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February half-term hands-on family activities at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Saturday 14th – Sunday 22nd February

Go along to Blists Hill Victorian Town during the February school half-term holidays and take part in a variety of fun drop-in activities from dipping fabulously colourful candles and building a wall with mini-bricks to discovering Morse Code and colouring in pictures of Victorian scenes.

The fascinating museum in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge, where life over 100 years ago is recreated, will be staging the activities from Saturday 14th until Sunday 22nd February; sessions take place from 10.15am-1pm and 1.30pm-4pm.

Children from five years and upwards will enjoy using liquid wax in primary colours to create striped multi-coloured candles; they can also see a full demonstration of Victorian candle making.

Youngsters trying the mini-brick laying activity can learn how to build a wall using different ‘brick bonds’ to see which gives the strongest walls, afterwards they can spot the different patterns as they walk around the Town. Over at the Post Office, they can see how telegrams would have been sent using Morse Code before tapping out their own messages on a telegraph key.

Mini-brick laying and the Morse Code activities are best for the over sevens, while the Colouring Corner is for all ages, where youngsters will find paper sheets featuring images of places around the Town to be coloured-in.

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, valid for twelve months and unlimited return visits, costs £27.50 per adult, £21 for the 60 plus, £16.50 for students and children and £68 for a family of two adults and all their children aged up to 18 years in full time education (terms and conditions apply); 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).

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