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40th anniversary Grease outdoor cinema experience at Blists Hill Victorian Town Friday 6th July

26th June 2018

Fans of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John will be treated to an outdoor screening of the original 1978 Grease film with a difference at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Friday evening, 6th July.


Teddy Bears’ Picnics at Apley Farm Shop

25th June 2018

Children from Shropshire are being invited to bring their teddy bears & go down to the woods this summer at Apley Farm Shop between Bridgnorth & Telford. Every childhood should include a Teddy Bears’ Picnic & there are six Wednesday picnic dates to choose from.


Classic car day is back again

25th June 2018

A farm shop near Bridgnorth is holding its seventh annual classic motor day on Sunday July 15th. All classic & vintage cars & motorbikes are invited to be on display at Apley Farm Shop, with prizes awarded at 2pm. It’s a free event – free for cars to register & free for anyone to come & admire them.


Steampunk Festival Weekend returns to Blists Hill Victorian Town 23rd – 24th June with Evening Concert

12th June 2018

Grab your top hat and goggles and come dressed in your steampunk finery as you enter a world like no other for the second Steampunk Weekend Festival at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge with day and evening events over the weekend of Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th June.


Apley Maze ticket competition opens

7th June 2018

Fun-filled summer days for all ages can be found in a new maze at a farm shop between Telford & Bridgnorth. Apley Farm Shop is expecting to open its first maize maze on Sunday 15 July. “Our exact opening date of course depends on the weather over the next few months”, explained Lady Hamilton, Marketing Manager.


New family attraction near Bridgnorth

23rd May 2018

Fun-filled summer days for all ages can be found in a new maze at a farm shop near Telford & Bridgnorth. Apley Farm Shop is expecting to open its first maize maze on Sunday 15 July. “Our exact opening date of course depends on the weather over the next few months”, explained Lady Hamilton, Marketing Manager.


Weston Park prepares for Bank Holiday Weekend Food Festival

22nd May 2018

Preparations are well under way for the Great British Food Festival taking place in the grounds of the stunning Weston Park, near Telford over this Bank Holiday Weekend.


Bee-rilliant May Half Term Activities at Severn Valley Country Park

22nd May 2018

The Shropshire Council rangers at Severn Valley Country Park are getting ready to celebrate our pollinator friends, bees, with a buzzin’ half term trail and activities. This is all in celebration of the Great British Bee Count citizen science survey that runs from 17th May to 30th June 2018.


Celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday at Blists Hill Victorian Town Spring bank holiday weekend 26th and 27th May

22nd May 2018

Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge over the spring Bank holiday weekend of 26th and 27th May, when they will be celebrating the birthday and long reign of their much loved Queen Victoria with great pomp and pageantry.


Museums at Night

16th May 2018

As part of the nationwide Museums at Night festival of arts, culture and heritage, Enginuity, one of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums will be opening its doors free of charge on Friday 18 May from 5pm- 8pm. During the evening you can join a talk and tour of two of the latest temporary exhibitions at Coalbrookdale and take part in hands-on family printing workshops.


Celebrate St George’s Day at Blists Hill Victorian Town Monday 23rd April

23rd April 2018

Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge as they celebrate the legend of St George, the patron saint of England, on Monday 23rd April, when the windows along the streets will be decorated in red, white and blue.


See the colossal engineering miracle ‘Man Engine’ at Blists Hill Victorian Town on Saturday 14th April

10th April 2018

The largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain, the Man Engine, is coming to Blists Hill Victorian Town on Saturday, 14th April when it will be the ‘star’ of spectacular daytime and evening events.


Egg-citing things are happening at Severn Valley Country Park this Easter

27th March 2018

Shropshire Council rangers are having an egg-cellent time preparing for all the fun activities happening this Easter at Severn Valley Country Park. The Easter Bunny will be joining us for a 2.5km fun run; there’ll be self-led trail and story time with The Highway Rat; children can get gardening and create sun catchers and as well as having a go at a bush tucker trial.


