William Penny Brookes - Founder of the first Olympian Games, held in 1850 in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England

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Visit Much Wenlock provides information about Dr William Penny Brookes’ home town, Much Wenlock.


Much Wenlock Festival aims to provide ‘Arts for Everyone’ to appeal to all ages and tastes. It runs for three weeks in July every two years – with the next one due in 2012.


Much Wenlock Museum displays local memorabilia, geological history and selected artefacts from Wenlock Olympian Society.


Wenlock Olympian Society (WOS) organise the games in July each year, attracting athletes from all across the UK.


William Brookes School - a Coubertin School, with strong links to Olympic ideals especially within sporting activities and striving for personal best performances.


London 2012 London 2012’s ambition is to create a Games for everyone, where everyone is invited to take part, join in and enjoy the most exciting event in the world.