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Horsing About In Ironbridge Gorge

2nd June 2010

On Saturday, 12 June Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge will stage a special event to demonstrate the important role played by horses in daily life over a hundred years ago. Around ten horses across a range of breeds and sizes will be on show, some wearing traditional harness while others will be highly decorated as they would have appeared on high days and holidays.


Enginuity Converts Power Tools Into Racing Cars

24th May 2010

Saturday 29th May to Sunday 6th June


Back by popular demand: Whalebone at Wenlock Pottery

24th May 2010

Following the enormous success of their previous evenings at Wenlock Pottery, popular and lively acoustic folk trio Whalebone will be bringing their 2010 The Gathering Tour to the Pottery on Saturday 19th June at 8.00pm.


Tourism Chief’s Delight at New Olympic Mascot

20th May 2010

Chief Executive of Shropshire Tourism Simon McCloy has expressed his delight that the new official 2012 Olympic mascot has been named ‘Wenlock’, firmly putting Much Wenlock and Shropshire’s Olympic connection on the map.


Blists Hill Victorian Town Short-Listed for £100,000

14th May 2010

Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums, is one of four institutions short-listed for the £100,000 Art Fund Prize, the UK’s largest single arts prize.


Shropshire & the Welsh Borders brochure

6th May 2010

Over the past 12 months the team at Shropshire Tourism has handled 19,050 direct requests for the Shropshire & the Welsh Borders brochure and we are continuing to respond to requests on a daily basis. You will receive your booking forms for the 2011 brochure in the next couple of weeks so please keep an eye out for them.


Comet to feature on BBC’s ‘The One Show’

29th April 2010

The de Havilland Comet was the world’s first jet airliner. The Comet 1, an early example which is on display at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, will appear in a special feature on BBC 1's ‘The One Show’ on 4th May at 7.00pm, covering the short but historic service of the aircraft.


Blists Hill Victorian Town Wins National Enjoy England Silver Award

26th April 2010

The redeveloped Blists Hill Victorian Town in the Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire has won a coveted Silver Award in the Large Visitor Attraction category of the Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2010.


Vote for Festival at the Edge to win National Award

7th April 2010

Festival at the Edge, a unique storytelling event in Much Wenlock, has made it through to the finals of a new national award, after being nominated by Shropshire Tourism. Visit England has joined forces with The Sun Newspaper to launch a national vote for its new ‘Where Else But England’ Award.


Aircraft Carrier to be ‘Centaur’ of Shropshire Model Show

1st April 2010

Royal Air Force Museum Cosford - 11th April 2010


Blists Hill Victorian Town asks visitors to ‘Love Your Museum’

1st April 2010

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 April 2010


'Staycationers' Boost Bookings at Shropshire Caravan Park

30th March 2010

Staycationers are boosting bookings at a five star touring caravan park in Shropshire where £70,000 has been invested over the winter to ensure that caravanners can spend a penny in luxury.


Blists Hill Victorian Town Joins National Museums at Night Campaign

3rd March 2010

On Saturday 15th May, Blists Hill Victorian Town near Ironbridge in Shropshire is taking part in the national Museums at Night campaign, when cultural and historic attractions across the country will open their doors to visitors after dark


Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge Gorge Museums would like your help

2nd March 2010

Vote for Blists Hill Victorian Town to win Art Fund Prize


Easter fun in the Ironbridge Gorge

1st March 2010

Have a go at Egg dancing, Hunt the chick and make 'flapping birds', easter themed tile and china painting. Make a weekend of it and stay in one of Shropshire's exclusive hotels at a special discounted rate.


Shropshire attraction and event shortlisted in national awards

23rd February 2010

Blists Hill Victorian Town at Ironbridge and Festival at the Edge make shortlist in Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2010


James May Greets Visitors at RAF Cosford

15th February 2010

Visitors to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be in for an extra treat this half term when they are greeted by a life size model of James May from Top Gear. The model of James as a pilot is now on display in the Museum’s Visitor Centre with easy access for photos.


Sir Richard Branson narrates February podcast for Royal Air Force Museum

8th February 2010

The Royal Air Force Museum is delighted to announce that as part of its monthly podcast series aviation entrepreneur and the founder of the Virgin Group Sir Richard Branson has generously given his time to narrate this month’s podcast “Bader: Fighter Pilot”.


Museum Launches Battle of Britain Podcast Series

25th January 2010

2010 marks the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. To commemorate this defining moment in the history of the Royal Air Force, the Royal Air Force Museum has, today, launched the first of twelve monthly podcasts which will explore throughout 2010 the history and mythology behind this legendary aerial conflict.


