By Ann Evans

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Boy at Workshop at Coalport China Museum

For family days out which are fun, interesting and enlightening, take the kids along to the Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Telford, Shropshire. There’s a host of different activities going on between 26th July and 3rd September, that everyone will enjoy.


This year is the Ironbridge Gorge Museum’s 50th anniversary and you’re invited to join in all kinds of furnace, fire and steam inspired events marking the anniversary and celebrating the power and innovation behind the Industrial Revolution.

Trevithick engine at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Blists Hill Victorian Town is always a wonderful day out as you step back in time and experience first hand what life was like for the Victorians. You can even get to chat to a Victorian shopkeepers, Innkeepers and locals as they go about their day to day work.


Over the summer holidays various steam machines will be in action on different days, offering an opportunity to get up close and personal to discover how they work and learn more about the importance of steam in Victorian times. The Town’s replica of Trevithick’s Coalbrookdale 1802 locomotive and the newly restored Winding Engine will be amongst the machines in steam.

Coalport China Museum kiln (med)

A highlight every Wednesday morning will be the chance to see the furnace ablaze in the Town’s Iron Foundry and to watch a spectacular iron casting demonstration.


Younger visitors can follow a fun self-led family trail around Blists Hill to discover more about the role played by furnaces, fire and steam in the Industrial Revolution as well as take part in lessons in the Victorian School House. They can also enjoy seeing the magnificent heavy horses, pigs and chickens and have a go on the Victorian Fairground.  Whatever their age everyone is invited to join in the lunchtime and afternoon sing-a-longs in the New Inn.

Enginuity workshop

Over at the Enginuity Museum you can discover more about how steam, fire and furnaces were used in the Industrial Revolution through a variety of fun, and safe, hands-on activities.  Different activities will take place during different weeks, when families can join drop-in workshops to try enamelling, pewter casting or use their imagination to create a paddleboat to sail across Enginuity’s pool.


Coalport China Museum gives visitors an opportunity to gain inspiration from the bottle kilns then use your creativity to sculpt a model from air-drying clay at the furnace, fire and steam themed family workshops. These drop-in sessions will take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday during the summer school holidays from 26th July to 3rd September. Also, every day throughout the holidays young artists can also decorate ceramic money boxes or fridge magnets and paint delicate china flowers.


Most of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums are open daily from 10am until 4pm; Blists Hill until 4.30pm. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing unlimited entry into all ten costs £25 per adult, £20 for seniors, £15 for children (16 years or under), £68 for a family of two adults and all their children and £50 for a family with one adult; under 5s free. Visit the website for more savings and for details of day to day activities.  or call  01952 433 424

Iron casting at Blists Hill Victorian Town