Rainy Day Events for September and October

If you’ve not felt the temperature dip already, then I’m sorry to be the one to tell you that Summer is over!

The Autumn Equinox is on 22nd September and although British Summertime is still with us for another month or so, we can safely say that the best of the season is long behind us.

Thankfully, Shrewsbury is the kind of town that doesn’t stop moving just because there’s a chill in the air. There’s a whole host of interesting and exciting events in our calendars, easing us out of the brilliant sunshine of the Summer into the cold depths of Winter. There’s a bit of something for everyone in the next couple of months, including classical music, cult horror movie showings and an exhibition of Hollywood costumes and props.

Ocean Film Festival

The Ocean Film Festival is an ideal night out for anyone with a deep fascination of the sea and what lives inside it. The tour is bringing 6 movies from international film makers, all exhibiting the power that the ocean commands and how it affects us. Surfing icon and film maker, Keith Malloy, brings his bodysurf doc, Fishpeople, a fascinating look into how the ocean has the power of truly transforming human lives. Guillame Nery’s short, Haven, follows freedivers down into the largest shipwreck in the Mediterranean, whilst Sea Gypsies introduces us to a crew of nomadic sailors travelling on a hand-built boat from the 70s.

Watch all these films and more at Theatre Severn on Wednesday 20th September.

Pietro Fresa plays Piano

It’s not every day that a bonafide child prodigy comes to Shrewsbury, but that’s exactly what will happen later this month when 17-year old Italian piano extraordinaire Pietro Fresa lands in England to play a series of concerts across the UK. He’s already built up quite the reputation for reworking Classical pieces in a particularly lively style, now you can see the wunderkind for yourself playing selections of Beethoven, Schumann and Chopin. Tickets cost £16.50 and should be booked well in advance.

See Petra at St. Chad’s Church for one-night only on Wednesday 27th September. 

Promise and Promiscuity: A new musical by Jane Austen and Penny Ashton

After four years on the road, New Zealand actress and Jane Austen obsessive, Penny Ashton brings her successful one-woman show to Shrewsbury. A must for any Austen fan, Ashton’s fast-paced show cross-stitches together Austen’s back catalogue together with an impressive selection of songs accompanied with a ukulele of all things.

Penny recently discovered that she’s distantly related to Thomas Langlois Lefroy, a man said to have had a flirtatious relationship with Austen herself – expect more light to be shed on this revelation at her one-off performance in Shrewsbury.

Catch Promise and Promiscuity at the Theatre Severn on Friday October 6th.

Samurai: Warriors of Japan

Fans of the classic Tom Cruise film, The Last Samurai, will not want to miss this exhibition that will be gracing the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery through to January 2018. In this touring exhibition, visitors will be given an unprecedented look into the downfall of the Samurai at the hands of the West.

An authentic suit of Samurai armour will be the centre piece of the exhibition, whilst a collection of props used in the 2003 blockbuster will be shipped from California to be displayed in the UK for the first time ever.

Samurai: Warrior of Japan will run from Monday 16th October to Sunday 21st January, 2018 – usual admission prices for the Museum will apply. 

Ah The Future…Cleaning Business Maybe?

You know, a life lived well is one with a long and winding path left behind…

…maybe even a few failed paths and things, you’ve got to have variation, you’ve got to move about, you’ve got to do crazy things, you’ve got to experiment, you’ve got to live a life that you would live and live again and live a million times until your fully definitely dead.

Now that’s a life! I’m trying to spice up my life a little so I’ve been looking into how to set up an oven cleaning business  because I’ve always been good at cleaning and I’ve always wanted to start my own business, so really it’s a perfect match!

‘Yeah’ I though, ‘yeah I can do that, I can do anything! So I can start a cleaning business right? And I should do something, so I should do that’ and I was right so I am going to do that. Exactly that and you can’t stop me, yay! Ha, stupid idiots are always trying to stop me achieving my dreams but I will not be stopped ever ha!


Next destination: Dreams! Where’s your destination friend? Are you heading to your dreams or are you heading straight down the toilet! You don’t want to be there there’s poo in there! Ewwwwww yuk.

