FAQ’s

What is the International Festival of Glass?
The International Festival of Glass is an exciting programme of events throughout August and September for glass enthusiasts and the public alike. Taking place every two years it features world class exhibitions, including the prestigious British Glass Biennale; a series of glass making ‘masterclasses’; and a four day public Glass Festival, which takes place in the Stourbridge Glass Quarter across the August bank holiday weekend.

When does the Glass Festival take place? 
The Glass Festival takes place over the August Bank Holiday, Friday 24 August to Monday 27 August. Where is the Festival held? The Glass Festival is held throughout the historic Stourbridge Glass Quarter, West Midlands. A number of venues are involved including; Ruskin Glass Centre, Red House Glass Cone, Broadfield House Glass Museum, the Bonded Warehouse, Holy Trinity Church, Ambelcote and the Dial Glassworks (Plowden & Thompson).

What times do Festival venues open?
All Glass Festival sites will be open to the general public from 10am. Some sites will be open earlier for those attending workshops starting before 10am. All sites will close at 5pm, apart from the Red House Glass Cone on Friday 24 which will close at 4pm. On Monday 27, activities will finish around 4pm to allow visitors to attend the Fun Auction at the Ruskin Glass Centre.

What can I do at the Festival? 
You will be spoilt for choice with what you can do over the Festival weekend. Activities include; Workshops and taster sessions; glassblowing, beadmaking,
glass tile making, stone carving, fusing – for both experienced glassmakers and beginners, lectures on a range of subjects, including women and glassblowing,
Heritage walks and some fascinating evening events, including Torcher Tailor and Glasshionistas and of course there will be a range of demonstrations of all types of glassmaking.

Where can I get a printed copy of the programme? 
Email the Festival Office – admin@ifg.org.uk or call 01384 399 410 Programmes are also in local libraries and at Festival venues. A pdf is also available online at www.ifg.org.uk

What’s new for 2012? 
On-line ticketing. This year you will be able to book most tickets on-line – whether it is a taster workshop, one of the evening events or your festival pass. Using Paypal, you will be able to book all of your tickets in one or two easy clicks.

Glass Afloat at Bodenham Arboretum 
A unique exhibition of floating glass sculpture showing some of the diverse ways in which artists are working with this magical material, Glass Afloat is a celebration
of the UK’s experimental and innovative glass scene.

Torcher Tailor
Torcher Chamber Arkestra is a flameworking performance company comprised of artists from sculptural, neon, scientific, and bead flameworked glass backgrounds. Combining fire, glass, music, and explosives, the performers will be making a glass wedding dress exploring the theme of Union live on a flameworking fire dancing bride. An event not to be missed.

Where is the Festival Office? 
The Festival Office is located at Ruskin Glass Centre. The Festival Office will be open from 10am to 5.30pm each day of the Festival. Tickets for workshops at Ruskin Glass Centre and evening events can be purchased at the Festival Office, as well as other items of Festival merchandise.

What is the British Glass Biennale and where is it held? 
The British Glass Biennale is the largest contemporary glass exhibition on the UK. This year, there are 71 artists exhibiting 101 pieces.

The Biennale will be held at the Ruskin Glass Centre in the newly refurbished Lower Glasshouse from Friday 24th August until Saturday 15 September. The Biennale
is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm until 15 September.

Do I need to pay to see the British Glass Biennale? 
During the Glass Festival (24-27 August 2012), you will need to purchase a Festival Pass to come onto the Ruskin Glass Centre Site.

Entrance to the Biennale is free of charge from Tuesday 28 August until Saturday 15 September. Outside of the Festival period, the Ruskin Glass Centre is also free to visit.

Is the Festival suitable for children?
Yes. There will be lots of activities for children and families across all the Festival sites from sandblasting your own glass, fusing, storytelling and other craft activities.

On Saturday 25, Broadfield House Glass Museum host the Best of British Family Fun day and on Monday 27the Red House Glass Cone host their Birthday Bash
Family Fun day.

Visit the website Family section on our website for full details www.ifg.org.uk/family-activities

Are there concessions for pensioners or children? 
Entry to most Festival venues is free of charge, although charges may apply for some activities. A Festival Pass is required for entrance to Ruskin Glass Centre over the Glass Festival weekend.

