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Gorgeous things for Gorgeous People… The Gorgeous Christmas Craft & Food Fair at Enginuity

16th November 2017

The long-running Gorgeous contemporary designer craft fair returns to Enginuity at Coalbrookdale, near Ironbridge this November and, for the first time in its history, entry is free. That means you can save your money for all the lovely things you’ll find there.


Is this the tallest Christmas tree in Shropshire ! Great prizes when you guess its height

8th November 2017

A farm shop near Bridgnorth has just installed possibly the tallest Christmas tree in Shropshire. Apley Farm Shop’s courtyard is now decorated with a huge Norway Spruce Christmas tree, ready for the two day Apley Christmas Market, 10-4pm on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November.


Mrs Beeton’s Christmas An evening with Food Historian and TV presenter Dr Annie Gray Coalbrookdale Monday 27th November

7th November 2017

Food historian and TV and radio presenter Dr Annie Gray will be giving a festive-themed talk looking at Christmas in mid-Victorian times through the eyes of Isabella Beeton. Taking place in the Engine Shop at Coalbrookdale on Monday evening, 27th November, ‘Mrs Beeton’s Christmas’ is part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations.


Remembrance Sunday Service to be held at Cosford

6th November 2017

On Sunday 12 November, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will hold a Service of Remembrance, paying respect to those service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during their tours of duty.


Spectacular Family Fireworks at Blists Hill Victorian Town Saturday 4th November

1st November 2017

See the night sky spectacularly lit up over Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Saturday evening, 4th November when the townsfolk will be celebrating Guy Fawkes’ foiled Gunpowder Plot with a fantastic family fireworks display.


Rare aircraft on show during Open Week

26th October 2017

A rare example of a Handley Page Hampden being restored at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be one of the highlights at the Conservation Centre Open Week taking place on 13-18 November 2018.


The Battle of Passchendaele remembered in an illustrated talk at Severn Valley Country Park

23rd October 2017

Local Military Historian, Kenneth Wright will be visiting Severn Valley Country Park as part of a series of talks to be held in the visitor centre over the winter months.


Shropshire County Hotels & Inns Visitor Survey Prize Draw Winner!

19th October 2017

Congratulations to our winner of the Shropshire County Hotels & Inns Visitor Survey Prize Draw. Our winner from Bath will be spending a 2 night stay at The Coach House in Norbury.


Dates set for Next Year's Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival

17th October 2017

Organisers of the highly successful Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival have announced the dates for next year’s event – extending the Festival length & adding venues in the process.


Half term model making at Cosford

16th October 2017

October half term is just around the corner, so if you’re starting to plan how you’re going to entertain the children, look no further than the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford who are inviting families to participate in a fun model making activity. Taking place from Monday 23 to Friday 27 October, little aviators can choose from a vast number of Airfix kits to build, including a 1:72 Mosquito, Sea Harrier, Mitsubishi Zero, Albatros or Sopwith Pup.


BIG NEWS: The colossal engineering miracle ‘Man Engine’ will be coming to Blists Hill Victorian Town on 14th April 2018

16th October 2017

After recent news of the win of the ‘Best Arts Project’ in the prestigious National Lottery Awards, it has was announced on Friday that the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain will rise again next Easter in an ultimate ‘Resurrection Tour’ and visit a number of sites around the UK including Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire.


Shrewsbury Depressed Cake Shop success as money raised for mental health

13th October 2017

Shrewsbury’s Depressed Cake Shop proved to be a huge success as local cafes and bakers rose to the challenge and created delicious grey cakes to raise awareness of mental health and funds for Shropshire Mind (Reg. Charity No. 1003117).


Apley Farm Shop's Pumpkin Festival bigger than ever

11th October 2017

The Spookley Pumpkin Festival is back again at Apley Farm Shop this Autumn, 14-15 Oct & during the October half term week 21-29 Oct.


