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Beatles Weekend in Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend


This year Shrewsbury will be celebrating all things Fab Four with Shrewsbury Beatles Weekend 20th to 22nd September.

It’s almost impossible to imagine the modern world without The Beatles. Their impact upon popular culture has been – and continues to be – enormous. Their music and their iconic image are loved by young and old alike. On September 20th, 21st and 22nd there will be a whole range of events in the county town including live music, special guest speakers and Beatles film screenings – once again proving that All You Need Is Love.

What’s more: the entire weekend is in aid of the Mayor of Shrewsbury’s charity 2019-20, the Samaritans of Shrewsbury.

Events GuideDownload our 24-page Souvenir Events Guide.

Now on display at Theatre Severn - statues of The Beatles, until 22nd September - Mon-Sat 10am - 7pm and when there is an event taking place at the theatre. Find out more at:-

Thursday 19th September

Preview Event - Beatles Boat Cruise on the Sabrina - SOLD OUT
7.30pm – depart Victoria Quay, embark from 7pm.
Cruise along the River Severn on board the Sabrina for two hours with live Beatles music with Tony Stanton plus records by The Fab Four.

Friday 20th September
The Walker Theatre at Theatre Severn
4.00pm Film – ‘Backbeat’ (cert 15) 1994
Director Iain Softley chronicles the frenetic times of The Beatles’ performances in sweaty and smoky clubs in Hamburg in the days before the band found global success. John, Paul, George, Pete and Stuart have to play long in to the night and in the process become a sensation. At the heart of the story is Stuart Sutcliffe’s relationship with local girl Astrid Kirchherr and former fellow art school friend John Lennon. The soundtrack is packed with rock and roll classics and captures the energy of The Beatles on this 1961 engagement in the German port.
With Sheryl Lee, Stephen Dorff, Ian Hart, Gary Bakewell, Chris O’Neill and Scot Williams
Tickets: £8 via Theatre Severn website.


6.00pm Launch event with guests - Theatre Severn Chapel Bar. All welcome.

Love2Stay, Emstrey
6pm Beatles film in the outdoor cinema at Love2Stay, Emstrey. £3
7.30pm Beatles tribute band Hot Rubber live at Love2Stay, Emstrey. £5
Pilates/yoga with Beatles music – details on Love2Stay website.
Love2Stay, Emstrey, Shrewsbury SY5 6QS
For bookings tel: 01743 583124


The Walker Theatre at Theatre Severn
8.00pm Film ‘Looking For Lennon’ (cert 12) 2018, introduced by director Roger Appleton, followed by Q & A. 
Documentary director Roger Appleton presents an honest retrospective on the early life of John Lennon and the tragedies that shaped his personality and later his music. The film includes rare and previously unseen memoirs along with interviews with some of his closest family, friends and associates. The film uncovers the story of John’s time in The Quarrymen with interviews with original members.  Fellow art school students and early friends recall their memories of teenage John as he was discovering music and life. Director Roger Appleton will introduce the film and will participate in a question and answer session with the audience after the screening.
Writer and director Curt Wiser describes the film – “I place ‘Looking for Lennon’ among the ranks of the great music documentaries out there.”

Tickets: £8.
Visit Theatre Severn website or phone 01743 281281


Saturday 21st September
Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery (The Music Hall) - CANCELLED
10.30am – Historic Town Tour of Medieval and Tudor Shrewsbury with town guide Maggie Love finishing with coffee on the Balcony of The Music Hall, where The Beatles played twice (14th Dec 1962 & 26th April 1963) Tickets £8 via TicketSource - a small booking fee will be added.
 Starts at Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Square SY1 1LH

The Walker Theatre at Theatre Severn
12.45pm – Meet Beatles author David Bedford from Liverpool in the Theatre foyer. He will be describing his work and signing books. He has collaborated with Beatles biographer Hunter Davies on ‘The Beatles Book’. Find out more about David at

1.30pm Film – ‘Good Ol’ Freda’ (cert PG) 2013
Behind a great band, there was a great woman.
Beatles Fan Club Secretary Freda Kelly told her story for the first time in 50 years in this fun and charming documentary directed by Ryan White. At the start she had no idea how far The Beatles would go but she had faith in them and they had faith in her. For ten years Freda was a witness to the ups and downs of life in the inner circle of the greatest band in history. 
“This story of Freda Kelly’s will be one of the last true stories of The Beatles that you’ll ever really hear.” - Angie McCartney, Paul’s Stepmother
“Pure joy.” - The Hollywood Reporter
Tickets: £8 via Theatre Severn website  or phone 01743 281281

