Fun times at the Ironbridge Gorge Museums

Treat yourself this February Half-Term and spend a day, or two or three even checking out all that The Ironbridge Gorge Museums have to offer.

With a whole host of great activities taking place, families will be able to join in a wide range of workshops and challenges from decorating tiles and sculpting Chinese New Year dragons with clay to building and launching a rocket! Not to mention the award winning museum itself in all its glory.

There’s plenty of fun to be had for all ages. You can meet the Victorians at Blists Hill Victorian Town… visit their shops, homes and workplaces; enjoy traditional Fish and Chips and a ride on the Fairground. The open-air museum allows visitors to experience an atmospheric way of Victorian life in the late 1800’s. Life is re-enacted by townsfolk who wear the attire of the day and who go about their daily lives in the shops and workplaces of this authentic Victorian community. Many have been specially trained with specific skills and crafts and are ready to demonstrate to visitors exactly how certain tasks would have been done in a small industrial town.

Discover your creative side this February Half-Term with fun hands-on activities.

Here’s what’s happening this month and you don’t want to miss out!

Visit Blists Hill Victorian Town during February half-term and take part in two fantastic hands-on workshops. Discover the art of candle dipping or create your own Valentine’s card in these great family-friendly activities which run from Saturday 11th until Sunday 19th February 2012.

The museum is holding a series of Valentine’s card making workshops in association with The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA). These fun hands-on workshops will be based upon the BPMA’s beautiful collection of original Victorian Valentine’s Day cards. Visitors can put their artistic skills and imagination to good use in the Goods Shed to create their own special card for a loved one. The card-making workshops are included in the admission fee and are great fun for all the family.

Candle-dipping workshops will also be available in the Goods Shed as part of the museum’s half-term activities. Visitors can try their hand at creating their own special candle in these fun-filled workshops with each candle costing just £1.30.

During the course of the week visitors will also be able to take a look at a small yet fascinating display of original Victorian Valentine’s Day cards including Victorian ‘hate’ cards at the Victorian Post Office, courtesy of the BPMA.

Enginuity - The Games and Me 11th - 19th February

Have your own London 2012 experience through ‘The Games and Me’ when you’ll be able to test your speed, reaction and skills using state of the art sports equipment.

See whether you can beat the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, as you appear on the giant screen running alongside him. Try kicking footballs from across the ages to see how they perform, and test your reactions using our Batak Wall.

Also at Enginuity you can build and launch your own rockets and take part in the rocket speed challenge.

These activities are part of the Museums’ on-going Science Sport Life programme celebrating the 2012 Games and the Games and Me initiative and are supported by West Midlands for 2012.

Coalport China Museum - Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon 13th – 17th February

Celebrate the Chinese Year of the Dragon at Coalport China Museum with a series of hands-on family activities from Monday 13 to Friday 17 February.

Join drop-in ceramic workshops modelling a clay dragon or try painting an oriental ceramic flower or fridge magnet depicting an animal from the Chinese zodiac. There’s also a chance to solve Chinese puzzles, read storybooks and follow a Chinese Zodiac trail around the museum; activities will vary from day-to-day.

The half-term workshops at Coalport China Museum will be held from 11am until 1pm and 2pm until 4pm; ceramic activities carry costs in addition to entry fees with items sent home after firing.

Jackfield Tile Museum - Tile Decorating 13th – 17th February

Let your creativity run wild at these fun drop-in workshops at Jackfield Tile Museum. In an informal session you’ll learn the tile decorating technique known as ‘tube lining’ or ‘slip-trailing’, and by the end of the experience you’ll have produced a 6 x 6 inch tile featuring your very own design in a range of beautiful colours. The price is £7.95 per tile plus admission (P&P is extra).

Workshops run from 10am. It takes up to 1 hour and 30 minutes to decorate your tile so last admission to the workshops is at 3.15pm.

There’s plenty to see and do at The Ironbridge Gorge Museums. Keep up to date with our offers and our February Half-Term Schools out Campaign visit and receive great offers for Ironbridge such as a Free Child Passport Ticket when an Adult Passport Ticket is purchased!!