Going ape at Town Park gorillas

Visitors to Telford Town Park will be going ape next week – when two iron gorillas arrive for the summer!

Going ape at Town Park gorillas

The two gorillas are coming to the Town Park courtesy of the British Ironworks Centre today (23 March) and will be located in the Park’s Chelsea and Maxell Gardens.

Their arrival coincides with the Park’s water play feature opening for the season from Good Friday (25 March).

This kick starts a fun series of events in the Town Park over the Easter break.

A nature trail guided walk takes place between 1–3pm on Thursday 31 March and costs £2 per person or £5 per family.

Spring Into The Park - Telford & Wrekin Council’s celebration of the Town Park being voted the best in the country in the Fields In Trust awards – takes place on Saturday 2 April between 11am–4pm.

The star attraction is Thomas The Tank Engine and the Fat Controller, which will appear on the hour at Stirchley Chimney for 40 minutes at a time (11–11.40am, 12–12.40pm, etc).

Spring Into The Park is a free event but has some chargeable activities, such as face painting and an Easter Egg hunt.

On  2 April, visitors will also be able to experience a carriage ride around the QEII Arena operated by Steve Ledsham’s Shire & Carriage Horses (£1 per person).

Tuesday 5 April will see the Town Park host an orienteering day with a cost of £5 per team. Sessions take place at 11am, 1pm and 3pm and advance booking is advised as spaces are limited.

Teams of pairs are recommended and will be tasked with using maps to find posts around the park’s orienteering course. Participants should be aged eight or over and children under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Thursday 7 April is the date for a guided walk on the Park’s heritage trail, starting at 11am. This will showcase some of the artefacts that have been found during recent archaeological digs and explain what they have told us about the park’s history. This is £2 per person and £5 per family.

A bug house workshop takes place on Friday 8 April, where people are invited to make their own bug house at the Town Park Visitor Centre. This event runs from 1–3pm and costs £10 per bug house.

Councillor Liz Clare, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Leisure Services and Culture, said: “We are very proud of our award-winning Town Park and the Easter break is when it really comes into its own.

“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors from far and wide and we feel we have a varied programme of family activities for people to enjoy, with Spring Into The Park on Saturday 2 April very much the showcase.

“Hopefully we will nice weather over the next couple of weeks and lots of people will come out to enjoy our beautiful park.”

More information can be found at www.telfordtownpark.co.uk