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Experience the magic of a Victorian Christmas at Blists Hill Victorian Town

By Ironbridge Gorge Museum Trust, 07 November 2017, 15:48PM

Travel back over 100 years to experience the magic of a traditional Victorian Christmas at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Telford.

Soak up the Yuletide atmosphere with seasonal entertainment and activities. Watch as the townsfolk busily make preparations for Christmas, 1800s style, listen to brass bands, tour the Town on a horse-drawn cart, meet Father Christmas and his reindeer and enjoy delicious festive food and drink. A friendly welcome awaits as you step in from the cold and warm up by the fireside in the traditionally decorated shops and cosy cottages.

A perfect Victorian ‘Christmas card scene’, with a stunningly decorated Christmas tree, will be the centrepiece in the Goods Shed, where youngsters can write a letter to Father Christmas and leave a note on the Wishing Tree.

A visit is also a great excuse to call in to the shops around the Town, where you will find some unusual Christmas gifts like traditionally made cast-iron paperweights and doorstops, handmade plaster decorations, perfumed soaps, hand printed gift wrap, traditional sweets and Victorian style Christmas cards.

One of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire, Blists Hill will be open from 10am to 4pm on these Victorian Christmas weekends. Entry is £17.95 for adults, £13.75 for 60 plus, £11.85 for children 5 - 16 years. A special Christmas Family Ticket (2+2) is available at £55 and under 5s are free. A visit to Father Christmas is £3.50 extra per child including a gift to take home. Print-at-home tickets can be purchased online 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 Ticket when paying on arrival.

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.