Ten Telford Treats to Tempt
Of our three main campus sites, Telford Campus is based in the greenest location – nestled in the heart of the Shropshire countryside. And there’s plenty to enjoy in the area, whether you’re more likely to battle through fellow shoppers at the mall than the undergrowth in the forest. So here’s our lowdown on some of the things you can get up to.
1. Telford at 50!
Telford recently celebrated its 50 year anniversary, with a whole programme of special events – making it a great time to be based at Telford Campus! Whether you’re after top comedians like Dara Ó Briain or our very own Honorary Doctor of Social Science, Al Murray, you can snap up some great entertainment right on your doorstep.
2. The Great Outdoors
If you're someone who loves the great outdoors, then Telford delivers plenty to keep you entertained. With half a dozen parks offering everything from woodland to canal walks, you'll also find remnants of the region's industrial heritage interwoven in the landscape. And if that’s not enough to satisfy your wanderlust, get your boots on and explore the Shropshire Hills – a listed Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, which includes the iconic Wrekin.
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If you're an aerial acrobat, or a budding Batman, why not have a go on the aerial ropes course at Telford Town Park? As part of the Telford at 50 celebrations, the high ropes section is being reopened – so grab your mates and see who will brave the high walks! Just don’t look down… And if that’s not enough of an adrenaline rush, why not head for the dry slopes or ice skating rink?
4. Shopping and showreels
If you’re happiest racking up the mall miles, then head to Telford Shopping Centre – its 25 acres should keep your pedometer ticking. Or you’ll find top names like TK Maxx, Next and Gap at Telford Forge. And then there’s the whole Southwater One complex to keep you entertained. After a hard day’s shopping, take a break at one of its restaurants, or put your feet up and brush up on your film studies at the Imax cinema. You can even squeeze in a visit to our University Centre Telford to get some inspiration about your future education.
5. Putting the ‘fun’ in ‘funicular’
If boutique shops and a unique experience are your thing, why not head to nearby Bridgnorth? Among its attractions is the Bridgnorth Cliff Railway, linking Low and High Town. Its retro appeal is the perfect preparation to explore the town’s quirky cafes and castle ruins.
6. Strapped for cash? Geocache!
If your student budget is stretched to the max, why not get involved in the geocaching – the outdoor treasure hunt craze that’s sweeping the globe? Simply use your smartphone or GPS, create a free geocaching account, and go! There are millions of geocaches of different shapes, sizes and difficulties, including over a dozen close to Telford Campus, so unearth your inner treasure hunter and get out there to discover what’s hidden on your doorstep!
7. Wild for wildlife
If you’re looking to connect with some of England’s native wildlife, then you’ve got a great starting point. With 126 Sites of Special Scientific Interest within the Shropshire Hills, you might soar with red kite, goshawk or peregrine falcon; spot diminutive dormice; or if you’ve got a lucky streak, you might even see a pine martin in the Clun Valley – adding to the first confirmed sightings in England for over 100 years!
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8. Those magnificent men in their flying machines
Our Faculty of Science and Engineering has some impressive links with the Royal Air Force at RAF Cosford, and joins in the fun at its annual Air Show. Only 15 minutes’ drive from Telford Campus, its museum runs exciting events throughout the year. Special events in 2018 celebrated 100 years since the formation of the RAF, and unique opportunities for those who love all-things-engineering continue, including the chance to get up-close with aircraft, continue.
9. Cast-iron attractions
Only 15 minutes’ drive from our Telford Campus brings you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ironbridge. The Iron Bridge itself, raised in 1779, had some well-deserved TLC, with English Heritage embarking on its largest conservation project to date. #ProjectIronBridge So you can now see it in all its glory. But there’s more than ‘just’ the bridge to explore – the historic site boasts 10 award-winning attractions great and small, so why not travel back in time at Blists Hill Victorian Town, or see the treacle-like bitumen oozing in the Tar Tunnel? If there was ever the perfect excuse to enjoy some fish & chips…
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10. What’s in a name..?
Get your best selfie pose prepared! Some people collect autographs, others train numbers… and then there are those of us who love a curious or comical place name. If you’re one of us, the countryside around Telford Campus offers a veritable smorgasbord of snigger-worthy signs to hunt down. Whether you head to the home of the modern Olympics; Much Wenlock, or visit “The Westminster Abbey of the Midlands” in Tong, why not take a detour through hamlets and parishes including: Arscott, Boreton, Crackleybank, Cruckton, Dawley, Frodesley, Nobold, Picklescott, Pulverbatch, Plealey, Snailbeach, Trench… and so many more!