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The area around the Ironbridge Gorge is one full of interest for those looking for a superb day out.
Shropshire is home to some of the world’s finest transport collections, including the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford, near Shifnal. The museum houses a fine collection of military and civil aircraft, and has recently expanded to include famous World War II fighting planes such as the Hurricane and Spitfire.
There are also German missiles like the V2 rocket and the Doodlebug on display, though they thankfully now have no military capability.
You’ll also find a wide range of aircraft from the world of civil aviation including British classics such as Britannia, Viscount and VC10, as well as a collection of research and development aircraft.
The museum also holds The Cosford Air Show and the Model Aircraft Rally each year where people glide in from all over the country to witness one of the best events in the aviation fans yearbook.
For those who prefer to stay firmly on the ground, you can experience life before Beeching by steaming along the Severn Valley Railway, the country’s largest collection of working steam trains and rolling stock. The railway puffs its way through sixteen miles of lovely countryside between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster. If you’re lucky you may even spot Thomas the Tank engine and his friends.
Fortunately the area around Ironbridge has no shortage of family days out.
For friends of our four-legged chums, you’ll never know Hoo will meet you at Hoo Farm Animal Kingdom. Topaz the lama, Quid & Itch the ostriches and Piggy Little the pig are all waiting to greet you. This award winning farm is best known for the famous Sheep Steeplechase, but there is lots to entertain the children, including lamb feeding, egg collecting and dear feeding to junior quad bikes, pony rides and craft activities.
While in the craft area, you can have a go at painting glass or pottery, throwing a pot on a potter’s wheel or candle dipping.
The region also boasts a collection of impressive stately homes. One of the most impressive is Weston Park which was the inspiration for ‘Jeeves & Wooster’ author PG Wodehouse’s Bladings Castle.
It was built in 1671 and is the ancestral home of the Earls of Bradford and is on the borders of Shropshire and Staffordshire. Disraeli, a Prime Minister of discernment said “you will find Weston beautiful, I marvel whether I shall ever see the like of it again.” He never did!
The parkland was designed by Capability Brown and stretches across one thousand acres, while the house itself contains art treasures, historic paintings, tapestries and period furniture.
Shopping in Shropshire can be a cultural experience too. There are art galleries and craft shops where more local talent show their wears and you can discover the next Hockney, Moore or Claris Cliffe before they become as famous (or as expensive).
If you want some fresh air, try one of Shropshire’s street markets. There’s one in virtually every town and others also have farmers markets and regular antique and craft fairs too.
Even our ‘Malls’ offer a different experience. Take the Telford Shopping Centre, one of the regions largest with 160 shops including big name stores such as Marks & Spencer’s, Debenham’s and Beatties. The centre is also all on one level, so it is easy to get around, even for our disabled guests. You’ll also find parking easy as Telford has over 4000 parking spaces.
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