The Festival of Imagination is back with a packed programme of events starting next week.

The Festival of Imagination is back with a packed programme of events from 15 September to 2 October 2022, taking place in various venues throughout the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site including the Salon Perdu, the beautiful Spiegeltent to be located in Dale End Park.

The variety of music, workshops, poetry and walking events on offer throughout the festival means that there really is something for everyone. From music icon Toyah to The Graffiti Classics and many other performers including folk music from The Unthanks and the razzle dazzle of the Queenz Show. The poetry events bring a flavour of the English landscape, the Caribbean and stories from the Punjabi Women’s group and there is also a workshop if you want to get your own creative juices flowing.  Film screenings at the festival include Disney classics, horror and family shows and you can also book on to the free chocolate and puppet making workshops with a number of these films. And if comedy is more your thing sign up for one of the Telford Comedy Club events which include Lost Voice Guy plus guests. In addition Adam Purnell known as Shropshire Lad will be making a guest appearance at the festival cooking up some of his famous culinary treats on Sunday 2 October. 

Cllr Carolyn Healy (Lab), Climate Change, Green Spaces, Natural and Historic Environment and Cultural Services said: “We are extremely excited to be hosting this amazing event in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site. The event programme is a truly eclectic mix and brings together performers and activities from such a wide range of genres and we are looking forward to seeing the beautiful Salon Perdu filled with music, performances and workshops for visitors to enjoy. This is an opportunity to celebrate the international significance of the Ironbridge Gorge and the creativity and ingenuity that changed the world. The Festival of Imagination is just one of the many events brought to you by Telford & Wrekin Council and includes funding from the On Your Side investment into events and leisure. We look forward to seeing you there!” 

There will be a Park and Ride facility in operation during the weekends of the festival. Alongside the Festival programme and taking place in Ironbridge will be free entry days to the Coalbrookdale sites at Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust on 17 and 18 September, Ironbridge Together Day will see a traffic free Open Day along the Wharfage with pop up shops and entertainment and there will be the Night of Light on 24 September which this year sees Dale End Park illuminated. 

The event takes place from 15 September to 2 October in the Ironbridge Gorge, Telford and all tickets for the event are available on Festival of Imagination website and Tickets Telford and updates on Facebook page IronbridgeFestival.