Where: Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge, Shropshire
£: Admission costs £16.50 for adults, £13 for the 60 plus and £11 for children. Blists Hill is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums and an annual Passport Ticket, allowing entry into all the museums with unlimited return visits, costs £27.50 for adults, £21 for the 60 plus, £16.50 for students and children, and £68 for a family; under 5s go free.
What is it?
Dress in character and join in street games at the Oliver Twist Weekend at Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire this bank holiday weekend.
Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town, from 23rd to 25th August, as costumed characters from the Sundial Theatre Company re-enact scenes from the popular book. Children can take part in street games and activities with the Artful Dodger and his gang. The townsfolk have also been busy making scarecrows based on the book characters, which visitors will be asked to find and identify.
Everyone who is dressed-up can take part in a competition to find the best Oliver or Olivia costume, and the best other character from the book, with the winners receiving a prize portrait taken by the town’s photographer in their outfits.
Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy’s Progress, was initially published in monthly instalments from February 1837, the same year that the town’s beloved Queen Victoria came to the throne.
Blists Hill Victorian Town gives visitors the chance to experience life as it was over 100 years ago through the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of a recreated Victorian town. The town’s characters give a fascinating insight into Victorian life as they go about their daily lives in their cottages, shops and places of work.
Visitors can find curious remedies in the pharmacy, see traditional skills in action and enjoy some good old-fashioned fish and chips.
More info: www.ironbridge.org.uk