Santa is coming to town

From Saturday 5th until Wednesday 23rd December we will be hosting Santa in a Covid secure setting on the lower level of the Darwin Centre. Kids can come and meet the jolly chap for a chat at a safe distance and bring him up to speed on this year’s good deeds and of course their Christmas list.

A socially distanced queueing system will be in place, visitors will be asked to use the available hand sanitiser before going to meet Santa and lastly all visitors over the age of 11 will be expected to wear a face mask while inside The Darwin centre.

When can you meet Santa?


Let’s light up Shrewsbury together!

We’re all in need of a little Christmas magic right now.

This year we’ve sadly not been able to do our normal Shrewsbury town Christmas Lights Switch-on, but just because we can’t all meet up and watch as the town’s festive lights go on, doesn’t mean we can’t have an online switch on!

Send us your Christmas Lights Videos

We need your help bringing some festive fun to Shrewsbury with our online switch-on! All you need to do is send us a 10 second video of you switching on your Christmas lights at home, You could even win a £50 gift card to spend at Marks & Spencer if you do!*


Grab a free pumpkin for Halloween

Just because we all have to be careful doesn’t mean the spooky fun should stop. We’re giving away free pumpkins* this half-term so that you and your little ones can carve creative pumpkin designs at home for Halloween. 

You can grab one pumpkin for your child on the lower-level of The Darwin Centre, from the 24th October – until 31st October or until stocks last. 

To help we’ve also created a short video carving guide and some spooky templates which can be downloaded here.

*While stocks last, once they’re gone, they’re gone.
Please be considerate and only take one pumpkin per child. 

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.