events.

Every evening the show completes with an unforgettable fireworks display. For a truly unique view head atop Shrewsbury's historic Market Hall for The Forgotten Greenhouse, or if you'd prefer to be out on the water, you can hire any number of watercraft from Shrewsbury's many river-based businesses.

My Family and Other Zombies

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, August 10

Join Tat Effby, local cartoonist and illustrator (Private Eye, The Guardian, Cath Tate Cards), at Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery and make your own Family Goretraits and Zelfies.

Learn the essentials tricks of drawing people and faces then set about creating your own zombie family portraits and zombie selfies. By the end of this session you will have picked up some useful tips, practiced capturing likenesses and will take home some ghoulishly unique pictures of your family!
Warning: will contain cartoon grossness, not for the overly squeamish or nightmare prone. (Ages 7+)

Heritage Open Days: Lord Hill's Column

Lord Hill's Column, August 11th

Take advantage of a rare chance to climb the spiral staircase and enjoy wonderful views of the Shropshire countryside, atop Lord Hill's Column.

The column was erected at the expense of the people of Shropshire to honour their local hero Rowland Hill, who fought alongside the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo.

At 133 feet 6 inches, the Grade II listed column is the tallest free-standing Grecian Doric column in England. It was designed by local Shropshire architect Edward Haycock, and completed in 18 months between December 1814 and June 1816.

Severn Mile Swim

Pengwern Boat Club, August 18

Ever fancied stripping off and taking a plunge in the Severn? Join old and young alike as they brave the icy waters of the river, swimming between the town's bridges.

There are two courses to choose from; 700m downriver from Welsh Bridge to Pengwern Boat Club, or 1,500m where you pass Kingsland Bridge and then swim back upstream to join the others at the boat club.

It's a fantastic way to spend your Sunday – whether cheering on from the bank or taking the plunge. Just don't forget your wetsuit!

Shrewsbury Folk Festival

West Mid Showground, August 26th

Shrewsbury's annual folk festival is one of the top events of its kind in the country.

Offering four days of folk and world music, and dance in a glorious riverside location within walking distance of town centre, it is no surprise it is a firm favourite with music fans and local people alike.

The joy of the event, whether you're a die-hard folk fan or just looking to relax and experience new things is the knowledge that you'll not only see the cream of UK and international folk musicians, but also discover someone or something new.