Shifnal Festival

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Shifnal Festival
DatesPenultimate week of September or early October
Location(s)Shifnal, Shropshire
Years active(1890s–1904/5), 2010–2012

The Shifnal Festival was an annual Music, Arts and Culture Festival held in the market town of Shifnal, Shropshire.[1]


Little is known about the origins of the festival. A book published in 1904 by Harold Sadler suggests the festival was a local event held in the grounds of Aston Hall to the east of the town. Aston Hall was at the time owned by Colonel Howard-McClean. Sadler's book marks the festival as being The Hadley Orpheus Choir's first competitive success.[2]


Research carried out as part of the Shifnal Town Plan[3] in 2008 suggested residents of the town were interested in staging a festival of arts, culture and entertainment. A committee was formed of volunteers and a date was announced for the first modern Shifnal festival in September 2010. The committee secured funding from the town council and applied for a series of grants from a number of sources.[4]
The Shifnal Festival should not be confused with V Festival, a music festival at the nearby Weston Park (although the Weston Park address is classed as "Nr Shifnal").


The festival aimed itself at all age group and claimed to provide something for everyone. Typically incorporated into the programme were:

  • Live Music.
  • An art exhibition which featured pieces my local artists. A theme was often given for the pieces to conform to.
  • A photographic exhibition, which was often themed and formed part of a competition.
  • A form of drama or performing arts show.
  • Dance workshops or classes.
  • Craft workshops and fairs.
  • A spirituality element such as choral singing or religion based art.
  • Spoken word and poetry events.
  • A Film event.
  • A family fun day.
  • Fringe events organised by local businesses and groups.


In 2010 the Festival was Commended by the Action for Market Town Awards. The award is displayed on the Festival's website[5]


2010 Festival[edit]

17–26 September 2010.

2011 Festival[edit]

13–25 September 2011.[6]

2012 Festival[edit]

4–7 October 2012.[7]
The 2012 festival took on a victoriana theme and included a vintage fair.
At the close of the festival, the organising committee disbanded due to lack of funding to continue with the annual running of the festival.


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  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 12 September 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 11 September 2010. Retrieved 17 February 2010.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "相続財産の課税評価額". Retrieved 18 August 2016.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 July 2011. Retrieved 16 March 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^[permanent dead link]/photo/1