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Queen Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Weekend Celebrations at Blists Hill Victorian Town (14th March 2012)

Townsfolk at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, Shropshire will be celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of their much-loved Queen Victoria with great style, pomp and pageantry over the Spring Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 2nd to Tuesday 5th June. Each day will be a fitting tribute to the gracious lady’s long reign with an extravaganza of colour, music and entertainment, while the town will be decorated in patriotic fashion.

 A highlight will be the daily concert on The Green in Her Majesty’s honour with patriotic entertainment, including bagpipe players and drummers from the Seaforth Highlanders band in full Scottish costume (Saturday - Monday only) and the Wellington Brass Band. There will also be moving mime performances from the Kaleidoscope Theatre Company, while the Prince Albert Players, a small company of strolling players, will perform scenes from novels by Charles Dickens.

An impressive collection of vintage bicycles, including the famous High Bicycle (or Penny Farthing), will be ridden around the town by the March Cycle Club and there will be a lively sing-a-long in the New Inn pub.  You can also meet ‘Victorian soldiers’ from the Ibutho Living History Group who will talk about the Anglo-Zulu war and military life in the late 1870s.

Youngsters can watch a traditional Punch and Judy Show, follow a trail around the Town or try their hand at skills from a bygone era, while on Sunday and Monday they can watch ‘Questing Knight’ war games in the Goods Shed.

As festivities take place, local townsfolk will still be going about their daily lives in the authentic houses and shops, baking bread, counting coins at the bank and talking about Victorian remedies in the chemist. Craftsmen will also be at work in the Artisans’ Yard.

Open 10am to 5pm Blists Hill is one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing entry into all ten museums, valid for twelve months and unlimited return visits, costs £23.25 per adult, £18.75 for the 60 plus, £15.25 for students and children and £64 for a family of two adults and all their children aged up to 18 years in full time education (terms and conditions apply); under 5s free. Performances, activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the museum admission fee. Individual museum entry tickets are also available.

For further information, contact the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on Tel: 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk.  The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).