Festival of Imagination

A celebration of the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site kicks off next week. Running from 12th September to 15th October, there is a massive programme happening. People say “something for everyone” too often, but in this case, I think it is true. Arts, entertainment, family days, walks and cycle tours, food, comedy and film.

I’m not going to outline the full programme here. Suffice to say that you should head to the festival website with your diary in hand and get booking all the bits you want to visit. There are a few items that are worth highlighting though, I reckon. Taste The Gorge sounds particularly interesting, led by Adam Purnell, but details are yet to be released for that event!

Ironbridge Together

A full day of activity on 24th September. Plenty for the kids to do, live music and craft demonstrations. You can even learn to sing in a male voice choir, if (you’re a bloke and) you’ve always fancied trying your hand at a spot of barbershop. The vintage car rides sound pretty awesome too.

The Coracle Stories

It is taking place in the New Coracle Shed. The exhibition brings together newly commissioned artworks with archive footage and recordings. Hear the real coracle mens’ memories of life on the river. A great way to learn about a fascinating piece of local history.

Telford Bike Hub

The bike hub is doing a load of stuff during the Festival of Imagination. Try out a tandem for free – because honestly, who doesn’t want to do that? You can have the kids take part in learn-to-ride sessions. Adults and kids alike are invited to join one of the guided cycle tours of the area. Why not get your bike checked and fixed by the qualified mechanics from the hub? Perhaps you’ve left it out in the shed for a bit too long but are keen to get back out there!

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