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Apley Estate herd wins first prize

31st January 2017

The Pennington family are farming tenants on the Apley Estate, living live less than 1 mile from Apley Farm Shop. They supply us with beef from their herd of British White Cattle. Oldington Alderney, a cow in their herd, won the National Junior Championships at the British White Cattle Society national show at the Royal Three Counties Show 2016 which takes place annually in June in Malvern, Worcestershire.

Join in the 10 year anniversary celebrations for the National Cold War Exhibition

25th January 2017

On Tuesday 7 February 2017 the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be marking the 10th anniversary of the award-winning National Cold War Exhibition with a special event for aviation fans.

Tusker set for a make-over to welcome visitors

17th January 2017

The cuddly, friendly face that welcomes visitors 7 days a week at the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre is set for a make-over, just in time for the new tourist season.

High-flying offers at low prices this January!

13th January 2017

Christmas may be over for another year and the high street January sales are already in full swing, but if you’re looking to treat yourself to something special with your left over Christmas money, the Royal Air Force Museum has a huge selection of unique items available with savings of up to 50% off the RRP.

Twixmas opening at Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Shropshire for a great family day out 26th – 31st December

22nd December 2016

For a fun day out during the Twixmas festive period, 26th – 31st December, go along to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire’s stunning Severn Valley where six of the ten museums will be open daily from 10am until 4pm. They will only be closing on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Blists Hill to featured on BBC on Christmas Day

14th December 2016

A programme filmed at a Shropshire museum will air on Christmas Day.

Bridgnorth wins the Best Large Market Town Award

13th December 2016

Congratulations to Bridgnorth who the Best Large Market Town title yesterday; after competing against Hinckley and Market Harborough in the Great British High Street awards.

Make your own Christmas Wreath!

5th December 2016

On Friday 9th December, Shropshire Council countryside rangers at Severn Valley Country Park are holding a Christmas wreath making session. During the winter months, the park has a wealth of natural items including ivy, cones and berries which are perfect to adorn a festive wreath.

Shrewsbury Winter Festival back again 10th & 11th December 2016

2nd December 2016

It may still be 12 weeks to Christmas, but interest in Shrewsbury Winter Festival returning to the Quarry this December is gathering pace quicker than a reindeer on Christmas Eve! Attracting over 10,000 visitors in 2015 this event promises to be even bigger and better this year.

Take a sleigh ride with Santa at the RAF Museum!

2nd December 2016

For the Christmas period, up to and including 31st December, our 4D Experience will be taking on a Christmas theme.

Experience the magic of a Victorian Christmas at Blists Hill Victorian Town

2nd December 2016

Experience the magic of a Victorian Christmas at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge over the two weekends of 3rd – 4th and 10th - 11th December. Soak up the seasonal atmosphere from a bygone era and revel in traditional celebrations and entertainment as the townsfolk are busily making preparations for Christmas, 1800s style.

Christmas has come early at Cosford!

28th November 2016

It’s being to look a lot like Christmas at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, as the Shropshire attraction has received a rather large delivery in the form of three Second World War aircraft! The Boulton Paul Defiant Mk 1, the Gloster Gladiator 1 and the Westland Lysander III have all been safely transported by road from the museum’s London site and are currently being prepared for display at Cosford.

Enhancing the visitor experience with free Wi-Fi at the RAF Museum Cosford

24th November 2016

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is now offering visitors free Wi-Fi across its entire site thanks to a generous donation from the Aerospace Museum Society.

Shropshire Hills Discovery Christmas Craft Fair

23rd November 2016

Join us for our Christmas Craft Fair and festive celebrations here at the award winning Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre over the weekend of 26th-27th Novemberfrom 10.00am – 4.30pm

New textile printing workshops at Enginuity

23rd November 2016

New textile printing workshops for grown-ups are being hosted at Enginuity in Coalbrookdale, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums over the weekend of 26th and 27th November.

Shrewsbury rated one of the Best Small UK Towns for Winter Breaks

22nd November 2016

Our county town Shrewsbury is said to be one of the top 10 best small UK towns for winter breaks according to The Guardian. The town has been commended on its historic buildings, modern restaurants, cosy pubs and independent shops and it’s believed to sparkle in the Christmas season.

100th Anniversary of Mary Webb’s first book

22nd November 2016

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Golden Arrow’, the first novel from one of Shropshire’s greatest writers, Mary Webb. Her life and work are firmly centred in her native county and the Mary Webb Society are celebrating with a programme of events.

Festive fun afternoon for families

21st November 2016

Later this month, the access and learning team at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be collaborating once again with students from City of Wolverhampton College, to bring some FREE festive fun to the museum for young families.