Easter Trails, Egg Dancing, Easter Bonnet Parade and Baby Chicks at Blists Hill Victorian Town

22nd March 2018

Join the residents at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge in Shropshire as they celebrate Easter in traditional Victorian style with Egg Dancing, plus an Easter bunny trail, chocolate egg making demonstration, Easter Bonnet Parade and a chance to see baby chicks hatching. Events will vary day-to-day between Friday, 30th and Sunday 15th April.


37 Life-sized silhouettes at Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron mark centenary of Women’s right to vote in the Ironbridge Gorge

28th February 2018

A poignant, free exhibition of 37 life-sized silhouettes of women has been installed on The Green at Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, one of the 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire, marking the centenary of women’s right to vote and the continued inequality that existed for a further 10 years. Whilst there has been much talk about women being given the right to vote 100 years ago, less attention has been given to the fact that the vote was not given to all women.


Free admission to Ironbridge Gorge Museums for mothers on Mothering Sunday 11th March

26th February 2018

The Ironbridge Gorge Museums are inviting mums to enjoy a day out as their guest on Mothering Sunday, 11th March, when accompanied by another full-paying visitor. This free entry offer includes Blists Hill Victorian Town, Coalport China Museum, Jackfield Tile Museum, Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Museum of The Gorge and Enginuity.


Mammal Safari at The Mere in Ellesmere

26th February 2018

Shropshire Council Rangers at The Mere in Ellesmere are delighted to be welcoming Sam Devine - Turner from the Shropshire Mammal Group to give a talk and guided walk on mammals.


A sole survivor, a force of nature and locos spanning the centuries will star at 2018 Spring Steam Gala

21st February 2018

From a scrapyard ‘no-hoper’ to the last of its kind – a range of locomotives with a real story to tell will star at the Severn Valley Railway’s 2018 Spring Steam Gala, from March 16th- 18th.


Take part in creative activities during February half-term at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums: 17th – 25th February

16th February 2018

Join hands-on workshops, activities and family trails on a ‘Create Another World’ theme at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums during the school half-term holiday, which runs from Saturday 17th to Sunday 25th February.


Fieldbounce Valentines Competition

12th February 2018

Fieldbounce Music Festival is delighted to be working in partnership with Lion Quays Resorts. The music festival is currently hosting a competition where customers who purchase a Fieldbounce ticket before the 14th of February could win a ‘weekend spa and dining treat for two’, courtesy of proud sponsors Lion Quays Resort.


Shropshire Kids Festival – It’s coming to Telford International Centre February Half

12th February 2018

Shropshire Kids Festival has seen huge success over the past 2 years with the Shrewsbury event attracting over 10 000 families having THE best fun for kids aged 0-14 years old. In fact the event has been so successful that demand has bought them to Telford International Centre for February half term 2018.


Try intaglio printing at Blists Hill Victorian Town

7th February 2018

Visit Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge in Shropshire over the February half-term break between 17th and 25th February and try your hand at the intaglio printing technique, which was used by the Victorians more than 100 years ago.


Swashbuckling family fun at the SVR this half-term

29th January 2018

Arr me hearties, there’s a whole treasure chest of pirate-themed family fun to be opened at the Severn Valley Railway this February Half-Term.


Dinosaurs seen roaming around Enginuity

15th January 2018

Go along to Enginuity, near Ironbridge during the school half-term holiday between 19th and 23rd February and be the star of an extraordinary dinosaur augmented reality experience. Then design and build your own flying Pterodactyl and become an archaeologist as you ‘Dig-up a Dinosaur’.


New digital workshops for all ages at Enginuity, Ironbridge Gorge Museums January - March

11th January 2018

Discover more about digital coding at a new series of workshops for all ages in the FabLab at Enginuity, the Ironbridge Gorge Museums’ National Design and Technology Centre at Coalbrookdale. Separate sessions for children and adults will be held on certain days between 17th January and 18th March; no previous experience is needed to take part.


