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World Heritage River Festival


17 Sep 2016 – 17 Sep 2016

Help us celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Ironbridge Gorge becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site - free family event.

Join us in Ironbridge for the free World Heritage River Festival on Saturday 17 September – celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Ironbridge Gorge becoming a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The event, organised by Telford & Wrekin Council assisted by the Museum, promises to be an unforgettable and spectacular day out and will feature entertainment and activities spread across the Gorge.

The Festival will culminate with a magical river procession finale featuring illuminated boats, music, performers and pyrotechnics - put on by outdoor arts experts Walk The Plank.

Most of the activity during the day of the Festival will take place at Dale End Park and will feature arts and crafts, music, dance and street theatre, heritage crafts, walks and talks, fun fair, markets, food and drink and more.

The Wharfage will be closed for carriage rides, a steam engine, street entertainment and live music, food and entertainment put on by the Wharfage businesses.

Admission to Museum of The Gorge and the Ironbridge Tollhouse will be free on the day of the Festival, 17 September. We will also be hosting heritage talks and walking trails in the Gorge.

The Festival will last from 2-9pm and the river procession starts at 7.30pm. Visitors are advised to use the park and ride facilities at either end of the Gorge. More information about the River Festival can be found on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Outdoor arts experts Walk The Plank have an impressive portfolio of operating flame and pyrotechnic shows on water including the Mersey River Festival, Henley River Festival, Greenwich and Docklands Festival, the Manchester Ship Canal Centenary and Sound To Sea Commonwealth Games.

The 2016 Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage River Festival is supported by Arts Council England.

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