If you have a question about the event we have probably answered it below....

What is it?

A festival of food, drink and with local craft with a festive theme and family entertainment. 

When and where is it?

December 9th and 10th 2017 at The Quarry Park, in Shrewsbury, from 10am to 6pm on the Saturday and 10-5pm on the Sunday.

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Who is behind it?

Shropshire Festivals are an experienced team behind the event who also run Shrewsbury Food Festival, Shropshire Kids Festival and Telfood and who do consultancy for many events in and around the county www.shropshirefestivals.co.uk 

Why Shrewsbury?

Because the town’s exceptional independent retail scene has been a well-kept-secret for too long. Shrewsbury has great producers, great restaurants and great independent retailers. Our festival aims to bring economic benefit to all  sectors, particularly artisans.

Sounds good: any other entertainment?

Plenty. We have a stage where there will be bands and groups performing festive tunes with a giant sing-a-long each day! There will be hands on activities for both adults and kids and lots to see and participate in.

Where shall I stay? 

We do suggest you go to Shrewsbury's official accomodation list here .  Also the very helpful people at Shrewsbury Visitor Information Centre, in the market square where you can also buy tickets for the festival -  Tel 01743 258888, visitorinfo@shropshire.gov.uk,  www.visitshrewsbury.com There is a whole range of accomodation across the area with amazing places so why not check out Trivago for some great deals

I want to be there as an exhibitor or vendor: what should I do?

Please get in contact with us via 01952 432175 or via info@shropshirefestivals.co.uk

Do you need volunteers?

Yes. The festival will be entirely dependent on volunteers. We’ll need 100 people to donate their time  in order for the event to succeed. Our festival is privately-funded and without community support, we won’t last. We need you to help. You can support us by telephoning 01952 432175, emailing info@shrewsburychristmas.co.uk ,, or using the ‘contact us’ tab  download a volunteer form here!

Disabled Access to the festival

The festival is held on grass but is fairly flat. We will let carers in for free with a registered disabled person. There is disabled carparking around town but we are sorry there is no extra carparking for either disabled or general parking for the event. The council have launched a new website to make finding out information about carparking and flooding easier. 

We have been given this information regarding disabled carparking and thought it maybe useful for people.... Some disabled parking in the centre of town, which is about 5 mins walk away. Watch out as some of the central car parks make no concessions for disabled so you still have to pay. SY1 1QJ. There may be a space at the swimming centre which is right next door but the car park is very small, however you could try there first. SY1 1RU. There is a multi storey which has disabled parking about 10 mins walk SY1 1PL. Or Frankwell car park which is big and about 10 mins walk on the flat SY1 1PL.


Dogs are NOT allowed into the event as it will all be undercover and not appropriate or comfortable for animals.

Parking in Shrewsbury

There is plenty of parking through the town centre and there is also a fantastic park and ride service, HOWEVER the park and ride ONLY runs on the Saturday every 20 minutes and NOT on the Sunday! The council have also just launched a new link which gives information on where to find the carparks and any that maybe closed due to the flooding. 

Abbey Foregate Car Park – Long Stay

Frankwell Main Car Park – Long Stay

Frankwell Riverside Car Park – Short Stay

Frankwell Quay Car Park – Short Stay

St Julian’s Friars Car Park – Long Stay

The Tannery Car Park – Short Stay

Bridge Street Car Park – Short Stay

St Austin’s Street – Short Stay

Off Street Parking

There are 12 car parks in the Shrewsbury, providing approximately 2645 spaces. The enforcement of car parks is undertaken by a team of Civil Enforcement Officers employed directly by Shropshire Council

Raven Meadows (Multi-storey)

Long/Short Stay 
Open Mon to Sat 7.00am to 7.00pm and  Sun 10:00am to 5:00pm

St Julian Friars

Long Stay

Abbey Foregate

Long Stay

Frankwell Main

Long/Short Stay - open until midnight and has a 24 hour exit which does not permit entry.

Frankwell Riverside

Short Stay - Up to 3 hours

Frankwell Quay

Short Stay - Up to 3 hours

Bridge Street

Short Stay - Up to 2 hours

Barker Street

Short Stay - Up to 2 hours (owner - Morris Property)

St Austin's Street

Short Stay - Up to 2 hours

The Tannery

Short Stay - Up to 2 hours

The Quarry Swimming and Fitness Centre

Short Stay

The car parks are fully accessible 24/7, with the exception of Raven Meadows and Frankwell Main and Riverside car parks of which the access and/or opening times are detailed above.

Car parks are "Pay and Display" except Raven Meadows Multi Storey, where a "Pay on Foot" system is in operation.

There are no concessions for holders of Disabled Blue Badges.

On Street Parking

All town centre street parking is pay and display only. Blue and yellow pay machines are located next to every parking bay in Shrewsbury Town Centre.

Charging Hours are Monday to Sunday from 8.00am to 6.00pm (including bank holidays)

The maximum length of stay in most town centre streets is one hour with no returned for two hours, a few have a two hour limit, see the notices on the pay and display machines.

By Train

Shrewsbury's Railway Station is located in the town centre, by the Castle, the shops and the historic buildings. There is an hourly train service from London Euston via Birmingham or Wolverhampton (less on Sundays) and good connections to other towns. Journey time from London is approximately three hours.

Please do check with the train companies for specific details over the festival weekend

By Coach

National Express runs two direct services from London Victoria and connections from other UK towns serviced by the network. Tel: 08705 808080 for further details.

Park and Ride 

Shrewsbury operates an excellent Park and Ride service, which is a cheap and convenient way of getting into the town centre. There are three Park and Ride sites - all signed from main approach roads. Buses run every 10 minutes from 7.30am (8am on Saturdays) to 6.30pm daily except Sundays. There are stops and pick-up points throughout the town centre. Colour coded tickets make it easier to find the right bus.

Wheelchair Mobility

Shrewsbury has designated on-street parking spaces for disabled badge holders. These spaces cab be found on Shoplatch, Castle Street, St. Mary's Street, Claremont Street and Roushill. Parking is free if displaying the badge and clock for the period as indicated on the signs.

Designated parking spaces for disabled people in Raven Meadows multi-storey and in Abbey Foregate car park. Normal car parking charges apply. Some Hackney Carriage taxis are wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair accessible buses operate on all three Park and Ride routes. Normal charges apply.

Shrewsbury Shop Mobility

Operates from Raven Meadows car park, Monday to Saturday 10am to 4pm. Electronic scooters and wheelchairs are available for hire. Reservations are recommended, telephone 01743 236900

What does the community get in return?

We are committed to providing community benefit and we are raising money for the Shrewsbury Ark in several ways before, during and after the event and hope to raise thousands of pounds through this! In 2015 over £3000 was raised for the charity.

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