New Cycle Store Opens in The Darwin

Shropshire Council is pleased to announce that independent store Rob Buckley Cycle Shop, which was previously located in the Riverside centre, has moved to the middle of the Darwin centre, opening on 1 May.

Rob Buckley Cycle Shop will operate amongst national and independent brands, in a prominent location opposite M&S. The Darwin centre is celebrated for having a vast independent offer, which sits seamlessly alongside well-known brands. This has helped establish the centre as Shrewsbury’s premier covered shopping destination. This new store is bright, warm and welcoming, with products well spread throughout, making it simple for shoppers to browse and purchase.

This will be Rob’s seventh shop in the town, following 35 years in the retail industry, and he is still selling a lot of the brands he started selling from his very first store. The current store sells Claud Butler and Raleigh bikes and all their necessary accessories. The store also sells superlight Squish Bikes, which are the most affordable on the market. They also maintain bikes, and offer a full range of cleaning products, inner tube pumps and wheels plus WD40 products. Cycle helmets, locks, touring bags and other accessories will also be sold at the store. The centre has a no cycling policy within the centre, so bikes being taken to the store need to be walked through the centre.

Rob Buckley, owner of Rob Buckley Cycle Shop said, “This new unit has exceeded my expectations, and I am beyond thrilled to be in such a prime location, opposite an iconic brand like M&S. This will make it even easier for my current customers to visit, and hopefully make our brand more visible to future customers. A big thanks to the management team who really helped me with this move and offered me invaluable support.”

Kevin Lockwood, Centre Manager of The Darwin, said, “Rob is a great retailer and had a clear vision of what he wanted his store to look like from the outset. He also has an incredibly loyal customer base and I know they will be excited when they see his new premises. We are particularly proud of the mix of tenants we have at the Darwin and will continue to support our independent and national retailers as much as we can. We wish Rob the very best in his new location and are sure he will continue to grow and develop his business in the Darwin centre.”

Little Stars Set to Shine Bright with First Shop in Shrewsbury Town Centre

Little Stars, a dedicated local charity committed to supporting babies and children in need, is proud to announce the opening of its first charity shop in the heart of Shrewsbury Town Centre. This community shop will serve as a welcoming space for families, offering a wide array of pre-loved baby, children, and maternity wear, as well as providing a space for families in need to access essential items.


Located at The Collective, in The Darwin centre, the new Little Stars shop will not only offer affordable clothing options but also serve as a vital hub for the community. With a focus on sustainability and community support, the store will sell excess stock that the charity cannot utilise for its core services, ensuring that these items find new homes while contributing to the charity’s mission.


In addition to providing clothing for babies, toddlers, children, and expectant mothers, the shop will offer a unique service for families supported by Little Stars.


“This is a momentous occasion for Little Stars. From the very beginning, I envisioned a Little Stars shop and to now be opening one is very exciting,” said Leanne Simcoe, Founder and CEO at Little Stars.


“The shop will fulfil three goals. Firstly, offering a welcoming space for those who have been referred to us and giving them the opportunity to browse and choose the clothing themselves, a service we haven’t been able to provide until now. Secondly, it allows us to find new homes for wonderful items that wouldn’t fit into our standard bundles, this gives families and pregnant women seeking good quality, affordable clothing for their children and themselves a fantastic option. Lastly, every purchase directly supports Little Stars’ mission, creating a vital revenue stream ensuring we can continue providing essential items to families in need of our support across Shropshire for years to come. This wouldn’t have been possible without the incredible support of The Darwin centre team. We are extremely grateful for their partnership and excited to embark on this new venture together!”


Kevin Lockwood, Centre Manager of The Darwin, said, “Since I met the team at Little Stars through my involvement in the Shrewsbury Business Chamber, the end goal has always been to try and help them secure a presence and shop within The Darwin. Leanne is a remarkable lady, who works tirelessly, and I have been very impressed by her diligence throughout this process. This new store will be an important resource for our community to find affordable and nearly new items for themselves and family, while raising funds for an incredible cause.”


The grand opening is scheduled for Saturday 4th May from 10am. Community members, families, and supporters are encouraged to join in the festivities and explore the diverse range of clothing items available at the shop. Furthermore, all proceeds from sales at the Little Stars shop will directly support the charity’s initiatives, including its baby bank and community hubs.


For more information about Little Stars and its new shop, or if you would like to volunteer, please visit, or contact the team at


About Little Stars Charity: Little Stars is a registered charity (1191130) founded in 2020, dedicated to supporting families in need across Shropshire. With a deep commitment to our community, we strive to make a positive impact by ensuring that every child has access to the essentials they need to feel safe and secure. Our mission is to alleviate the emotional stress and financial pressures faced by families by providing quality essentials for babies, children, and pregnant women. Through our various campaigns and initiatives, we aim to offer practical support that enhances the lives of families in need. For more information, donate or to find out more about volunteering please visit


Key Initiatives:

  • Baby Bank:  Little Stars operates a baby bank, providing essential items such as clothing, nappies, toiletries, and equipment such as moses baskets, stairgates, and pushchairs to families in need. The baby bank serves as a lifeline for parents facing financial difficulties, ensuring that no child goes without the essentials they require for their health and comfort.
  • Tots to Teen: Children grow, and they still deserve clean clothing and essentials throughout pre-school, school, and teenage years. Our pre-loved supply of clothing is here for you, along with essential toiletries to ensure every child has what they need.
  • Community Hubs: In partnership with various organizations, we offer crucial items like wipes, nappies, and toiletries for little ones, as well as toiletries for adults. Additionally, we host regular pop-ups for school uniforms and winter coats to address the unique needs of our community.
  • Cool for School: Partnering with schools and organizations across Shropshire, we supply school uniforms to those who need them. Every child deserves to be proud to wear their uniform just like their peers.
  • Santa’s Little Stars: This initiative enables referral services to hand out wrapped age-appropriate Christmas presents to children all over the county. Thanks to our generous supporters, who donate new presents, we ensure every child has something to smile about on Christmas Day.

