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Blists Hill Victorian Town celebrates the middle of spring May Day, Sunday 1st May

Blists Hill Victorian Town celebrates the middle of spring May Day, Sunday 1st May

May Day marks the middle of spring and was celebrated by the Victorians with music, dancing, feasting and games. Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge on Sunday, 1st May as they mark the occasion with much fun and merriment.

Dress in your finest clothes and join the May Queen as she leads the traditional May Day parade, which departs at 2pm from the centre of the Town. Watch colourful maypole dancing on The Green and be entertained by the Elderly Brothers.

Other activities throughout the day include candle dipping in the Goods Shed using 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.

Open 10am to 5pm Blists Hill is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing unlimited entry into all ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums costs £25 per adult, £20 for seniors, £15 for children under 18, £68 for a family of two adults and all their children and £50 for a family with one adult; under 5s free (terms and conditions apply); Passports can also be bought online in advance saving 10% and individual entry tickets are available at each museum. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge. 

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.

2016 marks 30 years since the Ironbridge Gorge was added to UNESCO's prestigious World Heritage Site list. Blists Hill, together with the other nine Ironbridge Gorge Museums, will be celebrating this anniversary throughout the year with a variety of activities and events.

Date Posted: 21st March 2016


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