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Step back to Victorian times to see how they had fun
Old fashioned fun and games will be coming to a park in Staffordshire when a Victorian May Day is held at Beacon Park in the centre of Lichfield. The event, which takes place on Bank Holiday Monday, May 7, has been organised by Lichfield District Council who will be hosting the Victorian May Day within the Museum Gardens in Beacon Park between 11am and 3pm. The May Day celebrations will include maypole dancing, a Victorian craft 'cup in a ball' activity, and a range of other traditional games, including a coconut shy, croquet and hoopla. There will also be a traditional Punch and Judy show, starting at 12.30pm, which is expected to draw big crowds.

Victorian May Day
Enjoy a traditional Punch and Judy show

Councillor Iain Eadie, Cabinet Member for Leisure at Lichfield District Council, said: "This event is a great way to celebrate our heritage and to find out how the Victorians had fun. Visiting Beacon Park on May Day, and getting involved in the traditional activities, will really make that period come alive." It is free to go along to the Victorian May Day event, although there will be a small charge for some of the various activities on offer throughout the day.

Victorian May Day, Maypole Dancing
Maypole dancing in the shadow of Lichfield Cathedral

The Museum Gardens are the formal part of Beacon Park, which covers a total area of more than 70 acres. The park features an enclosed playground and a larger play area, both packed with equipment, while in the warmer weather visitors are able to enjoy donkey rides, peddle boats on the pool, and mini car rides. For older visitors, Beacon Park has a number of attractive floral displays together with a number of interesting sculptures and statues such as the captain of the ill-fated ship Titanic and a centrepiece fountain. Beacon Park can also offer woodland walks, pond dipping, a community garden, a food kiosk within Museum Gardens, and a bistro overlooking the pool.

Beacon Park
Part of the ornate gardens at Beacon Park

To find out more about the Victorian May Day and visiting Beacon Park in general, go t or call 01543 308867.
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Why? Enjoy Traditional Games At Victorian May Day Event
When: Bank Holiday Monday, May 7
Phone: 01543 308867
Where: Beacon Park, 14 Swan Road, Lichfield WS13 6QZ
Cost: Free
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