Impact and Success Stories:

  • 2,383 Children, Parents, and Carers Supported: Little Stars has provided support to over 2383 children, parents, and carers since November 2020, ensuring that they have access to the basic essentials they need to thrive.
  • 42,314 Items Gifted: Through the generosity of our donors and volunteers, Little Stars has gifted over 42,314 items to families in need, including clothing, toiletries, and equipment.
  • Referral Increase: The number of referrals received by Little Stars over the first quarter of 2024 has doubled from the same period last year, highlighting the growing need for support in our community.
  • Poverty Rates: Poverty rates in Shropshire are on the rise, with 32% of the children living below the poverty line. Of this, 70% are from working-class families struggling to make ends meet.

Shropshire Artisan Showcase Returns to The Darwin

Introducing the Shropshire Artisan Showcase, returning to the heart of the Darwin Shopping Centre from April 15th to April 20th, 2024! Nestled beside Costa Coffee, this eagerly awaited event promises a delightful fusion of local craftsmanship, ingenuity, and community spirit.

Step into a realm where creativity knows no bounds. More than just a display, our showcase transforms into a bustling marketplace, a rendezvous for enthusiasts of bespoke wonders and the talented artisans who bring them to life. Explore, engage, and be inspired as you immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Shropshire’s artisanal scene.

Meet the Minds Behind the Magic:

  • Calluna Upcycling: Witness the magic of everyday objects reborn into eco-conscious treasures.
  • Coppermoss Jewellery: Embrace the allure of meticulously crafted adornments, each narrating its own tale.
  • Gisela Robinson Art: Embark on a journey through whimsical illustrations capturing the essence of imagination.
  • Sarah Corkhill: Lose yourself in breathtaking depictions of Shropshire’s scenic landscapes.
  • Isabel Bradley Designs: Dive into a world of mixed-media marvels blending textures, hues, and narratives.
  • Mustard and Gray: Discover bespoke homeware marrying contemporary elegance with timeless craftsmanship.
  • The Perfume Laboratory: Indulge your senses in ethereal, cruelty-free fragrances embodying sophistication and eco-consciousness.
  • Peg Boarders: Uncover charming handcrafted treasures and homewares exquisitely crafted with love.

But our showcase is more than just a shopping destination; it’s a hub of inspiration, education, and community bonding. Here, you’ll not only support local businesses but also champion the sustainability of artisanal crafts while taking home something truly extraordinary.

Anna Sadler from the Shropshire Growth Hub expresses, “We’re immensely proud to host an event that not only showcases the diverse talent of our local artisans but also forges meaningful connections between creators and the community. It’s a celebration of Shropshire’s creativity, dedication, and entrepreneurial spirit.”

The Darwin extends a warm invitation to all to join us in this celebration of artistry, craftsmanship, and narrative. Come, be a part of the magic as we honor the art of creation, the joy of discovery, and the pride of supporting local talent.

Mark your calendars for the Shropshire Artisan Showcase:
Dates: April 15th – April 20th, 2024
Location: SU10, Darwin Shopping Centre

Meet Skye from Paw Patrol at The Entertainer

Join us at The Entertainer on Saturday, April 13th, for an exciting opportunity to meet Skye from Paw Patrol!

Skye will be making appearances throughout the day from 10am to 4pm. Don’t miss the chance to snap a photo with this beloved character and share it with #TheEntertainerVIP for a chance to win a £25 The Entertainer Gift Card.

Be there on the double!

Plus, over the Easter break between from 21st March – 17th April to enter simply visit them in store and find the Easter Eggs hidden around the store and work out the hidden Easter Word – complete the entry form with the word for your chance to win a £250 The Entertainer Gift Card.

Mini-Golf This Easter!

Attention putters of Shrewsbury!

Join us in The Collective, located on the lower level on Friday, March 29th, and Saturday, March 30th, from 11am to 4pm, for a competitively fun 9-hole mini-golf event, perfect for families and friends.

Completely free to enjoy, our mini-golf course promises a fun-filled experience for players of all ages. Our friendly golf hosts will be on hand to set challenges, provide scorecards and offer helpful putting tips to ensure everyone has a tee-rific time.

Plus, for every completed scorecard returned to the hosts, there’s a chance to win £50 to spend at The Entertainer over the Easter break. It’s the perfect opportunity to gather your loved ones and enjoy a memorable day of mini-golf fun. Don’t miss out on the chance to putt your way to victory and create lasting memories at The Collective’s mini-golf event!



Then tell us so we know you’re coming! Click going on Facebook here.


Competition Time – Valentine’s Hamper Up For Grabs!

The day of love is coming up and The Darwin is here to help make your Valentine’s Day extra special!

We’re thrilled to announce an exclusive online competition where you could win a delightful gift hamper filled with romantic surprises from our brilliant businesses.

From the nation’s favourites ranges to boutique independent keepsakes and gems, this hamper is designed to elevate your Valentine’s Day experience.

To enter, simply complete the quick entry form below – it’s a breeze, with our fastest record at an impressive 29 seconds. Can you top that?

Entries close at midnight on 4th February 2024.

Good luck!

Terms and conditions apply.


Wedding Fayre

Join Heavenly Brides for their Wedding Fayre this Saturday and Sunday (20th & 21st January).

Find them on the lower level of The Darwin between 11am and 3pm.

You can set yourself a reminder on their Facebook event page here



Festive Friends Return to The Darwin!

Get ready to add a touch of enchantment to your holiday season as Santa, Polaris the polar bear, and even that infamous green meanie return to The Darwin! From Saturday, December 2nd, to Saturday, December 23rd, The Darwin is the place to be for a jolly good time.

Santa, the embodiment of holiday cheer, and Polaris, the charming polar bear, will be making appearances that will warm your heart. But wait, there’s more! That mean, green one, the Grinch, will also be spreading his unique brand of holiday joy.

Don’t Miss the Chance to Meet Them for Free!

These festive friends are here to make your holiday season truly magical. Bring your family and friends and share in the joy. It’s a delightful opportunity to capture those special moments and create treasured memories.

