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Whixall C.E. Primary School and Nursery

Arts Around Us

Arts Around Us

We believe that arts and culture are hugely beneficial to our lives. From films and music to painting and game design, the arts have a big impact on our well-being and our economy.

With this in mind, we would love to inspire our children, families and community to take part in arts and cultural activities beyond school.

We have put together a curated guide to local opportunities, support, and resources, for children and adults, which we hope to add to as time goes by. Please take a look.

We hope you find the wealth of opportunities as inspiring as we have, and please let us know of any others that you think should be included.

Visual Arts and Crafts

Bloom, Shrewsbury – Offer fun visual art classes/workshops for children. Term time – age 10+. Weekends and holidays – age 6+

Hopefully Made, Shrewsbury – Offer weekly Art Club and Holiday Club for Key Stage 1 and 2 children. Screen printing workshops for adults.

Scrappies, Church Stretton – Offer visual art and craft workshops, clubs and parties for children or adults at the store or at your location.

Doodle Alley, Whitchurch – Pottery painting and other art activities for the whole family.

Pictura Studios, Chester – Weekend and after school art sessions for children and adults. Has café too!

Kinki Glass, Ironbridge – Creative glass workshops for children and families.

Meraki, Much Wenlock - Art space in the heart of Much Wenlock offering pottery painting, workshops and parties.

Art Shack, Atcham, Nr Shrewsbury - Offers a creative space for all ages with an emphasis on well-being within an all-inclusive community. Arts, dance and movement provision and tuition.

Music, Drama and Performing Arts

Top Hat Stage and Screen School, Telford – Weekend stage school sessions in performing arts for children of all ages.

Get Your Wigle On, Shrewsbury – Offer performing arts classes and performance opportunities to children of all ages.

Telford Arts Centre, Telford – Performance arts’ classes for children and adults.

Shropshire Inclusive Dance, Shrewsbury – Offer dance projects, workshops and regular classes to children, young people & adults where disabled and non-disabled participants can dance together.

Pentabus, Shropshire - Local theatre group that tours new plays about the contemporary rural world to audiences in village halls, fields, festivals and theatres, telling stories with local relevance. Under 25’s have access to free tickets for village hall venues.

Shropshire Youth Theatre, Shrewsbury – Offer classes, workshops and performance opportunities for children age 6+.

Jon Hayward Memorial Trust, Shropshire – Offer bursaries to children in Years 3-6, who
would otherwise be unable to access musical tuition opportunities in Shropshire.

Shropshire Music Service, Shropshire - Non-profit organisation delivering instrumental lessons and curriculum support in Shropshire schools. Website has useful information for parents/carers about opportunities for children to participate in musical performances.

Shropshire Music Trust, Shropshire - Bring some of the world's best live music to Shrewsbury and surrounding Shropshire towns and villages: orchestral concerts to solo recitals, early music to cutting-edge contemporary work, folk and jazz, workshops, masterclasses, lunchtime concerts, participation for young musicians and musical outreach to young and old alike.

Moonstruck Astronaut, Newport, Shropshire - Run ‘Drama in the Forest’ outdoor drama workshops for children in the school holidays and the Newport Community Youth Theatre on Saturday mornings in the Spring and Summer school terms.

Stagecoach, Shropshire and Cheshire – Performance arts classes for children 4-18 years.

Viv Kelly School of Dance, Shrewsbury – Based at Theatre Severn, offers dance classes to all ages, plus performance opportunities.

Music Bugs, Shrewsbury, Newport and Telford - Sensory music classes for your baby, toddler or pre-schooler in Shrewsbury.

Arts Alive, Shropshire and Herefordshire – Bringing films (Flicks in the Sticks), live music and theatre performances to rural audiences. All ages.

Theatre Severn, Shrewsbury – Auditorium offering performances and cultural events.

Story, Poetry, Writing and Books

Shropshire Bookfest, Shropshire – Charity devoted to promoting high-quality inspirational books to Primary-aged children. Events are mainly organised through schools but website does sign-post to other opportunities.

Shropshire Libraries, Shropshire – Not just high-quality literature for the whole family, Shropshire Libraries offer lots of creative events for the whole family, from singing to building with Lego.

Spark Young Writers, West Midlands - Creative writing groups, online writing ideas, quarterly online magazine and other opportunities for writers aged 8-18 in the West Midlands.

Mythstories, Shropshire - Museum of myth and fable and a charity working with traditional tales, including storytelling events, school workshops and outreach projects. Online stories from Shropshire and around the world.

Studios, Galleries, Arts and Youth Centres

Qube, Oswestry – Art exhibitions with free entry. Social hub offering arts workshops mainly aimed at adults. Get Creative section of website offers online art activities suitable for families.

The Hive, Shrewsbury – A creative venue and charity running arts-based wellbeing projects across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin. Venue offers creative activities, gigs, films, art exhibitions and more.

Wem Town Hall, Wem – Offers cinema, exhibitions, workshops and other creative performances.

Raven Studios, Shrewsbury – Artists’ studio space offering opportunities to connect with other arts practitioners, exhibitions and short-term studio hire.

Shropshire Youth Association, Shropshire – Provides support to Youth Clubs and other creative opportunities for young people and their families across the county. Website includes a local club search facility.

Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery, Shrewsbury – Offering exhibitions, collections and creative events.

Organisations With Emphasis on Health and Wellbeing

Designs in Mind, Oswestry – Working studio where adults living with mental health challenges work together on art and design projects. Offers arts workshops to adults, families and children.

Arts for Health, Shropshire and Staffordshire – Health service website dedicated to the positive effect that active engagement with the arts can have on the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities.

Arts Events Listings

Original Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury – What’s On listings website with links to many creative and cultural events in the area.

Visit Shropshire, Shropshire – Website offering a guide to arts and cultural events in the county.

Cultural, Historical and Environmental Organisations

Shropshire Museums, Shropshire – Offering exhibitions, collections and creative events at a range of locations.

Ironbridge Gorge Trust, Ironbridge – Industrial and social heritage museums with family arts and cultural events.

Shropshire Wildlife Trust, Shropshire – Host several family-oriented events with a creative/arts component.


Organisations listed here are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. The inclusion of links on these pages in no way constitutes a recommendation of the services or information provided. Please use your own judgment and be especially careful around any service which asks you to pay to use its services.

No responsibility will be taken by Whixall CE School, for loss or damage, direct or consequential, resulting from the use of services or information provided by the maintainers of these links.

Every effort is made to maintain the accuracy of the information on this page. However, things change all the time. If you discover any out-of-date links or know of other links which should be included on this page, please let us know.