Exciting plans for Telford 50

Up, up and away!

Over the weekend of 12 and 13 May, the skies over Telford will be filled with an array of weird and wonderful floating objects. But fear not – we’re not expecting an alien invasion… Telford’s Balloon and Kite Fiesta is just one of the events taking place over the year to celebrate the borough’s 50th anniversary (visit telford50.co.uk to find out more).

Lindstrand Technologies will be launching a variety of hot air balloons at intervals throughout the day, and you’ll also be able to see the huge craft tethered at the QE11 arena. On Saturday evening, the skies will glow with a soft light as floating lanterns bounce along to music. The nominated charity for the weekend is Severn Hospice.

The Midlands Kite Flyers will be flying their huge kites at the town’s Rugby Club and there will also be an opportunity to fly or make your own kites on the day. This is a free event, and families are encouraged to bring along a picnic and relax and enjoy the day – as long as the weather behaves itself, of course…

Big top

Two more shows have been announced for Telford & Wrekin Council’s Big Top summer celebrations to mark both Telford’s 50th birthday and 50 years of Oakengates Theatre @ The Place. The theatre is moving temporarily to the town’s QEII arena to showcase an extravaganza of entertainment in a 1,000-capacity venue called The Place in the Park.

S Club, 5ive and East 17 will perform at the Big Top on Wednesday August 15 – visit theplacetelford.com for more details.

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