Date Festive Friend
Saturday 2nd December
(Roaming across all three levels)
Sunday 3rd December
12pm – 3pm
The Grinch
(Roaming across all three levels)
Wednesday 6th December
11am – 4pm
(Roaming across all three levels)
Saturday 9th December
11am – 4pm
(Roaming across all three levels)
Sunday 10th December
12pm & 2pm
Polaris the Polar Bear
(Lower level)
Wednesday 13th December
1pm – 4pm
The Grinch
Saturday 16th December
9:30 – 11:30
(Roaming across all three levels)
Wednesday 20th December
9:30 – 11:30
12:00 – 14:00
Santa & his elf (Booking required)
(Breakfast at Massarella with Santa)
(Roaming across all three levels)
Saturday 23rd December
11am – 4pm
(Roaming across all three levels)

Breakfast with Santa and the Grinch at Massarella’s

The magic doesn’t stop there! On Wednesday, December 20th, from 9 am to 11:30 am, join us for a delightful breakfast with Santa at Massarella’s. It’s the perfect occasion to share your Christmas wishes and create wonderful memories. For just £10 per person, you’ll enjoy a scrumptious breakfast (with your choice of beans on toast, scrambled egg on toast, or a mini English breakfast) and a drink. Plus, it includes a personal meeting with Santa and a special present for the little ones.

But that’s not all! On Sunday, December 10th, from 10:30 am to 12 pm, you can have breakfast with the Grinch. For the same £10 price, you can savor a breakfast of your choice (pancakes with syrup, scrambled egg on toast, beans on toast, or a mini English breakfast), meet the Grinch himself, and receive a mini treat bag.

Book Your Spot Now!

Don’t miss out on these magical moments. Secure your spot for Breakfast with Santa and the Grinch by booking on Eventbrite. For Breakfast with Santa, use this link: Booking for Santa. For Breakfast with the Grinch, book your space here: Booking for the Grinch. Make this holiday season one to remember at The Darwin!

Bringing Smiles to Little Faces: Santa’s Little Stars Toy Campaign

The holiday season is all about spreading joy, and there is no better way to do that than by participating in Santa’s Little Stars Toy Campaign. This heartwarming initiative is dedicated to ensuring that every child, regardless of their circumstances, experiences the pure joy of unwrapping a new toy on Christmas Day.

From November 6th to December 5th, you have the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of children in need. Join us in supporting Santa’s Little Stars and let’s come together to make this holiday season truly special.

How Can You Contribute?

Making a difference is easier than ever. You can donate new, unwrapped toys in their packaging at various locations. Look for our collection points at The Darwin on all three levels, by the Polar Bears, The Entertainer, and outside Clarks. Your generosity will bring smiles to little faces and make the holiday season magical for children who need it most.

Donate Online Too!

If you prefer to contribute online, we’ve made it convenient for you. Simply click here to make a donation that will go towards bringing joy to little hearts.

Santa’s Little Stars Toy Campaign is a registered charity (No: 1191130), ensuring your donations reach those who need them most. Every gift you give, whether in person or online, helps brighten the holiday season for children in need.

This holiday season, let’s unite in the spirit of giving and make a meaningful impact. Join Santa’s Little Stars in bringing warmth and smiles to little faces, ensuring that every child’s Christmas is filled with happiness and wonder.

Win with our Spooky Surprise Boxes and Skeleton Search

Skeleton Search – Unearth the Hidden Bones!

Are you ready to embark on a thrilling quest to uncover lost skeletons lurking in The Darwin? Five mischievous skeletons have mysteriously vanished across our three floors, and we need your help to find them. These tricky skeletons have taken refuge in select businesses within our centre, waiting for brave souls to track them down.

To join the Skeleton Search, simply pick up a search sheet from DVDMegastore on the Middle Level. Armed with your sheet, follow the clues and explore The Darwin to locate and identify each skeleton by name. Once you’ve successfully completed your mission and filled out the search sheet, return it to DVDMegastore.


Here’s the best part: young visitors will be rewarded with a delightful sweet treat for their courage, while the grown-ups have a chance to win a fantastic prize! Enter our prize draw for a chance to win a whopping £50* to spend at one of the selected participating stores within The Darwin. Terms and conditions apply, so make sure to check the details.


Spooky Surprise Boxes – Trick or Treat with a Twist!

Mark your calendars for Saturday, 28th October, because The Darwin is turning up the fright factor with our “Spooky Surprise Boxes” activity! Are you feeling lucky enough to take on the unknown and uncover the mystery hidden within?


Head to the lower level, right outside The Collective, where our Spooky Surprise Boxes await your brave exploration. Reach into one of these enigmatic boxes and discover what lies within. Will you be greeted by a delightful sweet treat, or will you have a spine-tingling encounter with a creepy crawlie? The element of surprise is half the fun!


But that’s not all – we have an array of thrilling prizes up for grabs, ranging from mouthwatering sweets to valuable gift cards. It’s a chance to test your luck and see if Halloween fortune smiles upon you.


So, gather your friends and family and make your way to The Darwin in Shrewsbury for an unforgettable Halloween experience. Who knows, you might just stumble upon a hidden treasure or two while you’re at it! Get ready for a hair-raising good time at The Darwin this Halloween.

Plus, have you checked all of the cool Halloween decs’ and party bits you grab at Flying Tiger? Find out more here.

Celebrate Meena Beauty Salon’s 1st Year Anniversary


Come and Join the Party on Sunday, 6th of August!


We are thrilled to invite all our wonderful customers to join us in celebrating the 1st year anniversary of Meena Beauty Salon, in The Collective at The Darwin Shopping Centre! It has been an incredible journey, and we couldn’t have done it without your continuous support and loyalty. As a token of our gratitude, we want to celebrate this special milestone with you in style!


Indulge in Delights: Snacks, Drinks, Cakes, and Chocolates!


To mark this joyous occasion, we have prepared a delightful spread of snacks, refreshing drinks, mouth-watering cakes, and delectable chocolates for you to enjoy. Whether you are coming with friends or family, we have something for everyone to savor. The celebration is all about creating beautiful memories together!


