If you’re running out of ideas to keep the kids busy, try something a little different this summer and get your crafty fingers at the ready and join in the fun at Ironbridge Gorge Musuems. If you’re looking for creative and colourful activities for the kids, that will see them have endless hours of fun, then get your ticket booked today.

Summer hands-on family activities at Blists Hill Victorian Town- 1/31 August

Go along to Blists Hill Victorian Town during the summer school 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 Friday 1st until Sunday 31st August.

Sessions take place from 10.15am-1pm and 1.30pm-4pm.

Discover more about Chinese inventions at Enginuity – 1/31 August  

Discover more about the fantastic inventions, science and technologies that have come from the East at the drop-in ‘Made in China’ workshops to be held at Enginuity, near Ironbridge during the summer school holidays. Hands-on activities will include using craft materials such as tissue paper and brightly coloured card to make boats, kites and shadow puppets as well as the chance to have a go at printing. These activities will vary from-to-day and carry a small extra charge in addition to the museum entrance fee. There will also be a choice of family activities that are included in the admission charge, such as decorating paper bricks and adding them to the ‘Great Wall of Enginuity’, solving tangram puzzles and following a trail that takes in museum exhibits linked to the inventions of China.

Sessions take place between 10.30am and 3.45pm.

Summer ‘Colourful Creatures’ ceramic workshops at Coalport China Museum, Ironbridge- Monday – Friday; 1/29 August

‘Colourful Creatures’ themed ceramic workshops and activities are taking place at Coalport China Museum in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge during the summer school holidays. Go along on Mondays and join drop-in workshops to personalise a ceramic mug with your own brightly coloured animal using the on-glaze painting technique, while from Tuesday to Friday, try your hand at sculpting a creature from terracotta clay. The summer workshops at Coalport China Museum will be held from 11am until 1pm and 2pm until 4pm; ceramic activities carry an additional fee from £4, plus a postage charge from £3, if you want to have your colourful creature sent home after firing; museum admission charges apply.

Summer tile decorating workshops at Jackfield Tile Museum, Ironbridge- 1/29 August

Drop-in to the summer ceramic workshops at Jackfield Tile Museum, near Ironbridge and use your imagination to decorate a tile with your own colourful design using a once popular Victorian technique. Inspired by the Museum’s beautiful collection, you will use the tube lining or slip-trailing technique to decorate your own tiles, which are priced from £5 each, plus the Museum admission fee. Workshops start from 10am, but allowing up to 1½ hours to decorate your tile, last admission is at 3.15pm.

Help Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson solve a crime at Blists Hill Victorian Town: Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th August

Budding amateur sleuths and private detectives can help Sherlock Holmes and Dr John Watson solve a mysterious crime, which has taken place at Blists Hill Victorian Town in Shropshire’s Ironbridge Gorge over the weekend of Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 August. You can meet the intrepid duo along with their housekeeper, Mrs Hudson from 221b Baker Street in London’s West End, as they travel around Blists Hill in a Hansom Cab drawn by a pair of black Friesian horses. Young visitors are invited to follow a trail of clues around the town and put their powers of deduction to the test, helping the eccentric detective and his side-kick solve the curious case of treasure stolen from the Earl of Craven’s mansion.

New Oliver Twist themed weekend at Blists Hill Victorian Town- 23/25 August: Dress in character and join in street games

Dress in character and join the residents of Blists Hill Victorian Town at a new Oliver Twist themed event over the bank holiday weekend of 23 – 25 August based on Charles Dickens’ famous novel. Costumed characters from the Sundial Theatre Company will re-enact scenes from the popular book, while children can take part in street games and activities with the Artful Dodger and his gang. The townsfolk have also been busy making scarecrows based on the book characters, which visitors will be asked to find and identify. Everyone who is dressed-up can take part in a competition to find the best Oliver or Olivia costume, and the best other character from the book, with the winners receiving a prize portrait taken by the Town’s photographer in their outfits.

Opening times and tickets for all

Open 10am to 5pm the Ironbridge Gorge Museums offer a value Annual Passport Ticket allowing entry into all ten museums. Valid for twelve months and unlimited return visits, it 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 about the Ironbridge Tourist Information Centre visit: www.ironbridge.org.uk. 

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