4.00pm Film – ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ (cert U) 1964

Preceded by a short talk by Cara Spencer, daughter of Beatles photographer Terence Spencer.
In 1964 the biggest band on the planet made their big screen debut with ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, a ground-breaking film that presented a ‘typical’ day in the life of The Fab Four as they tried to outrun screaming fans. They find Paul’s grandfather (Wilfred Brambell), deal with a stressed TV producer (Victor Spinetti) and make it to the show on time. Directed with unrelenting verve by Richard Lester whose innovative techniques paved the way for generations of music videos, the film’s frenetic mix of comic escapades, legendary one-liners and pop perfection captured a moment in time that defined a generation. The most iconic band in music history had arrived.
We present a rare opportunity to see the 2014 4k restored version showcasing Gilbert Taylor’s luscious black & white photography with sound restored by top Abbey Road team Giles Martin and Sam Okell. A real treat!
Tickets: £8 via Theatre Severn website or phone 01743 281281

Love2Stay, Emstrey

6pm Beatles film at the outdoor cinema at Love2Stay, £3
7.30pm Beatles themed quiz with food. £5
Pilates/yoga with Beatles music – details on Love2Stay website.
Love2Stay, Emstrey, Shrewsbury SY5 6QS
For bookings tel: 01743 583124


The Wheatsheaf, Frankwell
7.00pm until late - Beatles Open Mic Night. Local bands and singers perform The Beatles’ greatest hits and lesser known songs. Admission free.


The Walker Theatre at Theatre Severn
7.30pm Film ‘The Beatles: Eight Days A Week, The Touring Years’ (cert 12A) 
The Beatles stormed Europe in 1963 and, in 1964, they conquered America. Their ground-breaking world tours changed global youth culture forever and, arguably, invented mass entertainment as we know it today. All the while the group was composing and recording a series of extraordinarily successful singles and albums. However, the relentless pressure of such unprecedented fame, that in 1966 became uncontrollable turmoil, led to the decision to stop touring.
Oscar winning director Ron Howard explores this incredible journey in his own unique way. With original interviews, footage and staggering live performances he puts us right inside this extraordinary adventure.
The film won five awards including the Grammy for Best Music Film in 2017.
“The closest you can get to actually being there.” – Ali Plumb, BBC Radio 1
Tickets: £8 via Theatre Severn website or phone 01743 281281


Sunday 22nd September

The Buttermarket Cellars, Howard Street
12 noon – 2.00pm Lunchtime Live at The Cavern’. Live Beatles music with The Backbeat Three, Famous Last Words and Two-faced Tom & The Bootleg Boys.
Doors open 11.30am, event ends at 2.30pm.
Refreshments - tea & coffee, licensed bar. 
Settle down with a drink, a Sunday paper and enjoy some great Beatles music in a venue that will bring back Cavern memories!
Tickets: £10 for over 16s including bacon roll and salad (or vegetarian option)
Book tickets via Fatsoma ticket site Book soon to avois disappointment.
Families welcome, children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Additional food may be purchased at the event.


Theatre Severn - Main auditorium - SOLD OUT
7.30pm Live in concert – The Mersey Beatles
The showstopping setlist includes around 40 of The Beatles’ greatest songs, covering every era, and occasionally a lesser known classic for the true Beatles aficionados. Every concert is a unique experience. No script, just great music and a desire to capture the true spirit of The Beatles with a refreshing authenticity. The whole of the album ‘Abbey Road’ will be performed for its 50th anniversary.

There is a second opportunity to enjoy The Mersey Beatles in concert on Thursday 26th September. Book tickets via Theatre Severn website or phone 01743 281281.

Find out more - Download Souvenir Events Brochure.
Twitter: @shrewsbeatles
Instagram: shrewsbeatles
Shrewsbury tourism site –
Visitor Information Centre, Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery, The Square, Shrewsbury SY1 1LH
Tel: 01743 258888
Email: [email protected]


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