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Museum launches new Cold War Lunchtime Lecture series

2nd March 2017


On 17 March, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be hosting the first Cold War Lunchtime Lecture of 2017 with a lecture entitled ‘Coping with Technological Uncertainty: Military Aircraft Procurement, 1945-1957’. In this lecture, Professor Keith Hayward, a consultant and writer on aerospace and aviation issues, will examine Britain’s military aircraft procurement process during the early period of the Cold War.

Growing Day at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre - Sunday 5th March 10am – 3pm

28th February 2017


As hints of Spring comes forth – so does our Growing Day. Join us for a day of potatoes, family fun and all things growing.

Ironbridge Gorge Museums celebrate 50th anniversary and opening of refurbished Museum of Iron

27th February 2017


2017 is going to be a significant year of anniversaries for Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge Museums as its not only 50 years since the founding of the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust in 1967, but also 300 years since the death of Abraham Darby I, widely recognised as the man who started the Industrial Revolution.

Final call for food festival applications

27th February 2017


Closing date for exhibitor applications is Tuesday 28 February 2017

50 People to flip pancakes on the Iron Bridge Shrove Tuesday, Tuesday 28 February

23rd February 2017


As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations staff at the Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust are organising a huge pancake flipping contest on the world-famous Iron Bridge.

The Land of Lost Content Book

23rd February 2017


Patrick Fly and The Land of Lost Content Museum owner Stella Mitchell need your help in creating a 272 page case-bound book celebrating the collection of the Land of Lost Content, a museum dedicated to ephemera.

Borderlines Film Festival 2017 weekend at Ludlow Assembly Rooms

23rd February 2017


Borderlines Film Festival returns to Ludlow Assembly Rooms from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 March for a weekend crammed with cinema treats.

Blists Hill Victorian Town receives top Gold VisitEngland Accolade for its visitor experience second year in succession

16th February 2017


Blists Hill Victorian Town, one of Shropshire’s 10 Ironbridge Gorge Museums where life over 100 years ago is recreated, has received the highest Gold accolade from VisitEngland in recognition of the quality of its visitor experience for the second year in succession.

Celebrate the birth of flight at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums Half-term 18th – 26th February

14th February 2017


You can celebrate the birth of flight during the February half-term with an array of themed family activities at Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge Museums as part of their 50th anniversary celebrations.

Attention for those who love beer and cycling, Ludlow Brewing Co sportive in Support of Parkinson

14th February 2017


Letsgovelo have combined with the Ludlow Brewing Co to put on a sportive in support of Parkinson’s UK. The event will have two distances of 25 (Fun Ride) and 70 miles (Challenge Ride) taking you through the best countryside that Shropshire has to offer.

Tusker; Shropshire Hills Discover Centre's little Fantastic Beast returns for Half Term starting Monday 20th February

13th February 2017


Exciting news here at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre, our woolly Mammoth Tusker returns just in time for Half Term after his make-over.

German bomber wings its way to the Midlands

6th February 2017


A rare example of the great German multi-role combat aircraft of the Second World War, the Junkers Ju88, has been transported by road to its new home in the Midlands. This particular aircraft, a Ju88R-1 night-fighter version, travelled 130 miles from the Royal Air Force Museum London, to its sister site at Cosford, Shropshire where it will soon go on public display.

It’s plane fun for youngsters at half term

2nd February 2017


February half term is just around the corner, so if you’re starting to plan how you’re going to entertain the children, look no further than the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford who are inviting families to participate in a fun model making activity.

From the RAF Museum with LOVE!

1st February 2017


This Valentine’s Day give your loved one a romantic gift with wings on…..something extra special and meaningful…..available now from the Royal Air Force Museum shop!

Oswestry has been named one of the top 10 most beautiful English market towns

30th January 2017


The list announced by website ‘Britain and Britishness’ last week places the town alongside the likes of Keswick in Cumbria and Henley-on-Thames in Oxfordshire.

Join in the 10 year anniversary celebrations for the National Cold War Exhibition

25th January 2017


On Tuesday 7 February 2017 the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be marking the 10th anniversary of the award-winning National Cold War Exhibition with a special event for aviation fans.

High-flying offers at low prices this January!

13th January 2017


Christmas may be over for another year and the high street January sales are already in full swing, but if you’re looking to treat yourself to something special with your left over Christmas money, the Royal Air Force Museum has a huge selection of unique items available with savings of up to 50% off the RRP.

Twixmas opening at Ironbridge Gorge Museums, Shropshire for a great family day out 26th – 31st December

22nd December 2016


For a fun day out during the Twixmas festive period, 26th – 31st December, go along to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire’s stunning Severn Valley where six of the ten museums will be open daily from 10am until 4pm. They will only be closing on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

Blists Hill to featured on BBC on Christmas Day

14th December 2016


A programme filmed at a Shropshire museum will air on Christmas Day.