£5 Voucher for Every Customer – Treat Yourself to the Best!


As a way of saying thank you, each customer who graces our anniversary celebration will receive a generous £5 voucher, which can be redeemed for any of our luxurious beauty treatments. Whether you wish to pamper yourself with a rejuvenating facial, unwind with a relaxing massage, or get a stunning makeover, the choice is yours! This is our little gift to show our appreciation for your continued patronage.


Join Us Between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm – Let’s Celebrate Together!


We can’t wait to welcome you all on Sunday, 6th of August, between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm at Meena Beauty Salon. The party will be filled with laughter, joy, and heartfelt conversations, as we celebrate the success of our business and the wonderful friendships we’ve made along the way.


A Heartfelt Thank You!


We want to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude for your unwavering support and trust in us throughout this journey. Your presence has been the driving force behind our success, and we are humbled to be part of your beauty and wellness routine. Meena Beauty Salon wouldn’t be what it is today without each and every one of you.


Join Us in Celebrating One Incredible Year!


So mark your calendars for Sunday, 6th of August, and come down to The Darwin Shopping Centre to be a part of Meena Beauty Salon’s 1st year anniversary extravaganza! Let’s raise a toast, enjoy the festivities, and create memories that will last a lifetime. We look forward to celebrating with you all!


Thank you for being a part of our journey – Your loyalty is our inspiration.


With love and gratitude,


The Meena Beauty Salon Team ??

Embark on The Darwin Space Trail and Win!

Are you ready to explore the The Darwin and find the secrets of space!

Throughout summer until 3rd September, we invite you to join our thrilling and FREE-to-play space exploration themed trail! What’s even more exciting is that you stand a chance to win a fabulous £100 gift card to indulge in a shopping spree at The Darwin!*

Just think, the kids get to enjoy a little mystery hunt around the Cente, and you get to potentially win £100 to spend at one of our stores. That could be a new wardrobe from Primark, M&S, H&M, New Look or JD. Or if you’re after something fun for the family (or yourself) you could choose The Entertainer or HMV.

Perhaps you’d like to spruce up the home, in which case we’d recommend choosing wilko, or if you’re after something indulgent, then The Fragrance Shop of F.Hinds would be great options.

How to Participate:

Participating in the Space Exploration Trail is easy and FREE! Head over to LevelUp Escapes on the Middle Level of The Darwin, where you can collect your entry sheet. Their friendly staff will be delighted to hand you clues sheet to fill in. It’s one sheet per person, the more, the merrier!

The sheet will give you clues as to where to find these mystery letters, your hint from us if your looking for giant, round shaped things that you’d typically find in space…

Once you have found all of the letters on the trail to work out the mystery word, bring your filled in sheet back to LevelUp Escapes. To enter the competition, just tick the right boxes for consent, pop your name and email onto the sheet, and if you’re picked at random as our lucky winner, we’ll be in touch.

So next time you’re in town, come and join us for a cosmic adventure at The Darwin!


*Terms and conditions apply.
Click to view terms and conditions.

Unleash Your Inner Sleuth: “Mission Abducted” – Shropshire’s Newest High-Tech Escape Room Experience!

Calling all thrill-seekers and puzzle enthusiasts! We’re thrilled to announce the expansion of LevelUp Escapes within the Darwin Centre, and the grand opening of their latest mind-bending adventure, “Mission Abducted,” on 22 July. Booking is now live for this exhilarating escape room experience that will push your skills and critical thinking to the limit.

“Mission Abducted” is not your average escape room; it’s a next-level, high-tech extravaganza that transports participants into an otherworldly abduction scenario aboard an alien spacecraft. This multi-layered game is designed with state-of-the-art technology and incorporates valuable feedback from their first successful game, “Ark Raider,” themed around Indiana Jones. The LevelUp Escapes team took that experience to heart and worked tirelessly to elevate the escape room adventure even further, ensuring that every participant is in for an unforgettable time.

Owned by the visionary 19-year-old local entrepreneur, Nathan Green, LevelUp Escapes is not just your run-of-the-mill escape room enterprise. With a background in theater and scenic design, Nathan set out to create immersive and captivating escape rooms that challenge guests’ minds and captivate their senses. Collaborating with talented set builders from across the UK, Nathan ensures that the escape room sets are of the highest quality, delivering ultra-realistic scenes and environments that make you feel like you’re living the adventure.


“Mission Abducted” is the result of Nathan’s dedication to delivering exceptional escape room experiences to visitors. The game is designed with intricate puzzles, thrilling challenges, and unexpected twists that will keep you on your toes throughout the 60-minute mission. Be prepared to rely on all your senses as you work together with your team to solve the enigmas and navigate through the extraterrestrial puzzles.


LevelUp Escapes has garnered rave reviews for their first room, “Ark Raider,” which spoke volumes about their commitment to customer satisfaction. The praise from a diverse and enthusiastic audience has attracted many curious adventurers, and their strategic location within The Darwin Centre has made them a hotspot for last-minute bookings too.


Located on the middle level, right opposite M&S, inside the Darwin Centre, “Mission Abducted” is an experience accessible to all. Whether you’re a seasoned escape room veteran or a first-timer, this game is designed to be enjoyed by people of all ages. Children aged fifteen and above can embark on this gripping adventure on their own, but the more, the merrier! The escape room can now accommodate up to 12 people, making it a perfect choice for thrilling team-building experiences that will foster camaraderie and collaboration like never before.

So, gather your friends, family, or colleagues and get ready to challenge your wits with “Mission Abducted.” With prices starting from just £20 – £25 per person, depending on the size of your team, this is an adventure that won’t break the bank but will undoubtedly leave you with memories to cherish for a lifetime.


Bookings for “Mission Abducted” opened on 8 July, so don’t miss your chance to secure your spot for this unparalleled escape room experience. LevelUp Escapes promises an adventure like no other, and you wouldn’t want to miss the chance to immerse yourself in this alien abduction scenario filled with mind-bending mysteries and thrilling challenges. Level up your escape room experience today!


