Ann Evans is hoping for to experience a traditional Victorian Christmas over at Ironbridge.
Take a trip back in time to experience a real Victorian Christmas with the family at Blists Hill Victorian Town at Ironbridge, Shropshire. Travel back over 100 years to experience the sights, sounds and smells of a Christmas in Victorian times over the two weekends of 7-8 and 14-15 December.
Soak up the yuletide atmosphere with seasonal entertainment, twinkling lights and sparkling ‘snow’. Chat to the Victorian townsfolk as they busily make preparations for Christmas, 1800s style. Enjoy some festive food and drink in the cafés and New Inn or perhaps treat yourself to some fish and chips. Explore the traditionally decorated streets then step inside and warm up by the fireside in the cosy cottages.
There’s even the opportunity to sing-a-long with the brass bands and carol singers or take a horse and cart ride around the town and watch the Punch & Judy show, pantomime and circus acts.
A visit is also a great excuse to call into the Victorian shops around the town, where you will find unusual Christmas gifts like traditionally made cast-iron paperweights and doorstops, handmade plaster decorations, perfumed soaps and old-fashioned sweets.
You’ll see Father Christmas’ hard-working elves in their toy-making workshop and and you can visit Santa in his grotto where he will have a gift for every child; tickets are £5 for children plus the Museum entry fee. Then join the family festive themed workshops in the Goods Shed including Christmas card making and candle dipping sessions.
New Santa Weekends at Coalbrookdale
There’s also a new Christmas experience over at Coalbrookdale, which is another of the Ironbridge Museums. Every weekend from 30 November to 22 December (10am – 3.45pm) visitors can explore the twinkling wonderful winter woodland and find Santa in his grotto where he will have a gift for every child. He’s going to be super-busy this year so while you’re waiting to meet him, enjoy some children’s fun activities. And while you’re in Coalbrookdale, pop into the Furnace Kitchen and enjoy some Christmas fayre including mince pies and mulled wine.
The Grotto ticket also allows you to save 25% off entry into Enginuity where you can see the gigantic 34-metre bridge made from interlocking plastic bricks – the museum’s attempt at breaking the Guinness Book of World records for the longest span bridge in partnership with the Institution of Civil Engineers.
For full details about opening times for all the museums, plus ticket prices and special offers and of course to book tickets in advance to ensure your place to meet Father Christmas go to: www.ironbridge.org.uk or call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424