We have been to Blists Hill a couple of times before and really enjoyed our visits. We were therefore really interested when we heard they were doing a Christmas festival. What a wonderful canvas the Victorian town would be to paint the scene upon - and what a disappointment when we arrived.
Firstly this weekend was charged separately so that even if you had a passport you would still pay the £15 + to go in. Once inside there it was very nice to see the shops and houses decorated for Christmas, the brass band and the carol singers but only 6 stalls in the Christmas market and actually less going on in the fairground area than usual. There was Santa for the kids which was good and the guys from the pub were singing in the larger venue.
We had someone on crutches with us and she braved the hill - it would have been good if the lift up had been working but it wasn't.
Last weekend we went to Portsmouth for their Harbour Festival and they actually re-created a Victorian street which was brilliant, had a large snow machine, loads of Christmas stalls and boat trip and visits to Victory and Warrior were included in the price - which was less than we paid at Blists Hill and was packed with atmosphere.
I gave this an average rating as the attraction itself is brilliant - we love it but were disappointed this time.
Come on Blists Hill - you have a brilliant canvas to paint on - give it some thought.
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