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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.


Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre hosts Brambly Hedge Exhibition

3rd August 2016

The Brambly Hedge exhibition will be setting up home over the summer holidays at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre from Saturday 6th August.


New summer ‘Digital Days’ workshops for children at Enginuity Ironbridge Gorge Museums 1st – 18th August

29th July 2016

A new series of ‘Digital Days’ teacher-led summer workshops for children aged 6 - 15 years is being hosted by Enginuity, the Ironbridge Gorge Museums’ design and technology discovery centre at Coalbrookdale, between 1st and 18th August. Previous experience is not essential for any of the sessions.


A Midsummer Night’s Dream – come ‘Rain or Shine’

29th July 2016

Professional theatre company Rain or Shine, hailed by ‘The Stage’ as “one of the best companies touring open air theatre" are set to delight family audiences in Shropshire this Summer with their production of Shakespeare’s magical and hilarious comedy masterpiece A Midsummer Night’s Dream.


Telford Town Park, The Mere and Severn Valley Country Park wave their ‘Green Flags’

29th July 2016

For the second time running Telford Town Park has been appointed a Green Flag Award, along with The Mere at Ellesmere and Severn Valley Country Park in Bridgnorth.


Big cheese launch at the Apley Delicatessen Farm shop

22nd July 2016

Apley Farm Shop holding a special launch day this Saturday 23 July, on its delicatessen counter, offering free tasters of over 45 cheeses, 9:30-5:30pm.


Summer Days Out at Apley Farm Shop

21st July 2016

Apley Farm Shop’s Classic Motor Day is the highlight of July, when on Sunday 17 July, over 80 classic car & motorbike owners share their passion with to visitors. It’s another free Apley event running 10-4pm & always a great day out for all the family, with a barbecue & ice cream or Sunday roast in the Creamery Café.


Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre hosts Classic Car Show for 4th year running

21st July 2016

This Sunday 24th July, the 30 acre Onny Meadows surrounding Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre will play host to a Classic Car Show for the 4th year running. Enthusiasts from the Knighton Vintage Vehicle Club which started in 1999 will congregate at the Discovery Centre from 10.30am.


The PokéStops here!

20th July 2016

The RAF Museum Cosford is overrun with Pokémon Go characters and facilities!


Ready, steady, scramble for the Spitfire 10K

18th July 2016

With just under two months to go until Shropshire’s first ever Spitfire 10K, it’s time to start stepping up the training! Taking place at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on Sunday 4 September, participants will have the unique opportunity to race across the airfield and down the runway at RAF Cosford, whilst raising funds for charity.


Apley Classic Motor Day

15th July 2016

A farm shop near Bridgnorth is holding its fourth annual classic motor day on Sunday July 17th. All classic & vintage cars & motorbikes are invited to attend on the day with prizes being awarded at 2pm by Lord Hamilton, Apley Estate owner.


RAF Museum volunteers celebrate Legion d’honneur award

12th July 2016

Two volunteers at the Royal Air Force Museum have been awarded France’s highest distinction Legion d’honneur for their services to secure France’s liberation during the Second World War. To honour and celebrate their remarkable achievement, Leading Aircraft Woman, Rose Davies and Lance Bombardier, Arthur Jones were guests of honour at a drinks reception hosted by the RAF Museum American Foundation.


Picture perfect photography at Dudmaston

8th July 2016

The Panasonic photography roadshow is coming to Dudmaston on Sunday 10 July.


Miniature aircraft fly in to Cosford for model show weekend

6th July 2016

The skies over Shropshire will be filled with hundreds of intricately detailed model aircraft this month, as the annual Large Model Aircraft Rally takes place at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford on 16-17 July.


Customer Service Award triumph for The Ironbridge Gorge Museums

1st July 2016

Staff and volunteers at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust are celebrating after winning a prestigious award at Shropshire’s premier business award ceremony. The Museum triumphed in the much-contested Outstanding Customer Service category at the 16th annual Shropshire Business Awards.


Unique cycle-cross race comes to Blists Hill Victorian Town Saturday evening, 9th July

30th June 2016

A unique cycling event is coming to Blists Hill Victorian Town for the fourth time on the evening of Saturday, 9th July. The exciting Queen Victoria Cyclo-Cross event will see over 300 of the UK’s top riders speeding through the recreated Victorian streets on modern bikes.


Apley Farm Shop’s wedding cheese cake is launched

30th June 2016

Apley Farm Shop is hoping the betrothed will be falling head over heels for their new must-have wedding item!


Perrier Best Newcomer Nominated, Multi-Award Winning Comedian Tim FitzHigham visit Shrewsbury & Bridgnorth

29th June 2016

To commemorate the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare, join multi award-winning comedian Tim FitzHigham for wild Morris dancing, near death, arrest and injury as he takes on the challenge of the greatest stand up comedian in history - Will Kempe.


Over 20 bands to perform at the Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival; 9th and 10th July

24th June 2016

The popular Ironbridge Gorge Brass Band Festival will take place over the weekend of 9th and 10th July outdoors on The Green at the Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron. Now in its 13th year, the free family event showcases some of the finest brass bands from Shropshire and the surrounding counties; this year there will also be a special guest band from Germany giving the festival an international flavour. With some 20 bands performing, it’s the largest, non-competitive brass band festival in the country.


Apley Farm Shop hosts show jumping event

24th June 2016

Apley Farm Shop will host a Pony Club show jumping event this Sunday, 26 June, with 264 competitors from 15 pony clubs in Area 7 of the Pony Club. The winners go to the Pony Club Championships held 19-22 August at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire. Apley Farm Shop will host a Pony Club show jumping event this Sunday, 26 June, with 264 competitors from 15 pony clubs in Area 7 of the Pony Club. The winners go to the Pony Club Championships held 19-22 August at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire.


Tate Britain expert presents Elisabeth Frink talk at Cosford

17th June 2016

The work of British sculptor Dame Elisabeth Frink CH DEB RA will be the focus of an art lecture taking place at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford next month. The lecture entitled ‘Elisabeth Frink: The Expressive Power of Bronze' will be presented by guest speaker Frank Woodgate, a lecturer and guide at Tate Britain and will take place on Monday 4 July 2016.



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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