Blists Hill Victorian Town offers first glimpse of latest attraction

The first CGI image of a new outdoor adventure experience set to open at Blists Hill Victorian Town this summer has been released today after the council gave plans the thumbs up.

Plans approved by Telford & Wrekin Council feature elevated walks above the woodland floor, a log-style basket swing, seesaw and lookout tower with a coal chute slide.

The Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust chief executive Nick Ralls said: “We’re so excited to be bringing this landmark project to life, it’s a huge milestone development for us.

“We know this lockdown has been extremely difficult and that families are currently chomping at the bit to get out and about and have adventures, so now seems like the perfect time to give them a little teaser of what we’ll have waiting for them this summer.”

The Trust, a registered heritage conservation and education charity which cares for 35 listed buildings and structures in the Gorge, has called the experience the ‘Madeley Wood Company Outdoor Adventure’, after the Madeley Wood Company that historically ran mine operations on the site.

Ralls added: “I’m delighted the scheme has now been approved by the Local Planning Authority and we can make a start on the next phase. Our museums might have been closed due to lockdown, but hopefully this project will show that we’ve been working relentlessly behind the scenes.”

The play area has been designed by Creating Adventurous Places (CAP.Co), which is creating a similar playground on the Queen’s Sandringham Estate.