Telford 50 - What's Next?

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To celebrate Telford’s 50th birthday, the Council has organised and supported a range of anniversary celebrations and events. These included festivals, carnivals and other festive activities that people could join in.

Telford 50 main events that took place in 2018


Telford 50 Laser Art Installation - 1 and 2 January 2018

A unique laser art display by laser artist Dal Badial marked the opening of Telford’s 50 anniversary year on 1 and 2 January.

A gallery of photos from this event can be viewed on flickr.

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The Telford Pantomania, Oakengates Theatre @ the Place - 25 March – 5 April 2018

Last year also saw Oakengates Theatre @ the Place’s reach 50. To celebrate this, the Theatre hosted a newly commissioned Telford-themed pantomime from 25 March to 5 April. Especially written for Telford @50, Pantomania, paid homage to the people and places of Telford in a fun packed traditional family show with all the expected characters, comedy gags, audience participation and frivolity.

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Sakura Festival, Telford Town Park Maxell Gardens - 21 April 2018

The Friends of the Town Park invited people to celebrate Telford’s half century with a special event sponsored by Telford-based Japanese company, Maxell.

The Sakura Festival took place in Telford Town Park’s Maxell Gardens on 21 April and in addition to beautiful flowering cherry trees, a taste of Japan has been recreated with live Japanese music, Taiko Drummers, Japanese street food and more.

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Spring into St George's Day, Telford Town Park, Queen Elizabeth II Arena – 22 April 2018

Last year's “Spring into the Park” celebrated St Georges Day in suitable style on 22 April 2018 with a host of magical activities and entertainment, in Telford Town Park’s Queen Elizabeth II Arena. Arena spectacles, food and fun but also some exciting nostalgic elements from old town events, such as Super Saturday were present.

A gallery of photos from this event can be viewed on flickr.


Telford Balloon and Kite Fiesta – 12 - 13 May 2018

The annual Kite Festival turned into a “Telford Balloon and Kite Fiesta” on 12 and 13 May. Lindstrand Technologies brought a variety of hot air balloons that floated throughout the day and were also tethered in the QE11 arena.

A gallery of photos from this event can be viewed on flickr.


Telford's Got Talent - 15 June 2018

To mark both Telford’s 50th birthday and 50 years of Oakengates Theatre @ The Place, ‘Telford’s Got Talent’ 2018 Live Show performance took place at Oakengates Theatre, on Friday 15th June.


Discover Digital, Southwater – 28 June 2018

This exciting event that took place last year gave local junior and secondary schools the opportunity to engage with the latest digital and technological developments. View more details.

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Telford Carnival - 15 July 2018

Telford's annual carnival was on Sunday 15 July. This year we marked the anniversary with an awesome, colourful carnival celebrating Telford’s people and places, our heritage and our bright future. See more.


The Place In The Park – 4 -19 August 2018

Oakengates Theatre moved to Town Park QEII Arena in August as part of a very special ‘big top’ experience, that seated up to 1,000 people.

This unique entertainment experience included comedy, music, dance and children’s shows.

Classical Singer Russell Watson opened the event. Boyzlife, featuring Boyzone and Westlife band members Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden appeared as part of their national tour and other highlights of the musical programme included sixties, seventies and eighties party events.

Top line comedians Al Murray and Dara O’Briain have been also part of the Big Top run.

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Telford Film Festival - 14 September to 31 October 2018

Between 14 September and 31 October there's been a jam-packed month of screenings and special events in venues all over town, from railway adventures and zombie attacks to camp sing-alongs and silent classics.

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Telford 50 birthday date - 29 November 2018

The festive fun kicked off in Southwater on Telford’s 50th Birthday - 29 November, where there was a special grand opening event to celebrate this momentous occasion. Find out more and watch the video of the night.


Telford Community Pride Awards - 29 November 2018

The Awards took place at Telford International Centre on Telford's 50th birthday date, to recognise and celebrate individuals, groups and businesses that are making a difference in our communities – helping to make Telford special.

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