Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town as they celebrate a traditional gypsy wedding during the summer Bank holiday weekend of 27 – 29 August. See the elaborate gypsy waggons on The Green, watch the recreated ceremony at 2.30pm each day and then join in the fun and merriment.
Engagements and marriages are great and joyous events for gypsies, signifying the extension and continuation of the family. Traditions and customs may vary such as jumping over a broom, but generally the ceremony is quite simple with the joining of hands and the breaking of bread over the bridal couple. In times past gypsy girls might have married as young as 12 or 15 with many family inter-marriages taking place; the groom would take the bride’s family name, unless he was the clan’s headman.
Other activities throughout the weekend include candle dipping workshops in the Goods Shed, which use Victorian techniques to make multi-coloured candles to take home; a lesson in the school house at 12noon and a ride on the horse-drawn bus between 1.30pm and 3pm. There’s also a sing-a-long in the New Inn at lunchtime time and during the afternoon.