Kids Go Free at Ironbridge Gorge Museums until 31st December 2017

21st December 2017

As a finale to its 50th anniversary celebrations, the Ironbridge Gorge Museums are offering free admission to all children aged up to 16 years who are accompanied by a paying adult from now until 31st December 2017.


Tiny Tots Trail of Treats set to enchant little ones at Blists Hill Victorian Town in December

30th November 2017

Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, is putting some magic into Christmas especially for their youngest visitors with an enchanting festive trail for under fives. Available on selected days leading up to Christmas, the fun, new Tiny Tots Trail of Treats will delight children and their grown-ups as they follow clues to find treats around the Town on 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21 December.


Make your own Christmas Wreath!

27th November 2017

On Friday 15th 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.


Christmas Market this weekend at farm shop

21st November 2017

The Christmas season really begins this weekend at a farm shop near Bridgnorth. The indoor Apley Christmas Market has free entry & is a great day out for all the family. Many of Shropshire’s finest food producers will be present to showcase their products. Visitors will also find Shropshire artisan crafters, offering unique handmade Christmas presents, including candles, cushions, jewellery & even shark's teeth. Apley’s own staff will be showcasing their own products, handmade onsite all year round, including our award winning mince pies.


Barn Owl visiting Severn Valley Country Park

21st November 2017

Shropshire Council rangers at Severn Valley Country Park are delighted to be welcoming the chairman of World Owl Trust for an evening talk held in the visitor centre. Alan Peace will be giving an illustrated talk examining the plight of the barn owl. This beautiful bird is the most endangered owl in the UK.


Gorgeous things for Gorgeous People… The Gorgeous Christmas Craft & Food Fair at Enginuity

16th November 2017

The long-running Gorgeous contemporary designer craft fair returns to Enginuity at Coalbrookdale, near Ironbridge this November and, for the first time in its history, entry is free. That means you can save your money for all the lovely things you’ll find there.


Is this the tallest Christmas tree in Shropshire ! Great prizes when you guess its height

8th November 2017

A farm shop near Bridgnorth has just installed possibly the tallest Christmas tree in Shropshire. Apley Farm Shop’s courtyard is now decorated with a huge Norway Spruce Christmas tree, ready for the two day Apley Christmas Market, 10-4pm on Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November.


Mrs Beeton’s Christmas An evening with Food Historian and TV presenter Dr Annie Gray Coalbrookdale Monday 27th November

7th November 2017

Food historian and TV and radio presenter Dr Annie Gray will be giving a festive-themed talk looking at Christmas in mid-Victorian times through the eyes of Isabella Beeton. Taking place in the Engine Shop at Coalbrookdale on Monday evening, 27th November, ‘Mrs Beeton’s Christmas’ is part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations.


Remembrance Sunday Service to be held at Cosford

6th November 2017

On Sunday 12 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.


Spectacular Family Fireworks at Blists Hill Victorian Town Saturday 4th November

1st November 2017

See the night sky spectacularly lit up over Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Saturday evening, 4th November when the townsfolk will be celebrating Guy Fawkes’ foiled Gunpowder Plot with a fantastic family fireworks display.


Rare aircraft on show during Open Week

26th October 2017

A rare example of a Handley Page Hampden being restored at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be one of the highlights at the Conservation Centre Open Week taking place on 13-18 November 2018.


The Battle of Passchendaele remembered in an illustrated talk at Severn Valley Country Park

23rd October 2017

Local Military Historian, Kenneth Wright will be visiting Severn Valley Country Park as part of a series of talks to be held in the visitor centre over the winter months.


Shropshire County Hotels & Inns Visitor Survey Prize Draw Winner!

19th October 2017

Congratulations to our winner of the Shropshire County Hotels & Inns Visitor Survey Prize Draw. Our winner from Bath will be spending a 2 night stay at The Coach House in Norbury.


