Blists Hill Victorian Town, near Ironbridge, is inviting all dads to come as their guest on Sunday, 19th June when they can follow in Sherlock Holmes footsteps at a detective themed Father’s Day. Admission to the Victorian Town will be free for fathers, when accompanied by another full-paying adult.
Costumed actors from Sundial Theatre Company will perform scenes from their own version of a Sherlock Holmes murder mystery at 11.30am and 2.30pm. The legendary detective and his trusty sidekick Dr Watson were created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in the late Victorian era and this light-hearted take on his classic mysteries is certain to raise a smile.
Then put your own detective skills to the test by following a cryptic trail set by criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, Holmes’ arch enemy, solve the clues and win a prize.
Dad can also pit his strength in a tug of war on The Green at 1.30pm, or why not buy him a pint and pork pie and join in the lively sing-a-long in the New Inn pub.
Other family activities throughout the day include candle dipping in the Goods Shed using Victorian techniques to make multi-coloured candles to take home and a ride on the horse-drawn bus between 1.30pm and 3pm.
Open 10am to 5pm Blists Hill is one of the ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums. A great value Annual Passport Ticket allowing unlimited entry into all ten Ironbridge Gorge Museums costs £25 per adult, £20 for seniors, £15 for children under 18, £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 10% and individual entry tickets are available at each museum. Activities and workshops vary day-to-day and some carry an extra charge.
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.
2016 marks 30 years since the Ironbridge Gorge was added to UNESCO's prestigious World Heritage Site list. Blists Hill, together with the other nine Ironbridge Gorge Museums, will be celebrating this anniversary throughout the year with a variety of activities and events.