Victorian fun brought to life at Furness Abbey

This past Sunday, 23rd July, we took Furness Abbey back the 1800s to give people a taste of how Victorians had fun.

Set in the cloister with the majestic ruins on every side we had pavillions and tents filled with games, curiosities and food. All for visitors to enjoy.

Over the course of the day there was music from Dalton Town Band who played two half hour sets of wonderful Victorian music. The Furness Morris Dancers also performed twice during the day with their traditional dance bringing vibrance and joy.

Our very own Cabinet of Curiosity opened several times with Dalton Mills showing the visitors his objects of great intrigue. We also undertook tours of the site twice to give visitors an insight into the abbeys long and vivid history.

All this alongside a wealth of toys and games from badminton and quiots to croquet and skittles. All were popular being used throughout the day by children and adults alike.

It truly was a fun, family day out for all!

Chairman of Iron Shepherds, Stuart, had this to say about the day:

"This event has been a real highlight of our 2017 calendar. This year marked the second time we have run this event. We organised it for the first time in 2016 as part of our Life in the Past Festival, it went down so well with both the visitors and our members that we just had to do it again! This time though we wanted it to be bigger and better so we invited the brass band, morris dancers and Abbey Mill Coffee Shop to take it to the next level.

It all paid off with this years event bringing in over 300 visitors all enjoying the fun, games, music, dancing and the sunshine! I would like to thank everyone who attended and I do hope you had a wonderful time!"

Victorian Fun & Games was fully funded and organised by Iron Shepherds from money raised via donations and payments. Without the help of the generous people who donate to us we couldn't put on these events.

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To see some more photos of the event click here.

Keep an eye out in the coming weeks for some more Victorian news!

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