World Heritage Festival
19 Sep 2015 – 19 Sep 2015
The free Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival will feature a great range of heritage talks and walks, a fantastic high quality craft and food market, live street entertainment and family activities.
Join us for the free Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival on Saturday 19 September with heritage talks and walks, a high quality craft and food market, live street entertainment and family activities from 12noon until 5pm.
With the world famous Iron Bridge forming the backdrop, the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival will be a great celebration of the area’s designation as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.
- High quality street market
- Delicious locally produced food
- Hands-on craft activities for all the family
- Street-side entertainment
- Historic talks
- A fun family trail
- Unusual gift ideas in the Town's shops
Enjoy the large high quality street market running parallel with the river along the Wharfage and offering a range of excellent foods, gifts and merchandise. Local charities and community groups will be running stands with raffles and fun challenges, all helping to raise vital funds and showcasing their good work.
In the Market Square join in family art activities including helping to make a giant tile panel with the Severn Gorge Countryside Trust, learn glass crafts with Kinki Glass, have a go at printing an Iron Bridge postcard or learn how to paint a scene with Elemental Arts.
Along the Wharfage you can see Billy the Mini Road Roller in full steam, Penny Farthings being ridden and colourful Morris Dancers performing traditional dances. The air will also be filled with music throughout the day with Woody the One Man Band, assorted street buskers, TADLOP, who will be singing songs from the shows, Coalbrookdale School and a wonderful Ukulele band.
Younger visitors can enjoy a donkey ride adjacent to the Tollhouse, join in the wonderful arts activities, follow a fun trail and enjoy a cuddle with the giant teddy bear at Merrythought Village. To celebrate the 85th anniversary of the founding of the Merrythought factory, a new commemorative teddy bear is being launched at the Festival and there will be special sweet treats for those purchasing teddies on the day.
The fascinating history of the Iron Bridge and the artists who have painted it over the centuries will be revealed by expert historians during two talks and both the Tollhouse on the Iron Bridge and the newly refurbished Museum of The Gorge will be open free of charge all day.
New for 2015 is a special art competition in which five local artists will be challenged to start and complete a work of art during the Festival. Visitors can watch the artists in action throughout the day and the winner will be declared at approximately 4.30pm.
The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has been commissioned by Telford & Wrekin Council to manage the Festival on their behalf.
We recommend using the fast and frequent Ironbridge Park and Ride Service that operates from the top of Jiggers Bank (Sat Nav TF4 3QE) into the heart of the event for a small fee. All of the Ironbridge car parks will be closed apart from the Station Road car park that will be available for Blue Badge holders only. There will also be road closures in the Gorge during the day.