One day Adult Festival Pass - £5 
Four day Festival pass- £14.50 
One day Child Festival Pass - £1(under 16)

Festival Pass tickets are great value for money and therefore there are no concessions.

Do I have to book my Festival Pass before I arrive? 
Festival passes for entrance to Ruskin Glass Centre (both one-day and four-day) will be available to purchase on-line before the Festival and also at the gate on
the day of your visit. If you buy on-line, then you will need to exchange your booking confirmation email for a wristband when you arrive at the Ruskin Glass Centre.

How do I book a workshops at the Ruskin Glass Centre? 
You can either book your workshop online before the Festival or at the Festival Office at the Ruskin Glass Centre from 10am on the day.

There are a mixture of pre-book and buy on the day tickets, all of which are on a first come basis. In some instances we have made the morning sessions available
as pre-book, while the afternoon sessions will be available to book in person at the Festival Office from 10am.

Bookings on the day will be taken from 10am in the Festival Office on a first come first served basis. Workshops are popular, and we may have to limit the number of classes an one person can take in order to give others a chance to participate.

You will be able to pay by cash or credit/debit card only.

How do I book activities at other Festival Venues? 
There are taster sessions and activities at the Red House Glass Cone and Broadfield House Glass Museum and Dial Glass Works over the weekend (See
programme for full details). You will need to pre-book with the venues direct on: Broadfield House Glass Museum & Red House Glass Cone - 01384 815 571 Dial Glassworks – 01384 392 525

I am participating in a workshop at the Ruskin Glass Centre over the Festival weekend, do I need to purchase a Festival Pass? 
Yes, you will need to purchase a one day Festival Pass for the day of your workshop (except for the Simon Bruntnell Photographic workshop) or why not come for the whole weekend and get a 4-day pass for only £14.50.

The Festival pass will enable to you attend lectures, talks and demonstrations at the Ruskin Glass Centre on the day of your workshop.

What can I do in the evenings? 
Saturday - Visit the Glass Heap Challenge exhibition and find out who has won the competition at the Awards evening at the Red House Glass Cone from 6pm – 8pm.

At 9.30pm, the Torcher Chamber Arkestra will perform Torcher Tailor, where they will make a glass wedding dress exploring the theme of Union live on a flameworking fire dancing bride. The audience will be asked to put the finishing touches on the dress. There will be live percussion, scorching tunes, performances by each of our players, cake, hot shop team technique, and the dress will end up in the International Festival of Glass Finale, Glasshionistas. Tickets are £12 per person

Monday - A shimmering vision of spectacle and sparkle – part show, part parade, Glasshionistas is an opportunity to celebrate all the glistens and gleams with a glass themed Mardi Gras style pageant. Just come and watch, or why not be part of the event and model your own creation? Tickets are £12 per person.

I am interested in a 4-day masterclass, do I need be involved in glass already? 
No. There are masterclasses that are suited to all abilities, from beginners to experienced glass artists.

There are also one hour, two hour or whole day taster sessions/workshops for beginners or those wishing to try a different form of glassmaking including glassblowing, fusing, beadmaking and other techniques over the Festival weekend.

You can book workshops online or at the Festival Office on the day. If you are booking on the day come early as these workshops are popular and are booked on a first come, first served basis. Bookings will be taken from 10am at the Festival Office.

Which Festival sites have admission charges over the Festival period? 
Ruskin Glass Centre has an admission charge over the Glass Festival weekend. You can purchase either a one day or 4- day Festival pass on-line or on the day at the gate. Your Festival Pass provides admission to a wide range lectures and talks by inspiring glass artists, demonstrations of a variety of techniques, entertainment, exhibitions and the British Glass Biennale weekend over the Festival weekend.

Admission is free at all other Festival sites, although there may be a charge for some activities at these venues.

What is the International Festival of Glass?
The International Festival of Glass is an exciting programme of events throughout August and September for glass enthusiasts and the public alike. Taking place every two years it features world class exhibitions, including the prestigious British Glass Biennale; a series of glass making ‘masterclasses’; and a four day public Glass Festival, which takes place in the Stourbridge Glass Quarter across the August bank holiday weekend.