Remember, the clock is ticking, and the spaceship is waiting – are you up for the challenge? Book now and let “Mission Abducted” take you on an intergalactic journey that you’ll be talking about for years to come!

Scratch and Win at The Darwin: Exciting Prizes Await!

Calling all shoppers and café-goers! Get ready for an exclusive promotion at The Darwin that’s bound to make your day. From now until Friday, June 23rd, every customer who completes a transaction at any store or café based at The Darwin will receive a free scratch card with the potential to win incredible prizes. It’s time to uncover the thrill of scratching and reveal your chance to win tickets to the Shrewsbury Food Festival, exciting prizes from businesses at The Darwin, and fantastic discounts. Read on to discover how you can participate and what amazing surprises are waiting for you.


How to Participate:

Participating in the Scratch and Win promotion at The Darwin is simple. Just complete your transaction at any store or café within The Darwin, and the friendly store team will hand you a complimentary scratch card. It’s a small token of appreciation for your patronage and a chance for you to win something. With every scratch card, anticipation builds as you uncover the hidden prizes that could be yours.


Prizes and Terms:

The scratch cards hold an array of enticing prizes, including:


Tickets to Shrewsbury Food Festival: Imagine immersing yourself in a culinary wonderland, savouring delectable dishes, and enjoying the vibrant atmosphere of the Shrewsbury Food Festival. Some lucky scratch card winners will be awarded tickets to this extraordinary event. Don’t miss this chance to explore the culinary delights on offer.


Prizes from Businesses at The Darwin: The excitement doesn’t stop there! The scratch cards also feature prizes from various businesses located at The Darwin. You could win prize bundles, food and drink, or other surprises that will add a touch of joy to your day. Keep your fingers crossed for a lucky reveal!


Fantastic Discounts: Even if you don’t hit the jackpot with the festival tickets or specific prizes, don’t despair. The scratch cards also offer exciting discounts that can be redeemed at participating businesses within The Darwin. These discounts will allow you to enjoy special deals and save money while indulging in some retail therapy or treating yourself to a delicious meal.


Prize Redemption and Terms:

The scratch cards contain a designated section where you can reveal and claim your prize. Instructions for prize redemption will be clearly outlined on the scratch card. It’s important to note that some prizes may have limited use periods and end dates, so be sure to check the terms and conditions associated with your specific prize. The store team will be happy to assist you with any questions or concerns regarding prize redemption.


Don’t miss your chance to participate in the Scratch and Win promotion at The Darwin. Complete your transaction at any store or café within The Darwin and receive a free scratch card with the potential to win exciting prizes, including tickets to the Shrewsbury Food Festival, prizes from businesses at The Darwin, and fantastic discounts. Hurry, as the promotion runs until Friday, June 23rd. Visit The Darwin today, uncover the surprises that await you, and add a little extra excitement to your shopping or dining experience.

Shrewsbury Duck Hunt is Back!

The annual Shrewsbury Duck Hunt is back! From Saturday 27th May to Saturday 3rd June, families and friends can enjoy a fun-filled week of duck hunting throughout the town.

20 Shrewsbury branded rubber ducks will be hidden in stores around Shrewsbury, waiting to be discovered by eager hunters. The event is perfect for all ages, and there are plenty of prizes up for grabs for those who manage to find the most ducks.

Download an entry form from this website, or you grab one from No. 61 on Mardol, The Toy Box on Wyle Cop or at Shrewsbury Duck Store on the Middle Level of The Darwin.

Make sure to grab a map and get ready to explore the beautiful town of Shrewsbury while on the hunt for these adorable ducks. Don’t miss out on this exciting event that promises to be a highlight of the spring season!

Once you’ve completed the hunt, take your entry form to The Shrewsbury Duck Store in The Darwin, have a photo with their large Peace Duck (he’s huge!) for a chance to win a cool prize. You will alos be in with a chance of winning one of a number of special prizes provided by participating businesses.

Student Takeover and Unisex Fashion event

Join our Student Takeover and Unisex Fashion event at The Darwin in Shrewsbury on Saturday 13th May between 11:00 and 15:00, in partnership with the Shrewsbury Colleges Group.

There will be four student fashion showcases, highlighting a selection of unisex fashion trends from stores at The Darwin.

Expect to see summer styles modelled by students from Primark, JD, M&S, New Look, Skechers, as well as Teresa’s Boutique, SheLoved PreLoved and Avant Garde.

Fashion showcases will be held on the Lower Level outside wilko and The Collective at 11:30, 12:30, 13:30 and 14:30.

Free hair and  beauty treatments will be offered to members of the public by the college’s students on the Lower Level near the lifts. So if you fancy a hand massage or mini manicure, they’re on hand to brighten up your day.

Free food! Enjoy delicious treats prepared by the creative catering team from the award-winning Origins restaurant that they learn to prepare on their courses.

Free photoshoot? Photography students will be available to take stunning studio portraits of families, or professional headshots for work and socials such as LinkedIn.  Find them on the Upper Level near Costa.

College Art and Fashion shop – Students will be selling their fantastic artwork and creations from the past year’s work. Come along a pick up a unique and handcrafted piece for the home.

The Higher Education team will be on hand to provide information on the range of degree-level courses on offer at the London Road Campus.  Find them on the Upper Level near Clarks.

Also on the Upper Level, the college will also be providing information on their Distance Learning courses, these courses are perfect if you are looking to study in your own time or around commitments.  Plus, the Admissions team will be there providing information on their 16-18 vocational and academic courses. There is still time to apply to the college ready for our September intake!

There will be an info stand on the college’s hobby and professional part-time courses. Ideal if you are looking to learn a new skill or advance your career.

Pronouns – An information stand on the importance of using peoples preferred pronouns, as well as a free badge making activity for the family.


Interested – tell us on our Facebook event page! 


Free, fun things to do in Shrewsbury this Easter Holiday

Get Ready to Level Up Your Easter Break at The Darwin!