Ironbridge Annual Lecture By Loyd Grossman, Chairman, Heritage Alliance Heritage in the Post Truth World

11th October 2017

This year’s Annual Ironbridge Lecture, ‘Heritage in the Post Truth World’, will be presented by Loyd Grossman, Chairman of the Heritage Alliance in the Engine Shop at Enginuity, Coalbrookdale on Tuesday evening, 31st October.


British Ironworks has the Golden Touch

6th October 2017

The British Ironwork Centre is to create a statue replicating the story of King Midas! The Myth of King Midas depicts the Kings gift of turning everything he touches to Gold, which later turns out to be a curse.


Ghostly Gaslight Halloween fright night at Blists Hill Victorian Town Saturday, 28th October

3rd October 2017

Dress up in your most scary costume and go along to the Ghostly Gaslight Halloween fright night at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Saturday evening, 28th October when the streets, shops and houses will be transformed into eerie places filled with ghosts, ghouls and monsters. The buildings will be illuminated in spectacular style and fireworks and pyrotechnic effects will light up the night sky.


Local Family Business Supports International Charity

27th September 2017

South Shropshire business and chamber member, Eaton Manor, is supporting an international charity, The International Egg Foundation (IEF), in its bid to improve nutrition, health and education in developing countries, by increasing egg production and consumption.


Flight simulation event heads to Cosford

21st September 2017

Aviation fans can experience the virtual skies in Shropshire next month as the Flight Sim 2017 event heads to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford for a fifth consecutive year. Taking place on Saturday 7 October, aviation enthusiasts will enjoy a day packed with all the latest flight simulation software and the chance to test out their virtual flying skills.


Prestigious Royal Award for Severn Valley Country Park Volunteer Group

15th September 2017

Volunteers at a South Shropshire Country Park have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The award, which was created in 2002 to mark the Monarch’s Golden Jubilee, is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups and recognises excellence in activities carried out by community groups.


Upcoming food courses and offers at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre!

12th September 2017

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, run by local charity Grow Cook Learn has the aim of connecting people to the food, history and landscape of the Shropshire Hills. They now have a pop up kitchen, kindly sponsored by Ludlow Food Festival and are making the most of it with popular cookery courses for adults and children with everything from Cooking with Dinosaurs for children to cooking Sizzling Somosas with adults.


Uncover Secret Art in the Ironbridge Gorge

8th September 2017

From the 8th to 17th September, residents and visitors to the Ironbridge Gorge will be able to uncover some of this World Heritage site’s less well-known attractions by following an art trail designed to showcase the work of many of the talented artists and crafts people who live and work there.


BBC antiques series Flog It! comes to RAF Museum Cosford

5th September 2017

Flog It, the popular BBC One antiques programme presented by Paul Martin will be holding a free valuation day at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on Thursday 5 October. The Bristol based BBC production recently transmitted its 1000th episode and the 17th series is currently being recorded. The show regularly achieves an audience of more than two million viewers in its weekday afternoon slot.


Join Severn Valley Coutry Park for a free Nordic walking taster session

23rd August 2017

Shropshire Council Rangers are delighted to be welcoming qualified Nordic Walking instructor, Sal Orton to Severn Valley Country Park for a series of Nordic walking sessions.


75 years on – the story behind Hampden P1344’s final flight

22nd August 2017

The Handley Page Hampden Bomber P1344 (PL-K), currently undergoing conservation at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be subject of a lecture taking place on Tuesday 5 September 2017. The lecture will be presented by the Museum’s Conservation Centre Manager who has personal experience working to restore the aircraft and with former crew and family members. The evening lecture will include details of the dramatic story behind its final flight, which took place exactly 75 years earlier, plus a behind the scenes look at how the aircraft looks today!


Grab your wingman….Top Gun is heading to Cosford!

15th August 2017

One of the most iconic aviation movies of all time ‘Top Gun’ will be showcased on a giant inflatable screen at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on Saturday 23 September 2017. This 80’s cult classic military movie is the first to be shown in the Museum’s new outdoor event which will take place in the spacious grounds, against a backdrop of aircraft.


