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Oliver Twist themed weekend at Blists Hill Victorian Town. (14th August 2015)

Oliver Twist themed weekend at Blists Hill Victorian Town.

Dress in character and join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge at an Oliver Twist themed event over the bank holiday weekend of 29th – 31st August based on Charles Dickens’ famous novel.

The book tells the story of orphan Oliver Twist who endures a miserable life in a workhouse where he famously asked for 'more' dinner. He is then placed with an undertaker before escaping to London where he meets the Artful Dodger, leader of a gang of young pickpockets, and their criminal trainer, Fagin.

Costumed characters from the Sundial Theatre Company will re-enact scenes from the popular book, while children can take part in street games and activities with the Artful Dodger and his gang. The townsfolk have also been busy making scarecrows based on the book characters, which visitors will be asked to find and identify.

Everyone who is dressed-up can take part in a competition to find the best Oliver or Olivia costume, and the best other character from the book, with the winners receiving on-the-spot prizes.

Oliver Twist, or The Parish Boy’s Progress, was initially published in monthly instalments from February 1837, the same year that the Town’s beloved Queen Victoria came to the throne.

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.

The museum 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).