While Telford may not be challenging Birmingham’s crown as the West Midlands’ premier entertainment hub, it still promises visitors a diverse mix of music, comedy, theatre and a healthy sporting roster.
Telford’s music scene is nothing if not eclectic. Championing local talent, up-and-comers and throwing it back to the wonder years, Telford’s music venues really do have something for everyone.
If rock is your mantra, head to The Haymarket. Touted as the place for live music in the town, this music venue-cum-bar invites local, unsigned and college bands to the stage. Playing their own work or recounting the rock masters of the past for the ever-popular tribute nights, The Haymarket’s lineup brings an energetic vibe to the town, so there’s something for everyone.
Do not adjust your sets, it’s all black and white over at Casey’s Venue. Housed in Cordingley Hall and less than a mile from our Telford North hotel, Casey’s Venue hosts ticketed theme nights, from the roaring 20s and Motown magic to psychedelic 60s and the ever-popular 80s party nights. Check their website for dates, as some events sell out in advance. Casey’s pulls out all the stops with DJs, dancers, singers and sets for an immersive evening on the tiles recalling the best of bygone decades. Fancy dress is always encouraged.
If variety is the spice of life, Telford Arena and Live Lounge is the town’s nightlife capital. Laser light shows accompany DJ sets, bands bring in the ground-shaking crowd, big-name comedy acts raise the roof with uproarious laughter and even wrestlers can find an enthusiastically raucous crowd. Available for hire throughout the year, you never know quite what you might find here.
Telford’s premier theatre venue is as eye-catching on the outside as it is inside. Beyond the purple and lime exterior of Oakengates Theatre, you’ll find a modern arts venue. The theatre has a varied lineup of acts for the whole family, with pantos, big-name stand-up comedians, bands, tribute acts, musicals, dance performances and even a chance for kids to catch their TV heroes live on stage.
With 490 seats, the theatre is a perfectly proportioned, intimate venue with free parking and a box office open 9am to 5pm on weekdays and until 1pm on Saturdays.
If you like to keep active on your travels, there are a number of options in Telford to help you do just that.
The town’s Phoenix Sports and Leisure Centre in Dawley is a one-stop shop for fitness. This state-of-the-art complex comes with a call sheet of indoor and outdoor courts and pitches for tennis, netball, badminton and football, along with a well-equipped fitness centre, dance and aerobics studio and a class calendar with over 120 sessions a week.
If you want to work off some calories after indulging in one of the many gut-bustingly good restaurants in Telford, you can join a high-intensity body pump session, shake it off with Zumba and then relax in a yogi zen. Class costs are affordable and can be booked through the centre’s website.
Or if racquet sports are more your thing, head to Telford Tennis Centre, which is right next door to Oakengates Leisure Centre. A modern complex with parking available, the Tennis Centre is the ideal setting to burn off some energy, perfect your backhand and conquer the court. It’s affordable to hire one of the eight indoor and outdoor courts, with prices varying depending on the time, and booking is available through their website.
If you prefer your exercise at a more leisurely pace, with some scenic views thrown in, Horsehay Village Golf Centre might just fit the bill. The small, welcoming club has an 18-hole course, a driving range and a six-hole academy course if you’re looking to learn the ropes. Plus, this picturesque golf centre is just 2.5 miles away from our Telford International Centre hotel.
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