Thinking allowed

This February, those who enjoy the cut and thrust of informed debate and the challenge of independent, innovative thinking will be in their element as the Shrewsbury Darwin Festival comes to the county town once more. There are more than 30 events taking place between Friday 8 and Sunday 24 February, including free guided tours, brainteasing lectures, impassioned debates, and the launch of a campaign to transform Darwin’s childhood home into an educational visitor attraction.

Events include a talk on the future of the biotech industry at University Centre Shrewsbury on Tuesday 12 February at 2.30pm; a birthday toast to Shrewsbury’s most famous son followed by a walking tour led by festival founder Jon King on Tuesday 12 February at noon, and a concert with readings at St Alkmund’s Church on Thursday 14 February at 6.30pm.

To find out more about the programme and to book your place on any of the events, visit


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