Telford 50 is Coming Soon...

Headline events

To celebrate Telford’s 50th birthday, the Council is organising and supporting a range of anniversary celebrations and events. This include festivals, carnivals and other festive activities that people can join in.

What's on next

The Place In The Park – 4 -19 August 2018

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 www.telford50.co.uk/bigtop 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.


Telford Film Festival - 14 September to 31 October 2018

There are lots more As a part of Telford’s 50th birthday celebrations between 14 September and 20 October we have 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.

Check out the 18 films showing during as a part of the film festival programme.


Other main Telford 50 events that took place earlier this year:


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.


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

This year also sees 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.


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.


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

This 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.


Big Fish Little Fish - Birthday Rave with Rave Legend Glenn Aston, Oakengates Theatre @ The Place  – 27 May 2018

The Big Fish Little Fish crew brought our award-winning, critically acclaimed family rave to Oakengates Theatre @ the place to celebrate the Town’s 50th Birthday!

"Happy Birthday" themed rave party, with raves designed to be as much fun for adults as children and are social, creative, anarchic, daft and a lot of fun for all. 


Discover Digital, Southwater – 28 June 2018

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


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.