Looking to take your Easter break to the next level? The Darwin in Shrewsbury has an egg-citing event planned for video game lovers of all ages! On Saturday 8th April, you could meet two legendary video game heroes on the Middle Level and win amazing prizes inspired by the Super Mario universe.


Our fun trail will take you on an adventure through The Darwin where you’ll need to find letters in a selection of shops to discover the mystery word. Whether you’re a young fan or just young at heart, this is the perfect opportunity to level up your Easter break with your family. Head to DVD Megastore to pick up your trail sheet for your chance to win a Super Mario themed prize bundle! Terms and conditions apply.


But that’s not all! Head to Darwin’s Den on the Middle Level and get creative with our themed colouring sheets. Spend some quality time with your family, friends, or by yourself and unleash your creativity.


The characters meet and greet times are scheduled at 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm, and 3pm. Don’t forget to set yourself a reminder on our Facebook event page to make sure you don’t miss out.


And while you’re in town, make sure to check out the giant Easter Egg Trail around Shrewsbury, organized by Original Shrewsbury. You could win £100 to spend at a shop of your choice. What a perfect way to end your Easter break!


At The Darwin, we’re committed to providing safe and fun events for everyone. We’ll be following all necessary guidelines to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all attendees.


So what are you waiting for? Get ready to level up your Easter break and join us at The Darwin on Saturday, April 8th. See you there!

Mother’s Day 2023

The celebratory occasion where we all show gratitude to our mums and mother figures is this Sunday 19th March.

We are sure you’ll be showing them a lovely time and showering them with all sorts of gifts, but if you need a little inspiration below are a few picks from a selection of our stores.


For a heartfelt card and a range of gift bundles, head to Card Factory. They have a huge selection of cards, gift bags and wrapping paper to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for your mum.

If you’re looking for a lovely outfit for your mum or even something cute for your baby, then H&M is the place to go. They have a great range of stylish clothes and accessories that are perfect for any occasion.

Flying Tiger is the place to go if you’re looking for little gifts like cake stands and designed cups. They’ve got a great range of quirky and unique items that are sure to make your mum smile.

If your mum loves a challenge, why not book an escape experience at LevelUp Escapes? It’s a great way to spend time together and create some fun memories.


For some pampering, The Body Shop has got you covered with their range of gift sets including soothing lotions and skin care creams. Your mum will love the luxurious feel of these products.

If you fancy a slice of cake and a coffee, head to one of our cafes, like Costa. They have a great selection of drinks and snacks that are perfect for a relaxing day out.

Finally, for something classic, head to M&S. They offer plenty of choice, from gift sets to chocolates to flowers. You’re sure to find something that your mum will love!

Come and explore The Darwin, in Shrewsbury and discover the perfect Mother’s Day gift.


Whatever you decide, we wish all the wonderful, strong, patient, smart, caring and devoted mums and mother figures a lovely Mother’s Day.

LEGO Make and Take Event at The Entertainer

Looking for a fun activity to do with the kids this weekend? If you’re planning to visit on Saturday 25th February with the family, head over to The Entertainer between 2pm and 4pm for a Lego Friends Make and Take Event!

This event is a fun and creative opportunity for kids to let their imaginations run wild and make their own Lego Friends set. The event is only on for a limited time, and stocks are limited, and is likely to be quite popular, so we recommend you arrive early to avoid disappointment.

The Entertainer’s ‘The Lego Friends Make and Take Event’ is just one of many fun activities they have taking place this year.

So why not make the most of your Saturday and join The Entertainer for an afternoon of fun and creativity? Plus you can complete some shopping, catch a movie or enjoy a tasty meal at one of our restaurants.

So much choice!


hmv opens in Shrewsbury, offering over 14,000 different products

  • New store with more than 3,600 different vinyl albums opened on the 23rd November on the upper level of the Darwin centre
  • The first 25 customers to make a purchase received a free opening day goodie bag
  • All customers are able to take advantage of the new “hmv delivers” service and fantastic in-store offers on vinyl and selected 4K UHDs


With over 14,000 different products on offer, the 4,596 sq ft store is set to become the perfect place for fans of pop culture to browse and discover new items.



Music fans can browse 3,600 different vinyl albums and 2,800 different CDs. The shop will also stock 4,650 films and TV shows on 4K Ultra HD, Blu Ray and DVD, as well as over 2,400 pop culture products and 325 different T-shirt designs.

All customers can  take advantage of the “hmv delivers” service, which allows customers to order any items not in store to be delivered direct to their door, as well as fantastic in-store deals, including 3 for £55 on Vinyl, 2 for £24 on selected 4K UHDs, 2 for £20 on Christmas Classics, and Star Wars & Marvel Films from £4.99. In addition, there will be discounts of up to half price on hmv’s range of turntables, and the first 25 customers to make a purchase will receive a free opening day goodie bag.

Local musicians and bands who want to get gig experience in-store can contact staff in-store for details on how to perform. So far, the hmv Live&Local programme has seen over 1,000 gigs performed in stores nationwide.

Have breakfast with Santa at Massarella’s

Breakfast with santa

Come and enjoy a yummy plate full of breakfast with the main man himself Santa and his sack full of presents for all the boys and girls, at Massarella’s on the Middle Level of The Darwin, Shrewsbury. 

20th December starting at 9.30 am

£6.00 per Child

Book online 

Festive Friends Return to The Darwin


Saturday 3rd to Friday 23rd December

They’re back!

Join us throughout December and bring the family to meet our cheeky Grinch impersonator and his lovely companion Cindy Lou, as well as Polaris the Polar Bear and the big man in red himself, Santa!

Festive Friends are available on the following dates, they will be appearing at intervals throughout the day on all levels of The Darwin, Shrewsbury.

We’ve set up a helpful event page on Facebook so you can click ‘interested’ or ‘going’ so you have a little reminder for the occassion.

