To celebrate Telford’s 50th birthday, the Council is organising and supporting a range of anniversary celebrations and events. This will include parties, festivals, carnivals, events and other festive activities that people can join in.
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.
This year also sees Oakengates Theatre @ the Place’s reach 50. To celebrate this, the Theatre will host a newly commissioned Telford-themed pantomime from 25 March to 5 April. Especially written for Telford @50, Pantomania, will pay 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.
To book visit the place website.
The Friends of the Town Park are inviting people to celebrate Telford’s half century with a special event sponsored by Telford-based Japanese company, Maxell.
The Sakura Festival takes place in Telford Town Park’s Maxell Gardens on 21 April and in addition to beautiful flowering cherry trees, a taste of Japan will be recreated with live Japanese music, Taiko Drummers, Japanese street food and more. The evening gardens spectacle will be a ticketed event and you are advised to book early.
This year’s “Spring into the Park” will celebrate 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. Expect arena spectacles, food and fun but also some exciting nostalgic elements from old town events, such as Super Saturday. View more information.
The annual Kite Festival will turn into a “Telford Balloon and Kite Fiesta” on 12 and 13 May. Lindstrand Technologies will be bringing a variety of hot air balloons that will be floating above your heads at intervals throughout the day as well as being tethered in the QE11 arena for you to see. View more information.
The Big Fish Little Fish crew are bringing our award-winning, critically acclaimed family rave to Oakengates Theatre @ the place to celebrate the Town’s 50th Birthday!
Join us on the dancefloor for a "Happy Birthday" themed rave party. Our raves are designed to be as much fun for adults as children and are social, creative, anarchic, daft and a lot of fun for all.
To book visit the place website.
The annual “Carnival of Giants” on Sunday 15 July becomes a Carnival of Telford Giants, to mark the anniversary with an awesome, colourful carnival celebrating Telford’s people and places, our heritage and our bright future.
Communities are now being invited to take part and create costumes, music and dances for the procession, view more information.
Oakengates Theatre moves to the Town Park QEII Arena in August as part of a very special ‘big top’ experience, that will seat up to 1,000 people.
This unique entertainment experience includes comedy, music, dance and children’s shows.
Classical Singer Russell Watson will open the event. Boyzlife, featuring Boyzone and Westlife band members Keith Duffy and Brian McFadden will be appearing as part of their national tour and other highlights of the musical programme will include sixties, seventies and eighties party events.
Top line comedians Al Murray and Dara O’Briain will also be treading the boards during the Big Top run.
Acts with performance dates (and ticket on sale dates) are as follows. More acts to be announced soon!
To book visit the place website or call 01952 382382.
There are lots more to come to mark the 50 unique anniversary and the programme of events will continue to be updated.