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Coronavirus: Libraries, leisure centres and museums to close during Lockdown

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Following the Government’s announcement of a new four-week national Lockdown to help curb the spread of coronavirus, all libraries, museums and leisure facilities managed by Shropshire Council are closed to the public as from the end of normal business today (Wednesday 4 November 2020). Facilities operated by Shropshire Council’s partners will also close during this period.

The lockdown comes into force on Thursday 5 November until Wednesday 2 December 2020.

The affected sites and facilities are:


  • Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery
  • Shropshire Museums Collection Centre in Ludlow
  • Shrewsbury Castle
  • Much Wenlock Museum
  • Coleham Pumping Station
  • Shropshire Archives
  • Severn Valley Country Park Visitor Centre
  • The Bungalow at The Mere at Ellesmere
  • Acton Scott Historic Working Farm


  • Shropshire Archives: We are maintaining our remote services and more information is on our website


  • Shrewsbury
  • Oswestry
  • Bridgnorth
  • Whitchurch
  • Market Drayton
  • Ludlow
  • Bayston Hill
  • Church Stretton
  • Gobowen
  • Pontesbury
  • Wem
  • The Lantern, Shrewsbury
  • Much Wenlock

Community-managed libraries

  • Albrighton
  • Bishop’s Castle
  • Broseley
  • Cleobury Mortimer
  • Craven Arms
  • Highley
  • Ellesmere
  • Shifnal
  • Mobile libraries

Leisure centres

Managed by Shropshire Council

  • Much Wenlock Leisure Centre
  • Idsall Sports Centre
  • Roman Road Sports Centre, Shrewsbury
  • Meole Brace Golf Course, Shrewsbury
  • SpArC, Bishop’s Castle
  • Church Stretton Sports Centre

Managed by South Shropshire Leisure (Teme)

  • Cleobury Mortimer Sports Centre
  • Ludlow Leisure Centre

Managed by Shropshire Community Leisure Trust

  • Shrewsbury Sports Village
  • The Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre, Shrewsbury
  • Oswestry Leisure Centre
  • Market Drayton Swimming Centre

Managed by Halo Leisure

  • Bridgnorth Endowed Leisure Centre
  • Severn Centre, Highley

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury and the Old Market Hall, Shewsbury will also close for the duration of the lockdown.

Shropshire’s county parks will remain open during this period.

Advice about events, meeting and tickets

The closures mean that all events, meetings and group volunteering at the above sites will also be cancelled, to reduce social interaction and protect Shropshire residents.

Ticketholders for events between Thursday November 2020 and Wednesday 2 December 2020 are offered the following options:

  • Await further update where events can be rescheduled. Existing tickets will remain valid for rescheduled dates.
  • Request an account credit. Where possible, we would be hugely grateful if ticketholders committed to visit us again when we reopen, by accepting an account credit to use against a future booking.
  • Alternatively, a full refund is available.

We thank people for your patience and understanding.

For more information, please contact using the following email addresses:

Country parks-  outdoor.recreation@shropshire.gov.uk

Museums – museumeducation@shropshire.gov.uk

Leisure centres- leisure@shropshire.gov.uk

Libraries- libraries@shropshire.gov.uk