Say hello to Santa:

Saturday 3rd, 10th, 17th December between 11am and 4pm

Sunday 4th, 11th, 18th December between 11am and 4pm

Monday 19th December between 11am and 4pm

Tuesday 20th December between 11:30am and 2:30pm

Wednesday 21st December between 11am and 4pm

Thursday 22nd December between 11am and 4pm

Friday 23rd December between 11am and 4pm


Meet Polaris the Polar Bear:

Saturday 10th December between 11:30am and 3:00pm

Monday 19th December between 11:30am and 3:00pm

Meet the Grinch and Cindy Lou characters inspired by the Christmas classic, The Grinch:

Saturday 3rd, 17th December between 11:30am and 3:00pm

Wednesday 21st December between 11:30am and 3:00pm

Just watch out he’s a bit cheeky and has been known to cause mischief around the Centre!
You can see what he got upto last year on Instagram!

Shrewsbury Christmas Lights Switch On + Shop ’til 9pm!

Wednesday 23rd November, 4:30pm – 9pm

Come and join us on Pride Hill for the annual Shrewsbury Christmas Lights Switch On. Click ‘interested‘ on our Facebook event page so you don’t miss it!

Plus, once the town is lit in festive glory you can shop until 9pm at selected stores in The Darwin, how’s that for convenient?

Speaking of convenient did you know The Darwin will be open until 8pm every Wednesday from 30th November up to Christmas. Full festive hours can be found here!


wilko opening in The Darwin




High street home and garden retailer wilko will open its new store in The Darwin centre, Shrewsbury, on Wednesday 13 April, in time for the Easter weekend, as it relocates from the town’s Pride Hill centre.


To prepare the Pride Hill site for development, several national and independent brands have relocated from the former Pride Hill centre to the Darwin centre, including The Entertainer, Clarks and F Hinds last year. wilko is the final tenant to relocate, allowing Pride Hill to be fully vacant and ready for future re-development.


To mark the reopening of the Shrewsbury store, the first 100 customers to visit the new site will receive a wilko goody bag containing items including spring gardening essentials and a £10 gift card to spend in store. wilko’s new store is located on level three of the Darwin centre, opposite The Collective and next to the multi-storey car park.


The relocation of wilko consolidates and strengthens the Darwin centre’s offer even further. The mix of national and independent brands, together with the completion of the refurbishment and new toilet facilities, has created a thriving town centre destination. The proposed future repurposing of the former Pride Hill shopping centre will also facilitate the wider transformation of Shrewsbury as part of the Big Town Plan.


Jerome Saint-Marc, wilko CEO, said: “We’re delighted to announce the relocation of our Shrewsbury store. At wilko, our customers are at the heart of everything we do, and this move aims to make shopping with us more convenient.”


Kevin Lockwood, Centre Manager of the Darwin centre, said: “We’re so pleased that wilko is relocating to the Darwin centre and have committed their future to Shrewsbury. Their new store looks very smart, and I have great confidence that they will love their new location, as will their loyal customers.”

Join us for Raaaawsome Dino Fun

Come celebrate Easter weekend with us and meet Baxter the 3-metre tall Tyrannosaurus Rex and his family of baby dinos for and take some ‘Raaaawsome’ photos with our pre-historic visitors. Baxter will be stomping around the upper level of The Darwin at intervals throughout Saturday 16th April, between 11am and 3pm.

Do your kids like a good balloon?

Well, we have a ‘dino-mite’ balloon modeller with us for the day giving out free balloons to our younger visitors.

Interested in joining us for some dinosaur fun? Click the link below to register your interest on Facebook.

Facebook Event Page

Hope to see you there!


Get ready for the Big Garden Birdwatch

In celebration of the national Big Garden Birdwatch, Shropshire Wildlife Trust will be running FREE workshops for families to attend between 11am – 4pm on 5th and 6th February opposite the Collective,

on the Lower Level of The Darwin.


These workshops will help children and adults understand how to connect with birds in all outside environments. Visitors will be able to make fat ball feeders to take away – all ingredients will be supplied for no cost, but donations will be welcome.


There will also be lots of handouts and fact sheets available with hints and tips for encouraging birds in your garden. They’ll also be running a colouring competition for youngsters, which will be free to enter and entrants can win a copy of Usborne’s Big Spotter’s Guide to Nature.


The workshops will run as drop-in sessions, so just come along and see us when you are free.

The Entertainer in The Darwin

Big news everyone, our favourite toys and games store (The Entertainer) has opened their shiny new store on the middle level of The Darwin.

Meaning they can now offer the people of Shrewsbury an even better selection of all the latest toys and games.

The Entertainer also know how to make an entrance! Shortly before opening their new store, they ran a competition in partnership with The Darwin for one lucky winner to not only open the store, but also enjoy a one-minute trolley dash around the store.


Paw-fect day at The Darwin

Did you miss it? We had such a fun time at our Summer Dog-Friendly event – there were agility courses, awards, treats, and freebies, and of course loads of cute pups roaming around the centre throughout the day. You can see some of the fun had below.

It truly was a fun day…



Father’s Day tokens

Why not download our Father’s Day tokens which include ideas on how to treat Dad this year? From free hugs to a free cup of Coffee in bed, we are sure it will brighten his day!

Download Father’s Day tokens here

Book in-store fittings at Clarks

From their very first crawling shoes to robust and stylish school shoes or shoes for those big weekend adventures, our kids in-store fitting experts will help you find the perfect fit for their growing feet. plus, we have a personal shopping and fitting service for adults too.

Why not skip the queues and book a 15-minute measure and fit appointment at a time that suits you.

To book your in-store fitting appointment visit 

Mother’s Day cards to create at home

With Mother’s Day quickly approaching, we wanted to lend some support in the form of some good, old Mother’s Day card templates and gift coupons. Whether your little ones wish to show their appreciation to Mum, Nanny, or their loved Mother figure in their life, why not let them have a little fun and personalise your own homemade card with one of our templates.

Below you can click on any of the links to download:

Mother’s Day card templates to print off and colour in at home.

Mother’s Day gift coupons to print off at home.

Mother’s Day digital template images to colour in using ‘Paint’ on a computer.

