Whether a film fanatic, musically motivated or an avid art lover, you’ll no doubt be culturally fulfilled by a trip into the border market town of Oswestry, a creative hub where you can immerse yourself in a lively and varied arts scene.
FOR THE ARTY FARTY…
Willow Street is home to the contemporary Willow Gallery that expertly shines a spotlight on a multitude of artworks by local and international artists. This not-for-profit gallery offers free access for all to wander around and appreciate the many different media forms on display.
Look out for wonderful works by locals Diana Baur, Rosie Davies and Jim Heath while you’re there. The gallery also frequently hosts workshops and classes delivered by in-house tutors for those looking to try something new.
The Willow Gallery currently has a fantastic exhibition on War & Conflict, Poetry & Peace to commemorate the centenary of armistice, and remember Oswestry-born war poet, Wilfred Owen, as part of Oswestry’s Wilfred Owen Festival. To read more on the current exhibition, head to Willow Gallery’s website here for information on exhibitions, workshops, local artists and live music events.
AND THE LITERATI…
For the literary lovers among you, as birthplace of celebrated war poet Wilfred Owen, Oswestry will not disappoint. Within the centre of town, a stone’s throw from Red Square, is the award-winning, independent Booka Bookshop. You are always guaranteed a warm welcome from Booka’s friendly and knowledgeable staff who are always happy to advise. Coffee, cake and carefree browsing is what makes Booka a must visit.
Keep a keen eye on www.bookabookshop.co.uk as they regularly host book signings, talks and engaging events with international best-selling authors.
FOR THE KULTURE VULTURES…
If you’re looking to catch a film without the added cost of schlepping to Wrexham or Shrewsbury, Oswestry’s brilliant community cinema boasts a viewing schedule to rival those of further afield. Whether your preference is a modern day blockbuster, Shakespeare streamed live from The National Theatre or The Royal Shakespeare Company or a captivating classical ballet, Kinokulture will have a showing to suit you.
Located opposite Oswestry Library, just a hop, skip and a jump away from the bustling Bailey Head, and offering wine, beer and a selection of snacks, Kinokulture offers a delightfully intimate cinematic experience closer to home. Visit www.kinokulture.org.uk for viewing times.
Hermon Chapel, the independent arts centre, hosts regular live music and eclectic entertainment including comedy nights, workshops, and spoken word events. This town centre chapel, adjacent to the horse market car park, provides a platform for Oswestry’s vibrant art scene, influencing local people to engage with one another in a creative format.
Find @hermonchapel on Facebook for information on their upcoming events.