Festivals and events

A collection of events that have took place in Wellington


Wellington’s calendar of annual festivals has been growing in recent years. Here’s our brief guide to the main festival programmes to look out for, but don’t forget to check our events calendar for more fantastic events.


The Wellington Orbit Arts, Film and Community Centre

The Wellington Orbit Arts, Film and Community Centre

The Wellington Orbit team is located in the centre of Wellington town centre and boasts a 63 seat cinema showing the latest releases, old time classics and foreign language films from around the world. They also have a creative space for arts and an onsite café.

Wellington Charter Day

Wellington Charter Day

Around the first Saturday in March, Wellington fills with noise, bustle and pageantry as we see an enactment of the arrival of Wellington’s first Market Charter, granted by Henry III in 1244, and the kings messenger rides on horseback through the town to deliver and read out the charter.

Wellington Midsummer Fayre (June)

Wellington Midsummer Fayre (June)

The Midsummer Fayre is a one-day festival that takes place annually on the second Saturday in June around Wellington’s Market Square, All Saints Church and Market Hall. It is inspired by the ancient June fayres that were first recorded in Wellington’s 1244 Market Charter, and the town’s annual ‘Jubilee’ celebrations of the 1770s. Around 40 local food and craft stalls set up outside the parish church, with entertainment in the form of fire-eaters and jugglers, choirs and bands, Morris dancers and even a medieval minstrel. And be sure not to miss the Georgian costumed procession at 1 o’clock! 


Sounds in the Square (July and August)

Sounds in the Square (July and August)

Sounds in the Square brings live music to Wellington’s Market Square on several Saturdays in July and August each year. It aims to showcase local performers from a range of genres, and provides a great backdrop of entertainment to shoppers. The programme is organised by Wellington H2A volunteers who support many of the cultural events in Wellington.

Family Fun in the Bowring (July, August)

Family Fun in the Bowring (July, August)

Organised by Wellington Town Council, a series of events from mid-July onwards seeks to entertain youngsters during the long summer break.

Wellington Walking Festival (September)

Wellington Walking Festival (September)

Wellington became a ‘Walkers Are Welcome’ town in 2010, and in the years since have led scores of walks through the countryside around Wellington and The Wrekin. The Walking Festival is the highlight of the group’s calendar and involves around 20 events over the course of a week each year in September. Walks cater for a range of abilities and interests, exploring different aspects of the local landscape, wildlife and heritage. 


Wellington Arts Festival (May and October)

Wellington Arts Festival (May and October)

Wellington is buzzing with the arts and twice yearly there is a celebration of arts and culture takes place every May and October at venues around Wellington, funded and organised by Wellington Town Council. After 20 years as the Wellington Literary Festival, the programme was extended in 2016 to encompass music, dance and the visual arts alongside poetry, drama and the written word.

Wellington Drama Festival (November)

Wellington Drama Festival (November)

Located at the Belfrey Theatre in Wellington, the festival has been hosted annually by the Wellington Theatre Company for nearly half a century. With adult and youth categories, the festival is aimed at encouraging Amateur Drama in Shropshire and beyond. 

Christmas lights switch-on

Christmas lights switch-on

Christmas Lights Switch on and Lantern Making and Parade is a popular event in November.