Telford & Wrekin Council today announces Festival Telford – three seasons of events across the borough that have been boosted by a £56,000 grant from Arts Council England.
Telford is the place to be during the spring, summer and autumn of 2016 with an entertaining calendar of events lined up to be enjoyed by both residents and visitors.
The Arts Council funding will principally support three major events – the Carnival of Giants on July 16, T Picnic in Telford Town Park on September 3 and a River Festival on the River Severn in Ironbridge on September 17.
However, there are also a number of events that are being organised by Telford & Wrekin Council during the course of the next few months.
A busy 2016 kicked off with a community celebration event in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site and was followed on April 2 by Spring Into The Park – a celebration of Telford Town Park being voted the best park in the UK in the Fields In Trust awards.
Thomas The Tank Engine and the Fat Controller were the star attractions among a host of fun activities for all the family taking place across the park and the event was attended by more than 3,500 people.
The next event is on the evening of April 21 when a symbolic Beacon will be lit at Southwater to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday as part of a national trail of over 1000 Beacons nationwide with Her Majesty the Queen lighting the principal beacon at Windsor Castle.
The Abraham Darby Band will play at this event which will be attended by councillors, representatives of the Lord Lieutenant’s office, the Royal British Legion and other dignitaries.
May 30 will see the return of the hugely popular Drive In Movie when film fans will be able to relax in the comfort of their own car and enjoy a classic movie.
It is taking place in Telford Shopping Centre’s Red Oak car park (by McDonalds) and features three films. Despicable Me 2 will be shown from 2pm, ‘80s classic Dirty Dancing will be on screen from 5.30pm and the recently released Star Wars: The Force Awakens film will finish off the evening, from 8.30pm.
July 16 will see the first event to directly benefit from the support from Arts Council England in the shape of the Carnival of Giants. This community inspired event will build on alast years first carnival.
This year Telford & Wrekin Council is looking to increase the scale and spectacle of the event, with a parade of giant creatures heading to Southwater led by a Tyrannosaurus Rex. This will be followed by fun for all the family in the Telford Town Park QEII Fields In Trust Arena.
The Telfood Feastival (correct spelling), a first for Telford, takes place on Saturday July 30 and Sunday July 31and brings over 130 local, home grown exhibitors from across the region for a weekend of foodie fun.
The action does not stop with the onset of autumn either. Saturday September 3 sees the Town Park host T Picnic - a world Picnic and music day.
This event celebrates world cultures and food while showcasing music, dance, food and scents from around the world. This is an event for all the senses.
The following day, Sunday September 4, sees another first for Telford Town Park with an event that promises to be visually spectacular.
In partnership with West Midlands Kite Festival we will see the first ever Kite Festival in Telford Town Park. There will be pop up kite making workshops in the lead up to it and the day itself will see the air filled with colourful kites.
Families will be encouraged to bring a picnic or visit a range of food traders on the day as they enjoy the skies being transformed by hundreds of kites.
The third event to benefit directly from funding from Arts Council England will be the new River Festival, which will incorporate the annual World Heritage Festival, in Ironbridge on September 17.
This will showcase 30 years of the Ironbridge Gorge being a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The council’s arts team will be working with internationally recognised art companies to create a unique spectacle in the gorge, focusing around the Iron Bridge itself and the River Severn.
Councillor Shaun Davies, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Customer Services, said: “We have already made a fantastic start to the 2016 events calendar with the community day in Ironbridge and the hugely successful Spring Into The Park event.
“Going forward we have an action packed few months of spring, summer and autumn events lined up. Our aim is to create a series of vibrant and exciting events, showcasing the culture and diversity that Telford has to offer.
Councillor Liz Clare, Telford & Wrekin Council’s cabinet member for Leisure Services and Culture, said: “We are very grateful to Arts Council England for having the vision to support us with funding which means our original programme of events will be greatly enhanced.
“It enables us to offer a lot more for residents and visitors alike to enjoy – Telford is definitely the place to be!”