When does the Glass Festival take place? 
The Glass Festival takes place over the August Bank Holiday, Friday 24 August to Monday 27 August. Where is the Festival held? The Glass Festival is held throughout the historic Stourbridge Glass Quarter, West Midlands. A number of venues are involved including; Ruskin Glass Centre, Red House Glass Cone, Broadfield House Glass Museum, the Bonded Warehouse, Holy Trinity Church, Ambelcote and the Dial Glassworks (Plowden & Thompson).

What times do Festival venues open?
All Glass Festival sites will be open to the general public from 10am. Some sites will be open earlier for those attending workshops starting before 10am. All sites will close at 5pm, apart from the Red House Glass Cone on Friday 24 which will close at 4pm. On Monday 27, activities will finish around 4pm to allow visitors to attend the Fun Auction at the Ruskin Glass Centre.

What can I do at the Festival? 
You will be spoilt for choice with what you can do over the Festival weekend. Activities include; Workshops and taster sessions; glassblowing, beadmaking, glass tile making, stone carving, fusing – for both experienced glassmakers and beginners, lectures on a range of subjects, including women and glassblowing, Heritage walks and some fascinating evening events, including Torcher Tailor and Glasshionistas and of course there will be a range of demonstrations of all types of glassmaking.

Where can I get a printed copy of the programme? 
Email the Festival Office – admin@ifg.org.uk or call 01384 399 410 Programmes are also in local libraries and at Festival venues. A pdf is also available online at www.ifg.org.uk

What’s new for 2012? 
On-line ticketing. This year you will be able to book most tickets on-line – whether it is a taster workshop, one of the evening events or your festival pass. Using Paypal, you will be able to book all of your tickets in one or two easy clicks.

Glass Afloat at Bodenham Arboretum 
A unique exhibition of floating glass sculpture showing some of the diverse ways in which artists are working with this magical material, Glass Afloat is a celebration of the UK’s experimental and innovative glass scene.

Torcher Tailor
Torcher Chamber Arkestra is a flameworking performance company comprised of artists from sculptural, neon, scientific, and bead flameworked glass backgrounds. Combining fire, glass, music, and explosives, the performers will be making a glass wedding dress exploring the theme of Union live on a flameworking fire dancing bride. An event not to be missed.

Where is the Festival Office? 
The Festival Office is located at Ruskin Glass Centre. The Festival Office will be open from 10am to 5.30pm each day of the Festival. Tickets for workshops at Ruskin Glass Centre and evening events can be purchased at the Festival Office, as well as other items of Festival merchandise.

What is the British Glass Biennale and where is it held? 
The British Glass Biennale is the largest contemporary glass exhibition on the UK. This year, there are 71 artists exhibiting 101 pieces.

The Biennale will be held at the Ruskin Glass Centre in the newly refurbished Lower Glasshouse from Friday 24th August until Saturday 15 September. The Biennale is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm until 15 September.

Do I need to pay to see the British Glass Biennale? 
During the Glass Festival (24-27 August 2012), you will need to purchase a Festival Pass to come onto the Ruskin Glass Centre Site.

Entrance to the Biennale is free of charge from Tuesday 28 August until Saturday 15 September. Outside of the Festival period, the Ruskin Glass Centre is also free to visit.

Is the Festival suitable for children?
Yes. There will be lots of activities for children and families across all the Festival sites from sandblasting your own glass, fusing, storytelling and other craft activities.

On Saturday 25, Broadfield House Glass Museum host the Best of British Family Fun day and on Monday 27the Red House Glass Cone host their Birthday Bash Family Fun day.

Visit the website Family section on our website for full details www.ifg.org.uk/family-activities

Are there concessions for pensioners or children? 
Entry to most Festival venues is free of charge, although charges may apply for some activities. A Festival Pass is required for entrance to Ruskin Glass Centre over the Glass Festival weekend.

One day Adult Festival Pass - £5 
Four day Festival pass- £14.50 
One day Child Festival Pass - £1(under 16)

Festival Pass tickets are great value for money and therefore there are no concessions.

