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Have half term in Shrewsbury

Stuck for things to do with the kids this half-term? Panic over, Shrewsbury has got plenty of original one-offs to keep them sweet. Here are our top five suggestions.

Ride On Watch from the high street as first class racers from across the UK navigate the quirky streets in Shrewsbury's first cycling Grand Prix. In addition to high-speed races the town centre will be packed with plenty of family events including an Extreme Mountain Bike Show, bike art and face painters. The route will be open before the race so children can get on their bikes and test the track with guided rides from Cycle Shrewsbury.

Come along and enjoy the ride with free town centre parking all day on Sunday 25th at selected car parks.*

Muse Old and New The very, very old sits alongside the brand new in the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, where you and your clan can discover work by Tracy Emin and Damien Hirst as well as Roman artefacts, many discovered at nearby Wroxeter, and work inspired by Charles Darwin, who was born in the town. Family activities, trails and holiday sessions mean the museum is super child friendly, as is the museum's colourful café.

Big screen, small scene In the main square, ancient beams and the big screen come together in Shrewsbury's independent cinema. The Old Market Hall cinema has just nine rows of seats so is a cosy place to take the family to catch Postman Pat: The Movie during half term week.

Get Some Airtime If the sun is shining then create your own takeaway from Shrewsbury's collection of one-off producers and delis. St. Alkmund's Square by Bear Steps makes a nice picnic spot and there are lots of spots along the river in the Quarry and in the flower-filled Dingle. After lunch why not take to the water and see the River Severn and Shrewsbury from Sabrina. Riverboat tours run every hour between 11am and 4pm from the Victoria Quayside, next to Welsh Bridge.

Shop from the bottom of the Cop to the Top Whether you're stocking up on summer clothes for little ones or you've got teenagers desperate to hit the high street, you can't copy Shrewsbury for shopping. Roam the cobbled streets where independent shops still outnumber the big chains. On Wyle Cop the new boutique, Bottega is a must see (owner Sam Brightmore's first shop in Cheshire made it into the Telegraph's top 50 small shops) and the new Toggs and Cloggs shop on the edge of the square is the perfect place for children's shoes and clothes.

Don't forget to take a stop off at Eat Up en route. This relaxed, loft-style eatery was designed by one family with families in mind. Call in for proper coffee, fresh juices and very naughty cakes.

* The car parks included in the initiative are Abbey Foregate Long Stay Car Park, Barker Street Car Park, Bridge Street Short Stay Car Park, Frankwell Main Long Stay Car Park, Frankwell Quay Short Stay Car Park, Frankwell Riverside Short Stay Car Park, Raven Meadows Multi Storey Car Park, Raven Meadows Car Park, St Austin's Short Stay Car Park, St Julian's Friar's Long Stay Car Park, The Tannery Short Stay Car Park.