Festivals, Carnivals and Events

Make a clay ghost at Halloween themed workshops at Coalport China Museum 21st – 29th October

clay making

Sculpt your own ghost, pumpkin or creepy bat from air-drying clay to take home at the Halloween themed ceramic workshops at Coalport China Museum, near Ironbridge.  Part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums’ 50th anniversary celebrations, the drop-in sessions will take place Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the October school half-term holiday from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October.

 

Every day throughout the holidays young artists can also decorate ceramic money boxes or fridge magnets and paint delicate china flowers. 

 

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

Santa grotto

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 22-23 and 29-30 November and 6-7, 13-14 and 20-21 December.

 

Gorgeous things for Gorgeous People…

Gorgeous things for Gorgeous People…

The Gorgeous Christmas Craft & Food Fair at Enginuity, Coalbrookdale 18th and 19th November

 

The long-running Gorgeous contemporary designer craft fair returns to Enginuity in 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…

 

…and that includes exquisite and unusual jewellery, glassware, ceramics, textiles, fine furniture, prints and metal work from the regions finest designer makers.  With a wide variety of handmade designs and individual artworks on offer, you’ll find a wealth of Christmas gift ideas, from magnificent one-off designer pieces to affordable goods. 

 

‘Life-saving surfing’ helps military heroes overcome trauma and injury

Military heroes who competed in a world-first adaptive surf championship in North Wales say that surfing has helped them to overcome trauma, mental ill-health and serious physical injuries.
 
Sixteen surfers, all either serving military or veterans who have battled physical or mental injury, competed for the top spots in the Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship last Saturday (23rd September 2017). The free-to-attend one-day tournament took place at inland surf lagoon Surf Snowdonia, seven miles from the sea at Conwy.
 
Winner of the open category, Yianni Karakousis, served as a Captain in the Royal Engineers. He suffered horrific injuries in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan in April 2013.
 

Surf Snowdonia to host Help For Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship

FREE one-day event will take place on Saturday 23 September
 
Surf Snowdonia will host another world-first event later this month which will bring together some of the UK’s most impressive military surf athletes.
 
The Help for Heroes Adaptive Surf Championship, which is sponsored by Stance, will see adaptive surf athletes from the UK’s Army, Royal Navy and Air Force compete for top spot in a friendly one-day tournament. The emphasis of the day will be on inclusion and breaking down barriers, and it will be free for spectators to attend.
 

Mrs Beeton’s Christmas

Dr Annie Gray

 An evening with Food Historian and TV presenter Dr Annie Gray Coalbrookdale Monday 27th November

 

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. 

 

The Ghosts of War Touch Commonwealth War Graves Historians and Theatre Cast

The Ghosts of War Touch Commonwealth War Graves Historians and Theatre Cast

Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) historians opened their doors this week to the MESH Theatre Co. The cast of Journey's End, were invited to identify with the characters they play in the Centenary revival of RC Sherriff’s WW1 play; to be performed at Kruitmagazijn (Ammunition Store) in Ypres, Oct 10 – Nov 12.

 

The Journey’s End writer was wounded at Passchendaele in August 1917. His famous trench play written a decade later is both a time-piece and a documentation of timeless themes - comradeship, sacrifice, hero-worship, trauma and the recklessness of powers-that-be. All this is told through the simple story of soldiers in a dugout just before a massive attack in 1918 (Operation Michael).

 

Traditional Victorian Halloween

Blists Hill Victorian Town where life over 100 years ago is recreated

Experience a traditional Victorian Halloween at Blists Hill Victorian Town, during half-term 21st – 29th October 

 

Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge as they celebrate Halloween in traditional style during the autumn half-term, 21st - 29th October. The Victorians marked All Hallows Eve with some curious customs and unusual ritualssuch as carving turnips (rather than the modern day pumpkins) into Jack-o-lanternsto frighten away evil spirits.

 

Dorset County Show!

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The Dorset County Show 2017 will be held on the 2nd & 3rd September, with attendances expected to top 60,000 people.

Celebrating the best of agriculture and rural life, The Dorset County Show is run by Dorchester Agricultural Society and was established in 1840. The two-day show attracts 60,000 people and is held each year at the Dorchester Showground. Designed to promote agribusiness through traditional competitions, events, and demonstrations, the show offers the farming community the chance to exhibit the best of their wares to the public.

Ghostly Gaslight Halloween fright night

Ghostly Gaslight

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

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. 

 

SPAM® CAN Tour Returns To Blackpool Air Show!

SPAM® Can Tour Returns To Blackpool Air Show!

Following the success and fun of last year’s tour we have decided to do it all over again and show the British public what SPAM® products CAN really do! This year’s tour sees a return visit to Blackpool. We will be showing Blackpool Air Show crowds the versatility and great taste of SPAM® Products and giving away free samples of cubed SPAM® Chopped Pork and Ham paired with classic cheese or pineapple.

Blists Hill Victorian Town Holds its first Steampunk Weekend Festival

Steampunk Weekend Festival

‘The Town that Never Was’ 1st – 2nd July

Steampunks and their friends are invited to Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge over the weekend of 1st and 2nd July for its first ever Steampunk Festival. The fantastical ‘Town that Never Was’ day and evening event is part of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations.

A neo-Victorian scientific fantasy, steampunk is all about mixing the old and new. It re-imagines today’s technology powered by 19th century steam, combined with lots of good humour, fun, games and elaborate fashions inspired by Victorian and Edwardian costumes, reinvented for the 21st century and beyond.