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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.


Bring dad for free on Father’s Day to a Sherlock Holmes themed event at Blists Hill Victorian Town; Sunday 19th June

16th June 2016

Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, is inviting all dads to come as their guest on Sunday, 19th June when they can follow in Sherlock Holmes footsteps at a detective themed Father’s Day. Admission to the Victorian Town will be free for fathers, when accompanied by another full-paying adult.


Spectacular new photographic exhibition ‘Empires of Emptiness – Fortresses of the Sahara and the Steppe’ Jackfield Tile Museum, Ironbridge until 21st September

16th June 2016

A stunning new free photographic exhibition now open at Jackfield Tile Museum, in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, considers how empires expand into deserts and explores these vast spaces of wind, sand and stars.


Coal Mining Heritage Weekend Saturday 2nd July to Sunday 3rd July

16th June 2016

Severn Valley Country Park is delighted to be hosting a Coal Mining Heritage Weekend co-ordinated by Alveley Historical Society on Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd July.


Bring Dad along to Dudmaston for Father’s Day fun

16th June 2016

Dudmaston is celebrating brilliant Dads on Sunday 19 June with a day of traditional sporting pursuits. Join us in the garden where Hawk Walk will be flying their stunning birds of prey or have a go at archery with Shropshire Scouts.


Events Day at Severn Valley Country Park

13th June 2016

Shropshire Council rangers at Severn Valley Country Park are pleased to announce a day of fantastic events on Sunday 26th June.


Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre Annual Family Fun Day 11th June

10th June 2016

Saturday 11th June sees the annual family fun day at the award winning Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.


Could you discover Britain’s favourite Hidden Gem?

9th June 2016

Leading pork pie manufacturer, Pork Farms, is on the hunt to find the nation’s top three favourite Hidden Gems – and need the people of Britain to help them to find them.


Museum celebrates Armed Forces Day with concert and flypast

7th June 2016

The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will once again celebrate the contributions made by Her Majesty's Armed Forces, by hosting an orchestra concert and a Hurricane flypast on Saturday 25 June for Armed Forces Day.


Visitors welcomed at Morville Hall

3rd June 2016

Visitors welcomed at Morville Hall


Friends of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

3rd June 2016

The Friends of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service in recognition of nearly 50 years support for the independent Museum, which has national and international standing.


‘Great British Bake Off’ contestant headlines at Cosford Food Festival

1st June 2016

Organisers at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford are delighted to be welcoming ‘The Great British Bake Off’ contestant Beca Lyne-Pirkis to this year’s Cosford Food Festival. Beca who took part in the popular TV show in 2013 will be headlining on the demo stage both days at the 23rd-24th July event, showcasing her modern twists on family favourites.


Shropshire Hills Art Week

26th May 2016

Have you ever wondered how art is made? Now is the time to find out! From Saturday 4th to Sunday 12th June 2016.


WIN a Lost Lanes Book by Jack Thurston

25th May 2016

Jack Thurston, best-selling author of Lost Lanes and presenter of the Bike Show, takes readers on a freewheeling tour of the lost lanes and forgotten byways of wild Wales, Herefordshire and Shropshire.


Open Farm Sunday is back again at Apley Farm Shop

13th May 2016

Apley Farm Shop is yet again, for the fifth year running, organizing Open Farm Sunday on Sunday 5th June; in conjunction with a national organization called LEAF – Linking Education And Farming - delivering more sustainable food and farming.


A joyful evening of music at Severn Valley Country Park

11th May 2016

Shropshire Council rangers at Severn Valley Country Park are delighted to be welcoming popular singing group, Severn Singers and brass ensemble, Random Brass for their only joint performance this year.


Help Ironbridge Gorge Museums Win the Night Connect! Art Competition

6th May 2016

Ironbridge Gorge Museums are excited to announce that we have reached the finals of the Museums at Night Connect! Art Competition.


WIN a Red Arrows prize package worth £1,000

6th May 2016

To celebrate the successful launch of the Royal Air Force Museum’s ‘Names on a Plane’ fundraising campaign, museum bosses are giving members of the public the opportunity to win a Red Arrows prize package worth £1,000. The winner will see their name written on the wings of a world famous RAF Red Arrows Hawk Jet, that will fly throughout the 2017 display season!



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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