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Severn Valley Railway goes for ‘100% diesel’ experiment

4th October 2011

THE SEVERN Valley Railway will take one of the biggest public relations gambles in its 40-year history later this week, when for three days it will run an intensive train service - without a single steam locomotive in sight.


‘Forgotten’ war heroes to be recognised at SVR ceremony

29th September 2011

NINE ‘forgotten’ military railwaymen who were killed during the Battle of Britain in 1940 when a lone German bomber attacked the railway on which they were training, are to be remembered, more than 60 years on, in a special ceremony at the Severn Valley Railway this Saturday (October 1st).


It's Official - The Shropshire Hills Welcomes Walkers!

27th September 2011

Much Wenlock is the latest market town to be added to a growing list of places in the Shropshire Hills to gain “Walkers Are Welcome” status.


Marketing agency creates windows into Shropshire’s history

22nd September 2011

Striking photographs taken by a Shropshire marketing agency that create ‘windows into history’ are to be displayed during celebrations to mark the 25th anniversary of Ironbridge Gorge becoming a World Heritage Site


Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival

16th September 2011

Celebrates 25th Anniversary: 24th September 2011


Time flies when you’re having fun!

18th August 2011

After a hectic summer of thrilling activities at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, next week’s final August Activity is dedicated to a flying theme guaranteed to excite youngsters - ‘Mini Kites and Windmills’, a hands-on workshop to get all the family working together that will run from 22nd to 26th of August.


Discover rural attractions on Much Wenlock’s ‘Marathon Trails’

18th August 2011

Fifty one Shropshire-based rural tourist attractions are giving their businesses an extra boost in the run up to the 2012 Olympic Games through an initiative funded by the Rural Development Programme for England. All are within the magic 26 mile ‘marathon’ radius of Much Wenlock, home of the Wenlock Olympian Games and inspiration for the modern day Olympics. And all the businesses are included in a series of four ‘Marathon Trail’ guides, which tell visitors about special places to go and things to do in the county.


Hop & Stagger Brewery create an Apley Gamekeeper Pale [beer]

22nd July 2011

Husband & wife, Bob & Sam Hayes of the Hop & Stagger Brewery have recently moved into renovated farm buildings on the Apley Estate, very close to Apley Farm Shop where they’re selling their beers, including their newly created Apley label, Apley Gamekeeper Pale.


Football legend Bert Williams shares RAF wartime memories

24th June 2011

Royal Air Museum Cosford - Thursday 30th June 2011 11.30am


Scalextric For Schools Challenge

21st June 2011

Secondary school children from across the country will be taking part in a giant size scalextric event, hosted at the RAF Museum Cosford on Sunday 26th June. ‘Scalextric4Schools’ will see teams of students aged 11-18, from as far away as Devon participating. The event aims to inspire students to take Science and Engineering related subjects for Higher Education and as a career.


'Allo, 'Allo!' stars boost SVR’s two big '1940s Weekends'

20th June 2011

Stars from the cast of the hugely popular BBC sitcom 'Allo, 'Allo!' will be centre-stage when the Severn Valley Railway turns back the clock once more and rolls out its big wartime nostalgia '1940s Weekends', on June 25th & 26th and July 2nd & 3rd.


75th Anniversary of the first Wellington flight

15th June 2011

First Flight 15th June 1936


Severn Valley Carriage Works turns out first ‘external’ contract coach

31st May 2011

The Severn Valley Railway’s carriage restoration department at Bewdley, reorganised last year as a stand-alone profit centre under the name SVR Carriage Contracts, has just completed its first ‘external’ contract.


Armed Forces Day For All 3 Services

27th May 2011

Saturday 25th June 2011


Severn Valley runs £10 Special Train to aid Stricken Heritage Line

27th May 2011

THE SEVERN Valley Railway, floored by severe flooding in 2007 and forced to substantially rebuild much of its 16-mile line between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth, is helping another steam ‘heritage’ railway to get back on its feet, after an embankment collapse in January which cut the line in two.


Half Term Fun for Families at the Royal Air Force Museum

26th May 2011

31st May - 3rd June 2011, 11am - 12.30pm and 2pm - 3.30pm


60th Anniversary of Valiant's First Flight

18th May 2011

Wednesday 18th May 2011 will mark the 60th Anniversary of the first flight of the Vickers-Armstrongs Valiant. Part of the Royal Air Forces V-Bomber nuclear deterrent during the 1950’s and 1960’s, the Valiant was the first of the V-bombers to make it into the air, when prototype WB210 took to the skies on 18th May 1951.


