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Summer holiday boredom busters - a step into the past
3:23pm Thursday 14th July 2011 in Great Days Out
St Fagan’s National History Museum More than 40 original buildings from different historical periods, including houses, a farm, a school and a chapel, not to mention a stone pig-sty, have been rebuilt in 100 acres of parkland.
For details, visit museumwales.ac.uk.
Avoncroft Museum, Bromsgrove A collection of 25 historic buildings made of timber, brick, corrugated iron, steel, asbestos, concrete and fibreglass, re-assembled from various places in England and representing seven centuries of English building. You’ll also find the National Collection of Telephone Kiosks on the site – but don’t expect the police box to hold any secrets.
Black Country Living Museum, Dudley History comes to life at ‘Britain’s friendliest open-air museum’, where historic buildings from all around the Black Country have been moved and authentically rebuilt to create a tribute to the traditional skills and enterprise of the people that once lived in the heart of industrial Britain.
Visitors are transported back in time from the modern exhibition halls to the canal-side village, where costumed demonstrators and working craftsmen bring the buildings to life with their local knowledge. You can enjoy the museum half price on family night, August 20 from 6.30pm to 10pm.
Blaenavon World Heritage Site Visit the Blaenavon World Heritage Centre to learn about the industrial significance of the area before heading for the old ironworks and then check out how it feels to go underground to work as a miner, with a tour to the old coalface, many of them conducted by men who worked in Big Pit before it closed.
National Waterways Museum, Gloucester Discover what it would have been like to live and work on Britain’s inland waterways and visit the Ecology Gallery to learn about the wildlife that makes its home along them. Learn, too, how canals were built and how locks work.
Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge Get a taste of life in a Victorian town at Blists Hill Museum in Ironbridge, where you can change your money into Victorian coins and spend them in the shops. One of 10 family-friendly Ironbridge Gorge museums.
Plan your day out at ironbridge.org.uk.
SS Great Britain, Bristol An award-winning attraction in the heart of Bristol. Step on board and discover the true stories behind the ship that changed the world and ocean voyages for ever when she was launched in 1843, and experience the sights, sounds and smells of life on board for Victorian passengers and crew.
Cadbury World, Bournville, Birmingham Always a popular destination with chocolate loving children. Fourteen choc-themed zones combine to create a fantastic chocolatey day out – with hands-on activities and a glimpse of how it’s made, and of course the chance to try some.
For more details, visit cadburyworld.co.uk.
Amazing Hedge Puzzle, Wye Valley Butterfly Zoo and Wye Valley Miniature Golf There’s plenty to fill your day at Symond’s Yat, with the aMazing Hedge Puzzle and Maze Museum offering fun and excitement, the butterfly zoo providing the chance to walk among the butterflies and 12 holes of mini golf to round it all off.
Details: mazes.co.uk or call 01600 890360.
Puzzlewood and Clearwell Caves, Forest of Dean Used as a film location for Doctor Who and Merlin, Puzzlewood is a very special place where you can explore meandering pathways through beautiful ancient woodland, as they take you through gulleys and moss-covered rocks, over bridges and through fantastic tree and rock formations.
A short drive away you’ll find the eerie caverns and tunnels of Clearwell Caves, ancient iron workings where generations of miners cut their livelihood from the rocks.
Details: Puzzlewood: 01594 833187; Clearwell Caves: 01594 832535 or clearwellcaves.com.
Perrygrove Railway, Forest of Dean A steam railway incorporating a treasure hunt, with stations to hop off at and explore. Discover woodland walks, houses in the trees, and even an indoor village.
Details: perrygrove.co.uk. Price: £5.50/£4.10.