The iconic Shrewsbury Castle, which is the focal point of our festival was built by Roger de Montgomery in circa 1070 as a defensive fortification for the town, which was otherwise protected by the river.
In 1138, King Stephen successfully besieged the castle held by William Fitz Alan for the Empress Maud during the period known as The Anarchy.
The castle was briefly held by Llywelyn the Great, Prince of Wales, in 1215.
The castle was extensively repaired in 1643 during the EnglishCivil War before being acquired by Sir Francis Newport in 1663. Further repairs were carried out by Thomas Telford on behalf of Sir William Pulteney in 1780.
The Shropshire Horticultural Society purchased the castle from a private owner and gave it to the town in 1924. The castle was internally restructured to become the home of the Shropshire Regimental Museum when it moved from Copthorne Barracks in 1985.
For our festival the castle will house the free entry “Comics Fair” aimed at children, families and you will also be able to come here to buy event tickets on the day, find directions and get a hold of festival merchandise like our souvenir t-shirts, programs and town maps.
There will lots going on here all weekend including be live art, face painting, artists sketching, caricaturists, and fun activities like Jedi Fight Training. This will also be one of the main areas for Cosplay and for character photography providing incredible natural backgrounds.