So get over the hill of self doubt, climb the fences of laziness and break into the farmers yard of opportunity!

Welcome Back!

Hey you guys!

Yeah, I know you’re so right, but that’s just the way it goes.

Sometimes life just gets away from you and you don’t know where you are and you don’t know what you are and you don’t know anything. Stuff just gets away from you, and I’ve let my site get away from me! Haven’t updated it in a fair ol’ while now. That’s totally my bad.


But I’m back! And I’m OK! And I just wanted you to know that, because it’s important!

There will be plenty of top quality content coming soon, so just relax and get ready.

Shrewsbury To North Wales Cycle (And Activities In North Wales Along The Way!)

Very exciting quick post here to announce our new great plan for a summer adventure in Shrewsbury – to cycle to North Wales!

We are accepting applicants now to come with us on this amazing 85 mile cycle ride.

It’s going to be a wonderful experience!  It may well be hard, but there are plenty of activities in North Wales that we are really excited about, we’re going to go white water rafting! We’re going to go mountain biking! We might even surf and canoe and pedal board and kayak!

It is gong to be quite an incredible time for all of us. I know that its hard, I know that it will be difficult, I know that you will really, really struggle, but I’ve got some advice for you from a person who knows a thing or too about cycling really hard and never giving up and NEVER finding short cuts or cheats or anything!:

Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it lasts forever. That surrender, even the smallest act of giving up, stays with me. So when I feel like quitting, I ask myself, which would I rather live with?”
― Lance Armstrong, It’s Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life

You can do it!

One Piece Pools And Oh These Fools

Five railway lines meet in Shrewsbury.

Five lines head into our beautiful station and five head back out.

This is quite impressive and quite unusual. For a town of our size it really is quite a lot and it’s part of Shrewsbury being a busy bustling place with folks always heading in and out.  You get in and out of Shrewsbury, but a lot of people stay here too. Those who do want stuff to do are one of our responsibilities here at Shrewsbury Summer. We have to help you to find things to do in this great town, which is a fun and challenging part of what we want to do here! So, this week, let’s have a swim!


We all know Quarry leisure centre, which some developers want to move out to the edge of the town but the public has said they want to keep in the city centre, is our most popular swimming spot, but it might be that this summer is going to see all that changing as there have been reports of an explosion of inquiries about one piece pools in the Shrewsbury area. So it looks like domestic swimming might the new trend this year.

Have you looked into getting a one piece pool? Do you know anyone else who as? Where will you be swimming this summer?


Competition Time!

The famous Shrewsbury Summer House are looking to get a new extension ready for the coming summer months…

…and it’s up to you, the public, to chose which orangery we’re going to get!

Simply watch the video below, and use our contact form to select your favourite orangery.

A random winner will be picked out of a hat and that person will officially open the new orangery in the next few months!

So, what are you waiting for?


Shrewsbury Is Old, I’m Talking 3 Digit Years Old!

Surrounded on almost all sides by the glorious River Severn some have said that Shrewsbury is almost an Island…

Hidden from the rest of the world, breeding an inward looking isolation that creates a slightly feverish claustrophobia to the experience of living and, ultimately, dying here.  

This isolation not only keeps the world out, it keeps us in, and in doing that has preserved so much of our life and history in a wonderful, if somewhat Mrs Havisham-like, living time capsule. Yes, we have kept our magpie-patterned buildings all across the town, preserved beautifully for so many years. Our towering and imposing 11th century still stands, as it will for another 1000 years, until we are all long dead, until maybe humans have died out and failed, long stall the castle stand.


It’s quite a castle.

Our cobbled streets hold many delights, and summer is just the absolute best time to explore these delights and, yes, delight in these delights. Many a person visiting great Shrewsbury ask ‘When was Shrewsbury’s ‘Golden Age’?’ and I love this question because I love its very true answer: there are many golden ages of Shrewsbury!

There were the Tudor times, the Georgian years, the Norman period, a Victorian bit and some sort of a Art Deco point in time the influence of which can still be seen around the city. So hold on tight, because here we are going to see all of it…