Residents at Blists Hill Victorian Town, in the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, Shropshire, will be busy preparing for Christmas over the two weekends of 8-9 and 15-16 December. Go along to experience the atmosphere of a bygone era and you will be treated to an array of traditional celebrations from the 1800s, listen to stories of life more than 100 years ago, and have a chance to do some Christmas present shopping.
Gifts on offer around the town will include traditionally made cast-iron paperweights and doorstops, handmade plaster decorations and even rocking horses, all produced in the Gorge by skilled craftsmen and women. There will also be a huge range of unusual items in the museum gift shop.
Mr Morton’s Christmas Celebrations will once again see the magnificent Iron Rolling Mill transformed into a place for a ‘workers Christmas party’. Here visitors will be able to enjoy festive food and a wide variety of seasonal entertainment, such as Christmas songs, Punch and Judy. You can also sing-a-long with carol singers and listen to brass bands around the town, which will be festooned with traditional Christmas decorations as the townsfolk prepare seasonal goodies and make traditional Victorian presents.
Families will have the option of visiting Father Christmas (extra charge). Across on The Green, they will also be able to see and pet Father Christmas’ reindeer before their mammoth journey around the world on Christmas Eve.
These special Christmas events will take place during the weekends of 8-9 and 15- 16 December when Blists Hill is open from 10am to 4pm. Entry is £15.45 adults, £12.35 60 plus, £10.25 children 5 - 18 years in full time education and under 5s free; a family ticket (two adults and two children) is £46.50. Annual Passport tickets are not valid for these weekends.
For further information, contact the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre on Tel: 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).