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5 Original things to do in Shrewsbury this January

January is a quiet month for many; a month of contemplation, recovering from the holiday season and a time to attempt those New Year resolutions! Discover what Shrewsbury has to offer you at the beginning of this new decade with our top picks for January.

Sketchbook Sundays

Sketchbook Sundays

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, January 5

Shrewsbury Museum's monthly event returns this New Year. Those who present a sketchbook at the museum front desk on the first Sunday of the month will receive a reduced entry price*.

Occasionally there'll be loose optional themes to work with, and anyone who wishes to add to the communal sketchbooks dotted throughout the galleries are very welcome.

Make sure to share your art on social media with the hashtag #ShrewsSketchBookSundays to see what others have created.

*No reduction in child ticket price

Sneaky Finders Detective Day

Various locations around Shrewsbury, January 18

A killer walks the streets of Shrewsbury - do you have what it takes to catch them?

CluedUpp is the exciting outdoor detective game loved in more than 25 countries. Essentially a giant game of Cluedo, the game is entirely self-guided and unfolds via an award-winning app.

Transporting you back to the 1920s, this Peaky Blinders inspired murder-mystery event will see over 100 teams compete to catch a killer. Will your team of detectives be able to stalk the streets, solve the clues and crack the case in time?

With only a small number of tickets remaining - make sure you grab yours today!

Explore Lost Shrewsbury

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, until January 12

Discover the unseen history of our town in the final weeks of Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery's Lost Shrewsbury.

Take a fascinating trip through Shrewsbury’s rich history and heritage with images never seen before.

Paintings of the Shrewsbury landscape from SM&AG’s own collection will also feature in the exhibition. Pieces of art included will be a fine painting of the Old Welsh Bridge by Paul Sandby and a view of the English Bridge by C. W. Radclyffe.

Discover live music in Shrewsbury

Various locations around Shrewsbury

The Music Scene in Shrewsbury is vibrant, diverse and exciting! From small intimate gigs through to world-famous superstars, you'll never be short of options.

This January you can find everything from drum and bass DJs, to undiscovered local talent and classical quintets.

Discover what Shrewsbury's music scene has to offer you here.

Catch a film at one of Shrewsbury's small independents

Shrewsbury has a number of independent cinemas, including Theatre SevernOld Market Hall and The Hive, so you'll never be short of amazing new movie releases.

January sees a number of big films come to town, including Frozen 2Cats and WWII war epic 1917.

The Hive will be screening a number of international films, including award-winning Ukrainian film Donbass.

January also sees the beginning of The Royal Opera House's live cinema season, you can watch live screenings of The Sleeping Beauty at The Old Market Hall on January 16, and La Boheme at Theatre Severn on January 29.

Stay up to date and discover cinema screenings in Shrewsbury here.