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6 Original events in Shrewsbury this November

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

Remembrance parade

Remembrance parade

St Chad's Church, November 10

A civic procession will leave Shrewsbury Castle at 9am and follow the rout of Castle Gates, Castle Street, pride Hill, Mardol Head and St john's Hill to St Chad's Church.

The Mayor, and other civic dignitaries, will walk along with units of HM Forces and Service organisations to music from The Band of the RAF College.

There will also be a wreath-laying ceremony at the War Memorial in the Quarry at 11am. Buglers will sound Last Post, which will be followed by two minutes silence.

A March past and salute will follow immediately after the wreath laying ceremony on St. Chad's Terrace. Music accompanying the march past will be performed by Shrewsbury Brass Band.

Shrewsbury Chocolate Festival

St Mary's Church, November 16-17

Shrewsbury’s sweetest festival returns promoting a wonderful array of chocolatiers from Shropshire and the surrounding counties, as well as introducing some of the most talented chocolatiers from around the country and world.

Producers attending the event sell a wide range of chocolates, which include ranges of gluten-free, vegan, organic, raw, single origin and fair-trade. With all chocolatiers believe cocoa farmers should be paid a proper wage, and that they live and work in safe conditions. chocolatiers believing cocoa farmers should be paid a proper wage, and that they live and work in safe conditions.

Internationally renowned author Joanne Harris opens this year's festival, with a special evening talk about her latest book The Strawberry Thief.

Christmas Lights Switch On

Shrewsbury Town Square, November 20

Shrewsbury's Christmas season begins once again with the annual Christmas Lights Switch On.

The evening begins at 4.30pm with musical entertainment as the ever-popular lantern parade makes its way from The Darwin Shopping Centre toward the town square for the lights countdown. The Mayor of Shrewsbury, Phil Gilliam, will then switch on the lights at 6.30pm.

Shrewsbury Market Hall will then be opening late for the first of their festive late night events.

Festival of Literature

Various locations around Shrewsbury, November 22-24

Shrewsbury's Festival of Literature returns for its fourth year, bringing a fascinating selection of authors and poets to the town.

As always there is a good mix of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and writing-related workshops and the subject matter ranges from the arms trade to cricket! Events include a workshop on Mindful Writing and a session on Research and the Historical Novel, a Poetry Cafe and the 3rd SFL Poetry Slam. There will be gothic thrills and life in Wales.

Hope House Lantern Walk

Shrewsbury Quarry Park, November 23

Every week, three local families face their biggest fear and their child dies. Sadly, Hope House can only afford to help one of those families. Join the Lantern Walk and help ensure every local child and family gets the support they desperately need.

Bring the Quarry to life with magical lights and entertainment - don't forget to bring your lantern and any twinkling accessories with you to add to the atmosphere!

Registration is free but every walker is encouraged to raise sponsorship or make a donation to support Hope House's vital work.

Winter Open Studios

Various locations around Shrewsbury, November 30

Explore the hidden corners of Shrewsbury's art scene this November. Have a peek inside the places where the artists beaver away, find out how they create their work and what inspires them.

With just a few minutes walk between three venues, and a myriad of wonderful cafés and independent shops in between, why not make a day of it and take the opportunity to find something special?