Tuesday, 5 April 2011

St George’s Day Celebrations at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Friday 22nd to Monday 25th April

Blists Hill Victorian Town, in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge will be celebrating our patron saint with two open-air performances of St George and the Dragon each day from Friday 22nd to Monday 25th April.

Travelling actors from the Prince Albert Players will perform the ancient legend daily at 12noon and 2.30pm; there will be no extra charge to watch the shows in addition to the museum entrance fee. The legend of St George and the Dragon, which probably dates back to the twelfth century, represents the triumph of good over evil. St George is thought to have been a Roman soldier who died a martyr’s death in 303. By the time of the Reformation, celebrations on St George’s day were a highlight of the social calendar.

Blists Hill is one of the Ironbridge Gorge Museums, a Passport can be purchased for entry into all ten museums valid for twelve months and multiple return day time visits priced at £22.50 per adult, £18.25 for the 60 plus, £14.75 for students and children and £61.50 for a family of two adults and three children aged up to 18 years in full time education; under 5s free. For those on a shorter time scale, individual admission is available into any of the sites.

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 433 424 or visit http://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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