Royal Air Force Museum Director General DR Michael Fopp To Retire

20th January 2010

Dr Michael Fopp, Director General of the Royal Air Force Museum for the last 22 years, will retire in June 2010, but will be retained by the Museum to assist a fund-raising campaign for a new visionary project to commemorate and celebrate the enduring legacy of the Battle of Britain.


Shropshire Praised for Role in the Birth of the Modern Olympics

2nd December 2009

The Shropshire market town of Much Wenlock has been praised by cabinet Minister Tessa Jowell and Olympic Gold medallist Jonathan Edwards for its status as the birthplace of the modern Olympics.


Shropshire Shines In CountryFile Magazine

5th November 2009

Shropshire is currently featuring in the November issue of the BBC CountryFile Magazine with a 7 page article on the county, which was generated as the result of a press trip hosted by Shropshire Tourism.


Museum Displays James May’s Spitfire

29th October 2009

Viewers of James May’s Toy Stories shown on BBC2 can now see the life size model Spitfire constructed during the show, at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford.


Ironbridge Gorge Museums Celebrate Remarkable Visitor Figures

14th October 2009

2009 is proving to be a very memorable year for the Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire.


Percival Prentice Arrives At Cosford

14th October 2009

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford recently took delivery of an RAF Percival Prentice that was flown in to RAF Cosford by pilot Ben Cross from Coventry.


Improved Weekday Timetable Boost For Passengers

9th October 2009

Months of behind-the-scenes work from rail company Wrexham & Shropshire is rewarded as passengers are now able to take advantage of an improved weekday timetable.


Best Western Valley Hotel wins Gold Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme

6th October 2009

The Best Western Valley Hotel in Ironbridge is the first hotel in Shropshire to be awarded the coveted Gold award, under the Green Tourism Business Scheme, for demonstrating excellence in environmental practice.


Shropshire Real Ale Features in Good Beer Guide 2010

15th September 2009

Shropshire's Real Ale features prominently in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2010 with county pubs and inns featured within the bible for real ale enthusiasts.


Holiday at Home in Shropshire

28th July 2009

If you're looking to holiday at home this year and beat the credit crunch then look no further than Shropshire.


Passionate About Re-Learning Old Skills? Want To Learn To Be Self Sufficient?

15th July 2009

Why Not Spend a Week On a Victorian Farm in Shropshire?


Two World Heritage Sites for Shropshire

29th June 2009

Shropshire is now the only county in the West Midlands to have two World Heritage Sites following UNESCO granting the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct and Canal World Heritage Site status.


Britain Votes To Put Blists Hill Victorian Town On Google Street View

24th June 2009

The British public has voted Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge in Shropshire, onto the shortlist of the UK's top ten tourist treasures to be brought to Google Street View via a new, groundbreaking invention - the Google Trike.


Museum Loco Moves to her New Home at Blists Hill Victorian Town

9th June 2009

As part of the exciting £12m redevelopment plans at Blists Hill Victorian Town staff at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum are today setting about moving a 35 tonne locomotive from its current location outside Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron to the fascinating open-air Museum.


Restaurant Re-launch Goes Down A Treat

1st June 2009

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, in conjunction with Aramark Catering, has officially re-launched its restaurant and menus with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Museums Visitor Centre.


3rd Birthday Bonanza for Online Collections

2nd April 2009

The Royal Air Force Museum is proud to announce the re-launch of its online collections database, Navigator, with the inclusion of over 16,000 new images from the portfolio of the renowned aviation photographer Charles Brown - a fitting addition, as part of the online collection's 3rd birthday celebrations.


Full Steam Ahead For Savings

2nd April 2009

The RAF Museum Cosford is proud to announce that Wrexham & Shropshire rail passengers can now enjoy discounts on all items in the Restaurant and Museum Shop. All passengers will receive a 10% discount on any purchase made when they present Staff a valid (on the day) Wrexham and Shropshire train ticket.


Two Thirds of a Million Visitors for Award Winning Exhibition

12th January 2009

After winning a string of awards in 2008, The National Cold War Exhibition at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford ended the year on a high by enjoying a record 665,690 visitors since its opening.


Museum Honours Ethnic Minorities in New Exhibition

8th January 2009

The diversity of the Royal Air Force along with its multi ethnic past and present is celebrated in a new permanent exhibition.


Ironbridge Gorge Museums Win Best Cultural Experience

14th November 2008

The cream of the West Midlands tourist industry were gathered at a prestigious awards ceremony this week night for the Tourism West Midlands and Advantage West Midlands 'Excellence in Tourism Awards' held at the ICC in Birmingham.



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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