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Blists Hill Victorian Town travels forward to the 1940s Summer evening on the Home Front

Blists Hill Victorian Town travels forward to the 1940s  Summer evening on the Home Front

Enjoy a summer evening on the home front as Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, travels forwards to the 1940s with vintage entertainment, activities and characters from the World War II era at ‘Blitz Hill’ on Saturday, 18th June.

The blackout has been lifted for this one night only. Dress up in your finest 1940s civilian costume, pencil-on your stocking seams, grab your ration book and get ready to ‘make do and mend’ at this fantastic fun event.

Go along to the Goods Shed for a lively evening of non-stop entertainment with rousing songs from the Land Army Girls and Shawbury Military Wives Choirs, and a nostalgic variety show in the style of the hugely popular BBC Workers Playtime, which toured factories and workplaces boosting the nation’s spirit and camaraderie.

Discover how the townsfolk made the most of food rationing in the shops and cottages and sample a free ration of kali. There’s no need to worry that you’ll be hungry, as there will be plentiful supplies of delicious spam fritters for you to buy from the Town’s Fried Fish Dealers and beer to purchase in the New Inn Public House during the evening.

New for 2016 is the Taking Shelter experience – pre-book a short ride on the Clay Mine railway into our Air Raid Shelter complete with flickering lights and atmospheric wartime sounds. Here you will be immersed in a family experience led by the ARP Warden who’ll be making sure everyone is safe, handing out blankets and sweets for the children. Vintage singer Sarah Raymond will be in the Shelter entertaining everyone with classic numbers from the 1940s. This 20 minute experience is an additional £2 for adults, £1.50 for children or £6 for a family of 2 adults & 2 children and a timed ticket must be pre-booked at www.ironbridge.org.uk.

See spectacular red-hot iron being poured and cast in the foundry; take part in the Home Guard drill; have-a-go at horse driving on The Green and attend an evacuee lesson in the School House.

Tickets to Blitz Hill must be purchased in advance either online at www.ironbridge.org.uk; or in person from Blists Hill Victorian Town, Enginuity, Coalport China Museum or the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre. Prices are £9.50 for adults and the 60 plus; £6 for children aged 3-15 and £26.50 for a family of two adults and two children, under 3s free; Annual Passport Tickets are not valid for this evening. All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Some activities carry an extra charge.

For further details call 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).

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: 8th June 2016


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