Where: Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge, Shropshire
£: Tickets cost £8.50 for adults and seniors, £5.50 for children (3-15 years) and £25 for a family. Tickets must be purchased in advance and can be bought online, from the shop at Blists Hill Victorian Town, the Ironbridge Visitor Information Centre, Enginuity or Coalport China Museum. All under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
What is it?
Enjoy an evening on the home front at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge. On Saturday 21st June the town will be transformed into the 1940s of World War Two. Why not go along to the Blitz Hill event dressed in period civilian costume? Experience the food and entertainment of the day, as the town travels four decades into the ‘future’.
This family event is a chance for younger visitors to discover more about the past, and for those who remember the war years, to reminisce and share their memories.
Discover how people made the most of food rationing, enjoy your portion of kali and buy a spam fritter. There’s no need to fear as that’s where the rationing ends. There will be plentiful supplies of fish and chips from the Fried Fish Dealers and beer in the New Inn Public House, available to purchase during the evening.
The blackout has been lifted for one night only. See red-hot iron being poured in the foundry, listen to the brass band playing music of the time, meet the ARP warden and the WVS leader. See vintage vehicles and steam engines and join the Home Guard for their drill.
During the evening there will be a concert in the impressive ironworks, in the style of the popular BBC’s Workers Playtime Show that toured factories and workplaces all over the country, boosting the spirit and camaraderie of the nation.
For those wishing to dress up, the Blists Hill website has some handy tips. Ideas for 1940s British civilian outfits include tea dresses, brown boiler suits, wide-legged trousers and Brylcreemed hair.
More info: www.ironbridge.org.uk