Sunday, 24 July 2011

Dress as a Pirate and go to Blists Hill Victorian Town Treasure Island Weekend 30th and 31st July

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Dress as a Pirate and go to Blists Hill Victorian Town Treasure Island Weekend 30th and 31st July

Come along to Blists Hill Victorian Town over the weekend of Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st July dressed as a pirate or your favourite character from Robert Louis Stevenson’s famous novel, Treasure Island. The open-air museum in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge will be running a special literary themed event with actors recreating scenes from the popular maritime book of mutiny and buried treasure.

The Treasure Island Weekend is part of a programme of days out, exhibitions and festivals celebrating the 25th anniversary of Ironbridge Gorge being designated as one of the UK’s first World Heritage Sites in 1986.

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 to all ten valid for twelve months and unlimited return visits, costs £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. 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 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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