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Queen Victoria’s 81st birthday celebrations (25th March 2015)

Queen Victoria’s 81st birthday celebrations

Blists Hill Victorian Town; Whitsun half-term 23rd - 31st May. Join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge during the Whitsun half-term week when they will be celebrating the 81st birthday of their much loved Queen Victoria with great pomp and pageantry.

Between 23rd and 31st May, the Town will be decorated in patriotic style and each day will be a fitting tribute to the gracious lady and her long reign with an extravaganza of colour and a parade.

Make a patriotic flag in the Goods Shed to wave at the daily parade which will process around the Upper Town and starts opposite the Printers at 2pm. Visitors will be recruited by the townsfolk to follow the mighty horse bus and join in the parade or wave as it goes by.

Over the two weekends of 23rd – 24th May and 30th – 31st May join in a concert party from 11am on The Green if the weather is fine; otherwise it will move indoors to the Ironworks. The concert will feature the Sundial Theatre Company, who will entertain the crowds with their amusing cameos and songs, as well as performances by the Darby Singers on 23rd May and the Bridgnorth Male Choir on 31st May.

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. There is also a choice of places to eat at Blists Hill Victorian Town including the New Inn, entrance café and Fried Fish Dealers, where portions of traditionally prepared fish and chips are on offer. The smell of freshly baked bread at the Bakers is also sure to tempt.

Open 10am to 5pm Blists Hill is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing entry into all ten museums and unlimited return visits, costs £27.95 per adult, £21.50 for the 60 plus, £16.95 for students and children, £68 for a family of two adults and all their children aged up to 18 years in full time education (terms and conditions apply) and £50 for a family with one adult; under 5s free. 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).