Shrewsbury arts festival to begin on Saturday

By Jordan Reynolds | Attractions | Published:

An arts festival will be held for the 15th year in Shrewsbury next month with the theme of "air".

Committee members for the Belle Vue Arts Festival Rita Almond, Maria Jones, Fiona McLoughin and Chrissy Bridge

Belle Vue Arts Festival will be hosting a fortnight of arts and entertainment events between June 2 and 16.

As well as the open gardens, community art exhibition, and art and scarecrow trail, the team have lined up a few extra events, including yoga and drumming.

Events over the festival fortnight include a pub quiz, photography workshop, pub walk, and bring and share home cooking.

Chrissy Bridge, one of the festival committee members, said: "We've got a yoga workshop this year which is new to the festival and a photography workshop.

"There will be 25 different people putting scarecrows and artwork in their front gardens as part of the scarecrow trail.

"We're also going to be putting knitted bunting along Greyfriars Bridge.

"About 300 people came to the open gardens alone last year, between all the events we probably have 1,000 people come to the festival.

"The gardens are really popular, the more people who come the better.


"This year we've had interest from both local and international artists.

"It's an event for all ages from babies to those who are 100.

"We will have music throughout the festival, from a jazz band to a choir.

"We're really thankful to Shrewsbury Town Council which awarded us £250 for the festival, and we were awarded gold in the community awards by the mayor of Shrewsbury."


Belle Vue Arts Festival is volunteer-run and needs the help of community members to flourish.

If you are interested in volunteering leading up to the festival or on the day of the events, call 07583 045 553 or email

For more information about the events visit

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.


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