Do I have to book my Festival Pass before I arrive? 
Festival passes for entrance to Ruskin Glass Centre (both one-day and four-day) will be available to purchase on-line before the Festival and also at the gate on the day of your visit. If you buy on-line, then you will need to exchange your booking confirmation email for a wristband when you arrive at the Ruskin Glass Centre.

How do I book a workshops at the Ruskin Glass Centre? 
You can either book your workshop online before the Festival or at the Festival Office at the Ruskin Glass Centre from 10am on the day.

There are a mixture of pre-book and buy on the day tickets, all of which are on a first come basis. In some instances we have made the morning sessions available as pre-book, while the afternoon sessions will be available to book in person at the Festival Office from 10am.

Bookings on the day will be taken from 10am in the Festival Office on a first come first served basis. Workshops are popular, and we may have to limit the number of classes an one person can take in order to give others a chance to participate.

You will be able to pay by cash or credit/debit card only.

How do I book activities at other Festival Venues? 
There are taster sessions and activities at the Red House Glass Cone and Broadfield House Glass Museum and Dial Glass Works over the weekend (See programme for full details). You will need to pre-book with the venues direct on: Broadfield House Glass Museum & Red House Glass Cone - 01384 815 571 Dial Glassworks – 01384 392 525

I am participating in a workshop at the Ruskin Glass Centre over the Festival weekend, do I need to purchase a Festival Pass? 
Yes, you will need to purchase a one day Festival Pass for the day of your workshop (except for the Simon Bruntnell Photographic workshop) or why not come for the whole weekend and get a 4-day pass for only £14.50.

The Festival pass will enable to you attend lectures, talks and demonstrations at the Ruskin Glass Centre on the day of your workshop.

What can I do in the evenings? 
Saturday - Visit the Glass Heap Challenge exhibition and find out who has won the competition at the Awards evening at the Red House Glass Cone from 6pm – 8pm.

At 9.30pm, the Torcher Chamber Arkestra will perform Torcher Tailor, where they will make a glass wedding dress exploring the theme of Union live on a flameworking fire dancing bride. The audience will be asked to put the finishing touches on the dress. There will be live percussion, scorching tunes, performances by each of our players, cake, hot shop team technique, and the dress will end up in the International Festival of Glass Finale, Glasshionistas. Tickets are £12 per person

Monday - A shimmering vision of spectacle and sparkle – part show, part parade, Glasshionistas is an opportunity to celebrate all the glistens and gleams with a glass themed Mardi Gras style pageant. Just come and watch, or why not be part of the event and model your own creation? Tickets are £12 per person.

I am interested in a 4-day masterclass, do I need be involved in glass already? 
No. There are masterclasses that are suited to all abilities, from beginners to experienced glass artists.

There are also one hour, two hour or whole day taster sessions/workshops for beginners or those wishing to try a different form of glassmaking including glassblowing, fusing, beadmaking and other techniques over the Festival weekend.

You can book workshops online or at the Festival Office on the day. If you are booking on the day come early as these workshops are popular and are booked on a first come, first served basis. Bookings will be taken from 10am at the Festival Office.

Which Festival sites have admission charges over the Festival period? 
Ruskin Glass Centre has an admission charge over the Glass Festival weekend. You can purchase either a one day or 4- day Festival pass on-line or on the day at the gate. Your Festival Pass provides admission to a wide range lectures and talks by inspiring glass artists, demonstrations of a variety of techniques, entertainment, exhibitions and the British Glass Biennale weekend over the Festival weekend.

Admission is free at all other Festival sites, although there may be a charge for some activities at these venues.

GETTING TO AND ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

How do I get to the Stourbridge Glass Quarter? 
The Stourbridge Glass Quarter is located around 1 mile north of Stourbridge town centre. Look for the white on brown tourism signs to the Glass Quarter and the Yellow AA for the Glass Festival.

By Car: From the M5 motorway, the Stourbridge Glass Quarter is around 20 minutes from Junction 3 or 4. The Glass Quarter is signed with white on brown tourism signs and there will be additional AA yellow and black signs as you approach Stourbridge.