Design 1

Design 2

Design 3

Design 4

Design 5

Get some inspiration this February with our Fun and Inspo pack

This month, check out our latest downloadable, free activity pack. Inside you’ll find interesting nature facts, inspiration for Pancake Day, ideas for Random Acts of Kindness Day and a few creative activities to keep the mind busy for you and the family.


Free Winter Lockdown Fun for Everyone

To try and curb the boredom of lockdown, we’ve created a free downloadable pack where you can learn how to master sourdough making, as well as how to create a face pack using products in your kitchen cupboard, and most importantly how to keep the kids entertained in dreary January.


The Collective is Open!

A new specially created shopping gallery for independent traders opened in Shrewsbury’s Darwin Shopping Centre on 7 December 2020. Called The Collective, the space will house up to 10 independent businesses, with eight already opening. These include Sidney’s Café, Jennico, Val B’s Wax Jewellery, Heavenly Brides, Beauty & Nails Inbox, Tubeway Records, DVD Megastore, and Irehab.

The Collective is located on the ground floor of the centre, in the former QVC unit, which was 8,710 sq ft. The independent traders within The Collective will benefit from higher, regular, footfall in the Darwin Centre, and will be able to trade alongside other established brands. Most of the tenants have relocated from the Pride Hill Shopping Centre as part of plans to establish the Darwin Centre as Shrewsbury’s main retail centre, and with the Pride Hill Centre set to be redeveloped.

The new gallery will also form a destination in Shrewsbury for people looking for something unique, local and special.



Shropshire Local Opens, Providing new access to Shropshire Council Services

People will be able to drop into a shop unit in Shrewsbury’s Darwin Shopping Centre from next Monday (7 September 2020) to find out about new ways of accessing Shropshire Council and other local services, and to tell the council how they would like to access them, in light of the coronavirus lockdown.

The ‘Shropshire Local’ shop will be located in the former Disney Store, and aims to enable people to engage with the council, and to discuss their changing needs and preferred methods of accessing local services.

The shop will be staffed by an experienced team who will be able to talk to people about how they can – or would like to – access services provided by Shropshire Council and its partners, with an emphasis on doing so online and digitally.

It will be open six days a week, from 9am to 5.30pm from Monday to Friday, and from 10am to 4pm on Saturday.

Andy Begley, Shropshire Council’s acting interim chief executive, said:

“This is a new approach to help make the council more accessible to local people and to make it easier for people to find out more about local support services and how to best access them.

“Shropshire Local will give Shropshire Council a positive presence within the community while some of our main buildings remain closed to public access. Staffed by a team capable of having conversations around local support services and the most efficient way to access them, it will offer a space for people to come and talk to us to gain information, learn something or give us feedback.? The information gathered will be analysed and will be the basis for developing Shropshire Council’s new ways of working in the future.”

It’s hoped that having a town centre presence will help people to more easily access the support on offer from the council and its partners, and improve the way that the council engages with local residents.

If it proves to be successful it’s hoped that similar Shropshire Local shops will open in other towns in the future.

New independent traders’ gallery to open in The Darwin

A new specially created shopping gallery for independent traders will be developed in The Darwin Shopping Centre later this year. Called The Collective, the space – which was formerly home to QVC – will house up to 10 independent businesses, with work set to begin in the autumn.

With the town’s Pride Hill Centre set to be redeveloped to create more flexible town centre space for the future, several businesses will soon relocate to the Darwin Centre, including some national stores, and independent businesses will be offered the opportunity to relocate to The Collective.

The new gallery will also form a destination in Shrewsbury for people looking for something unique, local and special.

Free Fun Activities for While at Home

Just because we can’t put on fun events and creative workshops right now – doesn’t mean the fun and creativity should stop!

Here you will find a variety of activities that you can download for free to enjoy with your children or even challenge yourself with some of our puzzle sheets.

Simply click on one of the links below to download the PDF to your device. You can then print off at home or keep on screen while working through them.


Activity Download Packs:

Activity Pack (Set 5)
May VE Day, delicious scones and more.
Activity Pack (Set 4)
Spot the difference & multiplayer games.
Activity Pack (set 4) answers
Banana & Toffee Ice Cream Recipe
Mindfulness Activity
Animal Yoga for kids
Shrewsbury Easter Activity Packs
Thank you to key workers – Colouring
Shrewsbury Kids Pack (Set 1)
Shrewsbury Kids Pack (Set 1) answers
Shrewsbury Adults pack (set 1)
Shrewsbury Adults pack (set 1) answers
Little Rascals Colouring in Templates
Ramm the Rhino – Colouring LR
Kixxy the Kangaroo – Colouring LR
Lenny The Lion – Colouring LR
Bella – Colouring LR

Treasure Hunt Worksheets

Are you looking for something to keep the kids entertained? Why not download one of Shrewsbury Shopping Centre’s themed treasure hunts!

Treasure hunts can be enjoyed by children of all ages and are a fun activity for both inside and outside of the house, so come rain or shine, there’s always something to explore!

You could even offer a reward for each completed hunt? Or encourage children to make up one of their own treasure hunts for the rest of the family to enjoy?


Pups permitted!


We’re pleased to announce that, from Monday 17th February 2020, man’s best friends will be welcome at The Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside Shopping Centres!

Please feel free to bring your dog into the centres when you visit, however we ask that you check with individual stores for their policy on allowing dogs in-store.

Your dog(s) remains your responsibility whilst on these premises.


Doggy Dos and Don’ts!

If you bring your dog to The Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside Shopping Centres, we ask you to please follow the simple petiquette outlined below to ensure an enjoyable visit for all.

  • Please keep your dog on a lead at all times while visiting The Darwin, Pride Hill and Riverside Shopping Centres.
  • Please ask stores for their individual doggy policy.
  • Please don’t leave your dog unattended or unsupervised at any time.
  • Please do not let your dog onto the escalators for their own safety.
  • Please don’t let your dog cause a nuisance by barking, jumping up at or pestering fellow shoppers.
  • Please clean up after your dog.