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Must-do festivals

Of course Shrewsbury's love of the original and one-off extends to festivals and events. There's a calendar packed with everything from Darwin's school days to cartoons and caricatures from all over the world.

Darwin Festival: February lectures, walks and plenty of science and nature-based activities mark the birthday of Shrewsbury's most famous resident - Charles Darwin.

Cartoon Festival: April Cartoonists from all over the world fill The Square with larger-than-life drawings, caricatures and workshops.

Shrewsbury Children's Bookfest: May when some of the world's greatest children's writers come to town. Don't be surprised if you spot Jacqueline Wilson or Michael Morpurgo in the crowd.

Shrewsbury River Festival: June for raft and duck races, canoeing and crafts.

Dragon Boat Festival: June 20 Viking dragon boats take to the River Severn for this colourful race.

Shrewsbury Food Festival: June Taste the best of Britain as more than 200 producers come together for talks, tastings, BBQ demonstrations and a cookery school in the Quarry Park.

Shrewsbury Fields Forever Festival: July The line-up at this three day event at the West Mid Showground really does offer something for everyone - there is live indie, alternative, electronic, dance and popular music alongside comedy and arts.

Shrewsbury Folk Festival: August Described by the Sunday Times as "a family friendly folk staple" and The Daily Telegraph as "a key date in the UK folk music calendar", it's one not to miss.