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First Fashion Week at Blists Hill Victorian Town; 4th - 9th August (3rd June 2015)

First Fashion Week at Blists Hill Victorian Town; 4th - 9th August

Find out more about late 19th century dress at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge between Tuesday 4th and Sunday 9th August when the townsfolk are hosting their first ever Fashion Week.

Watch the daily fashion show on The Green and compare the extravagant outfits worn by wealthy Victorians to those of the common townsfolk, craft workers and street paupers. Bring a rug, sit on the grass and listen to the fascinating commentary.

Everyone is invited to come dressed for the occasion and enter the daily 'Fashions of the 1900s' competition with on-the-spot prizes for the best outfits.

Each day visitors can join in a different fun activity on The Green, such as decorating hats with feathers and bows or making dolls from pegs and rags, additional charges apply for items that are taken home. On Sunday there will be a 'behind the scenes tour' of the Town’s Wardrobe Department, where all the wonderful costumes for the townsfolk are made by skilled artisans. Lively entertainment, with a fashion theme, will be provided throughout the week by the Prince Albert Players.

During Blists Hill's Fashion Week, the Victorian townsfolk can be seen 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.

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.

Blists Hill Victorian Town is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums, which collectively won a top Gold Award in the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year category at the prestigious VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2015.

Blists Hill is open 10am to 5pm; a great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing unlimited entry into all ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums costs £27.95 per adult, £21.50 for seniors, £16.95 for children under 18, £68 for a family of two adults and all their children and £50 for a family with one adult; under 5s free (terms and conditions apply); Passports can also be bought online in advance saving 10% and individual entry tickets are available at each museum. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge.

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).