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Celebrate Queen Victoria's 81st birthday at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Whitsun weekend 25th - 27th May (17th April 2013)

Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town over the Whitsun bank holiday weekend of 25th - 27th May 2013 as they celebrate the 81st birthday of their much loved Queen Victoria with great style, pomp and pageantry. Each day will be a fitting tribute to the gracious lady and her long reign with an extravaganza of colour, music and street entertainment. The event is part of Blists Hill Victorian Town’s 40th Anniversary celebrations.

Highlights from the daily programme of events include moving mime sequences performed by the Kaleidoscope Theatre Company and sessions by the bagpipe players and drummers from the Seaforth Highlanders band in full Scottish costume. Actors from the Prince Albert Players will also re-enact scenes from popular plays.

Go along to the New Inn and join in a lively sing-a-long with the pub’s music hall entertainers or talk to ‘Victorian soldiers’ from the Ibutho Living History Group about the Anglo-Zulu war and military life in the late 1800s.

Younger visitors can watch a traditional Punch and Judy show by professional puppeteer Richard Coombs or search for lost toys hidden around the town, with a lolly reward for those who complete the trail. There will also be hands-on activities in the Goods Shed where children can play games and try creative skills from a bygone era such as candle dipping.

As festivities take place, the Victorian 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’ corner.

A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing daytime entry into all ten museums, valid for twelve months and unlimited return visits, costs £24 per adult, £19 for the 60 plus, £15.25 for students and children and £65 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. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the admission fee. Individual museum entry tickets are also available.

For further information Tel: 01952 433 424 or visit  The Gorge is easily reached via the M6 and M54 motorways exiting at Telford (M54 junction 4 or 6).