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Arts, Crafts and Culture

The word “eclectic” could have been coined for Oswestry’s arts scene such is the variety of live music, visual and dramatic arts on show.

Art in Oswestry
Oswestry Visitor & Exhibition Centre

As home to around 200 artists, Borderland Visual Arts, InsideOut and the Society of Artists keep the exhibitions flowing throughout the year at galleries such as the Qube, The Visitor and Exhibition Centre, Willow Gallery, and the Library.

Films, plays and musicals are regular hits on the calendar by companies such as the LADS, the Attfield and Oswestry Musical Theatre as well as the independent cinema, Kinokulture.

Literature abounds too with war poet and soldier, Wilfred Owen and author Barbara Pym, who was heralded by Philip Larkin as the most underrated writer of the 20th century, both born in the town.   Follow the Wilfred Owen Trail around town to get a sense of his upbringing and family history.
As befits the birthplace of Sir Henry Walford Davies, composer and Master of the King’s Musick, classical music is well-served with several excellent local choirs and orchestras as well as the fabulous Oswestry Recital Series and Whittington Chamber Music Festival with a stunning programme of top notch classical musicians and performances through the year.

The musical year begins with the Youth Music Festival in late February–all the classes are free to attend. The Whittington International Chamber Music Festival follows in May offering six days dedicated to the music of a different composer each year.

Summer music is international and eclectic – visit Cae Glas Park in the centre of Oswestry for free Summer Concerts in the band stand. It could be a local brass band or maybe a vinyl showcase.

Oswestry Food and Drink Festival
Oswestry Food Festival

Sunny July also brings food and flowers! The Oswestry Food & Drink Festival – a truly local affair -celebrates its 11th anniversary in 2017. For two days the street in the centre of town celebrate the best of the Marches food producers. Further afield, the fragrant Eckford Sweet Pea Festival in Wem celebrates these most delicate of flowers.

Oswestry Show, one of the country’s oldest and largest agricultural shows, takes place in early August and Shrewsbury Flower Show followa later in the month.

Oswestry streets are Christmas streets in early December. The Christmas Parade is a carnival of Christmas floats and Friday Night Christmas Live is one of the year’s highlights. It’s a great night of show ground rides, live music, food producers and fabulous fireworks right in the centre of town.

Oswestry Show
Oswestry Agricultural Show
  • Llanymynech Amateur Dramatic Society

    The LADS is a small, friendly and supportive ‘amateur’ group with a big personality and even bigger aspirations. Since 1992 we have been bringing live theatre to the Llanymynech and Oswestry area. We have also produced several large community plays, and recently performed at the Swan Theatre in Stratford as Read more [...]

  • Stonehouse Brewery

    ome and visit us in our Stonehouse Bar & Shop. You can buy our range of beers in bottles, polypins, and takeaway jugs, or sit down for a pint with friends. If the weather is nice, why not enjoy the sun in our beer garden. Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: Read more [...]

  • Oswestry Food and Drink Festival

    The Oswestry Food & Drink Festival is being brought to life by a small band of local people who simply want to provide a brilliant opportunity, over 2 (blissfully sunny days – we hope) to showcase the amazing food and talent in and around Oswestry and the Borders – and Read more [...]

  • Borderland Visual Arts – BVA

    Next Group Event: – Bijoux: Group Exhibition in the Willow Gallery Dec 2017   Calendar of BVA Events All Year: OSWESTRY LIBRARY. Each month, members of the BVA present an exhibition of new work     Borderland Visual Arts, a thriving artists’ community based in Oswestry and the Borders, was Read more [...]

  • Blacksculpt

    Custom made sculpture and decorative ironwork by local blacksmith Annie Stokes A range of items are available to view and buy at Oswestry Visitor & Exhibition Centre.

  • Oswestry Markets

    Oswestry is a market town and that means regular weekly indoor and outdoor markets right in the centre of town and a programme of speciality markets all through the year. The last Friday in each month is Farmers’ Market day but now with a twist and re-named Artisan market, the Read more [...]

  • Whittington International Chamber Music Festival

    Whittington’s sixth International Chamber Music Festival runs from Tuesday 15 to Sunday 20 May 2018. Making a change from our single-composer celebrations, this festival, “Fantasia on a British Theme”, will feature the music of seventeen British composers. Elgar and Vaughan Williams will head the bill, together with a rich selection Read more [...]

  • Offa Events

    OFFA EVENTS has a programme of regular live concerts, mainly featuring musicians from the Celtic nations. For over fifteen years we’ve been bringing big names to the Oswestry area. Dave Andrews is also the author of several books including The Oswestry Round and Gobowen to Everest.    

  • Shrewsbury Flower Show

    Today’s Flower Show features, T.V. personalities, celebrity Chefs, singers and spectacular arena acts entertain the crowds for 12 hours on each day of the show, ending with a magnificent firework display. The show is one of the country’s Premier Flower Show events, attracting top exhibitors from all over the country Read more [...]

  • Eckford Sweet Pea Show

    The SWEET PEA SHOW is held in WEM each year in July, to celebrate the close association the town has with sweet peas, which all started over 100 years ago. The link dates back in fact to 1888 when the world famous hybridist HENRY ECKFORD moved to Wem to continue Read more [...]

  • Wilfred Owen Festival

    The Wilfred Owen Festival will take place in Oswestry in October and November 2018 to commemorate the centenary of his death and the centenary of Armistice Day. November 4th 2018 will see the centenary of arguably our greatest war poets death followed just seven days later by the centenary of Read more [...]

  • The Willow Gallery and Willow Eatery

    A fantastic bright and spacious art gallery and cafe with national and local exhibitions that bring an eclectic mix of artists to the town. creative workshops throughout the year. Good shop selling original and local hand made crafts.

  • The Qube

    Qube Art Gallery and Gifts: Visit Oswestry-based Qube Gallery for an exciting, year-round programme of exhibitions, events and arts and crafts courses. The contemporary art gallery also has a range of affordable, original and unique items on sale by Shropshire artists and makers, such as jewellery, ceramics, glassware and handmade books. Read more [...]

  • Wilfred Owen Trail

    There is a trail around the town of Oswestry which takes up to many of the places Wilfred Owen would have known as a child.  Download from the link below. Download Wilfred Owen Trail

  • Oswestry Show

    Oswestry and District Agricultural Show – Saturday 4th August 2018. One day show highlighting farming in Oswestry and the Welsh Borderlands. Giant arena with a full day of events including livestock, vintage machinery, cars and shows. Children’s activities, crafts, local food and more.   

  • Graham Mitchell Artist & Photographer

    Graham Mitchell crafts jewellery in wood, gemstones, and found items. His work requires a detailed knowledge of the structure and properties of the materials and how they interact. The shapes and patterns are inspired by the natural landscape, but evolve as each piece is hand worked. Each piece is unique Read more [...]