Unique wake venues in Shrewsbury

Celebrate the life of your loved one with a meaningful wake in Shrewsbury.

Take a journey along the River Severn or wander through the Shrewsbury Museum and art Gallery. There are many unique ways you can celebrate the life of your loved one in Shrewsbury.

Hosting a wake in Shrewsbury

A wake is an informal event that traditionally takes place after a funeral service and cremation or burial. It’s usually an informal event that involves family and friends gathering to share memories and celebrate the life of their loved one.

Traditionally, wakes would take place at someone’s home, or a community centre or pub, but they can take place anywhere. The people organising the wake may want to honour their loved one by holding the wake at a place that was special to them, such as at the grounds of their favourite football team, for example. 

Also, although wakes usually take place directly after the funeral service, they can be held at any time. They can also be as structured or as informal as the organiser would like. Wake organisers have the freedom to host the event that’s right for them, their family and friends, and their loved one.

If you’re organising a wake in Shrewsbury, there are plenty of unique venues where you can host the vent in your own way, from a boat trip along the River Severn, or a trip to the Shrewsbury Museum and Art Gallery. 

Find your funeral director in Shrewsbury who will help you arrange a cremation and give you ideas for a wake, memorial, or reception that’s right for you. 

Famous wakes vary from all night events to not having one at all

Peter Stringfellow was a flamboyant nightclub owner in London who died in 2018. Following a low-key woodland burial, people organised an all night wake party at his club in Covent Garden. 

Meanwhile David Bowie did not want a fuss and chose to have a direct cremation without a funeral or wake. These are ways people have shaped what happens after their loved one has died to reflect their character and wishes.

Sabrina Boat

If your loved one enjoyed boat rides or the River Severn, then why not celebrate their life with a trip on the Sabrina boat? Running from March 1st until October 31st, the boat makes six trips a day along the River Severn, allowing you to soak up the landscape and pay tribute to your loved one. 

The boat is available for private hire and has the capacity for 60 guests, allowing you to fill the boat with your loved one’s friends and family. You can hire the boat for a three-hour cruise during the evening, or journey on the boat with members of the public during the day. You can also hire the boat for one hour during the week or weekends to celebrate the life of your loved one.

There are plenty of catering options too, so you will not need to worry about anything. If your loved one enjoyed a big celebration or boat rides, then this can be a fitting and unique way to celebrate their lives and pay tribute to them. 

For those that would prefer a more intimate setting, you can hire the Picnic Boat. It has a capacity for ten guests and is ideal for intimate wakes and any ashes scatterings. The boat can be hired seven days a week for one to three hours with the option of adding catering. Alternatively, you can arrange your own if you wish. 

Arrange a direct cremation

If you’d prefer to arrange a direct cremation, you can have a memorial at any time, anywhere you wish, perhaps at home or your loved one’s favourite pub.

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