News & Events


Newport hosts many exciting, interesting and diverse events within the town. 

Our news and events section provides a list and description of some of the main events that take place throughout the year.




St Georges Day


St George’s Day is celebrated every April in Newport High Street on the closest Saturday to the 23rd of the month. It is a free event with a live ceremonial dragon slaying at middayand everyone is encouraged to take part.


The event brings in hundreds from the surrounding towns and villages where everyone can enjoy the famous “Dragon Sausages” and the St Georges Day Bun! Newport Rotary Club organise a Mile of Cash collection in the High Street that aims to raise funds for Newport charities. A fun day for all!


For further details call Peter Scott on 07929 377549 or email


Norbury Canal Festival


The Norbury Canal Festival is organised jointly on the May Day weekend by the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust and the Norbury C.I.Company.


The Norbury C.I.C. is intending to restore the canal from Norbury Junction to the N.E. side of A41, the S & N.C.T. is intending to restore the canal from the A41 to Wappenshall, and eventually from Wappenshall to Shrewsbury.

Newport Chamber Business Roadshow


This was the first time such an event had been organised by Newport Chamber and there was help and advice on the evening covering a variety of business issues. Exhibitors provided guidance on topics ranging from marketing to market research. There were accountants who could advise on TAX & VAT.


For those who wanted to blog, or wanted to know more about using social media to promote their business, there was advice and help on setting up or improving your blogging, page/s on facebook, Twitter and Linkedin. Other areas of expertise included advertising, setting up a website and general business support.

The 2013 event is open for all local businesses and Sole Traders to attend and entry is free. If you have a business or service in the Newport & District area and would like to exhibit at this Business Road Show bookings are now being taken for May 2013. Please book early to avoid disappointment and contact or 01952 820005 for further details.


Newport Carnival


Saturday 8th June 2013

Each year thousands of people flock to the Newport carnival, with loads of shows and activities throughout the day, there's something for everyone whatever your age!


The Parade starts at 12 noon in the High Street, with the main events held at Shuker field from 1pm - 5pm.


The Chamber Chairman is perpetual Vice President of the Carnival (he / she acts in conjunction with the President, the Town Mayor, to call a public meeting should the Carnival Committee collapse, as happened in 2002) and of course is expected to support the event.

Annual Old Tyme Market


The event formed by the Chamber in 1968 has been held annually in the granite sett street know as St Mary Street.

The idea was to promote a Victorian theme along with other events in June in the Friday after the Newport Carnival, starting at 6pm till dusk.


To date we have developed to 60 stalls ranging from home made foods to plants with local organisations encouraged as well. The Market starts with a procession led by the Town Crier, including the Mayor of Newport, Loyal Volunteers, the Chairman of the Chamber, the Carnival Queen and attendants.


Newport Show


One of Shropshire’s largest one-day agricultural shows organised and promoted by Newport and District Agricultural Society, 2012 saw approximately 13,000 people pass through the gates to enjoy a day out at the 103rd Newport Show. Farmers from all over the country enter their champion animals into a variety of competition categories including horses, cattle, sheep and pigs, with more than £10,000 in prize money up for grabs.

The show provides a day of bumper entertainment, which runs from 8am to 6pm, with a performance by motorcycle stunt team Jason Smyth Adrenaline Tour normally held in the afternoon, followed by a parade of vintage tractors. Gourmet food, beer and wine keep the crowds in good spirits in the giant food tent and the entertainment in the main arena concludes with a performance by the Newport Young Farmers’ Club.

In its 103-year history, the show has been cancelled 22 times, and only due to war or foot and mouth. Plans are already in full swing for next year’s show on Saturday, July 13, 2013.

Civic Sunday


On the 7th July 2013 we will hold a civic ceremony on Civic Sunday, where the Mayor of Newport, Loyal Volunteers and representatives of neighbouring Town Mayors and organisations are gathered to form a procession from the Town’s Guildhall to St. Nicholas’ Church, to be welcomed by the Rector  at their 11am service.


This is normally followed by a reception and refreshments on the Church Lawn. Bookings for Sunday lunch are encouraged by the Royal Victoria Hotel, which is situated opposite the Church.


Newport Nocturne


The night riders were back in town!  Britain’s brightest and best cycle race got back on the road in Newport, Shropshire on Saturday 1st September 2012.


It was the return of the original and best floodlit bike race in the country. Over 14,000 spectators lined the barriers to watch the race in previous years. This year was better than ever with over 15,000 spectators. The race evolved from the Davies & Jeggo Motors Road Race which brought top professional bike racers to Newport for two decades.


It was the British professional championship in its final three years as a long-distance event, before promoter Michael Jeggo hit on the idea of putting it on as a night race. The riders race through the streets of the old market town under street lamps and industrial floodlighting.  They power up the cobbled St Marys Street cheered on by the most enthusiastic crowd supportive of cycling.


Remembrance Sunday


Remembrance Sunday is held each year on the Sunday nearest to the 11th November. Each year David Adams reads out ten names, plus the detail of rank / rate, regiment / ship, when & how lost, where commemorated, and local address. This year it will be names N to R 1914-18. The full lists are in folders held by the Church, the Guildhall, The British Legion and the Royal Naval Association.

A procession of the Mayor and dignitaries, including Scouts and representatives of organisations, and the Newport Chamber Chairman parade to join in a Church service at 11am.

It is followed by the laying of the wreaths by the representatives at the Churchyard Cenotaph.  Names of the war dead from Newport are read out by the Vice Chairman of the Newport Chamber at the Cenotaph.

Christmas Light Switch on


Friday 29th November.


Newport Chamber Christmas Dinner


On the meeting date in December the Chamber hold their annual Christmas Dinner, this varies from a formal dinner dance to a casual dinner according to member’s preferences.

There are invites to other guests including the Town Mayor, and last year Mark Pritchard the MP for Telford and Wrekin attended.


A raffle is also held and the proceeds go to a Charity chosen by the Chairman of the Chamber.

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