Greg Davies to host first-ever Shrewsbury comedy festival

13th December 2016


Comedian and actor Greg Davies is to appear at the first ever Shrewsbury International Comedy Festival.

Take a sleigh ride with Santa at the RAF Museum!

2nd December 2016


For the Christmas period, up to and including 31st December, our 4D Experience will be taking on a Christmas theme.

Work begins on £200,000 Ludlow caravan holiday park project

1st December 2016


Work has begun on a new caravan holiday home park on the edge of the historic market town of Ludlow, which is renowned as the food capital of England.

Christmas has come early at Cosford!

28th November 2016


It’s being to look a lot like Christmas at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, as the Shropshire attraction has received a rather large delivery in the form of three Second World War aircraft! The Boulton Paul Defiant Mk 1, the Gloster Gladiator 1 and the Westland Lysander III have all been safely transported by road from the museum’s London site and are currently being prepared for display at Cosford.

Enhancing the visitor experience with free Wi-Fi at the RAF Museum Cosford

24th November 2016


The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford is now offering visitors free Wi-Fi across its entire site thanks to a generous donation from the Aerospace Museum Society.

Shropshire Hills Discovery Christmas Craft Fair

23rd November 2016


Join us for our Christmas Craft Fair and festive celebrations here at the award winning Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre over the weekend of 26th-27th Novemberfrom 10.00am – 4.30pm

New textile printing workshops at Enginuity

23rd November 2016


New textile printing workshops for grown-ups are being hosted at Enginuity in Coalbrookdale, one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums over the weekend of 26th and 27th November.

Shrewsbury rated one of the Best Small UK Towns for Winter Breaks

22nd November 2016


Our county town Shrewsbury is said to be one of the top 10 best small UK towns for winter breaks according to The Guardian. The town has been commended on its historic buildings, modern restaurants, cosy pubs and independent shops and it’s believed to sparkle in the Christmas season.

100th Anniversary of Mary Webb’s first book

22nd November 2016


This year marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of ‘The Golden Arrow’, the first novel from one of Shropshire’s greatest writers, Mary Webb. Her life and work are firmly centred in her native county and the Mary Webb Society are celebrating with a programme of events.

Festive fun afternoon for families

21st November 2016


Later this month, the access and learning team at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be collaborating once again with students from City of Wolverhampton College, to bring some FREE festive fun to the museum for young families.

Two new aircraft wing their way to Cosford

14th November 2016


A Messerschmitt BF109G-2 and a de Havilland Tiger Moth II, are the first of six new aircraft to arrive at the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, having been transported by road from the museum’s sister site in London. Visitors can now view the brand new arrivals on display in the museum’s hangars with four more aircraft due to arrive before Christmas.

Four Actors - One Mystery- No Clue Sherlock Holmes set to visit local community venues this Christmas season in “The Hound of The Baskervilles”

11th November 2016


Famed for their Shakespeare summer season UK tours, professional Gloucester based Rain or Shine Theatre Company are delighted to be on tour again this Christmas season with a unique adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale which is booked into community venues across the UK ranging from a stately home to village halls.

Visitors invited to join Remembrance Service at Cosford

3rd November 2016


On Sunday 13 November, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will hold a Service of Remembrance, paying respect to those service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice during their tours of duty.

Flamingos send ironworks staff into a flap

2nd November 2016


Does anyone know if these are real or sculptures? We arrived at the Centre today to find this flock of flamingos walking across the park.

Severn Valley Country Park welcome awarding winning photographer, John Robinson for a fascinating illustrated talk

31st October 2016


Shropshire Council rangers are very happy to be welcoming awarding winning photographer, John Robinson to Severn Valley Country Park for a fascinating illustrated talk. In his talk John will shed light on the natural history of the Wyre Forest, a place he knows really well.

Spectacular Family Fireworks at Blists Hill Victorian Town

26th October 2016


See the night sky spectacularly lit up over Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Saturday evening, 5th November when the townsfolk will be celebrating Guy Fawkes’ foiled Gunpowder Plot with a fantastic family fireworks display.

‘Ghostbusters’ join Blists Hill Victorian Town’s Halloween Fright Night on Saturday, 29th October

26th October 2016


Blists Hill Victorian Town’s annual Halloween fright night takes on a new dimension this year with the arrival of cult characters from the Ghostbusters movies. The Town’s Ghostly Gaslight evening takes place on Saturday, 29th October, when the streets, shops and houses will be transformed into eerie places filled with ghosts, ghouls and monsters.

