World Heritage Festival
Saturday 21st September, 12noon-5pm
The free Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival will be taking place this year on Saturday 21st September from 12-5pm with heritage talks and walks, a fantastic high quality craft and food market, live street entertainment and family activities.
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 street market running parallel with the river along the Wharfage and offering a range of high quality locally produced 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 community. 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.
Younger visitors can take part in free hands-on art activities in the Merrythought Village, where they can also enjoy a donkey ride for a small fee.
Throughout the day visitors can discover more about the history of the Gorge as there will be a variety of free walks and talks which detail different aspects of area’s rich industrial past and follow a specially designed trail around the town.
Visitors to the event will also be able to explore the many riverside shops, pubs, cafes, antique shops, craft centres, restaurants and museums.
All visitors to Ironbridge should use the fast, free and frequent Ironbridge Park and Ride Service that operates from the top of Jiggers Bank (TF4 3QE) and takes you into the heart of the event. Station Road car park in Ironbridge will be available for Accessible Parking only and all other car parks will be for special permit holders only.
The Park and Ride bus will be operating a 30 minute service from Legges Way until 11.00 it will then become a 10 minute service until the last bus at 18.00. The service will be free.
As part of the National Heritage Open days week, a number of owners of historic properties in Madeley are opening up their properties for visitors on Saturday 14th September. Some of the properties are open to the public during the year, but others are being opened especially.
The 10 properties involved include (with their opening hours):
• St Michael’s Church (10:00 – 2:00)
• Fletcher Memorial chapel (10:00 - 2:00)
• Madeley Baptist church (10:00 - 2:00)
• Madeley Court Hotel (12:00 – 2:00)
• Maddocks Physiotherapy, Park Avenue (10:00 – 12:00)
• 77A Park Street (former Bethesda chapel & cinema) (10:00 – 2:00)
• Anstice Memorial Institute (11:00 – 2:00)
• St Mary’s Catholic church (10:00 – 2:00)
• Hall Barn complex (Madeley Hall) (10:00 – 12:00)
• All Nations Inn (12:00 – 2:00)