All Arts, Crafts, Culture and more

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. Add the second Oswestry Hot Air Balloon Carnival in August 2019 and we’ll be ready to challenge you not to find an event you will want to attend!

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 International 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 12th anniversary in 2018. 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
  • 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 [...]

  • Welshpool 1940’s Weekend

    Planning is underway for Welshpool 1940s weekend 2019 to be held from 27th – 29th September inclusive. So get yourselves ready to transport yourself back to the 1940s and imagine you are in a small town were evacuated children are arriving from the major industrial towns of the North West, Read 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 [...]

  • Oswestry Show

    Oswestry and District Agricultural Show – Always held on the first Saturday in August. 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.  

  • Stonehouse Brewery

    Stonehouse Come visit us at Stonehouse Brewery! Our bar & shop are open 6 days a week for you to enjoy a drink and take away some beers. Our bar is lovely and cosy with a wood burner for when it’s cold. A large viewing window lets you take a Read more [...]

  • Andrew Logan Museum of Sculpture

    “The nicest and friendliest Museum in the UK” – visitor ALMoS is a wonderland, a fantastical jewelled treasure trove in Mid Wales and houses a glittering selection of artist sculptor Andrew Logan’s signature works: jewellery, original costumes and memorabilila from his Alternative Miss World, the 4m tall Cosmic Egg, a ‘shrine’ Read more [...]

  • Heritage Open Days

    Heritage Open Days take place every September and they are England’s biggest festival of history. Oswestry celebrates them with a huge programme of events and visits – many that are not available for the rest of the year.  At the Visitor Centre we have an exhibition about Wilfred Owen, Barbara 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.

  • Borderland Visual Arts – BVA

    Next Group Event: – Open Studios June 8th 9th 15th 16th  2019   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 formed Read more [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Chirk Castle

    A magnificent marcher fortress built by Roger Mortimer over 700 years ago – during the reign of King Edward I. It was bought by Sir Thomas Myddelton in 1595, and was then owned by the Myddelton family for over 400 years. Extensive work has been done over generations of Myddelton Read more [...]

  • Oswestry Framing

    Welcome to Oswestry Framing: Your local framing specialist! We are here to serve you. Whether you are a private client with a small item to frame, or a large corporate customer, you will receive the same impeccable service. We are always pleased to see you and you will find our high 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.

  • Wilfred Owen Trail

    There is a walking trail around the town of Oswestry which takes you to many of the places Wilfred Owen would have known as a child.  Download from the link below. Download Wilfred Owen Trail Or call in at the Visitor and Exhibition Centre to see the exhibition about Wilfred 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 [...]

  • 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, Gobowen to Everest and his latest Wilfred Owen Read more [...]

  • Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod

    The Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod has welcomed the world to Wales every summer since 1947. Each year around 4,000 performers from over 35 countries converge on Llangollen, a picturesque Welsh town, to sing and dance in a unique combination of music, dance and international peace and friendship. The event began Read more [...]

  • Oswestry Balloon Carnival

    After a huge success in 2018, Oswestry Balloon Carnival returns to Cae Glas Park for a second year. 24th-25th August will see hot air balloon flights throughout the weekend, with market stalls throughout the town streets, and entertainment throughout the day.

  • Oswestry Food and Drink Festival

    For Oswestry Food and Drink Festival our small market town of Oswestry on the borders of Shropshire and Wales opens its streets to the finest local food producers of this borderland country – and it’s free! Enjoy two days of tasting and enjoying the finest local produce as you wander the Read more [...]

  • 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 the Artisan market, the stalls spread right down Bailey Street into the centre Read more [...]

  • Erddig Hall near Wrexham

    Unique ‘upstairs downstairs’ property, most interesting are the kitchens, laundry, bake house, stables, sawmill & smithy used by the servants. The stunning staterooms display most of their original 18th & 19th century furniture. The large walled garden has been restored to its 18th century formal design.