Beatles tribute band opens at SVR ’60s revival spectacular

17th May 2011

IT’S BEEN A Hard Day’s Night already for the organisers of Kidderminster’s ground-breaking three-day ‘Sounds of the ‘60s’ pop and nostalgia festival at the Severn Valley Railway – but though it seems they’ve been working Eight Days A Week, it’s all Come Together nicely, no further Help is needed - and they Feel Fine!


Double win for Museum at Apprenticeship Awards

16th May 2011

The Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford has for the second year in a row, been awarded the West Midlands Regional Winner of the ‘Small Employer of the Year Award’, at The Apprenticeship Awards 2011. It was a double win for the Museum as 2nd year Apprentice, Nathan Pugh was highly commended in the ‘Advanced Apprentice of the Year’ category.


Schools set to participate in local Olympics

13th May 2011

Local school children from across the West Midlands will be taking part in the Olympics 2012 Inspire to Aim Higher event, hosted at the RAF Museum Cosford on Tuesday 17th May. This special event is a collaboration with Wednesfield High School, together with South Cheshire College and Kingswood Outdoor Education Centre. The event aims to promote participation, inclusion and competition, whilst highlighting the values of the Olympic and Paralympic movement.


Dudmaston open for National Garden Scheme Day

12th May 2011

Dudmaston Hall are opening their gardens to visitors this Saturday (14th May) in conjunction with the National Garden Scheme. Being predominantly a spring garden visitors will have the opportunity to wander through the beautiful grounds where rhododendrons and azaleas are currently in full bloom.


Volunteers Efforts Recognised At Awards

11th May 2011

A volunteer at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford yesterday reached the final three in the University of Wolverhampton’s ‘Volunteer of the Year Awards 2011’. Held at the university, the awards recognise students who have made a significant and meaningful contribution to the community by volunteering.


History comes to life at Dudmaston Hall

5th May 2011

Visitors to Dudmaston Hall on 8th May will be given the opportunity to find out all about the many different people who have lived in the Hall since the eighteenth century.


Thousands of bikers expected for charity ride out

21st April 2011

Thousands of bikers from across the country are expected to join together for a massive ‘Ride Out’ in support of the RAF. The third annual charity motorcycle run will take place on Sunday 8th May 2011 in aid of the RAF Association and RAF Museum. Motorheads from all over the UK will ride out from Shrewsbury Meole Brace park & ride to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in Shropshire on mass at 11.30am.


The Magic of the FA Cup comes to the Birthplace of Industry

18th April 2011

One of the oldest and most iconic football trophies in the world will be paying a rare visit to Enginuity, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire on Saturday, 30th April between 10am and 5pm.


Come and celebrate Shropshire Butterflies - in poems, art, and real life!

13th April 2011

The Dower House Gardens June 11thGardens open at midday.


Museum Apprentice In Welding Challenge

12th April 2011

Alex Weston, an Apprentice in the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, this week achieved third place in the ‘Trainee Welders Challenge’ held at City of Wolverhampton College. The challenge took place on Monday 4th April 2011, where twenty-five first year Engineering trainees took on a series of challenges testing their welding ability and skill.


Rare Chance To Step Inside Historic Aircraft

7th April 2011

14th May 2011 - 6.00pm - 8.30pm - £10.00 per person


Kitchen Garden comes to life at Dudmaston

15th March 2011

The Gardeners at Dudmaston have been busy during the winter months creating a new kitchen garden at the property.


Vote for Festival at the Edge to win National Award

1st March 2011

Festival at the Edge, a unique storytelling event in Much Wenlock, has made it through to the regional finals of the 2011 ‘Where Else But England’ Award for the second year in a row, after being nominated by Shropshire Tourism.


Enginuity to host exciting Sci-Tech Fair

28th February 2011

For one day only families will be able to participate in a wide range of exciting activities and challenges at the Sci-Tech Fair to be held at Enginuity, near Ironbridge, Shropshire on Saturday, 5th March.


Heroic Spitfire Veterans to Attend 75th Anniversary Event

28th February 2011

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, home to the world’s oldest Spitfire, will be marking the 75th Anniversary of the first Supermarine Spitfire flight on Saturday 5th March 2011. Attending the event will be a host of special guests including three Spitfire Pilots and an Engine Fitter. This 1936 Anniversary will be marked with a day packed full of events, activities and exhibitions for the whole family to enjoy.


