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Whatever the weather, it won’t stop play in Shrewsbury this Bank Holiday weekend

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News from our partners Shrewsbury BID (Business Improvement District) 

No one can promise it won’t rain in Shrewsbury town centre this Bank Holiday weekend (Friday 26 May 2017 – Monday 29 May 2017), but what is guaranteed are plenty of great things to do in town, whatever the weather.

Seb Slater, Executive Director of Shrewsbury BID, said:-

“There are some great events happening in and around town this weekend, but aside from this, our message remains that the town is open and ready to entertain!  We have so many options for eating, shopping and relaxing over the long weekend. We are encouraging people to come in and enjoy the atmosphere and for ease, why not use the handy and frequent Park and Ride service available?”

If you are looking for inspiration, we’ve come up with our top five suggestions of how to have some fun in town this Bank Holiday:-

Muse the old and new

The very, very old sits alongside the very new in the Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery. While visiting you can explore 650 million years of history through a thousand remarkable objects, as well as finds that inspired Charles Darwin, who was born in the town. Family activities and holiday sessions mean the museum is super child-friendly, as is the museum’s colourful café.

Ride on

Watch from the high street as first class racers from across the UK navigate the quirky streets in Shrewsbury’s cycling Grand Prix on Sunday 28 May. In addition to the high-speed race, the route will be open before the race so children can get on their bikes and test the track.

Come along and enjoy the ride and park in one of the many convenient town centre car parks.

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 refuge if it rains. If you’re with young ones, look out for showings of The Boss Baby over the weekend and during half term week.

2 people drinking coffee at an outside table

A typical Shrewsbury town centre scene in the sunshine

Get some airtime

If the sun is shining then create your own picnic from Shrewsbury’s collection of one-off producers and delis. St Alkmund’s Square by Bear Steps makes a picture perfect picnic spot and there are lots of other shady green snacking spaces along the river and in The Quarry. 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 or searching for wellies and waterproofs, you can’t copy Shrewsbury for shopping. Roam the cobbled streets where independent shops still outnumber the big chains or visit the shopping centres for big brands. 

Other events 

There’s also the annual Shropshire County Show at the West Mid Showground and the Let’s Rock Shrewsbury event in The Quarry. 

Travelling to Shrewsbury  

Because of the ongoing improvement works on and around Reabrook roundabout and Meole Brace Roundabout, residents and visitors are advised to use the many Park and Ride services on the outskirts of the town. If you are travelling by car, you can access the town centre via The Mount or Ellesmere Road, but please give yourself plenty of time for your journey.

There are also plenty of cycle routes in and around Shrewsbury if you choose to use your bike.

For more information find Shrewsbury at www.originalshrewsbury.co.uk or on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.