By Train: Unfortunately, there will be engineering works on the train line which serves Stourbridge Junction over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Bus replacement services will operate between Birmingham Snow Hill and Worcester, with buses travelling to Stourbridge Junction. For further information http://www.londonmidland.com/your-journey/engineering-works/

By Bus: There are a number of bus services that travel through the Stourbridge Glass Quarter including the 256 & 257 from Stourbridge Bus station.

The number 9 bus from Birmingham city centre (Colmore Road) travels from Birmingham through to Stourbridge Bus Station on a regular basis.

Visit National Express West Midlands website www.nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands for more information.

By Plane: Birmingham International Airport is the nearest airport to Stourbridge.

I have heard that there is a free Festival Shuttle Bus? 
A free Festival shuttle bus will operate over the Glass Festival weekend. The first shuttle bus will depart at 9.30am and will continue until just after 5pm to allow visitors to return to their vehicles.

The Shuttle bus will depart from designated Centro bus stops outside Festival venues, which will be signposted. Buses will run approximately every 20 minutes.

There are also National Express West Midlands Bus services which pass all Festival sites. Visit their website www.nxbus.co.uk/west-midlands for full details and timetables.

What parking will there be for the Festival? 
Parking at Festival sites is limited.

A shuttle bus service will operate between 9.30am and 5pm between all Festival sites. Public car parks are available in Stourbridge town centre and off Brettell Lane. For full details, see our map

I’m coming for the weekend, what accommodation is nearby? 
There are a number of different types of accommodation, Bed & Breakfasts, hotels and guesthouses around the Stourbridge area to suit all budgets with Caravan and Camping sites around 15 minutes away in the nearby Worcestershire and Staffordshire countryside. Visit our Accommodation section on the website

What refreshments will be available at Festival sites? 
All Festival venues will have refreshments available on site.

Ruskin Glass Centre – Organic Café and specialist food stands 
Red House Glass Cone – Tea Room 
Broadfield House Glass Museum – Light refreshments. On Saturday, the Best of British Family Fun day will have specialist food stalls on site 
Holy Trinity Church – the now famous Cake Station 
Bonded Warehouse – light refreshments will be available on Saturday and Sunday 
Dial Glassworks (Plowden & Thompson) – Cake station

Stourbridge town centre also has a number of restaurants, pubs and places to eat. For more information visit www.stourbridge.com/stourbridge-business/restaurant

What else is there apart from Glass? 
While it is a Festival celebrating Glass, not everything will be about Glass.

The Heritage Walks will take you on a series of tours around the local area, including the canals, churches and town/local centres.

The Best of British Family Fun Day at Broadfield House Glass Museum on Saturday will prove to be lots of fun for the whole family including sporting activities (football penalty shoot out), traditional games, Punch and Judy show and JAM (Juniors at Museums) club craft activities.

On Monday at the Red House Glass cone, there will be lots of fun activities as the Cone celebrates 10 years as a glass heritage visitor attraction at its Birthday Bash Family Fun Day.

I love glass, how can I get more involved in the Fesival? 
Why not volunteer? There are a number of opportunities to get involved in the Festival, both in the lead up to and during the four days of the Glass Festival.

Opportunities include;
• British Glass Biennale set up 
• Glasshionistas Finale – submit your own wearable glass art 
• Al Fresco Glassblowing – be part of a student/recent graduates glassblowing demonstration team 
• Fun Auction – donate or submit a piece for sale to help raise funds for future Festivals

For more information click here 
Email: volunteers@ifg.org.uk

I am a student, what opportunities are there for me?

Al Fresco Glassblowing demonstration programme 
A rolling programme of glassblowing demonstrations by individual or teams of glass students who have recently graduated (within 3 years of graduation), using 2 mini-furnaces under canvas. For more information click here 

Still have a question?

Before the Festival - email us at info@ifg.org.uk or admin@ifg.org.uk or call us on 01384 399 410.

During the Festival - visit the Festival Office at Ruskin Glass Centre or ask at one of the Festival venue receptions.




Photos courtesy of S Bruntnell, P Dutton, C Day, K Brocklehurst, J Christley, M Holm, M Durran, P Wood, J Plant, J Smith, Glass Genie, KT Yun, D McNeill, J Coakley,  J Elliott, S Snaddon, I Dury.
J Low, J Newman, V Bamforth, N Baker.
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