Dudmaston Christmas Craft Fair

16th November 2016

Dudmaston is holding its traditional Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 November. With over 80 local stallholders selling unique and inspiring gifts, it’s the perfect place to get your Christmas shopping underway. From traditional crafts to unusual handmade goodies and local festive food; visitors are sure to find something for even the most challenging to buy for.

Gorgeous Christmas Craft Fair at Enginuity

16th November 2016

Experience an early taste of Christmas at Gorgeous, a contemporary designer craft fair held in Enginuity at Coalbrookdale, one of Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge Museums on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November.

Severn Valley Country Park is officially bee-coming a hive of activity!

14th November 2016

The decline in bees and other pollinators is one of the most worrying problems facing humanity. These insects play a vital role in pollinating crops that we depend on for food production. Staff and volunteers at Shropshire Council are leading the way in creating habitat to allow these important insects to thrive. Their efforts have now been recognised in a national award scheme that celebrates the National Pollinator Strategy.

Two new aircraft wing their way to Cosford

14th November 2016

A Messerschmitt BF109G-2 and a de Havilland Tiger Moth II, are the first of six new aircraft to arrive at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, having been transported by road from the museum’s sister site in London. Visitors can now view the brand new arrivals on display in the museum’s hangars with four more aircraft due to arrive before Christmas.

The Northumberland Vase is coming home Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust Purchases the Northumberland Vase at auction

11th November 2016

Staff at Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust are celebrating after securing a significant piece of china at auction for their collection thanks to support from the local community, charities and foundations.

Four Actors - One Mystery- No Clue Sherlock Holmes set to visit local community venues this Christmas season in “The Hound of The Baskervilles”

11th November 2016

Famed for their Shakespeare summer season UK tours, professional Gloucester based Rain or Shine Theatre Company are delighted to be on tour again this Christmas season with a unique adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale which is booked into community venues across the UK ranging from a stately home to village halls.

Visitors invited to join Remembrance Service at Cosford

3rd November 2016

On Sunday 13 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.

Severn Valley Country Park welcome awarding winning photographer, John Robinson for a fascinating illustrated talk

31st October 2016

Shropshire Council rangers are very happy to be welcoming awarding winning photographer, John Robinson to Severn Valley Country Park for a fascinating illustrated talk. In his talk John will shed light on the natural history of the Wyre Forest, a place he knows really well.

‘Every little helps’ make your trip to museum easier!

28th October 2016

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford are making days out at the museum as stress free as possible for parents, with a little help from Tesco!

Spectacular Family Fireworks at Blists Hill Victorian Town

26th October 2016

See the night sky spectacularly lit up over Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Saturday evening, 5th November when the townsfolk will be celebrating Guy Fawkes’ foiled Gunpowder Plot with a fantastic family fireworks display.

Vote at Tesco stores to help rejuvenate the Wetlands at Severn Valley Country Park

26th October 2016

Shropshire Council and Severn Valley Country Park Supporters Group are asking local people to vote at their local Tesco store for a project to rejuvenate the wetlands at Severn Valley Country Park as well as improving access and facilities.

‘Ghostbusters’ join Blists Hill Victorian Town’s Halloween Fright Night on Saturday, 29th October

26th October 2016

Blists Hill Victorian Town’s annual Halloween fright night takes on a new dimension this year with the arrival of cult characters from the Ghostbusters movies. The Town’s Ghostly Gaslight evening takes place on Saturday, 29th October, when the streets, shops and houses will be transformed into eerie places filled with ghosts, ghouls and monsters.

Name up in flights is the ultimate Christmas gift!

26th October 2016

With the night’s drawing in, the countdown to Christmas has officially started and thoughts turn to buying those all-important gifts for your nearest and dearest. At the risk of another year of repetitive run of the mill presents, the Royal Air Force Museum is offering you the chance to purchase the ultimate personalised gift for aviation fans and see their spirits soar this Christmas!

SVR launches £2.5m share offer to fund Bridgnorth Station development

25th October 2016

A ground-breaking share offer programme is being launched next week by the Severn Valley Railway to fund major development plans for the line’s main destination station at Bridgnorth.

Make Pneumatic Monsters at Enginuity Autumn half-term

21st October 2016

Use your imagination to design and make a scary Halloween monster from craft materials then see how quickly you can make it move using compressed air at Enginuity, near Ironbridge, Shropshire during the autumn half-term holidays.

Join-in Halloween ceramic workshops Coalport China Museum this October half-term

21st October 2016

Drop-in to a family ceramic workshop at Coalport China Museum, near Ironbridge during the half-term school holidays which run from 22nd to 30th October. You can paint a ceramic money box or join in some paper activities every day; additionally, between Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th October you can sculpt a creepy creature from air-dry clay, maybe a bat, long-legged spider or gruesome rat, or a weird and wonderful creature only limited by your imagination!