Historic RAF aircraft to fly into Cosford on Friday 11th February.

9th February 2011

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be taking delivery of its latest acquisition, an RAF Dominie T.MK.1, on Friday 11th February 2011 at 11.30am, when it makes its final flight into RAF Cosford. This particular aircraft is significant because it was the first Dominie to enter RAF Service.


'We Are England' Photography Competition

22nd December 2010

Shropshire Tourism is encouraging people to take photos of Shropshire to enter into the 'We Are England' photography competition to help raise the profile of the county ahead of the Commonwealth Games that take place later this year in Delhi, with great prizes on offer.


Shropshire Tourism Member Business to feature on BBC One's Country Tracks

22nd December 2010

A unique Shropshire business, Hawks on Walks, that gives people the opportunity to walk through the countryside and become a falconer for the morning, has been chosen to feature on BBC One’s Country Tracks.


New look for the Shropshire Tourism Brochure

16th December 2010

Shropshire Tourism has just taken delivery of their 2011 Shropshire and the Welsh Borders brochure and, for the first time in 15 years, it is now in landscape format to better show off the stunning photographs of the county.


Santa Visits RAF Cosford's Wartime Grotto

3rd December 2010

Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th December will be a time to celebrate Christmas during the Second World War as part of a Wartime Christmas Weekend packed wtih activities for all the family.


Museum Launches Conservation Blog

2nd November 2010

The Royal Air Force Museum has today launched a conservation blog, enabling members of the public, aviation enthusiasts and conservators to learn more about the various projects that the Museum’s Sir Michael Beetham Conservation Centre is currently undertaking to preserve our nation’s aviation heritage.


Museum to Remember Fallen Comrades

2nd November 2010

Sunday 14th November 2010, service to commence at 10.30am.


Full Steam Ahead for Caravan Park's December Bookings

2nd November 2010

Caravanners keen to take part in the Christmas festivities on the Severn Valley Railway and in Bridgnorth are booking their places early at a five star touring caravan park in East Shropshire.


Ironbridge Society of Artists Sends Locals Back to the Drawing Board

4th October 2010

Jackfield to host The Campaign for Drawing’s 'The Big Draw' event, 23 – 24 October 2010


Heritage Open Days across Shropshire

16th August 2010

Hidden gems and family favourites across Shropshire will open free as part of Britain’s annual Heritage Open Days, a four day celebration of heritage and architecture this September.


St Bartholomew's Day Celebrations At Blists Hill

11th August 2010

St Bartholomew’s Day celebrations are being revived at Blists Hill Victorian Town in the Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire on Tuesday, 24th August with drama, wizardry and fun family entertainment.


Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Rum!

9th August 2010

Come along to Blists Hill Victorian Town over the late summer Bank Holiday weekend, dressed as a pirate or your favourite character from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island.  From Saturday 28th to Monday 30th August, the open-air museum in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge will be running a special literary themed event with actors recreating scenes from the famous maritime book of mutiny and buried treasure.


Detective Weekend at Blists Hill Victorian Town is ‘Elementary my Dear Watson’

5th August 2010

Budding amateur sleuths and would-be private detectives will have the chance to help Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve a mysterious crime, which has taken place at Blists Hill Victorian Town in the Ironbridge Gorge during the weekend of Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th August. Youngsters will also be able to try their hands at forensic science during the two-day event by taking each other’s finger prints, printing reward posters and matching plaster cast footprints to different shoes.


Dance takes guests back to Battle of Britain era

23rd July 2010

Members of the public are invited to join the Aerospace Museum Society’s popular 1940’s Hangar Dance at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on Saturday 18th September 2010 at 7pm.


New Season of Evening Events at Museum of the Gorge

23rd July 2010

Professional Production Company to Perform Murder Mystery Play during August and September


Summer in Ironbridge

8th July 2010

A whole host of events are taking place in Ironbridge this Summer to keep everyone entertained


Tanners Wines in The Times Top Ten

8th July 2010

Tanners Wines has been lauded in The Times as one of the top ten wine shops in the country. The article, which appeared in Saturday’s edition, said of the Shrewsbury-based firm:


Olympic Mascot coming to Wenlock Olympian Games

8th July 2010

The London 2012 Olympic mascot will be a VIP visitor at the annual Wenlock Olympian Games in Much Wenlock on Sunday 11th July.



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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