To celebrate Telford’s 50th birthday next year, 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 will mark the opening of Telford’s 50th anniversary year on 1 and 2 January.
On New Year’s Day and on 2 January, from 5pm until 10pm, seven laser light beams will shoot across the night sky over Telford and Wrekin, figuratively connecting the borough communities and kick-starting a year-long programme of events to celebrate Telford 50.
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!
4 August: Tenor Russell Watson
5 August: Scheherazade and 1001 Nights
6 August: Sounds of the 60s
7 August: Supersonic 70s Show
8 August: Dara O’Briain
9 August: 80s Mania
10 August: Boyzlife
11 August: Al Murray
16 August: Collabro
To book visit the place website or call 01952 382382.
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.
Next year’s “Spring into the Park” will celebrate St Georges Day in suitable style on 22 April 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, that many people said they would like to see return for next year’s town celebration.
Next 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.
The annual Kite Festival will turn into a “Kite and Flight” Festival on 12 and 13 May. Next year will feature even more spectacular acrobatic aerial displays with stunt kites, large scale kites and, for the first time in many years, we will bring a host of hot air balloons to fly over Telford.
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.
There are lots more to come to mark the 50 unique anniversary and the programme of events will continue to be updated.