Travel back over 100 years to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a traditional Victorian Christmas over the two weekends of 8 – 9 and 15 - 16 December at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, Shropshire.
Soak up the yuletide atmosphere with seasonal entertainment and activities. Chat to the Victorian townsfolk as they busily make preparations for Christmas, 1800s style, meet Father Christmas and his reindeer and enjoy some festive food and drink in the cafés and New Inn or perhaps treat yourself to some fish and chips. Explore the traditionally decorated streets then step inside and warm up by the fireside in the cosy cottages. Sing- a-long with the brass bands and carol singers, see the falconry displays and watch scenes from a Christmas pantomime and the traditional Punch and Judy show, then take a horse and cart ride around the Town.
A visit is also a great excuse to call into the Victorian shops around the Town, where you will find unusual Christmas gifts like traditionally made cast-iron paperweights and doorstops, handmade plaster decorations, perfumed soaps and old fashioned sweets.
Children can join in the festive hands-on activities to dip candles, print a Christmas message and hang it on the Wishing Tree or take a photo with a traditional Victorian backdrop in Selfie Corner.
One of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museumsin Shropshire, Blists Hill will be open from 10am to 4pm on these Victorian Christmas weekends. Entry is £17.95 for adults, £12.70 for 60 plus and £10.90 for children 5 - 16 years. For an extra £3.50 per child you can visit Father Christmas in his grotto and receive a gift to take home.
Print-at-home tickets can be purchased online in advance or you can pay at the gate on arrival. Annual Passports are not valid for these weekends but current Passport holders will receive a 25% discount on presentation of a valid Annual Passport.
For further information, call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M54 motorway exiting at Telford junction 4 or 6.