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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.


See the Flying Scotsman and Tornado Locomotives race through Country Park

14th September 2016

From Thursday 22nd to Monday 26th September the steam locomotives Flying Scotsman and Tornado are visiting the Severn Valley Railway. The line passes through the country park and offers visitors the opportunity to see the locomotives close by as they steam through.


The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust joins National ‘Remember a Charity in Your Will Week’

13th September 2016

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in Shropshire is taking part in ‘Remember a Charity in Your Will Week’ which this year takes place from 12-18 September. The Museum is one of over 140 charities taking part in events around the UK, which aim to inspire people to think about leaving a charitable gift in their will.


Roald Dahl and his RAF journey to literacy stardom

26th August 2016

One of Britain’s most iconic writers, Roald Dahl will be the focus of a talk taking place at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford next month. Celebrating the 100th birthday of Roald Dahl, the talk entitled ‘Roald Dahl’s War’ will delve into his life before he became an iconic writer, including his career in the RAF. Presented by historian Graham Laurie, the talk will take place at 2pm on Saturday 10 September 2016.


Spitfire 10K - Countdown to race day….

24th August 2016

The countdown has officially started for the first ever Spitfire 10K! Taking place at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford in just under two weeks’ time, this unique sporting event will see hundreds of runners’ race across the airfield and down the runway before crossing the finish line and picking up a specially commissioned Spitfire medal. This charity run, raising funds for the RAF Museum (registered charity No. 244708) will take place on Sunday 4 September, where over 600 runners are already signed up to take part.


Porter House SY1 launch their brand new menu

23rd August 2016

Yesterday at 6pm Porter House SY1, Shrewsbury; launched their all new menu, taking 'American Flavour, British Behaviour' to a whole new level!


River Festival to celebrate 30 years of Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site – 17th September

22nd August 2016

Telford & Wrekin Council, with support from Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, is to stage a free World Heritage River Festival on Saturday, 17th September 2016 – celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Gorge becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Join celebrations at a recreated Gypsy Wedding

22nd August 2016

Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge as they celebrate a traditional gypsy wedding during the summer Bank holiday weekend of 27th – 29th August. See the elaborate gypsy waggons on The Green, watch the recreated ceremony at 2.30pm each day and then join in the fun and merriment.


Awesome Art at Dudmaston

19th August 2016

Take a trail or help create our commemorative Poppy Lawn… Bank Holiday Sun 28-Mon 29 August, from 11.30am.


Museum evening event is plane marvellous!

19th August 2016

The doors to military aircraft spanning a history of more than eight decades will be opened up to visitors at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford next month during a special two night event.


Ironbridge earns its place on the ‘Locate that Landmark’ Map

16th August 2016

The world’s first cast-iron bridge puts the town that bears its name on the map yet again. The World Heritage Site - Ironbridge joins many famous landmarks in the UK, in the new 2016 game Locate that Landmark.


Enjoy a Victorian Summer of Fun at Blists Hill Victorian Town until 4th September

12th August 2016

Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge this summer until 4th September as they host a great variety of traditional activities, fun family events and spectacular themed weekends.


Tackling the guerrillas of Oman is focus of museum lecture

11th August 2016

For more than two decades a series of counterinsurgency operations were fought in the Sultanate of Oman on the South-eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula. The military action taken against the activities of guerrillas in these regions will be the focus of the next Cold War Lunchtime Lecture held at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford later this month. The lecture entitled ‘The RAF and Counterinsurgency Warfare in Oman during the Cold War’ will be presented by Dr Ross Mahoney, Aviation Historian at the RAF Museum on Friday 19 August at 12.30pm.


Travel and transport themed workshops at Enginuity Summer school holidays 23rd July – 4th September

11th August 2016

British designers and engineers have long been the envy of the world – setting trends, uncovering exciting discoveries and developing awe-inspiring innovations. The first steam engine and railway locomotive, the world’s largest steam-powered ship and the electric car all are great British inventions.


Full Steam Ahead at Blists Hill Victoria Town 20th and 21st August

5th August 2016

Discover how the Victorians harnessed steam to power their engines and other machines over the weekend of 20th and 21st August, when Blists Hill Victorian Town will be ‘In Steam’. The outdoor museum in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge will be host to an eclectic collection of steam powered machines, all of which will be in their full working splendour.


Exploring Severn Valley Country Park on 2 wheels

5th August 2016

Rangers at Severn Valley Country Park are asking visitors to ‘Get on yer bike!’ Shropshire Council is working with the team at Wolverley Bike Hire to enable visitors to explore the park on 2 wheels.


Green Flag is flying high at Severn Valley Country Park

3rd August 2016

Severn Valley Country Park, managed by Shropshire Council, has maintained its place amongst the top parks in the UK for a record-breaking 13th consecutive year.



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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