Shrewsbury Flower Show Fireworks

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Shrewsbury Flower Show Fireworks by canoe or kayak with Hire a Canoe

Friday 11 & Saturday 12 August 2023

"The best seats in the house!" Floating on the river beneath the display, you get a unique and unobstructed view of the show!
Watch the 2024 Shrewsbury Flower Show fireworks display from a canoe.


per canoe

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Inclusive of VAT. An additional 5% online booking fee is charged by our booking system provider.

Difficulty level 1 of 5

We have graded all of the routes and trips we offer across our various locations on a scale of 1 to 5 (from easy to moderately difficult).

This experience is suitable for beginners and is rated 1/5 because the section of river you will be paddling on is wide and slow moving.

Prior canoeing experience is not required. You will be given a safety brief and an introduction on how to steer and propel your canoe.

If you can swim and follow instructions then you will be fine!

Shrewsbury Flower Show Fireworks by canoe or kayak with Hire a Canoe

The best seats in the house!

Come and experience watching the Shrewsbury Flower Show fireworks from a canoe!

We first started running this event in 2017 after we went out on the river to watch the show and were one of only a few boats on the water. We said to ourselves that surely other people would love to be able to experience this too – and so the event was born!

After being cancelled for two years due to Covid and then an extra year due to dry conditions, we are so pleased that the Flower Show and its Friday and Saturday night fireworks are back and can’t wait to share this event with you again.

Hire a canoe for only £45 per canoe for 3 hours!

Did you know that the Shrewsbury Flower Show was featured in the 2005 Guiness Book of Records as the “longest-running flower show” in the world?!

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How it works

We meet you in Frankwell with your boat and equipment. After a short safety brief, we help you onto the water and you can go off and explore the area at sunset.

We will all be congregating under the Porthill Bridge as soon as it starts to get dark, ready for the fireworks to start at 9:45pm.

Our instructors will be on the water with you to help you get into the best position to watch the show!

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Shrewsbury Flower Show Fireworks by canoe or kayak with Hire a Canoe
Shrewsbury Flower Show Fireworks by canoe or kayak with Hire a Canoe

Who is the event suitable for?

This event is suitable for beginners and you can have two or three people per canoe. No prior canoeing experience is necessary as we will brief you on how to paddle and steer your canoe.

This event is suitable for children so long as they will be happy with being in the dark and in close proximity to fireworks (loud noises!).

Ages 5+ can participate in a Rafted Canoe (two canoes lashed together – choose this when booking). Ages 7+ can participate in a canoe accompanied by two adults, ages 10+ with one adult.

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What do I need?

Layers. This event starts at sunset but finishes at night and temperatures will drop.

A head torch! This one is important as the event will be finishing in the dark.

You are welcome to to bring snacks but please make sure no rubbish finds its way into the river!

If you would like to light up your boat, feel free to bring along waterproof battery-powered lights – it makes for great photos!

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Shrewsbury Flower Show Fireworks by canoe or kayak with Hire a Canoe

What people had to say about previous years' events

Best seats for the fireworks

We had a great time with hireacanoe and had the best seats for the firework display, it was amazing. [...]
That afternoon we went for a little paddle up stream and then came back down and got in to place for the fireworks and we weren’t disappointed. We couldn’t have hoped for a nicer evening!

Cindy E
Shrewsbury flower show fireworks night

This was an excellent trip and very good value. We went up stream first and took a little picnic so pulled over and had this, then down stream for the fireworks, which was such a unique way to see the fireworks and a great trip. 100% recommend it and we maybe back with a group next year as people saw our live feed from the boat and lots want to join us next year! We did it as a couple, but really suits anyone.

Fantastic experience

Booked with Hire a Canoe to see the flower show fireworks from the River Severn and what an awesome experience it turned out out to be! [...] These fireworks are spectacular every year and to view them this year sitting in a canoe on the river was amazing!

Sian T
Well worth it!

We booked with Hire a Canoe to see the fireworks at the end of the Shrewsbury Flower Show and what a lovely experience it was. Kieran and his team were friendly and efficient and gave great instruction before we set off downriver [...] we definitely had the best views of the fireworks!

Chloe C
Wow...What an experience!

Well, where to start...!! My partner and I booked onto the ‘Hire a Canoe’ Shrewsbury Flower Show fireworks trip and were not disappointed! We had the most amazing experience from start to finish and without a doubt ‘the best seats in the house’!
I was a little apprehensive at first as this was my first time in a canoe and out on the river! However we were greeted by the most amazing team who were so knowledgeable and well organised [...]
When out on the river and watching the fireworks the atmosphere was absolutely incredible! [...]
Highly recommended!!

Marco F
Magical experience at the flower show fireworks

We were initially briefed on all the safety aspects and felt extremely confident and in good hands entering the water. Once in the river we paddled up stream to catch the sunset. Around an hour later we let the current take us downstream to the Quarry where we had the incredible experience of watching the firework display. The added aesthetic of the colours reflecting off the water really does make it a unique and beautiful way to enjoy the display.
I will certainly be returning to 'Hire a Canoe'! Their equipment is some of the best and their staff even better!

Gee M
Fabulous service and experience!

Hired a canoe for the flower show fireworks - we were greeted with a friendly welcome and a quick demo! [...]
We were allowed to explore the river together before the fireworks commenced which was a gorgeous experience! We thoroughly enjoyed the firework display - so romantic in the canoe!