Darwin Festival

Over 190 years after his birth, the legacy of Darwin’s work continues to grow in relevance and importance. Shrewsbury now honours the town’s most famous son and his work by organising an annual broad programme of Darwin-related events and activities taking place during the month of his birth and centred in the very town of his birth.


Beginning in 2003 with a week-long programme of just 6 events, the 2004 series was extended to over 20 events and 4 exhibitions running throughout the whole month of February and attracted people of all ages and from all walks of life.
The aim was to challenge, entertain and inspire. There were talks, walks, exhibitions and performances, with even a dog walk, a comedy revue and a feast.

The second festival proved a huge success with around 7,000 visitors enjoying the various events.

A warm welcome is extended to visitors to Shrewsbury to take part in our annual festivals of Darwinian learning and fun based in and around Darwin’s hometown. Visitors are invited to discover for themselves the delights of Shrewsbury and the beautiful landscape of Shropshire that were Darwin’s inspiration.