Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival celebrates UNESCO sites in historic Shropshire

By Culture24 Reporter | 21 September 2012
A photo of a spectacular purple and white firework display above a dimly-lit bridge
Fireworks will illuminate the Ironbridge sky on Saturday© Ironbridge Gorge Museums
Festival: Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Festival, Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire, September 22-30 2012

The World Heritage Site on the River Severn in Shropshire is a spectacular maze of historic places, ranging from Blists Hill Victorian Town and the Museum of the Gorge to Jackfield Tile Museum and design and technology centre Enginuity.

Celebrating its UNESCO status, central Ironbridge will welcome crafts, food, stalls and street performers this weekend, featuring family activities, river cruises, donkey rides and performances by school bands and Barbershop Choruses.

A firework display shimmers above the industrial arches in the evening, but before then there’s a chance to enjoy guided tours by local historians, explaining the history of the Gorge and its deserved place on a list which includes the Great Wall of China and the Pyramids.

An imaginative programme fills the following week, with traditional craft demonstrations and portable steam engines among the highlights in a heritage and craft weekend at Maws Craft Centre next Saturday and Sunday (September 29-30).

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