Dates set for Next Year's Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival

17th October 2017

Organisers of the highly successful Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival have announced the dates for next year’s event – extending the Festival length & adding venues in the process.


Half term model making at Cosford

16th October 2017

October half term is just around the corner, so if you’re starting to plan how you’re going to entertain the children, look no further than the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford who are inviting families to participate in a fun model making activity. Taking place from Monday 23 to Friday 27 October, little aviators can choose from a vast number of Airfix kits to build, including a 1:72 Mosquito, Sea Harrier, Mitsubishi Zero, Albatros or Sopwith Pup.


BIG NEWS: The colossal engineering miracle ‘Man Engine’ will be coming to Blists Hill Victorian Town on 14th April 2018

16th October 2017

After recent news of the win of the ‘Best Arts Project’ in the prestigious National Lottery Awards, it has was announced on Friday that the largest mechanical puppet ever constructed in Britain will rise again next Easter in an ultimate ‘Resurrection Tour’ and visit a number of sites around the UK including Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire.


Shrewsbury Depressed Cake Shop success as money raised for mental health

13th October 2017

Shrewsbury’s Depressed Cake Shop proved to be a huge success as local cafes and bakers rose to the challenge and created delicious grey cakes to raise awareness of mental health and funds for Shropshire Mind (Reg. Charity No. 1003117).


Apley Farm Shop's Pumpkin Festival bigger than ever

11th October 2017

The Spookley Pumpkin Festival is back again at Apley Farm Shop this Autumn, 14-15 Oct & during the October half term week 21-29 Oct.


Ironbridge Annual Lecture By Loyd Grossman, Chairman, Heritage Alliance Heritage in the Post Truth World

11th October 2017

This year’s Annual Ironbridge Lecture, ‘Heritage in the Post Truth World’, will be presented by Loyd Grossman, Chairman of the Heritage Alliance in the Engine Shop at Enginuity, Coalbrookdale on Tuesday evening, 31st October.


British Ironworks has the Golden Touch

6th October 2017

The British Ironwork Centre is to create a statue replicating the story of King Midas! The Myth of King Midas depicts the Kings gift of turning everything he touches to Gold, which later turns out to be a curse.


Ghostly Gaslight Halloween fright night at Blists Hill Victorian Town Saturday, 28th October

3rd October 2017

Dress up in your most scary costume and go along to the Ghostly Gaslight Halloween fright night at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Saturday evening, 28th October when the streets, shops and houses will be transformed into eerie places filled with ghosts, ghouls and monsters. The buildings will be illuminated in spectacular style and fireworks and pyrotechnic effects will light up the night sky.


Local Family Business Supports International Charity

27th September 2017

South Shropshire business and chamber member, Eaton Manor, is supporting an international charity, The International Egg Foundation (IEF), in its bid to improve nutrition, health and education in developing countries, by increasing egg production and consumption.


Flight simulation event heads to Cosford

21st September 2017

Aviation fans can experience the virtual skies in Shropshire next month as the Flight Sim 2017 event heads to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford for a fifth consecutive year. Taking place on Saturday 7 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.


Prestigious Royal Award for Severn Valley Country Park Volunteer Group

15th September 2017

Volunteers at a South Shropshire Country Park have been awarded the prestigious Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The award, which was created in 2002 to mark the Monarch’s Golden Jubilee, is the equivalent of an MBE for voluntary groups and recognises excellence in activities carried out by community groups.


Upcoming food courses and offers at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre!

12th September 2017

Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, run by local charity Grow Cook Learn has the aim of connecting people to the food, history and landscape of the Shropshire Hills. They now have a pop up kitchen, kindly sponsored by Ludlow Food Festival and are making the most of it with popular cookery courses for adults and children with everything from Cooking with Dinosaurs for children to cooking Sizzling Somosas with adults.



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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