Furnace, fire and steam inspired events mark Ironbridge Gorge Museums’ 50th anniversary

10th August 2017

Go along to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums during the summer school holidays up until the 3rd September and join in a variety of furnace, fire and steam inspired events marking the museum’s 50th anniversary and celebrating the power and innovation behind the Industrial Revolution.


“Free From” Cookery Course at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre

8th August 2017

Back by popular demand, Milly Rees returns to the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre with her Free From Gluten and Dairy Cookery Course.


Wolverhampton built Defiant is highlight of Open Cockpits Evening

4th August 2017

The Wolverhampton built, Second World War British Battle of Britain fighter aircraft, Boulton Paul Defiant Mk1 will be one of the highlights at the forthcoming ‘Open Cockpits Evening’ taking place at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on 15-16 September 2017.


Blists Hill Victorian Town features on BBC Two’s ‘The Sweet Makers: A Victorian Treat’

31st July 2017

Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire, is the star location for the final episode of a TV food history programme set to air on BBC Two on 2 August.


Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre have Summer sorted!

25th July 2017

Struggling to know what to do with the children this Summer holidays? Will you be looking after the grandkids and want to do something fun that doesn’t break the bank? Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre have the Summer jam-packed with indoor and outdoor activities to suit all ages.


Bridgnorth Cliff Railway Celebrates their 125th Birthday

7th July 2017

On the 7th July 2017 Bridgnorth Cliff Railway will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of its opening by the Mayor of the time John Anderson in 1892.


Flypast and street food are on the menu at Cosford this month!

6th July 2017

With just over two weeks to go until the annual Cosford Food Festival, organisers are gearing up for their biggest and best event yet! This year’s festival is packed with over 90 local food and drink producers, a busy line-up on the cooking demo stage and live performances from the Cosford and Shawbury Military Wives Choir. Plus, there will be plenty of hand-on foodie fun and entertainment for families and a Dakota flypast as the cherry on top!


Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust nominated for major National Lottery award

4th July 2017

Local project, Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, is appealing for votes after reaching the finals of the prestigious National Lottery Awards.


Prestigious Royal Award for Severn Valley Country Park Volunteer Group

3rd July 2017

Volunteers at a South Shropshire Country Park have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The award, which was created in 2002 to mark the Monarch’s Golden Jubilee, is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups and recognises excellence in activities carried out by community groups.


Blists Hill Victorian Town Holds its first Steampunk Weekend Festival ‘The Town that Never Was’ 1st – 2nd July

26th June 2017

Steampunks and their friends are invited to Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge over the weekend of 1st and 2nd July for its first ever Steampunk Festival. The fantastical ‘Town that Never Was’ day and evening event is part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations.


Shropshire celebrity chef headlines at Cosford Food Festival

26th June 2017

It’s just a month to go until the 5th annual Cosford Food Festival takes place at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford and this year, organisers have lined-up popular TV Chef Marcus Bean to headline on the demo stage both days. Marcus will be showcasing his passion for great food at the event on 22-23 July which attracts in excess of 13,500 visitors.


Prees Heath Common Reserve Open Day

20th June 2017

The former RAF control tower will be open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. The tower was conserved over 3 years ago with funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Natural England and is an important historic building as well as a significant feature in the landscape. Two rooms will not be accessible due to the presence of bats.


Modellers gear up for flying weekend

19th June 2017

The Large Model Aircraft Rally is returning to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford next month for a weekend of spectacular flying displays. Taking place on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July, this air show in miniature is set to entertain thousands of aviation and modelling enthusiasts with two full days of flying and family fun.


New interpretation panels installed at Stanmore Country Park to tell the Hidden Heritage of the former RAF Base.

19th June 2017

Thanks to a grant from the Tesco Bags of Help Scheme, the Friends of Stanmore Country Park have teamed up with Shropshire Council’s Outdoor Partnerships Team, a local graphics company and a local historian to design and install new interpretation panels in the Country Park.