Make Pneumatic Monsters at Enginuity Autumn half-term

21st October 2016


Use your imagination to design and make a scary Halloween monster from craft materials then see how quickly you can make it move using compressed air at Enginuity, near Ironbridge, Shropshire during the autumn half-term holidays.

Join-in Halloween ceramic workshops Coalport China Museum this October half-term

21st October 2016


Drop-in to a family ceramic workshop at Coalport China Museum, near Ironbridge during the half-term school holidays which run from 22nd to 30th October. You can paint a ceramic money box or join in some paper activities every day; additionally, between Tuesday 25th and Thursday 27th October you can sculpt a creepy creature from air-dry clay, maybe a bat, long-legged spider or gruesome rat, or a weird and wonderful creature only limited by your imagination!

Spooky Halloween themed tile decorating workshops at Jackfield Tile Museum

21st October 2016


Decorate tiles with your own spooky designs at Halloween themed workshops during the autumn half-term holidays at Jackfield Tile Museum, near Ironbridge. The designs can be as colourful and original as your imagination allows, perhaps a ghostly apparition, wicked witch on a broomstick or snarling black cat. The fun and informal sessions will take place on 22nd and 24th – 29th October.

Four Hotels given Special Praise by Top Tourist Guide

19th October 2016


Four family-run hotels in the region have been singled out for special praise in a guide which highlights Britain’s best places to stay.

Follow a Victorian ghost story trail at Blists Hill Victorian Town half-term 22nd - 30th October

17th October 2016


Families who visit Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge between 22nd and 30th October are invited to follow a Victorian ghost story trail around the historic streets. Discover how famous authors of the time, including Charles Dickens, wrote hugely popular works about spirits, ghosts, fog-shrouded graves and mysterious reflections appearing in mirrors. Some of the most famous stories will be included in the spooky trail.

October Half Term at Severn Valley Country Park

17th October 2016


Staff at Severn Valley Country Park are currently preparing for October half term. The visitor centre and tea shop will be open every day between Saturday 22nd October and Sunday 30th October from 11am-5pm. Tasty cakes, made to order sandwiches, homestyle soup and many other delicious snacks will be available daily.

Bring in the harvest at Dudmaston this Sunday

14th October 2016


Tuck into a taste of autumn at Dudmaston this Sunday 16 October and join us as we celebrate the bounty of fruit our orchard has produced this year. Sample some freshly squeezed Dudmaston apple juice straight from the press and buy a bottle to take home. Grow your own apples at home? We’ll press them for you. Donations welcome.

Halloween Spooktacular at the British Ironwork Centre Friday 28th October 2016

13th October 2016


The British Ironwork Centre’s Halloween Spooktacular returns this October and is set to be bigger and more ghoulish than ever! The family friendly fun day has become an annual favourite for all ages, with members of staff dressed to impress as some of the seasons most loved and terrifying characters, ready to entertain visitors.

Calling all Penguins, Bluebirds & ‘Erbs – Your Museum Needs You!

6th October 2016


2018 marks the centenary of the Royal Air Force.

New aircraft arrivals heading to Cosford

5th October 2016


The Royal Air Force Museum Cosford will be welcoming a collection of new aircraft to the site later this year as it prepares to celebrate and commemorate the centenary of the Royal Air Force in 2018. New arrivals will include a Wolverhampton built Boulton Paul Defiant Mk 1, the last surviving example of its kind, plus a rare Messerschmitt BF109G-2.

Spookley Pumpkin Festival at Apley Farm Shop

5th October 2016


A farm shop near Bridgnorth hosts one of the busiest halloween pumpkin festivals in Shropshire. Apley Farm Shop began organizing the Spookley Pumpkin Festival in 2012. This year it’s running 15-16 Oct & 22-30 Oct, which coincides with the schools’ half term week.

Creepy crafts at Cosford this Halloween!

4th October 2016


October half term is almost upon us and this year the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford has a range of devilish Halloween crafts for your little monsters to take part in. These spookily creative activities cost just £1 each and will run from 24-28 October between 11.30am and 3pm with all materials provided by the museum.

The Shropshire Mammoth – Talk by Dr Adrian Lister – 6pm Saturday 8th October

30th September 2016


To commemorate the discovery of the Shropshire Mammoth 30 years ago Dr Adrian Lister will be giving a fascinating talk on the Shropshire Mammoth as part of our celebrations here at Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre.

Experience the virtual skies at Cosford

30th September 2016


Aviation fans can experience the virtual skies in Shropshire next month as the Flight Sim 2016 event heads to the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford. Taking place on Saturday 8 October, aviation enthusiasts will enjoy a day packed with all the latest flight simulation software and the chance to test out their virtual flying skills.
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