I’ll not lie, most events BDSM related in the Midlands are NOT in Telford and at times living here and trying to be in the kink scene are tough.
(Note there are several other towns across the world called Telford. Confusing isn’t it!)
Many munches or meetups centre round the bigger events, clubs or trade shows in Birmingham Bizarre Bazaar known as the BBB. Or are more remote events, online shops or not in the area.
Telford Events are usually organised and announced on the Adult Social Media platform Fetlife.
There’s not a lot in Telford in way of events. The main Telford Fetish munch is small, but friendly and held in Midlands adult and LBTQ+ friendly pub slightly away from the centre of town, and not well served by public transport.
The small much is however very friendly, and welcoming and worth a visit if its running (again most are currently shut due to Covid)
Online the Munch Group has close to 300 members presumably from in and around Telford. Quite often more mobile members crossover between munches. Not all of these people attend the munches. At a guess many of the members are lurkers. The actual attendance is between 12 and 20, although I’ve heard there’s been closer to 30 in the past.
LBTQ+ there is an active but small public group on social media, that pre lockdown
Going Outside. Particularly if you have a car, there are many opportunities for outdoor, remote play, occasional derelict buildings. (obviously be safe!) remote areas of woodlands, b road tracks (make sure they are not farm tracks) and lay-bys
The opportunity for some outdoor play, or photoshoots is good.
Shopping. During Covid online adult toy stores such as Love Honey have seen a huge increase.
An independent couple friendly Adult Boutique named Romeo & Juliet’s Licensed Adult Store selling clothing, toys and peripherals closed in 2018. I’m in agreement here that Telford could be so much better for BDSM.
Other events are held in Birmingham and Wolverhampton, and I’ve been offered lifts to these if and when things change and it becomes possible. Having not attended I cannot write about them however this post is about Telford itself, not its surroundings.
A small Ann Summers store operates in the Telford Town Centre
There are a few hotels listed as Adults Only, in the area but no real boutique hotels similar to the Hotel Pellirocco in Brighton, which I rate as a standard for good ‘play’ hotels to aim for.
While swinging in no way suggests links with BDSM it preliminary research suggests that Telford has a fairly active swinging scene (I’m almost certain some of my neighbours swing that way!) And the UK TV broadcaster Channel 4 (renowned for its colourful productions) is currently (Aug2020) airing a program titled, yes you’ve guess it. Swingers!
Dogging certainly happens in Telford, again not BDSM but part of the sexual steaming pot of the area! Frequent topic on Adult Social Media forums.
Just Get Naked.
For those that just enjoy not wearing clothes Telford offers a naturist club again located on the Outskirts of Telford
The very very dark side of Telford Illegal Activities
Telford is an area of relative financial poverty. Its reputation and links for underage gangs, including forced prostitution, trafficking. While these gangs have been found, arrested and imprisoned there are rumours that elements of abuse are still current.
Sexual abuse, control of minors, enforced drug taking, or any form of non consent are in no way part of a healthy bdsm scene or lifestyle.
Those in any community who abuse others or the law should be reported and prosecuted.