Local Events

Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival

From: 4th May 2019
To: 12th May 2019

The team behind the hugely popular annual Ironbridge Gorge Walking Festival have launched their long-walks programme for the 2019 festival.

The event, running from 4th – 12th May, is offering more than 50 FREE walks over nine days, making it probably the biggest in the West Midlands and one of the best in the country.

The festival offers a number of ‘themed’ walks ranging from two to 21 miles covering a whole host of topics from the wonderful landscape and geology of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site to the wildlife that inhabits The Gorge’s ancient woodlands.

The walks are graded in terms of suitability, from walks for everyone through to walks for experienced countryside walkers.

Long Walks Programme
The festival is offering a number of long walks for 2019 with five walks of more than 20 miles and six walks of more than 15 miles.

The long walks include The Wrekin and a Rifle Range, taking on some of the less well-known paths on this famous hill, and The Gorge by Rail, a linear walk starting and ending at a railway station and passing through the World Heritage Site.

These routes are aimed at more experienced walkers with the aim of providing a challenging but enjoyable day out. They range in length from 12 to 21 miles and mainly involve walking away from roads; some include steep ascents. Walkers will also need to carry enough food and water for the whole day.

There is also an opportunity to complete the 50 or 100-mile challenge in the nine days by completing the series of daily long walks. Some of these comprise two walks of approximately six miles each, with a break to allow time for lunch in Ironbridge.

The full Walking Festival programme, which will include shorter walks for families, themed wildlife walks, wellness walks and walks to music, will be published later in the year and a leaflet available early 2019.

All walks are free; however, pre-booking is essential as numbers are limited to a maximum of 20 people. Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome on some walks, but please check before booking.

To reserve a place or request a copy of the programme contact the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre by email at tic@ironbridge.org.uk or call 01952 433 424. For more details about the walks visit www.ironbridgewalking.co.uk or email info@ironbridgewalking.co.uk.


Shropshire Kids Festival

From: 11th May 2019
To: 12th May 2019

Following the success of the 2018 event, Shropshire Kids Festival is back in 2019.

As last years event was so popular we will once again be opening the gates at 9am for VIP visitors so BOOK EARLY as these spaces are limited and save money as tickets are discounted for early birds! www.shropshirekidsfest.co.uk

With so many activities in one place – from the giant waterslide to massive inflatables, to music, drama and sports we have everything to create and inspire!


Telford Balloon and Kite Fiesta

From: 11th May 2019
To: 12th May 2019

Telford’s skies will be filled once again with hot air balloons for the spectacular Balloon Fiesta on May 11 and 12, offering free family fun and entertainment.


Shropshire Pub in the Park – The Quarry, Shrewsbury

Date: 7th June 2019

A social weekend with over 150 real ales served by local breweries, lager bar, a gin den, wine bar, Pimms tent and quirky artisan alcohol to try.

Accompanied by fantastic pub grub inspired food stalls, the best in live music, comedy and much more entertainment and merriment!

Following on from the success of Shropshire Oktoberfest we thought we would do it all again but in the sunshine!


The RAF Cosford Air Show

Date: Sunday, 9th June 2019

The RAF Cosford Air Show is the Royal Air Force’s only official Air Show.

With over 50,000 visitors annually, the Air Show has an action-packed six-hour flying display with powerful demonstrations of modern military aircraft, captivating appearances from iconic vintage aircraft and adrenaline pumping aerobatic displays.

Throughout the airfield, there will be a huge assortment of static displays, including a Vintage Village, the RAF Zone and the STEM Hangar which gives visitors a chance to get real hands-on experience of what it is like to be in some of the most diverse and exciting jobs around.

There really is something for all the family to enjoy and you are guaranteed to be entertained and inspired.

Please note this is an advance ticket only event. Tickets can be purchased through the website www.cosfordairshow.co.uk


Shrewsbury Food Festival

Date: 29th – 30th June 2019

A festival that welcomes more than 20,000 people each year, the Shrewsbury Food Festival born from the passion of good food, celebrates the best of the best when it comes to food, local crafts, local music and amazing activities.

The perfect family day out with so much to look forward to.