Where: Blists Hill Victorian Town, Shropshire
£: 15.95 for adults, 12.50 for the 60+ and 10.50 for children. Blists Hill Victorian Town is one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. An annual Passport Ticket allowing entry into all ten museums with unlimited return visits, costs 24 for adults, 19 for the 60+, 15.25 for students & children, 65 for a family ticket; under 5s free.
What is it?
Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge as they celebrate St George’s Day on Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd April.
Travelling actors from the Prince Albert Players will perform their own fun, open-air interpretations of St George’s legendary slaying of the Dragon at 12 noon and 2pm both days near the Print Shop in the town. The shop will be decorated in patriotic red and white for the special occasion.
The story of St George and the Dragon, which probably dates back to the twelfth century, represents the triumph of good over evil. According to the legend, a town was being terrorised by a dragon who demanded a regular sacrifice. It was the turn of a young princess and St George slayed the dragon to save the princess from her fate. St George is thought to have been a Roman soldier who died a martyr’s death in 303. Celebrations on St George’s Day, 23rd April, became a highlight of England’s social calendar from the 15th century.
Blists Hill Victorian Town is set on a site which covers an area of 52 acres and is mostly outdoors. The town gives you the chance to experience life as it was in Victorian times. You can exchange your money at the Bank into pounds, shillings and pence, find out about curious remedies in the Victorian Pharmacy and see some traditional skills in action. You can also take a look inside Victorian cottages and discover what life was like for a Victorian housewife and enjoy a journey around the town on a horse and cart.
More info: www.ironbridge.org.uk