Come along to Blists Hill Victorian Town over the late summer Bank Holiday weekend, dressed as a pirate or your favourite character from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, Treasure Island. From Saturday 28th to Monday 30th August, the open-air museum in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge will be running a special literary themed event with actors recreating scenes from the famous maritime book of mutiny and buried treasure.
The last remaining Severn Trow, a cargo boat which operated along the River Severn in the 1800s, will be transformed into Treasure Island’s famous vessel, the Hispaniola, where Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins will judge the best fancy dress costume. The winner will have their picture taken at Blists Hill’s own photographic studio.
Other fun activities include a Treasure Trail around the town with clues leading to buried treasure; everyone taking part will receive a lollipop. Prizes will also be up for grabs if you can correctly guess where the treasure is located on a two-metre map of Blists Hill Victorian Town by placing your own pirate’s flag on the right spot.
Blists Hill is one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A Passport for entry into all ten valid for twelve months and multiple return visits costs £21.95 per adult, £17.60 for the 60 plus, £14.25 for students and children and £59.95 for a family of two adults and three children aged up to 18 years in full time education; under 5s free. Individual museum entry tickets are also available.
The museums are open seven days a week from 10am until 5pm; activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge in addition to the museum admission fee, for further information, contact the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre on Tel: 01952 884 391 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).
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