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Free Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival. Saturday 19th September 2015 (28th April 2015)

Free Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival. Saturday 19th September 2015

The free Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival, which is supported by Telford & Wrekin Council, will be taking place this year on Saturday, 19th September with heritage talks and walks. In addition there will be a high quality craft and food market, live street entertainment and family activities from 12noon until 5pm. New for 2015 is a fantastic painting competition

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.

Local residents and visitors will be able to enjoy a 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 work. In the Market Square there will be demonstrations and displays celebrating the remarkable heritage of the Gorge and street entertainment will keep the crowds amused throughout the day. Any organisation interested in having a stand should contact Katie Tusel for details on 01952 435900 or email

Younger visitors can bring out their arty side and take part in free, hands-on art activities and throughout the day visitors can discover more about the history of the Gorge as there will be a variety of free walks, talks and a fun trail.

To celebrate how the Iron Bridge has been represented by artists over the centuries the organisers are running a competition for local artists to create a piece, which depicts the Bridge and its surroundings in their own particular style. The artwork must be completed on-site during the five hours of the Festival and be ready for judging on the day. The winner will be awarded a prize of £200 and their masterpiece will be exhibited at Telford & Wrekin Council’s main office until the end of the year. For further information and an application form please contact Barbara Taylor on 01952 435900 or email

Visitors to the event will also be able to explore the many riverside shops, pubs, cafés, antique shops, craft centres, restaurants and museums.

As there will be road closures in central Ironbridge and car parks will be for Festival Permit holders only, all visitors should use 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. Station Road car park in Ironbridge will be available for accessible parking only.

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust has been commissioned by Telford & Wrekin Council to manage the Festival on their behalf.

For information about the event visit, call 01952 433424 or email