Location Shrewsbury, Shropshire.
Direct trains from London, Manchester, Cardiff, Birmingham.
Events will be taking place at the new University Centre Shrewsbury; The Hive Music & Media Centre; The Shrewsbury Museum & Art Gallery and the Old Market Hall Cinema. All venues are central and within a 10 minute walk of each other.
Shrewsbury is the County Town of Shropshire and sits within the loop of the River Severn, it is a Mediaeval town blessed with surviving black and white buildings, beautiful secret spaces hidden away (seemingly around every corner), thriving arts and events, throngs of independent shops, beautiful surrounding countryside and much, much more.
The main venue for the Shrewsbury Hub is the Guildhall (pictured right), next to the Theatre Severn – and the River Severn which winds its way all around the town.
Formerly the Council House, the Guildhall is now home to the brand new University Centre Shrewsbury which had its first intake of students in September 2015. In readiness for its new life the building has undergone complete renovation in recent months and offers the perfect selection of accessible spaces for our launch event and series of presentations.
It seems a shame to visit Shrewsbury and not spend a bit of time in some of our many beautiful historic buildings, so the festival will be reaching out in to the Museum and Art Gallery with an exhibition on the mezzanine floor, and the Old Market Hall Cinema with film. Both are beautiful buildings maintaining their historic exteriors whilst being fully modernised and accessible inside.
Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery (pictured left) was founded in 1835 as the Museum of the Shropshire and North Wales Natural History and Antiquarian Society. For many years it provided the town’s Music Hall entertainment, then became a general concert venue, before undergoing major refurbishment and re-opening in its present guise in 2013.
The Old Market Hall cinema (pictured right) sits outside the Museum doors and was built in 1596. The cinema space was originally used by the Shrewsbury drapers to sell Welsh wool, before being converted into a courthouse in the 1870’s. The cinema is immensely popular locally, screens a full programme throughout the year, and is the venue for the annual volunteer-run Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival.
Additionally, we plan to welcome our festival-goers to The Hive Music & Arts venue – equipped with everything necessary for staged entertainment and film screening. Centrally situated, The Hive is a great local gig venue as well as being an invaluable resource for young people and local groups including the local Film Club and Jazz network.