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Need a New Year Resolution?! Take the Towering Challenge to help support St Leonard’s Church Bridgnorth.

12th December 2011

If you have ever wanted to see Bridgnorth through the eyes of a bird why not take part in the CCT’s Towering Challenge abseil on Saturday 24th March 2012?


Restored Upton Cressett Hall wins hidden gem award

8th December 2011

One of the finest Tudor manor houses in Shropshire has been voted as the UK’s top hidden gem at an award ceremony. Upton Cressett Hall, near Bridgnorth, beat off competition from some of the country’s top attractions to land the prestigious Hudson’s Heritage Industry Award.


The World’s First Christmas Card is Delivered to Ironbridge

7th December 2011

Today greetings cards are an essential part of our Christmas celebrations but the custom of exchanging cards did not start until 1843, another wonderful Christmas tradition we have to thank the Victorians for.


The Florin Street Band to support ITV’s Text Santa appeal Music Video Filmed at Blists Hill Victorian Town

5th December 2011

The spectacular Victorian-themed Christmas song; My Favourite Time of Year by The Florin Street Band, whose music video was filmed at Blists Hill Victorian Town in the Ironbridge Gorge, is set to benefit numerous charities this Christmas as it becomes the theme to ITV’s Text Santa appeal.The YouTube hit recently caused a stir across the pond when the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” requested permission to perform it at their high profile concerts in Washington D.C. – an honour rarely bestowed upon modern-day Christmas songs.


Culinary expert welcomed to Blists Hill Victorian Town for Christmas cooking demonstrations

5th December 2011

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums are set to welcome culinary expert Simon Smith to Blists Hill Victorian Town for a series of live cooking demonstrations this Christmas. These special cooking demonstrations will take place during the weekends of 10 – 11 and 17 – 18 December as part of the Museums’ Victorian Christmas events which will also feature Father Christmas and his reindeer, brass bands and a Punch and Judy show.


Ironbridge Gorge Museums extend ‘Our Sporting Life: Sporting Heroes’ exhibition until 9th September 2012

30th November 2011

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums are extending the ‘Our Sporting Life: Sporting Heroes’ exhibition for a further seven months until 9th September 2012 due to popular demand (it was planned to close on 29th February 2012). The temporary display, which celebrates Shropshire’s rich, sporting heritage, forms part of the Science Sport Life programme of events, part of the national ‘Stories of the World’ project, which is at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.


Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Shropshire - Open during festive break for a great family day out

29th November 2011

For a fun day out during the festive period (26 December – 3 January) 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. Whether you are interested in a recreated Victorian town, hands-on interactives, fine china, decorative tiles or the history of iron making, it’s all to be found in this fascinating World Heritage Site.


Severn Valley’s ‘Santa’ trains hit a new high in popularity

29th November 2011

Times may be hard, and families everywhere are being forced to make cuts and compromises in their spending. But in the Midlands, it seems there’s one seasonal tradition that families are absolutely NOT prepared to compromise upon – and that’s their annual visit to see Santa at the Severn Valley Railway.


Ironbridge Gorge Museums to host the Ironbridge Lecture

18th November 2011

The prestigious Ironbridge Lecture will once again be hosted by the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust on Tuesday, 6th December in the Engine Shop at Enginuity in Coalbrookdale. The annual lecture, held in partnership with the University of Birmingham, will be delivered by the University’s Professor of Community History and Director of the BirminghamLives project, Professor Carl Chinn MBE.


Christmas Shopping at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums

10th November 2011

With shops packed with unusual gift ideas the Ironbridge Gorge Museums are the place to head in the run up to Christmas. To help you make a dent in your Christmas shopping list they are holding a series of free special shopping events.



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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