Sailor’s Scars and Woeful wounds on board Brunel’s ss Great Britain this half term.
There’s plenty of infectious fun to be had this October half-term at Brunel’s SS Great Britain. Here are the top five reasons to visit the iconic ship this autumn:
Earn your sailors’ scars (11am – 4pm, 21 – 29 October): Inspired by crew’s tales of Victorian injuries, kids can terrify their mums and dads with impressive prosthetics and special-effect makeovers. Explore the ship and meet other grotesque passengers with sinister scars.
Meet the Ragged Victorians (28 – 29 October): Bump into unsavoury characters of the Victorian lower classes including a policeman, dock worker, fisherman’s wife and even a rat catcher accompanied by his live rats.
Step on board after-dark for Spooky Ship (times vary, 28 – 29 October): Settle in for a good, old-fashioned Victorian fright-fest this Halloween. Follow a ghoulish guide and navigate the nooks and crannies of Brunel’s 174-year-old ship; watch out for characters lurking in the shadows, hoping to share their terrible tales.
Meet the curators (11.30am – 2.30pm, 24 – 27 October): Discover gruesome facts in extended Archive in Five sessions and explore original artefacts and diaries, including a Victorian surgeon’s silver snuffbox.
Climb the rigging (Every day until 31 October): Become a true sailor and climb the huge mainmast of Brunel’s ship. Brave souls can ascend the rigging to a viewing platform at over 26m above ground level and even step out over the harbour on the main yard.
Tickets cost £14 per adult, £8 per child (5-17 years old) and under 4’s go free. Tickets are valid for unlimited return visits for 12 months. Go Aloft! costs £10 plus the price of admission.
For more information about Brunel’s ss Great Britain, visit: www.ssgreatbritain.org
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