WILD! In the Severn Valley- Family Fun Day!

13th June 2017

Rangers at Severn Valley Country Park are holding a famiy fun day on Saturday 17th June to celebrate the species rich wildflower meadows at the Country Park.


Hotbuckle Productions of Far from the Madding Crowd at Blists Hill Victorian Town this Father's Day

12th June 2017

Hotbuckle Productions will be coming to Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Father’s Day, Sunday, 18th June with their own inspired adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s classic novel, Far from the Madding Crowd, telling the story with humour and emotion. To celebrate dad’s special day, Hotbuckle are giving free tickets to any father who is accompanied by another full paying adult. Suitable for all the family, the outdoor evening performance starts at 6pm.


Museum celebrates Armed Forces Day with concert and flypast

5th June 2017

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will once again celebrate the contributions made by Her Majesty's Armed Forces, by hosting an orchestra concert and a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster flypast on Saturday 24 June for Armed Forces Day.


South Shropshire Family Business Raises Over £3000.00 for Macmillan at Annual Classic Vehicle Day.

25th May 2017

Eaton Manor Country Estate near Church Stretton held its fourth annual Classic Vehicle Day on Sunday with over 160 classic and interesting vehicles on display, from a Lagonda Rapier to modern classics including a Humber Sceptre, as well as one off specials and an armoured personnel carrier.


Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust 50th anniversary lecture By Sir David Pepper, former Director General of GCHQ

25th May 2017

As part of the 50th anniversary celebrations marking the founding of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, Sir David Pepper KCMG, former Director General of GCHQ, will be giving a lecture on how technological innovation has shaped secret intelligence.


Get flour under your fingernails at Farm Shop’s Bake Off

25th May 2017

There’s something really special going on this weekend Apley Farm Shop near Bridgnorth. What makes the second Apley Bake Off different is that customers can get flour under their fingernails – as marketing manager Lady Hamilton says. “I’m sure it’s going to be a really fun day where customers can not only enter the competition classes & win great prizes, but also get a really fulfilling cooking experience with our 7 masterclass hosts.“


Museum aircraft join Air Show line-up

25th May 2017

A collection of aircraft from the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be joining the line-up in a static display at the RAF Cosford Air Show, taking place on Sunday 11 June 2017. Aircraft confirmed to appear include the British Aerospace Experimental Aircraft Programme (EAP), the BAe Harrier GR9A and completing the Museum’s display at this year’s show is the Hawker Hurricane IIc.


Charity Gardeners Question Time Hailed a Success

23rd May 2017

A charity evening which included a tour of the Apley Walled Garden followed by “Gardeners’ Question Time” with a panel of experts compered by BBC’s Paul Shuttleworth was rated a huge success by organisers and guests alike.


Cooking with Herbs and Spices

22nd May 2017

If you are looking to improve the flavours in your cooking and looking for inspiration to spice things up, then this is the perfect course for you on Saturday 3rd June 10am-2pm! Aimed at all levels, Sabrina Zeif makes the courses fun for everyone, providing you with lots of skills to take away and try at home.


Peg planes and trench talk

17th May 2017

May half term is almost upon us and during this school break the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford has planned a week of wartime nostalgia to keep the younger members of the family entertained. Taking place from Saturday 27 May to Sunday 4 June, visitors are invited to join in a fun flying themed craft activity and wartime trail, suitable for children of all ages.


Spring half-term at Ironbridge Gorge Museums Discover more about historic heroes at fun family events

16th May 2017

Discover more about your favourite heroes of history, engineering and sport during the spring half-term at a variety of fun family events across the Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire from Saturday, 27th May to Sunday, 4th June. The various events are part of the Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations.



The Modern Olympic Games


The 2012 Olympic Mascot, Wenlock, was created to celebrate the fact that the modern Olympic movement all started in Much Wenlock, Shropshire.

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