Spooky Halloween themed tile decorating workshops at Jackfield Tile Museum

21st October 2016

Decorate tiles with your own spooky designs at Halloween themed workshops during the autumn half-term holidays at Jackfield Tile Museum, near Ironbridge. The designs can be as colourful and original as your imagination allows, perhaps a ghostly apparition, wicked witch on a broomstick or snarling black cat. The fun and informal sessions will take place on 22nd and 24th – 29th October.

Four Hotels given Special Praise by Top Tourist Guide

19th October 2016

Four family-run hotels in the region have been singled out for special praise in a guide which highlights Britain’s best places to stay.

Vote for Bridgnorth!

18th October 2016

Bridgnorth is a finalist in the Great British High Street competition making it to the final 3 nominees for the category Large Market Town.

Follow a Victorian ghost story trail at Blists Hill Victorian Town half-term 22nd - 30th October

17th October 2016

Families who visit Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge between 22nd and 30th October are invited to follow a Victorian ghost story trail around the historic streets. Discover how famous authors of the time, including Charles Dickens, wrote hugely popular works about spirits, ghosts, fog-shrouded graves and mysterious reflections appearing in mirrors. Some of the most famous stories will be included in the spooky trail.

October Half Term at Severn Valley Country Park

17th October 2016

Staff at Severn Valley Country Park are currently preparing for October half term. The visitor centre and tea shop will be open every day between Saturday 22nd October and Sunday 30th October from 11am-5pm. Tasty cakes, made to order sandwiches, homestyle soup and many other delicious snacks will be available daily.

Bring in the harvest at Dudmaston this Sunday

14th October 2016

Tuck into a taste of autumn at Dudmaston this Sunday 16 October and join us as we celebrate the bounty of fruit our orchard has produced this year. Sample some freshly squeezed Dudmaston apple juice straight from the press and buy a bottle to take home. Grow your own apples at home? We’ll press them for you. Donations welcome.

Calling all Penguins, Bluebirds & ‘Erbs – Your Museum Needs You!

6th October 2016

2018 marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force.

Mammoth Weekend - Family Fun Weekend Celebration

5th October 2016

To celebrate the discovery of the Shropshire Mammoth 30 years ago, The Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre will be hosting a Mammoth Weekend of family fun with lots of exciting events for everyone.

New aircraft arrivals heading to Cosford

5th October 2016

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be welcoming a collection of new aircraft to the site later this year as it prepares to celebrate and commemorate the centenary of the Royal Air Force in 2018. New arrivals will include a Wolverhampton built Boulton Paul Defiant Mk 1, the last surviving example of its kind, plus a rare Messerschmitt BF109G-2.

Spookley Pumpkin Festival at Apley Farm Shop

5th October 2016

A farm shop near Bridgnorth hosts one of the busiest halloween pumpkin festivals in Shropshire. Apley Farm Shop began organizing the Spookley Pumpkin Festival in 2012. This year it’s running 15-16 Oct & 22-30 Oct, which coincides with the schools’ half term week.

Creepy crafts at Cosford this Halloween!

4th October 2016

October half term is almost upon us and this year the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford has a range of devilish Halloween crafts for your little monsters to take part in. These spookily creative activities cost just £1 each and will run from 24-28 October between 11.30am and 3pm with all materials provided by the museum.

The Shropshire Mammoth – Talk by Dr Adrian Lister – 6pm Saturday 8th October

30th September 2016

To commemorate the discovery of the Shropshire Mammoth 30 years ago Dr Adrian Lister will be giving a fascinating talk on the Shropshire Mammoth as part of our celebrations here at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

Experience the virtual skies at Cosford

30th September 2016

Aviation fans can experience the virtual skies in Shropshire next month as the Flight Sim 2016 event heads to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford. Taking place on Saturday 8 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.

‘Toyah: Acoustic, Up Close & Personal’

26th September 2016

After Toyah’s sell-out performance last year, the household name, pop icon, TV presenter and stage/screen actress is returning to the Engine Shop at Enginuity in Coalbrookdale on Friday evening, 7th October.

Wood craftsmen demonstrate their skills at Dudmaston Woodland Skills Day and Fungi Walk

20th September 2016

Join us at Dudmaston on Sunday 25 September and meet the craftsmen that turn a block of wood into a thing of beauty. Watch our Ranger team as they demonstrate ancient and modern wood working techniques from traditional hand worked pole lathing to current milling machines. Find out more about how we manage our woodland and how it has helped to sustain the estate over the centuries.

Shropshire museum volunteers shortlisted for Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust’s inaugural West Midlands Museum Volunteer Awards

14th September 2016

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has launched a brand-new volunteer award scheme for museums in the West Midlands region, through their West Midlands Development Programme, funded by Arts Council England.

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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