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The Shrewsbury Flower Show. First of all, don’t let the name scare you, it is not all about flowers. OK, maybe the main attraction is flowers but it is also a great day out for the whole family. There are flowers for the horticulturalist of the family, there is garden furniture for sale for the lazy person, there is plenty of cider and other alcoholic drinks for the men and there are amusements for the kids. At one end of ‘The Quarry’ (this is the park that it is held in) there is an arena where there are displays, shows, fun and amusements. There are about 3-4 big marquees for the flowers and you could spend ages in there looking at them, but if you’re like me then you’ll find that they all look the same after 10 minutes and that is the time that you know you should head off to the beer tent. At the end of the day there is a magnificent fireworks show and then it all ends (hopefully not with rain as happened to me in 2001). All in all I think that it is a great day out for the family.
First of all if you've never been to the Shrewsbury Flower Show regardless of what you here you have to go. It's always the second weekend of August. Having lived in Shrewsbury for 18years I think I am qualified to say that this is about the only event worth going to. Tickets start at around £15 for a weekend pass but if you go after 3pm on either day you can get in for about £5 and after 7 i think it's only £3. The flower show is not just flowers, although that does take up a large proportion naturally. The best way to descibe this is to think of a village fete, where people show off their prize marrows and the WI sell jam. It's exactly the same but on a larger scale. There are bouncy castles for kids, face painting, donkey rides, all the usual. it is one of those genuinely good family days out. There are generally two marquees with all the flowery plant type stuff and the rest of the quarry is left for small local shop stands, so there is a variety of local foods and produce. Cost wise I would recommend bringing your own food and drinks as those with larger families will find the cost escalating very quickly. Instant food and drink cost about the same as on trains so you have been warned. I personally would say go after three when it gets cheaper, it is cooler, there are less people and then you can wait for the evening firework show. Even if you are not going to the actual show go to the Boat House, a small pub on the opposite side of the river, get a couple of drinks and sit outside in the evening warmth and watch them from there for free. The only problem being a few hundred other people generally get the same idea. If you want to get a henna tattoo, your hair braided and drink local ciders and ales this is probably the place to go. Have fun xxxx
I can't believe that no one has mentioned this before: The Shrewsbury Flowershow. The Shrewsbury Flowershow is the towns' only internationally famous event. Held annually first week of August in The Quarry park, it attacts blue rinse brigade from far and wide. The 2 days event hosts a mindboggling amount of flowers in oven-like tents if sunny, or a muddy battlefield when raining. It culminates in the judging of the flowers on the last day. This, for me, is the best part, as it always has the chance of an entertaining fight between the competitors. Believe me, the flower growing world is a ruthless business, full of more sabotage and steriod abuse than 10 Olympics. The best thing about the show is the fireworks at night which can be heard from about 4 miles away. If you don't fancy paying for the sight, go to The Boathouse pub garden by the Quarry bridge for a free view. Don't think I'm being unduly sarcastic about the event- its quite an enjoyable day out, especially if you actually like flowers. Though my favourites have always been the outsize vegtables (tomatoes the size of a football etc)- wonderful examples of homegrown GM crops. But as a Shrewsbury gal I always objected to the extortionate entrance price for what is bascically walking round a field, especially when compared to the much better value West Mid Show in May.