The second day of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival, which is being held over the weekend of 21st – 23rdSeptember, features upcycling fun and family entertainment in Ironbridge with events and activities for all ages in and around the town, many of which are free of charge.
Fun filled and free, the ReCreation Day in Dale End Park on Saturday 22nd September, 10am and 4pm, is being organised by Veolia in partnership with Telford & Wrekin Council. Go along to this huge family friendly festival and discover how to upcycle rubbish into beautiful things with over 40 stalls, workshops and games run by Shropshire artists, designers and musicians who have given items a new lease of life. See the upcycled dragon on display, buy gifts made from materials that used to be something else, make musical instruments from rubbish and tuck into food and drink from local producers.
The Museum of The Gorge will also be open from 10am to 4pm for free. Here you can discover more of The Gorge’s remarkable history and why it became a World Heritage Site. A new film using digitised clips from the Media Archive of Central England (MACE) will show nostalgic images of coracles on the River Severn, the Iron Bridge and scenes from a visit by one of Telford’s famous sons, football legend Billy Wright.
Ironbridge’s historic Lime Kilns on the Wharfage will be transformed into a performance space with a packed programme of live music and drama featuring Hotbuckle Productions, TADLOP theatre group, Morris Dancers and more. An outdoor exhibition along the Wharfage will depict the Town’s history, while the walk way alongside the Iron Bridge will be open to see the restoration work up close. All of Ironbridge’s many specialist shops, cafés and pubs will be ready to welcome Festival goers throughout the day
The Festival continues on Sunday, 23rd September with a Family Heritage Day in Coalbrookdale with lots of fun family activities and free admission to Coalbrookdale Museum of Iron, Enginuity and Darby Houses.
The annual Festival celebrates Ironbridge Gorge’s World Heritage Site status, which ranks it alongside the Great Wall of China, Pyramids of Egypt and India’s Taj Mahal in terms of its historical significance. The Festival has been made possible thanks to Telford & Wrekin Council with funding from Arts Council England.
The Ironbridge Gorge Park and Ride will operate on Saturday, 22nd and Sunday, 23 September. Located at the top of Jiggers Bank (sat-nav TF4 3QE), from where a fast and frequent bus service will operate to Ironbridge for a small charge of £1 for adults and 50p for children under 16 years of age.
For more information about the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival visit www.ironbridge.org.uk or call 01952 433 424.