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Market Hall hosts Lifestyle Festival May 20th and 21st

Shrewsbury’s award-winning Market Hall is staging a celebration of food, music, art and craftsmanship in a Lifestyle Festival on May 20th and 21st. 

Visitors will get the chance to learn new art and craft skills, take part in cookery lessons and sweet-making, meet some of Shrewsbury’well-knownwn artists and enjoy a celebration evening with live music and feasting.

The festival marks this month’s UK-wide annual Love Your Local Market campaign. Shrewsbury Mayor Councillor Ioan Jones will officially kick off the festivities at 10am on Friday 20th May. 

Highlights of the festival include the celebration evening on Saturday 21st May when the popular indoor market will stay open late until 10.30pm for an evening of food, fun and live music.

Restaurants, including Café AleOli, Mayuree’s House of Yum, The Bird’s Nest Café and Moli Tea House, will be serving special festival menus. Award-winning chocolatier Julia Wenlock, of Toot Sweets, is staging a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party-themed chocolate dessert and cocktail bar for the evening with bistro seating.

Moli Tea House is teaming up with Tanners Wines for a special tasting menu of traditional Chinese dumplings, served 6pm to 7pm, accompanied by perfectly matched fine wines (£15 per person). (Reservations can be made by emailing [email protected]).

The Paprika Blues Band, who have taken Shropshire by storm with their blend of jazz blues and funk since forming last year, and DJ and music producer DJ Buzzword, aka Josh Arrowsmith, will perform live.

From 5pm to 7pm Urban Bikes will present a free screening of the cult classic docu-film ‘A Sunday In Hell’, telling the gripping story of the legendary 1976 Paris-Roubaix cycle race. Billed as “the best film ever made” about professional cycle racing, the screening will take place in the seating area of The Market Buffet. Email [email protected] to reserve a seat.

Moli Tea House will be running classes for people wanting to learn how to make their own Chinese dumplings on both days of the festival, from 10am to 11.30am. Once they’ve made their dumplings, participants will then get to enjoy them with dipping sauce and China tea (£15 per person). Email [email protected] to book. 

Real China tea lovers can also enjoy a tea-tasting at 4.30pm on the Saturday, sampling the tea house’s new season green teas from the mountains of Sichuan and connoisseur and rare teas (£5 per person). Booking is also required.

On Saturday 21st May youngsters will get the opportunity to learn how to make chocolate lollipops at a drop-in workshop run by Toot Sweets from 11am to 2pm.

Many of the market’s artists and craftspeople are offering workshops and demonstrations and there will be opportunities to meet some of Shrewsbury’s celebrated artists.

Nationally successful artist Linda Edwards will be at Thoughts boutique, from noon to 2pm, on both days of the festival; well known ripped collage artist Lyn Evans will be at Vellus Artisan throughout the Saturday and Meg Hawkins will be at Meg Hawkins Illustrations from noon to 2pm on the Saturday. 

The Shropshire Visual Art Network Gallery will be staging demonstrations by various artists throughout the festival. Visitors can also learn or brush up on techniques with the painter Rosie Read Fleming, at her market hall studio, and see mixed media artist Pat Jones at work in her studio, Beyond The Purple Door.

Craftswoman Heidi Davis will be creating needle-felted sculpture at Vellus Artisan and Brigitta Shuker, of Studio Yi, will be demonstrating felting techniques and exhibiting her work. Artisan jeweller Godfrey Gardner will be creating new designs in his studio. 

Visitors can also see a medieval walking spinning wheel and a modern spinning wheel in action as well as wool craft demonstrations at Ewe & Ply.

Ewe & Ply is running workshops: ‘Holey Darnation’, at 3pm both days of the festival, will show people how to restore and revive their beloved old holey clothes (free admission). There will be a woolly ‘Sock Club special’ at 3.30pm Friday 20th May (also free) and a ‘Fizzy Pop and Wool Fiddling class’, 6.30pm to 8.30pm on Saturday 21st May (£3 per person).

Many of the market’s artisan food stalls and butchers will be serving tasters of their own specialties, including homemade sausage, local cheeses and gluten-free beer and cake. The Market Buffet café is laying on its famous full afternoon tea of sandwiches, cake and a scone with tea or coffee, from 2pm to 4pm, on the Saturday, all for just £6 per person. Call 07852 648827 to make a reservation.

Other musical performances on Saturday 21st May include The Mere Singers at 11am and the Shrewsbury School band The Drewids at 1.30pm, both raising funds for Medic Malawi. The Paprika Blues Band will be on stage at 8pm to 8.45pm and 9.15pm to 10pm. 

For further details visit the Market Hall Facebook page or website.