Free parking will be on offer, and park and ride services from Meole Brace extended to every 10 minutes, as part of a campaign to encourage more people to do their Christmas shopping in Shrewsbury. 

Parking will be free in Frankwell and Abbey Foregate car parks after 3pm every Wednesday until Christmas to coincide with the late-night shopping events, which start with the Christmas lights switch-on this Wednesday (20th November). 

Meanwhile, park and ride buses running between Meole Brace and the town centre will be increased to every 10 minutes, Monday to Saturday.  

The park and ride service will be extended to 9pm across all services for the Christmas lights switch on, Wednesday 20th November. 

Seb Slater, executive director of Shrewsbury BID, said he was delighted that Shropshire Council had agreed to both initiatives. 

“Christmas is a vital time of year for every town centre, so we are keen to do as much as we can to make Shrewsbury as inviting as possible for shoppers,” he said. 

“We know people value free parking, so by making Frankwell and Abbey Foregate free after 3pm on Wednesdays, we are making it as easy as possible for people to come and enjoy our late-night Christmas shopping evenings every Wednesday. 

The park and ride service is a great way for people to avoid having to drive into the town centre, so we are really pleased that buses from Meole Brace have been increased to every 10 minutes. 

“Shrewsbury is a magical place to do your Christmas shopping, with hundreds of independent shops to help you find a unique gift, so we would urge everyone to come and visit the town centre before buying gifts online.” 

Shrewsbury BID has also led a project to install a Christmas tree and special postbox for letters to Father Christmas under the Old Market Hall in The Square. 

People can collect letter-writing kits from town centre shops and cafes, as well as in the Visitor Information Centre in Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery to ensure their little ones receive a reply from the big man himself. 

For more information about Christmas in Shrewsbury, visit the Original Shrewsbury website.