Discover how the Victorians celebrated Valentine’s Day over 100 years ago at Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge as the residents prepare for the special day of romance over the weekend of 10th and 11th February.
The Valentine’s industry boomed during Victorian times when more and more people sent love notes, poems and cards to their sweet heart as paper and printing became cheaper and 1840 saw the establishment of the Penny Post.
Over the weekend you can print your very own Valentine’s card for someone you love using Victorian techniques in the Town’s Goods Shed. The drop-in session will take place between 11am and 1pm, while at other times children can colour-in a Valentine’s card to take home.
Then follow a self-led quiz trail around the Town; meet and chat to the townsfolk in their cottages and watch them demonstrate traditional Victorian crafts including the beautiful art of decoupage.
Activities will vary from day-today and are included in your admission fee.
Open 10am to 4pm Blists Hill is one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing unlimited entry into all ten museums costs £25 per adult, £20 for seniors, £15 for children under 16, £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 5% and individual entry tickets are available at each museum.
For further information, call the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on 01952 433 424 or visit www.ironbridge.org.uk. The Gorge is easily reached via the M54 motorway exiting at Telford junction 4 or 6.
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